Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Mr Ripley's Book Choice: Gobbolino, The Witch's Cat,70th Anniversary - Ursula Moray Williams illustrated by Catherine Rayner

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (11 Oct 2012)
The 70th anniversary edition of this classic and timeless tale
No one could mistake Gobbolino for a simple kitchen cat, with his sparky whiskers and magic tricks, but that’s just what the witch’s kitten wants to be. Instead of learning how to turn mice into toads for the witch’s brew, Gobbolino sets out on an adventure to find a family and a home of his own.

Reissued for its 70th anniversary with illustrations by the award-winning Catherine Rayner, this classic tale has been loved by generations of children.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

News: Ravenstone - New Publishing Imprint for Children's and New Adult Young Fiction

Lupus Rex
Showcasing the very best in literature for the young, Ravenstone is a brand new publishing imprint bringing works of quality fiction to young readers around the world. 

Dedicated to highlighting works of genre-busting adventure and incisive and challenging writing, Ravenstone will publish one book a season and exists to highlight works of genre-busting adventure, and incisive and challenging writing. 

Ravenstone’s titles will be published in hardback, paperback and e-book formats in the US and the UK, allowing new generations of readers the chance to explore new worlds and new horizons.

Debut Title - 2013

The imprint’s launch title will be the beautiful debut novel Lupus Rex, by the high-profile musician and writer John Carter Cash. To be published in June 2013, Lupus Rex will have enormous appeal to children and older readers alike. This astonishing new tale is in the tradition of Watership Down, The Rats of Nimh, the Redwall series and Duncton Wood.
Isyl and Cormo are two quail who must risk their lives when they are driven from their home by the crows when the Murder fractures over the decision of who shall rule the Tree. The disorder this brings to the region comes to the attention of the wolf Asmod and he sees an opportunity to make himself King. To restore order the quails must venture far from their home to seek an audience with a potentially dangerous ally, the hawk Pitrin. As the forest trembles with the approach of Asmod’s army, the two quail will find themselves entangled in an epic struggle, as they fight to bring peace to the Field.
This is a major release from a debut imprint and Cash shows himself to be a beautiful writer in his first novel. With a stylish and classic cover by ‘Wicked’ series artist Douglas Smith, this tale of nature is full of strong characters and sets the bar very high for an emerging literary talent.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Oldman Brook - The Wizard of Crescent Moon Mountain - Book Review

The Wizard of Crescent Moon Mountain

Mr Ripley's Book Review
I'm a very big fan of the fantasy genre, so when I heard a little whisper about this book, I thought to myself . . . .  'I need to read this'. I tracked a copy down through the publisher's website and eagerly waited for it to arrive. When it eventually came, my first thoughts turned to the book cover image as it didn't immediately suggest the storyline and, to be honest, didn't really sell itself to me. Fortunately, the synopsis on the back sounded very interesting and outlined just enough for me to be intrigued. However, all in all it wasn't really the best start. 

I really liked the size of the book (about 430 pages) as it was able to give the adventure enough life and sustain the reader's interest. The first part of the story is very detailed and, as a result, quite slow going. However as an older reader, I liked that. But for those readers who might be put off or find it too slow, my advice is to keep going as you shall be rewarded on an epic scale. It has taken the author many years to write this book; influences from J.R.R Tolkien, Philip Pullman and Philip Reeve can be found within this story, and what a story it is.

The start of the plot is focused around one Wizard (Greybeard) and his quest to save Everlast. Through the story he is joined by three Dwarfs, two shape shifters and two Elves (all brothers) as well as Perrywinkle, who is a man with a talent for dishonesty. Interestingly, he is enlisted to the task of documenting events that occur along the way. One such example involves the Goblin army, who have a love for killing, and killing they do in abundance! At this point, the story writing is dark and, at times, very graphic which I really loved.

The epic battle scenes that are played out in this book have a feel of the Hobbit or the Fellowship of the Ring. They can only be described as big time, movie-screen, fantasy action which leave you feeling breathless for the eventual outcome. The host of characters will keep you engaged, but will probably leave you feeling sad at the end. My favourite character was a Goblin called Bobbucket. He may only play a minor role within this book, but he really made me laugh and will probably have a greater role in the next book - if I am reading between the lines correctly!

This is a deliciously dark and, at times, graphic fantasy novel that is a brilliantly entertaining read. It is a great debut book written in an accomplished hand to tell a tale traditionally. The end of the book delivers an epic finale which will leave the reader feeling satisfied. Although the mouth watering glimpses to the start of the sequel are tantalising - I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. I would recommend this to anyone who loves adventure/fantasy and hope that this books gains more coverage over the next few months. Unfortunately, it probably won't find itself on many bookshop shelves, but it is definitely worth tracking down on the Internet. This is one of my top five books of the year, so far!

Book Synopsis
Elven boys Finn and Beezle enter a time portal just before their race is wiped out by an otherworldly warrior and his goblin army. Travelling 3,000 years into the future and arriving in snow-filled lands, the boys are saved from the cold by two shape-shifters sent by Greybeard, the wizard of Crescent Moon Mountain. 

Out of their time and depth, Finn and Beezle are enlisted to join Greybeard and his friends on a quest to save the world of Everlast from the very same otherworldly warrior. Seeing that Beezle has a talent for magic after an incident with his magical bear-headed staff, Greybeard begins to teach the little elf a few tricks. But a problem arises when Finn comes into possession of a magical weapon capable of defeating the warrior. Little does anyone know the weapon has a mind of its own and wants Beezle as its master...

Published By Matador/Troubador - 2012 (ISBN  978 1848767 621)

Monday, 24 September 2012

Book Review: The Unfed by Kirsty McKay

book cover of 

The Unfed 



Kirsty McKay

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (6 Sep 2012)
Language: English
Age: 12+
ISBN-10: 1908435321
ISBN-13: 978-1908435323
  • Book Synopsis:
    The good news: Bobby survived her Undead school trip. Bad news: her best mate, Smitty, is missing. Bobby knows she's got to find him \. even if it means risking it all and going out into the starving-zombie-infested wastelands again. Even if it means taking fellow survivors \- including a couple of old frenemies \- along for the ride. And even if the zombies are not the only ones who are chasing them this time.

  • If you are a vegetarian then this might not be the book for you - there is so much floppy dead skin within this story that it would even make a butcher blush! This is the second installment in the gripping Zombie series, and it will certainly not disappoint, if you are gagging for a good horror read. This book starts where the Undead finishes off. No time is lost in bringing the dramatic bus crash into focus as it flips onto its side and everything turns to blank before being flung headlong into more action, as the bloody entrails drip through every page.

    The Zombies are growing with intelligence and things are really starting to heat up; there's no time for Bobby to lose. She finds herself in a strange hospital with lots of unanswered questions but before long she is faced with a full-scale Zombie disco, playing to the tune of ripping out flesh and brain feasting! At this point of the story, there is certainly lots to get your teeth into for sure.

    The action sequences are well placed within the story. They bring well deployed bouts of scary tension that really create an impact on the reader. The giggles are perhaps optional as the quick one-liners might escape some readers. The slight development of sizzling romantic passion didn't necessarily enhance the storyline for me; at times it felt this was aimed at a more romantic audience. Nevertheless, this book had more graphic detail in than book one. In fact it had been intensely ramped up, which in my opinion was a good aspect, but the jury is perhaps still in discussion for me in terms of the romantic element. 

    This was a very engaging and gripping book to read, and to be quite honest, I loved (nearly) every page. It had a good ending in which to start book three, but I hope that this next book will continue to remain imaginative and to consider different approaches in order to keep it fresh.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Mr Ripley's Book of the Month - Andrew Smith - Passenger -- October 2012

Andrew Smith - Passenger ( The Marbury Lens #2) Best friends Jack and Conner can’t stay away from Marbury. It’s partly because of their obsession with this alternate world and the unresolved war that still wages there. But it’s also because forces in Marbury—including the darkest of the dark, who were not revealed in The Marbury Lens—are beckoning the boys back in order to save their friends . . . and themselves.

The boys try to destroy the lens that transports them to Marbury. But that dark world is not so easily reckoned with. Reality and fantasy, good and evil—Andrew Smith’s masterpiece closes the loop that began with The Marbury Lens. But is it really closed? Can it ever be?

Published by Feiwel & Friends  2, October 2012

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Mr Ripley's Enchanted New Book Picks - October 2012

Eve and Adam
Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate - Eve and Adam - Published by Egmont Book 1,October 2012
This is a stunning new mystery-thriller from the bestselling writers of "Animorphs" and "GONE". It is an exceptional page-turner. Escapism just doesn't get more thrilling than this. 16-year-old Eve Spiker lives an easy life with her geneticist mother, Terra. That is, until she's involved in a freak accident and left with life-threatening injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible. Recuperating at her mum's lab, Eve meets Solo, a hot teenage lab assistant who seems to know more about what's going on at Spiker Biotech than he should do. Joining forces to investigate, Solo and Eve uncover a secret so huge it could change the world completely. Because Terra's research is about more than just saving human lives. It's about creating them...

The Wolf Princess
Cathryn Constable - The Wolf Princess - Published by Chicken House - 4,October 2012
Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this \. On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya, who takes them to her winter palace and mesmerises them with stories of lost diamonds and a tragic past. But as night falls and wolves prowl, Sophie discovers more than dreams in the crumbling palace of secrets \.

The Obsidian Mirror

Catherine Fisher - The Obsidian Mirror - Published by Hodder Children's Books - 4,October 2012
The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future. Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers. Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn's estate: Sarah - a runaway, who appears out of nowhere and is clearly not what she says, Maskelyne - who claims the mirror was stolen from him in some past century. There are others, a product of the mirror's power to twist time. And a tribe of elemental beings surround this isolated estate, fey, cold, untrustworthy, and filled with hate for humans. But of them all, Jake is hell-bent on using the mirror to get to the truth. Whatever the cost, he must learn what really happened to his father.

Jake's father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger ...

Witches at War!: The Wild Winter
Martin Howard - Witches at War!: The Wild Winter - Published by Pavilion Books - 4,October 2012
Now, Sam and her mentor, the incompetent and rude but strangely likeable Esmelia Sniff, have been separated and evil is beginning to dominate the world. It's the longest, coldest winter since records began and the newspapers are reporting sightings of strange and evil creatures making their way towards the Bleak Fortress. Inside the fortress Sam is a prisoner to Diabolica's evil plans while her friend, the potion expert Helza Poppin, is trapped in the dungeon and scheduled for torture. Things ain't looking good.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Charlie Higson’s - Brand new trailer for The Sacrifice and More

Written and directed by Charlie Higson himself, this is the fourth in a series of trailers for the series and is the most ambitious trailer Puffin has ever made for a book.  Shot in locations around London, including on the Millennium Bridge, the trailer features young actors from Forest Hill School, South London and a cast of zombie-sickos played by fans who entered a nationwide competition to appear in the short film.  They bring to life some of the scenes from the new book and a give a taster of the action to come.

The trailer also introduces us to a grotesque new character, ‘Wormwood’ or the ‘Green Man’, so called as his entire body is covered in mould - an effect which took nearly a full day in make-up.

‘The Enemy’ series is set in a post-apocalyptic London after a mystery illness attacks everyone over the age of fourteen.  Some survive, but those that do face a more terrifying fate – they turn into hideous zombies with an insatiable appetite for human flesh. Children form gangs and attempt to survive in an unrecognisable world where there are dangers around every corner.

Previous trailers for the series have had more than 100,000 combined viewings on YouTube and have seen Charlie Higson transforming into a decaying zombie; chilling footage of a terrified boy posting a clip online of himself being attacked by diseased adults; and, last year, a rotting zombie (with an uncanny resemblance to Charlie Higson) breaking into a room full of terrified children.

Filming for The Sacrifice trailer, Puffin’s most ambitious trailer to date, saw:

100 cups of tea and coffee drunk per day
90 hours of pre-production preparation
80 children auditioning for the cast
70 sandwiches consumed
60 members of cast and crew on set
50 litres of orange juice drunk
40 wardrobe items carefully damaged for zombie effect
30 hours of footage
20 litres of fake blood
10 hours in make-up for the Green Man
a 5am call time on the Millennium Bridge
2 days of filming
1 epic trailer!

Emily Cox, Head of Penguin Children's Marketing, said, 'This is our most ambitious trailer to date. Capitalising on Charlie's background and experience in TV, we have gone all out to create something gripping and entertaining that we believe will capture the (sick) imaginations of fans and new readers alike.'

Charlie Higson is a successful author, actor, comedian and writer for television and radio.   He wrote the phenomenally successful Young Bond series which has sold over a million copies in the UK alone and been translated into over 24 languages.  The series comprises five novels, all of which entered the children’s bestseller charts in the top five.  The first novel in his bestselling zombie-adventure series for teenagers, The Enemy, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. It was followed by The Dead (2010) and The Fear(2011). Charlie is a huge fan of horror films and books and even studied gothic literature at university.

After leaving university, Charlie formed a band, The Higsons.  He then became a decorator before turning to the world of television and going into partnership Paul Whitehouse.  His television successes have included Saturday Live, the Harry Enfield Television Programme, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, the film Suite 16, Swiss Toni and of course, the Fast Show. They recently produced the award-winning spoof radio series Down the Line (BBC Radio 4), in which they both performed and which became the television comedy series Bellamy’s People (BBC 2). 

Charlie is also a successful adult novelist and has written four thrillers, King of the Ants (1992), Happy Now (1993), Full Whack (1995) and Getting Rid of Mr Kitchen (1996).
Charlie lives in North London

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Press Release: Will Hill Signs New Book Deal With HarperCollins

HarperCollins signs three more books from Department 19 author Will Hill
HarperCollins is delighted to be continuing its relationship with YA author Will Hill by acquiring three new titles. Fiction Editorial Director Nick Lake secured UK & Commonwealth rights to two final books in the Department 19 series, plus one untitled YA novel. The deal was concluded by Nick and Charlie Campbell at Ed Victor Ltd.

First launched by HarperCollins in 2011, Department 19 was the number one bestselling YA hardback debut of the year and the series has acquired more than 7,000 fans on Facebook ( The books have also enjoyed sales success as ebooks, with Department 19: The Rising becoming HarperCollins' bestselling children's ebook launch in April. Hill’s writing has also been acclaimed in the press. "High action, fast plot, original and gripping, this is vampire writing without the sparkle – but with lots of blood!" said the Sun, while the Telegraph pronounced that, “Bram Stoker can stop turning in his grave: his 21st-century legacy extends beyond Twilight.”

Nick Lake said: "Will Hill is an incredible talent and we’re tremendously excited to have these new books to look forward to. With The Rising, he achieved that rare feat - a sequel that is richer and more gripping than its predecessor - and the strength of his writing is certain to garner him many, many more fans over the coming years."
Will himself said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have signed with HarperCollins for three more novels - the experience of publishing the Department 19 books with them has been an absolute pleasure. I'm looking forward to continuing to work with my amazing editor Nick and the fantastic sales, marketing and publicity teams, and I'm so thrilled that the Department 19 series will finish where it started; on the best list in the business."

About Will:
Before quitting his job in publishing to write Department 19, Will Hill worked as a bartender, a bookseller and a door-to-door charity worker. He grew up in the north-east of England, is scared of spiders, and is a big fan of cats. He lives in east London with his girlfriend.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Andy Briggs - The Jungle Warrior Blog Tour

Welcome to the very first stop of Andy's Blog Tour and to Andy's post. Although, technically, this post hasn't actually been written by Andy, but you'll understand more once you read on. Excitingly this first post swings us into my 500th blog post, so I hope that you'll go bananas and enjoy this jungle treat. Just remember that you'll need to take the jungle climb each day to a new post. If you're feeling brave you might like to look down and admire the breathtaking view . . . . . Happy touring! 

Here we go! The launch of TARZAN: THE JUNGLE WARRIOR blog tour. However, author Andy Briggs was unable to write this blog due to... unforeseen circumstances, so I have been asked to step in. 

I know Andy Briggs had planned a psychological evaluation of the inner working of Tarzan, how a child, raised by wild gorillas coped when he was introduced to civilization. But I didn’t have a clue where to start. Luckily I found an audio file that had been left on Andy’s computer, so I have transcribed it for you now. It turns out that it’s a conversation with Tarzan and the author.

Sounds of parrots cawing from the trees, the gentle patter of rain on the jungle canopy above, and the constant chittering of a billion unseen insects.

ANDY: So, I’m here with Tarzan...

TARZAN: Me Tarzan.

ANDY: Um, yes... you are Tarzan. Quite right. So... (the sound of index cards being switched through so he can find the first question).  You have had an exciting life, what does it mean to be Lord of the Jungle?

The soft crunch of leaves as Tarzan gently leaps from the boulder he was perched on and circles interviewer. The faint sound of sniffing...

TARZAN: You smell strange...

ANDY: Ah, yes... that’s Lynx for you. So, Lord of the Jungle...?

TARZAN: It is good for Tarzan to be lord of all this. Tarzan keep family safe. The jungle a dangerous place, especially for the weak. Like you.

ANDY: That’s nice. (shifts uncomfortably) So you were raised in the wild and forced to eat raw meat. Surely that’s disgusting?

TARZAN: Flesh taste good. You ruin meat by burning! You are stupid to do this.

ANDY: OK, OK... calm down. I only asked... how about... um, Jane. She’s lovely, right? I mean you and her...

A deep guttural rumbling drowns the interviewer out.

ANDY: Ah, OK then. How about... (rapidly flicking through question cards) Um... what was it like to be raised by wild apes?

TARZAN: Apes teach Tarzan that jungle gives life to the world.

ANDY: Ah, you mean through photosynthesis releasing oxygen to the planet....?


ANDY: Ahem. I wish you would stop glaring at me like that... So in your new book, Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior, you are faced with your greatest opponent yet, Nikola Rokoff. How did you two get along?

TARZAN: Rokoff take Karnath! Rokoff must pay the price of Tarzan’s wrath. He will be hunted to the ends of the world!! 

Sound of index cards being furiously knocked from interviewer’s hand.
ANDY: And now you’ve thrown my questions everywhere... (muttering: talk about anger management...) So, um, what is it like being in your own book?

TARZAN: Tarzan no prisoner in book! No page strong enough to hold him! Tarzan real! Tarzan change the world!

ANDY: Indeed. Mr. Burroughs wrote 26 books about you and I am about to embark on my third, which I can exclusively announce is entitled: TARZAN: THE S--

TARZAN: You chatter like Manu!

ANDY: I do? Er... do you enjoy the jungle? I believe in Jungle Warrior you leave all of this behind and enter the city for the first time...

TARZAN: Cities are dangerous places. Wild and untamed...

ANDY: Deep... mmm... deep... I suppose with your primitive understanding of the world you --

TARZAN: You make fun of Tarzan?

ANDY: Huh? No, not at all... um, you can put that stick down. You don’t need - AAAARRRGH!! NO!! NO!!


The sound of screaming recedes with breaking branches and the recording abruptly ends.
TARZAN: THE JUNGLE WARRIOR is out now, published by Faber.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Guest Post: Allan Jones - Codename QuickSilver - Blog Tour


When I first discussed with the publisher the idea of a new spy series aimed at boys, they wanted the hero to be special. Not just special as in brave and bold and honest and trustworthy and good in a tight corner. They wanted something a bit extra. Something extraordinary.

I was first introduced to the world of Parkour and Free-Running when I went to the cinema to see the James Bond movie Casino Royale. I expect a lot of people had the same experience of stunned disbelief, amazement and pure excitement as Sebastien Foucan, playing the role of Mollaka, ran and jumped across the building site with Bond in hot pursuit. Since then, the stunts and disciplines of Free-Running and Parkour have appeared much more frequently, and there are now plenty of YouTube videos and online groups discussing this topic.

The word Parkour comes originally from the French: ‘parcours du combatant’ which is the way of training military personnel by giving them obstacle courses to get across. So, Parkour’s main object was to get across tricky terrain as quickly as possible using whatever methods got the job done. Being able to run fast was an obvious advantage, but to do it well you needed a quick eye and a high level of gymnastic and athletic ability. And a very speedy brain. You have to be able to think five or ten moves ahead – to see obstacles and instantly to be able to figure out how to get over, under or through them at the highest possible speed.

And you have to have the courage and the training to know what your body is capable of. In Parkour, you don’t always get the chance of a second attempt. For instance, if you’re involved in a rooftop chase, you have to be able to judge the distance between buildings. If you jump, will you make it to the other side? If not, what can you do instead? 

The most important basics of Parkour and Free-Running are expert jumping and landing techniques and the use of the roll on landing to protect the spine from jarring and to keep the momentum of your run going. But highly developed gymnastic and athletic skills are also vital if you’re not going to do yourself some serious damage. This is a discipline that demands hard work and training –and a sharp enough brain to know your own limits and not take unnecessary risks. This isn’t Jackass TV – it’s the absolute opposite.

Parkour evolved into Free Running in London about 2003. It used Parkour as a foundation but added new levels of acrobatics and focused on elements such as the cat crawl and the pop vault and the dash bomb. While these new techniques don’t necessarily help you get from point A to point Z as quickly as possible, they are great at confusing and bewildering anyone trying to chase you.

So, when the publishers told me that the hero of Codename Quicksilver should have some special abilities, Parkour and Free Running were the first things that popped into my mind. And then something else occurred to me – something to make Agent Quicksilver even more extraordinary... But you’ll have to read the books to learn what that is.

When Zak Archer accidentally witnesses a murder he immediately finds himself in the firing line. Now some very dangerous people want him dead and he is on the run.

Luckily, running is something Zak is good at. In fact, when he's 'in the zone' he can run faster, jump further and fly higher than should be humanly possible. But will those skills be enough to save him? What exactly is the truth behind his friend's death? And in a world of spies, secrets and lies - who can he trust?

Zak's training is cut short when he is sent on his first mission. The King of Montevisto and his family have been threatened and the secret services believe the attack will take place on the family's forthcoming visit to the UK. It's vital that the trip goes smoothly and Zak is in charge of protecting the king's son. He soon finds he needs all his training and talents to outwit the enemy and save lives. 

Thanks Allan for such a great post. This is one that will surely entice some of you blog readers to grab this action packed book and give it a read. Published 5th July 2012 by Orion Children's.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Jim Eldrige - The Invisible Assassin: The Malichea Quest - Guest Review

book cover of 

The Invisible Assassin 

 (Malichea Quest, book 1)


Jim Eldridge

  • Paperback: 272 pages
      • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (12 April 2012)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 1408817195
      • Book Review by Christopher Todd (Twitter @campertodd) 

      The Invisible Assassin is a book in which a new press officer (Jake Wells) is sent to cover a meaningless story, but an incident leaves a construction worker dead and covered in a strange fungus, Jake realises there is much more to the story. His life on the line, he and his ex-girlfriend try and solve the puzzle about what killed the man and why the Government are trying to cover it up.

       At first glance, this book did not seem to be one that I would generally enjoy reading since the book cover just had two people on a motorbike. I didn’t really know what to expect, but after finishing it I was proved quite wrong indeed. From start to finish I was enticed to keep reading. It didn’t take loads of pages to get into it, in fact from the first couple of pages I was already trying to solve the puzzles, which I just couldn’t do! Therefore, I had to keep reading and every time I kept getting closer there were more twists and turns to grab the reader’s attention.

       It’s like a mash up of The Da Vinci Code, the way that the secret organisations keep trying to keep the secrets quiet, whilst some try to expose the truth. However, the book comes together giving a sense of mystery and a sense of action.

       The Invisible Assassin is the first, within a series of books, from The Malichea Quest series. From the look of the very first one, I hope that the rest of the series live up to the potential of a great teen thriller like this one.

    Tuesday, 3 July 2012

    Mr Ripley's Children's New Book Picks: July 2012

    book cover of 

The Wishing Spell 

 (Land of Stories, book 1)


Chris Colfer
    Chris Colfer - The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell - Published by Atom - 17 July 2012 

    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change....

    Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Connor leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

    book cover of 

Deep Oblivion 

 (Mortal Chaos, book 2)


Matt Dickinson
    Matt Dickinson - Mortal Chaos: Deep Oblivion - Published by OUP Oxford - 5 July 2012
    Butterfly effect: The scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever. Hannah, homeless and on the run. Gwen and Tehpoe, kidnapped by violent rebels. Todd and Isabella, threatened by piranha attack. Wai Yan, hunted by a cruel dictator. Stian Olberg, fighting to save his vessel from imminent destruction. For them, and many others, things will never be the same again. Some will live. Many will die. All are connected. The action is non-stop in this tense and compelling adventure.

    book cover of 


 (Frogspell, book 3)


C J Busby
    C . J  Busby & David Wyatt - Icespell (Frogspell) - Published by Templar Publishing - 1 July 2012
    Join Max and Olivia for more magical thrills, spills and spells in their third hilarious adventure. Max and Olivia are loving life in Camelot - not only is Max having magic lessons with the great wizard Merlin, Olivia is finally in training for the Squire's Challenge. But disaster strikes when Camelot is frozen inside a magical mountain of ice and it's all Max's fault! Can he and Olivia rescue Arthur and Merlin from their icy prison before evil Lady Morgana gets to Camelot and seals their doom?

    book cover of 

The Doom Rider 


David Gatward
    David Gatward - Doom Rider - Published by Hodder Children's - 5 July 2012 
    Seth Crow has lived a thousand lives, and in each one he's been murdered before he turns thirteen.
    And now he's being hunted again. But this time it's different.
    Enter Lily, who tells him of his fate: Seth is CONQUEST. The first of the four riders of the Apocalypse. And people want him dead, before he can fulfil his destiny.
    Seth's only hope lies in finding the other riders - Strife, Famine and Death.
    Together, the fate of the world lies in their hands ...

    Grymm by Keith Austin
    Keith Austin - GRYMM - Published by Red Fox - 5 July 2012
    Something stirred in the gravelly yard beneath their window . . . A soft slippery nuzzle, the sort of sounds you'd expect a pig to make with its snout in a trough . . .

    The small mining town of Grymm perched on the very edge of the Great Desert is the kind of town you leave - but when Dad gets a three-month contract in the mine there, Mina and Jacob, unwilling stepbrother and sister, are reluctantly arriving.

    From a grotesque letting agent who seems to want to eat their baby brother, a cafe owner whose milkshakes contain actual maggots and the horribly creepy butcher, baker and candlestick-maker, Mina and Jacob soon realize that nothing in Grymm is what is appears to be.

    And then things get seriously weird when their baby brother disappears - and no one seems to even notice! In Grymm, your worst nightmares really do come true . . .