Still recovering from YALC – I hope people saw our live tweets over the weekend! – so apologies for the lack of posts over the last few days! We WILL be bringing you a bit about the highlights of the convention soon, but today, we’re delighted to have a summer round-up from the wonderful Imogen Russell-Williams with some of the best books to look out for!
Hamish and the Worldstoppers by Danny Wallace (Simon and Schuster)
Hamish’s dad has gone missing – but that’s not the end of his problems. The world, and everything in it, has started pausing; all except Hamish. Why is he able to ‘pause-walk’ when his friends – and enemies – stay stopped? What’s causing the pausing? And will Hamish ever find his dad? Described by a ten-year-old pal as ‘the best book ever’, Wallace’s blend of outrageous toilet humour, spine-tingling scares and heartfelt emotion guarantees surefire appeal for readers of about eight and up.
The Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine (Egmont)
Sophie, a brave, bright girl in reduced circumstances, works at the newly-opened Sinclair’s, most luxurious and well-appointed of department stores. But when a priceless artefact goes missing and a body is discovered, Sophie must join forces with elegant mannequin Lilian and young porter Bill to clear her name and bring the true villain to light…A meticulously researched Edwardian setting, a dauntless, delightful heroine, and a compelling centr