It’s March and we’re mad for our new titles, which include two new Little Gems, a myth-busting picture book, super-accessible editions of Barrington Stoke classics and fearless illustrated fiction that cuts straight to the gut.
First off, a ground-breaking, myth-busting, not to mention riotously funny, picture book about books and reading! The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart! (and other grumbles) by Vivian French and Nigel Baines takes on the fibs we tell children and that children tell us, from excuses like ‘I haven’t got time to read’, to issues surrounding diversity and the fact that an alien is more likely to appear in a picture book than a BAME child, to misconceptions about those who struggle with reading. This book is a witty celebration of books and reading, the right we all have to access the printed word, and the power of story.
Henry Pond is a toad who is also a poet. His gift is an uncommon one, his poems sweep the prize table at the Eistoadfod and he has many adoring fans. Sadly, that’s not enough to win the affections of Victoria Garden-Pool, whose heart lies with Larry Lake. And so Henry Pond must be more than a poet – he must become a toad of action too. Will his derring-do and rhyming prowess be enough to persuade Victoria to be his love?
Sam is sick, and Ella is sick of Sam. Life seems to revolve around his hospital appointments, his medication and his need for peace and quiet. No one thinks about what Ella wants or needs, no one cares. They don’t even know what day she was born on. In the end, Ella decides she doesn’t care if Sam gets sicker, but when it happens, she finds she cares an awful lot.
All About Ella is multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls’ second foray into writing for younger children. A sweet and poignant Little Gem featuring sensitive illustrations by Hannah Coulson, it is a “stunning little book” that explores the depths of sibling love and the challenges of being the youngest in the family.
Last but not least, we are freshening up two more Barrington Stoke classics for our popular lower reading age 4u2read series.
In Tommy Donbavand’s Virus, Nahim accidentally sends a virus into Polly and Amina’s computers that propels all three of them inside the net! Meanwhile, Eric Brown’s Space Ace sees a boy whisked away on a whistle-stop tour of the solar system by his grandfather, a retired astronaut. Can they brave the dangers and return intact?
These super-accessible editions have been specifically edited so that more readers of different abilities can enjoy them. Both also feature exciting illustrations from Dan Chernett and Tony Ross, respectively.
The story follows Jim Curran, a Traveller child newly settled in the town of Dundray. The authorities have forced him into the local school, but it’s a hostile place for a Traveller. He suffers prejudice and violence but also makes a friend in a girl called Kit. Under Kit’s care, Jim begins to find a place for himself in Dundray, but everyday prejudice and a shocking act of violence intervene to uproot his life once more.