New Children's Books Published January 2012 U.K
Jonathan Auxier - Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes - Published by Scholastic - 2 Jan 2012
This is the story of the greatest thief that ever lived. Forced into a life of thievery, ten-year-old blind orphan Peter Nimble longs for escape. One fateful afternoon he steals a box from a mysterious traveller - a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. Little does Peter know that these eyes will lead him on an unforgettable adventure...
Curtis Jobling - Wereworld:Shadow of the Hawk - Published by Puffin - 5 Jan 2012
Enslaved by the Goatlord Kesslar, young werewolf Drew finds himself on the volcanic isle of Scoria, forced to fight in the arena for the Lizardlords. With the help of an unlikely ally, he must find a way to break free - but who has ever managed to escape?
Meanwhile, Hector the Wereboar flees the forces of the Catlords. Now on board the pirate ship Maelstrom, the enemy's net is closing in. Haunted by the spirits of the dead, Hector is soon left wondering who the true enemy is . . .
Janet Foxley - Muncle Trogg and the flying Donkey - Published by Chicken House - 5 Jan 2012
Muncle Trogg, the tiny giant, is worried. His home on Mount Grumble is about to erupt, and all the bigger giants can think about is celebrating the departure of the Smallings from down the mountain! Luckily for Muncle, his friend Emily hasn't abandoned him \- and she has an idea. The giants might not listen to Muncle but they will listen to the wisest, most wondrous animal of all \- a flying donkey!
E J Newman - 20 Years later - Published by Dystopia Press - 22 Jan 2012
London, 2012: It arrives and with that the world is changed into an unending graveyard littered with the bones, wreckage, and memories of a dead past, gone forever. London, 2032: Twenty years later, out of the ashes, a new world begins to rise, a place ruled by both loyalty and fear, and where the quest to be the first to regain lost knowledge is an ongoing battle for power. This is a place where laws are made and enforced by roving gangs - the Bloomsbury Boys, the Gardners, the Red Lady's Gang - who rule the streets and will do anything to protect their own. The Four: Zane, Titus, Erin, and Eve. Living in this new world, they discover that they have abilities never before seen. And little do they know that as they search post-apocalyptic London for Titus' kidnapped sister that they will uncover the secret of It, and bring about a reckoning with the forces that almost destroyed all of humanity.
Mark Griffiths - Space Lizards Stole My Brain! - Published by Simon & Schuster - 5 Jan 2012
When Admiral Skink, an alien-lizard warlord from the planet Swerdlix, is attacked by The Hideous and Unimaginably Vast Comet Creature of Poppledock he faces a certain death...but luckily his underlings have installed the BrainTwizzler 360 Mind Migration SystemTM. This nifty invention safely transfers Skink's mind on to a memory wafer and jettisons it through space to find a suitable temporary "home" until he can be rescued by his fellow Swerdlixians. Unluckily for eleven-year-old Lance Spratley it just so happens that the temporary home for Admiral Skink's mind is his body! And while Skink deals with being trapped in Lance's useless body - it can't even breathe fire! -- Lance is transferred to a virtual waiting room surrounded by the lizard race who seem intent on destroying Earth when they have successfully retrieved Skink. Will Lance ever get his body back? And even if he does will he be able to thwart Admiral Skink and the Swerdlixians plans to invade Earth...