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Reader ReviewedThe Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons' it says on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers' heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety of central character Wylie increase, and they realise there is... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedLucy Locket: Online Disaster
Emma Moss
May 2016 Debut of the Month A brand new, innovative and fun series that's pitch-perfect fiction for aspirational vloggers, digital devotees and readers with a passion for all things online! There's always a demand for contemporary fiction for young girls... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedLittle Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
May 2016 Debut of the Month This moving story of looked-after children describes the difficulties they face, but is nonetheless uplifting. Ira and her little brother Zac live in Skilly House, what Tracy Beaker would call a dumping ground. There... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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In the Dark, in the Woods
Eliza Wass
May 2016 Debut of the Month Haunting coming-of-age page-turner about 16 year-old Castley's battle to break free from her father's repressive religious mania. The five Cresswell siblings and their broken, doll-like mum live in the foreboding shadow of their abusive dad,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedNot If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn't stop and when I turned the last page I could quite easily have turned back to the beginning and... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedUnderwater
Marisa Reichardt
May 2016 Debut of the Month This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to most of us. Morgan was witness to a terrible and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Eliza Rose
Lucy Worsley
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge of the Tudors, the people and above all the places,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Monster Hunter
Curtis Jobling
May 2016 Debut of the Month Max Helsing is seriously cool – a dab hand with a yo-yo, with a great line in banter, and he rides a Chopper. Oh yes, and he's descended from Professor Van Helsing, of Dracula... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
May 2016 Debut of the Month High-octane, high-stakes fantasy quest in which a teenage boy finds himself embroiled a world of warring lands and self-sacrificing teenagers. At first, “gangly” Joe might seem an unlikely hero. The gripping opening scene sees... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/05/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. Overall winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. July 2015 Debut of the Month Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert,...
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Reader Reviewed The Serpent King
Jeff Zentner
April 2016 Debut of the Month High school student Dill knows what it is to feel “the crushing weight of destiny”. His granddad went mad after a copperhead viper killed his...
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The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children's books. Winner of the Illustrated category of The Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. March 2016 Debut...
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Lifers
Martin Griffin
April 2016 Debut of the Month Amidst panic on the streets of Dark Manchester and an atmosphere of political and social unrest, Preston is desperate to find his friend Alice....
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Reader Reviewed We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it's possible to be. He's super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora' in everyday conversation,...
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Nibbles: The Book Monster
Emma Yarlett
April 2016 Debut of the Month Nibbles the monster is as impetuous and cheeky as children in their wildest dreams. On page one readers release him from a crate, then...
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Some Birds
Matt Spink
April 2016 Debut of the Month A parade of brightly coloured birds strut, fly and peck their way across the pages. Some are familiar, some fantastical, but they all look...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Thing About Jellyfish
Ali Benjamin
March 2016 Debut of the Month Twelve year old Suzy's confusion following the death of her best friend fuels this roller-coaster debut novel. When Franny drowns in a freak accident...
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Reader Reviewed Beetle Boy
M.G. Leonard
March 2016 Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month A rollicking adventure spiced up with fascinating information about beetles, this debut novel fuses science, survival and sleuthing! Darkus's life is turned...
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Reader Reviewed Hour of the Bees
Lindsay Eagar
March 2016 Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month Twelve year old Carol's emotional journey of discovery about her past makes a powerful story that will touch many readers. Carol's summer...
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Life is Magic
Meg McLaren
March 2016 Debut of the Month The rabbits have taken over the magic show in this funny, original new picture book. Famous magician Monsieur Lapin has a huge troupe of...
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Reader Reviewed The Great Chocoplot
Chris Callaghan
March 2016 Debut of the Month Roald Dahl, a man who knew his way round a chocolate bar, would have approved of this book. Imagine how awful it would be...
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The Crow's Tale
Naomi Howarth
Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children's books. March 2015 Debut of the Month Inspired by a Lenape Native American myth, this beautiful...
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