YA & Children’s Book Recommends Jan-Jun 2019

Car YA & Childrens with text As we all know, anyone who thinks they’re too old for Children’s Books has a lot of growing up to do. So for those of us who know better, here are our picks of the vibrant and fantastical Middle Grade and Young Adult (YA) titles publishing January to June 2019!

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KING OF SCARS * Leigh Bardugo * 9781510104457 * HB * £14.99 * Orion Children’s * The Grishaverse – New Duology * 1


The much-anticipated first book in a brand-new duology by New York Times bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo. Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war – and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army… MORE / BUY

THE KING * David Hair * 9780857053633 * PB * £9.99 * Jo Fletcher Books * The Return of Ravena * 4 (Reissue)

For four young men and women trapped in its story-cycle, the Ramayana is not just a legend: it is their fate! In every life they have ever lived, Vikram, Amanjit, Rasita and Deepika have been persecuted and killed by Ravindra on his quest to reincarnate as Ravana, the Demon-King. Now Ravindra has captured Rasita, and demonic beings are rallying to his cause. Vikram and Amanjit must rescue Rasita – but in every past life, Vikram has died at Ravindra’s hands. MORE / BUY




THE OUTCAST * Taran Matharu * 9781444939101 * PB * £7.99 * Hodder * The Summoner * Prequel

The highly anticipated prequel to the New York Times bestselling Summoner trilogy – if you like Pokemon and wish you went to Hogwarts, you’ll love this. Arcturus is just an orphaned stable boy when he accidentally summons a demon. As Hominum’s first common summoner, he becomes the key to a secret that the powerful nobility would do anything to keep hidden… MORE / BUY

INQUISITOR * John Barrowman (Author), Carole Barrowman * 9781781856475 * PB * £7.99 * Head of Zeus * The Orion Chronicles * 3

Rémy Dupree and his friends Matt and Em Calder are battling to save the world as we know it. All have superpowers – Rémy can alter reality with music and Matt and Em can bring art to life – but will their powers be enough? With the world loosening at the seams, Rémy discovers that only he can halt the rise of the darkness and save humanity. But is Rémy up to the challenge? MORE / BUY

A REAPER AT THE GATES * Sabaa Tahir * 9780008288792 * PB * £8.99 * HarperVoyager * The Ember Quartet * 3

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity. MORE / BUY




Witchsign * Den Patrick * 9780008230012 * PB * £8.99 * HarperVoyager

From celebrated fantasy author Den Patrick comes WITCHSIGN, the first novel in a fresh and exciting new fantasy trilogy. It has been seventy-five years since the dragons’ rule of fire and magic was ended. Since then, the tyrannical Synod has worked hard to banish all manifestations of the arcane from existence. However, children are still born bearing the taint of the arcane. Vigilants are sent out across the continent of Vinterkveld to find and capture all those bearing the mark. No one knows when the Vigilants of the Synod will appear and enforce the Empire’s laws. But today they’re coming. And gods help those who bear the sign of the witch. MORE / BUY

The Quiet at the End of the World * Lauren James * 9781406375510 * PB * £7.99 * Walker Books

How far would you go to save those you love? Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure – until a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Now Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide what to sacrifice to save the whole human race… MORE / BUY




MIDNIGHT * Derek Landy * 9780008284596 * PB * £7.99 * Harpercollins * Skullduggery Pleasant * 11

For years, Valkyrie Cain has struggled to keep her loved ones safe from harm, plunging into battle – time and time again – by Skulduggery Pleasant’s side, and always emerging triumphant. But now the very thing that Valkyrie fights for is in danger, as a ruthless killer snatches her little sister in order to lure Valkyrie into a final confrontation. With Skulduggery racing to catch up and young sorcerer Omen scrambling along behind, Valkyrie only has twelve hours to find Alice before it’s too late… MORE / BUY

MUSE OF NIGHTMARES * Laini Taylor * 9781444789065 * PB * £8.99 * Hodder * Strange the Dreamer * 2

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice – save the woman he loves, or everyone else? – while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall and a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, the Muse of Nightmares must take possession her power – and of her fate, and everyone else’s. MORE / BUY

THE BEASTS OF GRIMHEART * Kieran Larwood * 9780571328451 * PB * £6.99 * Faber * The Five Realms * 3

The bard looks up at the three figures. They have black hooded cloaks and long robes. From the holes in their masks, three pairs of eyes watch him: cold, calm, emotionless.’Yes,’ says the bard. ‘They’re bonedancers. You don’t need to sound quite so excited, though. They have come to kill me.’ And so it is that the bard and and his young apprentice Rue are taken to Spinestone, the temple warren of the bonedancers. It is here that the bard is ordered to retell the tale that has got him in so much trouble . . . and so to the next installment in the astonishing tale of Podkin One-Ear… MORE / BUY




STORMTIDE * Den Patrick * 9780008228163 * HB * £14.99 * Harpercollins * The Ashen Torment * 2

Steiner, blacksmith, hero, has taken a hammer to the Empire, freeing the dead and children with witchsign alike from their fiery prison. Kimi, dragon-speaker, princess, must seek her father’s court and win the support of his armies. Silverdust, ancient, dead, journeys to meet the Emperor for what he hopes will be the final time. Kjellrun, witch, killer, still reeling from the loss of her uncle, fears this power within her. But she must harness that force – and soon – if she hopes to survive. Scattered by fortune, plagued by danger, Steiner’s crew rise against the dark rule that has cost them so much. The old gods are waking. The dragons are free. May gods help those who bear the sign of the witch. MORE / BUY

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow * Jessica Townsend * 9781510103849 * PB * £6.99 * Orion Children’s * Nevermoor * 2

Imagination, discovery and friendship await Morrigan Crow when she escapes her deadly curse and joins the Wundrous Society. It promises her protection and belonging for life – but then Morrigan doesn’t receive the welcome she hoped for… Morrigan is a much-feared Wundersmith. So, instead of the Society helping Morrigan to embrace her power, she is only taught that all Wundersmiths are evil and she must suppress her mysterious ability at all costs. And Ezra Squall, the evillest man who ever lived, is determined to lure Morrigan from the Society by promising to reveal the true nature of the Wunder that calls to her, which is becoming ever harder to resist… MORE / BUY

Bedlam * Derek Landy * 9780008293666 * HB * £14.99 * Harpercollins * Skullduggery Pleasant * 12

Midnight left us with the cliffhanging climax to end all climaxes… just what evil is Crepuscular Vines about to unleash, and what will this mean to Skulduggery Pleasant? Derek Landy emerged from a life of screenplays and dreaming to unleash in 2007 Skulduggery Pleasant, the unlikely tale of a detective – who just happens to be a skeleton and a sorcerer – and his very human partner Stephanie Edgley, who also runs with the alias Valkyrie Cain. With a little bit of help from their friends, each volume finds Skulduggery and Stephanie in ever-greater danger and conflict with the evils that threaten the world. MORE / BUY




Contender: The Chosen * Taran Matharu * 9781444938937 * HB * £12.99 * Hodder Children’s * The Chosen * 1

An epic new trilogy from the bestselling author of the Summoner series. CADE CARTER IS LOST. Convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, Cade is facing a year in reform school when he finds himself suddenly transported to another realm. BUT THIS NEW WORLD IS NO ESCAPE. Populated by bloodthirsty prehistoric creatures and fierce warriors, Cade’s surroundings are full of danger. Along with his fellow students, Cade is forced to become a contender in a deadly game of the highest stakes, controlled by invisible overlords. Who are these brutal rulers, and why did they choose Cade? Before he can find answers, Cade must get ready to fight… MORE / BUY




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