Wednesday, 6 March 2019

New Children's & Young Adult Book Picks March 2019 - Post One - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books


Sam Gayton - The Last Zoo - Published by Andersen Press (7 Mar. 2019) - ISBN-13: 978-1783447701 - Paperback - Age 9+

Pia lives in a zoo in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with her parents (both ghosts), several old and cranky genies, a devil, and two young angels. She spends her days trimming genie-beards, trying to avoid being tricked into selling her soul, and waiting for the angels to make a miracle big enough to save the world.
Then the angels go missing. Can she solve the riddles of the mysterious haloes the angels have left behind? Is the zoo’s devil really trying to help her? And what does this all have to do with her best friends, the Rekkers? Pia needs to solve the mystery fast, because everything around her seems to be ending: her friendships, her childhood, and maybe even the world itself.





Patrice Lawrence (Author), Becka Moor (Illustrator)Toad Attack! - Published by Barrington Stoke (15 Mar. 2019) - ISBN-13: 978-1781128442 - Paperback - Age 8+

After a toad lands on his head as he leaves his house one morning, Leo is determined to find out where it has come from and why. Together with his friend Rosa, he needs to come up with some answers before the angry residents of Upper Dab take matters into their own hands and the toads become toast! A brilliantly quirky comedy caper with a diverse and inclusive cast of characters. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers.




David O'Connell (Author), Claire Powell (Illustrator) - The Dentist of Darkness (The Dundoodle Mysteries) - Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books (7 Mar. 2019) - ISBN-13: 978-1408887080 - Paperback - Age 7+

Archie McBudge's lazy summer has just turned into a magical meltdown! The second adventure in this madcap magical mystery series is perfect for fans of How to Train Your Dragon, amateur detectives and anyone who loves SWEETS!
Archie McBudge was planning a sweet summer at Honeystone Hall. Picnics by the loch, watching the honeydragons flying around the hillsides, chasing ghosts through the shadowy castle hallways, and of course, testing out all the new sweets from the McBudge Confectionery Factory. But now the Wyrdie Tree, the source of all the magic in the town of Dundoodle, is dying, and the guardian must save it before Dundoodle's magic is gone for good. And who's the guardian, you ask? That's right, Archie McBudge. With enemies on every side, puzzles to solve and secrets to uncover - not to mention a very scary dentist to avoid - Archie's summer's looking less like a strawberry marshmallow dream and more like a super-sour sherbet lemon with exploding bits that make your mouth go numb for a week!
The follow-up to David O'Connell's The Chocolate Factory Ghost, this is a must-read for anyone who loves ghosts, monsters, toffee, marshmallows, and wants to explore more of the weird and wonderful town of Dundoodle.


James Nicol - A Witch Come True (The Apprentice Witch) - Published by Chicken House (7 Mar. 2019) - ISBN-13: 978-1910655986 - Paperback - Age 7+


The war is over and Arianwyn has discovered the secret of the quiet glyphs, but her troubles are far from over. Her day-to-day work as Lull's Witch is tricky enough: winter has set in, bringing bad weather, ice imps and befuddling Yule traditions. But when Arianwyn's grandmother is abducted by the traitor on the Council, our witch faces her greatest challenge yet. What really makes a witch come true? Our lovable heroine is about to find out ...

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