Monday, 29 February 2016

Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books: Favourite Book Picks: Children's/Teens - March 2016 - UK Post Two

Robin Stevens - Jolly Foul Play: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery - Published by Puffin (24 Mar. 2016)
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school term, but nothing is the same. There's a new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and a team of Prefects - and these bullying Big Girls are certainly not good eggs.
Then, after the fireworks display on Bonfire Night, Elizabeth is found - murdered.
Many girls at Deepdean had reason to hate Elizabeth, but who might have committed such foul play? Could the murder be linked to the secrets and scandals, scribbled on scraps of paper, that are suddenly appearing around the school? And with their own friendship falling to pieces, how will Daisy and Hazel solve this mystery?

Ali Benjamin - The Thing about Jellyfish - Macmillan Children's Books (10 Mar. 2016)
Suzy is 12 when her best friend, Franny, drowns one summer at the beach. It takes two days for the news to reach Suzy, and it's not something that she can accept: Franny has always been a strong swimmer, from the day they met in swim class when they were just 5. How can someone all of a sudden, just no longer be there?
Suzy realizes that they must have got it wrong: Franny didn't just drown - she was stung by a poisonous jellyfish. This makes a lot more sense to Suzy's logical mind than a random drowning - cause: a jellyfish sting; effect: death. 
Suzy's journey to acceptance is quiet - she resolves to either say something important, or say nothing at all. But it's also bursting with bittersweet humour, heart-breaking honesty, big ideas and small details.

Julian Clary (Author), David Roberts (Illustrator) - The Bolds to the Rescue - Published by Andersen Press (3 Mar. 2016)
More wildly funny animal madness from dream team Julian Clary and David Roberts!
The Bolds are a family of hyenas living as humans in a suburban house. But now their kindness to animal waifs and strays has become legendary, and more and more animals keep turning up to stay! Roger the sheep flocks to their house, and Fifi the poodle turns up to learn some new tricks, whilst Sheila the crocodile decides to stay for a while.
But when the Bolds take in a couple of race horses who are on the run, they worry their animal magnetism is getting to be too much. Have these hyenas bitten off more than they can chew?

Lucy Coats - Chosen (Cleo) - Published by Orchard Books (10 Mar. 2016)
Continuing the story of Cleopatra before she became the legendary figure we think we know, this fast-paced adventure story is perfect for teen girls. Will Cleo - marked and chosen at birth by the goddess Isis - prevail against the evil forces who would gain power? 
Meticulously researched, Lucy Coats's CLEO books vividly evoke the drama and intrigue of Ancient Egypt.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books: Stewart Foster - The Bubble Boy - Book Review (Simon & Schuster)

They call it a crash when the blood goes from my head to my feet, pours out into the room and drains through a hole in the middle of the floor. They call it a crash when the walls start spinning and the pictures blur. Then the ceiling turns black and the floor turns black and I don't know which way I'm facing any more.

Eleven-year-old Joe can't remember a life outside of his hospital room, with its beeping machines and view of London's rooftops. His condition means he's not allowed outside, not even for a moment, and his few visitors risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his 'bubble'. But then someone new enters his world and changes it for ever.

THE BUBBLE BOY is the story of how Joe spends his days, copes with his loneliness and frustrations, and looks - with superhero-syle bravery, curiosity and hope - to a future without limits. Expect superheroes, super nurses and a few tears from this truly unique story.

If you're going to blow bubbles today, then it would be best for you to do it before you read this book. Behind the bold sky blue cover, there is a fantastic story waiting for every reader to discover. So blow some superhero bubbles for Joe and get ready to ride a fantastically inspirational story that you will want to visit again and again. This book will make you think who the real superheroes are, and it's not the ones who wear capes, have superpowers or fight bad guys in Marvel or DC comics. No, it's people like Joe, who have to fight an everyday battle but they do so with a smile on their face, and hope in their hearts. 

All Joe wants is to be normal, but his condition means that he's not allowed outside, not even for a moment. Even the few visitors that he is allowed, risk bringing life-threatening germs inside his "bubble" - otherwise known as the hospital bedroom. He faces life with courage and curiosity. He has never been outside of his hospital bubble, but he is fearless and really inspirational. He has science lessons on his computer, laughs and jokes with his friend via Skype and watches films with his sister. He wants to be normal, but he never will be unless they can find a cure.

Joe's life soon changes when someone new enters his world and the story elevates slowly like a bubble rising into the big blue sky. Opportunities that he had previously dreamt of might now be possible, but will it be worth the risk? You will need to read the book to find out and I hope you do, as it will change your outlook on life for sure!

I loved every single minute of this book. One of my favourite parts (without spoiling it) is the introduction to the mysterious character, Amir. He is so brilliantly written, and yet, he only made the story by a chance encounter. A tormented stranger came to sit next to Stewart on a park bench, whilst he was eating his lunch in Soho Square, and made a big impression on him. I'm sure that he will leave an even bigger impression on you after reading this story. Amir is the little golden nugget that sealed the narrative together; he's the little ray of sunshine that pushed Joe through the swirling thick clouds of fog and towards a life of hope and possibilities.

It will be very hard to read this moving story without shedding a tear or two, so you'll need to get some tissues ready. In one breath it's very sad and might break your heart strings, but in the next breath it can be very up-lifting. It's an emotionally fuelled rollercoaster of events with a clever and unique narrative that will stay with you for sometime. So much so, that weeks after you have read it, you will still reflect on the journey you had with the characters and think fondly back to it. I understand that some readers might have an issue with some of the supporting characters, perhaps they could be described as being a little too bland and vague, but to me that did not matter. The story resonates very much in the heart and made me feel very fortunate to be able to do the things that 'normal' people can do, such as going out everyday and seeing the sunrise early or looking at the stars and the moon in the night sky. These are all the things Joe wanted to do and things that we often take for granted. 

This is a fantastic debut young read for the 10+ reading age. It really is one of my favourite books that I have read so far this year. Unfortunately, I loved this book so much that I got rather carried away and wrote this book review a little earlier than usual. Therefore, you will have to wait sometime before you are able to read it. Call it a reviewers curse, but I have just noticed that it is not published until May 2015 by Simon & Schuster, which is really rather a long time to wait. Please make a mental note to purchase a copy as I would highly recommend this book. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Guest Post by Stephen Bennett - Writing App Goes Free as Survey Shows Internet Leading Distraction for Writers‏!

A survey of 1000 US writers has found that the Internet is the biggest distraction preventing them from writing.
The survey undertaken by Stop Procrastinating, the website blocker and productivity tool, found that 42% of writers claimed to have turned to browsing the internet for inspiration only to be lose hours reading articles or watching YouTube videos.
The survey found that digital distractions such as emails, social media and the Internet were also most likely to prevent them from writing.
Most interesting is what they were viewing. Most writers didn’t turn to the great works for inspiration, but were more likely to watch YouTube videos of comedy acts or cats and other animals doing funny things. 45% of those who said they were distracted by the internet from writing said they had watched a funny animal video at least once to help get them through a creative block.
32% of respondents claimed the level at which the internet distracted them from writing was significant and worrying.
Of all respondents 42% said they had tried to concentrate on writing for more than a week only to be distracted at some point by the internet.
45% said they had lost their chain of thought because they checked and responded to an email or social media alert while they were trying to write.
Some 33% said visiting distracting websites or social media cost them at least an hour a day in lost productivity or writing time.

Tim Rollins, Stop Procrastinating director, said: "We have made Stop Procrastinating free today in order help writers beat their Internet distractions and get more writing done. The Internet, social media, emails are pervasive and eating into our quality time. We need urgently to put ourselves back in control. 
"Writers have always had distractions, but they have never had to deal with a technology that is everywhere at once and influences every part of our lives. It is unprecedented the level of intrusion and distraction that today's writers have to cope with," he said. 
About Stop Procrastinating:
Stop Procrastinating is an Internet blocking and productivity application. It is compatible with Mac OS and Windows. It allows users the option to block the Internet for a period of time in three ways, depending on how much self-discipline they have.
Option 1 allows users to block the Internet for a set amount of time, but they can get back online if they reboot their computer.
Option 2 allows users to block the Internet for a set amount of time, but prevents access to the internet even if they restart their computer. They have to wait until their chosen time is up to reconnect.
Option 3 allows users to input into a black list specific websites they wish to block, such as Facebook or Twitter, and to stay connected to the Internet.
Stop Procrastinating also gives users the option to write down their works goals before disconnecting from the Internet. Research has shown this to be a powerful aid to motivation. It also allows users to chart their progress over time, which helps users see how much more work they are getting done.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Abi Elphinstone - Top 10 Shadow Keeper Doodles - (The Shadow Keeper blog tour Day 2)

Top 10 Shadow Keeper Doodles
By Abi Elphinstone

At school I was branded ‘unteachable’ and ‘prone to spasmodic outbursts of tiredsomeness.’ Yes, I was a bit naughty (I see, in hindsight, that setting traps for your French teacher is unacceptable and stealing out of Maths lessons to run wild in the forest is unwise) but at the heart of this wayward behaviour was another issue, one that didn’t get ‘detected’ at school and that I only found out about in my first job after university. And while I can’t pin all of my childhood misdemeanors on my dyslexia, it does explain A LOT of the problems I had with processing, organising material, concentrating in class and reading aloud.

I write letters backwards and numbers upside down, I stutter on words when I read them aloud and I struggle with even the most basic arithmetic – and out of that scrambled mess I try to write stories. I untangle settings by sketching them, I make sense of plots by drawing graphs and I go absolutely mental in notebooks as I create characters. Everything is visualized before I write. In short, I am a ferocious doodler, and I wanted to share my Top 10 Shadow Keeper Doodles with you:

Little Hollows Cove. Moll and her Tribe are living as outlaws in a secret cove down by the sea. There are hidden tunnels, diving rocks, old rowing boats and smugglers next door – all the finest ingredients for a sea adventure.

Little Hollows. The cave Moll and her Tribe are hiding in, complete with secret tunnel and alcove hammocks.

A house that must not be named (for spoiler reasons). 

A room Moll, Gryff and Sid find themselves in on their journey to find the Amulet of Truth. I even drew a dog and a book on the side table – that’s how specific I have to be before I write!

  1. Behind Devil’s Drop. Inspired by the Waitomo caves in New Zealand.

Oracle Bone script. These are the letters Moll carves into the Oracle Bones with her penknife before she throws them to find the second Amulet of Truth.

My map of the Shadow Keeper world. Complete with smuggler caves, raging waterfalls and wild horses.

Mapping a chase scene across Inchgrundle. Involving dastardly smugglers and a very fierce storm. The photo deliberately chops off the edges as I don’t want you to see what happens there…

Mood board for the book. Witch doctors, wildcats, kelpies and lots and lots of unsolved codes.

Teaser for Book 3. I can’t take credit for this – my dear friend, Thierry, painted it. But inside this feather you’ll find some hints about the final book in the series.

PS: I couldn’t share the plot graphs with you because that would be one too many spoilers

Moll Pecksniff and her friends are living as outlaws in a secret cave by the sea, desperate to stay hidden from the Shadowmasks. But further along the coast lies the Amulet of Truth, the only thing powerful enough to force the Shadowmasks back and contain their dark magic. So, together with Gryff, the wildcat that’s always by her side, and her best friends Alfie and Sid, Moll must sneak past smugglers, outwit mer creatures and crack secret codes to save the Old Magic. With more at stake than ever before and the dark magic rising fast, can Moll and her friends stop the Shadowmasks before it’s too late? Perfect for fans of J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, Michelle Paver and Eva Ibbotson.

Author Bio: 
Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood building dens, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher. THE DREAMSNATCHER was her debut novel for 8-12 years and is followed by THE SHADOW KEEPER this year. When she's not writing, Abi volunteers for Beanstalk, teaches creative writing workshops in schools and travels the world looking for her next story. Her latest adventure involved living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia…

Twitter: @moontrug
Instagram: @moontrugger 

Make sure you check out all the other stops on this cracking book tour!
Book Review HERE

Monday, 22 February 2016

Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books: Favourite Book Picks: Children's/Teens - March 2016 - UK Post One

Paul Durham - The Luck Uglies #3: Rise of the Ragged Clover - Published by HarperCollins Children's (Mar. 2016)
The exhilarating conclusion to the critically acclaimed THE LUCK UGLIES series.
“The Luck Uglies has it all: a feisty heroine, monstrous creatures, and a brimful of humor, and horror, to keep the readers turning the pages.” Joseph Delaney, Author of the Spook’s Apprentice series
Rye feared her father, Harmless, might be lost forever after he was driven into the forest Beyond the Shale by his deadly enemy Slinister Varlet. Now Slinister is making moves to claim leadership over the Luck Uglies. Can Rye find her father, save her village and put an end to the fighting for good?

Anna Wilson - The Parent Problem - Published by Macmillan Children's Books (24 Mar. 2016)
Skye Green's mum is driving her insane! When she's not posting EMBARRASSING pictures of Skye online or experimenting with BIZARRE clothing, she's forever taking up new hobbies - and her latest obsession is ballroom dancing! It's only a matter of time until she waltzes down the street in spandex and sequins - and to make matters worse, Skye's younger brother is wildly (and irritatingly) enthusiastic about Mum's new hobby, and about wearing Mum's sparkly new outfits!
As if this wasn't HORRIFIC enough, Skye's mum has also enlisted the new neighbour's son to come and 'babysit' when she's at dance class, and he's only a year older than Skye! Talk about MORTIFYING in the EXTREME! At least Skye's best friend, Aubrey is there to help Skye cope with her family's madness. They've been friends since before they can remember, and nothing will ever, EVER change that . . . right?

Curtis Jobling - The Tower of Trials (World of Warriors Bk 2) - Published by Puffin (3 Mar. 2016)
The second book in a new fiction series by Curtis Jobling, based on bestselling global game sensation, World of Warriors!
After the events of A New Hero, Trick and his team of warriors must continue their quest to bring down Boneshaker. The journey resumes through the mystical Wildlands, a place where the greatest warriors throughout history have been summoned to fight in a battle for survival - from Romans and Vikings to Knights and Samurai!
They pass a village terrorised by an evil necromancer - the heroes jump in to the rescue, but Mungo is badly wounded. To save his friend, Trick must fight through the Tower of Trials and defeat the mysterious Gatekeeper.
But there's more at stake than they realised. The Gatekeeper holds a key with the power to travel between realms. A key that Boneshaker wants. 
And if it falls into Boneshaker's hands, his reign of terror could spread far beyond the Wildlands...

Wesley King - Dragons vs Drones - Published by Razorbill (15 Mar. 2016)

A young computer genius is chased by sleek, high-tech drones into a land populated by Godzilla-size dragons, setting off a war that only he can stop. Part Eragon, part Transformers, with a magical beating heart at its centre.
Marcus Brimley was just four years old when his CIA analyst father went missing and the world branded him a traitor. Eight years later, searching for clues to find his father and prove his innocence, Marcus breaks a complex code that sends him shooting through a storm into an alternate realm . . . but he didn't travel alone. When Marcus lands in this new world, Dracone, he finds that he has been followed by government drones. And they're out to destroy Marcus and all of Dracone. 
While fleeing the drones, Marcus meets Dree, a 12-year-old Draconian girl who comes from a family of dragon riders. Dree explains to Marcus that while humans and dragons used to be friends, Dracone's new prime minister has turned them into enemies, with humans hunting dragons for sport and dragon-riding families like Dree's pushed to the poorer outskirts of the city. 

But the drones are firing on both the dragons and the people of Dracone. Soon, Marcus and Dree discover that they must get help from the dragons if they want to stop an all-out war that will leave the incredible realm of Dracone decimated.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Stripes Publishing: I’ll be Home for Christmas YA Anthology in Support of Homeless Charity

Little Tiger fiction imprint of Stripes is launching an anthology of Short stories by UK Young Adult authors. Crisis is to benefit from the publication of a new anthology around the theme 'home'. Published by Stripes, an imprint of the independent children's publisher Little Tiger, I'll Be Home for Christmas will include a range of short stories and poems for Young Adults.
Publisher Jane Harris said the company wanted to celebrate its 10th anniversary “with a bang”, as well as build awareness of its Young Adult list. “We are known for our young illustrated fiction, but over the years we have moved up the age groups. We decided to focus on UK [contributors] because Crisis is a very UK-focused charity, but we also wanted to highlight the breadth of UK YA publishing at the moment and build links with the YA community.”
Katy Cannon, one of Stripes’ YA authors, is already confirmed as a contributor, as are fellow writers Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Melvin Burgess, Julie Mayhew, Benjamin Zephaniah, Tom Becker, Non Pratt, Juno Dawson and Marcus Sedgwick.
Lauren Ace, Little Tiger’s brand director, said at least £1 from every book sold will go to Crisis, adding that Little Tiger was committed to giving the charity £10,000 through the proceeds from the anthology. “We wanted to raise awareness of the charity’s work among young adult readers,” she said. “Younger adults are at particular risk of homelessness: [according to Crisis figures] a staggering 8% of 16- to 24-year-olds recently reported being homeless. We will also be supporting Crisis in other ways. For example, an editor from the company will do a writing workshop as part of Crisis’ Skylight programme and Stripes staff will volunteer at Crisis at Christmas. Having said all that, we are keen for the anthology to represent our audience of young adult readers.”
The book’s endnotes will contain information about the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC), including details about its formation. The endnotes will also include information about The Bookseller’s YA Book Prize and the authors shortlisted for the award in 2016. Little Tiger is also launching a competition, in conjunction with the YA Book Prize, to find an unpublished writer to contribute one of the 14 stories in I’ll be Home for Christmas. Entrants can submit their story, again on the theme of home, and the winner will be chosen by Harris and a number of the YA Book Prize 2016 judges.
The story will be published in the anthology and its author will also be invited to appear at this year’s YALC. Details of how to enter are on the YA Book Prize website. Entries close on 1st April.
I’ll be Home for Christmas will be published in paperback on 22nd September, priced £7.99.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Chris Callaghan - The Great Chocoplot - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books Book Review

Jelly and her family live in Chompton-on-de-Lyte, where everyone loves a Chocablocka bar or two. So when the end of chocolate is announced, she can't believe it. Determined to investigate, Jelly and her gran follow a trail of clues to a posh chocolate shop and its owner, the pompous Garibaldi Chocolati. Gari's suspiciously smug, despite his failing business and yucky chocolate. Is it really the chocopocalypse, or is there a chocoplot afoot?

The Great Chocoplot is a fantastic debut book that will hit bookshops across the chocolate landscape early March 2016. The book was written for the author's 8 year old daughter as a Christmas present, and what an amazing present to give her. The adventure was then entered into Chicken House's open coop, which is a one-day amnesty for unpublished writers and was immediately chomped up for publication.

This is a fantastic Easter treat for all the family to get their hands on. With the teasing shiny Dairy Milk-like cover (other brands are available) produced by the amazing Steve Wells, it will certainly get your literary tastebuds going and enhance your low calorie diet. You will also find some fantastic illustrations by the talented Lalalimola, so check out more of her great work here: 

The plot is like dipping your hands into a tub of Quality Street, as you never know what is going to happen from page to page. It is a brilliantly fast paced and funny rampage of chocolate madness. Just think about a world without chocolate, can you imagine that?  If it all was to disappear - NO MORE CHOCOLATE - what would you do .....? Would you grab a bag of cheese and onion crisps instead?

The story is so infectious that everybody and everyone will fall in love with this book, regardless of their age. It's very quirky and so immersive that it will make you smile and laugh out loud. Jelly is a plucky heroine - she's very well written and can be related to. Jelly and her crazy grandmother, who lives in a caravan on the families front driveway, take on an evil villain. Can they foil a devilish plan filled with a cataclysmic cocoa catastrophe? You'll have to buy a copy and read it, as I'm certainly not going to tell you. 

You will fly through this plot like a trolley dash in a sweet shop. It is an amazingly imaginative story, which is told with the heart and emotions of daily life struggles whilst still instilling a large slice of realism  You will hurtle head first into a chocolate fountain of mayhem and ride the non stop nightmare.  

This is another cracking book from Chicken House - the home of good stories told with creative ability. It is my recommended enchanted read this Easter... so go and grab yourself a copy.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016


The longlists for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards, are revealed. The 20-strong CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist sees the late Terry Pratchett’s final novel up against books by fellow previous winners Sally Gardner, Patrick Ness and David Almond as well as Frances Hardinge’s recent Costa Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree.
In the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal longlist, former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne could win a second Medal nearly a quarter of a century after his previous triumph with the return of his much loved chimpanzee hero in Willy’s Stories. He faces stiff competition from a powerhouse longlist including fellow former winners Chris Riddell, Helen Oxenbury and Emily Gravett. The Imaginary, for which Gravett is longlisted, is also in the running for this year’s Carnegie Medal. In an unusual twist, both Chris Riddell and Oliver Jeffers will be competing against themselves with each being listed twice.
All of those longlisted will be vying to join the pantheon of past winners of the world respected Medals, including legendary authors Arthur Ransome and C.S Lewis and renowned illustrators Quentin Blake and Shirley Hughes. The Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal are awarded for outstanding writing and illustration, respectively, in books for children and young people. Judged by a panel of expert librarians, the Medals are unique and are known as the awards that children’s book authors and illustrators say they ‘most want to win’. 
Sioned Jacques, Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel for 2016, said:
“It is a real honour to take on the mantle of chairing the judging panel for this year’s Medals.  The longlists for 2016 are outstanding and perfectly reflect the vibrancy of children’s books in the UK today. This is a real golden age of writing and illustrating for children and the range of skills and storytelling on display in the longlists are proof of the incredibly high standards of this ever-growing area of publishing – every book is a potential winner. These are all fantastic books and every one of them deserves a wide audience.”
Dawn Finch, President of CILIP, said:
"The Medals play a hugely important role in recommending good books to children, parents and teachers and illustrate the key role that librarians play in introducing readers to new books and to fantastic new storytellers and artists. The images and stories in both longlists leap off the page and the whole gamut of human life and experience is reflected, with books that cover family and friendship, love and loyalty and secrets and lies. There are books that explore war, slavery, civil rights and equality, others that re-imagine ancient myths, stories of coming of age and tales that span time and space, firing imaginations with every page that is read.”
The shortlists for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 will be announced on Tuesday 15th March, with the winners being announced on Monday 20th June at a special daytime event at the British Library. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library and a specially commissioned golden medal. Since 2000, the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal has also been awarded the £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize. In 2016, for the first time, the Carnegie Medal winner will also be awarded an equal amount of prize money from the Colin Mears Award. Also new for 2016, one title from each shortlist will be named the recipient of the Amnesty CILIP Honour, a new commendation for a book that most distinctively illuminates, upholds or celebrates freedoms. The two titles receiving the commendation will be able to carry an Amnesty CILIP Honour logo. On shortlist announcement day, Tuesday 15th March, Amnesty will host a drinks reception in London to celebrate the shortlists for both Medals. 
The books longlisted for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal are:
Book by John Agard (Walker Books)
A Song For Ella Grey by David Almond (Hodder)
One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
The Earth Is Singing by Vanessa Curtis (Usborne)
The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold (Bloomsbury)
There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Neilsen (Andersen Press)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
Jessica's Ghost by Andrew Norriss (David Fickling Books)
Panther by David Owen (Little, Brown Book Group)
Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett (Penguin Random House)
Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders (Faber)
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo)
Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton (David Fickling Books)
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (MiraInk, HarperCollins)
Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine (HarperCollins)
My Name's Not Friday by Jon Walter (David Fickling Books)
Liccle Bit by Alex Wheatle (Atom Books)
The books longlisted for the 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal are: 
Please Mr Panda illustrated and written by Steve Anthony (Hodder Children’s Books)
Where’s the Elephant? illustrated and written by Barroux (Egmont Books)
Willy’s Stories illustrated and written by Anthony Browne (Walker Books)
This Book Just Ate My Dog! illustrated and written by Richard Byrne (Oxford University Press)
Wall illustrated and written by Tom Clohosy Cole (Templar)
There’s a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)
Grandad’s Island illustrated and written by Benji Davies (Simon & Schuster)
How the Sun Got to Coco's House illustrated and written by Bob Graham (Walker Books)
The Imaginary illustrated by Emily Gravett, written by A.F Harrold (Bloomsbury)
Once Upon an Alphabet illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)
The Day the Crayons Came Home illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, written by Drew Daywalt (HarperCollins)
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Walker Books)
Something About a Bear illustrated and written by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books)
Captain Jack and the Pirates illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, written by Peter Bently (Puffin)
Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death illustrated and written by Chris Riddell (Macmillan)
The Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)
The Bolds illustrated by David Roberts, written by Julian Clary (Andersen Press) 
Animalium illustrated by Katie Scott, written by Jenny Broom (Big Picture Press)
Footpath Flowers illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by JonArno Lawson (Walker Books)
Lili illustrated and written by Wen Dee Tan (Fat Fox)
About the CILIP Carnegie Medal   
The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually, was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie’s experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and by the time of his death over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries. 
About the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist, known for her beautiful children's illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. 
About the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP’s vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. The Youth Libraries Group (YLG) of CILIP works in a ‘pressure group’ role to preserve and influence the provision of quality literature and library services for children and young people, both in public libraries and school library services. Visit

Monday, 15 February 2016

Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books: Children's Graphic/Comic Novel Goodness - Book Picks February 2016

Alex Marlowe - The Last Immortal 01- Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (11 Feb. 2016)
Percy Jackson meets The League of Extraordinary Gentleman meets Sherlock
In Victorian London, 13-year-old Luke Frankenstein dreams of joining The Immortals - a supernatural crime-fighting squad, founded by his father Victor. But when Luke secretly follows the Immortals on a mission against the Dark Pharaoh Sanakhte, he is killed.
Luke's body is preserved for 160 years before he is reanimated in the modern day, his body bestowed with superhuman powers and fitted with modern upgrades. Sanakhte has returned and Luke must reunite the scattered Immortals. But to destroy Sanakhte, Luke must uncover a terrible secret hidden in his past....
Inside cover printing features a comic strip detailing more of the Last Immortals' adventures! 

Kazu Kibuishi - Firelight (Amulet #7) - Published by Graphix (23 Feb. 2016)

Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They're hoping to uncover the events of Trellis's mysterious childhood -- knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the voice of Emily's Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely.

Selina’s Station On the way to Cielis the crew stops at Selina’s Station to refuel. Selina Figgins is the owner of the fueling station and she and Captain Enzo have a past.

Scorpia Graphic Novel (Alex Rider) Paperback – 4 Feb 2016

Tamsin and the Deep (The Phoenix Presents) Paperback – 4 Feb 2016 by Neill Cameron (Author), Kate Brown (Author) - David Fickling Books (4 Feb. 2016) - Book Review Here

Tamsin knew that she shouldn't have gone into the water. After wiping out on her board, she is dragged down, into the deep...Into a long-forgotten world of ancient magic. Mermaid magic, dark and unforgiving. Her family is in grave danger - and only she has the power to save them.