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Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords by Laura Ellen Anderson, published by Egmont

The second book in the gorgeously gothic, wickedly funny series from author/illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson. Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball was selected as Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month October 2017.

Amelia Fang is the biggest hearted vampiress you’ll ever meet. In this adventure, she and her friends, Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST), Grimaldi the Death and Prince Tangine (reformed spoiled sprout), along with her pet pumpkin Squashy, must brave the journey to the terrifying Kingdom of Light to try to find Tangine’s missing mother, Queen Fairyweather.

But with unicorns, fairies and angel-kittens lurking around every corner, who can they trust? And will they finally uncover the real villain keeping the kingdoms of Light and Dark as mortal enemies?

Enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning copies of Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords and Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball.

Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird, published by Macmillan

Finn has always been different, and in the tiny fishing village of Stromhead he sticks out like a sore thumb. Always told to keep away from the water, he’s felt that something was missing until one day he dives in and finds that, swimming with the dolphins, he feels completely at home.

But his new friends are in danger of being injured by the rubbish that floats out into the water – and now a supermarket is going to release thousands of balloons that could drift out to sea and cause even more damage. Desperate to help the dolphins, Finn goes to the Lighthouse Crew, a group of kids who have always left Finn out. Will they be able to set aside their differences to save the dolphins?  And what will Finn discover about his past along the way?

Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God by Rob Lloyd Jones, published by Walker

Jake Atlas and his family are on the run, hunted by international police while chasing the mysterious People of the Snake to stop them from hiding the secret history of humankind. But when the family’s friend, Sami, is poisoned, the People of the Snake force the Atlases to work for them in exchange for a cure. Their mission: to locate a legendary lost city and the tomb of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl in the jungles of Honduras – home to bandits, big cats, tarantulas and crocodiles. But the family’s greatest enemy is themselves, as their squabbles threaten to get them into even deeper trouble.

In order to reach the tomb, the family must survive ancient traps, jump out of a crashing plane, escape a jaguar’s lair, climb a cliff of skulls, jump over a huge waterfall and escape from a trap of swinging blades!

A brilliant heart-thumping sequel to the increasingly popular Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake, this is another high-octane adventure, full of laughs and high-tech gadgets, from an award-winning author.

Read an extract from Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God here.

Outdoor Maker Lab by Robert Winston, published by DK

Brimming with exciting projects to help budding boffins explore the science of their surroundings. Using easy-to-find everyday materials, these are science experiments to do at home and in the garden.

Written by Robert Winston, Outdoor Maker Lab is an unmissable outdoor approach to science and STEM learning. Kids can extract DNA from strawberries to learn about genetic traits, make a model of tectonic plates to understand earthquakes, and make a wormery to learn about ‘useful waste’. These wonderful experiments will help kids to understand our world and beyond by building a telescope and looking at the planets and stars or make a bottle rocket to learn about Newton’s laws of physics.

Outdoor Maker Lab uses real-world examples and an irresistible mix of craft activities and experiments to get young scientists excited from the get-go.

Enter our competition and win a bundle of amazing DK science books, including Outdoor Maker Lab.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw, published by Simon & Schuster

 Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Two centuries ago, in the small, isolated town, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return from the depths, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them down to their watery deaths.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into or the fact that his arrival will change everything…

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

Simon & Schuster have 10 COPIES of The Wicked Deep to give away. Enter our competition here.

Doctor Who: The Day She Saved the Doctor, published by Penguin

A companion: explores time and space with the Doctor, gets into trouble with the Doctor, fights enemies with the Doctor . . . And – more often than not – has to save his life. Here are four fantastic new adventures with the Doctor, starring Rose, Sarah-Jane, Clara and Bill. Publishing on International Women’s Day in March 2018, it will also be the perfect way to prepare for Jodie Whittaker’s first ever female Doctor.

Written by Jenny Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner, Dorothy Koomson and Susan Calman, these stories are a celebration of the Doctor’s fantastic female friends, for fans of all ages.

Win a Doctor Who book bundle to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Running on Empty by S.E. Durrant, published by Nosy Crow

AJ’s grandfather has always been the one to keep his unusual family together, so when he dies things start to unravel at the edges. AJ is worried about his parents but they don’t really seem to notice. In order to deal with his grief and to keep his anxiety at bay, AJ does what he and his grandfather did best: running. Round and round the Olympic Park, aiming for the nationals, running to escape, AJ only seems to be heading ever closer to disaster. Running on Empty is a beautiful book about false starts and emotional journeys, with hope as the ultimate finishing line.

A Journey Through Art by Aaron Rosen and Lucy Dalzell, published by Thames & Hudson

In the first book of its kind, Aaron Rosen tells the story of how art developed across the world. He takes young readers on a journey through art history, from the Palaeolithic period to the present day, stopping off at thirty different locations around the world. As readers travel from one incredible destination to the next, they will discover the remarkable network of caves carved into the rock in ad 500 at Ajanta, India; Cambodia’s remarkable Angkor Wat as it stood in ad 1200; the glories of Renaissance Florence in ad 1500; and the remarkable energy in New York in the 1950s. At every stop-off point readers will encounter stories of astonishing artworks and the cultures that gave birth to them.

Alice Dent and the Incredible Germs by Gwen Lowe, published by Chicken House

When Alice Dent gets a cold, she has no idea how much trouble it’s about to cause. Because this is no ordinary cold: it comes with some seriously weird side-effects. For a start, Alice can’t stop giggling and every animal she meets sticks to her like glue! But when the mysterious Best Minister for Everything Nicely Perfect and his scary masked henchmen come to take her away, Alice realizes her troubles are only just beginning …

50 Ways to Feel Happy by Vanessa King, Val Payne and Peter Harper, published by Quarto

What can you do to help yourself (and others) feel happier? This book is packed full of activities and ideas to try with family, friends and on your own. So, whether you feel happy right now and want to stay that way or you need some ideas to help you feel happier, this book is for you.

Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier world. The movement’s Patron is the Dalai Lama and its members take action in their personal lives, homes, workplaces and communities, all based on the latest scientific evidence about what really matters. Action for Happiness has over 100,000 members and an online community of over 1 million people across 170 countries.

Win a copy of 50 Ways to Feel Happy in Quarto’s book bundle competition here.

Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James and Chris Smith, illustrated by Erica Salcedo, published by Bloomsbury

Running a team of crime-fighting superheroes is a complicated business – especially when your mum’s not allowed to know that you’re doing it. But Murph Cooper is making it work: he’s a schoolkid by day and a member of the top-secret Heroes’ Alliance by night.

Not that anyone at The School seems to care. Most of Murph’s teachers and classmates still believe that unless you have a proper superpower you can’t be a real hero. But his achievements have caught the attention of at least one person …

Far away in a maximum security prison, the world’s most notorious supervillain, Magpie, has just broken a 30-year silence. Magpie’s special power? Draining heroes of their Capabilities and taking them for his own. And his first words? ‘Bring Kid Normal to me …’

Return of the Railway Children by E. Nesbit and Lou Kuenzler, published by Scholastic

Return to the magic of The Railway Children in this heart-warming sequel by Lou Kuenzler.

In the depths of WWII, 12-year-old Edie is nervous at the prospect of being sent to live with an unknown aunt whilst her mother Phyllis flies planes for the Air Transport Auxiliary. But Aunt Roberta welcomes Edie with open arms, along with Greta and Gus, two fellow evacuees. Together, the three children come to love their new home at Three Chimneys. But does a dark secret lurk at the heart of the village… and are Greta and Gus hiding a secret of their own?

Scholastic have 5 copies of Return of The Railway Children to give away. Win one here.

The Stig Plays A Dangerous Game by Jon Claydon and Tim Lawler, published by Bonnier

 The first in a fast-paced, funny series featuring The Stig: Top Gear’s legendary racing driver.

Sam Wheeler may be the new boy in Bunsfold, but he’s got a feeling that all is not well either in the town or at Bunsfold High – and he’s not just talking about the maths teacher with the unfortunate flatulence. A local boy, Buster Mustang, has recently gone missing, and no one seems to care – they’re all too busy playing the highly addictive video game Xenon or getting the town ready for its very first TT race. Both are the brainchild of mysterious local billionaire PT Cruiser. Besides global domination, PT Cruiser wants nothing more than to destroy his nemesis The Stig once and for all – and his TT race is just what he needs to tempt him on to the big stage again …

Sam sets out with his new friends Minnie Cooper and Ford Harrison to uncover the truth behind all the strange goings-on in Bunsfold – but danger has a habit of showing up wherever they do, and soon all that stands between our heroes and disaster is … a taciturn man in a white suit.

Win a copy of The Stig Plays a Dangerous Game by entering our competition here.

Wonders of the World’s Museums by Molly Oldfield, Peter Malone and Harriet Taylor-Seed, published by Hachette

 Open up this treasure trove of wonders to visit 43 museums and 50 exhibits! Discover the most fascinating and mysterious objects found in museums, from star attractions to unsung exhibits. With Molly Oldfield, research elf of hit television show QI, unearth the astonishing stories of how these treasures were created, found and finally displayed. Travel back in time to discover an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, encounter China’s mysterious Terracotta Army, sail the seas in a Viking ship, take flight in the world’s first aeroplane, defend World War Two Britain in Churchill’s siren suit, journey to the Moon with Neil Armstrong in the Apollo 11 Command Module and even play in a World Cup Final wearing Pelé’s victory shirt.

Through stunning photography and glorious illustration, these wonders and many more will bring history, science and culture to life for readers aged 10+, as well as the whole family!

Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke by James Patterson, published by Arrow Young

Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts, and she’s a triple threat onstage! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer – but her parents have other plans for her. Jacky reluctantly signs up for a summer job in her resort town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where tourists come to enjoy the beach and fun carnival atmosphere.

Now she has serious responsibilities like her job and babysitting her younger sisters, but Jacky longs to perform in the summer stock performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Can she handle all of her important commitments and still have fun with her friends – or will she learn that juggling isn’t one of her many talents?

Win 1 of 3 copies of Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke by entering our competition here.

The Lost and Found Series: Love From Lexie by Cathy Cassidy, published by Penguin

Ever since Lexie’s mum vanished, her world hasn’t stopped spinning. A new home, a new school – even a new family but Lexie never gives up hope that her mum will come back and writes her letters every day to tell her all about her new life.

There’s plenty to tell – the new group of misfits she calls friends, the talent for music she never knew she had and the gorgeous boy with blue eyes and secrets to hide. But her letters remain unanswered and she’s starting to feel more alone than ever. Lexie’s about to learn that sometimes you need to get lost in order to be found.

The first in a gorgeous new series from the bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls and the perfect next step for fans of Jacqueline Wilson.

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