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New books in October, ages 8-12

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The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf, published by Orion Children’s Books

‘I’ve always wanted to be a Star Hunter. But I don’t want to be the kind that looks for old stars that have already been burning for millions of years. I want to find the brand new ones – the ones that have only just been born and are searching for the people they’ve left behind…’

Following the disappearance of her mum, 10-year-old Aniyah suddenly finds herself living in foster care. With her life in disarray, she knows just one thing for sure: her mum isn’t gone for ever. Because people with the brightest hearts never truly leave. They become stars.

So when a new star is spotted acting strangely in the sky, Aniyah is sure it’s her mum, and she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to make sure everyone else knows too — an adventure that involves breaking into the Royal Observatory of London, a mischievous scurry of squirrels and the biggest star in Hollywood…

Told through the innocent voice of a child, this is a story that explores the subtle faces and endless impacts of domestic violence, and celebrates the power of hope and resilience, from Onjali Rauf, the award-winning author of The Boy at the Back of the Class.

Read our Q&A with Onjali Rauf here


The Ghouls of Howlfair by Nick Tomlinson, published by Walker Books

Molly Thompson has lots of questions. Questions like, is her Aunt Carol an undead fiend who drinks the blood of the living? Is she secretly lurking in the attic? And is Molly’s friend Lowry a descendant of a long line of Kroglin werewolves?

Serious young historian Molly suspects that the creepy legends about her tourist town of Howlfair are starting to come true. But when her mother bans her from doing any further research, bookworm Molly and her friends – scatty Lowry and guardian-cat Gabriel – become covert monster-hunters to keep Howlfair safe. It seems that someone is secretly trying to summon Howlfair’s mythical monsters, and with the election of a new town mayor looming, everything – and everyone – is becoming increasingly suspicious…


The Taylor Turbochaser, written by David Baddiel and illustrated by Steven Lenton, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Amy loves cars and dreams of being a driver, but her slow old wheelchair with its broken wheel is getting in her way. When she finally gets a new, electric one, it’s exciting. But standard engines only have so much power.

That’s where Rahul comes in – Amy’s best friend and genius inventor. Soon Rahul turns the wheelchair into… a supercar! And so the Taylor Turbochaser is born. But when suddenly everything goes wrong, Amy is going to have to hit the road – and drive…


Earth Heroes by Lily Dyu, published by Nosy Crow

This inspirational collection of stories about how individual people are saving the planet is the ultimate gift for any aspiring climate activist.

When faced with climate change, the biggest threat that our planet has ever confronted, it’s easy to feel as if nothing you do can really make a difference . . . but this book proves that individual people can change the world. With twenty inspirational stories celebrating the pioneering work of a selection of Earth Heroes from all around the globe, from Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough to Yin Yuzhen and Isatou Ceesay, each tale is a beacon of hope in the fight for the future of our planet, proving that one person, no matter how small, can make a difference.


Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really.) by Liz Pichon, published by Scholastic

A laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated Tom Gates adventure! Tom’s doing everything possible to stay out of trouble but somehow he’s got THREE sad faces on the school achievement chart! And getting another sad face means Mr Fullerman won’t let him go on the SCHOOL TRIP! Moany Marcus Meldrew is making things worse and now Tom’s annoyed his grumpy sister Delia. Can his best friend Derek help? Will Rooster the dog stop eating his homework?


Prisoners of Geography, written by Tim Marshall and illustrated by Grace Easton and Jessica Smith, published by Simon & Schuster

How did the USA become a superpower? Why do people go to war? And why are some countries rich while others are so poor?

Find the answers to these questions and many more in this eye-opening book, which uses maps to explain how geography has shaped our world. Discover how the choices of world leaders are swayed by mountains, rivers and seas – and why geography means that history is always repeating itself.  This remarkable, unique introduction to world affairs and geopolitics will inspire young minds everywhere.


The Book of Big Science Ideas, published by Ivy Kids

Ideas are important. They change things. A single idea can start a war, save billions of lives, rearrange whole planetary systems, or simply make a person giggle until they pee a little bit. They can be madly wrong but widely believed, or undoubtedly right and totally ignored. What’s more, they’re free, and anyone can have one—including you!

The Book of Big Science Ideas, from the clever people at AQUILA magazine, looks at 15 brilliant science ideas and the ingenious thinkers who have helped shape our understanding of the world – whether they were right, or spectacularly wrong!

Click here for our Competition to win 1 of 10 copies of The Book of Big Science Ideas


Illuminightmare, written by Lucy Brownridge and illustrated by Carnovsky, published by Wide-Eyed Editions

Set off on a supernatural journey to visit the most haunted places on Earth in this follow-up to the bestselling IlluminatureIllumanatomy and Illuminatlas. Use your three-color lens to explore each place: use the green lens to see the location, the red lens to see remnants from its history and the blue lens to reveal the supernatural things that lurk behind the shadows. Packed with historical facts, rich folklore from around the world and plenty of mystery, Milan-based design duo Carnovsky have created a haunted compendium like no other.

For thousands of years, people from every corner of the globe have told stories, folk tales and legends about unnerving encounters with the supernatural. Often, a haunted place has a rich history we can see in our earthly world. And sometimes this history echoes on in the form of ghosts or supernatural spirits. Here, incredible interactive illustrations reveal the history and haunted secrets of the 10 most haunted places in the world:

  • Hermitage, Russia
  • St Therese Shipwreck, Greece
  • Bran Castle, Romania
  • Salem, Massachusetts, USA
  • Tower of London, UK
  • Bhangarh Fort, India
  • Black Forest, Germany
  • San Juan Chamula Cemetery, Mexico
  • Picton, Australia
  • The Giza Pyramids, Egypt

Look through the green lens to see the place and its surroundings by day. See which plants and animals, buildings and cultural artefacts you can spot on the map. Use the red lens to learn about the history and real-life inhabitants of this place. Then turn the page to learn more about the cultural highlights and natural wonders in the field guide. If you dare, look through the blue lens to reveal the hidden horrors, supernatural goings on and ghosts who haunt this place.

You could win a copy of Illuminightmare, along with Illuminature, Illumanatomy and Illuminatlas! Click here for Competitions


The Runaways by Holly Webb, published by Scholastic

It’s London in the late 1930s, and the Second World War is imminent. When a young Londoner called Molly hears that the children in her neighbourhood are being evacuated, she feels relieved. The war scares her, and living in the city means living in the heart of danger.

However, Molly’s relief is short lived because her mum refuses to let her go, telling her that she has to stay and help with the war effort. And that’s not all – times are tough, and there’s not enough food or supplies for people, let alone pets. This means that Molly’s beloved dog Bertie is now considered “surplus to requirement”. So Molly decides to escape.

Stowing away on a train, Molly makes it to the country, but once there the reality of her situation dawns on her: she doesn’t know where she is or who to trust. It’s not until Molly comes across two other runaways that she starts to feel safe again. Maybe, just maybe, with each other’s help, they have a chance of overcoming the trials put in front of them.

We have 5 copies of The Runaways to give away. Click here for your chance to win


Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Amazing Sticker Adventures, published by DK

Get stuck in to your next Star Wars adventure with this sticker book companion to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. This 32-page sticker book includes more than 300 stickers of main characters, locations, vehicles and props. Featuring all-new content from the highly anticipated film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker!



Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (illustrated edition), written by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay, published by Bloomsbury

Picture the magic – discover J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world with glorious full-colour illustrations by Jim Kay, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

An extraordinary creative achievement by two extraordinary talents, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters to life – including Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Viktor Krum. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, finds himself competing in the legendary Triwizard Tournament and facing death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards…


The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, published by Chicken House 

One snowy morning, Mila and her sisters wake to find their brother Oskar has vanished. It seems he’s followed the stranger who visited them in the night. Mila can’t believe Oskar would abandon them, her fears worse because her father also disappeared years before. But then she learns that all the boys in the village have gone … except one – an outcast mage called Rune. To discover the truth, Mila and Rune set out in a dog sleigh to find Oskar, following a sinister trail of wolves, eagles and bears – all the way to the frozen North.

A gorgeous paperback edition of the stunning wintry bestseller from the author of The Girl of Ink and Stars, The Way Past Winter is the perfect read for Christmas.

Win 1 of 3 copies of The Way Past Winter 


Midnight Feasts, chosen by A F Harrold and illustrated by Katy Riddell, published by Bloomsbury

One thing that unites us all – across time, nations and peoples – is food. From chocolate, rice pudding and sandwiches to breakfast in bed, banana phones and the fruit of a mythical jelabi tree, A.F. Harrold has brought together a wonderful and diverse collection of poems on the topic of food.

Beautifully illustrated in full colour by rising star Katy Riddell (daughter of former Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell), this rich and delicious anthology brings together work from a broad range of poets, including the magically observant William Carlos Williams, award-winning Joseph Coelho and the inspiring Sabrina Mahfouz. Whether you’re in the mood for a perfect bowl of yoghurt or a pomegranate omelette, these poems will satisfy any food craving. The perfect gift for any poetry or food lover!

Create a drawing or poem of your dream midnight feast to win 1 of 5 sets of Midnight Feasts prints and biscuits!


Poems from a Green and Blue Planet, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, published by Hachette

A stunning collection of new and classic poems from around the world celebrating the diversity of life on our green and blue planet, to be shared with all the family. With new poems from Raymond Antrobus, Mona Arshi, Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, Dean Atta, Sabrina Mahfouz and more.
Dive into this book and be swept away on a journey around our green and blue planet, from the peak of the snowiest mountaintop to the bottom of the deepest, bluest ocean. Meet the birds circling its skies, the beasts prowling its plains, and the people toiling in its fields and forests and cities… Explore all the worlds that make up our world, and hear the voices, past and present, that sing out from it. From haikus to sonnets, from rap to the Romantics, this joyous collection celebrates life in all corners of our beautiful planet.

Win 1 of 5 copies of Poems from a Green and Blue Planet