Badger’s Band

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler ISBN 9781529034394

Pan Macmillan

Yet another fabulous rhyming story from the Tales from Acorn Wood series. This lift-the-flap adventure finds an excited Badger keen to start his own band. Tortoise will play the trumpet and Bear the piano, but who else will Badger get to join Badger’s Band..lift the flaps to find out who!

Perfect for baby and toddler.

Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu

Maisie Chan ISBN 9781800781610

Bonnier Books Ltd

From Maisie Chan, winner of the 2022 Jhalak Prize comes a sparkling new story, Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu! Lizzie lives in Glasgow with her recently widowed grandad Wai Gong. Since her Grandma Kam passed away Lizzie has been taking care of the house and looking after her increasingly forgetful grandpa. The pair enjoy spending Saturday nights in front of the TV watching Strictly Come Dancing just like they did when Grandma Kam was still alive. For her 12th birthday Lizzie opens a surprise gift that Grandma Kam has left for her; tickets to the tea dance at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool where her grandparents met! Lizzie makes a plan with her friends to learn her Grandma’s favourite dance and travel to Blackpool with Wai Gong in the hope that dancing with him in the Tower Ballroom will make him better. With little money and no dancing skills will she be able to pull it off and will she manage to even get her beloved Wai Gong all the way to Blackpool in the first place?! Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu is a beautiful, funny, warmhearted story of friendship and family, however that may look.

Perfect for 9+ readers.

Our Crooked Hearts

Melissa Albert ISBN 9780241592540

Penguin Random House Children’s UK

Our Crooked Hearts is a spine tingling story of suspicion, secrets, witchcraft and vengeance. Ivy’s Summer doesn’t start off quite as she expected, she’s involved in a car accident with her soon to be ex boyfriend who swerves to avoid a figure in the road, a teenage girl who disappears into the woods. Ivy doesn’t recognise the girl but the girl seems to recognise Ivy. Strange things begin to happen following this encounter including unnatural offerings appearing in her garden. Ivy’s Mum starts to behave in a peculiar way before disappearing. This leads Ivy in search of answers, who is the girl and where has her Mum Dana gone? The story takes us back to Dana’s life as a teenager and her introduction to witchcraft leading to an event that will change her life and ultimately Ivy’s forever. Can Ivy uncover the hidden truths from the past and save her Mum from a long lost friend who seeks vengeance? This young adult novel by global bestselling author Melissa Albert is bound to be a Summer hit!

YA readers 13+

Little Miss Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Adam Hargreaves ISBN 9780755504084

A brand new Little Miss adventure for Summer! Little Miss Sunshine sees the bright side of everybody and everything but not everybody does, including Mr Grumble who grumbles all day long. Little Miss Sunshine wants to show him that every cloud has a silver lining but how will she do this?!

For ages 2+

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