Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books - Children's Book Picks March 2020 - UK POST TWO


  • Author: Mikki Lish + Kelly Ngai
  • Book Title: The House on Hoarder Hill
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Chicken House 
  • Date: 5 Mar. 2020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912626212

Magical, spooky and mysterious: welcome to the House on Hoarder Hill ...
When Hedy and Spencer start receiving messages on dusty picture frames, Christmas at their grandfather's spooky house turns into a mission to solve the mystery of their grandmother's disappearance. What is their magician grandfather not telling them? With the help of a (talking) mounted stag head, an (also talking) bear rug, and other (currently) disembodied spirits, and against the resistance of gargoyles and ravens, Hedy and Spencer set out to find the truth.



  • Author: Guy Bass
  • Illustrator: Pete Williamson
  • Book Title: Skelton Keys: The Haunting of Luna Moon 
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Stripes Publishing 
  • Date: 5 Mar. 2020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1788951043
The second tall-but-true tale in the darkly comic new series SKELETON KEYS from the award-winning duo behind STITCH HEAD...

Greetings! My name is Skeleton Keys and these fantabulant fingers of mine can open doors to hidden worlds… Join me for the strange tale of Luna Moon, whose family is disappearing before her very eyes…

Luna is the only one to mourn the death of her grandfather Old Man Moon – the rest of her family couldn’t be happier to see the back of the bad-tempered old miser. But as they celebrate his demise with a giddy jig, Aunt Summer vanishes ... only to reappear as a painting.

While Luna is convinced her grandfather has kept his word to haunt them from beyond the grave, Skeleton Keys is certain that this is the work of an unimaginary. Can he get to the bottom of the mystery before the whole of Luna’s family disappears?


  • Author: Sally Gardner
  • Illustration: Nick Maland
  • Title: Mr Tiger, Betsy, and the Golden Seahorse 
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zephyr 
  • Date: 5 Mar. 2020)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1788546614
Following the success of their first two adventures Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon and Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Sea Dragon, the intrepid pair join Betsy's mum, Myrtle the mermaid, beneath the waves, from bestselling author Sally Gardner and illustrated by Nick Maland.
Crumble cakes! When Betsy joins Myrtle the mermaid in her underwater world, she discovers there may be monsters... shipwrecks, lost treasure and secret cities. A seapig's prize seahorse, Pudding Pie, has been stolen by a cantankerous giant octopus and Betsy and Mr Tiger must go to the rescue in their new submarine. But what happens when a tiger's whiskers and tail are simply too long to squeeze into forgotten dark caverns where even the moon cannot shine, and Betsy has to take the final steps of the adventure on her own? 
The hardback edition of this book is printed in blue ink in Dyslexie, a font specially designed to make reading easier – and more fun.


  • Author: J. M. Joseph 
  • Book Title: Fire Boy
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books 
  • Date: 19 Mar. 2020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444954685
Fire Boy is a laugh-out-loud story about friendship, unexpected superpowers, magical sweets, Inca legends and a cat named Lemon - perfect for fans of My Brother is A Superhero and The Parent Agency.
When 11-year-old Aidan receives a mysterious package of sweets from South America in the post, he and his two best friends Sadie and Hussein eat one sweet each - and suddenly develop amazing superpowers. Sadie can move objects with her mind. Hussein can control any electronic device. And Aidan can ignite his body at will...though he can't always control the resulting flames.
When they discover that the sweets were sent by a dangerous criminal who is trying to hunt them down to get them back, they have to use all their new powers to outwit him ... before everything goes up in a fiery blaze.
But can three ordinary kids keep their powers a secret? Will Aidan learn to control his fiery capabilities? Or will the ultimate bad guy spoil the whole adventure?

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