Monday, 6 July 2020

Mr. Ripley's Enchanted Books: Children's Book Picks - July 2020

Sophie Kirtley - The Wild Way Home - Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books - (1 July 2020) - ISBN-10: 1526616289 - Paperback - Age: 9+ (Book Review Here)

When Charlie's longed-for brother is born with a serious heart condition, Charlie's world is turned upside down. Upset and afraid, Charlie flees the hospital and makes for the ancient forest on the edge of town. There Charlie finds a boy floating face-down in the stream, injured, but alive. But when Charlie sets off back to the hospital to fetch help, it seems the forest has changed. It's become a place as strange and wild as the boy dressed in deerskins. Charlie has unwittingly fled into the Stone Age, with no way to help the boy or return to the present day. Or is there?
What follows is a wild, big-hearted adventure as Charlie and the Stone Age boy set out together to find what they have lost - their courage, their hope, their family and their way home.
Fans of Piers Torday and Stig of the Dump will love this wild, wise and heartfelt debut adventure.

Alex English (Author), Mark Chambers (Illustrator) - Sky Pirates: Echo Quickthorn and the Great Beyond - Published by Simon & Schuster Children's UK (23 July 2020) - ISBN-13: 978-1471190773 - Paperback - Age: 8+

Take to the skies in this thrilling new series from author Alex English. (BEWARE: THERE WILL BE PIRATES!)
11-year-old Echo Quickthorn has grown up believing that nothing exists outside the Kingdom of Lockfort, but everything changes when an eccentric professor parks his airship outside her window armed with a map that shows all the magical places that exist beyond the city walls. 

Together with her pet lizard, Gilbert, Echo sets off on an incredible adventure to find her missing mother; an adventure that will take her to unimaginable places filled with giant butterflies, mechanical dragons and . . . sky pirates!

Maria Kuzniar - The Ship of Shadows - Published by Penguin (16 July 2020) - ISBN-13: 978-0241372913 - Paperback - Age: 8+

Aleja is a dreamer who longs for a life of magic and adventure. So when a mysterious ship arrives in her Spanish harbour city, crewed by a band of ruthless women, Aleja knows it's sailed right out of a legend.
And it wants her.

But life aboard the Ship of Shadows is more than even she bargained for. It will take all of Aleja's strength and skill to gain the trust of her fellow pirates - and discover what they are risking everything to find . . .
Maria Kuzniar spent six years living in Spain, teaching English and travelling the world, which inspired her debut novel The Ship of Shadows. Now she lives in Nottingham with her husband, where she reads and writes as much as she can and bookstagrams. She is always planning her next adventure.

Gabrielle Kent (Author), Rex Crowle (Illustrator) - Knights and Bikes 3 - Published by Knights Of (2 July 2020) - ISBN-13: 978-1913311049 - Paperback - Age: 8

A new mystery has rolled onto Penfurzy island and the Rebel Bicycle Club are ready to investigate! Nessa, Demelza and Captain Honkers set-off to explore a travelling fun-fair when things begin to get strange. With new friends and a new legend to uncover, the bestfriends do what they do best: SAVE THE DAY FROM A FATE WORSE THAN HOMEWORK. A mysterious adventure with twists, turns and gross-out caravan invaders guaranteed to make you laugh!