YA & Children’s Book Recommends Jul-Dec 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 July to December 2019!

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*** IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ALREADY THERE’S ALSO A GREAT BUNCH OF MIDDLE GRADE AND YA TITLES PUBLISHED IN JANUARY TO JUNE 2019 HERE ***

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Enjoy!

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July

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DARK BLADE * Steve Feasey * 9781408873397 * PB * £7.99 * Bloomsbury YA * Whispers of the Gods * 1

A sweeping epic fantasy perfect for fans of the Summoner trilogy by Taran Matharu and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. WHEN GODS FAIL, WHO WILL KEEP THE DARKNESS OUT? Lann knows nothing of his mysterious past, but by his fifteenth birthday he will come face to face with destiny. For Lann must wield the Dreadblade, an ancient sword forged to defeat terrible monsters. Across the mountains a King has been murdered. His daughter, Astrid, is a warrior with no desire to bear the crown. Only she can uncover her father’s killer before her brother is framed for the crime. Evil is stirring. Together Lann and Astrid must face the greatest darkness their world has ever known. MORE / BUY

GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE * Natasha Ngan * 9781473692206 * PB * £7.99 * Hodder

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire. Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. This time it’s Lei they’re after – the girl with the golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king’s interest. Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable – she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge. MORE / BUY

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August

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The Magic Place * Chris Wormell * 9781788450157 * HB * £11.99 * David Fickling

‘Even though she only saw it in her dreams, she felt sure it was real.’ From her cellar bedroom, Clementine dreams of a magic place. And she’s determined to find it one day. But first she must escape from her wicked aunt and uncle and from the Great Black City. With the help of her best friend, Gilbert, a very clever cat, she sets off on an epic journey that just might make her dreams come true. A thrilling, moving and funny adventure about looking for the most magical place of all. HOME. MORE / BUY

Crossfire – A Noughts and Crosses Novel * Malorie Blackman * 9780241388440 * PB * £8.99 * Penguin * Noughts and Crosses

Crossfire is the long-awaited new novel in legendary author Malorie Blackman’s ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses series. Thirty-four years have passed since Sephy Hadley – a Cross – first met Callum McGregor – a nought. Their love was forbidden, powerful – and deadly. Life is seemingly very different now for noughts and Crosses – including for Sephy and Callum’s families. But old wounds from the past are hard to heal, and when you’re playing a game as dangerous as they are, it won’t be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire. MORE / BUY

The Demon World * Sally Green * 9780141375410 * PB * £7.99 * Penguin * The Smoke Thieves * 2

After the fall of Rossarb Princess Catherine leads a rag-tag group of survivors into the northern wasteland, the Brigantine army snapping at their heels. Demon hunter Tash leads them to an unlikely refuge – the hidden tunnels of the demon world. While Tash travels deeper, to learn more about their mysterious inhabitants, Catherine and Ambrose return to the surface. But King Aloysius’s army is poised to overrun the whole country. To have any hope of challenging her father’s tyranny, Catherine needs her own army, but how can she tell an ally from an enemy? What Tash discovers in the demon tunnels could change everything, but if the message doesn’t reach Catherine in time, the war might already be lost… MORE / BUY

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September

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THE GIRL WHO SPEAKS BEAR * Sophie Anderson * 9781474940672 * PB * £6.99 * Usborne

Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way. Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka’s journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author of The House With Chicken Legs. MORE / BUY

UKI AND THE OUTCASTS * Kieran Larwood * 9780571342792 * HB * £12.99 * Faber * The Five Realms / Podkin One-Ear

From the Ice Wastes beyond the Cinder Wall emerges an unlikely hero. Rejected by his village and left to die, young Uki is given life and unique powers by a long-buried spirit from the time of the Ancients… and a life or death mission. Joined by two other outcasts – a trained assassin who refuses to kill people and a very short rabbit who rides the fastest jerboa on the plains – Uki must capture Valkus, the Spirit of War, before rabbitkind destroys itself in conflict. A thrilling new book set in the Five Realms of Podkin One-Ear. MORE / BUY

GUARDIANS OF MAGIC * Chris Riddell * 9781447277972 * HB * £12.99 * Pan MacMillan

In Guardians of Magic the award-winning, 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell weaves together a stunningly illustrated magical quest in which three ordinary children, with extraordinary gifts, come together to defeat the enemies who threaten the mysterious cloud horses. The Kingdom of Thrynne is a place where fairy tales don’t behave, and magic can be found in unexpected places. But magic brings danger to Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba, because it is forbidden. Now, the future of magic itself is under threat from powerful enemies: those who fear it and, worse, those who want to use it for their own ends. What can three ordinary children do to protect it? MORE / BUY

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October

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The Glass of Lead and Gold * Cornelia Funke * 9781782692096 * PB * £6.99 * Pushkin Children’s

In a land of elves, mermaids and trolls, true magic is where you least expect it… In the snow-covered city of Londra, young Tabetha survives by finding treasures in the mudbanks of the river Themse. On Christmas Eve, a sinister stranger asks her to keep her eyes open for a priceless, long-lost magical object: the Glass of Lead and Gold. Tabetha finds herself with some unlikely companions, not least a one-armed girl and a rather impressive soup chef. But will she discover that there are even greater fortunes to be found than the magical Glass? MORE / BUY

The Secret Commowealth – The Book of Dust Book 2 * Philip Pullman * 9780241373330 * HB * £20.00 * Penguin / David Fickling? * His Dark Materials

‘It used to be you who was impulsive,’ said Pan, ‘and me who kept holding you back. We’re different now.’ It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey. It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford’s Botanic Gardens. Now Lyra Silvertongue and her dæmon Pantalaimon are forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions a world that they had no idea existed. They must travel across Europe and into Asia in a search for what is lost – a city haunted by dæmons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust. MORE / BUY

A Map of Days: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children * Ransom Riggs * 9780141385921 * PB * £8.99 * Penguin

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back in Florida. Joined by Miss Peregrine, Emma and their peculiar friends, life has become carefree. But Jacob begins to learn more about the dangerous legacy he’s inherited, and the truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop. Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom. New wonders, and dangers, await in this darkly brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. MORE / BUY

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November

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THE FOWL TWINS * Eoin Colfer * 9780008324810 * HB * £14.99 * Harpercollins * Artemis Fowl – Spinoff Series * 1

*** First in a spin-off series from the super-selling Artemis Fowl! ***

Myles and Beckett Fowl are twins but wildly different. Beckett is blonde, messy and sulks whenever he has to wear clothes. Myles is impeccably neat, has an IQ of 170, and 3D prints a fresh suit every day – just like his older brother, Artemis. A week after their eleventh birthday the twins are left in the care of house security system, NANNI, for a single night. In that time, they befriend a troll on the run from a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun, both of whom need the magical creature for their own gain… MORE / BUY

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NB. Nothing in December – almost all the big titles get released in the months leading up…

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