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New books in August (ages 8-12)

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The Switching Hour by Damaris Young, published by Scholastic

Never stay out after the Switching Hour… never let the outside in…

Amaya lives with her grandmother, her small brother Kaleb and her pet goat in a land suffering a terrible drought. Every night, the doors must be locked at twilight, the Switching Hour, because the drought has awoken Badeko, a creature that snatches children away to eat their dreams.

Three days later, the memory that they existed is gone from those that knew them, and those that are left are afflicted with The Sorrow Sickness – a grief which consumes a person without them knowing why. When Kaleb is taken by Badeko, Amaya must journey into the terrifying forest to find her brother before she forgets him.

 

Greta’s Story by Valentina Camerini, translated by Moreno Giovannoni and illustrated by Veronica “Veci” Carratello, published by Simon & Schuster

It’s 20 August 2018, late summer in Stockholm, and it feels incredibly hot in the city. The TV news reports rising temperatures, and there have been numerous fires throughout Sweden. Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg decides she can’t wait any longer: politicians have to do something to save the environment. Instead of returning to school, Greta takes a placard and goes on strike in front of Sweden’s parliament building. Greta’s protest began the Fridays for Future – or School Strike 4 Climate – movement, which millions have now joined around the world. Greta has spoken at COP24, the UN summit on climate change, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is her story, but also that of many other girls and boys around the world willing to fight against the indifference of the powerful for a better future.

Win 1 of 5 copies of Greta’s Story. Click here to enter

 

Top Marks For Murder by Robin Stevens, published by Penguin

Daisy and Hazel are finally back at Deepdean, and the school is preparing for a most exciting event: the fiftieth Anniversary. Plans are in full swing. But all is not well, for in the detectives’ long absence, Deepdean has changed. Daisy has lost her crown to a fascinating new girl – and many of the Detective Society’s old allies are now their sworn enemies.

Then the girls witness a shocking incident in the woods close by – a crime they’re sure is linked to the Anniversary. As parents descend upon Deepdean, decades-old grudges, rivalries and secrets begin to surface, and soon Deepdean’s future is at stake. Can the girls solve the case – and save their home? 

 

Princess BMX by Marie Basting, published by Chicken House

“Trust me, the fairy tales have it so wrong. Dingy towers and wicked step-mums are the least of my worries: it’s the boredom that will kill me. Honestly, apart from the endless supply of cupcakes, being a princess is pretty rubbish. I used to think about locking myself in a tower and throwing away the key. Thank the good goblin I discovered BMX. If it wasn’t for BMX, nothing would have changed…”

Enchanted meets BMX in Marie Basting’s debut adventure! Follow Ava’s adventures as she travels from another world into London, finds her true talents in BMX and brings her brand-new powers back home. With black and white illustrations throughout by Flavia Sorrentino, young readers will delight in following Ava on her adventures with her dog, Jeb.

Win 1 of 3 copies of Princess BMX by Marie Basting! Click here to enter
Click here to read an extract from Princess BMX

 

The Girl with Space in Her Heart by Lara Williamson, published by Usborne

Mabel Mynt knows a lot about space…like how we feel connected to the stars because we are all made of stardust. And that Mum’s new boyfriend, Galactic Gavin, has eyes that twinkle like Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. And that sometimes the perfect place for her sister Terrible Topaz would be a black hole.

But Mabel doesn’t know how to fill the space in her heart that Dad left when he walked out. And so she sets out on a mission of discovery…

A heart-warming and laugh-out-loud story about learning that love is never lost and change doesn’t have to be scary.

Click here to read an extract from The Girl with Space in Her Heart

 

The Marvellous Adventure of Being Human by Max Pemberton, published by Wren & Rook

Join Doctor Max Pemberton as he takes you on a marvellous adventure around the human body!

Shrink yourself down as small as you can go. No – much smaller than that! You’ll need to be small enough to crawl up nostrils, peer inside eyeballs and float through the bloodstream, because we’re about to embark on an amazing trip through your awesome anatomy.

On our travels we’ll discover startling facts about how our bodies work and why they’re so extraordinarily special. And that’s not all – Dr Max will be on hand to help you feel your best with his expert body boosting tips on living and eating well.

So grab your magnifying glass and stethoscope, and let’s set off on our marvellous adventure of being human!

 

The Rocking Book of Rocks, written by Florence Bullough and Amy Ball, illustrated by Anna Alanko, published by Wide-Eyed Editions

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about rocks and minerals in this stunning book. Discover space rocks, gemstones, metals, volcanoes, world wonders and more. With out-of-this-world artwork from Anna Alanko and expert content written by two geologists, this is the book all rock-crazy kids need. 

 

Kids Fight Plastic: How to be a #2minutesuperhero, written by Martin Dorey and illustrated by Tim Wesson, published by Walker Books

Have you got 2 minutes? That’s all the time it takes to become a #2minutesuperhero. Plastic is everywhere. It is in the rivers and it is in the sea. We need superheroes to fight plastic and help save our oceans.

Read this essential book and find out how you can become a #2minutesuperhero by completing 50 missions to fight plastic at home, school and on your days out.

Informative, practical and positive, this guide for children is written by Martin Dorey, anti-plastic campaigner and author of the bestselling No. More. Plastic. Martin is the founder of the Beach Clean Network and the  #2minutebeachclean movement and believes that small actions add up to make a big difference.

 

The Monster Who Wasn’t by TC Shelley, published by Bloomsbury

A brilliantly rich and strange fantasy adventure that will make us all believe in monsters – be they good, bad or somewhere in between.

This is the story of a creature who is both strange and unique. When he hatches down in the vast underground lair where monsters dwell, he looks just like a human boy – much to the disgust of everyone watching. Even the grumpy gargoyles who adopt him and nickname him ‘Imp’ only want him to steal chocolate for them from the nearby shops. He’s a child with feet in both worlds, and he doesn’t know where he fits.

But little does Imp realise that Thunderguts, king of the ogres, has a great and dangerous destiny in mind for him, and he’ll stop at nothing to see it come to pass …

 

Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex, written by Sam Copeland and illustrated by Sarah Horne, published by Penguin

When dad’s business takes a sudden turn for the worse, the McGuffin family face the terrible prospect of having to sell their house and move in with Aunt Brenda and her seventeen cats (and wooden leg). Only Charlie and best friends Flora, Mohsen and Wogan can save the day. If they can break into the fortress-like offices of Van Der Gruyne Industries and recover the McGuffins’ stolen gold, maybe Charlie won’t have to move away after all.

Trouble is, the pressure is getting to Charlie, making it harder for him to control when he changes into an animal – and harder still to change back. Can Charlie’s friends help him master his powers once and for all, or will he end up stuck as a pigeon forever . . . ?

The second book in this middle grade series perfect for David Walliams fans is a hilarious blend of humour and heart, brilliantly illustrated by Sarah Horne.

 

The Land of Roar, by Jenny McLachlan

The first in a new children’s fantasy adventure series from Jenny McLachlan and Ben Mantle, full of imagination, humour and heart. The Land of Roar is perfect for children aged 8 to 12, and can sit on their bookshelf next to NevermoorWizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon.

Readers can bring their fantasy world to life and meet dragons, unicorns, mermaids and more in this beautifully illustrated children’s book. Believing is just the beginning…

When Arthur and Rose were little, they were heroes in the Land of Roar, an imaginary world that they found by climbing through the folding bed in their grandad’s attic. Roar was filled with things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and adventure – as well as things that scared them (including a very creepy scarecrow. . .)

Now the twins are eleven, Roar is just a memory. But when they help Grandad clean out the attic, Arthur is horrified as Grandad is pulled into the folding bed and vanishes. Is he playing a joke? Or is Roar . . . real?

 

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