October brings with it some long awaited new books from beloved authors Kate DiCamillo and Judith Russell, along with new instalments in bestselling series’, some big names, science and diversity. There’s enough in this exciting list to keep your little reader happy for weeks to come.
Louisiana Comes Home by Kate DiCamillo
When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived, and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana’s and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.)
The Adventures of Catvinkle by Elliot Perlman
Elliot Perlman’s first book for children is a tail-spin of a tale that will have you howling with laughter!
When a pampered cat has to share her home with a lost dog, sparks are set to fly. To her surprise, Catvinkle starts to like Ula. She even tells Ula her three secrets. But a cat and a dog can’t be friends – can they?
A tail-spin of a tale that will make you howl with laughter – and remind you that if you aren’t open to adventure, you might never meet your best friend.
Elizabella Meets Her Match by Zoe Norton Lodge, Illustrated by Georgia Norton Lodge
It’s hard to be good when your head is practically exploding with schemes! The hilarious Elizabella series is middle-grade at its finest. Elizabella – ten and a quarter – is a Poet, Fixer of Fairytales and the biggest prankster in the history of Bilby Creek Primary. And when her plans involve making a swimming pool in the playground without consulting a single teacher, the students are behind her every step of the way. But what happens when Minnie, an even bigger prankster, shows up? Can Bilby Creek handle them both? And more importantly, can they handle each other?
Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Albert Einstein + James Patterson = A Must Read! James Patterson has teamed up with the world’s most famous genius to entertain and inspire a generation of children – with the first and only kids’ book series officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives.
Twelve-year-old orphan Max Einstein (like Albert Einstein himself) is not your typical genius. Max hacks the computer system at NYU in order to attend college courses (even though she hates tests), builds homemade inventions to help the homeless, and plays speed chess in the park. Her not-so-normal life is crazy but predictable until…
Max is recruited by a mysterious organisation! Their mission: solve some of the world’s toughest problems using science. She’s helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet. But that’s only if the sinister outfit known only as The Corporation doesn’t get to her first…
Wide Big World by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Illustrated by Isobel Knowles
Difference is everywhere, just look and see. This whole-wide-big-world is wondrous-unique.
A gorgeous picture book about our diverse and wonderful world from award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Isobel Knowles.
Dork Diaries: Birthday Drama by Rachel Renee Russell
It’s Nikki Maxwell’s birthday in the thirteenth installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!
Nikki and her BFF’s Chloe and Zoey are planning a birthday party of epic proportions! There’s just one problem—Nikki’s mom says no way to the budget they need to make it happen. Nikki’s ready to call the whole thing off, but some surprising twists might take that decision out of her hands, and help comes from the person Nikki would least expect. One way or another, this will be a birthday that Nikki will never forget!
Wakestone Hall by Judith Rossell
Stella Montgomery is in disgrace. The Aunts have sent her to Wakestone Hall, a grim boarding school where the disobedient are tamed and the wilful are made meek. But when a friend disappears, Stella is determined to find her – no matter the danger …
Soon Stella is thrown deeper into the mysteries of Wakestone … and her own past. Will Stella save her friend in time? And will she discover – at long last – where she truly belongs?
Bestselling writer-illustrator Judith Rossell returns with the breathtaking final adventure in this award-winning series.
Bad Guys #8 by Aaron Blabey
Superbad plus Trading Cards. The International League of Heroes want you!
But what are they looking for exactly? Gigantic muscles? Super speed? Mind powers? Shape-shifting awesomeness? Possibly. But are they looking for a nude Wolf? An unconscious Piranha? A muffin-stealing Snake? And a… toaster with a fin and really big teeth? Knuckleheads Assemble. It’s Bad Guys Episode 8!
The Unbelievably Scary Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls by Adam Cece
Kipp Kindle, Tobias Treachery and Cymphany Chan live in Huggabie Falls, the weirdest town on Earth, so weirdness is pretty normal for them. But when unbelievably scary things start to happen, even Kipp, Tobias and Cymphany have trouble believing what’s going on. Why is everyone running away from their worst fears and where did those fears suddenly appear from? How can a dinosaur that doesn’t even exist be about to chomp Cymphany in two? And is the evil Felonious Dark reformed like he says he is, or is he the one behind the unbelievably scary happenings?
With all the madcap humour and breakneck adventure of The Extremely Weird Thing that Happened in Huggabie Falls, this hilarious sequel will have young readers laughing out loud and asking for more.
Ninja # 2: Flying Ninja by Anh Do
Nelson is a ninja. He’s not the coolest. Or the bravest. But he is the world’s nerdiest ninja! And now he has to stop an animal rampage and machines going crazy all over town! For that, he’ll need his new jetpack… and some serious ninja skills! How will Nelson learn to fly when he’s scared of heights?!
Monster House by The Umbilical Brothers, Illustrated by Johan Potma
There’s a Monster in my Bedroom. Keep very, very still. Tell me you can see it. It’s giving me a chill . . .
A funny, charming rhyming picture book about a house full of monsters with an unexpected twist from internationally acclaimed comedy duo The Umbilical Brothers. With gorgeous, rich illustrations by Berlin artist, Johan Potma.