By Marcus Sedgwick
A potent, powerful and timely thriller about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare set on the US/Mexican border by PRINTZ MEDAL winning and CARNEGIE MEDAL, COSTA BOOK AWARD and GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE shortlisted novelist, Marcus Sedgwick. Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Juarez - twenty metres outside town lies a fence, and beyond it, America - the dangerous goal of many a migrant. Faustino is one such trying to escape from the gang he's been working for. He's dipped into a pile of dollars he was supposed to be hiding and now he's on the run. He and his friend, Arturo, have only 36 hours to replace the missing money, or they're as good as dead. Watching over them is Saint Death. Saint Death (or Santissima Muerte) - she of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief. A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian.
By Pippa Funnell, Jennifer Miles, Clare Balding
It's nearly Christmas and everyone at Silver Shoe Farm is excited about the Olympia horse show - especially Tilly. It's a chance to see some of the top show jumpers in the world, as well as some wonderful displays. But her enthusiasm is overshadowed when her favourite horse, Magic Spirit, gets ill and needs every possible attention. Then, at Olympia a chance encounter with Samson, a highly-strung stallion, means Tilly's special gift with horses is not only in demand at home, but at the show too!(P)2004 Orion Publishing Group.Ltd
By Cliff McNish
It's a difficult time for fifteen-year-old Savannah Grey - she's settled into her latest foster placement, but her body is acting strangely. Then other strange things begin to happen: nature, it seems, is exerting an overpowering force on the world. Birds behave erratically. Gusts of wind blow leaves so fiercely they seem to lure people away. And Savannah discovers she has supernatural powers. Meanwhile, she feels drawn to the new boy Reece whose life is even stranger than hers. Quickly Savannah and Reece realise that nature has a purpose for them both. For they are on course to meet the vile and evil Ocrassa, who wants to destroy the world by corrupting nature. And it wants Savannah Grey to help realise its savage intent.
Scared to Death
By Alan Gibbons
Late one night after a strange tube journey to Whitechapel in East London, Paul makes a new friend, John Redman - daring and enigmatic, just as Paul longs to be, away from his cloying mother (his only family - so he thinks). Redman charms Paul at once, but also a girl called Jude they meet on a night about town. A few days later, Paul learns that Jude has mysteriously died, and Redman has disappeared. Shortly after that, one of Paul's teacher dies suddenly - frightened to death - near where Jude's body was found. A link for sure. And Paul feels implicated, because both victims were known to him. He senses Redman, who comes and goes as it suits him, is involved as well. His new friend is dangerous. But so, we learn, is Paul. In uncovering the truth about Redman he learns shocking facts about himself. There's an evil curse loose in his family and Paul is the latest inheritor. The spree of death - camouflagued as copycat Jack the Ripper-style murders - will continue until Paul confronts the demon in himself head on.
Scaredy Cat, Scaredy Cat
By Phil Earle
From the author of DEMOLITION DAD, the CBBC Book of the Month June 2017, comes the fourth and final hilarious Storey Street by Phil Earle, illustrated by Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted artist, Sara Ogilvie. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl, Liz Pichon and David Walliams.Kay Catt has a nickname - Scaredy Catt. And with good reason. You've never met a more timid, anxious girl in your life. And when you meet her dad, you'll start to understand why. But when a mysterious old man is spotted on Storey Street, it heralds the start of a great adventure for Kay. Because Wilf Wilkinson isn't your average, cardigan-wearing, sherbet lemon-sucking old codger. Oh no. Wilf wears a cloak, and a strange pointy hat, and his walking stick looks suspiciously like an over-sized wand.Wilf couldn't be a wizard ... could he?
By Carl Hiaasen
From Newbery Honoree Carl Hiaasen comes this New York Times bestseller in which an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, and an angry panther can't stop two kids on a mission to find their missing teacher!When Mrs Starch, the most feared biology teacher in Florida, goes missing during a school trip to the Black Vine Swamp, her class is secretly relieved.The school principal tries to cover it up as a 'family emergency', but Nick and Marta just aren't convinced. They think it's much more likely to have something to do with Smoke, the local troublemaker - whose run-ins with Mrs Starch are infamous - and decide to do some investigating of their own.But there's more going on in Black Vine Swamp than either one of them could guess. And Nick and Marta must see off an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a crooked oil prospector, a singing substitute teacher, and an angry Florida panther before they really begin to see the big picture.
The Scent of Magic
By Cliff McNish
Rachel and her brother are extraordinary. She is a spell-maker. He is a destroyer of spells. The High Witch, Heebra, wants Rachel and Eric crushed, and her enemies, the Wizard's, destroyed. A party of witches is dispatched to find the thousands of children with powers like Rachel's, and turn them into a ferocious army. Can Rachel and Eric stop the witches and win the battle between good and evil? The second instalment of the classic Doomspell Trilogy.
School for Stars: Double Trouble at L'Etoile
By Holly Willoughby, Kelly Willoughby
Catch up with Molly, Maria, Pippa and Sally for more glamour and mystery in their second year at L'Etoile, in this fifth SCHOOL FOR STARS story by popular TV presenter Holly Willoughby and her sister Kelly.Molly, Maria, Pippa and Sally are back for a new year at L'Etoile and they can't wait to get their skates on at the school's new Glacier Palace ice-rink! But after the arrival of a new set of twins at L'Etoile, jealously threatens to pull the girls apart! With new faces, new friends and a very ghostly surprise, this term promises more fun, more excitement and more mystery than ever before.This book is GLEE for 9+ and is perfect for fans of BALLET SHOES and MALLORY TOWERS.
School for Stars: The Missing Ballerina Mystery
By Holly Willoughby, Kelly Willoughby
Jump back in with your favourite BFFs in the sixth story in the hugely popular SCHOOL FOR STARS series written by THIS MORNING TV presenter Holly Willoughby and her sister Kelly. After a busy term at L'Etoile, it's time for a London holiday. But adventure follows the friends wherever they go, and it's not long before they find themselves exploring hidden tunnels and buried secrets surrounding a missing ballerina. Here's a mystery to really keep them on their toes!This book is GLEE for 9+ and is perfect for fans of BALLET SHOES and MALLORY TOWERS.
By Marcus Sedgwick, Pete Williamson
Elf Girl and Raven Boy have survived Monster Mountains and arrived on the shores of Scream Sea. Kidnapped by Scrim, pirate captain of the Naughty Porpoise, they're held prisoner below decks as the ship sets sail. But Captain Scrim and his crew are even more interested in mermaids than in bird boys and pointy-eared girls, and when they capture one they throw the pirate party of a lifetime. Our daring duo, plus Rat and mermaid Molo, escape and go their separate ways, but not before Molo has given Raven Boy a tiny shell on a silver chain and told him to call on her for help. They continue their search for the Goblin King with adventures on a desert island, an 'invisible' spell, encounters with an even worse pirate called Blackblood on the stormy high seas, and then below the waves with the many scary beasts and monsters that roam the deep. No one said saving the world was easy!
The Scribes from Alexandria
By Caroline Lawrence
A desperate quest begins in the port of Alexandria: site of the great lighthouse, the famous Library, and the tomb of Alexander the Great. Codes, riddles, anagrams and hieroglyphics lead the young detectives down the river Nile to pyramids and sphinxes, temples and tombs, crocodiles and hippos. But what lies at the end of the journey? Treasure? Or death?
The Sea Monster
By Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
While on the lookout for treasure ships, the Sea Wolf pirates encounter a tattered galleon adrift on the Caribbean Sea. When they board, they find only one crew member left - and he explains that his ship was attacked by a giant, tentacle-ridden sea monster! When the monster suddenly appears and attacks the Sea Wolf, Sam and Fernando are swept overboard! Can they escape and defeat this new threat or are they destined to become fish food?
Second Term at L'Etoile
By Kelly Willoughby, Holly Willoughby
The second novel from the bestselling SCHOOL FOR STARS series written by celebrity sisters Holly and Kelly Willoughby. Catch up with Molly, Maria and Pippa as they return for their second term at the all-singing, all-dancing L'Etoile school.Christmas break is over and the three friends are reunited as they begin their second term at L'Etoile, the exclusive School for Stars. Little do they know what fun and surprises lay in store for them. A midnight mystery, a precious lost rose, centenary celebrations, a playful puppy with a twinkle in its eyes, and a royal visit are just some of the things that make them friends for ever.This book is GLEE for 9+ and is perfect for fans of BALLET SHOES and MALLORY TOWERS.
The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn
By Tania Unsworth
An enthralling, magical and spine-tingling story of a young girl who has never before seen the outside world. The second novel from THE ONE SAFE PLACE author Tania Unsworth. For her whole life, 11-year-old Daisy has lived with her mother in their family home, the splendid but crumbling Brightwood Hall. She has never set foot in the outside world. But one day, when her mother doesn't come home and a strange man arrives at the house, Daisy must use her wits to survive.This enthralling story of a young girl's physical and mental journey is beautifully imagined by Tania Unsworth, and readers will be completely transported by the unique magic of Daisy's world.
The Secret of Supernatural Creek
By Lauren St John
Eleven-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin is back for her next exciting adventure in the fifth mystery from award-winning author Lauren St John.'Anyone ever told you that you're too clever for your own good, Laura Marlin?'With her arch-nemesis, Mr A, safely behind bars, Laura Marlin can't wait to relax on a school trip to Australia. But hours after arriving, the appearance of a threatening supernatural message makes her fear for her safety. As the group tours the Northern wilderness, mysteries and near-disasters haunt them, but only Laura believes they're connected. Can she figure out what's realand what's an illusion ... before it's too late?
The Secret Treasure
By Georgie Adams
In Sesame Brown's quest to find the eighth magical charm - a silver coin - she must travel deep underground into passageways where dragons once slept.Charmingly written stories, appealing characters, in a beautifully imagined world with its own language.
Secrets and Spies
By Sara Grant, Erica-Jane Waters
Trix is on a mission - she must use her witch powers to grant a wish for a grumpy new girl. But her pesky little brother, Oscar, believes Trix is up to something and wants to uncover her secret. With Oscar spying on her every move, how can Trix work her magic?
The Secrets of Vesuvius
By Caroline Lawrence
It's the summer of AD 79 and Flavia Gemina and her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, set sail for the Bay of Naples where they are going to stay with Flavia's uncle near Pompeii. Once they arrive, they are soon absorbed in a quest to solve a riddle that may lead to treasure. But then tragedy strikes: Mount Vesuvius erupts and the friends must flee for their lives!Not just a mystery - this is an absolutely thrilling action adventure that brings history to life!
The Seeing Stone
By Kevin Crossley-Holland, Samuel West
The year is 1199, the place the Welsh Marches. Young Arthur de Caldicot is given a shining stone in which his legendary namesake is revealed. In 100 short chapters that brilliantly evoke life in a medieval manor, stories of the boy King Arthur begin to echo and anticipate the secrets and mysteries that emerge in his own life. Read by Samuel West(P)2004 Orion Publishing Group.Ltd
The Serpent King
By Helen Moss
Perfect for fans of INDIANA JONES and PERCY JACKSON, this third exciting installment in Helen Moss' SECRETS OF THE TOMBS series follows Ryan and Cleo on another death-defying mission.Can Ryan and Cleo uncover the secrets of the tombs and solve the mystery before it's too late?