I’ve been lucky enough to receive two proof copies of books coming in the new year recently, these titles are from Barrington Stoke the wonderful publisher who makes books especially for children with dyslexia and reluctant readers.  One of these books comes out in January while the other isn’t even out until March, but both sound so interesting and I couldn’t wait to share my excitement!  Let’s take a closer lok at these two books, both aimed at older children and let’s start with the one coming out in January…

November book haul Barrington Stoke close up of The Mermaid in the Millpond
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The Mermaid in the Millpond by Lucy Strange – Bess has left the London workhouse behind for a job at a rural cotton mill.  But life at the mill is hard and cruel – a far cry from the fresh start Bess hoped for.  The only way to survive is to escape, but the mill is like a prison with no way out.
Meanwhile, rumours are spreading about a viscious creature that lurks in the millpond.  Bess is sure it’s all nonsense, until one night she sees something stir in the murky water.

And now for the March release…

November book haul Barrington Stoke close up of Wrath
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Wrath by Marcus Sedgwick – Cassie Cotton has always been unusual, a bit different – but this only makes her more intriguing to her school friend Fitz.
Cassie can hear a noise that most people don’t notice or recognise, and she believes it’s a sound that shows the Earth is in distress, damaged by human activity that is causing climate change.
When this belief leads to her being ridiculed and bullied at school, Cassie disappears.  Fitz is determined to find her, but he has no idea where to start looking, or if he’ll be in time to help her.


These don’t come out for some time but I’m so keen to read them!  I’ll share my thoughts on these in my reviews which will be closer to the books release dates, but don’t they both sound interesting?

What do you think of these books?  Do you like books that feature climate change?  What about historical fiction?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂