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These are some of the books our books editor received recently. They may be reviewed later
Vintage Children’s Classics
(Random House Struik R90-R125)
Vintage Children’s Classics is a classics list aimed at eight- to 12-year-olds.
It is an affordable series intended to nurture a culture of reading.
The launch list of 20 titles includes Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.
These are published alongside contemporary classics such as Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.
Another 20 titles will be published later in the year.
This is a worthy collection to start for the young readers in your family.
by Franny Billingsley (Bloomsbury)
Briony is a witch.
Now that her stepmother is dead, she must look after her beautiful and complicated twin sister, Rose.
But then the golden-haired and electric Eldric arrives in their home town and her life is turned magically upside down...
by AC Gaughen (Bloomsbury)
Will Scarlet’s deft use of a knife protects people from the Sheriff of Nottingham.
But he has a secret that only Robin Hood and his band of thieves know.
Will is in fact a girl – Scarlet.
Scarlet is also keen on keeping her past a secret.
Then Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham once and for all of Robin Hood and his men.
What price will Scarlet pay for her loyalty to Robin Hood? - Meneesha Govender