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Birdie narrates the story of her life…and an old friend makes a shocking return. Holiday gets a scary glimpse at what her life could have been at WhittierCorp. The announcement of the science competition winner makes life a lot more complicated for the Anders family. The Anders family accompanies Cyrus to Anchorage for the big science competition. The dinner party falls apart, but Holiday gets a glimpse into the life she used to have. Cyrus hatches a plan to win the science competition.

It launches September 14th, so if you enjoy what you hear, please search Becoming Mother Nature on your podcast app, and head over to subscribe. The Anders family hosts a dinner for a guest who could bring their world crashing to the ground. As Cyrus prepares to go into the belly of the beast, Holiday finds herself face to face with a new nemesis. Cyrus takes a big risk to keep his family safe. The Anders family scrambles to pick up the pieces and protect themselves from Flashcard and Whittier. Flashcard, the Whittier spy, is finally uncovered! Holiday finds herself trapped with Brynleigh as the Childcatchers close in on the truth about her identity.

Holiday frees the hoverboard as she and Cyrus make a plan to trap Flashcard. The Anders family fears they may have outed themselves to Flashcard, and Holiday reaches out to an old friend for help. When Whittier helicopters hover above the school, Holiday, Cyrus and Birdie take action. Holiday and Cyrus discover someone snooping around. Will the hoverboard be discovered? Holiday gets closer to the truth about the spy in her school. Holiday displays more amazing abilities and Cyrus puts them to the test.

Holiday heads back to school and attempts to be a normal kid. But when a new unexpected ability emerges, she once again proves to be anything but normal. The search for Badger puts Birdie in terrible danger. It launches, when else, July 4th, so if you enjoy what you hear, please search Young Ben Franklin on your podcast app, and head over to subscribe. Follow the mystery all year long..

Visit BestRobotEver. Join Deborah Goldstein and her hilarious co-host, L. We have an entire summer of fun stuff planned with new shows, social media takeovers by your favorite characters and by YOU the listeners. When you hit the pavement and turn on a Gen-Z show, tweet us genzshows and use the hashtag SummerRoadTrip.

When Holiday goes missing, the Anders family must work together to find her. Holiday and her family hide out on the army base, but are they safe there? As the childcatchers close in, Holiday has to decide whom she can trust. Holiday and Cyrus make a daring escape, but the Childcatchers are closing in. Holiday and Cyrus go back to where the story began, to the boat where he spotted Holiday floating in the water. When Holiday and Cyrus get too close to the truth, their mom and dad take drastic steps. When Holiday is nearly caught sneaking into the military base, her trusty hoverboard comes to the rescue.

Holiday, Cyrus and Birdie make a decision to ask for help from an adult, but can they trust this person? Holiday and Cyrus attempt to look for answers at the military base, but when they get into trouble, a surprising friend comes to the rescue. A mysterious organization comes for Badger and Holiday realizes she could be great danger. When Mom and Dad take the kids on a surprise camping trip, Holiday sneaks away to get answers from Badger. Holiday faces off with her rival Brynleigh and discovers another ability she never knew she had.

Holiday and Cyrus work together to find the mysterious Badger, who may hold the key to unlocking her past. A strange encounter with their mom and dad makes Holiday and Cyrus wonder what their parents are hiding. Holiday corners Cyrus with questions about her past. On her birthday, Holiday receives a gift that unlocks an amazing ability she never knew she had. Holiday is visited by a mysterious boy who knows something about who she is and where she came from. The Anders family goes on a whale watching trip and finds something miraculous floating in the water.

The big mysteries unfold in six-minute episodes, twice each week, all year long. Show your support for the show by signing u p at Patreon. Find Podcasts. Podcast Six Minutes Refresh podcast Eleven-year-old Holiday is pulled from the icy waters of Alaska with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Jul 01 Holiday begins to enjoy her new life as one of The Four. Jun 26 Adam introduces Holiday to the wonders of the island and the many amazing creatures who live there.

Jun 19 Holiday discovers the incredible life she used to live before the Anders family found her. Jun 17 The Anders family desperate searches for answers about Holiday, who finds herself in a place far, far away. Jun 10 Holiday and her family are shaken to the core by the secrets of her past. Jun 05 When Holiday refuses to believe the truth about herself, Cyrus resorts to drastic measures to prove it. Jun 03 Cyrus finally reveals to Holiday the truth about who she is. May 29 Cyrus races to save Holiday before Dr. May 27 As Dr. May 22 Holiday faces losing the most precious thing she owns.

May 13 As Cyrus digs himself out of a mess, Monica prepares to face off with the one person who has caused her family the most trouble. May 08 Dr. May 06 Cyrus finally confronts Dr. May 01 Cyrus rescues Brynleigh and together they decide to protect Holiday from the truth about Dr. Apr 29 Everyone converges on a shack in the bayou where Brynleigh surprises Cyrus and a confrontation with Magnus turns explosive. Apr 17 Cyrus and Brynleigh are arrested for breaking and entering.

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Apr 10 Holiday finally hears the story of where she came from, but can she trust it? Apr 08 Dr. Apr 03 Holiday meets someone who has a very personal connection to her. Apr 01 Holiday and her family uncover deep secrets behind the walls of Thornton Rust. Or I should say that he has a hand of a different kind altogether, as the worker at the airport soon finds out.

Starting with airport lost property. Trying to locate a hand at lost property proves to be more difficult than one may initially think, especially when hand recognition is more like… um… glove recognition. Slightly lumbering. Quite ungainly. In need of a friend and I could be talking about both Alfie or Eric here! Unfortunately for him, a recent ban placed on the acquisition of humanoid robots could soon change all this.

Will Alfie continue to break the law and be able to keep his new friend safe…? And will Eric be the one who helps Alfie to fill those gaps in his memory, his heart and be the bond that brings everything together…? With his charismatic wit and the characterful illustrations of Steven Lenton that really bring this terrific tale all so engagingly to life, this is sheer exuberant storytelling at its snortingly-funny, hugely enjoyable and heartily-emotional best.

Especially its ending. Biggest thanks to Amber, Frank, Steven and all at Macmillan for giving me the wonderful opportunity to have an early read of this magnificently funny book and for providing copies for the giveaway! The very lovely people at Macmillan have kindly given me three copies of Runaway Robot to give away! Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria.

When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the formidable dance teacher spots her exceptional talent and believes that Aya has the potential to earn a prestigious ballet scholarship. Sounds a little bit normal, right? Having escaped from war-torn Aleppo in Syria, she is waiting for a moment that could change her life. Unbeknownst to her, this may take more time than she thinks…. Holding her baby brother, looking after her mother and with no idea of where her father is, she sits opposite her case worker with the weight of the world and full responsibility falling on her small shoulders.

To some, community centres might not be a source of inspiration but to Aya, this is where she finds a source of unexpected comfort. Hearing the familiar bars and notes of the piano and the French language brings Aya back home to Syria and brings back memories of happier times when she used to dance. Feeling this, she longs to dance and it is only when ballet dance class teacher Miss Helena encounters Aya dancing to a tune of her very own that she asks Aya to join the class, offering at least some small hope to her.

This did so, effortlessly. My heart feels heavy with empathy for Aya and her family. This book has changed me, as it will change you. Please think about buying this for your children in the later years of primary school who love stories, or are still searching for the one to get them hooked.

Hope that is right? Apparently I misuse them! Which books, people, research, ideas and inspirations have helped you to write No Ballet Shoes in Syria? After watching the heart-breaking new footage of the Syrian migrant crisis, I made contact with local charities and resettlement projects working with refugees, and was extremely fortunate to talk to members of the Syrian community in the UK.

Their voices — and those of other refugee children I have encountered over the years — are very much at the heart of this book, and the reason I wrote it. I loved writing the ending, although it made me cry! I hope it does that. For me, they are incredibly moving pieces of prose. Were these scenes difficult to write? Oh golly yes! For a long, long time I could not get this book right. And I found it particularly hard tying together the story of her past in Syria with the present in the UK. Until I realised that recalling traumatic past events, reconciling them with the present, looking to the future is incredibly hard for many children like Aya.

If you were to choose the character that is most like you from No Ballet Shoes in Syria, who would it be and why? Hmm — I am probably a mixture between Dotty talks too much, bit scatty, heart in the right place! What first attracted you to writing? Did you enjoy writing at school? I have always been a daydreamer, a diary-writer and a kid who loved making up stories. Which parts of writing do you find energise you and which parts do you find exhaust you? Thank goodness for my lovely agent, great editors and amazing writing pals who help drive the dementors away! When you were a child, can you remember contacting authors or any of them ever visiting your school and if so, did this inspire you?

Ooh, no! I wish he had! Putting readers in touch with authors is amazing — and it inspires in both directions! I love meeting young readers and they inspire me endlessly! Ooh, so many! No Ballet Shoes in Syria and Teaching 3. A classic story of heartbreak and hope, with wonderful authentic ballet writing and an important message championing the rights of refugees. As a teacher yourself, could you suggest ways in which No Ballet Shoes in Syria could be used in the classroom for the many teachers and primary school staff that will read this and wish to use it in their schools?

Here goes! How did it develop? How did the rest of the world respond? Why did so many people flee the country? What can you find out about the siege of Aleppo? This could be explored as a newspaper article, timeline of events or cartoon. Then gather articles from different magazines and newspaper articles about refugees, asylum seekers, the migrant crisis. Compare how the issues are discussed in different sections of the media.

Class discussion on whether countries like the UK have a moral obligation to take in more asylum seekers. Maths: Find out some statistics on refugees and asylum seekers there are lots to be found via the British Refugee Council or Refugee Week website then record them in different ways — bar chart, pie chart, ratios, percentages etc. Extension task: calculate the distance Aya and her family travelled from Aleppo to Manchester!

Literacy: My publishers have produced a lovely resource with questions designed to enhance reading comprehension and analysis skills. There are also lots of writing tasks pupils could try: what if Aya wrote a letter to her father, or to one of her old friends from Aleppo? Or you could bring in unusual objects for pupils to use as story starters — that always works for me!

Send me a tweet via catherinebruton or email my publisher Nosy Crow at press nosycrow. What has an interviewer or blogger never asked you before, that you always wished you could answer? This is a truly excellent question which has set me pondering! I was so stuck on this book until I talked to my dear friend- the amazing author Joanna Nadin — and she sorted me out good and proper! Finally, can you share with our readers something about yourself that they might be surprised to learn?

I once danced with Nelson Mandela! He complimented my red dress! Do you have a question you would like to ask the readers of The Reader Teacher? Big thanks to Clare, Catherine and all the team at Nosy Crow for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the No Ballet Shoes in Syria blog tour and for sending me a proof and advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Catherine for answering my questions! But when his dad is called up to action and things at home spiral out of control, everything Jack believes about war is thrown into question.

On 6 June , Emile Corteil parachuted into France with his dog, Glen — and Jack is determined to discover their fate…. D-Day was one of the most significant days in the history of Europe and the world. The beginning of the end of Nazi Germany. On June 6 th this year, Europe will be celebrating the 75 th anniversary of D-Day. There are international, national and local events that will help teachers work with children and young adults to explain the significance of the day, along with books, resources, films and websites.

Tom Palmer, author of D-Day Dog. Big thanks to Tom for his brilliant guest post highlighting ten different ways to commemorate and be involved in the 75th anniversary of this momentous day. D-Day Dog is available now to pre-order online and from any good independent bookshop. But Bertha quickly realises that some passengers are behaving strangely, and she determines to unravel their secrets. With new friend, Madge, Bertha sets up her own detective agency to try and solve the mysteries onboard, but they have no idea that disaster is looming for Titanic.

Looking at the passengers and surroundings around her, Bertha Watt — who fancies herself more as a polar explorer rather than that of the prim and proper young lady she pretends to be to fit in with her 2nd Class co-passengers — soon becomes bored and begins to notice that the people joining her on this epic journey away from hometown Aberdeen and mainland Britain may not be all as they seem to be.

Finding a new friend in an unlikely situation, Bertha and new friend, Madge create their very own detective agency The Collyer-Watt Detective Agency to dig deeper in to the mysteries of the masses, firstly beginning with maybe-murderer? Mr Hoffman. However, these soon take on a different course once Bertha meets Johan — a Swedish boy on board who has little money to his name; constantly feels seasick and struggles to converse as he speaks barely any English whilst Bertha speaks barely any Swedish.

Nevertheless the two manage to communicate and communicate they must as Johan holds in his hands a treasure map and quite literally! But with the threat of danger looming… will they crack the case before the clock counts down on the biggest nautical disaster of all time? It is so refreshing to see a book recently written that is based on the real-life people who experienced these events and emanates with well-researched historical facts and information not just from what is widely known of the Titanic such as the class divides but also the more minor details that are often overlooked or missed entirely including the staggering humiliation of the medical examinations for third-class passengers and the recognition of the difficulties in communication for those foreign passengers on board.

I am fascinated by the history of this ship having been to the museum in Southampton myself but the quality of this book is guaranteed to spurn children and adults to take a vested interest to learn more about it themselves. Big thanks to Kelly, Lindsay and all the team at Cranachan for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of The Titanic Detective Agency blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Together, Effie and her friends must use their magical skills to defeat the evil tactics of Diberi before total destruction is wreaked upon the worlds at Midwinter.

So without further ado…. Praise for the Worldquake series:. Big thanks to Jo, Scarlett and all the team at Canongate for inviting me to share this extract as part of the Galloglass blog tour. Looking forward to seeing it on the shelves! Maggie is a middle child, overlooked and unheard. An absorbing, quietly menacing story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal, beautifully told. Stuck between being the eldest or the youngest. Stuck between being overlooked and under-heard. Stuck in the middle. The chosen ones. Always the chosen ones to win prizes, to be clapped at, to have their portraits painted or to have parties.

Or so she believes. Always quietly questioning and fighting to make her own name for herself, Maggie makes an encounter of a different kind. As her eyes begin to open to the world around her and truths and twists are revealed, this tale proves to be far more than it appears to be on the surface. Told through the distinctive voice and sometimes-dark perspectives of Maggie, this deeply-atmospheric story within its sinister setting carries with it undertones, a family dynamic and moments of an almost middle-grade Hunger Games meeting Stig of the Dump.

This debut is more than a mystery. Which 3 adjectives and 3 corresponding emojis would you choose to best describe The Middler? KA: 1. The place where I grew up influenced the setting immeasurably. And so many great novels inspired me, for example: Z for Zachariah Robert C. TRT: Are you an eldest, middler or youngest? And can you ear-wiggle yourself? TRT: If you were to choose the character that is most like you from The Middler, who would it be and why? KA: Maggie. TRT: What first attracted you to writing? KA: As an adult, I started writing after reading stories to my own children — I got that excited tingle as I read them, and thought I could do this.

And yes, I did enjoy writing at school. TRT: Which parts of writing do you find energise you and which parts do you find exhaust you? KA: Starting a book is usually the most energising for me. I love writing the second draft too — tightening everything up so that the story hangs together better.

The exhausting part is getting through the middle of the first draft — the sticky middle is definitely a real thing. I usually tackle it by re-reading books on the technicalities of plotting, and gradually the story begins to find its way. TRT: When you were a child, can you remember contacting any authors or them ever visiting your school and if so, did this inspire you?

Gumdrop was a vintage car and the author was the awesomely named Val Biro. He signed my book. I treasured it. I love a book that makes me laugh. The Middler and Teaching 3. TRT: Could you suggest ways that your book could be used in the classroom for the many teachers and school staff that will read this? Nosy Crow have developed an excellent KS2 teaching resource pack with extracts, discussion questions and lesson plans — you can find it at nosycrow. KA: The Middler tells the story of Maggie, a middle child living in an isolated community where only the eldest children are special.

KA: You can contact me via my website kirstyapplebaum. TRT: What has an interviewer or blogger never asked you before, that you always wished you could answer? TRT: Finally, can you share with our readers something about yourself that they might be surprised to learn? KA: Do you think being a youngest, middle, eldest or single child makes a difference to how you feel and act? Big thanks to Clare, Kirsty and all the team at Nosy Crow for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of The Middler blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review.

Extra thanks to Kirsty for answering my questions! Working at Belle Vue Zoo is life-changing for Danny. Once, he lived on the streets, pick-pocketing to survive. Now he has a new family and a new job — caring for a zoo of exotic creatures, including the famous elephant, Maharajah. But when animals start escaping, Danny is the prime suspect: after all, everyone knows he used to be a thief. And when a man turns up claiming to be his real father, the plot thickens.

Can Danny untangle the mystery of the animal escapade — and find out where he really belongs — or will his wonderful new life also disappear? This time, we rejoin a different Danny. But think again! As his old life soon catches up with him when the animals start to mysteriously escape from their enclosures and all hell starts to break loose.

Especially when Mr Jameson had plans in place to host the grandest of spectacles, a show featuring his most prized possessions and attractions — including the most famous of all, Maharajah. Suspicion mounts and the finger ends up slowly being pointing towards Danny due to his background and his past life. Try as he might — and some may call him fearless; others audacious — Mr Jameson puts up the only fight he can to relent the oncoming fracas the best he can, still scheduling his plans for his show of all shows but will the show go on…?

There are important messages throughout this epic adventure of good-versus-evil: the rights of animals and the place of zoos in historical and modern society being the main one that will make the reader think more deeply. But in Danny, there is a much more pressing message in that care and love goes further than anyone can imagine.

Although this book is a sequel, it can be read as a stand-alone knowing that Danny has been saved from the streets. Known as the Disneyland of the north, Belle Vue Zoological Gardens attracted more than two million visitors a year. And yet today, the only sign that it ever existed is a commemorative plaque at the spot where the entrance once stood.

Belle Vue began life in the s as a small tea garden but the owner John Jennison had big ambitions. As well as an aviary of parrots, he introduced kangaroos, a rhino, a couple of lions, a bear and some gazelles. And then in , he bought an elephant: Maharajah. But just like my fictional Belle Vue, the real park boasted many other attractions. The Jennison family built a maze, a dance hall, an archery field, several tearooms, Italian gardens and even a platform for hot air ballooning.

Local men — paid in pies and beer — were enlisted to play soldiers and act out scenes from historic battles. Huge painted canvases formed the backdrop to these dramatic performances, while overhead, rockets and firecrackers coloured the sky. But the displays were not without danger. Almost every night, the wooden stage caught fire and on one occasion in , flames broke out on the island destroying half the painted scenery — a drama that provided inspiration for The Great Animal Escapade. But the gardens were not popular with everyone. Local church leaders demanded Jennison stop business during Sunday services.


The Jennison era ended in when the family finally sold the park. It was taken over by a businessman called John Henry Iles. But times were changing for the menagerie. As well as increased competition from other, more modern zoos, there were growing — and justified — concerns about animal welfare and conservation. With little investment, Belle Vue was simply not able to keep up with the new thinking, and after years in business, the zoo closed in Within four years, the other attractions had shut down as well.

Big thanks to Jane, Laura and all the team at Chicken House for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the The Great Animal Escapade blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Jane for writing such a brilliant and interesting guest post! Both ravaging and raw… this should be top of the pile for teachers and schools learning more about Viking England. Northumbria She will not cry.

Can she shape her own legend? Will it end in revenge — or is there another way? With revenge in mind, Ylva sets off on the most bloodthirsty of tasks: to kill the man who killed her mother. The three-fingered murderer. Gutsy, headstrong and staunchly independent, she is on a one-girl mission and nothing is going to stop her.

But the journey is not easy and the weather is constant; biting and freezing and everybody is not as friendly as they first seem either…. Will Ylva survive or will she fall at the hands of the very same people that murdered her mother? Fighting off foes and holding her belief in the gods close to her heart, this quest is more than a quest for Ylva.

Dan is the master of all-action, heart-pounding, breathless books and for me, She Wolf achieves this in spades. This should be top of the pile for any teachers and schools learning more about the history of Viking England. Those books take readers through the hardships of World War II, they send them hunting in the forests of Finland, racing through the jungles of Costa Rica, and investigating a mystery in the icy wastes of Antarctica.

It made sense to me, having both a son and a daughter, that I would want both of my own children to be able to see themselves in one of those characters. But it would be fair to say that, yes, the boy was usually the main main character. So I decided to change that. My next story would have a girl as the main character. But, when we think about Vikings, we think about large, bearded, menacing men with swords and axes, so how was I going to do that? And when the Vikings eventually became Christians, those women lost their freedoms.

But what about warriors? Were there any female Viking warriors? I wanted my main character, Ylva, to be fierce like a wolf. I wanted her to feel comfortable with an axe in her hand. She should know how to swing a blade, and not be afraid of a little blood. Ylva needed to be a warrior. They believed that Viking raiders were all men; that women were not strong enough, or brave enough, or fierce enough to have joined the raiding parties that ventured over the seas. In a Viking grave was excavated in Sweden, containing the remains of a warrior surrounded by weapons, and two sacrificed horses.

In , a team of scientists, led by Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, carried out genetic tests on the remains and discovered that the Birka Warrior was a woman. A shield maiden. So my Viking hero is no bearded giant. Instead, she is a brave and resourceful girl with an axe in her hand and revenge burning in her heart.

Big thanks to Dan, Laura and all the team at Chicken House for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the She Wolf blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Dan for writing such a superb and insightful guest post! The Frozen Sea. It is and forty years since Simon, Patricia and Evelyn and Larry first stepped through a magical library door into the enchanted world of Folio. Summoned to Folio, she must rescue a missing prince, helped only by her pet hamster and a malfunctioning robot.

Their mission to the Frozen Sea will bring them face-to-face with a danger both more deadly and more magnificent than they ever imagined. What Jewel discovers will change not just who she thinks she is, but who we all think we are…. Piers Torday. I was born in , in Northumberland, which is possibly the one part of England where more animals live than people. Alongside my younger brother Nick, I spent my very early years crawling around on the floor of that shop, surrounded by piles of books right from the start.

I was extremely lucky to come from a writing background. I enjoyed reading, writing and drawing from an early age. Other favourites included Roald Dahl, C. My mother was always writing as I was growing up — newspaper articles, gardening and cookery books, local history — and it seemed a normal thing to want to do. Then I started making comics, and my first one was about all the sheep who lived on the hills around us, called…The Sheep!

Then I went to university, where I was meant to study English but mainly wrote, directed or produced plays and comedy shows. I was very fortunate to be a Trustee for the last 15 years. Then I co-ran a theatre production company, touring new plays and promoting comedians. I also worked in TV for several years, including a short spell in Los Angeles, coming up with ideas for everything from reality shows to hidden camera pranks.

The book has been published in 13 other countries, including the USA. After my father died in , I found his last unfinished novel a political thriller for adults amongst his papers. I am passionate about the opportunities for imaginative futures that reading allows, and have been a trained Reading Helper with Beanstalk Reads for five years, working with children on their reading on my local primary schools. I am delighted to be a Patron of Reading at the inspirational St.

I am also a Patron of the magnificent Shrewsbury Book Fest, a visionary book award, festival and school outreach scheme all in one. I am currently also working on the sequel to that book, alongside a new play and a new film, but spend most of my time wrangling our very naughty — but adorable — puppy, Huxley. Ben Mantle. Ben was born in Leamington Spa in , and developed a very early interest in things artistic, designing programme covers for school productions and even coming first in his local library colouring-in competition.

Samuel Perrett. Biggest thanks to Piers, Emily and all at Hachette for giving me the wonderful opportunity to reveal this stunning and spellbinding cover and for providing copies for the giveaway! Proof copies will be sent to winners when available from Hachette, as soon as possible near to publication day. The war is done and Arianwyn has discovered the secret of the quiet glyphs at last, but her troubles are far from over. But when enemies and dark magic converge on Lull, stealing away someone very dear indeed, our witch faces her greatest challenge so far.

What really makes a witch come true? Our loveable heroine is about to find out…. With family reunions and Christmas on its way, it seems that life in Lull could rebalance itself for Arianwyn in the right way. Can she save the inhabitants of Lull, her family and herself before its too late…?

A mug of hot chocolate is the perfect complement and the most fitting of accompaniments to the end of this series which James conjures to a close so perfectly. A book about light, about magic and belief, and about unlocking your own potential, from the critically acclaimed author of Fish Boy and The Boy Who Hit Play.

Maya has to escape. Raul is escaping too — travelling back to his home where a terrible tragedy happened, ready to stir up trouble. When their paths collide in the middle of the jungle, the sparks begin to fly. As modern world corruption meets the magic and legends of ancient times, can Maya draw on her hidden light to find the way through to the truth? Chloe Daykin. In December Chloe journeyed across the otherworldy land of Peru thanks to the fantastic support of the Arts Council England.

Chloe Daykin lives in Northumberland with her family including one husband, two boys and three cats. She loves an unusual adventure and is a fan of all things fun, poetic and surprising. David Litchfield. He has also exhibited his illustrations in both solo and group shows in the U. K, Europe and America. Biggest thanks to Sarah and all at Faber for giving me the wonderful opportunity to reveal this gorgeously colourful cover and for providing proof copies for the giveaway!

Proof copies will be sent to winners when available from Faber, as soon as possible. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan Wilde must stop the flying machine they were building from falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family in terrible danger. Athan faces a dreadful choice — flight or family? Which one will he pick? As this tale begins to rapidly unfold, we are first introduced to the backstreets of Bath where the shadows swathe the streets in darkness swallowing all of the light and where we soon enter a murky world of mystery and murder….

Hidden away are Athan Wilde, our young protagonist, and his inventor friend, Mr Chen who are busy at work creating their latest contraptions. Most recently, that being a flying machine. For Athan — who dreams of taking to the skies — Mr Chen is the man who can turn imagination into idea and aspiration into actuality. Fearing the worst and that all of their inventions and well-kept secrets could be revealed, Athan soon finds it falling to him to rescue their plans and plot a way forward for their dream of flying, now his dream, to survive.

Warts and all…. Engrossing, exciting and most of all, riveting are the words that I choose to use to describe this fast-paced, frenetic and unmissable tale that just will not let you go until the very last word of the very last page. Oscar is getting a pet! But which pet should he pick?

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And what on earth will he do when they all move in? His house is like a zoo. Dogs, cats, parrots, elephants, snakes, fish, hamsters — all these animals and so little time to pick. So he lets nature take its course and puts an advert in the classifieds section of his local newspaper only to become inundated with replies from the very animals themselves! As Oscar deliberates and ponders over his choice, things go bad from worse as the animals arrive at his home to set up camp and Oscar gains his own massive menagerie right outside his front door.

Taking cover in a tent outside, the only option is for all the animals to go. All except for the appearance of a letter from a pet that Oscar had missed reading…. With an ending that will melt even the coldest of hearts, this is a special story told with complete and utter sincerity. There is nothing like the irreplaceable, mutual bond between person and pet and this book showcases this so perfectly. I would love to be involved again next year! Bored of the same old routine? Longing for a bit of adventure in your life? Love living life on the edge?

Thrills and adventure await, just hop on board the slightly old and rusty moped of infinity! As the professor reveals rather hysterically! But as the Professor and Alfie are soon left to discover for themselves, the way back home may not be as simple as it first seemed. Wacky, insanely inventive and heaps of fun, I can completely guarantee that this book will be lapped up by children and adults!

Forget the boundaries of space, forget the boundaries of time and forget the boundaries of imagination because this is outlandishly good. Not only is it a proper science-fiction, fantasy, travel guide adventure, but it answers questions that have left science scratching its chin. Who could ask for more? As a taste of the surprises that await, The Reader Teacher can reveal just a few of those secrets.

Glue your eyeballs to this screen for just a sample of that astonishing knowledge …. Some books tell you it all began with monkeys. Yes, stone circles. You know, like Stonehenge. This is how it happened …. About a million years ago, a man named Partley Mildew invented stone circles on the planet Wip-Bop-a-Looma, starting a craze for inter-galactic travel. His circles had the power to send people across a bejillion miles of space in the blink of an eye, allowing humans to explore the universe.

People loved them. Travelling to distant planets meant they could go swimming with Giggling MegaFish on planet Mip before breakfast then have lunch on the other side of the universe while their brains were spring-cleaned by friendly Limpation Cranium Toads. Soon, holiday companies were building bigger and bigger stone circles to cope with crowds of tourists.

Toby became a popular holiday destination, famous for its beaches and great restaurants. Some humans decided to make their home here, and also decided that Toby was a nice enough name for a boy but sounded silly on a planet. As thousands more years went by tourism died off. They forgot what stone circles had been used for, too. Gods get quite cheesed off with this. Around the universe most folk had forgotten about the power of stone circles but one group remembered. They called their society the Unusual Cartography Club, and the members continued to travel the universe, mapping planets for their Cosmic Atlas : the finest collection of extra-terrestrial maps this side of Nerwong-Nerwong Plinky-Plonk.

Well, no. Not really. People forget important stuff all the time. Pyramids for example. If you think space travelling stone circles are weird, pyramids would really blow your mind. They have pink ostriches with three bottoms there, you know. And no more party invitations. At first, its members used Stonehenge to get around. Around two thousand years ago though, bits started falling off the ancient circle. More years went by and a city grew up around the new UCC headquarters.

Empty fields became Wigless Square. A cavern was dug beneath the house and the circle moved onto a rotating platform. Invented by Medelaine Tusk, it made spinning the heavy stones to new co-ordinates much, much easier than shifting them about by hand. Some got eaten by ghastly tentacled things, or blown up by unexpected volcanoes. Others just wandered off on worlds they liked better. What a Waste! Another by Christian Robinson In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.

What might you do? And suddenly the little girl is off on a magical journey to rescue her favorite stuffed friend. Have you ever wondered where your lost objects go? With charming and stylish illustrations, this book is perfect for curious minds. Martin Luther King Jr. Both faced ugly prejudices and violence, which both answered with words of love and faith in humanity.

This is the story of their parallel journeys to find hope in darkness and to follow their dreams. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life. Around the Passover Table by Tracy Newman, illustrated by Adriana Santos Ages The candles are lit, the seder plate filled, and the matzo stacked high. Join in to read, sing, eat, and observe the holiday. The many steps of a Passover seder are portrayed in this rhyming story.

Known for her self-portraits, she became a feminist icon whose work now sells for millions of dollars. Pebble always listens to her stories. Pebble always smiles when she feels scared. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna realizes that he needs Pebble even more than she does. Ages Sam has no intentions of taking any more chances with these people-eating creatures. Can Sam overcome his terror of becoming shark bait? The people needed a green place to be — a park with ponds to row on and paths for wandering through trees and over bridges.

When a citywide contest solicited plans for creating a park out of barren swampland, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted put their heads together to create the winning design, and the hard work of making their plans a reality began. Bright, playful illustrations show a different baby and a different species of animal, both engaged in similar behavior: babies stretch their limbs like sea stars, splash in the water like ducklings, toddle around like bear cubs, and fill their chubby cheeks like chipmunks.

Each country has its own set of fascinating stories, and learning those from another part of the world is both entertaining and educational. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart… At once deeply personal and utterly universal, this story is a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader.

Internment by Samira Ahmed Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. She Spoke by Kathy MacMillian When the world tells you to stay quiet, do you listen, or do you speak up? After all, she DID ask for a new gadget! This clever story, complete with a recipe for lemonade, celebrates the pleasures of patience, hard work, nature, community. One is a cake.

Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. But when Maya rushes off to find the carousel, she loses sight of her mother, father and grandmother. She is alone in a sea of people … until she spots something bobbing above the crowd, and right away she knows how to find her way. Little ones learning about language will love sounding out the words in this playful, vibrantly illustrated story set in West Africa.

When her bees mysteriously disappear, Bea hatches a plan to bring them back. Can Bea inspire her school and community to save the bees? Bees provide us with valuable resources, and some types of bees are in danger of disappearing forever. But ordinary people and kids! Now is the time to learn how to harness your power and use it.

This book will show you how to make your big dreams a big reality. What Do You Celebrate? Each spread showcases a different holiday, offering background and cultural context, vocabulary words, photographs, and instructions for festive projects. Be a Maker by Katey Howes How many things can you make in a day? A tower, a friend, a change? This simple, layered story celebrates creativity through beautiful rhyming verse and vibrant illustrations with a timely message. She later became an early childhood expert—founding schools with her revolutionary educational theories and changing the lives of many children.

Enter the fearless Lumber Jills! These young women may not have had much woodcutting experience, but they each had two hands willing to work and one stout heart, and they came together to do their part. Discover this lyrical story of home front heroism and female friendship. But, when Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary hosts their first Around the World Fair, Sarai learns that with a little imagination, you can go anywhere you want! Opposite of Always by Justin A. But Corduroy falls asleep, and a puppy digs up the seeds.

Corduroy just has to take a peek outside, and when he does, he falls out! Will Lisa find him again? My Two Dads and Me by Michael Joosten Families with same-sex parents are celebrated in this board book that follows busy dads and their kids throughout their day—eating breakfast, getting dressed, heading out to the park, and settling back in at night with a bubble bath and a good-night lullaby. My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten Families with same-sex parents are celebrated in this board book that follows busy moms and their kids throughout their day—eating breakfast, going on a playdate, heading to the pool for a swim, and settling back in at night with a bedtime story and a good-night lullaby.

Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. Every day, Momofuku Ando would retire to his lab-a little shed in his backyard. Rinker, illustrated by Daria Peoples-Riley. As a young girl, Gloria Steinem thought for herself and spoke her mind. She read many books by her favorite authors and imagined herself as the heroine of the story. Gloria wished. She read. And imagined. But Gloria grew up during a time when women were not encouraged, or even allowed, to do a lot of the things men could do: go to college, get a job, open a bank account, and more.

His mom, dad, and three brothers are tight, but one of the most influential family members for Johnathan is his Uncle Russell, a convict in prison, serving fifteen years to life. When Johnathan was just eight years old, something happened that filled him with fear and the very hatred that Uncle Russell had warned him about. What happened to Johnathan made him see that a dream of a colorless world was just that.

A dream. We Chose You by Tony and Lauren Dungy When adopted son Calvin needs to tell about his family for a class assignment, he discovers his parents were praying for him long before they chose him. Not only that, but God chose them for Calvin. It was according to His plan. That they are secure. That they are loved. This is a message every child needs to hear. To him, she is a surgeon when she repairs his favorite stuffed animal, a chemist when in the kitchen, and an architect when they play with toy blocks.

But he did exist—and from the beginning, the often-misbehaved Trevor used his keen smarts and humor to navigate a harsh life under a racist government. So is his owner, Jace. Together they turn the world around them into verse. But when Thinker is allowed into the classroom at last, he finds it hard to keep his true identity a secret. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to family history. Moving to a new city can be exciting. Will you make friends? What will you eat? Where will you play?

In a cleverly combined voice — accompanied by wonderfully detailed illustrations depicting parallel urban scenes — a young boy conveys his fears about moving from New York City to Mexico City while, at the same time, a young girl expresses trepidation about leaving Mexico City to move to New York City. Tania de Regil offers a heartwarming story that reminds us that home may be found wherever life leads.

Fascinating details about each city are featured at the end. Anthony Falcon A man of Native American descent contemplates what lessons he will pass on to his newborn son in this heartfelt, expansive exploration of fatherhood, identity, and legacy. It was unlike any other garden she knew. It had no flowers or vegetables. Instead, Ojiichan made it out of stones:?

Every summer, Mayumi visits her grandfather in Japan, and they tend the garden together. Raking the gravel is her favorite part. Afterward, the two of them sit on a bench and enjoy the results of their efforts in happy silence. But then one summer, everything changes. Ojiichan has grown too old to care for his home and the garden. He has to move. Will Mayumi find a way to keep the memory of the garden alive for both of them? Ages 16 and up. Manuelito by Elisa Amado Thirteen-year-old Manuelito is a gentle boy who lives with his family in a tiny village in the Guatemalan countryside.

Things deteriorate further when government-backed drug gangs arrive and take control of the village. Boy oh Boy: From boys to men, be inspired by 30 coming-of-age stories of sportsmen, artists, politicians, educators and scientists by Cliff Leek Meet 30 positive male role models from throughout history. These men have fought conventional stereotypes to prove that modern day masculinity can be cool — and defined freely.

Role models hand-picked to inspire a modern generation of boys. Horton Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. But when the smell of cookies is too much, she breaks her fast early. How can she be part of the festivities now? A powerful meditation on home and identity at a time when our country sorely needs it. A scientist to her very core, Ada asks why again and again.

As Uncle Ned floats farther and farther away, Ada starts asking lots of questions: How high can a balloon float? Is it possible for Uncle Ned to float into outer space? They come from different places, but they hug her in the same way. And most of all, they love her just the same. A joyful celebration of a mixed-race family and the love that binds us all together. Now What?

Home is a Window by Stephanie Ledyard, illustrated by Chris Sasaki Follow a family as they move out of their beloved, familiar house and learn that they can bring everything they love about their old home to the new one, because they still have each other. This biography explores the childhood and early career of a jazz legend as he finds his voice and shapes a new musical sound.

Follow his progression from East St. Rhythmic free verse imbues his story with musicality and gets readers in the groove. Planet Fashion: Years of Fashion History by Natasha Slee Your journey begins over one hundred years ago, twirling around the ballroom in gowns and tailcoats. Una Huna, What Is This? Maricela, Manuel, and their mother face the many challenges of having their lives completely changed by the absence of their father and husband.

Their day-to-day norm now includes moving to a new house, missed soccer games and birthday parties, and emptiness.

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The Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles Otto and Sheed are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun, even as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creatures, Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town—and each other—before time stops for good.

Now Kiely has to figure out how to gain back the attention of her adoring fans her family , even if it means sharing the spotlight. Playdate by Maryann Macdonald A picture book with minimal text and maximum impact, as portrayed through both the well-chosen words and the fun-filled, evocative illustrations.

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Nine Months Before a Baby is Born by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin A soon-to-be big sister and her parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby in the family. Alternating panels depict what the family is experiencing in tandem with how the baby is growing, spanning everything from receiving the news about the new baby to the excitement of its arrival.

When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats…and her purse. Shopping and football, ballet and dress-up make Travis a one of a kind boy! But when some of the kids on the playground begin to pick on him, Travis truly dazzles. This empowering story encourages both boys and girls to challenge the social norm, revealing their true selves. The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern.

This lively and colorful book introduces young readers, from infants to age seven, to twenty-six key traits they can explore and cultivate as they grow. Each letter offers a description of the trait, a question inviting the reader to examine how he or she experiences it in daily life, and lively illustrations. Stonewall: A Building.

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An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders A powerful and timeless true story that will allow young readers to discover the rich and dynamic history of the Stonewall Inn and its role in the gay civil rights movement—a movement that continues to this very day. Though the inn had been raided before, that night would be different.

One handy little stroller is passed from family to family in this uplifting picture book celebration of community, diversity, and sharing. When Luna is born, her mommy gives her a little red stroller. It accompanies her and her mommy through all the activities of their day, until she outgrows the stroller and is able to pass it down to a toddler in her neighborhood who now needs it. And so the stroller lives on, getting passed from one child to the next, highlighting for preschool readers the diversity of families: some kids with two mommies, some with two daddies, some with just one parent, and all from different cultures and ethnicities.

This simple, cheerful book is a lovely portrait of the variety and universality of family. Each card is designed to be engaging and just challenging enough to create a healthy daily habit of mindfulness and calm. Not only do the cards teach yoga poses, they also develop discipline, focus, balance, and wellness for both parents and their littles. Rhymes with Claire by Chad J. All starts off innocently enough: fair and share, but then takes a decidedly more dangerous turn from bear to flare!

How can one little parrot cause so much trouble? These teens represent the tremendous diversity within the American Muslim community, and their book, like them, contains multitudes. Bilal writes about being a Muslim musician. Imaan imagines a dystopian Underground. Samaa creates her own cartoon Kabob Squad. Ayah responds to online hate. Through poems, essays, artwork, and stories, these young people aim to show their true selves, to build connection, and to create more inclusive and welcoming communities for all.

Nighttime Symphony by Timbaland, illustrated by Christopher Myers and Kaa Illustration Ages As a little boy gets ready for bed, the sounds of a wild storm echo around him, lulling him to sleep. From the crash of thunder to the pitter-patter of raindrops to the beat of passing cars, the music of the city creates a cozy bedtime soundtrack.

Hair Love by Matthew A. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Back home in New York City, after living in France for five years, Jada is ready to embark on her first and greatest spy adventure yet. She plans to scour New York City in search of her missing mother, even though everyone thinks her mom died in a plane crash.

Except Jada, who is certain her mom was a spy too. This book pays tribute to Mr. Rogers, Barack Obama, Hayao Miyazaki, and more: men whose masculinity is grounded in compassion and care. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. Martin Luther King, Jr. Serena: The Little Sister by Karlin Gray Serena Williams is one of the biggest names in sports, but she grew up the littlest of five girls in her family.

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This empowering biography showcases the rise of the youngest Williams sister and how her family played a part in her path to becoming the strong woman and star athlete she is today. Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, this extraordinary book will show children that anything is possible. Girls with Guts! Usually, they see things like an eagle fishing for his dinner, a salamander with red spots on its back, and chipmunks that come to steal food while the family sits by the campfire. But this year is different. This year, the boy is going into first grade, and his mother is encouraging him to do things on his own, just like his older brother.

And the most different thing of all. Pull the levers, turn the wheels, and watch as 13 adorable children come to life to act out 13 yoga poses and create other yoga magic. Kids will delight in seeing the sun rise over the mountain pose, boats float beneath the bridge pose, and branches magnificently blossom when a child makes the tree pose.

A perfect tool for instructing and inspiring little yogis of all ages. But as a young man, he started to form beliefs of his own that harked back to the Hindu principles of his childhood. Gandhi began to dream of unity for all peoples and religions. Inspired by this idea, he led peaceful protests to free India from British rule and unite the country—ending violence and unfair treatment. The Usual Suspects by Maurice Broaddus The Usual Suspects, pitched as Encyclopedia Brown meets The Wire, follows Thelonius, king of the pranksters at his middle school, who must solve the mystery of who brought a gun to campus before he and his friends are expelled at the end of the week.

But when Polly and Spell join forces to make the school fair super spectacular, they quickly discover that what you write and what you mean are not always the same. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga A contemporary middle-grade novel that follows Jude, a year-old Syrian girl who is forced to move to a suburban American town to live with her uncle and his family, where she experiences the joys and struggles of a new life.

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