With the holiday season nearly upon us, we first of all want to thank you all for supporting books, authors and publishers year-round.
Before we all bury ourselves in mince pies and hot chocolate (with all the toppings) we wanted to share with you a brief reminder of our latest reviewed titles and a sneak peek at what’s coming in spring 2022!
The Song that Sings Us (12+)
An epic ecological adventure by Nicola Davies.
‘A passionate adventure, full of incident, intrigue, wildness and rage, which is timely in the aftermath of Cop26. Jackie Morris’s cover makes it also a thing of beauty.’ – Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Best Children’s Books of 2021
‘This is storytelling on the most poetic scale – strange, bloody, grand and unforgettable.’ – Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian
‘Fast-paced, lyrical and utterly convinced of an electromagnetic unity that runs through all living things.’ – Kitty Empire, The Observer
The Red Gloves and other Stories (9+)
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‘Fisher gauges the chills just right, staying within the delicious-frisson zone and stopping short of anything that might cause nightmares. As in the best supernatural stories, there’s always a clever, embedded metaphor for those who care to look.’ – James Lovegrove, Financial Times Best books of 2021: Children’s books
‘Catherine Fisher has carved out a special niche with her Welsh magic and folklore novels, but here she takes a darker step into the spiritual world with a collection of short stories to chill the bones of older children… If you haven’t discovered Fisher’s novels yet, this is a great introduction to her vivid imagination.’ – Sally Morris, The Daily Mail
‘Wishes, curses and ghosts make this a spellbinding collection.’ – Philip Womack, Literary Review
The Wanderer (14+)
A heart-wrenching teenage romance with a paranormal twist by Josie Williams.
This is a teenage romance with a difference. If you’ve ever wondered what might happen when you die, then this lovely YA novel offers an interesting and credible theory. A thought provoking and warm love story spanning the normal boundaries of the universe.’ – Anne Horemans, Books for Keeps
‘A heartbreaking love story with a ghostly twist; I fell in love with Ryder and Maggie and felt every longing glance and stolen touch. Just gorgeous.’ – Cynthia Murphy, author of Last One To Die
‘A poignant story about two teens dealing with loneliness and looking for a sense of connection. Moving and intense.’ – Kat Ellis, author of Harrow Lake
Little Horror (9+)
A hilarious madcap MG debut by TV writer Daniel Peak.
‘A gloriously daft toddler odyssey, with an unforgettable protagonist, a bone-dry comic voice, and a memorable escape on a mobility scooter.’ – Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian Best new picture books and novels
‘This hilarious tale features wacky characters, a madcap plot and plenty of ominous twists and turns, not to mention an audacious escape on a mobility scooter. A highly entertaining, laugh-out-loud book, which is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed by middle grade readers.’ – BookTrust
‘Little Horror is genuinely gripping and evokes grown-up thrillers like The Bourne Identity or The Fugitive. The villain is just scary enough to have children’s toes curling, and Rita’s voice is strong enough to maintain the narrative throughout… despite only having two years’ worth of experiences to draw upon! She’s much more than just a Little Horror and so is this debut novel.’ – Stuart Dyer, Books for Keeps
Keeper of Secrets (9+)
A moving wintery MG debut by Sarah J. Dodd.
‘A story of loss and loneliness, and finding new friends and hope in the bleak of winter – and of wild things that change everything. I loved it!’ – Amy Wilson, author of A Girl Called Owl, A Far Away Magic and Snowglobe
‘An emotive, heart-warming tale of friendship, courage and conservation. I loved it.’ – Hannah Gold
‘A perfect wintery Christmasy read. But it also is a wonderfully thoughtful and quietly mindshifting novel dealing with isues of grief, but also dipping its toe into the debate for rewilding lynx into the UK, something that is most cleverly and sensitively approached.’ – Lily and the Fae
A tense and compelling YA debut by Luke Palmer.
Nominated for the 2022 CILIP Carnegie medal.
Featured on the Sunday Times 2021 Books of the year list.
‘As Melvin Burgess’s Junk was to the dangers of drugs, this cautionary young adult novel is to the threat of radicalisation.’ – Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week
‘This unsettling yet compelling debut deserves a place on many bookshelves.’ – Claire Hennessy, The Irish Times
‘This book broke my heart and challenged me in so many ways!’ – Ashling Brown, AshsWorldOfBooks
COMING SOON IN 2022
(And ready to pre-order…)