Tag Archives: middle grade

Lotta says Hello!

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!

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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?

Please just contact me for further details!

Please don’t open!

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Please don’t open – Vicious! by Charlotte Habersack and illustrated by Fréderic Bertrand

By the best-selling author of “Pippa Pepperkorn”: A heart-warming story in which children have to help a lost creature find its way home again.

“Please don’t open!” is written on the mysterious package which Nemo receives one day. Obviously Nemo opens it … and then three things happen: 1. a greedy yeti knight jumps out, 2. it starts to snow outside – even though it’s the middle of summer, and 3. the yeti starts to grow. Really tall! Two and a half metres tall! While Nemo’s home town descends into snowy chaos, Nemo and his friends are faced with a bit of a problem: how on earth do you hide a yeti? A turbulent race against time ensues …

The second title will be published in summer 2017! Just get in touch with me for further details!

The Vampire Sisters

…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!

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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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Lizzy Carbon and the Losers’ Club

New middle grade/ya (12+) highlight by a talented new author, published by Magellan Verlag.

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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.

Why Wolf

A great new chapter book written by Sylvia Englert and illustrated by Sabine Dully.

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WHY DON’T SWEETS FALL FROM THE SKY? Finn loves going to school, if it weren’t for the boring walk there. But what amazing luck – a little wolf has latched onto him to keep him company on the walk to school. Why does he bombard him with so many questions? Because he’s a Whywolf! And Finn as it so happens is a born storyteller. He explains why humans only have two arms and tells his inquisitive friend where to find the tastiest meat-ball trees. He’s got all the answers and can even answer the oldest question of all – why are bananas bent?

Highly imaginative answers for children who ask a lot of questions woven into a funny story with two lovable characters. Please get in touch for further details.

Rico and Oscar

A fantastic middle grade series by Andreas Steinhoefel, illustrated by Peter Schoessow.

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Rico lives with his mother in Berlin and describes himself as »lowly gifted«. When he meets the highly gifted Oskar the two unlikely friends haven’t an inkling that they will soon play major parts in a kidnapping case. During the search for the victim, Rico turns out to be quite a shrewd investigator!

There are three titles in the series and we got a huge fan who sent in a video telling you why you have to buy this book: Link (in English)

AWARDS

CORINE Jugendbuchpreis 2008: “A wonderful book about friendship, which has the clever-naïve congeniality of Forrest Gump, as well as the magic of Kästner’s, Emil und die Detektive.”

Erich-Kästner-Preis for Literature 2009:
“[An author] whose numerous children’s and young adult’s titles, as well as his authorial résumé, has affinities to Erich Kästner’s works,” (from the statement of the jury).

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Lester and Bob

THE ADVENTURE BY LESTER AND BOB by Ole Könnecke

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This is the story of two friends. This is the story of Lester and Bob. Lester is popular with everybody. Lester always has something to talk about and he has a lot of suggestions for Bob how the next adventure could look like. Lester is a duck. Bob is Lester‘s friend. Bob doesn‘t talk much at all. Bob‘s never in a hurry. Bob is all right. Bob‘s a bear.

And we got some exciting news in Bologna as well: The Italian edition has just won the Premio Orbil 2016! Here is a link to the webpage: PREMIO ORBIL

Aladin Verlag has published two titles so far of these two hilarious characters.

Foxes Don’t Lie – or do they… ?

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When an unlikely bunch of animals gather in the animal lounge at a large airport, anything could happen! Ulrich Hub’s marvellous story of clashing animal personalities introduces young readers to a rich cast of characters whose behaviour presents a humorous take on human stereotypes. The group includes a hard-baked con-artist fox, a garrulous airheaded goose, a pair of self-consciously intellectual sheep, an aging film-star tiger, a hyperactive monkey, and a self-important (and sleepy) panda bear. And of course, the security dog, a decorated hero with self-esteem problems and a secret to hide. Cooped up together in the animal lounge, it’s no wonder that pandemonium breaks loose… The fox is on the run and has a cunning plan to get hold of the other animals’ passports – especially the panda’s passport with its valuable protected species stamp. To do this, he has to gain the animals’ trust, and somehow win over the security dog. But the fox does not reckon with the relationships he develops with the animals in their enforced proximity. He exploits their weaknesses, only to find that he ends up feeling rather sorry for them, and that lying doesn’t make him feel that good. Before the group of animals can exit the story as friends, they are led astray by the fox and wreak havoc in the duty-free shop, subsequently holding a wild party in the lounge. Finally, the fox and the dog join forces to rescue the group from a near catastrophe. This is an ideal book for children who are gaining confidence as independent readers, while also working well as a read-aloud bedtime story. As one would expect from an author who is an experienced stage-writer, the characters in this book have strong voices, reflecting their individual personalities and preoccupations. The tiger is worried about growing old and has suitcases full of make-up and fur dye; the sheep turn out to be clones, laboratory-bred in England; the monkey has lost his family in the jungle and has signed up for animal testing to give his life a purpose; the sniffer dog has been living in fear after losing his sense of smell and thus his employability. Foxes Don’t Lie is a cheerful romp of a tale with a gentle moral message, while also introducing more complex ideas in a context that is recognisable and yet reassuringly fictional. (Source: New Books in German)

A hilarious story not to be missed! Please get in touch for further information.