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    • Adventure stories (Children's/YA)
      October 2018

      A Viking Legend

      The Violaceous Amethyst

      by Lennon-Ritchie, Aoife

      Aoife Lennon-Ritchie, literary agent and author, brings out the first title in her humorous Viking-fantasy teen series, A Viking Legend: The Violaceous Amethyst. This winter, siblings Ruairi and Dani Miller visit their grandmother in the legendary Viking island of Yondersaay. In less than twenty-four hours of their arrival, Ruairi is mistaken for the lost Boy King of Denmark, kidnapped by Vikings, and scheduled to be sacrificed at sundown. Granny isn’t very pleased. But when they are the only ones in town who fail to go “Viking,” the three turn to Granny’s extremely epic tales of the legends of Yondersaay, The Gifts of Odin, and King Dudo the Mightily Impressive for clues. But not all stories end happily, and Ruari, Dani, and Granny will have to write their own happy ending if things are to return to normal. The Princess Bride meets Vikings in this enchanted tale of high adventure, buried treasure, villainous treachery, violent ends, and true love.

    • Classic fiction (Children's/YA)
      August 2018

      Alice's Adventure in Wonderland

      A South African Edition

      by Carroll, Lewis / Bird, Megan

      Megan Bird has re-imagined this wonderful children's tale by Lewis Carroll to be a modern twist of maddened adventure. Alice's Adventure in Wonderland is about a curious little girl called Alice, whose curiousity leads her to fall down a rabbit hole and into a marvelously troublesome world. What follows is a series of colourful, excited, mad, and sometimes unfortunate, events... where Alice must decide of just what mind she's made up of, and how to get home.

    • March 2021

      Bonbon and Blanket

      by Emily House

      A new children's picture book by author Emily House (of Earth Takes a Break) brings us the heartwarming tale of Bonbon and Blanket and the lengths we'll go to hold onto those we love. A great pick for a kids' bedtime storybook! Bonbon and Blanket’s friendship is full of fun and adventure, but the pair very soon discover that not every adventure is of their own choosing!

    • Children's & YA


      by Jessica Bosworth Smith

      From the illustrator of The Straw Giant & The Crow comes a new picture book, Liefie. Explore the wonders and worries of having a surprise new child with this heart-melting family of otters! 'Liefie' by Jessica Bosworth Smith is an incredibly heart-warming and humorous take on a family of otters, who have a surprise laat-lammetjie (Afrikaans term — "the late lamb" — which is a South African phrase for a surprise child born long after their siblings).

    • Nature, the natural world (Children's/YA)
      March 2020

      Earth Takes a Break

      by House, Emily

      From children's book author Emily House comes a wonderful story that re-connects us with our planet. A modern fable inspired by recent events, Earth Takes a Break is a touching picture book jam-packed with fun illustrations and woven together with a message of hope. When Earth feels unwell, she goes to the doctor to ask for help. What the doctor prescribes seems impossible to Earth, until she wakes the next day to find a surprising change!

    • Nature, the natural world (Children's/YA)
      March 2022

      Hello, Trees

      by Bezuidenhout, Bailey / Lebedeva, Maria

      This is a story about trees and how we may be very much like them. A little girl wanders through a forest and asks questions about the trees she sees. She runs her hands along their trunks... the lines in the bark are so different to her, yet somewhat familiar. Are they like wrinkles in her granny's skin? If that's the case, what do the leaves say? And the roots and the branches and the colour of their flowers? Hello, Trees investigates who we are by taking a closer look at the fascinating lives of trees. We are more than just a body and a name. We are more than just our feelings. Like trees, we are a culmination of many things. Life is a journey of imagination, of nature, and of ourselves. It sparks questions about who we are and what makes us who we are.

    • Children's & YA

      Listen to Your Diddalum

      by Child, Emily / Lebedeva, Maria

      From children's book author Emily Child and popular illustrator Maria Lebedeva comes a new picture book that explores feelings for children in the most incredible way, Listen to Your Diddalum! What is your Diddalum? Is it that funny feeling in your stomach when you're excited? Or is it exploding fireworks? Is it a slimy slug, or a fluttering butterfly? What is your Diddalum and how do you listen to it?

    • Children's & YA

      Lucy and Mum's Shoes

      by Emily Child

      Lucy and Mum's Shoes (written by Emily Child and illustrated by Warwick Kay) is the story a girl who hears the world a little differently. She is fascinated by the sounds around her, especially the sound of shoes. She dreams of a life where she is surrounded by high-heels. She dreams of being grown-up. Feeling brave one morning, Lucy sneaks into her mother’s cupboard and tries on her favourite pair of stilettos. An unusual and dreamlike day of high-heeled hope, happiness and hindrance follows, leaving Lucy a little less certain that she wants to feel grown-up after all… Lucy invites children (and adults) to be a part of her unique and quirky soundscape. Infused with a surreal eccentricity, this story uncovers what it means to “love the shoes you’re in”.

    • October 2021

      Miyayu: The Mischievous Cat


      by Bosa, Subi

      Miyayu: The Mischievous Cat is a new children's comic book series by Subi Bosa, which centres around the cat Miyayu and his mischievous adventures.  Meet Miyayu as the beloved central character of the series; a wild cat living in the big city. Miyayu has a big heart and huge ideas, but his plans never quite seem to turn out right... for him or anybody else. The comic series includes hilarious characters, such as Miyayu, Sebastian's Cat, Tendo, Mami Wota, Miko, Chi-chi, and so many more!  The current annual 32-page children's comic book is made up of multiple comic strip stories.

    • Early learning / early learning concepts
      March 2022

      Mr Muku's Hair Salon


      by Harris, B. D. / Bosa, Subi

      Step inside Mr Muku’s Hair Salon and choose your cut. Today is looking busy! A sneaky mohawk behind mom's back, a mistaken sneeze disaster, and a frightening phobia of scissors. Jump into a seat beside Mr Muku's customers and watch their hair and emotions fly across the room.

    • Picture storybooks
      October 2022

      My Brother's Squiggle

      by Paxton, Kirsty / Lötter, Megan

      From the same talents that brought you The Chalk Giraffe comes a new adventure, My Brother's Squiggle. What if your drawings magically came to life, only to prove rather demanding art critics? Oh, the hassle! One morning, a little boy with a big imagination draws a tiger. He’s just certain it’s a fearsome tiger! But his sister has doubts… it looks just like a line and a squiggle! As their debate takes off, suddenly the two siblings are thrown into a colourful world where make-believe and reality find a meeting place, and a tiger, a T-Rex and a family of giraffes become their teammates to figure it all out. Dive into this tale of creativity and perspective/empathy, this story knits each child's unique creativity into the universal theme of complex and growing sibling relationships.

    • Early learning / early learning concepts
      March 2022

      So Many Leaves

      by Harris, B. D. / Bosa, Subi

      If Sam can ever finish raking the autumn leaves, he'll get to play with his friends. But more leaves just keep falling! Argh! It’s no help that he's distracted by how many fall at once or what shapes and colours they have either... or will Sam's once bitter chore turn into the playtime he wished for?

    • Children's & YA

      The After-Time Chronicles

      One Small Spark

      by Andy Woodage

      In the footsteps of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series comes Andy Woodage's debut novel and our entrance into his bio-engineered fantasy world. The After-Time Chronicles: One Small Spark is a young-adult fantasy novel of good, evil, genetically engineered creatures, romance, blood, and the search for belonging. Imagine a world without oil, where metals are only available if they can be salvaged or recycled. Imagine if coal was running out. It’s a world where armies no longer build metal monsters, but biological horrors. A world where genetic engineering has become the art of war. This is 12-year-old Jothan’s world. Orphaned by a terrible accident, he dreams of leaving his uneventful life with his grandparents on the family’s griffin farm. However, when a catastrophic attack wipes out every homestead in The Zoological Zone, his world is turned upside down. He finds himself thrust into a story larger than he ever dreamed, embarking on a rough journey with a mysteriously appearing warrior to the fabled ‘Temple of Elohim’. Accompanied by his best friend, the griffin Gozell, Jothan sets off across a land ravaged by poverty and wild creatures. Battling his way across the dangerous landscape, his eyes are opened to an empire in the grip of war and unrest... with the ever increasing weight of his role in events to come. Will they make it to the Temple? Will they be welcomed when they arrive? Can Jothan unravel the secrets that seem to control the lives of everyone he meets, including his mysterious saviour?

    • Adventure stories (Children's/YA)
      October 2018

      The Brave Turtle

      by Harris, B. D. / Bird, Megan

      Late one night, Sam rolls off her bed and splash! Her entire room has flooded! Not just her room, but the whole house is filling up with water as the world floods outside. Confused and cold, Sam is rescued by a wise, little turtle called Neville, who takes her along the beautiful underwater highway, teaching her the ways of this watery world. 'Water isn’t cruel nor kind, but if you manage to keep your head, then the water will keep you,’ Neville repeats to Sam through their epic adventure across the newly formed oceans, meeting all sorts of interesting creatures along the way, to find and rescue Sam’s parents, now washed somewhere downstream.

    • Children's & YA

      The Chalk Giraffe

      by Kirsty Paxton

      What if your drawings magically came to life, only to prove rather demanding art critics? Oh, the hassle! In The Chalk Giraffe we follow an artistic child who finds herself drawing a giraffe with chalk… but she is surprised when her creation comes alive and demands changes to his surrounding landscape. What follows is a quirky and humorous tale of creativity and perspective, with the beautiful African landscape as a backdrop to this new and unlikely friendship.

    • Picture storybooks
      December 2017

      The Complete Guide to Being a Monster

      by Chetram, Astika / Ricciardi, Danica

      Every little monster faces challenges while growing up. Wouldn't it be great to have someone teach you how to deal with these challenges? The Complete Guide to Being a Monster is a fantastic read on how to be the best monster you can possibly be... have you practiced your roar? Have you embraced the dark for its glow worms and twinkling stars? Have you built a lair yet? Follow three adorable little monsters, Ike, Spike and Mia, as they discover what it means to be a monster, and learn what it means to enjoy being you.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      The New Girl Code

      by Niki Smit

      Tumi Letsatsi is a 13-year old melanin kween living in Rondebosch, Cape Town. Her favourite colour is yellow, she's still trying to figure out how not to dent her afro on the bus, and how one goes about (ahem!) “french kissing”. She’s a little awkward and a lot uncertain about her future, friendships and how to put together a cool outfit! But then she stumbles across the magic of coding and creates an app called “Project Prep” that goes viral and rockets her and her friends to fame. Then everything starts to fall apart, as she deals with a catfish who befriends her and steals her code, nasty rumours at school and the newfound attention of a crush. The New Girl Code (by Niki Smit, locally edited by Buhle Ngaba) is about the wonders of working in tech, aimed at girls and young women aged 9-15. The project is an initiative of Inspiring Fifty and based on an idea by Janneke Niessen.

    • Children's stationery & miscellaneous items
      March 2022

      The Reading Journey

      A Writing Journal

      by The Otto Foundation

      The Reading Journey is a journal for your literary adventures. Join a group of furry and feathered friends for an exploration of the extraordinary world of words, stories, reading and writing. Designed by library designers, linguists and childhood experts, you can now plot your course through the Map of Memories. Join us for a ride on the Book Boat, the Poetry Plane and the Story Sled, Visit the Mountains of Meaning, the Gorge of Gorgeous Words, the Forest of Feelings, and the Desert of Dreams. The Reading Journey is an interactive journal that encourages joyous curiosity about the literary realm, using the written word as a medium to expand children’s horizons, to promote self knowledge, and to cultivate a love for reading.

    • Comic strip fiction / graphic novels (Children's/YA)
      August 2018

      The Straw Giant and the Crow

      by Bosworth-Smith, Jessica

      The Straw Giant and The Crow by Jessica Bosworth Smith is a heartfelt and off-the-wall story about a mysterious relationship between a straw giant and a crow. There is a field afar that holds an incredible secret... a giant lives there who is made of straw. One winter, grumpy and miserable with his cold surroundings, the Straw Giant chases away all the other animals in his field. That is, until the Crow arrives and begins to leave him little gifts each morning. A sweet and subtle friendship emerges — but will the Crow be able to last the Winter Solstice? Will their friendship defy the cold clutches of winter and last out?

    • Adventure stories (Children's/YA)
      August 2019

      Tilly & Thandeka

      The Crown of Ancient Ghana

      by Rimensberger, Nicole

      Adventures only happen to grown-ups and children in story books. Or do they? Tilly is a girl who dreams of adventures. When she is sent to live with her mysterious explorer Aunt in her old house atop a sugar cane hill, she has no idea what to expect. She finds a house full of books and strange artefacts, the odd delicious biscuit, an absent-minded aunt often away on adventures, a border collie called Livingston and Thandeka, a new friend. Then the valuable crown of ancient Ghana is stolen from a museum exhibition. Tilly and Thandeka begin to connect the dots and fall headlong into their first adventure, but will they be brave enough to make it through?

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