New Books for Young People


It’s February, it’s lockdown, and it’s cold, thank goodness for David Walliams and Jeff Kinney to tickle our funny bones with The World’s Worst Parents (617729) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (617733) in our new list of books! You’ve just gotta laugh!

Other favourites for you to enjoy include Rick Riordan with Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (617734), and Terry Pratchett’s Wintersmith (617740). Plus, anyone who loves an historical whodunnit is in luck this month with Jolly Foul Play (617735) by Robin Stevens, a Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, and, a Lady Grace Mystery called Deception (617741) by Grace Cavendish, both newly arrived on the shelves. For a more modern twist there’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (617698) by Holly Jackson, winner of the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year 2020. In this Young Adult crime thriller, Pippa chooses to investigate the closed case of a teenage girl’s murder from five years ago, as part of a school project. As she starts to uncover small town secrets, she realises that the real killer is still on the loose!

As for magic, we have plenty of that too in Frostheart (617737) by Jamie Littler, A Darkness of Dragons: Songs of Magic (617706) by S A Patrick, House of Many Ways (617731) by Diana Wynne Jones, and The Starlight Watchmaker (617715) by Lauren James. But, if you like monsters, the one for you is Gargantis (617721) by Thomas Taylor, another book in the Eerie-on-Sea series which began with Malamander (617576). After receiving a message in a bottle, the townspeople begin to fear that the enormous sea creature Gargantis has awoken from her slumbers and is bent on wreaking havoc…

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a new Jacqeline Wilson, Love Frankie (617739), a novel about falling in love for the first time. Fourteen-year-old Frankie finds herself falling for the most unlikely person, the girl she considers to be her worst enemy.