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New books in July (ages 8-12)

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Where The River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari, published by Orion Children’s Books

Two children must risk everything to escape their fate and find the impossible . . . A brave, thought-provoking adventure by award-winning author, Sita Brahmachari.

Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The few live in luxury, whilst the millions like them crowd together in compounds, surviving on meagre rations and governed by Freedom Fields – the organisation that looks after you, as long as you opt in.

The bees have long disappeared; instead children must labour on farms, pollinating crops by hand so that the nation can eat. The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to is hard and cruel. Themba won’t survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. But they have no idea where they are – their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger.

The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts – to let love guide them home. The freedom of a nation depends on it . . .

 

Lost for Words by Aoife Walsh, published by Andersen Press

A beautifully told tale about family, grief and growing up. Can Dallas save her local library from closure?

Dallas’s life was turned upside down the day her mum was killed in a traffic accident. Now she lives with her brothers, step-sister and her mum’s partner Gemma in a too-small house filled with bickering and grief. As the end of primary school approaches, Dallas learns that the local library has run out of funding and will soon be closing. Dallas decides she cannot let another thing she loves be lost. Together with her friends Aiza and Ruby, and her freewheeling American aunt Jessi, she starts a campaign to save the library for everyone.

 

The Lost Tide Warriors by Catherine Doyle, published by Bloomsbury

In the brilliant sequel to The Storm Keeper’s Island, winner of the Books are My Bag Readers Award, Fionn Boyle finds himself at the heart of the fight for the island’s survival.

Fionn Boyle has been Storm Keeper of Arranmore for less than six months when thousands of terrifying Soulstalkers arrive on the island. The empty-eyed followers of the dreaded sorceress Morrigan have come to raise their leader and Fionn is powerless to stop them. The Storm Keeper’s magic has deserted him and with his grandfather’s memory waning, Fionn must rely on his friends Shelby and Sam to help him summon Dagda’s army of merrows.

But nobody else believes the ferocious sea creatures even exist. And how can he prove he’s right without any magic? As Fionn begins his search for the lost army, the other islanders prepare for invasion. The battle to save Arranmore has begun.

 

What’s That in Dog Years?, written by Ben Davis and illustrated by Julia Christians, published by Oxford Children’s Books

George and Gizmo have been best friends forever. Since the day George was born, Gizmo has always been around. But Gizmo’s not getting any younger and George has the face up to the fact that he may not always be around – so he comes up with a bucket list and they begin their last adventures.

Click here for an extract from What’s That in Dog Years?

 

Science You Can Eat by Stefan Gates, published by DK

Written by TV presenter and “Food Adventurer” Stefan Gates, discover the seriously impressive science that goes on every time you cook or eat. This children’s book explores the science of food by asking questions you’re hungry to know the answers to, and putting them to the test through fun experiments.

Science You Can Eatwill transform your kitchen into a lab through fun food experiments. Cooking is chemistry, and the fun science experiments – such as tricking your taste buds, making slime taste delicious, and investigating some of the strangest flavours around will prove it. This exciting kids book tackles all the tasty science questions you have about food, plus plenty more that you hadn’t thought of! Once you understand science, you understand food, so find out why popcorn go “pop” as you test it out for yourself, explore how taste is affected by smell, then discover whether eating insects is the future of food.

Examining interesting ingredients and exciting eating, as well as peeking into the future of food, Science You Can Eathelps you understand what’s happening with our food and why. Each page is guaranteed to leave you hungry for more.

 

The Accidental Rock Star, written and illustrated by Tom McLaughlin, published by Oxford Children’s Books

It should never have happened, but somehow – with the aid of a recorder, keyboard, and a very disturbed cat – Hector and Ollie have made a hit single. And now everybody wants a piece of them. They may have always dreamed of fame, but is life on tour all it’s cracked up to be? A hilarious rollercoaster of rock star antics written and illustrated by Tom McLaughlin.

Win 1 of 3 copies of The Accidental Rock Star

 

The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike, published by Oxford Children’s Books

Spell Breathing does not come naturally to Rayne. She loathes the hours of practice, the stacks of scrolls, and the snapping mud grotesques that cover her mother’s precious spell book. But it is spell breathing that keeps her village safe from the dreaded monster curse, and in one clumsy move, the magic that keeps them safe is broken… 

 

Glow in the Dark: Animals at Night, written by Katy Flint and illustrated by Cornelia Li, published by Wide-Eyed Editions

Meet the animals that come out at night in this nocturnal adventure across the globe’s habitats, including a glow-in-the-dark poster of the deep sea.
See the jaguar prowling the Amazon rainforest, spot the lion pride on the African savannah, and visit a turtle nesting beach under the stars. Then, turn off the lights to see the ocean creatures glow!
 
Each spread features an enchanting illustration of a different nighttime habitat animated by a description of the activities of its various creatures, told in lulling prose. Fact boxes call out the names of the different animals and their unique qualities. Learn about the rainforest mammals called kinkajous, who slurp flower nectar by night and nest in tree hollows by day, and the rare and mysterious night parrots, who emerge after sunset in the Australian outback to feed on the seeds of spinifex bushes, among many other amazing nocturnal creatures.

Win 1 of 3 bundles of Glow in the Dark: Animals at Night with Voyage Though Space

 

The True Colours of Coral Glen by Juliette Forrest, published by Scholastic

An astonishingly inventive, spooky and heartfelt story of a girl on a raceagainst-time, gothic-tinged treasure hunt. Coral sees the world around her through a rainbow of colours not visible to others – a day full of adventure is Treasure Island Gold but one with a maths test is Stormy Canyon Grey. When her beloved grandma dies, Coral can’t conjure the colour to match how heartbroken she is. She must go on a spooky adventure full of witches, ghosts and other things lurking around the corners of her not-so-ordinary-after-all town…

 

Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama! by Rachel Renee Russell, published by Simon & Schuster

OMG! Nikki’s birthday party is going to be beyond awesome! Her BFFs are planning a SUPERcool pool party, with a cake, a DJ, and the perfect invitations. Organizing a big party for one hundred people is easy, right? UMMM wrong!

When Mom says it’s too expensive, soon it’s looking like Nikki’s dream party will be a total dorky disaster – cringe! Can Nikki and her BFFs come up with a plan to save the day, or will there be major birthday drama?!

Win 1 of 5 copies of Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama!

 

The Day I Found a Wormhole at the Bottom of the Garden by Tom McLaughlin, published by Walker Books

Nine-year-old Billy is digging for buried treasure when … he finds a wormhole in the garden! And to make matters worse, all sorts of people from the past begin to clamber through it. Now Billy – aided by his pet dog, Shakespeare – is in a race against time to close the wormhole and round up all the people who have slipped through it, before history is changed for ever! No pressure then…

 

Dog Diaries: Mission Impawsible, written by Steven Butler and James Patterson and illustrated by Richard Watson, published by Young Arrow

You’ll never guess what, my person-pal…I’M GOING TO HOLLYWOOD!

And, what’s even better? All my best mutt-mates are coming with me! But my dreams of being talent-spotted while walking down streets paved with sausage meat don’t quite come true…

And when the vacation takes a VERY unexpected turn, I’ll need to find a way to escape a LIVING NIGHTMARE and get us all home!

 

Doctor Who: The Secret in Vault 13 by David Solomons, published by Penguin

The Doctor has been summoned. The galaxy is in terrible danger, and only a Time Lord can save it. But to do so, she must break in to an ancient vault on a remote and frozen world – from which nobody has ever returned alive . . .

Can the Doctor and her friends Yaz, Ryan and Graham uncover the shocking secret in Vault 13?

A thrilling, hilarious and scary adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor, as portrayed by Jodie Whittaker.

 

Sasha’s Secret by Cathy Cassidy, published by Penguin

The must-have third book in the gorgeous Lost and Found series from Cathy Cassidy, bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls.

Sasha seems to have it all. She’s the lead singer of an amazing band, she’s starting to get famous online and it seems like the coolest boy in school might have a crush on her. But the Lost and Found band hasn’t noticed that her struggles with anxiety are overwhelming her. When a world-famous rock-star invites the band to record music at his country mansion, and when Sasha starts having blackouts, she has a feeling that she won’t be able to keep it secret much longer…

 

The Lion King (Disney Animated Classics), published by Studio Press

A family favourite, Disney’s The Lion King is one of the best-loved films of all time. Relive the magic through this retelling of the classic animated film, accompanied by paintings, story sketches and concept art from the original Disney Studio artists. Also featured is a foreword by a Disney filmmaker. Turn to the back of the book to learn more about the artists who worked on this iconic animated film.

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