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Cupcakes, detectives, foxes, witches and zumbies, we have a book for every child this autumn


For ages 9+  £6.99  Published 5 September
Catherine O'Flynn

The Times Children’s Book of the Week

Lori wants to be a detective but, so far, the most exciting mystery she has solved is the disappearance of her nan’s specs down the side of the sofa. Max is the new girl at school and Lori is asked to look after her. Max is odd. She doesn’t fit in – but then Lori doesn’t really fit in either.

When some charity money goes missing and Max disappears, Lori seems to be the only person who doesn’t think Max has stolen it and run away. Even the police don’t want to investigate and suddenly Lori finds she has a real crime on her hands.
Praise for Lori and Max

'This thrilling, funny, perceptive detective story is in a class of its own.'
The Times Children’s Book of the Week

'A wittily told detective story about two eccentric and endearing girls - it’s a real page-turner.' Jacqueline Wilson

'the story is by turns funny, sad and challenging but always engrossing and a true page-turner.' BookTrust 

‘Full of wit, hope, friendship and all the clever clues and twists you’d expect from a story with ‘detecting’ at its core.’ Library Girl and Book Boy

Buy Lori and Max here with free P&P


For ages 11+  £7.99  Publishing 11 September
Anna Mainwaring

Jesobel Jones is bold and beautiful. The daughter of a hand model and a washed-up rock star, she sees no need to apologise for her rambling house, her imperfect family, her single status ... or her weight. Jess makes her own cupcakes and she eats them, too. That is, until Own Clothes Day when a wardrobe malfunction leaves Jess exposed, and a mean girl calling her the one thing that’s never bothered her before: fat.

Pre-order Rebel with a Cupcake with free P&P here


For ages 9+  £6.99  Publishing 12 September
Jennifer Killick

Latest in the hilarious Alex Sparrow series

The Zumbies are on the rampage – members of the Cherry Tree Lane zumba class are apparently dying and then mysteriously coming back to life!

Alex, Jess and Dave have to put a stop to it before Alex’s mum and nan join the living Zumba dead or there’ll be no family Christmas.

But why are the Zumbies curiously drawn to the Christmas lights? What does the Octopus sign mean? And who is the evil genius behind it all?

Praise for Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse:

'Christmas has turned creepy on Cherry Tree Lane. Beware the Zumbies'  Charlie Crisp, aged 9
'It's the best book we've ever read,' Kestrel Class, Year 4, Holy Cross Primary School, Liverpool

Pre-order Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse with free P&P here


For ages 7+  £6.99  Publishing 30 September
Sharon Marie Jones
Sequel to Grace Ella: Spells for Beginners

Grace-Ella is nervous and excited to go to Witch Camp, with her cat Mr Whiskins, of course. She is put in a cabin with Dilys, Mati and Aisha. Grace-Ella likes them all. But when Dilys’s broomstick flying goes very wrong, and Mati convinces them breaking the rules and going into the woods at night is the only way to help her, Grace-Ella finds herself on a real adventure. Will she be able to save her friends?

Praise for Grace Ella: Witch Camp

'Absolutely enchanting - a spell-binding tale of friendship and magic.' Claire Fayers
'Shimmers with magic, friendship and adventure.' Julie Sykes
'Bubbling with magic, bravery and friendship.' Bookloverjo
'Prepare to be bewitched ... An awesome read.' Nina, Family Bookworms
'The young witches need to find courage and self-belief to succeed ... a thoroughly uplifting and satisfying read.' Wendy White

Pre-order Grace Ella: Witch Camp with free P&P here

For ages 9+  £6.99  Publishing 3 October
Catherine Fisher
Sequel to the award-winning The Clockwork Crow

Orphan Seren Rhys is enjoying her first summer at Plas-y-Fran. But as autumn arrives, it brings with it a mysterious new governess who seems intent on drawing Tomos away from Seren and his family.
Dangerous figures from a bewitched toy carousel stalk the house and, fearing the worst, Seren calls on the clockwork crow to help her. But can he reach her in time, and will Tomos be able to escape the magical creatures threatening to ensnare him, led by the Velvet Fox?

'A writer whose strange magic is impossible to resist.' Daniel Hahn

'Catherine Fisher has woven her magic once more, twisting fairy tales, folklore and fantasy into a spellbinding tale.' Family Bookworms

'A magical thriller with a difference.' Amanda Craig

Pre-order The Velvet Fox with free P&P here