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Squishy McFluff: Meets Mad Nana Dot
Squishy McFluff: Meets Mad Nana Dot
Pip Jones
February 2015 Book of the Month   A mischievous story featuring Ava and her imaginary cat Squishy - this is the fourth in the Squisky McFluff series. Told in full colour throughout, this is the perfect stepping stone from picture books to...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Fizzlebert Stump and the Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things
Fizzlebert Stump and the Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things
A. F. Harrold
A story of circus rivalry, learning who you really are, and the problem of oddly-shaped vegetables.  Fizzlebert needs to reunite his friend the Bearded Boy with his long-lost parents, and find himself a new act. Luckily, the strongest girl in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Supercat vs the Pesky Pirate
Reader Reviewed Supercat vs the Pesky Pirate
Jeanne Willis
Everybody's favourite all-action cat is back in the third instalment of the hilarious cat-superhero series, from award-winning author and queen of comedy, Jeanne Willis.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Imagination According to Humphrey
Imagination According to Humphrey
Betty G. Birney
Children’s favourite Humphrey the hamster is back for another adventure, his twelfth no less. The good news is that he’s just as delightful as ever, his school-hamster-eye view of the world just as funny and generous. Humphrey gets to listen...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Barry Loser and the Case of the Crumpled Carton
Barry Loser and the Case of the Crumpled Carton
Jim Smith
February 2015 Series of the Month - Barry Loser  What to say about the Barry Loser series to recommend it to the uninitiated? Well, if burps, characters with smelly breath, bogey-eating schoolboys and poo jokes make you double up, then...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Goal! Football Around the World
Goal! Football Around the World
Caio Vilela
The joy that football brings around the world and its very special ability to link communities is celebrated in the beautiful photographic illustrations to this book. Wherever there is a ball – of any kind from simple and home-made to...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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The Leaky Battery Sets Sail
Reader Reviewed The Leaky Battery Sets Sail
Gareth P. Jones
The crew of the Leaky Battery are a rum bunch alright: steam-powered metal robots of different shapes and sizes. Originally designed to be servants, they choose piracy as a new career, as it offers adventure, the chance to see the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2015
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The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing
Reader Reviewed The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing
Barry Hutchison
Hideous monsters, an ill-assorted band of comrades, life-or-death situations, and the odd magic item – who doesn’t love a quest story? Benjamin Blank and his friends Paradise Little and Wesley Chant are off to battle the Shark-Headed Bear-Thing terrorising their...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Book & CD
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Book & CD
Jeff Kinney
The perfect gift for Wimpy Kid fans - now you can read and listen to Hard Luck, book 8 in the award-winning, hilarious Wimpy Kid series! Francesca Dow,...
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Format: Mixed media product - Released: 29/01/2015
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You Tell Me!
You Tell Me!
Roger McGough, Michael Rosen
Football, first love, teachers and tongue-twisters is a fantastic poetry collection by two of the funniest, most famous poets writing today.  
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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The Nowhere Emporium
Reader Reviewed The Nowhere Emporium
Ross MacKenzie
This sparkling fantasy adventure is a glorious hymn to the powers of the imagination. Young Daniel Holmes first stumbles into the Nowhere Emporium as he’s running from a couple of the bullies from the children’s home where he lives. He’s...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
Eugene Trivizas
This much-loved picture book puts a comic and clever twist on the familiar fairytale. Three polite young wolves set off to make their way in the world and build themselves a charming little house in the country. But their rural...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Where The Poppies Now Grow
Where The Poppies Now Grow
Hilary Robinson
Shortlisted for the Education Resources Award 2015 - One of our Books of the Year 2014  This moving poetic text matched with warm-hearted illustrations captures the lives of two friends and the parts they played in the enormous military campaign...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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13-Storey Treehouse
13-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It’s a house with everything – and if there is something it lacks, it can easily be...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Street Corner Dad
Street Corner Dad
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Set in Liverpool during World War II, Alan Gibbon’s novel is a compelling drama. It packs a real emotional punch despite its short extent, which is Barrington Stoke style, part of their method of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Hard Luck
Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney
Hard Luck, book 8 of the hilarious, globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, is now out in paperback. Francesca Dow, m.d. of Penguin Children’s, said: “Millions of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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The Christmas Truce The Place Where Peace Was Found
The Christmas Truce The Place Where Peace Was Found
Hilary Robinson
Shortlisted for the Education Resources Award 2015  Amid the horror of the fighting in the First World War, there was one moment of unexpected and surprising harmony. On Christmas Eve 1914 the soldiers from opposing sides of No Man’s Land...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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The Adventures of Shola
The Adventures of Shola
Bernardo Atxaga
Winner of 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: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. One of the most imaginative and best-loved of all children’s books, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is as original...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Children's Book of Baking Bread
Children's Book of Baking Bread
Abigail Wheatley
January 2015 Non-fiction Book of the Month  There is something incredibly satisfying about baking your own bread and this book is a great introduction to the art of bread-making, perfect for children and beginners of any age. This is a...
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Format: Spiral bound - Released: 01/01/2015
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Shaun the Sheep Movie The Book of the Film
Shaun the Sheep Movie The Book of the Film
Martin Howard
Fans of Shaun the Sheep will love this original novel based on the screenplay. When Shaun decides to take a day off to have some fun, he gets more adventure than he baa-gained for! Shaun’s mischief accidentally leads to the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Shaun the Sheep Movie - The Great Escape
Shaun the Sheep Movie - The Great Escape

A hilarious early-reader chapter book for fans of Shaun the Sheep, Heavily illustrated with full-colour scenes taken from the film.  The Great Escape is a hilarious prison caper and Shaun and sheep dog Bitzer are in big trouble.  Can the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Shaun the Sheep Movie - Shear Madness
Shaun the Sheep Movie - Shear Madness

A hilarious early-reader chapter book for fans of the Shaun the Sheep, illustrated with scenes from the film.  In Shear Madness an accident causes the Farmer to lose his memory. When he goes to the city he finds an outrageous...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat
My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat
Pamela Butchart
A third riotous adventure for Jodi, Maisie, Zach and all the rest in 4J including the fast-paced narrator, Izzy. This time, part of the school is suddenly put out-of-bounds. When 4J have to share a classroom with 6B, the gang...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 09/01/2015
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Queen Sardine and Princess Persia
Queen Sardine and Princess Persia
Kate Willis-Crowly
While Queen Sardine's pride takes a battering from spoiled pedigree Princess Persia, Ivy goes too far and accidentally hurts Marcy's feelings. Can Ivy and Queen Sardine work together to sort out their new-girl problems?
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Haatchi and Little B
Haatchi and Little B
Wendy Holden
When Haatchi was injured by a train, he lost one of his legs and his tail - a huge problem for such a big dog. He needed some serious love; he needed to find his perfect Forever Home. And then...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Peacock Pie A Book of Rhymes
Peacock Pie A Book of Rhymes
Walter de la Mare
The poems that make up this collection were first published in 1913 but it was not until 1946 that it was published, as it is in this new edition, with Edward Ardizzone’s illustrations. Though de la Mare’s poems describe a...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Children's Classics | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Lift-the-Flap General Knowledge
Lift-the-Flap General Knowledge
Alex Frith, James Maclaine
January 2015 Factual Book of the Month   Children love collecting fascinating facts and this lift-the-flap book is packed full of them. From Living Things, Science and The World, to Entertainment, When did it Happen? and a Treasure Trove spread and...
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Format: Board book - Released: 01/01/2015
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Pinocchio
Reader Reviewed Pinocchio
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Michael Morpurgo has created a fresh version of the classic story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet with a terrible habit of telling lies who comes alive and has some incredible adventures. Here, Pinocchio tells his own story which, in his...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha
The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha
Michael Foreman
An evocative WW1 story of heroism and friendship, based on real events.  Ali Pasha was a tortoise celebrity, appearing on Blue Peter and in newspapers worldwide, including The Times and The Boston Globe. Retold through journal entries and through Henry’s...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
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The Good Little Devil and Other Tales
The Good Little Devil and Other Tales
Pierre Gripari
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: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2013
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The Flying Classroom
The Flying Classroom
Erich Kastner
One of our Books of the Year 2014   A perfect story for Christmas! Set in a school in the weeks running up to Christmas with all the excitement of an end of term play in the background, The Flying Classroom...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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The Boy in the Dress
The Boy in the Dress
David Walliams
Shortlisted for Roald Dahl's Funny Prize 2009. Touching, funny and full of insight, this tender story tells how Dennis decides that everyone does not have to be the same. Bravely, he decides to do something completely different. Taking a risk...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 25/06/2009
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The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
Andy Seed
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts      This laugh-out-loud book is bursting with lists, facts, jokes and funny true stories all about silly people, silly animals, silly inventions, silly names and much more....
Featured in: 7+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards | Book Awards
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
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Animalium
Animalium
Jenny Broom
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts  Discover more than 160 exhibits in this virtual museum, open all hours. Each chapter features a different branch of the tree of life, from the simple sponge to...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards | Book Awards
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2014
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Corpse Talk
Corpse Talk
Adam Murphy
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts   Meet some of history's most famous, infamous and downright incredible men and women! What was the secret of Cleopatra's irresistible personality? Why did Ghengis Khan become...
Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Book 9)
Reader Reviewed Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Book 9)
Jeff Kinney
December 2014 Book of the Month  The best-selling Wimpy Kid is off on a family holiday. Mum is full of good ideas about the trip. Especially about how it can be a useful time for learning!  From the start everything...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2014
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The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
Pamela Butchart
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Story    Izzy is really pleased to have been put in charge of the new girl at school. Matilde is French, and Izzy and her friends can't wait to show her...
Featured in: 7+ readers | Blue Peter Book Awards | Book Awards | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Parent Trap
The Parent Trap
Erich Kastner
One of our Books of the Year 2014   The classic story of Lottie and Luise, two identical little girls who meet for the first time at summer camp and discover that they are twins, is famous as a film. Here,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Chris Riddell
October 2014 Book of the Month    Award-winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell has created a hilarious sequel to the much-loved Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse and this time it has a topical theme. Ada lives in...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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