JANUARY’S NEW BOOKS for 8-12 year olds

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Brand new for 2015, Ripley’s Twists are the latest titles in this award-winning children’s reference series. Bursting with amazing photography, compelling illustrations, and all-new content, these easy-to-read books present scientific facts with the unbelievable Ripley stories young readers can’t get enough of. Available individually or as part of a series, Ripley’s Twists books have proven popularity in classrooms, libraries, and homes all over the globe.

 WIN! Ripley’s Twists: Snakes and Reptiles



WHERE’S EMOJIwhere's emojo

A search and find book with a modern twist… The emoji family are jet setting off around the world on holiday but can you spot them among the sights of the world?





river of inkRIVER OF INK by Helen Dennis 

When a mystery teenage boy emerges from the River Thames drenched, distressed and unable to remember anything about himself, he becomes the focus of worldwide media speculation. Unable to communicate, the River Boy is given paper and a pencil and begins to scribble. Soon a symbol emerges, but the boy has no idea why he has drawn it even though it’s the only clue to the mystery of his identity…

WIN! River of Ink




EMILY SPARKES AND THE DISCO DISASTER by Ruth Fitzgerald emily sparkes

Unfortunately for Emily Sparkes, life has a way of humiliating her at every turn.  Normally through the medium of her mother. But now, probably because he felt left out, her dad has decided to be the ULTIMATE embarrassment.

Discovering his old record collection in the attic, he somehow gets the idea that he’d make a great DJ, and volunteers his services for the school disco. He even thinks he might have a go at rapping for everyone’s entertainment.



hell's bellesHELL’S BELLES by Tatum Flynn 

Jinx’s best friend Tommy, a human girl who ended up in hell after accidentally feeding her nasty stepfather to a circus lion, faces adventures of her own…






3 OF A KIND by Rohan Gavin3 of a Kind

Who will hold the winning hand? Sherlock meets Ocean’s Eleven in this wickedly funny, action-packed crime caper.

Darkus Knightley is used to expecting the unexpected. An extraordinary solver of crimes, with immense powers of deduction, and regularly found bedecked in tweed, Darkus is anything but the average 13-year-old. But he is the person to call when strange goings-on are afoot!

Despite trying to leave his detective ways behind to lead a normal teenage life, when his father’s loyal housekeeper, Bogna, goes missing, Darkus must return to the family fold and follow the clues to America and the bright lights of Las Vegas. Alongside his father, Alan, and stepsister, Tilly, Darkus must once again face the deadly criminal organisation, the Combination – and this time, all bets are off. With danger at every turn, Knightley and Son will need an ace or two up their sleeves in order to win this game. Will the odds be in our detective duo’s favour? Or will this be the Knightleys’ final roll of the dice?

Perfect for fans of Sherlock, this thrilling crime adventure will keep you on the edge of your seats. www.knightleyandson.com

WIN! 3 Of a Kind


Funny, cheeky and crammed full of brilliant illustrations, Jelly Breaks the Mould is the third book in the brilliant Turning to Jelly series by author and illustrator Candy Guard.

Inspired by the success of her not-so-secret crush, Sandy Blatch, Jelly decides that she needs to become a rock star. That way she’ll get as many fans as Sandy’s band, and Sandy will fall completely in love with her. Jelly’s best friends, Myf and Roobs, are totally up for it. Sure, none of them actually know how to play any instruments, but they’re really good at coming up with costumes and dance routines!

Meanwhile, Jelly’s volunteered to help with (been roped into) the school’s performance of Romeo and Juliet and has to watch while her Romeo, Sandy, stars alongside annoying Cicily Fanshaw.

Will Jelly be able to woo Sandy with her musical ability, or will it take something bigger, madder and more extraordinary to catch his eye? Never was there a story of more woe than this of Jelly and her Romeo (aka Sandy Blatch).

Hilariously honest accounts of an ordinary tween girl’s life, for fans of Dork Diaries, Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN ADVENTURE by Andrew Judge and Chris JudgeCreate Your Own Alien Adventure

Read, choose, draw, fold, twist, tear and more to Create Your Own Alien Adventure! The kids can choose where the story takes them as they join Daisy Doodle on her epic quest to find an alien. They can follow the trail of the alien across town, back to its ship, thentear a small hole in the page to get inside – and learn to speak alien! Once they’ve helped B’ob fix the tear in his ship (wonder where that came from?) he’ll take them to visit his home. What will happen next? The kids will decide…





The royal family are disturbed by the shocking news that there has been a break-in at the Tower of London – everything has been stolen, including the crown jewels. The adults say it’s a human matter, but Lupo has an especially bad feeling about this particular crime. He and Kitty take matters into their own hands. Meanwhile, something is stirring in the Thames – a creature who has been hiding in the sewers for hundreds of years. A creature with revenge on its mind …



I FUNNY TV by James Patterson and Chris GrabenstienI Funny TV HB (1)

Jamie Grimm has finally accomplished his dream of proving himself the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic, and the sky’s the limit from there. Enter a couple of TV executives with a huge plan for Jamie: a new show about Jamie and his oddball friends! But when Jamie struggles to learn the acting ropes, will it be an early curtain call for the biggest show of the decade?

WIN! I Funny TV



A RiverA RIVER by Marc Martin
Another beautiful title from illustrative talent Marc Martin exploring in bold images and stylish, poetic text, the journey of a river from city to sea.





DIGGERS by Terry Pratchettdiggers

This is the story of Jekub, the Dragon in the Hill with great big teeth and a great loud voice. (Well, that’s according to the nomes, but they are only four inches tall.) When humans threaten their new home in the quarry, the natural thing would be to run and hide. But the nomes have got the wild idea that they should fight back. After all, everyone knows that nomes are faster and smarter than humans, and now they have a secret weapon…This is the fantastically funny second book of the nomes, from the author of the bestselling Discworld series.



EchoECHO COME HOME by Megan Rix

‘I wish I had a dog . . . It could be a big dog or a little one. It could be any colour or breed. Just most of all I’d like a hearing dog.’

Eleven-year-old Jake is dreading his new school. No one understands how hard it is for him to make friends.

But then Jake meets Echo. Echo is a stray puppy, training to be a hearing dog. With Echo by his side, Jake’s confidence grows.

But then something terrible happens and Jake and Echo are separated. Determined to find his way back to Jake, Echo sets out on the difficult journey home

With a long road ahead and danger all around, have Jake and Echo lost each other forever??

WIN! Echo Come Home

TIME TRAVELLING WITH A HAMSTER by Ross WelfordScreen Shot 2015-12-30 at 15.02.21

A truly original debut novel from an extraordinarily talented new voice in children’s books. Laugh, cry and wonder at this race-against-time story of a boy who travels back to 1984 to prevent a go-kart accident, and save his father’s life…

“My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve. The first time had nothing to do with me. The second time definitely did, but I would never even have been there if it hadn’t been for his ‘time machine’…” When Al Chaudhury discovers his late dad’s time machine, he finds that going back to the 1980s requires daring and imagination. It also requires lies, theft, burglary, and setting his school on fire. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer…

WIN! Time Travelling With a Hamster