Twelve-year-old Willa Birdwhistle lives in the Wild, a place that is home to the Ordinary Folk of the non-magical kind and one that is sandwiched between two covens of warring witches. Whilst the locals have little to do with the witches they regularly spend their days avoiding misfiring spells that cause frogs to rain down and chickens to dance.
Like everyone in the Wild, Willa is not fond of magic, especially after her parents were magicked away by a wayward curse, and she definitely does not want to be a witch. When she receives the most unwanted news…she is a witch, she is sure that there must be a mistake. But it’s not and now she must choose which of the two covens to join by her next birthday, and if she doesn’t, she’ll explode.
The first in an explosive new series from Jason Rohan is unputdownable.
When Arun Lal’s dad is kidnapped, Arun is shocked to learn that his dad isn’t an analyst at the Bank of England. Instead of counting money, Krishan Lal is involved in a top-secret government project - codename MANDROID - and the criminals who have nabbed him desperately want to get their hands on it.
Arun, along with his two friends - Donna and Sam - are thrown into a race against time to rescue Krishan and to keep the MANDROID out of the hands of some very bad people. Failure to accomplish either of these two things could mean Arun will never see his father alive again and tech designed to help the world could be used to endanger everyone…
Greetings mortals, Loki is back! Louie Stowell serves up another Thor-some read that is riotous fun from start to finish.
Still living on Earth (Midgard) in the guise of puny mortal schoolboy Liam, Loki has been given another opportunity by the almighty Odin to prove that he is worthy of return to Asgard. But reinventing yourself and getting others to see you differently is no easy task.
When Thor’s hammer is stolen, the master of mischief is suspected of the crime. But this time is Loki really to blame? All he needs to do is find the hammer, identify the real thief and get everyone to admit that they were wrong about him. Simple, right?
From Jenny McLachlan, the author of the brilliant Roar trilogy, comes the first in a brand new series of ghostly mysteries and Dead Good Detectives is dead good, in-fact that doesn’t do it justice, it is dead brilliant and sparkles as brightly as pirate treasure.
Twelve-year-old Sid Jones loves hanging out in the graveyard with her best friend Zen; chasing ghosts and making up stories about the buried. When she inadvertently releases a 300-year-old-pirate and his parrot from the dead, she opens the door to the Halfway House, a strange and magical inn full of lost souls that are yet to escape this world and move on to the next all kept trapped by a terrible landlord.
Miss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens; Allison Rushby, illustrated by Bronte Rose Marando
1872. At Miss Strickland’s school for Girls of an Enquiring Mind, Penny Pickering is often in trouble. It’s not that she doesn’t have an enquiring mind, in fact it is quite the opposite. Penny has a mind that is enquiring for all of the wrong reasons; daydreaming and sketching in her notebook are much more appealing than learning about scientific elements.
When Penny’s authoress aunt unexpectedly arrives at the school and offers her the chance of adventure, Penny doesn’t have to think twice. Soon she is heading to Hampshire to investigate strange goings-on at Mr Toddington’s Museum of the Curious and Absurd where bewitched kittens come alive for a midnight tea party. But not all is as it seems and Penny is determined to uncover the truth…
When a pandemic forces the country to shut down, eight-year-old Max finds himself having to adjust to a new way of life with his mum working from home and his doctor dad living in a hotel. When the the frustrations of being cooped up indoors boil over, Max threatens to count to a million to get back at his mum. But soon a personal challenge becomes a million times bigger than Max ever expected and soon the whole country is quite literally counting on and with him. Will Max break a world record and raise millions of pounds for charity…
At the pond in Little Dismal there is a strict list of approved duck activities - chasing cows and pigs, mockery, rude songs, piracy, bullying, revenge, warfare and general thuggery - and a good duck would never step a webbed-foot outside of these lines. When scruffy and no-good chicken Clara starts spreading terrible lies about the ducks, something must be done to put a stop to her. With wanna-be poet Rita disgracing herself at the talent show and besmirching the good name of ducks she takes up the challenge to get revenge on Clara, restore her own reputation and be welcomed into the flock again.
Rita finds help in her quest for vengeance after befriending Tracy, a local school girl. But revenge isn’t the only thing going on in Little Dismal and when a plot to chook-nap Clara is uncovered, chook, duck and girl must join forces to unravel a mystery and save the day…
The Very Best Doughnut; Randa Abdel-Fattah, illustrated by Amani Haydar; 29 Things You Didn’t Know About Me; Solli Raphael, illustrated by Olana Janfa
The Very Best Doughnut and 29 Things You Didn’t Know About Me are lovely additions to Pan Macmillan’s Our Stories series that celebrates Australia’s rich and diverse culture and acknowledges the First Nation’s lands.
For third grader Adam, Friday is the absolute best day of the week as Friday means a doughnut. And today mum has the most scrumptious looking pink-iced doughnut complete with sprinkles. It will be the perfect snack to eat at recess. Except today Adam wants to join his family in fasting for Ramadan which means no eating or drinking until the sun sets. With a grumbling belly and a doughnut begging to be eaten can Adam last the whole day or will hunger get the better of him…
Cranky Chicken and Speedy Worm are back in another crank-fest.
Today, Cranky Chicken is extra cranky and the crank-o-meter is maxed out. Very hungry and very angry equals a hangry chicken and that is bad news for Speedy Worm who desperately needs to cheer up their best friend. It’s Cranky’s birthday so surely a party will have the chicken out of its bad mood in no time. Won’t it? But Cranky hates surprises. What about a day at the beach? Nope…too sandy, crabs, rough seas, way too hot and there’re sharks! Will anything turn Cranky’s frown upside down…
Author and illustrator Elys Dolan’s latest story of animals keeping up appearances is widely imaginative, roar-some fun that will be devoured by readers, much like dinosaur Rex scoffs his new favourite snack - Cheez Nubbins.
Rex was ruler of the prehistoric world until an untimely ice age came along and froze him and all of his dino buddies. Now, sixty-five million years later, the ice has melted and someone else rules the roost…humans. And if they discover Rex, then he’ll be heading to a zoo or even worse…a museum.