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Sunday 28 April 2013

KBR Recommends: New Junior Fiction, April 2013

Here are a few of the great new Junior Fiction titles hitting the shelves in April.

The Amazing Spencer Gray by Deb Fitzpatrick (Fremantle Press, $14.99, 9781921089328, ages 9 - 12)

Spencer Gray is twelve – finally old enough to join Dad in his glider. His mates are going to be so jealous! Going up is awesome – but when disaster strikes, Spencer will need to be nothing short of amazing.

Read an extract here.

Twin Magic: Lost Tooth Rescue! by Kate Ledger (Scholastic, $6.99 RRP, 9780545480253, ages 5+)

On their first day of school, Lottie and Mia meet a girl named Anna. She has a very loose tooth. During the school day, Anna loses her tooth. Lottie and Mia use their special Super Twin powers to help find it!

Lost Tooth Rescue is the first book in a new young junior fiction series, Twin Magic. Book #2, School Bully, Beware, is due for release later in 2013.

Princess Ponies 1: A Magical Friend by Chloe Ryder (Bloomsbury Publishing, $9.99, 9781408827277, ages 6- 9)

Chevalia is an enchanted island where ponies and horses rule, its magic powered by eight golden horseshoes hanging in the royal castle. But the horseshoes have been stolen and must be found before Midsummer Day or the island will lose its magic...

Princess Ponies: A Magical Friend is the first book in a new 6-book series featuring spooky Night Mares, unicorns, Princess Ponies, and rip-roaring adventures.

Eric Vale - Super Male by Michael Gerard Bauer (Scholastic, $14.99 RRP, 9781862919938, ages 8+)

It's superhero week at school and Eric Vale is in for some SUPER surprises. A killer beast, a giant bully, a mutant orang-utan bear and the dreaded oogily-boogily man await him.

This looks like a job for Eric Vale Super Male!

But will it end in a super fail? Or will Eric finally go from Zero to Superhero?

Goosebumps Most Wanted #2: Son of Slappy by R L Stine (Scholastic,  $9.99 RRP, 9780545417990, ages 9-12)

Jackson Stander is every parent's dream. He doesn't get into trouble, he always does his homework, and he never, ever lies. His teachers all trust him completely. He even volunteers at the local Youth Centre.

But that was all before Jackson came across an evil ventriloquist dummy. Now he must deal with Slappy wreaking havoc on his family and friends. Jackson will soon see that two Slappys are not better than one.

Goosebumps Most Wanted stories - A brand-new take on terror for children who like their stories scary. You can read a sample chapter here.