The Girl of Ink and Stars: Illustrated Edition

Worrying things are happening on Joya, Isabella’s once-beautiful island. When Isa’s best friend, Lupe, disappears, Isa is determined to help look for her. As the daughter of a map-maker, she has the knowledge needed to navigate the dark heart of the island.

• A beautiful gift edition of Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s bestselling, prize-winning and critically acclaimed children’s debut.
• Quarter bound and illustrated throughout in colour by talented new artist, Olia Muza.
• Includes a stunning new 3,000-word end chapter.
• Over 250,000 copies sold in the UK of the original paperback.
• Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year.

PRAISE FOR THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS:
‘Beautifully written’ MALORIE BLACKMAN
‘Absolutely stunning’ CATHERINE DOYLE

The Spellbound Tree

When their magician grandpa is imprisoned in a snow globe, Hedy and Spencer – with cousins Jelly and Max – go on a magical quest to free him, with the help and hindrance of ghosts and monsters.

• The series finale of screenwriter duo Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai’s acclaimed middle-grade trilogy.
• TV rights sold to WIIP in conjunction with Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead; Spider-Man).
• Magical, gutsy, and spooky; a family mystery with a pair of brave siblings at its heart.

PRAISE FOR THE HOUSE ON HOARDER HILL:
‘Unforgettable spooky characters, fantastically imaginative plot twists and turns, and a ghostly mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat’ BOOKTRUST

The Other Ones

Sal lives in a haunted house.

He longs to be ordinary, but when the strangest of strangers arrives on his doorstep – a fellow outcast called Pax – his life grows even more complicated.

Sal goes on to develop an unlikely friendship with Pax, whose love for all things spooky drew him to the house and its inhabitants. But as the two grow closer, the true nature of the hauntings is gradually revealed.

Will Sal find the courage to conquer his ghosts, or will he risk losing Pax for good?

  • A cosy, contemporary romance and ghost story with spooky Gilmore Girls vibes
  • Winner of the Times/Chicken House Chairman’s Choice Prize, 2020
  • An LGBTQ+ romance between two very different boys, who readers will quickly root for and grow to love
  • For fans of Heartstopper – with a spooky twist 

No Place for Monsters

A deliciously spooky novel packed with illustrations, perfect for fans of Goosebumps

‘Wildly imaginative and totally terrifying’ JEFF KINNEY, AUTHOR OF DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

‘A haunted-house version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ BRIAN SELZNICKAUTHOR OF THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET

‘Overgrown with fantastic ideas’ THE NEW YORK TIMES

Nothing is out of place in the quiet suburban town of Cowslip Grove.

But kids have been going missing – and only Levi and Kat notice.

It’s up to them to save the missing kids before a hidden evil swallows the town whole …

A spellbinding, original and lavishly illustrated horror story for middle-grade readers. Half-written, half-graphic novel, and all spooky mystery!

The Spell Tailors

A spellbinding new fantasy novel from the author of The Apprentice Witch series! 

Hen dreams of becoming a spell tailor, stitching magic into clothing like his beloved Nana.

But thanks to new factories, spell tailors are struggling. His Uncle Bertie’s fancy shop has shut down, and when he, Aunt Lucia and stuck-up cousin Connie move in, it’s a disaster for all the family.

Then Hen stumbles upon a new kind of stitch – one which causes Nana and Bertie to ban him from sewing.

What is the power of the stitch that can sew memories into clothes – and could it be the very thing to save them all?

Explores the real magic of clothes as Hen, a spell tailor’s apprentice, struggles to master his family craft – and discovers a new kind of stitch in the process!

 

PRAISE FOR THE APPRENTICE WITCH:

'Reminded me of the best of the Worst Witch books' ABI ELPHINSTONE

'A charming tale of magic, bravery and friendship, reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones.' GUARDIAN

'The Apprentice Witch is entirely more charming, adventurous, and full of heart than a book has any right to be.' TRENTON LEE STEWART

'A delightful, witty and vivid story' KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE

The House of Shells

From the critically acclaimed author of Children of the Quicksands – shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize – comes a breathtaking magical adventure …

Kuki refuses to believe in the curse of the Abiku.

Her destiny is not to die young!

Her biggest problem right now is moving house and fitting in at her new school.

One evening while exploring, Kuki spies a driveway lined with giant palm trees. It leads to an abandoned beach house of shadows and scattered sea shells.
And in the fading light, she meets a girl called Enilo.

They become friends – the best of friends.

Until Kuki makes a terrifying discovery …

A beautifully evoked middle-grade adventure set in the author’s native Nigeria and drawing from rich Yoruba mythology!

 

PRAISE FOR CHILDREN OF THE QUICKSANDS:

‘A joy of a book: rich, warm, powerful storytelling’ KATHERINE RUNDELL

‘A thrilling adventure bright with the gorgeous colours of Nigeria – glorious!’ JASBINDER BILAN

‘[A] beautifully evoked story’ THE TELEGRAPH

‘Traoré’s storytelling feels almost otherworldly … exhilarating’ THE TIMES

Vi Spy: The Girl with the Golden Gran

The third and final edge-of-your-seat adventure in Maz Evans's laugh-out-loud funny Vi Spy series!

Vi has tried to save the Earth before … and failed.

Now, her world faces a terrible threat: her Gran is seriously ill.

Time is not on their side. And with the world’s number one enemy laughing at them from space, she and her family blast off on an adventure that is truly out of this world …

A laugh-out-loud funny, high-octane spy story that perfectly combines humour and heart: addresses the realities of being caught between divorcing parents.

 

Praise for the WHO LET THE GODS OUT? series:

'I totally fell in love with Elliot and the gods, and I think you're all going to love them too.' ROBIN STEVENS

'One of the funniest new voices in children's literature. The laughs come thick and fast' DAVID SOLOMONS

'[A] relentlessly witty, fast-paced middle grade adventure' M.G. LEONARD

Cartoons that Saved the World

The rambunctious sequel to Tom Ellen’s critically acclaimed The Cartoons That Came to Life

'Fast and bonkers and very funny with very lovable characters' PERDITA CARGILL on The Cartoons That Came to Life

When best friends and comic strip creators Finn and Isha discover a group of 'lost toons' stranded in the real world, they vow to help them get back home.

But a mistake sees the pair zapped into Toon World themselves!

With the help of their own characters – Arley, Tapper and Jenny Weatherlegs – Finn and Isha must defeat two of the worst baddies ever created, while navigating the biggest bump in their friendship. And make it back to the real world before it's all too late ...

A brilliant laugh-out-loud comic-style illustrations by Phil Corbett, perfect for fans of Captain Underpants and Tom Gates. This big-hearted, funny adventure series celebrates individuality, friendship and true loyalty.

 

 

Once Upon a Fever

The second astonishing novel for upper middle-grade readers by Angharad Walker, author of critically acclaimed The Ash House.

Since the world fell sick with fantastical illnesses, sisters Payton and Ani have grown up in a hospital.

When Ani stumbles upon an imprisoned boy who turns everything he touches to gold, her world is turned upside down.

The sisters find themselves outside the hospital for the first time, a dark mystery unravelling around them …

PRAISE FOR THE ASH HOUSE:
‘The book has an allegorical chill that settles slowly, like damp seeping in’ WALL STREET JOURNAL

Orla and the Wild Hunt

The second novel by mesmerizing middle-grade writer, Anna Hoghton, author of magical Venetian adventure The Mask of Aribella.

Grieving Orla and her brother go to stay with their gran in Ireland – but soon after they arrive, Gran vanishes. Shadowed by a shape-shifting darkness known as the Wild Hunt, the children – especially Orla – must put their sadness behind them if they’re to rescue their beloved gran.

 

PRAISE FOR THE MASK OF ARIBELLA:
‘[an] enthralling adventure’ THE GUARDIAN

This Is Not The End

Ever since the sudden deaths of his parents, seventeen-year-old Hugh has developed a serious preoccupation with endings – and things get a little complicated when he meets Olivia Moon, a high-school outcast who can’t die.

But if he wants to learn more about her impossible power, he’ll have to drive Olivia to New York and help retrieve a stolen crate of her most treasured possessions.

As his feelings for Olivia grow, Hugh embarks on a road trip he’ll never forget. Can she help him to accept that unsatisfying, messy endings are just a part of life?

My Friend the Octopus

England, 1893, and aquarium fever is at its height.

Twelve-year-old Vinnie Fyfe works in the tea-shop at Brighton aquarium, and waits for her milliner mother to return from Paris.

The arrival of a giant octopus changes her life for ever. Discovering a talent for art, Vinnie begins to draw the extraordinary beast.

She soon realises she can communicate with the octopus through colour and – as a gripping mystery begins to unfold – discovers what true courage really means …

Map of Leaves

Since Ma died, Orla has lived alone in a woodshed by the river.

Her garden provides everything she needs. But when people begin to fall sick, Governor Atlas decrees that the plants are the cause and must be destroyed.

Armed only with her mother’s book of remedies Orla sets out on a barge-boat to discover the truth and save her garden … but she’s not the only stowaway.

With the rapids of the River Inkwater ahead, three children set a dangerous course that may lead them to a cure – and from which they may never return.

Panda in the Spotlight

Life is good for Callum’s family and Pudding, their panda.

Pudding and Dad’s hit stage show, Panda-mime, has been wowing audiences – but then an ambitious journalist, Penni P, twigs that Pudding’s a real-life talking panda.

If she exposes the truth, her story will be everywhere. Penni woos the family with false promises of fame and fortune in Hollywood in order to find her proof.

Soon, everyone’s starry-eyed except Callum. Can he expose Penni and stop her from breaking the story that could tear his family apart?

Poisoned Pie Mystery

Is Oakmoss Hornbeam the unluckiest boy in the world? Or has someone cursed him?

When a black cat crosses his path, mysteriously blown in by a storm, Oakmoss believes it’s his worst omen yet. But Nightshade, a cat of considerable talents, knows when it’s game on or game over.

With the help of newshound Veena Vale and magical crime investigator Dexter Stormforce, she sets out to become a lucky charm for one very unlucky boy ...

Ajay and the Mumbai Sun

A high-stakes adventure story full of heart from debut author Varsha Shah – winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2020!

Abandoned on the Mumbai railways, Ajay has grown up with nothing but a burning wish to be a journalist.

Finding an abandoned printing press, he and his friends Saif, Vinod, Yasmin and Jai create their own newspaper: The Mumbai Sun.

As they hunt down stories for their paper, the children uncover corruption, fight for justice and battle to save their slum from bulldozers.

But against some of the most powerful forces in the city, can Ajay and his friends really succeed in bringing the truth to light? Not to mention win the most important cricket match ever … 

Boy in the Post

A charming action-packed adventure across the Atlantic from acclaimed author Holly Rivers!

Siblings Orinthia and Séafra Shalloo accept a summer job from eccentric Grandy, who has collected a menagerie of furry and feathered posties known as animails.

The children are especially fond of Geronimo, a homing pelican. But when the big bird fails to return from a delivery, Taber – the youngest sibling – is devastated; so much so, he mails himself to New York, where Geronimo was sent.

Orinthia and Séafra follow suit, stealing a precious stamp and hopping in a freight crate – and soon all are embarked on an extraordinarily daring first-class adventure …

 

Balloon Thief

The year’s must-read YA fantasy – ancient djinn, an epic adventure, and one girl’s courage to seek her own destiny …

Burn the flame. Seek the night.

For Khadija, the only escape from her father’s arranged betrothal is the sky.

When she spots a rogue hot air balloon fighting against its ropes, she leaps at the chance for adventure. Khadija soon finds an unlikely ally in a poor glassmaker’s apprentice, Jacob.

But Jacob is a hāri, and Khadija a Ghadaean. The hāri are oppressed and restless – their infamous terrorist group, the Hāreef, have a new fearsome leader. And the ruling Ghadaeans are brutal in their repression.

Soon, a deadly revolution threatens their friendship and their world. The Hāreef use forbidden magic, summoning jinn – wicked spirits made of fire – to enact their revenge, forcing Jacob and Khadija to choose what kind of a world they want to save …

Arc


The third and final book in the acclaimed THE LOOP trilogy – perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner … 

Luka Kane was executed in front of a jeering crowd, but before he died, he opened one pair of eyes to the truth: lab assistant Chester ‘Chilly’ Beckett’s.

Chilly is now determined to find out what’s happening in the mysterious locked laboratory on the 65th floor. When he finally does, he finds three paralysed subjects … and one of the subjects, impossibly, is Luka Kane.

A bold escape sets in motion a race against time as Happy’s world-ending plans draw to a climax …

Nisha's War

1942.

Nisha has escaped the terror of the Japanese invasion of Singapore. Missing the heat  of home in Malaya, her grandmother’s house in the North of England seems especially cold and grey. Even the villagers are suspicious of a girl with brown skin who they can see is only half English.

One night, a boy beckons to Nisha from the treehouse she is forbidden from playing in. Or at least, she thinks he’s a boy. And for lonely Nisha, the chance of finding a friend is worth almost anything ...

A gorgeously evoked wartime ghost story and adventure full of grief, guilt, forgiveness and belonging.