The Haunting of Uncle Ron by Anne Fine

I’ve got to admit to having mixed feelings on this one…

Publisher: Barrington Stoke ISBN: 9781781122853 Published: 4/2/2014 RA 7 IA 8-12

Ian dreads Uncle Ron coming to visit – his uncle means well but he never seems to want to leave! He eats them all out of house and home and worst of all, he spends a lot of his time talking to ghosts! It sounds cooler than it is, nothing the ghosts say is ever interesting, it’s usually just about what’s got stuck behind the fridge. So, Ian decides to come up with a plan to get rid of his pesky uncle once and for all…

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Young Werewolf by Cornelia Funke

Publisher: Barrington Stoke ISBN: 9781781122686 Published: 11/10/2013 RA 8+ IA 9+

When Matt gets bitten by a yellow-eyed beastie on the way home from the cinema, he soon finds out he’s been infected with a werewolf curse! As his body starts to change it gets more and more difficult to hide his yellow eyes, hairy hands, growly voice and sudden craving for raw meat. Can he and best friend Lisa undo the curse before it’s too late and Matt wolfs out completely?

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The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

This one I adored. My notes for it look like I just smooshed the keyboard in a happy frenzy!

Publisher: Doubleday Childrens ISBN: 9780857532879 Published: 10/4/2014

When Alice’s father goes missing following an argument with a fairy, newly orphaned Alice is sent to live with her distant family member Geryon. Living in a huge, mostly empty house with just Geryon, the zombie-like Emma and the menacing Mr Black for company, Alice is at a loss until she discovers the truth about Geryon’s off-limits library. Soon she’s embroiled in the world of Readers, who control the magic of books by falling directly into them and conquering whatever lies within. Accompanied by Ashes the wry talking Library cat, Alice soon finds herself mixed up in a world of lies, treachery and deceit as she battles to uncover the mystery of the fairy her father was arguing with and discover whether she’s really an orphan after all.

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Goddess by Laura Powell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC ISBN: 9781408815267 Published: 10/4/2014

In a world where England never converted fully to Christianity and instead took on the worship of the Greek gods and godesses, Aura is about to become a high priestess for the cult of Artemis. Separated and sheltered from society, the world she lives in revolves entirely around the goddess. When Aura starts to have visions though, the worlds of politics and religion begin to collide and everything Aura thought she knew is tumbled onto it’s head. Can her faith in the goddess carry her through, or has the goddess forsaken her entirely?

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The Phoenix Comic Competition

So excited! I just found this out over at Girls Heart Books – Phoenix Comic (who produce some FANTASTIC comics aimed at younger readers with some truly brilliant writers and illustrators) have teamed up with the Summer Reading Challenge and they are having an end-of-spring comic contest for anyone aged 12 and under!

If only I were twelve again rather than mid twenties…. well, that and posess the ability to draw more than the odd scruffy owl.

Even if like me you are well over the age of 12, The Phoenix Comic is well worth checking out. I’ve recently started really diving into the world of comics for children (expect a new tab up there soon) and Phoenix have stood out as one of the true forerunners of what’s readily available here in the UK. If ever I get the chance to live my dream of being a children’s librarian, you can bet I’d be pushing to get a subscription to them.

The War Within These Walls by Aline Sax, ill. by Caryl Strzelecki

Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Company ISBN: 9780802854285 Published: 25/11/2013

It’s World War 2 and Misha’s family, like all the other Jews in Warsaw, has been forced to live in an overcrowded ghetto with apalling conditions. As the War goes on, more and more people arrive and disease and starvation start to set in. Then the deportations start. Desperate to help his family, Misha does his best to survive but when conditions get worse in the ghetto he joins a handful of other Jews who are determined to get word out to the world and together make one, last, desperate stand against the Nazis.

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Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan and Brooke Boynton Hughes

A US publication for a wee change…

Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide ISBN: 9781423178309 Published: 19/6/2014

It’s Aunt Rose’s wedding and cousins Delia and Willow can’t wait for their families to all get together on their traditional yearly holiday for a dual celebration! They could do without the horrible, frothy pink dresses their aunt has picked out for their bridesmaids dresses though and would much rather be responsible for making the cakes and treats at the reception. How can they convince their aunt that they’re better off in the kitchen than walking down the aisle?

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