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Books of the Month

Dog
Andy Mulligan
November 2017 Book of the Month In a nutshell: gripping, sometimes heart-breaking story of a dog and his boy Guardian award-winner Andy Mulligan brings his own sensibility to a much-loved model - boy and dog form special relationship - adding... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 26/10/2017
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Bad Dad
David Walliams
November 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: a comic crime caper to delight dads and lads It's all about boys and their dads in David Walliams' new bestseller for children. Frank adores his dad and wants to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2017
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The Land of Neverendings
Kate Saunders
November 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Award-winning Kate Saunders takes readers on a wondrous fantasy adventure in the best tradition of children's stories in which there is another world to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Philip Pullman
November 2017 Book of the Month More than two decades after Northern Lights the first book of Pullman's world-famous His Dark Materials trilogy, which has sold more than 17.5 million... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Astrid the Unstoppable
Maria Parr
A modern classic in the making, this hilarious and heartwarming story explores the true meaning of family and friendship. Reminiscent of Pippi Longstocking, Heidi and Anne Shirley, Astrid is a feisty and irrepressible heroine who will help readers navigate the complexities... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/11/2017
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The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about friendship, loneliness and being brave when things are difficult.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend
November 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: exciting, original fantasy adventure Unusually, Jessica Townsend's book opens with the funeral of her central character. No-one seems particularly upset, not even her family, and that's because Morrigan Crow is a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/10/2017
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Defenders Pitch Invasion
Tom Palmer
Action-packed finale to the enthralling Defenders trilogy, a series of spine-tingling spooky adventures with a sporty twist. Lovereading comment to follow soon. The Defenders is a spooky new series that combines the thrills of football, history and supernatural sleuthing and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Snow Sister
Emma Carroll
Full of sadness but also hope and ultimately happiness this is a heart-warming story for Christmas with a strong Victorian setting. When Pearl makes a snow sister on Christmas Eve to remember her own dead sister Agnes she brings a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/11/2017
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Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant book in its own right as well as a worthy tribute to E. Nesbit's classic Five Children and It. The year is 1914. Anthea,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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The Hippo at the End of the Hall
Helen Cooper
Award-winning illustrator Helen Cooper's debut novel is a richly imagined and cleverly crafted story perfectly matched by her own illustrations. ‘Come now or come never!' reads the mysterious invitation that arrives with the milk one day. Despite his mother's protest,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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The Polar Bear Explorers' Club
Alex Bell
In a nutshell: magic, friendship, adventure Like a crisp layer of new snow in sunshine, Alex Bell's novel sparkles with excitement and adventure. In the tradition of fairytale heroes Stella is an orphan, brought up by the explorer who discovered... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/11/2017
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Lucky Button
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Award-winning Michel Morpurgo's warm-hearted time slip story cleverly interweaves the lives of two boys, Jonah and Nathaniel. Struggling to cope with his own complications and finding solace in music, contemporary Jonah... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Christmas Dinner of Souls
Ross Montgomery
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Not for the faint-hearted this is an utterly gripping but also terrifying collection of gruesome stories told round the disgusting dinner table at Soul's College where young Lewis finds himself trapped... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Wonder
R. J. Palacio
Wonder was a sensation when it was first published in 2012, and the story of Auggie and his fight to be accepted as a normal boy has now hit the big screen in a movie starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2017
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Winter Magic
Amy Alward, Emma Carroll, Berlie Doherty
I've always thought books were magical. It's always a wonder that a simple combination of words can have such meaning, take us on so many adventures. This short story collection encapsulates that belief perfectly. When I saw that it was... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/10/2017
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The Snow Angel
Lauren John
In a nutshell: magical story of home and new life Lauren St John's story ranges from Africa to Scotland and successfully fuses magic with unflinching descriptions of life in one of the world's most dangerous slums. Makena's life changes when... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedSee You in the Cosmos
Jack Cheng
In a nutshell: hopeful, inspiring story of one boy's brave journey to find the truth | Space-obsessive Alex Petroski is an unusual eleven-year-old, caring single-handedly for his depressed mother and his puppy Carl Sagan (named after Alex's hero). Readers are... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Three Cheers for Women!
Marcia Williams
Three Cheers for Women is a hugely inspirational book for children. It is full of facts, quotes and jokes brought together in a really fun way to ensure you remember them. You may even feel having read about some of these... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Secret of the Stones
Tony Bradman
In a nutshell: vivid, thrilling Bronze Age adventure This gripping historical adventure opens in dramatic fashion at Stone Henge: young Maglos and his father the High Priest are preparing for the important mid-summer sacrifice when Maglos's uncle strikes down his... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2017
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The White Fox
Jackie Morris
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: a wild creature leads a boy home | Full of magic, myth and a wonderful sense of family, and illustrated throughout with Jackie Morris's beautiful,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2017
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A World of Cities
Lily Murray
In this large format picture book 30 famous cities around the globe are brought to life through beautiful illustrations and a vast miscellany of intiguing facts. Every spread is devoted to a city and within that spread are facts which will... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated Edition
J. K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is essential reading at Hogwarts. This new edition features the fully updated 2017 text - which includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts that inhabit North America and a new foreword by J.K.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2017
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Magnificent Birds
Narisa Togo
It isn't often that a non-fiction picture book has been so admired here in the Lovereading office. The stunning, stylish lino-cut prints capture the beauty and the drama of a whole host ofwinged creatures but in the writing the reader... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Reader ReviewedGood Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire | This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life by Meg Rosoff stars a rescue... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Norse Myths
Kevin Crossley-Holland
In a Nutshell: Ice-fresh retellings of the Scandinavian myth cycle Ancient magic abounds, great gods and goddesses grimace, and timeless truths teem in this enthralling reimagining of Norse mythology. In his foreword, Carnegie Medal-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland explains that “Norse... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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The Lost Words
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
A book to make you think and feel, this is an important, beautiful, spellbinding treasure. Words from nature are disappearing, being removed, left to one side to be forgotten. Some words are in real danger of being lost forever, this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2017
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The Jewelled Jaguar
Sharon Tregenza
In a nutshell: myth, mystery and adventure Sharon Tregenza's exciting mystery story opens in very dramatic fashion when a huge sinkhole appears under Griffin's home. With his mother badly injured and in a coma he goes to stay with his... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2017
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Reader ReviewedThere May Be a Castle
Piers Torday
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination | Piers Torday's beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of courage and love, and of the life-affirming importance of stories.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Dork Diaries: Crush Catastrophe
Rachel Renee Russell
In a nutshell: dork in love Rachel Rennee Russéll's Dork Diaries are huge favourites with tweenage readers and no wonder, she's completely in touch with how they think, and what they worry about too. Nikki is looking forward to the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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Killing Ground
Tom Palmer
In a nutshell: exciting mix of football, ghosts and heroics Seth's not like other boys, he can see people from the past wherever he goes. The installation of new floodlights at his football team Halifax Town's ground seems to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls
Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: magic, knights and double-dealing Free Lance is a knight for hire, and sometimes has to take jobs he really shouldn't, which is definitely the case here. The local lord offers him... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Deluxe Illustrated Edition
J. K. Rowling
This deluxe edition is a must-have for any Potter fan. It comes with a gorgeous art print in a beautiful slipcase and features the fully updated 2017 text - which includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts that inhabit North... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Road To Ever After
Moira Young
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Moira Young puts her own spin on the Christmas film classic It's a Wonderful Life in this delightful story of friendship and redemption. Young Davy David is an orphan living in a den... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/10/2017
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Grave Matter
Juno Dawson
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 In a nutshell: Gothic tale of love and obsession Teenage love is the subject of Juno Dawson's thoroughly creepy new book for Barrington Stoke: ‘I think we love more freely… more playfully,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/09/2017
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Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?
Jo Nesbo
The fifth book in the fart-tastic Doctor Proctor series! Lovereading comment to follow soon. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Return to the Jungle
Bear Grylls
In a nutshell: jungle adventures, jungle survival Makur – Mak – star of Bear Gryll's thoroughly entertaining story Spirit of the Jungle is back for a new adventure and it's...
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How to Fool Your Parents
Pete Johnson
In a nutshell: non-stop laughs with Louis Pity poor Louis, things at home should be looking up now that his dad's got a new job, but after a particularly disastrous...
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Kick
Mitch Johnson
October 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: serious issues in a fast-moving, vividly told football story Like lots of kids in this country, Budi lives for football,...
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A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
October 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Award-winning Frances Hardinge's latest novel bubbles over with brilliant ideas in a fast-paced and...
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Stand By Me
Judi Curtin
In the second book in the Time After Time series our favourite time-travelling best friends are back! Judi Curtain returns with another endearing tale featuring time-travelling best friends Molly and...
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Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School
Barry Hutchison
September 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: ghost-busting, gadget-rich adventure with monster laughs The appearance of an apparently malevolent poltergeist in his bedroom (just as he's trying...
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The Dollmaker of Krakow
R. M. Romero
October 2017 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: An enchantingly heartrending conjuration that weaves folklore magic with the darkness of Nazi-occupied Poland. Karolina is a living doll who's...
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A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Allie Esiri
In a nutshell: 366 poems, an inspiring new anthology ‘Poetry powerhouse' Allie Esiri follows up the bestselling A Poem for Every Night of the Year with another lively, inspiring collection....
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The Wonderling
Mira Bartok
October 2017 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Half-human, half-fox foundling seeks true destiny Sparkling with the wit and wonder of a children's classic, this exuberant quest-driven debut...
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Skeleton Tree
Kim Ventrella
October 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: love, loss and a skeleton in the garden Stanly is surprised but intrigued to discover a finger bone apparently...
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Free Lance and the Field of Blood
Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
In a nutshell: adventure, double dealing, more adventure Free Lance is very handy on the jousting field, and if you want exciting yet comic adventures, full of medieval types behaving...
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The Little Library Cookbook
Kate Young
Delicious receipes inspired by the author's favourite works of fiction this cookery book will make a wonderful addition to your cookery bookshelf or an amazing gift. Paddington Bear's marmalade, a...
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The Racehorse Who Disappeared
Clare Balding
There's a new mystery afoot in this entertaining sequel about Noble Warrior and his owner. Everything seems calm. Young horse lover Charlie Bass is getting her life back on track...
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J. K. Rowling
This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters - including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney....
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Jolly Good Food
Enid Blyton, Allegra McEvedy
In any Enid Blyton book you can guarantee that at some point there'll be a lip-smacking description of food. Allega McEvedy takes inspiration from Blyton's best-loved stories to create recipes...
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Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave
Jonathan Stroud
In a nutshell: dicing with the dead has never been so thrilling Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co series about a company of teenage psychics attempting to keep the streets of...
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House of Robots: Robot Revolution
James Patterson
In a nutshell: super-readable story | robot rumpus at high school | Uh-oh, things are not running smoothly in the Hayes-Rodriguez household, which is highly unusual, because Mum, a robot scientist,...
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Reader Reviewed The Secret Horses of Briar Hill
Megan Shepherd
The story of a young girl in a sanatorium and the magical winged horses that only she can see, this is beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, a book that will move...
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Centrally Heated Knickers
Michael Rosen
Discover the weird and wonderful world of martians, woolly saucepans and centrally heated knickers in 100 poems about science and technology from the delightfully irreverent, Michael Rosen.
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Reader Reviewed The Secrets of the Wild Wood (Winter Edition)
Tonke Dragt
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has been acknowledged as a classic of Dutch literature since its publication over fifty years ago, but it took until 2013 for it...
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The Song of Seven
Tonke Dragt
Deep in the woods, in a crooked house full of stairs, a young boy is kept prisoner by his uncle. He cannot meet other children, or have any friends. He...
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The White Hare
Michael Fishwick
When Robbie's mum died, everything changed. Suddenly upped and moved to Somerset to play happy families with his dad's new girlfriend, Robbie can't settle. He doesn't want a new life,...
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J. K. Rowling
Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new collector's edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of...
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Coder Academy Are you ready for the challenge?
Sean McManus
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month This well-designed, interactive workbook provides a really good introduction to coding for children. It breaks it down into fun, step by step exercises...
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This is Not Another Maths Book
Anna Weltman
This book sets out to prove that maths has more in common with art than many might think, and that it can be truly beautiful; it achieves its aim. A...
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Illegal
Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Twelve-year-old Ebo's terrifying story of travelling alone from his home in Africa in order to have the chance of a childhood,...
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Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead
Rick Riordan
In a nutshell: unbeatable mythical adventures by the absolute master of the genre Magnus Chase is back from the dead (again) and in fact as a resident of Valhalla...
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Reader Reviewed Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Book 2)
Rick Riordan
In a Nutshell: Exhilaratingly entertaining mythological mayhem | Adventure and all-round awesomeness abound in this second book in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, aka The Undisputed Master...
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Peter in Peril Courage and Hope in World War Two
Helen Bate
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Peter is just an ordinary boy, who loves playing football with his friends and eating cake - until war comes to his city...
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Frogkisser! A Magical Romp of a Fairytale
Garth Nix
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A brilliantly funny take on fairytales and quests for younger readers. Garth Nix said: “Frogkisser! is one of those novels that just bubble...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed 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...
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Wolf Children
Paul Dowswell
In a Nutshell: Survival and sacrifice in post-war Berlin A powerfully thought-provoking portrayal of life among the ruins of post-war Berlin, as experienced by sixteen-year-olds, Otto and Helene, and the...
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Cool Coding
Rob Hansen, Damien Weighill
A fun, accessible guide to computers and coding for older children and curious adults. This fun and quirky book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of computer coding, organized...
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Colin Furze: This Book Isn't Safe!
Colin Furze
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Packed-full of some of the amazing inventions created by Colin Furze and demonstrated in his YouTube videos, this book will inspire...
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Cool Physics
Sarah Hutton
An amazing guide to the wonders of physics, handily broken down into accessible bite-sized chunks and particularly helpful for anyone new to or flummoxed by physics. Packed with quirky illustrations and...
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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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Dark Arena: Defenders
Tom Palmer
In a nutshell: exciting, contemporary story linking past and present injustices Seth isn't like other boys: he can see ghosts. In the second of this new series he is in...
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Dragon's Green Worldquake Book One
Scarlett Thomas
In a nutshell: ideas-rich fantasy adventure | ideal for book-loving youngsters | Dragon's Green is the kind of dazzling fantasy adventure that leads readers effortlessly back and forth between different worlds, throwing...
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Birthday Boy
David Baddiel
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 A hilarious rollercoaster ride of pure entertainment for 9+ readers everywhere, Birthday Boy is the new Baddiel Blockbuster: featuring David's inimitable...
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Reader Reviewed The 91-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
In a nutshell: a fabulous story for every storey Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton return with another surreal, inventive and comic tale about their adventures in their ever-expanding treehouse which,...
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The Chess Book
Lucy Bowman
For those brand new to the game of chess this useful book will provide all the information needed to get them playing. For those who've already started playing chess it...
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Top 10 of Everything 2018
Paul Terry
Fully updated for 2018, the Top 10 series is back with hundreds more astonishing lists, facts and stats. Lovereading comment to follow soon.
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