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The Jewelled Jaguar launched at Mr Bs Emporium

The Jewelled Jaguar a new title for 9-12s from Sharon Tregenza was launched at Mr Bs Emporium Bookshop in Bath last month.

Described as 'Fast-moving, with a great sense of the natural world as well as hints at supernatural beings – good and bad – this is a thoroughly satisfying tale of young people saving the day.' by Andrea Reece from Lovereading4kids.

 

With his mother is in hospital in a coma, Griffin has to stay with the uncle and aunt he hasn’t seen in years. His cousin Cinnamon doesn’t want him there. What’s going on? Is it something to do with the fabulous Aztec knife about to go on display in the museum? Is it really cursed? Griffin and Cinnamon will have to find a way to work together to survive when they are lured down into the secret tunnels…

The Jewelled Jaguar is Sharon's second middle grade title for Firefly, following the very popular The Shiver Stone (2014).

              

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds nominated for Carnegie Medal

A massive congratulations to author Horatio Clare for his CILIP Carnegie Medal nomination for Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds. The nomination joins a string of recent awards listings including the Stockton Children's Book of the Year 2018, 2018 UKLA Book Awards and Shrewsbury Best Book Award 2018.

This hilarious adventure from the star of Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot (winner of the Branford Boase Award 2016) sees the young hero shrunk to the size of a coin, ride on the back of a swallow and travel the web of time and space to Europe and back, with the help of a couple of spiders. But there’s trouble waiting for him back home where the Ladybirds have flown into Rushing Wood, only to find they’re not welcome…

 
 

Thimble Wreaks Havoc in Wrexham during Children's Book Week

Author Jon Blake and illustrator Martin Chatterton are meeting children at schools and libraries across Wrexham this week to launch Thimble Holiday Havoc, sequel to Lollies shortlisted Thimble Monkey Superstar as part of Children’s Book Week (13-17 November).

Thimble Holiday Havoc is the sequel to Thimble Monkey Superstar currently shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017 selected by Michael Rosen, and is the only Welsh book on the shortlist. Teachers, librarians, parents and children can vote for their favourite book to win on the LOLLIES shortlist at www.scholastic.co.uk/lollies, with voting set to end on December 8th ahead of a London party and winners’ ceremony in January 2018. #VoteThimble

Both books feature Jams, a young boy who uses a walker due to his cerebral palsy, and who is based on the author’s own son, Jordi (in photo above), who has CP. Jams lives with his mum and his dad, who is always trying, and failing, to get the better of the latest addition to the family – Thimble the monkey – in a series of madcap, laugh-out-loud adventures. When Mum organises a house swap holiday to France with Thimble on board, what can possibly go wrong…

Announcing the Furry Fury Animal Competition Winner and Runners-Up

Author Jennifer Killick ran a competition over the summer asking children aged 7-12 to draw or write about a funny animal character that she can feature in her next hilarious book Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury, sequel to Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink

Jennifer has spent the past four weeks sifting through all the wonderful entries. The standard was extremely high, and choosing a winning character from so many brilliant entries was a difficult job. For those who entered but weren’t selected as winners this time, it wasn’t because your entries weren’t fantastic, so please keep creating!
 
 
We are delighted to announce that the winner is Sheriynta, age 7, from St Silas Church of England Primary School in Liverpool, England. 
 
 
Sheriynta's character is a miniature horse called Harry. 
 
 
Harry has the following characteristics:
 
- he laughs when he wasn’t supposed to
- Harry loves making friends
- he has very good dance moves in dancing
- he can hear things from miles and miles away
- Harry knows when danger is coming because of his special, amazing and super hearing
 
Sheriynta will now see her character Harry the Horse featured in Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury (out spring 2018), receive an advance signed copy, her name in the acknowledgements in the book and a school visit from Jennifer.
 
Three runners-up will also receive a signed copy of the book. 
 
Charlotte, age 10, from Wisbech Grammar School in Cambridgeshire, England.
 
  
 
Lois, age 7
 
 
Charlie, age 9, from Sully Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.
 
 
Congratulations to the winner and runners-up and thank you to everyone who entered. And a big thank you to Scoop magazine who featured the competition. 
 
 

Half Price Halloween Sale #SpookyTalesFromWales

To help you get into the spirit of Halloween we are selling some of our spooky stories at half price including free P&P when bought through the website until 1 November 2017. 

To order select the books in the drop down menu above and add to the cart. 

 

Other spooky reads that will get under your skin are ghostly sci-fi novels Alien Rain by Ruth Morgan, a futuristic story of giant killer dragonflies and human ghosts and The Martian Girlsequel to Lost on Mars by Paul Magrs, which continues the epic adventure story of the intrepid Lora who is investigating the disappearance of humans amid the Martian ghosts who haunt the strange and spooky world of the City Inside. Haunting YA thriller The Boy Who Drew the Future by Rhian Ivory is a gripping contemporary/historical story of witches and water told across the present day and the 1850s as the lives of two cursed boys come together across time.