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The Glory
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Lauren St. John
March 2015 Book of the Month  For a businessman Jonas B. Ellington is a romantic. That’s why, inspired by tales of the Old West, he comes up with the idea of The Glory, an endurance race for rider and horse...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Save Rafe!
Reader Reviewed Save Rafe!
James Patterson
March 2015 Book of the Month  Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself. In this adventure he is spending a week on an outdoor survival expedition in order to be accepted back into...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake
Reader Reviewed The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake
Sarah Webb
March 15 Book of the Month  When her TV presenter mum flies off to Australia for two months, thirteen year old Mollie is sent to stay with the great-grandma she hardly knows on the tiny island of Little Bird. She feels...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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All That Glitters
All That Glitters
Holly Smale
****Holly Smale is appearing alongside Arabella Weir in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!  Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Reader Reviewed Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Kim Slater
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015   Kieran watches the world carefully. He’s good at noticing things that others don’t which makes him an excellent detective. Born with learning difficulties and living with...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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The Honest Truth
Reader Reviewed The Honest Truth
Dan Gemeinhart
March 2015 Debut of the Month Thirteen year old Mark is running away from home. He’s taking his dog Beau with him, and is heading for Mount Rainier. He’s prepared really well, no-one and nothing – certainly not the cancer that...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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A Whisper of Wolves
Reader Reviewed A Whisper of Wolves
Kris Humphrey
March 2015 Debut of the Month Rich in atmosphere, this is a powerful story set in a timeless world. Alice has a gift; she is a Whisperer with a special understanding of the wild and therefore a duty to...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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The Lost Twin
Reader Reviewed The Lost Twin
Sophie Cleverly
March 2015 Debut of the Month  When Ivy has to step into her dead sister Scarlet’s place at the sinister Rockwood boarding school’s she finds herself thrown into a mystery which she must do everything in her power to unravel....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Dreamsnatcher
Reader Reviewed The Dreamsnatcher
Abi Elphinstone
March 2015 Debut of the Month   Abi Elphinstone’s debut novel plunges the reader into a world of magic and adventure. Twelve-year-old Moll lives in a gypsy camp in the Ancientwood.  She has no parents but the gypsies’ extended family take...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Murder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery
Murder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery
Robin Stevens
Winner of the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015  When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Jessica's Ghost
Jessica's Ghost
Andrew Norriss
Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. Francis is a bit of an outsider and doesn’t really have friends. But he finds it really easy to talk to Jessica. They’ve got...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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The Subtle Knife
The Subtle Knife
Philip Pullman
The second in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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The Amber Spyglass
The Amber Spyglass
Philip Pullman
The third in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Cuckoo in the Nest
Cuckoo in the Nest
Michelle Magorian
The lure of the theatre draws Ralph but acting is not what his family wants for him. Can he persuade them? A wonderfully nostalgic story about one boy’s determination to see his dreams come through and a fascinating and vivid...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Love Bomb
Love Bomb
Jenny McLachlan
Flirty Dancing author Jenny McLachlan has her finger firmly on the pulse of teen girls! Love Bomb is the second book in the Ladybirds series, and the good news is that it’s just as funny, smart and current as the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Not as We Know it
Reader Reviewed Not as We Know it
Tom Avery
Twins Ned and Jamie spend their spare time – when Ned is well enough – searching the shorelines of the beaches near their home for washed up treasures. That’s where they find the strange, otherworldly creature that Jamie hopes has...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Harry and Hope
Reader Reviewed Harry and Hope
Sarah Lean
Any new book by Sarah Lean is a treat, and this is very special indeed. Hope lives in the Pyrenees with her mother, who is an artist, and her mother’s boyfriend, Frank. Frank gives Hope the space to think and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Behind the Walls: A City Besieged
Behind the Walls: A City Besieged
Nicola Pierce
A significant slice of historic conflict is served with authenticity and sensitivity. The siege of Derry in 1689 is a fascinating subject matter, while battle, starvation and death makes for uncomfortable and at times difficult reading, the author also highlights...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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A Cage of Roots
Reader Reviewed A Cage of Roots
Matt Griffin
March 2015 Debut of the Month An astonishingly different and chillingly striking tale that envelopes the pages in a cloak of darkness and mystery. The author hurls the reader straight into the middle of the story, waiting before making introductions...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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Stone Cold
Stone Cold
Andrew Lane
This is your chance to play a crime solving sleuth alongside one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time, because the clues are there, ready for you to unravel them. Even if you haven't come across Young Sherlock...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Demon Dentist
Demon Dentist
David Walliams
Winner of the Red House Children's Books for Younger Readers Award 2014. Best-selling David Walliams hits gold again in this hilarious story about something deeply evil in the unattractive world of teeth. Alfie has rotten teeth and he hates the ghastly...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Nightbird
Nightbird
Alice Hoffman
Best-selling Alice Hoffman makes the impossible seem real in this tender story which cleverly interweaves the magic from an old curse with a modern love-story against a background of small town prejudice. Twig’s life has always been constrained by the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Reluctant Assassin (WARP Book 1)
Reader Reviewed The Reluctant Assassin (WARP Book 1)
Eoin Colfer
Best-selling Eoin Colfer whose Artemis Fowl series gave the fairy world a brilliant makeover will enthral his readers with this action packed and gadget rich new series. Riley is a Victorian orphan, Chevie Sevano is the FBIs youngest agent....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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The Call Of The Wild (with an Introduction by Melvin Burgess)
The Call Of The Wild (with an Introduction by Melvin Burgess)
Jack London
This is a classic of all classics.  Melvin Burgess has written an Introduction that will make the reader realise if they haven’t already that we, the human race,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2008
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Heidi
Heidi
Johanna Spyri
Freedom to roam in the high Swiss Alps brings great happiness in this story of Heidi and her unusual childhood high up in the Swiss Alps. When Heidi’s parents...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2009
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Peter Pan (with an introduction by Tony Diterlizzi)
Peter Pan (with an introduction by Tony Diterlizzi)
J.M. Barrie
The magical idea of never growing up lies at the heart of the story of Peter Pan. When Peter Pan flies in at the bed room window of the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2008
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King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table (with an introduction by David Almond)
King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table (with an introduction by David Almond)
Roger Lancelyn Green
One of the best known and best loved stories in mythology, how a small boy pulls the sword from the stone thus proving that he is its rightful keeper...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2008
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Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (with an introduction by Diana Wynne Jones)
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (with an introduction by Diana Wynne Jones)
Jules Verne
A thrilling, science-fiction adventure that takes its readers on a journey of discovery and imagination thousands of feet deep, deep into the centre of the earth. When a priceless...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2008
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (with an Introduction by Richard Peck)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (with an Introduction by Richard Peck)
Mark Twain
Tom Sawyer seems to be unable to avoid trouble. Wherever he is, he seems to be doing something adults don't approve of. But Tom is smart: he knows better...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/05/2008
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Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (with an Introduction by Chris Riddell)
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (with an Introduction by Chris Riddell)
Lewis Carroll
A book that’s chock full of great conversations between Alice and some extraordinary animals, ranging from the pipe-smoking caterpillar and the Mad Hatter, to the March Hare and the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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The Secret Garden (with an Introduction by Sophie Dahl)
The Secret Garden (with an Introduction by Sophie Dahl)
Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is a book that fires the imagination with its bewitching and magical qualities and one that every young girl will absolutely love.  There’s an Introduction by Sophie Dahl...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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Treasure Island (with an Introduction by Eoin Colfer)
Treasure Island (with an Introduction by Eoin Colfer)
Robert Louis Stevenson
This is a much-loved favourite classic - and here are the thoughts of no less than four of our favourite authors, who all selected it !  June 2011 Guest...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (with an Introduction by Darren Shan)
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (with an Introduction by Darren Shan)
Mark Twain
This is a wonderful adventure of three boys from very different worlds. At the heart of the story is the relationship between Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, white and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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A Little Princess (with an Introduction by Adeline Yen Mah)
A Little Princess (with an Introduction by Adeline Yen Mah)
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Chosen by Jacqueline Wilson. Step into the shoes of Sara, a girl with a lively imagination who although well-mannered is absolutely no angel, as fate determines her fortune. Transformed...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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Little Women (with an Introduction by Louise Rennison)
Little Women (with an Introduction by Louise Rennison)
Louisa May Alcott
Laugh and cry with the March family. Meg, the sweet-tempered one, Jo, the smart one, Beth, the shy one and Amy, the sassy one.  Despite their lack of money...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2008
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The Odyssey
The Odyssey
Homer, Geraldine McCaughrean
This is Homer's classic tale of Odysseus' 10-year voyage back home to his wife Penelope in Ithaca after the Trojan war. It tells of his encounters with the Cyclops, the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/1997
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Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll, Chris Riddell
A favourite book chosen by Philip Pullman, along with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: "Indispensable. The great classic beginning of English children's literature". Stepping through the Looking Glass, Alice enters a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/1994
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Lockwood & Co: the Whispering Skull Book 2
Lockwood & Co: the Whispering Skull Book 2
Jonathan Stroud
Ghosts and ghouls beware! London's smallest, shabbiest and most talented psychic detection agency is back. Life is never exactly peaceful for Lockwood & Co. Lucy and George are trying to solve the mystery of the talking skull trapped in their...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Beloved
The Beloved
Alison Rattle
Escape from a bullying mother takes one young woman to an even more dangerous place.   A constant disappointment to all but her beloved father, Alice Angel longs for the day that she might break free from the stifling atmosphere of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
The story of Alice's fall down the rabbit hole and the extraordinary experiences she has there is one of the best known of all the classics. Everything is Wonderland is curious and different; there's the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
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Circus of Thieves on the Rampage
Circus of Thieves on the Rampage
William Sutcliffe
Roll up, roll up! Shank's Impossible Circus is back in town in this hilariously wacky adventure from bestselling author William Sutcliffe.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Rugby Academy: Surface to Air
Rugby Academy: Surface to Air
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+ Good rugby stories for young readers are thin on the ground, but Tom Palmer’s Rugby Academy books are real winners! In this second book in the series, Rory and the other members of the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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A Spoonful of Jam
A Spoonful of Jam
Michelle Magorian
Best-selling Michelle Magorian brings the magic of theatre and the joys – and terrors – of performance to life in this exciting, funny and touching story about Elie’s first excursion onto the stage. Set after World War Two has ended...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Stars Shall be Bright
Stars Shall be Bright
Catherine MacPhail
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+  There are all sorts of stories being told about World War One, this one, based on the true story of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster, is particularly unusual and moving. With Dad away fighting, James,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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Robot Girl
Robot Girl
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+  When it comes to writing involving, thought-provoking page-turners, Malorie Blackman is unbeatable. In this short novel in Barrington Stoke’s dyslexia-friendly format, she’s returns to one of her favourite themes and turns the readers’ perception...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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ANZAC Boys
ANZAC Boys
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 9+  Reading Age 8+   Children are hyper-sensitive to unfairness, and the lives described in this Barrington Stoke World War One novel are full of episodes of arbitrary cruelty making for compulsive reading. When brothers Bert and Frank are...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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The Sons of Scarlatti
Reader Reviewed The Sons of Scarlatti
John McNally
Meet Finn, shrunk to 9mm tall by his uncle in order to save mankind by stopping a killing machine from wreaking havoc.  Full of humour and high action adventure even if its characters are very small.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Ninja: Assassin
Ninja: Assassin
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8+   Action-packed and with no holds barred, this is a taut adventure story capturing the themes of revenge and honour that lie at the heart of the Ninja culture. Taka is determined to take revenge...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2014
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Boy in the Tower
Boy in the Tower
Polly Ho-Yen
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best Story   From the seventeenth floor of the tower block where he lives with his mother, Ade watches as the buildings...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Northern Lights
Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
Winner of the 1995 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Part one of Philip Pullman’s magnificent trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Glee Club
Glee Club
Jo Cotterill
Interest Age 9  Reading Age 6+  Barrington Stoke specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with dyslexia: short extents, carefully chosen fonts and layout, and cream paper help, but good stories are...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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Devil You Know
Devil You Know
Cathy Macphail
Award-winning writer Cathy Macphail, master of the unexpected twist, leads readers into a tense and sometimes violent story before revealing the truth. Newly arrived on an estate in Glasgow, Logan is thrilled when he finds a friend. Baz seems cool...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
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A Boy Called Hope
Reader Reviewed A Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015  - March 2014 Debut of the Month  A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2014
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Hagurosan
Hagurosan
Darren Shan
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8  A tale full of wonder from the master story-telling Darren Shan! Hagurosan is sent by his mother to take an offering of cake...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2013
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Bomber
Bomber
Paul Dowswell
Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice for fellow Jews. Still only 17 he...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers
Reader Reviewed Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers
Elen Caldecott
With a great theatre background, this is a gripping adventure of a lost diamond necklace, a false accusation and a desperate race to find out the truth. Piotr’s dad is on security duty at the theatre when the great Hollywood...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Split Second
Reader Reviewed Split Second
Sophie Mckenzie
Winner of for the Red House Children's Book Awards 2014, older readers category. Best-selling Sophie McKenzie tells a corkscrew of an adventure which pulls no punches about the dangers of terrorism. Charlie’s mother is killed in a bomb blast in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
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Chasing the Dark
Reader Reviewed Chasing the Dark
Sam Hepburn
June 2013 Debut of the Month  An excellent  page-turning adventure for all those who, like Joe, the hero of the story, are passionate about uncovering the truth. After Joe’s mum is mysteriously killed by a hit-and-run driver, Joe is sent...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit/Bombs on Aunt Dainty
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit/Bombs on Aunt Dainty
Judith Kerr
Partly autobiographical, these are first and second books in the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr, telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War. Michael Morpurgo called When Hitler Stole...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
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Stormbreaker
Reader Reviewed Stormbreaker
Anthony Horowitz
A fabulous story that crackles with suspense and daring and shows that a bit of cheek will take you a very long way. Alex Rider is fourteen when his whole world is turned upside down. Already an orphan, his guardian...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?
Reader Reviewed Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?
Rob Stevens
February 2015 Book of the Month  A touching and funny story about thirteen year old Stanley wrestling with his insecurities and his place in his family. Stanley is adopted and, although he knows his parents love him very much, he...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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The Bell Between Worlds
Reader Reviewed The Bell Between Worlds
Ian Johnstone
Debut-author Ian Johnstone offers his readers an enormous and richly created world to explore in this elaborately constructed fantasy. Sylas Tate steps into the unusual Shop of Things and, through his remarkable powers of imagination and his ability to do...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Boy with the Tiger's Heart
Reader Reviewed The Boy with the Tiger's Heart
Linda Coggin
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Can three children and a bear keep themselves free from the authorities who are determined to track them down? When...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Reader Reviewed Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Cathy Cassidy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014  Cathy Cassidy’s Chocolate Box Girls are growing up and learning to deal with new problems. Fifteen year old Honey flies...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Brilliant
Reader Reviewed Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
One of our Books of the Year 2014   A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes out of the clouds and settles...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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One of Us
One of Us
Jeannie Waudby
‘I think how readily people believe lies, and how easily the truth can look like a lie.’ A thick fog of paranoia and fear pervades this novel. It’s set in a fictitious society divided into them – the Brotherhood, a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story
I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story
James Patterson
Another welcome return for Jamie Grimm, wisecracking wheelchair-using star of best-selling author James Patterson’s Middle School series for kids. In this episode Jamie is off to Hollywood to take part in the national finals of the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Bad Magic
Reader Reviewed Bad Magic
Pseudonymous Bosch
Fans of Lemony Snicket will feel themselves in good authorial hands with Pseudonymous Bosch. Dire warnings about calamities to come, knowing asides, footnotes and appendices abound, giving the book a distinct feel and putting the reader on the inside of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2015
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J. K. Rowling
This stunning gift edition hardback, presented in a beautiful foiled cloth slipcase decorated with brand new line art by Jonny Duddle, is the perfect introduction to Harry Potter.  This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he...
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Format: Multiple copy pack - Released: 05/02/2015
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The Wolf Princess
The Wolf Princess
Cathryn Constable
Exciting, atmospheric, romantic and stylish, The Wolf Princess marks a welcome return to the comfort of traditional storytelling.  Steeped in history and nostalgia, but delicious in its telling, The Wolf Princess is a celebration of innocence, friendship and resourcefulness.  For...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Whisper
Reader Reviewed The Whisper
Emma Clayton
Twins Mika and Ellie first appeared in The Roar, a suspenseful thriller set in a not-too-distant future Britain in which humanity lives behind a huge concrete wall to protect them from animals carrying a plague.  Readers who may not...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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I am David
I am David
Anne Holm
Anne Holm’s novel, first published in the UK in 1965, is one of the most honest and searing accounts for children of man’s inhumanity to man. It’s also one of the most hopeful. It tells the haunting story of a...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
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The Wickford Doom
The Wickford Doom
Chris Priestley
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8  Chris Priestley has a gift for writing frightening stories, and this short wartime-set novel for Barrington Stoke, which specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Blackout
Blackout
Peter Jay Black
Fans of Robert Muchamore’s Cherub books will love this fast-paced adventure as a gang of ordinary kids doing extraordinary things take the law into their own hands. Charlie, Jack, Slink, Obi and the diminutive Wren have an impressive set of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Rugby Academy: Combat Zone
Rugby Academy: Combat Zone
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+  Tom Palmer is brilliant at capturing the passion of sport and the drama it creates. Woody is an outstanding young footballer so when his dad, a pilot who is often away on active service,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2014
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The Girl with the Sunshine Smile
The Girl with the Sunshine Smile
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+  Best-selling Karen McCrombie brilliantly captures the whirlwind of emotions that Meg is thrown into when her mum starts dating a new partner. Meg loves her life with just her mum. Everything is neat and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2014
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Seventh Son The Spook's Apprentice
Seventh Son The Spook's Apprentice
Joseph Delaney
Joseph Delaney’s Spook’s series has a huge following amongst young teen readers, and no wonder. This kind of storytelling has real appeal – the books are action-packed, with the threat of dark and dreadful deeds, but always bound by...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Reader Reviewed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
A remarkable and heart warming story of survival that avoids sadness or sentimentality because of its original story telling and brilliant black humour. Junior relates the complicated journey of his life travelling from the poverty and lack of opportunity on...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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The Devil's Angel
The Devil's Angel
Kevin Brooks
February 2015 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen  Reading Age 8   Award-winning Kevin Brooks tells a gripping and thoughtful story about the irresistible appeal of a dangerous friendship. Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Trash
Trash
Andy Mulligan
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. Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal. ***Now a major film by Stephen...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant
Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant
Derek Landy
For the first time, every Skulduggery Pleasant short story - plus The End of the World, the World Book Day novelette - is collected into one magnificent volume. Join Gordon Edgley as he parties like it's 1985, watch Valkyrie Cain...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Just Henry
Just Henry
Michelle Magorian
From the award winning author of Goodnight Mister Tom comes a page turning tale. Warmhearted and full of period detail, Just Henryis a wonderful story of growing up and seizing life’s opportunities. It’s post war Britain and life should...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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River Daughter
Reader Reviewed River Daughter
Jane Hardstaff
January 2015 Book of the Month  Moss, the river daughter of the title, first appeared in Jane Hardstaff’s much-praised debut The Executioner’s Daughter, a thrilling novel that cleverly mixed the supernatural with a convincing historical background. In this new adventure,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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The Door That Led to Where
Reader Reviewed The Door That Led to Where
Sally Gardner
This novel contains some strong language. A new novel by multi-award winning Sally Gardner is always highly anticipated. She is one of the most original writers of today, and...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Deadly Seven
Reader Reviewed The Deadly Seven
Garth Jennings
January 2015 Debut of the Month  An incredibly funny adventure story for the Pixar generation, perfect for fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce and Cressida Cowell.  When eleven year-old Nelson’s beloved big sister goes missing on a school trip, he is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Ratburger
Ratburger
David Walliams
Best-selling author David Williams has come up with another cracker of a story in Ratburger, available here in a special book and CD set, with the story read by the author.  Zoe is a lovely little girl with a terrible...
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Format: Mixed media product - Released: 01/01/2015
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Picture Perfect
Picture Perfect
Holly Smale
January 2015 Book of the Month  Harriet Manners, heroine of the best selling Geek Girl, is back for an equally engaging third adventure. On the brink of her sixteenth birthday, Harriet is still juggling the vast gulf between her...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Scarlet Ibis
Reader Reviewed Scarlet Ibis
Gill Lewis
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Gill Lewis is renowned for her stories about powerful and beneficial relationships between animals and children. Scarlet Ibis is an emotional story about how befriending birds can help to heal Red, a little boy...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Middle School: Save Rafe (Middle School 6)
Reader Reviewed Middle School: Save Rafe (Middle School 6)
James Patterson
Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself. In this adventure he is spending a week on an outdoor survival expedition in order to be accepted back into Hills Village Middle School – the...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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The Letter for the King
Reader Reviewed The Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Five Children on the Western Front
Reader Reviewed Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month - Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014    Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Harald Hardnut
Harald Hardnut
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+  For some thrilling real life action and adventure, you won’t get much better than Tony Bradman’s Harald Hardnut. The most reluctant reader will devour it quickly. Plenty of fighting and killing and far more...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2014
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The Ghost of Shadow Vale
The Ghost of Shadow Vale
Jonathon Stroud
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+. This thrilling Icelandic myth published by Barrington Stoke in their RELOADED series that introduces readers to new lands and cultures in an accessible way features some terrific characters that will bring to life a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2014
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Big Game
Reader Reviewed Big Game
Dan Smith
As boys’ own adventures go, Big Game takes some beating! Thirteen year old Oskari sets out into the wilderness of his Finnish homeland as part of an ancient trial of manhood. He’s small, a bit clumsy and no-one expects him...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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A Little Love Song
A Little Love Song
Michelle Magorian
A tender love story and coming of age novel set against a backdrop of wartime uncertainty and it tells how the war effects the sleepy town that Rosie lives in and especially how it effect her and her search for...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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Urban Outlaws
Urban Outlaws
Peter Jay Black
Fast-paced and high tech, this is page turning thriller as the Urban Outlaws, a group of five kids on a mission to make the world a better place, take on some of the worlds richest and slipperiest criminals. Benito Del...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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Coram Boy
Coram Boy
Jamila Gavin
The harsh realities of 18th century life, of slavery, of prejudice, of tragedy, of corruption, of the haves and the have-nots are woven together incredibly intricately and yet quite simply told too.  Rest assured this book will have...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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The Return of Johnny Kemp
The Return of Johnny Kemp
Keith Gray
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+  A really gripping thriller for teenage boys.  Short and fast-paced, it’s the story of Johnny Kemp, a boy that no one is prepared to mess with, until that is, Dan manages to get him...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2014
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The Winter Horses
Reader Reviewed The Winter Horses
Philip Kerr
Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. - January 2015 Book of the Month  I had never heard of Przewalskis horses until I read this book (they do in fact have...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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