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Books of the Month

Reader ReviewedThe Accidental Secret Agent
Tom McLaughlin
June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: espionage – laughs – fake moustaches. The story of a boy who accidentally becomes a secret agent, Tom McLaughlin's new book is laugh-out-loud funny, particularly if, like its hero, you... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedRent A Bridesmaid
Jacqueline Wilson
June 2016 Book of the Month A fabulous, funny and moving story about the power of friendship from the mega-bestselling creator of Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather and more recently Katy, the retelling of Susan Coolidge's classic What Katy Did.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Over the Line
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World War. Tom Palmer tells the true story of the Footballers' Battalion.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedPrivate Peaceful
Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo
It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has written so far. That's because it's the one that most touched a nerve with him, that... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
June 2016 Debut of the Month High-octane, high-stakes fantasy quest in which a teenage boy finds himself embroiled a world of warring lands and self-sacrificing teenagers. At first, “gangly” Joe might seem an unlikely hero. The gripping opening scene sees him... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/05/2016
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Dangerous Lies
Becca Fitzpatrick
Strong-willed Stella is the key witness in a murder trial and has been placed under police protection. After being given a new identity and forced to cut all contact with friends from her former life, including her boyfriend, Stella is... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedConcentr8
William Sutcliffe
Set in a near-future version of London, where a drug called Concentr8 has been extensively prescribed to young people diagnosed with ADHD, this is the brilliantly provocative second young adult novel from the bestselling author of Are You Experienced? and... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Street Child
Berlie Doherty
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Twice the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal, here Berlie Doherty movingly captures the life of an orphan in Victorian London. Based on the true accounts of children whose lives led the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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A Stitch in Time
Penelope Lively
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Award-winning Penelope Lively's classic story humorously captures the dreamy and imaginary world of eleven year old Maria. An only child, Maria is used to quietly observing the world around her. When her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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Archie Greene and the Alchemist's Curse
D. D. Everest
In a Nutshell: magic dragons alchemy Archie Green is a book whisperer and just about to start as an apprentice at the Museum of Magical Miscellany hidden beneath the Bodleian Library in Oxford. For a certain reader – indeed a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe King's Shadow
Philip Womack
Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter the hidden kingdom to search for their missing siblings. It's a journey that demands the greatest courage as... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Broken King
Philip Womack
One of our Books of the Year 2014 When Simon is really annoyed with his sister Anna he summons up the Broken King from a favourite poem and asks him to take her away. Of course, he doesn't really believe... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2014
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Puck of Pook's Hill
Rudyard Kipling
A beautiful paperback edition of Rudyard Kipling's magical collection of stories and poems. Plucking figures from history to weave his magical stories, Puck takes the children from the Norman conquest to the signing of the Magna Carta. Set in the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 2016-05-19
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Rewards and Fairies
Rudyard Kipling
Set in the surroundings of his Sussex home, Bateman's, Rudyard Kipling's sparkling storytelling perfectly captures the myth and mystery of the English countryside. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 2016-05-19
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Spitfire
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer combines football with a dramatic story of the Second World War, plus a touch of the supernatural, to catch readers' attention in this stirring short novel. Greg is at football camp but... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Sniper
Chris Bradford
Fictional superheroes don't come much more appealing than Troy, one of a group of teenagers with awesome super powers recruited by secret agency SPEAR to protect society against a gang of ruthless terrorists, and the premise for the Bullet Catcher... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedFenn Halflin and the Fearzero
Francesca Armour-Chelu
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2016 Debut author Francesca Armour-Chelu has created a desperate flooded dystopian world in this fast-paced story of one boy's survival. When Fenn's parents are killed by the vicious Terra Ferma who are determined... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook
Louie Stowell
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - This book, with a Foreword by Tim Peake who in December 2015 became the first British astronaut to go to the International Space station, should go to the top of any... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/01/2015
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Truckers The First Book of the Nomes
Terry Pratchett
A truly wonderful kick of escapism, ‘Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes' may be aimed at children, however you don't have to be a kid to read this (adults can get just as much enjoyment, possibly even a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Secrets of the Wild Wood
Tonke Dragt
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has been acknowledged as a classic of Dutch literature since its publication over fifty years ago, but it took until 2013 for it to find a British publisher. Pushkin Press took it on... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Shapeshifter: Feather and Fang
Ali Sparkes
In three words: surprises psychic thrills Ali Sparkes's super-readable Shapeshifter series reaches book six, and a thrilling climax. Sparkes assembles all the characters from the series and its spin off Unleashed for this adventure and fans will appreciate just... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
Christopher Edge
In a Nutshell: time travel – family – stardust Even physicists struggle to understand quantum theory but Christopher Edge makes a very fine attempt at an explanation, though the most striking thing about his story is actually not the how... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/01/2016
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Gunpoint
Jim Eldridge
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 6+ “Put your hands up! If anyone moves we shoot!” The action starts on page one of this heart-stopping thriller and doesn't let up until the very end. Junior plumber Alex is in the cramped... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Circus of Thieves and the Comeback Caper
William Sutcliffe
The Austen of audacity, Armitage Shanks, circus master and dastardliest of villains is back and up to no good, to the delight of fans of these wacky, inventive and hugely entertaining books. And indeed, readers are promised (warned?) that this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedEdge of Extinction
Laura Martin
Here's a premise and a half: one hundred plus years ago, hubristic scientists decided to bring dinosaurs back from extinction, a la Jurassic Park. No-one expected that the dinosaurs would also bring a disease deadly to mankind. Now what's left... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe House on Hummingbird Island
Sam Angus
In a Nutshell: family secrets – ghosts – loss and love This story of a young orphan girl feels part of a tradition going back to Eva Ibbotson, or even Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's 1912 and Idie is a fierce... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedGirl Out of Water
Nat Luurtsema
In a nutshell: (the loneliness of the long distance swimmer) comedy – romance – synchronised swimming Perfect for the summer holidays or as revision comfort reading, Girl Out of Water is a sparkling comedy, with a great central character.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation of Pierrot. Pierrot lives in France. His mother is... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedAlone
D.J. Brazier
Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there's the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart and soul. Sam tells his own tale, after the small... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe King's Revenge
Philip Womack
A story of knights and gods, a quest that takes its characters through wild and strange landscapes, a tale of courage and loyalty in the face of terrifying opponents, The King's Revenge brings Philip Womack's much lauded Darkening Path... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedLittle Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
May 2016 Debut of the Month This moving story of looked-after children describes the difficulties they face, but is nonetheless uplifting. Ira and her little brother Zac live in Skilly House, what Tracy Beaker would call a dumping ground. There... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bubble Boy
Stewart Foster
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May/June 2016 Deeply moving and utterly gripping, Bubble Boy is a stunning novel that makes you laugh and cry. And think. Joe lives in a sterile world. Wired up to monitors and drips, he... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedApple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/02/2015
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Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central character Bridge was very nearly killed... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Crooked Sixpence
Jennifer Bell
June 2016 Debut of the Month Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems. If you enjoy adventure, mystery and an avalanche of magic, then you've come to the right place! This is an uncommonly good and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Whistling in the Dark
Shirley Hughes
Best-selling Shirley Hughes brings alive how it felt to be growing up in Liverpool during the Second World War. In a gripping and touching story which draws on her own memories of growing up at that time, Shirley Hughes sets... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
Hold onto your hats. Acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Chris Columbus has swapped the big screen for books with House of Secrets, the first book in a brand new...
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Reader Reviewed The Broken Heart Club
Cathy Cassidy
May 2016 Book of the Month A new book from Cathy Cassidy is always a treat, and her many fans are going to love The Broken Heart Club. Cathy Cassidy...
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Eliza Rose
Lucy Worsley
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge...
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Alien Rain
Ruth Morgan
Alien Rain is an incredibly gripping adventure thriller that 10+ year olds will devour. Bree, the main protagonist is a teen girl who is hugely brave and yet the insecurities...
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Reader Reviewed The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Set in a bleak world and reminiscent of Orwell's 1984, The Bombs That Brought Us Together is nonetheless a funny, tender, surprising and uplifting novel. Charlie's life should be pretty...
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Bridesmaid-In-Training
Meg Cabot
May 2016 Book of the Month Being a bridesmaid is a dream come true for lots of young girls, but imagine if you were going to be bridesmaid to a...
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Reader Reviewed The Diamond Brothers in the Falcon's Malteser
Anthony Horowitz
This reissue of Anthony Horowitz's hugely entertaining crime caper comes with a brand new introduction by Tim Diamond, who is probably – in fact almost certainly – the most incompetent...
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Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods', Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo...
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Reader Reviewed Lucy Locket: Online Disaster
Emma Moss
May 2016 Debut of the Month A brand new, innovative and fun series that's pitch-perfect fiction for aspirational vloggers, digital devotees and readers with a passion for all things online! ...
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Reader Reviewed The Square Root of Summer
Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Seventeen-year-old physics prodigy Gottie has experienced much loss in her short life. One summer on from losing her grandfather and being rejected by her first love, Gottie finds herself free-falling,...
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Hell and High Water
Tanya Landman
The astonishing story of a young man's quest to find justice for his father, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier. Holding the reader in suspense throughout it charts...
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4,000 years ago and tells the stories of twelve Greek Heroes. This isn't about Percy, however his unique voice...
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Monster Hunter
Curtis Jobling
May 2016 Debut of the Month Max Helsing is seriously cool – a dab hand with a yo-yo, with a great line in banter, and he rides a Chopper. Oh...
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Riverkeep
Martin Stewart
When Fifteen-year-old Wulliam's father is possessed by a dark spirit, Wull hears that a cure for Pappa's illness lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the...
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Booked
Kwame Alexander
Nick is football mad, finding more poetry, more to stimulate him on the soccer field and with a ball at his feet than he ever does in books. This doesn't...
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The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
‘The Crossover' is original and absolutely stunning, both visually and emotionally, it's also an award winner, and deserves to be. First published in the United States in 2014 and described...
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Reader Reviewed Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck
James Patterson
James Patterson continues to do sterling work turning reluctant readers onto books, and this latest instalment in the ongoing trials of Rafe Khatchadorian will more than satisfy his young fans....
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The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
May 2016 Book of the Month Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of the Norse underworld, but never has the...
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Reader Reviewed Pick Your Poison
Lauren Child
May 2016 Book of the Month You've got to be really smart to keep up with 13 year old secret agent Ruby Redfort, as her enemies know to their cost....
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Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp
The irresistible Ivy Pocket bounces back after the adventures recounted so brilliantly in Anyone But Ivy Pocket, as self-willed and gloriously self-deluded as ever! She believes she's been adopted by...
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Reader Reviewed The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons' it says on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a...
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Devil's Blood
Andrew Prentice, Jonathan Weil
A horror-fantasy time-travelling adventure - the sequel to the acclaimed Black Arts! Devil's Blood is an extraordinary story not to be missed! Perfect for those who like a thrilling historical...
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Reader Reviewed The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story - Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce's first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008...
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The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Oh my, what an absolute treasure this is. Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book was first published in 1894 and now, over 120 years later, it's still capturing imaginations. This collectable,...
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The Second Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
The new live-action version of The Jungle Book should send lots of children to read Kipling's stories of Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera – let's hope so anyway because, to quote...
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Reader Reviewed Half a Creature from the Sea
David Almond
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England....
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Reader Reviewed Wildwitch: Wildfire
Lene Kaarberbol
Classic fantasy adventure of the sort that Lene Kaaberbøl has created here fulfils our deep-rooted need for stories of heroism and bravery, of the underdog finding the strength to defeat...
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Reader Reviewed Chaos Descends
Shane Hegarty
April 2016 Book of the Month The third book in the monstrously funny and action-packed new series: Darkmouth. It's going to be legendary. Lovereading Review to follow....
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Reader Reviewed Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel...
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Reader Reviewed Head Over Heels
Holly Smale
Harriet Manners is a heroine for our times: bright – she's a self-confessed geek with thousands of bizarre facts at her fingertips - a loyal friend, funny, but also constantly...
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Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Dame Judi Dench
Charles and Mary Lamb's retellings of twenty of Shakespeare's tales are rich with humour and telling imagery; and the authors reflect much of Shakespeare's insight into the human condition. The...
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Reader Reviewed Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer's new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives...
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika,...
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Reader Reviewed Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there's a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what's right and...
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Reader Reviewed A Seven Letter Word
Kim Slater
April 2016 Book of the Month Finlay is articulate, an excellent Scrabble player, which makes it so frustrating that the seven letter word that defines him is stammer. He's always...
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Reader Reviewed We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
April 2016 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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Rosie Goes to War
Alison Knight
While fifteen-year-old Rosie is certain that spending the holiday with her gran and grumpy great-aunt will be the “worst one ever”, it turns out to be a summer she'll never...
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Jessica's Ghost
Andrew Norriss
Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Children's Book Award Francis is a bit of an outsider and doesn't really have friends. But he finds it really easy to talk to Jessica....
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Dork Diaries: Drama Queen
Rachel Renee Russell
Something truly terrible happens in the latest episode of the hugely popular series: Mackenzie, the awful arch nemesis of self-confessed dork Nikki, steals her diary and takes it over –...
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The OMG Blog
Karen Mccombie
Four girls bond over a school project to create a blog. The subject? Their mums. Its title? OMG – or Our Mums Grrrrr. It's quite possible to love your mum...
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Exposure
Mal Peet
A dramatic, topical novel inspired by Shakespeare's Othello which will appeal to both boys and girls with its themes of football and celebrity culture. Award winning Mal Peet's Exposure is...
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Keeper
Mal Peet
A reissue of the extraordinary debut novel from multi-award winning author Mal Peet. Set in South America, this compelling adventure is told as an interview between a top sports reporter...
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Storm Weaver
Matt Griffin
The magical adventure that began so explosively with A Cage of Roots continues in this equally gripping new episode. Four friends, Ayla, Finny Sean and Benvy are caught in...
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Reader Reviewed Wildwitch: Oblivion
Lene Kaarberbol
A terrifying encounter with a flock of seagulls in a local park begins this enthralling new episode of the fantasy adventure series Wildwitch. Clara manages to fight them off with...
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You Don't Know Me
Sophia Bennett
A bittersweet story of friendship and loyalty as two talented teens try to cope with the pressures of fame. It's a beautifully written, thought-provoking tale which deals honestly with the...
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Reader Reviewed Zom-B Goddess
Darren Shan
This is the end! B Smith is drawing near to the end of her journey, but there's still time for the biggest fight and biggest twist of her life. This...
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Demigods and Magicians Three Stories from the World of Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Carter and Sadie Kane do battle with an ancient Egyptian magician determined to become a god. Against impossible odds, the four demigods and magicians team...
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The Roald Dahl Treasury
Roald Dahl
Throughout this book, you can delve into stories, poems, memoirs and letters galore all wonderfully illustrated by Quentin...
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Voices from the Second World War

‘I was awarded the Burma Star and the Yankee Star for my service, but all I really want is for the people who fought alongside me to be remembered.' So...
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Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
An incredibly touching story about a girl who dared to be different. A wonderfully original and memorable read for it makes you realise that tweens and teens work too hard...
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Reader Reviewed Jacky Ha-Ha
James Patterson
Like the characters in many of his hugely popular children's books Jacky, the star of James Patterson's Jacky Ha-Ha, is an expert a cracking jokes. It gets her attention (important...
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Reader Reviewed Raymie Nightingale
Kate DiCamillo
Some momentous things happen in the course of this book: a father leaves, buildings are burgled, a cat is lost and found, hearts are broken, good deeds attempted, and someone...
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Once Upon a Place
Eoin Colfer
A collection of 11 new short stories and 6 new poems by Ireland's top children's writers, edited by Laureate na nOg Eoin Colfer and illustrated by world renowned artist PJ...
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