Vi Spy: Licence to Chill

The first novel in a brand new spy series from the bestselling author of the Who Let the Gods Out series, Maz Evans!

Divorce is tough for any kid. But when - like Violet's parents - your mum is ex-secret service and your dad is a retired bad guy, 'till death do us part' takes on a whole new meaning. And with her parents' focus on each other, the real super-villains are having a field day. To save her family - and the world - from evil domination, Vi must turn spy ...

 

Marvellous Land of Snergs

At the Sunny Bay Home for Superfluous and Accidentally Parentless Children, Pip and Flora are in trouble.

Running away with their dog they discover the Marvellous Land of Snergs, a magical world of cinnamon bears and scrumptious feasts – but also one of vegan ogres, disgraced jesters and dastardly Kelps, with a villain dressed entirely in purple ...

Soon their only friend is forgetful but lovable snerg, Gorbo. He will lead them home – if they can decide where home really is and if Gorbo can remember how to get there.

A brand new, funny and quirky story based on E.A. Wyke-Smith's classic, the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, featuring wonderful illustrations from Melissa Castrillón.

'I should like to record my own love and my children’s love of E. A. Wyke-Smith’s Marvellous Land of Snergs, at any rate of the snerg- element of that tale, and of Gorbo the gem of dunderheads, jewel of a companion in an escapade.'

- J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Trouble in a Tutu

Milly, her mum and her glamorous babushka head to the Nutcracker for a Christmas treat – but instead their evening ends in a bomb scare disaster.

A dangerous trickster who calls himself ‘the Mouse King’ is playing a deadly game with Swan House, the ballet school for spies. As Milly navigates her second term, she starts to suspect there is more to the new Head of Ballet and his perfect daughter than meets the eye ... but will she let jealousy cloud her judgement?

The stunning sequel to the critically-acclaimed Peril en Pointe, Trouble in a Tutu is an action-packed ballet-spy mystery – think Murder Most Unladylike meets Ballet Shoes.

 

Secret of Birds & Bone

In an Italian city ravaged by plague, Sofia’s mother carves beautiful mementoes from the bones of loved ones.

But one day, she doesn’t return home. Did her work lead her into danger? Sofia and her little brother Ermin are sent to the convent orphanage but soon escape, led by an enigmatic new friend and their pet crow, Corvith. Together they cross the city underground, following clues in bones up to the towers of Siena, where – circled by magpies – the children find the terrible truth ...

A darkly beautiful historical novel featuring Kiran’s trademark magical realism and an enthralling mystery, and the fourth children’s novel by Times number one bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave, winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. 

Ghost of Gosswater

The Lake District, 1899.

The Earl is dead and cruel Cousin Clarence has inherited everything. Twelve-year-old Lady Agatha Asquith is cast out of Gosswater Hall to live in a tiny, tumbledown cottage with a stranger who claims to be her father.

Aggie is determined to discover her real identity, but she is not alone on her quest for the truth. On the last day of the year, when the clock strikes midnight, a mysterious girl of light creeps through the crack in time; she will not rest until the dark, terrible secrets of the past have been revealed ...

A letter from Virgo ...

Posted by Jazz on Friday April 24th, 2020

Virgo, star of Maz Evans's Who Let the Gods Out series, has popped by the blog to share what the Gods are up to during this very strange time ... (more…)

Space Oddity

Science and laughs combine in this out-of-this-world adventure!

You might think this story is an intergalactic adventure filled with laser blasters, black holes, killer robots and some very weird-looking aliens. And you’d be right. But it’s mostly about a boy called Jake, his dad, and an awkward truth that starts in a supermarket ...

Illustrated by Ben Mantle

Tamarind & the Star of Ishta

FROM THE WINNER OF THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2019

Tamarind never knew her Indian mum, Chinty, who died soon after she was born. So when she arrives at her ancestral home, a huge mansion in the Himalayas surrounded by luxuriant gardens, she’s full of questions for her extended family. But instead of answers, she finds an ominous silence – and a trickle of intriguing clues: an abandoned hut, a friendly monkey, a glowing star ring, and a strange girl in the garden who calls herself Ishta. Slowly, Tamarind unravels a mystery at the heart of who she is …

A beautiful and emotional family drama lightly woven with magic, in a breathtaking Indian setting from Jasbinder Bilan, author of the Costa Award-winning Asha & the Spirit Bird and a rising star in middle-grade fiction.

Boy in a White Room

A boy wakes to find himself locked in a white room. He has no memories, no idea who he is and no idea how he got here.

A computer-generated voice named Alice responds to his questions – through her, he is able to access the internet. As he pieces together his story he starts to wonder … how can he tell what’s real and what’s not? Who is he really?

A gripping YA sci-fi thriller by German and Spiegel-bestselling author, Karl Olsberg.

Midnight Howl

The sequel to the magical The Midnight Hour

Emily needs to work out why magic is leaking from the Midnight Hour, but her shape-shifting Pooka relatives and a terrifying haunting are standing in her way – not to mention the fact that she’s supposed to be grounded. If she can’t work out what’s going wrong, it could mean the end of the midnight world …

Darwin's Dragons

1835. Cabin boy Syms Covington is on the voyage of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands with the world-famous scientist Charles Darwin.

But when Syms falls overboard during a huge storm, he washes up on an unexplored island. Stranded there, he makes a discovery that could change the world ... Now it’s not just his own survival at stake – the future of an undiscovered species is in his hands.

How to Train Your Dragon meets natural history – with real science! 

The Queen's Fool

Cat Sparrow is on the road.

She’s following her sister, Meg, who was torn from their convent home and sent to London. But Cat isn’t like other people – she thinks differently – and for a girl like her the world holds many perils. Luckily she befriends a young actor, Jacques, and together they follow Meg’s trail to a wondrous place called the Field of Cloth of Gold. But here, they discover that the kingdoms of England and France are both in terrible danger …

Award-winning historical novelist Ally Sherrick heads in an exciting new direction with The Queen's Fool

Morgana Mage in the Robotic Age

Morgana loves robots and longs to attend robotics school in the city.

But she’s a witch, living in a magical woodland community: the closest she comes to technology is petting her ancient mechanical familiar, Kitty. She simply doesn’t belong. But when she finally finds a way to the City, she learns of a troubling secret hiding beneath its gleaming surface: a secret that threatens the balance of civilization.

Caught between two worlds, only Morgana has the power to find a solution …

 

Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages (book 4)

The New York Times bestselling series returns for a triumphant fourth adventure!

After starring in three adventures, the inimitable quartet of Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance haven’t had a mission together in some time. But with the arrival of a new Society member – and a new threat – they must reunite to face dilemmas more dangerous than ever before, including the return of the villainous Mr Curtain and his Ten Men and a formidable enemy with a mystifying ability to track their every move.

 

K-Pop Confidential

A Korean-American girl travels to Seoul in hopes of debuting in a girl group at the same K-pop company behind the most popular boy band on the planet, in this romantic coming-of-age novel perfect for K-pop fans everywhere!

Candace Park knows a lot about playing a role. For most of her life, she's been playing the role of the quiet Korean-American girl who takes advanced classes and plays a classical instrument, keeping her love of K-pop to herself. But she has a secret that she's been keeping from the world: she can sing. Like, really sing.

So when Candace enters a global audition held by the biggest K-pop label in the world, she doesn't expect to actually win. And convincing her parents to go against everything they believe in is nothing compared to what's next.

Under the strict supervision of her instructors at the label's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Candace must hone her performance skills to within an inch of her life, learn to fluently speak Korean, and navigate the complex hierarchies of her teammates. And the number-one rule? NO DATING – which proves almost impossible after she meets superstar idol One.J and fellow Korean-American trainee YoungBae.

And when Candace finds herself in the middle of an international K-pop scandal, she must decide whether a spot in the most hyped K-pop girl group of all time is really worth risking everything ...

Milton the Megastar

Milton’s superstardom is stressing him out: the events, the glamour, the adoring fans!

Secretly, Zoe, Audrey and Ralph think he’s turned into … well … a bit of a diva. So when Dad and Greta plan a trip to Hawaii, Zoe knows she has to take her best spider pals along for the ride: they all need a break. But with a live volcano, an endangered spider species, an unscrupulous entrepreneur and Milton’s ego to contend with, this is hardly a holiday …

The second instalment in Emma Read’s fun, fresh spider adventure series! 

Cut-Throat Cafe

Seth and his talking cat Nightshade arrive in the magical town of Gramichee to gain an apprenticeship.

But he soon discovers that the existing apprentices are under attack at the town’s Scrumdiddlyumptious Cafe, which is far more deadly than it is delightful. Seth’s got his hands full, as usual. Can he discover who’s murdering the apprentices, and stop them before they strike again?

Agatha Christie meets Harry Potter in the third book in the bestselling Seth Seppi Mysteries

Pure Heart

When Iseabail is employed by a wealthy merchant to be his daughter’s companion, her life changes for ever.

Transported from her remote island home to the Scottish borderlands, Iseabail is unnerved both by her precocious young charge and the house’s secrets: a hidden chapel, servants who speak in a foreign tongue, a mute stableboy. And then the merchant returns with a mysterious cargo. Why has Iseabail really been summoned here? And will she ever make it back home?

A stunningly atmospheric YA Elizabethan horror set in the Scottish borderlands; Jane Eyre meets Susan Hill with a YA twist. 

Treason of Thorns

When her father is convicted of treason, Violet is exiled from her beloved ancestral home, Burleigh House.

One of the six great estates of England, its magic once kept her well – enchantment in its bricks and mortar providing secret hiding places, even lighting fires on the coldest nights.

However, on her return Violet discovers that the place has gone wild with grief. Vines and briars are crumbling the walls. Magic that once fed the land has turned dark and deadly, twisting blooms into thorns, poisoning livestock and destroying crops.

Now Violet must decide if her destiny is set in stone, and how far she will go to save Burleigh – before it destroys everything . . . including the boy she loves.

The Faraway Truth

Zoe Washington never met her father, who was sent to prison right before she was born.

When she receives a letter from him on her twelfth birthday, it’s a huge surprise. Zoe’s mom always told her that Marcus was a liar, a monster, but he sounds … nice. Zoe starts to investigate the crime – and the deeper she digs, the more she doubts the conviction. Is her father innocent? Or is he a liar? Zoe is determined to find out ...