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New books in September, ages 8-12

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Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson, published by Bloomsbury

From Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson comes a heartwarming and inspiring middle-grade novel about finding deep roots and exploring the past, the present, and the places that make us who we are. 
All Amara wants for her birthday is to visit her father’s family in New York City – Harlem, to be exact. She can’t wait to finally meet her Grandpa Earl and cousins in person, and to stay in the brownstone where her father grew up. Maybe this will help her understand her family – and herself – in new way.
But New York City is not exactly what Amara thought it would be. It’s crowded, with confusing subways, suffocating sidewalks, and her father is too busy with work to spend time with her and too angry to spend time with Grandpa Earl. As she explores, asks questions, and learns more and more about Harlem and about her father and his family history, she realizes how, in some ways more than others, she connects with him, her home, and her family.

Click here for an extract from Some Places More Than Others


White Fox, written by Chen Jiatong and illustrated by Viola Wang, published by Chicken House

Orphaned white fox cub, Dilah, wants more than anything to be human. Trusting in a myth told to him by his mother, he sets out on a quest guided by a magical moonstone. 

Dilah follows its light across strange lands, in pursuit of the moonstone’s treasure. But a pack of wicked blue foxes is on his tail and they’ll stop at nothing to steal the moonstone for themselves …

Translated by the award-winning Jennifer Feeley, White Fox features gorgeous black-and-white line illustrations by acclaimed young Chinese artist Viola Wang. With themes of conservation, nature, civilisation and what it really means to be human, White Fox will thrill young readers as they follow young Dilah on his quest.

Win 1 of 3 copies of White Fox

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The Lost Princess by Connie Glynn, published by Penguin Random House

The third book in the Rosewood Chronicles series, for fans of Harry Potter and The Princess Diaries.

Lottie Pumpkin is an ordinary girl – pretending to be a princess. Ellie Wolf is a princess – pretending to be ordinary.

This arrangement has been working well for the best friends since they first decided to swap identities two years ago. They are enjoying life at the magical and mysterious Rosewood Hall boarding school, despite the efforts of sinister organisation Leviathan to uncover their secret.

But when the threat grows too serious, they are forced to travel to their beloved Rosewood’s sister school in Japan. Will they be safe there from the danger at home? Or are some secrets just too serious to hide?


Mossbelly MacFearsome and the Goblin Army, written by Alex Gardiner, published by Andersen Press

It’s Halloween, and Roger is yet again pulled into a bonkers adventure with the grouchy dwarf warrior Mossbelly MacFearsome. It turns out that Roger has accidentally set free the vicious Goblin Chief Redcap, who is looking to open an ancient portal back to his own world. Now Roger, Moss and their friends must track him down before he unleashes a mighty horde of goblins hellbent on destruction, mayhem… and pickled onions. But how exactly does one find a ghoulish goblin on the one night of the year when everyone is in spooky fancy dress?

A fabulously funny fast-paced adventure, perfect for fans of Terry Pratchett and Cressida Cowell.


Guardians of Magic, by Chris Riddell published by Macmillan Children’s Books

In Guardians of Magic the award-winning, 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell weaves together a stunningly illustrated magical quest in which three ordinary children, with extraordinary gifts, come together to defeat the enemies who threaten the mysterious cloud horses. This is the first title in The Cloud Horse Chronicles series.

The Kingdom of Thrynne is a place where fairy tales don’t behave, and magic can be found in unexpected places. But magic brings danger to Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba, because it is forbidden. 

Now, the future of magic itself is under threat from powerful enemies: those who fear it and, worse, those who want to use it for their own ends. 

What can three ordinary children do to protect it?


The Time of Green Magic, by Hilary McKay published by Macmillan Children’s Books

From acclaimed author and Costa winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding novel about family, magic, an old house and a mysterious visitor. . .

Abi and her two step-brothers, Max and Louis, find that strange things happen when they are alone in their eerie, ivy-covered new house.

Abi, reading alone, finds herself tumbling deep into books, while Louis summons a startling guest through his bedroom window. Even Max has started to see shapes in the shadows . . .

Their busy parents see none of it – but Louis’ secret visitor is growing too alarming to keep secret, and he finds he cannot manage without Max and Abi’s help.

Can they find out where the mysterious creature has come from – and how to get it back there?


Plastic Sucks! by Dougie Poynter, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

How can YOU help save our planet? This awesome and inspiring guide, written by musician and environmental activist Dougie Poynter, will show you how to get involved in the mission to cut out single-use plastic.

Plastic is everywhere and it sucks. It fills up our oceans, endangers our wildlife and never goes away. So it’s time to take action, find ways to cut down our plastic use and help protect our environment. Together we can make a difference!

As a lifelong supporter of environmental causes and a key player in the campaign to ban microbeads in the UK, Dougie is always on the hunt for ways to reduce and replace plastic. This campaigning book, his first solo authored project, draws on his own experiences in the fight against plastic waste – the problems he’s encountered and the solutions he’s found. It covers the history of plastic, introduces us to some key campaigners and eco entrepreneurs and is full of top tips and infographics. 

The clear and easy steps in Plastic Sucks! You Can Make a Difference show us how we can all make small changes and become champions for our planet.


Famous Five Colour Short Stories: The Birthday Adventure by Enid Blyton, published by Hodder Children’s Books

Introducing The Famous Five to younger readers with this NEWLY-CREATED story for children aged 5 and up!

Set in the world of Enid Blyton’s best-loved series, this newly-created early reader follows Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog on a special new adventure – illustrated in gorgeous full-colour throughout by Becka Moor.

Expect all the usual excitement as the Five head off to birthday party with a very special present. Little do they know, two thieves are on their trail and desperate to get their hands on it…


The Extraordinary Life of Rosa Parks by Sheila Kanani, published by Penguin Random House

A bold new non-fiction series for 7+ readers focusing on the lives of inspirational historical and modern figures.

Rosa Parks, the woman known for refusing to give up her seat on the bus, triggered a great shift in the fight for civil rights. Raised in Alabama, Rosa Parks knew all about the racism of her society from an early age. Discover how she became the brilliant activist we know today, in this beautifully illustrated book with real-life stories, timelines and facts to bring her nextraordinary story to life.


The Extraordinary Life of Mahatma Gandhi by Chitra Soundar, published by Penguin Random House

A bold new non-fiction series for 7+ readers focusing on the lives of inspirational historical and modern figures.

From growing up in India and studying in London to becoming a political activist in South Africa and taking on the battle for independence in India, Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy has lived on well beyond his years.

Read the life story of this brilliant, strong-willed and influential man in this beautifully illustrated book, complete with real-life stories, timelines and facts.


The Extraordinary Life of Mary Seacole by Naida Redgrave, published by Penguin Random House

A bold new non-fiction series for 7+ readers focusing on the lives of inspirational historical and modern figures.

Mary Seacole is now known for her medical work in the Crimean war, and as a brilliant woman who combated the racial prejudice she experienced in her lifetime. But for a long time her story was lost.

From growing up in Kingston, Jamaica as the daughter of a doctress to helping soldiers in the war, discover the details of the amazing life that Mary Seacole led in this beautifully illustrated book with real-life stories, timelines and facts.


Explorers by Nellie Huang, published by DK

Meet famous explorers and adventurers in this exciting non-fiction storybook for children. Venture into steaming jungles in search of lost temples, fight off frostbite in the Arctic, and blast off into space!

Great explorers have one thing in common – a desire to leap into the unknown, no matter how dangerous that might be. Explorers looks at the towering achievements of more than 50 intrepid adventurers in great detail, with incredible cross-sections revealing the amazing detail inside Spanish galleons, lost cities, and spaceships. Hand-drawn maps reveal their incredible journeys in great detail, and photographs highlight the artefacts and relics they found along the way. The explorers come from all walks of life and parts of the world, and celebrate both male and female explorers throughout history.

Packed with jaw-dropping facts and written in language that will get the heart racing, Explorers is the perfect book for any budding young adventurer, combining both beautiful illustrations and fantastic photography.


Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It by Susie Day, published by Penguin Random House

Max wants to be just like his dad – fun, loud and strong. He loves their trips to the fair and Dad’s no-nonsense attitude when Max gets in trouble at school. But everything changes when mysterious boxes and even more mysterious wads of cash start turning up at their house, and when Dad disappears it’s up to Max to look after his three sisters until Dad comes home.

Determined to keep the family together, Max takes his sisters to a remote village in Wales, where he’s convinced that no one will find them. What Max doesn’t expect to find is new friends, new questions, and a very old legend. Just how easy is it to look after three kids with no grown ups around? Where did Dad go, really? And what are the whispers Max keeps hearing, of a golden dragon, asleep under the mountain…?


Mythologica, written by Stephen Kershaw and illustrated by Victoria Topping, published by Wide-Eyed Editions

An illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other, Mythologica features startlingly beautiful and exquisitely otherworldly portraits of mythological characters in eye-popping colour from artist Victoria Topping and authoritative text from Classics scholar and Greek mythology expert Dr Stephen Kershaw.
Uncover the colourful lives of 50 powerful gods and goddesses, earth-dwelling mortals and terrifying monsters as you journey back in time to ancient Greece. From the fearless Athena and her meddlesome ways to the brave and bold Odysseus and his remarkable journey home, discover why these incredible stories are still a part of our culture today.
The thrilling images and digestible text provide the perfect introduction to the lively world of Greek mythology. Prepare to be amazed as you uncover the epic, heroic and sometimes terrible lives of mortals, monsters and gods.


Listen Up by Roman Kemp and Vick Hope, published by Scholastic

Rule the airwaves, rule the school…

At their school, Arthur and Grace reign supreme: after all, they’re the cool kids. They’re also the radio kids, and between them they run the school’s top two radio shows. Which means that as well as being the most popular kids in school, Grace and Arthur are also the biggest rivals in school.

So when a storm hits during a surprisingly popular chess tournament, and a blackout ensues, they can’t wait to scoop each other by being the first to report it. But things get complicated the very next day when their teacher tells them that the real scoop isn’t the storm; it’s the missing trophy. Suddenly Arthur and Grace are in well over their heads, but with the whole school relying on them there’s no backing out now. If anyone can figure out this mess, it’s Arthur and Grace. If they can stop arguing for long enough, that is…


Max Einstein: Rebels with a Cause, written by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, published by Cornerstone

Max Einstein’s typical day is not your average 12-year-old’s. She…

– TEACHES classes at a New York college
– Dodges KIDNAPPING attempts with her best friends
– Goes on SECRET MISSIONS for her billionaire boss
– Has a MYSTERIOUS CONNECTION to Albert Einstein

Just a day in the life of the Change Makers Institute’s top agent!

A village outside Mumbai is having a water crisis that only a group of kid geniuses can fix – so Max and her friends travel to India. But it’s hard to save the world when you’re trying not to be kidnapped by a greedy corporation that profits when others suffer – and seems to know your every move. It’s almost like the bad guys have a spy inside the Change Makers…

Win 1 of 5 copies of Max Einstein: Rebels with a Cause


Kevin’s Great Escape: A Roly-Poly-Flying Pony Adventure by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, published by Oxford Children’s Books

Get set for another adventure for the Roly-Poly Flying Pony, Kevin, along with his best friend Max and sister Daisy in the second book in the series from Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Kevin is happily residing in his nest on the roof of the block of flats in Bumbleford on the edge of the Outermost West when spooky pop sensation Misty Twiglet arrives in Bumbleford to take up residence at Gloomsbury Grange.

What ensues is a story of kidnap, peril, disguised guinea-pigs…and biscuits.