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UK Middle Grade Book Releases: April, May, June

Hi everyone! It’s a horrible and worrying time worldwide, what with the spread of COVID-19. I’m currently in quarantine, and with so much time on my hands and the inability to leave my tiny flat, I decided to compile a list.

As an aspiring author, I cannot imagine going through all it takes to write and publish a book (often YEARS of work and countless rejections) and then having a global pandemic come along and cause cancellations and bookshop closures. It must be devastating.

So I spent an evening compiling as many upcoming releases by UK and Irish middle grade authors as I could find. I’ve seen quite a few of these blogposts go around (mostly centred on YA books) and I think they’re a fab way of promoting books whilst also encouraging social distancing. I’m going to do a separate post on later releases because otherwise this post would be a million words long!

[BTW, I have TRIED to be as comprehensive as possible, but I may have missed some books–feel free to let me know if you are a MG UK/IRL based writer with a book coming out in the next few books!]

April 

Seth Seppi is excited to arrive in Gramichee, one of the few towns were a cluster of 49005793magical folk lie. But he’s worried that Angelique has only brought him here because she’s desperate to find someone to help him with his magic, which has been nothing but a disaster so far.

When the promise of an apprenticeship is offered, Seth is keen for the chance to study properly to become a sorcerer. But he is also worried that if someone discovers that his magic is dangerous, he’ll be banned from ever joining the world of the sorcerers.

The offer of an apprenticeship means he has a chance to find someone might help him with his magic. Then he learns he has arrived in Gramichee at the worst possible time – an apprentice has been attacked and it’s not the first incident.

This is the start of his most worrying case so far. Why are apprentices being targeted? Is it an accident? A prank gone wrong? Is one of the apprentices responsible, or is something much darker at the bottom of it all?

Once again, Seth will need all his wits about him and dig deep into the magical world and his own magic to find answers.

Can Seth discover who is the mysterious Apprentice Assassin before the whole apprentice scheme is scrapped and Seth’s dreams of ever becoming a sorcerer fail along with it.

 

Milton-the-Megastar-667x1024Milton’s superstardom is stressing him out: the events, the glamour, the adoring fans!

Secretly, Zoe, Audrey and Ralph think he’s turned into … well … a bit of a diva. So when Dad and Greta plan a trip to Hawaii, Zoe knows she has to take her best spider pals along for the ride: they all need a break. But with a live volcano, an endangered spider species, an unscrupulous entrepreneur and Milton’s ego to contend with, this is hardly a holiday …

The second instalment in Emma Read’s fun, fresh spider adventure series! 

 

49109161._SY475_Imagine having the perfect friend, one who never steals, lies or bullies. Now you can, with the TrooFriend 560, the latest in artificial intelligence! What can go wrong with a robot buddy? Especially one that’s developing human characteristics and feelings, and who has just run away with her human?

 

 

 

 

fred-wizard-in-trouble-9781471169090_lgFred may look ordinary, but sometimes people who look ordinary turn out to be not very ordinary at all … because it just so happens that Fred is a Wizard!
The only problem is that Fred is completely, mind-boggingly TERRIBLE at magic…

And now he’s training with the amazing Merlin, hoping to transform from the worst wizard around to a magical marvel. But when an ancient magical book is stolen and Merlin goes missing, Fred discovers that sometimes magic isn’t the answer and that he has other talents that can help him solve the mystery that’s got everyone else stumped! 

From Simon Philip, author of You Must Bring a Hat and I Really Want the Cake, and Sheena Dempsey, illustrator of Dave Pigeon, comes a tale full of magic and fun. 

 

the-vanishing-trick-9781471190377_lg‘A thrilling, original, evocative and eerie tale – I adored it!’ Michelle Harrison, author of A Pinch of Magic

Step into a world of secrets, folklore and illusions, where nothing is as it seems and magic is at play…

Madame Augustina Pinchbeck, travels the country conjuring the spirits of dearly departed loved ones… for a price. Whilst her ability to contact ghosts is a game of smoke and mirrors, there is real magic behind her tricks too – if you know where to look.

Through a magical trade, she persuades children to part with precious objects, promising to use her powers to help them. But Pinchbeck is a deceiver, instead turning their items into enchanted Cabinets that bind the children to her and into which she can vanish and summon them at will.

When Pinchbeck captures orphan Leander, events are set into motion that see him and his new friends Charlotte and Felix, in a race against time to break Pinchbeck’s spell, before one of them vanishes forever…

#TheVanishingTrick

A historical adventure with a magical twist from an outstanding debut talent. Perfect for fans of Michelle Harrison, Sophie Anderson and Emma Carroll.

 

the-boy-who-made-the-world-disappear-9781471172670_lgFollowing the breakout success of his instant classic, The Night I Met Father Christmas, get ready for the brilliant new novel from comedian, actor and bestselling author, Ben Miller!

‘Stories are often about a good person who does a Bad Thing, and this is no exception…’

Harrison tries his best to be good. He doesn’t steal, he always shares with his sister and he never cheats at board games, but Harrison also has a BIG flaw … He can’t control his temper!

So when he’s given a black hole instead of a balloon at a party, Harrison jumps at the chance to get rid of everything that makes him cross. But when it’s not just things he hates that are disappearing into the black hole but things he loves, too, Harrison starts to realise that sometimes you should be careful what you wish for…

 

51Y9KLgj3hL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_A timeless tale of courage, friendship and fighting for what you believe in, Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Anna Fargher’s award-winning The Umbrella Mouse, based on the true stories of the heroic animals caught in the conflict of WWII.

Young mouse Pip Hanway is in France as she continues fighting for the French Resistance group Noah’s Ark: a secret gang of animals operating beneath the feet of human soldiers, whose aim is to liberate France and secure the victory of the Allies. Determined to reach her ancestral home of the Umbrella Museum in Italy, Pip hopes she can find long-lost family and a home. But as Pip makes the perilous journey through occupied territory, she soon realizes that danger comes from all sides and that the enemy is all around, and she does everything she can to fight for her friends.

Beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher, Pip will take you on an incredible journey through a war that reaches even the smallest of creatures.

 

51amYdvXdAL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Nelson Green has learned to live with the seven stinky monsters that were extracted from his soul. Sure, they sometimes get up to mischief and land him in trouble, but at least he hasn’t had to fight any giant angry abominations in a while. But something still isn’t right. Nelson’s hair hasn’t grown a single millimeter since the monsters were created. He hasn’t got any taller, and his chewed off fingernails aren’t growing back. Something strange is happening, and the Deadly 7 know more than they’re letting on . . .

But then someone else finds the soul extractor – someone with a grudge against Nelson. Soon Nelson has more to worry about than his fingernails: there’s an army of angry monsters coming to get him, and his own monsters might not be there to help . . .

 

x300Second hilarious novel from the author of the funny, filmic and fast-paced crime-caper HOW TO ROB A BANK.

Fourteen-year-old Jacob is thrilled when he wins the chance to feature in the next Marvel movie, shooting in Hollywood. But after missing his connecting flight in Chicago, he tries to complete the journey by Greyhound bus – and there he meets Jennifer.

Jennifer is an American teenager on the run with a mysterious package she’s guarding with her life – and an enigmatic figure known only as ‘the Cowboy’ is hot on her heels . . .

Jacob soon finds himself on the road-trip of a lifetime as Jennifer’s unwitting partner in crime. Will he make it to LA in time – and in one piece? A funny, filmic, page-turning adventure, ideal for readers aged 11+.

 

51F1sRVGr2L._SX422_BO1,204,203,200_Freddie Yates likes facts. Just not the one staring him in the face – that his secret plan is not, in fact, secret.

Because Freddie’s journey wasn’t meant to involve Big Trev and the onion-eating competition or the loo-exploding pear-and-potato turnovers. And Freddie definitely didn’t expect to end up, with his two best friends, on national television in a supergirl costume.

But journeys never take you where you think they will. And for Freddie, that fact might just have to be enough…

The super funny, heart-warming adventure of three boys, one summer holiday, and a few miracles along the way.

 

185250-ml-1904647Being homeless is no fun. Just ask Noah Bradley. A curse has forced his family to move thirteen times. Once it was a flash flood. Another time, a typhoon wrecked their home. Once a flock of angry birds even chased them out of town. The family curse strikes in lots of different ways. But, somehow, it always does. Now they’ve just moved to their thirteenth home. Noah is desperate for this one to work out. He’s made good friends at school, and his deaf brother Billy is also putting down roots. So when the curse returns, Noah decides there will be no more running away. Enough! This time, they’re staying put…

 

51DJZgbwtuL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Feeling lonely? Need a friend who thinks you’re the best? And can help you with your school work? Well, look no further, Livewires Corporation’s latest cyborg child friend model is for you. Make best friends with a cyborg kid today!

It’s 2099 and Lyla has a new friend, a robot girl! It’s Clara 2.2’s first day at school and Lyla has been chosen to be her buddy. Clara is perfect in every way and she makes Lyla feel special too. But when it comes to having fun, Lyla finds out that maybe her new friend isn’t quite so perfect after all.

 

51RCg3tmKhL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Ten-year-old Daniel is never happier than when he is eating chips. Especially during his family’s annual Chip Shop Championships, the highlight of his year. And especially when he can also eat chips with Monkey, his beloved soft toy and trusty companion. But one terrible November day, the lives of Daniel and his family are changed forever when an accident renders Daniel a shadow of his former self. As Daniel retreats into himself, his family slowly begin to fall apart, without this bright boy at the heart of their lives.

When an impromptu trip to a chip shop seems to briefly engage Daniel with the real world, the family decide to revisit their Chip Shop Championships, on a quest to find the best chip shop in the country. Along the way, as they attempt to rebuild their family and regain Daniel, they must contend with hungry giraffes, nouveau cuisine, the loss of Monkey, the theft of Grandma, and lots of chips.

 

51Anyr9kp6L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Colin Kingsley is a pizza delivery boy with a twist. He’s actually an aspiring detective.
But in sleepy Rufflington-on-Sea, there are no cases to solve – until the Golden Spatula League come calling. The world’s premier agency for ‘caterer-detectives’, run by children, the G.S.L. have been dazzled by Colin’s freakish memory skills.
To join their ranks, Colin – codenamed ‘Mark Anchovy’ – must fly to Rome to track down a valuable stolen painting, titled, ‘Girl With A Squirrel’. The chief suspect: Big Alan Fresco, notorious art thief and pizza addict. It’s the toughest, most pizza-ry mystery the G.S.L. have ever encountered.

The first book in a trilogy that readers will gobble up!

Written and illustrated by William Goldsmith – with hilarious black and white artwork from start to finish.

 

51kcNaHTL1L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Fig Fitzsherbert is good at a lot of things: making lists, playing the piano, advanced mathematics. But it’s never quite enough for her high-flying mother, who every New Year’s Day sets Fig an impossible resolution. So one year, Fig decides to set her own challenge instead: she’s going to swim her way round the world. There’s just one tiny problem … Fig can’t swim. Taking it one length at a time, Fig embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. But with her mother closing in, will she be able to keep her head above water and complete her challenge? A quirky coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Katy Birchall, GEEK GIRL and SUPER AWKWARD.

 

51ewEJeWBaL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Videogame-obsessed Flo and her best friend, Max, get more than they bargained for when they find themselves INSIDE their favourite games!


Flo and Max are stuck in the hugely popular Critter Clash, where teams of creatures battle to become champions in epic arenas. Flo and Max need their own players that they can coach to victory but the game is about to start and their options are limited… Will they be able to find a team powerful enough to defeat an impressive range of opponents and send the friends back to the real world?

From the award-winning author of BOYBAND OF THE APOCALYPSE comes a laugh-out-loud adventure with a technological twist, perfect for fans of I SWAPPED MY BROTHER ON THE INTERNET, David Baddiel and Pokemon.

 

51cLbpjzaKL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Zinnie and her sisters live in the murky tunnels beneath Edinburgh’s Old Town. They keep out of the way of the authorities and remain undetected. Until, that is, rumours of a ghost bring unwanted visitors into the caverns they call home. Among them, a young Arthur Conan Doyle, keen to investigate, and MacDuff, the shady owner of Edinburgh’s newest attraction, the House of Wonders. Caught up in a world of intrigue and adventure, Zinnie seeks answers. But how can she discover what secrets lie in the House of Wonders while also protecting the sisters she holds so dear? A thrilling historical adventure featuring mystery in the tunnels beneath Victorian Edinburgh, for fans of Robin Stevens, Katherine Woodfine and Jennifer Bell.

 

9781406396546A spooky adventure set in Cornwall; Famous Five with a twist.

A long-dead Cornish witch to thwart and a curse to stop it’s just another family holiday. Orla thought she was in for a relaxing break, but when she finds a mysterious glowing necklace in the woods, it turns out there is a slight possibility she may have uncovered a witch’s ancient curse. After meeting a coven of suspicious old ladies, it becomes clear that Orla’s arrival in Cornwall is no longer a coincidence. The curse is poisoning the land and destroying everything it touches, and Orla is the one person who can stop it. But she’ll need help from the only other member of the family with good instincts – Dave the dog.

 

9781406396225Get ready for action, adrenaline and adventure in this explosive, brand new Alex Rider mission by bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz.

In this adrenaline-fuelled adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is sent by MI6 Special Operations to infiltrate a new and sinister organization known only as Nightshade. Alex is on his own, with the fate of thousands of people resting in his hands.

 

 

9781406389005-2Rose has won the pony prize of a lifetime – but how will the stables compare to the spotlight for her prima donna pony? A riotous ride from the author of Pony on the Twelfth Floor.

Rose loves horses – from a distance. She’s always found them a bit scary up close. When she wins a pony in a competition, she has to face her fears and learn to ride. But this is no ordinary pony: Maltie Delight is a bona fide superstar, and he knows it. How will this selfie-loving prima donna ever settle for shy Rose as his owner? Can a Wild West riding camp help them learn to live together – or will it be a diva disaster? A hilarious illustrated tale of friendship and self-belief, from the author of Pony on the Twelfth Floor.

 

May

51306333._SY475_-21835. Cabin boy Syms Covington is on the voyage of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands with the world-famous scientist Charles Darwin.

But when Syms falls overboard during a huge storm, he washes up on an unexplored island. Stranded there, he makes a discovery that could change the world … Now it’s not just his own survival at stake – the future of an undiscovered species is in his hands.

How to Train Your Dragon meets natural history – with real science! 

 

49090496._SY475_Emily must battle the greatest evil that has threatened The Midnight Hour. Can she keep its magic from leaking into the real world?
They must have come from under beds, out of mirrors, up from caves, and down from attics, all out of the darkness and into the moonlight. They were the Night Folk, and this was their world.

Now that Emily knows that her blood ties her to The Midnight Hour, she feels more connected to this frozen pocket of time than ever. But not only does she have to come to terms with her new identity as a Pooka, her parents also had to go and have another baby. And how weird is that? Life is feeling frustrating from all angles…

But when Emily begins to encounter strange happenings within The Midnight Hour, her worst fears are confirmed: there is a hole in the Hour and it is leaking magic. Whoever is going through it is making the tear worse and worse, posing a threat to the survival of the whole world. With Emily’s parents distracted with the new baby, it’s up to Emily to find the hole and help fix it.

 

49516982._SY475_Lucas is all alone.

Since his mum died, Lucas and his dad don’t seem to understand each other at all. And Lucas is dreading the summer drama club that his dad has signed him up for. But the people Lucas meets at the club force him to open up and start talking. Can his new-found friends teach Lucas how to be himself?

A beautiful, moving story of family, friendship and self-discovery, from the author of the high-acclaimed novels Ella on the Outside and Not My Fault.

 

49516580._SY475_You have heard, no doubt, the tale of Master Oliver Twist – that rags-to-riches boy; the parish orphan who became heir to the Brownlow fortune. But what few know is that was a second Twist – a girl, brought into this world moments ahead of her brother.

This is the story of Twill Twist – and her journey through the gambling dens and workhouses of London, as she attempts to make a life for herself, rescue her friends, and uncover the mystery of her past – while meeting some familiar faces along the way…

Re-discover the Artful Dodger, Fagin, and Oliver Twist himself, along with a host of fantastic new heroes and villains, in this brilliantly-imagined, rip-roaring sequel to Dickens’ much-loved classic.

 

the-book-of-mysteries-9781471183331_lg‘Delightfully magical and brilliantly told’ Abi Elphinstone, author of Sky Song on The Boy With One Name

 Welcome to the Badlands … a hidden part of our world full of creatures which most people think exist only in fairy tales and nightmares.

Ruby is trying to change the future. Her fate is in the hands of the council as they prepare to decide once and for all if girls can be Badlanders too.
Jones is running from his past. He’s determined to help Ruby fulfil her destiny, but first he will need to shake off the vengeful ghost of Maitland, the Master he betrayed.
 
Then they are challenged to solve a notoriously unsolvable case from The Book of Mysteries, and Ruby and Jones think it might just be the lifeline they need. But there’s a reason no Badlander has ever returned from Great Walsingham, and the two friends will have to rely on more than magic if they want to survive…

Dive into a world of magic in an adventure perfect for fans of Abi Elphinstone, Jonathan Stroud and J.K. Rowling.

 

jungledrop-9781471173684_lg‘Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more powerful than a child in possession of a plan.’
 
Eleven-year-old twins, Fox and Fibber, have been rivals for as long as they can remember. Only one of them will inherit the family fortune and so a race is afoot to save the dwindling Petty-Squabble empire and win the love of their parents.
 
But when the twins are whisked off to Jungledrop, a magical Unmapped Kingdom in charge of conjuring our world’s weather, things get wildly out of hand. An evil harpy called Morg is on the loose. And if she finds the long-lost Forever Fern before the twins, both Jungledrop and our world will crumble.
 
Suddenly, Fox and Fibber find themselves on an incredible adventure in a glow-in-the-dark rainforest full of golden panthers, gobblequick trees and enchanted temples. But, with the fate of two worlds in their hands, will the twins be able to work together for once to defeat Morg and her dark magic?

Live a life filled with adventure with Abi Elphinstone in this magical series where a whole new world is waiting to be discovered…

 

furry-purry-beancat-the-pirate-captains-cat-9781471184017_lgMeet Furry Purry Beancat – one EXTRAORDINARY cat with nine EXTRAORDINARY lives!

Just like every other cat, Furry Purry Beancat loves a catnap. But unlike other cats, when Beancat wakes she finds herself about to embark on a whole new adventure!

In this first book, join our furry (and purry!) heroine as she sets sail aboard a pirate ship, helping her captain and his shipmates fight a rival crew in an epic battle at sea! Can Furry Purry Beancat help save the day?

A funny and charming young fiction series from award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator duo Philip Ardagh and Rob Biddulph, puuurfect for feline fans everywhere

 

image-7Stan is absolutely terrified.

Luckily, his mum’s given him an emergency list that includes how to survive a shark attack, and what to do if he gets kidnapped.

Stan thinks that a better list would include how to cope with odd food, and what to do if he accidentally calls Felix’s mum ‘mum’ in front of everybody.

And it soon turns out Italy is full of dangers and things that can go wrong.

One thing’s for certain, Stan’s not going to come back the same boy he left. He just hope he comes back at all . . .

Worst. Holiday. Ever is a story about facing fears, dealing with worries, and how it’s OK to be anxious, scared, and sometimes a little bit brave.

image-8Five amazing children . . . one most un-ordinary adventure.

“A compelling, gorgeously-written story about the power of friendship and the true meaning of family . . . perfection!”Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike

“A high-speed, witty, absurd and joyful adventure.” Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppersand The Good Thieves

In all the years that Elinora Gassbeek has been matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage, not once have the very strict Rules for Baby Abandonment been broken. Until the autumn of 1886, when five babies are left in outrageous circumstances:

One in a tin toolbox.
One in a coal bucket.
One in a picnic hamper.
One in a wheat sack.
And finally, one in a coffin-shaped basket.

Those babies were Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem and Milou.

And although Gassbeek might think they’re ‘unadoptable’, they know their individuality is what makes them so special – and so determined to stay together.

Then a most sinister gentleman appears and threatens to tear them apart. The gang decide to make a daring escape, fleeing the frozen canals of Amsterdam for an adventure packed with puppets and pirate ships, clock-makers and cruel villains – and with only a scrap of a clue to guide them.

But is their real home – and their real family – already closer than they realise?

“A corker of a story.” Emma Carroll, author of Letters to the Lighthouse

“A book to absolutely fall in love with.” Cerrie Burnell, author of The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

 

51uXk67s0VL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_My name is Hope Jones. I am ten years old. I am going to save the world.

Hope Jones New Year s resolution is to give up plastic, and she s inspiring others to do the same with her website hopejonessavestheworld.com. When she realises her local supermarket seems to stock more unnecessary plastic than food, she makes it her mission to do something about it. She may be just one ten-year-old with a homemade banner, but with enough determination, maybe Hope Jones really can save the world.

 

517HInVcggL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Alex and his friend Dinu vowed never to time-travel again . . .

But now it’s summer and Alex and Dinu have been offered a luxury summer holiday in Athens. After a rooftop banquet the evening they arrive, everyone gets food poisoning and is told not to eat for 48 hours.

When Alex and Dinu feel better, they decide to stretch their legs. But the moment they step out of the hotel, their limo pulls up with their dangerous mentor Solomon Daisy who now has a new mission for them.

He wants them to go back to the ‘Golden Age of Athens’ – to a time when Socrates was alive and when Athens was at peace with Sparta.

The second book in Caroline Lawrence’s gripping new time-travel series.

 

51FHUdmBsSL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_The first book in a heartwarming and timeless new series with a brave and spirited heroine, from the acclaimed duo behind THE BOOKSHOP GIRL.<div>
Betsy Bow-Linnet is determined to become a world famous concert pianist like her parents. There s just one problem: no matter how hard she practises she doesn’t share their musical talents. So when a mysterious letter arrives from a woman claiming to know of an unusual method that will make Betsy s playing stupendous , Betsy jumps at the chance. There’s just one condition: she must keep the method a secret.<div>
But it isn’t just one secret it’s forty-four tiny secrets in the shape of a boxful of pygmy mice! Betsy is mystified how are they going to help her play the piano and more importantly how on earth can she keep them all a secret?<div>
Gorgeously illustrated in two-colour, this is a warm, funny and pitch-perfect story about the true nature of family love and finding your real talents in the most unexpected of places. Perfect for fans of ISADORA MOON, AMELIA FANG, OTTOLINE and HARPER.

 

hbg-title-9781444941456-14The No.1 bestselling series from current Waterstones Children’s Laureate and author of How To Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell. Enter a land of wizards, warriors, mythical creatures and powerful Magic in an exciting fantasy adventure.

Wish and Xar are outlaws on the run, hunted by Warriors, Wizards and worst of all by WITCHES …

Can they find the ingredients for the spell to get rid of Witches before the Kingwitch gets his talons on the Magic-that-Works-on-Iron?

Their next Quest is the most terrifying and treacherous of all … and someone is going to betray them. Are you ready to KNOCK THREE TIMES?

9781783528677The gods are abandoning the earth, tempted by other worlds where they can live in peace. Only a few keep an interest in mortals. In their place, darker, more ancient forces are wakening…

Silvius is given a task by a dying centaur. The dark god Python is rising and massing an army of immense power. The only thing that can save the world is the Arrow of Apollo – but it has been split into two. Silvius and his friend Elissa must travel to the land of their sworn enemies, the Achaeans.

Meanwhile, Tisamenos is facing his own dangers in Achaea. A plot is afoot against him and his father, and it falls to him to stop it.

When Silvius, Elissa and Tisamenos meet, they enter a final, terrifying race to bring together the pieces of the Arrow and use it to lay Python low once more.

June

Morgana-Mage-666x1024Morgana loves robots and longs to attend robotics school in the city.

But she’s a witch, living in a magical woodland community: the closest she comes to technology is petting her ancient mechanical familiar, Kitty. She simply doesn’t belong. But when she finally finds a way to the City, she learns of a troubling secret hiding beneath its gleaming surface: a secret that threatens the balance of civilization.

Caught between two worlds, only Morgana has the power to find a solution

 

Queens-Fool-681x1024Cat Sparrow is on the road.

She’s following her sister, Meg, who was torn from their convent home and sent to London. But Cat isn’t like other people – she thinks differently – and for a girl like her the world holds many perils. Luckily she befriends a young actor, Jacques, and together they follow Meg’s trail to a wondrous place called the Field of Cloth of Gold. But here, they discover that the kingdoms of England and France are both in terrible danger …

Award-winning historical novelist Ally Sherrick heads in an exciting new direction with The Queen’s Fool. 

 

flight-of-the-kharadron-9781781939659_lgThe fourth installment in the action packed fantasy series, Realm Quest, follow our heroes as they continue their quest.

On a quest to find their missing master, Alish, Kiri, Thanis, Kaspar and Elio are captured by the sky-faring Kharadron. They are taken to a shadowy city above the clouds, a place of marvels, of airships and flying wonders! Alish and the others are offered their freedom but only if they have nerve enough to steal a heavily guarded treasure first.

 

 

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Nine and a half year old Pizazz is just like every other girl. Except for one thing. She’s a superhero.

A hilarious, highly illustrated series for 7 – 10 year olds featuring a new must-get-to-know girl character – reluctant superhero, Pizazz!

When Pizazz and her family move to a new town, she must juggle finding new friends and fitting in at school with superhero life. This is particularly hard when you have to wear a glittery cape to school everyday, defeat the bad guys before breakfast, and rush off on a planet-saving mission just as you’re about to have tea at your new potential best-friend’s house!

Between her super life and school life, Pizazz faces the daily hassles all kids deal with as she works out what it means to be both super-hero super and everyday super.

 

the-medusa-project-the-set-up-9781471189760_lgThe first gripping installment in bestselling children’s author Sophie McKenzie’s MEDUSA PROJECT SERIES – back with a bold new cover look!

Fourteen years ago, scientist William Fox risked it all to achieve the impossible: he successfully implanted four babies the Medusa gene, designed to give the user psychic abilities.

But Fox’s experiment had some devastating consequences, so the babies were hidden away for years and the Medusa gene was heard of no more. Now the children are teenagers – and about to have their minds blown as their psychic powers kick in.

Cocky, charismatic Nico thinks his emerging telekinetic abilities will bring him money, power and the girl of his dreams. He’s about to find out just how wrong he is. And that new friends can often turn out to be snakes in the grass . .

 

515+mxLf+dL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Laurie loves her family and she wants to join them in making the world a better place. But right now, she doesn’t want to fish food out of bins, she wants to wear a pair of ordinary tights and have the money to order a hot chocolate at the café after school.

When a competition comes to Silverdale High looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs, Laurie finds herself unexpectedly in the spotlight. The homemade beauty remedies and potions that she has been posting online are stealing the show, and the most popular girl in the school wants to team up for the win. It seems like Laurie can achieve normality – and even popularity – at last. But will her eco-warrior family accept that she no longer wants to be part of their close-knit gang, and can she find success and glory without losing sight of her true self?

Joanne O’Connell’s Beauty and the Bin is a fresh and funny debut about friends, family, school and being a young eco-warrior.

51Or4OfMjmL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Eleven-year-old Tomas has a secret friend like no other: Flicker, a dragon with glittering eyes and scales that flicker from fiery orange to ruby red. But Tomas is also having to get used to Flicker being away, now that his dragon’s home is back in the frosty North. Adventure is never far away for Tomas, though – as he finds out when another dragon hatches on the dragonfruit tree at the bottom of the garden, a dragon who quite quickly decides he is sticking firmly with Tomas! Zing is a tiny dragon with oversized wings, who causes havoc wherever he goes.

When a new girl, Aura, starts at school, proclaiming herself to be a dragon expert, Tomas is thrown into confusion. He is the one with the dragons and the dragonfruit tree, after all! Before he knows it, Tomas has blurted out his secret to Aura, and sets in motion a chain of events which will lead to adventures and mayhem aplenty

 

51Tyd+JYirL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Welcome back to Planet Omar! The third book in Zanib Mian’s laugh-out-loud series, with amazing cartoon-style illustrations from Nasaya Mafaridik. Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Wimpy Kid.

When Omar and his friends come back after the school holidays, their lovely teacher seems to have been replaced by somebody much more grumpy.

Overhearing other teachers talking about her, Omar decides something terrible has happened. Could she possibly have been abducted by … aliens?!

Omar persuades his friends to mount a rescue mission but what they find is very surprising!

 

hbg-title-9781786541048-22Believe in the impossible… A magical story celebrating the power of imagination, from the bestselling author of STORIES FOR BOYS WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT.

Oleg and Emma entered their den to find a cardboard spaceship standing exactly where they usually sat. Slowly, the front door opened and out stepped a boy. ‘My name’s Sebastian Cole,’ he said. ‘But you already know that.’


When Oleg and Emma invent a new classmate called Sebastian, they are amazed when he appears – very much real – in their secret den.

Sebastian isn’t like the rest of their classmates. He’s never eaten pizza, he’s not sure what goose bumps are, and he has a satchel that seems to hold an endless supply of hot ice cream.

But as the trio begin their adventures, more impossible things keep happening, from a runaway goat appearing at school to a sighting of some snowwomen walking down the road. Things soon take a turn for the dangerous when the three friends are pursued by the mysterious Institute of Unreality, who want to capture and erase Sebastian, restoring order to the world.

With the help of a cowboy gardener, an imprisoned scientist, and the rest of their class, can Emma and Oleg protect their new friend and keep the magic of the impossible alive?

After inspiring countless young readers with tales of extraordinary people in the world around them, Ben Brooks’ first children’s novel is a magical adventure that celebrates friendship, the power of imagination, and ice cream.

 

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