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[ New books in March for 0-5, 5-8, 8-12]

Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist, by David Almond,  illustrated by Dave McKean, published by Walker Books

A beautifully imagined story for fans of Neil Gaiman, by the dream team of bestselling author, David Almond and award-winning artist, Dave McKean. Joe Quinn tells everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him. No one that is, except for Davie. He’s felt the inexplicable presence in the rooms, he’s seen random objects fly through the air. And there’s something else … a memory of his beloved sister, and a feeling deep down that somehow it might be possible for ghosts to exist.

The Truth About Keeping Secrets, by Savannah Brown, published by Penguin 

Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town. He is also unexpectedly dead. Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad – a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples’ secrets – crashed alone, with no explanation? And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town’s golden child, at his funeral?

As the two teenagers grow closer in the wake of the accident, it’s clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship. But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know?

The Truth About Keeping Secrets is a page-turning, voice-led, high school thriller.

All the Invisible Things, by Orlagh Collins, published by Bloomsbury

With Pez, the days felt endless – cycling, climbing trees, sucking sour sweets till our tongues burned. I’d give anything to be that girl again.

For four years Vetty Lake has been keeping her heart in hiding. Since her mum died and her family moved out of London, it’s felt so much safer not to tell people how she really feels. She’s never even told anyone she’s attracted to girls as well as boys.

But now Vetty’s seventeen and coming back to London she’s determined to start living out loud. She’s convinced that reconnecting with her childhood best friend Pez is the key. She was always fearless around him. But when she sees Pez again, he’s different. Guarded. It’s like their special connection never existed. And suddenly Vetty’s sure he’s been hiding too…

Read an extract here 

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, by Jeff Zentner, published by Andersen Press 

Josie and Delia are best friends and co-hosts on their own public access TV show, Midnite Matinee. They dress as vampires Rayne and Delilah, perform daft skits involving skeleton raves and dog weddings, and show the weekly so-bad-it’s-good low-budget horror movie. But the end of senior year is coming, and with it, big decisions.

Josie is torn between staying with her BFF and pursuing her television dream, while Delia is searching for her dad, who walked out ten years ago. A road trip to ShiverCon, a convention for horror filmmakers, may have the answers the two girls need. But will Josie and Delia be prepared for life taking some seriously unexpected plot twists?

What’s Where on Earth Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Life, published by DK

Journey back in time and find out where the dinosaurs roamed! Part of the best-selling What’s Where on Earth series, this unique children’s atlas is packed with maps of early Earth and more than 40 profiles of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Stare down a T-Rex in North America, watch out for Velociraptors’ slashing claws in the Gobi Desert, and even trek across the Siberian tundra and discover a woolly mammoth.

Using specially-commissioned maps, explore what the world looked like millions of years ago. You can see what palaeontologists have dug up over the centuries in each continent and learn how they put together a picture of the past from a puzzle of ancient clues. What’s Where on Earth: Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Life reveals the prehistoric world as never before, and is an essential addition to the library of every young dinosaur expert.

Fated, by Teri Terry, published by Hachette Children’s Group

I’m just one girl. What can I do?

Sam’s cosy life as daughter of the Deputy Prime Minister is about to end. These are turbulent times. Borders have closed and protests are turning violent. The government blames the country’s youth, and is cracking down hard. Mobile phones are blocked, gatherings are banned and dissent is brutally crushed.
Sam is torn between family loyalty and doing what is right. When she meets Ava and Lucas her mind is made up. One girl, one choice. She can make a difference: she must. Even if her life – and her heart – are on the line …

How Not to Lose It, by Anna Williamson, by Scholastic

The go-to mental health guide for kids! Exam stress? Friendship issues? Panic attacks? HOW NOT TO LOSE IT will help you be the boss of all of this, and more. It’s not just your body that should be fit and healthy – your mind needs to be, too!

HOW NOT TO LOSE IT is the go-to guide for achieving a balanced mind and strong emotional well-being. With immediate, heart-of-the-matter advice and a chatty yet honest tone, Anna Williamson addresses all of the key issues affecting children today. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, relationships, phobias, bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem, and much more.

‘A fabulous message for young people – believe in yourselves!‘ Liz Rowe, Childline

The Cold is in Her Bones, by Peternelle van Arsdale, published by Simon & Schuster

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.
Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

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Speak Up!, by Laura Coryton, published by Egmont

The must-have empowering book and inspiring guide by Laura Coryton, leader of the incredible international campaign against tampon tax.

Speak Up! gives you the tools to find your voice and stand up for what you believe in so that YOU can make a difference.

Channel Laura’s campaigning superpowers with her step-by-step toolkit and create your own successful campaign. Laura’s experience will give you the confidence to deal with setbacks and internet trolls, and ways to speak up about everyday situations, such as relationships, too.

“Speak Up! is a wonderful and timely guide to activism for women and girls ” – Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, author and women’s rights activist

Superman: Dawnbreaker, published by Penguin

The blockbuster DC Icons series that began with Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman, Marie Lu’s Batman, and Sarah J. Maas’s Catwoman continues with the story of the world’s first super hero – Superman- from award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña.

Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger, better than everyone around him. He knows drawing attention to himself could be dangerous but lately it’s difficult to stay in the shadows. A dark secret is lurking in Smallville and he’s not the only one hiding something.

With his best friend, Lana Lang, at his side, Clark is determined to discover what evil lies below the surface of their small town. But there are secrets in Clark’s past that threaten to destroy the future Man of Steel.

Before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.