Posted by Jazz on Wednesday July 13th, 2016

So, summer is officially here! (*Looks out of window to grey skies and drizzle*) Ok, so the weather may not be great, but that can be a good thing – more time to curl up in a reading nook with one of our two fabulous – and very different – July books. 

First up we have a completely enchanting tale from debut author James NicolThe Apprentice Witch. If you're a fan of Diana Wynne Jones or The Worst Witch – small-world fantasies with tonnes of heart – then this will be right up your street. Readers all over the country have been charmed by the tale of trainee witch Arianwyn and James' 'What Makes a Witch' event – if you'd like James to come to your school or library, just email me on jasmine@chickenhousebooks.com for more info. Grab your own copy here and check out James Nicol's Twitter for witchy updates!

Arianwyn fluffs her witch’s assessment – instead of qualifying, she’s declared an apprentice and sent to remote Lull in disgrace. Then her arch-enemy, mean girl Gimma, arrives on holiday determined to make her life a misery. But as a mysterious darkness begins to haunt her spells, Arianwyn realises there’s much more than her pride at stake …

Also publishing in July is Under Rose-Tainted Skies, a poignant, funny and hugely important novel from debut author Louise Gornall. Drawing on her own experiences of agoraphobia and OCD, Louise has created an incredibly authentic account of seventeen-year-old Norah's everyday life. You'll root for her, laugh out loud, and be inspired by her journey – make sure you get your hands on a copy as soon as you can (which you can do by clicking here it's available in three different shades of pink!). Louise is also an absolute gem on Twitter – if you're not following her, you really should be!

Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother. For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

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