The Extraordinary Life of Malala Yousafzai, published by Puffin
Malala Yousafzai is known across the world for having the courage to stand up for what she believes in, even in the face of terrifying adversity. From playing in the Swat Valley in Pakistan to making speeches at the United Nations, Malala’s story has become an inspiration for people all over the world who are fighting for justice.
Discover what it took for one incredible girl to become the voice of so many, in this beautifully illustrated book with real-life stories, timelines and facts to bring Malala’s extraordinary story to life.
The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods, by Samuel J. Halpin, published by Usborne
Poppy and Erasmus are certain there’s something peculiar going on in Suds, and they’re determined to unravel its secrets. But when they discover the answers might lie in the darking and twisting woods, can they find the courage to creep inside and solve this riddling mystery?
Even More Pongwiffy Stories, by Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Katy Riddell, published by Simon & Schuster
Pongwiffy and the rest of the witches need to earn some money, and fast! But every idea they come up with to raise funds seems so BORING … until Pongwiffy suggests they put on a pantomime and sell tickets. Get ready for some theatrical chaos with the witches of Witchway Wood. In the second story, all the witches are transfixed by spellovision and no one wants to do anything fun anymore. Until Pongwiffy decides to launch a song contest to liven things up! Finally, Pongwiffy decides that being a witch of dirty habits is holding her back. It’s time to get healthy, but can a witch who prefers sludge to sprouts really get back on track?
The Little Mermaid (Disney Animated Classics), by Lily Murray, published by Studio Press
This beautiful hardback features premium cloth binding, a ribbon marker to match the cover, gold foil stamping and illustrated endpapers, making this the perfect gift for all those who have been enchanted by the magic of The Little Mermaid and a book to be treasured by all.
A family favourite for over fifty years, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is one of the best-loved films of all time. Relive the magic through this retelling of the classic animated film, accompanied by paintings, sketches and concept art from the original Disney Studio artists. Also featured is a foreword by Brittney Lee, a visual development artist at the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Turn to the back of the book to learn more about the artists who worked on this iconic animated film.
How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell, published by Hachette Children’s Group
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup’s father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne – but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero.
In the first How to Train Your Dragon book, Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be BANISHED from the tribe FOR EVER!
But what if Hiccup’s dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has NO TEETH? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk . . Can Hiccup save the tribe – and become a Hero?
Read the book that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon 3. With exclusive content, including Viking facts and a sneak peek of The Wizards of Once!
Larklight, by Philip Reeve, published by Bloomsbury
Art Mumby is just a normal boy living in space, but all that changes when an ancient race of gigantic white spiders called the First Ones arrive to seize his family home, Larklight. Forced to flee, Art and his annoying sister Myrtle are chased across the galaxy, from the fiery rivers of Mars to the distant rings of Saturn. But the First Ones have trouble on their hands. They don’t bank on Art falling in with Jack Havock and a motley crew of notorious space pirates.
The Turnaway Girls, by Hayley Chewins , published by Walker Books
On the strange, stormy island of Blightsend, twelve-year-old Delphernia Undersea has spent her whole life in the cloister of turnaway girls, hidden from sea and sky by a dome of stone and the laws of the island. Outside, the Masters play their music. Inside, the turnaway girls silently make that music into gold. Making shimmer, Mother Nine calls it. But Delphernia can’t make shimmer. She would rather sing than stay silent. When a Master who doesn’t act like a Master comes to the skydoor, it’s a chance for Delphernia to leave the cloister. Outside the stone dome, the sea breathes like a wild beast, the sky watches with stars like eyes, and even the gardens have claws. Outside, secrets fall silent in halls without sound. And outside, Delphernia is caught –between the island’s sinister Custodian and its mysterious Childer-Queen. Between a poem-speaking prince and a girl who feels like freedom. And in a debut that glimmers with hope and beauty, freedom – to sing, to change, to live – is precisely what’s at stake.
Our Castle by the Sea, by Lucy Strange, published by Chicken House
England is at war. Growing up in a lighthouse, twelve-year-old Pet’s world has been one of storms, secret tunnels and stories about sea monsters. But now the clifftops are a terrifying battleground, and her family is torn apart. This is the story of a girl who is small, afraid and unnoticed. A girl who freezes with fear at the enemy planes ripping through the skies overhead. A girl who is somehow destined to become part of the strange, ancient legend of the Daughters of Stone.
Science Lab, by Robert Winston, published by DK
From building a bridge and crafting a catapult to making a marble run and creating a crane, Science Lab is packed with activities that young readers can do at home to explore, discover, and understand the way the world works.
How are rockets fired into space? How is energy harnessed? How do buildings survive earthquakes? With fun, hands-on projects and experiments, this book reveals how science, technology, engineering, and maths are woven through the world around us. Simple steps guide readers through the stages of each project, with spotlights on the key science, technology, engineering, and maths learning involved in each project along the way. “Take it further” panels encourage young readers to experiment and take their projects to the next level, developing their independence, initiative, and creative thinking skills.
With a focus on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and maths) across school curricula to prepare children for the modern world, Science Lab will inspire and engage inquisitive young readers. It’s perfect for school projects, homework help, and firing up imaginations.
A Year of Nature Poems, by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Kelly Louise Judd, published by Wide Eyed Editions
See how animals behave through the seasons, and the cycle of trees and plants, from the first blossoms of spring through to the stark winter wonderland in December. 12 inspiring poems from Joe Coelho, paired with folk art from Kelly Louise Judd give this book year-round appeal.
Joseph Coelho is a London born poet and children’s author. His poems have been published in several anthologies including Green Glass Beads, edited by Jacqueline Wilson. Joseph has been a guest poet on CBeebies Rhyme Rocket where he was beamed up from ‘The Rhyme Rock’ to perform his Bug Poem and has featured alongside Michael Rosen and Valerie Bloom on Radio 4’s Poetry Playtime. His debut children’s collection, Werewolf Club Rules, was the winner of the 2015 CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award. His collection for older readers Overheard In A Tower Block was long-listed for the 2018 Carnegie Medal and short-listed for the 2018 CLPE CliPPA Poetry Award. He features in ‘Teach Poetry’ a 10 part BBC online series that aims to make the writing of poetry fun and accessible to all.
Mossbelly MacFearsome and the Dwarves of Doom, by Alex Gardiner, published by Andersen Press
Roger is just an ordinary boy, in an ordinary world – or so he thinks, until a grumpy dwarf warrior, Mossbelly MacFearsome, appears out of thin air and saves him from the school bully. If that isn’t incredible enough, now Moss has decided that Roger is the perfect human companion for his daring quest to defeat the dwarves’ arch-enemy Leatherhead Barnstorm and his horrifying horde of monstrous (but very polite) gorefiends. If Roger doesn’t help Moss, the world as we know it will be destroyed by ogres and dragons and the race of humans will be annihilated. If he does help, he will be late for his tea and his mum will be going mad with worry. A Highland castle, a trainee witch who knows karate, and an ancient spell to be broken – by King Golmar’s braces, just what has Roger got himself into? A hilarious action-packed fish-out-of-water adventure, perfect for young fans of Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and Cressida Cowell.
Since his mother’s disappearance four months ago, Riley has become increasingly frustrated by the incompetence of the police and apathy of his family and friends. In desperation, Riley turns to the Whispers, creatures of legend that he believes can grant him his heart’s desire. But Riley has secrets of his own – and finding the truth could cost him more than he is willing to give.
Time-Travelling with a Hamster meets Goldfish Boy in this stunning middle-grade story of belief and magic, a tender exploration of prejudice, grief and self acceptance.