Meg loves ponies. She fills her room with them, she rides them as often as her parents can afford, she draws them at home and daydreams about them at school. What she wants more than anything is a pony of her own but with her parents struggling for money a pony is not top of the shopping list. So imagine Meg’s surprise when on her 10th birthday a pony appears in her garden. Have all Meg’s wishes finally come true…
Barrington Stoke are kicking off the year in fine form with new releases from some of the best writers of children’s books that the UK currently has to offer and this title from Lucy Strange makes for an engaging and suspense-filled read.
Bess thought a job at the cotton mill in the countryside, far away from the streets of London, would be a fresh start. But the work is hard, the living conditions are tough and the boss is cruel. There’s even talk of a terrifying mermaid living in the millpond. The place is more like a prison than the beginnings of a new life and Bess isn’t the only one feeling trapped. Bess wants out and she has a plan to not only free herself but also the mysterious mermaid in the mill pond…
Sam Kerr, Australian soccer legend and goal-scoring superstar for English FA Women’s Super League side Chelsea FC, returns in the second instalment of the book series that roughly charts her life from sport-loving child to global soccer superstar.
In book one, The Flip Out, Aussie Rules loving Sam had to find a new sport to embrace after gender restrictions prevented her from playing for her local AFL team. Thankfully, the Knights soccer club were more than happy to welcome a girl on to their team. A New Knight picks up where the first book left off and after a rocky start, Sam is staring to feel good about playing for her new club, is beginning to express herself on the pitch and has even scored her first goal.
Sometimes the cover of a book just demands that you read it, that and all the hype that The Bird Singers has been receiving on social media (and having read it, the hype is more than justified).
Sisters Layah and Izzie are not impressed that their mum has dragged them off to stay at a rain-soaked cottage in the middle of nowhere. The only thing that interests the girls in Lowesdale are the cakes and they intend to work their way through as many of the treats as possible. But then strange and frightening things begin to happen; a puzzling whistling sound, visions of a yellow-eyed lady, dead birds on the doorstep. And when mum begins acting oddly, Layah is determined to unravel the mysterious events and how they are all connected…
I’m generally not one for stories of faeries and goblins but Ross Montgomery is a brilliant writer of children’s fiction so I put my doubts aside and dived right in.
Yanni is not happy to have moved to Fallow Hall and to a house in the middle of nowhere. He hates everything about the place and to make matters worse his parents are obsessed with his new-born younger sister and have forgotten that he even exists.
When Yanni wishes for the unthinkable, he had not been expecting that someone would actually turn up and make good his darkest wish. With his sister stolen and a changeling left in her place, Yanni must venture into a dark and dangerous world of faeries to right his wrong. But will he be able to outwit a devious fae and save his sister before the clock strikes midnight on All Hallows’ Eve…
The year is 1832 and young Nico Cloud leads a solitary existence at her family home, stuck in her room with her embroidery, longing for more books and desperately wanting a friend. She dreams of being an explorer and scientist like her Aunt Ruth but her parents are of the firm belief that such things aren’t for girls and that Nico should focus on growing up to be a good housewife.
When Nico accidentally stows away on a ship she finds herself on the voyage of a lifetime. Accompanying a famous scientist who is on a quest for new discoveries, Nico suddenly finds that her knowledge and passion is valued. And everything she has learnt from her books will prove invaluable if the crew are going to find some mythical seeds and make a real difference to the world…
The Famous Five Graphic Novels: Five On a Treasure Island & Five Go Adventuring Again; Béja & Nataēl
Eighty years after they were first introduced to us, The Famous Five are back and are ready to capture an entirely new generation of readers thanks to the talents of father and son graphic novel creators, Béja and Nataēl. The first two titles in the series, ‘Five On a Treasure Island’ and ‘Five Go Adventuring Again’, will be released simultaneously in February.
The Mystery of the Stolen Treasure is the second book in the Lizzie & Lucky series. After successfully solving the mystery of the stolen puppies, Lizzie, Lucky and the family are heading off to the seaside where things are not quite as they seem.
Lizzie and Lucky love solving mysteries and on a family trip to the seaside it doesn’t take long for a mystery to present itself. The townsfolk talk of missing pirate treasure that no one has ever been able to find and more recently, precious items have been going missing from the local museum. Most people, especially children, would just shrug it off and enjoy the beach, but not Lizzie. She is determined to discover the truth and she won’t leave until she has it…
Following in the footsteps of Narwhal & Jelly and Elephant & Piggie comes another animal duo that will delight young readers. Meet Archie & Reddie, two foxes who love having fun together. The first two titles in the series, ‘I Really Dig Pizza’ and ‘We Will Find Your Hat’, have been released simultaneously with books three and four due to be released later this year.
Who doesn’t love a story about a penguin, especially a penguin who takes your invite quite literally and is on a mission that he desperately needs some help with.
Saturday. To keep their children, Imogen and Arthur, entertained, Mr and Mrs Stewart promptly decide on a family outing to London Zoo. It isn’t the lions, the monkeys or the flamingoes that capture the attention of the family though, it is one small penguin who Mrs. Stewart insists is welcome at the family home whenever he likes. Now the penguin, complete with rucksack, has turned up on the doorstep and he has no intention of leaving anytime soon…