A pirate girl stands up to bullies, two new friends learn to overcome their worries, a medieval tournament is a mess of corruption, and the line between reality and the virtual world begins to blur… Our September new titles are in no short supply of action, adventure and warmth!
Amy May knows about webs of worries – so many people she meets are caught in them, from her own artist dad to newly arrived Syrian refugee Rima and her family. But at Grace’s art school, she is learning to be brave and open up her own worry box, and might just be able to help the people around her do the same.
In Worry Angels, author Sita Brahmachari beautifully explores anxiety and Jane Ray‘s gorgeous black and white illustrations bring the story to life. There is also a discussion guide on this book available to download here. And over on the Minerva Reads blog you can watch artist Grace Emily Manning capture the story in video form!
Free Lance faces a new challenge when his latest tournament turns out to be rotten with corruption and hi-jinks. Can Free Lance survive to fight another day? There is medieval mayhem afoot!
Free Lance and the Field of Blood continues the story begun in Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls from Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, full of lively illustrations from the former Children’s Laureate and a fully foiled jacket finish.
Kenzie ‘K-Boy’ Mitchell has won a place in a big international gaming tournament on a sun-soaked island. It seems like paradise. But then disturbing scenes involving the other contestants, soldiers and frantic chases through the hotel make K-Boy question reality. Worst of all, he and the other contestants seems to be losing their senses one by one – and K-Boy has no idea whether the dangers he faces are real or a game…
Ferocious pirate Captain Firebeard thinks that he and the ruthless crew of the Horrible Haddock rule the high seas. But the dastardly pirates meet their match when they kidnap little Molly Rogers sailing to visit her granny. Even when they threaten to feed her to the sharks, Molly stubbornly refuses to cower in fear. Because she knows something the pirates don’t – the true fiercest pirate on the high seas is none other than Molly’s mother, and she won’t be pleased to find her daughter kidnapped!
We’ve also just published two timeless novellas in our signature format for our Dyslexia-Friendly Classics series – super-readable editions of classic fiction, specially designed to be accessible to all. Both titles feature covers by artist David Wardle and join John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men in our Dyslexia-Friendly Classics series
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!