Alvy Carragher: The Cantankerous Molly Darling

 Published by Chicken House 6th June 2019

905kaMolly Darling wants life to be as simple as wellies and porridge – this is rural Ireland after all. Instead, Mum’s hiding in the attic; Dad’s run away, leaving only a PowerPoint to explain; her sister has a ham sandwich for a fiancé, there’s a boy and THE silence; her BFF will stop at nothing to go viral; and the chickens are missing. It’s enough to make any girl cantankerous. But she’ll fix it all. Easy, right?

Terrible teen girls will love this! At least, my daughter would have loved it back in the 1990s…

 

 

 

 

 

Return to Wonderland – stories inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice

 Published by Pan Macmillan 27th June 2019

905kcReturn to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland with this stunning collection of original stories from today’s biggest children’s authors – Peter Bunzl, Pamela Butchart, Maz Evans, Swapna Haddow, Patrice Lawrence, Chris Smith, Robin Stevens, Lauren St John, Lisa Thompson, Piers Torday and Amy Wilson.

Tumble down the rabbit hole again to find out what happens in Wonderland without Alice there. Is the Queen of Hearts still ruling with an iron fist? Does the Mad Hatter still have to go to tea? And will Tweedledum and Tweedledee ever resolve their argument?

More than 150 years since Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published by Macmillan, revisit Carroll’s amazing cast of characters – including the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, the Dormouse, the Cheshire Cat and Alice’s Sister in these brand-new stories, that will bring a new generation of readers to Wonderland.

I have to be honest – I have never heard of any of the writers featured in this book, and not one single story was a patch on the original. I’m not sure it will come to much when it goes on sale…

 

Emma Read: Milton the Mighty

 Published by Chicken House 6th June 2019

905kdWhen little spider Milton discovers he’s been branded deadly on social media – and is targeted by pest-killers BugKILL – he fears for his life and the future of his species. Alongside his BFFs, big hairy Ralph and spindly daddy-long-legs Audrey, he searches for a way to clear his name. But to succeed, Milton realises he must communicate with his house humans, a schoolgirl called Zoe – and her arachnophobic dad. Is he mighty enough to achieve the impossible?

Unusual story about a super-hero spider, engaging and huge fun!

 

 

 

Ed Clarke: The Secret Dragon

 Published by Puffin Books 30th May2019

905keA heartwarming story of friendship and adventure – perfect for young explorers aged 8+

‘So if you’re not an animal that’s alive today, and you’re not an animal that’s extinct either, what on earth are you?’

Mari Jones is desperate to be a real scientist, even though she’s only eleven. So when she discovers a tiny dragon while fossil hunting on the beach, she’s sure she can find a good scientific explanation – as long as she can keep it hidden long enough to study it.

Unfortunately for Mari, this is one secret that doesn’t want to be kept. And as she starts to form a deeper bond with the mischievous dragon, she might have to admit that, when it comes to friendship, science might not have all the answers…

Superb fun and surprises as Mari attempts to raise a baby dragon – an enchanting and beautifully told story.

 

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