Kids’ Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017

Kids’ Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands – Jonny Duddle (March)

The swashbuckling residents are not too impressed with Matilda. She’s definitely no pirate. But when she discovers the secret of the treasure of Scurvy Sands, the pirates decide that maybe some lubbers aren’t so bad. A sequel to the bestselling The Pirates Next Door. 

Hamish and the Gravity Burp – Danny Wallace & Jamie Littler (March)

When Hamish arrives home to find his mum and his brother lying flat on their backs ON THE CEILING, he knows there’s something seriously wrong (again) in Starkley.

Frogkisser! – Garth Nix (Feb)

Garth Nix is on hilarious form as he spins his very own fairy tale, featuring Princess Anya, who, with her loyal dog, must embark on a terribly important Quest to get the ingredients for a reversal lip balm, the vital item needed to change a frog back to a prince.

Dead of Night – Michael Grant (March)

Rio Richlin doesn’t have superpowers. She is an ordinary young woman. A soldier in the American army, wearing a uniform, carrying a rifle, and fighting alongside thousands who are trying to make a difference, trying to change the world. At least, that’s the plan.

The New Friend – Jenny Colgan (Feb)

Polly and her puffin friend, Neil, have wonderful adventures by the sea. But now the time has come for Polly to go to the place she calls ‘Big School’. It might be fun, it might be exciting, and it’s definitely a little bit scary. Making new friends can be harder than it sounds …

Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads – Michael Rosen & Neal Layton (Feb)

This time the plan to get rid of Uncle Gobb has to be epic. It has to involve America, the Jumblies, the Genie (of course), Aunty Brenda the Mender and Malcolm’s long-lost dad. But Malcolm doesn’t know that Uncle Gobb also has a plan to get rid of Malcolm once and for all …

Where’s Wally: The Fantastic Journey (March)

Join Wally on his quest through magical and bizarre fantasy lands. Hidden in every intricately-detailed scene are Wally and his friends – so let the hunt begin! Full of eye-boggling extras and hours of fun, this third classic Wally adventure comes in a fiendish mini edition and extra puzzling and magical puzzles to play.

Daisy and the Trouble with Chocolate – Kes Gray (March)

Daisy is SO excited! She’s been picked to look after the class hamsters, Pickle and Pops, over the Easter holidays – AND her mum’s taking her to Chocolate Land!!! Trouble is, the two things probably shouldn’t mix…

Raspberry Pi Made Easy – Carol Voderman (March)

Perfect for Key Stage 2 pupils Raspberry Pi Made Easy provides step-by-step guidance to build key computer skills. Help your child learn how to talk to a computer in its own language, for fun or for the future.

Jacky Ha-Ha – James Patterson (April)

With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation – even when she really, really shouldn’t – 12-year-old Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life.

Father Christmas and Me – Matt Haig (Oct)

Matt Haig’s third Christmas book is due to be published in time for Christmas 2017.

The Bolds on Holiday – David Roberts & Julian Clary (Feb)

It’s never long before trouble sniffs these hyenas out, and Bobby is mistaken for a pup and snatched by a wicked dognapper. The Bolds will need all their ingenuity to hunt her down. But can these hyenas-in-disguise save the day, without letting the cat out of the bag…?

We’re All Wonders – RJ Palacio (March)

With spare, powerful text and richly-imagined illustrations, We’re All Wonders shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world – a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way.

XO. OX – Adam Rex & Scott Campbell (Feb)

Romance will never be the same. Adam Rex’s hilarious, sweet, and at times heartbreaking letters between a hopelessly romantic ox and a conceited, beautiful gazelle is paired perfectly with Scott Campbell’s joyful illustrations to bring you a romance for the ages.

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday – Lydia monks & Axel Scheffler (July)

With a whole host of noisy new zoo-animal characters to meet and even a cameo from the Queen, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday, from stellar picture book partnership Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, is a sure-fire hit.

The Dark Prophecy (TheTrials of Apollo) – Rick Riordan (May)

Somewhere in the American Midwest is a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again . . . if it doesn’t kill him or drive him insane first.

The Silver Mask – Holly Black (Sept)

The Silver Mask is the fourth and penultimate book in The Magisterium series by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. It is set to be released in September 2017.

The Ship of the Dead – Rick Riordan (Oct)

Magnus and his friends take a boat trip to the farthest borders of Jotunhein and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Life preservers are mandatory for this wet, wild, and wondrous adventure.

The 78-Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths (Jan)

Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They’ve added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre.

The Lottery Plus One – Emma Donoghue (April)

Meet the Lotterys: a unique and diverse family featuring four parents, seven kids and five pets – all living happily together in their big old house. But when their grumpy and intolerant grandad comes to stay, everything is turned upside down.

The Famous Five: Good Old Timmy (March)

This special illustrated World Book Day book contains three of Enid Blyton’s page-turning short stories about the Famous Five. In Good Old Timmy, the five see a boy being kidnapped at the beach and set out to rescue him. Could Timmy lead them to the answer?

Radio Boy – Christian O’Connell (Jan)

From leading breakfast radio star Christian O’Connell comes a brilliant and laugh-out-loud story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary secret radio show. 

Ground Control to Major Tim – Clive Gifford (Jan)

This book reveals how Major Tim’s fascination with flight and science began and how his career as an astronaut developed, documenting his history-making journey into space.

Peppa Loves World Book Day (March)

When a British Special Forces soldier goes rogue, carrying out an attack at a US army base in Syria leading to the death of two men, ex-MI5 controller Charlotte Button is hired to work out what his plan is and to take him down before he can carry it out. 

Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem – Joe Berger (Jan)

Sam is a habitual liar. He would rather skirt the truth, and avoid trouble, than be completely honest. However, he soon finds out that in trying to avoid trouble, not telling the truth gets him in to all sorts of scrapes!

Mark of the Plague (The Blackthorn Series) – Kevin Sands (Jan)

BOILS, BLOOD AND A BURNING FEVER – THE BLACK DEATH HAS RETURNED TO LONDON …As the dreaded sickness spreads through the city, striking down rich and poor alike, an unknown man arrives with a miracle cure. 

Wed Wabbit – Lissa Evans (Jan)

Wed Wabbit is an adventure story about friendship, danger and the terror of never being able to get back home again. And it’s funny. It’s really, really funny.

The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson (Jan)

12-year-old Matthew is trapped in his bedroom by crippling OCD, spending most of his time staring out of his window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their business. Until the day he is the last person to see his neighbour’s toddler, Teddy, before he goes missing.

Tom Gates 12 – Liz Pichon (May)

Tom Gates returns in the twelfth book in the series.

Everyone Loves Underpants – Claire Freedman & Ben Cort (March)

This zany, hilarious tale is delightfully brought to life by Ben Cort’s vibrant illustrations. With a madcap, rhyming text by award-winning Claire Freedman, this is sure to enchant and amuse the whole family! In this PANTSTASTIC story, join old friends to celebrate the wonder of underpants!

The Carpet People – Terry Pratchett (Jan)

Co-written by Terry Pratchett, aged seventeen, and master storyteller, Terry Pratchett, aged forty-three.

Horrid Henry Funny Fact Files – Francesca Simon (March)

This hilarious book is full of fiendish facts about Horrid Henry, plus top-secret diary entries, club passwords and tips for dealing with annoying siblings.

Who Let The Gods Out – Maz Evans (Feb)

Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help.

Battle of the Beetles 2: Beetle Queen – MG Leonard (April)

Cruel beetle fashionista, Lucretia Cutter, is at large with her yellow ladybird spies. When Darkus, Virginia and Bertolt discover further evidence of her evil, they’re determined to stop her.

Frankie’s Magic Football: Mammoth Mayhem – Frank Lampard (March)

Frankie and his team love playing football. There’s always time for a game. And now that they have their magical football they’re playing against teams they never imagined!

Defender of the Realm 2: Dark Age – Mark Huckerby (June)

Alfie never expected to become king so young. (Like, aged fourteen.) Hedefinitely didn’t expect to become a legendary superhero: the Defender of the Realm. 

Middle School: Escape to Australia – James Patterson (July)

Rafe soon finds that living in Australia is harder than he could’ve ever imagined; his host-siblings aren’t 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 friends, Rafe sets out to do what he does best: create utter mayhem!

Monty the Sad Puppy – Holly Webb & Sophy Williams (Jan)

Amelie has always loved dogs, but she never dreamed that she’d end up with two of them! Amelie promises Grandad they will look after the old dachshund brilliantly. But when Daisy arrives, she is obviously unhappy and scared.

Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White – Julia Donaldson (March)

Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. In this story Mirror-Belle comes popping out of Ellen’s mirror to help out with the local pantomime taking the story off script a hilarious way.

Butterfly Beach – Jacqueline Wilson (Feb)

Selma can’t wait to go on holiday with her best friend forever, Tina. But a holiday with Tina means a holiday with her triplet sisters, too – and it’s not long before Selma feels like the odd one out. Can their shared love of butterflies bring Selma and Tina together again?

Flying Fergus 5: The Winning Team – Chris Hoy (Feb)

The Hercules Hopefuls are through to the final round of the cycling competition, but are facing their toughest test yet – not only must they beat their arch-rivals Wallace’s Winners, but they also need to face off against the scariest team in Scotland – The Velociraptors, an elite all-girls squad.

Island – David Almond (March)

Each year, 16-year old Louise travels with her father to the island of Lindisfarne. This year things are changing. Louise is growing fast, and is yearning for independence. Her father becomes infatuated by an American tourist. And they arrive at the same time as Hassan, a mysterious boy from Syria, who fascinates Louise.

The Mystery of the Painted Dragon – Katherine Woodfine (Feb)

When a priceless painting is stolen, our dauntless heroines Sophie and Lil find themselves faced with forgery, trickery and deceit on all sides! Be amazed as the brave duo pit their wits against this perilous puzzle!

World Book Day David Walliams (March)

A side-splittingly funny and brilliantly imaginative story, specially created for World Book Day by the No. 1 bestselling children’s author

The Everywhere Bear – Julia Donaldson (Feb)

 The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure!

Peep Inside a Fairy Tale: Beauty and the Beast – Anna Milbourne & Lorena Alvarez & Jenny Hilborne

Belle’s inventor father stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and takes her father’s place. Delicate cutaways and holes to peep through are layered on top of each other to create a magical filigree effect.

Imagine – Jean Jullien (Sept)

Inspired by the John Lennon classic of the same name and authorized by his widow, Yoko Ono. With illustrations by Jean Jullien, the book will feature Lennon’s lyrics as it tells of a young pigeon’s mission to advocate for peace.

Mary McScary – RL Stine & Marc Brown (Sept)

The story of a young girl who loves scaring the people around her—everyone from her parents to a balloon. However, when her cousin Harry, who isn’t afraid of anything, comes to visit, Mary needs to figure out how to give him the scare of his life.

The Silver Unicorn (Evie’s Magic Bracelet) – Jessica Ennis-Hill & Elen Caldecott

The first in a magical, exciting series by Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill. What if you had a magic bracelet that gave you the power to talk to animals?

Paddington’s Finest Hour – Michael Bond (April)

Paddington is back in this fantastically funny, brand new illustrated novel from master storyteller Michael Bond! Paddington always finds himself in unusual situations so it is no surprise when he has a run-in with the police, appears in a TV cookery show, and gives one of his hard stares to a hypnotist!

The Great Heffalump Hunt (Winnie the Pooh) – Giles Andreae (April)

When Winnie-the-Pooh sets out to catch a Heffalump he finds himself in a sticky situation. Luckily his loyal friend, Piglet, isn’t far away.

The Giant Jumperee – Julia Donaldson & Helen Oxenbury (April)

Two of the world’s most celebrated picture book creators, Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury, team up for the first time in this jaunty animal fable for fans of Room on the Broom and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt