Author: Patricia MacLachlan Publisher: Pushkin's Children's Books Published Date: 30th August 2019 RRP: £6.99
From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love.
Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children.
Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home--and they understand him. The children are afraid of the howling wind, but not of Teddy's words. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan . . . only now his owner is gone.
As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?
Mr Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets: Book 2
Author: Alex T. Smith Publisher: Hodder Children's Books Published Date: August 2019 RRP: £9.99
From the international bestselling creator of Claude comes a brand new hero: Mr Penguin. Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this series from Alex T. Smith.
Follow Mr Penguin and Colin as they crash-land on a snowy mountain. Will they be able to solve the mystery of the missing pets? What are the strange noises coming from the abandoned fortress? And will Mr Penguin conquer his fear of flying?
Find out in the second Mr Penguin book with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure.
Dark Blade: Whispers of the Gods Book 1
Author: Steve Feasey Publisher: Bloomsbury YA Published Date: 11th July 2019 RRP: £7.99
A sweeping epic fantasy perfect for fans of the Summoner trilogy by Taran Matharu and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
WHEN GODS FAIL, WHO WILL KEEP THE DARKNESS OUT?
Lann knows nothing of his mysterious past, but by his fifteenth birthday he will come face to face with destiny. For Lann must wield the Dreadblade, an ancient sword forged to defeat terrible monsters.
Across the mountains a King has been murdered. His daughter, Astrid, is a warrior with no desire to bear the crown. Only she can uncover her father's killer before her brother is framed for the crime.
Evil is stirring. Lann and Astrid are the kingdom's last defence. Together, they must face the greatest darkness their world has ever known.
Magic Animal Friends: Molly Twinkletail Runs Away
Author: Daisy Meadows Publisher: Orchard Books Published Date: July 2014 RRP: £4.99
Best friends Jess and Lily love all animals. But when they follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest - a place where animals live in tiny cottages and sip dandelion tea at the Toadstool Cafe - their summer holidays suddenly become much more magical!
On their second adventure, Lily and Jess are invited to the Friendship Forest fair! But Grizelda the witch wants to spoil everyone's fun and her servants, the Boggits, trick little Molly Twinkletail into running away from the party. It's up to the girls to find her - but where in Friendship Forest would a tiny mouse hide
The Great Animal Escapade
Author: Jane Kerr Publisher: Chicken House Published Date: March 2019 RRP: £6.99
Danny works at Belle Vue Zoo, where - alongside training the famous elephant Maharajah - he helps out with the day-to-day tasks of caring for the animals. But when animals start escaping, Danny is the prime suspect: after all, he was a former street urchin and pickpocket. When a man turns up claiming to be his father, the plot thickens. Can Danny untangle the mystery of the animal escapade - and find out where he really belongs - in order to clear his name?
In the Shadow of Heroes
Author: Nicholas Bowling Publisher: Chicken House Published Date: 2nd May 2019 RRP: £6.99
Fourteen-year-old Cadmus has been scholar Tullus's slave since he was a baby - his master is the only family he knows. But when Tullus disappears and a taciturn slave called Tog - formerly a British princess - arrives with a secret message, Cadmus's life is turned upside down. The pair follow a trail that leads to Emperor Nero himself, and his crazed determination to possess the Golden Fleece of Greek mythology. This madcap quest will push Cadmus to the edge of the Roman Empire - and reveal unexpected truths about his past ...
The Dog Runner
Author: Bren MacDibble Publisher: Old Barn Books Published Date: 2nd May 2019 RRP: £6.99
'That ugly red fungus killed all the wheat for flour, killed all the oat, and sugar cane for sugar and golden syrup, along with all the grass for cows and butter. Killed just about every ingredient that me and Dad used to use when we made Anzac bickies. I don't think I'll ever see another Anzac bickie in my whole life.'
Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city that's starving to death. If they are going to survive, they must get away, upcountry, to find Emery's mum. But how can two kids travel such big distances across a dry, barren and dangerous landscape? Well, when you've got a few big doggos, the answer is you go mushing. When Emery is injured, Elle finds herself suddenly responsible for safely navigating the wheeled dog-sled through rough terrain, and even rougher encounters with desperate people.
As with 'How to Bee', Bren MacDibble has set 'The Dog Runner' in an all-too-possible dystopian future Australia where climate change has taken hold. Her compelling adventure underlines the depth of ancient knowledge and the human ingenuity which will ultimately give tomorrow's generations hope of averting ultimate global disaster.
What's That in Dog Years?
Author: Ben Davis (Author), Julia Christians (Illustrator) Publisher: Oxford University Press Published Date: 4th July 2019 RRP: £6.99
Gizmo has been my best friend since the day I was born - he's always been around. But now they're telling me he might not always be around which completely sucks. I'm determined that me and Gizmo will have lots more fun and adventures before he goes - I mean, he loves parties, deserves pampering, and needs a break by the seaside. And as for that old saying about how you can't teach an old dog new tricks - it's true, you really can't! Gizmo's bucket list is up and running - unlike Gizmo who is totally lazy and demanding to be carried . . . All the laugh-out-loud humour you'd expect from a Ben Davis book but with added heart and poignancy . . . and a four-legged character you'll fall in love with
Night Zookeeper: The Elephant of Tusk Temple
Author: Joshua Davidson (Author), Giles Clare (Author), Buzz Burman (Illustrator) Publisher: Oxford University Press Published Date: 4th July 2019 RRP: £6.99
When Will accidentally creates a mysterious portal during a trip to the zoo, he's transported into the world of the Night Zoo, and thrust into an incredible adventure.
Joined by his friends, Sam and Riya, Will journeys through a new portal and arrives at the Tusk Temple in search of Maji the time-travelling elephant. But the temple is in danger. The only way to save it is for Will to undergo the Night Zookeeper trial - facing leaps over bottomless caverns, impossible puzzles, and an ultimate test in bravery. Can Will pass the trial and save the day, or is this the end of the Night Zoo?
A Wolf Called Wander
Author: Rosanne Parry (Author), Mónica Armiño (Illustrator) Publisher: Andersen Press Published Date: May 2019 RRP: £6.99
The wolf star, brightest of all in the summer sky, shines over my home ground. I know every hidden lake and rocky ridge, but if my pack is not in the mountains, then it is no home to me. I feel a howl deep inside, but dare not let it out.
Swift lives with his pack in the mountains, until one day his home and family are lost. Alone and starving, Swift must make a choice: stay and try to eke out a desperate life on the borders of his old hunting grounds, or strike out and find a new place to call home. The journey Swift must go on is long and full of peril for a lone wolf, and he'll need to take every chance he can. Will he find the courage to survive all by himself?
Inspired by a true story, A Wolf Called Wander is about family, courage and survival. With beautiful illustrations from artist Mónica Armiño and an extra factual section about wolves and their environment, this book is perfect for animal lovers.
Mark and Shark: Detectiving and Stuff
Author: John Dougherty (Author), Katie Abey (Illustrator) Publisher: Oxford University Press Published Date: 1st August 2019 RRP: £6.99
Meet Mark (a boy) and Shark (a shark) - they're experts(ish) in detectiving and stuff. When an enormous polar bear asks for their help with some stuff for her ice cream business, it sounds a little bit dull - but little do they realize that they'll end up doing more detectiving than they bargained for!
With wild humour and hilarious illustrations, it's non-stop fun from beginning to end.
Mister Cleghorn's Seal
Author: Judith Kerr Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books Published Date: 4th April 2019 RRP: £6.99
An exquisite story to delight readers young and old, from a much-loved writer and illustrator.
What do you do if you find an abandoned seal pup on a rock in the middle of the sea? Well, take it home with you to your flat, of course.
At least that’s what Mr Albert Cleghorn thought, though perhaps he hadn’t considered all the complications…
This is the story of what then happened to Mr Cleghorn and Charlie the seal in their determination to find a home for Charlie and, incidentally, happiness for them both.
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal is a classic in the making from the inimitable Judith Kerr.
The End of Everything: Book 1
Author: Christopher Artinian Publisher: Self-Published Published Date: N/A RRP: £FREE
Two sisters, one nightmare.
The last thing they wanted to do was spend time with each other. Now their very survival depends on it.
Forced from their home and thrown into an apocalyptic horror neither could have imagined, they didn’t think things could get any worse. They were wrong.
As they navigate the city to escape to safety, terror lurks for them on every corner. The reanimating virus has taken away everything they loved, but today, they’re going to start fighting back.
Living or dead, everyone is a threat. The rules have changed and for these two, time is running out. What will they do to survive? What will they do for each other? Is being family reason enough to stay together? Now, they’re about to find out.
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