Children’s Books We’re Loving This Month: February

Children’s Books We’re Loving This Month: February

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams

A tale of friendship and magic, little ones will be spellbound by David Walliams’ heartfelt story, The Midnight Gang.

Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning. When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward… But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime! The Midnight Gang tells an extraordinarily heart-warming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward – and on a quest for adventure!

Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures by Liz Pichon

Starring an appealingly forgetful disaster magnet of a schoolboy hero and with comical cartoons throughout, it’s no wonder children love Liz Pichon’s Tom Gates stories.

When Mr Fullerman decides that Favourite Snacks isn’t a suitable topic for Tom’s school project, he has to think again. Researching his new idea, “Family, Friends and Furry Creatures”, Tom discovers that his grandparents aren’t really called the Wrinklies and the Fossils, that his Dad has a guilty secret about Uncle Kevin and a famous footballer, and that his parents ended up together thanks to a piece of cake! Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures in the next hilarious illustrated book for older readers from multi-award-winning author Liz Pichon.

Wave Me Goodbye by Jacqueline Wilson

Award-winning, bestselling and beloved author Jacqueline Wilson turns to the Second World War for the first time, in this beautiful, moving story of friendship and bravery against the backdrop of the worst conflict the world has ever known.

As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates. She doesn’t know where she’s going, or what’s going to happen to her when she gets there. All she has been told is that she’s going on `a little holiday’. Shirley is billeted in the country, with two boys from East End London, Kevin and Archie – and their experiences living in the strange, half-empty Red House, with the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley, will change their lives forever.

Middle School: Escape to Australia by James Patterson

In the newest instalment of James Patterson’s bestselling Middle School series, everyone’s favourite underdog hero Rafe Khatchadorian is headed to the dangerous wilds of Australia!

Rafe Khatchadorian is getting the Hollywood treatment in a film version of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle and Thomas Barbusca. Rafe isn’t exactly considered a winner in Hills Village Middle School to say the least, but everything’s about to change: he’s won a school-wide art competition, and the fabulous prize is getting to jet-set off to Australia for a whirlwind adventure! But Rafe soon finds that living in the Land Down Under is harder than he could’ve ever imagined; his host-siblings are anything but welcoming, the burning temperatures are torturous, and poisonous critters are ready to sting or eat him at every step. So with the help of some new misfit friends, Rafe sets out to show everyone what he does best: create utter mayhem!

There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

Bestselling author of the Dinosaur that Pooped series and The Christmasaurus, Tom Fletcher, has written a brand new picture book perfect for bedtime, where a mischievous monster has invaded the pages of your child’s book!

This read-aloud, interactive picture book treat invites children to make magic happen page by page, tilting, spinning and shaking the book, and then seeing the funny results when each page is turned. There’s a Monster in Your Book is a fantastic celebration of all the fun that can be had with a book, with a wonderful wind-down bedtime ending!

WaR: Wizards and Robots by

WaR: Wizards and Robots in an explosive action-adventure novel created by and renowned futurist Brian David Johnson.

Wizards are real, robots from the future are here, and the fate of our world rests in the hands of one unsuspecting teenager. When a young man breaks into her home claiming her life is in danger, Ada Luring’s world changes forever. Geller is a wizard, on the run from his father’s hidden clan who want to kill Ada and her mother. Sara Luring is the scientist who will create the first robot, the wizards’ age-old foes. But a robot has travelled back in time to find Ada, and will lay everything on the line to protect her, as she may just be the key to preventing the earth’s destruction in the future. Ada, Geller and the robots must learn to work together to change the past and secure the future. But they don’t have much time before a mysterious enemy launches its attack on Earth…

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor is the first in an enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend. Morrigan Crow is cursed after she was born on the unluckiest day, Eventide, and she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks. Worst of all, it means she is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. As she awaits her fate, a mysterious man called Jupiter North appears and whisks her way to the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. There she finds out that she has been chosen to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

With a fresh new take on magic, Nevermoor is perfect for fans of Harry Potter looking for a new series to take them into an extraordinary world.

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands by Jonny Duddle

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands is the swashbuckling sequel to Jonny Duddle’s bestselling The Pirates Next Door.

This summer, Matilda is going on holiday with her friends the Jolley-Rogers. Their destination is the island of Scurvy Sands, a favourite destination for pirates. When Matilda arrives, the swashbuckling residents are none too impressed with her. She has clean clothes and doesn’t smell like she’s been at sea for six months — it’s clear she’s no pirate. But when Matilda discovers the secret of the legendary treasure of Scurvy Sands, the pirates decide that maybe some landlubbers aren’t so bad after all!

Barry Loser: Worst School Trip Ever! by Jim Smith

Fans of a Diary of Wimpy Kid will delight in Jim Smith’s hilarious Barry Loser series, which was chosen for the Tom Fletcher Book Club 2017.

Barry’s class are off on a school trip to see a history of television exhibition, which Barry knows will be comperleeterly rubbish. But then he discovers that Future Ratboy (super-keel superhero TV show) is filmed in the same TV studios! All he has to do is find a way to sneak away and find the set . . . Will Barry come up with an amazekeel plan? Will he get to audition for Future Ratboy? Will they get the best seats on the coach?? Join everyone’s favourite Loser on his ninth hilarious adventure!

Battle of the Beetles by M.G Leonard

Another fantastic Tom Fletcher Book Club author, M.G Leonard’s Battle of the Beetles is the final instalment of her wonderful Beetle trilogy which has captured young imaginations.

Darkus and his friends continue their unforgettable adventure in Battle of the Beetles. Arch-villainess Lucretia Cutter has a secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest: can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it’s too late? If they can’t stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Disney have turned the classic sci-fi adventure, A Wrinkle in Time, into a star-studded movie due to be released next month.

Meg always felt she was different and when her little brother Charles Murry go searching for their lost father, they find themselves travelling on a dangerous journey through a ‘wrinkle in time’. As the cosmic evil forces of darkness threaten to swallow the universe, Meg must overcome her insecurities and channel all her inner strengths – her stubbornness, anger and ultimately her love – to save her family. An exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which, A Wrinkle in Time is an empowering story about the battle between good and evil and the power of love.

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