Spike and Ali Enson by Malaika Rose Stanley and Sarah Horne
Everyone loves Ali, Spike’s baby brother, but Spike isn’t so sure about him. With his bright poos and slightly scaly-looking skin, there must be something strange about Ali, thinks Spike.
As he delves deeper to find the truth, Spike begins to realise his family is more different than he thought.
Topics/themes: Family, humour
Books by other publishers
Empire's End: A Roman Story by Leila Rasheed
Published by Scholastic
This book focuses on Camilla, a young North African girl who travels with her mother and father from Leptis Magna to Rome in 207 AD. Just months later, Leila and her family are sent to Britannica, where tragedy strikes, leaving Camilla alone to navigate the world of the Empress while her father travels north.
Based on real historical events, this is a look at a largely untold story in British history. Rasheed is a children’s and YA author, and her first book Chips, Beans and Limousines won a Red House Read of the Year award.
Topics/themes: British history, adventure, politics
The Last Last-day-of-summer by Lamar Giles and Dapo Adeola
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
These books feature Otto and Sheed, cousins, mischief makers and local sleuths in their zany town in Virginia, America.
In The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, Otto and Sheed are bickering when a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. With the help of some stranger people and even stranger creatures Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town before time stops for good.
The pair’s second adventure, The Last Mirror on the Left, takes place a year later. Unlike the majority of their town, Missus Nedraw of the Rorrim Mirror Emporium remembers the time freeze from The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, and how Otto and Sheed took her mirrors without permission in order to fix their mess. She’s willing to overlook their misdeeds if they help her capture one of her worst prisoners, who has escaped.
Giles is an award-winning American author of young adult novels and short stories, while Adeola is a rising British illustration talent, whose other books include the Look Up! series created with Nathan Bryon.
Topics/themes: Adventure, friendship, mystery
An Engineer Like Me by Dr Shini Somara & Nadja Sarell
Published by Hachette Children's
This empowering illustrated story introduces children to the worlds of engineering and problem-solving through the character of Zara. Curious about everything, Zara travels around the city with her gran, marvelling at how planes stay up and roller coasters do loop-the-loops. As she goes on her journey, Zara learns about brilliant engineers who have shaped the world around her, and who inspire her to come up with her own inventions.
Engineer and TV presenter Somara has also included pages encouraging children to try making the perfect paper aeroplane and drop an eye safely from a height.
Topics/themes: STEM, women in STEM