New teen and children’s books – and some old favourites

Spot goes to the library, by Eric HillYou can’t have missed the fact that the children’s libraries across Westminster are a-buzzing with Circus Stars (the Summer Reading Challenge 2011) activity at the moment. If you’re feeling stumped for what to read next to make it to the six book target, never fear – there’s always more coming in!

Coming soon to a Children’s Library near you…

Sapphire Battersea, by Jacqueline WilsonAugust and September see lots of big names in the world of children’s publishing bringing out new books. The new Jacqueline Wilson, which is published on 1 September, continues the story of Hetty Feather. It was intended to be a sequel but Jacqueline Wilson is now promsing a trilogy (hurrah!) with the final part out next year. In this, the second book, Hetty is now 14, and on being reunited with her Mother, changes her name to Sapphire Battersea.

The Devil Walks, by Anne FineYou should also look out for new titles from:
Anne Fine – The devil walks;
Robert Muchamore – People’s Republic (Cherub series);
Alex Scarrow – The Eternal War (Timeriders Bk 4);
Morris Gleitzman – Too small to fail;
Gordon Korman – 39 clues series and
Lucy and Stephen Hawking – George and the big bang.

On the lighter side, Jeremy Strong promises to deliver with a second story about BatPants the chimpanzee – BatPants and the Vanishing Elephant – with his usual eye catching cover.

The Unforgotten Coat, by Frank Cottrell BoyceIn September we’ll have 6 new Beast Quest books from Adam Blade; the new Skulduggery Pleasant book from Derek Landy – Death Bringer; Frank Cottrell Boyce – The Unforgotten Coat; Cathy Cassidy – The chocolate box girls: Marshmallow Skye and Where’s Asterix (think Where’s Wally – Graphix).
Daisy Meadows’ Rainbow Magic is still going strong with 3 new titles and more to follow.

The true story of the monster Billy Dean, by David AlmondIn Zone we have the latest in Charlie Higson’s Enemy Series – The Fear, new titles from David Almond – The true tale of the monster Billy Dean and from Melvin Burgess – Kill all enemies.


Picture Books

Stuck, by Oliver JeffersAmongst the ever popular TV tie-ins like Octonauts and the new series of Charley Bear board books, it’s great to see old favourites like Shirley Hughes – All about Alfie; Oliver Jeffers – Stuck; Colin McNaughton and Emma Chichester Clark – Have you ever ever ever; Cressida Cowell – Cheer up your Teddy Bear, Emily Brown; Tony Mitton and Guy Parker Rees– The Jungle Run; Jill Murphy – Mother knows Best; Emma Dodd – I love beasts and Sam Lloyd’s two new fun titles with puppets – Nosey Norman and Ernie the eye monster.

And finally – good news for us… although after 30 years of publishing you would have thought he’d have been by now: Spot Goes to the Library [at long last!], by Eric Hill.



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