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NEW BOOKS IN MARCH 2019 (8-12)

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

The Lost Magician, by Piers Torday, published by Hachette Children’s Group

1945. They have survived the Blitz, but when Simon, Patricia, Evelyn and Larry step through a mysterious library door, it is the beginning of their most dangerous adventure yet. They discover the magical world of Folio, where an enchanted kingdom of fairy knights, bears and tree gods is under threat from a sinister robot army.

The many stories of the Library are locked in eternal war, and the children’s only hope is to find their creator – a magician who has been lost for centuries.

What they find will change not just their own lives, but the fate of the world, for ever …

The Last Zoo, by Sam Gayton, published by Andersen Press

Pia lives in the world’s last zoo: a place where the impossible is actually possible, ever since scientists detonated a reality bomb. Weird and wondrous creatures have been dreamt into existence – unicorns, singing hippos, hummingdragons, genies… and angels, who might be the most important creations of all, because the world needs them to survive.  

But one morning Pia makes a terrible discovery: the angels are missing. To find them, she will need to solve the riddle they left behind, make a pact with a devil, and take a perilous journey into the glitch, where nothing is as it seems…

She Wolf, by Dan Smith, published by Chicken House 

Northumbria, 866. Washed ashore on an English beach, Ylva’s survived. She will not cry. She’s meant to be strong. She’s a Viking. But when her mother dies at the hand of a three-fingered man, and the wolves of the forest circle closer, Ylva will need more than the memory of her mother’s stories to stay alive. Can she shape her own legend? Will it end in revenge – or is there another way?

She Wolf is a brand new direction and cover look for Dan Smith, author of five other books for young readers. Startlingly original, emotional and compelling, this is an unforgettable adventure set in the Dark Ages and starring a fantastic heroine, Ylva.

 ‘Action, adventure, wolves, snow … this story has EVERYTHING. I devoured it so quickly I need to read it again.’ – Emma Carroll

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Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties, by Humza Arshad and Henry White, published by Penguin 

Humza Khan is the greatest eleven-year-old rapper Eggington has ever known: he is Little Badman and soon everyone will know his name.

The problem is, school has got really weird: one by one, all the teachers are disappearing and suspicious aunties are taking over. It isn’t so bad though, Humza can still record his first song and the aunties are very generous with snacks.

But when they start to mess with his music, Humza has to get to the bottom of what’s going on. With the help of his friends Umer and Wendy, Humza must hunt for the truth. Can he stop the aunties before they carry out their evil plan?


The King of the Golden River, by John Ruskin, illustrated by Quentin Blake, published by Thames & Hudson

First published in 1851, John Ruskin’s Victorian story, newly illustrated by Quentin Blake, tells the tale of the Black brothers: the kind-natured 11-year old Gluck and his two nasty older brothers, Hans and Schwartz. For Gluck, play is cleaning the floors, and his education consists of a wholesome quantity of punches.

One stormy evening, Gluck is left at home to prepare his older brothers’ dinner when an extraordinary-looking little man knocks at the door. Having been strictly warned not to let anyone in, Gluck watches as the little old man becomes increasingly drenched at the door. His soft heart tells him to ignore his brothers’ advice, and so Gluck’s encounter with the mysterious King of the Golden River begins. Appearing at first as a beggar, then the Southwest Wind, and finally as a Toby jug who Gluck unwittingly transforms into a dwarf, the King of the Golden River issues Gluck with a challenge: to climb to the source of the Golden River and cast into the stream three drops of holy water. If he can achieve this, the river will turn to gold.

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Work it, Girl: JK Rowling by Caroline Moss, illustrated by Sinem Erkas, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

In this new series for aspiring future girl #bosses, discover the life of J.K. Rowling, the famous author. Be inspired by her remarkable story and learn 10 key lessons from her life and work. Featuring inspiring quotes and mantras, this is a book for all girls wanting to forge their own career path. 

The Deadly 7, by Garth Jennings, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Funny, weird and the perfect mix of dark and light, this is a fantastic new voice in middle-grade fiction. I loved it!’ – Robin Stevens, bestselling author of Murder Most Unladylike.

The Deadly 7 is a monster adventure by Garth Jennings, writer and director of animated movie Sing, and is packed full of hilarious illustrations.

One night, deep in the catacombs of St Paul’s Cathedral, eleven-year-old Nelson stumbles across a strange and ancient machine, which accidentally extracts the seven deadly sins from his soul in the form of living breathing, grumpy, smelly monsters. Suddenly he’s stuck with seven angry, sneaky, greedy, vain, adorable, thieving, farting new friends, who help him form the best (and weirdest) plan ever: to find and rescue his missing beloved big sister . . .

Kid Normal and the Shadow Machine, by Greg James and Chris Smith, illustrated by Erica Salcedo

After a dramatic jailbreak at a top secret prison, the planet’s most dangerous supervillains are on the loose! Luckily Murph Cooper and the Super Zeroes are on hand to chase them down. But though they manage to bring in a whole host of baddies, they can’t find their nemesis Magpie anywhere. 

Little do they know that he is close by, and he’s linked up with another old enemy. The super smarmy Nicholas Knox is back! Together, they’ve developed a dastardly machine that can GIVE people superpowers! In the wrong hands it has the potential to bring about the end of the world of Heroes as we know it … and it just happens to be in the wrongest hands of all!

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Science is Magic, by Steve Mould, published by DK

Join science presenter Steve Mould, #1 bestselling author of How to be a Scientist, to learn how to perform magic tricks and illusions using simple science experiments in this children’s activity book. Kids aged 7-9 will learn how to bend water with a balloon, make a glass beaker disappear in oil, and how to wow their friends with levitating tinsel!

Each magic trick is explained using step-by-step photography, with the science behind each one described clearly and simply. Plus, interspersed throughout the book you’ll find out how legendary magicians and illusionists, such as Harry Houdini, used science when performing their most famous tricks.

Children will love impressing their friends and families with simple magic tricks that teach them valuable science lessons at the same time. Packed with optical illusions and fun facts – Science is Magic is a must for any wannabe scientist or magician.

The Edge Chronicles 13: The Descenders, Third Book of Cade, published by Random House

Cade Quarter has spent the last few years of his life running from an enemy he’s never even met – the ruthless and power-hungry High Professor of Flight, Quove Lentis. But Quove’s deadly agenda has finally caught up with Cade, and now he must leave his home and flee once more, this time to the legendary floating city of New Sanctaphrax. But even reuniting with his uncle, Nate Quarter, isn’t the end of Cade’s troubles – and now, more than ever, he must find the courage to defy his enemies, unite his friends, and unlock the secrets of descending.

The Descenders is the third and final book in the Cade trilogy – the fifth and final saga in Stewart and Riddell’s internationally bestselling series, The Edge Chronicles, which has featured on the Times and New York Times bestseller lists, and sold more than 3 million copies. 2018 marks 20 years of the series, now complete with thirteen titles across five separate but interlinking sagas.

Julius Zebra: Grapple with the Greeks by Gary Northfield, published by Walker Books

In the much-anticipated fourth Julius Zebra book, Grapple with the Greeks!, demi-god Heracles promises Julius and his chums a great reward if they can help him to find the lost Golden Apple. On this madcap new adventure, our unlikely heroes will confront the Minotaur in the labyrinth, trick a one-hundred-headed dragon at the Garden of Hesperides and, after a dramatic visit to King Midas, perform a daring rescue attempt in the depths of the Underworld. But what will the ever-watchful gods on Mount Olympus have to say about their antics? A hugely enjoyable addition to this internationally popular series.

Lightning Girl 3: Secret Supervillain, by Alesha Dixon, published by Scholastic

The third laugh-out-loud, high-voltage adventure from superstar Alesha Dixon in collaboration with Katy Birchall. Aurora Beam is desperate to find the stone that holds the key to her family’s superpowers. But there’s a supervillain on the loose – and they’re intent on revenge!

The Mystery at Stormy Point, by Tracey Corderoy, published by Simon & Schuster 

Bryony has settled into life at Brook Dale, especially now she’s the owner of her dream pony, Red! And with the whole town gearing up for the Three Coves Gymkhana, there’s plenty to keep her and her new friends busy. Bryony can’t wait to show everyone just how brilliant Red is, especially her former enemy Georgina Brook. Then, one day, while practising for the gymkhana, she notices a strange light coming from the disused lighthouse at Stormy Point. The lighthouse has been empty for years and Bryony is determined to find out just who – or what – is living there…

Will Bryony get to the bottom of the mystery? And just how far will Georgina go to destroy Bryony’s gymkhana dreams…

Be Green! Mindful Kids Global Citizen, by Mandy Archer and Katie Abey, published by Studio Press

 A Mindful Kids Global Citizen activity book for young people to colour, doodle and DIY their way to living a more responsible, sustainable life.

Use creativity to explore the environmental issues facing planet Earth, discover how you can make a difference, and learn top tips on how to protect the environment for future generations.

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