The author was inspired to write this debut novel while working in a sports shop where he found a discarded, crumpled drinks sachet left in a shoebox between a brand-new pair of football boots. The discovery led him to research fast fashion, the global textile industry and sweatshops, and everyday life for a boy like his character Budi in the slums of Jakarta.
First book in a brand-new adventures series from the creator of How To Train Your Dragon.
Cressida Cowell: “This particular book began with a map I drew about six or seven years ago. I began in a large sketchbook which I filled with rough drawings and ideas, and then after I’d finished the last How to Train Your Dragon book, I showed it to my agent and my editor, who thankfully, thought it was brilliant. It’s nerve-wracking, writing a new series after 18 years, but I’m also very excited.”
‘This is in one sense a classic English lonely-child-and-garden story, in the tradition of Frances Hodgson Burnett and Philippa Pearce; in another it’s a ghost story; in another it pays tribute to the dark-sinister-house genre most famously seen in Hitchcock’s Psycho. But it’s also a story of friendship and courage and of the power of black-and-white images. I think it’s terrific.’ – Philip Pullman
ACHUKA saw early mockup of this book when we visited David Fickling in Oxford a couple of summers ago. Wonderful to see the project come to fruition.
Has been a bestseller in Sweden and Germany and has won and been recognised by several international awards. Illustrated by the author and beautifully designed and produced by Pushkin Children’s.
The epic conclusion to Chris Colfer’s No.1 New York Times bestselling series.
The second adventure in a sharp-witted mystery series.
Third in a new historical adventure series from million copy selling Caroline Lawrence, set in Roman Britain during the reign of the evil Emperor Domitian.
Third book in this heartwarming series about Binny and her family by one of ACHUKA’s favourites.
Filled with friendship, love and courage, this young girl’s thrilling journey to save her parents is an ideal read for children aged 9-12. Set in the Himalayas.
A novel that explores where we have come from and where we are moving to. It’s about the magic of DNA, the power of identity, and the importance of caring for each other.