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Books of the Month

Reader ReviewedWe Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
February 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | In a nutshell: unputdownable story, beautifully told | Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are two of our most garlanded YA authors: she won the 2016 Carnegie Medal, the UK's top children's... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/02/2017
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All About Mia
Lisa Williamson
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: unmissable, the teenage trials and tribulations of a middle child | In Mia Campbell-Richardson, Lisa Williamson has created one of the stroppiest, most self-absorbed heroines ever to grace the pages... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Witch's Tears
Katharine Corr, Elizabeth Corr
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: spell-binding drama of teenage witch faced with life-or-death choices | Readers who loved authors Katherine and Elizabeth Corr's supernatural romance The Witch's Kiss will fall upon the sequel. Teenage witch... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedMind the Gap
Phil Earle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mikey thinks the world of his Dad even though he doesn't see him that often. And when he dies... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Anna and the Swallow Man
Gavriel Savit
Written in spare beautiful prose, this extraordinary story will haunt readers. It begins in Krakow in 1939. Seven-year-old Anna is left to fend for herself when her father fails to collect her at the end of the day. Though... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Wild Lily
K. M. Peyton
K. M. Peyton published her first book aged just fifteen, and has been loved by generations of readers ever since. She said once, “I write to entertain”, and Wild Lily will certainly do that. Set in the 1920s, in those... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
April 2016 Book of the Month From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author's highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series. Lady Midnight is populated with pretty much... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedTraitor to the Throne
Alwyn Hamilton
In a Nutshell: Fantastical feast of espionage, revenge, rebellion and romance | Steeped in magic and myth, this sequel to Rebel of the Sands tingles with tension and the potent appeal of a heroine whose wit and power never... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedGone Wild
Robert Muchamore
In a Nutshell: Battles | Humour | Music | Third hard-hitting book in the hit Rock War series about a Battle of the Bands showdown, by the bestselling author of CHERUB. Rock Wars is now at the halfway mark and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedHeartless
Marissa Meyer
In a Nutshell: Heart, Hunger and Wonderland awaits… | Fans of fairy tale fantasy - or readers who've wondered how the Queen of Hearts came to be the angry “off with their heads!” screeching sovereign we know from Alice... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Carve the Mark
Veronica Roth
In a Nutshell: Deadly dilemmas amidst Star Wars-esque intergalactic enmity | First book in an ambitiously epic sci-fi duology from the author of the Divergent series. Akos lives in the peaceful nation of Thuvhe, part of a galaxy in... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 17/01/2017
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Black Moon
L. A. Weatherly
A fitting and truly fabulous end to the breathtaking Broken Trilogy. It's 1942, nearly two thousand years after time was reset and war and atomic weapons were banned, yet a terrifying regime is attempting to stamp and bully it's... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2017
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Unconventional
Maggie Harcourt
In a Nutshell: The buzz of conventions, fangirling and falling in love | Fabulous feel-good feast following the rollercoaster ride of running conventions, and finding love when you least expect it. Lexi Angelo is High Priestess of the Order of... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Sports Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
Ernest Hemingway might have said there are only three real sports – motor racing, bull-fighting and mountaineering – but even he might have been forced to reconsider had he been presented with The Sports Timeline Wallbook. This unique history book... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2017
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The Memory Book
Lara Avery
In a Nutshell: Unforgettable heroine confronts adversity head on | Poignant, un-put-down-able jewel of a book about seizing every moment while you can. “You are me, Samantha Agatha McCoy, in the not-so-distant future. I'm writing this for you. They say... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Nature Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children's curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for learning. Each one contains a full-colour poster – 2 metres... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Big History Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd
If you want to know what was happening on Earth any time in the last four billion years, then you couldn't do better than opening out the Big History Timeline Each one of the What On Earth Wallbooks contains a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe British History Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd
The British History Timeline showcases milestones in the extraordinary history of the British Isles from the age of the Dinosaurs 100 million years ago to the hosting of the London Olympics in 2015. In a two metre long poster –... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Science Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
The story of human invention and engineering began at least 10,000 years ago in the stone age and has continued non-stop ever since with each discovery leading to new developments in our understanding. The Wallbook Timeline of Science and Engineering... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedWaiting for Callback: Take Two
Perdita Cargill, Honor Cargill
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 Debut of the Month Fresh, funny and with the best teen voice since Geek Girl, this debut novel deserves a huge round of applause. It follows fifteen-year old... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/01/2017
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Tilt
Mary Hoffman
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Gorgeous historical novel inspired by an iconic symbol of Italy. Evocative and full of passion, Tilt is perfect for fans of the romantic era. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Shakespeare Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Dr. Nick Walton, Patrick Skipworth
The Shakespeare Timeline Wallbook will give readers (of all ages) special insight into all the 38 plays, as well as into the man and his time. A colourful 2 metre long wall chart illustrated with intriguing picture scenes lays out... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2017
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Knife Edge
Robert Swindells
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: thought-provoking examination of an important social issue | Robert Swindells is a skilful storyteller and expert at writing about issues that matter to young people. 14 year old Sam... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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Until We Win
Linda Newbery
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 13 | In a nutshell: inspiring story about women winning the vote | It's summer 1914 and Lizzy is enjoying a new freedom: she's saved the wages from her job as an office junior in an... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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The Liar's Handbook
Keren David
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: topical unputdownable thriller | In a topical and gripping new thriller for Barrington Stoke Keren David sends her young hero on a search for the truth – about his family... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe What on Earth? Timeline Collection
Christopher Lloyd
The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children's curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for learning. Each one contains a full-colour poster – 2 metres... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 Charlie's life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone else, and the population...
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Reader Reviewed The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
January 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: the unforgettable story of a girl...
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Reader Reviewed The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
January 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 - May 2016 Book of the Month Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine...
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Reader Reviewed Life in a Fishbowl
Len Vlahos
In a Nutshell: Love, loss, reality TV and the real value of life | Powerful novel exploring the turmoil that arises when a dying dad sells the last months of...
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Sara's Face
Melvin Burgess
Special 11th Anniversary Edition As ever, Melvin Burgess makes readers think. Sara signs up for a face transplant but is it her who wants it or, is she being pushed...
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Reader Reviewed A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom
January 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Coping with bipolar disorder | Finding the courage to shed secrets | Intense, insightful exploration of how it feels to...
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Reader Reviewed Wing Jones
Katherine Webber
January 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Losing your way | Running for your life | Finding your feet | 12+ A beautifully bittersweet debut in which a teenage...
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Spook's: The Dark Assassin
Joseph Delaney
In a Nutshell: Classically creepy supernatural struggles Exquisitely chilling and brimming with beasts, this third book in the Spooks' Starblade Chronicles series is an utterly enthralling, spine-tingling treat. Tom Ward...
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Rules of the Game (Endgame, Book 3)
James Frey
The explosive final novel in the Endgame trilogy, by New York Times bestelling author, James Frey. Two keys have been found. The strongest Players are left. One final key remains...
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Reader Reviewed A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Sara Barnard
In a nutshell: heartfelt, enthralling story built round one girl's life-consuming anxiety | Sixteen-year-old Steffi has been selectively mute since she was five. No-one really knows why, least of all...
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Reader Reviewed The Bone Sparrow A Refugee Novel
Zana Fraillon
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into life as a Rohingya refugee in an Australian...
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Reader Reviewed The Icarus Show
Sally Christie
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award There's something appealing just about the format and feel of this book – a...
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The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 Charlie's life should be pretty miserable: he lives in Little Town, where everyone spies on everyone else, and the population...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Dear Charlie
N. D. Gomes
November 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Shocking school shooting | Heartache behind headlines A thoroughly thought-provoking tale of a family's struggle with grief and guilt in...
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Reader Reviewed More of Me
Kathryn Evans
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award | February 2016 Debut of the Month | We all live with...
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Black Light Express
Philip Reeve
November 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: dazzling journeys into other worlds | Philip Reeve continues to turn us all into railheads in his glorious new sci-fi adventure....
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What Light
Jay Asher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! | In a Nutshell: Romancing around the Christmas tree | Seasonal heart-warmer about a head-over-heels holiday romance that seems set to stay alight....
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Reader Reviewed The Diabolic
S. J. Kincaid
In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia. Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us,...
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The Lie Tree: Illustrated Edition
Frances Hardinge
A beautiful illustrated gift edition of Frances Hardinge's hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith's father dies suddenly she knows she must try to find out exactly what he...
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Reader Reviewed Reckless III: The Golden Yarn
Cornelia Funke
November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: mesmerising tale of love and adventure set in a dark fairy tale world | Cornelia Funke has an extraordinarily fertile...
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Reader Reviewed The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
November 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Race against time | Racing hearts | The difference a day makes | Intense tale of fate, fraught families and migrant lives...
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Chronologica The Incredible Years That Defined History
Whitaker's Almanack
Written and compiled by the team behind Whitaker's Almanack, Chronologica provides a eye-opening tour through over 2500 years of world history, starting in 753BC with the founding of Rome, and...
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Girl Online: Going Solo
Zoe Sugg
November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: welcome to the wonderful world of Zoella ‘Blogging is all about community' says Penny, the central character in Going...
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I'll be Home for Christmas
Benjamin Zephaniah, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Cat Clarke & others
In a nutshell: heartfelt stories of home by top authors| Home – it's a powerful concept, never more so than at Christmas. In association with homeless charity Crisis...
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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
In a Nutshell: Epic illustrated short stories | A colossal collection of illustrated short stories about the star of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. Previously released separately in eBook...
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The Light That Gets Lost
Natasha Carthew
In a Nutshell: Raw revenge | Exploitative institution | Brightening bonds | An unforgettable novel about revenge, abuses of authority and the redemptive power of friendship. After witnessing his parents' murder,...
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Lie Kill Walk Away
Matt Dickinson
December 2016 Book of the Month A non-stop, action packed, thrilling tale of a race to save humanity from a deadly virus. 15 year old Rebecca Eden and 16 year...
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...And a Happy New Year?
Holly Bourne
In a nutshell: auld lang syne with the Spinster Club The end of What's A Girl Gotta Do saw the three members of the Spinster Club heading off...
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The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War
Various Authors
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal | Although this collection of stories about the First World War opens with familiar lines from Wilfred Owen's Anthem...
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