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Call Of The Titanic out now!

June 2023

Today marks the publication of Call of the Titanic, the third historical middle grade adventure by Lindsay Galvin. 

Young cabin steward, Sid, is proud to be working on the Titanic, the greatest stream liner ever built.

Clara dreams of adventure at sea, and discovers it the hard way as a stowaway on a much smaller ship, the Carpathia.

Here, she meets a giant bear of a dog: Rigel, who has a reputation for mischief.

What none of them can foresee is how they'll need each other on the night Titanic collides with an iceberg.

Or that an even more extraordinary creature might also answer their call...

Available now in paperback! 

Cosima Unfortunate flies to the selves!

May 2023

Cosima Unfortunate Steals A Star is out today! This thrilling new adventure is Laura Noakes' debut novel and features authentic and joyful disabled representation. 

Cosima Unfortunate has spent all her life at the Home for Unfortunate Girls – a school where any disabled children, or children deemed different, are sent, whether their families want it or not. It is there that she meets her friends – Pearl, Mary and Diya – and they start to practise mini heists involving the theft of cakes, biscuits and other sweet goodies.

But when Cos finds out that Lord Francis Fitzroy, the explorer behind the Empire Exhibition, is planning to adopt them, she and her friends plot the biggest heist of their life. Instead of fondant fancies, they’re going to steal Fitzroy’s prized tiara, containing the legendary Star Diamond of India! But, as they start preparing for the day, Cosima finds herself drawing ever closer to discovering the one secret she’s always wanted to know – the truth about her parents…

Available now in paperback!

Be More Dog out today!

May 2023

Be More Dog, Caroline Crowe's latest picture book, is making its way onto the shelves today. This uplifting story celebrates the bond between children and their pets and encourages us to embrace our inner dog!

Sam can find happiness in the most unexpected places: a smelly old boot, a deflated ball, even in a muddy puddle! When Dad leaves for work, Sam's young owner needs a little help to be happy again. Can Sam show his best friend how to be a bit less sad and a bit more dog?

Out now in hardback!

New YA title for Beth Reekles

May 2023

Beth Reekles' new coming-of-age YA title, The Summer Switch-Off is out today!

Luna thought her first year at uni was perfect - until her relationship broke up, and she realised she's her old school friends might be ghosting her. She's never felt so lonely.

Rory's passion is art (and promoting it on her social media), but she wants to fit in with her sensible family, so she's signed up to study law. It sounds like the most boring thing on earth.

And as for Jodie - she's put her all into getting top marks at uni, but she can't remember the last time she had a night out - or a date. Her life is great on paper, but she's exhausted. Is this the right path for her after all?

In desperate need of an escape, the girls book themselves on a holiday that's meant to be perfect for solo travellers. But the idyllic resort of Casa Dorada is actually a digital detox retreat - which means NO PHONES! And that's not even the biggest disaster waiting for them . . .

Will it be a summer the girls will never forget - or one they'd rather not remember?

Out today in paperback!

New Winnie-the-Pooh title out for Riordan!

April 2023

Jane Riordan's latest title featuring Winnie-the-Pooh is out today! Publishing in time for the Coronation, this story follows the classic character as he and his friends meets the King.

When Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends go on an expedition to a Royal London Park they don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a royal adventure.

This charming story takes place at a very special Royal Coronation. When Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet lose Eeyore in the crowd, they come up with a plan to find their friend. Along the way they meet a Very Important Person and learn about the importance of kindness, helping others and new beginnings.

Winnie-the-Pooh Meets the King is out now!

New heart-racing YA thriller by Gina Blaxill

April 2023

Gina Blaxill's new YA thriller, Love You To Death, is out today! This dark and twisty story deals with themes like obsession, stalking and toxic love, and will keep readers hooked from start to finish. 

Someone is obsessed with Mia Hawkins.

She's felt their gaze on the back of her neck. She's heard their footsteps, walking home in the dark. She’s glimpsed a shadowy figure and the flash of a camera.

Mia doesn't know Jade. But Jade knows everything about Mia. In fact, she's turned herself into Mia's doppelganger, from her long brown hair to the minute details of her outfits. She's so convincing that when Jade's body is found by the cliffs, everyone believes it's Mia.

But Mia can't work out why anyone would imitate her - or why they'd end up dead. As life as she knows it is decimated, she is left with no idea who to trust . . . or if she will be the next one to die.

Available now in paperback!

Publication Day for Nick Sheridan

March 2023

The Case of the Phantom Treasure, book two in the mystery series by Nick Sheridan and illustrated by David O'Connell, is out today!

It's the school holidays in Snoops Bay, and Riz, Olly, Drew and Anton are looking for their next adventure. When they decide to visit the town's most unremarkable tourist spot, Bony Beach, they're shocked to discover a long-lost shipwreck that sunk to the bottom of the sea with treasure aboard. But their exploration of the ruin is quickly thwarted when they come face to face with the phantom figure of the ship's captain, Horatio Huxley, and accidentally put a curse on Snoops Bay. Undeterred, our heroes vow to get to the bottom of the mystery once and for all. What kind of treasure is aboard the shipwreck? And who (or what) is so determined to keep it all for themselves?

Available now in paperback.

Return to Little Spellshire with Diary of an Accidental Witch 4

February 2023

Diary of an Accidental Witch: Unexpected Guests, the fourth title in Perdita and Honor Cargill's fun and magical young fiction series, is out today!

Bea Black is determined to become the BEST witch she can be and learn EVERYTHING about magic. So when a school visit from some VERY important guests is announced, Bea is thrilled! It’s her chance to help Little Spellshire School for the Extraordinary Arts and show off what she’s learned so far.

But when the visitors arrive, they are NOT who the students and teachers were expecting. In fact, they’re the opposite! With the witch school at risk of being exposed, it’s up to Bea to use her ordinary special skills to save the day.

Debut Publication Day for Ayaan Mohamud

February 2023

Ayaan Mohamud's debut YA novel, You Think You Know Me, is out today! 

People like me are devils before we are angels.

Hanan has always been good and quiet. She accepts her role as her school's perfect Muslim poster girl. She ignores the racist bullies.

A closed mouth is gold - it helps you get home in one piece.

Then her friend is murdered and every Muslim is to blame.

The world is angry at us again.

How can she stay silent while her family is ripped apart? It's time for Hanan to stop being the quiet, good girl. It's time for her to stand up and shout.

Available now in paperback. 

Debut for Joyce Efia Harmer

May 2023

How Far We've Come, Joyce Efia Harmer's debut YA title, publishes today! 

Sometime, me love to dream that me is a human, a proper one, like them white folks is.

Enslaved on a plantation in Barbados, Obah dreams of freedom. As talk of rebellion bubbles up around her in the Big House, she imagines escape. Meeting a strange boy who’s not quite of this world, she decides to put her trust in him. But Jacob is from the twenty-first century. Desperate to give Obah a better life, he takes her back with him. At first it seems like dreams really do come true – until the cracks begin to show and Obah sees that freedom comes at an unimaginable cost . . .

Out now!

Sirdeshpande teams up with EmpathyLab!

May 2023

We've Got This! is out today! Written by Rashmi Sirdeshpande in collaboration with EmpathyLab, this essential handbook is all about the power of empathy and emotional intelligence. 

In just SIX simple steps readers will be taught how to harness empathy as theirhuman SUPERPOWER, and discover how using this power can change their lives and the world around them for the better.

The emotional well-being of children is just as important as their physical health but it’s not something that all children are taught about or are offered support for. Harnessing empathy and growing their emotional intelligence allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with life's ups and downs as well as understand and experience other people's emotions, feelings and points of view.

Available now in paperback. 

Harvey Small returns to the shelves!

May 2023

Today marks publication day for Small Bites Back, the second in the funny middle grade series by Hannah Moffatt!

In Small! Harvey went to a school for giants- but now we follow Harvey and his friend Walloping Toenail into the Vampire mountains as they try to work out what made the Never-Ending Contracts never-ending and tied Norma Enormous and the Skelephant to the Unspeakable Circus. Something's bitten the contracts. Could it be something with never-ending venom? As the new Chosen One, Harvey thinks it's his job to find out.Viscount Bloodsucker, head of the school for vampire dentists (polish up your fangs!) promises to help. But Harvey will have to move fast, because the Unspeakable Circus is on his tail, and Mistress Ring has a great idea for a new act - feeding a Small to the zombie lions!

Available now.

Meet Harriet Hound, the world's happiest superhero!

May 2023

Kate Foster's debut young fiction title, Harriet Hound, is out today in Australia! 

Meet Harriet Hound. She's eight years old and loves dogs!

But Harriet has something else that makes her super ... the power to summon the dogs from her family's rescue shelter every time there’s trouble afoot.

Whether it's a carnival catastrophe, a sudden storm, or vanishing vegetables, Harriet and her best dog friends use their super special talents and problem-solving skills to save the day!

Available now in paperback in ANZ.

Publication day for Harman's latest non-fiction title

April 2023

Alice Harman's latest non-fiction book, Mona Lisa and the Others, publishes today! Illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake, this is a witty and entertaining introduction to the Louvre Museum's art collection that will appeal to both children and adult alike. 

Millions of people visit the Louvre Museum every year to gaze and gawp at its all-star art collection. But there’s one star who gets a lot more attention than anyone else – and her very own special queuing system, if you can believe it! Well, the Louvre’s many other masterpieces aren’t too happy about being overshadowed – and they’re here to tell everyone what makes them just as worthy of the Mona Lisa’s teeming crowds.

With a focus on portraits and other person-centred artworks, Mona Lisa and the Others reveals the stories behind some of the Louvre Museum’s most famous artworks. Napoleon Bonaparte takes readers behind the scenes at his own coronation; the Venus de Milo explains what happened to her missing arms; the Seated Scribe lets slip some gossip about the ancient Egyptian royal family; and Madame le Brun has a polite moan about juggling the demands of being Marie Antoinette’s portrait painter and a working mother. But perhaps most intriguing of all, Mona Lisa reveals that there’s more to her portrait than her mysterious smile…

Available now in hardback!

Debut for Paralympian Ellie Robinson

April 2023

Today marks publication day for Thief on the Track, the first book in the brand new action-packed Gold Medal Mysteries series by Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson. 

Hannah, Maria, and Seb are at the World Championships in Tokyo, bonding over their excitement at watching their favourite athletes compete. But Jesse Marks, a star runner on the US relay team has had his gold medal stolen! The sport park is alive with gossip and as the three new friends begin to investigate, several suspects begin to emerge. With time running out before the final race is run, can the detectives uncover who is out to sabotage the team?

Out now!  

Mr Leopard's Bookshop Out Today!

March 2023

Alexa Brown's debut picture book, Mr Leopard's Bookshop, publishes today! This beautifully rhyming text with georgeous illustrations by Julia Christians is sure to be a hit with all the family. 

There's a mysterious bookshop, tucked away from the world, with a rather unusual bookseller... Mr Leopard!

Not only does Mr Leopard sell the most exciting books, he also has a whole team of animals creating the very best stories for children - just like this one! And as one little girl is about to discover, Mr Leopard's Bookshop is the most magical place in the world...

Out now!

Villains Academy makes its debut!

February 2023

Villains Academy, the first title in a brand new highly illustrated series for young middle-grade readers, is out today! Created by author-illustrator Ryan Hammond, this villainously funny series is perfect for fans of Amelia Fang, Dog Man and Grimwood

Welcome to Villains Academy – the most prestigious villain school in the ENTIRE land. You will either leave here as a fully-formed villain . . . or in tatters.

It's werewolf Bram’s first day at Villains Academy. He really doesn’t feel like a villain at all, but the coveted Villain of the Week trophy is up for grabs, and Bram knows he’ll have to dig deep. With the help of new friends Mona the elf-witch, Bryan the lion, Shelia the ghost and Tony the skeleton, can Bram find his inner badness and become the villain he's always dreamed of being?

Out now!

Second Puppy Club title for Catherine Jacob!

January 2023

Today marks publication day for Puppy Club: Coco Settles In, the second in the adorable and heart-warming Puppy Club series by Catherine Jacob. 

Join Jaya, Willow, Daniel, Elsa, Arlo and Harper as they all navigate the ups and downs of life with a brand-new puppy!

Elsa loves her gorgeous puppy Coco but her family’s two cats aren’t so welcoming. They chase the terrified pup all over the house! And to make things worse, Coco’s chewing everything and it’s stressing Mum out. Luckily Puppy Club is on hand to help, and soon Operation Friendship is underway, with plans to keep Coco out of trouble and help her bond with the cats. But with each day seeming to bring a new disaster, Elsa can’t help worrying … what if Mum has second thoughts about keeping the puppy?

Out now!