Today I’m excited to share with you some new books from publisher Barrington Stoke which came through my door in April.  These books are titles for May although one of these is a title that’s releasing in july!  In case you don’t know Barrington Stoke are a children’s book publisher who specialise in books for dyslexic and reluctant readers, so all of these books have special fonts, looks and are all pretty short compared with normal book sizes. 😀  A huge thank you to Emma from the publisher for these books which I’ll be reviewing on this blog very soon, but first let’s see what books came in the post, and this is a mix of both children’s and young adult/teen titles! 🙂  And apologies for the lighting in this photo, I just couldn’t get it bright enough at the back no matter what lights I pointed at the books :/

May book haul Barrington Stoke books
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Birdsong by Katya Balen – After a devastating car crash, Annie is unable to play her flute and retreats from the music she’s always loved.
She exists in a world of angry silence – furious with her mum and furious she can’t seem to play her beloved flute any more.
Then she meets Noah, who shows her the blackbirds’ nest hidden in the scrubland near their flats.  As their friendshiip grows, the blackbirds’ glorious song reignites Annie’s passion for music.  But when tragedy strikes again, will her fragile progress be put at risk?

Tutankhamun’s Treasure by David Long & Steffano Tambellini – On 4 November 1922, an Egyptian boy working on Howard Carter’s archaeological dig in the Valley of the Kings stumbled acorss a strange rock.  It turned out to be a stone step that would lead Carter to a long-lost tomb – and to the treasures beyond his wildest dreams.
The tomb belonged to boy pharoah Tutankhamun and was packed full of priceless artefacts.  It had been largely untouched for over 3,000 years and remains one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time.
In this fact-filled account of Carter’s long and determined quest, David Long shows how his amazing discoveries told us so much about life in Ancient Egypt.

All to Play For by Eve Ainsworth & Kirsti Beautyman – Lewis Cooper loves football more than anything else in the world, so he’s thrilled when his talent is spotted by a local coach.
But there are some serious obstacles in Lewis’s way.  His mum doesn’t want him to play because she blames the game for a family tragedy.
And even if Lewis can change her mind, there’s no way she’ll be able to afford the proper kit that he needs.
Can Lewis beat the odds to have a chance of following his dream?

Needle by Patrice Lawrence – Charlene Yewless loves knitting.  The only thing she loves more than knitting is her little sister, Kandi, whom she hasn’t seen since their mum died.
When the special blanket she’s knitting for Kandi is destroyed by her foster mum’s son, Charlene loses it.  She stabs him in the hand with her knitting needle and finds herself sitting in a police cell.
Can she find a way to say sorry when her freedom and her future are at stake?

Say No to the Dress by Keren David – Miri is fourteen and in the last year she’s been mugged by puberty.  She’s grown several inches, expanded in all directions, her breasts are out of control, and she’s prone to random eruptions of spots.  Life already feels like a nightmare and now she’s been asked to act as a bridesmaid for two of her siblings.  Two weddings and two bridesmaid dresses – could things get any worse?
Join this reluctant bridesmaid on her hilarious journey to the altar in a sharp-witted story of family, friendship and embracing yur true self, no matter what you’re forced to wear.


Don’t all these books sound so interesting?  I can relate to Say No to the Dress right away as I grew pretty wide after puberty too, lol. 😮  I can’t wait to read all of these books and share my reviews of them soon on this blog.  So please do look out for those. 🙂

Are you interested in reading any of these books?  What are you looking forward to reading this month?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂