New Books for 8-12 year olds in September

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The Diary of the Naughtiest Girl, by Jeanne Willis and Alex T. Smith, published by Hodder Children’s Books

Inspired by Enid Blyton’s bestselling school series The Naughtiest Girl – this is the hilarious diary of the naughtiest pupil there’s ever been.

‘Mum says pupils aren’t allowed to take mobile devices to Whyteleafe … excuse me? It’s the twenty-first century! What next? Ride to school on a penny-farthing?’

When Elizabeth Allen is packed off to boarding school, armed with nothing but a journal to write in for entertainment, she is NOT impressed. How will she survive without her home comforts, especially her pony Ross (the only boy she has ever truly loved)? Elizabeth comes up with a cunning plan: she will be so naughty that she gets sent home . . .

But then Elizabeth discovers a love for music and makes her first ever friend … perhaps school life might not be as bad as she thought?

Football SchoolFootball School: Where Football Explains the World, by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, illustrated by Spike Gerrell, published by Walker

A groundbreaking new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through the prism of football. The first book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads. When do footballers poo? Can you play football on Mars? What is a magic sponge? You will find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as history, geography, biology and maths. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football.

Henry and the Guardians of the Lostby Jenny Nimmo, published by Egmont
Henry and the Guardians of the Lost

Less than 10 minutes after the arrival of the mysterious letter, Henry is on the run with his Auntie Pearl. Henry has a secret which has put him in danger and his only hope is the protection of the Guardians of the Lost.


9780141362908-the-racehorse-who-wouldnt-gallopThe Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, by Clare Balding, published by Puffin

Charlie Bass is a horse-mad ten-year-old who dreams of owning her own pony. So when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse, Charlie is thrilled.

The horse she buys, Noble Warrior, looks the part: strong, fit and healthy. There’s just one problem – he won’t gallop. In fact, he won’t even leave his stable without his best friend, a naughty palomino pony called Percy.

Charlie is convinced that Noble Warrior has what it takes to be a champion. But can she prove it? Derby Day is fast approaching and only a win can save the family farm from being repossessed.

Win a copy of The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop (closing date 30/09/16).

Read an extract or listen to an audio extract.

Download our design activity sheet and Q/A with Clare Balding.

Ottoline and the Purple Fox, by Chris Riddell, published by Macmillan Children’s Books Ottoline and the Purple Fox - Jacket

Ottoline is back in Ottoline and the Purple Fox, a brand new adventure from Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell.

Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who offers to take them on a night-time urban safari. The fox shows them all the hidden animals of the city and Ottoline makes notes on them in her field notebook. Mr Munroe is making notes too – on the anonymous poems he finds stuck to lampposts on their journey. Who is the secretive poet, and how can he and Ottoline help them mend their broken heart?

Includes a free fold-up-and-keep fortune teller!

Robyn SilverRobyn Silver, by Paula Harrison, published by Scholastic

Life was very ordinary for ten-year-old Robyn Silver. The often-ignored middle child in a big family, the most excitement she had was the dash to the dinner table to reach the last slice of pizza. Until . . . she begins to see creepy creatures around her town – creatures that are invisible to everyone else. And when her school is forced to decamp to mysterious Grimdean House and she meets its equally mysterious owner, Mr Cryptorum, Robyn finds herself catapulted headfirst into an extraordinary adventure – with more excitement than she could possibly have imagined. Be careful what you wish for . . .


The Wolf Wilder, by Katherine Rundell, published by Bloomsbury The Wolf Wilder PB

Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves. 

Katherine Rundell spent her childhood in Africa and Europe and is now a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She is also the bestselling author of Rooftoppers, a story inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls. Rooftoppers won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Award in 2014 and was shortlisted for many others. The Wolf Wilder is the first of three new novels with Bloomsbury.

Download a Wolf Wilder poster for your library or classroom.

lockwood_creepingshadow_covLockwood & Co: The Creeping Shadow, by Jonathan Stroud, published by Corgi Children’s

Lucy has left Lockwood & Co. A freelance operative, she is hiring herself out to other agencies – agencies that might value her ever-improving skills. But now Lockwood needs her help.

Penelope Fittes, leader of the well-renowned Fittes Agency wants Lockwood & Co. – and only them – to locate and remove the ‘Source’ for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. It’s a tough assignment. Made worse by the tensions between Lucy and the other agents – even the skull is treating her like a jilted lover!

What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving their closest rivals may just do the trick. But not all is at it seems. And it’s not long before a shocking revelation rocks Lockwood & Co. to its very core . . .

Watch the trailer for Lockwood & Co here

Download the teaching pack here, featuring comprehension exercises, puzzles and book review templates.

Win a copy of the fourth title in the series here (closing date 30/09/16).

Tom’s Midnight Garden, written by Philippa Pearce and illustrated by Edith, published by OUP 9780192747051_toms-midnight-garden-graphic-novel

One of the world’s best-loved children’s classics by Philippa Pearce has been lovingly adapted into a graphic novel by top French illustrator Edith. This beautifully illustrated and enchanting story follows Tom into a magical garden, where he is transported into a timeless world where past and present collide.

atlas-of-animals_cvrAtlas of Animal Adventures, written by Rachel Williams & illustrated by, published by Wide Eyed Editions 

From the team behind the best-selling Atlas of Adventures.  Head off on a journey of discovery, with this book that collects together nature’ s most unmissable events from between the two poles, including epic migrations, extraordinary behaviours, and Herculean habits. Find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every animal.

Rachel Williams studied creative writing before becoming an editor and publisher of children’s books. Atlas of Animal Adventures is one of the many books she has written for children.

Lucy Letherland is an illustrator based in London, UK.  She graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2011 with a First Class BA (Hons) in illustration with animation. Lucy’s work is strongly led by humour and narrative, creating a playful, graphic quality. Atlas of Adventures is Lucy’s first book for children.