Thursday, 29 September 2011

New Books Picks for October 2011

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Flame of the Dragon 

 (Scream Street, book 13)


Tommy Donbavand


Tommy Donbavand - Scream Street 13: Flame of the Dragon - Published by Walker (6 Oct 2011) 

Having been banished to the Underlands by Acrid Belcher, the evil head of G.H.O.U.L., Luke, Resus and Cleo begin their thirteenth adventure fighting for their very existence. And life doesn't get much easier from there – the quest to return the sixth and final relic will take them to a dragon’s lair in China, after which they must overcome the not-so-small problem of a deluded slime beast hell bent on creating an evil new world order. Once again it’s up to the trio to save Scream Street – but will they fall at the final hurdle?

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The Crimson Shard 

 (Blackhope Enigma, book 2)


Teresa Flavin                                                  


Teresa Flavin - The Crimson Shard (Blackhope Enigma Series) - Published by Templar (1 Oct 2011)

This sequel to The Blackhope Enigma is imbued with alchemy and intrigue. During what seems like an ordinary museum visit, tour guide Throgmorton lures Sunni and Blaise through a painted doorway into eighteenth-century London. When Throgmorton demands secret information from the pair about their Blackhope escapades, they attempt to flee, encountering body snatchers, art thieves and forgers in this gripping time-travel adventure.

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This Dark Endeavor 

The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein 


Kenneth Oppel
Kenneth Oppel - This Dark Endeavour - Published by David Fickling Books ( 6 Oct 2011)

In this prequel to Mary Shelley’s gothic classic, Frankenstein, 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor’s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor is able to cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.
Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love – and how much he is willing to sacrifice.

Rick Riordan - Heroes of Olympus:The Son of Neptune - Published by Puffin (4 Oct 2011)

The SECOND title in this number one, bestselling spin-off series from Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan.
This crazy messed up world of gods and monsters is Percy Jackson's reality, which pretty much sucks for him.

Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die.
But they're the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn't ring any bells for him. There's just one name he remembers from his past. Annabeth.

Only one thing is certain - Percy's questing days aren't over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven.If they fail, it's not just their camp at risk. Percy's old life, the gods, and the entire world might be destroyed . . .


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The Name of the Star 

 (Shades of London , book 1)


Maureen Johnson                                       
To celebrate the publication of Maureen Johnsons new YA thriller The Name of the Star, HarperCollins Children’s Books is offering 10 lucky readers the opportunity to accompany Maureen Johnson on a private Jack the Ripper walk in London on Thursday, 13th October 2011.

The walk begins at 5:00 PM and will carry-on for two hours into the night! Visit the haunting sites of Jack the Ripper and hear first-hand from Maureen how they inspired her new book The Name of the Star.

To enter, simply email for a chance to attend the event with a friend. 

Disclaimer: Entrants must be 13 or over. Please ensure that you are available to attend the event on Thursday, 13th October from 5.00pm to 7.00pm before entering. Winners will be informed on Friday, 7th October, and will be provided with further instructions then.

Please check out my glowing Book review for this scary book! Loved it,you can buy it now as it's out today!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Will Hill - Department 19 Paperback - Book Release/Giveaway - Make A Scary Video

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Department 19 

 (Department 19, book 1)


Will Hill
For the release of the Department 19 paperback, we are running a video competition to win an ultimate gadget pack, which includes: iPad2 with accessories, iTunes vouchers and a guest-list spot to our top secret, invitation-only D19 author event at an undisclosed location in the UK. To enter, we are asking people to create their own scary video and upload it to YouTube – just like this one! – and our Facebook page.

The first prize is an Ultimate Gadget Pack including an iPad2 with accessories -- smart cover, iPad dock and headphones - £100 of iTunes vouchers and a place for you and 5 friends on the guest list to a Top Secret invitation-only event with Department 19 author Will Hill at a undisclosed location in the UK! 

The 5 runners up will win £50 in iTunes vouchers, a signed copy of Department 19 and a place for you on the guest list at the Top Secret Event. 

The top 10 videos with the most number of views will be the finalists and will be uploaded to our Facebook page to be judged.

All videos must to be titled 'Department 19 Exists - followed by the name of your video'. They will then be added as a favourite to this channel.

The winners will be selected by Department 19 author Will Hill! 

So entering the competition couldn't be easier:

Step 1 - Come up with an idea for a video to make us jump.
Step 2 - Film it on your phone or camera, whatever you have -- get your friends involved!
Step 3 - Make sure it's really scary.
Step 4 - Upload to youtube - you must name it "Department 19 Exists - "your video name" and post it on the Department 19 Facebook page.
Step 5 - Get as many of your friends to view it as possible. 
Step 6 - The top 10 - based on the number of views will then be judged by the author of Department 19 Will Hill. 

The closing date for the competition is 31st October 2011..

So, for your chance to win an iPad and accessories, get making your scary video now!.

Also to promote the release of the paperback,you can get your little hands on a signed copy of the paperback and a new poster. Sounds good right! All you need to do is leave a nice comment on this post and be a UK resident. Ends Friday 30th September,the first person drawn at random will  be sent a nice shiny book!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

New Children's Books Published in the US - October 2011 Choice Picks

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The Apothecary 


Maile Meloy
Maile Meloy - The Apothecary - Published by Putnam Juvenile (October 4, 2011)
It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.

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Tuesdays at the Castle 


Jessica Day George                    
Jessica Day George - Tuesdays at the Castle - Published Bloomsbury (October 25, 2011)
Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it's up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle's never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic.

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Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls 

 (Sammy Keyes, book 14)


Wendelin Van Draanen
Wendelin Van Draanen - Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls - Knopf Books (October 11, 2011)
In her newest adventure, junior high detective Sammy Keyes and her friends take a detour through a graveyard on Halloween night and find themselves in the middle of a mystery. Sammy must figure out how three missing people, two human skulls, and one ghoulish embalmer add up before she winds up six feet under herself!
And school presents its own set of tricks and treats. Sammy knows that a classmate is guilty of beating up a man on Halloween night. Should she obey the law and tell Officer Borsch? Or should she obey the junior high code and keep quiet?

Life and death and truth and justice have never been so tangle.

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Matthew J Kirby
Matthew J kirby - Icefall - Published by Scholastic Press (October 1, 2011)

Trapped in a hidden fortress tucked between towering mountains and a frozen sea, Solveig, along with her brother the crown prince, their older sister, and an army of restless warriors, anxiously awaits news of her father's victory at battle. But as winter stretches on, and the unending ice refuses to break, terrible acts of treachery soon make it clear that a traitor lurks in their midst. A malevolent air begins to seep through the fortress walls, and a smothering claustrophobia slowly turns these prisoners of winter against one another.
Those charged with protecting the king's children are all suspect, and the siblings must choose their allies wisely. But who can be trusted so far from their father's watchful eye? Can Solveig and her siblings survive the long winter months and expose the traitor before he succeeds in destroying a kingdom?

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Patrick Carman - Dark Eden - Watch The Beginning - A New Way To Read

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Dark Eden 


Patrick Carman

Synopsis When Will Besting approaches Fort Eden for the first time along with six other teens, he knows something isn't right. With more terrifying secrets at every turn he discovers a hidden fear deep inside himself, a dark mystery a thousand years in the making, and the unexpected girl of his dreams. But can he save everyone from a madman before it's too late?


Dark Eden -- where fear is the Cure.
Dark Eden is both a traditional book and an immersive multimedia app. It's for every kind of reader.
See who developed the DARK EDEN mobile app experience here.                                   Experience DARK EDEN as a traditional novel written by a gifted storyteller at the peak of his powers. Get inside Will Besting’s innermost thoughts as he wrestles with his darkest fears during his terrifying stay at Fort Eden. New York Times-bestselling author Patrick Carman casts a spell that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Mobile App

Step inside the world of DARK EDEN with maps, videos, audio diaries, and journal entries that tell the entire story. It’s like nothing you've ever experienced. The entire 14-episode experience is $9.99. Or purchase only the episodes you want for $.99 each (episode one, The Arrival, is free). All purchases are in-app.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Philip Pullman - The Adventures of the New Cut Gang - Book Review

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The Adventures of the New Cut Gang 

 (New Cut Gang)


Philip Pullman

  • Pages - 352
  • Published - By David Fickling Books
  • Date  - 1st September 2011
  • Age - 9+
  • Isbn: 978 0 857 560223                  
Thunderbolt, Benny, Bridie and Sharky Bob are a mixed bunch of vagabonds and urchins who come together to form the New Cut Gang in two comic tales of stolen silver, skulduggery and desperadoes.
Fake coins are turning up all over Lambeth and the finger of suspicion is pointing at Thunderbolt's dad - could he really be the forger? The crime-busting New Cut Gang come to the rescue!
And when just two clues - a blob of wax and a Swedish match - are discovered at the scene of a break-in, the children find themselves on the trail of an extremely cunning criminal.
Set in late Victorian London, these two action-packed thrillers have now been put together in a single volume - with new illustrations throughout from Horrible Histories illustrator, Martin Brown.

Back in the day before Philip Pullman was a household name he had already penned two short stories. These were published in the early nineties and were about the Adventures of the New Cut Gang. I actually read one of these short stories sometime later, but before they went out of print. Now, seventeen years on, The New Cut Gang is being brought back to life. The two original stories that were over looked many years ago are now being presented in one book and are available for us to read once more . . . . . . hooray!

The two stories are entitled Thunderbolt's Waxwork and The Gas Fitters' Ball, and are based around a group of kids who come together to form a local gang. They all have a common aim which is to solve crimes by following the clues within their investigative adventures.

Let me begin by introducing you to the gang members of:

  • Thunderbolt (otherwise known as Sam) who is the child with the brains and a little bit of brawn too
  • The Peretti twins (Angela and Zerlina) who are best described as 'angels of Satan'! They have the amazing talent of getting anybody to do exactly want they want 
  • Bridie, who not only has red hair but also the sensible motherly temperament and . . . .
  • Sharkie Bob, who is the little monster eater!

They are all highly likable and interesting characters. However, my favourite character from the motley gang is Benny. In my opinion, he let's his imagination run wild and his storytelling too! At times his ideas are very wacky and his actions are even more so. Therefore, he certainly adds a lot of interest to the storyline.

The stories are set in Victorian London which is a favourite period of mine. They portray the atmosphere from around that period including the detailed history and culture of London's East End. They are both touching tales full of period detail and fast-paced action.

Apparently Phillip intended to write half a dozen adventure stories in this series, but he never actually got them to publication because His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass etc) stopped him in his tracks. Whilst I think he can be forgiven, as these made him a global success, I do hope that he will now have the time to write additional adventures. I for one will be interested to continue following the gang's future adventures.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Charlie Higson - The Fear - Book Trailer

Watch the trailer for Charlie Higson's 

new zombie book, The Fear

The Fear is the latest in Charlie Higson's
zombie series, 
following on from The Enemy and The Dead. 
It features the author himself in full 
zombie glory, terrorising a group of children. 
Watch and see what you think.

TheEnemy is coming for you . . .


The sickness struck everyone over the age of fourteen.

Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups . . .

They're hungry. They're bloodthirsty. And they aren't giving up.
DogNut and the rest of his crew want to find their lost friends, and set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Panama Oxridge - Tartan of Thyme Series:Thyme Running Out - Book Review

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Thyme Running Out 

 (Tartan of Thyme, book 2)


Panama Oxridge

  • Pages - 368
  • Publisher - Inside Pocket Publishing
  • Date -  4th October 2011
  • Age 9+
  • ISBN: 978 0 71220 2                                                  
As the threat of the Thyme Curse closes in on Justin's family, his life is once again thrown into complete turmoil. Will he finally unmask Agent X and his spy? Has Evelyn Garnet stolen his wristwatch? What's making Eliza the gorilla act so aggressively? Why is Sir Willoughby planning a secret trip in the time machine? And where has Justin's sister, Robyn, mysteriously vanished to? Only Nanny Verity knows the truth - but can she be found before it's too late?
It has been such along time since I read Panama's first book that I never thought (five years on) that I would actually be reading the next instalment to this exciting series. The first book was, in my opinion, a self-published success. Especially, as I know that it took a great deal of hard work from the author for it to become acknowledged. However, he really did do a great job considering the huge amount of time spent doing all the jobs that a publishing house would normally undertake on your behalf. Anyway, at last and with huge excitement we have the second book 'Thyme Running Out' which has been published by the up-and-coming publisher Inside Pocket.

Getting back into this story was actually very easy. In fact, I felt like I had only just read book one as it started exactly from where I had left off. Yet, book two is full of amazing detail and description. It is written to a very high standard, which at times makes it very complex, but still it is packed full of many unexpected moments. The book oozes mystery and suspense - grabbing your attention when you least expect it. In fact, the author has layered so many cryptic clues into the story that you are actually able to become a detective for yourself. It must have been a huge process to map out the story to make it fit the intricate plot line. Very clever and I'm assuming very complicated to do.

This wacky and eccentric Scottish family are indeed a very unique set of characters. I believe that the main character (Justin) will have a huge fan following after this book. He's all of your favourite action characters rolled together, but wearing a kilt.

The family pets also assume a similarly bizarre description as they are, so to speak, off the wall! Although, you have to love Eliza the Gorilla who communicates through one of Justin's mad inventions. Whilst the story is full of humour, with some very interesting pronunciations and dialect, it works on many different levels. Thus keeping the story both fun and on your paws at all times. Although, when you finally get to the end of this fantasy epic you can't help but feel that you have only just scratched the surface within this story and that there's a lot more to come!

I think it is worth mentioning that the language in this book feels rather grown up. In fact, it may put some younger readers off. However, I feel that it may help its overall appeal to a much larger audience.

This book has everything and more. It makes you think and ask questions and yet, it is also an enjoyable and great story that has been told in a unique way. It has certainly been worth the wait. Hopefully, it will not be too long for the next book in the series - at least not another 5 years I hope . . . . !

Thanks go to the author himself and Tara at Inside Pocket - your support is very much appreciated.

If you would still like a signed copy of TRO then the Cotswold Bookstore are willing to take orders. They will mail copies out around the publication date. so you may get your book ahead of the release date if you're lucky.
They can be contacted at: 20 High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0AF. Telephone: 01608 - 652666
Or you can email: 

Meanwhile, the most up-to-date details regarding TRO can always be found at the Tartan of Thyme Blog.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

David Almond - Meets our Authors Programme - Scottish Book Trust



David Almond, best-selling author of the award winning novel Skellig and the extraordinary prequel My Name is Mina, is poised to bring literature to life for children all across the country when he appears in a live internet broadcast on Thursday 29 September 2011 at 11am.

The nationwide event is part of the Meet our Authors programme, run by Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s leading agency for the promotion of literature, reading and writing and sponsored by Scottish Friendly Assurance, one of Scotland’s leading providers of tax-free family savings and investment solutions.

Meet our Authors includes an exclusive series of authors’ events streamed live over the internet to provide young people, parents and teachers with the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s leading children’s writers.  The programme is the first of its kind in the UK. Anyone can watch by visiting:

On 29 September at 11am David will reveal some of his most insightful tips on unlocking the potential of our imaginations on paper, including how his playful and messy approach to capturing great ideas has sustained his creative output during the writing of his 14 published books. He will talk intimately about the writing process behind his latest books The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean and The Savage. The masterclass will be broadcast over the internet to tens of thousands of viewers around the country. These stories are suitable for young people aged 10+ and have a readership ranging from teens to adults, they capture powerful emotional themes and are accessible to a broad range of readers.

David Almond will be the 9th children’s author to take part in the Meet our Authors project which began in 2010. To date more than 380,000 children across the UK have taken part in the webcasts.

Jasmine Fassl, of the Scottish Book Trust, commented: “Scottish Book Trust is thrilled that David Almond will be taking part in Meet our Authors. The great thing about an event like this is that any school pupil can watch - it doesn't matter if they live in a very remote place, or if their school can't afford transport to an event – it is about breaking down traditional barriers and giving everyone the opportunity to take part.”

Calum Bennie, marketing manager of Scottish Friendly, sponsor of Meet our Authors’, said: “David Almond’s participation in the Meet our Authors programme continues the momentum of this initiative in style, we hope that young people all around the county will watch the broadcast and feel inspired by the advice and enthusiasm of such a distinguished author. Scottish Friendly is proud to continue to invest in the future of our children’s creativity.”

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Brian Selznick - Wonderstruck - Book Review

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Brian Selznick

  •  Pages - 640 
  • Published by Scholastic   
  • Date - 13 September 2011
  • Age - 9+
  • Isbn -  978 0 545 02789 2 
Ben's story takes place in 1977 and is told in words. Rose's story in 1927 is told entirely in pictures. Ever since his mother died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mother's room, and when a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose, both children risk everything to find what's missing.     

'Wonderstruck' is yet another amazing reading experience just like Brian's last book 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'. This book has won many prestigious awards and has had glowing reports from many a reader since its original publication date. 

I actually remember purchasing my first copy in New York. At the time, I remember being in Books of Wonder and thinking that this book was something quite special. Its design first piqued my interest and, as soon as I entered the main part of the book, the story was equally as good. Especially through the way in which it was told, and represented, through the amazingly detailed and unique illustrations. 

In my opinion, Brian will be replicating the very same success with his new book Wonderstruck. He has produced yet another amazing story - it is a master piece of pictures and words telling two separate stories. However, these weave back and forth from two time periods (signalling 50 years difference) and follow the two main characters (Ben and Rose) who are both looking for a place to belong in the world. 

The drawings that follow the character of Rose are depicted in a most spectacular way. The two-tone illustrations leap off the page and share the intense emotional journey that she undertakes. These are delivered in a panoramic-style film technique showing, and building up to, scenes which share powerful glimpses into her world and her adventures. 

The second story is told through text and whilst it follows a similar journey, this time it is with a different character, Ben. Again, this poignant telling through the eyes of a child show Ben longing to belong in the world. In order to achieve this, he attempts to get in touch with the father that he has never known. Of course, this journey provides many magical moments steeped in awe and wonder, as well as friendship and loneliness. However, the final clue leads him to an unexpected discovery.

It is worth mentioning that this book is perhaps a more chunky read than most books. It comprises of approximately 640 pages! However, it is important to remember that these pages include many amazing illustrations which make up the bulk of the book. Therefore, do not be put off by the size - it takes far less time than you would think to read. The author's extensive research contributes to the accurate and interesting information that he provides between the two stories. 

If I was to find myself in New York again this week, I would be purchasing another bag or suitcase in which to bring a copy back with me. It would be worth every penny of the extra baggage costs that this would entail. In fact, this has set me wondering about a possible last minute trip over to Books of Wonder for the launch party on the 13th September . . . . . if only!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Three Good Books To Be Published In The US In September 2011

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City of Wind 

 (Century Quartet, book 3)


P D Baccalario
Pierdomenico Baccalario - Century #3: City of Wind - Published by Random House - 27 Sep 2011       
When new information turns up about the Star of Stone, the object they found in New York, Mistral, Elettra, Harvey, and Sheng meet again in Paris. Harvey brings the stone to show to his dad's archaeologist friend. And it turns out that the friend knows much more about the kids' quest than they could have imagined. She gives them a clock that once belonged to NapolĂ©on, and she tells them that if they can figure out how it works, it will lead them to another object of power. The clock sends the kids all over Paris, through old churches and forgotten museum exhibits, in search of an artifact linked to the Egyptian goddess Isis. But a woman with a penchant for venomous snakes and carnivorous plants—and her vast network of spies—is watching their every move. . . 
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The Fire King 

 (Invisible Order, book 2)


Paul Crilley
Paul Crilley - The Invisible Order, Book Two: The Fire King - Published By Egmont - 27 Sep 2011 
With humans threatened by otherworldly creatures, orphans Emily and William Snow, and their friends—the pickpocket Spring-Heeled Jack and the wisecracking Corrigan—find themselves two hundred years in the past, trapped in the London of 1666. Desperately in need of help, they go in search of Sir Christopher Wren, who was head of the Invisible Order, an organization dedicated to fighting this threat. But Wren’s never even heard of the Order and has no interest in their story. 

Stranded, the four cannot agree on their next step. But they’ll have to decide quickly, because their enemies are on the move and the Fire King is ready to attack and burn London to the ground.

Set against the Great Fire of London, The Invisible Order, Book Two: The Fire King picks up right where Rise of the Darklings left off, weaving adventure, history, and legend into a thrilling, 
heart-stopping story.

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Riddles and Danger 

 (Secret Zoo, book 3)


Bryan Chick
Bryan Chick - The Secret Zoo: Riddles and Danger - Published by GreenWillow - 27 Sep 2011.
Noah, Megan, Richie, and Ella are the Action Scouts; friends whose tree house overlooks the Clarksville City Zoo. When they discover a magical world hidden within the zoo, they are swept away on an adventure in which penguins can fly, a mysterious figure lurks in the shadows, and the scouts are enlisted to help Mr. Darby, who is in charge of the Secret Zoo.
But will the scouts be able to fight against the dangerous sasquatches who have escaped the zoo and threaten their town? There’s only one way to find out if the four friends training as Crossers 

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Horror Books Gore For The Month Of September 2011 (Dreams are made of darker stuff)

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Death Bringer 

 (Skulduggery Pleasant, book 6)


Derek Landy

Derek Landy - Death Bringer (Skulduggery Pleasant Bk6) - Published by HarperCollins - 1 Sep 2011
The sixth instalment in the historic, hysterical and horrific Skulduggery Pleasant series. Think you’ve seen anything yet? You haven’t. Because the Death Bringer is about to rise…
The Necromancers no longer need Valkyrie to be their Death Bringer, and that’s a Good Thing.
There’s just one catch. There’s a reason the Necromancers don’t need her any more. And that’s because they’ve found their Death Bringer already, the person who will dissolve the doors between life and death.
And that’s a very, very Bad Thing…

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Palace of the Damned 

 (Saga of Larten Crepsley, book 3)


Darren Shan
Darren Shan - Palace of Damned  (The Saga of Larten Crepsley Bk 3) - Published by HarperCollins - 29 Sep 2011
In the third instalment in the creepy, captivating Larten Crepsley series, Larten finds out what it means to love… but is he also damned to find out what it means to lose?
Lost in the arctic waste, carrying a baby whose love he could never deserve, Larten faces the darkest time he has ever known.
But hope has a way of shining through even the smallest of cracks, and just as Larten reaches the end, a new beginning presents itself. The trouble is, for Larten, the violence of his youth is never far from the surface… and those he loves are the ones he hurts the most. As Larten experiences heaven and hell, and tries to save the soul of a child, the question is: can he save his own?
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The Fear 

 (Enemy, book 3)


Charlie Higson
Charlie Higson - The Fear (The Enemy) - Published by Puffin - 15 Sep 2011
Mothers and fathers, older brothers, sisters and best friends. No one escaped its touch. And now children across London are being hunted by ferocious grown-ups . . .

They're hungry. They're bloodthirsty. And they aren't giving up.

DogNut and the rest of his crew want to find their lost friends, and set off on a deadly mission from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace and beyond, as the sickos lie in wait. But who are their friends and who is the enemy in this changed world?

William Hussey - Witchfinder: The Last Nightfall - Published by OUP - 1 Sep 2011

Other Great Books I have Reviewed For September are:

Andrew Hammond - Crypt: The Gallows Curse - Published by Headline - 1 Sep 2011 See Book Review

Kirsty Mckay - Undead - Published by Chicken House - 1 Sep 2011 See Book Review

Maureen Johnson - Shades of London - The Name of the Star - Published by HarperCollins - 29 Sep 2011 See Book Review

Jeyn Roberts - Dark Inside - Published by Macmillan - 2 Sep 2011 See Book Review

The only other book to mention is The ninth chilling tale in the Wardstone Chronicles series by Joseph Delaney out this month. This story follows Grimalkin, the terrifying witch assassin. She is out for revenge, do not stand in her way . . .

Friday, 2 September 2011

Rob Stevens - S.T.I.N.K.B.O.M.B. - An Odious Book Review

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Secret Team of Intrepid-Natured Kids Battling Odious Masterminds, Basically 


Rob Stevens

  • Pages - 384
  • Publisher - Macmillan Children's
  • Date - 5 August 2011
  • Age - 9+
  • ISBN: 978 0 330 53024 8
Twelve-year-old Archie Hunt is a fairly unassuming kind of boy - until the day he is recruited into S.T.I.N.K.B.O.M.B., MI6's fledgling branch of child agents. Their mission? To track down the evasive Doctor Doom, whose sinister experiments to create the ultimate super-being must be stopped. (Seriously. Austin Powers' Doctor Evil has nothing on this guy.) Luckily Archie has been given a few piloting lessons by his fighter-jet-designer father . . . and soon S.T.I.N.K.B.O.M.B. are whizzing around Europe on the search for Doom's lair. They meet friend and foe along the way - including the poor mutants who are the products of Doom's failed experiments. Like Finn: half-man, half-goldfish. He WANTS to lead the team to the hideout, but his three-second memory means that consistency isn't his strong point . . .

This book is jam packed full of many zany moments that will have you laughing on your feet. It's a great easy read that is full of half-breed monsters that have been genetically modified for the good of evil by the power crazy Doctor Doom. I was looking for something easy and up beat to read when I found this on my reading pile. Instantly, I knew that this was the book I was looking for. 

I read this book in one sitting - that's how engrossed I became in the story. It's a pure off-the-wall adventure that is very far fetched. It is certainly not held back by the constraints of reality, as Archie suddenly finds he has unsuspected martial arts abilities and is able to fly his missing father's helicopter at the age of twelve. Although these escapades do produce some high octane moments which are written particularly well.

This is the start of a new series in this comical spoof caper where the secret agents (all children) work for an unofficial branch of MI6. The book is full of suspense and fraught with danger. The clock ticking moments run right through to the very end. 

The characters are engaging and certainly not the run of the mill superheroes. Whilst the so-called 'baddies' are an eclectic mix of species. So much so, that they will have you thinking have I really just read that right. 

Anyone and everyone would enjoy reading this book. It would suit those who consider themselves young at heart and both boy and girl readers alike.
It's a happy and joyous read amongst my pile of books that are written with a more serious and sinister tone. In fact, this was a welcome read and the type of book that I would like to come across more often. Therefore, I send a big thank you to the publisher for making my day.