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Debuts of the Month
Anyone but Ivy Pocket
Anyone but Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Meet Ivy Pocket, junior lady’s maid, and one of the most delightful fictional creations...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
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Seed
Seed
Lisa Heathfield
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Fifteen year old Pearl has lived all her life at Seed, a nature-worshipping cult...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2015
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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
April 2015 Debut of the Month Sunshine has just turned sixteen when she and her mum leave Texas for a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Lily and Bear
Lily and Bear
Lisa Stubbs
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Lily and Bear – two wonderful new characters who love to play together – and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Big Wish
Big Wish
Brandon Robshaw
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Lucky Sam – he makes a wish on a shooting star and it comes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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The Accidental Prime Minister
The Accidental Prime Minister
Tom McLaughlin
April 2015 Debut of the Month  We’ve all thought it: a twelve-year-old boy could do an MP’s job at least...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Books of the Month
Pizza for Pirates
Pizza for Pirates
Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain
April 2015 Book of the Month  From the team who created the Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlisted Spaghetti with the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School
How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School
Simon Mayle
April 2015 Book of the Month  Harry Riddles, aka the Shoutykid, is back for a new adventure. How can he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Tangled Secrets
Tangled Secrets
Anne-Marie Conway
April 2015 Book of the Month  Poor Maddie, her much-loved Nan dies suddenly of a stroke when the two are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2015
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Looking-Glass Girl
Looking-Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy
April 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling Cathy Cassidy weaves the classic story of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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The Hangman's Revolution
The Hangman's Revolution
Eoin Colfer
April 2015 Book of the Month   Best-selling Eoin Colfer gives readers a thrilling and action-packed new episode in his series...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy
The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2015 Book of the Month   Frank Cottrell Boyce...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Blue Peter Book Awards
Animalium
Animalium
Jenny Broom
See Katie Scott at Hay Fever!   Join illustrator Katie...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2014
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Boy in the Tower
Boy in the Tower
Polly Ho-Yen
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
Pamela Butchart
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Story    Izzy is really pleased to have been put in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
Andy Seed
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts      This laugh-out-loud book is bursting with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best Story - October 2014 Book of the Month    Award-winning author/ illustrator...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Corpse Talk
Corpse Talk
Adam Murphy
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts   Meet some of history's most famous, infamous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Guardian Fiction Prize
The Lost Gods
The Lost Gods
Francesca Simon
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   Best-selling Francesca Simon tells a second hilarious story about what happens...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
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We Were Liars
We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - May...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/05/2014
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Shine
Shine
Candy Gourlay
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby After Iris
The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby After Iris
Natasha Farrant
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2013 -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
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Phoenix
Phoenix
S. F. Said
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   The supernova is coming ...one boy alone can save the galaxy!...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2013
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Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures
Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014- Winner of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
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Books Reviewed by Children
Shh! We Have a Plan
Shh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Gerry Anderson's Gemini Force One, Black Horizon
Gerry Anderson's Gemini Force One, Black Horizon
M. G. Harris
This exciting new series is based on an original idea from Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson. Our hero is Ben Cameron,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Blown Away
Blown Away
Rob Biddulph
Winner of the 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize  A brilliant adventure for a bold Penguin who gets swept up, up...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Scorpia Rising
Scorpia Rising
Anthony Horowitz
This gripping final mission brings together Alex Rider's old enemies to frame the teenage superspy in an unstoppable plot of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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I'll Give You the Sun
I'll Give You the Sun
Jandy Nelson
April 2015 Book of the Month A rollercoaster story that will pick all readers up and sweep them along in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
Vicki Lockwood
Young readers who like their mystery stories tinged with a bit of Victorian gothic are going to love this new...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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