The Starman and Me
By Sharon Cohen
E.T. meets Stig of the Dump in a page-turning adventure for fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce and David Almond'A proper adventure story for all curious middle graders ... heartily recommended' The Bookbag*Highly commended for the Branford Boase Award 2018, shortlisted for the Essex Book Awards 2018, the East Sussex Children's Book Awards 2019 and nominated for the Northern Ireland Book Award 2019*He wasn't an alien, I was sure of that. It was more like he'd walked in through an ancient door from the past ... except he was here, in my bedroom and his misty forest was somewhere real on Planet Earth.Twelve-year-old Kofi first spots the prehistoric human on a supermarket roundabout. He is small and dark and curled into a tight ball. His name is Rorty Thrutch and he has zero memory of how he ended up in the unexceptional village of Bradborough, or why he's being hunted... Kofi soon finds out that Rorty can do amazing things. He can copy, paste and delete objects, using only the power of his mind. This is the discovery of the century and mad, greedy scientists will stop at nothing to track him down.Kofi and best friend Janie are on a mission. Not only must they protect Rorty, but they have to find his missing girlfriend Pogsy Blue, too. Our prehistoric ancestors have crashed headlong into the 21st century and time is running out to save them...THE STARMAN AND ME explores where we have come from and where we are moving to - it's about the magic of DNA, the power of identity, and the importance of caring for each other.
By Mike Revell, Mike Revell
'Action-packed, compelling and ultimately moving' A Hermit's Progress BlogspotOwen Smith is worried about his dad. It's been a year since they lost Owen's mum, and Owen can see that his dad isn't coping with the grief that has engulfed them both. But Owen's dad is a writer, so when Owen suggests beginning another novel, he hopes it will help him. Then, something crazy happens. Owen wakes up in a strange world beyond his own, where a raging storm called the Darkness threatens to obliterate everyone and everything in its path. And soon Owen realises the startling truth: he is inside his dad's story. And as the main character, only he can help his dad battle the storm and reach the end of the book... A page-turning action-adventure full of emotional heart, STORMWALKER is a must-read for young readers.
By Mike Revell, Mike Revell
'Gripping - a joy of a story' Robin StevensShortlisted for the Shrewsbury Book Award and the Warwickshire Book AwardWhen ten-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his dementia-suffering grandma, he's thrown into an unfamiliar place with a family that seems to be falling apart. Liam doesn't remember what his grandma was like before she became ill. He only knows the witch-like old woman who snaps and snarls and eats her birthday cards. He wants to fix it, but he can't. Walking his dog one day, Liam discovers an old stone gargoyle in a rundown church, and his life changes in impossible ways. The gargoyle is alive. It moves unseen in the night, acting out Liam's stories. And stories can be dangerous things... Seeking revenge against the bullies at his new school, Liam tells a story about the gargoyle attacking them. When one of them ends up in hospital, a regretful Liam vows never to go near the gargoyle again. But his grandma's illness is getting worse, his mum isn't coping, and his sister is skipping school... What if the gargoyle is the only thing that can save Liam's family?
Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird: Vampire Attack
By Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken, John Kelly
Sammy Feral's special talent for investigating weird creatures takes a turn for the terrifying when an army of vampire bats invade his hometown... and local children start going missing! Then, Sammy's own little sister disappears. Can he track down the evil Count Batcular and save Natty... before it's too late?
By Sarah Prineas, Sarah Prineas
A land of summer... A human child... A dangerous test. Fer is the Lady of the Summerlands - a magical realm on the other side of the Way. But Fer is also just a girl. There are many in the lands who think she should return to her own world. To prove herself, Fer must face the toughest contest of her life against leaders with powers far greater than her own. And if she loses, she risks plunging her beloved lands back into a terrible darkness... An action-packed adventure through a land of wonder, mystery and danger.
The Shaman's Secret
By Natasha Narayan
The feisty and adventurous Kit is in a coma after being poisoned in China by her arch enemies the Baker Brothers. On board a ship to England, her friends are desperate for a cure. When they hear about an inventor who is working on electricity and Electro Therapy, the group change route to Tombstone, Arizona, western America, to find him. Luckily Kit is cured in time but it's not long before she is in mortal danger once again; one of the dastardly Baker Brothers has turned into a shape shifting Skinwalker and has cursed Kit. The gang must now travel to the Grand Canyon and enlist the help of a Shaman medicine man. But the Wild West is full of dangerous outlaws: ruthless cowboys and highway robbers. Can they navigate though the dangerous Wild West and make it to the Grand Canyon in time? An enthralling journey into the heartland of America filled with danger and discovery.
The Secrets of Ordinary Farm
By Tad Williams, Deborah Beale, Greg Swearingen
Tyler and Lucinda have returned to a far-from-ordinary place for the summer. Instead of pigs and sheep, this farm is home to dragons, unicorns, flying monkeys... This summer, everything has changed - security fences are everywhere and Ordinary Farm is in no small danger. Shortly after Uncle Gideon declares he wants to leave the farm to Tyler and Lucinda, he goes missing, and the children suspect the evil hand of the witch-housekeeper, Mrs. Needle. But then Gideon just as mysteriously returns, weak and unwell. Mrs. Needle persuades him that the children are conspiring against him and, suddenly, horribly, the tables are turned... So begins an adventure to save the farm, involving a magnificent dragon, magic mirrors and a haunted mine.
By Caro King, Caro King
Simeon Dark is the most powerful sorcerer in the land of the Drift. Mysterious, cunning, a shape-shifter, only he can stop the evil Strood and save the Drift from dying. But where is he? Nin finds her way to Dark's mansion - a strange castle with a garden and lake spilling into the sky. There she finds a ribbon of shadowy light: could this be the unsaid spell and the clue to unlocking the mystery of Simeon Dark?Meanwhile, Strood is preparing his distillation machine, his pet tigers and some barrels of blood and is coming after her. . . Caro King has created a funny, rich, thrilling adventure, interwoven with fantastical creatures, myth and magic.
By Caro King, Caro King
Nin had never liked Wednesdays, but this one took the biscuit. On this Wednesday she woke up to find that it was raining buckets and that her brother had ceased to exist. Nin realizes she is the only person to remember Toby because whoever took him is about to make her disappear too. Enter Skerridge the Bogeyman, who steals kids for Mr. Strood. With his spindle, he draws all memories of Nin out of her mother's head. She escapes to the Drift, a land filled with the fabulous and the dreadful. What is the sorcerers' secret and will Nin and Toby escape their fate at the House of Strood?