The January theme for Six for Sunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot is It’s all about booooooooooks and today’s prompt is for Books you’re excited for in 2021. There are so many middle-grade books I’m excited for in 2021, and lots I will be excited for – as soon as I know they exist! I’m going to choose books being published from May onwards as I have posted a Blog Post for Anticipated Releases for February until April.
- I first saw Harklights mentioned on Twitter and was intrigued by it, so looked up the synopsis. It definitely sounds like the kind of book I will love! It is due to be released on 13th May and is published by Usborne.
Wick has always lived in the dark and dreadful Harklights Match Factory and Orphanage, working tirelessly for greedy Old Ma Bogey. He only dreams of escaping, until one day a bird drops something impossible and magical at his feet – a tiny baby in an acorn cradle… As midnight chimes, Wick is visited by the Hobs, miniature protectors of the forest. Grateful for the kindness shown to their stolen child, they offer Wick the chance of a lifetime – escape from Harklights and begin a new life with them in the wild… Winner of the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize, Harklights is a magical story celebrating family, friendship and the natural world, filled with a message of hope for our times.
2. Skyborn by Sinead O’Hart. I have loved all of Sinead’s books: The Eye of the North, The Star-Spun Web and The Ravens’ Call, so I was ridiculously excited when she tweeted that she has a new book, Skyborn, due to be published on 10th June. It is set in a Travelling Circus and, I think, features a character from Eye of the North. Don’t know much else about it yet, but I know I definitely want to read it as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.
3. I adore Vashti Hardy’s writing and have devoured all her books: Brightstorm, Darkwhispers, WildSpark and The Griffin Gate, so I was very excited to discover that she has two books being released this year. Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest (illustrated by George Ermos) is due for release on 1st April, published by Scholastic, and I’ve already included it in my post for February-April Anticipated Releases. Her other book being released this year is Crowfall which is due for release on 1st July, also published by Scholastic.
More high adventure and invention with an ecological twist from the Blue Peter Award winning author of Wildspark and Brightstorm. Cast out from the clockwork island of Ironhold, where mechanical technology controls everything, Orin Crowfall finds himself adrift on a small boat in the middle of the ocean. As Orin and his robot friend Cody struggle to make sense of the events that brought them here, the one thing they know for sure is that Ironhold is in trouble. They need to get back, whatever the cost. Plagued by perilous seas and freak storms, and with a terrifying sea monster on their tail, Orin soon realises their journey won’t be easy. It will take courage and strength, trusting in new friends and embracing the spirit of adventure, if Orin wants to save his home.
4. I have adored all the Unmapped Chronicle series, so I’m really, really looking forward to The Crackledawn Dragon which is due for release on 10th June, published by Simon & Schuster Ltd .
Where the map ends, the adventure begins . . . 11-year-old Zebedee Bolt is on the run. Again. Only this time it’s not the police who find him. It’s an evil harpy called Morg. And when she hauls him into Crackledawn, an Unmapped kingdom that conjures sunlight for our world, Zeb discovers running away only gets you so far. When magic’s involved, you’ve got to pick a side. And though Zeb vowed he wouldn’t trust anyone ever again, he didn’t expect to stumble aboard The Kerfuffle, an enchanted boat belonging to a girl called Oonie and her talking chameleon, Mrs Fickletint. Suddenly, Zeb finds himself on a voyage complete with silver whales, fire krakens and underwater palaces. Can he muster up enough trust in others, and in magic, to summon a dragon, find the Ember Scroll and defeat Morg once and for all? This is a story about saving the world but it’s also a story about trusting friends, and chameleons, even when kingdoms are falling apart.
5. Shadowghast – The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea. I have absolutely loved this series (Malamander and Gargantis) and am so looking forward to reading the third book, even though it is quite a wait, with publication not due until 2nd September, published by Walker Books.
A creepy magician with a shadowy act. A legend that goes back to the dawn of time. Eerie-on-Sea just got stranger. And darker… A mysterious stage magician has set up in the theatre at the end of the pier, with an act so hypnotic and strange that Herbie Lemon and his friend Violet Parma suspect dark forces are at work. Meanwhile, folk are disappearing from Eerie-on-Sea, and no one knows why. There is an Eerie legend that goes back to the dawn of time, about a creature made of darkness that devours the shadows of the living. But could the Shadowghast really have returned?
6. The Haunting of Aveline Jones was one of my favourite spooky reads in 2020, so I’m so looking forward to The Bewitching of Aveline Jones which is due to be released this year, but I’m not sure when. The author, on Twitter, described it as “Standing stones, crows, magic. How much more solsticey can you get?” and I’m so up for that!
What books are you looking forward to in 2021? Are there any that you’d recommend I read?