The New Year and new school term is all about fresh starts and, of course, deciding what to read next. Whether you’re after action and adventure, stories of friendships or books to make you laugh, these are the big debuts and highlights from Puffin for your reading list this year. Happy reading!
New books by your favourite authors…
Romans on the Rampage: Jail Break! by Jeremy Strong
Perilus and his family are in trouble again! This is a laugh out loud book that brings Romans to life for young readers. It is a good pick to support kids learning about Romans at school.
The Diary of Dennis the Menace, The Great Escape! by Steven Butler
The naughtiest boy in fiction returns for another prankster-packed story. In this story Dennis has been packed off to an elite boarding school. Help! Desperate to get back to Bash Street he plots his great escape.
Out in February
Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens
Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school term and meet the new head girl and her group of prefects, who are not good eggs! The fourth book in the Murder Most Unladylike Mystery series is another thrilling read.
Out in March
Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt
Mabel fans will be thrilled to hear their favourite heroine is back for a second adventure. Follow her exciting quest as she swashbuckles her way through the jungle to save her little sister from the wicked Witch Queen.
Don’t miss! Look out for the latest Danger book out this year and the exciting new Rick Riordan out in May.
Unmissable books to read for the first time or again…
The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson
New in paperback, is this terrific tale about teeny-tiny Tina, a triplet who is much smaller than her two sisters. A story about learning to be independent. Out now
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Whoopsy splunkers! Read it before you see it. Our delumptious giant is coming to the big screen in July 2016, so now’s the time to read or re-read this gloriumptious story. Out now
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Out in paperback this month is the ninth Wimpy Kid book. Join Greg for a laugh out-loud story of a family road trip, that of course is packed with disasters, a lost key, a crazed seagull and even a runaway pig. Out in January
Fortune Cookie by Cathy Cassidy
Grab your tissues, Sweet Honey is the sixth and final book in Cathy Cassidy’s Chocolate Box Girls series. Out in February
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Book 1) by Rick Riordan
Half boy. Half God. All Hero. The first in the Percy Jackson book series is one to read for the first time – or for demigod fans to read again.
Debut fiction – new authors to discover in 2016
Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden
The first book in a new series about an orphan boy who discovers he is part of a secret army that protects the world from a race of shadowy monsters.
Out in April
The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell
Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems. The story follows Ivy Sparrow’s magical adventures in Lundinor, a city beneath London where ordinary objects have extraordinary powers.
Out in June
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
‘Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle’s calm world is shattered…’ This powerful story is set to be a future children’s classic.
Out in July