Readers Recommends - 06 March 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 three amazing reps, Verushka Louw from Jonathan Ball Publishers, Lorienne Brown from Penguin Random House and Marianne Van Loggerenberg from Pan Macmillan South Africa.
Verushka Louw's Recommends:
The Gecko and the Echo By Rachel Bright
A flamboyantly fun tropical tale of love, fame, friendship from the creators of the international bestseller The Lion Inside. Goldy wants one thing, and one thing only - to be a STAR. On the sunny island this gecko calls home, it's always THE GOLDY SHOW, morning 'til night.
2. Worst Week Ever! Monday By Eva Amores
Justin Chase is having the WORST WEEK EVER! His Mum has just married a vampire. His Dad is driving a giant toilet on wheels. His cat has probably been abducted by aliens. A bully is making his first day at a new school miserable. And right now, he's hanging off the edge of a 10-metre-high diving tower in front of his entire class wearing nothing but rapidly disappearing crocheted swimmers!
3. Never Ever Getting Back Together By Sophie Gonzales
Eighteen-year-old Maya dumped her cheating ex-boyfriend Jordy two years ago. So, when she receives a call to participate in Second Chance Romance - a reality show in which the now-famous Jordy re-dates his ex-girlfriends - she isn't interested . . . until she realizes she can use this opportunity to exact her revenge. If she can make it to the final spot on the show, she can reject Jordy in front of the nation, and publicly break his heart.
Lorienne Brown's Recommends:
1. It's Wonderful me! By Makhosazana De Wette Dludla
It’s Wonderful Me! is the long-awaited book towards once again reconnecting young South Africans with their heritage. This children’s book is a rich portrait of the Zulu culture and life in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Discover the heart-warming story of two best friends, in a myriad of adventures on Gogo and Mkhulu’s farm.
2. The Davenports By Krystal Marquis
Amy-Rose, childhood-friend-turned-maid to the Davenport sisters, dreams of opening her own business-and marrying the one man she could never be with, Olivia and Helen's brother, John. But Olivia's best friend, Ruby, also has her sights set on John Davenport, though she can't seem to keep his interest . .
But then a mysterious pony shows up at his door, and Silas knows what he has to do. So begins a perilous journey to find his father - a journey that will connect him with his past, his future, and the unknowable world around him. PONY is a breathtaking and powerful read, perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo and Hannah Gold and destined to become a future classic.
Marianne VanLoggerenberg's Recommends:
1. Pre-Order: Princesses Break Free By Timothy Knapman
A fun, wild adventure challenging the stereotypical image of the poised, preened damsel; this princess takes life into her own hands without waiting around for anybody else. We begin our story in a fairy tale world like any other - princesses in distress are rescued by valiant and dashing princes and live happily ever after. But for Tilly, sitting around waiting to be rescued by a prince is BORING.
2. InvestiGators: Braver and Boulder By John Patrick Green
But with their ears to the ground, Mango and Brash hear mysterious rumblings about Boulder Buddies - mysterious glowing rocks turning up in the city! Could a rocky relationship from the InvestiGators' past be behind this strange scheme? Find out in their most stone-cold dangerous mission yet!
3. I Knew You Could Do It! By Nancy Tillman
A celebration of everyday accomplishments as well as life’s milestones, I Knew You Could Do It applauds anyone who has overcome hurdles and challenges, and also cheers them into the future. And for anyone who needs an infusion of support or reassurance, it tells them, 'I believe in you.'
You're Here for a Reason By Nancy Tillman
You're Here for a Reason, from bestselling and beloved author Nancy Tillman, takes a universal truth and makes it accessible for readers young and old.Not only are we loved, but we also matter. In this tender and timeless read-along book, Tillman reminds us of this message in beautiful illustrations as children and animals interact with acts of kindness.
Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You By Nancy Tillman
Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It's the one thing they can carry with them each and every day. If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You is a book to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.
It's Time to Sleep, My Love By Eric Metaxas
As comforting as a soft blanket and warm as a goodnight hug, Eric Metaxas' lullaby It's Time to Sleep, My Love is delightfully brought to life by bestselling artist Nancy Tillman (On the Night You Were Born), whose illustrations celebrate the wonders of the natural world, and the bonds of family.
Readers Warehouse Top 5 Best Sellers
1. Diary Wimpy Kid - Diper Overloede By Jeff Kinney
When he decides to tag along with his brother Rodrick's band, Loded Diper, Greg doesn't realize what he's getting into. But he soon learns that late nights, unpaid gigs, fighting between band members, and money troubles are all part of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone By J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle.
5. The Priory Of The Orange Tree By Samantha Shannon
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction - but assassins are getting closer to her door.
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