Junior & Teens


JULY

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard    Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .

The snake trap by Kevin Brooks    The snake trap by Kevin Brooks

Following a death-defying escape from the hands of a criminal overlord, young PI Travis Delaney thinks he might finally be getting closer to finding out who killed his parents, and why. But things are about to get a whole lot more deadly . . .One moment Travis is trapped in an armed face-off in the offices of Delaney & Co, private investigators. The next terrorists have stormed the building and he's been abducted. Kept captive alongside Winston, the rogue security officer who Travis believes is responsible for his parents' death, Travis is quickly plagued by more questions than answers. As the truth begins to emerge, Travis is faced with the ultimate dilemma: how do you choose between saving your own life or saving the life of someone you love?

Petunia Perry and the curse of the ugly pigeon by Pamela Butchart    Petunia Perry and the curse of the ugly pigeon by Pamela Butchart

Petunia Perry has decided to write her memoirs. She wants the world to know what it's like to start secondary school with a best friend who stages one-person flash mobs in the canteen, a mother who over-shares at parents' and an unwelcome suitor who draws pictures of her as a unicorn.

Love is my favourite thing by Emma Chichester Clark    Love is my favourite thing by Emma Chichester Clark

Plum has lots of favourite things: catching sticks, her bear, her bed - but really love is her absolute favourite thing. She loves her family, and they love her. But trouble loves Plum too; sometimes she just can't help doing slightly naughty things. Will everyone still love Plum then?

The zebra who ran too fast by Jenni Desmond    The zebra who ran too fast by Jenni Desmond

Zebra, Elephant and Bird are three best friends together. Then, one day, they all fall out because Zebra runs TOO fast and doesn't listen to his friends. Only then do they all discover the true meaning of friendship...

Lorali by Laura Dockrill    Lorali by Laura Dockrill

Looking after a girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her, in the first place is discovering where she has come from. Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human. But along with Lorali's arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory's bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a mystery all of their own. What are they really up to? Can Rory protect Lorali? And who from? And where does she really belong, anyway?

Mel Foster and the demon butler by Julia Golding    Mel Foster and the demon butler by Julia Golding

Cabin boy Mel Foster has always been told that he'd come to a bad end - he just never thought it would be as a meal for a giantess from the Arctic wastes! But as Mel is about the find out, looking monstrous doesn't make you a monster. Eve Frankenstein has no interest in eating Mel. She wants to protect him. And very soon he'll need as much protection as he can get. While Eve and Mel become firm friends in the Arctic, far away in London Queen Victoria's strange new butler is hatching a plan that could destroy the British Empire . . . and only Mel has the power to stop him.

Where’s bear by Emily Gravett    Where’s bear by Emily Gravett

Bear and Hare are playing hide-and-seek. Hare is very good at closing his eyes and counting to ten. The problem is, Bear is not very good at hiding. Not very good at all. When you're as big as Bear squeezing yourself behind a lamp stand is not easy, and trying to disappear behind a glass fish tank is simply not going to work. But all of a sudden Bear is... gone! Wherever could he be?

13 days of midnight by Leo Hunt    13 days of midnight by Leo Hunt

When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance. Luke has been left in charge of his father's ghost collection: eight restless spirits. They want revenge for their long enslavement, and in the absence of the father, they're more than happy to take his son. It isn't fair, but you try and reason with the vengeful dead. Halloween, the night when the ghosts reach the height of their power, is fast approaching. With the help of school witchlet Elza Moss, and his cowardly dog Ham, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic, and send the unquiet spirits to their eternal rest. The alternative doesn't bear thinking about.

JUNE

Peppa goes on holiday     Peppa goes on holiday

Peppa and her family go on their first holiday abroad. They pack their suitcases and fly all the way to Italy, where they eat pizza and go sightseeing. But there's so much to see and do that Peppa keeps leaving poor Teddy behind! Will he make it home in the end?

   Sir scallywag and the battle for stinky bottom by Giles Andreae   Sir scallywag and the battle for stinky bottom by Giles Andreae

Sir Scallywag is back and mightier than ever! King Colin is in need of our 6-year-old-hero Sir Scallywag's help again. This time he has set his sights on a Golden Sausage that will make him live for ever. Unfortunately it is guarded by hundreds of angry trolls. There's only one boy for the job - enter Sir Scallywag!

 Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley    Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Micah's beloved grandfather is gravely sick, but all is not lost. Years ago, his grandfather visited a mysterious circus where he was promised a miracle by a man who could bend light. But who is this stranger, will he keep his promise, and does the magical Circus Mirandus really exist?

  Octor, monster of the deep by Adam Blade     Octor, monster of the deep by Adam Blade

Planet Nemos needs Max and Lia's help once more, as an old enemy and a terrifying new Robobeast attack the mysterious Lost Lagoon. Can our heroes defeat a monstrous octopus which shoots jets of fire underwater? It's time to do battle!

For Holly by Tanya  Byrne      For Holly by Tanya  Byrne

Lola Durand hates her stepmother. It's a cliche but it's true. Lola Durand can't get through to her father. He never wants to talk about the things that matter: why they had to move to Paris, why he had to marry evil Agatha, and how they can get through the heartache of her mother's death together. If he won't listen, she'll show him. She'll show him the truth about his new wife and then her life can go back to normal, just the way she likes it. Lola Durand knows a secret about her stepmother. She's going to share it.

The queen’s spaghetti by Patricia Cleveland-Peck    The queen’s spaghetti by Patricia Cleveland-Peck

There's squiggly, wiggly, spaghetti everywhere! Queen Nellie and King Jim live in a big old castle with lots of friendly animals, and after a long day the Queen decides to cook the King's favourite dinner - spaghetti! She sings as she stirs, but oh no - it just keeps growing! Can Queen Nellie find anyone to help clean it all up before King Jim gets home?

Stop those monsters by Stephen Cole     Stop those monsters by Stephen Cole

I'm Bob, a human boy stuck in a land of MONSTERS. I'm trying to get out with the help of three - count them, three - incredible creatures. There's Verity, who looks like a giant hamster. Alfie, who's about as scary as a bag of crisps. And Zola, a gorgon who can't turn people to stone (though she can manage cardboard at a push). We're on a crazy, death-defying quest to escape with our lives. And all around us, the cry goes up: STOP THOSE MONSTERS!!!

 Arena 13 by Joseph Delaney    Arena 13 by Joseph Delaney

Welcome to Arena 13. Here warriors fight. Death is never far away . . . Leif has one ambition: to become the best fighter in the notorious Arena 13. Here, punters place wagers on which fighter will draw first blood. And in grudge matches, they bet on which fighter will die. But the country is terrorized by the creature Hob, an evil being who delights in torturing its people, displaying his devastating power by challenging an Arena 13 combatant in a fight to the death whenever he chooses. And this is exactly what Leif wants . . . For he knows Hob's crimes well. And at the heart of his ambition burns the desire for vengeance. Leif is going to take on the monster who destroyed his family. Even if it kills him.

   Oh, obviously by Laura Dockrill   Oh, obviously by Laura Dockrill

Ten-year-old Darcy Burdock sees the extraordinary in the everyday, and the wonder in the world around her. Mum and Dad are having serious money worries. Darcy's granny (the one she doesn't like as much as her main most important grandma) has come to stay, and is snapping at everyone. Pork the cat's real owner has turned up, and wants to take him away. And to top it all off, Darcy is dreading her school sleepover - especially as she's the owner of the world's most ugly, stupid, babyish pyjamas. Can the power of Darcy's colourful, wild, glittering imagination turn all her troubles around?

 There will be lies by Nick Lake     There will be lies by Nick Lake

Shelby Jane Cooper is seventeen, pretty and quiet. It's just Shelby and her mom, Shaylene, a court stenographer who wears pyjama jeans, stitches tapestry, eats ice-cream for dinner and likes to keep Shelby safe. So safe she barely goes out. So safe she doesn't go to school. Because anything could happen, to a girl like Shelby. Anything. When Shelby gets knocked down by a car, it's not just her leg that's broken: Shelby's world is shattered. Her mom turns up to collect her and drives off into the night, like it's the beginning of a road trip, like two criminals on the run, like Thelma and Louise or Bonnie and Clyde. And somehow, everywhere she looks, there's a coyote watching her, talking to her, telling her not to believe. Who is Shelby Jane Cooper? If the person who keeps you safe also tells you lies, who can you trust?

Go, go, gorilla by Lydia Monks    Go, go, gorilla by Lydia Monks

Hooray! Gorilla has come to stay. He crashes through the door full of excitement and anticipation. And at first he's not disappointed. The family have thought of everything to make him comfortable. But then it begins to snow. And although Gorilla likes the look and taste of snow, he's not a natural at all the snow-related activities they try. With skiing and skating, he wibbles and wobbles all over the place before falling over. "Ooo, ooo, ooo," he cries. He doesn't like it. Even his snowman falls on top of him! So how can the little boy make him feel better? By finding something Gorilla is good at, that's how. And "Ooo, ooo, ooo", it turns out to be something that's very exciting!

May

My Dad’s the best by Nicholas Allan

A warm and witty celebration of what makes all dads special, from the creator of The Queen's Knickers. This dad can't sing like a pop star or cook like a chef... but, he can help with tricky homework, tell amazing bedtime stories and give the best piggybacks!

Foul play by Peter Bently

Cedric Thatchbottom can't wait to train as a squire, serving Sir Percival the Proud a knight famed throughout the land for his glorious deeds. But this famous knight isn't all he appears to be, and Cedric soon finds himself being run ragged around Castle Bombast by his new master. Sir Percy has bet Castle Bombast on the FOOTBALL tournament at the May Fair. The only problem is we haven't got a team! Now it's up to ME to find some players and make sure we WIN. But Sir Roland the Rotten's team has a TERRIFYING reputation and the only volunteers I can find have never kicked a ball in their lives. Eek!

Plexor and the raging reptile by Adam Blade

In a desert oasis a terrifying creature lies in wait. Plexor, a monstrous water beast, is guarding the missing royal orb. Tom and Elenna must conquer the beast, or all the kingdoms are doomed!

The heir by Kiera Cass

Eighteen years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

What the jackdaw saw by Julia Donaldson

The jackdaw wants all his friends to come to his party, but when he calls out his invitation the animals just touch their heads. Why won't they answer? And what do their actions mean? Luckily a brown owl can help him with the puzzle!

Daddy I can’t sleep by Alan Durant

When Little Panda can't sleep, Daddy Panda helps him understand that there's nothing to be afraid of. They explore their habitat together and soon they are calm and ready for bed.

The jaguar trials by Ruth Eastham

Thirteen-year-old Ben finds himself in Central America with his parents - and stumbling into an ancient mystery. Along with two local kids, he is determined to solve the ancient trials of El Dorado, lift the curse and find the gold. But along the way Ben learns important things about friendship - and realizes that treasure might not be all there is to find at the end of the trials.

Under the bed by Anne Fine

There's never been anything scary under the bed since I was born, and there is nothing scary now. I really believe that. I keep believing it for about five minutes. Then I get less sure. Mum, Dad, Harry and Nana are at their wits' end. How can they prove to Toby that there are no monsters under the bed, so that they can finally get some sleep? Will a new bicycle help? Or a magic spell? Or does this call for something completely different...?

Lair of the leopard by Bear Grylls

When teen adventurer Beck Granger finds himself stranded on a Himalayan mountainside, he has to draw on all his strength and skill to survive. After death-defying climbing and sheltering in some of the hardest terrain on earth, Beck also has to somehow make it through bear attacks and flash floods. But the biggest challenge of all is still ahead. Can Beck finally learn the truth about his parents' deaths and bring their killers to justice?

The lie tree by Frances Hardinge

Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances, and as she is searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. The tree only grows healthy and bears fruit if you whisper a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, will deliver a hidden truth to the person who consumes it. The bigger the lie, the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered. The girl realizes that she is good at lying and that the tree might hold the key to her father's murder, so she begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community. But as her tales spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter . . .

Better left buried by Emma Haughton

Brother dead, best friend missing, house ransacked, stalked by a stranger, attacked in the street. And Sarah has no idea why. She never knew her brother was hiding a dark secret when he died. But now his actions have led the wolves to her door - and the only way out is to run.

All aboard the dinosaur express by Timothy Knapman

The Dinosaur Express is the most exciting train you have ever seen - so climb aboard, it's just about to set off! The engine's like a T. Rex head, the carriages have scales! It's faster than a pterosaur - it flies along the rails! The stegosaurus stationmaster blows his whistle - yes! "All aboard! All aboard the Dinosaur Express!" With doors like pterodactyl wings and seats as comfy as allosaurus paws, the Dinosaur Express is a train like no other. These little dinosaurs can't believe their eyes as the mighty train pulls into the station and, what do you know, one very lucky dinosaur might even get picked to drive the train!