By Harry Edge
Five teenagers enrol in a play assassination game in a fictional city: Shell, a student, with a perky exterior hiding a vulnerable need to prove herself, falls for Mac when required to assassinate him; Mac a student drop out, resentful of his parents' divorce a year before the story starts, what he doesn't know is that his sister Han has joined the game to find him; Green, a computer geek, is overweight and has issues with self-esteem, like Shell he sees the game as a chance to prove himself as well as interact with people his own age; Zed is feisty and attractive and a metal head goth by night, by day a student nurse - Zed is a chameleon and pretty ruthless, the most competitive of all perhaps, but does she know who she really is? The buzz in this 'street war' is that you feel like a player in a real action movie with all of the adrenalin and the strategy and the pace, without the danger The game is organised online by the elusive 'gamekeeper' and all players meet him once, to collect the details of their first target on a laminated card ... Meanwhile their name is also down as a target, for whom, they don't know...all they know is that they have to be on their guard, always looking over their shoulder, ready to dodge their 'assailant'. These five teens have their own stories to tell, their own relationships unresolved, for some the game and the end result is more important than others. But what becomes clear, as the plot and the game unravels, is that the danger is more real than they thought, and that the Gamekeeper has a shady agenda of his own.
Spiros the Ghost Phoenix
By Adam Blade
Evil Wizard Malvel has kidnapped Tom's aunt and uncle - the only family he has since his father, Taladon, went missing. The only way Tom can rescue them is to uncover the last secret of the Beasts...There is in fact a seventh Beast: Spiros the Ghost Phoenix. She guards the skies, caught between life and death. But she has the power of All-Sight, and only she will be able to find where Tom's aunt and uncle are being kept.Tom must take to the skies to find Spiros. While there's blood in his veins, he will not let Malvel destroy the only family he has left...
Sadie the Saxophone Fairy
By Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
The Music Fairies desperately need Rachel's and Kirsty's help! Jack Frost and his naughty goblins have stolen the fairies' Magical Musical Instruments, which means that music is being ruined for everyone! Jack Frost plans to use the instruments to help him win a national talent competition in the human world, and with the help of the enchanted instruments, he's bound to win. If this happens, humans will find out about Fairyland and then all the fairies will be in danger! Sadie's Magic Saxophone is in the hands of the troublesome goblins. Can Rachel and Kirsty help her to outwit them and take the instrument back?
Shine Moon Shine
By David Conway, Dubravka Kolanovic
One snowy night, in a great big city, a strange thing happens. The moon falls from the sky and lands on top of a very tall building. And no matter what the people in the neighbourhood do, the moon will not rise. That night, a young boy named Ata decides to sit with the moon to keep it company. In return, the moon tells him why he doesn't want to go home."It is so dark up there," the moon says. "It makes me feel lonely." Ata tries again and again to make the moon shine, but nothing works. Until Ata has a great ideaIt's a simple and inspirational story, well told and beautifully illustrated. Most of all though it shows that one small boy, in having the courage to try, can achieve something wonderful.
Sir Gadabout: Sir Gadabout and the Camelot Calamity
By Martyn Beardsley, Tony Ross
Morag and Demelza, Sir Gadabout's old adversaries, have taken over the pet shop in Camelot village. They have adopted elaborate disguises and are keeping the real owner under lock and key, intending to cause so much chaos at the Round Table that they can move in and install themselves as King and Queen, with their ridiculous claim to the throne backed up by doctored family trees.The knights at Camelot begin to realise that their pet food is having a strange effect, and that pets they have bought from the shop aren't all they expected; Sir Gadabout himself has a little lizard which grows rapidly into a crocodile and terrifies everyone. The cause of the problem is eventually traced back to the pet shop and our determined knight is sent to investigate, resulting in the usual mayhem.
By Jamie Rix
Away from the Hothell Darkness ('You'll never leave ...') we book our passage on a rusting hulk at the bottom of the ocean floor, The Hard Ship Grizzly. Read and weep the tales of the wicked children who were too naughty, too selfish, too rude or just ... too much.
By Catherine Fisher
Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside. Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but Finn doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment? And can you be free if your friends are still captive? Can you be free if your world is frozen in time? Can you be free if you don't even know who you areInside Incarceron, has the crazy sorcerer Rix really found the Glove of Sapphique, the only man the Prison ever loved. Sapphique, whose image fires Incarceron with the desire to escape its own nature. If Keiro steals the glove, will he bring destruction to the world? Inside. Outside. All seeking freedom. Like Sapphique.This refers to the newly jacketed edition available 2 May 2013.
A Strong Smell Of Magic
By Hilary Mckay
A special Class Prize will be awarded to the children who make the most money at the Pudding Bag School Summer Fair. With their teacher ill in bed, and only a rather mangy moose for company, Class 4b despair of winning anything at all. Something special is needed, and it arrives just in time. But could it be a bit too special? After all, it smells very strongly of magic!
Save the Empire!
By Steve Skidmore, Steve Barlow, Sonia Leong
You are a private detective living in London. The British Empire stretches around the world, but it is under threat. Will you help police trace a stolen, top-secret weapon? Or will you choose another path? You are the hero of this book. Only you can decide your own destiny...This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children want to read, and books children can read.
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?
Swimming Against the Tide
By Helen Bailey
Everyone's got major lurve-action except Electra. She hates swimming against the tide; she'd rather go with the flow. She should be planning how to hook a hunk, but all she can think is, What's for lunch?She can be VERY shallow.
By David Melling
Beware - there are goblins living among us! Within these pages lies a glimpse into their secret world. But read quickly, and speak softly, in case the goblins spot you...Stinglip and Pungent are at Shadow Goblin school, learning how to steal shadows. It's not going well for either of them, but when they meet a skeleton who has lost his shadow, the two little goblins know exactly how to save the day...A riotous, laugh-out-loud funny series for younger readers from the bestselling author of Hugless Douglas, David Melling.
Six Feet Deep
By Rose Impey
How many other boys had a mother prepared to be buried alive - just to get into the record books? Jordan suspected that only he belonged to such a odd family. And the novelty of a bit of fame and freedom had worn off long ago. It's four months since he's seen his mum and all Jordan gets is pity from the neighbours and wisecracks at school. Even his friends seem to have changed. Plagued by nightmares, everything around Jordan is falling apart: his friends, his family, but most of all himself.
By Emma Thomson
Scribble the tortoise lives in Isabella's Toybox with his friends. He is a normal tortoise and does normal things. But he has one very special secret - he loves to draw doodles inside his shell. Will the other toys find out?
Sophia the Snow Swan Fairy
By Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
The Magical Animal Fairies look after seven young Magical Animals, and train them to use their powers wisely, for the good of Fairyland and the human world. But the animals have been stolen by mean Jack Frost and his wicked band of goblins! Can Kirsty and Rachel now help to track down Sophia's Snow Swan...?
By Steve Skidmore, Steve Barlow, Sonia Leong
You are part of a Special Operations team and work on the toughest missions. A president's granddaughter is in danger. Can you find a way to save her? Or will you choose another path? You are the hero of this book. Only you can decide your own destiny...This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books children want to read, and books children can read.
Someone Like You
By Sarah Dessen
Quiet Halley and popular Scarlett have been friends for years, balancing each other perfectly - until the summer of their 16th birthdays. Scarlett's boyfriend is killed in a motorbike accident, just before she discovers she is carrying his baby. Now, for the first time, Scarlett really needs Halley at the same time as Halley needs her. Halley is caught up in the spell of first love, and the pressure to lose her virginity...Each with their own problems, can this friendship survive the strain of support that both Halley and Scarlett expect from each other?
The Story of London
By Richard Brassey
Roman Londinium, Saxon Lundenwic, the medieval City of London, the great metropolis that has survived the Plague, the Fire and the Blitz - it's all here, along with the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Madam Tussaud's, the London Eye and all the famous landmarks. Richard Brassey has a gift for focussing on just the colourful details children will enjoy, and on each page the narrative breaks out into stories, anecdotes, jokes, fascinating facts and accounts of famous Londoners. With excitingly busy pages packed with lively pictures and witty captions, this is a brilliant introduction to London past and present.
By L J Smith
In 'Secret Vampire', Poppy is dying. Her best friend, James can offer her eternal life - as a vampire. One kiss and she sees into his soul. But can she follow him into death ... and beyond? In 'Daughters of Darkness', there are three sisters with a secret, on the run from their cruel and ruthless brother. Can their new human friend Mary Lynette resist the powerful charm of their brother -and save the sisters and herself from a deadly fate at the hands of a werewolf? In 'Enchantress', Blaise is irrestistible. She's lethal. She bewitches boys for sport. then she meets a boy who matters to her cousin. Thea. They become rivals in love. It's Thea's white magic against Blaise's black magic. They're both breaking the rules. But it's Thea who risks expulsion from the Night World ...
Stronger than Mountains
By Rachel Anderson
Throughout the years that Veritas has spent trying to rear me, there's one essential truth she's always stuck to. 'Love is stronger than mountains.' My mother's name meant truth. But could any of us trust her to tell the truth about our family?' Can Ruth and her sister Mary discover lasting love for themselves amid the chaos of their large bohemian family? And what about their eccentric mother? Could they find a new love for her too? After the hardships of the 50s, how will any of them experience the new freedoms of the swinging 60s? As Ruth stands at the altar promising love to a young man till the end of life, under her breath she makes a vow: to set down everything of the past, the reality of a girlhood constantly touched by sadness, yet always profoundly secure.