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Books to look out for 2015


Red House shortlist books for 2015

The Day the Crayons Quit - Paperback - 9780007513765 - D. Daywalt & O.Jeffers

The Day the Crayons Quit (Paperback)

D. Daywalt & O.Jeffers

3 years +

Duncan wants to start drawing but when he opens his box of crayons, he's surprised -Beige is fed up of being second choice to Brown, Blue is tired from being all that sea and sky, Pink is waiting for a chance to shine and Yellow and Orange are barely speaking... Battle lines have been drawn and only Duncan can save the day if he wants to color in ever again.

Demon Dentist - Hardback - 9780007936427 - David Walliams

Demon Dentist (Hardback)

David Walliams

9 years +

Following on from the success of Mr Stink, Gangsta Granny and his three other bestselling children's novels, Little Britain actor, comedian, fundraiser and talented author David Walliams returns with Demon Dentist. Another jaw-achingly funny read, this time a cloud of darkness has come to town. Children who put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy are waking up to find dead slugs, live spiders and earwigs underneath.

Split Second - Paperback - 9781471115998 - Sophie McKenzie

Split Second (Paperback)

Sophie McKenzie

12 years +

A previous winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for the Medusa Project, Sophie McKenzie's Split Second is a terrifying and topical young adult novel. Nat and Charlie are drawn together when they experience the devastating consequences of a terrorist attack on a London market. Initially bound together by this awful event; as Charlie gets closer to Nat and his family, she considers if he may know more about the attack than he's letting on.

Go to Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard - Paperback - 9781780080628 - Stephen Cole

Go to Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard (Paperback)

Stephen Cole

3 years +

The new babysitter is trying desperately to get Joe and Ellie ready for bedtime, but they are adamant they are not going to bed... They wrestle with wild wardrobes, sail in the bookcase and get caught up in carpet whirlpools. The babysitter threatens to send them into space in a spaceship, but their room could never fit in one -and she can't own a spaceship, surely? But then the babysitter comes up with another plan - she tells them "Go to sleep or I let loose the Leopard!


That is Not a Good Idea! - Paperback - 9781406355581 - Mo Willems

That is Not a Good Idea! (Paperback)

Mo Willems

5 years +

Hungry Fox is looking for his next meal and invites Plump Goose round for dinner. As he tries to outfox her, it quickly becomes clear that is not a good idea... As you join the baby geese in the front row to watch the story unfold, you'll be willing on Plump Goose with the rest of the audience as they tell her not to fall into the trap... With its distinctive style that recalls silent films, a surprise ending and knock-about humor, this picture book is wonderful.


Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! - Paperback - 9780857632371 - Pamela Butchart

Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! (Paperback)

Pamela Butchart

7 years +

It's not every day that Izzy's teacher, Miss Jones, is nice to Izzy and her friends -giving them sweets, letting them watch films and generally just being happy. This certainly doesn't happen every day and is out of character for someone who was once caught secretly smiling when Maisie fell off of her chair. The conclusion is quite obvious - she has been possessed by aliens! And she wants to turn Izzy and her friends into aliens too!

Noble Conflict - Paperback - 9780552554626 - Malorie Blackman

Noble Conflict (Paperback)

Malorie Blackman

12 years +

Following years of conflict that have destroyed much of the world, Kaspar lives in a society based on peace and harmony behind the great city walls. Beyond the walls, a band of rebels is plotting to tear their society apart -and to help protect it, Kaspar joins the Guardians. But a chance encounter with the beautiful rebel Rhea soon makes Kaspar realize what the rebels really want, and what he's really fighting for.


Prince of the Icemark - Paperback - 9781906427337 - Stuart Hill

Prince of the Icemark (Paperback)

Stuart Hill

10 years +

When Prince Redrought's brother, King Edward, is killed in battle, the young prince is thrown into the role of leader, forced to rally his troops together and learn how to defend his tiny country against the ferocious supernatural forces that threaten to destroy it: werewolves, vampires and zombies. Venturing into the Land of the Ghosts, Redrought takes the fight to the enemy to defend his kingdom and become a legend among the people...

Dragon Loves Penguin - Paperback - 9781408839508 - Debi Gliori

Dragon Loves Penguin (Paperback)

Debi Gliori

3 years +

It's bedtime in the Land of Ice and Snow and small penguin Bib asks to hear a story before drifting to sleep -his favourite one about the dragons. Mummy agrees and starts to recall how all the dragons have eggs, except one... When this friendly dragon finds an abandoned egg on an ice-floe, a heart-warming relationship develops in the build-up to the egg's hatching.

The Bomber Dog - Paperback - 9780141347899 - Megan Rix

The Bomber Dog (Paperback)

Megan Rix

9 years +

World War II is raging on and one dog must take his chance to become a heroic war dog. Grey is but a puppy when he arrives at War Dog Training School. But when Nathan becomes his trainer, the pair become inseparable. That is, until a parachute jump goes terribly wrong. Now Grey, along with his friend Wolf, a war dog who's seen it all, must travel across France and behind enemy lines to save Nathan before it is too late.


Waterstones children's book prize 2015 – shortlist announced!

Sally Green

Nearly 20 new and up-coming children’s authors are battling for the chance to join such illustrious past winners of the Waterstones children’s books prize as Sita Brahmachari, Jonny Duddle (illustrator of the new Harry Potter covers!) Annabel Pitcher and Katherine Rundell (and, incredibly, 15 of the 18 books on the 2015 shortlist are by women!).

The Queen's Hat

The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull

The illustrated category for younger readers, meanwhile, is all about adventure, from exploring far-flung corners of the world in the Atlas of Adventures to a wind-swept London The three category winners and one overall champion will be announced at Waterstones London Piccadilly store on Thursday 26 March.

Here’s the shortlist in full

Best Illustrated Book:

The girl with a white dog by Anne Booth

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The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony (Hodder / Hachette Children’s) –

The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton (Bloomsbury) –

Blown Away by Rob Biddulph (HarperCollins) –

Violet and the pearl of the orient Harriet Whitehorn

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Where Bear? by Sophy Henn (Puffin)

Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland, words by Rachel Williams

The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull (Templar)

Best Fiction for 5-12s:

Girl with a White Dog by Anne Booth (Catnip)

Cowgirl by GR Gemin (Nosy Crow)

Dead Ends Erin Lange

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Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Random House Children’s Publishers)

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (Random House Children’s Publishers)

Violet and the Pearl of the Orient by Harriet Whitehorn, illustrated by Becka Moor (Simon & Schuster)

A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson (Usborne Publishing)

Best Book for Teens:

Smart Kim Slater

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The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (Orion Children’s Books)

Half Bad by Sally Green (Penguin)

Dead Ends by Erin Lange (Faber & Faber)

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill (Quercus)

Smart by Kim Slater (Macmillan Children’s Books)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (Walker Books)

We are very lucky to be receiving a visit from the poet Paul Cookson on Wednesday 11th March, with over 60 titles to his name and his poems appear in over 200 other books. He has been working as a poet since 1989 and is the poet in residence for the National Football Museum.

 For more information visit his website @www.paulcooksonpoet.co.uk