John Boyne introduces The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain is the new book from John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Stay Where You Are And Then Leave.  I love John’s writing for both younger and older readers and I am especially excited to read his now book.  Here is John Boyne introducing the book and reading an extract and talking about his World War Two novels:

When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler.

Quickly, Pierrot is taken under Hitler’s wing, and is thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets and betrayal, from which he may never be able to escape.

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain is available now in NZ from Penguin Random House NZ.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Sword of Summer Book Trailer

Rick Riordan’s new series is finally here!  The first book in his Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, Sword of Summer is out in NZ.  This new series follows Magnus Chase as he tries to prevent the end of the world, Ragnarok. It sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read it!

My name is Magnus Chase.  I’m orphaned and living rough on the streets of Boston.  And things are about to get much worse. 

My day started out normally enough.  I was sleeping under a bridge when some guy kicked me awake and said, ‘They’re after you.’  Next thing I know, I’m reunited with my obnoxious uncle, who casually informs me that my long-lost father is a Norse god. 

Nothing normal about that.  And it turns out the gods of Asgard are preparing for war.  Apparently, if I can’t find the sword my father lost two thousand years ago, there will be doom.  Doomsday, to be precise. 

A fire giant attacking the city?
Immortal warriors hacking each other to pieces?
Unkillable wolves with glowing eyes?
It’s all coming up.

But first I’m going to die.

This is the story of how my life goes downhill from there…

Check out this awesome trailer for Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer