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Publication day 12/1/17

Children's Books

It’s another excellent publication day with new books from Karen McCombie, Elizabeth Laird and more!

Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird is a powerful and moving story about Omar and his family who flee Syria to escape the war. Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them – until they have no other choice than to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go when you can’t go home?

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St Grizzles School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys is the hilarious new book from Karen McCombie. When Dani’s mum gets the chance to study penguins in the Antarctic, she decides the best place for eleven-year-old Dani is a strict girls’ boarding school where – uh-oh! – students wear smart uniforms that includes SKIRTS! But when they arrive at St Grizelda’s it seems that there’s been some drastic changes; gone are the uniforms and the rules, and in are chaos, anarchy and, er, goats. Surely Mum’s not going to leave her at the mercy of a crazy head-butting goat, a bunch of eight-year-olds masquerading as mutant goblins and a head teacher wearing a crown of picnic cutlery?

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Midnight Detective by Clara Vulliamy is the third title in her gorgeous Dotty Detective series. Dot and Beans can’t wait for their school trip to Adventure Camp where they will do lots of exciting activities like zip-wiring, grass tobogganing and roasting marshmallows round a campfire! But once they arrive, strange things start happening. Could mean girl Laura could be up to her old tricks in a bid to win the Adventure Camp Prize…? It’s up to the Join the Dots Detectives to find out!

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The third and fourth books in the Spymaster series by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler are published today as a bind-up. The exciting new installments in the Tudor series see Jack and Cat called in to save King Henry’s life in an adventure on the sea and around the King’s castle.

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Last but not least, Be Brave Little Penguin is the new picture book illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees and written by Giles Andreae. Little Penguin Pip-Pip would love to join in with all his friends swimming in the sea, but there’s just one problem . . . he’s scared of water. Can Pip-Pip overcome his fears and finally take the plunge? This irresistible story shows that sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement – and a whole lot of heart – to finally make that leap!

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Published: 12th January 2017