SHELBY HOLMES: MEETS HER MATCH
By Elizabeth Eulberg
Published January 2018, Bloomsbury Books
Being friends with a super sleuth isn't easy, especially when she's nine years old and four feet tall. But for 11-year-old aspiring writer John Watson, being friends with Shelby Holmes is just the adventure he's looking for.
In the few weeks since moving into Harlem with his mum, Shelby has been training John in the art of observation – a skill that comes in handy on the very first day of school. John's new teacher, Mr Cobb, is acting suspiciously, and Shelby knows this is a mystery worth investigating. Something important has gone missing, but as Shelby and John dig deeper into the mystery of the Cobb caper, they discover that there may be someone unexpected involved. Could Shelby Holmes have finally met her match?
By Anne Fine
Published September 2017, Egmont Books
A warm and funny story about a boy who hates having to choose! From one of the nation's favourite children's authors, former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Perfect for children learning to read. Green shirt or blue shirt? Feeding the ducks or going on the swings? Olly finds it so hard to make decisions! But then he's given a strange object that might just be the answer to his problem.
How to Write Poems is packed with exciting activities to get your pen flowing! Make poems out of leaves, carve out a mud poem, go on an outdoors simile hunt, and play poetry games in the playground.
Whether you already write poems, you've never written before, or you're not even sure what a poem is – this is the book for you. Full of useful tips and starting points, How to Write Poems will make you chuckle, make you think, and inspire you to write your own poetry.
Join popular poet Joseph Coelho as he explores a mind-boggling selection of poetry: from laughable limericks to poetic puns, and from ridiculous rhymes to silly sibilance. Pick up this book, grab a pen, and get going!
By Simon Puttock
Published August 2017, Frances Lincoln
Mr Moot lives a quiet life with his cherished pet, Fluffywuffy, by his side. He isn't troubled by neighbours, or mice, or even the postman... But when an uninvited guest comes to visit, Mr Moot finds himself kept awake every night. If it's not the sound of drums, then the noise of chainsaws and even motorbikes comes from the living room below. Luckily for Mr Moot, Fluffywuffy has a solution for how to deal with his (unlucky) guest! A fantastic read-aloud story with an irreverent twist that young readers will love.
SHELBY HOLMES: GIRL DECTECTIVE
By Elizabeth Eulberg
Published January 2017, Bloomsbury Books
Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She's nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen,
always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call bossiness ) to solve the toughest crimes.
When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that s eluded her up till now: a friend. The easy-going John isn't sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted partner in a dog-napping case that'll take both their talents to crack.
A FRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS
By Lauren St John
Published November 2016, Orion Children's Books
If Luka could have anything in the world for Christmas, it would be to see Buddy again, his red and grey mongrel with one floppy ear.
But Buddy has been missing for months.
Then again, sometimes, at Christmas time, wishes really do come true.
By Matt Robertson
Published April 2016, Orchard Books
A warm and funny tale of superhero sibling rivalry that will appeal to children and parents alike.
Life can be hard when your little brother is a superhero. The whole world thinks Super Stan is AMAZING . . . but no one notices his big brother, Jack. But sometimes, even a superhero needs a little help. And when a superhero is in trouble, only a SUPER big brother can save the day.
ANNA LIZA AND THE HAPPY PRACTICE
by Eoin Colfer
Published March 2016, Barrington Stokes
Anna Liza likes to help cheer up her mother's psychiatric patients with her 17 top knock-knock jokes and cheerful songs, but when she meets Edward, she hits a brick wall. Edward's dad is so sad since his mum left; he says his life isn't going anywhere any more. Anna Liza has a plan to get him on the move again, if only she can manage to evade her mother's attention long enough.
BEDTIME FOR BABY & THE HUNGRY BABY
By Sally Murphy
Published October 2015, Oxford University Press Australia & New Zealand
ISBN 978-0190300166 & 978-0190300111
Two books illustrated for OUP Australia for an independent reading scheme.
Finlay and Finlay share the same name but not much else except for their love of the Monster Pets computer game, and their annoying younger siblings! One day, theres
a crackle and a pop, and the two Finlays swap lives ...The Two Finlay Herberts is an engaging tale about appreciating what you have in life, including younger siblings ...even if they are annoying
UNDER THE BED
By Anne Fine
Published May 2015, Egmont
Mum, Dad, Harry and Nana are at their wits’ end. How can they prove to Toby that there are no monsters under the bed, so that they can finally get some sleep?
Will a new bicycle help?
Or a magic spell?
Or does this call for something completely different...?
JAWS CLAWS AND THINGS WITH WINGS
By Valerie Bloom
Published January 2013, Harper Collins
My first published book illustrating the poems of Valerie Bloom.