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Trial by Fire
Reader Reviewed Trial by Fire
Josephine Angelini
September 2014 Book of the Month    Fabulously different, this wonderfully exciting novel captures your imagination and allows it to soar alongside a truly captivating cast of characters. Lily Proctor, sick and traumatised, is lured into a parallel world, one where...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
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The Eye of the Falcon
The Eye of the Falcon
Michelle Paver
August 2014 Book of the Month The third adventure for Hylas, now landed on the plague ridden island of Keftiu which is also gripped by the coldest winter ever known and covered in ash from the eruption of the enormous...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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Night Runner
Reader Reviewed Night Runner
Tim Bowler
August 2014 Book of the Month  Award-winning Tim Bowler will set heartbeats racing in this gripping story set in a dark underworld filled with violent men who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Zinny’s life is bleak enough...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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The Moment Collector
Reader Reviewed The Moment Collector
Jodi Lynn Anderson
August 2014 Book of the Month  Best-selling Jodi Lynn Anderson tells a mesmerising story of the complications of teen romance against a chilling back drop of multiple murders. Newly arrived to live in a ramshackle house on the shore of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard
Reader Reviewed The Dangerous Discoveries of Gully Potchard
Julia Lee
 August 2014 Book of the Month   Rich in atmosphere and with a great cast of characters, this is an exciting Victorian adventure in which the unexpected can always happen! Gully Potchard is an ordinary kind of boy who tries his...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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The Castle
Reader Reviewed The Castle
Sophia Bennett
August 2014 Book of the Month   In a fast-paced and richly imagined adventure Peta Jones risks her life when she recklessly embarks on a deadly dangerous adventure following a clue that might reveal that he father is still alive. Stowing...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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Wilds of the Wolf
Reader Reviewed Wilds of the Wolf
Steve Backshall
August 2014 Book of the Month  TV presenter Steve Backshall tells a cracking adventure set in a remote and treacherous corner of Siberia as Saker and Sinter do everything they can to sabotage an illegal oil pipeline. Their mission is...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
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Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger
Reader Reviewed Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger
David O'Doherty
August 2014 Book of the Month  This book lets you know exactly how to avoid all sorts of dangers of the most unlikely kind.  It is a brilliantly funny handbook that will have boys and girls with enquiring minds completely...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
Rick Riordan
August 2014 Book of the Month  Percy Jackson, hero and demi-god, is the best guide you could have to the Greek gods and goddesses. As he is half-god - his father is Poseidon - and half-mortal – he is also...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
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City of Halves
Reader Reviewed City of Halves
Lucy Inglis
August 2014 Debut of the Month  Beautifully told, this is a gripping story which flows effortlessly across boundaries which typically separate the real from the imaginary. Living right in the heart of historic London, sixteen year old Lily is an...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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A Crime of Fashion
A Crime of Fashion
Carina Axelsson
Introducing Axelle Anderson: fashion's most stylish detective. With an effortlessly enchanting writing style, wry humour and completely irresistible characters, this fresh and fabulous series from Carina Axelsson is bang on trend. Some of our readers were lucky enough to review the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2014
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Dread Eagle
Dread Eagle
Alex Woolf
This breathtaking steampunk adventure introduces an alternative 19th century of giant airships soaring through the skies above the English Channel, fantastical, steam-powered automata, aerial steam carriages, floating cities, giant mechanical birds and a new kind of secret agent.
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Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Charles Dickens Scenes from an Extraordinary Life
Charles Dickens Scenes from an Extraordinary Life
Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom
The eventful ups and downs of  the life of Charles Dickens, the best-selling author of his day, are told in words and pictures in this excellent introduction to the man and his works. Many of the scenes that Dickens includes...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
Catherynne M. Valente
The third story in this best-selling series about September and her magical adventures in Fairyland. Back from her second adventure, September finds keeping the secret of the enchanting world of Fairyland almost impossible. She longs to return and to see...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
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Two Weeks with the Queen
Two Weeks with the Queen
Morris Gleitzman
Best-selling Morris Gleitzman has a rare ability to write about great sadness with unforced and infectious humour. Colin’s brother Luke is dying of cancer in Australia and no doctors there are able to make him better. Colin has been sent...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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Model Under Cover Stolen with Style
Reader Reviewed Model Under Cover Stolen with Style
Carina Axelsson
The theft of the ‘Black Amelia’, the most famous black diamond in the world, gives Axelle, one of the world’s top models a very special job to do. And it is not a modelling job. In addition to her work...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2014
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Young Sherlock Holmes 7: Stone Cold
Young Sherlock Holmes 7: Stone Cold
Andrew Lane
This is your chance to play a crime solving sleuth alongside one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time, because the clues are there, ready for you to unravel them. Even if you haven't come across Young Sherlock...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
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The City of Fear
The City of Fear
Andrew Beasley
The final instalment in this epic trilogy, The Battles of Ben Kingdom.  An action-packed adventure series which will appeal to boys and girls, combining the timeless theme of good versus evil with steampunk gadgetry and free-running angels.   Some...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2014
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Tiger Moth
Tiger Moth
Suzi Moore
A roller-coaster of a book full of tears and laughter as the lives of two unhappy children – Zack and Alice – become entangled in ways that allow both of them to be set free from the secrets and mysteries...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
Rosemary Sutcliff
The Odyssey, Homer’s second epic adventure, tells the story of Odysseus as he travels home from the war in Troy. His adventures on his travels include his meetings with the Cyclops and with the dangerous sirens who lure boats onto...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
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The Iliad
The Iliad
Rosemary Sutcliff
A stunningly illustrated edition of Homer’s classic adventure story which has been vibrantly retold by the late Rosemary Sutcliff who adds her own story-telling magic to Homer’s original. The stories which led to the Greek’s siege of Troy, which include...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
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The Girl Who Walked On Air
Reader Reviewed The Girl Who Walked On Air
Emma Carroll
All the excitement of the circus is captured in this exciting story about one girl’s exceptional talent and tenacity as she does everything she can to become the new star of the show. Everyone knows ‘the bigger the danger, the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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365 Days of Wonder
365 Days of Wonder
R. J. Palacio
August Pullman stole the hearts of over a million readers in the bestselling, award-winning Wonder. 365 Days of Wonder is a beautiful companion to the novel: a collection of quotes and wise words, one for every day of the...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
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Shadow of the Wolf
Shadow of the Wolf
Tim Hall
An entirely original re-imagining of Robin Hood that is a gripping, powerful and fantastical adventure.
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Close to the Wind
Close to the Wind
Jon Walter
A timeless and haunting story of a boy and his grandfather fleeing a war-torn country. Original and yet eminiscent of Anne Holm and Sonya Hartnett, Close to the Wind is a powerful and moving novel with greed, love, trust at...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie The One with the Zealous Zombees
Reader Reviewed Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie The One with the Zealous Zombees
Jeff Norton
With a great twist to it, this is a witty story of growing up and all the complications and unfairness of family and friends that go with it. Adam Meltzer is on an unusual mission. He wants to find out...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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Knightley and Son: K-9
Knightley and Son: K-9
Rohan Gavin
Under-age detective Darkus is back for a second and very doggy adventure as he helps his father solve a very doggy mystery. Darkus is only thirteen but he has an exceptionally rational mind which makes him an invaluable collaborator with...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
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Half a Creature from the Sea
Reader Reviewed Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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The Infinite Sea
The Infinite Sea
Rick Yancey
The Infinite Sea is the hugely anticipated follow-up to the phenomenal - and bestselling - The 5th Wave by Carnegie-shortlisted Rick Yancey. The first few pages of the sequel to 'The 5th Wave’ don’t just capture your attention, they pounce,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 16/09/2014
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Ghost Soldier WW1 Story
Ghost Soldier WW1 Story
Theresa Breslin
The war has changed everything for Rob and Millie. Their father is missing in action and they are terrified they'll never see him again. Then one night, deep in the woods, Rob and Millie see an eerie figure in the...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
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Captain
Captain
Sam Angus
Under age at the outbreak of war, fifteen year old Billy Bayliss manages to join up by pretending to be his older brother. Soon he is shipped off to Egypt to play his part in the terrifying fighting in Gallipoli....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
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Nadine Dreams of Home
Nadine Dreams of Home
Bernard Ashley
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7+  A beautiful story which captures the dreams and hopes of Nadine, newly arrived in the UK from Goma and still traumatised by the terrors of the war from which her family has fled. And...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2014
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All Sorts to Make a World
All Sorts to Make a World
John Agard
Interest Age 7-12   Reading Age 7+ A magical story about bringing people together. Shona has met a lot of apparently very different people on her day out with her Dad. At the Natural History Museum she meets Lucy who actually lived...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/07/2014
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Summer Holiday Mystery
Summer Holiday Mystery
Kelly Willoughby, Holly Willoughby
The fourth story in the School for Stars series and a summer holiday special.  A glamorous and appealing series of stories about dance, drama and friendship written by popular TV presenter and personality Holly Willoughby and her sister Kelly....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
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Respect!
Respect!
Michaela Morgan
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+  An amazing true story, this is the life of Walter Tull. Tull was a brave and true young man who became the first black footballer in top flight football and then earned a new...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2014
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A Dark Inheritance
A Dark Inheritance
Chris d'Lacey
A whopping adventure with some thrilling chases, heart-racing paranormal moments, unexplained criminal activity, a robot with the unlikely name of Gustav Klimt, a secret enterprise called Unicorne and Michael, a great schoolboy hero, at its heart. When Michael saves a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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Between the Lives
Between the Lives
Jessica Shirvington
Sabine has secret - every night she switches between her two lives. At midnight she slips between her two homes, her two families and her two personalities. In one she is a bright A grade student living in a classy...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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What's Up with Jody Barton?
What's Up with Jody Barton?
Hayley Long
A love triangle is always going to be messy but when a love triangle involves twins then that is going to mean trouble but that's not all.  One of the twins has a much bigger problem to worry about that...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
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An English Boy in New York
An English Boy in New York
T. S. Easton
In this witty sequel to Boys Don’t Knit, knitting champion Ben is invited to the knitting convention in New York City. It should be the dream invitation of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
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The 5th Wave
Reader Reviewed The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey
Overall Winner of 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award - One of our Books of the Year 2013 & May 2013 Book of the Month    This is a novel that packs a punch on every page with hope and despair...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2013
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Phoenix
Phoenix
S. F. Said
The supernova is coming ...one boy alone can save the galaxy! Lucky thinks he's an ordinary Human boy. But one night, he dreams that the stars are singing - and wakes to find an uncontrollable power rising inside him. Now...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2013
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The Great War An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War
The Great War An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War

July 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month  What did living through the First World War feel like for relatives at home, especially children, as well as for the soldiers fighting at the Front? Eleven stories inspired by objects from the...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 14+ readers | 9+ readers | World War One
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Savage Kingdom
Reader Reviewed The Savage Kingdom
Simon David Eden
July 2014 Debut of the Month  An epic fantasy adventure about loyalty, courage, hope, survival... and the awesome power of nature. Michelle Paver meets Michael Morpurgo meets Homeward Bound in this unforgettable story between a girl and her cat.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
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The Boy on the Porch
The Boy on the Porch
Sharon Creech
Award-winning Sharon Creech has an exceptional ability to write tenderly. In this touching modern fairy story she captures the rewards of love freely given to children. When John and Marta find a little boy asleep on their porch one morning...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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No Going Back
No Going Back
Alex Gutteridge
A moving contemporary tale of family, love and loss from the author of Last Chance Angel. Laura's dad had died but why having moved into her grandmother's home does he appear ghostlike in the house and why does her mum...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2014
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Billy's Blitz
Billy's Blitz
Barbara Mitchelhill
Award-winning Barbara Mitchelhill brings Billy’s war-struck childhood vividly to life in this dramatic story of survival. Billy’s dad is away fighting and Billy’s mum thinks that the war will always be far away from their home in South London. As...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Young Sherlock Holmes 6: Knife Edge
Young Sherlock Holmes 6: Knife Edge
Andrew Lane
The world's most famous detective. The most brilliant mind in fiction. But before he became the great detective, who was young Sherlock Holmes? The sixth book in a series of mystery adventures featuring a teenage Sherlock and endorsed by the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
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Young Sherlock Holmes 5: Snake Bite
Young Sherlock Holmes 5: Snake Bite
Andrew Lane
Sherlock Holmes as a boy continues to delight in this latest adventure about the things that influenced him before he became the world’s greatest detective. This time, Sherlock is kidnapped, drugged and sent on a long sailing trip across the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
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Young Sherlock Holmes 4: Fire Storm
Young Sherlock Holmes 4: Fire Storm
Andrew Lane
The world's most famous detective. The most brilliant mind in fiction. But before he became the great detective, who was young Sherlock Holmes? The fourth book in a series of mystery adventures featuring a teenage Sherlock and endorsed by the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
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Young Sherlock Holmes 3: Black Ice
Young Sherlock Holmes 3: Black Ice
Andrew Lane
The world’s favourite detective was already showing signs of his future exceptional talent for investigation as a child. Ignoring the obvious when he comes across his brother holding a knife and with a dead body in front of him, the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
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Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech
Young Sherlock Holmes 2: Red Leech
Andrew Lane
Anyone with a sense of adventure and an enquiring mind will enjoy the puzzles and questions that the likeable young Sherlock Holmes sets out to resolve. Young Sherlock determines to get to the bottom of the secrets that the adults...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
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The Pilot and the Little Prince
The Pilot and the Little Prince
Peter Sis
Fully illustrated, this is a beautiful and intriguing biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the highly original author of the classic French story, The Little Prince. In his detailed and illuminating illustrations, Peter Sis brilliantly conveys the story of this...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Thirteen Curses
The Thirteen Curses
Michelle Harrison
Sequel to the award-winning The Thirteen Treasures, this shows just about how disagreeable fairies can get! Red returns determined to find her brother and get him back. To do so she must find a way to enter the fairy...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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The Thirteen Secrets
The Thirteen Secrets
Michelle Harrison
Return to the world of fairies with Tanya, Fabian and Red in the final exciting episode in the Thirteen sequence.... The thrilling trilogy comprises... The Thirteen Treasures The Thirteen Curses The Thirteen Secrets
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Watership Down
Reader Reviewed Watership Down
Richard Adams
Watership Down is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival against the odds. It tells the story of a group of rabbits - of Fiver,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Tarka the Otter
Reader Reviewed Tarka the Otter
Henry Williamson
This is the classic story of an otter living in the Devonshire countryside which captures the feel of life in the wild as seen through the otter's own eyes....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Five Kingdoms: Skyraiders
Five Kingdoms: Skyraiders
Brandon Mull
Fans of Percy Jackson will love this brand new fantasy series for 9+ readers from the number one New York Times bestselling author Brandon Mull. A brilliant fantasy adventure spliced through with humour, magic and fear.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
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The Phoenix Code
The Phoenix Code
Helen Moss
A thrilling mystery story which crackles with tension as the secrets of a tomb that has closed for 3000 is about to be opened. The Benben Stone looks just like a black rectangular stone but its discovery is one of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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A Dog So Small
A Dog So Small
Philippa Pearce
Award winning Philippa Pearce captures a child’s longing – and need – for a dog perfectly in this brilliant imaginary story. Ben has always wanted a dog. In fact, he wants one so much that he makes an imaginary one...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Giver
The Giver
Lois Lowry
It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
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Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase
Jonathan Stroud
When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in...For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Goodnight Mister Tom
Reader Reviewed Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
****Michelle Magorian will be appearing at the Puffin Exhibition, Waterstones Piccadily, on 23rd July talking about the inspiration behind her novels Goodnight Mr Tom and Back Home. A heart breaking and heart warming story of a special friendship that grows between...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Back Home
Back Home
Michelle Magorian
Intensely moving this is the story of a young girl coming to terms with getting to know her family again, including a little brother, having been evacuated to America for the duration of WW2. Sometimes sad but also uplifting as...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Neverending Story
The Neverending Story
Michael Ende
The international bestselling fantasy adventure of a lonely boy's quest to save a magical land from evil. Puffin Fact!  The first word in each chapter following the Prologue is in alphabetical order.  Download more Puffin Facts here! _____________ Dear readers, dreamers and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle
Meg needs to find her scientist father who has mysteriously gone missing. With her little brother Charles and friend Calvin, Meg travels by tesseract, a wrinkle in space-time, on a treacherous journey that leads them into space and to the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Ghosts of the Forest
Ghosts of the Forest
Steve Backshall
Saving the rain forest! That’s the vital mission of Saker and his friend Sinter. The precious forest is being cleared by loggers leaving the wild life at risk. The orang-utans will be especially vulnerable if their precious habit is destroyed....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
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The Hangman's Revolution
The Hangman's Revolution
Eoin Colfer
Best-selling Eoin Colfer gives readers a thrilling and action-packed new episode in his series of titles about Chevie Savano, a time travelling FBI agent. Chevie can use her time travel to save the past and change the future. Chevie has...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 26/06/2014
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Snow Dogs
Snow Dogs
Jane A. C. West
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 6.5+. A thrilling story of courage and survival set in the extreme cold of Alaska. Zeb is determined to win the Iditarod, a terrifyingly challenging dog sled race covering 674 miles. Everyone says that Zeb...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2013
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Mildred D. Taylor
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is the classic story of a girl growing up in the deep South. _____________ Puffin Fact!  After graduating from the University of Toledo, Mildred D. Taylor spent two years in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps, which she...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Smith
Smith
Leon Garfield
Smith is a sort of artful dodger character of his time. Set in 18th century London, this is the story of a 12 year old and how, having pickpocketed an elderly man only to see him immediately murdered realises he...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Cay
The Cay
Theodore Taylor
Beautifully written, this novel won every award imaginable in the USA when it was published.  It is a tense, dramatic and compulsive survival adventure that rivals Robinson Crusoe.  This though also touches heavily on prejudice and how the young white...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Tiger Wars
Tiger Wars
Steve Backshall
Wildlife specialist Steve Backshall, presenter of the Award winning TV show Deadly, brings the threat tigers are under sharply into focus in this thrilling eco-adventure. Saker and Sinter are two teenagers on the run from the Clan, a brotherhood into...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
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Rendezvous in Russia
Rendezvous in Russia
Lauren St.John
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award, Lauren St John adds another dramatic story to her excellent Laura Marlin Mysteries. When Laura’s husky Skye saves a young actress after she plunges from a cliff top Laura and best friend Tariq...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Wild Boy and the Black Terror
Wild Boy and the Black Terror
Rob Lloyd Jones
This is the second in a series of pacy mystery-adventure stories for 9+ readers, set in the seamy, smoggy underworld of Victorian London.  Dripping with atmosphere and gothic gore, Wild Boy and the Black Terror will appeal to fans of...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The River Singers
Reader Reviewed The River Singers
Tom Moorhouse
In the tradition of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows and Richard Adams’s Watership Down, The River Singers captures the desperate adventures of a family of water voles struggling survive as their habitat changes. Sylvan and his younger siblings...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Book of Beasts
The Book of Beasts
John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman
The final book in the Hollow Earth children's fantasy trilogy by actor John Barrowman and his sister Carole, starring Matt and Em Calder, twins divided by time who with the power of animare, people who can animate and bring their...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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In a Glass Grimmly
In a Glass Grimmly
Adam Gidwitz
A brilliant addition to this original series which sprinkles fairy stories with a new kind of fairy dust that turns them upside down and inside out. Familiar stories such as The Emperor’s New Clothes which is one of the funniest...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Luck Uglies
Reader Reviewed The Luck Uglies
Paul Durham
Rye’s life is saved by a mysterious stranger on the night of the Black Moon, an event which leads her into a thrilling adventure that brings her to uncovering the legend of the Luck Uglies. Rye has always heard of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Tornado Chasers
The Tornado Chasers
Ross Montgomery
This hilarious and liberating story about taking risks and living life to the full. Owen’s parents are anxious to protect him from danger. As they are frightened of almost everything, Owen has few adventures. Right now they are especially frightened...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Ninja: Assassin
Ninja: Assassin
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8+   Action-packed and with no holds barred, this is a taut adventure story capturing the themes of revenge and honour that lie at the heart of the Ninja culture. Taka is determined to take revenge...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2014
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Young Sherlock Holmes 1: Death Cloud
Reader Reviewed Young Sherlock Holmes 1: Death Cloud
Andrew Lane
Two dead bodies. One unforgettable hero.  The beginning of a legend.  Followers of the young James Bond and junior spy Alex Rider will enjoy the adventures of school boy Sherlock Holmes who already shows many of the trademark skills that...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
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The Broken King
Reader Reviewed The Broken King
Philip Womack
When Simon is really annoyed with his sister Anna he summons up the Broken King from a favourite poem and asks him to take her away. Of course, he doesn’t really believe that it will happen –it’s only an old...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/06/2014
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Only Remembered
Only Remembered
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts, photographs and paintings are just some of the elements of this astonishing collection, with cover and artwork by renowned illustrator, Ian Beck. Among the many contributors are Her Royal Highness the Duchess...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Violet Ink
Violet Ink
Rebecca Westcott
A beautiful and brilliant story of the endearing love and friendship of two sisters, which fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson will love. 12 year old Izzy is quiet, contemplative and has always adored her charismatic, confident 17 year...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Letter for the King
Reader Reviewed The Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt
Gripping from its opening moment onwards, this award-winning book that doesn’t miss a beat from its thrilling beginning to its satisfying ending. Disturbed during the night of contemplation before he is made a knight, sixteen-year-old Turi is handed a letter...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Split Second
Reader Reviewed Split Second
Sophie Mckenzie
Best-selling Sophie McKenzie tells a corkscrew of an adventure which pulls no punches about the dangers of terrorism. Charlie’s mother is killed in a bomb blast in a crowded London market; Nat’s brother is in a coma in hospital –...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
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The Thirteen Treasures
The Thirteen Treasures
Michelle Harrison
This is an enchanting and at times terrifying debut that's beautifully written. 13 year old Tanya and her mother have an uneasy relationship so for part of the summer she is despatched off to her grandmother who lives in a rickety...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
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Head Over Heart
Reader Reviewed Head Over Heart
Colette Victor
July 2014 Debut of the Month  Boys, homework and family – Zeynab has all the usual concerns of any girl her age. But Zeynab has another thing to think about which is perhaps most important of all. Does she want...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant
Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant
Derek Landy
July 2014 Book of the Month  For the first time, every Skulduggery Pleasant short story - plus The End of the World, the World Book Day novelette - is collected into one magnificent volume. Join Gordon Edgley as he parties...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Dead Ends
Reader Reviewed Dead Ends
Erin Jade Lange
A touching and beautifully observed story about friendship and overcoming family difficulties. An unlikely friendship between A-grade student and violent bully Dane Washington and Billy D, a new and younger kid on the block who has Down’s syndrome, turns out...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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She is Not Invisible
Reader Reviewed She is Not Invisible
Marcus Sedgwick
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   When sixteen-year-old Laureth’s father vanishes she is determined to track him down. So determined that she flies to New York to find him. But Laureth doesn’t go alone; she takes her...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Shine
Shine
Candy Gourlay
This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty of ghosts in it. And it's not a horror story though some people might be horrified. It's not a monster story either, even though there is a monster in...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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The Apple Tart of Hope
Reader Reviewed The Apple Tart of Hope
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
A touching and funny story about being an outsider which is illuminated by touches of magic. Oscar and Meg are next-door-neighbours and best friends. But, when Meg moves away everything changes. Now Paloma Killealy lives next door and Oscar gets...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Picture Perfect
Picture Perfect
Holly Smale
June 2014 Mega Book of the Month  Harriet Manners, heroine of the best selling Geek Girl, is back for an equally engaging third adventure. On the brink of her sixteenth birthday, Harriet is still juggling the vast gulf between...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Cathy Cassidy
Cathy Cassidy’s Chocolate Box Girls are growing up and learning to deal with new problems. Fifteen year old Honey flies off to live with her dad in Australia. After all her troubles at home, Honey is determined to make a...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Runaway
Runaway
Marie-Louise Jensen
Dark secrets and forbidden love are a treacherous combination, in this page-turning adventure. Charlotte must escape from her old life. Disguising herself as a stable boy, she seeks refuge at a grand country estate. There, she meets Belle, a horse...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 31/05/2014
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The Little Prince
The Little Prince
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
A world wide best-seller, The Little Prince was originally published over seventy years ago but it remains as original, imaginative and entertaining as ever. The Little Prince’s plane crashes as he travels from an asteroid far, far away. On his...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 3: Over the Moon
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 3: Over the Moon
Frank Cottrell Boyce
June 2014 Book of the Month  Time-travelling Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the best-loved car in fiction, has been stolen! It is now in the hands of Tiny Jack, the biggest criminal in history, and its owners, the Tootings, are stranded...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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The Everest Files
The Everest Files
Matt Dickinson
June 2014 Book of the Month  A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest, it follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, on a gap year adventure working for a charity in Nepal. Dark forces are at play on the lethal slopes...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2014
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Smart
Reader Reviewed Smart
Kim Slater
June 2014 Debut of the Month  Kieran watches the world carefully. He’s good at noticing things that others don’t which makes him an excellent detective. Born with learning difficulties and living with a violent stepfather, Kieran has a lot to...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Say Her Name
Say Her Name
James Dawson
Best-selling teen author James Dawson turns his hand to horror in this chilling school story. Summoning up an old school ghost in front of a mirror in a room...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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American Savage
American Savage
Matt Whyman
Best-selling Matt Whyman’s new story about the Savage family is both as hilarious and as dark as the original. The Savage family are as regular and normal as any...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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The Black North
Reader Reviewed The Black North
Nigel McDowell
Chock full of mysticism and dark magic this enchanting new fantasy set in The Divided Isle, once a place of peace and tranquillity, that has been ravaged by war...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Goblin Quest
Reader Reviewed Goblin Quest
Philip Reeve
June 2014 Book of the Month   The award-winning Goblins are back for a third adventure and this time they venture forth from Clovenstone Castle. Having seen off the thieving dwarves the goblins are now on a bold quest to solve...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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One Wish
Reader Reviewed One Wish
Michelle Harrison
June 2014 Book of the Month   Enter an extraordinary magical world in which wishes can cause no end of trouble. When Tanya encounters the magical wishing tree she understands completely that she can only have one wish. Tanya already has...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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George and the Unbreakable Code
George and the Unbreakable Code
Lucy Hawking, Stephen Hawking
Seriously strange things start happening. Banks are handing out free money; supermarkets can't charge for their produce so people are getting free food; and aircraft are refusing to fly. It looks like the world's biggest and best computers have all...
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Marianne Dreams
Marianne Dreams
Catherine Storr
A welcome reissue of an original and highly imaginative classic. Marianne is stuck in bed for six weeks following an illness. Seemingly with nothing to do, she is sure she’ll be terribly bored. But then she finds a special pencil...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Greek Myths Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea
Greek Myths Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea
Sally Pomme Clayton
A beautiful edition of ten of the best loved Greek myths, each exquisitely illustrated by Jane Ray, are gathered together is this lovely edition. The story of Pandora and her box which she is told not to open; Pegasus, the...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
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The Foreshadowing
The Foreshadowing
Marcus Sedgwick
No child who reads this will ever sanction a war if they can help it.  Marcus brings the horrors of World War One to life in fiction in the most dramatic of ways.  It really is completely compelling,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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War Girls
War Girls
Adele Geras, Melvin Burgess, Berlie Doherty, Mary Hooper
A wonderful collection of stories from award-winning authors such as Anne Fine, Melvin Burgess, Adele Geras and Berlie Doherty which captures a wide range of life changing experiences for women living through the great upheaval of the First World War....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Russian Roulette
Reader Reviewed Russian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
June 2014 Book of the Month   Best-selling Anthony Horowitz doesn’t miss a beat in this thrilling new adventure that links back to his favourite hero, Alex Rider through the terrifying and gripping story of Yassen Gregorovich. Gregorovich is ruthless and...
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Incomplete World of Dragons
Incomplete World of Dragons
Cressida Cowell
Best-selling Cressida Cowell adds a must-have new title to her series. All kinds of facts about dragons and their world and advice about how to manage the big creatures are included. The whole dragon world is brought gloriously to life...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
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How to Train Your Dragon: How to Train Your Dragon
How to Train Your Dragon: How to Train Your Dragon
Cressida Cowell
Jokes flow thick and fast from this most original and inventive Viking adventure, which launched the career of a Viking with a difference. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock grew up at a time of dragons but he was not always a hero....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Saving Sophia
Reader Reviewed Saving Sophia
Fleur Hitchcock
July 2014 Book of the Month  An utterly absorbing, hilarious, mysterious and brilliantly told new novel, that will make you both laugh and cry, from the author of Dear Scarlett.  Lottie, who yearns for adventure but never gets it and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Serpent House
Reader Reviewed The Serpent House
Bea Davenport
June 2014 Debut of the Month   A chilling, time-slip story with a strong sense of the past and full of magic and mystery. Summoned out of her life of poverty after her mother’s death, Annie finds she has the extraordinary...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Flora in Love
Reader Reviewed Flora in Love
Natasha Farrant
A welcome return of the large, artistic and somewhat chaotic Gadsby family as they are charmingly and wittily observed by Bluebell Gadsby on video and in her diary. This time Bluebell turns her attention to falling in love. While Bluebell...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Six Hours
Six Hours
Pete Johnson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+  Pete Johnson brilliantly captures a moment in two teenagers lives as he gets under the skin of what the  pressures they are under. ‘Just Chill’ – Lara’s motto propels Dominic on a wonderful six...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2014
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Saved
Saved
Eleanor Updale
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+  Can faith or medicine save Luke’s sister’s life? Eleanor Updale’s roller-coaster story is needle-sharp and thought provoking as it follows events after Anna is knocked down in the terrible car crash. Luke allows Anna...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2014
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Omg! I'm in Love with a Geek!
Omg! I'm in Love with a Geek!
Rae Earl
Every detail of Hattie Moore’s incredible year is wittily recorded in her diary. The ups and downs of every teenager’s life with the complications of being in love, hating school, fighting with siblings and needing to escape from parents. In...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Shadow Girl
Shadow Girl
Sally Nicholls
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+  Award-winning Sally Nicholls tenderly captures the loneliness of two girls without families as they share their experiences of being outsiders. Clare’s been in foster care for most of her life; she likes her foster...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2014
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Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads
Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads
David Almond
June 2014 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+  Award-winning David Almond briefly tells a story which packs a big punch. Locally, known as the Bad Lads the boys from Felling are not really...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2013
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A Boy Called Hope
Reader Reviewed A Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
March 2014 Debut of the Month  A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap family. Dan Hope may be an ordinary boy, in an ordinary home, in an...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2014
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The Hidden Princess
Reader Reviewed The Hidden Princess
Katy Moran
Katy Moran returns to the mystery of the Hidden which began with Hidden Among Us. It is six years on from when Lissy was stolen away from her human life by the King of the Hidden. All the while...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Suite Scarlett
Reader Reviewed Suite Scarlett
Maureen Johnson
A hilarious romantic comedy set in New York City from the UK Queen of Teen.   With a new job, new friends, and (maybe) a new boyfriend on the horizon,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Zen Doodling
Zen Doodling
Carolyn Scrace
Zen doodlers come in many different guises; some hide their passion for zen doodling under a bushel whilst others are happy to tell the world.  But, if you're new to this ever more popular activity (it's not a craze as...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2013
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Zen Doodle Mandala
Zen Doodle Mandala
Carolyn Scrace
Zen Doodling not only releases creativity, the repetitive nature of the designs focus one’s mind and encourages a sense of inner calm and tranquillity, thereby aiding meditation.  This book is full of inspiration and ideas to take your doodles further...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2014
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