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New October Titles 2019

New October Titles 2019

Halloween is creeping up on us and, dare we say it, Christmas is edging closer … But before we get too ahead of ourselves, we’ve got some fantastic new October titles to share with you! This month we have something for every reader with sci-fi action, spooky ghosts, loving families, circus tricks and beautiful butterflies filling the pages of five fantastic books …

Grandpa Joe has always loved butterflies. But since Ben’s granny passed away, Grandpa Joe has changed. He doesn’t want to go outside, and nothing Ben says or does makes him smile. It feels like Grandpa Joe is slipping away too. So there’s only one thing left to try – if Grandpa Joe won’t come searching for butterflies, Ben will bring the butterflies to him …

Prolific and award-winning author Nicola Davies is back with another emotive tale, this time exploring grief and the powerful bond between grandparent and grandchild. With beautiful black and white illustrations from Mike Byrne, Butterflies for Grandpa Joe is a heartfelt story of family, hope and rediscovering joy, that will really make you appreciate the beauty of butterflies.

Butterflies for Grandpa Joe cover image Inside spread from Butterflies for Grandpa Joe


Jake and the other finalists in a story-writing competition have been invited to a stately home for a tour like no other. As their guide leads them through grand rooms, hidden nooks and magnificent grounds, they are about to hear the stories of seven ghosts who haunt these walls. But strange shapes and shadows follow Jake as he journeys through the house. The tour guide’s behaviour becomes ever more suspicious. With each tale that he hears, Jake begins to feel more uneasy, and soon he will discover that something is very, very wrong …

Award-winning master of horror Chris Priestley adds another ghostly tale to his roster with the spine-tingling Seven Ghosts.  Arriving just in time for Halloween and featuring truly chilling illustrations by the author himself, this collection of terror will have you leaving all the lights on.

Seven Ghosts cover imageInside spread from Seven Ghosts


Scott and his gang of techno-hackers might have destroyed the deadly online game Virtual Kombat, but they’re far from safe. No longer hosted in virtual reality, there’s only one place for the brutal battle to go – VK will be played in the real world, and Scott’s tech skills won’t help him now. This is no longer just a game …

Bestselling author Chris Bradford brings you Cyborg, the heart-pounding and much-anticipated finale to his Virtual Kombat dystopian adventure. Following Gamer and Virus, this third and final instalment concludes the thrilling series with more edge-of-your-seat action and fantastic graphic illustrations from Anders Frang.

Cyborg cover image Inside spread from Cyborg


A new season is about to begin for the Shortbread family’s circus and everyone is excited to get started – everyone except the chief clown, Mr Birdcage. Somebody is trying to sabotage Mr Birdcage’s act and stop him making people laugh. It’s putting the future of the circus at risk, and budding detectives Billy, Fern and Joe Shortbread are determined to find out what’s going on. Follow their investigations as they uncover secrets from Mr Birdcage’s past while trying to find the mysterious culprit!

Join Alexander McCall Smith and illustrator Sam Usher as they take you back to the circus in The Great Clown Conundrum, the second sparkling instalment in The Big-Top Mysteries series. Following on from The Case of the Vanishing Granny, the Shortbread family are back and they’re ready to perform more tricks and crack more clues in this perfectly pitched McCall Smith mystery!

Cover image for The Great Clown Conundrum Inside spread from The Great Clown Conundrum


Mum works really hard, but today there is no money left and no food in the cupboards. Forced to visit the local foodbank, Mum feels ashamed that they have to rely on the kindness of others. Maybe one day things will be different but for now together they brighten up even the darkest of days.

From award-winning creator Kate Milner comes It’s a No-Money Day, a poignant and pertinent story of life below the poverty line. Beautifully told with a gentle and empathetic approach to an incredibly important issue, this latest picture book from Kate perfectly complements her Klaus Flugge Prize-winning My Name is Not Refugee. Full of heart and truth, this is an immensely emotive book that will provide discussion for even the youngest of readers.

Cover image for It's a No-Money Day Inside spread from It's a No-Money Day


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