Arena Verlag is one of the major publishing companies for children’s and young adult fiction in Germany. Founded in 1949 by Georg Popp, its place of business has been Würzburg ever since. Georg Popp had been the head of the company for thirty years. Since 1979, Arena Verlag has been a part of the Westermann Publishing Group situated in Braunschweig.
Ever since the company’s establishment, the name Arena has been standing for knowledge and entertainment, for sophisticated, informative, and simultaneously thrilling children’s and young adult fiction. As the first publisher in Germany, Arena launched a paperback series for children and young adults in 1958. In 1981, Arena pioneered in developing a pedagogically thought-out, multilevel concept for learning to read, which is today known as »Bookbear«. Since 1987, the children’s and young adult fiction program of Zurich publishing company Benziger belongs to Arena. In 2000, Arena took over Ensslin Verlag, a publisher founded in 1818 with a program steeped in tradition. Arena started the first own audiobook program in 2006 labeled »Arena audio«. With about 2,000 available titles, Arena Verlag nowadays keeps a diverse range for infants, children, and young adults on hand.
Einen guten Freund findet man nicht an jeder Ecke, aber manchmal mitten im Wald.Andreas H. Schmachtl
The world of Arena children’s and young adult books is colorful! From infant to young adult – there’s something to discover for everyone.
Already the youngest immerse in the imaginative world of the »Kiddilight« program, have fun with mandalas or love the stories of »Tilda Appleseed«, »Snöfrid«, »Hieronymus Frogg« or »Strawberry Fairy«. With the »Bookbear«, children make their first own reading advances. Later on, titles like »My life as LOTTA«, »Eulenzauber«, »Woodwalkers« or »Muffin-Club« allure to read for themselves.
In the young adult program, the Arena thrillers stand for goose bumps and suspense. Modern love stories touch the heart. Mystery thrillers as well as the autobiographical series ›Mein Leben‹ cast a spell over their young readers. With their controversial topics, ›Life‹ and ›Life Junior‹ are frequently discussed in class. In the Arena non-fiction section, the ›Library of Knowledge‹ as well as single volumes of high value give an exciting insight into a multitude of interesting topics for different age groups.
Since October 2017, our new arena imprint digi:tales is directed to the fans of mobile reading. Here, digital natives can find appealing eBooks in the four genres »Romance«, »Fantasy«, »Crime & Thriller« and »Science Fiction«, especially fit for reading on the go. Our program offers best entertainment at home, on trips or for the daily commute, with stories to devour or just to take a breather – eBooks in their best form. The new imprint has started with four titles in the genres »Romance«, »Fantasy« and »Crime & Thriller« and is accessible via http://www.arena-digitales.de.
Isabel Abedi, Katja Alves, David Arnold, John August, Antje Babendererde, Jürgen Banscherus, Rüdiger Betram, Ella Blix, Katja Brandis, Ina Brandt, Claudia Carls, Stefanie Dahle, Hans-Günther Döring, Nina Dulleck, Ilona Einwohlt, Lukas Erler, Andreas Eschbach, Alex Falkner, Willi Fährmann, Neil Gaiman, Kira Gembri, Kerstin Gier, Russel Ginns, Max Held, Beatrix Gurian, Jennifer Alice Jager, KNISTER, Daniela Kohl, Kathrin Lange, Tom Limes, Anna Lott, Frauke Nahrgang, Emily Palmer, Alice Pantermüller, Harald Parigger, Gisa Pauly, June Perry, Friederun Reichenstetter, Anna Ruhe, Jo Nesbø, Andreas H. Schmachtl, Heribert Schulmeyer, Christian Seltmann, Alex T. Smith, Jörg Steinleitner, Stefanie Taschinski, Thomas Thiemeyer, Anja Tuckermann, Andreas Venzke, Günther Wessel, Tania Witte and many more.
When Carlin arrives in Caladale she meets Arran Mackay. He is confined to a wheelchair after an accident. They hear that the estates around Caladale are to be sold. Carlin realizes that it is worth fighting for what you love.
Tim is one of them. A runner full of passion, ready to go beyond the limits. When one day he gets a letter from GlobalGames he doesn’t hesitate to accept the challenge for a second. 7 caches have been hidden in 7 locations. 100 young people are chasing after them. Each one against the others. But Tim soon realises that he can’t do it alone. He finds an ally in the fascinating Annika, known as Sakura. But can he really trust her? Or is everyone just running for themselves after all? Who’s ready to go the furthest to find the biggest cache in the world?
A magical programme of witness protection, a reluctant friendship, and sheer mayhem. Princesses don’t need crowns: magic comedy, delightfully naughty and not at all pink.
A real live wish fairy has moved into Paula Goldenberg’s house – complete with glitter dust and magic powers! Brilliant, eh? Well, almost…
The beginning of a new era for the Eternals. But nobody knows what Edgar means by this promise. Does he intend to finally destroy the Eternals – or is he planning to become their new leader?
The most magical adventure since the discovery of chocolate!
Do you believe in magic and miracles? Everyone in the little town of Belony takes magic and miracles for granted – everyone except Elina, who thinks it’s all a load of nonsense. That is, until her nervous neighbour Charlie happens to get hold of a bar of chocolate that has a very strange effect on her. Suddenly Elina is convinced that Charlie has fallen under a spell. Of all people, it’s shy Robin who comes to the girl’s rescue. He is a member of a Candy Guild family – people who have the ability to create magic sweets that will help others. This is how he knows that only the mysterious Candy Guild can lift the curse on Charlie. With a suitcase full of magic sweets, the three of them set
out on a dangerous quest. Because not everyone keeps to the pact that magic sweets should only be used to do good…
The Candy Guild. The Magic Pact is the first in a new series of magicfantasy books for children of 9+ - as enchanting as chocolate and as wild as a Christmas cracker!
Hoggs the bear would love to be brave. But he is afraid of spiders and ghosts. And so Hoggs and his best friend Poki the skunk decide to go on an adventure in order to practise being brave. They head for the abandoned witch’s house behind the bee field. Ugh, it’s certainly ghostly! In fact there’s a kettle bubbling quite scarily…
"Anybody there?" asks Hoggs cautiously. Yes! Fips the rabbit urgently needs help. And – whoosh! – suddenly the friends find themselves right in the middle of a stormy but magical adventure…
Matthias von Bornstädt is a doctor of medicine, and he provides specialist information about what happens when our body gets infected, and how we can strengthen our powers of defence.
For all fans of Escape Rooms, Exit Games and exciting stories. With this amazing book by Björn Berenz and Christoph Dittert, adventurers and puzzle fans of 8+ will get far more than their money’s worth. Each volume contains a different diary with colour illustrations, puzzles and ideas for DIY and doodling, for cutting and competitions.
Join Lias, Mojo and Cookie on a mission to the Himalayas: together they must find out what has happened to Lias’s father. He disappeared six months ago and the only thing he left behind was his expedition diary, which is full of strange clues and puzzles. Only if you can decipher them will you be able to move onto the next stage. A great adventure awaits you! But you must be on your guard: the strange boy Tashi will follow you like a shadow.
In the end, you must decide: how should the adventure continue for you and the Explorer Team? Hunt with Lias through the forgotten world. Go with Tashi to discover the eternal ice. Follow Cookie and Mojo through fire and lava. You will have to choose which of the Explorers you want to accompany on the next adventure. Lots of exciting puzzles and mysterious questions await you. Each mission will take the Explorers to their goal, and you will be with them all the way.
Jacob arrives in northern Canada to find his father But he is nowhere to be found He travels to the wilderness and is attacked by a bear But Jacob is lucky: he finds a girl who might be able to save him
Ada is new at Ellie’s school It is uncanny how alike they look. Ada is as cool and courageous as she would like to be herself … and that’s how Ellie’s nightmare begins. Because Ada is AI and she is here to become Ellie.
Tobias Schrödel, IT expert and Germany’s first comedy hacker, tells anecdotes from the lives of nerds whose hardware, software and internet applications have changed all our lives forever.
The most valuable exhibit in the detective museum has disappeared – Sherlock Holmes’ pipe. And since the reward for solving the case will be his very own showcase in the museum, Kwiatkowski starts to work on it immediately.
Nevio, the Fearless Science Mouse and his friends live trough a busy spring, summer, autumn and winter and help to uncover the little miracles of the seasons.
Finya Sparkling Star, the little unicorn, and her best friends find out that the forest troll is caught in a flood and is in urgent need of help. No unicorn magic seems to be helping so the three friends set out to find the cause of the flood.
When Lilly and her family move into the old house with the golden pretzel, she has no idea that a magic neighbour lives in the mysterious backyard. So a summer filled with wonderful adventures begins for Lilly.
1,000,000 STRAWBERRY FAIRY books were sold already.
1,000,000 copies of the STRAWBERRY FAIRY series sold in Germany. The books are as lovely as dreams and tell magical stories from the Wildberry Woods.
1,000,000 copies of the series sold so far!
Tilda Appleseed is always there whenever someone is in need of help. Over 1,000,000 copies sold in Germany.
Welcome to the most beautiful place in the world.
500,000 copies of the ›Animals in the Wild‹ series were sold in Germany.
Adventure: Strong theme: the secret life of pets. Brilliant adventures starring four charming characters in this new series launching with two volumes.
Friendship: Extremely charming and hilarious series for girls with 10 volumes and a Friendship book. 170,000 copies sold of the series so far.
Four paws against loneliness.
Enchanting parable about friendship and tolerance.
Comedy: The continuing success story of the Lotta brand: over 3.8 million sold copies in Germany!
Movie adaptation to be broadcasted in Autumn 2019.
Fantastic, endearing and totally wacko! The story of Fanta and her Zombie Pony.
22 million copies of the series sold worldwide!
Friendship, magic, animals:
The owl is flying high with 550,000 sold copies!
Flora discovers that a young tawny owl has been brought into Feather Stone Castle. He has lost his parents. Along with her magic owl Goldwing, Flora sets off in search of the missing parents.
The picture book for young scouts. Winner of the Buxtehuder Kälbchen (Buxtehude Calf) Award.
The deceitful idyll of a hot summer. A girl and her great love. And the secrets of one night which will come to light after years have gone by.
Never look into the eyes of a raven. It will steal your soul and carry it away …
Romance: Glamor, glitter, strange figures ... Hollywood’s obsession for beauty will change your life forever.
Drama: An old, forgotten cinema in Brooklyn carries a dark mystery. As rich in images as a movie – the new novel by Christoph Marzi.
Thriller: An extraordinary thought experiment: what if you were bound to someone by a bracelet?
Dystopia: The crown of creation continues its fight against its downfall. The series sold more than 60,000 copies.
Adventure: Series about a school of Animorphs. The series already sold more than 550,000 copies. Winner of the Leipzig Reading Compass 2017 for the age group 10-14 years.
Tiago is a Seawalker. The only one who isn’t afraid of him is the dolphin girl, Shari. As the two become friends, the cougar shapeshifter Carag joins them on a special mission to the Everglades from where he received an emergency call.
A girl, a tragic secret and a fateful encounter – How can you uncover the truth when nothing is the way it seems to be?
Karl Marx – nightmare or genius? An easy-to-read and well-founded biography on the occasion of the 200-year anniversary in 2018 that shows why Karl Marx’s teachings are still significant for young and adult readers today.
Our bestselling author sold over half a million copies! An extraordinary love story between a German girl and a young Pueblo Native American.
Witty, entertaining and taken straight from the schoolyard!
Thrilling Experiments: Discover and understand the Natural Sciences.
The most wonderful things can happen in Rosa Roseheart’s magic castle. The little princess personally makes sure of that!
1000 scents and an underlying big mystery. With endearing characters, a brave heroine and a unique setting in an old villa full of magic perfume bottles. Winner of the Leipzig Reading Compass 2018 for the age group 10-14 years and of the Ulmer Unke (Ulm Toad Award). More than 200,000 copies of the series sold since January 2018.
Hilarious and incredibly beautiful: a story about friends who overcome all hurdles!
Adventurous, dynamic, fantastic: Robin Cat!
Fleeing to Germany at the age of 16 – a true story about fleeing from Syria.
Snöfrids prefer peace and quiet. Usually. But when the Northland farmers chase Snöfrid out of Meadow Valley, he is forced to set out on a dangerous journey.
Mariel feels drawn to Sander who gives her the first kiss. But she can never be together with him because in Amlon, you can only find happiness with your ideal Partner. Rebels will be banned forever!
Mara escapes a bomb attack. Afterwards, her friend Sirîn distances herself from Mara. With Chriso’s help, Mara realises the shocking truth.
When Nesrin disappears, Ben follows her into a morass of medical experiments by an unscrupulous pharmaceutical giant. Can Nesrin be saved?
A historical story presenting the most important aspects of the Thirty Years’ War and the war experience to young readers.
Leni’s plan at her new school: Just. Don’t. Stand. Out. Her older sister Fiona is the unchallenged star but, of course, Leni’s big mouth will give her endless sister-trouble.
Is it the researcher McRibbon’s fault that all the wild animals have suddenly gone crazy? Jack and Logan don’t believe that these incidents are due to the heat.
A huge argument has broken out between Grandma Elfe and Grandpa Isi. At first it’s just about crispbread, but then all the grown-up inhabitants of the village are on the war path. Can the protagonists Mayo and Super restore peace?
Lilo’s mum is a witch and her dad is a vampire. When tom cat Miss Rüdiger disappears, the forbidden use of magic turns everything into chaos. Lilo and her friend Louisa need to resolve the magical mess!
Vico Dragonbrother is the only human in a dragon family. After his sister ended up in serious difficulties, Vico bravely follows her into his first adventure.
A story book full of quirky stories from the marvellous world of insects with Paulina, the little bumblebee, Marie, the ladybird, Rudi, the stag beetle and Whiskers, the weevil.
Little dragon Firetail has hidden Princess Rosepink’s treasure chest in his cave. One day it disappears. An adventurous search for the thief begins, with large mazes and search-and-count pictures.
The forest ecosystem is explained for children aged 4+ using the example of a little beech tree. An insight into the wonderful harmony of the forest –
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