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Boy Zero Wannabe Hero: The Curse of the Catastrophic Cupcakes

General Pandemonium, the galaxy’s most sensational, evil supervillain, is trying to dominate planet Earth. He has been defeated twice before by Charlie Applejack, the world’s newest superhero. Desperate to outwit Charlie, General Pandemonium seeks the help of evil Master Sushi. Between them they hatch a plan to rid Earth of all the humans – by…

Chasing Augustus

In the very first chapter of Chasing Augustus, author Kimberly Newton Fusco’s protagonist Rosalita declares ‘When you lose your dog, there’s a hole in your heart as big as the sun.’ This is a problem for Rosie (as she prefers to be called). Her beloved dog, Augustus, is gone and the narrative traces Rosie’s various…

Collected Poems for Children

Ted Hughes is one of a coterie of serious poets with unassailed reputations in the field of adult poetry who turn their attention just as seriously to children. James Reeves was one of them; Seamus Heaney is another. Indeed, it’s no accident that Heaney and Hughes should have co-edited two of the most influential and…

Dark Woods

Dark Woods, set in the woods of Montana, grips you from the start. Cal, a troubled teen, meets Eden when on holiday in Montana. While Cal’s troubled background is essential to the development of the plot and is established early on, there is no time wasted in getting to grips with the action. The tension…

Grubtown Tales: When Bunnies Turn Bad

A monkey has escaped from the old folks home, a celebrity is in town, and there are far too many bunny rabbits on the loose… it can mean only one thing – the seventh book in the Grubtown Talesseries is here. Grubtown’s favourite residents Jilly Cheeter and Mango Claptrap must once again save the day…

In Darkling Wood

Alice’s brother Theo has been waiting years for a heart transplant. But when a suitable match shows up, her life is thrown into disarray in all sorts of unexpected ways. She can’t stay at the hospital for the duration of Theo’s convalescence, and staying with her father is out of the question because he’s more…

Jasper and the Green Marvel

Deirdre Madden continues Jasper’s adventures in Woodford, following Snake’s Elbows. Now free from prison after his misadventures detailed in the first book, Jasper, down on his luck and completely broke, becomes the gardener of Haverford-Snuffley Hall to search for the emerald necklace known as The Green Marvel supposedly hidden and lost there. Of course nothing ever goes to…

No Way Out

Twins Alex and Adam are able to communicate telepathically, but even this superpower is not much help to them when the family’s journey to an aunt and uncle’s farmhouse for a holiday is interrupted by a mysterious fog that forces them to take shelter in a strange village for the night. The fog appears to…

Rooftoppers

Sophie in more or less her first year is found floating in a cello case after a shipwreck. She is taken in by the kindly, if eccentric, Charles Maxim. Her upbringing is more than a little unusual, as she spends much of her childhood eating dinner off books due to her unusual tendency to break…

Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest

It hasn’t rained for a year in Funsprings. The rivers and streams and lakes have dried up. The animals are vanishing. The Forest is broken. Pippin must fix this aberration of nature and bring the water back to Funsprings. But Pippin is just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life – a girl who loves…

Snaggletooth’s Mystery

Is it really 25 years since Tyke Tiler and other assorted miscreants at Cricklepit Combined School first came to our attention and, in the process, revivified the popular genre known as ‘school fiction’? Now simply known as Cricklepit School, the institution continues its idiosyncratic progress and embraces educational and social change. Its previous ‘Chief Sir’…

Strange Star

Strange Star is a story within a story, told by two narrators, a serving boy and a girl who arrives to the house in which he serves one stormy night. The premise is that Mary Godwin was inspired to write Frankenstein by the unusual adventures that befell a young girl, struck by lightning, who travels…

Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first publication of Tarzan of the Apes, Faber have relaunched the adult classic for a younger audience. Briggs’s background in writing for Hollywood is evident in the gripping opening that features the massacre of poachers by the mythical ‘White Ape’. Set in the unchartered rainforests of…

The Archaeologist’s Handbook

Ardagh brings wit and humour to explaining archaeology. A step-by-step guide to the discipline of archaeology is developed in a logical and coherent structure. Beginning with an explanation of why archaeology starts with digging, he is careful to note that, sometimes, good archaeology can mean deciding not to dig. However, most archaeology today is a…

The Book of Whispers

At a time when phrases such as ‘poetry for children’ or ‘poetry for young adults’ are often synonymous with doggerel which is occasionally titillatingly scatological and often excruciatingly condescending, it is refreshing to have a volume of poems that steers well clear of either tendency. In her previous collections Julie O’Callaghan has shown a remarkable…

The Diaries Of Bluebell Gadsby: Flora In Love

If you haven’t fallen in love with Bluebell Gadsby and her crazy family yet, now is a good time to do so. Bluebell, aka Blue, is 14 and one of four siblings with the equally floral names of Flora (16), Twig (11) and Jasmine (9). And although she is the quietest of them all, Blue…

The Girl Savage

Wilhelmina Silver – mostly Will – lives on a farm in Zimbabwe. In her sunny, all-male world, she rides with the horse boys, keeps a monkey for a pet, and worships her farm manager father and his boss, Captain Browne. But a family crisis sees Will’s paradise exchanged for a boarding school in England. She…

The Lost Gods

The second instalment in the ‘Mortal Gods’ series brings our heroine Freya once again into contact with the Gods – Woden, Thor and Freyja – who need to be ardently adored by mortals (“sons of men”) in order to regain their powers and overcome the Giants who are emerging from their frozen imprisonment in the…

The School of Night: Creeping Terror

The village of Templeton was evacuated in 1943 but something terrible was left behind. And now even the ghosts are leaving. The School of Night arrive to investigate but become trapped in the village as the trees and plants turn against them… Second in the School of Night series, Creeping Terror, is a page-turner from…

The Story of Ferdinand

Ferdinand is 81 years old this year, quite an age for a bull destined for a Madrid bullring. His story has remained in print and this year a special heritage edition has been published in the UK. Readers first meet Ferdinand as a little bull sitting under a shady cork tree, smelling the flowers. Ferdinand…

Undercover Aliens, Oli & Skipjacks Tales of Trouble

Sixth in the Oli and Skipjack’s Tales of Trouble! series, this adventure with aliens is an accessible chapter book. The action is fast paced with witty asides and engaging characters. An alien family, the Kuznets, is fleeing their despotic ruler, Zolberg Naphax. Naphax tracks them to Earth, but Oli, Skipjack and their friend, Dr Hamish…

Why Are Castles Castle-Shaped?

In an apparently random series of one hundred and a half questions Ardagh reveals not only why castles are castle-shaped but also the whole social world of feudalism centred on the castle. The questions deal with the physical structure of the castle, how it was built and how the building evolved. Interwoven with these are…

You, Me and Thing: The Curse of the Jelly Babies

Ruby lived with her parents in an old cottage on the edge of a small town. That is, she did, until developers come, plough up the peaceful woodland and plop down a housing estate on all sides. A family moves into a new house built right next door to Ruby, bringing with them Jackson, an…

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