NEW TITLES

We're looking for teacher and librarian reviewers for these fabulous titles this Christmas! Email the title(s) you would like to review, with a postal address, to info@ReadingZone.com and we will send a review copy to the names we draw.

Words and Your Heart
Kate Jane Neal

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471168536

A very timely book about the power of words - and how we use them. Told through the eyes of Pip and Cat, this book beautifully demonstrates the importance of what we say - both positive and negative. Thoughtful, warm-hearted and completely non-preachy, this is a book that has already resonated with large numbers of children, whose teachers report a sea of change in the culture of their classroom after reading it.

Words and Your Heart
What Makes Me A Me?
Ben Faulks

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN 9781408867259

What makes you a you? Are you like a sports car - lightning fast? Or maybe you're like a tree ... Do your arms stick out like branches? No? Then perhaps you're like a snail - very slow (especially when it's time for school!). A funny and thought-provoking look at what makes us us, from Ben Faulks (known as Mr Bloom from CBeebies) and David Tazzyman.

What Makes Me A Me?
Supertato: Evil Pea Rules
Sue Hendra

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471144066

It's all very well being a superhero and saving the day... but what if there was no one there to cause the chaos? To provide these heroes with their chances to shine? Would we even need superheroes?! Fortunately, this isn't something we will have to worry about any time soon. The Evil Pea is BACK! And this time he has his biggest, most dastardly plan yet to take over the supermarket.

Supertato: Evil Pea Rules
Safari Pug
Laura James

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN 9781408866405

When Pug and Lady Miranda have a scary run-in with a lion one night (it might be hiding under the bed), Lady M decides Pug needs to face his fears and go on safari. Pug goes a bit wobbly when he finds out he'll be coming nose to nose with Florence, the rare white lion cub, but he soon realises that lions may not be the most dangerous thing in the wildlife park...

Safari Pug
Witch for a Week
Kaye Umansky

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471160905

When Elsie Pickles offers to house-sit the mysterious home of local witch Magenta Sharp, she has no idea what she's getting herself into. Left with a talking raven and a scruffy dog for company, a magical tower that has a mind of its own and a book of instruction called Everything You Need to Know, what could possibly go wrong?

Witch for a Week
The Royal Rabbits of London: Escape From the Tower
Santa Montefiore

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471157899

Little Shylo Tawny-Tail is proud to call himself one of the Royal Rabbits of London, a secret order who live under Buckingham Palace and fight evil across the world. But high up in London's famous skyscraper, the Shard, the horrible Ratzis are plotting to cause chaos during a visit from the President of the United States. And when the Grand Burrow is attacked and Shylo is kidnapped, it looks as though they might just manage it! Can Shylo escape in time to save the day?

The Royal Rabbits of London: Escape From the Tower
The Accidental Father Christmas
Tom McLaughlin

Oxford University Press

ISBN 9780192758965

Ben has one important thing on his Christmas list, and it's the same thing every year. He wants his dad to be at home for Christmas. But his wish never comes true. And Ben's starting to get a bit sceptical about Father Christmas's existence, he needs proof. So, on Christmas Eve, he sets up an elaborate booby trap to capture the jolly bearded fella as he comes sliding down the chimney. Kicking off a sequence of hilarious events that makes this Christmas one he won't ever forget!

The Accidental Father Christmas
Curse of the Werewolf Boy
Chris Priestley

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN 9781408873083

Mildew and Sponge don't think much of Maudlin Towers, the blackened, gloom-laden, gargoyle-infested monstrosity that is their school. But when somebody steals the School Spoon and the teachers threaten to cancel the Christmas holidays until the culprit is found, our heroes must spring into action and solve the crime! But what starts out as a classic bit of detectivating quickly becomes weirder than they could have imagined. Hugely funny, deliciously creepy and action-packed by turns.

Curse of the Werewolf Boy
The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day
Christopher Edge

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9781788000291

How do you know you really exist?It's Maisie's birthday and she can't wait to open her presents. She's hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness. Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie knows that she will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive. And even that might not be enough...

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day
Winter Magic
Abi Elphinstone

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471159824

The Dreamsnatcher's Abi Elphinstone heads up this gorgeous collection of wintery stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers from classic children's writers Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin, Berlie Doherty, Katherine Woodfine, Piers Torday, Lauren St John, Amy Alward, Michelle Harrison and Emma Carroll.

Winter Magic
Jack Fortune: And the Search for the Hidden Valley
Sue Purkiss

Alma Books Ltd

ISBN 9781846884283

An orphan child, Jack lives with his widow aunt in eighteenth-century England. His naughtiness knows no limits, and when one day he goes a step too far, Aunt Constance decides that she's had enough: from now on, his bachelor uncle can take care of him. Uncle Edmund is off to the Himalayas to search for rare plants and has no choice he will have to take the boy with him.

Jack Fortune: And the Search for the Hidden Valley
Libby in the Middle
Gwyneth Rees

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN 9781408852774

Libby and her big sister Bella used to be close, but lately it's felt like Bella is a closed book: she's sarcastic and mean and obsessed with her boyfriend. Then there's six-year-old Grace, the baby of the family. Whenever Mum and Dad aren't at work, it's all about Grace. So where does Libby fit in? Things change suddenly when the girls move to the tiny village where their dad grew up to go to a posh new school. Libby doesn't mind, but Bella can't bear to leave her boyfriend behind and soon there are secrets everywhere.

Libby in the Middle
Running On Empty
S. E. Durrant

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9780857637406

AJ's grandfather has always been the one to keep his unusual family together, so when he dies things start to unravel at the edges. AJ is worried about his parents but they don't really seem to notice. In order to deal with his grief and to keep his anxiety at bay, AJ does what he and his grandfather did best: running. Round and round the Olympic Park, aiming for the cross country trials, running to escape, AJ only seems to be heading ever closer to disaster.

Running On Empty
The 1,000-year-old Boy
Ross Welford

HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks

ISBN 9780008256944

There are stories about people who want to live forever. This is not one of those stories. This is a story about someone who wants to stop... Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy - except he's 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England. Obviously no one believes him. So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live... which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.

The 1,000-year-old Boy
Witchborn
Nicholas Bowling

Chicken House Ltd

ISBN 9781911077251

It's 1577. Queen Elizabeth I has imprisoned scheming Mary Queen of Scots, and Alyce's mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce kills the witchfinder and flees to London - but the chase isn't over yet. As she discovers her own dark magic, powerful political forces are on her trail. She can't help but wonder: why is she so important? Soon she finds herself deep in a secret battle between rival queens, the fate of England resting on her shoulders.

Witchborn
Everless
Sara Holland

Orchard Books

ISBN 9781408353394

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry. When Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family, to help her impoverished family, she encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever... and possibly the future of time itself.

Everless
The Empress
S. J. Kincaid

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9781471169144

It's a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward - one where they don't have to hide or scheme or kill. But change isn't always welcome. The ruling class has held control over planets and systems for centuries and they are not going to give up their power willingly, especially not to a teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who they consider nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress. Nemesis knows she will protect Tyrus at any cost - but she also knows she can't protect him by being the killing machine she once was. Instead she will have to prove the humanity that she's found inside herself to the whole Empire - or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne.

The Empress