Some fun new fiction for you to try out!!!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsHappy Bethday by Knife & Packer

So I’m being chased through the park by a pack of angry zombies, I’ve got cake mix on my face and MY MOST EMBARRASSING PHOTO EVER IS IN THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE! Beth Orsen is back for her third hilarious adventure. And with a zombie party, Granny’s baking contest and Beth’s baby photos accidentally being printed in the school magazine, life is about to get messy again!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsPodkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood

A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs. Podkin One-Ear is a legend: a fearsome warrior rabbit whose reputation for cunning and triumph in battle has travelled the ages. When a travelling bard arrives at Thornwood Warren on Midwinter night, he is warmly welcomed. In return for food and lodging, he settles down to tell the tale of Podkin One-Ear – and soon the rabbits are enthralled to hear the story of how one lost little rabbit overcame the cruellest enemy imaginable, and became the greatest warrior their land has ever known.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWelcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sister were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn’t care about politics – all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes. Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. But no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them – until they have no choice but to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go, when you cannot go home?

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWhat not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed. It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…? When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth…

Image courtesy of SyndeticsAn Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

It’s 1944. Elizabeth and Karli live in Dresden where their mother works at the zoo. When the zoo director announces that the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok if the town is bombed, the childrens’ mother moves a young elephant into the back garden to save her. Then the allied bombs begin to fall and the whole family, elephant included, must flee the city.


Calling all elephants…!

A few years ago archaeologists working in a cave several days from Celesteville discovered some paintings of elephants in yoga positions. And what surprised them even more was to find many little clay cylinders with drawings on them. They dated from the earliest times of elephants on the planet, and they also depicted elephants in yoga positions. When the seals were studied in the labs in Celesteville, the scientists could hardly believe their eyes! Not only were elephants capable of performing yoga, it seemed they had invented it.

Check out Babar’s Yoga for Elephants written by Babar himself.  It has easy to follow instructions and step by step illustrations of yoga positions and stretches.

It also has advice on what to do with your trunk while in position, a dilemma that human yoga books often ignore.


How Much Poo Does an Elephant Do?

Well apparently an elephant produces a mind blowing pongy 20 kilos of dung a day! How Much Poo Does an Elephant Do? is another book by Mitchell Symons that has lots of quirky, weird and wonderful trivia for book coveryou. I found this one fascinating: in India the term “man-eating” is only applied to tigers that have killed three or more people. Man-eating tigers are usually too old to capture wild animals. Isn’t that wild or what! So check out this book. If you like it then also try other books by the same author How to Avoid a Wombat’s Bum and Why Eating Bogeys is Good for You.