Lettie Peppercorn hasn’t left her house-on-stilts for over ten years. She dare not. Her mother left a very specific warning on the day she left – stepping outside could kill her.

But when a mysterious, frozen man, who claims to be an alchemist, arrives at the door with a miraculous invention, Lettie’s life is changed forever and she has no choice but to risk the perils lurking in the world outside if she wants to see her mother again.

 

A pair of feisty and resourceful children have their work cut out trying to get the better of a cast of comical, but deadly, adversaries in this wildly imaginative fantasy adventure. The text is interspersed with expressive pen and ink illustrations.

 

Aya.Takeo is a story of Space, Time, Civilization and Star-Crossed Love. Set in a distant wrinkle of space where some things are familiar and others are forever surprising. Noblewoman Aya perseveres with her love for the lowly warrior Takeo amidst a backdrop of a neo-classical Japan under invasion by spider mecha… but who is the true enemy? This full-colour, large format volume collects together the first year of the online comic updated every sunday at ayatakeo.com

Pia lives on the last zoo: a floating armada that houses the strangest collection of creatures the world’s ever seen, from genies to mirror-orangutans to hummingdragons. Collectively called ‘voilas’, they each have a special ability, and everyone hopes these will help save the world from environmental catastrophe.

Pia looks after the angels, their greatest hope. Then one morning they vanish. Panicked, she desperately searches the zoo for any sign of them – but finds something else altogether. An invisible creature is stalking the zoo, sinister forces are at work, and Pia and her friends must find a way to stop it before everything falls apart.

The Last Zoo is a first-class novel with exceptional world-building. An adventure-quest with lightly fantastical elements, it’s fast-paced, has lots of humour and a wonderful range of characters. A brilliant book for anyone looking for a new world to get lost in, it has an environmental message and hints of dystopia whilst also being incredibly hopeful.

Greta needs a new hero to defeat Yuk, a giant who keeps returning to her town to eat people. Many heroes have tried and failed in the past. Then she discovers Hercufleas who, more than anything, would love an adventure. Trouble is, Hercufleas is tiny, but what he lacks in brute strength he makes up for with brains, courage and determination, all excellent qualities in a hero.

 

This is an unusual and imaginative fairy tale adventure. A fast paced and exciting story, scattered with wonderful pencil drawings, it is also a reminder that the little things in life can be very significant. This will delight young readers with its originality and fun!

The bloodthirsty Czar of Petrossia is boiling mad. Despite the protection of his poodle Bloodbath, and his fearsome War Council, two scruffy children have turned his son into a fluffy-wuffy kitten. But Pieter and Teresa are no ordinary children – Pieter is a master mathemagician and Teresa an imaginative alchemist.

Their second potion makes the kitten bigger than a dinosaur, in order to control the all-conquering Czar, who wants to turn his gentle son into a ferocious warrior. However, when Pieter is thrown into the dungeons to await execution and Teresa disappears in a puff of cobflour, all hope seems lost…

This gloriously imaginative tale from Carnegie Medal nominee Sam Gayton is the perfect book for readers curled up by the fire with a mug of khave, made from half a nib of sugarcane and a smidge of blazing pip, ready to be transported to a fantastical kingdom.

Shakespeare’s famous tragedy unfurls in front of a dramatic manga setting, in which the fair city of Verona becomes a street in the highly fashionable Shibuya district of Tokyo. The swordfights become duels with katanas; the Capulets and the Montagues, opposing Yakuza families. Conflict explodes when Romeo – a bleached-blonde, well-dressed rock star – falls in love with Juliet, the pure and innocent Capulet daughter.

A little ghost tries to give Lydia Lou a scare . . . but he can’t even wake her up. So he fetches his noisy animal friends to help!

Mew! Moo! Too-whit too-whoo!
Wake up do, Lydia Lou!

Will anything ever wake her?

A gentle and playful bedtime read from Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo,, and prize-winning illustrator Karen George. Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou! is full of fun sounds which children will love to join in with time and time again.

Take your students on a poem hunt with Michaela Morgan, exploring their surroundings through the different senses to create a class poem!

 

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Sunny the meerkat lives with his enormous family in the Kalahari desert. They are all very close . . . so close, in fact, that one day Sunny decides it’s just too crowded and packs his bags. He’s off to visit his mongoose cousins. But from the watery world of the Marsh Mongoose to the nocturnal lifestyle of the Malagasy Mongoose, Sunny just doesn’t fit in. And who’s that shadowy figure who seems to be following him around?

London 1800. Jupiter is young, black, living at the African Academy in Clapham with other boys from wealthy Sierra Leonean families. His life is a mixture of privilege and dispossession as he copes with the cruelty of his teachers, the rivalries and tensions among his schoolmates, a sense of duty towards his younger brother Robert and guilt over the death of another brother in Africa. Throughout, Jupiter strives to maintain his dignity, his Christian faith and pride in his roots.

But beyond the relative ease of Clapham lies another London, where poor black communities struggle for survival along the squalid reaches of the Thames. A world where Jupiter’s education and background mean nothing and skin colour alone determines fate. Into this world his younger brother Robert vanishes, and Jupiter is obliged to follow …