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Books of the Month

Dog
Andy Mulligan
November 2017 Book of the Month In a nutshell: gripping, sometimes heart-breaking story of a dog and his boy Guardian award-winner Andy Mulligan brings his own sensibility to a much-loved model - boy and dog form special relationship - adding... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 26/10/2017
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Bad Dad
David Walliams
November 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: a comic crime caper to delight dads and lads It's all about boys and their dads in David Walliams' new bestseller for children. Frank adores his dad and wants to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2017
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The Land of Neverendings
Kate Saunders
November 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Award-winning Kate Saunders takes readers on a wondrous fantasy adventure in the best tradition of children's stories in which there is another world to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Father Christmas and Me
Matt Haig
November 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Matt Haig's romping adventure breathes fresh life into everything Christmasy. It is a bustling story full of delightful surprises and some wonderful dollops of magic. Orphaned... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/10/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Astrid the Unstoppable
Maria Parr
A modern classic in the making, this hilarious and heartwarming story explores the true meaning of family and friendship. Reminiscent of Pippi Longstocking, Heidi and Anne Shirley, Astrid is a feisty and irrepressible heroine who will help readers navigate the complexities... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/11/2017
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The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about friendship, loneliness and being brave when things are difficult.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend
November 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: exciting, original fantasy adventure Unusually, Jessica Townsend's book opens with the funeral of her central character. No-one seems particularly upset, not even her family, and that's because Morrigan Crow is a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/10/2017
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Defenders Pitch Invasion
Tom Palmer
Action-packed finale to the enthralling Defenders trilogy, a series of spine-tingling spooky adventures with a sporty twist. Lovereading comment to follow soon. The Defenders is a spooky new series that combines the thrills of football, history and supernatural sleuthing and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Snow Sister
Emma Carroll
Full of sadness but also hope and ultimately happiness this is a heart-warming story for Christmas with a strong Victorian setting. When Pearl makes a snow sister on Christmas Eve to remember her own dead sister Agnes she brings a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/11/2017
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Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant book in its own right as well as a worthy tribute to E. Nesbit's classic Five Children and It. The year is 1914. Anthea,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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The Hippo at the End of the Hall
Helen Cooper
Award-winning illustrator Helen Cooper's debut novel is a richly imagined and cleverly crafted story perfectly matched by her own illustrations. ‘Come now or come never!' reads the mysterious invitation that arrives with the milk one day. Despite his mother's protest,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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The Polar Bear Explorers' Club
Alex Bell
In a nutshell: magic, friendship, adventure Like a crisp layer of new snow in sunshine, Alex Bell's novel sparkles with excitement and adventure. In the tradition of fairytale heroes Stella is an orphan, brought up by the explorer who discovered... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/11/2017
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Lucky Button
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Award-winning Michel Morpurgo's warm-hearted time slip story cleverly interweaves the lives of two boys, Jonah and Nathaniel. Struggling to cope with his own complications and finding solace in music, contemporary Jonah... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Christmas Dinner of Souls
Ross Montgomery
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Not for the faint-hearted this is an utterly gripping but also terrifying collection of gruesome stories told round the disgusting dinner table at Soul's College where young Lewis finds himself trapped... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Celebrity Dad, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a warm hearted, rollickingly magical story inspired by his love of both. Young William Trundle loves dinosaurs better than anything else in the world and all he wants for Christmas... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedFootball School Season 2: Where Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
The second book in the groundbreaking new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through football. This book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads -... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Sky Dancer
Gill Lewis
In a nutshell: classic animal story by one of our best authors for children Sky Dancer is a vivid, inspiring animal story in which the British countryside is as important a character as its human protagonists. Joe has grown... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Wonder
R. J. Palacio
Wonder was a sensation when it was first published in 2012, and the story of Auggie and his fight to be accepted as a normal boy has now hit the big screen in a movie starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2017
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The Girl Who Saved Christmas
Matt Haig
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 story of Father Christmas, his elf and reindeer friends, that is full of magic and has... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/10/2017
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Winter Magic
Amy Alward, Emma Carroll, Berlie Doherty
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 so many adventures. This short story collection encapsulates that belief perfectly. When I saw that it was... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/10/2017
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The Snow Angel
Lauren John
In a nutshell: magical story of home and new life Lauren St John's story ranges from Africa to Scotland and successfully fuses magic with unflinching descriptions of life in one of the world's most dangerous slums. Makena's life changes when... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedSee You in the Cosmos
Jack Cheng
In a nutshell: hopeful, inspiring story of one boy's brave journey to find the truth | Space-obsessive Alex Petroski is an unusual eleven-year-old, caring single-handedly for his depressed mother and his puppy Carl Sagan (named after Alex's hero). Readers are... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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I'm Just No Good At Rhyming And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups
Chris Harris
A completely refreshing and exciting collection of poetry that will encourage even the most determined poetry avoiders to have a peek and maybe get involved. It's beautifully packaged and filled with close to a hundred illustrations from award winning illustrator,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales
Jane Ray
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Award-winning illustrator Jane Ray has gathered together a wonderful collection of stories from around the world which reflect her love of all kinds of animals – real and imaginary. Beautifully illustrated,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2017
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Three Cheers for Women!
Marcia Williams
Three Cheers for Women is a hugely inspirational book for children. It is full of facts, quotes and jokes brought together in a really fun way to ensure you remember them. You may even feel having read about some of these... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Father Christmas's Fake Beard
Terry Pratchett
Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) - you'll never see Christmas in the same way again. Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Optical Illusions
Gianni Sarcone, Marie-Jo Waeber
Is seeing believing? This book will make you question that it is. Featuring almost fifty amazing optical illusions it explains how playing around with the context of colours, shapes and tones, and by changing viewpoints, your eyes and brain can... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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The Accidental Father Christmas
Tom McLaughlin
October 2017 Book of the Month In a nutshell: original madcap adventure with a seasonal feel All Ben wants is for his dad to spend more time at home, surely that's not too much to ask from Father Christmas? But... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Who's a Big Bully Then?
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+. How do you see off the school bully? Sick of being picked on and called ‘chicken' the narrator of this story thinks up a dare to show up Darren Bishop, the school bully. A... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2017
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Secret of the Stones
Tony Bradman
In a nutshell: vivid, thrilling Bronze Age adventure This gripping historical adventure opens in dramatic fashion at Stone Henge: young Maglos and his father the High Priest are preparing for the important mid-summer sacrifice when Maglos's uncle strikes down his... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2017
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The White Fox
Jackie Morris
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: a wild creature leads a boy home | Full of magic, myth and a wonderful sense of family, and illustrated throughout with Jackie Morris's beautiful,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2017
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A World of Cities
Lily Murray
In this large format picture book 30 famous cities around the globe are brought to life through beautiful illustrations and a vast miscellany of intiguing facts. Every spread is devoted to a city and within that spread are facts which will... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2017
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Illustrated Edition
J. K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is essential reading at Hogwarts. This new edition features the fully updated 2017 text - which includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts that inhabit North America and a new foreword by J.K.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2017
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway
Jeff Kinney
Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather setting in and the stress of the Christmas holiday approaching, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2017
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Magnificent Birds
Narisa Togo
It isn't often that a non-fiction picture book has been so admired here in the Lovereading office. The stunning, stylish lino-cut prints capture the beauty and the drama of a whole host ofwinged creatures but in the writing the reader... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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Reader ReviewedGood Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire | This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life by Meg Rosoff stars a rescue... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Norse Myths
Kevin Crossley-Holland
In a Nutshell: Ice-fresh retellings of the Scandinavian myth cycle Ancient magic abounds, great gods and goddesses grimace, and timeless truths teem in this enthralling reimagining of Norse mythology. In his foreword, Carnegie Medal-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland explains that “Norse... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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The Lost Words
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
A book to make you think and feel, this is an important, beautiful, spellbinding treasure. Words from nature are disappearing, being removed, left to one side to be forgotten. Some words are in real danger of being lost forever, this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2017
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The Jewelled Jaguar
Sharon Tregenza
In a nutshell: myth, mystery and adventure Sharon Tregenza's exciting mystery story opens in very dramatic fashion when a huge sinkhole appears under Griffin's home. With his mother badly injured and in a coma he goes to stay with his... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2017
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Reader ReviewedThere May Be a Castle
Piers Torday
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination | Piers Torday's beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of courage and love, and of the life-affirming importance of stories.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/10/2017
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Dork Diaries: Crush Catastrophe
Rachel Renee Russell
In a nutshell: dork in love Rachel Rennee Russéll's Dork Diaries are huge favourites with tweenage readers and no wonder, she's completely in touch with how they think, and what they worry about too. Nikki is looking forward to the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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Matt Millz
Harry Hill
In a nutshell: dreams-come-true adventure plus comedy advice from the master Harry Hill's new children's book is funny (no surprise), features great characters, particularly would-be comic Matt and his terrifyingly ambitious manager Kitty (age 11), but also offers a mini-masterclass... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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Killing Ground
Tom Palmer
In a nutshell: exciting mix of football, ghosts and heroics Seth's not like other boys, he can see people from the past wherever he goes. The installation of new floodlights at his football team Halifax Town's ground seems to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls
Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: magic, knights and double-dealing Free Lance is a knight for hire, and sometimes has to take jobs he really shouldn't, which is definitely the case here. The local lord offers him... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedFootball School Season 1: Where Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts The authors of this very entertaining book claim that there's no better way to learn about the world than... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Deluxe Illustrated Edition
J. K. Rowling
This deluxe edition is a must-have for any Potter fan. It comes with a gorgeous art print in a beautiful slipcase and features the fully updated 2017 text - which includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts that inhabit North... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Road To Ever After
Moira Young
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Moira Young puts her own spin on the Christmas film classic It's a Wonderful Life in this delightful story of friendship and redemption. Young Davy David is an orphan living in a den... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/10/2017
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Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?
Jo Nesbo
The fifth book in the fart-tastic Doctor Proctor series! Lovereading comment to follow soon. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

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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Return to the Jungle
Bear Grylls
In a nutshell: jungle adventures, jungle survival Makur – Mak – star of Bear Gryll's thoroughly entertaining story Spirit of the Jungle is back for a new adventure and it's...
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How to Fool Your Parents
Pete Johnson
In a nutshell: non-stop laughs with Louis Pity poor Louis, things at home should be looking up now that his dad's got a new job, but after a particularly disastrous...
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Making Millions
Erika McGann
In this, the second book in this fun and friendly series, Cass and her friends in the Bubble Street Gang are back! Just as Cass begins to investigate the new...
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Stand By Me
Judi Curtin
In the second book in the Time After Time series our favourite time-travelling best friends are back! Judi Curtain returns with another endearing tale featuring time-travelling best friends Molly and...
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Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School
Barry Hutchison
September 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: ghost-busting, gadget-rich adventure with monster laughs The appearance of an apparently malevolent poltergeist in his bedroom (just as he's trying...
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The Dollmaker of Krakow
R. M. Romero
October 2017 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: An enchantingly heartrending conjuration that weaves folklore magic with the darkness of Nazi-occupied Poland. Karolina is a living doll who's...
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A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Allie Esiri
In a nutshell: 366 poems, an inspiring new anthology ‘Poetry powerhouse' Allie Esiri follows up the bestselling A Poem for Every Night of the Year with another lively, inspiring collection....
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Reader Reviewed Pax
Sara Pennypacker
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Touching and thought-provoking this is a lyrically-told story perfectly presented in a beautiful book. Peter's life falls apart after his mother...
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Reader Reviewed Laugh Out Loud
James Patterson
October 2017 Book of the Month In a nutshell: lively, comic story celebrating kids' reading and determination James Patterson creates books kids love, and his latest book is all about...
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The Wonderling
Mira Bartok
October 2017 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Half-human, half-fox foundling seeks true destiny Sparkling with the wit and wonder of a children's classic, this exuberant quest-driven debut...
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My Magical Life
Zach King
October 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: boy discovers his magical powers at school This funny, action-packed story will satisfy readers with a taste for magic, school...
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Reader Reviewed Skeleton Tree
Kim Ventrella
October 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: love, loss and a skeleton in the garden Stanly is surprised but intrigued to discover a finger bone apparently...
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Free Lance and the Field of Blood
Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
In a nutshell: adventure, double dealing, more adventure Free Lance is very handy on the jousting field, and if you want exciting yet comic adventures, full of medieval types behaving...
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The Little Library Cookbook
Kate Young
Delicious receipes inspired by the author's favourite works of fiction this cookery book will make a wonderful addition to your cookery bookshelf or an amazing gift. Paddington Bear's marmalade, a...
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Around the World in 80 Days
Jules Verne
First published in 1873, and actually set in 1872, Jules Verne's classic adventure still feels fresh and exciting and has lost none of its power to entertain and enthral. The...
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The Greatest Magician in the World
Matt Edmondson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 The perfect book for all budding magicians! There are even real magic tricks to perform - and they work! Elliot is...
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Reader Reviewed A Kitten Called Holly
Helen Peters
In a nutshell: warm-hearted animal story set on a proper farm These sweet little stories are perfect for animal-mad youngsters and filled with useful information about how to care...
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The Racehorse Who Disappeared
Clare Balding
There's a new mystery afoot in this entertaining sequel about Noble Warrior and his owner. Everything seems calm. Young horse lover Charlie Bass is getting her life back on track...
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This Cookbook is Gross
Susanna Tee
This is one of those books that does exactly what it says on the tin: it's full of recipes for dishes that really will freak out your friends, from ‘cat...
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J. K. Rowling
This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters - including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney....
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Hilary Mckay's Fairy Tales
Hilary Mckay
This is an absolutely stunning book. Not only is it an absolute treat visually but it's also a feast for the imagination for lovers of fairy tales and the ever...
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Jolly Good Food
Enid Blyton, Allegra McEvedy
In any Enid Blyton book you can guarantee that at some point there'll be a lip-smacking description of food. Allega McEvedy takes inspiration from Blyton's best-loved stories to create recipes...
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Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave
Jonathan Stroud
In a nutshell: dicing with the dead has never been so thrilling Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co series about a company of teenage psychics attempting to keep the streets of...
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Reader Reviewed Moone Boy 3: The Notion Potion
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
The Notion Potion is the hilarious third book in the Moone Boy series, based on the Sky TV series from dream team Chris O'Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy In a...
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The Ways of the Wolf
Smriti Prasadam-Halls
Whether as villains in fairy stories or heroes of ancient myth, wolves have a special role in our imaginations, and this handsome information book will further inspire and intrigue the...
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The Royal Rabbits of London: Escape From the Tower
Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
In a nutshell: brave, loyal, upstanding rabbit hero versus despicable rats Fans of rabbit hero Shylo Tawny-Tail will be delighted to hear that he is back for another exciting...
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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,...
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Reader Reviewed The Secret Horses of Briar Hill
Megan Shepherd
The story of a young girl in a sanatorium and the magical winged horses that only she can see, this is beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, a book that will move...
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Centrally Heated Knickers
Michael Rosen
Discover the weird and wonderful world of martians, woolly saucepans and centrally heated knickers in 100 poems about science and technology from the delightfully irreverent, Michael Rosen.
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Pierre the Maze Detective: The Mystery of the Empire Maze Tower
Hiro Kamigaki
Mr X the Phantom Thief is back, with a new evil plan! He wants to steal the shining light from the top of the Empire Maze Tower, New Maze City's...
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Reader Reviewed The Secrets of the Wild Wood (Winter Edition)
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...
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The Song of Seven
Tonke Dragt
Deep in the woods, in a crooked house full of stairs, a young boy is kept prisoner by his uncle. He cannot meet other children, or have any friends. He...
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The White Hare
Michael Fishwick
When Robbie's mum died, everything changed. Suddenly upped and moved to Somerset to play happy families with his dad's new girlfriend, Robbie can't settle. He doesn't want a new life,...
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Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians!
Gary Northfield
The adventures never stop for zebra turned gladiator Julius, and they get funnier with each book. Julius and his friends are shipwrecked and wash up on the shores of Egypt...
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National Theatre: Play in a Box
National Theatre
Wannabe directors and thespians will love this fantastic box set filled with everything they need to put on a...
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Witch for a Week
Kaye Umansky
In a nutshell: one of our funniest writers works her magic From the creator of the much-loved Pongwiffy books comes a new series that mixes magic, friendship and comedy...
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Reader Reviewed Carnival Of Monsters
Andrew Beasley
In a nutshell: ghostly thrills, chills and humour and a pair of child ghost-busters Readers will be gripped from the opening chapter of this, and if they enjoy fast-moving, well-plotted...
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Reader Reviewed Witch Snitch
Sibéal Pounder
In a nutshell: absolutely fabulous mix of magical fun and fashion Hold on to your hats, it's Witchoween in Sinksville, when everyone gets out their best party frocks and parties!...
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J. K. Rowling
Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new collector's edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of...
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Coder Academy Are you ready for the challenge?
Sean McManus
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month This well-designed, interactive workbook provides a really good introduction to coding for children. It breaks it down into fun, step by step exercises...
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Scientist Academy
Steve Martin
This cleverly designed, attractive book will catch the imagination of all children, even those who wrongly believe that they don't have what it takes to be a scientist. It explains...
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This is Not Another Maths Book
Anna Weltman
This book sets out to prove that maths has more in common with art than many might think, and that it can be truly beautiful; it achieves its aim. A...
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The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Best-selling Cressida Cowell launches her new series with a title that will delight all fans of the How to Train Your...
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Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures
Emily Hawkins
A world of prehistoric wonders awaits young readers in this excellent information book. Divided by continent it features maps of each followed by scenes depicting the area's different dinosaur species...
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The Creakers
Tom Fletcher
In a nutshell: funny, inventive story – watch out for what's lurking under the bed! In a nice twist on the Pied Piper story, the children of Whiffington wake up...
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Illegal
Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Twelve-year-old Ebo's terrifying story of travelling alone from his home in Africa in order to have the chance of a childhood,...
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Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead
Rick Riordan
In a nutshell: unbeatable mythical adventures by the absolute master of the genre Magnus Chase is back from the dead (again) and in fact as a resident of Valhalla...
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Reader Reviewed Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Book 2)
Rick Riordan
In a Nutshell: Exhilaratingly entertaining mythological mayhem | Adventure and all-round awesomeness abound in this second book in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, aka The Undisputed Master...
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Yours Sincerely, Giraffe
Megumi Iwasa
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Giraffe is bored, as usual. He'd love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far...
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Peter in Peril Courage and Hope in World War Two
Helen Bate
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Peter is just an ordinary boy, who loves playing football with his friends and eating cake - until war comes to his city...
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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
Oxford Dictionaries, Susan Rennie, Roald Dahl
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...
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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...
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Danny Dingle's Fantastic Finds The Jet of Justice
Angie Lake
In a nutshell: comics-inspired madcap adventure with the irrepressible Danny Dingle Would-be inventor and comics-obsessive Danny Dingle and his best mate Percy McDuff are back in a raucous new adventure....
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The Spy's the Limit
Guy Bass
In a nutshell: part book, part comic, all action! In this new adventure for dinosaur spy Spynosaur, he and his daughter Amber Gamber save the world again, this time by...
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Cool Coding
Rob Hansen, Damien Weighill
A fun, accessible guide to computers and coding for older children and curious adults. This fun and quirky book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of computer coding, organized...
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Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony
Chris Riddell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Best-selling Goth Girl is back for an action-packed new adventure in this stunningly produced volume by former Children's Laureate Chris...
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Colin Furze: This Book Isn't Safe!
Colin Furze
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Packed-full of some of the amazing inventions created by Colin Furze and demonstrated in his YouTube videos, this book will inspire...
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Toto
Michael Morpurgo
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Master-storyteller Michael Morpurgo adds a witty twist to the classic story The Wizard of Oz in his hugely entertaining re-imagining of...
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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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Reader Reviewed Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble
Polly Faber
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...
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Dark Arena: Defenders
Tom Palmer
In a nutshell: exciting, contemporary story linking past and present injustices Seth isn't like other boys: he can see ghosts. In the second of this new series he is in...
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Reader Reviewed The Five Realms: The Gift of Dark Hollow
Kieran Larwood
In a nutshell: brave rabbits continue their fight against a terrifying enemy The story of rabbit hero Podkin One-Ear continues in this exciting new adventure. The...
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Dragon's Green Worldquake Book One
Scarlett Thomas
In a nutshell: ideas-rich fantasy adventure | ideal for book-loving youngsters | Dragon's Green is the kind of dazzling fantasy adventure that leads readers effortlessly back and forth between different worlds, throwing...
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Birthday Boy
David Baddiel
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 A hilarious rollercoaster ride of pure entertainment for 9+ readers everywhere, Birthday Boy is the new Baddiel Blockbuster: featuring David's inimitable...
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Reader Reviewed The 91-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
In a nutshell: a fabulous story for every storey Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton return with another surreal, inventive and comic tale about their adventures in their ever-expanding treehouse which,...
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The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Kipling's Jungle Book stories and poems remain some of the best-loved children's literature, his stories of Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo and Shere-Khan, and of Rikki-tikki and Toomai, retaining all their power...
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King Flashypants and the Dolls of Doom Book 3
Andy Riley
In a nutshell: more laugh out loud fun with King Flashypants and evil Emperor Nurbison Fans of Andy Riley's brilliantly funny and inventive King Flashypants books will be delighted with...
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The Storm Dog
Holly Webb
In a nutshell: gentle but exciting time slip evacuee story In Holly Webb's careful hands this time-slip evacuee story is filled with excitement, adventure and warmth. Travelling by train...
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The Chess Book
Lucy Bowman
For those brand new to the game of chess this useful book will provide all the information needed to get them playing. For those who've already started playing chess it...
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The House in the Tree
Quentin Blake
Inventively illustrated by Quentin Blake, Aglaia's adventures - and her battles with the gruff Signor Brullo and the woodmen who want to cut down the tree - are sure to...
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Top 10 of Everything 2018
Paul Terry
Fully updated for 2018, the Top 10 series is back with hundreds more astonishing lists, facts and stats. Lovereading comment to follow soon.
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