In this new adventure in the bestselling series, Alex Rider is sent by MI6 Special Operations to infiltrate a new and sinister organization known only as Nightshade. Alex is on his own, with the fate of thousands of people resting in his hands.
From the author of The Middler, ACHUKA’s Book of the Day 31 Mar 2020.
Sarah’s super busy parents decide to invest in a TrooFriend 560 Mark IV – a robot buddy to keep their daughter company.
This thought-provoking story deals with some important questions about AI, friendship, compassion and what makes us human, and does it with exquisite subtlety. Thoughtful and warm, TrooFriend delights and moves in equal measure.
ACHUKA loves the Stan books!
ACTION STAN was our Book of the Day for 9 October 2019.
Fabulous charts and infographics from Chris Judge complement the laugh-out-loud story.
ACHUKA Book of the Day Thu 2 Apr 2020
“There are insides where we feel safe and outsides that make us feel frightened. There are wall and there are cats, as brave as you, and him, and me, leaping from one side to the other.”
So concludes this very special story of an unexpected friendship of two children, on either side of war and peace.
Inspired by the childhood of the author, whose father was appointed Italian ambassador to Tehran in 1980, this picture book is a beautiful evocation of a country struck by war, where friendship arises despite the rising walls. In the summer of 1981, Chiara and her family join their father in Iran. At their beautiful palace, there is an inside and an outside, separated by a wall. Inside, there is a wild garden where princes and princesses used to walk. Outside, in the black city, there are soldiers with heavy boots, big beards and bombs. One day, a boy from outside climbs the wall into the garden. The garden no longer feels inpenetrable but Chiara has made a friend, Massoud, who will keep the secret of the inside-outside.
“A gripping, emotional, suspenseful, and ultimately hopeful story about loss, survivor’s guilt, and learning to find love and trust again. Put The Lucky Ones on your 2020 TBR list—you do NOT want to miss it!” —Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying
May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through—no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.
Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.
Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.
“A must-read for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and This Is How It Ends.” — Paste Magazine
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ACHUKA Book of the Day Wed 1 Apr 2020
Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week 29 Mar 2020
The seventh book in the award-winning series that began (16 years ago) with Wolf Brother, selling over 3 million copies in 36 territories. Like previous books in the series this can be read as a standalone story.
Viper’s Daughter plunges you back into the Stone-Age world of Torak, Renn and Wolf: a world of demons, Hidden People and exhilarating adventure which has entranced millions of readers.
For two summers Torak and Renn have been living in the Forest with their faithful pack-brother, Wolf. But their happiness is shattered when Renn realizes Torak is in danger – and she’s the threat.
When she mysteriously disappears, Torak and Wolf brave the Far North to find her. At the mercy of the Sea Mother and haunted by ravenous ice bears, their quest leads them to the Edge of the World. There they must face an enemy more evil than any they’ve encountered.
Pea lives in a flat at Number 7 Evergreen Street. It’s a grey building in a grey street, in a grey city. Inside the building, however, it’s not grey at all. Pea and her parents have lots of amazing, colourful neighbours. One day, an army of construction workers turn up on the street and start putting up brand new buildings. When it looks like Number 7 Evergreen Street is going to be demolished, Pea has to think quickly to save her home. A special book that explores the value of communities and nature.
“With detailed images full of warmth and comedy, this elegant picture book introduces a community of neighbours in an eccentric building that is saved from developers by a surprise greeting project.”
Nicolette Jones, SUNDAY TIMES
Times Children’s Book of the Week 28 Mar 2020
First published as Hedvig! in Sweden, 2005. Translated from the Swedish in this edition by the publisher, Julia Marshall of Gecko Press.
Here’s what Alex O’Connell had to say, in selecting it as Children’s Book of the Week in The Times:
Hattie is from the Pippi Longstocking school of clever, anti-establishment little girls who have the capacity for misrule until their conscience kicks in, their hearts turn to fondant and they return to the path of righteousness (while avoiding piety.
This is really a collection of the funniest dispatches from [Hatttie’s] first school year.