Thursday, 5 March 2020

Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books - Children's Book Picks March 2020 - UK POST


  • Author: Judith Eagle
  • Illustrator: Kim Geyer
  • Book Title: The Pear Affair
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber 
  • Date: 5 March 2020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571346851
When Penelope Magnificent's awful parents tell her they're taking a trip to Paris, she surprises them by begging to go along. 
Nell is usually content to avoid her money-obsessed father and her fashion-focussed mother, but Paris holds something very dear to her... her old au pair Perrine - Pear - lives there. Pear used to write to Nell every week promising to come to her rescue but recently the letters have stopped...
Arriving at her parent's posh hotel, Nell is determined to find Pear... but no one has seen her at her last known address, and no one seems to want to tell her anything about Pear's whereabouts. 
Luckily she befriends the hotel bellboy who introduces her to the world of tunnels underneath the city, and together they set out to find Pear, whilst uncovering an extraordinary mystery of their own...
Black and white chapter head illustrations bring this story to life.


  • Author: Jennifer Bell
  • Illustrator: Alice Lickens
  • Book Title: Agents of the Wild (Operation Honeyhunt)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Publisher: Walker Books 
  • Date: 5 Mar. 2020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406388459
  • Enter the world of Agnes & Attie: AGENTS OF THE WILD; fun-packed young fiction with wildlife conservation themes.
    When 8-year-old Agnes is signed up for SPEARS (the Society for the Protection of Endangered and Awesomely Rare Species), she has no idea of the adventures that lie ahead with her elephant-shrew mentor Attie (short for "Attenborough"). Operation Honeyhunt sends them to the Brazilian rainforest, on a mission to save an endangered, dance-loving bee named Elton. Will Agnes pass the test and become a full SPEARS agent? Species in danger? Girl and shrew to the rescue!


  • Author: Alison Croggon
  • Book Title: The Threads of Magic
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Walker Books 
  • Date: 5 Mar. 2020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406384741
  • Pip lives on his wits in the city of Clarel. When he pickpockets the wrong man, he finds himself in possession of a strange object - a heart in a silver casket. What's more, the heart seems to be trying to communicate with Pip, and the royal officials who lost it will stop at nothing to get it back.
    Pip has unwittingly broken an ancient spell, and his theft will have far-reaching consequences for the whole city. As the ancient war between the Spectres and witches of Clarel reignites, the heart prepares to seek revenge for all it has suffered…
    Alison Croggon conjures a rich, immersive world with brilliant and memorable characters in this captivating story of loyalty, courage, and friendship.


    • Author: Ally Carter
    • Book Title: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour
    • Paperback: 336 pages
    • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
    • Publisher: Orchard Books 
    • Date: 5 Mar. 2020
    • ISBN-13: 978-1408357378
    • FIVE EXTRAORDINARY ORPHANS. ONE INCREDIBLE MYSTERY.
      UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE WINTERBORNE HOME FOR VENGEANCE AND VALOUR
      When 11-year-old April joins a group of kids living at Winterborne Home she doesn't expect to be there for very long. But she soon learns that this home isn't like any of the others - especially when she unearths the secret of the missing-and-presumed-dead billionaire, Gabriel Winterborne, who is neither missing nor dead but is actually living in a basement lair, sharpening his swords and looking for vengeance.
      Now that April knows Gabriel Winterborne is alive, she must turn to the other orphans to keep him that way. As a looming new danger threatens to take Gabriel down once and for all, they must use their individual talents to find a way to make sure this home for misfits isn't lost to them for ever.
      Because at the Winterborne Home, nothing is what it seems, no one is who they say they are and nowhere is safe. And now a ragtag group of orphans must unravel the riddle of a missing heir, a supposed phantom and a secret key, all without alerting the adults of Winterborne House that trouble is afoot.

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