Pushkin Children's

Book Cover - Ready to Fall

Ready to Fall

Following the death of his mother from cancer, sixteen-year-old Max Friedman comes to believe that he is sharing his brain with a tumour. As the terrified teenager tries to control the malignant tenant, he starts to lose touch with his friends and family, and with reality itself – so his father sends him off to the artsy Baldwin school to regain his footing.

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This may just be the first positive book about the transformative power of cyber-bullying. Mireille, Astrid and Hakima have been voted the ugliest girls in their school in a nasty on-line competition that the teachers can do nothing to stop. It hurts. It isolates. It humiliates. But in a bold turning of the tables, it also empowers them to take action and transform their lives.

Book Cover - The Three Impossibles

The Three Impossibles

An Enquiring Mind is not necessarily an advantage when you are holed up in a castle, forbidden to venture beyond its surrounding wall and confronted with secrets wherever you turn. But the gloriously curious Princess Mim is determined to understand, and break, the curse that began the day she was born, and to find out how to open a golden book that she finds in the palace library.

Book Cover - How to Be Brave

How to Be Brave

Calla North and her mother Elizabeth live a quiet but happy life together. Elizabeth happens to be the world’s leading expert on ducks—but unfortunately, being an expert on ducks doesn’t always pay the bills. When she is offered a well-paid research trip to the Amazon, it’s an opportunity too good to miss. Calla winds up at boarding school thinking no adventures are likely to find her there … until news arrives that her mother’s plane has gone missing. Can Calla, her friends, and a motley crew of nuns defeat an evil headmistress and find Elizabeth before it’s too late?

Book Cover - The Secret of the Blue Glass

The Secret of the Blue Glass

Pushkin Children’s Books exist to bring tales from different languages and cultures to readers of English, and ‘open the door to the wide, colourful world these stories offer’. This is a first-time English translation of a book written in 1959 but set in 1940s Japan: ironically, a time when the country was turning inwards to an ultra-nationalist, monochromatic view of world affairs.

Book Cover - The Beast Player

The Beast Player

Elin’s mother is sentenced to death for failing to protect the Toda – fearsome serpents which form part of the kingdom’s army. Her final act is to send Elin to safety. Raised by a beekeeper who saves her life, Elin soon spies the flying beasts that guard her queen. After going to a school to learn how to care for these royal beasts, Elin discovers a talent and an ability to communicate with the creatures in a way that no one could ever have imagined.

Book Cover - The Goat

The Goat

When a young girl named Kid moves into an apartment block in Manhattan from Toronto, she has no idea what awaits her. Shy and rather anxious, she misses her school, her friends and, most of all her cat. But New York City has a lot of unusual things to offer.

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Winter in Wartime

Dutch classic Jan Terlouw’s Winter in Wartime sees its first English translation in this Pushkin press edition. It is the Winter of 1944 and Nazi-occupied Holland is on its last legs.

Hunger and hardship are rampant, as the Dutch people wait in desperate hope for Allied liberation. When fifteen-year-old Michiel finds an injured British pilot in his charge, he must join the secret fight of the Dutch resistance. With spies and collaborators everywhere, Michiel and his family must risk everything in their final stand against their Nazi occupiers.

Book Cover - Arnica, the Duck Princess

Arnica, the Duck Princess

This offbeat folktale opens as Arnica, a kind and lovely princess, falls in love with the footloose Poor Johnny. Fortunately, Arnica’s dad is the modern sort of king, and agrees to their marriage on condition that they take some time to think about it first: Poor Johnny must wander, and Arnica must wait. Enter a witch with a hundred faces, and a team of footballing bandits and this becomes a timeless, hilarious tale of adventure, true love, wisdom and ducks.

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Brunt Boggart: A Tapestry of Tales

This wonderfully weird and fantastical novel reads like a collection of whimsical fairy tales yet also has an overarching plot that binds the short stories together. Reminiscent of Holly Black and Neil Gaiman’s engrossing settings, David Greygoose’s book brings the reader on a magical journey as Greychild, the main character, searches for his mother. Each character of each tale jumps to life off the page as they weave their own stories.