What’s new this October!

Discover this month’s new books, spanning heartwarming picture books, exciting stories and lot’s of festive tales! Take a look at the fantastic books we are publishing this October.

Tabby McTat Foiled Edition (PB)
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Tabby McTat Foiled Edition by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The heartwarming picture book from the superstar duo behind The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Zog – now available with a beautiful, shiny foiled cover.“

“Me, you and the old guitar. How perfectly, perfectly happy we are. MEEE-EW and the old guitar. How PURRRR-fectly happy we are!” Tabby McTat is purr-fectly happy, singing along all day with Fred the busker. But when Fred gives chase to a thief, the two are separated. Will they ever find each other again?

Stick Man: A flip-the-flap book
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The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson and Victoria Sandøy

perfect for small hands. tbc

Deep in a snowy wood stands a little pine tree with a special destiny: when it grows up, it’s going to be the famous Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square! This is the perfect picture book to snuggle up with and share at Christmas. Gorgeous, atmospheric illustrations whisk you from frozen forests to the sparkling city square in a beautiful, moving story of festivity and hope.

Cat Kid Comic Club 4: Collaborations: from the Creator of Dog Man
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Cat Kid Comic Club 4: Collaborations by Dav Pilkey

The perfect present for Dog Man fans – starring some of your favourite characters from the series!

The Cat Kid Comic Club learns to collaborate in this creative, funny, and insightful graphic novel by Dav Pilkey. Excitement and imagination run wild as Naomi, Melvin, Poppy, Gilbert, Curly, and their siblings get back to making comics with originality and laughter. But wait – have they cleaned their rooms yet?!

After their chores, the rambunctious group presents even more amazing mini-comics: a thrilling ride in “Chubbs McSpiderbutt”, an action-packed romp in “Frogzilla”, reflective haikus in “In the Autumn Pond”, a candy-coated mystery in “Mallo Cop”, and much, much, more. By working together, the baby frogs discover that small things can have a huge impact.

The variety of art styles, paired with Pilkey’s trademark storytelling and humour, inspires imagination and innovation for readers of all ages.

Horrible History of the World (newspaper edition) DNFO
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Horrible Histories: Horrible History of the World (newspaper edition) by Terry Deary and Martin Brown

Discover all the blood-curdling stories with: The Horrible History of the World.

The master of making history fun, Terry Deary, turns his attention to the foul but fascinating story of humans, from brain-nibbling Neanderthals to terrified teenage soldiers in the twentieth century. From gory stories of what smelly sport was played by samurais to who baked their enemies a cake made from poisoned bath-water, it’s all in Horrible Histories: The Horrible History of the World.

The Stinky Wonky Donkey (PB)
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The Wonky Donkey: The Stinky Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley

From the creators of The Wonky Donkey, the Hilarious number one global bestseller, comes another laugh-out-loud story!

In this gorgeous and cheekily funny addition to the Wonky Donkey collection, Wonky Donkey quizzes Dinky Donkey on which animals she loves the most. Whether it’s a reindeer, a zebra, a horse or a camel, one thing’s for sure: our cute friend Dinky loves ALL creatures! But is there a mischievous reason behind Wonky’s questioning?! Filled with heart and a big dose of Wonky Donkey fun, The Stinky Wonky Donkey is a brilliantly bold addition to the Wonky Donkey stable.

Rosie Frost and the Falcon Queen
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Rosie Frost and the Falcon Queen by Geri Halliwell-Horner

Written by music icon Geri Halliwell-Horner, this fast-paced adventure on a hidden island is filled with family secrets, shocking betrayals and girl power! It’s time to find your power.

Suddenly orphaned and alone, Rosie Frost is sent to the mysterious Bloodstone Island – home not only to a school for extraordinary teens, but also a sanctuary for endangered species.

There, Rosie confronts a menacing deputy headmaster, a group of mean girls bent on destroying her, and shocking family secrets. She also discovers that history can come to life in ways she never could have imagined. When the island itself comes under threat, Rosie knows she must enter and win the Falcon Queen Games in a desperate bid to save it.

But Rosie can’t do it alone. She finds that believing in herself – and her friends – is the first step to finding the power she never knew she had.

Every Day Counts: True Stories from Afghan Women [working title] DNFO
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Rising After the Fall: Afghan Women Share Their Stories by Lucy Hannah, Zarghuna Kargar and Sara Rahmani

This powerful book will provide children with a better understanding of life in Afghanistan as Kabul fell to the Taliban.

Using extracts from their collective diary on WhatsApp, kept during and following the fall of Kabul in 2021, this book gives children personal and compelling snapshots from a woman’s perspective. Each chapter will help to provide children with a better understanding of life as Kabul fell to the Taliban.

Twelve Bones
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Twelve Bones by Rosie Talbot

The thing about death is … it sneaks up on you. *

Seventeen-year-old seer Charlie and his new boyfriend, Sam, know that the dead can’t hurt the living. It’s ghosts who need protection from dangerous soul catchers – and the boys have promised to keep them safe. But when a powerful force interferes with their defences, and a brutal attack leaves them questioning everything they know, the boys realize there is more at stake than they ever imagined.

A deadly occultist seeks revenge, the bodies are piling up, and everyone that Charlie loves is at risk. As the mystery unravels, Charlie and Sam face a battle for more than just their lives. The thrilling and heart-wrenching new novel from the author of Sixteen Souls .

You Better Watch Out: You Better Not Die DNFO
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You Better Watch Out* by Sarah Naughton

Dark, moreish and chilling – the countdown to Christmas is on … and time is running out.

Every day in December, a gift is left for Eleri in the abandoned tower block opposite her flat. At first, she can’t help but be flattered, hoping that her Secret Santa is enigmatic Ras – a boy she has history with. But with each day that passes, the gifts get darker and more dangerous. Is this a harmless bit of festive fun? Or does this have something to do with Nina’s disappearance last year? If so … will Eleri be next?

Totally Deceased
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Totally Deceased by Sue H.Cunningham

“How many weeks before the ghost of your unspeakably generous organ donor ascends the glitter escalator to heaven, Jess? Six weeks? Eight? Or maybe never unless you bloody well help her find out why she was murdered…”

Seventeen-year-old Jess wakes from an emergency heart transplant to discover she’s being haunted by the disgruntled ghost of her donor – teenage socialite, Tilly. And she won’t leave Jess in peace until they unravel the mystery surrounding her death.

Their investigations take them deep into Tilly’s luxurious heiress life – from private schools to Swiss banks and high-end hotels.

But the clues lead somewhere darker than either of the girls could have imagined. And if Jess can’t solve the murder in time, her own life may be at risk…

The Bad Guys: Episode 17 & 18
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The Bad Guys: Episode 17 & 18 by Aaron Blabey

wo Books in one! Episodes 17 & 18 in the hit Bad Guys series – now a hit feature film animation!

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys… and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that – whether you want them to or not!

EPISODE SEVENTEEN: LET THE GAMES BEGIN! It’s time to stop messin’ around . . . In this book, the One IS going to be reunited with the Others. You ARE going to actually meet the REAL DREAD OVERLORD SPLAARGHÖN. And ONE CHARACTER is going to change EVERYTHING you thought you knew. This is the one you’ve been waiting for!

EPISODE EIGHTEEN The newest installment in the BAD GUYS series!

Browse the rest of our new releases this month!

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