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Halloween 2017

Fang-tastic tales to sink your teeth into this Halloween...


I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor

HB £11.99, published by Walker Books

Age recommendation 3+

The must-have picture book for this spooky season. Little monster wants to be in a scary story – but is he brave enough? Scary stories have creepy witches and creaky stairs and dark hallways and spooky shadows…which are all very scary! With catchy back-and-forth dialogue between the narrator and the characters, witches, haunted houses and ghosts everywhere, it’ll have you roaring with laughter from start to finish. What more could your little monster want this Halloween?


An A-Z of Monsters and Magical Beings by Rob Hodgson & Aidan Onn
HB £12.99, published by Laurence King

Age recommendation 4+

Do you know how to escape from a stalking werewolf? Have you always wanted to learn the difference between a hobgoblin and an imp and do you know the secret to avoiding the sharp claws of the ancient Eloko monster? Learn all these brilliant facts and more with this guide to the strange, scary and wonderful world of monsters and ancient mythical beings!


Ghost Story Box illustrated by Ella Bailey
£10.99, published by Laurence King

Age recommendation 5+

Can you help a friendly family of ghosts save their house? Will you evade the ghost catcher at the funfair and release all the captured ghosts…or do the pieces hold another tale? Children will discover a different story each time they play. Based on a unique and award-winning format, there are 20 story-telling puzzle pieces to spark spooky creative storytelling skills.


Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
HB £12.99, published by Puffin

Age recommendation 7+

The youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize came to public attention in 2012 when she spoke out about her family’s fight for girls’ education in her community in Pakistan, and was then targeted and shot by the Taliban. As a child, Malala used to dream about a magic pencil she could use to solve problems, but as she grew older she saw a world that needed fixing.
This beautifully illustrated book tells Malala’s story, in her own words, for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope and make her voice heard even in the most difficult times.


Ask An Astronaut: Tim Peake’s Definitive Guide To Life In Space
HB £20, published by Century

Age recommendation 8+

“Does space smell?” This question, submitted by Sally (age 8), and many others from members of the public are answered by European Space Agency astronaut Tim as he shares his thoughts on every aspect of his mission. Tim’s answer to Sally’s question? “I found it a pleasant smell and it reminded me a little of a summer barbeque, burning sausages on a charcoal grill…” From training to launch, from his historic spacewalk to re-entry, Tim reveals for readers of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his groundbreaking experiments and the wonders of day-to-day life on board the International Space Station. As with his previous book, Tim is donating his royalties to The Prince’s Trust.


The Creakers by Tom Fletcher
HB £12.99, published by Puffin


Age recommendation 8+

What silently waits in the shadows at night? What's under your bed, keeping just out of sight?
Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises? Lucy Dungston always did. One morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared – as if into thin air. Chaos descends as the children in Lucy's town run riot. It's mayhem. It's madness. To most kids, it's amazing! But Lucy wants to find out the truth. Lucy lost her dad not long ago and she's determined not to lose her mum too. She's going to get her back – and nothing is going to stop her… except maybe…The Creakers.


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