Syms Covington is a cabin boy assistant to the great Charles Darwin and part of a motley crew on an epic journey to the Galapagos Islands. When a terrible storm tosses the crew out into the waves, our young hero finds himself shipwrecked on a deserted shore with only a deadly volcano and a whole host of unbelievable creatures for company!
2 | THE QUEEN'S FOOL BY ALLY SHERRICK:
Cat Sparrow is a plucky convent girl, with a talent for music and a very different way of viewing the world. When her sister Meg is kidnapped, our young heroine sets out in hot pursuit and soon finds herself on the trail of King Henry VIII, Queen Katherine and a mixed-up tale of traitors and treason! I was going to add these to the spreadsheet that you made, but I couldn’t find it on Sharepoint… is it there somewhere?
3 | MELT BY ELE FOUNTAIN :
Melt is set in a remote, snowy, Arctic tundra, where rising temperatures threaten the traditional future of a boy and his Grandmother. When he embarks on a misguided hunting mission, the boy’s troubles collide with those of a runaway girl. Together, they set out on an epic race across icy landscapes, uncovering dark secrets, evading capture and battling the sub-zero temperatures.
4 | THE WEATHER WEAVER BY TAMSIN MORI :
The Weather Weaver features a nature-lover who is delighted to return to the middle-of-nowhere Shetland Islands and reunite with her Grandfather. Her summer takes an unexpected turn, when she meets a mysterious woman who befriends clouds, summons storms and captures rainbows. While she watches in awe, this young apprentice realises that she has a few of her own weather tricks up her sleeve and they are about to become VERY useful!
5 | HOPE JONES SAVES THE WORLD BY JOSH LACEY:
Hope Jones Saves the World is the first in a brilliant series about a young activist and her battle to tackle climate change!
6 | CHILDREN OF THE QUICKSANDS BY EFUA TRAORE:
Children of the Quicksands features a curious-minded young girl who has been sent to spend the summer with her mysterious grandmother. Soon after her arrival in a remote African village, our heroine discovers a dark, dreamlike secret… Can she unwind village folk tales and her own family history to find the truth?
7 | THE NIGHTSILVER PROMISE BY ANNALIESE AVERY:
The Nightsilver Promise is set in a world where your destiny is decided at birth and cannot be altered. Then, after revealing a future-changing discovery, an important scientist disappears and it’s up to her children to find her! Can this brave brother and sister duo track down their missing mother and survive a breath-taking adventure packed with ancient myths, science and dragons?!
8 | CROWFALL BY VASHTI HARDY:
Crowfall is a rip-roaring adventure about a young boy and his robot friend, who must save their doomed island from a terrible disaster! Can they conquer mechanical monsters, navigate an island dominated by nature and trust in new strange but brilliant friends to pull off a rescue mission like no other?
9 | THE PECULIAR TALE OF THE TENTACLE BOY BY RICHARD PICKARD:
The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy is set in a fabulously fishy town, where a young girl who loves telling stories discovers an extraordinary new friend. When she returns to shore with tales of a tentacled boy, she’s met with disbelief, but the strangest thing about her new claw-clad buddy isn’t his aquatic appearance… Together, this unlikely duo will uncover the truth about a secret that has long been buried at sea!
10 | HIS ROYAL HOPELESS BY CHLOE PERRIN:
For generations a notoriously nasty family has ruled over the land, bringing meanness and menace to everyone they serve. As a young prince prepares to ascend the throne, there’s just one teeny tiny problem… the future king of evil isn’t evil at all, he’s actually ridiculously nice! Can he politely claim his destiny and how will his dark kingdom fare in the hands of a benevolent baddie?!
11 | RULES FOR VAMPIRES BY ALEX FOULKES:
A young vampire fails to impress when her first human hunt ends in disaster and the accidental creation of two ghosts! If she’s going to protect her family name and her own vampiric future, she’ll have to help these grumpy ghouls resolve their unfinished business and free them from the world of the undead. It’s time to switch biting and blood-drinking for hugging and heroics!
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