“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry
Swift lives with his pack in the mountains, until one terrible day rival wolves invade their home. Alone and starving, Swift sets out on a journey to search for a new home. Will he find the courage to survive all by himself? Paperback, £6.99
A beautifully written middle-grade tale, inspired by a true story and superbly illustrated by Monica Armino. The book also contains a section on facts about wolves and their habitat. “A rare gem” – Gill Lewis.
THE INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS’ CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE MONTH
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Paperback, Walker Books, £7.99
Aimed at young adults, and containing much swearing, this is a powerful and “very gritty” novel about black gangs.
Pog by Padraig Kenny
David and Penny move into their mother’s childhood home in an ancient forest after her death, where unbeknownst to them, the grief they are feeling makes them prey to dark forces from a different world and they are in real danger. Fortunately, they meet and befriend the furry, small, but brave Pog, last of the Fairy Folk, who is assigned to guard the door between this world and the dark, other one.
This is an incredibly poignant, yet ultimately up-lifting story, tackling the difficult subject of family grief in a skilful and sensitive manner. Suitable for age 8+. Paperback, Chicken House, £6.99 Our Price £5.99
THIS WAS THE INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL 2019