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New Books! New Books! New May Titles!

An image of all of the new may titles stacked on top of each other

An image of all the new may titles stacked on top of each other

The sun is finally shining and our new May titles are here as the perfect accompaniment to a sunbathing session! This month we’re sure you’ll find your next brilliant read with books featuring everything from baking disasters and heroic dogs, to a very unlucky football team and a poignant tale of love …

Ridiculous injuries … Strange illnesses … Cancelled games … Everything’s going wrong for the Saints this season, and Stanley’s team-mates think they finally know why. They have been cursed! But the team’s attempts to break the curse take things from bad to worse. Soon, they’re ready to give up football completely. Step forward Stanley to take the most important free-kick of his life …

Award-winning author Phil Earle introduces readers to a shambolic and comical football team in The Unlucky Eleven. Boasting larger-than-life characters and wacky illustrations from the talented Steve May, this vibrant Little Gem is sure to delight young readers and have them cheering along. Perfect for football fans of all ages!

 

A photograph of a copy of The Unlucky Eleven by Phil Earle

A photograph of an inside spread from The Unlucky Eleven by Phil Earle

 

Jack canʼt wait for the school trip to the D-Day landing beaches. Itʼs his chance to learn more about the war heroes he has always admired – brave men like his dad, who is a Reserve soldier. But when his dad is called up to action and things at home spiral out of control, everything Jack believes about war is thrown into question. Finding comfort only in the presence of his loyal dog, Finn, Jack is drawn to the heart-wrenching true story of one particular D-Day paratrooper. On 6 June 1944, Emile Corteil parachuted into France with his dog, Glen – and Jack is determined to discover their fate …

Following the runaway success of the powerful Armistice Runner, Tom Palmer returns with a gripping and poignant celebration of the brave D-Day soldiers. Inspired by the incredible story of paratrooper Emile Cortell and his dog Glen, D-Day Dog is a stunning multi-layered narrative that explores the causes and costs of war from the perspective of school-boy Jack. Wrapped up in breathtaking artwork from Tom Clohosy Cole, this is the perfect paperback for young history-buffs.

 

A photograph of a copy of D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer

A photograph of an inside spread from D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer

 

When Pa Peachey decides to enter the town bake-off competition, his grand plans turn out to be far more impressive than his baking skills. As Pa’s ambitions start to crumble, rescue dog McTavish smells disaster in the making. Can he find a way to save the Peachey family from disaster yet again?

Everyone’s favourite pooch McTavish is back to save the day (again!) in the third instalment of this charming series from multi-award-winning author Meg Rosoff. Overflowing with effortless wit, adorable illustrations from Grace Easton and Dave Shepherd, and jam-packed full of baking goodness, McTavish Takes the Biscuit is a real sweet-treat.

 

A photograph of a copy of McTavish Takes the Biscuit by Meg Rosoff

A photograph of an inside spread from McTavish Takes the Biscuit by Meg Rosoff

 

Bullying, name-calling, and a new school face Jim when his family halt at Dundray. The town aren’t happy that his community are there and it seems such an unfriendly place until he meets Kit. But acts of prejudice are constant, the threat to Jim’s family is building, and Kit’s friendship isn’t enough to stop the violence they face.

From much-loved author Siobhan Dowd comes a new edition of The Pavee and the Buffer Girl, a poignant and pertinent novella on the reality of life in a traveller community and the simple power of kindness. Featuring beautiful black and white illustrations from Emma Shoard, which secured her a longlisting for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2018, this smaller format edition brings the thought-provoking and powerful story to even more readers.

 

A photograph of The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd

A photograph of an inside spread from The Pavee and the Buffer Girl by Siobhan Dowd

 

 

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