[New books in October for 0-5, 5-8 and 12+]
Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment, by James Patterson, published by Arrow Young
Twelve-year-old orphan Max Einstein (like Albert Einstein himself) is not your typical genius. Max hacks the computer system at NYU in order to attend college courses (even though she hates tests), builds homemade inventions to help the homeless, and plays speed chess in the park. Her not-so-normal life is crazy but predictable until…
Max is recruited by a mysterious organisation! Their mission: solve some of the world’s toughest problems using science. She’s helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet. But that’s only if the sinister outfit known only as The Corporation doesn’t get to her first…
Enter Arrow Young’s competition to win a copy (closes 6 November 2018)
Nothing to See Here Hotel: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yeti, by Steven Butler & Steven Lenton, published by Simon and Schuster
Having just saved the hotel from a goblin prince, Frankie Banister and the guests are looking forward to enjoying themselves and celebrating the summer holiday of Trogmanay! But when a snow storm blows in (complete with Yeti family), and a number of mysterious guests arrive, something sinister seems to be taking over the hotel and celebrating is the last thing on anyone’s mind…
9 From the Nine Worlds, by Rick Riordan, published by Puffin
An all-new collection of short stories from the world of Magnus Chase. With an exclusive fold-out illustration of the world tree! Travel the Nine Worlds with your favourite characters from the world of Magnus Chase in a brand-new series of adventures.
Find out why Amir Fadlan hates clothes shopping in Midgard, see how Mallory Keen learns in icy Niflheim that insulting a dragon can be a good idea, and join Alex Fierro as they play with fire (and a disco sword) in the home of the fire giants, Muspellheim.
But watch out for Thor, who is jogging through all Nine Worlds so he can log his million steps – and is raising quite a stink . . .
An Anthology of Intriguing Animals, published by DK
This stunning collection of more than 100 animals lets children discover the facts, stories, and myths behind their favourite animals.
Whether it’s where the slow-motion sloth lives, how the plodding pangolin protects itself from predators, or which animal the Ancient Egyptians thought rolled the Sun across the sky, children can learn all sorts of fun animal facts from the storybook descriptions. Each type of animal is shown both photographically and illustrated, and children will love poring over the detailed close-up images. From tigers and chameleons to wolves and owls there’s an animal for everyone in this compendium of creatures!
Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland, by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Frances Castle, published by Walker Books
Rich and strange, these eerie and magical folktales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation, and are gathered together in a definitive new collection from the master storyteller and winner of the Carnegie Medal, Kevin Crossley-Holland. Dark and funny, lyrical and earthy, these fifty stories are part of an important and enduring historical tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Described by Neil Gaiman as the “master”, Crossley-Holland’s unforgettable retellings will capture the imagination of readers young and old alike.
Mary and Frankenstein, by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Julia Sarda, published by Andersen Press
One dark and stormy night, Mary huddles around the fire telling well-known ghost stories. But Mary knows she can imagine better than any of them! After learning about electricity, she has a nightmare that inspires the birth of one of the greatest horror stories of all time: Frankenstein…
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein with the inspiring story of Mary Shelley, brought to life with stunning illustrations.
My Mum Tracy Beaker, by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt, published by Doubleday Childrens
Tracy Beaker is back! Hand in hand with her daughter Jess, she’s ready to make her childhood dreams come true.
Jess and Tracy Beaker are the perfect team. They do everything together.Jess thinks Tracy is the best mum ever, even when she shouts at her teachers! Tracy has made the perfect home for Jess, leaving The Dumping Ground far behind her. Yes, their flat’s a bit mouldy. It’s only just big enough for two. And the Duke Estate is a bit scary. But it’s their happy home.
Until Sean Godfrey, Tracy’s rich boyfriend, whisks them away to his mansion, life of fast cars and celebrity stardom. Will Jess’s brilliant mum turn into a new person altogether? And will Tracy realise that her childhood dream might not be what she needs after all?
My Mum Tracy Beaker is a fantastic new story, reuniting readers with a much-loved old friend (and some old enemies. . .) Just like old times, it’s packed full of illustrations from Nick Sharratt.
The Train to Impossible Places, by P.G. Bell, illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino, published by Usborne
All aboard for a magical journey…
When Suzy hears a strange rattling noise in the middle of the night, she creeps downstairs to find a train roaring through her house.
But this is no ordinary train. This is the magical delivery express for The Union of Impossible Places. Whisked onboard by a troll boy called Wilmot, Suzy’s world is turned upside down when she’s given the job of delivering a cursed package to the fearsome sorceress, Lady Crepuscula.
Except when the mysterious package begs not to be delivered, Suzy discovers the fate of the Impossible Places might just be in her hands…
Enter to win 1 of 5 copies of The Train to Impossible Places (closes 31 October 2018)
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The Atlas of Heroes, by Sandra Lawrence, illustrated by Stuart Hill, published by Big Picture Press
In this wondrously illustrated atlas, explore some of the great figures of mythology and their incredible exploits. From Heracles of Greece, to Maui of the Pacific, to the Empress Jingu of Japan, The Atlas of Heroes is full of fascinating stories of bravery and cunning.
The Boy Who Sprouted Antlers, by John Yeoman, illustrated by Quentin Blake, published by Thames & Hudson
Brimming with humour and written in John Yeoman’s matter-of-fact style, this story from 1961 is vividly illustrated with Quentin Blake’s inimitable drawings. It was the second in a long line of collaborations between John Yeoman and Quentin Blake, following soon after their first, A Drink of Water.
Egypt Magnified, by David Long, illustrated by Harry Bloom, published by Wide Eyed Editions
Explore ancient Egypt, from the Nile to the pyramids, and learn what life was life for pharaohs, slaves and scribes in this fascinating search-and-find adventure. Use the magnifying glass to spot over 200 things in each eye-boggling illustration. Look inside temples and houses, and discover how mummies were made and how the pyramids were built.
David Long writes for adults and children and specialises in history. As a journalist he has written for the Times, Sunday Times, and London Evening Standard as well as for magazines in Britain and abroad. He is an award-winning ghostwriter and one of his own books was voted Blue Peter Book of the Year 2017.
Harry Bloom is a freelance illustrator based in London. He specialises in creating detailed illustrations for children’s books. His titles include Where’s Father Christmas? and Where’s Mo? Pirates Magnified is his first book for Wide Eyed Editions.
Enter the competition to win a book bundle that includes a copy of Egypt Magnified (closes 31 October 2018)
Tales of Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition, by J. K. Rowling, illustrated by Chris Riddell, published by Bloomsbury
The dazzlingly brilliant Chris Riddell brings his magical illustration talents to J.K. Rowling’s gloriously inventive The Tales of Beedle the Bard in a fully illustrated colour edition of this essential classic for Harry Potter fans. Translated from the runes by Hermione Granger, the volume includes ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, familiar to readers of Harry Potter from the crucial role it played in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Mischievous and witty, these five rollicking tales are a deeply satisfying read in the tradition of all great fables and fairytales. Kindnesses are rewarded and selfishness shown to be the ruin of many a wizard. Burping cauldrons, hairy hearts and cackling stumps are met along the way. Each of the tales is accompanied by a deliciously subversive and insightful commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore, all brought vividly to life with Riddell’s trademark wit and elegance.
Former Waterstones Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell is the only illustrator to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal three times, and is brought together here for the first time with one of the world’s best loved storytellers in this new edition of J.K. Rowling’s fairytale classic.
Much loved by generations of witches and wizards since they first appeared in the fifteenth century, this beautifully illustrated edition is set to become a firm favourite at bedtime in non-magical households the world over.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of Lumos, an international children’s charity founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling.
Wundersmith, by Jessica Townsend, published by Hachette Children’s Group
Imagination, discovery and friendship await Morrigan Crow when she escapes her deadly curse and joins the Wundrous Society. It promises her protection and belonging for life – but then Morrigan doesn’t receive the welcome she hoped for…
Morrigan is a much-feared Wundersmith. So, instead of the Society helping Morrigan to embrace her power, she is only taught that all Wundersmiths are evil and she must suppress her mysterious ability at all costs.
To make things worse, Nevermoor is quickly turning from a place of safety into one of danger. Society members are going missing, someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s new friends, turning them against her. And Ezra Squall, the evillest man who ever lived, is determined to lure Morrigan from the Society by promising to reveal the true nature of the Wunder that calls to her, which is becoming ever harder to resist…
Has Morrigan’s dream of escaping her cursed life ended before it truly began?
Snowglobe by Amy Wilson, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
Snowglobe by Amy Wilson is a beautifully spellbinding story from the author of A Girl Called Owl and A Far Away Magic.
When daydreamer Clementine discovers a mysterious house standing in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled towards it by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew. The place is full of snowglobes, swirling with stars and snow and each containing a trapped magician, watched over by Gan, the bitter keeper of the house. One of these is Dylan, a boy who teases her in the real world but who is now desperate for her help.
So Clem ventures into the snowglobes, rescuing Dylan and discovering her own powerful connection to the magic of these thousand worlds. Vowing to release the magicians from the control of their enchantments, Clem unknowingly unleashes a struggle for power that will not only put her family, but the future of magic itself in danger.
‘One of the most purely original and imaginative children’s books I have read this year’ – Piers Torday, author of The Lost Magician
‘A spellbinding adventure in a magical and darkly beautiful world . . . utterly captivating’ – Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs
The Magic Misfits 2: The Second Story, by Neil Patrick Harris, published by Egmont
The hilarious and magical bestselling series from Emmy award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Carter, Leila, Theo, Ridley, Izzy and Ollie all felt like outsiders, until they found each other and a shared love of magic and became… THE MAGIC MISFITS! But when a famous psychic comes to town Leila and her pals realise they won’t be able to escape the big mystery coming their way.
(VERY EXCITING WARNING: These books contain real magic tricks! As well as codes, ciphers and plenty of secrets hidden throughout…)
Rebel Cats! Brave Tales of Feisty Felines, by Kimberlie Hamilton, published by Scholastic
Discover secrets, stories and facts about history’s most fascinating felines! An engaging collection about cats who are the heroes of their own stories, Rebel Cats introduces us to fur-raising facts and adventures from around the world and across the centuries. With profiles of over 30 real-life felines, including WWII heroes, courageous adventurers, a Guinness World Record holder and even an astrocat that travelled in space (and made it back to Earth to tell the tale). Plus tons of information on cat activism, feline myths and much, much more!