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Be ready for an extraordinary journey …

… be ready for THE WORLD’S EXPRESS!

by Anca Sturm, published by Carlsen Verlag

The rolling boarding school is a train, run by magic-technology and full of students from all over the world, who have a potential to do something heroic in their future (decades before Flinn, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Nelson Mandela were pupils there). It’s 24 wagons are separated into class rooms, sleeping cars, a library, a bistro and everything else that is necessary to make a stay as comfortable as possible. The WEX is constantly moving from one city to another. It is full of secrets.

Start of a fantastic new series with a strong female character and a magical setting!

Get in touch for more details! Quickly you don’t want to miss it! 

Interactive adventure for young heroes!

Magnus Myst’s Little Book of Bad.

This is Ueberreuter’s bestselling book, they have already sold almost 40,000 copies, it made it on the Spiegle Bestseller List and it is recommended as top-title especially for Boys (8+).

We don’t know the identity of the author, Magnus Myst. Somehow he managed to smuggle “The Sinister Book” into our publishing programme. Since then, mysterious things are happening here. Should you have any information about him, please let us know – you might help to stop the strange incidents. Magnus Myst calls himself a “magician” – and we all know that magicians don’t exist.

With all of the tricky puzzles and creepy-funny stories packed inside this little book of bad, even the most book-shy reader will stay interested. Only with the reader’s help can the pages of the little book of bad, which have been thrown together, be brought back into the right order, and the mystery of evil be solved.

A must read for all cat lovers!

Who Would Ask a Tomcat? by Anette Herzog (published by Magellan Verlag)

Aristotle is a very handsome tomcat in his prime – according to himself. And Anna and her family think that, too. At least that’s what Aristotle thought until he finds out that Anna wants a dog for her birthday. A dog?!? Which sensible eight year- old girl wants a yappy little dog? Aristotle is adamant: that’s not going to happen as long as he is the cat of the house! All he needs to do is showing Anna what she’s got in him – by running away to prove his point. Too bad that life as a street cat is not really how Aristotle had expected …

A stunning poetic novel

THE MOON GIRL by Mehrnousch Zaeri-Esfahani and Mehrdad Zaeri (published by Knesebeck Verlag)

A little girl called Mahtab lives with her family in an obscure kingdom. The little girl possesses magic powers – she can even speak the language of cats. When the Bloodreds seize power in the kingdom a reign of terror begins. The family flees on a dramatic journey from the Orient to the Occident. But Mahtab never feels lost or forlorn. She has the warmth and support of her family and the comfort of her own inner world, the fabulous realm of Athabasca. Each description of a new stage of the family’s journey is followed by an episode in Mahtab’s inner world until the real world and her dream world merge – and then something extraordinary happens …

THE ILLUSTRATOR Mehrdad Zaeri was born in Isfahan in Iran in August 1970. As a child, he lived a split existence, veering between a passion for games and extreme fear of life. He has since overcome his fear but his enjoyment of games remains. When he was fourteen he emigrated with his family to Turkey and later to Germany. He works as an artist and illustrator.

THE AUTHOR Mehrnousch Zaeri-Esfahani was born in Iran in 1974. In 1985, she and her family fled to Germany via Turkey. She graduated in social pedagogy and in 1999 began working with refugees and in refugee relief. In 2002 she was awarded the ‘Demokratiepreis des Deutschen Bundestages’, the price for democracy of the German national parliament, for her interactive game Asylopoly. Her aim is to show children that they are not alone in their anxieties and needs.

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.