Quiet, unassuming Marlon can’t believe it when the hottest girl in school picks him as her date to the fair. It’s too good to be true.

But when a mysterious tragedy strikes, Marlon is determined to reveal the chain that links him to the criminal underworld. He starts getting the wrong sort of attention, as investigations tangle him into a web of gangs.

Mystery, intrigue and a big cast of dangerous characters give this gritty thriller a sophisticated edge within the YA genre. It’s a tightly woven plot with revenge at its core. Urban settings, street language and sensitively drawn situations make this a thoughtful and diverse read.

The dangerous reality of drug pushing and youths being forced into dealing is an important topic, but Lawrence hasn’t set out to preach to a society that needs warning. She’s simply written a pacey crime thriller that feels unique, realistic and truthful.

When you re walking along the city streets there s always so much to see and hear. But do you ever stop and look down? Have you ever wondered what s going on deep in the ground under your feet? What about in the countryside? What goes on underground there?
Starting in the city, take a journey down though the layers of the Earth, all the way to the planet s core and out the other side. There are so many amazing sights to see along the way! With narrative non-fiction spanning natural history, archaeology, and geology, and detailed pictures to explore, this delightfully illustrated concertina book will encourage children to think about the planet they live on.

Meet Gaspard the Fox as he sets out one summer evening in search of adventure and something to eat. This charming and humorous picture book celebrates urban foxes and their relationship with the humans and animals they share the city with.

With stunning original illustrations by award-winning children’s book author James Mayhew, this is the first in a series of collaborations between Zeb and James following the adventures of Gaspard and his friends.

London is cold and grey and the neighbours are noisy and there’s concrete everywhere.

But Leelu is not alone; someone is leaving her gifts outside her house – wonders which give her curious magical powers.

Powers which might help her find her way home . . .

Fly Me Home is an incredibly moving portrait of one family’s struggle to adjust to life in a new country. Full of friendship, family and magic, this stunning novel by Polly Ho-Yen, author of Boy in the Tower (shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award) and Where Monsters Lie, is a must-read for 9-12 readers.

Praise for Boy in the Tower

‘An unusual and very impressive debut’ The Bookseller

‘I loved it’ Bookbag

Praise for Where Monsters Lie

‘One of the most unusual and distinctive new voices in children’s fiction’ The Bookseller

 

Read more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/puffin/books/1113523/fly-me-home/#yvOLAcEDWmwO9YpP.99

On a mean street in a mean city, a thief tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. But she finds she can’t have it without promising something in return – to “plant them all”. When it turns out the bag is full of acorns, the young thief embarks on a journey that changes her own life and the lives of others for generations to come. Inspired by the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship, The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old. With poignant simplicity, honesty and lyricism, Nicola Davies evokes a powerful vision of a world where people and nature live in harmony. And Laura Carlin’s delicate illustrations capture a young girl’s journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world.

A boy, his father and their dog wander in midtown Manhattan, taking in some of New York’s most famous landmarks and well-known streets, meeting New Yorkers and discovering how the iconic city looks, sounds, smells, tastes and feels…

Come with the Queen, the Queen’s men in persuit of one very special hat. So let’s follow one determined, daredevil queen through the zoo, over Tower Bridge and up Big Ben… just where will that hat land?

Ade lives on the seventeenth floor of an inner city tower block.
He’s just an ordinary boy.
Apart from the fact that his mother won’t leave her bedroom.
And he’s only got one true friend: the girl he’s known all his life, Gaia.

When the Bluchers, a type of mysterious plant-form, slowly take over the city, everyone is forced to evacuate and Ade is left alone to face them.

Trapped in his tower block, how can Ade ever survive as the Bluchers weave their deadly circle around his home?

Boy in the Tower is his story.

It’s about friendship.
It’s about courage.
It’s about finding a way back home.

 

 

Read an Extract HERE

When Katie and her cousin Jack visit London with Grandma, they don't think there's much to see and do. At Trafalgar Square they meet a talking stone lion, and he takes them on a wonderful tour of the city taking in such sights as The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye!

What makes the Mona Lisa smile? Katie wants to find out so she climbs into the Leonardo Da Vinci painting. But the Mona Lisa is not really feeling very happy, so Katie tries to cheer her up …with disastrous results!
Journey through five masterpieces from five Italian Renaissance artists: Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, An Angel in Red with a Lute by an associate of Leonardo, St George and the Dragon by Raphael, Primavera by Sandro Botticelli and The Lion of St Mark by Vittore Carpaccio.