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NEW BOOKS IN APRIL 2019 (8-12)

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

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, published by Hachette Children’s Group

Welcome, readers, to the imaginative brain of Omar! You might not know me yet, but once you open the pages of this book you’ll laugh so hard that snot will come out of your nose (plus you might meet a dragon and a zombie – what more could you want?).

My parents decided it would be a good idea to move house AND move me to a new school at the same time. As if I didn’t have a hard enough time staying out of trouble at home, now I’ve also got to try and make new friends. What’s worse, the class bully seems to think I’m the perfect target.

At least Eid’s around the corner which means a feast (YAY) and presents (DOUBLE YAY). Well, as long as I can stay in Mum and Dad’s good books long enough…

Lightning Mary, by Anthea Simmons, published by Andersen Press

The inspiring tale of Mary Anning, the pioneering Victorian fossil finder and scientist, who defied convention to seek out incredible treasures on the Jurassic coast.

One stormy night a group of villagers are struck by lightning. The only survivor is a baby – Mary Anning. From that moment on, a spark is lit within her. Growing up poor but proud on the windswept Dorset coast, Mary follows after her father, hunting for fossils uncovered by waves and landslips: ancient creatures, turned to stone. Ignoring other people’s taunts, Mary faces danger to bring back valuable treasures to help feed her family. But tragedy and despair is never far away. Mary must depend upon her unique courage and knowledge to fulfil her dream of becoming a scientist in a time when girls have no opportunities for such ambitions. What will happen when she makes her greatest discovery of all…?

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon by Anthony Horowitz, published by Walker Books

Ever since MI6 recognized his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a deadly twist, no day has ever been ordinary for the teenage super-spy.

This collection of thrilling adventures features familiar and new assailants from the best-loved world of Alex Rider, and also includes three never-before-seen stories.

Galloglass, by Scarlett Thomas, published by Canongate

EVERYTHING IS MADE OF MAGIC . . .

Effie Truelove and her friends are back and must use their magical skills to defeat the Diberi before total destruction is wreaked upon the universe. There is also the curious problem of mysteriously vanishing cats . . .

The third in the thrilling Worldquake sequence, packed with adventuring, a magical library, Midwinter spells and missing cats. With a magical glow-in-the-dark cover.

The Sea by Miranda Krestovnikoff, illustrated by Jill Calder, published by Bloomsbury

Explore an incredible collection of narratives, featuring fascinating facts and stories about the world’s deepest seas and oceans.

Written by the critically acclaimed TV and radio presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff and illustrated by the wonderful Jill Calder, this stunning book will have you diving into the deepest depths of the blue, exploring the astounding seas and oceans that cover our planet and discovering the amazing animals that populate our waters, including the largest living animal: the blue whale!

An important message in the book is the effects of plastics on our planet and the ways in which scientists are making steps towards tackling this much-talked-about topic. We can all make steps in reducing our own plastic consumption and The Sea will fascinate and inspire families in their quest to understand why it has never been more important to protect our planet. 

Let The Sea take you on a watery journey through different marine habitats that we know about but who knows what is out there yet to be discovered? Featuring an eclectic mix of layout styles with incredible artwork throughout, this is a book that will amaze children and families alike with fantastic facts on the astounding seas and oceans that cover our planet.

Hamish and the Monster Patrol, by Danny Wallace, published by Simon & Schuster

Things are afoot in Starkley… again! Out in the ocean something’s on the move … something BIG … something that might change everything…While most of Starkley’s inhabitants have fled or gone into lockdown, Hamish and his pals in the PDF are coming up with a plan, because if they don’t save the world then who will?!

But this time they’re not alone. Luckily, the top-secret Monster Patrol is on hand to help … even if that ‘help’ is in the form of a strange new kid, a bizarre-looking fish monster and a bonkers old lady…

Boy Oh Boy, by Cliff Leek and Bene Rohlmann, published by Wide Eyed Editions

Meet 30 positive male role models from throughout history. From activists like Mahatma Gandhi and Frederick Douglass to creative innovators like Prince and David Hockney, these men have fought conventional stereotypes to prove that modern-day masculinity can be defined freely.

Instead of a single model of how a boy can grow into a man, this book offers 30 stories of people whose lives demonstrate that there are endless possibilities – that boys and men can do and be so much more than what we think of when we say things like ‘boys will be boys.’

Discover a world of inspirational change-makers, teachers, peacemakers, artists, scientists and more who have defied the expectations, care deeply about others, stand up for what is right and express themselves in creative and exciting ways.

Inspiring a new generation of boys: David Hockney; Muhammad Ali; Nelson Mandela; Prince; Richard Loving; César Chávez; Thurgood Marshall; John Muir; Lebron James; Frederick Douglass; Patricio Manuel; Hayao Miyazaki; Oscar Wilde; Ta-Nehisi Coates; Ezra Jack Keats; Freddie Mercury; Grandmaster Flash; Luther Christman; Mahatma Gandhi; Bruce Lee; Carl Sagan; George Washington Carver; Jaime Escalante; Carlos Acosta; Bayard Rustin; Edward Enninful; John Dewey; Alfred Nobel; Kit Yan; W.E.B. Du Bois

What A Waste, by Jess French, published by DK

Everything you need to know about what we’re doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling.

This environmental book will teach keen young ecologists about our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there’s a floating mass of rubbish larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean?

It’s not all bad news though. As well as explaining where we’re going wrong, What a Waste shows what we’re doing right! Discover plans already in motion to save our seas, how countries are implementing schemes that are having a positive impact, and how your waste can be turned into something useful. Every small change helps our planet!

Minecraft: Into the Game, by Nick Eliopulos, published by Egmont

The first OFFICIAL Minecraft novel for young readers 7+. The game is real . . . so is the danger!

Four skilled Minecraft players have a secret – their science teacher’s homemade virtual reality goggles can transport them into the game! But now it’s not a game any more and the new girl at school may be their only hope of survival.

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case, by Lauren St. John, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Join brave Kat Wolfe and her animal sidekicks in this second mysterious adventure filled with friendship, freedom and a fierce wild cat!

When a landslide on the Jurassic Coast reveals a rare ‘dragon’ dinosaur, best friends Kat Wolfe and Harper Lamb are thrilled, especially when stars and scientists come flocking to sleepy Bluebell Bay. But after they begin investigating a suspicious death, events spiral quickly out of control for detectives Wolfe and Lamb. Worse still, Kat’s wild cat is in trouble. Can they solve the mystery – and save the cat’s life – before it’s too late?

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case is the second book in Lauren St. John’s Wolfe & Lamb series, and is illustrated by Daniel Deamo.

Katt vs. Dogg, by James Patterson and Chris Crabenstein, published by Young Arrow

The most famous enemies in the animal kingdom finally meet face-to-face… and the fur is about to fly!

Oscar is a rowdy pooch who loves everybody – except katts! His family of down-to-earth doggs enjoys giving those snooty katts a hard time. Molly is a pretty kitty who’s destined for fame and fortune as an actress. Her family of well-bred katts thinks all doggs are dirty and disgusting!

But while on family camping trips, Molly and Oscar get hopelessly lost in the dangerous woods. The only way for them to survive is for the mortal enemies to work together… Yeah, not gonna happen!

Becoming Jo, by Sophie McKenzie, published by Scholastic

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: four sisters whose stories are forever imprinted in our hearts. But what if their stories had different endings?

Reimagined by bestselling author Sophie McKenzie and told through the eyes of everybody’s favourite sister, Becoming Jo perfectly captures the magic, exuberance and spirit of the original and much-loved book. On the 150th anniversary of its publication, Becoming Jo proves just how timeless the characters and themes found within Little Women really are.

Night Walker, by Ali Sparkes, published by Oxford University Press

Something weird is going on at the hospital – children are going in, and not coming out again. Elena, Matt, and Tima are investigating, but even they are struggling to uncover the truth. But Spin is preparing to come out of the shadows, and when he does, nothing will be the same…

Dennis in Jurassic Bark, by Nigel Auchterlounie, published by Studio Press

What’s cooler than a pet dog? A pet Pterodactyl, obviously! Or so Minnie the Minx thinks when she and Dennis follow Beanotown’s evil Mayor on his secret visit to Duck island… only to discover its infested with dinosaurs!

The Mayor is determined to capture some of the pre-historic inhabitants of Duck Island for display in the zoo and will stop at nothing to get his way. Together, Dennis, Minnie and Gnasher set out to thwart the Mayor’s horrible plan and save the day.

Dennis’s latest adventure is filled with epic fun, from raptors to an enormous Gnashersaurus-Rex, Vikings to Victorians, and a series of interactive puzzles for YOU, the reader, to complete. Can YOU help Dennis navigate the island and save Beanotown from the pre-historic invasion?

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