Younger readers’ edition.
A thrilling and tempestuous novel of love and danger from the author of KOOK. Every storm breaks in the end.
Jake never meant to fall for a girl that night. But plans change and soon Jake and Hannah are together, inseparable. That is, until Hannah gets an opportunity that will take her away, where Jake could never afford to follow.
Recommended author interview, printed shortly after his first book’s publication.
Target audience children aged 7 – 12. Introduces readers to many different genres of music. There are activities to help reinforce the 40 ‘lessons’ and QR links to music samples on line.
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.