I seem to have added lots of series this month already and so that you don’t have a massive list to go through at the beginning of July I thought I’d split the list. Each series is linked through to the right page on www.childrensbooksequels.co.uk. I’ve also done some book reviews lately, so do have a look at those. There is a link to Hive with the review, so if you wish, you can order it on Hive and collect the book from your local independent bookshop.
I’ve added the Worzel Gummidge books because of new BBC series with Mackenzie Crook but a lot are out of print. Come on Puffin Books – time for a reprint?
This wonderful tale of Celtic / Irish folklore and magic follows on from The Wren Hunt. But it is written from the point of view of David, one of the Judges in the first book who I didn’t particularly like. The chapters alternate between David and a new girl in the village, Zara. Zara’s sister Laila died a couple of months before in mysterious circumstances and Zara wants to find out what really happened. But as she digs deeper into the lives of the people of Kilshamble, nothing is quite what it seems. The people at the big house, where David spends a lot of time, a ruined cottage in the woods and the strange behavior of Maeve and Sibeal who live in a bungalow at the end of the village all help David and Zara become entangled in an ancient feud. David’s character develops a lot more in this book and I did grow quite fond of him.
I loved these books. It’s not a genre that I would usually read and I did find the first few chapters of The Wren Hunt really confusing. However, in The Wickerlight there is a glossary at the back of the book which explains all the old Irish and Celtic words and how to pronounce them. But I didn’t find this until I had finished the book and I’d been looking the words up on my phone. Maybe it should be at the front?
The Wickerlight was sent to me by the publishers in return for a frank and honest review. I reserved The Wren Hunt from the library as I wanted to read that first. It does make more sense if you read them in order.
Here’s the list of all the new series and series updates that were added to www.childrensbooksequels.co.uk in May 2019. I’m sorry if any of you experienced problems recently with the website crashing. it was a problem with server, not my end, thank goodness.
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A new series on the list is Agatha Oddly. These books are written by a group of authors under the psuedenum Lena Jones.
Danny Lazio gets bullied by other kids at school and takes refuge in an online game called Land X. But when a new guy, Eric joins his class, Danny thinks he might have made a friend. Especially as Eric likes Land X as well. But Eric comes in with new things every day, new clothes and Slick trainers sent by his Uncle Martin and he gains a nickname; Slick.
But gradually as their friendship grows and another boy, Ethan, joins them, things start to get seriously weird. Slick has weekly dentist appointments. What? Who has weekly appointments to see someone we’d rather only see every 6 months? Slick has an accident and is taken to hospital but his parents seem to know before Danny has a chance to tell them and then don’t seem very worried about their son.
Danny, his older cousin Vito, Ethan, and Ethan’s sister Hope are determined to find out what is going on. But discovering the truth and coping with its consequences is not easy.
A wonderful story about friendship, real and virtual, and loss by M. M. Vaughan
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