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Toppsta's Top Ten Books for the Autumn

4th September 2018

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One of the perks here at Toppsta Towers is getting EARLY access to all the great books coming out and we LOVE sharing these books with you! Here's a sneaky peek at our ten favourite books publishing this Autumn, including a mix of Picture Books, Middle-grade and Non-fiction. The great news is that we'll be running giveaways for ALL of these awesome reads for you to win and review later in the year so keep your eyes peeled!

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2018-09-06
Toppsta's Top Ten Books for the Autumn
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Angry Cookie

We've fallen in love with this irrisistible cookie, crumbly chocolate chips and all. 

This wildly inventive, interactive, laugh-out-loud tale written by Laura Dockrill and illustrated by Maria Karipidou will have you in stitches as you try to turn this VERY angry little cookie's frown upside down!

Out 6th September!

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Unlock Your Imagination: 250 Boredom Busters - Fun Ideas for Games, Crafts, and Challenges

We've had such amazing sunshine this year that it's hard to imagine shorter days and staying inside. But Autumn is just around the corner and this kids' book from DK is packed with fun facts and rainy day activities: the perfect boredom buster for screen-free, on-the-go entertainment. Including slime, fun crafts, games to play alone or in a group, fun facts and more!

Plus, it comes with a free double-sided board, counters and a press-out dice that can be used to play chess, draughts, and snakes and ladders.

Out 6th September!

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Lift-the-Flap Engineering

Georgina, Founder of Toppsta, loves this stylish introduction to the vast world of engineering - what it is, how it works, and how many different jobs it involves. The flaps on each page are seriously impressive and she particularly liked the 'Gadgets Galore' spread, perfect for her science-mad 6 year old daughter!

Out 6th September!

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Tilly and the Bookwanderers

We were lucky enough to receive an exclusive proof copy of this captivating and magical debut from writer and journalist Anna James.

Since her mother’s disappearance, eleven-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents’ bookshop. But when her favourite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop, Tilly’s adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses.

Tilly’s new ability could even help her solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. But danger may be lurking on the very next page…

Out 18th September!

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There's A Spider In This Book

Liz (our Marketing & PR guru) at Toppsta Towers is NOT a fan of spiders so she wasn't too sure about this one. But after plucking up the courage to take a look inside she discovered the lovable spider Eric who can't understand why people scream and run away from him, and all her opinions about spiders changed. Plus, it's written by one of her favourite Picture Book authors, Claire Freedman. What's not to love?!

Out 20th September!


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Hamish and the Terrible Terrible Christmas and Other Starkley Stories

Team Toppsta adore Danny Wallace's Hamish adventures and so were thrilled to hear he'd written three festive short stories featuring this much-loved middle-grade character and his pals in the PDF. As always, Jamie Littler brings the story to life with his incredible illustrations. 

Get set for one Terrible Terrible Christmas!

Out 4th October!

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Grandma Bird

Benji Davies has done it again! We absolutely LOVE his tender and heart-warming new story from the world of The Storm Whale

In this book, Noi isn't at all sure about staying at Grandma's. She boils seaweed for soup, and there's not much to do on the tiny island where she lives. But that's before Noi gets swept up in the dramatic rescue that will mark the beginning of their touching new friendship.

Out 18th October!

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Snowball

This brilliantly bonkers new story from bestselling duo Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet is another of Liz's favourites.

When a lonely young snowball, stuck at the top of a mountain, decides to visit the local town for a bit of fun he has no idea that he's about to embark on a crazy adventure. Following a trip, he falls and starts to roll - not not only picking up snow, but a myriad of other whacky things on his way down - a sheep, a line of washing and even a bear on a bike.

Out 18th Oct!

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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Albert Einstein + James Patterson = A Must Read. And it genuinely is! If you like books by David Walliams, David Baddiel and Jeff Kinney, you’ll LOVE this.

Meet Max Einstein, a big-hearted genius and Einstein superfan. Oh and the star of Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment, the first book in James Patterson’s exciting new middle-grade series.

Out 18th October!

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Nevermoor: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2

Our reviewers LOVED the first book in this series, Nevermoor (Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in the 2018 Younger Fiction Category) and we've fallen in love with the sequel, Wundermith

Morrigan may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And it's important to remember that not all magic is used for good . . .

Out 1st November!

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