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 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.
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.
A middle-grade road-trip through American race relations past and present, perfect for fans of Ross Welford and Jason Reynolds.
How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma:
Grab a Suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED.
Fasten Your Seatbelt: G’ma’s never conventional, so this trip won’t be either.
Use the Green Book: G’ma’s most treasured possession. It holds history, memories, and most important, the way home.
What Not to Bring: – A Phone: Avoid contact with Dad at all costs. Even when G’ma starts acting stranger than usual.
Times Children’s Book of the Week 14 Mar 2020
“Love writes with such confidence, fluency and voice that it’s hard to imagine this is his first book.” Alex O’Connell THE TIMES
When twelve-year-old Alex receives an old tin robot in the post, the note from his grandfather simply reads: ‘This one is special’. But as strange events start occurring around him, it doesn’t take Alex long to suspect that the small toy is more than special; it might also be deadly.
Just as things are getting out of hand, Alex’s grandfather arrives, whisking him away from his otherwise humdrum life and into a world of strange, macabre magic. From Paris to Prague, they flee across snowy Europe in a quest to unravel the riddle of the little robot, and outwit relentless assassins of the human and mechanical kind. How does Alex’s grandfather know them? And can Alex safely harness the robot’s power, or will it fall into the wrong, wicked hands?
“A well-crafted adventure that’s filled with desperate chases, narrow escapes, fight scenes, and twists.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
ACHUKA Book of the Day 31 Mar 2020
Shortlisted Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020
Times Children’s Book of the Week, 23 March 2019
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 gripping story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal is perfect for fans of Malorie Blackman, Meg Rosoff and Frances Hardinge.
A hugely imaginative twist on ‘middle child syndrome,’ The Middler throbs with an energy and excitement all its own.
“I thought I’d almost reached my fill of dystopian novels, but Kirsty Applebaum has rebooted the genre.” Alex O’Connell THE TIMES
ACHUKA Book of the Day Monday 30 Mar 2020
Brand new Wilbur Smith series for readers of 10+ – starring fourteen-year-old Jack Courtney. Jack Courtney has lived in the UK his whole life. But this summer his parents are travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a gorilla conference, and they’ve promised to take Jack and his friends with them. When his parents go missing in the rainforest, abducted by mercenaries, nobody seems to have any answers.
New title in this very popular and well-presented series for young readers about a half-vampire, half-fairy main character.
When Isadora wins an amazing holiday for her whole family she’s ready for sun, sea, and sand! But there’s work to be done when she and her mermaid friend Marina discover a baby turtle in trouble. Can Isadora help the turtle find a way home? With irresistible pink and black artwork throughout by author/illustrator Harriet Muncaster and a totally unique heroine with an out-of-this-world family, this is a beautiful, charming, and funny series of first chapter books.