Here's a list of brilliant books featuring some of our favourite beastly baddies to get your young readers in the mood for our October 2021 Very Nice Villains box!
1 | THE NIGHT MY DREAM CAME ALIVE BY JULIETTE FORREST:
The magical Dream Store sells bottled dreams to those who can afford them. Ollo is desperate for a dreamy adventure of her own, but things do not go as planned when she accidentally unleashes a super villain… Now she must defeat the evil Mother of all Nightmares!
2 | ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI:
Everyone knows that 12 year-old Aru is a stretcher of the truth, but when she finds herself in her own tall tale, even Aru is surprised. With the evil demon accidentally released from the fabled Cursed Lamp of Bharata, can Aru save her captured loved ones before it’s too late?
3 | SHADOWGHAST BY THOMAS TAYLOR:
On Ghastly Night in the town of Eerie-on-Sea, a spooky tradition must be obeyed. Everyone must light their mandlewick candles, or the ghoulish Shadowghast appears and steals the shadows of the living. When townsfolk start disappearing, can Violet and Herbie uncover the Shadowghast mystery before darkness swallows them all?
4 | JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH BY ROALD DAHL:
No list about baddies would be complete without at least one book by our favourite writer of villains. Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker have to be some of the most beastly. It’s lucky James escapes them for a (seriously wacky!) life of adventure!
5 | THE VANISHING TRICK BY JENNI SPANGLER:
Money grabbing Madame Pinchbeck is a fake medium, who captures children inside their own precious objects to make them appear and vanish at her willl. As Pinchbeck's ambitions and greed grow, so does the risk of the captive children vanishing for good. Can the imprisoned orphans free themselves from this dark magic?
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