NEW TITLES

We're looking for teachers and school librarians to read and review the following primary titles for us over the summer hols. Let us know which book you'd like to review by emailing the title and your postal details to info@ReadingZone.com. We will hold a draw for reviewers in mid July.

Poppy and the Blooms
Fiona Woodcock

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471147784

When a group of zesty wildflower characters discover that the last green space in the city is about to be paved over, they decide they have to act! A positive, uplifting story about how the actions of even the smallest can have a big impact, from the creator of Hiding Heidi.

Poppy and the Blooms
Digger Disaster
Rose Impey

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN 9781408872444

Meet Tyrone T. rex, Stacey Stegosaurs and the rest of the Dino Diggers - the best builders in Dino Town, who will never let you down! The perfect book for dinosaur and digger fans EVERYWHERE! Today the Dino Diggers are building a car factory, but disaster strikes when Tyrone T. rex hits a water pipe. OH NO! Time for the Dino Diggers to do what they do best! The first in a new series for fans of dinosaurs and diggers, with a fantastic free slot-together novelty included in every book. Collect the whole series for hours of dino fun.

Digger Disaster
Kevin
Rob Biddulph

HarperCollins

ISBN 9780008207410

The glorious new picture book from the bestselling, award-winning author of Blown Away and GRRRRR!, all about one boy, one Kevin, and one very special friendship... Uh-oh - Sid Gibbons is in trouble again! Time to think fast... When Sid makes yet another mess, and his mum is at the end of her patience, Sid does what every quick-thinking kid would do - he blames it on his big, furry, vanilla-and-pink friend Kevin! And while it seemed like a good idea at the time, Sid gets an unexpected surprise when he finds out that Kevin and his world might not be so imaginary after all - and while his friend might be make-believe, his feelings are very real. A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale of friendship, kindness and stepping up, from a rare picture book talent.

Kevin
The Grotlyn
Benji Davies

HarperCollins

ISBN 9780008212759

A stunningly illustrated picture book (the cover is yet to be revealed) full of mystery and suspense, from the bestselling author of THE STORM WHALE and GRANDAD'S ISLAND. 'I know when the Grotlyn's been / Slipping through your house unseen...' What is the mysterious Grotlyn? What sort of creature could it be, scuttling across the town, frightening everyone in its path? And why has it stolen PC Vickers' knickers?! A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale about things that go bump in the night for ages four and up, from picture book superstar, Benji Davies, winner of Oscar's First Book Prize 2014 and Sainsbury's Children's Book of the Year 2015.

The Grotlyn
Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz
Michael Morpurgo

HarperCollins

ISBN 9780008134594

From master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, and illustrated in stunning colour by the award-winning Emma Chichester Clark, comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and unforgettable character: Dorothy's pet dog, Toto. A perfect, collectible gift for all children (and children at heart). "I was there,", Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. "Dorothy and me were both there." We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting. Then Papa Toto began... When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house - only to be plucked into the air and whisked away! Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is. But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home - after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along...

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz
Class Six and the Eel of Fortune
Sally Prue

Bloomsbury Educational

ISBN 9781472939425

Class Six are back, and they're on a mission: keep that nosy Mrs Knowall from finding out that their school is secretly magic. Which means no more flying around the hall, no more history lessons with Robin Hood, and the school trip to the moon is definitely off. With their beloved teacher Miss Broom sent back to teacher training, and the school in need of funds for magical supplies, Class Six will have to band together to make this year's school fete the best yet. And everyone knows that no fete is complete without an eel that can see the future... Funny, exciting or a little bit spooky, Black Cats are fast-paced stories with short chapters and illustrations throughout - stepping stones to reading confidence.

Class Six and the Eel of Fortune
Team Hero: Battle for the Shadow Sword: Series 1, Book 1 - With Bonus Extra Content!
Adam Blade

Orchard Books

ISBN 9781408343517

X-Men meets Beast Quest at the school for superheroes! This is the new adventure series from bestselling author Adam Blade, with comic-book style illustrations. Welcome to Hero Academy! Join Jack and your other new classmates at this secret school, where the lessons are more exciting than Maths and PE. When a portal from the evil underground realm of Noxx is discovered beneath the school, Team Hero needs your powers. The next invasion is upon us ...

Team Hero: Battle for the Shadow Sword: Series 1, Book 1 - With Bonus Extra Content!
The Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things To Do
Andy Seed

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN 9781408870099

Say goodbye to boredom with this fantastic outdoor boredom buster book! From the hilarious Andy Seed, Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 for Best Books with Facts comes the fantastically busy Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to do. Suitable for all seasons, find out how to set bug traps, create a rainbow, construct an amazing summer slide and much, much more! This book also includes awesome indoor activities about the outdoors for rainy days. Design your own mini parachute, create the worlds most amazing frisbee, or create a bird feeder to keep your feathered friends well fed! Andy Seed's laugh-out-loud 'Anti-boredom' series has something for everyone! A seemingly endless car journey to visit your long lost aunty? Andy's got an activity for that! A boring rainy afternoon stuck indoors? Andy's got a joke for that! A dull holiday with no one to play with? Andy's got a game for that! Say goodbye to your boredom blues with Andy Seed's fantastic range of Anti-boredom books!

The Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things To Do
Bad Mermaids
Sibeal Pounder

Bloomsbury Childrens Books

ISBN 9781408877128

Mermaids Beattie, Mimi and Zelda are enjoying a summer on land with legs when they receive a strange Crabagram ordering them to return home at once. Some seriously Bad Mermaids are on the loose and the girls are the only ones who can stop them. If they're going to save the day, they'll need answers. And a clam car. Definitely piranha-print nail polish. Possibly not the talking seahorse... Filled with magical mysteries, fabulous fashion, and a serious piranha problem, Bad Mermaids brings a whole new twist to the underwater world of mermaids.

Bad Mermaids
Stupendous Science
Rob Beattie

QED Publishing

ISBN 9781784938468

Packed with quick, achievable, and fun experiments that can be performed at home and with basic ingredients and equipment, this book of 70 experiments will entertain budding scientists for hours as they learn lessons in physics, chemistry, biology, and technology. Experiments include making a periscope, a smartphone projector, a lava lamp, making your own rain, and using salt to make ice cream. Experiments are coded to show whether they are safe to perform independently, or whether they need adult help.

Stupendous Science
Birthday Boy
David Baddiel, illus Jim Field

HarperCollins Children's Books

ISBN 9780008200473

A hilarious rollercoaster ride of pure entertainment for 9+ readers everywhere, Birthday Boy is the new Baddiel Blockbuster. This is the story of Sam Green, who really, really, really loves birthdays. He loves the special breakfasts in bed. The presents. The themed parties. Blowing out the candles on his cake. Everything. He is so excited about his 11th birthday, in fact, that he wishes it was his birthday every day. So, at first, it's quite exciting when his birthday happens again the next morning. And again. And again. And again... But it's not long before things start to go wrong. Soon, disaster strikes, threatening something Sam loves even more than birthdays. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for...

Birthday Boy
Caroline B. Alliston

ISBN 9781784938482

Explore the science behind construction, from how zip wires move, to how marble runs work. Each project is tested and approved by children and, using easy-to-find objects and tools, they can all be constructed at home. A difficulty rating is included for each project and there are challenges for those who are feeling competitive. A "how it works" feature explains the outcome of, and the science behind, the experiments. This book is the perfect way to encourage children to think scientifically and outside of the box while learning about engineering, and most importantly having fun!

Simply the Quest
Maz Evans

Chicken House Ltd

ISBN 9781910655511

Elliot Hooper's troubles are far from over. His mum's health worsens, he's struggling at school, and a bunch of anarchic Greek immortals have moved into his home - including teen goddess Virgo, who's in trouble with the Zodiac. What's more, death-daemon Thanatos and his scary mum are at large. As even more immortal allies and enemies emerge, Virgo and Elliot must learn how to be heroes... The stakes are higher than ever in the raucous sequel to Maz Evans' bestselling anarchic romp, Who Let the Gods Out?.

Simply the Quest
You Can't Make Me Go To Witch School!
Em Lynas

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9781788000130

Daisy Wart, a Shakespearean actress with grand ambitions, is furious at being left at Toadspit Towers School for Witches by her grandmother. She is not a witch! But Daisy soon becomes drawn into the mysteries of life at Toadspit, and finds that she even has a few magical surprises up her sleeve...

You Can't Make Me Go To Witch School!
The City of Secret Rivers
Jacob Sager Weinstein

Walker Books Ltd

ISBN 9781406368857

An exciting subterranean London adventure, the first in a trilogy. Hyacinth Hayward has recently arrived from America and is having difficulty adjusting to her new surroundings, especially being in the sole company of her eccentric mother. Everything feels strange. Very strange. And it gets stranger the day she accidentally unleashes the power of a secret river running through London. To prevent a second Great Fire, Hyacinth needs to retrieve a single, magically charged drop of water from somewhere in the city sewer system...

The City of Secret Rivers
Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School
Barry Hutchison

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9780857639608

Denzel is having no luck with his maths homework. First, it's too difficult, then there's a terrifying mess of smoky black tendrils that wants to kill him, then two teenagers explode through his window holding guns and throwing magic. They are the Spectre Collectors, and realising that Denzel has a special gift, they sweep him off to their headquarters for training.

Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School
Escape from Hotel Infinity
Kjartan Poskitt

QED Publishing

ISBN 9781784938512

One of four books in the 'Maths Quest' series we'd like included in your review. In each book, children aged 9-12 years are challenged to use their maths skills (numbers, geometry, statistics and measurements) to solve a puzzle and escape! In this adventure, seeking shelter from a storm, your troubles have only multiplied... Can you get to grip with numbers and Escape from Hotel Infinity? Readers must use problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge to help save the day! Finding the answers enables them to advance through the story, learning more about maths with every step they take. Clues are dotted along the way, and wrong turns will direct readers towards the right answer. Others in the series include Attack on Circuit City, Lost in the Fourth Dimension and The Island of Tomorrow. (Our reviewer will receive all four titles, to cover in a single review).

Escape from Hotel Infinity
Optical Illusions
Gianni Sarcone

QED Publishing

ISBN 9781784938475

The brain is an amazing thing, but it doesn't always get things right when it comes to sight. This book is here to explain why, with astounding images, baffling puzzles, and simple reveals which show the reader how each trick works. Templates included at the back of the book reveal answers and aid the creation of astounding illusions. The science behind each element will be simply explained in an engaging way, to encourage the reader to find out more each time. Throughout the book will be chances for the reader to get hands-on with the illusions, with step-by-step experiments, or tips on how to draw your own "moving" optic art on paper or on the computer.

Optical Illusions
All The Things That Could Go Wrong
Stewart Foster

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471145421

Dan is angry. Nothing has been the same since his big brother left, and he's taking it out on the nearest and weakest target: Alex. Alex is struggling. His severe OCD makes it hard for him to leave the house, especially when Dan and his gang are waiting for him at school... Then the boys' mums arrange for them to meet up and finish building the raft that Dan started with his brother. Two enemies stuck together for the whole of the school holidays - what could possibly go wrong?

All The Things That Could Go Wrong
The Boy With One Name
J. R. Wallis

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471157929

Twelve-year-old Jones is an orphan, training as an apprentice hunter alongside his mentor, Maitland, tackling ogres, trolls and all manner of creatures that live in the Badlands - a hidden part of our own world, and which most people think exist only in fairytales and nightmares. But all Jones secretly wants to be is an ordinary boy and to leave the magical world forever... When an ogre hunt goes wrong and Maitland is killed, Jones finally has a chance to find out where he came from. But the truth he uncovers isn't what he's expecting and it seems that if Jones is going to make his dream come true he'll have to defeat a creature not even Maitland had dared take on and he won't be able to do it alone... He's going to need help from Ruby, the first girl he's ever met. She's outspoken, fearless and determined to prove she's as good as any boy, and unlike Jones, being ordinary is the last thing on her mind. Ruby's desperate to find her place in the world and thinks the Badlands could be it. So, working together isn't going to be straightforward. In fact, it could be downright dangerous. But who said getting what you want is supposed to easy, even if it is just wanting to be ordinary?

The Boy With One Name