The Roman Mysteries 15: The Scribes From Alexandria. - Caroline Lawrence
Orion Children's Paperback £6.99rrp. (ages 9+)
If you haven't come across the Roman Mysteries series yet, where have you been? These really are some of the best Childrens' reads around.
Book 15 sees the intrepid friends battling crocodiles, codes and shipwrecks, leading them to Alexandria and a journey up the Nile. This series set in Roman times is an exciting and gripping detective story series where the main protaganists are children and each title provides an accessible and accurate window on Roman times
'A desperate quest begins in the Romano-Egyptian port of Alexandria: site of the great lighthouse, the Library and the tomb of Alexander the Great. Codes, riddles, anagrams and hieroglyphics lead the search parties down the river Nile to pyramids and sphinxes, temples and tombs, crocodiles and hippos. But what lies at the end of the journey?
Book 16, Prophet from Ephesus is now out in Hardback.
I have it on good authority that the next and final book out in the Summer, draws the series to a romantic conclusion. Not too much longer to wait...
Here are a couple of books by one of my current favourite authors/illustrators - Emily Gravett:
Dogs - Hardback £10.99 rrp.
Canines of every description come bounding through this book. With pencil and watercolour illustrations that will delight children and adults alike.
Odd Egg- Paperback £5.99rrp
(Macmillan Children's Ages 2+)
Penguin and Dorling Kindersley
There are some wonderful new Doctor Who books out. Here are just a few of the best:
Dr Who Funfax - £5.99
Packed with Doctor Who data, profiles of your favourite characters, stickers, a pull-out poster, a personal section, diary and much, much more this is essential kit for die-hard fans.
Get organised with the Time Lord!
Doctor Who The visual Dictionary -
A lavishly illustrated guide to all the characters, aliens, monsters, locations and technology of the successful new Doctor Who series
New photography reveals more in-depth details, from the fascinating aliens to the demise of the Time Lords.
Every spread of this book shows you the Doctor Who characters, technology and locations in graphic detail.
Fantastic gatefolds reveal the amazing features of the T.A.R.D.I.S.'s exciting new console and interior design plus blue gem "Dalek's eye" on the silver cover!
Dr Who Mini Sticker book
This visual guide to the first two series of Doctor Who contains 200 mini stickers of all your favourite characters and aliens.
Doctor Who Glow in the Dark Monsters Sticker Guide
This Glow in the Dark Sticker Guide includes fun facts on all your favourite monsters and scariest aliens from series one, two and three of Doctor Who. Comes with 4 pages of spooky glowing stickers.
Feelings - read and learn -
Sarah Medina and Jo Brooker
The new Feelings series is beautifully and humorously illustrated by Long Melford resident Jo Brooker.
Every title in the Feelings series uses beautiful hand-painted illustrations to explore a different emotion that will be familiar to young readers. Looking at feeling such as happiness, anger, jealousy and pride, this series examines how to recognise a certain emotion in yourself and others, the causes, implications and possible courses of action.
Each book includes quizzes to get children to identify emotions by looking at other people's faces and body language.
Read and Learn books by Raintree - Harcourt Education supports the curriculum from Early Years through to Key Stage 1. The titles can be used for both guided and individual reading, as well as with early fluent readers who are able to read one or two sentences per page.
The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
Egmont Hb £6.99
Set in 1790's Covent Garden this book whisks you back to a bygone era. It is the tale of Cat Royal, an orphan who lives at the back of the real-life theatre in Drury Lane. It contains a wonderful colourful cast of characters - awkward actors, on stage, and off, barrow boys in the grimy marketplace, street gangs fighting for territory...and it's packed with local colour and authentic detail and a hidden diamond. This is the first of a stunning trilogy that takes us from the street markets of London to the French Revolution in Paris. A gripping read for children aged 10+.
- Christopher Paolini
At long last, here is the paperback edition of the exciting follow up to Eragon. Fantasy adventure for Children and Adults 12+. You shouldn't judge a book by it's cover of course but this is a fantastic one. Read the book and see if it lives up to it.
Darkness falls . . . Despair abounds . . . Evil reigns . . . Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger.
Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life . . .
Ingo- Helen Dunmore
This makes a great summer holiday read for children 9-13yrs, but if you get the chance to read it yourself, take it.
'A cold shiver is creeping over my skin, as cold as the mist. I know where Conor's gone. Down the track, through the bracken and foxgloves, down the path and out on to the grassy lip of cliff above the cove. Everything wet and shining with mist. The rocks hidden, the sea hidden. Down the rocks, between the boulders, on to the rocks. Everything slippery and dangerous... the sea pulling like a magnet. Pulling Conor as it pulled me.'
Sapphire and her brother Conor's life in Cornwall is idyllic; they are free to explore the beautiful cove near their cottage; they swim there and play together - it is their own special place. Until one terrible day when things change in a way they could never possibly have predicted.
I'm Bored - Suzie Barratt and Polly Beard
Summer holiday dragging a bit? Picture this: it's hot hot hot outside and the telly's been on for too long. Or over in the park, you've all had enough of the swings, and the sandpit has lost its appeal. Or stuck in a traffic jam yet unable to face another round of I-Spy. You know you're the grown-up but that you need help, this instant, to avert the inevitable wails...Don't panic! I'M BORED!...is full of fun and original ideas to amuse and enthuse children of all ages, at home, indoors, outdoors, while traveling or even at the beach. And you don't need special equipment or to spend lots of cash either, just a whiff of imagination. With I'M BORED!...parents can re-discover how to play while also amusing the kids. Indeed, it's entertainment for all the family, and means nobody need ever again be stuck for ideas for what to do next .
Dangerous Book For Boys -
How many other books will help you thrash someone at conkers, race your own go-cart, and identify the best quotations from Shakespeare? The Dangerous Book for Boys gives you facts and figures at your fingertips swot up on the solar system, learn about famous battles and read inspiring stories of incredible courage and bravery. Teach your old dog new tricks. Make a pinhole camera. Understand the laws of cricket. There's a whole world out there: with this book, anyone can get out and explore it.
From football to fossils and pirates to poker, lavishly designed and fully illustrated in colour and black and white throughout The Dangerous Book for Boys is packed with information that every boy wants to know be they eight or eighty.
Happy Birthday To You Blue Kangaroo
- Emma Chichester Clark
Anderson Press £10.99
Lily and Blue Kangaroo share everything, even birthdays. And for her next one, Lily has decided that everything must be pink: pink invitations, pink party clothes, pink wrapping paper... Even Blue Kangaroo gets a pink ribbon to wear. He isn't sure that he likes it, and once everyone starts to arrive, all dressed in pink and carrying pink presents, he thinks that Lily would prefer him if he were pink. He gets so miserable, that he creeps away. But Lily misses him, and comes to find him. …
Horrible Histories Handbooks: Pirates
- Terry Deary
Forget the brave heroes swinging from the masts and prepare yourself for the truth behind lousy pirate legends and lies. Learn how to talk the patter of a pirate, find out foul facts about their ships and discover the disgusting details of death by a thousand cuts.
Everything you need to know about Pirates - all the gore and more.
History has never been so Horrible!