Ueberreuter Verlag has just published a new feel good middle grade series which reminded me a lot of Astrid Lindgren’s Krachmacherstrasse. A jump back to my childhood and I absolutely loved it!
CHESTNUT AVENUE 8 – Anna’s Secret, Sophie and Mr November by Andrea Jacobi, Lars Baus
There are four girls living in Chestnut Avenue 8, each one with their family. They are friends and share a secret: the magical lady Papay visits them from time to time to help them with their problems. Papay does not live in the apartment house in Chestnut Avenue, but nevertheless she always knows when one of the girls is in trouble: whenever that happens, her house is disordered and her pig Trudel cannot stop complaining about it. Papay needs to find a solution for the girls soon to bring her house back into order! In this first book Anna and her younger twin siblings Max and Moritz have to share their birthday party. Anna doesn’t want to celebrate her birthday with her brothers. No way! But then Anna dreams of an old lady named Papay with her funny animals. Is Papay real? And will there be a solution for her birthday problem?
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…FUNNY, WITTY AND COMPLETELY BELIEVABLE!
Franziska Gehm describes the typical teenage problems without condescension and turns them into a hilarious story. It has you laughing from the beginning to the end.
Thirteen titles available | For girls aged 10+ | Witty series about two half-vampire sisters | Great, young author with quirky sense of humour | English sample translation available | over 900,000 copies sold | Very successful movies in German cinemas in 2012 and 2014 with release of the third movie in December 2016!
A DELICIOUS GIRL FRIEND (VOL. 1)
The twins Daka and Silvania move from Transylvania to a German suburb. This is not extraordinary except that their father is a vampire, which makes the girls half-vampires. Having lived in a rather vampire-like manner with nightly flight excursions and tick races for entertainment the adjustment to life in the suburbs is not easy for the girls. They constantly fall asleep in school and have the hardest time obeying their mother’s strict no-fly rule. To make things worse their father tries to bite the father of the one girl they want to become friends with, Helene, because he flirted with their mother…
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New middle grade/ya (12+) highlight by a talented new author, published by Magellan Verlag.
LIZZY CARBON AND THE LOSERS’ CLUB by Mario Fesler
When Lizzie is told to do the dishes at the school festival, it doesn’t come as a surprise. It’s just part of life as the most unpopular girl in her class. But things take a surprising turn: Suddenly she’s stuck with a bunch of misfits and her own project. The whole thing seems doomed to fail: No one believes in them, not even the team members themselves, and obstacles are constantly thrown their way. Lizzie, however, is not one to give up. After all, together they could finally make a change …This unconventional protagonist tells her story with black humour and a surprising twist. Great play with stereotypes!
Mario Fesler spent most of his childhood with clever, quick-witted girls, which inspired him to create his protagonist Lizzy. He lives and works in Berlin. Lizzy Carbon and the Losers’ Club is his debut.