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Recommended Reads February 2019

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The Trapdoor Mysteries: A Sticky Situation

Author: Abie Longstaff
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Published Date: 8th February 2019
RRP: £5.99

Ten-year-old Tally is a servant girl at Mollett Manor. She sleeps in the scullery sink, and spends her days scrubbing, polishing and ironing (when she’s not secretly reading books). Then Tally and her squirrel friend, Squill, find a secret library hidden under the manor – a magical library where the books come to life!

When Mollett Manor is burgled, can Tally use the knowledge she finds in the books to catch the criminals? Can they even help her solve the mystery of her missing mother?

An inquisitive young girl, a secret magical library and codes for Tally and the reader to solve are woven seamlessly with Abie’s imaginative storytelling.

Asha & The Spirit Bird

Author: Jasbinder Bilan
Publisher: Chicken House
Published Date: 7th February 2019
RRP: £6.99

Asha lives in the foothills of the Himalayas. Money is tight and she misses her papa who works in the city. When he suddenly stops sending his wages, a ruthless moneylender ransacks their home and her mother talks of leaving. From her den in the mango tree, Asha makes a pact with her best friends, Jeevan, to find her father and make things right. Guided by a majestic bird which Asha believes to be the spirit of her grandmother, she and Jeevan embark on a journey to the city, across the Himalayas, to find her father and save her home...

The Girl with the Shark Teeth

Author: Cerrie Burnell
Publisher: Oxford Children’s Books
Published Date: 3rd January 2019
RRP: £6.99

Minnow is different from the other girls in her town and there’s plenty to set her apart: the blossom of pale scars which lie beneath her delicate ears, her affinity with the water which leaves people speechless, and the time when, in deep, deep water, her body began to glow like a sunken star.

When her mum gets into trouble and is taken from their boat in the dead of night, Minnow is alone with one instruction: ‘’Sail to Reykjavik to find your grandmother, she will keep you safe’’. Minnow has never sailed on her own before, but the call of the deep is one she’s been waiting to answer her whole young life.

Perhaps a girl who is lost on land can be found in the Wild Deep.

Charlie Changes Into A Chicken

Author: Sam Copeland
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published Date: 7th February 2019
RRP: £6.99

Charlie McGuffin is an optimist, but things are conspiring against him. He’s worried about his brother (who’s in hospital), his parents (who are panicking) and the school bully (who has Charlie in his sights).

The thing is, Charlie’s never really been stressed before – not properly, sweatily, heartpumpingly stressed – and now he’s starting to panic. And this is bad, because Charlie’s just learnt that when he gets stressed, he turns into an animal, all sorts of animals. A flea.  A pigeon. A Rhino. Who knows what’s next?

With the help of his three best friends, Charlie needs to find a way to deal with his crazy new power – and fast.