In my children's book column this week in The South Wales Evening Post I feature a dark and gripping thriller, a not so clever cat, a book of bizarre facts and a gambler looking for a better life.
BOOK OF THE WEEK
DARKNESS FOLLOWS BY L.A.WEATHERLY
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Welcome to Harmony 5: A secure prison camp in a distorted version of 1940's America. The rules are simple here: obedience or death and former peace fighter Amity is their newest inmate. What will she risk for her freedom in a world where war is banned and harmony rules?A gripping high octane thriller full of captivating characters, revenge and romance. Old style glamour merges with futuristic menace in the second instalment of the 'Broken Trilogy series.
ISBN 9781409572039 PB Usborne £8.99
I AM A VERY CLEVER CAT BY KASIA MATYJASZEK
PICTURE BOOK 3+
This is about a cat who thinks he knows it all! Stockton is extremely clever and very good at everything, especially knitting. Or is he? Follow the florescent pink wool throughout the pages as he gets himself into a bit of a tangle. While dropping stitches Stockton finds new friends. Children will love the bold and energetic illustrations while adults will appreciate the cautionary tale about showing off and pretending you know it all.
ISBN 9781783705900 PB Templar Books £6.99
ATLAS OF ODDITIES BY CLIVE GIFFORD
A beautiful gift atlas full of brilliantly bizarre facts and figures of the natural and not so natural world we live in. Did you know in Ninotaria, Japan you can bath in a giant pool of red wine, green tea, coffee or noodle soup! Wales is also included with mentions of Port Talbot’s Baked Beans Museum and Llanwrtyd Well’s World Bog Snorkelling Championship! Accompanied by Tracy Worrall's bold punchy illustrations this will entertain and inform the whole family.
ISBN 9781405281362 HB Egmont UK £16.99
SAINT DEATH BY MARCUS SEDGWICK
YOUNG ADULT 13+
Arturo must help his friend Faustino by winning big in a card game of Calavera. Dicing with death in a gang ridden wasteland of poverty and corruption will they be able to escape? Are the cards stacked against them or does Arturo have an ace up his sleeve? Will Saint Death show them mercy? Exploring themes of migration, capitalism and social mobility this taut thriller, laced with Mexican folklore, will have you holding your breath until the shocking climax.
ISBN 9781444000528 HB Orion Books £10.99