The Best Children's Book Picks March 2024 UK Post - Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

Jordan Lees (Author), Vivienne To (Illustrator) - The Whisperwicks: The Labyrinth of Lost and Found -  Published by Puffin (28 Mar. 2024) - ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241607497 - Hardback - Age: 8+ 

A boy who doesn't believe in magic. An impossible world that will change his mind.

Eleven-year-old Benjamiah Creek believes in science, logic and the power of reason. He definitely does not believe in magic. But when he receives a mysterious gift in the post - a doll that can transform into a bird - he is led into the impossible (and most definitely magical) world of Wreathenwold, where dark secrets are lost amongst a vast labyrinth of streets.

Benjamiah soon finds himself swept along in a dangerous quest - led by the fierce and brilliant Elizabella, who is determined to solve the disappearance of her missing brother.

Will Benjamiah ever find his way home and discover his puzzling connection with this strange, enchanted world? BUY HERE!

Maria Kuzniar - The Girl Who Dreamed in Magic - Published by Puffin (7 Mar. 2024) - ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241624661 - Paperback - Age: 8+ 

From the acclaimed writer of Ship of Shadows comes a brand-new fantasy following the magical journey of one girl and her bear. 

In a land of ice and stars, where constant troll invasions threaten to shake the moon from the sky, lives a girl with a magical destiny. A girl braver than a Viking, who will one day hold the fate of the North in her hands. That girl is 
Saga Thorolfsdottir.

But there's just one problem: ever since her parents died wielding powerful runes, Saga has been deathly afraid of magic. She would much rather stay within the safety of her village and play with her 
pet bear, Bjørn, than pursue any kind of magical destiny.

So when Saga accidentally disturbs a clan of 
trolls in the mountains, leading to her whole village being taken prisoner, she has to face her fears head on. No amount of rune magic will defeat these monsters, and Saga has only one option - to compete in the Fifth Winter contest, an incredible tournament where only the bravest may enter and only one champion can win. The prize? A horn of magic, powerful enough to rattle the gods themselves . . . BUY HERE!

Catherine Doyle - Pirates of Darksea - Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books (14 Mar. 2024) - ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1526655103 - Paperback - Age: 8+ 

Deep in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, where the full moon rests on the horizon, lies a secret kingdom called Darksea. Ruled by the Pirate King, Captain O'Malley, Darksea's tranquil waters have, of late, been haunted by an invisible and deadly monster - a monster that is eating the once-beautiful islands in gigantic bites.

On the other side of the horizon, at his home in Galway, Max Reid and his family are battling a different monster. His big brother Christopher is in hospital and getting sicker - and his parents have begun to talk of miracles.

Then one night a loud, bright red parrot taps on Max's bedroom window, carrying an invitation from the pirate king. Captain O'Malley needs a new crew member for a dangerous quest, and the reward is everything Max has been hoping for.

But in Darksea, not everyone is as they seem. When Captain O'Malley's secret threatens to upend their mission and destroy Max's chance to help his family, Max realises he's going to have to navigate much more than he bargained for.

Johan Rundberg (Author) A. A. Prime (Translator) - The Queen of Thieves: 2 (The Moonwind Mysteries) - Published by 
Amazon Crossing Kids (5 Mar. 2024) - ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1662509612 - Paperback - Age: 10+ 

Mika will do what it takes to uncover a string of thefts in the city―and keep her fellow orphans safe.

After a merciless winter, spring has sprung in 1880 Stockholm, and the city awaits the arrival of the SS Vega, the first ship to have sailed the Northeast Passage. Life is busy at the orphanage, but twelve-year-old Mika quickly notices that the older orphans are up to something―and it doesn’t look good.

When Constable Hoff approaches her with information about thefts around the city, Mika becomes even more concerned about what the other kids are up to―and what they might be planning for the Vega celebration. The police will have no sympathy for orphans, and she’d hate to see her friends condemned to life in jail.

But Mika soon finds herself in a bind she can’t get out of―one that could condemn her own life. Can Mika uncover who is really behind the thefts in the city and keep her friends safe, without getting caught? Find out in this breathless sequel to The Night Raven. BUY HERE!

March 2024 Mr Ripley's Book Reviews (Check them OUT!) 

Piu DasGupta - Secrets of the Snakestone - Book Review HERE

Christopher Edge (Author), David Dean (Illustrator) - Black Hole Cinema Club - Book Review HERE