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Posted by Tom, October 31, 2013

Happy Hallowe’en!

We’ve posted lists of Hallowe’en reading in the past (here and here), but every year some great new books come along, and so we couldn’t resist the opportunity to share some more seasonal titles – here are our spookiest books from 2013…

We’ve published a third fantastic picture book in the Hubble Bubble series by Tracey Corderoy and Joe BergerSpells-a-Popping, Granny’s Shopping. A trip to the supermarket is anything but ordinary for the little girl and her Granny, who may just be – whisper it – a witch. Granny just loves to magic everything along, and soon there are fish fingers flying everywhere! But when Pandora spots a couple of robbers up to no good, an extra-ordinary Granny is exactly what’s needed. Here’s a look inside:

AND we’ve also launched a young fiction series featuring the stars of the picture books, Pandora and her Granny. Perfect for newly independent readers, these heavily illustrated chapter books are full of fun, charm, excitement… and, of course, magic! Here’s chapter one of Hubble Bubble: The Glorious Granny Bake-Off, the first volume in the series, featuring three brand new stories:

This year we’ve also published the first paperback edition of Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster by Axel Scheffler. When Pip comes to Posy’s house wearing a scary monster mask, he gives Posy a bit of a fright. But when she works out it’s only Pip, she feels much better, and they share the biscuits she’s made. Hooray! Here’s a look inside:

And in 2013 we released the second volume in Christopher Edge’s phenomenal (and award-winning!) Twelve Minutes to Midnight trilogy – Shadows of the Silver Screen. A mysterious filmmaker approaches The Penny Dreadful with a proposal to turn Montgomery Flinch’s sinister stories into motion pictures. With Monty installed as the star of his production, filming begins but is plagued by a series of strange and frightening events. As Monty pleads with Penny to help him, she is drawn into the mystery, but soon finds herself trapped in a nightmare penned by her own hand. Can Penny uncover the filmmaker’s dark secret before it’s too late? Here’s the first chapter:

And there’s lots more great Hallowe’en reading in last year’s list, here, and 2011’s, here! If you’d like to stay up-to-date with all our book news (and be sure not to miss any of our themed recommendation lists), you can sign up to our monthly books newsletter here, and we’ll write to you about all of our upcoming titles, along with interviews with our authors and illustrators, information on upcoming events, and exclusive competitions and giveaways.

Happy Hallowe’en!

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