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New Year, New Reads: Books to look forward to in January

2019 is now in full swing, meaning an entire year of new and exciting books is ahead of us. There are some books by children’s authors we know and love, and also some exciting debut novels to explore. Here is a list of children’s titles to look forward to in January this year.

The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm by Christopher Paolini

Set in Paolini’s well-known world of Alagaësia, which has captivated over 35 million readers worldwide, The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm, includes three all-new, original stories, interspersed with scenes from Eragon’s own unfolding adventure. The book includes four pieces of original art by Paolini and memoir pages from Angela the herbalist, penned by Angela Paolini, the inspiration for the character herself.

The first story begins a year after Eragon has departed Alagaësia to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs, and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. A vision from the Eldunarí, unexpected visitors, and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery’s family is still haunted by their loss.

Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen’s death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother’s remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge’s upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm’s brother – and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.

Ellery and Malcolm both know it’s hard to let go when you don’t have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe…

Melody Trumpet by Gabrielle Tozer

As the daughter of global music superstars, Melody Trumpet was supposed to be extraordinary – a melodic genius to carry on the Trumpet legacy.

But, as was discovered when Melody screamed her first out-of-tune note as a baby, this wasn’t to be.

Ten years on, Melody is still kept away from the world in Trumpet Manor.

If only secrets could stay hidden …

For Melody Trumpet, it’s about finding the extraordinary in ordinary!

Peski Kids 2 by R. A. Spratt

No one believes April saw an enormous bear in the woods. No one thinks Fin didn’t break the Cat Lady’s foot. No one wants to know why Loretta bought Dad new underwear. And no one listens to Joe, because he never has much to say. The Peski Kids are up to their eyeballs in trouble, and it’s all their dog’s fault.

Now the Mayor is watching them like a hawk. She won’t let anyone ruin Currawong’s Daffodil Festival. That’s fine, the Peski Kids want to blend in, the only problem is . . . they are really terrible at it.

47 Degrees by Justin D’Ath

Zeelie wonders if they’re in danger.

When temperatures soar to 47 degrees one hot summer day, 12-year-old Zeelie hopes the nearby bushfires everyone’s talking about aren’t heading towards her family’s new home. What will they do if the wind changes direction? What about their belongings and their beloved pets? And why hasn’t her mum and brother returned from Melbourne?

Nothing can prepare Zeelie for what’s to come.

Amelia Chamelia and The Birthday Party by Laura Sieveking

Amelia has a secret power. A power that nobody else knows about. When she is furious or frightened, she can change colour.

Amelia’s eighth birthday is just around the corner and she is SO excited. She’s going to have the best party ever – even if she does have to invite her troublesome twin cousins. But then something strange and magical happens…

Will Amelia be able to keep her chameleon powers hidden, even when disaster strikes and the party bags go missing?

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

The much-anticipated first book in a brand-new duology by New York Times bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo.

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war – and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried – and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Chip the Lifeguard by Kylie Howarth

Chip is back!

His mission: to become a lifeguard…

But his dreams soon go soggy when he’s chased off the beach.

So Chip and his friends fashion a plan to sneak him into to the surf club.

Will their stunt earn Chip a place between the red and yellow flags?

A Stack of Alplacas by Matt Cosgrove

Smashing and splashing! Jumping and thumping! Fighting and biting! Macca is looking after his nieces and nephew and they are nothing but TROUBLE! How will Uncle Macca tame this unruly trio?

 

 


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