++++New Book Picks For January 2011++++
B.R. Collins - Tyme's End - Published By Bloomsbury - 4 Jan 2011
Bibi feels out of place everywhere - everywhere that is, except for Tyme's End, the deserted house that she breaks into when she thinks nobody is nearby. There she unexpectedly meets Oliver Gardner, the owner of the house, who's just returned after ten years away. Their story and the story of Oliver's grandfather becomes inextricably entwined, linked as they are by Tyme's End itself. For Tyme's End is more than just a deserted house. It is a house that by turns can be romantic, beguiling, sinister and malevolent. It is a house that had a cruel and manipulative owner. And anybody who enters Tyme's End must prepare themselves for terror ...Part mystery, part psychological thriller, set in the present yet with forays into the past, this is a cleverly ambitious novel that makes for a compulsive and gripping read.
Herbie Brennan - The Faeman Quest (The Faerie Wars Chronicles) - Published By Bloomsbury - 4 Jan - 2011
In the exciting conclusion to Herbie Brennan's "New York Times" bestselling "Faerie Wars" series, a child who is half faerie, half human has the power to determine the fate of both worlds. The Faeman Girl is Mella, daughter of Lord Henry and Queen Holly Blue, half faerie, half human and all trouble. When Mella accidentally travels to the country of Haleklind, she discovers rebel forces preparing an invasion using magical manticores. Old favourites are here - Brimstone, Lord Hairstreak and Pyrgus - but readers will identify immediately with Mella, whose stubborn streak and feisty daring must save the faerie realm from mass destruction.
Mike Lancaster - 0.4 - Published By Egmont Books - 3 Jan - 2011
It's a brave new world. 'My name is Kyle Straker. And I don't exist anymore.' So begins the story of Kyle Straker, recorded on to old audio tapes. You might think these tapes are a hoax. But perhaps they contain the history of a past world...If what the tapes say are true, it means that everything we think we know is a lie. And if everything we know is a lie does that mean that we are, too?
Chris Mould - Pip and the Wood Witch Curse - Published By Hodder Children's - 6 Jan - 2011
The great walled city of Hangman’s Hollow is at war with the forest outside.
Into this war, one dreadful winter’s night, fate delivers a skinny, helpless boy.
But maybe Pip isn’t as helpless as he seems. Maybe he is the one who will defeat the wood witches and rescue the children of Hangman’s Hollow ...
Robert Swindells - Blackout - Published By Corgi Children's - 6 Jan - 2011
Another gripping World War Two drama from the master storyteller and multi-award-winner, Robert Swindells.
Life in a small village is boring now the war is over, there is still rationing and bomb damage and war losses. But when a group of children hear of some treasure kept locked in the village, things look at bit more interesting. And then two strangers turn up in the village - and they've heard of the treasure too . . .