DAD'S FOR SALE By Lily Kong, illustrated by Jeanette Yap
Epigram Books/ Paperback/ 32 pages /$14.90/ Epigrambooks.sg
The second book in the Emma & Ginger series, about six-year-old Emma and her orange tabby cat, is out. In the latest book, Emma has her eye on a pair of rollerskates, but her father is dead set against buying them.
When she meets an actress willing to pay a lot of money to hire a bodyguard, she comes up with the idea of getting her father to do the job. It seems at first like a good way to earn some money. But is she willing to give up having dad around?
RETURN By Tom Steephen, illustrated by Kevin Low
Nice One Entertainment/ Paperback/ 128 pages/ $24.95/Selected comic shops and major bookstores
Sayana Takada has it all: She lives in the lap of luxury in Singapore, has a doting boyfriend and a loving father. But at night, she is haunted by dark dreams, full of death and betrayal. She goes to Nepal and India, looking to unravel the meaning behind the mysterious visions.
THE ISLAND IN THE CALDERA By Lin Xueling, illustrated by Stephanie Raphaela Ho
Math Paper Press/Paperback/ 208 pages/ $12/ Booksactuallyshop.com
After finding themselves stuck in a different world, sisters Min Rui and Chloe must now pass through the strange lands of the Island in the Caldera, braving dragons, giants and exhaustion on their journey back home.
This tale of friendship and survival is also an homage to Asia, weaving in history and mythology and the echoes of real locations from around the region. For example, the caldera - a type of volcanic crater - in the book is based on Sumatra's Danau Toba, one of the world's largest volcanic lakes.
MOUNT EMILY REVISITED By Low Ying Ping, illustrated by Chee Jia Yi
Epigram Books/ Paperback/186 pages/ $12.90/ Epigrambooks.sg
They saved the world in 1987. Now, time-travelling best friends Patsy and Elena are back at it again. In the second book of Low Ying Ping's series, the 14-year-old girls find themselves in the year 1988 - and, this time, they have to rescue their friends from the clutches of the evil Midnight Warriors.