The Guggenheim Mystery, by Robin Stevens and Siobhan Dowd, published by Puffin
My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye.
This is the story of my second mystery. This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth millions of pounds. Perhaps that’s because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else’s.
But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft – and Aunt Gloria is family. And I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.
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The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess, by Julia Jarman, published by Andersen Press
When Topher takes in a stray cat, Ka, he has no idea that she is a TIME TRAVELLER. Soon, Ka starts to disappear a lot. Topher is worried, so when she leaves him a clue, he has to follow it. Topher finds himself in ANCIENT EGYPT, in a city famous for its cat worship and sacrifice. Can Topher find Ka before it’s too late?
The Explorer, by Katherine Rundell, published by Bloomsbury
From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him.
As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.
Except, it seems, someone has been there before them…
Katherine Rundell spent her childhood in Africa and Europe. After completing a degree in English and a doctorate on John Donne, she is now a full-time writer and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she studies Renaissance literature and climbs old buildings at night. Katherine is the bestselling author of The Wolf Wilder and Rooftoppers, which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award and was shortlisted for many others. In 2017 she was selected as one of Hay Festival’s Hay30 influential young thinkers to watch.
Hannah Horn is a UK-based artist who specialises in illustration, paint and printmaking. Born in Aberdeen, Hannah studied fashion illustration at the London College of Fashion. In her career thus far she has produced work for a diverse range of projects including fashion, print, skateboarding brands and album artwork. The Explorer is her first children’s fiction illustration project.
Future Ratboy and the Quest for the Missing Thingy, by Jim Smith, published by Egmont
This laugh-out-loud, unlikely superhero comedy adventure will delight all those that enjoyed Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants.
When a bolt of lightning hit Colin Lamppost he was zapped millions of years into the future and turned into a half boy, half rat, half TV! With new superkeel powers and a real life sidekick in Not Bird, Future Ratboy was born.
In this new adventure, Future Ratboy sees a surprising new side to his enemy, evil Mr X, goes on a journey to the centre of the earth and faces a race against time to find the missing thingy.
Girls Can Vlog: Jazzie Jessie, by Emma Moss, published by Macmillan
Girls Can Vlog is pitch-perfect fiction series for aspirational vloggers, digital devotees and readers with a passion for all things online!
Jessie’s got a lot going on… As well as having to give up her bedroom to the new lodger, she’s busy filming her popular pranking videos for the Girls Can Vlog channel, there’s an important gymnastics competition to prepare for, and the SummerTube convention is just around the corner! But there are only so many hours in a day, and the girls are getting fed up with Jessie constantly running late. When a huge row breaks out, she is faced with an impossible choice…
Jedi Academy 5: The Force Oversleeps, by Jarrett Krosoczka, published by Scholastic
Victor Starspeeder is back at Jedi Academy for year #2, but it’s not going the way he’d planned. He was excited about Drama Club and hoped to get the lead in this year’s musical… But a new kid got the role. He keeps oversleeping and getting to class late . . . Worst of all, his big sister Christina is getting ready to graduate from Jedi Academy, and there are rumors going around that she’s a Sith! What’s a Padawan to do? In times when he feels more alone than ever, Victor will have to trust the ways of the Force and his friends if he’s going to survive year two in this all-new chapter in the Jedi Academy series.
They Didn’t Teach THIS in Worm School!, by Simone Lia, published by Walker
Marcus is a worm. He likes the colour brown. He likes mud (because it’s brown). And he likes digging holes in the mud-brown earth. Strangely, he likes beat boxing, too. But when Marcus meets Laurence (a scruffy, fat bird who looks a lot like a chicken … and thinks he’s a flamingo!), he comes face to face with his worst fear. Will he get eaten for breakfast? It is a Very Bad Situation. Marcus has two choices: Survive, Or get slurped up like a piece of spaghetti. Mustering all his worm instincts, he finds himself striking up a conversation. It’s amazing how a simple “Good morning!” can end up saving your life… And so begins a tale of high adventure, wily tricks and unlikely friendship. Simone Lia has created a heartwarming comedy classic that will have readers wriggling with laughter.
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The Boy with One Name, by J.R. Wallis, published by Simon & Schuster
Twelve-year-old Jones is an orphan, training as an apprentice hunter alongside his mentor, Maitland, tackling ogres, trolls and all manner of creatures that live in the Badlands – a hidden part of our own world, and which most people think exist only in fairytales and nightmares. But all Jones secretly wants to be is an ordinary boy and to leave the magical world forever…
When an ogre hunt goes wrong and Maitland is killed, Jones finally has a chance to find out where he came from. But the truth he uncovers isn’t what he’s expecting and it seems that if Jones is going to make his dream come true he’ll have to defeat a creature not even Maitland had dared take on and he won’t be able to do it alone…
He’s going to need help from Ruby, the first girl he’s ever met. She’s outspoken, fearless and determined to prove she’s as good as any boy, and unlike Jones, being ordinary is the last thing on her mind. Ruby’s desperate to find her place in the world and thinks the Badlands could be it. So, working together isn’t going to be straightforward. In fact, it could be downright dangerous.
But who said getting what you want is supposed to easy, even if it is just wanting to be ordinary?
A Place Called Perfect, by Helena Duggan, published by Usborne
Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time? Violet quickly discovers there’s something weird going on in the town – she keeps hearing voices, her mam is acting strange and her dad has disappeared. When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have vanished…and that the mysterious watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret! Read an extract here
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Simply the Quest, by Maz Evans, published by Chicken House
Elliot Hooper’s troubles are far from over: his mum’s health worsens, he’s struggling at school, and to top it off a bunch of Greek immortals have moved into his home – including teen goddess Virgo, who’s in trouble with the Zodiac Council. What’s more, death-daemon Thanatos and his scary mum – who might even be worse than he is – are at large. As even more immortal allies and enemies emerge, Virgo and Elliot must learn how to be heroes… Read an extract here
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Little Lord Fauntleroy, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, published by Vintage Children Classic
‘And so this is little Lord Fauntleroy’
Ceddie is a regular little boy living in New York with his mother, until the day a tall, old gentleman arrives to give him some startling news. Ceddie, it turns out, is the child of a great English family. He must go to England to live with the Earl his grandfather and become a person he never knew he was: Little Lord Fauntleroy.
What the old gentleman neglects to mention is that Ceddie’s grandfather is one of the most grumpy, grouchy, gouty and feared old men in all England. Wish the new Little Lord Fauntleroy good luck…
Includes exclusive material: In the Backstory you can find out more about the inspirations for the story and take the Little Lord Fauntleroy quiz!
Vintage Children’s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The Starman and Me, by Sharon Cohen, published by Hachette
Twelve-year-old Kofi first spots the prehistoric human on a supermarket roundabout. He is small and dark and curled into a tight ball. His name is Rorty Thrutch and he has zero memory of how he ended up in the unexceptional village of Bradborough, or why he’s being hunted…
Kofi soon finds out that Rorty can do amazing things. He can copy, paste and delete objects, using only the power of his mind. This is the discovery of the century and mad, greedy scientists will stop at nothing to track him down.
The Starman and Me explores where we have come from and where we are moving to – it’s about the magic of DNA, the power of identity, and the importance of caring for each other.
Code Your Own Jungle Adventure, Code Your Own Knight Adventure, Code Your Own Pirate Adventure and Code Your Own Space Adventure, by Max Wainewright, published by Quarto
Coding is brought to life by encouraging readers to draw central characters, animate plot lines and create games. With easy -to-follow, illustrated step-by-step instructions, these books introduce key coding concepts through simple and practical tasks – from drawing shapes and giving instructions in code to building games and much more. Exciting quests are combined with learning to code using Scratch. Choose your mission and get going!
Max Wainwright has written over 20 educational software titles for children. His programs and websites have won a number of awards including BETT, ERA and Practical Pre-School Gold Awards. Max also used to be a primary school teacher. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
Kalle Blomkvist: Living Dangerously, by Astrid Lindgren, published by Oxford University Press
One year on from the mysterious case of the missing jewels and it’s another summer of sleuthing for Kalle Blomqvist, and this time, there’s a murderer on the loose.