9/08/2012 by David Maybury · No Comments
In the last few weeks I've been shuffling through the stacks and stacks of books piling up on the desk... and reading as much, and as fast, as I can. With Autumn looming there are a billion books about to hit the shelves with a BANG! Now I could list tons of titles, but for now I thought a peek at some favourites would be useful.
Andersen Press are onto a hit with Philip and Erin Stead's heart melting Bear Has a Story to Tell, while the unstoppable force that is Debi Gliori returns with Whats the Time, Mr Wolf?
Oliver Jeffers hits all the right notes in The Moose Belongs to Me (aimed at a slightly older audience, 8+) and Polly Dunbar and Margaret Mahy's The Man from the Land of Fandango bubbles over with excitement.
Fiction (5 - 7 & 8 - 10)
Liz Pichon's Dahl Funny-Prize winning series Tom Gates continues with Genius Ideas (Mostly) and Philip Ardagh and Axel Scheffler have teamed up to create the extremely irregular The Grunts.
Fiction (10 - 12 & 12+)
There's something special in Michael Foreman's Newspaper Boy and Origami Girl or for something a little different, and a little older, Sally Gardner's Maggot Moon (not for the faint hearted).
Laura Amy Schiltz (of Newbury prize fame) hits our shelves for the first time with Fire Spell while Michael Rosen tackles all things Dahl in Fantastic Mr Dahl, a book about... Roald Dahl. And don’t miss Erika McGann’s debut, The Demon Notebook.
Bali Rai's Fire City is about to set the world the dystopian genre alight (oh yes, I made that pun), while Libba Bray's eerily astute The Diviners will keep any read up all night for all sorts of reasons. Sara Zarr's How to Save a Life is reaching these shores at last (it was a runaway winner in the US last year) and Polly Shulman's The Grimm Legacy has some great, grim, fairytale adventures.
This year has seen some of the most recognised and bestselling series come to an end: Artemis Fowl, The Saga of Larten Crepsley, Fallen... and more. For those fans looking to pick up something new there are some great series midway through their sequence: Bob Burke’s Third Pig Detective Agency and Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn are both packed with adventure (of two very different kinds).
Other adventures continue - Alex Scarrow’s Time Riders rolls on with City of Shadows, and Circus Maximus, the new instalment of Damien Dibben’s The History Keepers.
I'm more than a little excited that Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants rides again in The Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers and other long time bestsellers continue to storm the charts - including Dork Diaries (Tales From A Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All) and Beast Quest (Elko Lord of the Sea).
Don't mess with the bestsellers:
And where would any list be without the heavy hitters? The books everyone is reading.... The Diary of a Wimpy Kid circus rolls back into town with Jeff Kinney heading to Ireland and a new book hitting the shelves The Third Wheel. Charlie Higson's zombie series continues with The Sacrifice (if you've not picked up The Fear yet, get moving. And forget about sleeping ever again.)
Derek Landy's Skullduggery Pleasant series is getting better and better (just don't let him know that) and Kingdom of the Wicked is all sorts of weird and wonderful. Michelle Paver's new series Gods and Warriors - get ready for something EPIC.
I'm going back to reading... next on the list? Pittacus Lore's The Rise of Nine.