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New Book Releases – June 2016

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. June is a busy month for new releases so there will be links to extra titles and order forms.  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

Monster in the Hood

Monster in the Hood – Written and Illustrated by Steve Antony (Released 2nd June 2016)

A monster book with a twist!
Sammy Squirrel, Henri Hedgehog, and Marvin Mouse have heard all about the MONSTER IN THE HOOD. He’s GRUMBLY. And RUMBLY. And frighteningly HUNGRY! But are things always what they seem? With lots of suspense and build up with every single page turn, this is a witty cautionary tale with a thrilling twist at the end, from the award-winning creator of The Queen’s Hat, Please Mr Panda and Betty Goes Bananas. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

As many will remember, Steve Antony was one of our fantastic Book Week authors in February and all the infant students who saw him absolutely loved his picture books and this new title will be highly anticipated.



 Claude All at Sea – Written and Illustrated by Alex T. Smith (Released 2nd June 2016)

In this glorious picture book Claude goes on a rollicking seafaring adventure! He swooshes out of the house in the bathtub – and out to sea! He and Sir Bobblysock meet mermaids, dolphins, Captain Poopdeck, and an enormous, ferocious sea monster called Nigel! Can Claude save them all from the monster? (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Many will have already read the Claude books but this is the first time one has been written for younger readers in the form of a picture book. Hopefully nothing of his quirky and humourous style will be lost in the transition.

Treats for T.Rex

 Treats for a T.Rex – Written by Adam & Charlotte Guillain and Illustrated by Lee Wildish (Released 2nd June 2016)

Join George, a young and courageous explorer with all the pluck of a little Indiana Jones, on a Jurassic Park-style journey to find an island of dinosaurs!

George swoops off to seek the fearsome T. rex in his home-made hang-glider with just his dog Trixie for company. But will he find the lost dinosaur island he seeks? And how will Trixie’s dog treats come in handy when things get a little hairy?

Treats for a T. rex is a funny, rhyming adventure story all about dinosaurs and dog tricks – perfect for reading aloud. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

SLS staff recently did a YouTube video for World Read Aloud Day of us jointly reading ‘Spaghetti for the Yeti’. This was fantastic to read aloud and had such bright and colourful illustrations that we are very much looking forward to George’s new adventure with dinosaurs.

Above are some extra picture books which are also being released. Click here for an order form with links to all the books on Amazon. 

Children’s Books

Max Crumbly

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero – Written by Rachel Renée Russell (Released 2nd June 2016)

Introducing Max Crumbly, the new Dork on the block… Max is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been – South Ridge Middle School! He has been home-schooled by his grandmother until now, and he’s begged his parents to finally let him start attending a real school. He’s starting to question that choice, though, with the Doug aka Thug Thurston Problem. As in, Thug keeps stuffing Max in his locker.
If only Max could be like the hero in all the comics he likes to read – or the ones he draws –and magically escape the locker and defeat Thug. Unfortunately, Max’s uncanny, almost superhuman ability to smell pizza from a block away won’t exactly save any lives or foil bad guys. But that doesn’t mean Max won’t do his best to be the hero his school needs! (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Rachel Renée Russell is the highly successful author of the Dork Diaries Series and this is the start of a brand new series which should hopefully be just as popular!

Alfie Alfie: Far From Home – Written by Rachel Wells (Released 2nd June 2016)

Alfie is everyone’s favourite cat. A big ball of grey fur who changes the lives of every family he meets. Alfie is firm friends with the Clover family – especially eight-year-old Stanley Clover and his sister Viola. But he’s still a bit upset when he accidentally falls asleep in the back of the Clovers’ van and unexpectedly finds himself far from home on their family holiday. But when he notices that Viola isn’t getting into the holiday spirit he realises she might just need his help… (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

The Alfie series is a bestseller in the adult fiction market and this is a new book which carries on Alfie’s adventures but which has been written specifically for children.


Sedric and the Roman Holiday Rampage – Written by Angie Morgan (Released 2nd June 2016)

When nasty Baron Dennis and his awful wife, Prunehilda, leave the castle to embark on their Roman holiday, Sedric and his friends are delighted – it looks like a summer filled with as much muddy fun as they like! Until Captain Yellowbeard and his dastardly pirate crew arrive . . .

Join Sedric and the gang for the funniest and muddiest of UK holiday staycation specials! (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is a new story in the Sedric series which are aimed at children 7+ and follow Sedric and his friends on all sorts of silly and amusing adventures.

Below are some extra books which are also being released. Click here for an order form with links to all the books on Amazon.

Young Adult Books


REMADE – Written by Alex Scarrow (Released 16th June 2016)

Leon and his younger sister, Grace, have recently moved to London from New York and are struggling to settle into their new school when rumours of an unidentified virus in Africa begin to fill the news. Within a week the virus hits London. The siblings witness people turning to liquid before their eyes, and they run for their lives.

A month after touching Earth’s atmosphere the virus has assimilated the world’s biomass.

But the virus isn’t their only enemy, and survival is just the first step . . .

(Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Alex Scarrow was our secondary Book Week author last year and introduced students to his thrilling and imaginative Time Riders series. He is now back with a new series which should entice Time Rider fans and new readers alike.

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My Brilliant Idea (and How It Caused My Downfall) – Written by Stuart David (Released 7th June 2016)

Meet fifteen-year-old Jack The Jackdaw Dawson, a young man with a serious plan. Daydreaming in class one day, Jack gets an idea he knows can’t fail: an app that stops you from daydreaming in class. (Ahem . . . ) Fame, glory, and tons of money seem just around the corner. But Jack runs into some trouble, and suddenly this sure thing doesn’t seem quite so sure. Ricocheting from the absurd to the profound in his first book for teens, Stuart David uses his extraordinary intelligence and wit to tell the story of a boy trying to scheme his way out from under the weight of his parents expectations. Readers will root for The Jackdaw from beginning to end. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

I first saw this book on a webcast about upcoming Teen Fiction (this was American so release dates do vary) and the modern story line really seemed like it was something teenagers could relate to. It has already come out in America where it seems to have largely positive reviews.

Night Wanderers

Night Wanderers – Written by C.J. Flood (Released 2nd June 2016)

It all started with a poo in a flowerbed.

Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters – closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn’t be friends, but they are.

Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through their coastal town, exploring empty streets and sharing their frustrations about school and their different, but equally difficult, families. But when Rosie betrays Ti, the two girls run in different directions – making decisions that could do irreparable damage to both of their lives. As Rosie confronts harsh truths, she must find a way back to Ti, and to herself.

A stunning, sad and darkly funny story about intense female friendship, from award-winning author, C. J. Flood. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Just the first line in the synopsis intrigued me enough to add this to the list! C.J. Flood has previously written the beautiful and powerful ‘Infinite Sky’, reviewed here in the Telegraph. 

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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