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New Book Releases – October 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

this-is-a-serious-book
Released 11th October 2016

This is a very serious book. Nothing silly is allowed. There are no funny faces, no clowns, and definitely no shenanigans. A serious book is always respectful, and, of course, is always in black and white. But wait! Who’s this? Zebra might be black and white, but he is NOT serious. And he and his friends are ruining the book with their antics, parades, and parties! This funny and irreverent book that pits its narrator against its characters in a hilarious way invites reader participation and encourages kids to think about writing their own books and stories just as donkey does here in the end. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This has been compared to The Book with No Pictures, a story which requires the reader to say whatever is on the page, no matter how silly it gets. Children absolutely loved that story so if this is following a similar theme then it should be just as popular.

gordons-great-escape
Released 20th October 2016

Follow Gordon the Balloon on his adventures around the world; learning new things, meeting people and avoiding all the dangers which come with being a balloon. Gordon is having a great time travelling with the circus when a storm hits their ship, leaving them stranded on an island! What will they do? Lost in the middle of the ocean and with no means of escape, it’s up to Gordon to save the day. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

The beautifully bright and bold picture books from Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet are always a hit and this is surely to be no different.

we-found-a-hat
Released 11th October 2016

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat… Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this perfectly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen’s visual comedy, deceptive simplicity and deliciously deadpan humour. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This is the third picture book in Jon Klassen’s award winning hat trilogy. These are books with seemingly simple illustrations and text but with lots of hidden depth and dark humour. Children love to discuss what they think is happening!                

Children’s Books

there-may-be-a-castle
Released 6th October 2016

Eleven-year-old Mouse is travelling to see his grandparents on Christmas Eve with his mother and two sisters. But it’s snowing, and visibility is bad, and the car goes off the road, and crashes.

Mouse is thrown from the car.

When he wakes, he’s not in his world any more. He meets a sheep named Bar, who can only say Baaa, and a sarcastic horse named Nonky, who is a surprising mix of his beloved toy horse and his older sister.
So begins a quest to find a castle in a world of wonder – a world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.

But why are they looking for a castle? As the cold grows, we realise it might just have something to do with the family he’s left behind; and that Mouse’s quest is more important than ever.

This is a novel about love and death. It’s about the power of stories to change the way we view the world – and it’s about the power of a child to change their own world. Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

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This is the new children’s book from Piers Torday who wrote the brilliant and thought provoking Last Wild trilogy set in a world where there are very few animals left. If you would like to here a podcast where Piers Torday speaks to the Guille-Alles Library about his work (especially his adult novel) then please click here.

the-road-to-ever-after
Released 20th October 2016

Davy David, an orphan, lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy’s life upside down just days before Christmas, he sets in motion a chain of events which forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows the two of them to a boarded-up museum on the outskirts of town where they meet the elderly recluse, Miss Flint. She has planned one last adventure before her time is up and hires the reluctant Davy and George to escort her.

A magical adventure about an unlikely friendship and an unforgettable journey. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

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Moira Young is the author of the award winning young adult Dust Lands Trilogy. This new title seems to follow on the adventure theme but is aimed at a younger audience. 

the-christmasaurus
Released 6th October 2016

The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible . . . (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

It may seem early to be thinking about Christmas but it will be here sooner than we think and this book looks like a lot of fun! We are also now taking bookings for our Christmas Story sessions so please get in touch of you would like more information.

Young Adult

saint-death
Released 6th October 2016

A potent, powerful and timely thriller about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare set on the US/Mexican border by PRINTZ MEDAL winning and CARNEGIE MEDAL, COSTA BOOK AWARD and GUARDIAN CHILDREN’S FICTION PRIZE shortlisted novelist, Marcus Sedgwick.

Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Juarez – twenty metres outside town lies a fence, and beyond it, America – the dangerous goal of many a migrant. Faustino is one such trying to escape from the gang he’s been working for. He’s dipped into a pile of dollars he was supposed to be hiding and now he’s on the run. He and his friend, Arturo, have only 36 hours to replace the missing money, or they’re as good as dead.

Watching over them is Saint Death. Saint Death (or Santissima Muerte) – she of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief. A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

This seems to be dealing with a poignant and timely subject which can hopefully be brought to life with Sedgwick’s beautiful and clever writing style. 

holding-up-the-universe
Released 6th October 2016

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone – and love someone – for who they truly are.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed ‘America’s Fattest Teen’. But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his own brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling, Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world – theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are – and seeing them right back. (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Jennifer Niven is the author of All The Bight Places, a book which has been hugely successful and is soon to be developed into a film. This new title should be highly anticipated.

the-hypnotist
Released 6th October 2016

Jack has left his native Ireland and is making a new life as Professor of Neurology at a university in the American South. He has certain skills, honed over his lifetime, that he mostly keeps hidden. Skills in hypnotism and mind control . . .

Thirteen-year-old Pip is plucked out of an orphanage by a farmer, hired as a farm-hand, and as carer for the farmer’s wife. But Pip is black. The farmer and his wife are white. And this is 1960s America, where race defines you and overshadows everything.

As racial tensions reach boiling point with a danger closer to home and more terrifying than either thought possible, Jack and Pip’s lives become inextricably linked. And Jack’s hypnotic skills are called on as never before . . . (Synopsis and image from Amazon)

Laurence Anholt is a children’s author who has written over 200 books with his partner Catherine Anholt. This is his first book delving into the Young Adult market. 

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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