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Books of the Month

Time After Time
Judi Curtin
September 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: touching, gentle timeslip adventure | Judi Curtin has been described as the Irish Jacqueline Wilson and it's easy to see why: she writes warm, convincing contemporary stories about girls, friendships... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedAmazing Abby: Drama Queen
Emma Moss
In a nutshell: friendship | fun | growing up in the 21st century | Bubbly Abby takes centre stage in the second book in this new series for young girls. Abby has a starring role in the school's production of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedShadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby's mum was hurt when... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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Super Skills: How to Create Animation in 10 Easy Lessons
William Bishop-Stephens
September 2016 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Anything you can imagine, you can animate says this stimulating book, and it explains clearly and simply the ten key skills readers need to become expert animators, starting with flipbook loops and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/08/2016
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Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel
Philippa Pearce
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Philippa Pearce's classic novel of the 1950s is newly minted for today's readers while retaining its sense of wonder and its ability to make the unbelievable – including travelling through time -... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and September 2016 Book of the Month Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Haunting of Jessop Rise
Danny Weston
September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets. It's 1853 and, following the... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedLydia: The Wild Girl of Pride & Prejudice
Natasha Farrant
In a nutshell: Dances | Dreams | Determination Younger sister of Lizzy and Jane, Lydia Bennet is one of literature's great catalysts. Her actions are fundamental to the story of Pride and Prejudice, but there we never learn exactly... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedPrivate Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That's because it's the one that most touched a nerve with him, that... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Secret Cooking Club
Laurel Remington
August 2016 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: cake baking | works | magic | A delicious concoction of friendships, family and food and a worthy winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2015. Oh my goodness,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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The London Eye Mystery
Siobhan Dowd
This was only Siobhan Dowd's second novel but it's clear her talent as a superb storyteller is beyond question. Sadly, however she died in late 2007 so whatever you do don't miss her four novels. Her first, A Swift Pure Cry, was... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora
Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he's desperate to see them. Denied a visa to travel he must make the long, long journey from his home in the Cote D'Ivoire to Europe as an... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2016
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The Wrong Train
Jeremy De Quidt
In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night. Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Journey to the River Sea
Eva Ibbotson
A special 15th anniversary edition of this award-winning classic adventure from Eva Ibbotson in which orphaned Maia travels from England to the Amazon with her governess. August 2013 Guest Editor, Lauren St John "To me, Eva Ibbotsen is a genius.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Barefoot on the Wind
Zoe Marriott
In a Nutshell: Brave Beauty | Menacingly magical | Feminist fairy tale A fantastical feminist reworking of Beauty and the Beast set in a fairy tale evocation of Japan, and companion to the author's Shadows on the Moon. Hana has a... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Furthermore
Tahereh Mafi
With bold, imaginative storytelling and amazing world-building, bestselling author of the Shatter Me series Tahereh Mafi, takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this enchanting modern-day Alice in Wonderland for boys and girls aged 9+, where colour is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedAn Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
A ‘what if' story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo's hands, it's pure gold. Barney is leaving... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedLockwood & Co: The Creeping Shadow
Jonathan Stroud
In a nutshell: spooky suspenseful unputdownable Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co series about a company of teenage psychics attempting to keep the streets of a nearly-but-not contemporary London clear of malevolent spirits is simply superb. Each episode offers a first-class... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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Hannah in the Spotlight
Natasha Mac a'Bhaird
In a nutshell: drama | family dramas | friendship | Natasha Mac a'Bháird cleverly mixes the classic theatre story with family drama and a touch of mystery to create an original, exciting contemporary girls' story. Hannah has four little brothers... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2016
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The Great Fire Dogs
Megan Rix
In a nutshell: upstairs downstairs puppies at the court of Charles II Megan Rix takes young readers to the London of 1666 in a typically exciting and heart-warming novel, and gives them a puppies' eye-view of life at the court... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedFire Witch
Matt Ralphs
In a nutshell: young witch works magic! Young witch Hazel, accompanied by her feisty little familiar Bramley the dormouse, is back for a second lively adventure. Her mother is being held captive in the underworld and her only hope of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Magisterium: The Bronze Key
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
In a nutshell: Who's got your back? Fans of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare's Magisterium series will be itching to get their hands on this the third adventure. They might expect it to provide a lull in the action, after... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedCogheart
Peter Bunzl
September 2016 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: tick-tocking frequently airborne adventure From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is filled with fabulous visual images and a tangible sense of adventure. It follows the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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A Slice of the Moon
Sandi Toksvig
Sandi Toksvig's mini-epic is a roller-coaster of a read that races headlong through an important slice of history bringing it vividly to life as it does so. Slim, a young girl growing up in Ireland at the time of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Beginner's Guide to Curses Spellchasers
Lari Don
In a nutshell: Magic riddles | Narrow escapes Five very different characters enrol at Mrs Sharpe's curse-lifting workshop, and it's a life-or-death last chance for each of them. Their training is practical rather than classroom-based, a series of challenges... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedTime for Jas The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby
Natasha Farrant
In a Nutshell: Sibling shenanigans | Family frenzies | Everyday miracles Humorous, generous-hearted fourth and final novel in a heavenly series that just keeps on giving. The winds of change are whooshing through the Gadsby household. The siblings have a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/08/2016
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A Poem for Every Night of the Year
Allie Esiri
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month September 2016 A fabulously rich anthology of 366 poems - one for every night of the year as promised in the title. Or for everyday if you would rather read your poetry and perfect... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Characters and Places Colouring Book
Warner Bros.
From the bustling city streets and buildings of a vibrant 1926 New York to Tina and Queenie's apartment and the wonders of MACUSA, this book invites you to colour your way through the adventure - even from inside Newt's case!... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/1970
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The Fever Code
James Dashner
A must read for any fans of the cracking sci-fi post-apocalyptic Maze Runner series for 11+ year olds, The Fever Code is the electrifying prequel that holds all the answers. The world has ended: the earth is scorched, and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 27/09/2016
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This is Not a Science Book
Clive Gifford
There's a lot more to science than lab coats, test tubes and text books as this stimulating interactive activity book demonstrates. All you need is a pen or pencil to try out the more than 30 different projects contained within... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Cool Mythology
Malcolm Croft
Stories, gods, heroes and villains from the world's great mythologies are all featured in this compact and appealing information book. It is therefore filled with great stories, some familiar, others less so, but it also compares the different myths, examining... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/08/2016
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How to Update Your Parents
Pete Johnson
This is a hilarious story of dead fish, gorillas with bananas in their ears, poetry, cunning plans and highly legal documents (kind of). Oh and iPads, iPhones and vlogging of course. I'm sitting at home chortling away at How To... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Chaos Descends
Shane Hegarty
In a nutshell: monster monster-hunting fun Book three in Shane Hegarty's Darkmouth series serves up another helping of monster battles, with the skilful mix of humour and horror we've come to expect. Finn's 13th birthday is approaching and it... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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Odd and the Frost Giants
Neil Gaiman
Prize-winning Neil Gaiman tells a witty and touching story about gods and magic in Viking times. Having run away from home, Odd finds shelter in a little hut in the forest. Here, he meets a bear, a fox and an... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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The Crooked Sixpence
Jennifer Bell
June 2016 Debut of the Month Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems. If you enjoy adventure, mystery and an avalanche of magic, then you've come to the right place! This is an uncommonly good and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Sleeper and the Spindle
Neil Gaiman
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. A deluxe edition of the thrillingly reimagined fairy tale by the magical partnership of award-bedecked, bestselling Neil Gaiman and Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. Award-winning Neil Gaiman shows all his story telling... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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Railhead
Philip Reeve
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve's new novel drenches its readers... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Matt Dickinson, our Guest Editor for January 2013 - 'As far as I can remember this was the book that turned me into a reading addict! I absolutely loved it,...
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Journey To Jo'burg
Beverly Naidoo
When it was originally published in 1985 Beverley Naidoo's classic was a contemporary story; now it's a piece of history but no less powerful or important. It's the story of...
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The Sword In The Stone
T. H. White
The extraordinary story of a boy called Wart – ignored by everyone except his tutor, Merlyn – who goes on to become King Arthur. Collins Modern Classics are re-launched with...
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The Kingdom by the Sea
Robert Westall
Guardian award-winning novel about courage, friendship and war. Reissued into the Essential Modern Classic list. Lovereading Review to follow...
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Reader Reviewed Spook's: The Dark Army
Joseph Delaney
Following the shocking final events of A New Darkness, fans of the Spook's series will be desperate to find out what happens next. The opening chapter is riveting as Tom...
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My Embarrassing Dad's Gone Viral!
Ben Davis
In a nutshell; a dad's gotta do... The title of this book will be irresistible to young readers and the story, a mix of comedy and family drama, won't disappoint...
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Mind Writer
Steve Cole
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a Nutshell : accessible | edgy | sinister Branded super-readable Steve Cole's short novel is just that, and the action moves as fast as...
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Reader Reviewed The Other Alice
Michelle Harrison
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month August 2016 Award-winning Michelle Harrison's The Other Alice is a fast-paced, tautly woven story stuffed full of imagination, magic and adventure which gives life...
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Here I Stand
Amnesty International UK
August 2016 Book of the Month This powerful collection of stories commissioned by Amnesty International features contributions from a stellar line up of authors, including Sarah Crossan, Matt Haig, Frances...
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Reader Reviewed Fuzzy Mud
Louis Sachar
The bestselling author of Holes tells a cracking new story in Fuzzy Mud featuring some truly terrifying genetically modified mud. When Marshall takes a short cut home to avoid being...
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A Dog's Life
Ann M. Martin
In a nutshell: home | adventuring | a home again Best known for the Babysitters Club, Ann M Martin here tells the story of a dog, and with the warmth...
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Missing Arabella
Kathryn Siebel
In a nutshell: Twins separated then reunited after Surprising and delightfully dark at times, there's a distinctly original feel to this entertaining fairy-tale-ish adventure, though the shadows of both...
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Reader Reviewed The Hunting of the Princes
Peter F. Hamilton
In a nutshell: magic mystery surprising discovery Best-selling author Peter F. Hamilton continues the adventure that began in such thrilling style in The Secret Throne with an equally exciting and...
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The White Widow's Revenge
Jacob Grey
In a nutshell: Move over Batman! Caw, the boy who can talk to crows, is back for another adventure. His reputation has been growing amongst friends and foes alike, and...
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Desolation
Derek Landy
No-one writes teen horror with anything like the wit, gory panache and comic timing of Derek Landy. His Demon Road stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted: fourteen people have...
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Head Over Heels
Holly Smale
Harriet Manners is a heroine for our times: bright – she's a self-confessed geek with thousands of bizarre facts at her fingertips - a loyal friend, funny, but also constantly...
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Crusade
Elizabeth Laird
Two boys, Adam and Salim, come face to face when they find themselves on opposing sides in a Holy war. Adam is part of a Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem from...
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Dork Diaries: Puppy Love
Rachel Renee Russell
Nikki Maxwell, star of the Dork Diaries, gathers more fans with each new book and it's easy to see why sales now run into the millions. Girls everywhere identify with...
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Little Stars
Jacqueline Wilson
Readers will be delighted to see this exciting new episode in the life of Hetty Feather, one of Jacqueline Wilson's liveliest and most engaging heroines. Hetty and her sister Ellen...
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The Marvels
Brian Selznick
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heart-rending beauty, and featuring Selznick's most...
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Sweet Pizza
G. R. Gemin
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 This is a heart-warming story about bringing a diverse community together and the amazing history of Italian immigrants in Wales. When Joe...
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Royal Tour
Amy Alward
The Hunger Games goes Princess Diaries in book two of this modern, magical teen adventure series!
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production
J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne.
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children , an unforgettable...
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Dreaming the Bear
Mimi Thebo
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Darcy feels alone in the vast snowy wilderness of Yellowstone National Park, until she comes across a wounded grizzly bear. Their unexpected, yet...
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Soon
Morris Gleitzman
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award The Second World War has officially ended, but the streets are still a battleground - for food, for shelter, for protection... Felix is...
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Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
Horatio Clare
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Winner of The Branford Boase Award 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015. This is a special and unusual book. It...
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Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War....
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Reader Reviewed Rent A Bridesmaid
Jacqueline Wilson
June 2016 Book of the Month A fabulous, funny and moving story about the power of friendship from the mega-bestselling creator of Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather and more recently...
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Reader Reviewed Ned's Circus of Marvels
Justin Fisher
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In three words: monsters – robot mice – hidden talents Adventures don't come more action-packed than Ned's Circus of Marvels and anyone...
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Reader Reviewed Concentr8
William Sutcliffe
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Set in a near-future version of London, where a drug called Concentr8 has been extensively prescribed to young people diagnosed with ADHD, this...
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Sniper
Chris Bradford
Fictional superheroes don't come much more appealing than Troy, one of a group of teenagers with awesome super powers recruited by secret agency SPEAR to protect society against a gang...
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Spitfire
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer combines football with a dramatic story of the Second World War, plus a touch of the supernatural, to catch readers' attention in...
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Reader Reviewed Strange Star
Emma Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Rich in thrilling details, Strange Star is a cleverly told story-within-a story that draws together true stories with an original adventure. Italy,...
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Reader Reviewed Voyage to Magical North
Claire Fayers
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In 3 words : pirates – magic - fellowship In what is hopefully the first in a long series, Voyage to Magical North mixes...
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Sandrider A Todhunter Moon Adventure
Angie Sage
A story of sorcerers, wizards, dragons and, of course, Magyk, Sandrider, the second book in Angie Sage's Todhunter Moon series, is another enthralling piece of storytelling from an author whose...
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
One of the most imaginative and best-loved of all children's books, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is as original today as it was when it was first published in...
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Sunny Side Up
Holly Smale
In 3 words : Harriet hits Paris A treat for the summer holidays this special Geek Girl novella sees Harriet Manners in Paris for the Haute Couture shows no less....
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Summer Shadows
Joss Stirling
In a Nutshell: Paranormal powers * High-octane action * Hunt for happy-endings Step into the shadowy world of the Savants in this sixth installment of a series that oozes intrigue,...
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Reader Reviewed The Bone Sparrow A Refugee Novel
Zana Fraillon
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into life as a Rohingya refugee in an Australian...
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Girl Online: On Tour
Zoe Sugg
The things that have made Zoe Suggs's lifestyle vlog such a phenomenon with teenagers are exactly the things that will make her new novel such a hit with them. In...
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The House on March Lane
Michelle Briscombe
Flora dreams of becoming a female Sherlock Holmes but the only detective work she gets to do is sorting reclaimed tiles in her father's Salvage and reclamation yard best friend...
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Reader Reviewed Spook's: The Dark Army
Joseph Delaney
Following the shocking final events of A New Darkness, fans of the Spook's series will be desperate to find out what happens next. The opening chapter is riveting as Tom...
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