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New September Titles

New September Titles

September has arrived, everyone is back to school and Autumn has settled in … But don’t worry, it also means we’ve got lots of exciting new September titles to shout about! This month we’re taking off in a hot air balloon, uncovering the strange mysteries of a toy factory, learning about the true cost of our technological devices, and making a daring escape across war-torn Europe …

Scaredy-Cat Sophie is afraid of everything! So when a balloonist comes to the town fair, Sophie is left behind while everyone else goes to watch him fly in his marvellous balloon. She’s far too frightened of the crowds, the commotion and even riding in a horse-drawn carriage. But if she could just be brave enough to face her fears, who knows where Sophie’s journey might take her …

Katherine Woodfine is back with another stunning Little Gem and this time she’s reimagining the childhood of Sophie Blanchard, the world’s first female aeronaut. Brought to life by gorgeous colour illustrations from Briony May Smith, Sophie Takes to the Sky will whisk young readers up and away and teach them an important lesson about overcoming fears.


Cover image for Sophie Takes to the Sky

Inside spread from Sophie Takes to the Sky


Shadows of teddy bears flit across windows. Dolls whisper behind closed doors. Something has gone very wrong at Hoggle’s Happy Toys. But five years after shutting its doors, the toy factory is opening again, and Tess Pipps has found herself a job there. As she and her siblings start their first day of work, they are about to discover what dark secrets are lurking inside the factory’s walls …

Award-winning author Alex Bell joins Barrington Stoke with her spooky and darkly comic debut, A Most Peculiar Toy Factory. A perfect pick for fans of Roald Dahl, this mysterious tale has all the right ingredients including some very dangerous teddy bears, brilliant illustrations from Nan Lawson and a twist that will keep readers guessing.


Cover image for A Most Peculiar Toy Factory

Inside spread from A Most Peculiar Toy Factory


Mining for tin in deep, dangerous trenches is the only life that Tono has ever known. Worked to the brink of exhaustion each day by his unforgiving uncle, Tono’s only escape is when he reads his dad’s old comics. In a world of heroes and superpowers, he can forget the terrifying mining pits. But an underwater avalanche, a glimpse of something bright red in the sandy seabed, and  canny sidekick are about to transform Tono’s life for ever …

From bestselling author Steve Cole comes Tin Boy a striking and gripping tale delving into the horrifying truths behind the true cost of our modern devices. With captivating black and white illustrations from Oriol Vidal, Tin Boy is a thought-provoking and page-turning novel that will have readers questioning the reality behind their favourite tech.


Cover image for Tin Boy

Inside spread from Tin Boy


Summer 1939. With Europe on the brink of war, eighteen-year-old Kristina Tomiak has been called up to join the White Eagles, Poland’s valiant air force. When the Nazis reach the town where she is based, Kristina makes a daring escape, but she doesn’t realise that she’s carrying a stowaway in her plane. Will Kristina be able to navigate the most challenging flight of her life and reach safety amid the turmoil of war?

Carnegie-shortlisted author and queen of historical fiction Elizabeth Wein is back with another explosive, female-led novella. Taking us on a nail-biting flight across war-torn Europe and drawing inspiration from the incredible history of Poland’s air force, White Eagles is a thrilling adventure that explores a different perspective on the outbreak of WWII. The perfect pick for a class read this month as we commemorate the 80th anniversary of Poland’s invasion.


Cover image for White Eagles

Inside spread from White Eagles


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