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Books of the Month

How to Look After Your Human
Kim Sears
June 2016 Book of the Month Though it's primarily aimed at dogs, humans too – particularly those who share their home with a canine companion – will find lots to inform and entertain them in Maggie Mayhem's comprehensive guide. Maggie,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/06/2016
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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
Oxford Dictionaries, Susan Rennie, Roald Dahl
June 2016 Book of the Month Dictionaries don't come more fun than this celebration of Roald Dahl, his books and the joy he took in gobblefunking (ie playing with words, inventing new words and meanings). Dahl had an extraordinary understanding... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/02/2016
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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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Reader ReviewedThe Wilderness War
Julia Green
June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: protest – friendship – the great outdoors At a time when children are accused of disconnecting from the natural world Julia Green's story of kids protecting their patch of wilderness... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Accidental Secret Agent
Tom McLaughlin
June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: espionage – laughs – fake moustaches. The story of a boy who accidentally becomes a secret agent, Tom McLaughlin's new book is laugh-out-loud funny, particularly if, like its hero, you... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedRent 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 Katy, the retelling of Susan Coolidge's classic What Katy Did.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Jennie
Paul Gallico
Gallico's story of a young boy who metamorphoses into a white cat following an accident is both an exciting adventure and a moving story of friendship. It is also one of the best books on cats ever written. As a... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2001
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Wings The Third Book of the Nomes
Terry Pratchett
The final book in the Bromeliad Trilogy is a little stunner. ‘Wings' the third book of the Nomes runs concurrently in time with ‘Diggers', yet focusses on the three Nomes and Thing who left the quarry together, yet for very... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Beaky Malone: The World's Greatest Liar
Barry Hutchison
In a Nutshell: the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth! If they gave out black-belts for telling fibs, Beaky Malone would be a seventh Dan master. All that changes though when he steps into a rusty metal... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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City Trails - Paris
Lonely Planet Kids
Discover Paris's best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff guaranteed to blow your mind, that are definitely off the tourist trail. This book is perfect for anyone who has been to Paris, plans to go there or... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2016
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City Trails - New York
Lonely Planet Kids
This book is perfect for anyone who has been to New York, plans to go there or is just interested in finding out more about this amazing city! Discover New York's best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2016
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Street Child
Berlie Doherty
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Twice the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal, here Berlie Doherty movingly captures the life of an orphan in Victorian London. Based on the true accounts of children whose lives led the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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A Stitch in Time
Penelope Lively
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Award-winning Penelope Lively's classic story humorously captures the dreamy and imaginary world of eleven year old Maria. An only child, Maria is used to quietly observing the world around her. When her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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Archie Greene and the Alchemist's Curse
D. D. Everest
In a Nutshell: magic dragons alchemy Archie Green is a book whisperer and just about to start as an apprentice at the Museum of Magical Miscellany hidden beneath the Bodleian Library in Oxford. For a certain reader – indeed a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Rescuers
Margery Sharp
This tale of three daring and heroic little mice is as enchanting for children today as when it was first published in 1959. The three - pampered, beautiful Miss Bianca, loyal Bernard and resolute Nils, the Norwegian fisherman - embark... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/09/2010
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Puck of Pook's Hill
Rudyard Kipling
A beautiful paperback edition of Rudyard Kipling's magical collection of stories and poems. Plucking figures from history to weave his magical stories, Puck takes the children from the Norman conquest to the signing of the Magna Carta. Set in the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 2016-05-19
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Rewards and Fairies
Rudyard Kipling
Set in the surroundings of his Sussex home, Bateman's, Rudyard Kipling's sparkling storytelling perfectly captures the myth and mystery of the English countryside. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 2016-05-19
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Thimble Monkey Superstar
Jon Blake
Jams Cogan's life changes when his next door neighbours arrive at his family bungalow – or Castle as his dad, a not-terribly successful children's author calls it – with a hamster for them to look after. At least, the neighbours... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Spangles Mcnasty and the Fish of Gold
Steve Webb
To the canon of disgusting, disreputable villains loved by children – the Twits, Mr Gum, Armitage Shanks – can now be added Spangles McNasty and his sidekick Sausage-face Pete. To give you an idea of how nasty Spangles is, his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Walter Brown and the Magician's Hat
Karen Inglis
London-based children's author Karen Inglis is back with another illustrated page-turner, this time for ages 7-9. Karen has made a name for herself with teachers, reading charities and librarians for producing fun and fast-paced stories that get the most reluctant... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedUncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
Malcom's Uncle Gobb is really irritating, and not just because he keeps shouting ‘the boy needs to do more homework'. When Gobb Education starts taking over their school, and Uncle Gobb sets up the dread ‘Dread Shed' in their playground,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Seacrow Island
Astrid Lindgren
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 When the Melkerson family rent a holiday home on the far away Seacrow Island they have no idea of the wonderful adventures that lie in store for them. Father Melkerson, a very... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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The 65-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
In a Nutshell: Mind-boggling adventures – ants - craziness Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are experts in the crazy, surreal humour that kids love and there seems to be no limit to their invention. For those that don't know, the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedEddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up
Simon Cherry
June 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: pirates – penguins – enchantments Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up is an epic story indeed, and possibly the most inventive piratical comedy-fantasy-adventure you'll read this year. It starts with... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2016
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How to Fight a Dragon's Fury
Cressida Cowell
This is the twelfth book in Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon series and she brings it to a tremendous and fitting finale. The fate of the dragon world lies in the hands of her hero, the mild and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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The Wonder Garden
Jenny Broom
Winner of the English Association 4-11 Picture Book Awards 2016 - Non-Fiction 7-11 category | Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children's books | One of our Books of the Year 2015 New from... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Spitfire
Tom Palmer
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 this stirring short novel. Greg is at football camp but... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Sniper
Chris Bradford
Fictional superheroes don't come much more appealing than Troy, one of a group of teenagers with awesome super powers recruited by secret agency SPEAR to protect society against a gang of ruthless terrorists, and the premise for the Bullet Catcher... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedFenn Halflin and the Fearzero
Francesca Armour-Chelu
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2016 Debut author Francesca Armour-Chelu has created a desperate flooded dystopian world in this fast-paced story of one boy's survival. When Fenn's parents are killed by the vicious Terra Ferma who are determined... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook
Louie Stowell
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - This book, with a Foreword by Tim Peake who in December 2015 became the first British astronaut to go to the International Space station, should go to the top of any... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/01/2015
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Truckers The First Book of the Nomes
Terry Pratchett
A truly wonderful kick of escapism, ‘Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes' may be aimed at children, however you don't have to be a kid to read this (adults can get just as much enjoyment, possibly even a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Secrets of the Wild Wood
Tonke Dragt
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has been acknowledged as a classic of Dutch literature since its publication over fifty years ago, but it took until 2013 for it to find a British publisher. Pushkin Press took it on... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Shapeshifter: Feather and Fang
Ali Sparkes
In three words: surprises psychic thrills Ali Sparkes's super-readable Shapeshifter series reaches book six, and a thrilling climax. Sparkes assembles all the characters from the series and its spin off Unleashed for this adventure and fans will appreciate just... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
Christopher Edge
In a Nutshell: time travel – family – stardust Even physicists struggle to understand quantum theory but Christopher Edge makes a very fine attempt at an explanation, though the most striking thing about his story is actually not the how... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/01/2016
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I Funny TV
James Patterson
In the expert hands of James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein middle school is the funniest place on earth, especially in this series starring Jamie Grimm, the wheelchair-using kid with the super-sharp line in banter. Things should be looking good for... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Gunpoint
Jim Eldridge
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 6+ “Put your hands up! If anyone moves we shoot!” The action starts on page one of this heart-stopping thriller and doesn't let up until the very end. Junior plumber Alex is in the cramped... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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Circus of Thieves and the Comeback Caper
William Sutcliffe
The Austen of audacity, Armitage Shanks, circus master and dastardliest of villains is back and up to no good, to the delight of fans of these wacky, inventive and hugely entertaining books. And indeed, readers are promised (warned?) that this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedEdge of Extinction
Laura Martin
Here's a premise and a half: one hundred plus years ago, hubristic scientists decided to bring dinosaurs back from extinction, a la Jurassic Park. No-one expected that the dinosaurs would also bring a disease deadly to mankind. Now what's left... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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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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Reader ReviewedThe House on Hummingbird Island
Sam Angus
In a Nutshell: family secrets – ghosts – loss and love This story of a young orphan girl feels part of a tradition going back to Eva Ibbotson, or even Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's 1912 and Idie is a fierce... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Diggers The Second Book of the Nomes
Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett does it again, the second book in the ‘Bromeliad Trilogy' or ‘Book of the Nomes' is another confection of delight, wit and fantastical storytelling. Terry Pratchett really needs no introduction, each of his books have been little... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/12/2015
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation of Pierrot. Pierrot lives in France. His mother is... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedLittle Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
May 2016 Debut of the Month This moving story of looked-after children describes the difficulties they face, but is nonetheless uplifting. Ira and her little brother Zac live in Skilly House, what Tracy Beaker would call a dumping ground. There... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bubble Boy
Stewart Foster
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May/June 2016 Deeply moving and utterly gripping, Bubble Boy is a stunning novel that makes you laugh and cry. And think. Joe lives in a sterile world. Wired up to monitors and drips, he... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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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: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Whistling in the Dark
Shirley Hughes
Best-selling Shirley Hughes brings alive how it felt to be growing up in Liverpool during the Second World War. In a gripping and touching story which draws on her own memories of growing up at that time, Shirley Hughes sets... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Lion Roars
Alan Gibbons
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 story of hard work, dedication and talent, plus all-important family... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Olympic Sport: the Whole Muscle-Flexing Story 100% Unofficial
Glenn Murphy
As all eyes turn to Rio this summer, a lot of us will be sitting on the sofa thinking about sport and very probably dreaming about being better at it. Science superstar Glenn Murphy's witty, fact-filled and very child-friendly book... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Olympic Poems - 100% Unofficial!
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
Sport – winning, losing, taking part – is celebrated in this typically skilful collection from two of our most popular poets for young people. There are funny poems, story poems, contemplative ones to make you see things clearer or differently,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Mighty Dynamo
Kieran Crowley
In a Nutshell: football – family – fair play Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, but as Bill Shankly said, it's much more important than that. Noah really needs to play in the... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Ultimate Guide to Mapping
Justin Miles
Maps are wonderful things and this practical and inspiring book explains to children perhaps too used to relying on satnavs and iPhones how to use maps, and even how to make them. It's full of fascinating facts on the different... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/05/2016
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City Trails - London
Lonely Planet Kids
Discover London's best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff guaranteed to blow your mind, that are definitely off the tourist trail from the comfort of your own home or while visiting the city! But, you don't have... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Harriet The Spy
Louise Fitzhugh
Although it was written four decades ago, Harriet the Spy is still a thoroughly modern story. Harriet - bossy, determined, prone to shouting things like ‘I'll be damned if I'll...
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Friendship According To Humphrey
Betty G. Birney
Another delightful story about Humprey the Hamster and his freinds full of relatable life lessons that help young readers deal with growing up.
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Mary Poppins
P. L. Travers
Mary Poppins has been the world's most famous nanny for the last 80 years and her success remains undimmed. Jane and Michael Banks need a new nanny so they set...
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Dreams of Freedom
Amnesty International
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 Powerful and moving, this collection of some of the most famous quotes about freedom including the words of Aung San Suu Kyi...
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Reader Reviewed My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Children's Book of the Year, The British Book Industry Awards 2016 - Overall winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016 - Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. July 2015...
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House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
Hold onto your hats. Acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Chris Columbus has swapped the big screen for books with House of Secrets, the first book in a brand new...
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William Shakespeare Scenes from the Life of the World's Greatest Writer
Mick Manning
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 Mick Manning and Brita Granström have developed a picture book approach to non-fiction that brings their subjects to vivid life. Beautifully illustrated...
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Reader Reviewed The Broken Heart Club
Cathy Cassidy
May 2016 Book of the Month A new book from Cathy Cassidy is always a treat, and her many fans are going to love The Broken Heart Club. Cathy Cassidy...
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Eliza Rose
Lucy Worsley
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge...
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Super Skills: How to be a Blogger & Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons
Shane Birley
Welcome to the world of blogging! It?s never been easier to share and express ideas, and lots of young people are keen to join the world of bloggers and share...
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The Saga of Erik the Viking
Terry Jones
The fantastically brilliant and amazingly adventurous Saga of Erik the Viking by Terry Jones returns in this new edition with an exclusive foreword from Terry who is of course, most...
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Bridesmaid-In-Training
Meg Cabot
May 2016 Book of the Month Being a bridesmaid is a dream come true for lots of young girls, but imagine if you were going to be bridesmaid to a...
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Reader Reviewed The Diamond Brothers in the Falcon's Malteser
Anthony Horowitz
This reissue of Anthony Horowitz's hugely entertaining crime caper comes with a brand new introduction by Tim Diamond, who is probably – in fact almost certainly – the most incompetent...
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Get Coding
Young Rewired State
Published in association with Young Rewired State, a worldwide community of digital-makers aged eighteen and under, this book sets out to teach children how to code, and to show them...
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23 Ways to be an Eco Hero
Isabel Thomas
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month The planet is under threat, but there are things we can all do to change that says this attractive guide book. It's full...
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Reader Reviewed Pugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
May 2016 Book of the Month Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for...
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Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods', Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo...
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Reader Reviewed Lucy Locket: Online Disaster
Emma Moss
May 2016 Debut of the Month A brand new, innovative and fun series that's pitch-perfect fiction for aspirational vloggers, digital devotees and readers with a passion for all things online! ...
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Amber's Song
Gillian Cross
From the author of The Demon Headmaster and other classics of contemporary children's literature comes a story of how working together can bring a peaceful solution no matter how much...
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Bigger and Better
Kaye Umansky
Characters don't come bigger or better than Vi, the star of this fabulously funny new story by the inimitable Kaye Umansky. Vi is wife of that giant at the top...
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Clash of the Worlds
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini, Chris Rylander
This is the concluding part of the thrilling adventure that began with House of Secrets and, as readers have come to expect, the pace does not let up for a...
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In at the Deep End
Michelle Magorian
There is real depth to Michelle Magorian's story of a young boy taking part in a sponsored swim at his local pool. Ben is set to swim 100 lengths, then...
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Katy
Jacqueline Wilson
In her new book Jacqueline Wilson retells one of her own childhood favourites, Susan Coolidge's classic What Katy Did. She echoes the original closely: both Katys are bright, headstrong, daydreamers...
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Reader Reviewed Moone Boy 2: The Fish Detective
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
Here we have another episode in the life of hapless eleven-year-old Martin Moone, related by his imaginary best-friend and sidekick Sean Murphy in as fine a free-fall stream-of-consciousness narrative as...
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Peace Maker
Malorie Blackman
In a short book of less than 80 pages Malorie Blackman delivers an exciting, incisive story with a credible, interesting central character and powerful message about the importance of taking...
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4,000 years ago and tells the stories of twelve Greek Heroes. This isn't about Percy, however his unique voice...
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Monster Hunter
Curtis Jobling
May 2016 Debut of the Month Max Helsing is seriously cool – a dab hand with a yo-yo, with a great line in banter, and he rides a Chopper. Oh...
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The Indian in the Cupboard
Lynne Reid Banks
Lynne Reid Banks's much-loved book has all the ingredients of a perfect children's story. Nine-year old Omri is given two important gifts for his birthday: a plastic Indian figure from...
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Booked
Kwame Alexander
Nick is football mad, finding more poetry, more to stimulate him on the soccer field and with a ball at his feet than he ever does in books. This doesn't...
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Reader Reviewed The Adventures of Alfie Onion
Vivian French
If you love fairytales – and who couldn't? – you'll love this brand new adventure written by one of our most inventive and entertaining children's authors. Magnifico Onion might be...
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Reader Reviewed Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck
James Patterson
James Patterson continues to do sterling work turning reluctant readers onto books, and this latest instalment in the ongoing trials of Rafe Khatchadorian will more than satisfy his young fans....
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Reader Reviewed Pick Your Poison
Lauren Child
May 2016 Book of the Month You've got to be really smart to keep up with 13 year old secret agent Ruby Redfort, as her enemies know to their cost....
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Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp
The irresistible Ivy Pocket bounces back after the adventures recounted so brilliantly in Anyone But Ivy Pocket, as self-willed and gloriously self-deluded as ever! She believes she's been adopted by...
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The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Part of a magical series loved by readers for generations, Beverley Nichols's gentle fantasy adventure will entrance and entertain today's children just as it did their parents and grandparents. Judy...
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Reader Reviewed The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story - Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce's first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008...
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The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Oh my, what an absolute treasure this is. Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book was first published in 1894 and now, over 120 years later, it's still capturing imaginations. This collectable,...
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The Second Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
The new live-action version of The Jungle Book should send lots of children to read Kipling's stories of Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera – let's hope so anyway because, to quote...
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Reader Reviewed The Nowhere Emporium
Ross MacKenzie
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 - Best Story - Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 8-11 age category This sparkling fantasy adventure is a glorious hymn...
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Collection of Curiosities: Oceans
Polly Cheeseman
This fascinating information/activity book is full of interesting facts about the oceans and the wide array of life within them. With life-like illustrations which accompany the text, plus activities to...
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Where's Will: Find Shakespeare Hidden in His Plays
Anna Claybourne
With Shakespeare in the spotlight, this book finds an unusual and effective way to spark children's interest in his plays. It retells ten of the most popular in cartoon strip,...
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Reader Reviewed Wildwitch: Wildfire
Lene Kaarberbol
Classic fantasy adventure of the sort that Lene Kaaberbøl has created here fulfils our deep-rooted need for stories of heroism and bravery, of the underdog finding the strength to defeat...
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Reader Reviewed Chaos Descends
Shane Hegarty
April 2016 Book of the Month The third book in the monstrously funny and action-packed new series: Darkmouth. It's going to be legendary. Lovereading Review to follow....
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Reader Reviewed Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel...
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The Ostrich of Pudding Lane
Jeremy Strong
Jeremy Strong knows just how to pitch a story to junior readers and the three different adventures in this collection have all his hallmarks: exaggerated characters; bags of slapstick; fast,...
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Shadow Warriors
Chris Bradford
Deep rivalries, hand to hand fighting, daring raids and surprise revelations, they all feature in this collection of stories about young ninja warrior Taka. Together with his ninja clan he's...
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What's So Special About Shakespeare?
Michael Rosen
Shakespeare's writing was extraordinary four hundred years ago, and it's still extraordinary today says Michael Rosen in this splendid and inspiring introduction to the bard. Rosen demonstrates to young people...
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Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Dame Judi Dench
Charles and Mary Lamb's retellings of twenty of Shakespeare's tales are rich with humour and telling imagery; and the authors reflect much of Shakespeare's insight into the human condition. The...
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Reader Reviewed Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer's new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives...
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Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples

A guide to delicious and nutritious vegetarian food for kids. This book includes 25 vegetarian recipes for kids including soup, salad and stir-fry as well as treats such as a...
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika,...
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Reader Reviewed Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there's a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what's right and...
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The Boy and the Globe
Tony Bradman
Young readers wondering what's so special about Shakespeare as celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of his death get underway would do well to read Tony Bradman's cheerful story of...
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Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer
Alexander Mccall Smith
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 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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Dork Diaries: Drama Queen
Rachel Renee Russell
Something truly terrible happens in the latest episode of the hugely popular series: Mackenzie, the awful arch nemesis of self-confessed dork Nikki, steals her diary and takes it over –...
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Reader Reviewed Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons
Gary Northfield
Hail Julius Zebra! Star of a brilliant new series by former Beano cartoonist Gary Northfield, Julius Zebra is far more likely to turn kids onto the Romans than any number...
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Reader Reviewed Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans!
Gary Northfield
Cartoonist Gary Northfield gives a fresh take on all things Roman in this riotous romp starring Julius, a most unusual zebra. Julius has a knack of getting into trouble! As...
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The OMG Blog
Karen Mccombie
Four girls bond over a school project to create a blog. The subject? Their mums. Its title? OMG – or Our Mums Grrrrr. It's quite possible to love your mum...
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The Parent Problem
Anna Wilson
As any 12/13 year old will tell you, there's nothing like a parent to cause you embarrassment. Not only did Skye Green's parents land her with the worst name in...
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Storm Weaver
Matt Griffin
The magical adventure that began so explosively with A Cage of Roots continues in this equally gripping new episode. Four friends, Ayla, Finny Sean and Benvy are caught in...
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Reader Reviewed Wildwitch: Oblivion
Lene Kaarberbol
A terrifying encounter with a flock of seagulls in a local park begins this enthralling new episode of the fantasy adventure series Wildwitch. Clara manages to fight them off with...
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100 Events That Made History

Bringing the major moments of the past to life, this book offers a lowdown on events that have changed the course of history and shaped the world. Incredible photography and...
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Demigods and Magicians Three Stories from the World of Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Carter and Sadie Kane do battle with an ancient Egyptian magician determined to become a god. Against impossible odds, the four demigods and magicians team...
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1066 and Before That - History Poems
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
Combining the talents of two of our most popular poets for children, Brian Moses and Roger Stevens, the poems in their brand new collection take an idiosyncratic and inventive look...
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The Roald Dahl Treasury
Roald Dahl
Throughout this book, you can delve into stories, poems, memoirs and letters galore all wonderfully illustrated by Quentin...
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Stories from Shakespeare
Anna Claybourne
This a lovely hardback with ten of Shakespeare's more well known plays retold especially for younger children to enjoy. Each page is illustrated in Usborne's trademark style, with Macbeth, Romeo...
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World of Shakespeare Picture Book
Rosie Dickins
An illustrated guide to the life and times of William Shakespeare. Readers can discover his famous plays, see where he lived and worked and find out why he is one...
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Voices from the Second World War

‘I was awarded the Burma Star and the Yankee Star for my service, but all I really want is for the people who fought alongside me to be remembered.' So...
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Love from Paddington
Michael Bond
Much-loved Paddington shares accounts of his adventures and his thoughts about his life in London in a series of letters to his Aunt Lucy in The Home for Retired Bears...
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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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Reader Reviewed Raymie Nightingale
Kate DiCamillo
Some momentous things happen in the course of this book: a father leaves, buildings are burgled, a cat is lost and found, hearts are broken, good deeds attempted, and someone...
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To Wee or Not to Wee
Pamela Butchart
Of the many tributes to Shakespeare in this anniversary year, To Wee or Not to Wee must be the zaniest. It features retellings of four favourite Shakespeare plays with a...
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Once Upon a Place
Eoin Colfer
A collection of 11 new short stories and 6 new poems by Ireland's top children's writers, edited by Laureate na nOg Eoin Colfer and illustrated by world renowned artist PJ...
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Yes! No (Maybe...)
Liz Pichon
Sometimes making up my mind isn't easy to do. Especially when my grumpy sister Delia is LOOMING over me. Mum's on a mission to TIDY UP the whole house. She...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J. K. Rowling
An entertaining Harry Potter companion book written by JK Rowling
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Say Cheese and Die!
R. L. Stine
Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he found. The photos keep turning out ... different. When Greg takes a picture of his father's brand-new car, it's...
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