New series and updates added September 2020

Well, autumn is well and truly here. I’m writing this as Storm Alex is battering the front of the house here in Somerset. We’ve had two Super Thursdays lately with lots of new children’s titles being published. Most of those were added to the children’s book sequels website previously, but if you follow me on twitter @ChiBkSequels you can find all the details there. I sat and did the income figures for September 2020 this morning. A grand total of £12. This comes via affiliates with Waterstones, Hive, and Amazon. If you click the link next to the book title and buy absolutely anything, I get a very small percentage of the cost price at no extra charge to you. Every little helps with the running costs of the server and domains.

There are a couple of new book reviews on the blog, so scroll down to find them. I am always happy to do reviews. I add them here on the blog, Amazon, Waterstones, W.H. Smith and Goodreads.

If you are a children’s author or publisher and you discover a series or an update that I’ve missed, please let me know, via the comment section or DM on Twitter, and I’ll update the site as soon as possible.

So here’s the list of new series added and updates:

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Midnight Magic by Michelle Harrison

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Black cats born at midnight
Are different indeed
A mischievous, odd
And peculiar breed


And so begins the tale of a little black kitten born at midnight.
Her older brother and sister behave but Midnight is different, she has magical ways, bringing an old broomstick to life and giving it a life of its own. Abandoned by her mother, brother, and sister, she only has her loyal broomstick, Twiggy, as her friend. But then they are befriended by Trixie and her family. Although Trixie’s Dad is not too keen, her Nan is certainly up for an adventure. Midnight does try to behave but it’s boring so she thought she would show Trixie a little bit of magic. But like most magical adventures one thing leads to another. Oops.
I loved this adventure for younger readers. It’s great fun to read out loud as it’s all in verse, but easy to read as an introduction to chapter books. Elissa Elwick’s wonderful illustrations bring Midnight to life and I can’t wait to find out what happens next to Midnight, Twiggy, and Trixie. I was given this book by the publishers for a frank & honest review.

Tamarind and the Star of Ishta by Jasbinder Bilan

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Tamarind, her father, and new stepmother are on their way to India, for Tamarind to meet and stay with her late mother’s Indian family while her father takes his new wife away on honeymoon. Needless to say, Tamarind isn’t keen on the idea of being dumped with people she’s never met for a whole week. The journey to the family house in the foothills of the Himalayas takes forever and Tamarind is amazed to see such a large house, compared to their small one in Bristol. She knows this is the house where her mother Chinty, grew up, her grandmother, Aunt Simran, Uncle Ruben, and cousins Kamaal, Arjun & Sufia still live there.
Tamarind is hoping to find out about the mother she never knew, but every time she brings the subject up, no one wants to talk about it. Storming off in a huff one day she discovers a hut in the very large garden. She’s been told not to enter but when she finds a hidden key the temptation is too much. So unravels the story of Chinty, Tamarind’s mother who died very young, and the clues that she left behind. Finding the Star of Ishta and a willing little helper called Hanu, the truth is gradually uncovered.
Once again Jasbinder has transported us to another part of the world, with wonderful descriptions of the house and a very large garden with all its secrets along with all the smells & colour of the local food. I also loved the map and the family tree as added extras. Who doesn’t love a map?
If you loved Asha and the Spirit Bird, buy, borrow and read this now, you won’t be disappointed.

New Series and Updates added August 2020

Well, this has been a busy month with the arrival of the Autumn / Winter Bookseller’s children’s Buyer’s Guide. I’ve been through the lists and added updates and new series to https://childrensbooksequels.co.uk, but because of Covid -19 a lot of the publication dates have changed, so please click through to check with the Waterstones, Hive, or Amazon links.

This Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 is a huge publication day with nearly 600 titles being available. Follow me on Twitter @ChiBkSequels to get the latest news.

In other news:
Reissues of Fizzlebert Stump – by A F Harrold – no 3 & 4 are out this week.
New issues of the Witch Child series by Celia Rees to mark the 20th Anniversary of publication. I can’t believe this series is this old!
Reissues of The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix
It’s so good to see great series being reissued for another generation.

Various – Awesomely Austen – This is not technically a series but a great idea retelling the stories with authors you will know doing the adaptations.

So here are the very long lists, click on the series name and it will take you to the right page on https://childrensbooksequels.co.uk:

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Kidnap on the California Comet by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, Illus. by Elisa Paganelli

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It is the holidays and Hal’s Uncle Nat has asked him to come with him on the California Comet. A classic American train journey from Chicago to San Francisco.

As soon as Hal arrives at the great central station in Chicago, complete with a sketchbook, the adventures start to happen. He can’t sketch quick enough trying to get all the little details onto the page. He makes friends with Hadley, who wants to be a magician and her brother Mason, who loves to impersonate Hal’s English accent. But there is a special carriage attached to the train, with a very important person aboard and his daughter. Soon Hal and his new friends find themselves involved in a mysterious kidnap on board the train and Hal keeps sketching every little detail in the hope that his drawings will help solve the case.

The description of the journey, through all the sights and sounds of the different states and countryside, is brilliantly written and once again all the characters are very believable.
I loved this adventure story that rattled along the train tracks at speed, and anything to do with train travel is always that bit special.

I was given this book by NetGalley for a frank and honest review, and I read it on a kindle. I will reread it in book form once it’s published to see Elisa Paganelli’s illustrations on the page.