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Reader ReviewedPick Your Poison
Lauren Child
May 2016 Book of the Month You've got to be really smart to keep up with 13 year old secret agent Ruby Redfort, as her enemies know to their cost. There are multiple strands to her new adventure, which involves... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
May 2016 Book of the Month Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of the Norse underworld, but never has the eternal teenage cry, ‘It's not fair' been more justified. Offspring... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods', Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo is star of this new series, though he's not very... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2016
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Bridesmaid-In-Training
Meg Cabot
May 2016 Book of the Month Being a bridesmaid is a dream come true for lots of young girls, but imagine if you were going to be bridesmaid to a real princess! Life changed hugely for twelve-year old Olivia when... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Broken Heart Club
Cathy Cassidy
May 2016 Book of the Month A new book from Cathy Cassidy is always a treat, and her many fans are going to love The Broken Heart Club. Cathy Cassidy has a gift for capturing the turbulent emotions of young... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/04/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons' it says on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a place of limited horizons and hidden stories: the governor has... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedLucy Locket: Online Disaster
Emma Moss
May 2016 Debut of the Month A brand new, innovative and fun series that's pitch-perfect fiction for aspirational vloggers, digital devotees and readers with a passion for all things online! There's always a demand for contemporary fiction for young girls... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedLittle Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
May 2016 Debut of the Month This moving story of looked-after children describes the difficulties they face, but is nonetheless uplifting. Ira and her little brother Zac live in Skilly House, what Tracy Beaker would call a dumping ground. There... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Set in a bleak world and reminiscent of Orwell's 1984, The Bombs That Brought Us Together is nonetheless a funny, tender, surprising and uplifting novel. Charlie's life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/04/2016
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Eliza Rose
Lucy Worsley
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge of the Tudors, the people and above all the places,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
Hold onto your hats. Acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Chris Columbus has swapped the big screen for books with House of Secrets, the first book in a brand new trilogy, which he has co-written with Ned Vizzini of MTV's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/02/2014
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Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp
The irresistible Ivy Pocket bounces back after the adventures recounted so brilliantly in Anyone But Ivy Pocket, as self-willed and gloriously self-deluded as ever! She believes she's been adopted by a benevolent couple, the Snagsbys of Snagsbys Economic Funerals, but... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
Audrey's family life is reassuringly normal. There's her Daily Mail reading mum, computer game addicted big brother, and well-meaning dad trying, and generally failing, to say the right thing. It's sharply observed comedy, and very funny. Audrey has problems though... Featured in: YA readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Monster Hunter
Curtis Jobling
May 2016 Debut of the Month Max Helsing is seriously cool – a dab hand with a yo-yo, with a great line in banter, and he rides a Chopper. Oh yes, and he's descended from Professor Van Helsing, of Dracula... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4,000 years ago and tells the stories of twelve Greek Heroes. This isn't about Percy, however his unique voice shines through as he tells the tales in his own... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre's power... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Hell and High Water
Tanya Landman
The astonishing story of a young man's quest to find justice for his father, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier. Holding the reader in suspense throughout it charts the growth of a frightened boy into a brave young... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Diamond Brothers in the Falcon's Malteser
Anthony Horowitz
This reissue of Anthony Horowitz's hugely entertaining crime caper comes with a brand new introduction by Tim Diamond, who is probably – in fact almost certainly – the most incompetent private detective in the world. The wise-cracking tone, with jokes... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Circus of Thieves and the Comeback Caper
William Sutcliffe
Roll up, roll up! Shank's Impossible Circus is back in town in this hilariously wacky adventure from bestselling author William Sutcliffe and illustrated by David Tazzyman. Lovereading Review to follow... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Square Root of Summer
Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Seventeen-year-old physics prodigy Gottie has experienced much loss in her short life. One summer on from losing her grandfather and being rejected by her first love, Gottie finds herself free-falling, like Alice down the rabbit hole, but through time, back... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
May 2016 Debut of the Month High-octane, high-stakes fantasy quest in which a teenage boy finds himself embroiled a world of warring lands and self-sacrificing teenagers. At first, “gangly” Joe might seem an unlikely hero. The gripping opening scene sees... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bubble Boy
Stewart Foster
Deeply moving and utterly gripping, Bubble Boy is a stunning novel that makes you laugh and cry. And think. Joe lives in a sterile world. Wired up to monitors and drips, he can't remember ever having left his hospital room.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Edge of Extinction
Laura Martin
Here's a premise and a half: one hundred plus years ago, hubristic scientists decided to bring dinosaurs back from extinction, a la Jurassic Park. No-one expected that the dinosaurs would also bring a disease deadly to mankind. Now what's left... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Alien Rain
Ruth Morgan
Alien Rain is an incredibly gripping adventure thriller that 10+ year olds will devour. Bree, the main protagonist is a teen girl who is hugely brave and yet the insecurities that all teens feel is also at the fore. The... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe King's Shadow
Philip Womack
Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter the hidden kingdom to search for their missing siblings. It's a journey that demands the greatest courage as... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Riverkeep
Martin Stewart
When Fifteen-year-old Wulliam's father is possessed by a dark spirit, Wull hears that a cure for Pappa's illness lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach, and so he embarks on an epic journey down... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Just My Rotten Luck
James Patterson
James Patterson continues to do sterling work turning reluctant readers onto books, and this latest instalment in the ongoing trials of Rafe Khatchadorian will more than satisfy his young fans. Things couldn't look worse for Rafe, he's back at Hills... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Booked
Kwame Alexander
Nick is football mad, finding more poetry, more to stimulate him on the soccer field and with a ball at his feet than he ever does in books. This doesn't go down well with his father, a linguistics professor with... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook
Louie Stowell
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - This book, with a Foreword by Tim Peake who in December 2015 became the first British astronaut to go to the International Space station, should go to the top of any... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2015
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The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
‘The Crossover' is original and absolutely stunning, both visually and emotionally, it's also an award winner, and deserves to be. First published in the United States in 2014 and described perfectly as a novel-in-verse, this is a story about basketball... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/10/2015
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story - Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce's first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008...
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The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Oh my, what an absolute treasure this is. Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book was first published in 1894 and now, over 120 years later, it's still capturing imaginations. This collectable,...
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The Second Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
The new live-action version of The Jungle Book should send lots of children to read Kipling's stories of Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera – let's hope so anyway because, to quote...
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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....
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Reader Reviewed Wildwitch: Wildfire
Lene Kaarberbol
Classic fantasy adventure of the sort that Lene Kaaberbøl has created here fulfils our deep-rooted need for stories of heroism and bravery, of the underdog finding the strength to defeat...
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Reader Reviewed Chaos Descends
Shane Hegarty
April 2016 Book of the Month The third book in the monstrously funny and action-packed new series: Darkmouth. It's going to be legendary. Lovereading Review to follow....
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Reader Reviewed Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel...
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Reader Reviewed 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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Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Dame Judi Dench
Charles and Mary Lamb's retellings of twenty of Shakespeare's tales are rich with humour and telling imagery; and the authors reflect much of Shakespeare's insight into the human condition. The...
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Reader Reviewed Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer's new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives...
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika,...
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Reader Reviewed Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there's a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what's right and...
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Reader Reviewed A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He's always...
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Reader Reviewed We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it's possible to be. He's super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora' in everyday conversation,...
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Rosie Goes to War
Alison Knight
While fifteen-year-old Rosie is certain that spending the holiday with her gran and grumpy great-aunt will be the “worst one ever”, it turns out to be a summer she'll never...
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Jessica's Ghost
Andrew Norriss
Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Children's Book Award Francis is a bit of an outsider and doesn't really have friends. But he finds it really easy to talk to Jessica....
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Dork Diaries: Drama Queen
Rachel Renee Russell
Something truly terrible happens in the latest episode of the hugely popular series: Mackenzie, the awful arch nemesis of self-confessed dork Nikki, steals her diary and takes it over –...
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The OMG Blog
Karen Mccombie
Four girls bond over a school project to create a blog. The subject? Their mums. Its title? OMG – or Our Mums Grrrrr. It's quite possible to love your mum...
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Exposure
Mal Peet
A dramatic, topical novel inspired by Shakespeare's Othello which will appeal to both boys and girls with its themes of football and celebrity culture. Award winning Mal Peet's Exposure is...
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Keeper
Mal Peet
A reissue of the extraordinary debut novel from multi-award winning author Mal Peet. Set in South America, this compelling adventure is told as an interview between a top sports reporter...
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Storm Weaver
Matt Griffin
The magical adventure that began so explosively with A Cage of Roots continues in this equally gripping new episode. Four friends, Ayla, Finny Sean and Benvy are caught in...
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Reader Reviewed Wildwitch: Oblivion
Lene Kaarberbol
A terrifying encounter with a flock of seagulls in a local park begins this enthralling new episode of the fantasy adventure series Wildwitch. Clara manages to fight them off with...
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You Don't Know Me
Sophia Bennett
A bittersweet story of friendship and loyalty as two talented teens try to cope with the pressures of fame. It's a beautifully written, thought-provoking tale which deals honestly with the...
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Reader Reviewed Zom-B Goddess
Darren Shan
This is the end! B Smith is drawing near to the end of her journey, but there's still time for the biggest fight and biggest twist of her life. This...
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Demigods and Magicians Three Stories from the World of Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Carter and Sadie Kane do battle with an ancient Egyptian magician determined to become a god. Against impossible odds, the four demigods and magicians team...
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The Roald Dahl Treasury
Roald Dahl
Throughout this book, you can delve into stories, poems, memoirs and letters galore all wonderfully illustrated by Quentin...
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Voices from the Second World War

‘I was awarded the Burma Star and the Yankee Star for my service, but all I really want is for the people who fought alongside me to be remembered.' So...
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Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
An incredibly touching story about a girl who dared to be different. A wonderfully original and memorable read for it makes you realise that tweens and teens work too hard...
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Reader Reviewed Jacky Ha-Ha
James Patterson
Like the characters in many of his hugely popular children's books Jacky, the star of James Patterson's Jacky Ha-Ha, is an expert a cracking jokes. It gets her attention (important...
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Reader Reviewed Raymie Nightingale
Kate DiCamillo
Some momentous things happen in the course of this book: a father leaves, buildings are burgled, a cat is lost and found, hearts are broken, good deeds attempted, and someone...
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Once Upon a Place
Eoin Colfer
A collection of 11 new short stories and 6 new poems by Ireland's top children's writers, edited by Laureate na nOg Eoin Colfer and illustrated by world renowned artist PJ...
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Reader Reviewed The Last Wolf
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has created a sweeping and dramatic story in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This spellbinding tale is complemented perfectly by Michael Foreman's illustrations. Robbie McLeod and a...
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Reader Reviewed Why The Whales Came
Michael Morpurgo
A terrific page-turner set during World War One in which two children befriend a man who lives alone on an island in the Isles of Scilly. As their friendship develops...
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Reader Reviewed Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade & One of our 'Must Reads'. It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it...
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Reader Reviewed Alone on a Wide Wide Sea
Michael Morpurgo
A touching and tender story about an unusual childhood. Arthur is shipped off to Australia as a six year old orphan during World War Two. He suffers physical and emotional...
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Reader Reviewed The Sleeping Sword
Michael Morpurgo
This fantastic tale interweaves the story of a blind boy who lives on the Scilly Isles, with the myth and truth of King Arthur, Michael Morpurgo takes the reader deep...
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Reader Reviewed Dear Olly
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning Michael Morpurgo packs a tremendous emotional punch in this deeply moving story about growing up. When Olly's brother Matt goes to Africa to help in a war-torn zone she...
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Reader Reviewed War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo's tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion,...
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Reader Reviewed Outlaw The Story of Robin Hood
Michael Morpurgo
Robin Hood is one of the most popular characters of English folk legend and Michael Morpurgo paints a suitably romantic and heroic picture of him in this lively story. Following...
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Reader Reviewed Sparrow The Story of Joan of Arc
Michael Morpurgo
A vivid re-telling of the story of the great French heroine Joan of Arc which weaves together the hopes and aspirations of a contemporary French girl with the stirring story...
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Reader Reviewed Beowulf
Michael Morpurgo
Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - May 2015 Debut of the Month Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it's really not the kind...
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Reader Reviewed Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - September 2015 Book of the Month A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war...
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The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Shakespeare
Christopher Lloyd, Dr. Nick Walton, Patrick Skipworth
2016 is another big year for Shakespeare and The Wallbook Timeline of Shakespeare will give readers (of all ages) special insight into all his 38 plays, as well as into...
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Nathalia Buttface and the Totally Embarrassing Bridesmaid Disaster
Nigel Smith
Featuring polished comedy writing completely in tune with the intended readership, it's no wonder the Nathalia Buttface books have gathered such an enthusiastic following. In this latest episode, Nat has...
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Reader Reviewed The Thing About Jellyfish
Ali Benjamin
March 2016 Debut of the Month Twelve year old Suzy's confusion following the death of her best friend fuels this roller-coaster debut novel. When Franny drowns in a freak accident...
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Stormbreaker The Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
A bold and stylish reissue of the groundbreaking and hugely popular graphic adaptation of Alex Rider's very first mission. Brilliantly visualised, these graphic novel versions of the best-selling stories of...
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Rugby Flyer Haunting History, Thrilling Tries
Gerard Siggins
If you have a young rugby fan in your life who hasn't yet discovered this great series, drop everything and buy a copy now. A mix of irresistible ruby action...
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Reader Reviewed Beetle Boy
M.G. Leonard
March 2016 Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month A rollicking adventure spiced up with fascinating information about beetles, this debut novel fuses science, survival and sleuthing! Darkus's life is turned...
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Reader Reviewed Hour of the Bees
Lindsay Eagar
March 2016 Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month Twelve year old Carol's emotional journey of discovery about her past makes a powerful story that will touch many readers. Carol's summer...
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The Double Axe
Philip Womack
Greek myths offer a rich source of story and inspire readers – and writers – as much today as ever. Philip Womack has written a thrilling version of the Minotaur...
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Reader Reviewed The Shadow Keeper
Abi Elphinstone
March 2016 Book of the Month Fabulous, feisty Moll returns with the ever faithful and courageous Gryff by her side in their quest to save the old magic and stop...
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Anna and the Swallow Man
Gavriel Savit
Written in spare beautiful prose, this extraordinary story will haunt readers. It begins in Krakow in 1939. Seven-year-old Anna is left to fend for herself when her father fails...
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Blue Moon
Jenny Oldfield
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 This thrilling pony story has everything fans of the genre want: a wild, beautiful setting (the Rocky mountains) offering great gallops; a beautiful noble...
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Reader Reviewed The Person Controller
David Baddiel
David Baddiel allows his imagination free-rein in his new novel for children, with hilarious results. Ellie is – understandably – upset when her video game controller gets stuck in the...
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Reader Reviewed Worlds Explode
Shane Hegarty
The story of Darkmouth, seaside town and gateway to other nastier worlds, continues! Twelve year old Finn is one of the last of the Legend Hunters, but not a particularly...
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Reader Reviewed Monkey Wars
Richard Kurti
A thrilling debut novel explores tribal behaviour and the dangerous consequences of it in an action packed story of two competing monkey tribes. A troop of aggressive Langur monkeys make...
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Reader Reviewed The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Mowgli, the little boy brought up in the jungle with the wolves, is one of the best-loved characters of fiction. His friends - and enemies – among the jungle animals...
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The National Archives: Shakespeare Unclassified
Nick Hunter
As the nation prepares to celebrate Shakespeare, 400 years on from his death, this book looks at the man behind the plays using original documents and historical artefacts. Items reproduced...
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Tales from Shakespeare
Marcia Williams
Marcia Williams's charming retellings of Shakespeare's best-loved plays are made even more accessible and entertaining by her own distinctive and detailed illustrations. She features fourteen of the plays, a mix...
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Reader Reviewed Kensuke's Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Michael's parents buy a yacht, and take him off to sail round the world. Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island...
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
Winner of the 1972 CILIP Carnegie Medal A book that resonates as vividly today as it did nearly half a century ago, this keepsake Oneworld Classic edition showcases more than...
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Whispers in the Graveyard
Theresa Breslin
This is a gripping supernatural thriller and one of those rare books that makes the reader want to put life on hold for as long as it takes to finish...
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