New Books For June

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

The new books for June are looking promising. It has taken a while to pick some of my favourites from the buyer’s guide… but here they are. There are six of the UK’s bestselling authors in this month’s selection. The bestsellers’ charts are going to be a tough one to predict!

New Books For June Boy At The Top Of The MountainThe Boy At The Top Of The Mountain by John Boyne (Random House Children’s Books)

Pierrot has become an orphan and must uproot his life in Paris to start afresh with his Aunt Beatrix. He journeys to Germany where she is a servant in a wealthy household high up on a mountain. This is no ordinary household though, this is Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler and the year is 1935. Pierrot is taken under Hitler’s wing and his world becomes mixed with terror, secrets and betrayal.

Boyne is probably best known for his novel, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which has been turned into a popular film and become a favourite English classroom text for key stage three. I have no doubt that this one will be just as popular with adults and children alike. Although this wouldn’t normally be my choice of reading, having seen John Boyne at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival I was suitable intrigued by him to add this to my list to keep an eye out for.

New Books For June Disappearing Dictionary CrystalThe Disappearing Dictionary by David Crystal (Pan)

Language is always changing; that’s evident when somehow the ‘word of the year’ for 2015 was an emoji… but with all these new words coming into our lives (and dictionaries) aren’t we forgetting some of the old ones?

David Crystal is a well renowned academic and author of English Language books. In his latest volume he unearths some classics from the English language to try and take them on a test drive in this brave new world of language.

Take these three great examples: dabberlick [noun, Scotland] A mildly insulting way of talking about someone who is tall and skinny. “Where’s that dabberlick of a child?”, fubsy [adjective, Lancashire] Plump, in a nice sort of way and squinch [noun, Devon] A narrow crack in a wall or a space between floorboards. “I lost sixpence through a squinch in the floor”.

I may have added this on a bit of a whim, but I can’t help it: I love learning new words… or in this case old ones.

New Books For June Emperor Of The Eight Islands Lian HearnEmperor Of The Eight Islands by Lian Hearn (Picador)

An ambitious warlord leaves his nephew for dead and seizes his lands.

A stubborn father forces his younger son to surrender his wife to his older brother.

A mysterious woman seeks five fathers for her children.

A powerful priest meddles in the succession to the Lotus Throne.

These are the threads of an intricate tapestry in which the laws of destiny play out against a backdrop of wild forest, elegant court, and savage battlefield. Set in a mythical medieval Japan inhabited by warriors and assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits.

Emperor of the Eight Islands is the first in a new series from Lian Hearn, The Tale of Shikanoko. Hearn’s first series, Tales of the Otori, was a wonderful addition to bookshelves and this new one should do just as well.

New Books For June New Guard MuchamoreNew Guard by Robert Muchamore (Hachette Kids/Hodder Childrens’)

Ryan Sharma is a CHERUB agent. Working undercover, he can slip under the adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. Now he’s investigating a double kidnapping, working with mission controller James Adams. In the mission to end all missions, Ryan and James must assemble a team of legendary CHERUB agents to find the hostages and bring them home.

There couldn’t be a better description for this book, it really is the mission to end all missions, as this is the last ever title in the CHERUB series from Robert Muchamore. I honestly can’t believe this has been going for 12 years… and I also can’t believe that this series has been so popular since its very first book. It’s sad when series like this come to an end but I have no doubt that we’ll be seeing people reading and re-reading them for a long time to come.

New Books For June Secrets Of The Wild WoodThe Secrets Of The Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt (Pushkin Press Children’s)

“There’s no place you can lose your way as quickly as in the Wold Wood…”

One of the King’s knights has gone missing. Sent to explore the mysterious Wild Wood, which no-one dares visit and some say are enchanted, he has vanished in the snow. Tiuri, now Sir Tiuri after carrying out his perilous mission, has to find him.

This is another author I discovered after going to the Bath Children’s Literature Festival last year. After hearing the publisher talk about the first book The Letter for the King I had to get it: I ordered it straight away and ripped open the parcel the next day when it arrived to start reading. It’s amazing how hearing someone speak so passionately about a book can make you want to read it. This is another one that wouldn’t normall be something I’d pick up but it sounded so wonderful that I just had to. I’m not sure how to describe it, it’s a fable/fairy tale crafted into a fully fledged novel, and it’s a delight to read. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this author to anyone… well, I’d only hesitate as I try to remember how to spell her name.

New Books For June Slade House David MitchellSlade House by David Mitchell (Sceptre)

Turn down Slade Alley – narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you’re looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn’t quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies.

A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t.

This novel begins in 1979 and reaches its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe’en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a ‘guest’ is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs…

This book was brought to life from a short story that David Mitchell published on Twitter two years ago, it is set in the same universe as his novel The Bone Clocks. I would imagine this will be one not to read in the dark, or at Halloween! Cloud Atlas and number9dream were very popular books for Mitchell but I would imagine Slade House is going to appeal to a wider audience due to it’s links to Twitter… you’d be amazed at what books you can discover on there!

New Books For June With Malice Eileen CookWith Malice by Eileen Cook (Hot Key Books)

When Jill wakes up in a hospital bed with her leg in a cast, the last six weeks of her life are a complete blank. All she has been told is that she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy and had to be jetted home to receive intensive care. Care that involves a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident . . . wasn’t just an accident.

With no memory of what happened or what she did, can Jill prove her innocence? And can she really be sure that she isn’t the one to blame?

I’m going to say it… I love Hot Key Books! They do exactly what they say on the tin… they bring you hot… key… books (well, you get the idea!). I’ve just got my hands on a proof copy of this one and I can’t wait to be sitting on a coach for five hours next week to be able to read it. Everyone loves a bit of intrigue and there certainly seems like there’s a lot to be had in this book.

New Books For June World's Worst Children WalliamsThe World’s Worst Children by David Walliams (Harper Collins)

Ten cautionary tales and a delightfully dreadful cast of characters. Are you ready to meet the World’s Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls!

Sofia Sofa – a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one; Dribbling Drew – a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip; and Blubbering Bertha – a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales.

Out of all of these, this one will end up at the top of the bestseller list. David Walliams and Tony Ross between them definitely have the book game down to a T. We can’t wait to pick up this latest one in the office.


Hopefully you’ll love all of these as much as we do, and remember to let us know if there are any gems coming out in June that we’ve missed!


Happy reading!


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