Clare Johnson

Clare Johnson, Independent Usborne Organiser


September Picks for Schools

17th August 2018

Fiction

Our diverse fiction list is full of incredible characters and unputdownable plots, ideal for engaging any reader. 

Middle Grade Fiction

After playing a forbidden spell-song to save a village from rats, 12-year-old piper Patch Brightwater is thrown in jail. But there he meets Wren - a noble girl under a rat-shaped curse - and together they befriend Barver, a fearsome dracogriff, and set off on a grand adventure filled with sorcerers, dragons, bandits ... and one very deadly enemy. A Darkness of Dragons is the first title in an incredible new fantasy series.

Cecily is enchanted when she meets photographer Rosalind, and soon longs to learn more about this "art of the future" and become a famous photographer herself. Believing Rosalind to be the perfect match for her widowed father, Cecily conspires to unite the pair, but her father's friend keeps spoiling her plans. Will Cecily's dreams ever come true? Girls Behind the Camera is the latest title in the 6 Chelsea Walk series, perfect for any young feminist.

Having uncovered the secrets that lay behind the spookily pristine town of Perfect, Violet and the townsfolk are enjoying their new freedom from the maniacal rule of the evil Archer twins. But have they really seen the last of Edward Archer? Why is Boy acting strangely? And who is masterminding a scary zombie army? The Trouble With Perfect is the ultimate spooky sequel to A Place Called Perfect!

Young Adult Fiction

Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they're separated, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even struggle across London and travel to Brighton, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though people might think a girl like Rosie could never survive on her own. Rosie Loves Jack is a poignant and beautiful YA novel not to be missed.

Graphic Novels

When Sir Charles Baskerville dies in mysterious circumstances, it's a case for the world's greatest detective - Sherlock Holmes. Could Sir Charles be the latest victim of a family curse stretching back generations? Holmes and his colleague Dr. Watson must use all their skill and courage if they are to survive their encounter with the terrifying Hound of the Baskervilles. Terror and suspense abound in this graphic version of Holmes' most famous case The Hound of the Baskervilles.

When legendary warrior Odysseus sets off from the city of Troy to his home on Ithaca, little does he suspect the terrifying dangers that stand in his way. Man-eating giants, a one-eyed ogre and a six-headed serpent lie in wait - not to mention sinister sirens, blood-chilling ghosts and a wicked enchantress. The fantastic thrills come thick and fast in this graphic version of the epic Greek legend The Odyssey.

Subjects

Business

Dive into the world of business with this lively introduction. Find all the basics you need to start your own business - from tips for business ideas and how to beat the competition, to advice on managing money. Also discover how business fits into the wider world, from pollution and global supply chains to interest rates and bailouts. Business for Beginners is ideal for any future entrepreneur or business studies student.

Engineering

Engineering helps shape the world around us, from the houses and cities we live in, to the way we travel, and even the sound of the music we listen to. Lift the Flap Engineering is an engaging way for students to discover how engineering works, the many things engineers do, and how engineers are building a better world.

ICT

My First Computer Coding Book using Scratch Jr, is a fun, friendly guide, and is a perfect first introduction to computer coding for young pupils. Discover how computers work and what coding does - then follow simple, step-by-step intructions to code your own stories and games. 

Science

Ideal for KS1, My First Seas and Oceans Book is full of amazing creatures, beautiful seascapes and hundreds of underwater things for children to share and talk about.

Home Learning

Usborne's Wipe-Clean series is ideal for helping children to practise the key skills they learn at school at home. Perfect for increasing confidence in young pupils, this month's new titles are: Wipe-Clean Ready for Reading Phonics and Wipe-Clean Joined-up Handwriting.

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