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Read an Exclusive Extract of Cosmic Creatures – a whole new world of animal rescue from Tom Huddleston & Sophy Williams

We’re very excited to be publishing the first two books of our new series Cosmic Creatures next month! Cosmic Creatures: The Runaway Rumblebear and Cosmic Creatures: The Friendly Firecat are written by Tom Huddleston and illustrated by the award-winning Sophy Williams. Tom has previously brought us the middle grade novels FloodWorld and DustRoad, while Sophy has also worked on The Secret Rescuers series, the Zoe’s Rescue Zoo series and the Forever Homes series. Cosmic Creatures is a whole new world of animal rescue that is perfect for animal-mad readers aged 5+.

And today we’re delighted to be sharing a preview of both books – you can read the first few chapters of each below!

On a faraway planet, cute alien animals need help! Luckily, Charlie and her robot friend, Random, are ready for any rescue adventure…

In The Runaway Rumblebear, something has been stealing the humans’ food on planet Vela! Charlie discovers the thief – it’s a cheeky, fluffy, hungry rumblebear! The rumblebear has lost its family, and Charlie is sure she can help it find them. But first, she’ll have to hide the rumblebear from the angry mayor, and it’s not easy to hide something that roars like a lion and won’t stop eating!

Read an extract of Cosmic Creatures: The Runaway Rumblebear:

In The Friendly Firecat, Charlie is on a special trip to see the migration of the firecats, the fastest animals on planet Vela! But when rustlers start kidnapping the cats, the herd stampede, and a sparkly little firekitten is left behind. Charlie and Random must come up with a plan to stop the rustlers and reunite the baby firecat with its family before it’s too late…

Read an extract of Cosmic Creatures: The Friendly Firecat:

The first two Cosmic Creatures books will be published on March 3rd. You can pre-order a copy of Cosmic Creatures: The Runaway Rumblebear from Waterstones here, Bookshop.org here, or from Amazon here. You can pre-order a copy of Cosmic Creatures: The Friendly Firecat from Waterstones here, Bookshop.org here, or from Amazon here.

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Read an Exclusive Extract from Max Counts to a Million – a heart-warming story of one boy’s experience of lockdown from Jeremy Williams

We are so excited to be publishing Max Counts to a Million by Jeremy Williams next month – a poignant, uplifting story that reflects the experiences shared by so many during the Covid pandemic and celebrates how ordinary people accomplish epic things. The author, Jeremy Williams, has only ever wanted to be a writer. Today he writes serious books for adults and less serious books for children. He still doesn’t have quite enough books.

Sometimes, just keeping on going makes you a hero.

Eight-year-old Max is counting to a million. Normally, school or having anything interesting to do would get in the way, but school is shut and everyone has to stay home because the UK is in its first lockdown. Max’s dad works at the hospital and counting helps Max with missing him, but as the pandemic progresses and Max’s grandad journeys through his own battle with the virus, what starts as a distraction turns into record-breaking effort that brings Max’s community together.

Read an extract from Max Counts to a Million below:

Max Counts to a Million will be published on 3rd March 2022. You can pre-order your copy  from Waterstones here, Bookshop.org here, or from Amazon here.

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