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New Book Releases – May 2016

Hopefully this post will keep you up to date with titles coming out next month and will be divided into categories of Picture books, Children’s books and Young Adult Books. Some may be new authors or titles which seem to be creating a lot of buzz (or just look really good!) and some will be new books from an ongoing series. Please comment and let us know if they were worth waiting for or if there are any other books we should be getting excited about!

Picture Books for Younger Readers

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight

 The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight – Written by Elli Woollard and Illustrated by Benji Davies (Released 5th May 2016)

When a kind young boy helps a strange-looking bird, a beautiful friendship forms. But what these two friends don’t realise is that one is a young knight . . . and the other a young dragon! What will they do when they discover they are enemies and destined to FIGHT? (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Woollard and Davies have previously collaborated on the wonderful ‘The Giant of Jum’ so hopefully their new picture book together will be just as fun. Benji Davies is a fantastic illustrator with his bright and colourful pictures which you can’t help but notice and we were upset to see that the beautiful yet emotional ‘Grandad’s Island’ wasn’t on the shortlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal. 

One day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree – Written By Daniel Bernstrom and Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel (Released 1st May 2016)

With its striking cast of forest creatures, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree is Daniel Bernstrom’s amusing and original tale of a plucky little boy who is gobbled up by a giant snake.

Consuming his victims at an alarming rate, this snake doesn’t realize that his captives are planning their escape. In the spirit of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback, the reader sees a cutaway of the snake s belly and can maybe even guess how the tale ends! (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

From the description on amazon this looks like it will be a lovely book to read aloud to a class with a story that skips along rhythmically and colourful illustrations to focus their attention.

The Bumblebear

The Bumblebear – Written by Nadia Shireen (Released 5th May 2016)

There’s a new bee at Bee School. But that bee is not a bee… It’s a BEAR!

Cheeky, sneaky Norman has a cunning plot to trick the bees and steal their honey. In his best bee onesie, Norman makes quite a convincing bee — but how long will his disguise last? And when the hive is endangered can he finally discover his true destiny and become The Bumblebear? (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Just looking at the cover of this book and the idea of a Bumblebear made me want to read it immediately! Hopefully I won’t be disappointed by judging a book by its cover. 

Children’s Books

The Trials of the Apollo

The Trials of the Apollo: The Hidden Oracle – Written by Rick Riordan (Released 3rd May 2016)

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is a new series from Rick Riordan but still immersed in the world of Percy Jackson. Perfect for Percy Jackson fans who want a new adventure and also to catch up with their favourite characters from the series.

The World's Worst Children

The World’s Worst Children – Written by David Walliams and Illustrated by Tony Ross        (Released 19th May 2016)   

From the world’s favourite author, David Walliams – ten cautionary tales and a delightfully dreadful cast of characters; all in a gorgeously gifty FULL COLOUR format!

Are you ready to meet the World’s Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls!

From Number One bestselling author David Walliams comes this collection of wickedly funny, deliciously mischievous tales, illustrated in glorious colour by the artistic genius Tony Ross. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Books by David Walliams are always going to be popular and this collection of short stories shouldn’t be any different. Hopefully these short stories can entice even the reluctant reader.

Jack Beechwhistle

Jack Beechwhistle: Attack of the Giant Slugs – Written by Kes Gray (Released 5th May 2016)

Don’t panic, but you’re in danger.

At least, you would be, if Jack Beechwhistle wasn’t around to protect the world from alien attacks, zombie sweet-shop owners, and exploding conkers – with a bit of help from his trusty sidekicks, Colin and Harry (as long as it’s not past Colin and Harry’s bedtime). Their missions are daring, dangerous, and deadly. They even have top-secret headquarters (the shed by the rhubarb patch).

But now Jack’s about to face his most challenging challenge yet. The Attack of the Giant Slugs.

And they’re on their way to Jack’s school – right in the middle of maths! (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Kes Gray has written the highly successful ‘Daisy’ series of books for younger readers aged 5-7 and this new series looks set to be just as successful!

Young Adult Fiction

Booked

Booked – Written by Kwame Alexander (Released 5th May 2016)

Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/can’t nobody cop you…

Twelve-year-old Nick is a football-mad boy who absolutely hates books. In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover, football, family, love, and friendship take centre stage as Nick tries to figure out how to navigate his parents’ break-up, stand up to bullies, and impress the girl of his dreams. These challenges – which seem even harder than scoring a tie-breaking, game-winning goal – change his life, as well as his best friend’s. This energetic novel-in-verse by the poet Kwame Alexander captures all the thrills and setbacks, the action and emotion of a World Cup match. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Although a follow-up to ‘The Crossover’, this novel introduces new characters and can be read on it’s own. The free verse writing style should attract anyone who likes to read something a bit different and the content should appeal to anyone who loves football. Having already been released in America, the reviews are looking very positive. 

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury – Written by Sarah J. Maas (Released 3rd May)

The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world cleaved in two. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

The first book in this series ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ was a story with adventure, romance and a strong female protagonist. If this series is anything like Maas’s first series ‘Throne of Glass’ (if you haven’t read this yet I would definitely recommend you do!), which kept getting better and better with every book, then this should be well worth a read.

For older Teenage readers 14+.

The Last Star

The Last Star – Written by Rick Yancey (Released 24th May 2016)

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is the last book in the highly successful ‘The 5th Wave’ series which was recently adapted into a film. Yancey has done a fantastic job so far with this young adult sci-fi series so there will hopefully be lots of people who can’t wait to find out how the story ends!

If any local schools would like to order any of the books on the list then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Written by Jodie

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