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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
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: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedStrange 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, 1816, Felix works as a servant to the Lord Byron... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedRent 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 Katy, the retelling of Susan Coolidge's classic What Katy Did.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers' Battalion.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedPrivate Peaceful
Michael, M. B. E. 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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Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
Horatio Clare
Winner of The Branford Boase Award 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2015. This is a special and unusual book. It features some beautiful writing, and conjures up the sights, sounds and smells of the English countryside with... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 detention centre, told through the unforgettable voice of an unforgettable... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedVoyage 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 together orphans, pirates, spells and an evil magician and in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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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 1865. The stories of the amazing things Alice finds after... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedConcentr8
William Sutcliffe
Set in a near-future version of London, where a drug called Concentr8 has been extensively prescribed to young people diagnosed with ADHD, this is the brilliantly provocative second young adult novel from the bestselling author of Are You Experienced? and... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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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 Archie. That is until ghostly happening begin to interfere with... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/04/2016
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Mind Writer
Steve Cole
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In 3 words : accessible – edgy - sinister Branded super-readable Steve Cole's short novel is just that, and the action moves as fast as thought. Luke has always been good at guessing... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2016
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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 this stirring short novel. Greg is at football camp but... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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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 of ruthless terrorists, and the premise for the Bullet Catcher... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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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 invention never flags. Apprentice wizard Tod has an important task:... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedNed'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 who enjoys Harry Potter will find that it hits the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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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 On Tour her central character Penny, just post-GCSEs, is off... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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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, action and romance. To set the scene for the uninitiated,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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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: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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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. Being Harriet, she's extensively researched Haute Couture, but it wasn't... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 30/06/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

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 The Broken King
Philip Womack
One of our Books of the Year 2014 When Simon is really annoyed with his sister Anna he summons up the Broken King from a favourite poem and asks him...
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Reader Reviewed Apple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Archie Greene and the Alchemist's Curse
D. D. Everest
In a Nutshell: magic dragons alchemy Archie Green is a book whisperer and just about to start as an apprentice at the Museum of Magical Miscellany hidden beneath the Bodleian...
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Reader Reviewed 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...
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Reader Reviewed The Bubble Boy
Stewart Foster
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May/June 2016 Deeply moving and utterly gripping, Bubble Boy is a stunning novel that makes you laugh and cry. And think. Joe lives in...
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Reader Reviewed The Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
June 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...
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Reader Reviewed Little 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...
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Circus of Thieves and the Comeback Caper
William Sutcliffe
The Austen of audacity, Armitage Shanks, circus master and dastardliest of villains is back and up to no good, to the delight of fans of these wacky, inventive and hugely...
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Reader Reviewed The King's Revenge
Philip Womack
A story of knights and gods, a quest that takes its characters through wild and strange landscapes, a tale of courage and loyalty in the face of terrifying opponents,...
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Reader Reviewed Alone
D.J. Brazier
Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there's the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart...
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Reader Reviewed The Accidental Secret Agent
Tom McLaughlin
June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: espionage – laughs – fake moustaches. The story of a boy who accidentally becomes a secret agent, Tom McLaughlin's new...
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the...
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Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger...
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Gunpoint
Jim Eldridge
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 6+ “Put your hands up! If anyone moves we shoot!” The action starts on page one of this heart-stopping thriller and doesn't let up until...
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Reader Reviewed The House on Hummingbird Island
Sam Angus
In a Nutshell: family secrets – ghosts – loss and love This story of a young orphan girl feels part of a tradition going back to Eva Ibbotson, or even...
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The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
Christopher Edge
In a Nutshell: time travel – family – stardust Even physicists struggle to understand quantum theory but Christopher Edge makes a very fine attempt at an explanation, though the most...
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The Shapeshifter: Feather and Fang
Ali Sparkes
In three words: surprises psychic thrills Ali Sparkes's super-readable Shapeshifter series reaches book six, and a thrilling climax. Sparkes assembles all the characters from the series and its spin...
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Reader Reviewed Girl Out of Water
Nat Luurtsema
In a nutshell: (the loneliness of the long distance swimmer) comedy – romance – synchronised swimming Perfect for the summer holidays or as revision comfort reading, Girl Out of...
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Reader Reviewed Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero
Francesca Armour-Chelu
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2016 Debut author Francesca Armour-Chelu has created a desperate flooded dystopian world in this fast-paced story of one boy's survival. When Fenn's parents...
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A Stitch in Time
Penelope Lively
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Award-winning Penelope Lively's classic story humorously captures the dreamy and imaginary world of eleven year old Maria. An only child, Maria is...
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Street Child
Berlie Doherty
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Twice the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal, here Berlie Doherty movingly captures the life of an orphan in Victorian London. Based...
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Dangerous Lies
Becca Fitzpatrick
Strong-willed Stella is the key witness in a murder trial and has been placed under police protection. After being given a new identity and forced to cut all contact with...
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Whistling in the Dark
Shirley Hughes
Best-selling Shirley Hughes brings alive how it felt to be growing up in Liverpool during the Second World War. In a gripping and touching story which draws on her own...
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Rewards and Fairies
Rudyard Kipling
Set in the surroundings of his Sussex home, Bateman's, Rudyard Kipling's sparkling storytelling perfectly captures the myth and mystery of the English countryside.
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Puck of Pook's Hill
Rudyard Kipling
A beautiful paperback edition of Rudyard Kipling's magical collection of stories and poems. Plucking figures from history to weave his magical stories, Puck takes the children from the Norman conquest...
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Legends' Lair
Joe O'Brien
In a nutshell: football – rivalry - community Football – it's always about so much more than just what happens on the pitch, exciting and, if you're lucky, beautiful as...
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Reader Reviewed The Secrets of the Wild Wood
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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Truckers The First Book of the Nomes
Terry Pratchett
A truly wonderful kick of escapism, ‘Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes' may be aimed at children, however you don't have to be a kid to read this...
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Diggers The Second Book of the Nomes
Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett does it again, the second book in the ‘Bromeliad Trilogy' or ‘Book of the Nomes' is another confection of delight, wit and fantastical storytelling. Terry Pratchett really...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Lucy 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! ...
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Reader Reviewed The 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,...
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Hell and High Water
Tanya Landman
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 The astonishing story of a young man's quest to find justice for his father, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier. ...
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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...
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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...
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Riverkeep
Martin Stewart
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Middle 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....
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Pick 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....
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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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Devil's Blood
Andrew Prentice, Jonathan Weil
A horror-fantasy time-travelling adventure - the sequel to the acclaimed Black Arts! Devil's Blood is an extraordinary story not to be missed! Perfect for those who like a thrilling historical...
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