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New Book Releases – July 2016

This post will keep you up to date with new titles coming out and will be divided into categories of Picture books, Children’s books and Young Adult Books. 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!

Click here for an order form with links to all the books on Amazon. 

Picture Books for Younger Readers

Ready Steady Mo!
Released 28th July 2016

 Ready Steady Mo! – Written by Mo Farah and Kes Gray and Illustrated Marta Kissi

From Olympic gold medal winner, national treasure and father of four Mo Farah, bestselling author Kes Gray, and illustrator Marta Kissi comes Ready Steady Mo! The must-read picture book debut.

With bright vibrant illustrations and rhyming text – this is a fun and action-packed book that will get kids reading, and running too! (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

With the Rio 2016 soon to be upon us, this should be a great one to get kids into the Olympic spirit!

Shift Mcgifty
Released 7th July 2016

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Diamond Chase – Written by Tracey Corderoy and Illustrated by Steven Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. But when they’re asked to bake for a seriously swanky party, Shifty and Sam find themselves caught up in the middle of a robbery. Somebody has taken Lady Kate’s tiara, and all the clues point to the thief being a penguin. But there are DOZENS of penguins at the party – it doesn’t look like this is going to be a black and white case …Can Shifty and Sam get to the bottom of the mystery and catch the culprit?  (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is the third in the series and hopefully should be just as humorous and colourful as the first two!

I'm Hungry
Released 7th July 2016

I’m Hungry – Written and Illustrated by Jorge Martín

A newly-hatched baby dragon is on a hilarious hungry rampage, eating everybody until she is all alone. Will she learn her lesson and discover how to make friends? This bold and brilliant picture book is packed full of loopy laugh-out-loud moments. Just watch out for great big pink elephant! (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Perhaps an odd choice as we don’t know much about this book but after finding out the author is friends with the fantastically talented Benji Davies I thought it would be worthwhile giving it a try!

Children’s Books

Future Ratboy
Released 28th July 2016

Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms – Written by Jim Smith

When a bolt of lightning hit Colin Lamppost he was zapped millions of years into the future and turned into a half boy, half rat, half TV! With new superkeel powers and a real life sidekick in Not Bird, Future Ratboy was born.

In this new adventure, can Future Ratboy and Not Bird save Shnozville from the bitey little insects that are turning everyone into zombies? Will they defeat the evil Mr X? And how will they ever find their way home? (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Jim Smith has previously won the Roald Dahl funny prize for his Barry Loser books and this is the second in his new Future Ratboy series. Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid … these should appeal to most children!

Where Monsters Lie
Released 7th July 2016

Where Monsters Lie – Written by Polly Ho-Yen

The children of Mivtown have grown up hearing the legend of the monsters of the loch. But it’s only a story – a warning to stay away from the water.

Then strange things start happening in the village. Effie’s rabbit Buster escapes from a locked hutch, her mum disappears without trace and slugs start to infest her home.

Along with her best friend Finn, Effie begins to hunt for clues to solve the mysteries of Mivtown. Could this all be connected to the legend? Is it really just a story or is there something lurking in those deep, dark waters? (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Recommended for ages 9+ 

Where Monsters Lie was written by the author of the critically acclaimed Boy in a Tower which was a dark but moving dystopian tale. From the description of Ho-Yen’s new book she seems to be following on with her dark style of writing and it will hopefully be just as successful. 

My Gym Teacher
Released 7th July 2016

My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord – Written by David Solomons

Zack and Lara have superpowers. Luke has new school shoes and a burning sense of resentment. He KNOWS that aliens disguised as gym teachers are about to attack Earth but will anyone listen? No. So one dodgy pact with a self-styled supervillain later, and Luke is ready to save the world. He just needs to find his trainers… (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Author David Solomons has spent a career writing screenplays and his first children’s novel ‘My Brother is a Superhero’ was met with huge success. This is the second in the series following protagonist Luke as he struggles being the one without superpowers!

Young Adult Books

Blame
Released 7th July 2016

Blame – Written by Simon Mayo

What happens when society wants you banged up in prison for a crime your parents committed?

That’s the situation in which Ant finds herself – together with her little brother Mattie and their foster-parents, she’s locked up in a new kind of family prison. None of the inmates are themselves criminals, but wider society wants them to do time for the unpunished ‘heritage’ crimes of their parents.

Tensions are bubbling inside the London prison network Ant and Mattie call home – and when things finally erupt, they realize they’ve got one chance to break out. Everyone wants to see them punished for the sins of their mum and dad, but it’s time for Ant to show the world that they’re not to blame. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Simon Mayo is a BBC Radio Presenter who also writes teenage fiction. Having previously written the ITCH series this is his new venture and it looks like it has a very intriguing premise involving the nature of blame and punishment.

Strange Star
Released 7th July 2016

Strange Star – Written by Emma Carroll

They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was the only rule.

Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn- more chilling than any tale. Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars. She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley. Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

With the market being flooded with Dystopian teenage fiction (see above!), it’s always nice to see a bit of dark and Gothic historical fiction hit the shelves.

The other life
Released 7th July 2016

The Otherlife – Written by Julia Gray

I always get away with it when I try stuff like this. Partly it comes down to sort of assuming that I’m going to. I’ve got loads of confidence. And Loki got away with everything. Well, almost everything.

When troubled, quiet Ben begins at the ruthlessly competitive Cottesmore House, school to the richest, most privileged boys, he is befriended by Hobie: the wealthy class bully, product of monstrous indulgence and intense parental ambition. Hobie is drawn to Ben because he can see the Otherlife: a violent, mythic place where gods and monsters roam. Ben has unnerving visions of Thor and Odin, and of the giant beasts that will destroy them, as well as Loki, god of mischief. Hobie is desperate to be a part of it. Years later, Ben discovers his beloved tutor Jason is dead. And he can’t help wondering if Hobie – wild, restless, dangerous Hobie, had something to do with it…
Beguiling, shocking and richly imaginative, The Otherlife is about the darkest impulses within us all. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Early reviews have suggested that this is an unusual and original story focusing on Norse Mythology with a mystery weaved in throughout. It has definitely got me intrigued.

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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