Ich – einfach tierisch

von Judith Le Huray und Ina Krabbe 

Stell dir vor, du wachst mitten im Wald auf und bist – ein Hund!

Die Knie knicken mir weg, mir wird schwindlig, ich knalle auf den Boden. Das alles ist ein böser Traum. Oder es kommt vom Sturz. Eine Sinnestäuschung. Oder … Bei dem schockierenden Gedanken wird mir schlecht. Als ich den Kopf schüttle, spüre ich meine Ohren schlackern. Ich bin ein Hund. Ich. Ein Köter.

Die Geschichte ist ein turbulentes Abenteuer, in dem es viel zu lachen gibt, das aber auch viel Spannung in sich birgt. Wird Marvin es rechtzeitig schaffen, wieder ein Junge zu werden, bevor er vergisst, dass er mal ein Mensch war? Ob Hundefreund, Abenteuerliebhaber oder Lachfans, Kinder von 10-12 Jahren werden dieses Buch mögen. – Kinderohren-Blog

Für die Leser ist Marvins wahr gewordener Alptraum ein turbulentes und witziges Lesevergnügen. – Kilifü, Almanach der Kinderliteratur 2016/17

Wer ein Kinderbuch mit Witz, außergewöhnlichem Plot und reichlich Spannung lesen möchte, der sollte unbedingt zu “Ich – einfach tierisch” greifen. Und Jungs bekommt man mit diesem genialen Buch auch zum Lesen! Es gehört einfach in jedes Kinderzimmer! – Wenke Bönisch, Kinderbibliothek-Blog

Humorvoll und aus ungewöhnlicher (Hunde-)Perspektive erzählt Judith Le Huray diese abenteuerliche Geschichte von Freundschaft und Familie. – Evangelischer Buchberater

Südpol Verlag | hc | 216 S. | 2016 | 10+

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Haifische kommen nicht an Land

von Karin Bruder

Joaquín ist zwölf und ziemlich pfiffig, aber in der Schule war er nie. Er hätte auch gar keine Zeit dazu wegen seiner vielen Jobs. Er arbeitet als Kaffeepflücker, Mangoverkäufer und Friedhofsgärtner, und ohne sein Geld käme die Familie kaum über die Runden.
Joaquín lebt auf Ometepe, einer Insel im Nicaraguasee. Das Ufer ist sein Tellerrand, über den er nie hinaus geblickt hat. So sagt das jedenfalls Rosa, dieses Mädchen aus Deutschland, das er auf einigermaßen abenteuerliche Weise kennengelernt hat. Rosa hat schon die ganze Welt bereist, sie hat Geldscheine in den Hosentaschen, sehr blonde Haare und Augen so hell wie ein See. Joaquín ist fasziniert – auch von der Aussicht, ein bißchen von Rosa zu profitieren. So ergattert er einen Traumjob bei ihrem Vater, der als Ethnologe das Leben auf der Insel erforscht und Interviews gegen Bezahlung führt. Joaquín steht begeistert Rede und Antwort, und im Überschwang erfindet er auch ein bisschen was dazu. Bis Antonio, der Sohn des Hoteliers, ihn bei Rosa anschwärzt. Tief gekränkt von den Zweifeln an seiner Rechtschaffenheit, will er nur noch weg von Ometepe! Joaquín büxt aus und macht Erfahrungen, die sein Leben verändern.

„Der Text liest sich schnell und leicht, steckt voller Leben und macht nachdenklich über den Moment der Lektüre hinaus.“
Julia Süßbrich, Eselsohr-leseabenteuer.de


„Haifische kommen nicht an Land“ ist ein eindringliches Buch, abseits der ansonst geläufigen Jugendthemen.
Buchkultur

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 208 S. | 2015 | 10+

Tim Robber – Jagd nach dem Inselschatz

von Christian Jaksch und Thalia Brückner

Spannende Zeitreise und packendes Piratenabenteuer in Anlehnung an den Klassiker „Die Schatzinsel“!

Der 12-jährige Tim Robber möchte in den Ferien eigentlich nur eines: in Ruhe im Steinbruch von Billford nach Fossilien suchen. Doch dann bekommt er eine bronzene Kugel von seinem Großvater geschenkt, die ein unglaubliches Geheimnis birgt. Als Tim erfährt, was es damit auf sich hat, ist es schon fast zu spät und er muss – um sein Leben und das seiner Familie zu retten – ein unvorstellbares Wagnis eingehen …

gelungene Mischung aus Fantasy- und Abenteuerroman mit einem Helden, der seine Ängste durch die Herausforderungen, denen er ausgesetzt ist, beherrschen lernt ohne zu einem Superhero zu werden. – Sigrid Spieler, ekz-Lektoratsdienste

High-Tech und ein waschechtes Piratenabenteuer – his & her books

Ein spannendes Zeitreise-Abenteuer, nicht nur für Piraten-Fans! – verenas-welt-der-jugendbuecher.blogspot.de

Südpol Verlag | hc | 256 S. | 2015 | 10+

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The Magic Pattern

The Mystery of Captain Triangle’s Treasure Map Buch_gerade

he wizard pupils Elmar, Clarissa and Marlon go to the wizards’ school Abracadabra. Here, lunch isn’t cooked, it is conjured! And the lessons don’t cover any trivial things, but broom riding, magic animals and magic spells. In this environment, the three wizard pupils have to solve tricky (but suitable for children) puzzles surrounding numbers, the times table and geometrical shapes. The playful exposure to math-puzzles will enthuse even math-grouches!

The third volume centres on mysterious areas, shapes and figures. Elmar’s uncle Estragon, a famous wizard, is in possession of Captain Triangle’s bedevilled treasure map and close to solving the mystery of the map. But then Estragon is swallowed by the treasure chart! Elmar, Clarissa and Marlon have to resolve the riddles in order to set the uncle free.

Three bright young wizards, a mysterious thief, the ghost of a pirate, a surprisingly clever parrot, lots of action, a pinch of suspense and tricky math puzzles in non-excessive portions—that’s the recipe for a book that will introduce children aged 8-10 to maths in a most pleasurable manner. – www.kinderohren.com

Südpol Verlag | hc | 136 pp | Feb 2016 | 8+

Rights sold: Korean

[original title: Das magische Muster]

Previous titles in this series:

The Magic Times Table (vol. 1), The Magic Minus (vol. 2)

Rights sold: Korean, Turkish

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The Road to Ratenburg

by Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop

Road to Ratenburg

A family of rats is forced to leave their home, so sets out to find the fabled city of Ratenburg. Along the way they outwit vicious dogs, tricky rat traps, and sharp-beaked hawks, and make some very dangerous crossings. The rat family’s adventures test their character and grow bonds between sisters and brothers, father and uncle, mum and dad.

Narrating the tale is Spinnaker Rat, a classic Edwardian father, full of wisdom about the ways of the world, who finds himself learning more than he expected.

Gecko Press | pb | 198 xc 129 mm | 194 pp | March 2016 | 8+

All rights available, except for Chinese and Turkish language rights

 

 

We Have Won the Lottery!

We Have Won the Lottery!

ens_ha_tocat_la_loteriaby Pere Comellas & Teresa Martí

The family on the 3rd floor, staircase H, apartment 1, have won the lottery. How lucky they are! Now they will never have to worry about anything ever again. Or will they?

Suddenly they discover that money can make you happy – or not, but it certainly does make life more difficult. An amusing story, written from a little girl’s point of view, who is very much surprised by everyone’s reaction to their stroke of luck: her family’s, the neighbours’, their friends’.

Takatuka | pb | 48 pp with four-colour illustrations | 6+

Rights sold: Arabic, Korean

[original title: Ens ha tocat la loteria!]

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Speed of Light

by Joy Cowley  Speed of Light

With a father more interested in money than family, a brother in prison, a sister with a secret, and a mother in denial, it’s no wonder Jeff buries himself in the safe world of mathematics.

When a storm hits Wellington, a strange old woman is blown into Jeff’s life, challenging everything he thinks is true.

Sometimes families need rescuing from themselves. This is true of teenager Jeff’s family … it is drama of the highest level. – Bob’s Books Blog (NZ), July 2014

Gecko Press | children’s fiction | pb | 208 pp | Aug 2014 | 11+

Rights sold: Chinese (complex), Korean

Dunger

by Joy Cowley  Dunger

William and Melissa have been roped into helping their old hippie grandparents fix up their holiday home in the middle of the Sounds. They’ll have no electricity, no cellphone reception, and only each other for company. As far as they’re concerned, this is not a holiday.

A highly readable new pre-teen novel from the beloved New Zealand writer Joy Cowley.

  • Winner, NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014, Junior Fiction category
  • Winner, LIANZA Book Awards 2014, Esther Glen Junior Fiction category
  • Storylines Notable Book

Spirited, warm, intelligent and has sensible and mature messages to impart. – The Bookbag (UK)

Hilarious and endearing. – The NZ Listener 50 Best Children’s Books of 2013, November 2013

Dry, droll and never dull … rich and deep. This is what our ordinary lives are like. manages to give us pride in ourselves and also makes us laugh at ourselves. – Judges’ Report, New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, June 2014

Gecko Press | pb | 156 pp | Oct 2013 | 10+

Rights sold: Korean

Tales of Fontania

Volume of Possible Endings

Queen and the Nobody Boy

Travelling Restaurant

The Travelling Restaurant (vol. 1)

The Queen and the Nobody Boy (vol. 2)

The Volume of Possible Endings (vol. 3)

by Barbara Else


The Travelling Restaurant

In the reign of Lady Gall (Provisional Monarch of Fontania), the word ‘magic’ is forbidden...  When 12 year old Jasper Ludlow’s parents flee the city, he gets left behind and finds refuge on The Travelling Restaurant, a sailing ship captained by old Dr Rocket and crewed by feisty PollyJasper faces challenges, adventures, storms and hungry pirates. Should he go in search of his parents, or his lost baby sister? Who should he trust? And why is Lady Gall hunting him?

  • New Zealand IBBY Honour Book for Writing 2012
  • NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2012, Junior finalist
  • Storylines Notable Book 2012
  • White Raven Award 2012
  • LIANZA Esther Glen Award 2012

One of the most enchanting books that I have read for a long time… I just absolutely loved it. – Kate De Goldi 

A heaping plateful of adventure, spiced to perfection with dangers, deft humor and silly bits. – Starred Kirkus review

Gecko Press | 304 pp | April 2011 |11 +

Rights sold: Dutch, French


The Queen and the Nobody Boy

Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed-up, he decides to leave and better himself. The young Queen, 12-year-old Sibilla, is fed-up too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability. She decides to run away with Hodie, whether he likes it or not. An adventure story about greed, rebellion, and finding allies in the most unlikely places.

  • Storylines Notable Book 2013
  • Junior Fiction Honour Award, NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2013
  • Junior Fiction Finalist, LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2013

Else makes the book into something that you just can’t tear yourself away from! – The Guardian

Gecko Press | 326 pp | Sept 2012 | 11+

The Volume of Possible Endings

Dorrity is the only child in magic-free Owl Town. When she finds an enchanted book with dire predictions, she must face her enemies. And who is the strange boy who has appeared in the Beastly Dark?

This stand-alone pre-teen adventure/fantasy novel is third book in the ‘Tale of Fontania’ series of novels. Filled with humour, action, adventure, and magic, this is a truly gripping read featuring a large and memorable cast of characters.

Gecko Press | 336 pp | Nov 2014 | 11+
All rights available

The Volume of Possible Endings

by Barbara Else Volume of Possible Endings

Tales of Fontania – vol. 3

Dorrity is the only child in magic-free Owl Town. When she finds an enchanted book with dire predictions, she must face her enemies. And who is the strange boy who has appeared in the Beastly Dark?

This stand-alone pre-teen adventure/fantasy novel is third book in the ‘Tale of Fontania’ series of novels. Filled with humour, action, adventure, and magic, this is a truly gripping read featuring a large and memorable cast of characters.

Gecko Press | 336 pp | Nov 2014 | 11+

All rights available

The Queen and the Nobody Boy

by Barbara Else Queen and the Nobody Boy

Tales of Fontania – vol. 2

Hodie is the unpaid odd-job boy at the Grand Palace in the Kingdom of Fontania. Fed-up, he decides to leave and better himself. The young Queen, 12-year-old Sibilla, is fed-up too, because of gossip about her lack of magical ability. She decides to run away with Hodie, whether he likes it or not. An adventure story about greed, rebellion, and finding allies in the most unlikely places.

  • Storylines Notable Book 2013
  • Junior Fiction Honour Award, NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2013
  • Junior Fiction Finalist, LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2013

Else makes the book into something that you just can’t tear yourself away from! – The Guardian

Gecko Press | 326 pp | Sept 2012 | 11+

All rights available

The Travelling Restaurant

by Barbara Else Travelling Restaurant

Tales of Fontania – vol. 1

In the reign of Lady Gall (Provisional Monarch of Fontania), the word ‘magic’ is forbidden...  When 12 year old Jasper Ludlow’s parents flee the city, he gets left behind and finds refuge on The Travelling Restaurant, a sailing ship captained by old Dr Rocket and crewed by feisty PollyJasper faces challenges, adventures, storms and hungry pirates. Should he go in search of his parents, or his lost baby sister? Who should he trust? And why is Lady Gall hunting him?

  • New Zealand IBBY Honour Book for Writing 2012
  • NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2012, Junior finalist
  • Storylines Notable Book 2012
  • White Raven Award 2012
  • LIANZA Esther Glen Award 2012

One of the most enchanting books that I have read for a long time… I just absolutely loved it. – Kate De Goldi 

A heaping plateful of adventure, spiced to perfection with dangers, deft humor and silly bits. – Starred Kirkus review

Gecko Press | 304 pp | April 2011 | 11 +

Rights sold: Dutch, French