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Holes Discover a Hidden World
Jonathan Litton
Discover a hidden world. Delve into this fascinating book of holes to discover a world of burrows and boreholes, subways and sinkholes. From the mythical and mysterious to household and human holes, find out what makes a hole a hole... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/06/2018
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Boy Underwater
Adam Baron
June 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: boy untangles his family story of loss and love | Boy Underwater is one of those rare books that manages to be both very funny and heartbreakingly sad. Being... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2018
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Walls
Emma Fischel
In a nutshell: family dynamics and friendships changed by a touch of magic Any young person faced with family break-up will understand the frustration that Ned, hero of Emma Fischel's new book feels. They'll sympathise too with the hurt he... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Suffragette The Battle for Equality
David Roberts
Of all the books about the campaign for women's suffrage in this the centenary year of some women being given the vote, David Roberts's is the most beautiful to look at. In full page illustrations, vignettes and individual portraits, he... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/05/2018
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Mirror Magic
Claire Fayers
In a nutshell: human and fairy worlds mix in exciting adventures | Mirror Magic is perfect for children who like their stories full of magic and excitement. Orphans Ava and her big brother Matthew move to the town of Wyse,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2018
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Dog
Andy Mulligan
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 a particular humour, seriousness and depth.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Sami's Silver Lining (The Lost and Found Book Two)
Cathy Cassidy
In a nutshell: a story of survival, friendship and recovery – to a musical soundtrack Cathy Cassidy has a talent for writing positive and life-affirming stories even though they're about young people facing really difficult situations. Sami's story is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedLou Out of Luck
Nat Luurtsema
In a nutshell: sharp, witty school and family based comedy | Nat Luurtsema made a splash with her first story about Lou Brown in Girl Out of Water, which saw her training a team of the school's hottest boys in... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Hippo at the End of the Hall
Helen Cooper
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Rhythm and Poetry
Karl Nova
Winner of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 The first published collection from Hip Hop poet Karl Nova has a refreshing directness, honesty and authenticity. Many of the poems are drawn from the workshops he does with children... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Rising Stars
Ruth Awolola, Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Abigail Cook, Jay Hulme, Amina Jama
Highly Commended in the Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award 2018 Five emerging writer-performers are showcased in a book which is a blend of anthology & individual collections. Ruth Awolola wonders about our world, the stars beyond, the beings that... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Knights and the Best Quest
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 A masterly and hilarious retelling of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, from award-winning queen of funny Kaye Umansky. Lovereading Comment to follow. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Adventures of John Blake Mystery of the Ghost Ship
Philip Pullman
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2018 | Master story-teller Philip Pullman is as brilliantly creative in this gripping, multi-narrative graphic novel story as ever. In an adventure which both pays homage to the best-traditions of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Wild Folk
Sylvia V. Linsteadt
In a nutshell: magical quest adventure story with a strong sense of the natural world | Perfect for readers who enjoy magical adventures set in the wild world, Sylvia Linsteadt's beautifully told story stars two children called upon to be... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling In the summer of 1727 a group of men and boys, there to harvest birds... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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The Dark Prophecy
Rick Riordan
In a nutshell: epic adventure, story-telling genius It's not easy being immortal in Rick Riordan's Greek-myth inspired sagas, and Apollo has every right to feel fed up in this one. As punishment for misdemeanours, he's been sent to Earth by... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedMidnight
Derek Landy
In a Nutshell: Can a coldblooded killer be curtailed as time ticks down? Following hot on the heels of Resurrection, this eleventh instalment of Skulduggery Pleasant's incomparable exploits offers everything devoted fans have come to expect - all-out action, astonishing... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 31/05/2018
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The Tiger on His Back
Bernard Ashley
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: tense, contemporary and thought-provoking teenage drama | An eye-catching tattoo of a tiger links four people in Bernard Ashley's new book. Against her parents' wishes, Sofia has a tiger head... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Philip Pullman
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017...
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Reader Reviewed You Are Awesome
Matthew Syed
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April & May 2018 Table tennis champion Matthew Syed offers his very best advice on how...
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Reader Reviewed Fish Boy
Chloe Daykin
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award March 2017 Debut of the Month In a sparely written but richly...
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Reader Reviewed How to Bee
Bren MacDibble
May 2018 Book of the Month How To Bee is unlike any story I have ever read. The narrative voice is heartfelt and the author uses a mild form of...
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Fly By Night
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the Branford Boase Prize 2006 Fly By Night is a wholly original fantasy peopled with a cast of unusual characters whose adventures unravel at a breathtaking pace. Mosca...
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Gullstruck Island
Frances Hardinge
A hugely imaginative and inventive fantasy, Gullstruck Island is the wonderful creation of a whole new world in which some of the strangest things happen. Arilou is a Lost, a...
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Girls for the Vote
Linda Newbery
Brings the past brilliantly to life and introduces inspirational women to today's girls. Historically strong, this is a dramatic story with a real sense of atmosphere which in turn sheds an impressively wide light...
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Reader Reviewed The House with Chicken Legs
Sophie Anderson
May 2018 Debut of the Month | This sparkling debut weaves the captivating folklore of Baba Yaga with the thrills of a classic venturing-out-into-the-world quest, replete with primal conflicts, tantalising...
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Reader Reviewed Spirit
Sally Christie
May 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: old magic in the real world of today A game of Truth or Dare in the humdrum setting of a...
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COPA90: Our World Cup A Fans' Guide to 2018
Copa90
Preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup can begin right now with this handsome and thoroughly comprehensive guide to the tournament. Over 170 colour pages it details the teams and...
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Journeys
Jonathan Litton
This fine, beautifully illustrated book does everything an information book should. Its subject is the amazing expeditions taken by men and women over the centuries. Some subjects will be familiar...
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A Good Day for Climbing Trees
Jaco Jacobs
In a nutshell: quirky treetop adventure with a streak of activism Cape Town is the setting for Jaco Jacobs' quirky adventure, but the emotions described will be familiar to all...
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The Beast Awakens
Joseph Delaney
In a Nutshell: Fresh folkloric frights from a master of spine-tingling storytelling This first timelessly terrifying tale in a new series from the creator of The Spook's Apprentice confirms...
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Reader Reviewed The Burning Maze
Rick Riordan
May 2018 MEGA Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gods and monsters, heroism and humour | The Burning Maze is book three in Riordan's The Trials of Apollo...
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Reader Reviewed The Company of Eight
Harriet Whitehorn
All her life Cass has dreamt of joining the circus to become an acrobat and travel the islands on the Circus Boat. Once a year the boat visits her home,...
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Reader Reviewed Cuckoo Song
Frances Hardinge
Frances Hardinge creates a brilliant sense of menace in this chillingly dark fairy story . Something sinister, beyond just getting wet, happens to Triss when she falls into the Grimmer....
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A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017 Award-winning Frances Hardinge's latest novel bubbles...
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The Nerdiest, Wimpiest, Dorkiest I Funny Ever
James Patterson
In a nutshell: laughter makes the world go round and the pages turnJamie Grimm is back, and if you don't know why that's cause for celebration then it's...
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Lucky Break
Rob Stevens
In a nutshell: comic capers deliver sensitive story of grief and recovery Arnold is unlike anyone Leon has ever met before. He's honest to the point of rudeness, takes everything...
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The Wonderling
Mira Bartok
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 is a treat for readers of ten...
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Aru Shah and the End of Time
Roshani Chokshi
In a nutshell: Hindu folklore provides the background for a thrilling adventure story with a sharp, funny protagonist | Aru Shah is an average twelve-year old, not particularly attentive at...
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Reader Reviewed McTavish Goes Wild
Meg Rosoff
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | A new story for that best of all dogs, McTavish, and another delicious helping...
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The Mystery of the Colour Thief
Ewa Jozefkowicz
In a nutshell: grief and loss turned into hope and resilience | Izzy feels as if colour is leaching from her world, and literally. Plagued by nightmares of a shadowy,...
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The Sand Dog
Sarah Lean
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Full of hope and wonder but also shot through with deep feelings of sadness this is a beautiful story about the...
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Reader Reviewed William Wenton and the Secret Portal
Bobbie Peers
In a nutshell: code-breaking child genius versus villainous robots | William Wenton is something of a bionic boy; half of his body is a hi-tech metal called luridium, and this...
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Child I
Steve Tasane
An extraordinary novella with echoes of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Road; set in an otherworldly plain with hints of magical realism.
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Ella on the Outside
Cath Howe
A gripping story of lies, friendship, and blackmail...
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Humanatomy
Nicola Edwards
The human body is amazing, ‘the most incredible machine on Earth' says this book, which explains exactly how it works, from the inside out. Over colourful, clearly designed pages, featuring...
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Dream Team
Alan Gibbons
With the World Cup coming up, football stories are even more appealing than usual, and Alan Gibbons knows just how to win and hold young readers' attention. There are two...
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The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia
Clive Gifford
Football crams dynamic action, breathtaking skills and heartstopping tension into 90 minutes of play. It is sport as drama, making heroes and villains out of its players, managers and officials....
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The Wheel of Surya
Jamila Gavin
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK....
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Reader Reviewed The Faceless Ones
Derek Landy
Prize winning Skulduggery Pleasant is back for a third thrilling adventure. Along with his side-kick Stephanie, Skulduggery, the skeleton detective, must stand up to the Faceless Ones in a typically...
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Reader Reviewed Laugh Out Loud
James Patterson
In a nutshell: lively, comic story celebrating kids' reading and determination James Patterson creates books kids love, and his latest book is all about a boy who decides to create...
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Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he's...
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Reader Reviewed Welcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is an...
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The White Fox
Jackie Morris
Shortlisted 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...
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Young, Gifted and Black
Jamia Wilson
In a Nutshell: Inspiring celebration of black trailblazers This inspiring, illuminating, stylishly accessible anthology invites young readers to discover and celebrate phenomenal forebears and contemporary catalysts, while encouraging them...
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Reader Reviewed Artie Conan Doyle and the Vanishing Dragon
Robert J. Harris
In a nutshell: enthralling new mysteries for a young Holmes Artie Doyle can't resist the temptation offered by a mysterious invitation to an evening of magic, and, fresh from their...
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Reader Reviewed Twelve Nights
Andrew Zurcher
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Mystery | Magic | Otherworldly wraiths | An ambitious and atmospheric fantasy adventure in which an eleven-year-old girl discovers an...
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Reader Reviewed Beyond the Odyssey
Maz Evans
April 2018 Book of the Month The penultimate in the series, Beyond The Odyssey continues with poor Elliot's life becoming more difficult by the day. The situation with his mum...
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The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day
Christopher Edge
April 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: a brief and enthralling time-bending mystery | Maisie Day is ten years old and should be celebrating her birthday but...
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Reader Reviewed The City of Secret Rivers
Jacob Sager Weinstein
April 2018 Debut of the Month | Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | In a nutshell: breath-taking magical adventure on the banks of London's underground rivers Hyacinth Hayward, newly...
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Reader Reviewed The Goose Road
Rowena House
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Inspiring WW1 against-the-odds adventure | It's 1916 and fourteen-year-old Angelique is working on the family farm when she learns that...
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928 Miles from Home
Kim Slater
In a nutshell: gritty but uplifting story of a life transformed by an unexpected friendship Calum is used to living on his own; his mother left years ago and his...
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Noah Scape Can't Stop Repeating Himself
Guy Bass
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8 Guy Bass's hilarious story is a lesson to be careful what you wish for and why making everything all about you is not the...
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Reader Reviewed Truly, Wildly, Deeply
Jenny McLachlan
The brilliant, irresistible and gorgeously romantic new novel from Jenny McLachlan, the breakout star of young, laugh-out-loud teen fiction. Annie is a teenager. She's feisty, passionate about life and her...
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Rebound
Kwame Alexander
A dynamic slam-dunk of a book in which a boy lost in grief begins to find his feet on the basketball court. Slickly blending stirring verse-form storytelling with ingenious jump-off-the-page...
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The Tale of Angelino Brown
David Almond
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 Award-winning David Almond's new story for younger reader is a delightfully lightly told, warm-hearted story...
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Resurrection
Derek Landy
In a Nutshell: Familiar friends and foes, fresh faces, full-throttle action This riotously rewarding return to Skulduggery Pleasant's incomparable realm will thrill, enthral and leave fans thirsty to find...
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Night Shift
Debi Gliori
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | Drawn from Debi's own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected...
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Reader Reviewed Lady Mary
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 Princess Mary lives in a palace and is the daughter of Henry V111, the King of England but, when her parents'...
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