Debuts of the Month - </b>April</b> Debuts of the Month

This Month's Featured Books

Reader ReviewedThe Goose Road
Rowena House
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Inspiring WW1 against-the-odds adventure | It's 1916 and fourteen-year-old Angelique is working on the family farm when she learns that her detested father has been killed in action, while her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe City of Secret Rivers
Jacob Sager Weinstein
April 2018 Debut of the Month | Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | In a nutshell: breath-taking magical adventure on the banks of London's underground rivers Hyacinth Hayward, newly arrived in the UK from the US, is already struggling... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedBaby Bird
Andrew Gibbs
April 2018 Debut of the Month Beautifully illustrated by talented newcomer Zosienka, this is an uplifting story about a little bird who finds a way to fly despite having only one wing. As the other hatchlings fly away, Baby is... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/02/2018
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Forever or a Day
Sarah Jacoby
April 2018 Debut of the Month Sarah Jacoby's beautiful book is proof that picture books can cover the most profound subjects in ways that speak to readers of... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 27/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedTwelve Nights
Andrew Zurcher
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Mystery | Magic | Otherworldly wraiths | An ambitious and atmospheric fantasy adventure in which an eleven-year-old girl discovers an uncanny world following the disappearance of her dad. Kay's curious... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedOut of the Blue
Sophie Cameron
April 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Falling Angels | Rising Hope | Falling in Love Compelling magic realist debut in which a fallen angel named Teacake helps heal a teen girl's grief. Across the world angel-like Beings... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedPlanet Stan
Elaine Wickson
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: brotherly love under the microscope Space, family relationships, friendships – they're all cleverly and vividly described in this highly entertaining story. Stan, our nerdy but very likeable hero, wants nothing... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Rory Branagan (Detective)
Andrew Clover
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: in his own words, quirky, super-readable saga of a ten-year-old ‘detective' Ten-year-old Rory is pretty satisfied with his life. He lives happily with his mum and brother, and has friends, best... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Flying Tips for Flightless Birds
Kelly McCaughrain
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: It takes courage for the show to go on Highs, lows, love and laughter - this big-hearted circus-set debut has it...
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Reader Reviewed The Wicked Deep
Shea Ernshaw
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Centuries-old sisters wreak revenge An ancient curse haunts a contemporary town, with a seventeen-year-old heroine at the very heart of its...
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Reader Reviewed Orphan Monster Spy
Matt Killeen
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Resilience, retaliation and world-changing undercover work in Nazi Germany Stinging with drama, action and, above all, a relentless sense of...
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Twister
Juliette Forrest
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: magic, ghosts, a brave and stubborn heroine | Twister is named after the storm that raged the night she...
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Reader Reviewed Tin
Padraig Kenny
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: robot story with real heart Christopher is a ‘proper': a real boy with a soul. His best friends Jack, Rob,...
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Children of Blood and Bone
Tomi Adeyemi
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Thrilling fantasy and West African folklore An exceptional fantastical debut that weaves dark magic, powerful female protagonists and West African...
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Reader Reviewed Erik the Lone Wolf
Sarah Finan
March 2018 Debut of the Month A huge story is packed into this striking and thoroughly involving picture book. Erik is one of the youngest members of his wolf pack...
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Great Bunny Bakes
Ellie Snowdon
March 2018 Debut of the Month A lovely story about cake, fair-play and making friends. Meet Quentin, a wolf with an unusual talent - he loves to bake. Cinammon buns,...
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Horace and Harriet: Take on the Town
Clare Elsom
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: fast-moving, funny, highly-illustrated story with a very unusual central character | Seven-year-old Harriet makes an unusual new friend in this...
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The Queen's Rising
Rebecca Ross
In a Nutshell: High Fantasy | Hidden Heritage | Political plotting | This exuberantly ambitious fantasy debut set in an alternate 16th century sees seventeen-year-old Brienna embroiled in treasonous...
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Brightstorm
Vashti Hardy
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: thrilling, original adventure story Brightstorm is everything a proper children's adventure story should be: it's exciting, funny and surprising, and stars...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed I Am Thunder
Muhammad Khan
February 2018 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Brave British Muslim keeps her head after losing her heart An important, engaging debut in which a bright British Muslim...
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Reader Reviewed WaR: Wizards and Robots
will.i.am, Brian David Johnson
February 2018 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: sci-fi and fantasy blend in high-action, thought-provoking adventure Musician and entertainer will.i.am has collaborated with science of the future specialist Brian...
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Kids Like Us
Hilary Reyl
February 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: All people have bubbles You'll smile, you'll gasp, you'll root for main character Martin throughout and, while it's only January,...
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Reader Reviewed The Wren Hunt
Mary Watson
February 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Electrifying folkloric thriller Blending folkloric fantasy with contemporary romance, this immersive multi-layered novel heralds the arrival of a unique new voice...
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Reader Reviewed The Eye of the North
Sinead O'Hart
February 2018 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: unputdownable adventure story set in a vivid frozen world Emmeline Widget is a character readers will love: small, determined, not to...
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The Taste of Blue Light
Lydia Ruffles
Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | February 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: angry, witty and ultimately life-affirming coming-of-age story The Taste of...
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