[New books in October for 0-5, 5-8 and 8-12 ]
Kingdom of Ash, by Sarah J. Maas, published by Bloomsbury
Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to assassin to queen reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world …
She has risked everything to save her people – but at a tremendous cost. Locked in an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will to endure the months of torture inflicted upon her. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unravelling with each passing day…
With Aelin imprisoned, Aedion and Lysandra are the last line of defence keeping Terrasen from utter destruction. But even the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save the kingdom. Scattered throughout the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian must forge their own paths to meet their destinies. And across the sea Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen – before she is lost to him.
Some bonds will deepen and others be severed forever, but as the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight if they are to find salvation – and a better world.
Years in the making, Kingdom of Ash is the unforgettable conclusion to Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies), by Scarlett Curtis, published by Penguin
We asked 52 women: what does the F word mean to you?
The result is extraordinary.
“Brilliant, hysterical, truthful and real. These essays illuminate the path for our future female leaders.” – Reese Witherspoon
The must-read book for 2018. Follow @feminists on Instagram for updates.
Curated by journalist and activist Scarlett Curtis, with incredible pieces by: Emma Watson – Zoe Sugg – Keira Knightley – Gemma Arterton – Bridget Jones (by Helen Fielding) – Saoirse Ronan – Liv Little – Dolly Alderton – Karen Gillan – Alicia Garza – Jameela Jamil – Kat Dennings – Nimco Ali – Beanie Feldstein – Olivia Perez – Amika George – Evanna Lynch – Akilah Hughes – Tanya Burr – Grace Campbell – Alison Sudol – Kiernan Shipka – Elyse Fox – Charlie Craggs – Rhyannon Styles – Skai Jackson – Tasha Bishop – Lolly Adefope – Bronwen Brenner – Dr Alaa Murabit – Trisha Shetty – Jordan Hewson – Amy Trigg – Em Odesser – Emi Mahmoud – Lydia Wilson – Swati Sharma
No Fixed Address, by Susin Nielsen, published by Andersen Press
Felix Knutsson is nearly thirteen, lives with his mother and pet gerbil Horatio, and is brilliant at memorising trivia. So far, pretty normal. But Felix and his mom Astrid have a secret: they are living in a van. Astrid promises it’s only for a while until she finds a new job, and begs Felix not to breathe a word about it. So when Felix starts at a new school, he does his very best to hide it from his friends. But Felix has a plan to turn his and Astrid’s lives around: he’s going to go on his favourite game show Who, What, Where, When and win the cash prize. All he needs is a little luck and a lot of brain power . . .
Susin Nielsen deftly combines humour, heartbreak, and hope in this moving story about people who slip through the cracks in society, and about the power of friendship and community to make all the difference.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi, published by Egmont
A powerful and heartrending novel about fear, first love and the devastating impact of prejudice from New York Times bestselling author, Tahereh Mafi.
It’s the year after 9/11, and Shirin has just started at yet another new high school. It’s a difficult time, but especially so for a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who wears hijab. Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be.
She hides away, drowning her frustrations in music and spending her afternoons break-dancing with her brother. But then Shirin meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know her – and it terrifies her. He’s not like everyone else – but Shirin has had her guard up against the world for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.
A Map of Days, by Ransom Riggs, published by Penguin
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery-a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.
Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited-truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.
Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom-a world with few ymbrynes, or rules-that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again fully illustrated by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure-full color.
Maps of the United Kingdom, by Rachel Dixon, illustrated by Livi Gosling, published by Wide Eyed Editions
Take a tour of the United Kingdom as you’ve never seen it before in this fully illustrated set of county maps. Travel through England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and meet the incredible people born there, learn about its proud history, and discover ancient castles, modern feats of engineering and natural highlights while you revel in the nation’s curiosities, from the spectacular, to the quirky, to the downright strange! A fabulous introduction to Shakespeare’s Sceptre Isle, for readers young and old.
RACHEL DIXON is a travel and features writer for The Guardian newspaper in the UK. She is currently working on Maps of the UK for Wide Eyed Editions.
LIVI GOSLING Is a talented young illustrator who graduated from Falmouth University in 2012 and is now based in Hertfordshire, UK. She works primarily in inks and her colourful artwork focuses on travel, food and nature. One day, she dreams of being paid in cheese.
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Dry, by Neal Shusterman and Jarod Shusterman, published by Walker Books
The drought – or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it – has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t take long showers, don’t panic.
Until the taps run dry.
Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return, she and her younger brother must team up with an unlikely group in search of water. Each of them will need to make impossible choices to survive.
Timelines of Everything, published by DK
Explore an illustrated history of the world through more than 130 timelines for kids. From dinosaurs and Vikings to the history of cinema and espionage, discover incredible world history in this lavish collection of timelines.
Follow each historical timeline to discover essential dates, amazing details, and surprising facts, such as a history of World Wars 1, who was the most bloodthirsty pirate of all time, and the first crime to be solved by studying fingerprints. Timelines of Everything will take you on a whirlwind journey through an illustrated history of time, from the Big Bang to the modern world. This really is the ultimate guide to history for kids.
What If It’s Us, by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera, published by Simon and Schuster
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a show-stopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its own business. If it had his back, he wouldn’t be posting a box of his ex-boyfriend’s belongings. But after a chance meeting at the post office, the boys leave wondering what exactly the universe does have in store for them.
A Storm of Ice and Stars, by Lisa Lueddecke, published by Scholastic
Blood-red lights have appeared in the sky over the frozen island of Skane, causing a cloak of fear and suspicion to fall over the village like a blanket of snow. In a desperate attempt to keep out the plague, the village elders barricade its borders – no-one, no matter how in need of help, will be permitted to enter in case they bring infection with them. Teenager Janna refuses to turn her back on people seeking refuge and is banished to the swirling snow and lurking darkness beyond the village. Skane is a land crawling with predators … can she survive?
Two Dark Reigns, by Kendare Blake, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
The third instalment in the bestselling Three Dark Crowns quartet.
One Crowned, Two Exiled, A Revolution Rising. The battle has been fought, blood has been spilt and a queen has been crowned, but not all are happy with the outcome. Katharine, the poisoner queen, has been crowned and is trying to ignore the whispers that call her illegitimate, undead, cursed. Mirabella and Arsinoe have escaped the island of Fennbirn, but how long before the island calls them back?
Jules is returning to Fennbirn and has become the unlikely figurehead of a revolution threatening to topple Katharine’s already unsteady rule. But what good is a revolution if something is wrong with the island itself?
Kendare Blake’s Two Dark Reigns is the heart-stopping third book in the bestselling Three Dark Crowns series. Discover more about Fennbirn and the three queens in the thrilling start to the quartet, Three Dark Crowns, and its sequel One Dark Throne.
Six of Crow’s Collectors Edition, by Leigh Bardugo, published by Hachette Children’s Group
A glorious Collector’s Edition of New York Times bestselling, epic fantasy novel, Six of Crows. Beautifully designed, with an exclusive letter from the author and six stunning full-colour character portraits. This covetable hardback with red sprayed edges is a perfect gift for fans, and a perfect way to discover the unforgettable writing of Leigh Bardugo.