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When the air is clear, sixteen year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator. When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him. His flesh tears, his fingers become claws, and Drew transforms . . .Now Drew must summon all of his courage and strength because the catlords are ready to attack . . Click here to see all the books in the Wereworld series. Click here for the series website, packed with information and activities.
After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy. This standalone e-only short story follows the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy features characters from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and the upcoming Dark Artifices and Last Hours series. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy is written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.
May 2019 YA Debut of the Month | This lithe and lucidly lyrical debut is a delectable treat for fans of inventive, trope-busting fantasy. Seventeen-year-old Lena is a cryptling, a person “marked out by their various deformities”. In Lena’s case, this is a dark birthmark on her face. She lives in Duke’s Forest, a magic-loathing, sealed-off city situated beneath a deadly storm cloud. And now Lena’s on the run. Accused of being a mage, she’s been sentenced to death and is desperate to flee Duke’s Forest. Meanwhile, on the other side of the barrier Constance wants to get back inside the city she fled before her own magical powers were discovered. The two women meet when Lena manages to escape, and their alternating narratives make for an un-put-down-able reading experience as it emerges that the storm cloud is actually a spell, and that they alone possess the power to quell it. Immersive world building, intriguing characters, unexpected twists – this is a smart and atmospheric debut from an author to watch, and comes recommended for fans of Sarah J Maas and Melinda Salisbury.
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 David Johnson to create an epic adventure. WaR seamlessly combines fantasy favourites wizards with robots, long beloved in sci-fi but now accepted as a crucial part of all our futures. Flipping back and forth in time, it stars feisty teenager Sara, whose mother is creating the first fully intelligent robot. This puts Sara at the centre of a power struggle, spanning centuries, between wizards and robots. As the story unfolds however, Sara must reconcile the two factions to defeat a common enemy. In this she’s helped by a young wizard called Geller and a robot, Kaku. Intriguing, refreshing and packed full of ideas, the momentum of the story sweeps readers along to its dramatic conclusion (at the CERN institute!). Real science is scattered throughout, and sci-fi has never seemed so now. ~ Andrea Reece
London-based children’s author Karen Inglis is back with another illustrated page-turner, this time for ages 7-9. Karen has made a name for herself with teachers, reading charities and librarians for producing fun and fast-paced stories that get the most reluctant of readers turning the pages. Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat is no exception. Walter Brown and the Magician's Hat is a magical story bursting with adventure and excitement. Walter is woken on his 10th birthday by his cat Sixpence, and as he opens his presents he receives a rather special hat, with some rather special abilities. When some video game monsters run amok in Walter’ house, he needs all the help he can get! Black and grey illustrations bring the story to life, and Sixpence in particular looks very real and more than a little mischievous. Amusing, imaginative and entertaining, this story is a perfectly magical treat. The author says : “As a mother of two boys, one of whom took a lot of persuading to pick up a book, I have found that each time I sit down to write I have the more reluctant boy readers in the back of my mind. This really keeps me on my toes (well, fingertips I suppose…) and the great news is that every one of my readers wins. I also often get comments about how refreshing it is to have a book that can be read in a short space of time due to its manageable length. Many children who are not natural bookworms get a great sense of achievement from this – and those that read regularly find time to easily fit in my books alongside all the other distractions available to them. So I hope I am doing my small part to inspire and support a love of reading.”
Any young person faced with family break-up will understand the frustration that Ned, hero of Emma Fischel’s new book feels. They’ll sympathise too with the hurt he experiences when his best and pretty well only friend chooses to spend time with others. But no-one – at least as far as we know – has ever developed Ned’s magical ability to ‘wallboggle’. Driven into a fury by the walls that divide his home into two houses (one for Mum, one for Dad), Ned literally barges through them, passing through the bricks and mortar as though they’re not there. Initially his new ability is just another way to vent his anger, but eventually he turns it into something positive. It’s an original story, funny and exciting too, and Ned is a complex, interesting character. The moral choices presented by his ‘wallboggling’ are subtly explored and leave readers with much to think about.
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Readers | July 2016 Debut of the Month | In 3 words : pirates – magic - fellowship | In what is hopefully the first in a long series, Voyage to Magical North mixes together orphans, pirates, spells and an evil magician and in a way that feels fresh and sparky. Brine, foundling and servant, and Peter, apprentice magician, both have reasons for running away from what’s called home. They’ve not got far before they run into the Onion captained by legendary pirate Cassie O’Pia. The adventure that follows includes a search for treasure, heroic librarians, exploits in the belly of a whale and much more. Original, packed with excitement, humour and moments of quiet insight too this is a real treat. ~ Andrea Reece Recommended for fans of Jenny Nimmo’s Charlie Bone series.
April 2020 Book of the Month | Book 7 Chronicles of Ancient Darkness This seventh book in Michelle Paver’s awe-inspiring Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series that began with Wolf Brother is a triumph of storytelling that myth-loving readers will wolf down (pun entirely intended). The sense of adventure and human spirit is exhilarating, and Paver’s passion for nature, for wildlife, for the world’s wondrous wilds is an immersive joy. Torak and Renn have been in the Forest with their Wolf Brother for two summers when Renn leaves him without word. Though realising that “she would have had to deceive Torak for days into order to prepare for her journey”, accomplished tracker Torak does what he must, and what he does best: he and Wolf embark on a quest to the Edge of the World beyond the Far North to find their friend. Alongside dealing with the ominous threat of ice bears and the “beyond good and evil” Sea Mother, Torak is desperate to discover what drove Renn to this place. The sense of demonic danger is powerfully palpable, the writing rich, yet exquisitely sparse and smoothly readable, and the entirety of this enthralling adventure is laced with an uplifting sense of camaraderie, love and legend.
Superfairies, from the author of the multi-million selling Princess Poppy series, is a lovely new series about four little fairies, in which the emphasis is very much on kindness and helping others that will charm young readers. Violet is a rabbit and her story is set in a winter wonderland amongst lots of animals and of course the superfairies, but when Violet takes on a dare which goes a bit wrong the four superfairies are called in. Surely they can rescue Violet can't they? You will have to read it to find out. With colour illustrations on every spread and a quiz at the end so you can find out which Superfairy you are, this is one of four titles in a delightfully engaging new series (with more to follow) that is perfect for 5 to 8 year olds to read alone or share with a parent or older sibling. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from the Publishers, Curious Fox Growing up, I remember being enchanted by Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies (as was author Janey Louise Jones). I also had a wonderful illustrated book about the tooth fairy that included, most importantly, instructions on how to ensure my tooth was not missed in exchange for some pocket money. So when Curious Fox was introduced to Rose, Berry, Silk and Star, we knew we wanted to bring the Superfairies to the next generation of girls (and boys!) growing up with fairy friends.The Superfairies live in a cherry blossom tree in Peaseblossom Woods, alongside their animal chums. A celebration for the changing seasons and the beauty of nature is always round the corner, and with summer fairs, petal parades and winter feasts, their active social lives alone could keep their calendar full all year round. But nature also brings challenges. When the Autumn Queen flies over Peaseblossom Woods ushering in a storm, the animals’ habitats are in danger. The fairies are torn: how can they protect their friends and still respect Mother Nature?There are plenty of times, however, that the animals need no help at all to get themselves in sticky situations. Wonder, curiosity and refusing to back down from dares are the prime culprits in keeping the Superfairies on red alert. They are what I like to think of as ‘thoroughly modern’ fairies. Nature and technology harmoniously mix to aid animal rescues. When the Superfairies hear the bells ring, they check the Strawberry computer to see who’s in trouble and where. Then it’s straight into the fairycopter (because obviously they would get tired out flying long distances with just their wings), check key items like healing honey and the warming feather cloak are in the rescue pack, then it’s up and away to the rescue! Each fairy has a special power: Berry uses her super eyesight to scout for missing animals and Silk spins super strong webs to make ladders or catch falling friends. When they work together, they can solve any problem. This happy union is echoed by the author and illustrator, who are partners in crime and friends in real life. Following the success of her best-selling series Princess Poppy, Janey Louise Jones knew she wanted illustrator Jennie Poh’s super drawing skill to bring her fairies to life, and each spread features Jennie’s gorgeous colour artwork. Join the Superfairies on their rescues with books 1 to 4 available now, and books 5 and 6 publishing in August this year.
Battle Beasts and fight Evil with Tom and Elenna in the bestselling adventure series for boys and girls aged 7 and up! Tom and Elenna can't let Evil Wizard Jezrin reach the Well of Power - if he drinks its water, his dark magic will know no bounds. But a deadly bite from Vetrix the Poison Dragon could mean the end of their Beast Quests for ever! There are FOUR thrilling adventures to collect in this series - don't miss out! Quarg the Stone Dragon Korvax the Sea Dragon Vetrix the Poison Dragon Strytor the Skeleton Dragon For more about the series www.seaquestbooks.co.uk
May 2014 Debut of the Month An incredible, heart-breaking debut Urgle is a gripping, imaginative debut, with a world comparable to Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy. Heart-warming but completely gripping action-adventure for readers of 10+. Kids love to read and in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
May 2012 Book of the Month. Best-selling author Michelle Harrison blurs the lines between being dead and alive in this brilliant, spine-tingling story of the powers of the undead. Elliott escapes death by a hair’s breadth; he’s so close to it that he draws attention to himself from the dead. From that moment on, his nights are haunted by shadowy figures and he can never sleep properly… Elliott knows he is being sucked into the spirit world. Can he keep in his world and can he keep the dead from taking over? The Lovereading Comment: When the dead don't sleep, the living are afraid to... this is the exciting and chilling new stand-alone novel from the widely acclaimed and award-winning Michelle Harrison. Beautifully written with a power to it that draws you in and won't let you go, it's one that will live on well after you've finished the final page.
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