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NEW BOOKS IN FEBRUARY 2019 (8-12)

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[ New books in February for 0-55-8, 12+]

A Pinch of Magic, by Michelle Harrison, published by Simon & Schuster

Living on the isle of Crowstone, surrounded by eerie marshes and a formidable prison, the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie, are desperate for adventure. But when Betty strays too far from home, she learns the awful truth: a deadly curse has haunted her family for generations. If Betty and her sisters leave Crowstone, they will be dead by sunrise.

But the knowledge of the family curse comes with a bit of excitement too! Each sister inherits a magical object, been passed down the family: A scruffy carpet bag, a set of wooden nesting dolls and a gilt-framed mirror… none of them are what they seem. Will they be enough to help the Widdershins break the curse? Or will the sisters have better luck with a mysterious prisoner who claims he can help them?

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Prosper Redding: The Last Life of Prince Alastor, by Alexandra Bracken, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his remarkable family. So, when he discovers that an 800-year-old demon called Alastor is responsible for their luck – and that this demon is currently living inside him – he’s more than a little surprised. Worse luck, now Prosper needs a favour from him.

Prosper’s sister Prue has fallen into the clutches of evil queen Pyra, and only Prince Alastor can help him get her back. His demonic malefactor agrees to be Prosper’s guide through the demon realm under one condition – Prosper must enter into a contract of eternal servitude in the afterlife. With Prue in mortal danger, Prosper has no choice but to agree. Will Prosper ever make it out again, and if he does, will his afterlife be damned for all eternity?

The Steam Whistle Theatre Company, by Vivian French, published by Walker Books

Dark and deadly deeds, piratical plots, lost heiresses and poor little orphans – Vivian French conjures up the very spirit of Victorian theatre in a fabulous new novel for middle-grade readers. 

To avoid financial ruin, the Pringle family’s theatre-troupe has left London behind, travelling to the north of England by train. With new audiences to play to, and less competition, they hope to make enough money to pay off their debts back home. But will their plans be foiled by the odious Olio Sleevery? It’s time for young actors Rosie and Charlie to save the day – and, with the help of their new friend Edie Boiler, ensure the thunderous success of the company’s first performance. 

Storm Hound, by Claire Fayers, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Storm of Odin is the youngest storm hound of the Wild Hunt that haunts lightning-filled skies.  He has longed for the time when he will be able to join his brothers and sisters but on his very first hunt he finds he can’t keep up and falls to earth, landing on the A40 just outside Abergavenny.

Enter twelve-year-old Jessica Price, who finds and adopts a cute puppy from an animal rescue centre.  And suddenly, a number of strange people seem very interested in her and her new pet, Storm.  People who seem to know a lot about magic . . .

In Claire Fayers’ electrifying adventure Storm Hound, Jessica starts to see that there’s something different about her beloved dog and will need to work out which of her new friends she can trust.

Charlie Changes into A Chicken, by Sam Copeland, illustrated by Sarah Horne, published by Penguin

Charlie McGuffin has an incredible secret… He can change into animals. All sorts of animals, in fact: a flea, a pigeon, even a rhino.

Trouble is, it only happens when he gets worried, and right now, Charlie has quite a lot to worry about:
His brother (who’s in hospital)
His parents (who are panicking)
And the school bully (who has Charlie in his sights)

With the help of his three best friends, Charlie needs to find a way to deal with his crazy new power – and fast.

Secret in the Stone, by Kamilla Benko, published by Bloomsbury

Claire Martinson and her sister Sophie are fighting to save Arden, the magical land they discovered by climbing up a chimney in their late aunt’s house. They are the last descendants of Prince Martin of Arden, and only a prince or princess – with magic in their blood – can awaken the lost unicorns.

As Claire struggles with her magical training, Sophie uncovers dangerous truths about the people they thought were their friends. Will Claire be able to prove she is the heir who was prophesied and unlock the magic of the unicorns – before it’s too late?

This series is perfect for Frozen fans and anyone wanting to return to Narnia …

The Closest Thing to Flying, by Gill Lewis, published by Oxford University Press

When Semira discovers a diary written by Hen, a girl living over 100 years ago, she finds the friend she has been desperately seeking. A friend who brings not just comfort, but inspiration to be brave, to fight for her place in the world, and maybe even to uncover the secrets of her own past. . .

 

Call me Alastair, by Cory Leonardo, published by Scholastic

A funny, heart-shattering novel about a fierce parrot, a big-hearted boy and a spirited elderly widow, all learning to live fully-fledged lives. Born in the back of a pet store, Alastair the African grey parrot dreams of escape, to fly off with his beloved sister, Aggie. But when Aggie is purchased by 12-year-old Fritz, and Alastair is adopted by Mrs Albertina Plopky, Alastair’s hopeful vision for the future crash-lands. In-between anxiously plucking his feathers, chewing a few books, and finding his own poetic voice, Alastair plots his way to Aggie and their flight to freedom. This debut novel is a a heart-felt, bird’s-eye view of love and what it means to break free from the cages we build for ourselves – and the courage it may take to finally let go.

Treason, by Berlie Doherty, published by Andersen Press

Adventure, friendship, treason and betrayal. A thrilling historical adventure from Carnegie Prize-winner Berlie Doherty.

Will Montague is a page to Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. As the King’s favourite. Will gains many enemies in Court. His enemies convince the King that Will’s father has committed treason and he is thrown into Newgate Prison. Will flees Hampton Court and goes into hiding in the back streets of London. Lost and in mortal danger, he is rescued by a poor boy, Nick Drew. Together they must brave imprisonment and death as they embark on a great adventure to set Will’s father free.

LEGO Movie 2: The Awesomest, Most Amazing, Most Epic Movie Guide in the Universe! published by DK

Discover everything there is to know about THE LEGO® MOVIE 2™ with this totally awesome guide to all the characters, vehicles and locations.

The ultimate companion to the highly anticipated THE LEGO MOVIE 2, this book explores the heroes and the villains you’ll meet in the movie. Packed full of exciting and informative text, plus illustrations of THE LEGO MOVIE 2 sets and minifigures, this book provides everything you need to know about THE LEGO MOVIE 2.

©2019 The LEGO Group.

Black Music Greats (40 Inspiring Icons) , by Olivier Cachin, illustrated by Jerome Masi, published by Quarto

Each book in the 40 Inspiring Icons series introduces readers to a fascinating non-fiction subject through its 40 most famous people or groups. In this book, 40 of the most inspirational movers, shakers and innovators in black music history are waiting to be heard. Find out about each artist’s most iconic shows, genre-defining techniques, friends, rivals and nicknames. Each artist profile is complete with 5 must-listen-to tracks: perfect for the budding audiophile. 

To Night Owl from Dogfish, by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer, published by Egmont

A reverse Parent Trap for a new generation from New York Times bestselling authors Holly Goldberg-Sloan and Meg Wolitzer.

Avery (Night Owl) is bookish, intense, likes to plan ahead, and is afraid of many things. Bett (Dogfish) is fearless, outgoing, and lives in the moment. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and their dads are dating each other. Against all odds, the girls soon can’t imagine a life without each other. But when the worst happens, and their dads break up, Avery and Bett must figure out a way to get them to fall in love again. Is keeping a family together as easy as they think it is?

Sometimes zany, often touching, always funny, this novel told in emails and letters is about friendship and family – and making the most of both.

My Mum Tracy Beaker, by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt, published by Random House (paperback) 

Tracy has returned, 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?

Ultimate Superstars: Ariana Grande, by Liz Gogerly, published by Studio Press

This is the story of how a young girl from Florida began her career in musical theatre, before a big break on television propelled her to international stardom. This retelling of Ariana’s life story is perfect for young fans to learn about the early life of a musical megastar, and her amazing rise to fame.

Discover a world where dreams really do come true!

 

 
The Train to Impossible Places, by P.G. Bell, published by Usborne (paperback)

Suzy is surprised to find a grumpy troll building a railway through her house – especially when a gigantic steam train crashes into her hallway! This is the Impossible Postal Express, the trusty delivery service of the Union of Impossible Places, and Suzy becomes its newest recruit. And with her cursed first package, an Impossible adventure begins.

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