Catching up on posts from the amazing blogs I follow is detrimental to wish-lists [ ; D ]
This one I found on Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books, it looks just perfect for the school library.
Title: The Dead GentlemanAuthor: Matthew Cody
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 8 Nov 2011
Synopsis from Amazon
The dead are up and walking, and the Gentleman is at the door...
Featuring a kid hero, time travel, and otherworld portals in unexpected places (maybe there are monsters under your bed), The Dead Gentleman is a wild ride between parallel New York City timestreams—1901 and today. Eleven-year-old Tommy Learner is a street orphan and an unlikely protege to the Explorers, a secret group dedicated to exploring portals—the hidden doorways to other worlds. But while investigating an attercop (man-eating spider) in the basement of an old hotel, Tommy is betrayed—and trapped. And it's then that his world collides with that of modern-day Jezebel Lemon, who—until the day she decides to explore her building's basement—had no bigger worries than homework and boys. Now, Jezebel and Tommy must thwart the Dead Gentleman—a legendary villain whose last unconquered world is our own planet Earth, a realm where the dead stay dead. Until now. Can two kids put an end to this ancient evil and his legions of Gravewalkers?
Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books is also to blame for the next one - although he showed the second one in the series as I don't have the first I thought I had better start there [ : D ]
The Last Dragonslayer
Series: Draonslayer Trilogy
Author: Jasper Fforde
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Publication Date: 15 Sep 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads
In the good old days, magic was powerful, unregulated by government, and even the largest spell could be woven without filling in the magic release form B1-7g. But somewhere, somehow, the magic started draining away. Jennifer Strange runs Kazam!, an employment agency for state-registered magicians, soothsayers and sorceresses. But work is drying up. Drain cleaner is cheaper and quicker than a spell. Why trust a cold and drafty magic carpet when jetlines offer a comfy seat and an in-flight movie? And now potions are eligible for VAT . . . But then the visions start. The Last Dragon is going to be killed by a Dragonslayer at 12.00 on Sunday. The death will unleash untold devastation on the UnUnited Kingdom, setting principality against dukedom and property developer against homesteader. And all the signs are pointing to Jennifer Strange, and saying 'Big Magic is coming' . . .
And how awesome is this there is an app to go with it.