Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Mr Ripley's Children's New Book Picks: July 2012

book cover of 

The Wishing Spell 

 (Land of Stories, book 1)


Chris Colfer
Chris Colfer - The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell - Published by Atom - 17 July 2012 

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change....

Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Connor leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

book cover of 

Deep Oblivion 

 (Mortal Chaos, book 2)


Matt Dickinson
Matt Dickinson - Mortal Chaos: Deep Oblivion - Published by OUP Oxford - 5 July 2012
Butterfly effect: The scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever. Hannah, homeless and on the run. Gwen and Tehpoe, kidnapped by violent rebels. Todd and Isabella, threatened by piranha attack. Wai Yan, hunted by a cruel dictator. Stian Olberg, fighting to save his vessel from imminent destruction. For them, and many others, things will never be the same again. Some will live. Many will die. All are connected. The action is non-stop in this tense and compelling adventure.

book cover of 


 (Frogspell, book 3)


C J Busby
C . J  Busby & David Wyatt - Icespell (Frogspell) - Published by Templar Publishing - 1 July 2012
Join Max and Olivia for more magical thrills, spills and spells in their third hilarious adventure. Max and Olivia are loving life in Camelot - not only is Max having magic lessons with the great wizard Merlin, Olivia is finally in training for the Squire's Challenge. But disaster strikes when Camelot is frozen inside a magical mountain of ice and it's all Max's fault! Can he and Olivia rescue Arthur and Merlin from their icy prison before evil Lady Morgana gets to Camelot and seals their doom?

book cover of 

The Doom Rider 


David Gatward
David Gatward - Doom Rider - Published by Hodder Children's - 5 July 2012 
Seth Crow has lived a thousand lives, and in each one he's been murdered before he turns thirteen.
And now he's being hunted again. But this time it's different.
Enter Lily, who tells him of his fate: Seth is CONQUEST. The first of the four riders of the Apocalypse. And people want him dead, before he can fulfil his destiny.
Seth's only hope lies in finding the other riders - Strife, Famine and Death.
Together, the fate of the world lies in their hands ...

Grymm by Keith Austin
Keith Austin - GRYMM - Published by Red Fox - 5 July 2012
Something stirred in the gravelly yard beneath their window . . . A soft slippery nuzzle, the sort of sounds you'd expect a pig to make with its snout in a trough . . .

The small mining town of Grymm perched on the very edge of the Great Desert is the kind of town you leave - but when Dad gets a three-month contract in the mine there, Mina and Jacob, unwilling stepbrother and sister, are reluctantly arriving.

From a grotesque letting agent who seems to want to eat their baby brother, a cafe owner whose milkshakes contain actual maggots and the horribly creepy butcher, baker and candlestick-maker, Mina and Jacob soon realize that nothing in Grymm is what is appears to be.

And then things get seriously weird when their baby brother disappears - and no one seems to even notice! In Grymm, your worst nightmares really do come true . . .

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

Curious to see what you thought of The Wishing Spell. I couldn't get into it.