Maya has to escape. She’s on the run in a country she doesn’t know and has no idea who to trust. Raul is escaping too – travelling back to his home where a terrible tragedy happened, ready to stir up trouble. When their paths collide in the middle of the jungle, the sparks begin to fly. As modern world corruption meets the magic and legends of ancient times, can Maya draw on her hidden light to find the way through to the truth? A book about light, about magic and belief, and about unlocking your own potential, from the author of Fish Boy and The Boy Who Hit Play.
Grannies, knitting and magical sheep combine in this heart-warming adventure from Elka Evalds, illustrated by Teemu Juhani! Will’s beloved granny made cakes and knitted itchy jumpers – that’s what he thought. But when she passes away and dodgy Jasper Fitchet moves in to their village, dark magic begins to unravel in Knittington. Can Will and his gran’s old craft group tie Fitchet in knots? With the help of her old motorbike and a flock of magical sheep, they might just do it … so long as they don’t drop a stitch.
Elka Evalds grew up in America and studied art history at Yale. She now lives in the UK.
Jake and the other finalists in a writing competition have been invited to a stately house for a tour like no other. As their guide leads them through grand rooms, hidden nooks and magnificent grounds, they hear the stories of seven ghosts who haunt the halls.
“Priestley offers a masterclass in pacing and clue-dropping, all told beautifully and with plenty of historical context.” Alex O’Connell THE TIMES
A debut children’s novel from this well-known illustrator.
The Magic Place is a timeless fable about breaking free from the dark and embracing a bewitching new world of possibility.
“The text is witty and perfectly integrated drawings include caricature and tender understatement.”
Nicolette Jones, SUNDAY TIMES
tr. from Dutch by Laura Wilkinson
Laurenzo and Jiacomo are identical twins, as alike as two drops of water. No one can tell them apart (which comes in very handy for playing tricks on their teachers). And no one can split them up. But when tragedy strikes their carefree young lives, they must make their own way in the world. As each brother chooses his own path – hardworking Laurenzo to make beautiful objects from gold and silver, and fearless Jiacomo to travel, explore and become an unlikely thief – it is the start of a series of incredible escapades that will test them to their limits.
The first book in a fresh, funny new series for readers aged 7+, illustrated by Alex G. Griffiths…
When little spider Milton discovers he’s been branded deadly on social media – and is targeted by pest-killers BugKILL – he fears for his life and the future of his species. Alongside his BFFs, big hairy Ralph and spindly daddy-long-legs Audrey, he searches for a way to clear his name. But to succeed, Milton realises he must communicate with his house humans, a schoolgirl called Zoe – and her arachnophobic dad. Is he mighty enough to achieve the impossible?
Proving as at home with younger fiction as he is with the complex themes of his teen writing, Reynolds weaves a wonderfully nuanced series of stories around the daily ritual of the walk home from school. Never afraid to confront serious issues but always handling them with sensitivity and wit, Look Both Ways is marvellous entertainment with deceptive gravitas.
A thrilling and beautiful new novel from the best-selling author of The Wolf Princess.
Marina’s father, a naval captain, has been away for most of her life – certainly since her mother died – and yet Marina feels the pull of an ocean she’s never known. When sent to boarding school to learn to be a lady, Marina decides instead to stow away on her father’s ship.
A perilous voyage awaits – but where are they sailing to and why, and what has it to do with the dark shape in the deep that seems to be following them?
“A story to make young readers believe anything is possible” BfK
“A book to read in a day and remember for a lifetime,” says Jacqueline Wilson.
A beautiful and heart-wrenching middle grade debut, full of love, healing, friendship and hope.
When eleven-year-old Addie goes to stay with a foster-care family on a remote Exmoor farm in the midst of a very cold winter, she is full of hurt, anger and a deep mistrust of everyone around her. Until one day, when she rescues a tiny wild foal from the moorland snow and Addie discovers that perhaps she’s not so alone after all. And as adventure and unexpected friendship blossom, Addie is determined that both of them will know what is to be home again soon . . .
Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes that Aya has the potential to earn a prestigious ballet scholarship. But at the same time, Aya and her family must fight to be allowed to remain in the country, to make a home for themselves and to find Aya’s father – separated from the rest of the family during the journey from Syria. With beautiful, captivating writing, wonderfully authentic ballet detail, and an important message championing the rights of refugees, this is classic storytelling – filled with warmth, hope and humanity.