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  1. sunday outing national service capers book 8 Manual
  2. Governments and Intelligence Communities in the Twentieth Century
  3. The Crime of Our Life
  4. Infamous French Thief Escapes Prison in Bold Helicopter Caper

Apart from introducing two more regulars or foils to the cast — titular Hollywood couple Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen — the episode manages a neat misdirection. After being victimized by a bowling-alley-shoe thief, Larry ultimately retrieves his poached pair from the guilty party.

The big revelation? Ted and Cheryl shacking up. Less surprising? And as illustrated throughout season five, Larry is agnostic about virtually everything, excluding golf. Season six, on many fronts, was a creative rebirth. Cheryl, in turn, is probably better off for having not conceived with Larry. He is comically inept, but maybe it does beat getting the gang back together, since it means enduring Alexander dismiss his George Costanza alter ego i. And now he upstages him at a museum benefit with an anonymous donor wing. What to do?

Good thing J. You hug my auntie, you stab her in the stomach? If only that had held true while wooing Dr. Trivia: See if you can spot Laurel Coppock, a. Jan from the Toyota ads, as a patient of Dr. The quality is a bit grainy, and pacing a bit less brisk than Curb in its episodic glory, but without this initially one-off endeavor, there may have been no Curb as we know it. Funkhouser is really feeling his oats in season eight. This is a watershed Curb episode for sharing the basic David truism that lesbians love Larry.

Except once the L. Not a ton of broken ground, but a biting poke at our cultural comfort zones nonetheless. Deron McBee, a. Though that might be less intimidating than answering to Wanda Sykes after driving by and commenting on her ass. Larry could have intervened, were he not being manhandled by the irate husband of yet another retail nemesis Laura Silverman.

Years before Girls and Insecure broke their own boundaries with careful placement of stage ejaculate, Curb laid down the gauntlet from week one that it trafficked heavily and profanely in the lane of senior genitalia. But even Cheryl knows, and as any man can attest, it really was just the material. He still gets to play the hero here, accidentally tackling a boorish passenger and taking the credit for perceptions of valor, but why split hairs?

Anyway, Larry could use a self-esteem boost. But when you travel around the world to demonstrate your passion for the escort Larry hooked you up with and wind up in Pamplona, these things happen. Even post— Breaking Bad , Bryan Cranston is optimal casting as a smarmy, ethically dubious therapist, the role a kind of nod to his regular appearances as pervy dentist Tim Whatley on Seinfeld. It also creates a scenario where Larry is now a pariah not only outside of his usual inner circles but nationwide, as if it were his destiny.

Bit parts from Mr. With Larry, simple aches and pains tend to facilitate wounding interpersonal dilemmas. On the flip side, his attempts at generosity wind up inspiring animus. Imagine his surprise that not only is the David matriarch no longer living, but buried with Gentiles and criminals due to an ass-cheek tattoo. That his aptly Goodfellas -esque plot to move her body goes bust when he pays off an undertaker with fake Scorsese-set money is, even by Curb standards, rich irony.

Alanis Morissette also figures in a guest spot that ties loose ends and lets her send up secrecy around her greatest hit. If a tenth season occurs, what happened between Larry and Cheryl in Tahoe — or at least whatever it was Cheryl shared with Ted that gave him the giggles — ought to be resolved. All in all, Miranda engaging in psychological warfare and sloppy catfighting with Larry over creative control of Fatwa!

This does not end well. What a cunt! Yeah, definitely not. Dressed all in black, two men wearing balaclavas and police armbands got off the chopper and entered the prison to look for Faid. The men set off smoke canisters to hide from video cameras, and the helicopter touched down in the only part of the complex that was not covered by anti-helicopter netting, said another union member, Loic Delbroc. When the chopper arrived, Faid was meeting with his brother in the visiting room. A third man was holding the pilot at gunpoint, union members said. French media reported that the three men took the pilot hostage at a flying club in the Paris region.

He was later released with no physical injuries. The helicopter was found burned in the town of Garges-les-Gonesse, in the northern suburbs of Paris. Faid was believed to have left by car along with his accomplices. Why did so many people flee the country? What can you find out about the siege of Aleppo? This could be explored as a newspaper article, timeline of events or cartoon. Then gather articles from different magazines and newspaper articles about refugees, asylum seekers, the migrant crisis. Compare how the issues are discussed in different sections of the media.

Class discussion on whether countries like the UK have a moral obligation to take in more asylum seekers. Maths: Find out some statistics on refugees and asylum seekers there are lots to be found via the British Refugee Council or Refugee Week website then record them in different ways — bar chart, pie chart, ratios, percentages etc. Extension task: calculate the distance Aya and her family travelled from Aleppo to Manchester!

Literacy: My publishers have produced a lovely resource with questions designed to enhance reading comprehension and analysis skills.

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There are also lots of writing tasks pupils could try: what if Aya wrote a letter to her father, or to one of her old friends from Aleppo? Or you could bring in unusual objects for pupils to use as story starters — that always works for me! Send me a tweet via catherinebruton or email my publisher Nosy Crow at press nosycrow. What has an interviewer or blogger never asked you before, that you always wished you could answer?

This is a truly excellent question which has set me pondering! I was so stuck on this book until I talked to my dear friend- the amazing author Joanna Nadin — and she sorted me out good and proper! Finally, can you share with our readers something about yourself that they might be surprised to learn? I once danced with Nelson Mandela! He complimented my red dress! Do you have a question you would like to ask the readers of The Reader Teacher? Big thanks to Clare, Catherine and all the team at Nosy Crow for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the No Ballet Shoes in Syria blog tour and for sending me a proof and advance copy in exchange for this review.

Extra thanks to Catherine for answering my questions! But when his dad is called up to action and things at home spiral out of control, everything Jack believes about war is thrown into question. On 6 June , Emile Corteil parachuted into France with his dog, Glen — and Jack is determined to discover their fate…. D-Day was one of the most significant days in the history of Europe and the world.

The beginning of the end of Nazi Germany. On June 6 th this year, Europe will be celebrating the 75 th anniversary of D-Day. There are international, national and local events that will help teachers work with children and young adults to explain the significance of the day, along with books, resources, films and websites. Tom Palmer, author of D-Day Dog. Big thanks to Tom for his brilliant guest post highlighting ten different ways to commemorate and be involved in the 75th anniversary of this momentous day.

D-Day Dog is available now to pre-order online and from any good independent bookshop.

Governments and Intelligence Communities in the Twentieth Century

But Bertha quickly realises that some passengers are behaving strangely, and she determines to unravel their secrets. With new friend, Madge, Bertha sets up her own detective agency to try and solve the mysteries onboard, but they have no idea that disaster is looming for Titanic. Looking at the passengers and surroundings around her, Bertha Watt — who fancies herself more as a polar explorer rather than that of the prim and proper young lady she pretends to be to fit in with her 2nd Class co-passengers — soon becomes bored and begins to notice that the people joining her on this epic journey away from hometown Aberdeen and mainland Britain may not be all as they seem to be.

Finding a new friend in an unlikely situation, Bertha and new friend, Madge create their very own detective agency The Collyer-Watt Detective Agency to dig deeper in to the mysteries of the masses, firstly beginning with maybe-murderer? Mr Hoffman. However, these soon take on a different course once Bertha meets Johan — a Swedish boy on board who has little money to his name; constantly feels seasick and struggles to converse as he speaks barely any English whilst Bertha speaks barely any Swedish.

Nevertheless the two manage to communicate and communicate they must as Johan holds in his hands a treasure map and quite literally! But with the threat of danger looming… will they crack the case before the clock counts down on the biggest nautical disaster of all time? It is so refreshing to see a book recently written that is based on the real-life people who experienced these events and emanates with well-researched historical facts and information not just from what is widely known of the Titanic such as the class divides but also the more minor details that are often overlooked or missed entirely including the staggering humiliation of the medical examinations for third-class passengers and the recognition of the difficulties in communication for those foreign passengers on board.

I am fascinated by the history of this ship having been to the museum in Southampton myself but the quality of this book is guaranteed to spurn children and adults to take a vested interest to learn more about it themselves. Big thanks to Kelly, Lindsay and all the team at Cranachan for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of The Titanic Detective Agency blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review.

Together, Effie and her friends must use their magical skills to defeat the evil tactics of Diberi before total destruction is wreaked upon the worlds at Midwinter. So without further ado…. Praise for the Worldquake series:. Big thanks to Jo, Scarlett and all the team at Canongate for inviting me to share this extract as part of the Galloglass blog tour. Looking forward to seeing it on the shelves! Maggie is a middle child, overlooked and unheard. An absorbing, quietly menacing story of forbidden friendship, loyalty and betrayal, beautifully told. Stuck between being the eldest or the youngest.

Stuck between being overlooked and under-heard. Stuck in the middle. The chosen ones. Always the chosen ones to win prizes, to be clapped at, to have their portraits painted or to have parties. Or so she believes. Always quietly questioning and fighting to make her own name for herself, Maggie makes an encounter of a different kind. As her eyes begin to open to the world around her and truths and twists are revealed, this tale proves to be far more than it appears to be on the surface.

Told through the distinctive voice and sometimes-dark perspectives of Maggie, this deeply-atmospheric story within its sinister setting carries with it undertones, a family dynamic and moments of an almost middle-grade Hunger Games meeting Stig of the Dump. This debut is more than a mystery. Which 3 adjectives and 3 corresponding emojis would you choose to best describe The Middler?

KA: 1. The place where I grew up influenced the setting immeasurably. And so many great novels inspired me, for example: Z for Zachariah Robert C. TRT: Are you an eldest, middler or youngest? And can you ear-wiggle yourself? TRT: If you were to choose the character that is most like you from The Middler, who would it be and why?

KA: Maggie. TRT: What first attracted you to writing? KA: As an adult, I started writing after reading stories to my own children — I got that excited tingle as I read them, and thought I could do this. And yes, I did enjoy writing at school. TRT: Which parts of writing do you find energise you and which parts do you find exhaust you? KA: Starting a book is usually the most energising for me. I love writing the second draft too — tightening everything up so that the story hangs together better.

The exhausting part is getting through the middle of the first draft — the sticky middle is definitely a real thing. I usually tackle it by re-reading books on the technicalities of plotting, and gradually the story begins to find its way. TRT: When you were a child, can you remember contacting any authors or them ever visiting your school and if so, did this inspire you? Gumdrop was a vintage car and the author was the awesomely named Val Biro. He signed my book. I treasured it. I love a book that makes me laugh. The Middler and Teaching 3. TRT: Could you suggest ways that your book could be used in the classroom for the many teachers and school staff that will read this?

Nosy Crow have developed an excellent KS2 teaching resource pack with extracts, discussion questions and lesson plans — you can find it at nosycrow. KA: The Middler tells the story of Maggie, a middle child living in an isolated community where only the eldest children are special. KA: You can contact me via my website kirstyapplebaum. TRT: What has an interviewer or blogger never asked you before, that you always wished you could answer?

TRT: Finally, can you share with our readers something about yourself that they might be surprised to learn? KA: Do you think being a youngest, middle, eldest or single child makes a difference to how you feel and act? Big thanks to Clare, Kirsty and all the team at Nosy Crow for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of The Middler blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review.

Extra thanks to Kirsty for answering my questions! Working at Belle Vue Zoo is life-changing for Danny. Once, he lived on the streets, pick-pocketing to survive. Now he has a new family and a new job — caring for a zoo of exotic creatures, including the famous elephant, Maharajah. But when animals start escaping, Danny is the prime suspect: after all, everyone knows he used to be a thief.

And when a man turns up claiming to be his real father, the plot thickens.

The Crime of Our Life

Can Danny untangle the mystery of the animal escapade — and find out where he really belongs — or will his wonderful new life also disappear? This time, we rejoin a different Danny. But think again! As his old life soon catches up with him when the animals start to mysteriously escape from their enclosures and all hell starts to break loose. Especially when Mr Jameson had plans in place to host the grandest of spectacles, a show featuring his most prized possessions and attractions — including the most famous of all, Maharajah.

Suspicion mounts and the finger ends up slowly being pointing towards Danny due to his background and his past life. Try as he might — and some may call him fearless; others audacious — Mr Jameson puts up the only fight he can to relent the oncoming fracas the best he can, still scheduling his plans for his show of all shows but will the show go on…? There are important messages throughout this epic adventure of good-versus-evil: the rights of animals and the place of zoos in historical and modern society being the main one that will make the reader think more deeply.

But in Danny, there is a much more pressing message in that care and love goes further than anyone can imagine. Although this book is a sequel, it can be read as a stand-alone knowing that Danny has been saved from the streets. Known as the Disneyland of the north, Belle Vue Zoological Gardens attracted more than two million visitors a year. And yet today, the only sign that it ever existed is a commemorative plaque at the spot where the entrance once stood. Belle Vue began life in the s as a small tea garden but the owner John Jennison had big ambitions.

As well as an aviary of parrots, he introduced kangaroos, a rhino, a couple of lions, a bear and some gazelles. And then in , he bought an elephant: Maharajah. But just like my fictional Belle Vue, the real park boasted many other attractions. The Jennison family built a maze, a dance hall, an archery field, several tearooms, Italian gardens and even a platform for hot air ballooning. Local men — paid in pies and beer — were enlisted to play soldiers and act out scenes from historic battles.

Huge painted canvases formed the backdrop to these dramatic performances, while overhead, rockets and firecrackers coloured the sky. But the displays were not without danger. Almost every night, the wooden stage caught fire and on one occasion in , flames broke out on the island destroying half the painted scenery — a drama that provided inspiration for The Great Animal Escapade. But the gardens were not popular with everyone. Local church leaders demanded Jennison stop business during Sunday services.

The Jennison era ended in when the family finally sold the park. It was taken over by a businessman called John Henry Iles. But times were changing for the menagerie. As well as increased competition from other, more modern zoos, there were growing — and justified — concerns about animal welfare and conservation.

With little investment, Belle Vue was simply not able to keep up with the new thinking, and after years in business, the zoo closed in Within four years, the other attractions had shut down as well. Big thanks to Jane, Laura and all the team at Chicken House for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the The Great Animal Escapade blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Jane for writing such a brilliant and interesting guest post! Both ravaging and raw… this should be top of the pile for teachers and schools learning more about Viking England.

Northumbria She will not cry. Can she shape her own legend? Will it end in revenge — or is there another way? With revenge in mind, Ylva sets off on the most bloodthirsty of tasks: to kill the man who killed her mother. The three-fingered murderer. Gutsy, headstrong and staunchly independent, she is on a one-girl mission and nothing is going to stop her. But the journey is not easy and the weather is constant; biting and freezing and everybody is not as friendly as they first seem either….

Will Ylva survive or will she fall at the hands of the very same people that murdered her mother? Fighting off foes and holding her belief in the gods close to her heart, this quest is more than a quest for Ylva. Dan is the master of all-action, heart-pounding, breathless books and for me, She Wolf achieves this in spades.

This should be top of the pile for any teachers and schools learning more about the history of Viking England. Those books take readers through the hardships of World War II, they send them hunting in the forests of Finland, racing through the jungles of Costa Rica, and investigating a mystery in the icy wastes of Antarctica. It made sense to me, having both a son and a daughter, that I would want both of my own children to be able to see themselves in one of those characters.

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But it would be fair to say that, yes, the boy was usually the main main character. So I decided to change that. My next story would have a girl as the main character. But, when we think about Vikings, we think about large, bearded, menacing men with swords and axes, so how was I going to do that? And when the Vikings eventually became Christians, those women lost their freedoms. But what about warriors? Were there any female Viking warriors? I wanted my main character, Ylva, to be fierce like a wolf. I wanted her to feel comfortable with an axe in her hand. She should know how to swing a blade, and not be afraid of a little blood.

Ylva needed to be a warrior. They believed that Viking raiders were all men; that women were not strong enough, or brave enough, or fierce enough to have joined the raiding parties that ventured over the seas.


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In a Viking grave was excavated in Sweden, containing the remains of a warrior surrounded by weapons, and two sacrificed horses. In , a team of scientists, led by Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, carried out genetic tests on the remains and discovered that the Birka Warrior was a woman. A shield maiden. So my Viking hero is no bearded giant. Instead, she is a brave and resourceful girl with an axe in her hand and revenge burning in her heart. Big thanks to Dan, Laura and all the team at Chicken House for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the She Wolf blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review.

Extra thanks to Dan for writing such a superb and insightful guest post! The Frozen Sea. It is and forty years since Simon, Patricia and Evelyn and Larry first stepped through a magical library door into the enchanted world of Folio. Summoned to Folio, she must rescue a missing prince, helped only by her pet hamster and a malfunctioning robot.

Their mission to the Frozen Sea will bring them face-to-face with a danger both more deadly and more magnificent than they ever imagined. What Jewel discovers will change not just who she thinks she is, but who we all think we are…. Piers Torday. I was born in , in Northumberland, which is possibly the one part of England where more animals live than people.

Alongside my younger brother Nick, I spent my very early years crawling around on the floor of that shop, surrounded by piles of books right from the start. I was extremely lucky to come from a writing background. I enjoyed reading, writing and drawing from an early age. Other favourites included Roald Dahl, C. My mother was always writing as I was growing up — newspaper articles, gardening and cookery books, local history — and it seemed a normal thing to want to do.

Then I started making comics, and my first one was about all the sheep who lived on the hills around us, called…The Sheep! Then I went to university, where I was meant to study English but mainly wrote, directed or produced plays and comedy shows. I was very fortunate to be a Trustee for the last 15 years. Then I co-ran a theatre production company, touring new plays and promoting comedians. I also worked in TV for several years, including a short spell in Los Angeles, coming up with ideas for everything from reality shows to hidden camera pranks.

The book has been published in 13 other countries, including the USA. After my father died in , I found his last unfinished novel a political thriller for adults amongst his papers. I am passionate about the opportunities for imaginative futures that reading allows, and have been a trained Reading Helper with Beanstalk Reads for five years, working with children on their reading on my local primary schools.

I am delighted to be a Patron of Reading at the inspirational St. I am also a Patron of the magnificent Shrewsbury Book Fest, a visionary book award, festival and school outreach scheme all in one. I am currently also working on the sequel to that book, alongside a new play and a new film, but spend most of my time wrangling our very naughty — but adorable — puppy, Huxley. Ben Mantle. Ben was born in Leamington Spa in , and developed a very early interest in things artistic, designing programme covers for school productions and even coming first in his local library colouring-in competition.

Samuel Perrett. Biggest thanks to Piers, Emily and all at Hachette for giving me the wonderful opportunity to reveal this stunning and spellbinding cover and for providing copies for the giveaway! Proof copies will be sent to winners when available from Hachette, as soon as possible near to publication day. The war is done and Arianwyn has discovered the secret of the quiet glyphs at last, but her troubles are far from over. But when enemies and dark magic converge on Lull, stealing away someone very dear indeed, our witch faces her greatest challenge so far.

What really makes a witch come true? Our loveable heroine is about to find out…. With family reunions and Christmas on its way, it seems that life in Lull could rebalance itself for Arianwyn in the right way. Can she save the inhabitants of Lull, her family and herself before its too late…? A mug of hot chocolate is the perfect complement and the most fitting of accompaniments to the end of this series which James conjures to a close so perfectly.

A book about light, about magic and belief, and about unlocking your own potential, from the critically acclaimed author of Fish Boy and The Boy Who Hit Play. Maya has to escape. Raul is escaping too — travelling back to his home where a terrible tragedy happened, ready to stir up trouble.

When their paths collide in the middle of the jungle, the sparks begin to fly. As modern world corruption meets the magic and legends of ancient times, can Maya draw on her hidden light to find the way through to the truth? Chloe Daykin. In December Chloe journeyed across the otherworldy land of Peru thanks to the fantastic support of the Arts Council England. Chloe Daykin lives in Northumberland with her family including one husband, two boys and three cats.

She loves an unusual adventure and is a fan of all things fun, poetic and surprising. David Litchfield. He has also exhibited his illustrations in both solo and group shows in the U. K, Europe and America. Biggest thanks to Sarah and all at Faber for giving me the wonderful opportunity to reveal this gorgeously colourful cover and for providing proof copies for the giveaway! Proof copies will be sent to winners when available from Faber, as soon as possible. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan Wilde must stop the flying machine they were building from falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family in terrible danger.

Athan faces a dreadful choice — flight or family? Which one will he pick? As this tale begins to rapidly unfold, we are first introduced to the backstreets of Bath where the shadows swathe the streets in darkness swallowing all of the light and where we soon enter a murky world of mystery and murder….

Hidden away are Athan Wilde, our young protagonist, and his inventor friend, Mr Chen who are busy at work creating their latest contraptions. Most recently, that being a flying machine. For Athan — who dreams of taking to the skies — Mr Chen is the man who can turn imagination into idea and aspiration into actuality. Fearing the worst and that all of their inventions and well-kept secrets could be revealed, Athan soon finds it falling to him to rescue their plans and plot a way forward for their dream of flying, now his dream, to survive.

Warts and all…. Engrossing, exciting and most of all, riveting are the words that I choose to use to describe this fast-paced, frenetic and unmissable tale that just will not let you go until the very last word of the very last page. Oscar is getting a pet! But which pet should he pick? And what on earth will he do when they all move in? His house is like a zoo. Dogs, cats, parrots, elephants, snakes, fish, hamsters — all these animals and so little time to pick.

So he lets nature take its course and puts an advert in the classifieds section of his local newspaper only to become inundated with replies from the very animals themselves! As Oscar deliberates and ponders over his choice, things go bad from worse as the animals arrive at his home to set up camp and Oscar gains his own massive menagerie right outside his front door.

Taking cover in a tent outside, the only option is for all the animals to go.

All except for the appearance of a letter from a pet that Oscar had missed reading…. With an ending that will melt even the coldest of hearts, this is a special story told with complete and utter sincerity. There is nothing like the irreplaceable, mutual bond between person and pet and this book showcases this so perfectly. I would love to be involved again next year! Bored of the same old routine? Longing for a bit of adventure in your life?

Love living life on the edge? Thrills and adventure await, just hop on board the slightly old and rusty moped of infinity! As the professor reveals rather hysterically! But as the Professor and Alfie are soon left to discover for themselves, the way back home may not be as simple as it first seemed.

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Wacky, insanely inventive and heaps of fun, I can completely guarantee that this book will be lapped up by children and adults! Forget the boundaries of space, forget the boundaries of time and forget the boundaries of imagination because this is outlandishly good. Not only is it a proper science-fiction, fantasy, travel guide adventure, but it answers questions that have left science scratching its chin.

Who could ask for more? As a taste of the surprises that await, The Reader Teacher can reveal just a few of those secrets. Glue your eyeballs to this screen for just a sample of that astonishing knowledge …. Some books tell you it all began with monkeys. Yes, stone circles. You know, like Stonehenge. This is how it happened …. About a million years ago, a man named Partley Mildew invented stone circles on the planet Wip-Bop-a-Looma, starting a craze for inter-galactic travel.

His circles had the power to send people across a bejillion miles of space in the blink of an eye, allowing humans to explore the universe. People loved them. Travelling to distant planets meant they could go swimming with Giggling MegaFish on planet Mip before breakfast then have lunch on the other side of the universe while their brains were spring-cleaned by friendly Limpation Cranium Toads. Soon, holiday companies were building bigger and bigger stone circles to cope with crowds of tourists. Toby became a popular holiday destination, famous for its beaches and great restaurants.

Some humans decided to make their home here, and also decided that Toby was a nice enough name for a boy but sounded silly on a planet. As thousands more years went by tourism died off. They forgot what stone circles had been used for, too. Gods get quite cheesed off with this. Around the universe most folk had forgotten about the power of stone circles but one group remembered.

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They called their society the Unusual Cartography Club, and the members continued to travel the universe, mapping planets for their Cosmic Atlas : the finest collection of extra-terrestrial maps this side of Nerwong-Nerwong Plinky-Plonk. Well, no. Not really. People forget important stuff all the time. Pyramids for example. If you think space travelling stone circles are weird, pyramids would really blow your mind.

They have pink ostriches with three bottoms there, you know. And no more party invitations. At first, its members used Stonehenge to get around. Around two thousand years ago though, bits started falling off the ancient circle. More years went by and a city grew up around the new UCC headquarters. Empty fields became Wigless Square. A cavern was dug beneath the house and the circle moved onto a rotating platform. Invented by Medelaine Tusk, it made spinning the heavy stones to new co-ordinates much, much easier than shifting them about by hand.

Some got eaten by ghastly tentacled things, or blown up by unexpected volcanoes. Others just wandered off on worlds they liked better. What a Waste! Woah there. All is not lost. Luckily, the Professor had a bad back and needed help with some light lifting and carrying. Enter Alfie Fleet — a boy with a destiny. Oh, and the entire universe, too. Sounds like fun? Well, read on. The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet contains further surprises about the universe, plus travel information about where to eat and stay on the planet of Outlandish, as well as stuff you did not know concerning elves, villainous scum hairdressers, Pulsating Swibs, and much, much more ….

Forget my own … umm … thingy next. Something about prawns, was it? Probably chocolate. Shelley Illustrated by Claire Powell. This is the story of a creature who is both strange and unique. When he hatches down in the vast underground lair where monsters dwell, he looks just like a human boy — much to the disgust of everyone watching. Shelley studied Creative Writing and Literature at university. She has been teaching English for over twenty years and her first school was classified as the most remote in Australia.

She loves an audience and long before she took up teaching was writing and performing her poetry and short stories. She began writing novels to entertain her daughter, who wisely suggested that she try to get them published. Shelley lives with her husband, her daughter and two dogs in Perth, Western Australia. You can find out more about T. Claire Powell. Claire is now an illustrator, writer and designer who lives and works in London.

You can find out more about Claire on her website or by following her on Twitter: misspowellpeeps. Biggest thanks to Emily Marples and all at Bloomsbury for giving me the wonderful opportunity to reveal this gorgeously magical cover and for providing proof copies for the giveaway! Proof copies will be sent to winners when available from Bloomsbury, as soon as possible. Storm of Odin is the youngest stormhound of the Wild Hunt that haunts lightning-filled skies.

Enter twelve-year-old Jessica Price, who finds and adopts a cute puppy from an animal rescue centre. And suddenly, a number of strange people seem very interested in her and her new pet, Storm. People who seem to know a lot about magic…. As proud hound Storm of Odin leaps through the raging storm clouds as he joins in with The Wild Hunt, his first experience of this becomes rather short-lived as he crashes to Earth falling from the sky and finding himself face-to-face with a herdful of sheep in the wonderful world of Wales, which is as unexpected to him as the sheep that greet him; open-eyed and open-mouthed.

As Storm starts to encounter many moments from our world, it is the most normal of events that become the most amusing: the meetings with the vet, the postman and the cat to name just a few! But wait! Action and adventure are soon abound in this tale as the pair are thrust together to navigate the danger that threatens to take over in the form of three mysterious wizards who are tracing a sign and who are searching for the position of this pup.

I can see this story going down a storm with readers because of its effervescent and charming main character; a supporting storyline that is as touching as it is triumphant and an author who respects the mythology that she mixes in but who too adds a sense of magic that makes this a modern-day myth of its very own. The Invisible College. More than twenty sheep were grazing quietly when a silver car purred to a halt at the side of Ross Road just by the sign that said: Abergavenny 5. Three men got out. They all looked quite identical — to a sheep, anyway.

The first was tall and thin with grey hair the texture of wool caught in a bush. He stood gazing up and down the road, his hands in his pockets. One of his companions unfolded a map and laid it on the car bonnet. The third man produced a pair of metal sticks and began pacing up and down the grass slope by the road.

Several sheep strayed surreptitiously closer. The gentleman with the sticks paused mid-stride. This is how we meet Professors Utterby, Nuffield and Ryston, the last three members of the Invisible College, a secret institution devoted to the dark arts. It really existed — though it had nothing to do with the dark arts. The college existed as an idea rather than a physical place. References to it date back to the 17 th century, in particular by the chemist Robert Boyle. Little is known about it, but it appears to have been an informal group of like-minded thinkers who would meet to share knowledge and exchange ideas.

The group split between London and Oxford, and in the group petitioned the King for formal status and the Invisble College became the Royal Society. The notion of the Invisble College crops up in various guises, especially nowadays when online learning can take the place of buildings. In fiction, Pratchett had his Unseen University, of course. I like to think that, after the creation of the Royal Society, a breakaway group of philosophers and magicians continued to meet in secret, delving further into the world of magic.

The Invisible College has continued to this day, its numbers dwindling as magic faded, until only the three professors are left. But now, magic has returned to the world in the form of a fallen stormhound, and the three professors are ready to make themselves great again. Will they succeed? Big thanks to Claire, Karen and all at Macmillan for inviting me to take part in the Storm Hound blog tour and sending me a proof copy.

Extra thanks to Claire for writing her guest post!