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New Books in June, ages 8-12

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Wonderscape, by Jennifer Bell, published by Walker Books

When Arthur, Ren and Cecily investigate a mysterious explosion, they find themselves trapped in the year 2473.

Lost in the Wonderscape, an epic in-reality adventure game, they must call on the help of some unlikely historical heroes to play their way home before time runs out.

Mohinder’s War, by Bali Rai, published by Bloomsbury Education

A thrilling World War II adventure set in occupied France, featuring an Indian RAF pilot. Great for fans of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne, and those who want diverse historical fiction.

Thirteen-year-old Joelle Breton stumbles across Indian-born RAF pilot Mohinder Singh when his plane crashes in occupied France and it’s up to her and her parents to hide him from the Nazis. After all, her parents are brave members of the French Resistance and will do everything they can to help get Mohinder back to Britain. But when they are betrayed and tragedy strikes, Joelle and Mohinder will have to act fast if they are ever to evade the enemy.

King and the Dragonflies, by Kacen Callender, published by Scholastic

King’s older brother, Khalid, has died, and grief is tearing the family apart. It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy, but Khalid had told King to end the friendship. “You don’t want anyone to think you’re gay too, do you?” When Sandy goes missing, King’s secrets start piling up beyond what he can bear.

A stirring tale of love, loss and new awakenings.

The Impossible Boy,by Ben Brooks, published by Quercus Children’s Books

Believe in the impossible…

Oleg and Emma entered their den to find a cardboard spaceship standing exactly where they usually sat. Slowly, the front door opened and out stepped a boy. ‘My name’s Sebastian Cole,’ he said. ‘But you already know that.’

When Oleg and Emma invent a new classmate called Sebastian, they are amazed when he appears – very much real – in their secret den.

Sebastian isn’t like the rest of their classmates. He’s never eaten pizza, he’s not sure what goose bumps are, and he has a satchel

Lodestar (Keeper of the Lost Cities Volume 5), by Shannon Messenger, published by Simon & Schuster

The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc.

The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.

A mysterious symbol could be the key—if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.

Donut the Destroyer, by Sarah Graley & Stef Purenins, published by Scholastic

A hilarious and unique graphic novel of friendship, family, and what happens when you defy and exceed expectations.

Donut (middle name: The; last name: Destroyer) has a heart of gold and incredible strength. She lives in a world where everyone is born with a special ability and can choose whether to develop it for good or evil. Donut has just received the best news of her life – she’s been accepted to Lionheart School for Heroes! But her parents are the most infamous villains around, and her best friend, Ivy, can’t understand why Donut would choose a life of boring heroism and ruin their plans to cause chaos. Donut is determined to prove that, despite her last name, she’s meant to go her own way and be a hero. Meanwhile, Ivy cooks up a plan to mget Donut kicked out of Lionheart — and back on track to villainy!

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