New Books! New Books! August New Titles

A penguin exploring uncharted waters, a girl standing up for her horse, two friends defending people against a vengeful supernatural presence… Our August new titles are in no short supply of pluck and courage! Also, get a special sneak peak of more amazing titles coming out later this Autumn!

Penguin found at North Pole!

Nellie Choc-Ice is a very clever little penguin who just happens to hop on the wrong iceberg. When the iceberg goes floating off – all the way to the North Pole – Nellie must think fast to outwit some unwelcome visitors and escape danger!

Nellie Choc-Ice, Penguin Explorer is Jeremy Strong’s second Little Gem with us and a brilliant follow-up to his highly successful debut for the series, The Genius Aged 8 ¼. This plucky tale of adventure is brilliantly illustrated by Jamie Smith and is sure to amuse children and adults alike with its unique wit and subtle environmental message.

Horse-loving Kami is invited by her best friend Macy to spend the summer at her family’s Wolf Ridge Ranch, and Kami jumps at the chance. But a quiet and relaxing vacation in the Rockies seems impossible when a shocked Kami discovers one of the horses, a beautiful colt named Storm Cloud, being hobbled and beaten by Macy’s brother. Can Kami save Storm Cloud from Wes’ increasingly cruel treatment?

Storm Cloud is another brilliant tale of a girl’s bond with her horse from a true master of the genre. It carries Jenny Oldfield’s signature charm and sincerity, weaving a truly emotional and heart-warming tale that animal lovers will adore. Storm Cloud also features soft, evocative black and white illustrations by award-winning artist Gary Blythe, making it certain to delight horse story enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

It’s meant to be a stress-free holiday in London, but the Defenders Seth and Nadiya are taken to task when ghostly activities threaten a Premier League club as they build a new stadium on Roman ruins. One worker has already met a grisly death – and many other lives are in danger. The horror of modern injustice seems to have woken the spirits of the past … What can the Defenders do to change things?

Defenders: Dark Arena is the second in Tom Palmer’s spooky new series that combines the thrills of football, history and supernatural sleuthing. The book also features black and white vignette illustrations by David Shephard.

Catch up on the beginning of the adventure with Defenders: Killing Ground and keep your eyes pealed for the thrilling final instalment, Defenders: Pitch Invasion, out this November 2017!

On holiday in the Devon countryside, Clare is bored by her parents’ squabbling and longs for an adventure of her own. Her summer is transformed by a new friendship with retired horse Captain and his reclusive owner.

Clare and her Captain is a a stunning novella by former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, inspired by his wife’s countryside childhood and illustrated with exquisite full-colour artwork by multi-award-winning picture-book and wildlife artist Catherine Rayner. We published this book in hardback October 2015 and it is now refreshed with a new cover for paperback release.

And as a special treat, here’s a sneak peek at three titles we’re publishing this Autumn!

We’re releasing two timeless novellas of virtue and transformation in our signature dyslexia-friendly format.

What transforms a good man into a terrifying monster? Robert Louis Stevenson explores this very notion in his Gothic novella, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Meanwhile, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol follows the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come – all warning him to change his ways before it’s too late!

Both titles feature covers by artist David Wardle and join John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men in our Dyslexia-Friendly Classics series – super-readable editions of classic fiction, specially designed to be accessible to all.

Also out then is a another beautifully refreshed Morpurgo! Fox Friend returns to the shelves with a gorgeous new cover by Catherine Rayner, featuring internal illustrations by Joanna Carey.

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