A stylish and engaging new maze book. Described as “The biggest maze book to hit shelves this year!” Explore worlds made of plants, giant skyscrapers, wild habitats, and futuristic cities.
Recommended non-fiction title for KS2 and KS3 readers aged 7 – 14 packed with information about the chosen 50 women of science, many previously unknown to me.
The book has a straightforward format. A biographical-dictionary style entry on the right, with marginal illustrations giving additional information, alongside a a full-page illustration on the left. Both text and illustrations are the work of Rachel Ignotovsky.
The book is designed, I suppose understandably, to appeal to girls, with a profusion of pastel shades on black backgrounds and a fancy font used for page titles.
Described by the publisher as ‘Goosebumps for a new generation’, this new series (with two titles publishing January 2017 – this title and The Root of All Evil) promises tongue-in-cheek humour mixed with mild horror for a primary-aged readership.
If you’re looking for a big book with a track record as a bestseller in many different languages this adventure set in the time of knights and castles is well worth considering.
Published by Pushkin Children’s Books in 2013 and now in paperback, its route into English is noteworthy:
1962 ‘De brief voor de Koning’ published in Netherlands
1963 Where it wins Children’s Book of the Year Award
1977 Published in German
1990 Published in Danish
1994 Published in Estonian
2000 Published in Czech
2002 Published in Russian
2004 Wins Best Children’s Book of the Last 50 Years Award in Netherlands
2005 Published in Spanish and Japanese
2006 Published in French
2007 Published in Italian and Indonesiabn
2008 Published in Korean
2009 Published in Chinese and Portuguese
2011 Published in Greek
2013 finally published in English (translation by Laura Watkinson)
Two psychological YA thrillers from an author with an interesting profile.
Grew up in Sussex, England… studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University… worked as a music journalist and entertainment critic… now full-time novelist and screen-writer living in Los Angeles, California.
As well as her ‘Abigail Haas’ novels, she has published both YA and adult fiction as Abby McDonald.
On top of that, writing as Melody Grace, she has a self-published Beachwood Bay romance series that according to her website spent several weeks on the USA Today bestseller lists, scoring over 1 million downloads, and charting at #1 on iBooks.
And yet her website also says that she has failed to find a US publisher for Dangerous Boys. Read the author’s own very honest and revealing blog post about this.
This big (400+page), chunky Penguin was on my To Read list when it came out back in the summer, but every time it rose near the top it was supplanted by something more inviting. Definitely one to consider if you’re looking for a male-voiced coming of age story.
The book was first published in the US in 2013. Here’s an extract from the New York Times Review by A J Jacobs:
Smith is best when writing about the exhilarating torture of a first crush. He captures the excitement even of chaste moments, as when Ryan Dean’s fingers interlock with Annie’s in the back of a car, “our hands resting on the soft fabric of her skirt where it draped over her thigh.” The tension was such that I had to skip to the end to see if they hooked up.
This is Andrew Smith’s sixth young adult novel — he is perhaps best known for “Marbury Lens,” a dark, strange tale about a teenager who is given magic glasses that allow him to peer into a parallel world of giant insects and clawed demons. But it’s a bit of a departure. For one thing, it’s Smith’s funniest book by far. With “Winger,” Smith has adopted a convincingly adolescent writing style. Our narrator has a weakness for one-word sentences like “Ugh” and “Crap.” He’ll use absurdly long hyphenated modifiers, as with this description of how the football players spoke to him: “in a very creepy Greek-chorus-in-a-tragedy-that-you-know-is-not-going-to-end-well-for-our-hero kind of way.”
There’s also plenty of meta-commentary. “That was a really long sentence, wasn’t it?” he writes at one point. Not to mention a bunch of gross-out humor, including several bathroom scenes and a “catastrophic penis injury.” And cartoons! Ryan Dean is a nascent artist, so we get drawings, Venn diagrams and charts, many of which deal with his libido.
Two very different books from the same author, both published this year, one by Andersen Press, the other by Hot Key.
Seven Second Delay – described as “a blood pumping thrill ride” by one Amazon reviewer – and as a “Tense dystopian thriller” by School Librarian – has a striking, predominantly matt black cover design.
Boys Don’t Knit, as the very different cover evokes, is a diary format comedy. (There is already a sequel)
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, page-turning adventure series to hook a young reader aged 9-11, the Secret Breakers series by H. L. Dennis (billed as ‘Da Vinci Code For Kids’) is definitely worth considering.
The sixth and final book in the series, The Circle of Fire, was published in the autumn but all the Hodder-published titles should still be available.