Readers Recommends - 06 February 2023

Reader's Recommends is our weekly live session, streamed live on Facebook, where we recommend the best, the popular and the latest Reads from all genres and WHY you should read them!

Each week, our Representative Thomas Bulpin, is joined by at least three Representatives from different Publishing Companies, and in this week's edition, Thomas was joined by four amazing reps, Verushka Louw from Jonathan Ball Publishers, Frances Thorndike from Pan Macmillan South Africa, Shinola Govender from Penguin Random House, and Emma Kirkby from Scholastic.

Shinola Govender's Recommends:

Lockwood & Co. By Jonathan Stroud

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping to begin a shining new chapter in her career. Instead she finds herself joining Lockwood & Co., the most ramshackle agency in the city, whose ineptitude is matched only by the charisma of its owner. But Lockwood & Co. have one last chance for redemption. All they have to do is spend the night in one of the most haunted houses in England . . . and come out alive. The first book in an amazingly addictive, binge-worthy series, this is an electrifying, witty and brilliantly spooky thriller, perfect for fans of Rivers of London and Good Omens.


2. The New Children's Encyclopedia  By DK Eyewitness

When? Where? What? Why? This stimulating and comprehensive encyclopedia answers all the burning questions that curious children love to ask! Each chapter is jam-packed with maps, charts, timelines, diagrams, beautiful images, and amazing facts.

Did you know, for example, that a single drop of blood contains five million blood cells? Or that there are areas of desert on all seven of Earth's continents? Prepare to expand your child's knowledge on a wide range of fascinating topics - including Earth and beyond, plants and animals, history and politics, science, technology, and the human body.


3. Underwater World - Aquatic Myths, Mysteries And The Unexplained  By Tamara Macfarlane

From myths and legends, folklore and fables, to amazing discoveries, and undiscovered depths - children will love exploring the amazing world of water in this beautifully illustrated book for young readers.

Dive between the pages of Underwater World into the ocean depths to discover sunken lands, and sail in and out of legends laden with weird and wonderful monsters. This educational book for 7-9 year olds will teach curious children all about the ocean, magical creatures and mythology, mysteries and the unexplained.


Verushka Louw's Recommends:

1. PRE-ORDER: The Marvellers  By Dhonielle Clayton

Eleven-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute, a magic school in the clouds for Marvellers from around the world. Ella discovers that being the first isn't easy but she finds friendship in fellow misfits Brigit, a girl who hates magic, and Jason, a boy with a fondness for magical creatures and support from her Elixirs teacher, Masterji Thakur.

Then the notorious Ace of Anarchy escapes prison, supposedly with a Conjuror's aid, and Ella finds herself as the prime suspect. Worse, Masterji Thakur mysteriously disappears while away on a research trip. With the help of her friends and her own growing powers, Ella must find a way to clear her family's name and track down her mentor before it's too late.


2. Richard Scarry's Storybook Dictionary By Richard Scarry

The ultimate ABC book for beginners with over 2,500 words and 1,000 pictures! Join Lowly Worm, Hilda Hippo and the Bear, Cat and Bunny families on an ABC adventure!

With thousands of pictures, stories, and new words to explore, this one-of-a-kind treasure is a favourite for parents and children.


3. PRE-ORDER: You Owe Me A Murder By Eileen Cook

Seventeen-year-old Kim gets more than she bargained for when she is set up for murder. Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying, E. Lockhart, and Gillian Flynn.

Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim's stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can't help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she'd never really do that.


Frances Thorndike's Recommends: 

1. The Last Hours - Chain Of Thorns By Cassandra Clare

Cordelia Carstairs has lost everything that matters to her. In only a few short weeks, she has seen her father murdered, her plans to become parabatai with her best friend, Lucie, destroyed, and her marriage to James Herondale crumble before her eyes. Even worse, she is now bound to an ancient demon, Lilith, stripping her of her power as a Shadowhunter.


2. Johnny Ball - International Football Genius By Matt Oldfield

Johnny Ball, 9-year-old football manager, has a new challenge: to take the Tissbury Tigers all the way, and win the WORLDIES! But superstar striker Daniel is injured and the squad is FOUR players short. So Johnny is switching his football brain into travel mode - here comes Johnny Ball, INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL GENIUS!


3. PRE-ORDER: Best Friends By Shannon Hale

Shannon knows sixth grade is going to be a perfect year. She's got a spot in the in-crowd called The Group, and her best friend is their leader Jen, the most popular girl in school.


4. PRE-ORDER: Friends Forever By Shannon Hale

Shannon is in eighth grade, and life is more complicated than ever. Everyone keeps changing, her classmates are starting to date each other (but nobody wants to date her!), and no matter how hard she tries, Shannon can never seem to just be happy.


5. PRE-ORDER: Real Friends By Shannon Hale

Following little Shannon's life from kindergarten through fifth grade, Real Friends captures the emotional roller coaster ride of friendship, from navigating the tricky waters of cliques and bullies to her never-ending struggle to stay in 'The Group.' Shannon's honest and heartfelt story reminds us of how hard it was to learn what real friends are - and why finding them is worth the journey.


Emma Kirky's Recommends:

1. Stick Man 15TH edition By Julia Donaldson

The classic picture book includes an audio CD performed by acclaimed actress Imelda Staunton. Listen to the full story with music, play the Stick Man Listening Game and sing along to the Stick Man Song.


2. PRE-ORDER: The Bad Guys (Episode 15 And 16) By Aaron Blabey

WEIRD?! Nothing weird EVER happens in The Bad Guys. Like, you
would NEVER see a chain-saw monster confronting a velociraptor who
has eaten an elderly piranha, or the disturbing antics of a deranged
dentist running amok with an oversized drill. 


3.PRE-ORDER: Monster Bogey By Anna Brooke


Dear Nose-Pickers, are you well? Good. Then come
closer. For I'm about to tell you a right slimer of a tale ...

In it, there's a bogey monster, two best friends, four daredevil
slugs, a neighbour so wicked she'll give you the willy-willy-woo-woos
and a castle with secret chambers.


Readers Warehouse Top 5

1. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid - Diper Overlode By Jeff Kinney

In Diper OEverloede, book 17 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley is finding out that the road to fame and glory comes with some hard knocks.


2. The Last Hours - Chain Of Thorns By Cassandra Clare

Cordelia Carstairs has lost everything that matters to her. In only a few short weeks, she has seen her father murdered, her plans to become parabatai with her best friend, Lucie, destroyed, and her marriage to James Herondale crumble before her eyes. Even worse, she is now bound to an ancient demon, Lilith, stripping her of her power as a Shadowhunter.


3. The Baddies By Julia Donaldson

The brand-new picture book from superstar author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is a riot of slapstick fun and silliness.
'[The Baddies] is every bit as charming and wonderful and funny as you'd imagine'


4. Stellarlune By Shannon Messenger

Stellarlune - and the mysterious Elysian - might be the key to everything. But finding truth in the Lost Cities always requires sacrifice. And as the Neverseen's plans sharpen into terrifying focus, it appears that everyone has miscalculated. The Lost Cities' greatest lie could destroy everything. And in the battle that follows, only one thing is certain: nothing will ever be the same.


5. Spaceboy  By David Walliams

Stuck on a remote farm with her awful aunt, twelve-year-old orphan Ruth spends every night gazing at the stars, dreaming of adventure.One night she spots a flying saucer blazing across the sky... before crash-landing in a field. When the spaceship opens and reveals a mysterious alien, all Ruth's dreams come true.



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