A. J. Lake
Edmund is the privileged son of a king, travelling cautiously in disguise. Elspeth is the fierce daughter of a shipmaster, working proudly at her father’s helm. Their paths are thrown together when they are the only survivors of a terrible shipwreck.
Something of an egotist and concerned to the point of preoccupation with his appearance and the way others perceive him, John Blue is scathing about his brother Dane and his friend Lee, dubbed the two cheeses, Dane-ish Blue and Dairy Lee ‘ because his presence is somewhat unfortunately accompanied by a stale, milky sweat smell.
The subject of a vicious murder instigated by the command of Jack Taylor, the death of Johnny Delgado’s father has left questions for which Johnny is determined, regardless of personal cost, to uncover answers’
The importance of friendship and by consequence of trust is a common thread to much of Michael Lawrence’s writing. When readers are first introduced to Oliver Pie, he is between his thirteenth and fourteenth sigh, all of them made due to the prospects of the adult-centric world that he inhabits and into which he is about to be thrust head-first once more.
Az Gabrielson is a living paradox; a wingless boy born into a winged world. He struggles to live with dignity in a hallowed, ‘Airborne’ society that treats his winglessness as an embarrassing infirmity. Az feels an understandable affinity with the prehistoric Groundlings, who were also wingless and inhabited the dismal and abandoned earth. When the mysterious infrastructure that supports the sky-cities starts to malfunction, Az finds himself the ideal candidate to investigate what really lies beneath the clouds’
A self-professed ‘heroic tale of daring deeds, dangerous dragons, blood, gore, smoked cheese ‘ and motherhood’, ‘Fearless Dave is the latest novel by Bob Wilson, most famous for his Stanley Bagshaw stories.
Katherine Paterson et al
The styles and cultures of world illustration are magnificently show-cased in ‘Under the Spell of the Moon’. This impressive and highly collectable collection of illustrations from across the globe is a celebration of artists put together by The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) http://www.ibby.org/ who administer the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen awards.
A & C Black
Perfect for reading on a dull, wet day, it’s impossible not to feel one’s mood being elevated and enhanced by always bright ‘ sometime brash ‘ poetic offerings presented in ‘The Secret Life of Pants’, a pant-astically absorbing collection of new poems to pamper oneself with’
Having just won the Carnegie medal for her debut picture-book ‘Wolves’, Emily Gravett makes a welcome return with ‘Meerkat Mail’ a story of the meerkat, Sunny, who sometimes finds togetherness with his family a little too close for comfort’
Hutchinson Children’s Books
A pint-size professor, Little Genius, acts as a tour-guide on this whistle-stop tour through the anatomy, functions and health of the brain. This guided approach by a peer creates a feeling of informality and of direct involvement by children in the learning process.