Welcome to our catalogue of bookish delights for the first half
of 2018. A new publishing year brings a plethora of new talent to Bloomsbury. We’re delighted to share The Wren Hunt, a beautifully written, spellbinding and very different witchy YA debut from award-winning Mary Watson. Baby’s First Bank Heist introduces Frank, a baby who will go to any lengths to get a pet. This laugh-out-loud funny, super-stylish debut picture book from Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins will be a massive hit with parents and children alike. And the amazing illustrator Daniel Egneus joins our non-fiction list with Moth, a spectacular and haunting evolution story written by Isabel Thomas. You’ll find these pages packed with irresistible books from new names, firm favourites and stars-in-the-making – including the fantastically great Kate Pankhurst, Sophy Henn, Nick Sharratt, Sarah J. Maas, Katherine Rundell, Lucy Worsley and the unmissable Greg James and Chris Smith. I also have to mention the most beautiful book about London I’ve ever seen – created in partnership with the National Archives, The Buildings that Made London by David Long and Josie Shenoy is a gorgeous, innovative and important celebration of this great city. Happy reading!
Rebecca McNally Publishing Director and International Editor-in-Chief
National Awards 2017 One by Sarah Crossan WINNER FCBG Children’s Book Award 2017 (Senior) RSPB Wildlife in Your Garden by Mike Dilger & Sarah Horne
SHORTLISTED SLA Information Book Awards 2017
The Epic Book of Epicness by Adam Frost WINNER Hampshire School Library Service Information Book Award 2017 The Awesome Body Book by Adam Frost SHORTLISTED The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2017 The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold & Levi Pinfold
SHORTLISTED Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Awards 2017
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
by Leigh Hodgkinson SHORTLISTED IBW Children’s Book Award 2017
There’s Broccoli in my Ice Cream
by Emily Mackenzie SHORTLISTED Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Awards 2017
Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst SHORTLISTED IBW Children’s Book Award 2017
Kiss It Better
Smriti Prasadam-Halls Sarah Massini by
& SHORTLISTED Sheffield Book Awards 2017
A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting Michelle Robinson & David Roberts
SHORTLISTED Sheffield Book Awards 2017 SHORTLISTED IBW Children’s Book Award 2017
Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots Michael Rosen & David Tazzyman SHORTLISTED CLiPPA 2017
The Wolf Wilder
by Katherine Rundell SHORTLISTED UKLA Book Awards WINNER North East Book Award 2017 SHORTLISTED IBW Children’s Book Award 2017 WINNER Stockport Schools’ Book Award: The Read 2017
I Don’t Like Poetry
by Joshua SHORTLISTED The LOLLIES 2017
by Lucy Worsley SHORTLISTED Young Quills Awards 2017
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Crane Calamity and
Dumper Truck Danger Written by
11 JANUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408872468 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Two more action-packed adventures featuring the irrepressible Dino Diggers. With a slot-together novelty in each book, you can build your own crane and dumper truck for hours of dino fun! The Dino Diggers are the best in town and they’re back with two exciting new adventures: Crane Calamity and Dumper Truck Danger. In Crane Calamity, the Dino Diggers are building a house for the Triceratops family. New apprentice Ricky Raptor is a bit too keen to help out – with disastrous consequences! Luckily Bruno Brachiosaurus and his crane come to the rescue just in time. Stacey Stegosaurus saves the day in Dumper Truck Danger when the town bridge collapses in the storm – and Tyrone T. rex gets his excavator well and truly stuck in the mud! A fast-paced and funny series for all fans of dinosaurs and diggers. With a free Dino character and vehicle to press out and build in each book, the Dino Diggers guarantee to deliver hours of Dino-Digging fun. Rose Impey is the author of over 110 children’s books, including the bestselling Sleepover Club series, which has sold more than one million copies and is a television series. She has been shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Rose lives in Leicestershire.
14 JUNE 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408872482 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Chris Chatterton is an illustrator and animator with a background in graphic design and commercial animation. Dino Diggers is his first series with Bloomsbury. Chris lives in County Durham.
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11 JANUARY 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408869918 / £11.99 PAPERBACK / 9781408869925 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408882955 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
I Love You, Stick Insect
Eric Makes a Splash
A stylish and laugh-out-loud tale of one stick insect’s quest to find true love, from the creator of I’m Going to Eat This Ant
Join Eric the panda as he learns to overcome his fear of swimming and water. Perfect for sharing with all little worriers about to make their first splash
Stick Insect is IN LOVE! Eric is about to make a splash ... or is he? Just think of all the fun and laughter he will have with his perfect partner surfing the ocean waves, racing on speeding motorcycles with the wind in his feelers, dancing the hula – whoop-di-whoop! But ... there’s something not quite right about Stick Insect’s new sweetheart, and Butterfly seems to have spotted the problem ...
The problem is that Eric is a worrier, and nothing worries him more than the thought of swimming. What if his fur gets wet? What if water goes in his eyes? What if he sinks to the bottom of the pool? Fortunately, Eric has a brave and fearless friend who wants to help. But can she convince Eric that swimming is fun?
‘IT’S A STICK!’
A positive and imaginative treatment of a very common childhood worry that is guaranteed to help allay the fears of little worriers everywhere.
Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is an illustrator and graphic designer. He lives in Limoges, France, with his family. This is his second picture book, following the success of I’m Going to Eat This Ant.
8 FEBRUARY 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408874004 / £11.99 PAPERBACK / 9781408882962 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408882948 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Emily MacKenzie graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. Working mainly with ink, digital collage and screen printing, Emily’s illustrative work draws from childhood memories, an inquisitive nature and a vivid imagination. This is Emily’s fourth picture book for Bloomsbury following Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar, which was nominated for the Scottish Booktrust Children’s Book Award; Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat, which won the Children’s Picture Book IBW Book Award 2016 and There’s Broccoli in my Ice Cream! Emily lives in Edinburgh with her husband and young son.
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8 FEBRUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408886250 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Lola Dutch Is a Little Bit Much
Car, Car, Truck, Jeep
Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright
Meet the unstoppable, inimitable Lola Dutch – a delightful new character, perfect for fans of Emma Chichester Clark, Eloise and Olivia
Take one book jam-packed with things on wheels, add a text to read aloud to the tune of ‘Baa, Baa, Black Sheep’ and you have the perfect preschool combination
It’s the beginning of a new day, and Lola Dutch is bursting with creative ideas! She cooks up a fantastic feast for breakfast, devours great books at the library, paints a masterpiece for every wall and builds a majestic bedtime fort before she finally goes to bed. And when Bear says she is just too much, this energetic little girl is still bursting with imagination and delight, which even Bear will agree is amazing.
This book is bursting with cars, buses, planes, trains, trucks, diggers and many more things that go.
Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright live in Utah, USA, with their four children. This is their first children’s book collaboration. Kenneth is a former professional dancer and full-time teacher. In 2008, Sarah Jane opened an Etsy shop that has exploded into a business with art prints, fabrics, books, wallpaper, puppets and illustrated children’s books. Her clients include Ralph Lauren, Pop & Lolli and Michael Miller Fabrics. Lola Dutch was inspired by their four gorgeously feisty children.
Katrina Charman Nick Sharratt
8 MARCH 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408864951 / £11.99 PAPERBACK / 9781408864968 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408864944 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Car, car, truck, jeep, have you any fuel? Yes, sir, yes, sir three tanks full. With bold, colourful illustrations by the instantly recognisable Nick Sharratt and text by talented newcomer Katrina Charman vehicleobsessed little ones will never want to put this book down. Katrina Charman is an exciting new picture book talent. She lives in Berkshire with her husband and three children. Car, Car, Truck, Jeep is her first book in this new series with Bloomsbury. Nick Sharratt is the bestselling illustrator of over 250 books for children including books by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen. His vibrant art style has delighted children for years. He lives in Sussex and is the proud owner of a Blue Peter badge.
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8 MARCH 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408864852 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408873847 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
The Butterfly Dance
A heart-warming story about friendship that follows the fascinating life cycle of a butterfly. From Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlisted author/illustrator Suzanne Barton
Caterpillars Dotty and Stripe do everything together until, one day, after spinning themselves into snuggly cocoons, Dotty wakes up as beautiful blue butterfly and Stripe wakes up as a beautiful red butterfly. The problem is red butterflies only play with other red butterflies and blue butterflies only play with other blue butterflies. Are Dotty and Stripe destined to be separated or can they find a way to stay best friends? A charming tale of discovery showing it’s who we are on the inside that really matters. Suzanne Barton’s artwork is a beautiful combination of collage, drawing and painting. The Dawn Chorus, Suzanne’s first picture book, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. This is her third book for Bloomsbury.
Tom Percival Christine Pym
Fall in love with Alfonzo the goat and his adorable animal friends in this beautifully illustrated, uplifting picture book that is bursting with kindness and good deeds. It will bring a tear to the eye Let me tell you the tale of Alfonzo the goat, Who was terribly fond of his lovely new coat ... Alfonzo couldn’t be happier. He’s just got himself a dashing new coat and he feels like a million dollars. But when he discovers some creatures in need of help, will Alfonzo be able to part with his treasured possession to save the day?
5 APRIL 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408881026 / £11.99 PAPERBACK / 9781408881019 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408881002 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
The perfect picture book pick-me-up showing that love, kindness and friendship make the best recipe for happiness. Tom Percival is a writer, artist, video producer and musician. Tom writes and illustrates his own picture books, including Herman’s Letter, Herman’s Holiday, Bubble Trouble, By the Light of the Moon and Perfectly Norman. Tom lives in Stroud with his partner and their two children. Christine Pym studied Illustration for Children’s Publishing at the North East Wales School of Art and Design. The Tail of the Whale was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Award in 2009. She lives at the Post Office and General Store which she helps run with her partner in a lovely little village in Staffordshire, UK.
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Grandmas from Mars Written by
Illustrated by 5 APRIL 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408888773 / £11.99 PAPERBACK / 9781408888766 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408888759 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
GRANDMAS FROM MARS are running riot in this hilarious and irreverent picture book from the talented Michelle Robinson with illustrations by rising star Fred Blunt Fred and Nell’s parents are off to a meeting. But first they tell Grandma, “Here’s what they’ll be eating. It’s school in the morning, they can’t be up late. So: homework, a bath – and in bed before eight.”
Along Came a Different Tom McLaughlin A glorious picture book that celebrates diversity, inclusivity and the importance of being friends Reds love being red. Yellows love being yellow. And Blues love being blue.
5 APRIL 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408888926 / £11.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
The problem is this: they just don’t like each other. But, one day, along comes a different and everything changes ...
But hang on – there’s something not quite right about Fred and Nell’s grandma. In fact, she acting very strangely indeed. And is that a spare eyeball? A tail? A striped tongue? That’s NOT their grandma, it’s an alien ... RUUUUUUNNN!
A very special picture book that supports the adage that there is more that unites us than divides us. Along Came a Different just goes to show how much better we can all be when we come together and find common ground. Every bookshelf should have a copy.
Michelle Robinson is the author of several successful picture books including the Sainsbury’s award-winning There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes, illustrated by Jim Field (Bloomsbury). She lives in Frome, Somerset, with her husband and their two children.
Tom McLaughlin has illustrated several books for Bloomsbury, including The Story Machine, which has received wonderfully positive reviews and has sparked a number of thought-provoking articles on dyslexia (which Tom understands well, being dyslexic himself). Tom loves drinking tea, eating lunch and drawing (in no particular order). He lives in Devon.
Fred Blunt knew right from the beginning that he wanted to draw silly pictures for a living. Since graduating from UWE Bristol in 1996, Fred has worked on all manner of projects and now works mostly on children’s books. Fred works from his home studio in Swindon where he lives with his wife and two young children. ALSO AVAILABLE:
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Being a Princess Is Very Hard Work Written by
Illustrated by 3 MAY 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408881934 / £11.99 PAPERBACK / 9781408881941 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408881927 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
From the bestselling author of Princess Evie’s Ponies comes a hilarious story about being a REAL princess (and how sometimes being a real girl is better by far ...) Being a princess is very hard work, there’s so much to do it would drive you berserk! Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a REAL princess? How many thrones you need to sit on and how many hands you have to shake? Not to mention how many frogs you’re supposed to kiss ...?! BLEURGH. Perhaps being a real girl is better after all ... A hilarious feel-good story for all would-be princesses to help teach them they are perfect just as they are. From the author of the bestselling Princess Evie’s Ponies series, and illustrator of the bestselling Royal Baby series. Sarah KilBride is the author of many children’s books including bestselling Princess Evie’s Ponies series (S&S). After a stint as an actress, Sarah become a primary school teacher and then started writing children’s books. Sarah lives in the Welsh valleys with her husband and two little people, and her stripy cat. Ada Grey spent several years working for design companies before deciding that she preferred doodling. She is the illustrator of the bestselling Royal Baby series for Bloomsbury. Ada lives in Brighton with her family.
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Baby’s First Bank Heist Written by
Meet Baby Frank, the world’s most unlikely criminal, as he masterminds his very own bank heist. Why? To get money for a fluffy new pet, of course Move over, Bonnie and Clyde, because there’s a new criminal mastermind in town ... Baby Frank!
14 JUNE 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408891186 / £11.99 PAPERBACK / 9781408891193 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408891179 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Baby Frank’s parents say that he can’t have a pet, which leaves Baby Frank with a BIG problem because he REALLY wants one. What’s a baby to do ... ? Rob a bank, of course! But will money buy Baby Frank the fluffy pet he so desperately wants? Illustrated by Stephen Collins, cartoonist in the Guardian Weekend magazine, and with text by debut talent Jim Whalley, this is Burglar Bill for a whole new generation. Jim Whalley went to UEA and ended up with PhD in Film Studies while writing daft stories in his spare time. He eventually quit academia because the stories were more fun. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife and two children, Fletch and Charlie. Stephen Collins is an illustrator and cartoonist who lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children, Frank and George. He has a weekly comic in the Guardian Weekend magazine. In 2013 Jonathan Cape published his debut graphic novel The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year award and an Eisner Award.
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Norman the Brave Wants You for His Knave Written by
Illustrated by 14 JUNE 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408873984 / £11.99 PAPERBACK / 9781408873991 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408873977 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Can you battle with dragons? Polish armour till it gleams? Can you darn socks that have come apart at the seams? You can? Then come hither ... Norman the Brave wants YOU for his knave! Meet Norman the Brave: He’s in need of some knaves to help him get ready for royal parades. Can you protect Norman? Can you polish his armour? Darn his socks? Feed his horse? Could this be the job for you? Or is being a knave more difficult than it seems? Fire-breathing dragons, trusty steeds, bandits, brigands and ... a pair of medieval pants – you’ll find them all in this fun adventure for brave knights everywhere. Mark Sperring studied at Bath Academy of Art and Camberwell College of Art before working as a printer and a bookseller, and later becoming a children’s book author. Mark is the author of The Shape of My Heart, Snappy Birthday, Dino-Mummy, Dino-Baby, Dino-Daddy, Four Silly Skeletons and Captain McGrew Wants You for His Crew (Bloomsbury), Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step (Puffin) and The Sunflower Sword (Andersen). He lives in Bristol.
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Ed Eaves has been working as an illustrator since 2000, when he graduated from Kingston University in Surrey with a first class honours degree. Ed is the award-winning illustrator of Welcome to Alien School and How to Grow a Dinosaur (both published by Simon & Schuster). Ed now lives in a village on the Kent coast with his wife and fellow illustrator Rebecca Finn and their two dogs.
I Love You Dino-Mummy and
I Love You Dino-Daddy Written by
Celebrate all the great dino-mums and dino-dads on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with these dino-tastic padded hardbacks!
25 JANUARY 2018 PADDED HARDBACK / 9781408893432 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
It’s not easy being Dino-Mummy or Dino-Daddy – especially when you have two roaring little dinos to take care of. Dino-Mummy is a sing-song superstar and a brilliant kiss-it-better doctor. Dino-Daddy is the most brilliant balloon blower-upper and the most talented tidier ever! Whether it’s morning, noon or night, Dino-Mummy and Dino-Daddy always have time for their two roaring dinos. So, say a BIG thank you to them on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with these very special padded hardback editions. Mark Sperring worked as a printer and a bookseller before becoming an author. Mark is the author of The Shape of My Heart, Dino-Mummy, Dino-Baby, Dino-Daddy and Four Silly Skeletons. He lives in Bristol. Sam Lloyd is the bestselling illustrator of Calm Down, Boris (Templar) and has sold over half a million books in the UK alone. She is also the illustrator of Dino-Baby, Dino-Mummy and Dino-Daddy, the Yikes! series and First Day at Bug School for Bloomsbury. Sam lives in Brighton. 3 MAY 2018 PADDED HARDBACK / 9781408893449 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
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Lulu at the Zoo Written by
Join Lulu, the ever-popular preschool character, as she spends a fun day at the zoo in this interactive lift-the-flap picture book. A great new addition to the Lulu brand of novelty, picture and board books
3 MAY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408828175 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Lulu is the perfect character to introduce preschoolers to first experiences. Join her as she spends a fun day at the zoo and meets a whole host of noisy animals. With an accessible tone, warm and reassuring text and interactive flaps to lift on every page, Lulu at the Zoo is the perfect introduction to exciting visits out and about. Popular, trusted and reassuring, the Lulu picture, novelty and board books make the perfect companion for inquisitive little minds. Camilla Reid has many years’ experience of conceiving and creating books for young readers. As a mum of two girls she has gained a whole new insight into the peculiar but charmingly picky world of toddlers. Camilla lives in Oxfordshire. Ailie Busby has had over 20 books published, including titles by Egmont, Walker and Hodder such as Drat That Fat Cat! and Slugs for Breakfast. She collects vintage jewellery, bags and knitted toys. Ailie lives in Newcastle with her husband, two children and their two cats.
THE MATCH Russell Ayto
Russell Ayto A funny footballing tale seen through the eyes of a man and his dog. It’s ALL about THE MATCH! Published to coincide with World Cup 2018, this is the perfect gift for football fanatics the world over The man works all week in the factory. The dog waits at home. On the weekend, they both watch THE MATCH on television together. Results aren’t good so the dog decides to do something about it ...
3 MAY 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408893456 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
With a knowing, dry humour perfect for fans of Wallace and Gromit, and a simple domestic setting, THE MATCH is the perfect gift for all football fans. Because if you aren’t watching football, then reading about it is the next best thing!
The Selfish Crocodile Anniversary Edition Written by
14 JUNE 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408885253 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Celebrate 20 years of the classic The Selfish Crocodile with this anniversary edition! ALSO AVAILABLE:
Every morning a very large and very snappy crocodile shouts this selfish message: ‘Stay away from my river! It’s MY river! If you come in my river, I’ll eat you all!’ The animals in the forest don’t know what to do. One day, the selfish crocodile has a problem that he can’t fix on his own. Can he learn how to get along with the other animals to solve his snappy dilemma? Astoundingly bright, bold illustrations bring to life all the wonderful creatures of the forest in a rainbow of colours in this delightful story of friendship, bravery and learning to share. Faustin Charles is a renowned poet and storyteller. His collection of AfroCaribbean rhymes was published to great success by Puffin. Faustin spends much time in schools and libraries storytelling. He lives in North London. Michael Terry is most well known for his wonderful cover illustrations for Dick King-Smith, including The Hodgeheg and The Sheep-Pig (the basis for the successful film Babe). Michael lives in Hythe, Kent.
Russell Ayto is a popular children’s illustrator whose books include Quacky quack-quack! (shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award and the Smarties Book Prize), Super Sue and Super Sue at Super School. He won the Gold Smarties Award in 2003 for The Witch’s Children, and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2008 for The Witch’s Children Go to School. He has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. Before illustrating children’s books, he worked for various magazines including Time Out and the Sunday Observer. Russell lives in Cornwall with his family.
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Little Baby Books: Bathtime and
Bedtime Mel Four Two new titles in this stylish, monochrome board book series, with bright foil decoration on every page Enjoy reading first words to your baby, with beautiful illustrations of bedtime and bathtime routines. Black and white board books are perfect for helping your baby to identify first objects and their very first words. The eye catching foil design will ensure these books will continue to be well loved throughout their formative years. Words included: bottle, toothbrush, book, bed, duck, bubbles, towel, pyjamas. Your baby will love the shiny different coloured foils on every page, as they learn the words for these daily routines.
11 JANUARY 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408889848 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Mel Four is a hugely versatile book cover designer and illustrator. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.
11 JANUARY 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408889831 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
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We’re Going on an Egg Hunt Illustrated by 22 FEBRUARY 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408889749 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Join the Easter Bunnies on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. Perfect for fans of the classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Easter favourites like Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt We’re going on an egg hunt. We’re going to find them all. We’re REALLY excited. Hooray for Easter Day! Join the Easter Bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. With ten eggs to find and count, this board book is great fun. But watch out for the obstacles along the way – lambs, chicks, bees and ducks – and there’s even a wolfish surprise, so do take care! Based on the traditional ‘We’re Going on a Lion Hunt’ rhyme, the delightful illustrations and read-aloud story will make this board book edition of the bestselling picture book a huge springtime hit with all fans of search-and-find and lift-the-flap books. Laura Hughes is an exciting young London-based illustrator. Originally from Bath, she studied illustration at Kingston University and, since graduating, she has created artwork for children’s books, cards, stationery and homewares. She has illustrated two books for Bloomsbury, the bestselling We’re Going on an Egg Hunt and The Birthday Invitation.
Bobo & Co. Opposites and
Bobo & Co. Shapes Nicola Killen Meet Bobo and his friends! Lift-the-flap first concept fun for preschoolers, with sweet illustrations from Nicola Killen
8 MARCH 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408880500 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Featuring Bobo and his friends Snap the crocodile, Riff the giraffe and the rest of the gang, this is an enjoyable and engaging new lift-the-flap first concept series – perfect for inquisitive little minds everywhere! Gorgeous illustrations with very cute characters mean preschoolers will fall in love with Bobo and Co. Fans of Tilly and Friends and Poppy Cat will enjoy lifting the flaps to see more of the story. Nicola Killen worked in greetings design for several years before embarking on an MA in children’s book illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Since graduating in 2009 she has been busy writing and illustrating picture books, board books and pop-up books. She still loves drawing as much as she did when she was young ... Rhinos and penguins are her favourite subjects! These are her first books for Bloomsbury.
8 MARCH 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408880517 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
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Kew Lift and Look Bugs and Flowers and Plants 8 MARCH 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408889817 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Tracy Cottingham Discover incredible insects, fantastic flowers and amazing plants in these stylish lift-the-flap books, published in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Who is busy making honey in the hive? What is growing in the glasshouse? And what can be found high in the treetops? Lift the flaps on every page to uncover lots of exciting nature, from badgers and woodlice to sunflowers and cacti. With large flaps, specially designed for little hands, these books are perfect first introductions to insects, flowers and plants. Tracy Cottingham draws her inspiration from all things bright and beautiful. Bright colours, textures and patterns characterise her vibrant artwork. Tracy is based in London.
8 MARCH 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408889824 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Story Time with Ted and
Teatime with Ted Sophy Henn Fans of Ted will delight in these two new additions to the series from the award-winning Sophy Henn. Lift the flaps to find out what adventures Ted is having today – perfect for little imaginations!
5 APRIL 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408888780 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Story time, Ted! Which story will Ted hear today? A magical story full of wizards and magic spells? An adventure story full of gigantic stomping dinosaurs? Or maybe a fairytale all about beanstalks and giants? Lift the flaps to find out what Ted’s creative imagination can conjure up this time. Teatime, Ted! What will Ted find on his plate today? An ocean of spaghetti? A house made of carrot sticks? Or perhaps an ice-cream mountain with a cherry on the top? Lift the flaps to find out what Ted’s creative imagination can conjure up this time. With sturdy flaps to lift on every page, these bold and creative new books in the Ted series will delight preschoolers and are ideal for little hands. Sophy Henn studied fashion at Central Saint Martins, accidentally had a London-based career in advertising, then completed an MA in Illustration at the University of Brighton. Now she writes and illustrates children’s books full-time in Sussex. She has been nominated for the Greenaway Medal for Where Bear? 2015 and was shortlisted for the AOI Illustration Awards 2014. She was the World Book Day Illustrator for 2016.
5 APRIL 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408888797 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
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I Wish I Were a Dinosaur and
I Wish I Were a Fairy 3 MAY 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408849521 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
The perfect novelty board books with slide-and-show fun for little dinosaurs and fairies everywhere! What would you do if you were a dinosaur or a fairy? Would you open your big jaws and give a mighty roar? Or play with other fairies on a giant rainbow slide? With chunky novelties and lots of fun things to spot, children will have hours of fun pulling tabs, lifting flaps and moving sliders in this brand new series of board books that are the perfect size for little hands. Smriti Prasadam-Halls has been a children’s writer for more than ten years and has written several children’s books, including the bestselling Jingle Jangle Jungle, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Smriti lives in London.
3 MAY 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408849538 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
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Sarah Ward studied Visual Communication at university before selling her own greetings cards and working at Hallmark Cards as a designer. Since going freelance, Sarah has worked with a number of publishers, including Igloo Books. The I Wish I Were board books are Sarah’s first books published by Bloomsbury.
How to Draw Animals
How to Draw People
Welcome to the bright and brilliant world of Olobob Top! Meet Tib, Lalloo, Bobble and all their friends and explore shapes, numbers and so much more in this brand new series, based on the Cbeebies animated show
8 FEBRUARY 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408897621 / £6.99
Deep in the heart of the Olobob Forest, you’ll find the Olobobs. The Olobobs are always looking for new adventures and, in world where everything is made from different shapes, patterns, textures and colours, there’s lots of fun to be had. Let your imagination take over with these exciting board and activity books. Olobob Top is full of surprises! In Let’s Visit the Olobobs you’ll meet Tib, Lalloo and Bobble. Lift the flaps of this chunky board book and discover lots of different shapes. Be as creative as Tib, Lalloo and Bobble in Build Your Own Olobob Home Sticker Activity Book, and make amazing tree houses, dens and underwater worlds out of stickers of all shapes and sizes. You might even find a home from Lemon too ... Count to 5 in Let’s Visit Norbet’s Shop. Lift the flaps of this chunky board book, as the enthusiastic Norbet finds 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 things this April to help the Olobobs build something special.
Susie Hodge Have you ever wanted to draw incredible animals and people that look just like the real thing? Full of helpful tips and tricks, these books will teach you how to draw just like an artist Designed for enthusiastic young artists, these easy-to-use guides will develop and strengthen your drawing ability. On each page you’ll learn to draw different animals and people in a range of poses. The simple step-by-step instructions help you first perfect the basics and then improve techniques in shading, proportion and movement. Susie Hodge is an author and illustrator and has written over 100 books on art, art history and artistic techniques. She lives in Essex. 8 FEBRUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408889879 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Get lost in The Amazing World of Olobob Top Activity and Sticker Book, filled with lots of exciting mazes. Can you find your way out of the Olobob Forest? Can you climb all the way up Olobob Top mountain? 8 FEBRUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408897645 / £5.99
LET’S VISIT NORBET’S SHOP 12 APRIL 2018 BOARD BOOK / 9781408897638 / £6.99
Leigh Hodgkinson is the artistic talent behind Bloomsbury picture books Are You Sitting Comfortably? and the Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth. She is an award-winning animator who was art director on the BAFTA-award winning series Charlie and Lola, and she is the creative mind behind the Cbeebies series Olobob Top. She lives in Lewes, near Brighton.
THE AMAZING WORLD OF OLOBOB TOP 5 APRIL 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408897652 / £5.99
HOW TO DRAW PEOPLE 8 FEBRUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408889886 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
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My Trip to the Supermarket Activity and Sticker Book Samantha Meredith With this vibrant activity book, you can whizz through the supermarket aisles, collect all your shopping and have fun along the way Discover all the amazing things you can buy at the supermarket! Find your way through the maze of aisles to the checkout counter, count how many loaves of bread are in the baker’s basket, help the shop assistant stack the empty shelves and much more. 3 MAY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408883686 / £4.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Packed with lots of different activities and colourful stickers, you can choose what shopping you take home! This book will make going to the supermarket a fun experience.
My Planes Activity and Sticker Book Going on a plane is really exciting! Prepare to board with this brilliantly busy activity book, packed with fun activities and stickers What will you pack in your suitcase? Can you spot the pilots rushing through the airport? How many planes are zooming down the runway? And what will you see up high in the sky? Filled with lots of different activities, from colouring to spot-the-difference, all about going on a plane journey, this book will keep you entertained for hours, so your journey will fly by. 3 MAY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408895191 / £4.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
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Get ready for take off! Samantha Meredith graduated from Loughborough University with a BA (Hons) degree in illustration. She is a full-time illustrator, drawing pictures all day, while drinking tea and wearing panda slippers. She is based in North London.
Fantastically Great Women Who Made History 8 FEBRUARY 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408878897 / £11.99 PAPERBACK / 9781408878903 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Written and illustrated by
This is the eagerly anticipated follow up to the bestselling title, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World. From Boudicca to Pocahontas, discover the stories, accomplishments and adventures of many more brilliant women from throughout history Travel through the Underground Railroad with the brave and courageous Harriet Tubman, turn the pages of Frankenstein with the incredibly talented Mary Shelley and soar into space with adventure-seeking Valentina Tereshkova. Overflowing with vibrant and beautiful illustrations, along with wonderfully engaging text, Fantastically Great Women Who Made History is a celebration of just some of the inspirational women who put their mark on the world we live in.
These are Animals Illustrated by
Foxes JUMP, wolves HOWL, turtles SURF, and lions ROOOAR ... Join some of the world’s most incredible animals and many more in this beautifully illustrated book
8 MARCH 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408889909 / £12.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Daniel Egnéus takes readers on a magnificent journey across the land and under the ocean in this stunning first introduction to animals. Travel through misty meadows, enchanting forests and sparkling seas to meet the animals that live there and find out what they do. A gorgeous book to read out loud that will have you jumping, growling, splashing and howling. Known for his vibrant, lucid and rich illustrations, Daniel Egnéus is a rising star. His magical, chilling fairytale Raven Child and the Snow Witch published last Christmas to wonderful reviews and he recently illustrated Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. He is also a well-regarded fashion illustrator and works for the likes of Chanel, H&M and Nike.
Kate Pankhurst illustrates and writes from her studio in Leeds with her spotty dog, Olive. She loves a good story, the funnier the better and gets her best ideas by doodling in her sketchbook. As a child Kate spent most of her time drawing silly characters and thinking up funny things for them to do, she feels very lucky to now do this as her job.
The Funny Life of Pets Written by
Whether you love pets, want a pet, or don’t like pets at all but you love laughing so much that you fall on the floor and roll around crying – THIS is the perfect book for you. Written by the outstanding children’s comedian James Campbell, prepare yourself for The Funny Life of Pets! 8 MARCH 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408889947 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Uncover the sidesplitting life of cucumber scaredy-cats, non-stop pooping hamsters, exploding fish and everything in-between (and some things that have nothing to do with pets but are still ridiculously funny). This hilarious book answers all the big questions, like: do sausage dogs eats sausages? Why has my cat done a poo behind my wardrobe? And, how can I persuade my parents to get me a pet? For real-life pet facts, imaginary stories, and a generally laugh-so-hard-snot-comes-outyour-nose read, this is the only pet book you’ll ever need! James Campbell decided to make children laugh for a living, soon after discovering he could not be a duck. Stand-up comedian and author of Boy Face now travels around primary schools and literary festivals, telling funny stories and encouraging children to write their own stuff. James has been on the BBC1 show, Child of Our Time, and CBBC’s Blue Peter, where he taught children how to craft their own jokes. Kids love him so much that he has his own Comedy4Kids show, The Funny Thing About…, where he talks about this hilarious new book.
The National Archives: The Buildings that Made London Written by
Take an incredible journey through the streets of London and discover beautiful buildings as you’ve never seen them before Using original architectural drawings from The National Archives brought to life by stunning artwork by Josie Shenoy, discover the rich heritage of some of London’s most iconic buildings.
8 MARCH 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408883648 / £14.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Watch as Buckingham Palace transforms from a large country house into an opulent palace, spot Henry VIII playing tennis on the lawn of Hampton Court Palace and get lost in the Palm House at Kew, London’s very own tropical rainforest. This beautiful book from Blue Peter Award-winning author David Long and exceptionally talented artist Josie Shenoy is a historical kaleidoscope celebrating the magnificent buildings that made London. Author and journalist David Long has published many books and written for a diverse range of newspapers in many countries, including The Evening Standard, Londonist, Sunday Mirror, Sunday Times, and Sunday Times Magazine. Many of his most popular books reflect his longstanding interest in London’s architecture and eccentric inhabitants – subjects, he says, which simply never run dry. Josie Shenoy is a London-based illustrator. Her intricate and beautiful illustrations combine detailed pencil drawings with decorative patterns and collage in a gorgeous palette of vintage colours and textures.
5 APRIL 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408889916 / £12.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Imagine: you’re flying high over the Himalayan mountains, on a journey filled with danger. The temperature is far below freezing, the air is thin, and golden eagles swoop out of the sky to attack you. This is just one of the 20 incredible migration stories in this book Animals of all shapes and sizes make epic journeys across our planet, through harsh weather, avoiding hungry predators, in their efforts to survive. Travel across the world and uncover the emperor penguin, travelling through snow, ice and bitter temperatures; a great white shark swimming 10,000km in search of prey; huge herds of elephants on their yearly hunt for water; and millions of red crabs migrating across Christmas Island for up to 18 days. With stunning colour illustrations, read and visualise the astonishing migrations of 20 creatures, in this truly inspiring narrative. Written by Mike Unwin, a UK Travel Writer of the Year, and illustrated by Jenni Desmond, winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. Mike Unwin has migrated all over the world in search of wildlife. The author of more than 30 books on the subject for both adults and children, including the Encyclopedia of Birds (Bloomsbury) and Southern African Wildlife (Bradt), he is also a regular contributor to publications such as BBC Wildlife and RSPB Nature’s Home. In 2013 Mike was voted UK Travel Writer of the Year by the British Guild of Travel Writers. Jenni Desmond is an award-winning illustrator. Her work is known the world over and her books have been translated into over a dozen different languages. In 2016 she was made a Maurice Sendak Fellow and her book The Polar Bear became a ‘New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book’ of the year.
Splat the Fact! Written by
Watch out! Some incorrect facts have escaped from author Adam Frost’s imagination into this book … There’s one false fact on every page, and it’s up to you to SPLAT it, lasso it, doodle on it – and reveal it as an imposter fact!
3 MAY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408889503 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Can you guess which of these facts is NOT true? • • • •
Woodlice have blue blood. Dead Cabbage Café is the name of a band. King Edward III banned football in England. You swallow about one litre of snot a day! (That’s roughly five skips FULL of snot, swallowed during your lifetime.) • When glass snakes are attacked, their tail shatters into little pieces – these pieces jump around and distract the predator… while the rest of the snake escapes! Hunt for fascinating facts and use your detective skills to uncover the untrue ‘fact’. With hilarious illustrations from the brilliant Gemma Correll, you’ll need all your brains to uncover the false fact: can you ‘squash’ the made-up bug fact, decipher hieroglyphics, and join the stars in a nighttime sky to find all the answers? Adam Frost has won the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 – Best Book with Facts, and been nominated for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. When Adam is not collecting weird and wonderful facts, he works as a website editor and information designer for publications such as The Guardian, Buzzfeed and The BFI. His favourite animal is the brown-throated sloth. Gemma Correll is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and all-round small person. Her favourite word is Albuquerque. You can find her work in bookshops, on mugs, on cards, and in many other places!
Answer Dead Cabbage Café is the incorrect fact. Quick – SPLAT it!
Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys
Moth Written by
We Wear Pants Isabel Thomas
Illustrated by 14 JUNE 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408889756 / £12.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Dark, haunting and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection “Through light and dark a story will be told …” This is the story of the peppered moth. The colour of an animal can determine whether it lives or dies. But what will happen to it when humans change the world ... Who will survive? Who will evolve? A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. “People built factories and burned coal to power magnificent machines. They made steam trains to take things here there and everywhere. Chimneys filled the air with smoke and soot …” Isabel Thomas is the author of over 80 books and has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, and the Blue Peter Book Awards. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her inventing, drawing, exploring and wearing out her library card.
Katie Abey Whatever you do today ... don’t forget to get dressed! This hilarious book will have parents and children giggling together as they find their favourite animals wearing funny things We Wear Pants invites children to choose their favourite things across 12 spreads, packed with animals wearing hats, socks, pants, glasses, shoes, shirts, wellies and more.
14 JUNE 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408893609 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Interactive speech bubbles and shout outs add to the fun: What are socks for? Your feet! Why should you wear a hat? Because it keeps your head warm. What are pants for? Your bottom! Splashing around in puddles, driving buses and riding on roller coasters. What will you wear? Katie Abey is an illustrator who lives in a teeny hobbit-like house in Derbyshire with a cat, a hedgehog and a husband. Her work often features animals, and she likes using a lot of colour: this love of colour is reflected in her brightly coloured studio space and her hair, which frequently changes colour to match its surroundings. She has also produced stationary and greeting cards, and her illustrations have graced stores such as WHSmiths, Urban Outfitters, Paperchase and Scribbler.
Known for his vibrant, lucid and rich illustrations, Daniel Egnéus is a rising star. His magical, chilling fairytale Raven Child and the Snow Witch published last Christmas to wonderful reviews and he recently illustrated Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. He is also a well-regarded fashion illustrator and works for the likes of Chanel, H&M and Nike.
Build your own body Written by
25 JANUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408870044 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
From best-selling author Molly Potter and illustrator Sarah Jennings comes a new book for small children with big worries
This book is like no other! Packed full of fun and exciting projects which use its pages in different ways, this book will have you tearing, folding, cutting, experimenting and scribbling as you find out how our bodies work.
What’s Worrying You? is a book all about helping children understand their worries, and what to do when they feel overwhelmed by their thoughts and feelings.
Discover the secret to life, create your own dancing skeleton and make an ear trumpet to listen in on conversations! Can you become a fingerprint detective? Paint with different types of food? Or make a moving robot hand? Put your skills to the test!
Nikalas Catlow has lectured and taught workshops in art, design and illustration, and now works as a writer, illustrator and TV development producer.
Girl on Pointe: Chloe's Guide to Taking on the World Chloe Lukasiak A full colour memoir from former Dance Moms cast member and YouTube star Chloe Lukasiak that gives readers an insight into what it is really like to be thrown into the spotlight at a young age and tackles topical teen issues such as bullying, self-esteem and finding your passion Chloe Lukasiak believes that things happen for a reason. She knows that life would be easier without disappointments, bullying, and medical issues – but sometimes it takes challenges to inspire you to achieve big things. From her status as fan favourite on the US hit reality television show Dance Moms to her current life as a social media star with millions of fans, Chloe has found that self-acceptance and kindness are the key to getting over the rough spots in life and realising your passions. This full-colour, heavily designed book, featuring never-before-seen photos, inspirational quotes, and Chloe’s own doodles and poetry offers exclusive insight into Chloe’s world as well as a message that will inspire all readers to pursue their dreams and be true to their selves. Chloe Lukasiak is a former cast member from the hit reality TV show Dance Moms, a teen social media star, dancer, actor, and clothing designer. Her YouTube channel has more than 1.2 million subscribers, and she has over 5.4 million followers on Instagram, over 1.3 million fans on Facebook, and over 730,000 followers on Twitter. She is the star of the upcoming independent movie Loophole and has also acted in the Lifetime movie Center Stage as well as the film Cowgirl's Story. She lives with her parents and sister in Pennsylvania. 40 NON-FICTION
Warning: this book will self-destruct as you tear, fold, experiment and scribble for hours of human body science fun!
Isabel Thomas is the author of over 80 books and has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, and the Blue Peter Book Awards. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her inventing, drawing, exploring and wearing out her library card.
25 JANUARY 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408896952 / £12.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: FOUNDRY LITERARY + MEDIA TERRITORY: WE
What’s Worrying You?
Each spread takes the child through different worry scenarios, such as falling out with a friend, getting into trouble at school, or feeling like no one is listening to them. It describes how they might feel, what they might think, and what could help them to feel better. With delightful illustrations from Sarah Jennings, gentle guidance on developing emotional literacy, and simple advice for parents too, What’s Worrying You? is the perfect book for helping children deal with those trickier feelings and gain confidence in the world around them.
8 FEBRUARY 2018 HARDBACK / 9781472949806 / £9.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Molly Potter taught in middle schools as a class teacher, science and PSHE co-ordinator before working as an SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) Development Manager. Molly is now a teacher in a short-stay school with children who have been or are at risk from being excluded from mainstream schools – putting much of her PSHE expertise into practice.
Kew: In the Gardens
Grow, find and explore with brilliant activities, facts, quizzes and more Written by
Make the most of your experience of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew with this fantastic illustrated guide, packed full of fun activities, facts and quizzes Around the world there are lots of different types of gardens, from woodlands and rainforests to deserts and mountains. At Kew you can explore many of these amazing habitats, all in one place.
8 MARCH 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408892541 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
You’ll learn more about the plants, flowers and wildlife that live at Kew, and which ones you might spot at home. With tips on how to grow plants, make a bird feeder, create art from nature, and so much more, with this book you can take home the Kew experience. Catherine Brereton is a writer and editor, based in London, UK. Jane McGuinness recently completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Having grown up in Scotland, wildlife and nature are a key focus in Jane’s work. In 2016, she was awarded the Sebastian Walker Prize for illustration. NON-FICTION 41
Apes to Zebras: An A-Z of Shape Poems Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens This beautiful alphabet of animal shape poems makes the perfect gift. These gorgeous poems and stunning two-colour design will entrance and delight in equal measure This wonderful collection of animal shape poems from Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens features a full alphabet of animals, birds and insects, with the odd extinct or imaginary creature thrown in. Bats, blackbirds, yetis, unicorns, tigers, turtles and even plankton ... in fact the whole animal kingdom, from apes to zebras, lives inside this beautiful hardback.
22 MARCH 2018 HARDBACK / 9781472929525 / £12.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
A stunning gift, this book is gorgeously illustrated and designed, and written by poets with a passionate interest in animals and the natural world. This unforgettable collection is a must have for animal lovers, poetry lovers, and anyone who loves beautiful books. Liz Brownlee’s poems have been included in over 60 anthologies. She is the author of Animal Magic, a collection of poems and facts about endangered animals. Sue Hardy-Dawson is a children’s poet with several poems in current anthologies. Her debut solo collection, Where Zebras Go, was published in February 2017. Roger Stevens is the author of more than 25 books and his poems have appeared in more than two hundred anthologies.
Fabio The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo Written by
The first book in a hilarious new mystery series from the author of Captain Pug for animal lovers and would-be detectives everywhere! In a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee lives the world’s greatest flamingo detective. His name is Fabio. He’s not tall or strong, but slight and pink. And he’s very, very clever.
8 MARCH 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408889312 / £5.99 EBOOK / 9781408889305 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
When Fabio and his giraffe associate Gilbert (terrible at disguises) drop in to the Hotel Royale for a lemonade (pink, naturally), Fabio is persuaded to judge the hotel’s talent contest. But when the most promising contestant – Julia the jazz-singing hippopotamus – goes missing, Fabio must put his thinking cap back on and solve the mystery! Laura James’s love of storytelling began at an early age and led her to undertake a degree in Film Studies and an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Laura’s debut novel Captain Pug was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017. Laura lives near Bath with her two dachshunds, Brian and Florence. Emily Fox is a Bristol-based illustrator who graduated from Falmouth University. She loves to experiment with colour, funny stories and animals, which means that Fabio is the perfect project for her!
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Trouble at School Written by
The second book in this charming young fiction series about friendship from much loved author Chris Higgins and acclaimed illustrator Emily MacKenzie
11 JANUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408868850 / £4.99 EBOOK / 9781408868867 / £4.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
It’s Bella’s first day at her new school and, lucky for her, she’s already got a best friend who will be in the same class – Magda! Bella is determined to make a good impression, but with Magda around, things don’t always go according to plan. By the time she arrives, she’s already drenched in yoghurt and marmalade, and things are about to get much, much worse. Laugh-out-loud funny writing by Chris Higgins with delightful illustrations by the award-winning Emily MacKenzie, this series is perfect for fans of Kes Gray’s Daisy books and the classic My Naughty Little Sister. Chris Higgins started her career as an author writing for teenagers and young adults. She has won a number of awards including Young Minds and the KYBA, and she has been shortlisted twice for Queen of Teen. Chris has four daughters and is rapidly acquiring a whole bunch of grandchildren even though she feels far too young to be a granny.
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Emily MacKenzie is an acclaimed illustrator and graphic designer who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art. Her picture book Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar was nominated for the Scottish Booktrust Children’s Book Award, and the follow-up, Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat, won the IBW Book Award 2016 in the Children’s Picture Book category. Emily lives in Edinburgh.
Max Champion and the Great Race Car Robbery Written by
Alexander McCall Smith
An action-packed story of justice, cheese and tomato sandwiches and the greatest car ever from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith and with spectacular illustrations by Kate Hindley Start your engines and get in gear for an action-packed story from the bestselling author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, with fun and energetic illustrations by Kate Hindley. When Max finds an old car that has his last name – Champion – on the bonnet, he learns that his grandfather used to make some of the best cars around ... and race them! That is, until his ideas book and his favourite car, Arabella, were stolen by greedy rival Mr Grabber. Can Max find a way to get back what Grandfather Gus lost? And will Arabella ever be seen again?
5 APRIL 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408886137 / £9.99 EBOOK / 9781408886113 / £9.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: DAVID HIGHAM TERRITORY: COMM/EUEXCAN,OM
Alexander McCall Smith CBE is the author of over 60 books including the internationally bestselling series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. He has won three Author of the Year awards (British Book Awards, Booksellers Association and Waterstones). He lives in Edinburgh. ALSO AVAILABLE:
Kate Hindley lives and works in Birmingham (near the chocolate factory). She studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art and went on to work for two years as a children’s print designer whilst working freelance on children’s books and greetings cards. Kate’s first picture book, The Great Snortle Hunt, written by Claire Freedman, was longlisted for the 2013 Kate Greenaway Medal.
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I Swapped My Brother on the Internet Written by
A hilarious tale of wish fulfilment gone wrong that every child will relate to – perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart, My Brother is a Superhero and David Baddiel’s The Parent Agency ‘I can get a new brother? On the internet?’ Jonny muttered. ‘Oh sweet mangoes of heaven!’ Everyone has dreamed of being able to get rid of their brother or sister at one time or another, but for Jonny, the dream is about to become a reality with SiblingSwap.com! What could be better than finding someone awesome to replace Ted, Jonny’s obnoxious older brother.
11 JANUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408877753 / £5.99 EBOOK / 9781408877760 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
But finding the perfect brother isn’t easy, as Jonny discovers when Sibling Swap sends him a series of increasingly bizarre replacements: first a merboy, then a brother raised by meerkats, and then the ghost of Henry the Eighth! What’s coming next?! Suddenly old Ted isn’t looking so bad. But can Jonny ever get him back? Jo Simmons began her working life as a journalist on glossy magazines. Her first fiction series for children, Pip Street, was inspired by her own kids’ love of funny fiction, and two Super Loud Sam books followed. In addition to children’s fiction, she co-wrote a humorous parenting book, Can I Give Them Back Now?: The Aargh to Zzzz of Parenting. Jo lives in Brighton with her husband, two boys and a scruffy formerly Romanian street dog. I Swapped My Brother on the Internet is Jo’s first book for Bloomsbury. Nathan Reed has been a professional illustrator since graduating from Falmouth College of Arts in 2000. He has illustrated Christopher Edge’s How to Write Your Best Story Ever and Elen Caldecott’s Marsh Road Mysteries series. His most recent picture book is Samson the Mighty Flea by Angela McAllister. He was shortlisted for the Serco Prize for Illustration in 2014. When he’s not illustrating he can be found with his two boys and a football on Peckham Rye Common. FICTION 7–9 YEARS 49
Spy Toys: Undercover! Written by
The third book in this incredible, action-packed series that is Toy Story meets James Bond ! The Spy Toys are back! Can Dan the teddy bear who is too strong, Arabella the rag doll with the bad temper and Flax the tech genuis robot rabbit save the day once more?
8 FEBRUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408870907 / £5.99 EBOOK / 9781408870914 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
When the world’s most famous chocolate factory disappears, it’s up to the Spy Toys to find out the truth – and fast! If the chocolate runs out, there could be riots from children everywhere! The Spy Toys are sent undercover into a school where they need to disguise themselves as regular pupils. Could this be their toughest challenge yet? They’ll need all their wits about them to defeat this baddie and one thing is for sure: these kids don’t play nice! Featuring hilarious illustrations from Tim Wesson throughout, this series is perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart and Captain Underpants.
Mark Powers has been making up ridiculous stories since primary school and is slightly shocked to find people now pay him to do it. As a child he always daydreamed that his teddy bear went off on top-secret missions when he was at school, so a team of toys recruited as spies seemed a great idea for a story. He grew up in north Wales and now lives in Manchester. His favourite animals are the binturong, the aye-aye and the dodo. Tim Wesson was born somewhere in England. As a young boy he enjoyed climbing trees and drawing pictures of dogs in cars. Eventually he became an illustrator who creates children’s books. Tim doodles and paints whenever he can and likes to draw the first thing that pops into his head. He lives by the sea in Suffolk with his family.
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Bad Mermaids: On the Rocks Written by
Stylish mermaids, snappy crocodiles and a mysterious package are all part of the mayhem in the second book in the hilarious new illustrated series from the bestselling author of Witch Wars Mermaids Beattie, Mimi and Zelda – and Steve the talking seahorse – are trapped aboard the spooky ship The Merry Mary, heading for the presumed-mythical Crocodile Kingdom, a vast, crocodile-filled metropolis where nothing is quite as it seems. It’s time to swim on down to the bright green lights and explore the oldest and grandest mermaid kingdom of them all! Just don’t let any mermaid know you’re not from there. Or else.
8 MARCH 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408877142 / £5.99 EBOOK / 9781408877159 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO ALSO AVAILABLE:
Sibéal Pounder used to work for the Financial Times where she researched the How To Spend It section and wrote the For Goodness’ Sake column. Now she writes about fabulous witches and bad mermaids in her two much loved and seriously stylish series for Bloomsbury. Sibéal’s first book, Witch Wars, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award. Jason Cockcroft graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 1994 and has been working as an illustrator of children’s books ever since. He won the Blue Peter Book Award for his work on Geraldine McCaughrean’s retelling of A Pilgrim’s Progress and was the illustrator on the original covers of the final three Harry Potter novels.
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The Dundoodle Mysteries: The Chocolate Factory Ghost Written by
Illustrated by 5 APRIL 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408887066 / £5.99 EBOOK / 9781408887059 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Fans of How to Train Your Dragon and Tilly and the Time Machine will be hungry for this delicious mystery full of weird clues, strange creatures, malevolent relatives and lots and lots of SWEETS! Archie McBudge knows his lucky underpants must really work because when he and his mum are summoned to Honeystone Hall in the remote Scottish village of Dundoodle they find Archie has inherited not only the enormous hall, but the whole of the world-famous McBudge Confectionery Company from his great-uncle Archibald. That’s a new home, a fortune and a lifetime’s supply of treats rolled into one! But all is not well in Dundoodle, and when Archie reads the mysterious letter his great-uncle left him he finds himself on a quest to save his family’s company from ruin. With the help of his new friends Fliss and Billy, Archie has to try to figure out the puzzles of Honeystone before his sweet future melts away like an ice lolly in the sun! David O’Connell is a writer and illustrator from South London. He works mostly in children’s books (particularly humorous picture books and young fiction), writing for other illustrators or illustrating for other writers! He likes stories about magic and monsters, especially if they’re silly monsters, and loves making comics too. His favourite sweets are fizzy cola bottles. Claire Powell is an illustrator and designer based in London. She has done work for many major studios including Nickelodeon, CBBC and DreamWorks. Her short animation The Scapegoat won best short at the British Animation Film Festival 2015.
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Greta Zargo and the Amoeba Monsters from the Middle of the Earth Written by
Ottoline meets Douglas Adams in the second book in this laughout-loud funny new series from the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary, perfect for fans of Mr Gum, Chris Riddell, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s Oliver and the Seawigs Greta Zargo doesn’t know it, but once again she is about to unwittingly save the world ...
3 MAY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408881774 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408881781 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Intrepid young schoolgirl-turned-reporter Greta Zargo is always in search of a Big Scoop and for once there are plenty of strange goings-on in the usually quiet little town of Upper Lowerbridge. Not only has Aunt Tabitha, her aunt and the great inventor, gone missing, but weird, wobbling, bloblike monsters are appearing via a very deep hole in Greta’s garden – and they are slowly but surely devouring her neighbours one by one ... A.F. Harrold is an English poet who writes and performs for adults and children. He spends his time showing off onstage, writing poems and books, and stroking his beard (it helps churn the ideas). He is the author of the Fizzlebert Stump series and the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal longlisted The Imaginary, illustrated by Emily Gravett. He lives in Reading with a stand-up comedian and two cats.
Joe Todd-Stanton grew up in Brighton and studied at UWE Bristol, receiving a first class degree in Illustration. Joe has been commissioned to work for clients such as Oxford University Press, Usborne Publishing and Aquila magazine. He currently lives in London.
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Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot Written by
The third riotous escapade in this wild and wacky series about Malcolm and his AWFUL Uncle Gobb, from the comic pairing of Michael Rosen and Neal Layton This time, there is a plot. That’s the plot of the story. Or is it? The plot of the story could also be that Uncle Gobb has an evil plot. And his plot is about a plot. A plot of land. Are you following? Good! The plot of land is behind Malcolm’s school and it is where Uncle Gobb wants to set up his own rival Dread Shed School of Facts. Oh no! Malcolm is going to need to come up with his own plot to stop Uncle Gobb’s plot. So maybe that, in fact, is the actual plot of this story. You’ll just have to read this book to find out! 14 JUNE 2018 HARDBACK / 9781408873946 / £9.99 EBOOK / 9781408873960 / £9.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
A bonkers book about standing up for yourself from two crazily creative people, sure to delight fans of Andy Stanton and the Tom Gates series.
Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads Now in paperback, this second uproarious adventure in the Uncle Gobb series sees Malcolm and the peculiar Uncle Gobb go to America, each with a cunning plan ... Even though Malcolm managed to bamboozle and confuzle Uncle Gobb in the last book (hooray!), it was only temporary (boo!). Uncle Gobb is still living with him and still roaring at him about peas and poetry and Peter Parker.
11 JANUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408851357 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
This time the plan to get rid of Uncle Gobb has to be mega. It has to be epic. It has to involve America, the Jumblies, the Genie (of course), Aunty Brenda the Mender and Malcolm’s long-lost dad. But Malcolm doesn’t know that Uncle Gobb also has a plan. A plan to get rid of Malcolm once and for all ... Michael Rosen is a hugely successful author of every sort of children’s book – picture books, poetry, fiction and non-fiction. He frequently appears on radio and gives talks on children’s literature. Michael was the Children’s Laureate from 2007 to 2009 and has won the Eleanor Farjeon Award. He lives in London.
Neal Layton has illustrated more than 60 books to date, working with authors such as Michael Rosen and Cressida Cowell, as well as writing his own books. His fresh and spontaneous illustrations have earned him numerous awards, including the Smarties Prize and the prestigious Gold Award, and his books are currently in print around the world. Neal lives in Southsea with his wife and two daughters.
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Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes Written by Greg Illustrated by
James and Chris Smith
The second huge, heroic and hilarious adventure in the bestselling Kid Normal series. Perfect for readers of David Baddiel and David Solomons Running a team of crime-fighting superheroes is a complicated business – especially when your mum’s not allowed to know that you’re doing it. But Murph is making it work: he’s a schoolkid by day and a member of the top-secret Heroes’ Alliance by night.
8 MARCH 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408884553 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408884546 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Not that anyone at The School seems to care. Most of Murph’s teachers and classmates still believe that unless you have a proper superpower you can’t be a real hero. But his achievements have caught the attention of at least one person ... Far away in a maximum security prison, the world’s most notorious supervillain, Magpie, has just broken a 30-year silence. His first words? ‘Bring Murph Cooper to me ...’ Greg James is a familiar voice and face on radio and TV. He’s the host of BBC Radio 1’s award-winning Drivetime show and presents the UK’s Official Chart every Friday. On screen, Greg has hosted a variety of shows, and has most recently been seen fronting BBC Children in Need. He is also the face of BT Sport’s cricket coverage and in 2016 raised over a million pounds for Sport Relief by completing five triathlons in five cities in five days. Greg has no superpowers. In his spare time he enjoys the idea of having hobbies. But in reality, he’s made all of them into work.
Chris Smith is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who delivers the news to millions of people every day as the presenter of Newsbeat on BBC Radio 1. Chris enjoyed a previous, glittering, literary career as the winner of the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition 1981 (under tens category) with his tale ‘Where Are the Brandy Snaps?’. Chris has no superpowers either, although he enjoys pretending his cat Mabel can fly by picking her up and running around.
The Girl with the Dragon Heart Stephanie Burgis From the author of the magical The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, this new story spins a tale perfect for fans of Cressida Cowell and Tamora Pierce Once upon a time, in a beautiful city famous for chocolate and protected by dragons, there was a girl so fearless that she dared to try to tell the greatest story of all: the truth. Silke has always been good at spinning the truth and storytelling. So good that just years after arriving as a penniless orphan, she has found herself working for the most splendid chocolate makers in the city and becoming best friends with a dragon. Now her gift for weaving words has caught the eye of the Crown Princess, who wants to use her as a spy when the mysterious and dangerous Fairy royal family announce they will visit the city. But Silke has her own dark, secret reasons for not trusting Fairies ...
3 MAY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408880777 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408880760 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: THE BENT AGENCY TERRITORY: WE
Stephanie Burgis is a dual citizen of the US and the UK and lives in South Wales (land of dragons) with her husband, the author Patrick Samphire, and their children. The Girl with the Dragon Heart is Stephanie’s second novel for Bloombsury.
Illustrator Erica Salcedo studied Fine Art at Castilla-La Mancha University, before going on to study for a Masters in Graphic Design. She uses a mixture of techniques to create her illustrations – from hand-drawing to digital manipulation – and always remembers to add a pinch of humour. Wolfish Stew (Bloomsbury), written by Suzi Moore, was Erica’s first picture book. She lives in Cuenca, Spain.
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The Explorer 14 JUNE 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408882191 / £7.99 EBOOK / 9781408854884 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ROGERS, COLERIDGE AND WHITE LTD. TERRITORY: COMM/EUEXCAN,OM
‘Katherine Rundell cannot put a foot wrong ... [The Explorer] may go down as her best yet’ Sunday Telegraph ‘It’s a gripping story of survival and the tenacity of the human spirit against all odds, but it’s also a hymn to hope, love and courage, delivered with all the warmth and wisdom we’ve come to expect from one of our most talented writers for children’ The Observer
Award-winning author Katherine Rundell returns with an enthralling new story inspired by her expedition to the Amazon and Eva Ibbotson’s beloved Journey to the River Sea From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them ...
Katherine Rundell spent her childhood in Africa and Europe. After completing a degree in English and a doctorate on John Donne, she is now a full-time writer and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she studies Renaissance literature and climbs old buildings at night. Katherine is the bestselling author of The Wolf Wilder and Rooftoppers, which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award and was shortlisted for many others. In 2017 she was selected as one of Hay Festival’s Hay30 influential young thinkers to watch.
The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match Written by
The game is afoot in this hilarious sequel to Elizabeth Eulberg’s fresh twist on Sherlock Holmes, pairing the scrappy Shelby Holmes with her sidekick, John Watson Being friends with a super sleuth isn’t easy, especially when she’s nine years old. But for 11-year-old aspiring writer John Watson, being friends with Shelby Holmes is just the adventure he’s looking for. In the few weeks since moving into Harlem with his mum, Shelby has been training John in the art of observation – a skill that comes in handy on the very first day of school. John’s new teacher, Mr Cobb, is acting suspiciously, and Shelby knows this is a mystery worth investigating. But as Shelby and John dig deeper into this new mystery, they discover that there may be someone unexpected involved. Could Shelby Holmes have finally met her match? Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before she headed off to make a career in the New York City book biz. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality and We Can Work It Out.
11 JANUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408871492 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408871508 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOR ENTERTAINMENT TERRITORY: COMM/UKEXCAN,OM
Hannah Horn is a UK-based artist who specialises in illustration, paint and printmaking. Born in Aberdeen, Hannah studied fashion illustration at the London College of Fashion. In her career thus far she has produced work for a diverse range of projects including fashion, print, skateboarding brands and album artwork. The Explorer is her first children’s fiction illustration project.
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The Unicorn Quest Kamilla Benko An original, exciting fantasy about a girl searching for her sister in a land full of magic and strange creatures, blending the timeless feel of The Chronicles of Narnia with Frozen’s powerful themes of identity and sisterhood Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor ... until the sisters climb a strange ladder in the fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden.
8 FEBRUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408878316 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408891483 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: INKWELL MANAGEMENT TERRITORY: WE
Sherlock Holmes meets ancient Greece in this thrilling adventure by bestselling author Saviour Pirotta. Nico and Thrax are back for another adventure ... but can they escape from the terror of the seas?
There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other. The beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire’s courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns’ greatest secret. Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. After interning and working for three of the Big Five publishing houses, she now dreams up stories as an Associate Editor for Paper Lantern Lit. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots. This is Kamilla Benko’s debut novel.
Saviour Pirotta is originally from Malta and now lives in Yorkshire. He is the author of nearly one hundred titles, including the first two adventures for Nico and Thrax, Mark of the Cyclops and Secret of the Oracle (also published by Bloomsbury). His work ranges from non-fiction about pirates to stories for Barbie magazine. He is the author of The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths, which has been published successfully around the world.
Simon Thorn and the Shark’s Cave
The Silver Hand
The action-packed third book in a series that’s Percy Jackson meets Beast Quest, about a boy who discovers he’s part of a secret race of animal shapeshifters – and must become a hero Simon Thorn’s life is almost unrecognisable from how it was just a few months ago. Not only is he a shapeshifter, he’s also the Beast King – heir, along with his brother, to a bloodline more powerful and dangerous than any other ...
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When scribe Nico and his perceptive friend Thrax travel with their master to the island of Aegina, the boys are once again faced with a mystery. A merchant is seeking a valuable ring that was stolen from him, so he can avoid a curse. But on the seas around one of the richest islands in the world lurks a pirate with a golden mask, who is also in pursuit of the ring. Can Nico and Thrax follow the clues, rescue the ring and escape from the pirates of Poseidon? Join them for another mysterious adventure set in ancient Greece.
8 FEBRUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408858059 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408858066 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: STIMOLA LITERARY STUDIO TERRITORY: WE
Pirates of Poseidon: An Ancient Greek Mystery
In this final instalment in the action-packed trilogy, Simon must venture into the water kingdom. But danger lurks in the shadows beneath the waves and Simon will have to call upon his friends and everything he’s learnt to survive ... and save the world. Aimée Carter started writing fan fiction at eleven, began her first original story four years later, and hasn’t stopped writing since. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys seeing films, playing with her puppies and wrestling with the puzzles in the paper each morning. Aimée is the author of several young adult novels but the Simon Thorn books are her first series for middle-grade readers. She lives in Michigan, US.
5 APRIL 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781472940209 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781472940186 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Terry Deary A thrilling adventure set in the closing days of World War I, by Horrible Histories author Terry Deary. Can two children from different sides of the conflict work together to get home safely? It’s 1918 and the Great War is entering its final phase. In northern France, young Aimee has just found out that her mother is part of a spy network working with the British. After reluctantly befriending Marius, a German boy who has been left behind by his countrymen, she must try to help him get back behind German lines while evading a traitor she has helped to discover. This page-turning adventure by the bestselling author of Horrible Histories is set in the lead up to the 1918 armistice and sheds new light on the First World War. Readers will be gripped from start to finish. Terry Deary is the author of over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, which have been published in 32 languages. His historical fiction for older children, Tudor Terror, has been praised as “a marvellous blend of fact and fiction” (School Librarian). His non-fiction has been consistently in the best-seller lists since 1994. Terry Deary was voted “outstanding children’s non-fiction author of the 20th century” by Books for Keeps magazine.
10 MAY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781472929488 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781472929495 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Written by
A gorgeous new paperback edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, with the fully updated 2017 text featuring a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander) and six exciting new beasts! An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Muggles who have seen the eponymous film or read the Harry Potter novels will be familiar with some of these beasts – the Niffler, the Thunderbird, the Hippogriff ... This new paperback edition features the recently revised text, which includes new profiles of six curious beasts that inhabit the North American continent, and a new foreword by Newt Scamander, which sheds fascinating light on the events surrounding a serious breach of the International Statute of Secrecy that took place in New York in the 1920s. With a stunning foil effect jacket and line illustrations throughout by Tomislav Tomic, the end matter will include exciting bonus material exclusive to this edition. Witches, wizards and Muggles of all ages will delight in discovering the extraordinary habits and habitats of magical beasts from across five continents.
25 JANUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408896945 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: THE BLAIR PARTNERSHIP TERRITORY: COMM/EU, OM
J.K. Rowling is the author of the record-breaking, multi-award-winning Harry Potter novels. Loved by fans around the world, the series has sold over 450 million copies, been translated into 79 languages, and made into eight blockbuster films. She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which were written in aid of Comic Relief and now support both Comic Relief and Lumos), and The Tales of Beedle the Bard (in aid of Lumos), as well as a screenplay inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She has also collaborated on a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, which opened in London’s West End in the summer of 2016. In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy news, features and articles, as well as original content from J.K. Rowling. J.K. Rowling has written a novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, and also writes crime novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. She has received many awards and honours, including an OBE for services to children’s literature, France’s Légion d’honneur and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.
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We Come Apart Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan Two of the most important voices in YA come together to break your heart in We Come Apart, a contemporary Romeo and Juliet; a story of two teenagers brought together by circumstance, ripped apart by fate ... Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn’t left her in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they’re picking up litter in the park for community service. He’s so not her type. Appearances matter to Jess. She’s got a lot to hide. Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England. But his dad’s fists are the most powerful force in Nicu’s life, and in the end, he’ll have to do what his dad wants. As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can’t be together, forever, and stay safe – can they? Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University. She received the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal for her astonishing novel One, which also won the YA Book Prize, CBI Book of the Year Award and the CLiPPA Poetry Award. Since completing a Masters in Creative Writing, she has been working to promote creative writing in schools.
11 JANUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408878880 / £7.99 EBOOK / 9781408878873 / £10.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
‘A beautiful tale of love, hope, and survival’ Guardian ‘Extraordinarily gripping’ Irish Independent
Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives in Dublin. He has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. For many years Brian worked as a teacher and taught in Scotland, Italy and Ireland. His novels include The Boy Who Made It Rain, published in 2011; When Mr Dog Bites, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2015 and attracted both praise and controversy for its honest, moving and humorous depiction of a teenage boy with Tourette’s syndrome; and The Bombs That Brought Us Together, winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2016. TEEN & YA 65
8 FEBRUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408884935 / £7.99 EBOOK / 9781408884942 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
The Wren Hunt
More Than We Can Tell
Part thriller, part love story, this captivating debut novel about a girl caught in a battle of two ancient magics will appeal to readers of Caraval, Ink and The Graces
A dark and beautiful novel about learning to be fearless and set your secrets free. An intense and gripping love story that will speak to fans of John Green and Jennifer Niven
Every year on St Stephen’s Day, Wren Silke is chased through the forest in a warped version of a childhood game. Her pursuers are judges – a group of powerful and frightening boys who know nothing of her true identity. If they knew she was an augur – their sworn enemy – the game would be up.
Every day Rev struggles with the memories of the time before he was adopted. He’s always managed just fine ... until a letter from his birth father brings hellfire, fear and danger back into his life.
This year the tension between augurs and judges is at breaking point. Wren’s survival, and that of her family, depends on her becoming a spy in the midst of these boys she fears most and using her talent, her magic, to steal an ancient treasure that will restore her family’s former power for good. But Wren’s talent comes with a price. The more she uses it, the more she loses her grip on reality and soon she’s questioning everything she’s ever known about her family, about augurs and judges, and about the dangerous tattooed stranger who is most definitely not on her side ... Mary Watson is from Cape Town and now lives on the West Coast of Ireland with her husband and three young children. Highlights of her adult writing career include being awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing in Oxford in 2006, and being included on the Hay Festival’s 2014 Africa39 list of influential writers from sub-Saharan Africa.
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Emma escapes the real world in an online game she built herself. Virtual reality is so much easier than real life. But then another player joins the game and suddenly ultra-violent threats start to stream in ... When Rev and Emma meet, they are fighting a darkness they can’t put into words. But somehow they hear each other. Together they might be able to find a way out ... But in the darkness it can be hard to make out the truth.
8 MARCH 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408885079 / £7.99 EBOOK / 9781408885062 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
Brigid Kemmerer is the author of the Zoella Book Club 2017 novel Letters to the Lost, the YALSA nominated Elementals series and the paranormal mystery Thicker Than Water. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, with several stops in-between. Brigid is now settled near Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband and children. ALSO AVAILABLE:
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8 MARCH 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408879740 / £7.99 EBOOK / 9781408879771 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: A M HEATH AND COMPANY TERRITORY: COMM/EUEXCAN,OM
Truly, Wildly, Deeply
The brilliant, irresistible and gorgeously romantic new novel from Jenny McLachlan, the breakout star of laugh-out-loud teen fiction. Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison and Holly Smale
The captivating third novel for children and young adults from popular television historian Lucy Worsley, exploring the most famous divorce in history from the perspective of Princess Mary
Annie doesn’t believe in love. She doesn’t want to become ‘boyring’ for a start, but deep down there’s a little part of her that thinks if she doesn’t get her hopes up, she won’t ever be disappointed. Annie has cerebral palsy and would hate for someone to reject her because of her disability – or worse, be with her because they felt they had to!
More than anything Mary just wants her family to stay together; for her mother and her father – and for her – to all be in the same place at once. But when her father announces that his marriage to her mother was void and by turns that Mary doesn’t really count as his child, she realises things will never be as she hoped.
Then Annie meets Fab – he’s flamboyant, energetic and a complete romantic. At first Annie can’t believe how naive he is about the world. Why can’t a kiss be just a kiss? Why is it such a big deal? But as her feelings for him grow, she doesn’t know how to convince him that she can be as sincere as he is.
Things only get worse when her father marries again. Separated from her mother and forced to work as a servant for her new sister, Mary must dig deep to find the strength to stand up against those who wish to bring her down. Despite what anyone says, she will always be a princess. She has the blood of a princess and she is ready to fight for what is rightfully hers.
Annie realises that love can make you do wild, crazy things, and so she sets out to win Fab’s heart with a romantic gesture of truly epic proportions. Fans fell in love with the warmth, wit, romance and fierce friendships in Flirty Dancing, Love Bomb, Sunkissed and Star Struck. Jenny McLachlan writes the best kind of real-life fiction. With big themes and characters you’ll love, her books go straight to your heart. ALSO AVAILABLE:
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Before Jenny started writing books for teenagers, she was an English teacher. Although she loved teaching funny teenagers (and stealing the things they said and putting them in her books), she now gets to write about them full-time. In her spare time – just like Bea, the heroine in her first novel, Flirty Dancing – Jenny loves to jive. She is based in Eastbourne.
5 APRIL 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408869444 / £6.99 EBOOK / 9781408870136 / £6.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: FELICITY BRYAN ASSOCIATES LIMITED TERRITORY: UKCOMMEXCAN
By turns thrilling, dramatic and touching, this is the story of Henry the Eighth and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce as you’ve never heard it before – from the eyes of their daughter, Princess Mary. Lucy Worsley is Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that runs the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and other sites, which attract more than four million visitors a year. Lucy also presents history programmes for the BBC on topics including royal palaces and the court, such as Henry VIII’s Six Wives and Britain’s Tudor Treasure with David Starkey.
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A Court of Thorns and Roses Novella 1 Sarah J. Maas Return to Feyre, Rhys and their Court of Dreams in this lighter novella that picks up where A Court of Wings and Ruin left off
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After the explosive conclusion to A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, Cassian, Azriel, Nesta, Elain, Lucien and Tamlin are recovering from the battle. It’s finally time for some fun – a moment to relax and enjoy before they prepare for the conflict ahead in the fourth A Court of Thorns and Roses book, coming in 2019! Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, the series’ prequel The Assassin’s Blade and the companion novel Tower of Dawn; as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.
Skylarks Karen Gregory The stunning and heartfelt second novel from the author of Countless. Perfect for readers of Lisa Williamson and Sara Barnard When she was little, Joni used to have dreams that she could fly. But these days her feet are firmly on the ground – they have to be when money’s tight and her dad can’t work and the whole family has to pull together to keep afloat. But then she meets Annabel. Annabel is everything Joni isn’t, and yet there’s a spark between them. Though Joni barely believes it at first, she thinks they might be falling in love. But when Annabel’s parents find out about the relationship, it’s clear that they believe some differences are impossible to overcome ...
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Poignant and stirring, Skylarks touches on vital issues with nuance and clarity – social injustice, the poverty gap and how it affects teenagers. Karen Gregory has been a confirmed bookhead since early childhood. She wrote her first story about Bantra the mouse aged 12, then put away the word processor until her first child was born, when she was overtaken by the urge to write. A project coordinator by day, she’s become adept at writing around the edges. Strong coffee and a healthy disregard for housework help. Karen lives in Wiltshire with her family.
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All of This is True Lygia Day Peñaflor A thrilling story of manipulation, deceit and consequences, All of This is True is a contemporary cross between We Were Liars and The Secret History Yolanda Perez photography 31 MAY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408890936 / £7.99 EBOOK / 9781408890929 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: THE BENT AGENCY TERRITORY: COMM/UKEXCAN,OM
When four Long Island teens plot to meet Fatima Ro, the elusive author of their favourite novel, they’re stunned when she befriends them and invites them into her eccentric life. Suddenly their lives seem charmed, and as they grow closer to their idol, they find themselves revealing their darkest secrets to her. But a year later, Miri, Soleil, Jonah and Penny are shocked to discover that Fatima’s newly released YA novel is based on those same secrets. The revelations are devastating, and they can’t escape the spotlight. The friends’ interview transcripts, emails and journal entries reveal how willing they were to sacrifice everything to win Fatima’s approval – and how those sacrifices led to a tragedy from which one of them will never recover. Lygia Day Peñaflor is a graduate of Boston University and Columbia Teachers College and a private academic teacher for young Hollywood stars. Her students have included the young casts of Gossip Girl and Boardwalk Empire as well as Jay-Z’s reboot of Annie. This is her second novel for young adults. She lives on Long Island, New York.
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The Weight of A Thousand Feathers Brian Conaghan A bold, irreverent and tender novel about a young carer from the Costa Children’s Award winning author of When Mr Dog Bites and The Bombs That Brought Us Together Bobby Seed is just your average 16-year-old – same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there’s the Bobby who’s a world away from average. The Bobby who has to wipe his mum’s backside, sponge her clean three times a week, try to soothe her pain. The Bobby whose job it is to provide for his younger brother, Danny, to rub his back when he’s stressed and can only groan and rock instead of speak.
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That’s Bobby Seed. Same, same, same, yet different, different, different ... A bold exploration of the lengths to which we’ll go for the ones we love. Perfect for readers of Patrick Ness and Malorie Blackman. Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives in Dublin. He has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. For many years Brian worked as a teacher and taught in Scotland, Italy and Ireland. His novels include The Boy Who Made It Rain, published in 2011; When Mr Dog Bites, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2015 and attracted both praise and controversy for its honest, moving and humorous depiction of a teenage boy with Tourette’s syndrome; and The Bombs That Brought Us Together, winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2016.
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Teacher’s Dead Benjamin Zephaniah A thought-provoking and twisty look at the nature of truth and how the media portrays young people accused of serious crimes, from acclaimed poet and novelist Benjamin Zephaniah A teacher is dead, murdered by two of his students in front of the whole school. Right in front of Jackson Jones. But Mr Joseph was a good man – people liked him, respected him. How could those boys stab him and jog away like nothing had happened?
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Unable to process what he has seen, Jackson begins his own investigation: everyone knows who did it, but as Jackson uncovers more about the boys, he becomes convinced that people need to understand why.
Face Benjamin Zephaniah The acclaimed debut novel from groundbreaking poet Benjamin Zephaniah – its exploration of discrimination and diversity is as powerful and vital today as when it was first published In the moving and compelling debut novel from Benjamin Zephaniah, a young man’s life is completely changed when his face is badly scarred in a car accident.
Piecing Me Together Renée Watson A powerful and timely story about a girl trying to succeed in a world that expects her to fail, Piecing Me Together will thrill readers of Angie Thomas and Rainbow Rowell Jade’s mother is always telling her to take advantage of every opportunity – and she has. So when Jade is offered the opportunity to join a mentorship programme for ‘at-risk’ girls, she nearly turns it down. Some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful: see, when they say ‘at-risk’, they mean it’s for black girls. From ‘bad’ neighbourhoods. But with a scholarship to university in the offing, Jade swallows her pride and agrees to join the programme – sparking the beginning of a process that will change the way she looks at herself, and the world, forever.
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Renée Watson is the acclaimed author of the teen novel This Side of Home and the picture books Harlem’s Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen. She lives in New York City.
Martin seems to have it all. He’s cool, funny, and he’s the undisputed leader of the Gang of Three, who roam their East London estate during the holidays looking for fun. But one night after the Gang leave a late-night rap club, Martin accepts a ride from Pete, a Raider’s Posse gang member. Too late, he realises that the car is stolen, and that the police are after them. 11 JANUARY 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781408894989 / £7.99 EBOOK / 9781408825426 / £7.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO ALSO AVAILABLE:
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What happens next will change Martin’s life and looks, and show him the true meaning of strength, courage, discrimination and friendship. Benjamin Zephaniah is one of the most high-profile international authors writing today, with an enormous breadth of appeal, equally popular with adults and children. Most well known for his performance poetry with a political edge for adults and groundbreaking performance poetry for children, Benjamin has also written several urban novels for teenagers. Benjamin has his own rap/reggae band and has appeared on Desert Island Discs. He travels the world speaking about his books and poetry.
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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Carolyn Mackler
Only the Ocean Natasha Carthew
Carolyn Mackler's award-winning, heartbreaking, hilarious novel is updated for a new audience. Fans of Rainbow Rowell and Dumplin will cheer for Virginia as she smashes the 'Fat Girl Code of Conduct' 15-year-old Virginia Shreves feels like a fat, awkward outsider in her perfect family, especially next to her golden-boy big brother Byron. To survive, she decides to follow the ‘Fat Girl Code of Conduct’ to make herself acceptable. Unnoticed. Invisible.
Fierce, smart and tender, Only the Ocean is a story of innocence (and its loss), survival and courage in the midst of darkness. It will thrill fans of Sarah Crossan and Patrick Ness
But then something unthinkable happens and Virginia’s flawless family begins to fall apart. As her world spins out of orbit, Virginia realises that breaking the Fat Girl Code might be the only way to get back.
The two girls sat at opposite ends of the boat and Kel dug and stretched the oars into the ocean like her life depended upon it because it did.
Carolyn Mackler’s acclaimed book has been updated for a new audience and is as relevant, funny and full of heart as when it was first published 15 years ago. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell.
‘Just so you know,’ said Rose, ‘everything, I mean everything, is your fault.’
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15-year-old Kel Crow lives in a water-logged world, with a family with whom she shares nothing but blood and a heart defect that she knows could kill her any day. She has a plan to escape, and it’s a good one: stow away on the ship, kidnap the girl, swap the girl to buy passage to America and a life-saving operation. But plans never go how they’re meant to ... Natasha is a country writer from Cornwall where she lives with her girlfriend of 20 years. She has had three books of poetry published. Her first novel, Winter Damage, was nominated for the 2014 Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for several national awards, including the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2014. The Light That Gets Lost was published in 2015. This is her third book for Bloomsbury.
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The Universe is Expanding and So Am I Carolyn Mackler Fifteen years after the publication of the acclaimed The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, Carolyn Mackler drops readers right back into the hilarious, haphazard life of Virginia Shreves. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell Six months after Virginia decides to ignore the ‘Fat Girl Code of Conduct’, things are getting complicated. For one thing, her feelings about her brother Byron are still a mess since he was suspended from university for date rape.
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And then Byron is arrested. As her family is reeling, Virginia meets Sebastian – a cute guy with his own drama. They agree not to talk about their troubles, but then a secret comes out that could ruin everything. 15 years after the publication of the acclaimed The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, Carolyn Mackler drops readers right back into the hilarious, haphazard life of Virginia Shreves. Carolyn Mackler is the acclaimed author of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things and many other novels for children and young adults. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
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Highlights from Bloomsbury Education New High Low Fiction for Struggling and Reluctant Readers Our high low fiction is perfectly tailored for children whose reading age is lower than their actual age. Highly readable and exciting, these books provide gripping, age appropriate stories of a manageable length, packed with dynamic, contemporary illustrations. With cream paper, a font recommended by the British Dyslexia Association, and the interest age and reading age printed on the back, these books have been carefully edited by literacy experts at Catch Up. Perfect for engaging struggling and reluctant readers, those with English as an additional language and those with dyslexia.
Cream paper Dyslexia-friendly font Age-appropriate stories Exciting illustrations Perfect for reluctant readers or EAL Approved by literacy experts at Catch Up
Hopewell High Jo Cotterill Interest Age 12+
Reading Age 9+
Warm-hearted stories about a group of girls who struggle with the challenges of growing up at boarding school, by Carnegie nominated author Jo Cotterill
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The girls of Hopewell High have been friends forever – but sometimes even friends keep secrets from each other. Join Alice, Samira, Hani and Daisy as they tackle the struggles of teenage life: from eating disorders to sharing photos online. These sweet stories about the power of girls’ friendships from Carnegie nominated author Jo Cotterill (author of Electrigirl and A Library of Lemons) are perfect for teenage girls who struggle with reading or who just want a quick read. Jo Cotterill has been an actor, a teacher and a fireworks technician, but she likes writing best. She has published over thirty books for children and young adults, including the critically-acclaimed novels Looking at the Stars and A Library of Lemons. She writes short books for readers who struggle, helped by her previous experience as a learning support assistant. She also writes the superhero part-book, part-comic series Electrigirl with illustrator Cathy Brett. When she’s not reading, writing or out visiting schools and festivals, Jo likes to write songs and make interesting things out of paper. She lives in Oxfordshire with her family. ALSO AVAILABLE:
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The Football Trials John Hickman Interest Age 12+
Reading Age 9+
Published in time to coincide with the Football World Cup, these coming of age stories follow a boy from a tower block as he joins a Premier League football academy Jackson is good at football ... really good at football. And when a scout from United spots him in the park, it seems as though he might just have the chance to make it out of his high-rise tower block and into the Premier League. But the other boys have been playing together since they were young and Jackson isn’t sure he’ll ever fit in – or be able to manage his fiery temper. These engaging stories from up-and-coming author John Hickman are perfect for teenage boys who struggle with reading or who just want a quick read.
ALL OUT ATTACK 14 JUNE 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781472944238 / £5.99 EBOOK / 9781472944214 / £5.99 GAME CHANGER 14 JUNE 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781472944191 / £5.99 EBOOK / 9781472944177 / £5.99 DANGEROUS PLAY 5 APRIL 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781472944153 / £5.99 EBOOK / 9781472944139 / £5.99 KICK OFF 5 APRIL 2018 PAPERBACK / 9781472944115 / £5.99 EBOOK / 9781472944092 / £5.99 TRANSLATION RIGHTS: BLOOMSBURY TERRITORY: WO
John Hickman grew up on a council estate in Wolverhampton. He studied animation at university before training as a social worker. John now writes page-turning projects for children as well as projects for the stage and screen. His first novel, Freaks United, has been shortlisted for the Hull Book Award.
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A Court of Thorns and Roses Novella 1 70 All of This is True 72 All Out Attack 79 Along Came a Different 13 Amazing World of Olobob Top, The 28 Apes to Zebras 43
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