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My So-Called Bollywood Life
Nisha Sharma

Stripes Publishing

ISBN 9781788951463

Bollywood film fanatic Winnie has grown up believing the future is written in the stars. Her family's pandit predicted she would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday. So when her relationship with Raj collapses, despite him meeting all the criteria, Winnie is lost. This is not how her perfect ending is scripted. Then fellow film geek Dev challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope: is taking the future into her own hands the way to find her happily ever after? To get the perfect ending, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family and, of course, a Bollywood movie star...

My So-Called Bollywood Life
Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Alexandra Stewart

Bloomsbury Childrens Books

ISBN 9781526600769

In the late morning of May 29th 1953, the sun was shining brightly on the roof of the world, a gentle breeze was blowing and two men were there to witness it for the first time ever ... Their names were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and the roof of the world was Everest. This narrative tells the story of how Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made their mark on the world from birth right up to their final days and the impact they've had on Nepal today. It is a breathtaking story of how two very different yet equally determined men battled frost-biting temperatures, tumbling ice rocks, powerful winds and death-defying ridges to climb the world's highest mountain. With a foreword by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, this book combines contemporary illustrations by Joe Todd-Stanton with Alexandra Stewart's captivating writing, and is published in time to celebrate the centenary of Edmund Hillary's birth.

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Level Up
Tom Nicoll

Stripes Publishing

ISBN 9781788950718

LEVEL UP is a fast-paced video gaming space adventure, perfect for enticing both reluctant and developing readers (girls and boys) aged 7+ to keep turning the pages! Flo is obsessed with gaming - but ending up inside her favourite game, together with her best friend Max, wasn't quite what she'd planned. Now she has to find a way for them to get back into the real world and - since they're being chased by armies of soldiers - soon!

Level Up
The Maker of Monsters
Lorraine Gregory

Oxford University Press

ISBN 9780192768834

Brat has always lived in the isolated castle on the island, taking care of the vicious creatures that his master creates, waiting in terror for the moment when they are ready to be put to use... But then the unthinkable happens. The monsters get out. Now Brat must overcome his fears, and venture into the world he has hidden from his whole life. For the fate of everyone rests on his shoulders alone. . . This is a thrilling new standalone adventure from Lorraine Gregory, author of Mold and the Poison Plot.

The Maker of Monsters
Jasper and Scruff
Nicola Colton

Stripes Publishing

ISBN 9781788950695

Jasper and Scruff is a heart-warming story about friendship and its gorgeous illustrations, short chapters and simple, warm message make it a great choice for developing readers. Jasper is a smart, sophisticated cat who is looking for friends like himself. He decides to invite the Sophisticats for dinner, in the hope of being asked to join their very exclusive club, but on the day of the dinner, Jasper is adopted by a scruffy pup, Scruff. Scruff is everything the Sophisticats aren't - messy, energetic and troublesome. When the Sophisticats arrive, they behave appallingly and Scruff adds to Jasper's problems by tripping him up and frightening his guests. But as the Sophisticats rush to leave, Jasper realises that it's not their kind of friendship he needs; Scruff would be a much better friend, but has Jasper been kind enough to Scruff to make him want to stay? As well as its warm message, there are lots of funny moments in this book that will keep children turning the pages looking for more - I liked the 'Poke more holes in the gouda' comment, and all the famous pictures in the gallery that have been revisited with cats instead of humans. A lovely message, beautifully packaged!

Jasper and Scruff
Music and Malice in Hurricane Town
Alex Bell

Stripes Publishing

ISBN 9781847159601

Jude Lomax scrapes a living playing the trumpet on the neon streets of Baton Noir. Then she is invited to play at the funeral of the infamous cajou queen, Ivory Monette. Passing through the cemetery gates, Jude finds herself possessed by the murdered queen's spirit. And Ivory won't rest until she's found the person responsible for her death. If Jude wants to be rid of the vengeful spirit, she must take a journey deep into the dangerous underbelly of the city, from the swampy depths of the Black Bayou to the velvet opulence of the vampires' secret jazz clubs. But as Jude untangles Ivory's web of secrets, she is confronted with a few dark truths from her own past... The first in an eagerly awaited series from the author of Frozen Charlotte.

Music and Malice in Hurricane Town
All the Invisible Things
Orlagh Collins

Bloomsbury YA

ISBN 9781408888339

With Pez, the days felt endless - cycling, climbing trees, sucking sour sweets till our tongues burned. I'd give anything to be that girl again. For four years Vetty Lake has been keeping her heart in hiding. Since her mum died and her family moved out of London it's felt so much safer not to tell people how she really feels. She's never even told anyone she's attracted to girls as well as boys. But now Vetty's seventeen and coming back to London she's determined to start living out loud. She's convinced that reconnecting with her childhood best friend Pez is the key. She was always fearless around him. But when she sees Pez again, he's different. Guarded. It's like their special connection never existed. And suddenly Vetty's sure he's been hiding too...

All the Invisible Things
We Are Blood And Thunder
Kesia Lupo

Bloomsbury YA

ISBN 9781408898055

We Are Blood and Thunder is an epic fantasy read for those aged 14+, perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and author Leigh Bardugo. In a city where magic is feared and the dead are worshipped, life is overshadowed by a powerful and devastating storm cloud. One young woman is running for her life. Another is trying to return home. Both are looking for a place where they belong. But what Lena and Constance don't realise is that the storm cloud binds them. Without it, neither can get what she desires.

We Are Blood And Thunder
Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: Mystery on the Ostrich Express
Laura James

Bloomsbury Childrens Books

ISBN 9781408889343

In a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee lives the world's greatest flamingo detective. His name is Fabio. He's not tall or strong, but slight and pink. And he's very, very clever. It's the height of summer and Fabio and his associate Gilbert are taking a relaxing holiday journey on the fastest train in the world! But no sooner does the conductor call 'All aboard' than a very expensive ruby necklace disappears and the great detective is back on the case! This is the second book in the hilarious illustrated mystery series by the author of Captain Pug, perfect for young readers aged 6+.

Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: Mystery on the Ostrich Express
The Middler
Kirsty Applebaum

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9781788003452

11-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam. Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered and special. A hero. Her younger brother is Trig - everyone loves Trig. But Maggie's just a middler; invisible and left behind. Then she meets Una, a hungry wanderer girl in need of help, and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its head. Narrated expertly and often hilariously by Maggie, we experience the trials and frustrations of being the forgotten middle child, the child with no voice, even in her own family. This is a gripping story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal.

The Middler
All The Lonely People
David Owen

ATOM

ISBN 9780349003207

Everyone tells Kat that her online personality - confident, funny, opinionated - isn't her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Delete, Disappear. With her social media shut down, her website erased, her entire online identity void, Kat feels she has cut away her very core: without her virtual self, who is she? She brought it on herself. Or so Wesley keeps telling himself as he dismantles Kat's world. It's different, seeing one of his victims in real life and not inside a computer screen - but he's in too far to back out now. As soon as Kat disappears from the online world, her physical body begins to fade and while everybody else forgets that she exists, Wesley realises he is the only one left who remembers her. Overcome by remorse for what he has done, Wesley resolves to stop her disappearing completely. It might just be the only way to save himself.

All The Lonely People
The Quiet at the End of the World
Lauren James

Walker Books Ltd

ISBN 9781406375510

How far would you go to save those you love? Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure until a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity's entire existence. Now Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide what to sacrifice to save the whole human race...

The Quiet at the End of the World
A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Brigid Kemmerer

Bloomsbury YA

ISBN 9781408884614

Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, is cursed. Forced to repeat the autumn of his 18th year over and over, he can only be freed by love. But at the end of each autumn he is transformed into a beast hell-bent on destruction, and after so many failed attempts, his kingdom and its people are barely holding on. Harper's life has never been easy, but she's learned to be tough enough to survive. She won't let anything hold her back, not her cerebral palsy or her mother's deteriorating health. But when she is sucked into Rhen's world, nothing is as it seems. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfall ... and it will take more than a broken curse to save it from utter ruin. This is a modern spellbinding retelling of Beauty and the Beast - and it's completely gripping.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely
A Crystal of Time (The School for Good and Evil, Book 5)
Soman Chainani

HarperCollins

ISBN 9780008292201

This is the fifth book in The School for Good and Evil series. Rhian is now King of Camelot and he is forcing Sophie to be his Queen, but she can't understand why he his so determined that they marry. He has imprisoned Tedros, Guinevere, and their friends in the dungeons, with Tedros's execution planned on the date of his wedding to Sophie. Japeth terrorises people across the Kingdom in order for their leaders to take his brother as the true king and destroy their rings, which keep the Storian writing in the School of the Ever and Nevers. They need the Storian to be destroyed so that their own pen, Lionsmane, can write the tales of Camelot's people. This will have devastating consequences, especially after the wedding. Agatha is in despair, she is the only one to have escaped Rhian and she doesn't know who she can turn to or trust. What does she do first, go seek advice from The Lady in the Lake or somehow get back to the school for help? Agatha still has with her the Crystal that belongs to Dean Dovey but she has yet to learn how to use it. When she gains that knowledge, the crystal reveals the answers they are looking for, but they are not reliable as it is damaged. What is the Truth and what are Lies?

A Crystal of Time (The School for Good and Evil, Book 5)
Scavengers
Darren Simpson

Usborne Publishing Ltd

ISBN 9781474956024

Scavengers tells the story of a boy called Landfill who lives with Old Babagoo in Hinterland, surrounded by a big wall that separates it from Outside. Landfill's life is regulated by many rules, which are imposed upon him by Babagoo. Landfill's days are filled with tasks and interactions with the many animals in Hinterland, all of whom have literary names. These animals are his playmates since he leads such a solitary existence. At times there are gritty descriptions of the gulls that form the basis for meals in Hinterland and the whole novel has echoes of Lord of the Flies. Babagoo and Landfill communicate using made up and unusual language, giving the story a Dahlesque feel. The most important rule is to NEVER go beyond the wall and when Landfill does, it opens up a whole wealth of questions and situations that he had never dreamt of.

Scavengers
How to Rob a Bank
Tom Mitchell

HarperCollins

ISBN 9780008276508

Poor Dylan burns down the house of the girl he is trying to impress. The Nepalese scented candle turns out to not be the best gift after all. Inspired by his film-loving Dad's showing of Dog Day Afternoon, Dylan believes he can solve his (and his Emma Stone look-alike would be girlfriends) problems by robbing a bank. Thus ensues a very unfortunate incident with a cat, a failed post office robbery, a massively unwanted Saturday job and you have a very enjoyable quirky read. This is very relatable crime-comedy fun.

How to Rob a Bank
The Stolen Ones
Vanessa Curtis

Usborne Publishing Ltd

ISBN 9781474915038

My name is Inge. I am sixteen. I live with Mama and Papa in Munich. Food is still rationed, though the war ended over ten years ago. My boyfriend is Jewish. I have to hide this from my parents. Sometimes I think they are hiding something from me, too. Letters arrive every year on my birthday, but they are not addressed to me. They are for a girl named Kasia. This is her story.

The Stolen Ones
Internment
Samira Ahmed

ATOM

ISBN 9780349003344

Rebellions are built on hope. Set in a horrifying '15 minutes in the future' United States, 17-year-old Layla Amin is forced into an internment camp for Muslim-Americans along with her parents. With the help of newly-made friends also trapped within the camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp's Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, Internment questions the imaginary boundaries that separate us and challenges readers to fight the complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Internment
Monsters: The passion and loss that created Frankenstein
Sharon Dogar

Andersen Press Ltd

ISBN 9781783448029

Mary Shelley was just 16 years old when she ran away from home to travel to Europe to be with the man she loved, Percy Bysshe Shelley. In this remarkable account Sharon Dogar brings to life both Mary Shelley and her step-sister Claire as they navigate life as outcasts, travelling across Europe to meet up with poets and artists. We follow the threads of Mary's life - the loss of her mother, abandonment by her father and her creative and rebellious instincts - leading up to her writing Frankenstein, the novel that birthed one of the most enduring monsters in English literature. It is a detailed, meticulous and powerful account that helps us to recognise in the historical character of Mary Shelley the very real and courageous young woman that she was.

Monsters: The passion and loss that created Frankenstein
The Burning
Laura Bates

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471170201

The Burning juxtaposes two stories: one of a contemporary teenaged girl being abused over social media; the other, a young woman accused of witchcraft in the 17th century. Anna has had to leave her school suddenly to leave her old life behind - but we are not sure what has happened. The house she and her mother move to is old, and it has ghosts of its own. Gradually, Anna starts to uncover the story of Maggie, a young woman who lived in the house centuries previously, and who was accused of witchcraft. As the two stories become more interwoven, what the women are accused of and subsequently suffer grows exponentially. The reader is reminded, shockingly, of how little has changed in how young women are perceived and treated in today's world compared with what happened centuries ago.

The Burning
Superkitty
Hannah Whitty, illus Paula Bowles

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471175091

Kitty is fed up of answering phones at the Sensational Superhero Agency and dreams of catching criminals with the superhero gang. But they ALWAYS leave her behind! Then a call comes in about a stolen dinosaur bone . . . and Kitty takes matters into her own paws, following the superheroes in their pursuit of devious criminal Nefarious Norman! Will she save the day and prove that small is MIGHTY? This book teaches its readers to believe in your own abilities, never to judge a book by its cover - and girl power! All of which will make it a favourite for young readers! There is plenty to enjoy in the detail of this picture book and the vibrant artwork throughout. The mix of loveable animal characters and superheroes makes this a winner for young minds, girls and boys alike!

Superkitty
The Dog Who Saved the World
Ross Welford

HarperCollins Children's Books

ISBN 9780008256975

When 11-year-old Georgie befriends an eccentric retired scientist, she becomes the test subject for a thrilling new experiment: a virtual-reality 3D version of the future. But then a deadly disease threatens the life of every dog in the country and Georgie's beloved dog, Mr Mash, gets sick. And that's only the start of her troubles. Soon, Georgie and Mr Mash must embark on a desperate quest: to save every dog on earth, and maybe even all of humanity ... ... without actually leaving the room. An extraordinary quest with the biggest stakes of all, and a huge idea at its heart, this is time travel - but not as you know it.

The Dog Who Saved the World
The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky
Holly Smale

HarperCollins Children's Books

ISBN 9780008254148

Hope, just as her name suggests, lives her life full of expectation: that her parents' relationship will be fine just as soon as her dad comes home; that the love of her life is just waiting around the corner; and that she will be a famous actress, just like her self-absorbed mother and formidable grandmother. Hope lives her life as if she is starring in the latest blockbuster movie. But bit by bit, the movie that Hope has constructed and puts all her energy into keeping alive, starts to flake at the edges. Despite the money, the big house, and the glamorous siblings, we realise that the life she actually leads isn't anything like the life she portrays. Hope is desperately lonely, which is why she is prepared to risk everything with a trip to the other side of the ocean to find her true love...

The Valentines: Happy Girl Lucky
Aalfred and Aalbert
Morag Hood

Two Hoots

ISBN 9781509842940

AALFRED AND AALBERT is a warm and funny picture book about two aardvarks who are perfect for each other, but who seem destined never to meet since Aalfred sleeps in the day, and Aalbert sleeps at night. Even the best efforts of a little bird to get them together seem doomed to failure - but perhaps some things are meant to be...

Aalfred and Aalbert
The Sea Saw
Tom Percival

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471172434

Sofia adores her teddy bear, so when she leaves it behind on the beach, she is distraught. But the sea has seen what happened and, perhaps, it can bring the little girl and her bear back together again. This is a gorgeous, warm story about loss, and hope, with wonderful collage-style illustrations, based on images borrowed from the Rijksmuseum.

The Sea Saw
The Whispers
Greg Howard

Puffin

ISBN 9780241367087

THE WHISPERS is a powerful coming-of-age novel about a boy, Riley, trying to discover why his mother disappeared four months previously. We asked author GREG HOWARD to tell us more. Without his mother, Riley feels adrift, especially as he comes to terms with his sexuality and identity within a deeply religious family. But he seems to be making little headway with the police, and feels that secrets are being hidden from him. Can the fairy-like Whispers, from his mother's stories, help him discover the truth about her disappearance?

The Whispers
The Nothing to See Here Hotel
Steven Butler

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471163838

This book is a real deal breaker for any reluctant reader! A real laugh out loud tale of weird and wonderful ghosts, ghouls and goblins. A delightful story told by a young boy called Frankie Bannister whose parents run The Nothing to see Here Hotel. This magical hotel stands in plain sight on the Brighton seafront and is the best secret holiday destination for magical creatures in the whole of England. Coming from a family dotted with trolls, humans and harpies, Frankie is a quarterling, one thirty-sixth troll! His father is a halfling and his Mum is completely human, although many of Frankie's wider family are not so normal; mixtures of all sorts of strange magical, mythical individuals. The hotel, originally built by Frankie's great-great-great grandparents, is cloaked in magic, deterring the entrance of any non-magical person with its outwardly grubby appearance and its disgusting stink. It is a popular venue for many non-humans, so when Frankie's parents hear that they have been chosen to be visited by a real goblin VIP, they feel suitably honoured. However, the arrival of Prince Grogbah of the Dark and Dooky Deep does not quite go as expected....192 pages / Ages 7+

The Nothing to See Here Hotel
Max and the Millions
Ross Montgomery

Faber & Faber

ISBN 9780571333486

As with all good children's books these days, this isn't just a straight yarn. Max and the Millions by Ross Montgomery begins by introducing one of the unlikely heroes of the story - a school caretaker with more than just a knack for building intricate models of anything and everything. Next we meet Mr Pitt, the typically unlikeable headmaster. And then we encounter the story's other (full-size) hero: Max, who is hiding in a cupboard. Max loves making models; he's also deaf. This representation of a minority group is important in children's literature. Montgomery writes sensitively and convincingly about the trials a deaf child might face, making this an important lesson in empathy for young readers. Although this is a story about how a warring society of magically-created microscopic people are rescued by a seemingly improbable pair of pre-teen boys and a hoard of pony-obsessed five-year-old girls on a sugar-bender, it is also a story about friendship, fitting in, integrity and small things mattering. 272 pages / Ages 8+

Max and the Millions
St Grizzle's School for Girls, Geeks and Tag-along Zombies
Karen McCombie

Stripes Publishing

ISBN 9781847159076

This is the third in the series of McCombie's and Becka Moor's collaboration featuring St Grizzle's School for Girls. In the first, Dani arrived at this very strange school when her mother had to go abroad for an extended period. In the second, Dani learned some valuable lessons on teamwork and appreciating other people's talents. In the third book, Dani's old friend Arch is having problems, as is the latest new girl, Boudicca, and it is up to Dani and the other inhabitants of St Grizzle's to work out what is best for everyone. With St Grizzle's, Karen McCombie and Becka Moor have created a world full of the strangest individuals, from the most extraordinary headmistress, Lulu, to the rather unnerving triplets. All, however, are valued for who they are, with all their idiosyncrasies and the books get across the message of embracing diversity among people in a hilarious and unpreachy way. 224 pages / Ages 8+ / Reviewed by June Hughes, school librarian.

St Grizzle's School for Girls, Geeks and Tag-along Zombies
My Brother Is a Superhero: Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize
David Solomons

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9780857634795

My Brother is a Superhero - which has won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize - tells the story of a comics obsessed 11-year-old who is mightily put out when his older brother Zack is given powers by an alien to help save two universes, simply because Luke chose the wrong time to answer a call of nature. Florentyna Martin, Waterstones Children's Buyer, described it as "that rare thing; a hugely funny book for young readers that is also rip-roaringly exciting. It is infused with the spirit of larger than life heroes and colourful comic book trivia that enthralls younger readers and delights superhero fans of all ages, yet at its heart is a touching relationship between siblings."

My Brother Is a Superhero: Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize