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Books of the Month

Time After Time
Judi Curtin
September 2016 Book of the Month | 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 about girls, friendships... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedAmazing Abby: Drama Queen
Emma Moss
In a nutshell: friendship | fun | growing up in the 21st century | Bubbly Abby takes centre stage in the second book in this new series for young girls. Abby has a starring role in the school's production of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedMango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble
Polly Faber
September 2016 Book of the Month Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy's Mango and Bambang stories are perfect for newly independent readers. There are four funny, entertaining stories in each collection, short enough to be read easily in one go and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedShadowsmith
Ross MacKenzie
September 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby's mum was hurt when... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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Destination: Space
Christoph Englert
September 2016 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Astrophysicist and illustrator, both leaders in their field, here work together to give children a revealing and eye-opening tour of space. Beginning with the beginning of time itself, the Big Bang, and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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The World's Worst Children
David Walliams
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month June 2016 Ten wickedly funny and wonderfully surreal stories of truly terrible children show best-selling David Walliams's amazing gift for spinning entertaining stories. Contained in a handsome edition and illustrated in colour throughout by... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/05/2016
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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and O'Hare the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Super Skills: How to Create Animation in 10 Easy Lessons
William Bishop-Stephens
September 2016 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Anything you can imagine, you can animate says this stimulating book, and it explains clearly and simply the ten key skills readers need to become expert animators, starting with flipbook loops and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/08/2016
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Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel
Philippa Pearce
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Philippa Pearce's classic novel of the 1950s is newly minted for today's readers while retaining its sense of wonder and its ability to make the unbelievable – including travelling through time -... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and September 2016 Book of the Month Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Spynosaur
Guy Bass
In a nutshell: scaled ‘n' tailed super-hero saves the world From a land before time comes a hero for today: meet Spynosaur, he's got the mind of a super-spy, but in the body of a dinosaur (a Deinonychus to be... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Rowan Oakwing A London Fairy Tale
E. J. Clarke
September 2016 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: discover a secret fairy world under Hyde Park | London's parks are the starting point for this lively story of adventure and enchantment. Rowan's mother disappeared suddenly seven years ago... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Secret Cooking Club
Laurel Remington
August 2016 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: cake baking | works | magic | A delicious concoction of friendships, family and food and a worthy winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2015. Oh my goodness,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow
Jackie Morris
Gosh, this is absolutely and completely enchanting. The moment I laid eyes on ‘The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow' I knew I had fallen in love, I hugged the book before even opening the pages. I felt like a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/09/2016
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Grace-Ella Spells for Beginners
Sharon Marie Jones
In a nutshell: Black cats | Magic | Fun Grace-Ella's life is magically transformed when a black cat strolls into her house and makes himself at home. Mr Whiskins is a witches' cat, and Grace-Ella discovers that she is a witch.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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Mister Cleghorn's Seal
Judith Kerr
The much-loved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea has written and illustrated a delightful new story that is perfect for all the family. When lonely Mr Cleghorn adopts Charlie, an orphaned seal, after a visit to the seaside... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 25/08/2016
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Dragons at Crumbling Castle And Other Stories
Terry Pratchett
Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur's knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It's a disaster! Luckily, there's a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who's willing to fill... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Journey to the River Sea
Eva Ibbotson
A special 15th anniversary edition of this award-winning classic adventure from Eva Ibbotson in which orphaned Maia travels from England to the Amazon with her governess. August 2013 Guest Editor, Lauren St John "To me, Eva Ibbotsen is a genius.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Roald Dahl's Marvellous Colouring-Book Adventure

Bring your own unique colour and life to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, Charlie's glorious golden ticket, the BFG's magical dream jars and many other classic Roald Dahl scenes inside this beautiful, intricately illustrated colouring book. This scrumdiddlyumptious colouring book will... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Roald Dahl Scribble Book

Unleash a world of pure imagination and write and draw your way through this fun collection of activities inspired by and featuring some of Roald Dahl's most famous characters including Matilda, the BFG, Willy Wonka and Fantastic Mr Fox. With... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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The Roald Dahl Centenary Boxed Set
Roald Dahl
A truly marvellous set of hardbacks, each with stunning jackets in a FANTABULOUS giftbox, published to celebrate Roald Dahl 100! A review for The BFG: This is a delightful, funny and exciting story, about a special friendship between two people... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 01/09/2016
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Furthermore
Tahereh Mafi
With bold, imaginative storytelling and amazing world-building, bestselling author of the Shatter Me series Tahereh Mafi, takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this enchanting modern-day Alice in Wonderland for boys and girls aged 9+, where colour is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Mysteries According to Humphrey
Betty G. Birney
Lovable Humphrey is back with more classroom exploits. When popular class teacher Mrs Brisbane doesn't arrive for school one day Humphrey is unsqueakably worried. The class are soon having a little too much fun with supply teacher Mr E and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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The Dragonsitter: Trick or Treat?
Josh Lacey
In a nutshell: dragons Halloween and a visit from Granny | Josh Lacey's Dragonsitter stories are little masterpieces of comic storytelling. In each one, the action is revealed via emails between young Edward Smith-Pickles and his uncle Morton, owner of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Not-A-Pig
Clara Vulliamy
Bambang the tapir makes his way from the jungle to the big city where he is lucky enough to be found by Mango, a very capable little girl. Though by nature he's rather timid, she looks after him beautifully, showing... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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The Grunts on the Run
Philip Ardagh
The Grunts - Mr and Mrs and adopted son Sunny - are back, and as delightfully repulsive as ever. Yes, they wash with cheese (if there's no soap to hand), eat roadkill, and argue with one another all the time... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedAn Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
A ‘what if' story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo's hands, it's pure gold. Barney is leaving... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner And Other Stories
Terry Pratchett
In a nutshell: inventive | readable | hilarious | This collection of 14 rip-roaringly funny stories is a great way to introduce children to Terry Pratchett – indeed, each story is just the right length for bedtime reading – but will have... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Midnight Foxes
Sarah Lean
In a nutshell: family and friends and a secret garden | Tiger Days loves her holidays with her grandma. They sleep in a big tent in the garden because the house is being done up, and Tiger has lots of special... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedLockwood & Co: The Creeping Shadow
Jonathan Stroud
In a nutshell: spooky suspenseful unputdownable Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co series about a company of teenage psychics attempting to keep the streets of a nearly-but-not contemporary London clear of malevolent spirits is simply superb. Each episode offers a first-class... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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Hannah in the Spotlight
Natasha Mac a'Bhaird
In a nutshell: drama | family dramas | friendship | Natasha Mac a'Bháird cleverly mixes the classic theatre story with family drama and a touch of mystery to create an original, exciting contemporary girls' story. Hannah has four little brothers... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2016
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The Great Fire Dogs
Megan Rix
In a nutshell: upstairs downstairs puppies at the court of Charles II Megan Rix takes young readers to the London of 1666 in a typically exciting and heart-warming novel, and gives them a puppies' eye-view of life at the court... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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How Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
The authors of this very entertaining book claim that there's no better way to learn about the world than through football. Hence it is divided into ‘lessons' – biology, history, physics etc – each of which is packed with fascinating... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedFire Witch
Matt Ralphs
In a nutshell: young witch works magic! Young witch Hazel, accompanied by her feisty little familiar Bramley the dormouse, is back for a second lively adventure. Her mother is being held captive in the underworld and her only hope of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Colin the Cart Horse
Gavin Puckett
A charming rhyming story about a well-meaning horse whose change in feed leads to disastrous, smelly, and hilarious consequences… Colin has always worked very hard at the farm, ploughing the fields and eating lots of hay to provide manure for... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Magisterium: The Bronze Key
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
In a nutshell: Who's got your back? Fans of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare's Magisterium series will be itching to get their hands on this the third adventure. They might expect it to provide a lull in the action, after... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedCogheart
Peter Bunzl
September 2016 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: tick-tocking frequently airborne adventure From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is filled with fabulous visual images and a tangible sense of adventure. It follows the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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A Slice of the Moon
Sandi Toksvig
Sandi Toksvig's mini-epic is a roller-coaster of a read that races headlong through an important slice of history bringing it vividly to life as it does so. Slim, a young girl growing up in Ireland at the time of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Beginner's Guide to Curses Spellchasers
Lari Don
In a nutshell: Magic riddles | Narrow escapes Five very different characters enrol at Mrs Sharpe's curse-lifting workshop, and it's a life-or-death last chance for each of them. Their training is practical rather than classroom-based, a series of challenges... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/08/2016
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School According to Humphrey
Betty G. Birney
Humphrey, the delightful classroom hamster, is back for a new set of adventures after his thrilling holiday at Camp Happy Hollow. Humphrey has been looking forward to returning to his classroom, Room 26, and to seeing all his old friends.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Dinosaurs and Dinner-Ladies
John Dougherty
John Dougherty's poetic debut ‘Dinosaurs & Dinner-Ladies' is a collection of sheer brilliance with all the wit and charm we've come to expect from this popular fiction writer. Dougherty draws on his experiences as a teacher and captures school-life to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2016
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Adder, Bluebell, Lobster
Chrissie Gittins
A wonderfully innovative collection bursting with energy, you can't help but read with a smile. Chrissie Gittins is on a mission to save words from extinction, with forty exuberant and informative poems to celebrate amazing animals, birds and plants. The... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2016
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100 Brilliant Poems for Children
Paul Cookson
Paul Cookson's collection does not claim to be the definitive hundred brilliant poems, but it comes close; providing a fun, inspiring and diverse introduction to poetry for children. Not only are the classics of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Whitman out in... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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A Poem for Every Night of the Year
Allie Esiri
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month September 2016 A fabulously rich anthology of 366 poems - one for every night of the year as promised in the title. Or for everyday if you would rather read your poetry and perfect... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/09/2016
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I Don't Like Poetry
Joshua Seigal
What do you mean you don't like poetry? This must mean you've not read the debut collection of poems from Joshua Seigal! Whether it's poems about the power of books or the joys of fried chicken, once you've read Joshua's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Pokemon: Deluxe Essential Handbook
Cris Silvestri
It's everything you ever wanted to know about every Pokemon - all in one place! This revised and updated edition of the 2008 bestseller has stats and facts kids need to know about all 646 Pokemon. The revised & updated... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Pokemon Go the Unofficial Field Guide Tips, Tricks and Hacks That Will Help You Catch Them All!
Casey Halter
Get ready to have some fun! The Unofficial Pokémon Go Field Guide will teach you everything you need to know in order to become a Pokemon Go master overnight. Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Characters and Places Colouring Book
Warner Bros.
From the bustling city streets and buildings of a vibrant 1926 New York to Tina and Queenie's apartment and the wonders of MACUSA, this book invites you to colour your way through the adventure - even from inside Newt's case!... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/1970
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This is Not a Science Book
Clive Gifford
There's a lot more to science than lab coats, test tubes and text books as this stimulating interactive activity book demonstrates. All you need is a pen or pencil to try out the more than 30 different projects contained within... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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88 and 1/2 Science Experiments
Nick Arnold
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Nick Arnold's book presents children with 88 different scientific challenges spread across brightly coloured, busy pages and grouped according to nine different themes, including air experiments, energy and sound experiments, body experiments... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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100 Most Awesome Things on the Planet
Anna Claybourne
The world we live in is truly amazing, and across its continents, oceans and skies are all kinds of fabulous places and astounding sights. Almost 100 of them are described in the bright, information-filled pages of this book. Natural wonders... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/08/2016
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Cool Mythology
Malcolm Croft
Stories, gods, heroes and villains from the world's great mythologies are all featured in this compact and appealing information book. It is therefore filled with great stories, some familiar, others less so, but it also compares the different myths, examining... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/08/2016
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Ottoline and the Purple Fox
Chris Riddell
In a nutshell: nonstop surprises in the Big City | This is the fourth adventure for Ottoline and her best friend Mr Munroe, and it is every bit as enchanting, witty and surprising as the first. The emphasis is on friendship... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/09/2016
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Ripley's Fun Facts and Silly Stories Activity Annual 2017
Robert Ripley
Ripley's Believe It or Not! annual is an international bestseller and it's easy to see why. With its mix of bizarre facts, and facts about the bizarre, plus quizzes, puzzles, games and activities, this will provide kids with hours of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedPugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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How to Update Your Parents
Pete Johnson
This is a hilarious story of dead fish, gorillas with bananas in their ears, poetry, cunning plans and highly legal documents (kind of). Oh and iPads, iPhones and vlogging of course. I'm sitting at home chortling away at How To... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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The Railway Children
E. Nesbit
This is one of the best-loved family stories of all the classics. When Roberta, Peter and Phyillis's father is arrested their life is turned upside down. The children move to the country and the railway that runs nearby becomes their... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Chaos Descends
Shane Hegarty
In a nutshell: monster monster-hunting fun Book three in Shane Hegarty's Darkmouth series serves up another helping of monster battles, with the skilful mix of humour and horror we've come to expect. Finn's 13th birthday is approaching and it... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure Sanitized for Your Protection
Stephan Pastis
‘To the best of my knowledge', announces Timmy Failure at the start of this book, in a chapter called Let's Do the Timmy Warp Again, ‘everyone on earth has now read the prior three volumes about my life.' That's one... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius
Stacey Matson
In a nutshell: the agony and the ecstasy of the pre-teen The return of Arthur Bean, self-proclaimed creative genius and star of one already highly successful diary-based narrative is to be welcomed. Arthur is a rather special voice in fiction... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Middle School: Dog's Best Friend
James Patterson
The eighth novel in James Patterson's hit series starring everyone's favourite underdog. Lovereading Review to follow.. Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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The Usborne Illustrated Odyssey
Sebastien van Homer
This lean but effective retelling of one of the greatest stories of all time is made even more lively thanks to numerous full colour illustrations. In vignettes and full page illustrations Sebastiaan Van Donnick brings to life the movers and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Harry Miller's Run
David Almond
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Award-winning David Almond tells a lively story which captures the exuberance of a trio of lads and one girl who set off one hot summer morning to run from their homes in Newcastle... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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The World of David Walliams: Super-Tastic Box Set
David Walliams
Seven hilarious and moving novels from bestselling, critically acclaimed author, David Walliams, in one Super-tastic box-set! A Review for Gangsta Granny Following in the footsteps of the great Roald Dahl, David Walliams has shown in his previous titles including Mr... Featured in: 9+ 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: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Matt Dickinson, our Guest Editor for January 2013 - 'As far as I can remember this was the book that turned me into a reading addict! I absolutely loved it,...
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Journey To Jo'burg
Beverly Naidoo
When it was originally published in 1985 Beverley Naidoo's classic was a contemporary story; now it's a piece of history but no less powerful or important. It's the story of...
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The Sword In The Stone
T. H. White
The extraordinary story of a boy called Wart – ignored by everyone except his tutor, Merlyn – who goes on to become King Arthur. Collins Modern Classics are re-launched with...
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The Kingdom by the Sea
Robert Westall
Guardian award-winning novel about courage, friendship and war. Reissued into the Essential Modern Classic list. Lovereading Review to follow...
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Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Children, boats and adventure, the classic story of Swallows and Amazons laid down a model for this type of fiction. Having set sail for the island in the middle of...
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My Embarrassing Dad's Gone Viral!
Ben Davis
In a nutshell; a dad's gotta do... The title of this book will be irresistible to young readers and the story, a mix of comedy and family drama, won't disappoint...
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Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World
James Patterson
In 3 words : in it together The Kidd family, stars of some of James Patterson's liveliest and most boisterous adventures are back and centre stage in the latest episode...
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Mind Writer
Steve Cole
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a Nutshell : accessible | edgy | sinister Branded super-readable Steve Cole's short novel is just that, and the action moves as fast as...
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Reader Reviewed The Other Alice
Michelle Harrison
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month August 2016 Award-winning Michelle Harrison's The Other Alice is a fast-paced, tautly woven story stuffed full of imagination, magic and adventure which gives life...
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Reader Reviewed Dotty Detective and the Great Pawprint Puzzle
Clara Vulliamy
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month August 2016 Dot loves a good mystery! So, when she hears noises in the night she just has to find out what is causing...
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Reader Reviewed They Didn't Teach This in Worm School!
Simone Lia
August 2016 Debut of the Month This story of an unusual friendship is exactly the sort of barmy, surreal comedy adventure that reduces young readers to hysterical giggling. Marcus, a worm,...
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Reader Reviewed Fuzzy Mud
Louis Sachar
The bestselling author of Holes tells a cracking new story in Fuzzy Mud featuring some truly terrifying genetically modified mud. When Marshall takes a short cut home to avoid being...
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Nathalia Buttface and the Embarrassing Camp Catastrophe
Nigel Smith
The laugh-out-loud funny girl-series returns. This time Nat's off on a geography field trip. It should be a chance to get away, but Embarrassing Dad's not far behind. Unfortunately! From...
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A Dog's Life
Ann M. Martin
In a nutshell: home | adventuring | a home again Best known for the Babysitters Club, Ann M Martin here tells the story of a dog, and with the warmth...
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Kidnapped
Robert Louis Stevenson
Kidnapped is less widely read than Stevenson's other children's classic Treasure Island but is just as thrilling and exciting a story. Indeed, the action doesn't let up from the young...
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The Sands of Shark Island
Alexander Mccall Smith
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month August 2016 Alexander McCall Smith gives the boarding school story a refreshing nautical makeover in this second dashing adventure for twins Ben and Fee....
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Missing Arabella
Kathryn Siebel
In a nutshell: Twins separated then reunited after Surprising and delightfully dark at times, there's a distinctly original feel to this entertaining fairy-tale-ish adventure, though the shadows of both...
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Supergran
Forrest Wilson
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month August 2016 If you think all Grans look very much alike you should look again. Granny Smith looks just like every other Gran and...
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Reader Reviewed The Hunting of the Princes
Peter F. Hamilton
In a nutshell: magic mystery surprising discovery Best-selling author Peter F. Hamilton continues the adventure that began in such thrilling style in The Secret Throne with an equally exciting and...
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The White Widow's Revenge
Jacob Grey
In a nutshell: Move over Batman! Caw, the boy who can talk to crows, is back for another adventure. His reputation has been growing amongst friends and foes alike, and...
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Wilderness An Interactive Atlas of Animals
Hannah Pang
The wonderful world of animals is explored across seven different habitats in this eye-catching book. Each page is beautifully illustrated in full colour and features a range of animals, birds,...
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Crusade
Elizabeth Laird
Two boys, Adam and Salim, come face to face when they find themselves on opposing sides in a Holy war. Adam is part of a Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem from...
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The Garbage King
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A gritty, deeply moving story that shows how the human spirit can triumph in the harshest of worlds. The deserved winner of the Children's Book Award when it was first...
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Dork Diaries: Puppy Love
Rachel Renee Russell
Nikki Maxwell, star of the Dork Diaries, gathers more fans with each new book and it's easy to see why sales now run into the millions. Girls everywhere identify with...
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My Name is Book
John Agard
My name is Book and I ll tell you the story of my life. Non fiction like you've never read it before!
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard
J. K. Rowling
A richly magical collection of tales from J. K. Rowling that will satisfy fans and new readers alike.
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Little Stars
Jacqueline Wilson
Readers will be delighted to see this exciting new episode in the life of Hetty Feather, one of Jacqueline Wilson's liveliest and most engaging heroines. Hetty and her sister Ellen...
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two (Special Rehearsal Edition) The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production
J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne.
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The ACB with Honora Lee
Kate De Goldi
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Every Saturday Perry and her father visit her gran, Honora Lee, at the Santa Lucia retirement home. Honora is outspoken and sull of surprises....
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Greenling
Levi Pinfold
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award
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My Name's Not Friday
Jon Walter
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award This boy has bought me. He owns me body and soul, and my worth has been set at six hundred dollars.
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Morris Gleitzman
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award The Second World War has officially ended, but the streets are still a battleground - for food, for shelter, for protection... Felix is...
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis
One of our 'Must Reads'. C.S Lewis's classic fantasy book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of the four Pevensie children, Lucy, Peter, Edmund,...
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The Lion Roars
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The story of a young footballer from Africa who achieves his dream of winning a place at one of the top UK clubs, this short novel is both a satisfying...
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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...
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Handsprings and Homework
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In 3 : gymnastics – hard work – team work In this special gymnastics-centred story the emphasis is all on the importance of hard work and teamwork in sporting success....
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Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Rich in thrilling details, Strange Star is a cleverly told story-within-a story that draws together true stories with an original adventure. Italy,...
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My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord
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July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : aliens invade Bromley The follow-up to David Solomon's prize-winning sci-fi comedy My Brother is a Superhero delivers just...
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The Apprentice Witch
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July 2016 Debut of the Month | In 3: magic – underdogs – proving your worth Young readers who've ever felt second best will identify strongly with apprentice witch Arianwyn. After she...
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Reader Reviewed The Wildings
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July 2016 Debut of the Month The streets and alleys of the Nizamuddin quarter of Delhi provide the backdrop for this thrilling story of warrior cats. There's a real sense of...
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Reader Reviewed Voyage to Magical North
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July 2016 Debut of the Month | In 3 words : pirates – magic - fellowship In what is hopefully the first in a long series, Voyage to Magical North mixes...
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Sandrider A Todhunter Moon Adventure
Angie Sage
A story of sorcerers, wizards, dragons and, of course, Magyk, Sandrider, the second book in Angie Sage's Todhunter Moon series, is another enthralling piece of storytelling from an author whose...
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There
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One of the most imaginative and best-loved of all children's books, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is as original today as it was when it was first published in...
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Enid Blyton's Summer Stories
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The summer holidays are made for reading Enid Blyton; no writer better understands the sheer pleasure of being out of school with empty days stretching ahead. There are all sorts...
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Friendships and Backflips
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In 3: gymnastics – friendships – competition Junior gymnast Tara has a lot to juggle when she's asked to take part in a regional competition. There are all the moves...
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Summertime and Somersaults
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In 3 words : gymnastics – friendships – rivalries Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle's endorsement will draw readers to this story of Tara, a talented young gymnast whose dreams seem to...
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50 Things You Should Know About Space
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The Universe is huge – it stretches further than we could ever imagine or explore, and contains everything in space, from super stars to galaxies to tiny pieces of dust....
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Invisible Inc.
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In 3 : invisible goodies – dastardly baddies – killer chickens (poultry-geists!) Steve Cole is a national treasure: creator of series such as Astrosaurs and Magic Ink, and now writing...
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Holiday Ha Ha Ha!
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If there's any likelihood of rainy days on your holiday, be sure to pack a copy of this sparkling collection of stories written by some of our wittiest and most...
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The Hunting of the Snark
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Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month July 2016 A perfect celebration of Alice Day 2016, this beautiful, fully illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll's great comic masterpiece which comes complete with...
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter
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Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo deftly captures the devastating and long lasting impact of war in this stunning and beautifully produced short story. Michael's grandfather is badly disfigured by his...
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The House on March Lane
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Flora dreams of becoming a female Sherlock Holmes but the only detective work she gets to do is sorting reclaimed tiles in her father's Salvage and reclamation yard best friend...
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Minecraft: The Survivors' Book of Secrets

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