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New books in June (8-12)

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[New books in June for ages 0-5, 5-8, and 12+]

Rose Rivers written by Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Nick Sharratt, published by Random House

A wonderful new story of friendship against the odds, set in the Victorian world of the much-loved Hetty Feather.

Rose Rivers is the daughter of a wealthy artist and lives in luxury in a beautiful home with her siblings. But despite her comfortable life, something is missing – could a new friend be just what Rose is looking for?

Click here to download an activity sheet on how make your own Victorian-style silhouette portrait.

 

 

Secret Suffragette written by Barbara Mitchelhill, published by Andersen Press

Daisy’s hero is Florence Nightingale, and she hopes to one day become a nurse just like her. But as a girl growing up in the East End of London in 1912, it seems like all her future holds is dropping out of school to work a tough job in a factory for very little money. 

Then Daisy meets the suffragettes, who are fighting for the rights of women and the poor. They show her that she might be able to achieve her dreams after all. But being a suffragette is dangerous, and Daisy must risk getting in trouble with her dad, neighbours and even the police if she wants to do her bit.

Click here for a Secret Suffragette Reading Group discussion guide.

 

Ask A Scientist, by Robert Winston, published by DK

This fun and friendly science book for kids poses 100 real-life questions from kids to Robert Winston on every aspect of science. Questions cover all the popular science topics, including human body: “Why do freckles come in dots on your face?”; physics: “Could you jump off the world?”; Earth: “Why is the sky blue?”; chemistry: “Why are there bubbles in boiling water?”; natural science: “Do dogs cry?”, and space: “Why will the Sun explode?”

Robert Winston was inspired to write this book by the many questions posed by his grandchildren and by children from the schools he has visited over the years; gathered from countries all over the world – including the UK, Ireland, Canada, the USA, India, China, and Japan. The questions selected cover the main science topics: chemistry, physics, human body, Earth, space, and natural science. They are fun, engaging, and include some that most adults wouldn’t dare ask!

Packed with weird and wacky questions and clear and lively answers – Ask a Scientist puts the fun back into science.

 

Squirm by Carl Hiassen, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Squirm is a funny, wildly entertaining adventure about the great outdoors and protecting the environment, from New York Times bestselling author Carl Hiaasen, author of modern classic, Hoot.

This summer, Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbour’s cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father.

 

The Extraordinary Life of Anne Frank written by Kate Scott, published by Penguin

Her words have become some of the most important in modern history: discover the incredible life story of Anne Frank, whose bravery has inspired so many.

Her incredible story comes to life in this beautifully illustrated book, with narrative biography, timelines, facts and quotes.

 

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex written by Eoin Colfer, published by Penguin

Young Artemis has frequently used high-tech fairy magic to mastermind the most devious criminal activity of the new century. Now, at a conference in Iceland, Artemis has gathered the fairies to present his latest idea to save the world from global warming. But Artemis is behaving strangely – he seems different. Something terrible has happened to him . . . Artemis Fowl has become nice.

The fairies diagnose Atlantis Complex (that’s obsessive compulsive disorder to you and I) – it seems dabbling in magic has damaged Artemis’ main weapon: his mind. Fairy ally Captain Holly Short doesn’t know what to do. The subterranean volcanoes are under attack from vicious robots and Artemis cannot fight them.

Can Holly get the real Artemis back before the robot probes destroy every human and life form?

This eagerly-awaited adventure is now out in paberback with a fabulous new cover-look to celebrate ten years of Artemis action.

 

Treasure Hunters: All-American Adventure (Treasure Hunters 6), written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, published by Cornerstone

The USA is in danger…and only the Kidds can find the treasure that will save it!

Bick, Beck, Storm and Tommy are stuck in Washington, D.C. without any priceless antiques to hunt – BORING! But everything changes when the Kidds uncover a dastardly conspiracy: a fake Bill of Rights!

Now they’re crisscrossing the country in a race to prove the document is a forgery. But the key is exposing the conspiracy may have been under their noses the whole time. And if they don’t find it soon, the USA as we know it could be gone forever…

 

Get Me Out of Here! written by Andy McNab and Phil Earle, illustrated by Robin Boyden, published by Scholastic

Danny’s mates are brilliant: there’s his best mate Giraffles, so-called because of his unusually long neck; the MandM twins, who are always finishing each other’s sentences; and Lucky Success (and I reckon you can guess how he got his name). They’re the best mates a kid could ask for, and when an epic school trip is announced, they’re all properly made up about it.

Because school trips are just an excuse to have a laugh with your mates, right? Erm, WRONG.

Let’s just say that this is a trip like no other, and Danny, Giraffles, Lucky and the MandMs have got a real challenge on their hands. Will they make it through? If Danny has anything to do with it, you bet they will!

 

Check Mates by Stewart Foster, published by Simon & Schuster

Felix is struggling at school. His ADHD makes it hard for him to concentrate and his grades are slipping. Everyone keeps telling him to try harder, but no one seems to understand just how hard he finds it. When Mum suggests Felix spends time with his grandfather, Felix can’t think of anything worse. Granddad hasn’t been the same since Grandma died. Plus he’s always trying to teach Felix boring chess. But sometimes the best lessons come in the most unexpected of places, and Granddad soon shows Felix that there’s everything to play for.

 

Forest Club written by Kris Hirschmann and illustrated by Marta Antelo, published by words&pictures on June 20th2019

It’s time to rewild the child!  This book of outdoor activities, crafts, nature information and inspiration ties into the burgeoning interest in forest schools and ‘rewilding the child’, with the aim of reconnecting children to nature and the outdoors. The book is divided by season, providing a year-round resource for families. While all crafts and activities are designed to be carried out outside, these are interspersed with factual pages about forest flora and fauna, which can be enjoyed at home or used as a field guide while out and about. A beatuifully illustrated and informative title to spark children’s imagination and free-thinking. With forest school-themed crafts and activities for all seasons, outdoor exploration can be enjoyed twelve months of the year, always with something new to see. 

 

Balloon to the Moon by Gill Arbuthnott, published by Bonnier

Take flight on a fantastic adventure of incredible invention!

A beautifully illustrated book about the human journey to space that marks the 50th year anniversary of the moon landing.

Balloon to the Moon tells the story of the first people to experience controlled flight and leads to Neil Armstrong’s small steps and beyond. This book will take children on a journey from the great innovations of the past to the exciting future of space exploration. From early attempts at flight to animals in space, this book will guarantee to inspire and fascinate young, curious readers.

 

Incredible Journeys by Levison Wood, published by Wren & Rook

Alongside real-life explorer Levison Wood, travel around the world, meet some of history’s most daring pioneers, and be inspired to go on your very own adventures!

Embark on 20 epic expeditions alongside Levison Wood, from the Silk Road and medieval pilgrimages to the Holy Land to Nellie Bly’s trip around the world, and recent missions to the Moon and the Mariana Trench. Along the way, Levison Wood shares his own insights into adventuring, telling you what it’s REALLY like to follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great.

Beautifully illustrated with maps showing the routes and filled with detail bringing the cultures of each region to life, this is a lavish gift book to treasure from one of our greatest living explorers.

 

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