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New Book Releases – August 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!

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Picture Books 

Released 1st August 2016

There’s No Such Thing As A Snappenpoop – Written by Jeanne Willis and Illustrated by Matt Saunders

Little Brother wants to join in the fun with his sibling, but Big Brother won’t let him play. “Fetch me a Snappenpoop!” says Big Brother. “Then you can play …” But everybody knows there’s no such thing as a Snappenpoop …or IS there? A wonderfully unique story from award-winning author Jeanne Willis (The Bog Baby, The First Slodge). Packed with magical creatures and bossy siblings, this delightfully wicked cautionary tale is set to become a children’s favourite. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is the newest picture book from Jeanne Willis with the addition of artwork from debut picture book illustrator Matt Saunders. If the idea of a Snappenpoop isn’t enough to pique your interest then hopefully the beautiful illustrations will be.

Released 4th August 2016

Return (Journey Triloygy 3) – Illustrated by Aaron Becker

Aaron Becker, creator of the award-winning Journey and its stunning, celebrated sequel, Quest, presents the final chapter in his luminous, wordless fantasy. Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It’s her third journey into the enticing realm of kings and emperors, castles and canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes. But this time, it will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home, as a gripping backstory is revealed that will hold readers in its thrall. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

We seem to be getting asked for wordless picture books more and more so this would be a fantastic addition to any school library. (I would recommend the whole series as this is the 3rd in a trilogy). Perhaps a daunting task at first to ‘read’ a wordless picture book to a group of children, they get to decide what they think is happening and it can lead to an exciting and imaginative discussion!

Odd dog out
Released 25th August 2016

Odd Dog Out – Written and Illustrated by Rob Biddulph

It’s a dog’s life in the big city… Come join one busy dog on her journey to find her place in the world, in this third sublimely illustrated book from the bestselling, award-winning Rob Biddulph.

For busy dogs
A busy day
Of busy work
And busy play…

But one dog doesn’t quite fit in. It’s lonely being the odd dog out, when all she wants to do is find her place in the world. She’s willing to go to the other side of the world to look for it… but it might take a different kind of journey for her to discover that maybe where she’s meant to be is right back where she started… (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Biddulph’s last book ‘Blown Away’ won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize in 2016 and hopefully his new picture book will be just as popular.

Children’s Books

The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner
Released 25th August 2016

The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner – Written by Terry Pratchett

Poor Mr Swimble is having a bad day. Rabbits are bouncing out of his hat, pigeons are flying out of his jacket and every time he points his finger, something magically appears – cheese sandwiches, socks . . . even a small yellow elephant on wheels! It’s becoming a real nuisance – and he’s allergic to rabbits. His friends at the Magic Rectangle can’t help, but the mysterious vacuum cleaner he saw that morning may have something to do with it . . .

Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of food fights, pirates, wizards and crooks! (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is a collection of stories written by the late Sir Terry Pratchett in his youth. Sure to be full of his magical, inventive and funny writing style, having new material from this fantastic author is an opportunity to take advantage of.


Inspector Flytrap
Released 2nd August 2016

Inspector Flytrap – Written by Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell

Welcome to Inspector Flytraps Detective Agency, home to the world-renowned solver of BIG DEAL mysteries. Inspector Flytrap, a Venus flytrap, works tirelessly with his assistant Nina the Goat, a goat, on his community’s unsolved cases. There’s no case too big, but there are definitely cases too small for this endearingly self-important plant detective. On his first caper, Inspector Flytrap heads to the Art Museums Secret Lab, to discover what important message lies in a mysterious glob on a recently discovered da Vinci flower painting. The ingenious solution: da Vinci was allergic to flowers, and the glob is, er, evidence of that ancient sneeze. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is a new series from the bestselling ‘Origami Yoda‘ author Tom Angleberger in collaboration with his wife Cece Bell. Taking a step back from the Star Wars theme, this new series is also for a slightly younger reader and includes illustrations.

Released 30th August 2016

Moo – Written by Sharon Creech

Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents volunteer Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna and that stubborn cow, Zora.  (Synopsis and image from AmazonFor readers 9+ 

Finding novels suitable for children as they approach their teenage years is usually a tricky thing to do. It is not always easy to find something with a high enough reading level with appropriate content but this novel looks set to do just that and should appeal to late primary school and early secondary school students. 

Young Adult

American Monsters
Released 25th August 2016

American Monsters (Demon Road 3) – Written by Derek Landy

Bigger, meaner, stronger, Amber closes in on her murderous parents as they make one last desperate play for power. Her own last hopes of salvation, however, rest beyond vengeance, beyond the abominable killers – living and dead – that she and Milo will have to face.

For Amber’s future lies in her family’s past, in the brother and sister she never knew, and the horrors beyond imagining that befell them. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is the 3rd book in the Demon Road Trilogy by Derek Landy, author of the ever popular Skulduggery Pleasant series. Hopefully this will be the epic conclusion that fans have been waiting for.  

Released 18th August 2016

Beck – Written by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff

Both harrowing and life-affirming, it is the sweeping coming-of-age adventure of a mixed race boy transported to North America.

Born from a street liaison between a poor young woman and an African soldier in the 1900s, Beck is soon orphaned and sent to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. Shipped to work on a farm, his escape takes him across the continent in a search for belonging. Enduring abuse and many hardships, Beck has times of comfort and encouragement, eventually finding Grace, the woman with whom he can finally forge his life and shape his destiny as a young man. A picaresque novel set during the Depression as experienced by a young black man, it depicts great pain but has an uplifting and inspiring conclusion. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is Mal Peet’s last novel after sadly passing away last year. Peet is a multi-award winning author who won the prestigious Carnegie medal in 2005 for ‘Tamar‘. Peet writes historical fiction for young adults at it’s best and this is unlikely to disappoint. 

Whats a girl gotta do
Released 1st August 2016

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? (Am I Normal Yet? 3) – Written by Holly Bourne


1. Call out anything that is unfair on one gender

2. Don’t call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe)

3. Always try to keep it funny

4. Don’t let anything slide. Even when you start to break…

Lottie’s determined to change the world with her #Vagilante vlog. Shame the trolls have other ideas…

(Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Yet another book on this list which is the end of a trilogy. Holly Bourne’s series has been hugely successful as she deals with issues which speak to the modern teenager in a voice they can relate to.

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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