Barry Hutchison - Mr Mumbles:Invisible Fiends - Published by HarperCollins - 7 Jan 2010 (See Book Review)
Kyle's imaginary friend from childhood is back! with a vengeance. Kyle hasn't seen Mr Mumbles in years. And there's a good reason for that: Mr Mumbles doesn't exist. But now Kyle's imaginary friend is back, and Kyle doesn't have time to worry about why. Only one thing matters: staying alive! A major series from a fresh new talent, brought to you by the publisher that put horror on the map.
Ellen Renner - Castle of Shadows - Published by Orchard - 7 Jan 2010
"No clue about why the Queen vanished had ever been found. Until now..."
The day Charlie discovers a scrap of paper that could solve the dark mystery of her mother's disappearance, her world changes. Forever.
Charlie and her friend, Toby, must race against time on a dangerous mission to uncover the sinister truth. But in this shadowy world of secrets and lies, there is more to fear than they can possibly imagine...
Ian Kenworthy - The Whispering Sand - Published by Book Guild Publishing - 31 Jan 2010
Gull Cove Cottage is the most peculiar house you have ever seen: perched on top of a cliff overlooking a sandy bay, it started out as a bungalow, but now has tall towers, pointy turrets, at least one spiral staircase (no one is quite sure), extra floors sticking out at odd angles, endless winding corridors and no two windows the same shape or size. How it is still standing is anyone's guess. But Annabeth loves it, because Gull Cove Cottage is home to Grandpa Bambertide, guardian of the beach, keeper of extraordinary pets and as wise as he is eccentric - he knows all the legends of the sea, and goes shrimping in his dressing gown.
Annabeth has come to stay with Grandpa, but finds him worried and preoccupied: the beautiful bronze sand of Gull Cove is turning grey and dying, whispering songs with its last gasp. Why is the sand dying, and what is the secret of the haunting Songs of the Sea? Annabeth and Grandpa are determined to find out, but solving the mysteries of the sea is not a straightforward task.
If you have ever been terrorised by a giant man-eating lobster, or forced to venture into the murkiest, most remote parts of a rambling cottage on a dark and stormy night, you will know how frightened Annabeth feels. But, with the help of a biscuit-snitching octopus, singing coral and Grandpa's fantastic inventions, Annabeth ventures into the unknown and discovers more about the sea - and her Grandpa - than she could ever have imagined.
Warning: Not for the faint-hearted! Welcome to the very damp and woeful world of Tumblewater, home to a creepy collection of depraved characters. Meet a young boy punished most appallingly for picking his nose; a pair of devilish bakers with murderous intentions in their buns; and a dentist whose strange, colour-changing eyes belie his perfectly gleaming smile. This title contains horrifying tales for good children and fair warning for bad!
C E Trueman - Grey Amber - Published by Pen Press - 23 Jan 2010
Two years ago, Matt discovered a dark secret hidden behind a door in an alleyway near his home. Now at a new school and suffering at the hands of class bully Leon Bowker, that secret comes back to haunt him. With the help of an unusual new friend, Ollie Kaminsky, Matt is lured on a hunt for some remarkable treasure which will take him across the far reaches of Pembrokeshire. But someone else is trying to get there before him.