Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism, by Georgia Byng, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
Orphan Molly Moon was found as a baby in a box marked ‘Moon’s Marshmallows’.
For ten miserable years, she’s lived under the cruel rule of Miss Adderstone in grim Hardwick House. But her life changes overnight when she finds a mysterious book on hypnotism and discovers an amazing talent – the power to make people do anything she want them to. Escaping from the orphange, Molly flies to New York in search of fame and fortune. But her adventures in hypnotism lead her into the clutches of a dangerous enemy . . .
The bestselling Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism has been adapted for film by Lionsgate, starring Domonic Monaghan, Lesley Manville, Emily Watson and Joan Collins, and will be on general cinema release in August 2016.
Word of Mouse, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, published by Young Arrow
Raised in a laboratory, Isaiah is extremely smart, but scared of everything. One day, he manages to escape and is forced to leave his family behind. All alone now, Isaiah has to quickly learn to survive in the outside world. When he meets a girl who is as unusual as he is, Isaiah soon sees that even someone small and frightened like him can have the power to change the world.
Stinkbomb and Ketchup and the Great Kerfuffle Christmas Kidnap, written by John Dougherty and illustrated by David Tazzyman, published by Oxford University Press
It’s Christmas in Great Kerfuffle, but something’s not quite right. Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face have been extra good this year, but there’s no presents. What can have happened to Father Christmas? And are there badgers involved? Will Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face be able to save Christmas? Find out in their latest anarchic adventure.
Pokémon Go Battle Guide, published by Weldon Owen
The Unofficial Pokémon Go Battle Guide will teach you everything you need to know in order to become a BattleMaster overnight. The guide contains tips, tricks, secrets, character guides, statistics, and much more info on how to win every Gym battle. It features insider insight from gaming expert Matt Yeo and former editor of Pokémon World magazine, Russell Murray, on how to prepare your PokéDex, formulate strategies, build alliances, and take control of Gyms in your area and beyond!
With this exhaustive guide in your corner, you’ll never lose another battle!
So whether you’re a Level 1 newbie or a Level 25 Master Trainer, the Unofficial Pokémon Go Battle Guide is the ultimate handbook for training and fighting your Pokémon.
A World of Information, by Richard Platt and James Brown, published by Walker Books
This visually stunning miscellany from the effortlessly stylish print-maker James Brown is a collection of incredible facts and figures. Do you know how many bones there are in the human body or how clouds form? Or about different types of knots or how Morse code works? Each illustration is both beautiful and enlightening, and is accompanied by an engaging fact-filled explanation by celebrated author Richard Platt. Covering more than 30 diverse and fascinating topics, there is a world of information at your fingertips in this book, which is perfect for all the family to enjoy.
Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
The Skulduggery Pleasant series is back with a new look!
Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course).
Oh yeah. And dead.
Then there’s his sidekick, Stephanie. She’s . . .well, she’s a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out…
“So you won’t keep anything from me again?”
He put his hand to his chest. “Cross my heart and hope to die.”
“Okay then. Though you don’t actually have a heart,” she said.
“And technically, you’ve already died.”
“I know that too.”
“Just so we’re clear.”
Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction.
Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.
When all hell breaks loose, it’s lucky for Skulduggery that he’s already dead. Though he’s about to discover that being a skeleton doesn’t stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there’s anything Skulduggery hates, it’s torture . . .Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing’s for sure: evil won’t know what’s hit it.
A Most Magical Girl, by Karen Foxlee, published by Piccadilly Press
Magical machines, wizards, witches, mysterious underworlds, a race against time – and two most magical girls.
Annable Grey has been brought up to be a very proper Victorian young lady. But being ‘proper’ isn’t always easy – especially when you can sometimes see marvellous (as well as terrifying) things in puddles. But parlour tricks such as these are nothing compared to the world that Annabel is about to enter . . .
After the rather sudden departure of her mother, Annabel is sent to live with her aunts. They claim to be Shoreditch witches, and from a very old family line of them too. They’re keen to introduce Annabel to their world and transformation, potions and flying broomsticks (which seem to have strong personalities of their own) but are horrified when Annabel announces not only does she not know any magic, young ladies shouldn’t believe in such things. But before Annabel has time to decide whether she does or not, she is swept into an urgent quest.
The trees of Highgate have been whispering to Kitty – an extraordinary urchin of a girl who Annabel’s aunts seem very fond of – and so have the fairies. They talk of a terrible dark magic that wants to devour all of London. And of a most magical girl who might be able to stop it . . .
This sparkling and enchanting story is sure to bewitch you, so curl up in front of the fire this Christmas and prepare to be swept away . . .
The Book of Shadows, by Ruth Hatfield, published by Hot Key Books
The thrilling conclusion to The Book of Storms trilogy.
Strange shadows are appearing over Danny’s town. Where they land, people are drained of all colour and hope. Cars crash: people stand, directionless.
Fleeing from the shadows, Danny knows Sammael is behind this horror. Danny knows the world must be saved; he knows that to do that, Sammael must be destroyed. Once again, Danny must overcome his belief that he’s not brave, and face his greatest fears. Danny needs Cath. But first he must rescue her from underneath the shadows.
Their only hope might be the mysterious Book of Shadows – but they will have to make it first. And is Danny doing the right thing? Can Sammael really be destroyed?