This month we have an array of new titles with something to excite every reader. We’re thrilled to welcome Roger McGough and Cathy Hopkins to Barrington Stoke’s amazing list of authors with I Never Liked Wednesdays and Mum Never Did Learn to Knock, two magnificent novels for 7-12s. The UK Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman writes a futuristic drama called Contact, also for 7-12s. For teens we have a powerful and poignant low-reading age title by the award-winning Melvin Burgess called Persist that is accented with stunning artwork by Cathy Brett.
We’re thrilled to publish a new edition of The Vampire of Croglin by Terry Deary that features new delightfully chilling artwork by Stefano Tambellini and two new low-reading age titles for 7-12s by Alan Durant, Game Boy Reloaded 4u2read and Game Boy Galactic 4u2read.
I Never Liked Wednesdays by Roger McGough
Midge and his friend are always getting up to all sorts of mischief. They live in Liverpool, but have grand ideas of running away to sea ”“ but no one believes that they could manage such a courageous feet! Well, they’ll show them. But when big sisters get involved, there’s no telling how far their mischief will take them… Laugh out loud adventures of childhood high jinks and rascality with fun illustrations by Michael Broad.
Read the first chapter below, or buy I Never Liked Wednesdays by Roger McGough here.
Mum Never Did Learn to Knock by Cathy Hopkins
Emily and her Dad have been on their own since her mum left. But Emily has a secret: she still sees her mum, and people are beginning to worry about her. Because Emily’s mum isn’t coming back… she died three weeks ago. Now Emily has her very own ghost, who pops up while she’s in the bath, helps her with history tests and makes her laugh. Emily never wants her to leave. But as her friendship with Mark starts to develop into something more, can Emily find the strength to start letting go? A Poignant and funny story about living with grief and learning to let go with delightful illustrations by Louise Wright.
Read the first chapter below, or buy Mum Never Did Learn to Knock by Cathy Hopkins here.
Persist by Melvin Burgess
A girl in a coma. A desperate mother. Marianne has been absent from her own life for so long that even her mother’s unwavering faith is starting to tremble. But Marianne, floating in her own world, is starting to remember who she is ”“ and the sad woman that visits every day. Can they both persist long enough to find a way back to one another? An uplifting family drama beautifully illustrated by Cathy Brett.
Read the first chapter below, or buy Persist by Melvin Burgess here.
The Vampire of Croglin by Terry Deary
When a sister and two brothers move into remote Croglin Grange, things soon begin to go bump in the night. The sister is attacked by a vampire and a body in the nearby graveyard shows signs of having ‘walked’… Terry Deary encourages the reader to consider alternative explanations of supernatural events in this atmospheric reworking of a local legend. This new edition features stunning artwork by Stefano Tambellini.
Read the first chapter below, or buy The Vampire of Croglin by Terry Deary here.
Game Boy Reloaded 4u2read by Alan Durant
Mia and Zak find a strange games console in the canal. When you play it, it sucks you inside the game! But now Zak’s vanished. Can Mia save him? Or will they both be trapped forever? The action-packed sequel to Game Boy 4u2read.
Read the first chapter below, or buy Game Boy Reloaded 4u2read by Alan Durant here.
Game Boy Galactic 4u2read by Alan Durant
Muzzy had to leave his home to escape the war. Now he and his dad are starting a new life in a new country. But things aren’t easy. The bullies are out to get him ”“ and soon he has an even bigger problem. He finds an old Game Boy game and gets trapped in an alien world! Can he face his fears and make it back to reality? The action-packed sequel to Game Boy Reloaded 4u2read.
Read the first chapter below, or buy Game Boy Galactic 4u2read by Alan Durant here.