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NEW books for 8 to 12 year olds in February

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DC Comics Study Hall of JusticeDC Comics: Study Hall of Justice by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen

Superhero fans of all ages will love reading about their favourite comic book characters in DC Comics: Study Hall of Justice! Join young Bruce Wayne, the new kid at Ducard Academy, a prep school for gifted middle school students. Bruce soon realises that he doesn’t quite fit in with the villainous behaviour of the other students, and teams up with two other outsiders, farm boy Clark Kent and the regal Diana Prince to find out why all of these extraordinary kids have been brought together, and to see just what the faculty is plotting… Packed full of heroic adventure, it’s the ideal tale for action fans!




Broccoli Boy PB JacketThe Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Rory Rooney likes to be prepared for all eventualities. His favourite book is Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared, and he has memorised every page of it. He could even survive a hippo attack. He knows that just because something is unlikely doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen . . .

But Rory isn’t prepared when he suddenly and inexplicably turns green.

Stuck in an isolation ward in a hospital far from home with two other remarkably green children, Rory’s as confused by his new condition as the medics seem to be.

But what if it’s not in their genes, or a virus, or something they ate?  What if turning green actually means you’ve turned into a superhero? Rory can’t wait to make it past hospital security and discover exactly what his superpower might be . . .

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce is a funny adventure for all to enjoy.

9780192745880_DREAMING_THE_BEARDreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo

A girl alone. A wounded bear. Together they are stronger.

Darcy feels alone in the vast snowy wilderness of Yellowstone National Park, until she comes across a wounded grizzly bear. Their unexpected, yet warm friendship gives Darcy a new lease of life, and gives her the courage to do the extraordinary.





Superhero Street by Phil Earle

superhero streetMouse is desperate to be a superhero. To find that power that will make him stand out in the crowd.

But his every attempt ends in failure. He can’t even get any attention at home as his five brothers (triplets AND twins) take every second of mum and dad’s attention. When mum foils a bank robbery while on duty as a lollipop lady, she and Mouse are lauded as superheroes. Joining forces with Mouse are The Z List – a group of unlikely crime-fighters. But in their midst is a traitor hell-bent on revenge.

Will Mouse be super enough to spot this danger, and is he brave enough to do anything about it?



mermaid's sisterMermaid’s Sister by Holly Webb

Mia is cousin to Olivia, the duchess of Venice; a ruler loved by her subjects for her command of magic and for saving the city from the flood. But Mia harbors a secret hatred of Olivia – her brother and mother were banished by the princess years before, and Mia has never forgiven her. Determined to ignore the powerful magic that is part of Olivia’s reign, Mia finds herself lonely and isolated – until the appearance of Ara, a mergirl who may just hold the key to Venice’s victory against the deadly Talish invaders…





Timmy Failure: We Meet Again by Stephan Pastis

Timmy F for WBDLooking for laughs?  Meet Timmy Failure!

Perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid and Barry Loser, the third book in Stephan Pastis’s bestselling Timmy Failure series sees Timmy striving for greatness once more – with unexpected consequences! Timmy’s detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods are throwing him curveballs: for starters, he’s on a trial period at school and to keep his place he has to get good grades and really behave. The fabled Miracle report will be the key to his success. It’s dirty business. It’s best you know nothing. But one thing is for  sure – Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!

Click here for fun Timmy Failure activity sheets…

WIN your own copy here…

9781408858028 Simon Thorn CoverSimon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimee Carter


Simon Thorn can talk to animals. But he’s spent most of his life hiding this incredible secret. After all, who would understand?

When herds of hungry rats kidnap his mum, Simon must go on a terrifying mission to rescue her. Soon he discovers he can do more than just talk to animals … Simon is an Animalgam – someone born with the ability to change into an animal at will – and there are others just like him.

But the Animalgam world is in terrible danger. Could Simon Thorn be the one who save it?

Read an extract here. And win a copy today!


Looking Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy

Alice nearly didn’t go to the sleepover. Why would Savvy, queen of the school, invite someone like her?
Now Alice is lying unconscious in a hospital bed. Lost in a wonderland of dreams and half-formed memories, she’s surrounded by voices – the doctor, her worried friends and Luke – whose kisses the night of the fall took her by surprise . . .
When the accident happened her world vanished – can Alice ever find her way back?
A wonderful modern-day reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, an unforgettable tale of friendship and love from one of the UK’s best-loved authors.

9780440871163 The Case of the Missing MoonstoneThe Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford

When Mary Godwin and Lady Ada Byron first meet, they don’t exactly hit it off. But with crime on the rise, the unlikely pair form a detective agency to hunt down clever criminals on the streets of London.
Their first case involves a stolen necklace, a false confession, and lots of suspicious suspects – but these are no match for Ada and Mary.
Filled with daring balloon chases, vile villains and two unforgettable heroines, The Case of the Missing Moonstone is the first in a thrilling new series; perfect for all aspiring sleuths.