I love a good fairy tale, and an even better retelling. My favourite fairytale, however, is a lesser-known one, often forgotten under its more well-known sisters: ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon.’
North Child is a retelling of that very story, about a girl called Rose. Rose is an unusual child, a North Child. For Rose was born facing north, and the old stories say she is destined to travel far from home on a dangerous journey. Making a pact with an enormous white bear, Rose travels on his back to a mysterious castle that holds a dark enchantment, a darker temptation, and the key to her true destiny.
North Child is available in paperback for £7.99.
By Mac Barnett
We all know a curious child, that always asks questions. Mainly ‘why?’ Well, this book answers all those questions…. Just not exactly correctly!
Why is the ocean blue? What is rain? What happened to the dinosaurs? It might be time for bed, but one child is too full of questions about the world to go to sleep just yet. Little ones and their parents will be charmed and delighted as a patient father offers up increasingly creative responses to his child’s night-time wonderings.
Just Because is available in hardback for £12.99.
Imogen Says: “I’ve read a huge amount of amazing books this year, but from the second I opened The Starless Sea, I knew that this book would steal my heart. A story about stories, it is a love letter to words and books and the magic that weaves between the people who read them and tell them. When Zachary finds an old book in his uni library, he starts to read it, only to find his own memories in the third chapter. This mystery leads him to a masked ball, then to a door – a door that opens to an underground world filled with stories. On books and parchment and in the very air.
But where there are stories, there is danger – and Zachary has to navigate the stories in the Harbor along with his own, to see where they will all end up.
This is a truly stunning book – if you’ve read The Night Circus, you’ll be familiar with Morgenstern’s way of writing, that sucks you in so much you forget that you’re only holding a book (if you haven’t, that’s also a beautiful book!). It’s the type of book that has you blinking as you raise your head from the page, has you looking out for those doors everywhere you look. Honestly, if there’s one book you pick up this season (for yourself or for presents!) make it this one. You won’t be disappointed! ”
The Starless Sea is available in hardback for £16.99.
Bill Bryson, best selling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. This book will leave you laughing, shaking your head or maybe even both on every single page. No matter your level of scientific knowledge, Bryson’s eye for detail will keep you engaged, outraged, or just even make you smile.
Available in hardback for £25.
Still thinking about Heather Morris’ harrowing and compelling story of “The Tattoosit of Auschwitz” well after you’ve put it down? Then read the true heartbreaking sequel based on Cilka Klein who is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. Although this historical novel is an emotional read, it is also uplifting at times, giving a story of hope and courage.
Available in hardback for £14.99.
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth . . . ? This Christmas, take a rollercoaster ride by reading another of Holly Jackson’s YA thrillers, leaving you shaking, blubbering, dizzy, confused but also happy and smiling all at the same time!
Available in paperback for £7.99.
Sucker for dogs on a front cover? “I, Cosmo is a “woof – tastically” heart warming story, full of life, and will be sure to make your heart strike whenever you next see a Golden Retriever. Cosmo’s family is falling apart and it’s up to Cosmo to keep them together. He knows exactly what to do. There’s only one problem – Cosmo is a Golden Retriever. A moving, beautiful, hilarious story of one dog’s attempt to save his family, become a star, and eat a lot of bacon.
Available in paperback for £6.99.
Celebrate the dawning of a new decade with the fully revised Guinness World Records 2020. The electrifying new cover with thousands of new, updated and classic superlatives, hundreds of never-before-seen images, and a selection of eye-opening photo-composites that put a new spin on record-breaking will make sure that you go into the new year knowing some fun and crazy facts about the diverse and dedicated record breakers located all over the world.
Available in hardback for £20.
Soar into space with this glorious love story of alien folk, from the creators of The Gruffalo and Stick Man. Whilst the fun rhyming patterns and colours are a delight for little ones, the simple yet positive message of tolerance and acceptance makes it a joy to read for all the family.
Available in hardback for £12.99.
Rabbit is not tired and doesn’t want to go to bed, so decides to capture the dark in their biscuit tin and stay up late. But Rabbit soon learns why the dark is so important, and has a big decision to make.
This picture book has a beautiful fold-out surprise inside, and has been tried and tested by Lyndsey’s three-year-old niece. The perfect bedtime story!
Available in paperback for £6.99. Get in touch to order your copy.