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Reader ReviewedWhat Not to Do If You Turn Invisible
Ross Welford
January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: invisible girl finds herself in the spotlight | Ross Welford is making a habit of putting his characters in unusual situations: the star of his prize-shortlisted debut went time travelling,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Worst Ever School Trip
Barry Hutchison
January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: In all honesty, a book to have readers laughing aloud | Poor Beaky Malone: once an accomplished fibber, he's now condemned to be completely, even brutally honest at all times thanks... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedHilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
Judd Winick
January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: irresistible adventure story told in words and pictures | Prepare yourselves: children across the country will soon be using a shouted “Aaahh!” as a greeting, followed by hysterical laughter. This... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Nancy Parker's Spooky Speculations
Julia Lee
In a nutshell: a diary of detection from our favourite 1920s housemaid | With the current craze for historical mysteries and clever girl detectives, readers will be delighted to make the acquaintance of Nancy Parker, bright young maid and experienced... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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The Goldfish Boy
Lisa Thompson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 A gripping debut middle-grade story skilfully told by debut novelist Lisa Thompson. Trapped indoors by his obsessive fears of germs and much else Matthew watches his neighbours' lives and details their... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Great Shelby Holmes Girl Detective
Elizabeth Eulberg
January 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: Sherlock and Watson as you've never seen them before | The Sherlock Holmes stories are given a lively twist. Eleven-year old John Watson has recently moved into 221 Baker Street,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedWelcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is an excellent book for young people who want to know what is happening in Syria and why – serious,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 78 storeys high (new additions include an ALL-BALL sports stadium... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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100 Hugs
Chris Riddell
As 2017 dawns it's hard to think of a better book to slip into your pocket than 100 Hugs by Chris Riddell. This neat little hardback contains 100 black and white illustrations by Riddell, a virtuoso of the form, and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/01/2017
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Dork Diaries
Rachel Renee Russell
Enter the adorkable world of Nikki Maxwell as she tells all about her not-so-fabulous life in the international bestselling series! A limited edition of the first book in the bestselling Dork Diaries series with an updated interior, as well as... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Who Stole the Hamster?
N. Griffin
In a nutshell: a clever bit of detection in the classroom | This satisfying, entertaining classroom crime caper thoroughly respects its young readers' intelligence. Smashie and Dontel are smart as they come and when the school hamster disappears from his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Dork Diaries OMG: All About Me Diary!
Rachel Renee Russell
In a nutshell: a neat means of recording your dorkest secrets | Fans of Rachel Renée Russell's deservedly popular Dork Diaries series will appreciate this very special diary. It invites them to spill the beans on their inner dork by... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Reader ReviewedHilo: Saving the Whole Wide World
Judd Winick
In a nutshell: giant killer vegetables and a robotic Jabberwocky versus Hilo and his little band | After the cliffhanger ending of The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, readers will be eager for the next book in this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/12/2016
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Reader ReviewedMidnight Mystery
Clara Vulliamy
In a nutshell: domestic crime dramas delightfully told and illustrated | Dorothy Constance Mae Louise, aka Dot, has her own super-sleuthing detective agency with her dog McClusky and her best friend Beans. In this episode, they are off on the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedHis Royal Whiskers
Sam Gayton
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 Full of astonishing imagination and curious and unexpected adventures, His Royal Whiskers is a royal romp of a story that will delight all those who love magic, mystery, mayhem - and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem
Joe Berger
In a nutshell: fun, illustrated stories, that neatly sidestep the elephant of truth | Readers of all ages are going to love Sam Lyttle, star of Joe Berger's new series. Well-intentioned, Sam can't help but get into scrapes and generally finds... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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The White Tower
Cathryn Constable
In a nutshell: a beautiful old school is the setting for a story of magic, mystery and redemption | There's a world within a world for readers to explore in The White Tower. Livy is upset when her father gets... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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The World's Greatest Space Cadet
James Carter
Yes, there's a poem to a space cadet in this typically lively, inviting and memorable new collection from James Carter; but it's an ode not to an astronaut but to a dreamer, someone whose head is firmly in a cloud.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Star Wars Annual 2017
Lucasfilm Ltd
Explores a galaxy far, far away. In this annual, you can visit strange worlds, discover alien creatures, and meet new heroes and villains along the way. Ity takes you from the harsh deserts of Jakku to the frozen forests of... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/01/1970
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Coming Home
Michael Morpurgo
A beautifully-written, lyrical and heart-warming Christmas story with stunning, child-friendly illustrations. Ideal for sharing with friends and family - young and old - during the festive season. Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/11/2016
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Quidditch Through the Ages
J. K. Rowling
A perennial bestseller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/01/2017
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard
J. K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard have been favourite bedtime reading in wizarding households for centuries. Full of magic and trickery, these classic tales both entertain and instruct, and remain as captivating to young wizards today as they were when... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Quidditch Through the Ages
J. K. Rowling
A perennial bestseller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard
J. K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard have been favourite bedtime reading in wizarding households for centuries. Full of magic and trickery, these classic tales both entertain and instruct, and remain as captivating to young wizards today as they were when... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/01/2017
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100 Most: Unexplained Mysteries on the Planet
Anna Claybourne
Think 21st century humans have explained pretty much everything there is to explain? Think again! As this book demonstrates, there's still a huge amount of stuff we simply don't understand. It takes 100 mind-boggling puzzles – mysterious ancient monuments, haunted... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedSpy Toys
Mark Powers
In a nutshell: band of toy superheroes conquer all in a doll eat doll world | The Spy Toys are quite possibly the unlikeliest band of superheroes you could to hope to read about: Dan is a teddy bear accidentally... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Me and Mister P
Maria Farrer
In a nutshell: an unusual friend makes things better | Arthur is understandably surprised when Mr P turns up at his door expecting to stay: Mr P is a huge polar bear with small black eyes, and long sharp teeth.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedJake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake
Rob Lloyd Jones
In a nutshell: two kids on a death-defying treasure hunt through Egypt's ancient monuments. Adventure stories don't come more action-packed than the exploits of Jake Atlas. As the book opens, the Atlas family are about to fly off to Egypt... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/01/2017
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House of Robots: Robot Revolution
James Patterson
In a nutshell: super-readable story | robot rumpus at high school | Uh-oh, things are not running smoothly in the Hayes-Rodriguez household, which is highly unusual, because Mum, a robot scientist, has invented a host of machines to ensure it does.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedWho Let the Gods Out?
Maz Evans
Oh my goodness, this is a rollicking good debut from Maz Evans. Who Let The Gods Out is a super, funny adventure story that will have kids reading long past their bedtime. Poor Elliot is having a very tough time. ... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Watership Down
Richard Adams
Watership Down is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival against the odds. It tells...
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St Grizzles School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys
Karen Mccombie
In a nutshell: Highly enjoyable, thoroughly contemporary boarding school story | Eleven-year-old Dani is horrified to hear she's going to spend the next term at St Grizzelda's School for Girls,...
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More Featured Books

Aidan Abet, Teacher's Pet
Guy Bass
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: shocking levels of sucking-up in super-readable school story | Aidan Abet works hard at school making sure he stays teacher's pet...
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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...
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The Curiositree: Natural World A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature
A. J. Wood, Mike Jolley
The creators of non-fiction continue to set the standard for sumptuous, beautiful books and this must surely be one of the most handsome to be published all year. Via 67...
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Reader Reviewed An Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
November 2016 Book of the Month A ‘what if' story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make...
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Middle 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...
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Survivors
David Long
Shortlisted for 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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The Making of Mollie
Anna Carey
In a nutshell: Suffragettes rule! A girl's eye view of early feminism | In Anna Carey's lively new novel, it's the portioning out of a roast chicken that sets Mollie thinking...
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Reader Reviewed There May be a Castle
Piers Torday
November 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination | Piers Torday's beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of courage...
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A World of Information
Richard Platt
December 2016 Fascintating Facts Book of the Month A visually stunning collection of facts and figures for all the family to enjoy. Do you know how many bones there are...
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Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever
Rachel Renee Russell
In a Nutshell: School exchange shenanigans | Eleventh awesome-packed instalment of a sensationally sidesplitting series. Nikki goes into mega meltdown mode when she has to spend a week at North...
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The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone's favourite storyteller! The spirit...
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Fame Thing
Jonathan Meres
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: funny story of football, fandom and fame | George is...
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The Girl with No Nose
Georgia Byng
Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: true hearts and heroines in Victorian London | Inspired by an artefact at the Hunterian Museum Georgia Byng tells a story about a young...
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The White Fox
Jackie Morris
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: a wild creature leads a boy...
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Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli | More than 120...
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Moone Boy: The Marvellous Activity Manual
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
Do you want your own bobble hat and your own imaginary friend - just like Martin Moone? Then join Martin and his friend Sean Murphy in the marvellous world of...
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Blink and You Die
Lauren Child
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! | Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child's superb Ruby Redfort girl...
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Reader Reviewed Clover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine | Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she's bright, more than...
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Reader Reviewed Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
Rick Riordan
November 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Exhilaratingly entertaining mythological mayhem | Adventure and all-round awesomeness abound in this second book in the Magnus Chase series by...
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Reader Reviewed The Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a...
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Mistletoe and Murder A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
Robin Stevens
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month A festive feast of ghastly goings on for fans old and new of the A...
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Murder in Midwinter
Fleur Hitchcock
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 A roller-coaster adventure packed full of action and mystery unravels at a breakneck pace after Maya takes a photo from a...
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A Miscellany of Magical Beasts
Simon Holland
December 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beasts, magical beasts, in words and pictures | This very handsome book, wonderfully illustrated by some of the top artists...
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A Boy Called Christmas
Matt Haig
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! | In a nutshell: a Christmas story for one and all! | Matt Haigh invents a brand new Christmas story in his tale of how...
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Chronologica The Incredible Years That Defined History
Whitaker's Almanack
Written and compiled by the team behind Whitaker's Almanack, Chronologica provides a eye-opening tour through over 2500 years of world history, starting in 753BC with the founding of Rome, and...
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Colour Together: Christmas

If everyone's getting a bit over-excited, Colour Together Christmas will provide a lovely way to calm things down. Cleverly designed for adult and child to colour in together, with intricate...
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The Girl Who Saved Christmas
Matt Haig
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! | In a nutshell: Christmas magic and ho-ho-hope | Matt Haigh follows his best-selling A Boy Called Christmas with another festive treat, a brand new...
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J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World
Warner Bros.
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World is full of magical curiosities: a flying car, a hat that sings, an enchanted case, and so much more. This small, deluxe pop-up book showcases three-dimensional...
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Reader Reviewed The Road to Ever After
Moira Young
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: angels escape love (or how to live a wonderful life) Moira Young puts her own spin on...
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The Giant's Necklace
Michael Morpurgo
December 2016 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo's short story is a small gem. Part adventure, part...
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Reader Reviewed Maybe a Fox
Alison McGhee, Kathi Appelt
Rich in atmosphere, the clever intertwining of two stories, one human and one animal, gives a new way of exploring grief in this magical realism story. Jules and Sylvie. Sisters...
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The Unofficial Old and New Testaments for Minecrafters The Bible Told Block by Block
Garrett Romines, Christopher Miko
This is Minecraft but not as you know it. Although not officially Minecraft, the Minecrafters Bible has been created by Christopher Miko and Garrett Romines, who having seen the amazing...
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Winter Magic
Amy Alward, Emma Carroll, Berlie Doherty & others
December 2016 Book of the Month I've always thought books were magical. It's always a wonder that a simple combination of words can have such meaning, take us on...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Newt Scamander A Movie Scrapbook
Warner Bros.
One of a number of books to tie-in with the new movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this magical scrapbook is filled with removable artefacts such as wizarding...
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Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Georgia Byng
In a nutshell: look into the pages for hypnotising adventure! Georgia Byng's story of the young girl who manages to swap a miserable life in an orphanage for the bright...
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The Song of Seven
Tonke Dragt
From the author of the thrilling The Letter for the King comes this new adventure featuring a grumpy coachman, a sinister uncle, eccentric ancestors, a hidden treasure, an ancient...
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The Wildings: The Hundred Names of Darkness
Nilanjana Roy
The Hundred Names of Darkness concludes the thrilling story that began with The Wildings. The Nizamuddin cat clan are licking their wounds, slowly recovering after their terrible battle with...
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The Tigerboy
Ted Hughes
Described as Metamorphosis for young readers, this story by Ted Hughes is indeed filled with a sense of transformation, visceral and almost terrifying in its vitality. There's nothing out of...
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Diary of a Trainee Rock God
Jonathan Meres
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 9 | In a nutshell: it's only a rock'n'roll story but we like it! Part of dyslexia and reluctant reader specialist Barrington Stoke's ‘super readable'...
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The Sticky Witch 4u2read
Hilary Mckay
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 7 In a nutshell: two children and their cat escape a sticky situation Hilary McKay's name on a book's cover is a guarantee...
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The First Hunter
Robert Swindells
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8 In a nutshell: action-filled, thought-provoking story set in the Stone Age. In urgent, staccato prose Robert Swindells transports readers back to the Stone Age...
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The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War
Various Authors
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal | Although this collection of stories about the First World War opens with familiar lines from Wilfred Owen's Anthem...
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Word of Mouse
James Patterson
December 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: you'll believe a mouse can be a hero! | There are fast-moving, grab-you-by-the-eyeballs-first-page-in reads, then there's James Patterson! Boy, does this...
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Fun Science
Charlie McDonnell
YouTuber Charlie McDonnell is a science fan & brings his passion and flair to inspire young readers to love science. From space and the beginnings of the universe to how...
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The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month November 2016 Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about friendship, loneliness and being brave when...
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Reader Reviewed Double Down
Jeff Kinney
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: 150 million readers aren't wrong Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley goes all existential in this the latest and as...
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How Machines Work
David Macaulay
Winner of the £10,000 Royal Society's Young People's Book Prize 2016, which champions the best science books for under-14s. Macaulay, who was announced as the winner at a ceremony...
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