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by leong siok hui
Check out the acclaimed Neil Gaiman’s latest children’s book in this week’s young adult and children’s fiction roundup, along with vampires making a return and pirates having an adventure.
Imposter (Slide #2)
Author: Jill Hathaway
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
261 pages, fiction
IN Slide, we were introduced to teenager Vee Bell who can “slide” into someone else’s mind and see the world through that person’s eyes.
In this second book, Vee’s unusual ability seems to be putting her in danger. She finds herself waking up in strange places with no memory of how she got there – and some of those places are potentially deadly. Is there someone else around with slider ability who is trying to manipulate Vee?
Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men
Author: Derek Landy
Publisher: HarperCollins, 604 pages, fiction
CHRONICLING the adventures of skeleton detective Skulduggery Pleasant and teenager Valkyrie Cain, Last Stand Of Dead Men is a follow-up to 2012’s No.1 bestseller, Kingdom Of The Wicked, and the eighth instalment in the fantasy novel series.
War has finally come. But it’s not a war between good and evil, it’s a war between Sanctuaries. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men to maintain the balance of power and get to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making.
Confessions of A So-Called Middle Child
Author: Maria T. Lennon
Publisher: HarperCollins, 278 pages, fiction
CHARLIE C. Cooper is a reformed bully, “so-called middle child”, gifted computer hacker and self-professed fashionista. After she does something “really, really bad” Charlie is expelled and has spent the holidays reading books in her bedroom and visiting a shrink every week.
As she enters a new secondary school, her psychiatrist has one final “assignment” for her: “Find the most bullied girl in your class and take her under your wing.” Can Charlie do it?
Extraordinary Losers: Operation Pants On Fire
Author: Jessica Alejandro
Publisher: Bubbly Books, 142 pages, fiction
EXTRAORDINARY Losers revolves around four kids who are just a tad different or “unique” – depending on how you look at them. There is 11-year-old Clandestino, an amazing pen twirler with an odd name and a perpetually blocked nose; Janice, the drama (and doughnut) queen who can’t stop prattling; Mundi, the shy and quiet nerd; and Darryl, who is plugged in 24/7 and obsessed with poetry. They are dubbed “losers” in school and mercilessly bullied.
But when they form an unexpected alliance, they use their “special” powers to solve crime. It all begins with a mysterious note, then more and more secrets are revealed. It leads them to discover a terrible truth about their classmates....
Author: James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Little, Brown and Compnay
451 pages, fiction
FROM the bestselling author of the Middle School series comes this illustrated novel that tells the story of the Kidd siblings who have grown up travelling the world with their seafaring parents, recovering treasures that range from swords to gold doubloons from shipwrecks.
But after their parents vanish on the job, the kids are thrust into the most dangerous – and hilarious – treasure hunt of their lives. They will have to join forces to defeat menacing pirates and evade the pursuit of an evil treasure-hunting rival. To top it off, they have to solve cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents. Are they still alive?
Fortunately, The Milk
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Skottie Yong
Publisher: HarperCollins, 128 pages, fiction
MUM’S away at a conference and Dad is in charge. She leaves a really long list of what he has to do and, most importantly, “don’t forget to get the milk”. Unfortunately, dad forgets. So the next morning, he has to rush out before breakfast to the corner shop ... and thus begins the story of why it takes him a very, very long time to get back home.
Dad’s story includes characters like the Queen of Pirates, time-travelling dinosaur Prof Steg, the famed jewel named Eye of Splod, some wumpires and an important carton of milk. Find out just how odd things get in this story of time travel and breakfast cereal told by author Gaiman, who is best known for his cult favourite Sandman comic book series as well as bestselling children’s books Coraline (also an Academy Award-nominated film for Best Animated Feature) and The Graveyard Book.
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
280 pages, fiction
EVER since a devastating nuclear war centuries ago, humankind has been living in a space station far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. But faced with dwindling resources, the station’s leaders decide to reclaim their homeland. And so they send 100 juvenile delinquents to re-colonise the planet – it could either be the teens’ second chance or a suicide mission.
Wells, the chancellor’s son, joins the mission to seek forgiveness from the girl he loves. Reckless Bellamy fights his way into the transport pod to protect his sister. And Glass manages to sneak back onto the ship, only to find that life on board might just be as dangerous as it would be on wild Earth below.
The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks The Spot
Author: Caroline Carlson
Publisher: Harper Collins, 344 pages, fiction
GIRLS belong at Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, learning to waltz, faint, and curtsy. But not Hilary Westfield, who has always dreamed of being a pirate. She even has the skills: she can tread water for 37 minutes, she can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors, and she has her own sword. Unfortunately, The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let a girl into their ranks of scallywags. But Hilary isn’t one to take no for an answer, so off she goes in search of her own seafaring adventure and soon finds herself searching for a treasure that may not exist alongside a crew of misfits running from a treacherous villain.
The Coldest Girl In Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown
419 pages, fiction
IN teenager Tana’s world, vampires are out and, if not exactly proud, greatly feared. They are quarantined behind the walls of Coldtown, a place no human enters. Then Tana awakens after a party one day to find herself surrounded by dead, and almost dead, people. Shaken but still hard-as-nails, Tana enters a race against the clock to save herself and her friends by going straight into the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
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