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Books of the Month

Books! Books! Books!
Mick Manning
April 2017 Book of the Month Who better to take young readers on a guided tour of the British Library than Mick Manning and Brita Granström? Words and pictures work perfectly together to give children a vivid sense of the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Cream Buns and Crime
Robin Stevens
April 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: a tasty treat for would-be sleuths and fans of Wells and Wong | Young readers everywhere are hooked on Robin Stevens's Murder Most Unladylike series starring schoolgirl sleuths Daisy Wells... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/03/2017
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Beetle Queen
M.G. Leonard
April 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: irresistible creep-crawly adventure | M.G. Leonard's book Beetle Boy was one of the liveliest, most original and enjoyable debuts of 2016, and the follow up will have fans waving... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir
Polly Faber
April 2017 Book of the Month Here are four more adventures for Mango and her best friend Bambang the tapir and they are if anything even more appealing than previous stories, perfect fiction for young readers. In this set of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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The Earth Book
Jonathan Litton
April 2017 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month This beautiful information book explores all aspects of our planet, this ‘tiny sphere that orbits an ordinary, middle-aged star in a quiet backwater of the Milky Way'. It examines the inner workings... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedGood Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
April 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire | This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life by Meg Rosoff stars a rescue dog who... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club
Robert J. Harris
In a nutshell: ingenious and atmospheric adventure story starring a young Arthur Conan Doyle | Sending its young protagonists creeping round Edinburgh's graveyards at dead of night and posing all sorts of mysteries for them to solve and codes... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Adventures of Miss Petitfour
Anne Michaels
April 2017 Debut of the Month | There is something quite wonderful about indulging in your favourite cake, beautifully decorated with sweet delectable icing. Well the same can be said for The Adventures of Miss Petitfour. As well as being a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedWilliam Wenton and the Luridium Thief
Bobbie Peers
April 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: cybernetic adventure galore as boffin boy hero takes on the bad guys | There's something special about William Wenton: he can crack any code, solve any puzzle faster than you... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedSky Thieves
Dan Walker
April 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: classic good versus evil tale with a colourful cast of flying thieves and unlikely heroes | Original, exciting and full of interesting characters and vivid action scenes, Dan Walker has created an... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Movie Magic Curious Creatures
Ramin Zahed
Meet the magnificent creatures and fantastic beasts of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. Featuring detailed creature profiles, stunning artwork and captivating insights from the making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and all eight Harry Potter films, these pages... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/03/2017
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A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan
Hilary Robinson
This deeply moving story perfectly conveys the devastating impact of the First World War both on those who took part and those they left behind. Though the story is fiction, many of those who feature were real people, gardeners... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2017
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A Dog's Purpose - Ellie's Story
W. Bruce Cameron
In a nutshell: satisfying and exciting story of a rescue dog's life | In this short novel, children get a dog's eye view of the world as the story is narrated by rescue dog Ellie, from first days as a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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A Dog's Purpose - Bailey's Story
W. Bruce Cameron
In a nutshell: satisfying and exciting story of a dog's life | This short novel tells the story of golden retriever Bailey, from his days as a puppy up to maturity. When he runs away from his first home he's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Dragon's Green
Scarlett Thomas
In a nutshell: ideas-rich fantasy adventure | ideal for book-loving youngsters | Dragon's Green is the kind of dazzling fantasy adventure that leads readers effortlessly back and forth between different worlds, throwing up mysteries and challenges for the protagonists at... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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The Owl Service
Alan Garner
Chosen as a favourite by Philip Pullman: "[this book] showed how children's literature could sound dark and troubling chords." Carnegie Medal winner, 1967. An all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships. The... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Mummy's Revenge
Andrew Beasley
In a nutshell: Victorian child detectives in action-packed, funny, paranormal mysteries | A classic creepy opening – mummy comes to life to wreak havoc in a stuffy drawing room filled with over-dressed Victorians – is followed by a terrifically lively... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2017
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Write Your Own Mystery & Ghost Stories
Louie Stowell, Megan Cullis
Full of really useful tips and fun writing activities this is a great book for any youngster who enjoys telling stories. As well as breaking them down into the component parts that make up a successful ghost or mystery story,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Spiral bound | Released 01/04/2017
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Mirror Magic
Linda Chapman
In a nutshell: gentle stories of friendship and magic | Linda Chapman writes stories that young readers love and this exciting but reassuring series combining magic, friendship and animals will be another favourite. Maia and her friends Lottie and Sita... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Paddington's Finest Hour
Michael Bond
In a nutshell: one of our national treasures back and on splendid form There are seven brand new Paddington stories in this lovely collection and the little bear is the same lovable character he's ever been - well meaning,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Hashtag Hermione: Wipeout
Emma Moss
In a nutshell: fun and friendship in the 21st century | Emma Moss puts a group of girls and their special friendship at the heart of her story, as many favourite authors have from Elinor Brent-Dyer to Cathy Hopkins. Her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/03/2017
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Gaslight
Eloise Williams
In a nutshell: richly atmospheric mystery set in the dark and dangerous backstreets of Victorian Cardiff | Nansi is fourteen and trying to survive as an orphan in Victorian Wales, Cardiff to be precise. She gets a home and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Evie's Ghost
Helen Peters
In a nutshell: upstairs downstairs time-slip adventure | Evie is feeling sorry for herself. Her mum has – selfishly in Evie's opinion - gone on honeymoon with her new husband leaving Evie with a godmother she hardly knows. Her godmother... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedMango & Bambang: Tapir All at Sea
Polly Faber
Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy's stories of Mango and her friend Bambang the tapir are absolutely charming. Mango is kind, resourceful, always there to help Bambang out of the scrapes in which he finds himself – she's like the perfect... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy's collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems', which is a perfect introduction to the feast of delights found within this anthology. Duffy's poems encompass everything from... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Star Wars: Rogue One: Junior Novel
Matt Forbeck, Lucasfilm Ltd
Follows a rag-tag group of rebel commandos who must steal the plans to the Empire's new super weapon, the Death Star. This story transports fans to unseen corners of the Star Wars universe and strange new planets not to mention... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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The Forever Court
Dave Rudden
Life is returning to normal for Denizen Hardwick. Well, the new normal, where he has to battle monsters in quiet Dublin bookshops and constantly struggle to contain the new powers he has been given by Mercy, the daughter of the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Space Ace 4u2read
Eric Brown
Interest Age 7+ Reading Age 7 | Fact and fiction are cleverly combined in this space travel adventure story. It's 2075 and young Billy is setting off for a trip into space with his grandad on his restored spaceship. And... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2017
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Danny Dingle's Fantastic Finds: The Metal-Mobile
Angie Lake
In a nutshell: fart-powered non-stop adventure, part book part comic-strip | Danny Dingle and his best friend Percy Mcduff are just normal boys – if normal boys dream of becoming super inventor spies for a gas-powered hero called Metal Face,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/07/2015
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Rover and the Big Fat Baby
Roddy Doyle
Rover, star of The Giggler Treatment and others, is back for a new and equally hilarious dog-poo centred adventure. As ever, Rover needs to collect dog poo to keep the Gigglers well-supplied. Assisted by his favourite nephew Messi, whose... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Gold Thief
Justin Fisher
In a nutshell: thrilling adventure in a magical other world | After his adventures in the thrilling Circus of Marvels, all its young hero Ned wants is a quiet life: no chance of that. The mysterious disappearance of tonnes of gold... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Danny Dingle's Fantastic Finds: The Super-Sonic Submarine
Angie Lake
In a nutshell: fart-powered non-stop adventure, part book part comic-strip | Fresh from their triumph in the Science Club Soap Box Derby would-be super-inventors Danny Dingle and his best friend Percy are back and even more determined to one day... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/06/2016
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Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli | More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following the new live action film version, Bear Gryll's adventure story sends a modern boy alone into... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Dog's Best Friend
James Patterson
In a nutshell: fast-moving, funny, irresistible reading | James Patterson sets out to make his children's books irresistible reading, and he succeeds every time. Rafe Khatchadorian is a typical Patterson hero – he's funny, street-wise, smart, but not the world's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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The School of Music
Meurig Bowen, Rachel Bowen
This excellent book is an inspiring and all-encompassing guide to the world of music for young people. By inviting them to imagine they are attending a music course over an academic year the authors make it particularly involving for young... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedLesser Spotted Animals
Martin Brown
In a nutshell: not your average animal book | This is no ordinary animal book, you won't find the usual suspects in its page, no tigers, pandas, bears here. Instead be prepared to be amazed by animals you've never heard... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Car-Jacked
Ali Sparkes
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | Readers are plunged straight into the action in Ali Sparke's new thriller: Jack and his parents are...
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Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them Hogwarts Library Book
J. K. Rowling
A brand new edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling, an irresistible new jacket by Jonny Duddle, illustrations by Tomislav...
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J. K. Rowling
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Exciting news for all Harry Potter fans, Bloomsbury has published the first fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's...
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Reader Reviewed Time Travelling with a Hamster
Ross Welford
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 |...
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Reader Reviewed Little Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | May 2016 Debut of the Month This moving story of looked-after children describes the difficulties they face, but is nonetheless uplifting. Ira...
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Gorilla Dawn
Gill Lewis
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Gill Lewis writes outstanding animal stories, and Gorilla Dawn is very good indeed. The setting is the forests of the Congo, home to...
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Reader Reviewed Voyage to Magical North
Claire Fayers
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Readers | July 2016 Debut of the Month | In 3 words : pirates – magic - fellowship | In what...
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Reader Reviewed An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Readers | November 2016 Book of the Month A ‘what if' story based on a true life events, full...
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Reader Reviewed Podkin One-Ear
Kieran Larwood
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story In a nutshell: rabbit heroes | rabbit villains | magic and heroism | ‘Stories aren't all about fighting and revenge. You have to...
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Reader Reviewed The Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the...
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Survivors
David Long
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts In a nutshell: jaw-dropping true stories; survival against the odds | Proof that true stories can be...
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A World of Information
Richard Platt
Longlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | December 2016 Fascintating Facts Book of the Month A visually stunning collection of facts and figures for all the family to enjoy. ...
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Mistletoe and Murder
Robin Stevens
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month A festive feast...
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Starring Meg
Natasha Mac a'Bhaird
In a nutshell: friends, drama, adventure | The second story in Natasha Mac a'Bhaird's lively new series is full of drama and will get rave reviews from readers. Starring a...
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Stuff You Should Know About the Human Body
John Farndon
Take a tour round the inside of the human body in this unusual and quite excellent information book. It examines our component parts, from cells to blood, bones, liver, lungs...
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Reader Reviewed The Fearless Travellers' Guide to Wicked Places
Pete Begler
March 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: daughter's quest to save her mother from a dangerous fairy world | Nell Perkins has a special gift, or curse:...
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Reader Reviewed Fish Boy
Chloe Daykin
March 2017 Debut of the Month In a sparely written but richly imaginative story, Chloe Daykin sensitively explores what it feels like to see the world just a...
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Reader Reviewed Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy
Lara Williamson
March 2017 Book of the Month A touching and amusing story about belonging and the search for an heroic identity. Adam has always known that he was adopted and it...
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Reader Reviewed Hilo: The Great Big Boom
Judd Winick
In a nutshell: non-stop cartoon action with real heart | The adventures continue for little android Hilo and his human friends D.J. and Gina, and they are as fast, funny...
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Reader Reviewed Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for...
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The Night Spinner
Abi Elphinstone
With this action packed third and final instalment to the series, Abi Elphinstone has secured her place in the imagination of young readers. Dark magic threatens to shroud Moll and...
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Rugby Runner
Gerard Siggins
In a nutshell: thrilling rugby action plus ghosts plus mystery | The latest in Gerard Siggins' Rugby Spirit series is typically filled with rugby action so vividly described that you...
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The Clubhouse Mystery
Erika McGann
In a nutshell: gang of three have hi-jinks in their very own clubhouse | Cass is super-excited when she and her best friends decide to form a secret club, and...
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Reader Reviewed See You in the Cosmos
Jack Cheng
March 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: hopeful, inspiring story of one boy's brave journey to find the truth | Space-obsessive Alex Petroski is an unusual eleven-year-old,...
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Reader Reviewed My Name is Victoria
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month March 2017 | Revered and deservedly popular as a Queen, Victoria was much less successful or celebrated when she was still a princess....
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Hamish and the Gravity Burp
Danny Wallace
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: original, clever, fast-paced and very, very funny | With no messing about at all, Danny Wallace gets straight into...
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Women in Science
Rachel Ignotofsky
March 2017 Non Fiction Book of the Month | In a nutshell: an inspiring introduction to 50 pioneering women scientists | Hopefully everyone has heard of Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin...
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Reader Reviewed Black Cats and Butlers
Janine Beacham
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Fun to read, this is a sprightly told tale of murder and trickery with a twisty plot and a cast of...
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Spangles McNasty and the Tunnel of Doom
Steve Webb
In a nutshell: a roller-coaster ride of zany anarchic fun | Spangles McNasty is an absolute rotter, the sort of menace happiest when eating cold chips from bins, shouting at...
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Reader Reviewed The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 The inimitable Kaye Umansky turns her attention to King Arthur and Camelot in a typically funny and mischievous story. Arthur is being driven to...
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Tales from Weird Street
Anne Fine
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 Three young friends pass a sunny day telling each other stories of some of the strange things that have happened in their street, and...
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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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Dragon Red
Shoo Rayner
In a nutshell: boy's own adventures with his pet dragon | Set in modern day Wales this exciting and highly enjoyable dragon series stars young Harri, and his pet dragon...
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Labyrinth
Théo Guignard
With its hypnotically impressive graphic compositions this handsome, generously-sized maze book is like no other. Readers are challenged to find their way through fourteen elaborate and unusual mazes: a kaleidoscopic...
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Reader Reviewed A Duckling Called Button
Helen Peters
In a nutshell: warm-hearted animal story with realistic farm setting | Jasmine finds a clutch of duck eggs by the river, but their mother has been killed by a dog...
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A Race for Toad Hall
Tom Moorhouse
In a nutshell: Mr Toad roars back for 21st century adventure | Tom Moorhouse ingeniously breathes new life into Toad of Toad Hall in this engaging chapter book. In an...
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Reader Reviewed A Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - March 2014 Debut of the Month A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming...
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The Cherry Pie Princess
Vivian French
In a nutshell: magic, spells and a healthy dose of princess power | Princess Peony lives a pretty privileged life as the youngest of the king's seven daughters, though there's...
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Reader Reviewed Goodly and Grave in a Bad Case of Kidnap
Justine Windsor
In a nutshell: Harry Potter meets Agatha Christie in magical new mystery series | Young Lucy Goodly is not happy when she's forced into employment as ‘boot girl' for the...
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We're All Wonders
R. J. Palacio
I know I can't change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see Wonder is a true modern classic, a life-changing read,...
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101 Brilliant Things for Kids to Do with Science
Dawn Isaac
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this book is indeed packed with things for kids to do with science and the great news is that all 101 of...
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Coding for Beginners: Using Python
Louie Stowell
This extremely user-friendly and accessible guide book will teach children the basics of Python, enabling them to create their own games and simple animations. Now that computers and coding are...
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Lost Magic: The Very Best of Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Brian Moses is one of our most widely read and popular poets, a regular visitor to schools and festivals. This collection gathers together over 100 of his best poems. It...
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Reaching the Stars: Poems About Extraordinary Women and Girls
Liz Brownlee, Jan Dean, Michaela Morgan
New poems by three of our brightest and liveliest poets are gathered together in this anthology which celebrates women and girls, lots of them. The lives of the really famous...
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The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life
Mark Lowery
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Readers | A jam-fuelled week of disaster is set in motion by a single doughnut. Roman Garstang is obsessed with...
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Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer
Alexander Mccall Smith
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Freddie Mole is just an ordinary boy who never imagines that he will do anything brave. He certainly never dreams that he...
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Reader Reviewed The Royal Rabbits of London
Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
In a nutshell: rabbits save the queen | You may not know this, but whenever a rabbit hears the words ‘the Queen', they sit up and use their ears to...
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Time After Time
Judi Curtin
In a nutshell: touching, gentle timeslip adventure | Judi Curtin has been described as the Irish Jacqueline Wilson and it's easy to see why: she writes warm, convincing contemporary stories...
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The Seeing Stone
Kevin Crossley-Holland
In a nutshell: Immerse yourself in brilliantly described medieval adventure | In 100 short, beautifully written chapters Kevin Crossley-Holland tells the story of young page Arthur de Caldicott, interspersing descriptions...
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Disney Beauty and the Beast Book of the Film

Relive the live-action film starring Emma Watson with Disney Beauty and the Beast Book of the Film.
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Old School
Jeff Kinney
Old School is number ten in the multi-million-selling Wimpy Kid series and author Jeff Kinney is on very...
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Reader Reviewed Who Let the Gods Out?
Maz Evans
February 2017 Debut of the Month Oh my goodness, this is a rollicking good debut from Maz Evans. Who Let The Gods Out is a super, funny adventure story that...
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Reader Reviewed A Girl Called Owl
Amy Wilson
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: icicle-beautiful story of a girl touched by magic | In a story of magic and ancient beings, Amy Wilson allows...
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Reader Reviewed The 78-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
In a nutshell: surreal, kid-pleasing comic adventures set in an ever-growing treehouse | Andy and Terry's treehouse keeps growing, to the delight of its army of devoted readers. It's now...
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Reader Reviewed Radio Boy
Christian O'Connell
February 2017 Debut of the Month Award-winning broadcaster Christian O'Connell's hugely entertaining debut novel is power charged! Shocked when he is sacked from his dream job as presenter of hospital...
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Reader Reviewed The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Locker Hero
Rachel Renee Russell
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: meet the comic new dork on the block | From the creator of the hugely popular Dork Diaries series comes...
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Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure
A. L. Kennedy
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gentle badgers versus greedy farmers, no contest! | Could badgers take the place of penguins at the top the charts of...
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Reader Reviewed The Bolds on Holiday
Julian Clary
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month There are wonderful new laughs as the Bolds, the hairiest family in Teddington, set off on...
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Reader Reviewed The Young Magicians and the Thieves' Almanac
Nick Mohammed
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Debut of the Month | Magician and comedian Nick Mohammed has written a cracking adventure which sparkles like the...
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Animals Behaving Badly
Nicola Davies
In a lively, highly readable book Nicola Davies examines ways that man and animals interact, highlighting species whose intelligence and adaptability causes real problems for their human neighbours. Take the...
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Reader Reviewed The Moonlight Statue
Holly Webb
In a nutshell: lonely little girl makes friends with ghostly animals Polly and her mum are leaving London for Cornwall. Their old home has very sad associations after Polly's...
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The Troublesome Tiger
Tamsyn Murray
In a nutshell: If you love animals, you'll love the Tanglewood Park series | Lucky Zoe – her parents own Tanglewood Animal Park; living in a zoo would be a...
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Reader Reviewed Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads
Michael Rosen
In a nutshell: Really? An Uncle Gobb story in a nutshell? You're having a laugh | Malcolm, his best friend Crackersnacker and Malcolm's awful homework-obsessed, bean counting (unless it's literal...
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Unicorn in New York: Louie in a Spin
Rachel Hamilton
In a nutshell: funny stories of a unicorn dreaming of fame in the Big Apple | Louie the unicorn is happily settled at the New York School for the Performing...
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Born to Dance
Jean Ure
In a nutshell: the perfect story for keen young ballerinas | Jean Ure understands exactly what makes ballet such an all-consuming passion for young dancers and conveys that excitement perfectly in...
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Reader Reviewed The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart
Stephanie Burgis
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2017 A delicious fantasy adventure with a fine mix of dragons, heroines and – chocolate! Aventine is not a dragon to be...
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Broken Heart Club
Cathy Cassidy
A new book from Cathy Cassidy is always a treat, and her many fans are going to love The Broken Heart Club. Cathy Cassidy has a gift for capturing the...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Grandpa's Great Escape
David Walliams
There's no doubt that this will be at the top of the bestseller lists, at least until Christmas and probably well beyond. In a relatively short time David Walliams has...
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Reader Reviewed Rent 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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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The Painted Dragon
Katherine Woodfine
When a priceless painting is stolen, our dauntless heroines Sophie and Lil find themselves faced with forgery, trickery and deceit on all sides. Be amazed as the brave duo pit...
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
James Patterson
Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious—and surprisingly poignant—story of a wildly imaginative kid that you won't forget. Now released on Netflix you can find out more about the...
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Wed Wabbit
Lissa Evans
Wed Wabbit is a tour de force! Lissa Evans's hilarious, madcap adventure is both effervescent and tautly plotted making it impossible to put down. When Fidge furiously kicks her little...
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Reader Reviewed Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book
Will Mabbitt
In a nutshell: the fate of the ‘hooman' race in the hands of incorrigible nose-picker and pirate Mabel Jones | For daring adventures, desperate deeds, and decidedly nasty ends, look...
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King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong
Andy Riley
In a nutshell: small king, smaller horse, massive monster | Boy king Edwin Flashypants is back in another laugh-out-loud helping of cartoon action, jokes, and invention. A terrible monster has...
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Exploring Space
Martin Jenkins
How amazing that less than 100 years after the invention of the motor car, humans have built and launched vehicles that can leave the solar system. We've landed space probes...
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Snake Ring at Risk & Other Stories
John Holroyd
Children love stories with elements of fantasy and magic and this heartwarming collection of short stories aimed at a 9+ reader is perfect for reading alone or with a parent....
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Super Good Skills (Almost...)
Liz Pichon
From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Best Book for Younger Readers - Red House Children's Book Award, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 5 - 12 year-olds...
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