The Letter, The Witch and The Ring: The House With a Clock in its Walls 3 and The Ghost in the Mirror: The House With a Clock in its Walls 4

John Bellairs

The next books in an exciting series following on from the American classic The House With a Clock in Its Walls, now a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black. The Letter, the Witch and the Ring: Mrs Zimmermann’s cousin Oley has left her his farm, as well as a ring he thinks is magic.

But when Mrs Zimmermann and Rose Rita arrive at the farm, the ring has vanished, and strange things start to happen. The Ghost in the Mirror: Mrs Zimmermann is struck by amnesia, and Rose Rita must face a wizard with an old score to settle. Will Mrs Zimmermann regain her memory and her powers? Will they be able to right a past wrong?

Cleo and Rob

Helen Brown

A sweet little kitten called Cleo becomes a good friend to six-year-old Rob after his big brother, Sam, dies. With Cleo’s help, Rob discovers that, even in the toughest times, healing can happen. Based on true events in author Helen Brown’s family, this heart-warming story first appeared as the book for adults, Cleo. Skilfully and gently told, it will be enormously helpful for any child dealing with anxiety.

Bold Tales for Brave-Hearted Boys

Susannah McFarlane

Bold: typically describes one who is willing to take risks; who is brave in heart as well as deed. Boys can be pretty handy at dragon-felling and tower-climbing, but there is so much more to them than brawn and bravado: they have a lot to say and feel as well, as these tilted tales will tell. Cheer along as the sometimes unexpected heroes in these retellings of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ and ‘Prince Leo and the Sleeping Princess’ create their own happily ever afters, in this beautiful and emboldening bedtime book. A glorious treasury for young boys—and girls—for ages 6-9.

The Good Luck Girls

Charlotte Davis

Aster. Violet. Tansy. Mallow. Clementine. Sold as children. Branded by cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen. When Aster’s sister Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice and revenge—in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by the land’s most vicious and powerful forces—both living and dead—their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe. It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

By Popular Demand

Jess Vallance

This is the third book in a brilliantly funny YA series featuring the trials and embarrassing tribulations of teenager Gracie Dart. When Gracie realises that she is the only person in her group of friends who has not been invited to THE party of the year, Gracie decides to do something about it. Gracie being Gracie does nothing by halves. She goes into overdrive, turning herself into the most popular person around. As ever, Gracie overdoes it—with some very funny results. Perhaps Gracie will find out the value of true friendship along the way.

The Girl and the Dinosaur

Hollie Hughes

In a town by the seaside, Marianne is often seen foraging on the beach. But she isn’t playing with children her own age. Instead, Marianne is alone and digging for dinosaur bones to build a special sort of companion. Then, one night, she goes to sleep wishing with all her heart that her dinosaur might come to life. This is a very rare and special book where the words and pictures take you on a magical journey far beyond the page.

The Taylor Turbochaser

David Baddiel

Amy loves cars and dreams of being a driver. But there’s a major catch: her slow old wheelchair with its broken wheel. When Amy finally gets a new electric one, it’s exciting—at first.

But standard engines only have so much power. And that’s where Rahul comes in – Amy’s best friend and genius inventor. Soon Rahul turns a wheelchair into a supercar.

Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver

Michael Morpurgo

War has forced Omar and his mother to leave their home in Afghanistan and venture across the sea to Europe. When their boat sinks and Omar finds himself alone, with no hope of rescue, it seems as if his story has come to an end.

But it is only just beginning.

Because in the end, a little hope makes a big difference.

Showtym Adventures: Pepe, the Beach Stallion

This is the sixth book in a bestselling junior fiction series inspired by true stories from the Wilson Sisters’ childhoods. It’s a whole new world rescuing an injured stallion.

Scarface Claw, Hold Tight!

Lynley Dodd

A durable board book edition of crotchety Scarface Claw’s latest whiskers-bristling adventure by Lynley Dodd. Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! is a hilarious story inspired by true tales of cat owners driving off without realising their cats are on the roofs of their cars.

The Iron Man

Ted Hughes

The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world. Stunning illustrations by Chris Mould make this one of the most exciting editions of the classic tale to be published.

Anna at War

Helen Peters

As life for German Jews becomes increasingly perilous, Anna’s parents put her on one of the last trains leaving for England. But the war follows her to Kent, and soon Anna finds herself caught up in a web of betrayal and secrecy. How can she prove whose side she’s on when she can’t tell anyone the truth? But actions speak louder than words, and Anna has a dangerous plan. A brilliant and moving wartime adventure from the author of Evie’s Ghost.


Liz Hyder

Life in Bearmouth is one of hard labour, and reward will come in the next life with the benevolence of the Mayker. Newt accepts everything—that is until Devlin arrives. Devlin starts to force Newt to ask questions, to look around, to wonder if the rules are divine or simply a way of keeping everyone under control. In this powerful and brilliantly original novel about justice, independence and resisting oppression, friendship creates strength, courage is hard-won, and hope is the path to freedom.

The Collective

Lindsey Whitlock

Stuck in the traditional community of Badfish Creek, Elwyn longs for change and jumps at the opportunity to move to Liberty to gain an education and become part of a flourishing world. But there are things going on in Liberty that Elwyn cannot ignore. Things that profoundly threaten the world he has rejected and things that he has to fight against. The Collective is a richly realised novel about tradition, change, the meaning of home and the struggle to be true to yourself.

The Fate of Fausto

Oliver Jeffers

There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his. “You are mine,” Fausto said to the flower, the sheep and the mountain, and they bowed before him. But they were not enough for Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set out to set.

Working for the first time in traditional lithography, world-renowned talent, Oliver Jeffers, combines spectacular art with powerful prose, handset using traditional lead type, to create a poignant modern-day fable to touch the hearts of adults and children alike.

A Child of Books

Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

In this inspiring, lyrical tale about the rewards of reading and sharing stories, a little girl sails her raft “across a sea of words” to arrive at the house of a small boy. There she invites him to come away with her on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination. Now a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him. But who will be next?

Prince of Ponies

Stacy Gregg

When twelve-year-old Mira stumbles across a white stallion in a forest in Berlin, she doesn’t realise that this horse will take her on an incredible journey. Together, they’re going to ascend the starry heights of Grand Prix show jumping and sweep back in time to Poland in 1939 where another young girl is risking everything to save the horse that she loves.

Stacy Gregg is one of New Zealand’s most popular children’s authors and a three-time winner of the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.