January book releases

Unlocking the Universe by Lucy & Stephen Hawking (9 Jan) Have you ever wondered how the universe began? Or what it takes to put humans on the moon – or even on Mars? What would you do if you could travel through space and time? Unravel the secrets of the universe with this collection of writings by scientists, including the late great Stephen Hawking.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Peter Rabbit 2 (23 Jan) Peter Rabbit is hopping back into cinemas this spring! So, get a head start on his adventures with this book, inspired by the original Beatrix Potter tale. But be warned; this is Peter Rabbit as you've never seen him before!
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

 

  • Unlocking the Universe

  • What would it have been like to walk the lava-filled earth four and a half billion years ago?

    Or take your first step on the surface of the moon?

    And what would you do if robots took over the world?

    In their series of novels, George's Secret Key to the Universe, Lucy and Stephen Hawking imagined what great adventures one boy might have if he travelled through space.

    But the books were based on real-life facts - and together Lucy and Stephen collected an incredible wealth of information about everything from life on Mars to the secrets of black holes.

    For the first time this non-fiction content has been collected into one astonishing volume, with brand new content for 2020, including facts about genetics, conspiracy theories and climate change.

    Beautifully illustrated and absolutely bursting with amazing facts and figures, this is the perfect guide to everything you've ever wanted to know about our world and beyond.

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February book releases

Charlie Morphs Into a Mammoth by Sam Copeland (6 Feb) In this third instalment, Charlie McGuffin has finally managed to gain control of his ability to change into animals! He’s basically a superhero. And like all superheroes, he uses his powers for good – and only against school bullies like Dylan. But Charlie can’t control his parents’ arguments or the strange pet-nappings happening throughout town…
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

The Case of the Drowned Pearl: World Book Day 2020 by Robin Stevens (20 Feb) In this exclusive murder mystery for World Book Day, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are on holiday at the seaside when they discover a body on the beach. And the body is that of a famous Olympic swimmer who appears to have drowned…
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray (20 Feb) For fans of His Dark Materials and The Edge Chronicles, Orphans of the Tide is a dark, absorbing fantasy set in the last city in a drowned world – packed full of secrets and inventions.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

 

  • The Case of the Drowned Pearl: A Murder Most Unladylike Mini-Mystery

    Murder Most Unladylike Mystery

  • A thrilling mini Murder Most Unladylike mystery, specially written and published for World Book Day 2020.

    Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are best friends, schoolgirls - and detectives. And wherever they go, mysteries will find them...

    While on a seaside holiday with their friends George and Alexander, the Detective Society discover the body of famous swimmer Antonia Braithwaite - nicknamed The Pearl - on the beach.

    Everyone presumes that she drowned accidentally - but how could such a famous swimmer have struggled to swim?

    Even more mysteriously, three guests at the girls' hotel all wanted Antonia dead...

    Can the Detective Society solve this mystery? Or will they sink under the pressure?

    Praise for the Murder Most Unladylike mysteries:

    'This is that rare thing: a series that gets better with every book' Telegraph

    'Thrilling' Guardian

    'A total delight' Metro

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March book releases

Where's Spot? by Eric Hill (5 Mar) Celebrate Spot’s 40th birthday! Even though he’s still a puppy… Lift the flaps to find Spot in this special anniversary edition of the classic tale. A wonderful book for new fans of this mischievous pup.
Recommended reading age: 0-5-years-old

Daisy and the Trouble with Nature by Kes Gray (5 Mar) Daisy is back. And this time she’s very excited about her school’s new nature garden! Trouble is, there’s not a lot of nature in it. Where are the birds? Where are the butterflies? There aren’t any grizzly bears or wolverines either! Luckily, Daisy and her friend Gabby are off on a camping trip – the perfect chance to find lots of nature.
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

Mummy Fairy and Me: Mermaid Magic by Sophie Kinsella (5 Mar) Mummy Fairy is still having trouble with her magic but luckily Ella is always around to help! And this time they catch a robber, save a whale, swim with mermaids and cause chaos in a pottery class.
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

 

  • Where's Spot?

  • Join the hunt to find lovable puppy, Spot, in Eric Hill's first ever lift-the-flap tale!

    Lift each flap to find all sorts of funny animal surprises, before discovering where cheeky Spot has been hiding. This is the perfect first book for little ones - the playful text is a wonderful spur to read and respond together, and the hide-and-seek flaps encourage curiosity and interactivity.

    This is a special anniversary edition of this much-loved classic to celebrate 40 years since the first publication of Where's Spot?.

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April book releases

What Stars Are Made Of by Sarah Allen (2 Apr) Libby wants to be a scientist when she grows up. Although Turner Syndrome can make things difficult for her, she has lots of people around her who love her, including her big sister Nonny. And when Nonny finds herself in trouble, Libby has the perfect plan to help her. This is a moving middle-grade debut about family, friendship and how it's ok to be different.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (16 Apr) At just 12-years-old, Artemis Fowl is a criminal genius. No scheme is too dastardly, no plot too devious. And he's just discovered that fairies are real. Poor fairies. Read the original book before the film comes out in May 2020.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Tales for Climate Rebels by Ben Lerwill (16 Apr) It’s not too late to save the planet we all love. Hear the stories of humans from around the world, who are fighting to protect Earth. From Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough to the guardians of the Amazon rainforest. Climate rebels unite!
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Never Show A T-Rex A Book! by Rashmi Sirdeshpande (30 Apr) How you ever wondered what would happen if you showed a book to a T-Rex? Well, we have! And the results are quite surprising.
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

 

May book releases

Big Dreamers: The Puffin Book of Bedtime Stories (14 May) It’s Puffin’s 80th birthday this year! And although we are getting on, there’s no chance of us slowing down. Our new anthology of stories, poems and illustrations from a bumper list of authors – including Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Fletcher and Malorie Blackman – will make for some very magical bedtime reading.
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

My Daddies! by Gareth Peter (14 May) Follow the adorable family in My Daddies! as they go on all kinds of adventures. From dragon fighting and running away from dinosaurs, to soaring around the world in a hot air balloon. This is a lovely book to show children that all different kinds of families are wonderful.
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke (14 May) Hands down, the most exciting middle-grade adventure of the year! Follow Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem and Milou – the five ‘unadoptables’ – on a daring escape across Amsterdam.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Worst. Holiday. Ever. by Charlie Higson (28 May) Stan is going away for the summer. To Italy. He's not going with his family though, he's going with his best-friend Felix (although if Stan was honestly ranking his friends, Felix would be number five). This is a story about facing fears, dealing with worries, and how it's OK to be anxious, scared, and sometimes a little bit brave.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Extraordinary Lives (28 May) Learn about the extraordinary lives of modern and historical figures from all over the world. There’s Greta Thunberg, the schoolgirl activist drawing our attention to the devastating effects of climate change. Alan Turing, the mathematician who helped crack the codes in secret messages between enemy soldiers in World War II. Serena Williams, a tennis star and winner of more Grand Slam titles than anyone else. And last but certainly not least, Freddie Mercury, a musician with a four-octave vocal range and the frontman of the British rock band Queen.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

 

  • The Unadoptables

  • "Perfection!" Robin Stevens, author of the bestselling Murder Most Unladylike series

    "A corker of a story" Emma Carroll, author of Letters to the Lighthouse and The Somerset Tsunami

    "A book to absolutely fall in love with" Cerrie Burnell, author of The Girl With the Shark's Teeth

    The amazing humour and world-building of Nevermoor meets the wisdom and warmth of Rooftoppers in this completely unforgettable and totally gorgeous comedy-adventure!

    In all the years that Elinora Gassbeek has been matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage, not once have the Rules for Baby Abandonment been broken. Until the autumn of 1886, when five babies are left in outrageous circumstances: one in a tin toolbox, one in a coal bucket, one in a picnic hamper, one in a wheat sack, and finally, one in a coffin-shaped basket.

    Those babies were Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem and Milou, who were swiftly and firmly deemed 'the unadoptables'. Twelve years on the children still have each other - until the fateful night a most sinister gentleman appears and threatens to tear them apart. The gang decide to make a daring escape, fleeing the frozen canals of Amsterdam for an adventure packed with puppets and pirate ships, clock-makers and cruel villains - and with only a scrap of a clue to guide them to their mysterious new home . . .

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June book releases

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July book releases

The Summer I Robbed a Bank by David O'Doherty (2 Jul) The summer holidays are meant to be fun. Not spent on a remote and very rainy Irish island surrounded by sheep. But silver lining; Rex gets to stay with his strange and very brilliant Uncle Derm. And Uncle Derm is planning on robbing the island’s travelling bank…
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola (9 Jul) Science-mad Rocket is back! And this time she’s on a mission to save the Caribbean island her grandparents live on from plastic pollution. An empowering tale that shows how we can all make a difference.
Recommended reading age: 0-5-years-old

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar (9 Jul) Brave, independent and more than a little sneaky, Aleja defies society's expectations to make her own adventurous dreams come true. She’s a modern-day hero. Join her as she hops on board the Ship of Shadows, crewed by a band of ruthless women en route to finding something far across the sea.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

 

  • Clean Up

  • Join lovable, passionate Rocket as she sets off on a mission to save a Caribbean island from plastic pollution!


    When Rocket goes for a holiday to visit her grandparents, she's shocked by the pollution that is spoiling their island home and putting the local sea life at risk. Can she think of a way to save the day?


    This is a heartwarming, timely and empowering picture book, showing how we ALL can make a difference. It's a sequel to Nathan and Dapo's debut Look Up!

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August book releases

Jonathan the Magic Pony by Stuart Heritage (6 Aug) As well as being a pony, Jonathan is a brilliant magician. All he has to do is wave his wand and – Boomf! – whatever it is, is gone. And then – Boomf! – it’s back. But then Jonathan, magics away Sarah’s bear and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t make it come back…
Recommended reading age: 0-5-years-old

The Witches by Roald Dahl (6 Aug) Beware! Witches may look like ordinary women in ordinary clothes but they’re actually always plotting ways to rid the world of children. Read Roald Dahl’s classic tale before the new film – starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock – comes out in 2020.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Don't Feed the Coos! by Jonathan Stutzman (20 Aug) Those who live in large cities will know the perils of pigeons aka coos. The heroine of this story – a generous but foolish young girl – makes the mistake of leaving a coo a small crumb. But when you do that, all the coos will then come!
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

 

  • Don't Feed the Coos

  • The dynamic team behind Llama Destroys the World returns with a laugh-out-loud tale about the dangers of . . . feeding pigeons!

    When you see a coo, you will be tempted to give it a treat.
    Coos are adorable, peaceful, kind of silly.
    But DON'T FEED THE COO!
    If you feed one, they will ALL COME . . .

    So begins a cautionary tale that details the fallout when a little girl decides to share some bread with a coo (a.k.a. pigeon). From the park to home to karate practice, the coos follow our generous-but-foolish girl who didn't heed the warning. Because when you give a coo a crumb . . . the entire population of coos will come! But fret not: our plucky little heroine will discover that even the biggest of problems can be solved with a little determination.

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