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The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson, published by Scholastic

Nate and his mother are running away, hiding out in a tumbledown cottage in the middle of a forest. When Mum heads off for provisions, and then doesn’t return, Nate is left alone and afraid, with the dark closing in all around him. But comfort can come from the most unexpected of places – a mysterious girl trying to solve the clues of a treasure hunt and the reappearance of an old friend from his past. Will Nate find the bravery needed to face the troubles of his present and ultimately illuminate the future?

A Far Away Magic by Amy Wilson, published by Macmillan

When Angel moves to a new school after the death of her parents, she isn’t interested in making friends.  Until she meets Bavar – a strange boy, tall, awkward and desperate to remain unseen, but who seems to have a kind of magic about him.  Everyone and everything within Bavar’s enchanted house is urging him to step up and protect the world from a magical rift through which monsters are travelling, the same monsters that killed Angel’s parents.

But Bavar doesn’t want to follow the path that’s been chosen for him – he wants to be normal; to disappear. Fighting one another as well as their fears, Angel and Bavar must find a way to repair the rift between the worlds, and themselves, before it’s too late . . .

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone, published by Simon & Schuster

‘Once an adventure digs its claws in, there is not an awful lot you can do about it. Especially when magic is involved . . .’

In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find – because Erkenwald is ruled by an evil Ice Queen and the tribes must stay hidden or risk becoming her prisoners at Winterfang Palace.

Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey to the Never Cliffs and beyond in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back.

This is a story about an eagle huntress, an inventor and an organ made of icicles. But it is also a story about belonging, even at the very edges of our world . . .

Abi Elphinstone has written a teaching guide which is available here and you can read out Q&A with her about Sky Song here.

A Pony Called Secret: A Friend in Need by Olivia Tuffin, published by Nosy Crow

Alice is so excited to finally join the pony club with her gorgeous pony, Secret. But when one of the ponies goes missing in the depths of winter will they ever be able to bring it back to safety? Exciting, heart-warming and authentic, this series is perfect for pony lovers everywhere.

Nancy Parker’s Chilling Conclusions by Julia Lee, published by Oxford University Press

Nancy Parker has a new job, she’s accompanying her old school teacher Miss Lamb as a ladies’ maid to Midwinter Manor. But things take a turn for the worst when Nancy discovers a dead body in the library. With a house full of strange guests, who could possibly be the murderer?

The Day That Aliens (Nearly) Ate Our Brains by Tom McLaughlin, published by Walker

A laugh-a-minute action-packed alien adventure perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Best friends Freddy and Sal have accidentally intercepted a message from Alan – a spectacularly grumpy, brain-munching alien from outer space. Alan has only one message. Earth is going to be invaded in exactly ten hours’ time. Soon the  police, NASA and even Presidents from around the world are getting  involved – and Freddy is about to become the most famous kid on planet earth for all the wrong reasons. Wolverhampton, we have a problem.

Win 1 of 5 copies of The Day That Aliens (Nearly) Ate Our Brains by entering our competition here (closing date 31st January 2018).

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, published by Usborne

Since Caitlin’s brother died, she has no one to explain the world to her. It’s a confusing place, full of emotions and colours she can’t understand. So when Caitlin reads the definition of “closure” in the dictionary, she decides that’s what she needs. And as she struggles to find it, she lets a world of colour into her black-and-white life.

A bittersweet story about hurt and healing, told in the unforgettable voice of a young girls with Asperger’s syndrome.

Enter our competition for your chance to win a copy of Mockingbird (closing date 31st January 2018).

Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illustrated by Juliana Neufeld, published by Arrow Young

The Kidd family discovers an ancient map to the lost Incan City of Paititi. But when the map is stolen, the Kidds have to rely on Storm’s picture-perfect memory to navigate the dangerous Amazon jungle – until she’s kidnapped! To save Storm, the Kidds must locate the fabled city … before the bad guys find it first.

The race is on!

Enter our competition with Arrow Young to win a copy of Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold (closing date 5th February 2018).

Secrets of a Teenage Heiress by Katy Birchall, published by Egmont

A hilariously funny and fabulously glamorous series from the author of It Girl. Perfect for 10+ years readers, and fans of Geek Girl and Girl Online.

Flick’s family have owned The Royale – one of London’s most prestigious hotels – for generations. But Flick isn’t that interested. She is interested in the newest guest – superstar celebrity Skylar Chase, and Sky’s mega-famous group of friends, including dreamy YouTube star, Ethan Duke. But just as Flick gets the chance to join their glittering squad, she gets grounded following an unfortunate incident involving a prince, a wardrobe and a selfie stick (it could have happened to anyone!). With only her Instagram star pet Dachshund, Fritz, for company, will Flick find a way to escape The Royale and join the fame game?

Win a new year book bundle from Egmont, including a copy of Secrets of a Teenage Heiress by entering our competition here. The closing date is the 26th January 2018.

365 Weird & Wonderful Science Experiments by Beth Harris, published by Quarto

This fact- and fun-filled book of science includes hundreds of simple, kid-tested science experiments. All of which can be done with items from around the house, and require little to no supervision! Whether you’re making your own slime, rockets, crystals, and hovercrafts or performing magic (science!) tricks and using science to become a secret agent, this book has something for every type of curious kid. Each experiment features safety precautions, materials needed, step-by-step instructions with illustrations, fun facts, and further explorations.

Beth Harris has been involved in science education for more than 20 years in classrooms, research facilities, and museums. She loves sharing fun experiments with anyone who will listen and with whatever is handy.

Enter our competition with Quarto for your chance to win an amazing book bundle, including a copy of 365 Weird & Wonderful Science Experiments (closing date 23rd January 2018).

The Girl Who Saw Lions by Berlie Doherty, published by Andersen

Two girls, from very different places, are brought together in a tale of loss, courage and family. Abela has lost everything, and now she must leave her home in Tanzania and flee to Britain. Rosa’s struggling to cope with her mum’s wish to adopt a child. When they are brought together, will Abela and Rosa ever be able to love one another like sisters?

From the Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty, The Girl Who Saw Lions is a powerful and moving story, inspired by the author’s visit to Africa.

Ultimate Football Heroes: Kane by Tom and Matt Oldfield, published by  Dino

Meet Kane – Ultimate Football Hero. . .

When Harry Kane was released by Arsenal at nine years old for being too small, he had to use all his self-belief to prove that he could make it as a footballer. Now a superstar striker for Tottenham Hotspur and England, his hard work and determination have paid off. Kane is the amazing story of how the boy from North London became the Premier League’s most lethal goalscorer.

Ultimate Football Heroes is a series of biographies telling the life-stories of the biggest and best footballers in the world and their incredible journeys from childhood fan to super-star professional player. Written in fast-paced, action-packed style these books are perfect for all the family to collect and share.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, published by Puffin

When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a ‘wrinkle in time’ for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as ‘It’. How Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father makes this a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.

Mr Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein, published by Puffin

The second in the puzzle-tastic New York Times bestselling Mr Lemoncello series!

Teams from all across America have come to compete in Mr Lemoncello’s LIBRARY OLYMPICS. But books seem to be missing from the library. Is someone trying to censor what the kids are reading?! In between figuring out mind-boggling challenges, Kyle and his friends will have to band together to get to the bottom of this mystery. Packed with puzzles, clues, and thrilling surprises, this is a deliciously fun, action-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library. Let the games begin!