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10 Brilliant Children's Books Coming This Spring!

30th December 2018

10 brilliant children's books coming this Spring

Now this wasn't an easy task (although it was most enjoyable having a quiet few days reading between Christmas and New Year!). Our post box was literally bursting with new books just before Christmas and it's so hard whittling it down to just 10, particularly as we always try to have a range of ages and genres but here are the 10 books we're MOST excited about this Spring.

Toppsta
2018-12-30
10 Brilliant Children's Books Coming This Spring!
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That's not my puppy...

By Fiona Watts (author) & Rachel Wells (illustrator)
Usborne Books
Pub Date: 10th January 2019
For ages: From newborn

I honestly can't believe that it's been 20 years since the That's Not My...books  were first published. As any new parent knows, these are such brilliant books, with bright pictures and different textures to touch. This is a special edition of the very first That's not my... book with a sparkly cover but the same easy to read format and white mouse to find. Fiona Watts, Rachel Wells and Usborne Books, we can only say THANK YOU. 

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Molly's Moon Mission

By Duncan Beedie
Templar Books
Pub Date: 7th February 2019
For ages 2+

Such a lovely picture book from the talented author/illustrator that is Duncan Beedie. Molly the moth lives in the back of an old wardrobe. She loves her home and her family but she yearns for adventure. So by day she helps her mother look after the larvae, and by night she prepares for her space mission to the MOON!

It's no easy feat for a little moth to fly all the way to the moon - but Molly is not a moth to give up on her dreams.

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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

By James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Arrow Publishing
Pub Date: 7th February 2019
For ages 7+

Ok, so not technically a NEW book as the hardback came out in October but the paperback is coming out this Spring and I cannot recommend this book highly enough - a female protagonist, a cool science story and plenty of adventure.

And our reviewers loved it too, one reviewer aged (aged 11) said, "I was over the moon to find out that the main character was a girl. It is about a girl called Maxine who is a rebel girl just like me. I found that I could really relate to the character. I really enjoyed this book and it was probably the best book I have ever read."

Max Einstein is a typical 12-year-old until one day when she is recruited by a mysterious organisation! Their mission: solve some of the world's toughest problems using science. She's helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet. But that's only if the sinister outfit known as The Corporation doesn't get to her first...

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Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders

By Kate Pankhurst
Bloomsbury Publishing
Pub Date: 7th February 2019
For ages 5+

Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, is back with a brand new wildly brilliant and accessible book about incredible women in the world of work.

What do you want to be when you grow up? It's a BIG question that everyone is asked from an early age. Discover eye-opening facts about a collection of go-getting women who have pioneered careers in a kaleidoscope of different industries. Join scientists, doctors, athletes, hot-air balloonists and more, journey back in time with these brave, bold and brilliant women and discover that anything is possible when you make the most of YOUR talents.

Prepare yourself for a celebration of women who opened doors and made it possible for more women to achieve amazing things today. Overflowing with beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in.

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A Pinch of Magic

By Michelle Harrison
Simon & Schuster Children's Books 
Pub Date: 7th February 2019
For ages 9+

We were lucky enough to be able to share some early copies of this and our reviewers loved it! "This is a great story - a real page turner trying to solve the mystery of a curse that had been placed on girls in the family for generations . It’s beautifully written and has a really strong inspiring female character as the lead."

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse. Three magical objects with the power to change their fate. Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger?

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How to Rob a Bank

By Tom Mitchell
HarperCollins Publishing
Pub Date: 1st March 2019
For ages 10+

A life of crime - how hard can it be? A funny, filmic and fast-paced crime-caper.

When fifteen-year-old Dylan accidentally burns down the house of the girl he's trying to impress, he feels that only a bold gesture can make it up to her. A gesture like robbing a bank to pay for her new home. Only an unwanted Saturday job, a tyrannical bank manager, and his unfinished history homework lie between Dylan and the heist of century. And really, what's the worst that could happen?

A funny, filmic and ill-advised crime caper.

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Scavengers

By Darren Simpson
Usborne Publishing
Pub Date: 7th March 2019
For ages 11+

Author Darren Simpson has written lots of short stories for adult readers but this is his first story for younger readers. 

Landfill has lived his whole life as a scavenger, running with wooflers, swimming with turtles and feasting on fresh gull. Old Babagoo has always looked after him, on one condition - follow his rules. NEVER COME LOOKING OUTSIDE. NEVER RISE ABOVE THE WALL. But despite the dangers, Landfill longs to see Outside. And some rules are made to be broken.

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Midnight

By Derek Landy
HarperCollins Children's Books
Pub Date: 1st April 2019
For ages 9+

The Skulduggery Pleasant series has a MASSIVE following and now Skullduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are back in their most gripping story yet.

For years, Valkyrie Cain has struggled to keep her loved ones safe from harm, plunging into battle - time and time again - by Skulduggery Pleasant's side, and always emerging triumphant.

But now the very thing that Valkyrie fights for is in danger, as a ruthless killer snatches her little sister in order to lure Valkyrie into a final confrontation. With Skulduggery racing to catch up and young sorcerer Omen scrambling along behind, Valkyrie only has twelve hours to find Alice before it's too late. The clock is ticking...

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Kat Wolfe Takes the Case

By Lauren St. John (author) and Daniel Deamo (illustrator)
Macmillan Children's Books 
Pub Date: 4th April 2019
For ages 9+

Join brave Kat Wolfe and her animal sidekicks in this second mysterious adventure filled with friendship, freedom and a fierce wild cat!

When a landslide on the Jurassic Coast reveals a rare `dragon' dinosaur, best friends Kat Wolfe and Harper Lamb are thrilled, especially when stars and scientists come flocking to sleepy Bluebell Bay.

But after they begin investigating a suspicious death, events spiral quickly out of control for detectives Wolfe and Lamb. Worse still, Kat's wild cat is in trouble. Can they solve the mystery - and save the cat's life - before it's too late?

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case is the second book in Lauren St. John's Wolfe & Lamb series.

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Malamander

By Thomas Taylor
Walker Books
Pub Date: 2nd May 2019
For ages 9+

Not out for a while but this one is definitely worth waiting for! 

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep...

Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy - especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma's parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger...

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