Top Ten Tuesday- Most Anticipated releases – Jan-March

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging initiative hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl with new themes each week.

This weeks theme is Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

I’m going to level with you here, I have a spreadsheet for 2020 reading and one sheet is dedicated to Books I have my eye on. And up until the end of June there are already over 60 books that have caught my eye and counting of course some are more coveted than others but it’s harder to whittle down to ten! So I’m cheating and only going up to March and that’s difficult enough so I’m further picking out books Littlefae is looking forward to as well to chest some more !

The Monster in the Lake by Louie Stowell illustrated by Davide Ortu

Kit and friends return with her special blend of magic, quiet social awareness and fighting for the children who don’t fit into the expected bookish heroine box. I loved The Dragon in the Library and cannot wait for this!!

The Highland Falcon Thief- M.G Leonard & Sam Sedgeman

I’m a sucker for a mystery and this race against the clock on the last journey of a steam engine sounds a great way to engage a range of children in reading from the mystery thriller fans such as of MMU to children who like trains.

Demelza and the Spectre Detectors – Holly Rivers & Alex T Smith

I’m very excited about this one, Demelza is representing all the girls who love science & engineering AS WELL as those who love a bit of the supernatural as it turns out she can summon the ghosts of the dead!!

Investigating her grandmother’s disappearance, I’m looking forward to exploring this wonderful world Holly has created, and I’m super excited that one of our favourite illustrators has worked his magic in the book too!

The Ice Bear Miracle- Cerrie Burnell

I rather enjoyed the magical world of Cerrie’s first MG offering last year The Girl with the Shark’s Tooth having earned her stripes writing disability inclusive picture books and the magical Harper early chapter series and is a vocal supporter for children’s books currently serving as the BookTrust’s Writer in Residence.

I’m enjoying the prospect of returning to her imagination in this tale of Marv who wants to discover the truth of what happened the night he got a moon shaped scar from an infamous Ice Bear.

Dark Whispers by Vashti Hardy

It’s the return to the Brightstorm story with Arthur and Maudie heading off on another adventure in this steam punk Alternate-reality Victoriana glory of a series. This time into the jungle.

I’m viridescent with envy at everyone whose had the chance to read this already as it sounds incredible with the crew of the Aurora joining a rescue mission spearheaded by the dastardly Eudora Vane, but is the missing Explorer really what she’s searching the jungle for?

A Sprinkle of Sorcery by Michelle Harrison

A Pinch of Magic is one of my favourite books not just of 2019 but all time and this book sees us return to the world of the Widdershins sisters, now released from the family curse find another adventure when Charlie disappears after the appearance of a girl bearing will o the wisps and hagstones turns up at their grandmother’s door.

The Good Hawk- Joseph Elliot

This is the third book in this list by someone who has (or in this case still does) work in British children’s television, but like the other two this is not the reason that it has piqued my interest, good writing, solid plots and in this case a passion for inclusion of children with disabilities and additional needs is what has me ready to champion for Joseph’s novel. This is a teen-YA fantasy quest involving the sea, finding what belonging means and features a protagonist with Downs Syndrome.

The House of One Hundred Clocks – AM Howell

Oh how I loved The Garden of Lost Secrets last year!! I am so incredibly excited to read the follow up to an outstanding historical fiction and I’m hoping this tale of a Clockwinder’s daughter, ghostly appearances and strange notes which seems to equally wobble between the fantastical and real until picking a side will be wonderful too!

Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick

I am so looking forward to this tale of the ultimate survival residential trip in the hands of Jennifer Killick who can really get inside the psyche of a young boy and equally create deliciously twisted tales. I’m a fan of Jennifer’s Alex Sparrow and Mo, Lottie and the Junkers and I’m very excited to read this Stranger Things infused thriller!

Potkin & stubbs ghostcatcher- by Sophie Green

I can’t believe it but it’s the last in the Potkin & Stubbs film noir request hard boiled with a ghostly edge detective stories for middle grade. The first book introduced us to a range of characters, including the ghostly Nedly, who is unfortunately not alone as we learn a movement against ghosts was brewing in the second novel The Haunting of Peligan City culminating in a Ghostbusters style emergency service. In this tale Nedly will react to the Ghostcatchers by trying to be some kind of ghostly a Batman figure protecting the weak and vulnerable but it puts him at danger of being disappeared altogether, what will happen to this duo? I know for one, this is one MG series I can’t predict.

Littlefae & I

Ghoul Scouts- Welcome to Camp Croak – Taylor Dolan

This is a series coming from Guppy Books and I think will have much appeal to younger readers with it ghoulish twist on Girl Scouts. I’m guessing Littlefae’s love of the ghoulish bits of Amelia Fang will make this book a hot favourite

Amelia Fang and the Naughty Caticorns by Laura Ellen Anderson

Amelia and friends return but there’s some changes happening, with a new character about to be introduced and some Naughty caticorns who get Amelia into a whole heap of trouble!! Laura Ellen Anderson is a huge Faevorite of the girls I cannot wait to enjoy this with both of them.

Isadora Moon goes on Holiday by Harriet Muncaster

Isadora Moon is another favourite of my daughters with her perfectly matching Littlefae’s outlook of a little bit sparkly and a little bit gothy (definitely my child!!) in this one Isadora is going on holiday and going to see her mermaid friend Marina again! Isadora goes Camping is a perennial favourite of the girls thanks to the mermaids so seeing Marina again and this time having an adventure saving baby turtles is going to be wonderful!

Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective 3: Peril at Lizard Lake by Laura James & Emily Fox

Littlefae is growing into a proper little mystery fan- she is rather fond of watching daytime repeats of David Suchet’s Poirot and adores mystery stories including the first two Fabio stories. So we are super excited to see this wonderful series return, and I think I’m going to have to go all out and pause for analysis – maybe even make our own casebook!!!!!’

Kitty and the the Sky garden Adventure- Paula Harrison & Jenny Løvlie

Both the girls enjoyed Kitty’s first two adventures, and so this return to the Catlike superhero world is going to be a good one especially as this one involves a secret rooftop sanctuary garden that is under threat, Tinyfae in particular loves nature so will be super excited for this!!

Lottie Luna and the Twilight Party- Vivian French and Nathan Reed

Littlefae and I thoroughly enjoyed the first Lottie Luna Story last year for its fantasy and mystery elements, I’m hoping that this tale where Lottie is struggling with her powers being sharper than others is a lovely tale of learning to accept oneself even if we are different.

What are you looking forward to?

Apologies for lack of pictures this week. I’m not sure if all have had their cover reveals and I don’t want to step on toes, plus I have THE most Dreadful LURGY that’s got worse since Christmas, I feel awful and need a lie down now!!


17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- Most Anticipated releases – Jan-March

  1. I’m also looking forward to the new A M Howell and A Sprinkle of Sorcery. I hadn’t heard about The Highland Falcon Thief but I’m going to use it to introduce myself to MG Leonard as I shockingly still haven’t read the Beetle Boy books!
    There’s lots there I know Littlefae must be very excited about too!

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    1. Amazing stuff coming out!! I have a couple of Beetle books but haven’t got round to them yet- I must try but the Highland Falcon Thief put me in the mind of a Poirot meets Tin Tin and the Wells and Wong girls on a train!

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  2. What an amazing selection of books! I’m looking forward to so many of these. I haven’t heard much about Cerrie Burrell’s one but I did really enjoy The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth. Demelza and the Spectre Detectors sounds great and is not one that has been on my radar so thank you!

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    1. Thank you, it was really hard choosing which to showcase! I really like Cerrie’s mythopoiec writing voice and her approach to inclusion and I saw her reveal a sneak peek of her cover in pics from Bath I think… I’m excited to see where she goes in the ice!!
      I’m so excited for Demelza, she sounds a character that both Littlefae and I will adore!!!

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  3. I’m really excited for lots of these too, and can confirm Demelza is great- still kicking myself for not catching the foreshadowing in that!! And I’m sorry to be stalkery but have just seen you’ve not read the Beetle trilogy and I just wanted to say I absolutely can’t recommend them highly enough- they’re one of my favourite series that I’ve read 💜
    Amy x

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  4. Ha! I’ve been dragging since Christmas too. I feel like I’ve been in catch-up mode ever since! All the books on your list are new to me, but I hope you enjoy them!

    My TTT

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  5. I’m afraid to look at this, because I don’t know if my TBR can handle it. xD Oh! I did want to say, I took your recommendation of Amelia Fang and got it for my minion for Christmas, and she LOVES it. I’ve never seen her get through a chapter book that quickly. She’s already asked for all the other books (including the upcoming one) for her birthday LOL.

    There are a lot of great-sounding books here, and I’m going to have to find all of them on Goodreads. I’ve had my eyes on The House of One Hundred Clocks, too! It sounds really good. I hope you’re feeling better now.

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    1. 💜 I am so pleased to hear that your daughter loved Amelia Fang! They are such special books for us it’s so wonderful to hear others enjoying them too!
      There are some AWESOME books coming out this year, follow ups, sequels and debuts, children’s publishing is ON FIRE with talent!
      And as for feeling better- meh I’m getting there!!!

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    2. It so is. I specifically made sure to make a list of midgrade books I want to watch for this year, and I’m super excited about them. They’re all so unique, and I love that. xD Midgrade authors are definitely showcasing their imaginations this year, based on some of the summaries I’ve read lately lol.

      Have you read any of the Rick Riordan Presents books? They’re upper midgrade, so older than a lot of books I think you generally read. Aru Shah was a miss for me, but I’m loving Tristan Strong, and I’m super excited about some of the things they’ve got coming out this year. Just a heads up, if you’re into mythology action adventure (in the vein of Rick Riordan’s books). 😉

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