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Books of the Month

The Complete Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, July 2015 The classic stories of Alice and her journeys into Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are celebrating 150 years in print. These wonderfully imaginative stories have influenced children's books ever since they... Featured in: 7+ readers | Alice 150th | Books of the Month | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers | Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Format: Hardback | Released 04/07/2015
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Magisterium: The Iron Trial
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
July 2015 Book of the Month From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown. Magisterium has already been optioned for film and fans of Philip Pullman,... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedBulletcatcher
Chris Bradford
July 2015 Book of the Month Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Troy is quietly reading a Batman comic when all hell breaks loose. He's caught up in a terrorist attack that kills his parents – so far so Bruce... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Potion Diaries
Amy Alward
July 2015 Book of the Month When the princess of Nova accidentally bewitches herself with an illegally brewed love potion, resulting in the biggest self-crush since Narcissus, there's an urgent need for an antidote. The kingdom's alchemists are sent out... Featured in: 13+ readers | Books of the Month | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Other Featured Books this Month

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
Stacey Matson
July 2015 Debut of the Month Arthur Bean seems pretty sure of himself, in no doubt that he's a brilliant writer with a life of prizes, fame and adulation ahead of him. At least that's the image he projects in... Featured in: 9+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedDream on, Amber
Emma Shevah
March 2014 Debut of the Month A funny and heart-warming novel about modern-day families, starting school, being mixed-race and celebrating your uniqueness. Amber is facing up to life without Dad. He left when she was little, but now she really... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile
James Patterson
From the Middle School series to the I Funny books, James Patterson is responsible for some of the most addictive kids' books around, irresistible page-turners that grab the attention of even the most reluctant reader. I have to confess... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2015
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Too Close to Home
Aoife Walsh
Minny has a pretty complicated home life: she lives with her mum, big sister Aisling, Bible-obsessed little sister Selena and baby brother Raymond in her Czech granny's house, which is now sometimes shared – to her and her sisters' consternation... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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In Darkling Wood
Emma Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2015 There's magic afoot in this cleverly constructed story which interweaves two stories of girls growing up a century apart and yet becoming friends as they each come to terms with hopes and fears.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Deep Water
Lu Hersey
Danni's mother disappears without warning, a terrifying thought for any young girl. Just fifteen, Danni goes to stay with her father in a tiny fishing village and there finds out all sorts of secrets about her family, strange mysteries that... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Joan Aiken
A wonderful adventure as two children flee from the yranny of their wicked guardian and bravely set out on the road to London. Miss Slighcarp is as chilling as her words sound and she is now in charge of Bonnie... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Village by the Sea
Anita Desai
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award, this story of life in village India, where children are forced so young to be adult, will appeal to a wide range of ages. Hari and Lila are the eldest of a poor family... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Sword and the Circle
Rosemary Sutcliff
The roots of this wonderful retelling of the story of Arthur and his knights can be found mostly in Sir Thomas Malory, but also in sources as rich as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Mabinogion and old Irish... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Silver Sword
Ian Serraillier
A classic story from World War Two, this tells how three children, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are helped by the young orphan Jan to escape from the horrors of Warsaw after the arrest of their parents. How the children travel... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Cue for Treason
Geoffrey Trease
Geoffrey Trease is the master of historical fiction for children, and for many this is his best book. Set in Elizabethan England at the end of the 15th century it tells the story of fourteen year old Peter Brownrigg who,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | Free Prize Draws | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Chinese Cinderella
Adeline Yen Mah
This is a unique story of triumph over adversity, told against the background of the Nationalist/Communist struggle for control of China. Adeline Yen Mah's family considered her to be bad luck because her mother died shortly after giving birth to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Pathfinder A Todhunter Moon Adventure
Angie Sage
Angie Sage is best known for her wonderful series about apprentice wizard Septimus Heap. Septimus makes an appearance in her new Pathfinder series, though it has a brand new and very different central character. Tod's happy life with her... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedNotebooks of a Middle -School Princess
Meg Cabot
First there was Mia Thermopolis, Manhattan teenager one minute, Princess of Genovia the next; now it's the turn of average middle-school student Olivia Grace to be transformed into royalty. Meg Cabot has revised the plot of her much-loved Princess Diaries... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Free Prize Draws
Format: Paperback | Released 21/05/2015
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The Secret Throne
Peter F. Hamilton
An original and compelling children's fantasy debut by Peter F. Hamilton, the UK's bestselling adult-science-fiction author. Featured in: 9+ readers | Coming Soon | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Alexander's Army
Chris d'Lacey
After the success of his first assignment from the UNICORNE agency, fourteen-year-old Michael Malone is given another unexplained mystery to solve. When UNICORNE detect strange goings-on in a comic book shop, Michael is sent to investigate - a task which... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Noughts and Crosses Graphic Novel
Malorie Blackman
Callum is a nought - an inferior white citizen in a society controlled by the black Crosses. Sephy is a Cross - and the daughter of one of the most powerful, ruthless men in the country. But when Sephy and... Featured in: 11+ readers
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Ghost Ship
Vicki Lockwood
Lizzie and the Penny Gaff Gang come across imposters and kidnappers in this new Lizzie Brown adventure. Fitzy's travelling circus is invited to travel to Whitby to perform for a wealthy Maharaja. But soon after they arrive, a ghostly ship... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Boywatching
Chloe Bennet
If you like Geek Girl, you'll love Boywatching - a sassy, laugh-out-loud story of friendship, fun and boys! Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Rugby Academy: Deadlocked
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Tom Palmer really gets the drama of sport and competition and no-one writes about it better. The Borderlands team have reached the finals of the World Schools Rugby Trophy and are in New Zealand... Featured in: 11+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedCircles of Stone
Ian Johnstone
The epic fantasy saga that began with The Bell Between the Worlds is continued in this exciting new episode. Young Sylas Tate was drawn into the Other on his mother's death, a strange parallel world that is both very like... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Five Minutes of Fame Ever
Nigel Smith
Another helping of super-cringe-worthy adventures for Nathalia Bumole, mostly courtesy of her dad, who really is an expert in embarrassing his daughter. It starts off when Dad uploads onto his website a video of Nat dancing, and being stung by... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedFeel the Fear
Lauren Child
Best-selling Lauren Child brings favourite super-sleuth thirteen-year-old Ruby Redfort back for a terrific new adventure – along with Hitch, her official protector. Hitch never thought minding Ruby would be fun but she is such a first class agent that he... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Candy Girl
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Lucky Dixie gets to do work experience at the offices of her favourite teen magazine Candy. But it turns out to be a massive disappointment: instead of meeting models and pop stars, she's the... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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The Golden Age
Kenneth Grahame
By the author of The Wind in the Willows, The Golden Age is a glorious children's classic, full of childhood adventure, imagination and innocence. Featured in: 9+ readers | Bookshelf Essentials | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 26/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Forever Man
Eoin Colfer
The heroes of Eoin Colfer's wonderful time-travelling W.A.R.P. series, Victorian orphan Riley and Shawnee FBI juvenile consultant Chevie are back for another adventure, once again coming face to face with the evil – and now apparently immortal - Albert... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/06/2015
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Gamer
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 8-14 Reading Age 8+ From the best-selling author of Young Samurai, a new, action packed dystopian novel, with a striking lenticular jacket, sure to stand out on bookshelves! Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers. Barrington Stoke... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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The Snake Trap Travis Delaney Investigates
Kevin Brooks
This is the third adventure for Kevin Brooks' teen private investigator and it starts with an almighty bang. Terrorists lob a grenade into the offices of Delaney & Co leaving one man dead. Then they kidnap Travis. The action continues... Featured in: 11+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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A Royal Disaster
Meg Cabot
The second in the hugely successful Meg Cabot series featuring Mia, a very normal 14 year old Manhatten school girl, who is suddenly pitched into being Princess Mia of the priniciplity of Genovia with everything at her finger tips -... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Princess in the Middle
Meg Cabot
The third in the hugely successful Meg Cabot series featuring Mia, a very normal 14 year old Manhatten school girl, who is suddenly pitched into being Princess Mia of the priniciplity of Genovia with everything at her finger tips -... Featured in: 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Princess Diaries
Meg Cabot
The first in the hugely successful Meg Cabot series featuring Mia, a very normal 14 year old Manhatten school girl, who is suddenly pitched into being Princess Mia of the priniciplity of Genovia with everything at her finger tips -... Featured in: 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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My Book of Bike Activities A Wheelie Good Book
Catherine Bruzzone
Coming at just the right time with the recent explosion of interest in cycling in the UK and published just before the Tour de France 2015 (4 - 26 July), the colourful book is aimed at children from 6 upwards,... Featured in: 7+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2015
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Last Month's Featured Books

Young Merlin
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 7+. The boy wizard, learning his destiny in this exciting story, is none other than Merlin, the most powerful wizard in the history of England...and...
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Poems from the First World War Published in Association with Imperial War Museums
Gaby Morgan
Written by those who were involved at the time, this is a thoughtful and powerful selection of poems that capture many different experiences of war. The soldiers' view is reflected...
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What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War
Roger Stevens, Brian Moses
Wide- ranging and thoughtful, this anthology of poems by award-winning poets Roger Stevens and Brian Moses captures the many different aspects of war. Divided into three sections the first of...
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Reader Reviewed Demolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month Jake Biggs's dad works in demolition. All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he...
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The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird
Arabella Weir
Frank and fabulous, Arabella Weir is utterly brilliant on tricky teen life in the hilarious follow up to The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird.
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Reader Reviewed Chocolate Box Girls: Fortune Cookie
Cathy Cassidy
June 2015 Book of the Month Fortune Cookie is a typically sweet, soulful story from the excellent Cathy Cassidy. There's a surprise in store for the Tanberry sisters. Staying with their...
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Reader Reviewed The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow
Katherine Woodfine
June 2015 Debut of the Month An Edwardian department store provides a glamorous setting for this sparkling girls' detective story, and there's something of the Little Princess about its central...
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Reader Reviewed Catherine Certitude
Patrick Modiano
From her apartment block in New York, Catherine Certitude thinks back to her childhood and growing up with her father in Paris. The life she describes is uneventful: adult conversations...
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Reader Reviewed Charlie Merrick's Misfits in I'm a Nobody, Get Me Out of Here!
Dave Cousins
The under-12's football team known as The Misfits are looking forward to a week at a football training camp, but their manager clicked the wrong link on the website and...
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Reader Reviewed The Forbidden City
John McNally
June 2015 Book of the Month OK, pay attention – you'll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake,...
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The Shield of Kuromori
Jason Rohan
Science meets Myth when ogres armed with high-tech weaponry steal a huge telescope as part of an insane plan to cast the world into permanent darkness. With global catastrophe looming,...
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Poems from the Second World War
Gaby Morgan
In numbers World War Two is almost incomprehensible – so many countries involved, so many different fronts and campaigns, so many lives affected. By bringing together poems by soldiers, airmen,...
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There's a Monster in the Garden The Best of David Harmer
David Harmer
School life, families, football, aliens - these are some of performance poet David Harmer's favourite things, all popular themes for his poems. Like the title poem to this collection, they...
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Middle School: Ultimate Showdown (Middle School 5)
James Patterson
Sibling stars of the Middle School series Rafe and Georgia Khatchadorian go head to head in this interactive book, each giving their very different advice on how to get the...
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Reader Reviewed Jonny Jakes Investigates the Hamburgers of Doom
Malcolm Judge
June 2015 Debut of the Month The Hamburgers of Doom is exactly the kind of nutty adventure that fans of sci-fi comics will love. Jonny Jakes is undercover editor of...
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Reader Reviewed From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L. Konigsburg
June 2015 Book of the Month This is everything a classic children's book should be: it's exciting, funny, has terrific central characters, a mystery to solve, and a truth – particular...
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Reader Reviewed Circus Mirandus
Cassie Beasley
June 2015 Debut of the Month Micah has grown up with his grandfather Ephraim, and the two have had great fun together. Ephraim has always had time for Micah, talking to...
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Reader Reviewed Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret
D. D. Everest
September 2014 Debut of the Month An unexpected present, a very old book with unusual powers and a twelve-year-old with an inquisitive mind are at the heart of this exciting...
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Reader Reviewed The Calling
James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
Chosen from across the world, a fight to the death is the destiny of the twelve young people who have been selected to represent their families in the Endgame. The...
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Reader Reviewed The Chocolate Box Secrets
Cathy Cassidy
Young readers who love Cathy Cassidy's Chocolate Box Girls series will devour this too! The five Tanberry-Costello sisters are super-creative, that's part of the fun of the series, and...
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The Diamond Brothers in the Blurred Man & I Know What You Did Last Wednesday
Anthony Horowitz
Fun doesn't come more hardboiled! Anthony Horowitz's Diamond Brothers adventures, starring gormless private eye Tim Diamond and his much sharper kid brother Nick, have all the excitement of the Alex...
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Reader Reviewed Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
A heart breaking and heart warming story of a special friendship that grows between Willie Beech, evacuated to the country to avoid the Blitz on London, and Tom Oakley, the...
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Hope in a Ballet Shoe Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
The amazing true story of how an orphan from Sierra Leone has become a major US ballet star. Michaela DePrince's life began in a country wracked by conflict. Her parents...
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Opal Plumstead
Jacqueline Wilson
Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson's 100th book is a cracking story set just before the First World War with one of Wilson's feistiest girls yet at its heart. Opal Plumstead is a...
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Reader Reviewed Wild Boy and the Black Terror
Rob Lloyd Jones
This is the second in a series of pacy mystery-adventure stories for 9+ readers, set in the seamy, smoggy underworld of Victorian London. Dripping with atmosphere and gothic gore, Wild...
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Deadly by Design
Carina Axelsson
This series puts a stylish, modern spin on the Nancy Drew format. Teen model Axelle Anderson is a fan of Ms Drew and indeed Miss Marple, in fact she's been...
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Sun Thief
Jamie Buxton
Ancient Egypt provides the setting for this gripping story, more precisely Thebes and the court of Akhenaten. The central character has no name: he's referred to in the main as...
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Dick and Dom's Whoopee Book of Practical Jokes
Richard McCourt, Dominic Wood
A brilliantly bonkers joke book brought to you by children's tv personalities Dick and Dom. Fool your friends, trick your teachers and prank your parents! Packed with rip-roaring practical puns,...
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Einstein's Underpants
Anthony McGowan
A brilliantly funny and utterly inventive tale of useless superheroes and disgusting aliens from the acclaimed Anthony McGowan, ideal for boys of 9-11.
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Cherry Blossom Dreams
Gwyneth Rees
A satisfying, original story of family and growing up. Sasha's home life is complicated: her father died suddenly when she and her twin brother Sean were very young and her...
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Whistling in the Dark
Shirley Hughes
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2015 Best-selling Shirley Hughes brings alive how it felt to be growing up in Liverpool during the Second World War. In a...
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Being a Girl
Hayley Long
‘There is no right way to be a girl or rubbish way to be a girl', says Hayley Long,...
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The King's Shadow
Philip Womack
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2015 Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter...
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More Featured Books

Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 8+. This is a wonderfully touching and beautifully crafted story about growing up and learning about real life from an author who is widely considered...
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Young Wizards
Michael Lawrence
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ On the day before their sister's thirteenth birthday strangely magical things start to happen around twins Brin and Arlo. Where has the magic come...
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Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook
Egmont UK Ltd
Shortlisted for The Bookseller's Book of the Year Minecraft is a BAFTA award winning online gaming sensation with over 41 million registered users. There's nothing that can't be built in...
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Awful Auntie
David Walliams
Shortlisted for The Bookseller's Book of the Year - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 Best-selling David...
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Reader Reviewed Girl Online
Zoe Sugg
Shortlisted for The Bookseller's Book of the Year - December 2014 Mega Debut of the Month Vlogger Zoella's fans will fall headlong into this sharply observed, super-realistic teen story. Against...
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Work Experience
Andy Mulligan
A note from the author, Andy Mulligan....‘The central joke has excited me for ages. Most students know what work experience is, and all too often it's a predictable disappointment…you end...
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Reader Reviewed Scarlet Ibis
Gill Lewis
Winner of the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 - Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - Gill Lewis is renowned for her stories about powerful and beneficial relationships between animals and...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Looking-Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy
Book of the Month Best-selling Cathy Cassidy weaves the classic story of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland into this no holds-barred contemporary story of bullying and its impact. Alice...
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Reader Reviewed The Glass Bird Girl
Esme Kerr
An engrossing school adventure story packed full of mystery and rich in atmosphere. Orphaned Edie is rescued from a miserable stay with cousins because she can be useful in discovering...
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Bomber
Paul Dowswell
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month May 2015 Young New York born US serviceman Harry Friedman signs up for the United States Army Air Force determined to fight for justice...
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Reader Reviewed Catch Your Death
Lauren Child
May 2015 Book of the Month There's a real vogue for girl detectives at the moment, but Ruby Redfort is far and away the smartest, and Lauren Child's books easily...
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Reader Reviewed The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
Vicki Lockwood
May 2015 Book of the Month Young readers who like their mystery stories tinged with a bit of Victorian gothic are going to love this new detective series. Twelve year...
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Reader Reviewed We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it's possible to be. He's super smart, happy to use words like ‘plethora' in everyday conversation,...
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Reader Reviewed Big Game Movie Tie-in
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...
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Reader Reviewed The it Girl
Katy Birchall
May 2015 Debut of the Month Geek Girl meets Notting Hill in Katy Birchall's sparkling debut. Central character Anna is a lovable dork: the school misfit, she's given to spontaneous...
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Young Bond: Shoot to Kill
Steve Cole
Young Bond is back - in his most action-packed, explosive adventure yet.
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Reader Reviewed Jaguar Trials
Ruth Eastham
An expedition along the Amazon to find the legendary El Dorado provides an exotic setting for this rewarding adventure story. Thirteen-year-old Ben is in Brazil with his archaeologist father, but...
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Reader Reviewed Kenny Wright Superhero
James Patterson
Kenny Wright is smart, polite, and really good at chess, none of which does anything to impress the kids at his new Middle School, which is one tough place. But...
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Mum Never Did Learn to Knock
Cathy Hopkins
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Cathy Hopkins is a truly gifted author for tweens, with an ability to connect with her readers that she makes look effortless. In this...
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Reader Reviewed The Order of the Furnace - Rebellion
Alex Keller
An exciting, rip-roaring, action packed book set in a time and place where fantastical machines exist alongside humans. The squires (made up of boys and girls) in the Order of...
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Young Houdini: The Demon Curse
Simon Nicholson
This is the second book in Simon Nicholson's adventure series about street-wise orphan and aspiring magician Harry Houdini, and invents a young life for the world's most famous escapologist. It...
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Hello Darkness
Anthony McGowan
A darkly comic psychological thriller with a noir twist from an award-winning author.
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Python Adventure
Anthony McGowan
Python Adventure is the next authorised Willard Price book by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, for 8+ readers looking for action, adventure and animals!
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Reader Reviewed Dog Ears
Anne Booth
There are apparently 700,000 young carers in the UK and this sensitively-told, compassionate story puts them in the spotlight. Anna tries hard at school and at home, where things are...
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Reader Reviewed The Runaways
Megan Rix
Shortlisted for the 2015 Red House Children's Book Award Two elephants and an old Border collie are the stars of Megan Rix's wonderfully heart-warming new animal story. It's 1917 and...
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The Boy with Two Heads
Andy Mulligan
A living, breathing, talking head, with a rude, sharp tongue and an evil sense of humour. It knows all your darkest thoughts and it's not afraid to say what it...
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The Imagination Box
Martyn Ford
May 2015 Debut of the Month Could this Imagination Box be the greatest toy on earth? Join 10 year old Timothy as he is given the chance to decide just...
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I Never Liked Wednesdays
Roger Mcgough
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7 “When I was young, I lived in Liverpool and my best friend was a boy called Midge.” In this lovely little book Roger McGough...
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Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 7+ Malorie Blackman is adept at writing thought-provoking books as full of ideas as they are of action and adventure. This futuristic drama is set...
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Blitzcat
Robert Westall
In an extraordinary mix of fact and fiction, Robert Westall describes the Second World War through the eyes of a cat. Blitzcat leaves her home to track down her person,...
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The Machine Gunners
Robert Westall
Now with a brilliant new cover look, Robert Westall's gripping first novel for children set during World War Two is celebrating its fortieth anniversary. One of the best war books...
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Holes
Louis Sachar
Wholly original and brilliantly plotted, Holes is a funny and poignant story about surviving. When Stanley Yelnats is falsely accused of stealing a pair of trainers, he is sent off...
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Fear
Michael Grant
This is the fifth heart-stopping instalment in the bestselling GONE series. It is an exceptional page-turner. Escapism just doesn't get better than this. The complete list of books in this...
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Hunger
Michael Grant
Here's what Hugh (14), one of our teenage reviewers think of Hunger: Hunger, like it's prequel Gone, was unputdownable. It's an excellent follow-up to an original idea. More children...
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Lies
Michael Grant
Set in a dystopian future where food is scarce and life is fragile; all those over fifteen have been annihilated leaving children to rule in gangs that become increasingly feral...
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Light
Michael Grant
Gripping, scary and unputdownable from the first page of the first book in this brilliantly plotted series right through to the last word in this the sixth and final heart-stopping...
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Plague
Michael Grant
This is the fourth book (of six) in the mind-blowing Gone series...a blood-pumping, white-knuckle ride of epic proportions. It's a world without adults and normal life has crashed and...
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The Boundless
Kenneth Oppel
A tremendous adventure unfolds across the vast emptiness of Canada being opened up by explorers in the 1880s. William Everett knows all about the railway from his father who has...
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson, hero and demi-god, is the best guide you could have to the Greek gods and goddesses. As he is half-god - his father is Poseidon - and half-mortal...
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Reader Reviewed Skink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
This is a dive in head first and read until you're dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it's scary! The totally bizarre and freakily sane Skink joins detective forces...
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Reader Reviewed Gone
Michael Grant
Gripping from the first moment, this is a scary, an unputdownable and a brilliantly plotted fantasy. One minute all the adults are there - next they're gone! Only...
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Midnight Pirates
Ally Kennen
Ally Kennen is an exceptional story teller with a rare gift for creating loveable and convincing characters who leap off the page. When their parents decide to sell their beloved...
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Demons of Dunkirk
Paul Nolan
This is an unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings but from a different angle in that the boy in the story is...
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Devil's Hound
Vicki Lockwood
Exploring the adventure and thrill of the Victorian circus setting, the series is exceptionally well written, leaving the reader hanging for every page, and desperate to see Lizzie triumph in...
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