R.L. Stine’s Monsters Come Alive in Goosebumps the Movie!

R.L. Stein is the Stephen King of children’s literature, his stories scaring the bejeebers out of kids for over 20 years!

And now that scare factor has increased with the release of Goosebumps: The Movie. We guarantee you and your kids will be anything but bored. So head to the movies now (don’t worry the monsters can’t break free from the screen, we hope).

But hey, if you’ve already watched the movie or just want to know the horrifying backstory of each terrifying monster, check out R.L. Stein’s author page. It’s super spooky. And informative.


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Film Tie-In Edition

by R.L. Stine, Scholastic, Inc. (Illustrator)

The Goosebumps movie captures the chills, thrills, and giggles of Scholastic’s original bestselling series. Jack Black stars as author R. L. Stine.

Zach has just moved from New York City to Maryland and he’s ready to accept his fate: new kid in a boring small town. Then he meets Hannah, the Girl Next Door that every guy dreams of.

Unfortunately, Hannah’s dad — Mr. Shivers — is a total nightmare. So when Zach hears Hannah screaming, he rushes over to rescue her. And that’s when it happens. Zach opens one of more…

J.K. Rowling fans rejoice! Exciting news from the author of the Harry Potter series…

We’ve got some big news for you, so brace yourselves. We’re talking go grab a ventilator and have it at the ready brace yourselves. Or a paper bag. Yeah, a paper bag will do.

Alright, here it goes …

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series has announced some very exciting news.  Got your paper bag at the ready? Breathe in … She’s announced that she’ll be writing a new children’s book!

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Whilst being interviewed by Simon Mayo at the Radio Two Book Club (in the UK), she mentioned that she’s writing another children’s book.

“I have an idea for a children’s book. Actually I have written part of a children’s book that I really love so I’m definitely going to finish that. And I have other ideas for other adult books”, she said. If it’s anything like the Harry Potter series, it’s sure to be a hit with both children and adults alike.

Asked whether she had other stories she wanted to publish: “Loads…I sometimes worry I’ll die before I’ve written them all out. That’s my mid-life crisis!”

Rowling also spoke about her ‘eighth story’ in the Harry Potter franchise – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – which is set 19 years after Voldemort’s demise. She opted not to write it as a novel but as a screenplay for the West End.

She told Mayo: “I always said I’d never say never. There were things I had in my head about what happened 19 years later. I personally had no desire to write it as a novel, for reasons that I think will become clear when people see the play. I’ll just say that this play would never have happened if this particular team hadn’t come to me. They’re extraordinary and I think together we’ll create a really fantastic experience for people.”

Rowling hasn’t shared any specific details about her upcoming children’s book but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn anything!

View J.K. Rowling’s Booktopia author page

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An adventurous romp awaits those who dare – Nikki Gemmell chats to Booktopia TV about her latest book in The Caddy Kids Series: The Luna Laboratorium

Caddy kids Kick, Bert, Scruff and Pin are back for another adventurous romp in The Luna Laboritorium!

Bestselling Australian author Nikki Gemmell is back with her third book in The Caddy Kids series, and what a thrill it is. With outback misadventures, secret tunnels, curious caretakers, strange letters and grotesque villains, no reader – whether young or young at heart – will be able to put it down. We dare you!

Have a listen to what Nikki Gemmell had to say about the book … oh, and did we mention she signed a few copies for some very lucky readers?!

Grab your signed copy of The Luna Laboratorium here!


The Luna Laboratorium

(The Caddy Kids: Book 3)

N.J. Gemmell

Armed with the knowledge that their mum might still be alive, Kick, Bert, Scruff and Pin have vowed to find her. They’ll comb the whole world if they have to! But it seems that Mum’s last-known location was closer to home.

So with a bewildered Uncle Basti in tow, and their mysterious friend Bone determined to tag along no matter what, the Caddy kids set off for Sydney … Read more.

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Grab your signed copy of The Luna Laboratorium here!


Discover The Caddy Kids series here!

COMING SOON: Old School by Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 10)

Fans of Jeff Kinney’s The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: rejoice! Greg’s back and being his hilarious self in Old School, Book 10 of the series.

With a new book comes new obstacles for Greg: he starts a new school and faces a challenge he never could have imagined …

Pre-order your copy of Old School here


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Jeff Kinney

Old SchoolThe Diary of the Wimpy Kid series of books, by best-selling author Jeff Kinney, charts the highs and lows of our middle school hero, Greg, as he stumbles and fumbles from childhood to teenhood via school-hood. Sometimes helped by his friends and family, often not helped by himself!

Life was better in the old days. Or was it?

That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.

With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going ‘old school’ just too hard for a kid like Greg?

Pre-order your copy of Old School here


About the AuthorJeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a number 1 New York Times bestselling author. In 2009, Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know about Jeff Kinney:

  1. He still doesn’t have to shave too often.
  2. His first decent drawing was of a turtle at the age of 3 (Jeff, not the turtle).
  3. He plays the piano “very, very poorly.”
  4. Jeff’s brother Scott has written one of the songs in the movie, Diary of A Wimpy Kid.
  5. He created the kids’ website Poptropica.com.
  6. His favourite computer games are the Mario Kart series.
  7. His favourite sandwich is peanut butter and jelly (eeeuw).
  8. His favourite song is ‘Brownville Girl’ by Bob Dylan.
  9. He has two brothers and a sister.
  10. At one stage he studied to become a federal law enforcement officer.

Visit Jeff Kinney’s Booktopia Author Page

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Caleb Krisp, author of Anyone but Ivy Pocket, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Caleb Krisp

author of Anyone but Ivy Pocket

Ten Terrifying Questions
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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born somewhere near the beginning and raised in a series of locked rooms up and down the east coast. My schooling consisted of a one-legged governess with a prominent overbite and whatever I could gleam from the back of coffee tins.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

Like any twelve-year-old, I dreamed of overthrowing the government, declaring my homeland a dictatorship and enslaving the general population.

At eighteen, I longed to enter a convent and devote myself to weaving tapestries, overthrowing the Mother Superior and enslaving the nuns.

By thirty my more radical instincts had been tempered and my sole ambition was to be ironically jaded and short of breath when climbing stairs. I am happy to say, I achieved my goal.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

At eighteen I was of the firm belief that Charles Darwin was the root cause of both my existential angst and my post-breakfast bloating. It took years for me to realise he was only the cause of my post-breakfast bloating.

4. What were three works of art – book, painting, piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a wPicnic at Hanging Rockriter?

The classic sitcom The Munsters was repeated numerous times throughout my childhood and I’d suspect it was, at least partly, the inspiration for my first book – Watching the Munsters. In  literary terms, the missing chapter of Picnic at Hanging Rock, in which the girls vanish through a tear in time, caused a brief, but profound, dizzy spell – resulting in several majestic and highly libellous letters to Joan Lindsey’s estate. Lastly, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love blew the windows open and allowed me to consider that living in my imagination was a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel? 

In my mid-twenties I noticed that due to a certain amount of excessive creative energy, my weekly shopping list ran to three hundred pages and contained long tracts of surrealist poetry and third person narratives with a whimsical bent. As such, I felt becoming a novelist was the path of least resistance.

6. Please tell us about your latest novel…

Anyone But Ivy Pocket is the compelling tale of a twelve year old maid of no importance. She is violently deluded, majestically self-important, frequently ill-mannered and has the intuitive sense of a pound cake. What’s more, Ivy’s caught up in a ghastly business involving a murdered duchess, a mystical necklace, a brattish aristocrat and a most remarkable destiny.

7. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

It’s my sincere hope that they take the book away with them after reading the work – and then burn it. I’m against lending books to family or friends. Ditto, libraries in general. This has less to do with any philistine tendencies and more to do with a thirst for royalties.

8. Whom do you most admire in the realm of writing and why?

Wilkie Collins springs to mind, primarily because he is a master of understatement and economy. As does Charity Bullhorn – Charity was Beatrix Potter’s maiden aunt and is long forgotten. She wrote a dozen novels in her short life, including A Certain Kind of Trollop and Tart with a Teapot. One cannot read her books and fail to be confused.

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9. Many artists set themselves very ambitious goals. What are yours?

My artist goal is to complete my forty-four volume nordic noir novel exploring the co-dependent relationship between a vegetarian serial killer and a psychologically damaged kitten suspended from active duties. I am three pages in and so far it’s going gangbusters.

10. What advice do you give aspiring writers?

Stop. If that is not an option, then write the book you’ve always wanted to read.

Caleb, thank you for playing.

Grab your copy of Anyone but Ivy Pocket here


Anyone but Ivy Pocket

by Caleb Krisp

anyone-but-ivy-pocketWho can you rely on to deliver a priceless diamond to an undeserving heiress? ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET! Fans of Lemony Snicket – your new hero awaits.

Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid of no importance, with a very lofty opinion of herself. Dumped in Paris by the Countess Carbunkle, who would rather run away to South America than continue in Ivy’s companionship, our young heroine (of sorts) finds herself with no money and no home to go to … until she is summoned to the bedside of the dying Duchess of Trinity.

For the princely sum of £500 (enough to buy a carriage, and possibly a monkey), Ivy agrees to courier the Duchess’s most precious possession – the Clock Diamond – to England, and to put it around the neck of the revolting Matilda Butterfield on her twelfth birthday. It’s not long before Ivy finds herself at the heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, mayhem and murder. Illustrated in humorous gothic detail by John Kelly, Anyone But Ivy Pocket is just the beginning of one girl’s deadly comic journey to discover who she really is …

Grab your copy of Anyone but Ivy Pocket here


About the Author

Caleb KrisCaleb Krispp was raised by militant librarians who fed him a constant diet of nineteenth century literature and room temperature porridge. He graduated from the University of Sufferance with a degree in Whimsy and set out to make his mark in the world as a writer.

Years of toil and failure followed, until, following a brief stint working in a locked box, Caleb moved to an abandoned cottage deep in the woods and devoted himself to writing about the adventures of a twelve-year-old lady’s maid of no importance.

Caleb has a strong dislike of pastry chefs and certain domesticated rabbits. His only communication with the outside world is via morse code or kettle drum. He trusts no one.

 Grab your copy of Anyone but Ivy Pocket here

Drum roll…. We’re announcing the winners of our 2015 Kids Month Competitions!

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In August we gave you the chance to enter our Kids Month competitions! Lots and lots of goodies were up for grabs! See below if you’re a winner…


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All you had to do to enter was order anything in the Kids Month range, during Kids Month!

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Old School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Book 10

by Jeff Kinney

The Diary of the Wimpy Kid series of books, by best-selling author Jeff Kinney, charts the highs
and lows of our middle school hero, Greg, as he stumbles and fumbles from childhood to teenhood via school-hood. Sometimes helped by his friends and family, often not helped by himself!

Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is more…

 

…and the winner is:

K.Paloni, Downer, ACT


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All you had to do to enter was order any book from The Netball Gems series by August 31st!

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The Netball Gems Series : Book 2

by Bernadette Hellard, Lisa Gibbs

A junior fiction series written in partnership with Netball Australia

Can shy Phoebe find her place in the Gems?

Phoebe loves to shoot goals, and she’s great at it too. She dreams of being a famous netballer and playing in front of thousands. The problem is that she’s nervous all the time, even around her teammates – and there are only seven of them! Why can’t she make friends as easily as Lily and Sienna? Things don’t get any easier when her overenthusiastic dad starts coaching from the sidelines. Could anything more…

…and the winner is:

L.Harris, Campbelltown, NSW


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All you had to do to enter was order any book from the Alex Rider series during Kids Month!

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Alex Rider Series : Book 10

by Anthony Horowitz

The deadly prequel to the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.

An international contract killer has been given his orders. His next target is a fourteen-year old spy… Alex Rider. The man’s name is Yassen Gregorovich. He knows Alex well. The two of them share a secret from the past. As he considers his next mission, Yassen remembers the forces that turned him from an ordinary schoolboy into a hired assassin. What is it that makes more…

…and the winners are:

K.Sinclair, Melrose Park Dc, SA

K.Wilson, Minlaton, SA

J.Sargent, Seaforth, NSW

R.Yu, North Sydney, NSW

S.Summerfield, Vaucluse, NSW


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All you had to do to enter was order any book from The Just! series during Kids Month!

Just Doomed!

JUST! Series: Book 8

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It’s been five long years since Just Shocking! was published.

Just Doomed!, the next fabulous JUST title from the creative genius of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, is destined to be one of the greatest JUST titles yet. With nine superb stories of mischief and crazy happenings, readers will be hooked instantly.

But is this the right book for you?

Take the DOOMED TEST and find out.

…and the winners are:

B.Cashel, Weyba Downs, QLD

L.Robson, Albion Park Rail, NSW

L.Needham, Kelso, QLD


Congratulations to the winners!

Missed out on the prize? Hey, turn that frown upside up, we’ve got so much more up for grabs, not to mention limited editions signed copies and 2 for 1 offers!

Head to our Promotions and Competitions page, where you could be a winner every day!

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It’s Kids Month at Booktopia and we have lots of goodies!

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It’s Kids Month at Booktopia and we have awesome competitions for you to enter and signed promotions for you to enjoy!


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Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Book 10

by Jeff Kinney

Buy anything in the Kids Month range and you could win a kids book pack, worth $1000 RRP! Terms and Conditions apply.

The Diary of the Wimpy Kid series of books, by best-selling author Jeff Kinney, charts the highs
and lows of our middle school hero, Greg, as he stumbles and fumbles from childhood to teenhood via school-hood. Sometimes helped by his friends and family, often not helped by himself!

Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is more…


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blinky-bill-the-movie-a-guide-to-the-extraordinary-Order any title in the Blinky Bill range by September 17th and go in the draw to win a Double Pass to see Blinky Bill: The Movie. Movie is out in cinemas September 17th! Terms and Conditions apply.

Blinky Bill: the Movie is an epic adventure set in the Australian Outback. Blinky’s home town is under threat from a tyrannical goanna (Mayor Cranklepot) and Blinky must find his missing dad to restore peace and harmony to Greenpatch.

Blinky enters the world outside Greenpatch and sets off on a rollicking, hilarious journey complete with an eccentric wombat, a vengeful cat, two gossiping Emu’s and Blinky’s soon to be more…

 


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The Netball Gems Series : Book 2

by Bernadette Hellard, Lisa Gibbs

Order any book from The Netball Gems series by August 31st and you could win a netball signed by the Diamonds! Terms and Conditions apply.

A junior fiction series written in partnership with Netball Australia

Can shy Phoebe find her place in the Gems?

Phoebe loves to shoot goals, and she’s great at it too. She dreams of being a famous netballer and playing in front of thousands. The problem is that she’s nervous all the time, even around her teammates – and there are only seven of them! Why can’t she make friends as easily as Lily and Sienna? Things don’t get any easier when her overenthusiastic dad starts coaching from the sidelines. Could anything more…


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How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury – Order Now For Your Chance to Win!*how-to-fight-a-dragon-s-fury-order-now-for-your-chance-to-win-

How to Train Your Dragon Series : Book 12

by Cressida Cowell

Order How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by September 7th and you could win every book in the How to Train Your Dragon series! We have 5 packs to give away! Terms and Conditions apply.

Dragons vs Humans: is this the end? Find out in the twelfth book in the How to Train Your Dragon series.

It is the Doomsday of Yule. At the end of this day, either the humans or the dragons will face extinction. Alvin the Treacherous is about to be crowned the King of the Wilderwest on the island of Tomorrow. His reign of terror will begin with the destruction of dragons everywhere. The fate of the dragon world lies in the hands of one young boy as he stands on the nearby isle of Hero’s End with nothing to show, but everything to more…


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The Treehouse Series : Book 5

by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)

For a limited time only, order The 65-Storey Treehouse and you will receive a signed copy. Please note: offer available while stocks last.

Andy and Terry’s amazing 65-Storey Treehouse now has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where it’s always your birthday (even when it’s not), a room full of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, a time machine and Tree-NN: a 24-hour-a-day TV news centre keeping you up to date with all the latest treehouse news, current events and gossip. Well, what more…


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by Rick Riordan

For a limited time only, pre-order The Sword of Summer and you will receive a signed copy. Please note: offer available while stocks last.

The first book in the incredible new series from the author of Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus.

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met – a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him more…


 

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Alex Rider Series : Book 10

by Anthony Horowitz

Order from the Alex Rider series during Kids Month and you could win 1 of 5 backlist packs signed by author Anthony Horowitz! Terms and Conditions apply.

The deadly prequel to the number one bestselling Alex Rider series.

An international contract killer has been given his orders. His next target is a fourteen-year old spy… Alex Rider. The man’s name is Yassen Gregorovich. He knows Alex well. The two of them share a secret from the past. As he considers his next mission, Yassen remembers the forces that turned him from an ordinary schoolboy into a hired assassin. What is it that makes more…


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Just Doomed!

JUST! Series: Book 8

by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)

Order from The Just! series during Kids Month and you could win 1 of 3 Just! boxsets. Terms and Conditions apply.just-doomed-order-now-for-your-chance-to-win-

It’s been five long years since Just Shocking! was published.

Just Doomed!, the next fabulous JUST title from the creative genius of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, is destined to be one of the greatest JUST titles yet. With nine superb stories of mischief and crazy happenings, readers will be hooked instantly.

But is this the right book for you?

Take the DOOMED TEST and find out.


Click here to see all of Booktopia’s competitions and exclusive offers

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