Reader's Recommends - 23 Jan 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 weeks edition, Thomas was joined by Verushka Louw from Jonathan Ball Publishers, Gadija Gordon from Pan Macmillan South Africa, Mary-Anne Viljoen from Penguin Random House, Emma Kirkby from Scholastic, Derek Field from Lapa Uitgewers and Melitta Kwak from NB Publishers.

Verushka Louw's Recommends:
The Stolen Heir By Holly Black

A reluctant prince. A runaway queen. And a quest that may destroy them both.


2. So This Is Ever After By F.T. Lukens        

Arek didn't think about what would happen after he fulfilled the prophecy. He's officially King of Ere, but only Arek and his mage, the devastatingly handsome Matt, know that the role comes with a catch: marry by your eighteenth birthday - or die. Arek's got three months to find his One True Love and save his own life. But things go painfully and hilariously wrong . . . until he discovers that love might have been right in front of him all along. 

3. Five Survive By Holly Jackson

 Eighteen-year-old Red and her friends are on a road trip in an RV, heading to the beach for Spring Break.

It's a long drive but spirits are high. Until the RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere. And as the wheels are shot out, one by one, the friends realize that this is no accident.

There's a sniper out there. He's watching them and he knows exactly who they are. One of the groups has a secret that the sniper is willing to kill for.
As a game of cat-and-mouse plays out, the group desperately tries to get help. Buried secrets are forced to light and tensions within the group reach deadly levels. Only one thing is for sure. Not everyone will survive the night . . .

Gadija Gordon 's Recommends:

1. Long Walk To Freedom 2023 By Chris Van Wyk 

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela is the amazing story of a true hero of our times; his famous biography has been specially adapted for children in a beautiful illustrated picture book format.

2.Begin Again By Emma Lord

Filled with a friend group that feels like family, an empowering journey of finding your own way, and a Just Kiss Already! romance, Begin Again is an unforgettable novel of love and starting again.

 3. See, Touch, Feel Board Book Series, Available in English & Afrikaans
With bright pictures featuring happy babies and tactile pages to explore, this engaging board book is an ideal introduction to first Words, Numbers, Animals and Farm.


 Mary-Anne Viljoen's Recommends:

 1.  Pop-Up Peekaboo! - Shark By DK Eyewitness

Take your toddler on an ocean adventure with this interactive pop-up book that inspires hands-on learning. Tactile elements and delightful imagery will encourage the development of motor skills and early learning.


 2. PRE-ORDER: How Everything Works - By DK Eyewitness

Have you ever wondered how an email gets to someone on the other side of the world in just a few seconds or why it's a bad idea to stand under a tree during a thunderstorm? Discover the answers to all these questions and more with this mind-boggling how things work books for children!


 3. Ludo Board Game - Dinosaurs - By  Kirsteen Robson

The colourful board is a four-part jigsaw, with beautifully illustrated dinosaurs that will delight young children during hours of fun playing the classic game Ludo. The accompanying book contains step-by-step rules and useful hints and tips on playing the game. There are 16 wooden pieces (in 4 colours) and a red wooden dice. Assembled board size: 30.5cm x 30.5cm. Suitable for 2-4 players.


4. Snakes and Ladders Board Game - By  Kate Nolan

Young children can have hours of fun playing the classic game Snakes and Ladders with this colourful rainforest-themed set, suitable for 2-6 players. The attractive, sturdy box contains 4 board pieces that slot together, 6 wooden playing pieces and dice, and a 12-page book with clear, illustrated instructions explaining how to play, all brought to life by Gareth Lucas's bright, charming artwork. It's an ideal introduction to board games, and would make a wonderful gift.

 Emma Kirkby's Recommends:

1. PRE-ORDER: Tell Me No Lies - By Andrea Contos

Nora and Sophie Linden may be sisters, but they're not friends.
Not since the party last month. Not since the night Sophie's boyfriend,
Garrett, disappeared. Half the town thinks Garrett is dead,
the other half believes he ran away, but Sophie knows something
no one else does - Garrett left that party with Nora. And straight-A,
Ivy-league-bound Nora had never been to a single party before
that night.


2. PRE-ORDER: The Secret Of The Night Train - By Sylvia Bishop

One small girl - one BIG adventure. When Max is sent to Istanbul
to stay with her boring Great Aunt-Elodie, little does she expect
to be plunged into a thrilling night-time adventure across Europe.


3. PRE-ORDER: Sparks! - A Graphic Novel - By  Ian Boothby

Sparks is a hero and man's best friend, but nobody suspects he's
two cats! This Super Dog is the Cat's Meow! August is a brilliant
inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot
who isn't afraid of anything. 


Derek Field's Recommends:

1. PRE-ORDER: Tyd Is 'n B**ksem En Ander Belaglik Lekker Tekste - By  Marieta Nel  

Hierdie versameling is perfek vir onderwysers en leerders, vir beide huistaal- en eersteaddisioneletaal-sprekers. ’n Aparte studiegids sal ook vir onderwysers beskikbaar wees wat addisionele inligting oor die tekste bevat.


2. PRE-ORDER: Uitverkies - By Noreen Nolte 

Zia is nou net mooi moeg vir haar ouers se selfopgelegde isolasie en die primitiewe lewe in die bos. Sy verlang terug na die Kolonie waaruit haar ouers gevlug het toe sy klein was; verlang na ’n geboude woonstel, luukshede soos warm water en elektrisiteit, klere wat pas en winkelbrood; die gedruis van mense, ánder mense as dieselfde dertien gesigte waarin sy dag-in, dag-uit vaskyk..


3. Tippie Learns Sound - By Jose Palmer

Tippie learns sounds was developed in collaboration with an occupational therapist. This series includes early learning and developmental outcomes to support phonemic awareness. Generalisation and consolidation of letter sounds, letter formation as well as auditory and visual perception skills form part of this unique approach.


4. Tippie Leer Klanke Box Set - By Jose Palmer

Leer jou klanke saam met Tippie die olifant! Tippie leer klanke is ontwikkel in samewerking met ’n arbeidsterapeut om verskeie vroeë ontwikkelingsvaardighede in te sluit. Klankvaslegging, korrekte klankvorming vir skryf asook ouditiewe en visuele perseptuele vaardighede vorm deel van hierdie unieke benadering.


Melitta Kwak's Recommends:

1. The A To Z Dinosaur Joke Book - By Green Android Publishers 

Each of these joke books, about animals and dinosaurs respectively, is packed with 300 hilarious one-line jokes that are bound to appeal to young comedians. The jokes have been arranged from A to Z, so finding the perfect gag for every occasion is easy. The jokes are kid-safe and family-friendly, and include golden oldies as well as brand-new material.


2. The A To Z Animal Joke Book - By Green Android Publishers 

Each of these joke books, about animals and dinosaurs respectively, is packed with 300 hilarious one-line jokes that are bound to appeal to young comedians. The jokes have been arranged from A to Z, so finding the perfect gag for every occasion is easy. The jokes are kid-safe and family-friendly, and include golden oldies as well as brand-new material.


3. Skool Vir Talente 's Recommends:

Alva is in graad vier, en kan diere hoor praat. En hulle LAWAAI! Maar dié talent is niks vreemds by haar nuwe kosskool op ’n verlate eiland nie. Ander kinders daar verander van vorm, krimp, of kan water beheer. Vlieënde klasmaats en kinders wat deur deure loop, is doodgewoon. ’n Resep vir CHAOS! Maar hoekom praat die gebreekte kennisgewingbord in die kafeteria in raaisels?


 4. PRE-ORDER: Marinda Se Kinderkombuis - By Marinda Engelbrecht  

Marinda Se Kinderkombuis is 'n kleurvolle kookboek met 'n kinkel. Die kinkel is die eksperimente wat in die boek voorkom, en wat met alledaagse kombuisprodukte uitgevoer kan word.



Readers Warehouse Top 5 

1. 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. 


2. Klutz LEGO Race Cars - By Klutz 

Crash and LEARN with this LEGO version of a block car race!
Build and rebuild 8+ race cars, then race them along the track, as you find out about Newton's laws, aerodynamics and crash-test safety.


3. The Ugly Five - By Julia Donaldson 

Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's gorgeous picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved.
The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life.

                                                                          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. 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.


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