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Tangled Secrets
Reader Reviewed Tangled Secrets
Anne-Marie Conway
April 2015 Book of the Month  Poor Maddie, her much-loved Nan dies suddenly of a stroke when the two are out together, and it hits her very hard.  It’s not the first time Maddie has had to cope with sadness...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2015
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How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School
How Harry Riddles Mega-Massively Broke the School
Simon Mayle
April 2015 Book of the Month  Harry Riddles, aka the Shoutykid, is back for a new adventure. How can he solve all the problems of his family? Most urgently, with twins imminent, how can he get his sister a job...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Looking-Glass Girl
Reader Reviewed Looking-Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy
April 2015 Book of the Month  Best-selling Cathy Cassidy weaves the classic story of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland into this no holds-barred contemporary story of bullying and its impact. Alice accepts an invitation to Savvy’s sleepover because she...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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The Hangman's Revolution
Reader Reviewed The Hangman's Revolution
Eoin Colfer
April 2015 Book of the Month   Best-selling Eoin Colfer gives readers a thrilling and action-packed new episode in his series of titles about Chevie Savano, a time travelling FBI agent. Chevie can use her time travel to save the past...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Reader Reviewed The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2015 Book of the Month   Frank Cottrell Boyce is at Hay Fever!   What would you do if your skin suddenly turned a bright, broccoli shade of green? Join...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Anyone but Ivy Pocket
Reader Reviewed Anyone but Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Meet Ivy Pocket, junior lady’s maid, and one of the most delightful fictional creations readers are ever likely to encounter. Sacked by her employer after she has – with the best possible intentions -...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
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The Accidental Prime Minister
Reader Reviewed The Accidental Prime Minister
Tom McLaughlin
April 2015 Debut of the Month  We’ve all thought it: a twelve-year-old boy could do an MP’s job at least as well as the present lot, probably better. That’s the premise in Tom McLaughlin’s debut novel, only the twelve-year-old in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Shackleton's Journey
Shackleton's Journey
William Grill
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal  To celebrate Ernest Shackleton’s departure on “Endurance” across the Antarctic, star illustrator William Grill brings us a detailed visual narrative of this extraordinary and historical expedition. Grill’s beautiful use of coloured pencils...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/01/2014
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Framed
Framed
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Framed has been chosen as a favourite book by our Guest Editors Philip Ardargh and Joanna Nadin. Philip Ardagh:  Reviewing children's books for a national newspaper on a fairly regular basis means that I have to read a goodly number...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Cosmic
Cosmic
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Comic and cosmic, this is a roller coaster adventure that takes Liam Digby up into space with a handful of other children and their parents. It’s an hilarious journey of discovery as Liam hurtles around the world finding out exactly...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Mischief at Midnight
Reader Reviewed Mischief at Midnight
Esme Kerr
It’s great to see boarding school stories making a comeback, and Esme Kerr is one of the best proponents of the format. When new girl Janet Stone arrives at Knight’s Haddon School, headmistress Miss Fotheringay asks Edie to look after...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The Sound of Whales
The Sound of Whales
Kerr Thomson
Winner of 2014 Times/ Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. This wonderful adventure story, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, is set on a beautiful Scottish island, where two teenagers – a Scottish boy and an American girl – find...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Red Moon Rising
Reader Reviewed Red Moon Rising
Paula Harrison
Laney Rivers thinks she’s just an ordinary schoolgirl, how wrong she is! On the first night of the school summer holidays, which happens to be her twelfth birthday, she discovers that she’s really a faerie. Nor is she the only...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Hercufleas
Reader Reviewed Hercufleas
Sam Gayton
Greta needs a hero, someone to defeat the murderous giant Yuk. She goes to see Mr Stickler, proprietor of Happily Ever Afters, motto, ‘You bring the quest, we’ll do the rest’, intending to hire one.  But things don’t go according...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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The Dying of the Light
Reader Reviewed The Dying of the Light
Derek Landy
The final shocking, heart-wrenching book in the jaw-droppingly stupendous Skulduggery Pleasant series. This is it; this is the end, the concluding part, the final outcome and as the curtain comes down there is a moment of hush, of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Point Blanc
Reader Reviewed Point Blanc
Anthony Horowitz
High in the Alps, death waits for Alex Rider.  Investigations into the 'accidental' deaths of two of the world's most powerful men have revealed just one link: both had a son attending Point Blanc Academy, the exclusive school for rebellious...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Skeleton Key
Reader Reviewed Skeleton Key
Anthony Horowitz
More edge of your seat thrilling action from one of the masters of suspense in children’s fiction.  Super spy Alex Rider is in deep water again as he is enlisted by the national security services again - this time for...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Ark Angel
Reader Reviewed Ark Angel
Anthony Horowitz
Ever since Anthony Horowitz introduced his boy hero Alex Rider in Stormbreaker he has had a series of sure fire winners on his hands. With the panache of James Bond restrained only by his age, Alex Rider acting as a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Scorpia Rising
Reader Reviewed Scorpia Rising
Anthony Horowitz
This gripping final mission brings together Alex Rider's old enemies to frame the teenage superspy in an unstoppable plot of revenge, from which he can never return. Pursued from Europe to North Africa and Cairo's city of the dead -...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Crocodile Tears
Reader Reviewed Crocodile Tears
Anthony Horowitz
As exciting as ever with even more action and suspense, boy hero Alex Rider is back for his eighth spectacular adventure.  When Alex finds himself in great danger he turns to MI6 for protection. They are willing to help –...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Scorpia
Reader Reviewed Scorpia
Anthony Horowitz
The fifth revelation-packed mission in the Alex Rider series. Still reeling from the terrible discovery he has made about his father, teenage MI6 superspy, Alex Rider, is determined to find out more. Travelling to Italy, he manages to infiltrate the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Snakehead
Reader Reviewed Snakehead
Anthony Horowitz
Undercover in a poisonous world, teen spy Alex Rider is back for another adrenalin rush adventure that will have all addicts of high-octane action and adventure clamouring for it. Guaranteed to enthral. Some of our readers, new to the Alex Rider...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Eagle Strike
Reader Reviewed Eagle Strike
Anthony Horowitz
The fourth, thrilling episode in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series. Reluctant teenage super sleuth Alex Rider fights clever and ingenious villains and meets plenty of pretty girls whilst trying to decode a secret operation of a madman named...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Big Wish
Reader Reviewed Big Wish
Brandon Robshaw
April 2015 Debut of the Month  Lucky Sam – he makes a wish on a shooting star and it comes true. What’s more, the wish was for one million wishes. Wish rich, Sam can sort out everything that’s wrong in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Dishonour Among Thieves
Reader Reviewed Dishonour Among Thieves
Paul Durham
Rye, the star of The Luck Uglies is back for a second adventure in the richly imagined world of the Isle of Pest. Swept off on a night time adventure through the frozen landscape, as before, Rye discovers that it...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other)
Reader Reviewed The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other)
Geoff Rodkey
This story of the war between twins Claudia and Rees will strike a chord with anyone who’s got a sibling. It all starts at school when Rees exposes his sister to mass humiliation in the canteen, at least that’s what...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Girl with a White Dog
Girl with a White Dog
Anne Booth
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015     A thoughtful and emotionally charged story in which different generations are linked by their common cause of dealing with bullies and hatred. Jessie’s...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Chris Riddell
***Chris Riddell is appearing in a special event at Hay Fever, sponsored by Lovereading4kids!   Wildly inventive and richly entertaining, Chris Riddell is the genius behind a vast range of children’s...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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Look into My Eyes
Look into My Eyes
Lauren Child
Best-selling Lauren Child’s super sleuthing Ruby Redfort is a fast-talking, fast- thinking 13 year olds girl whose sharp eye for the unexpected leads her on some fantastic adventures – especially after she is recruited as a secret agency…The wise cracks...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
A lovely hardback edition to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of this world famous children's classic. A book that’s chock full of great conversations between Alice and some extraordinary animals, ranging from the pipe-smoking caterpillar and the Mad Hatter, to the March...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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A Tiny Bit Lucky
A Tiny Bit Lucky
Liz Pichon
Will Tom and his band DOGZOMBIES be LUCKY enough to win the Rockweekly Bandbattle competition? They just might be if they could find time to practice! But with inspectors in the school, an amazing new cartoon on TV, caramel wafers...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales
Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales
Jamila Gavin
Prepare to enter a world of magicians, enchanted forests, talking animals and wicked witches...These beautifully written and original stories will delight readers of all ages, and the stunning illustrations by Richard Collingridge will take your breath away.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
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Us Minus Mum
Us Minus Mum
Heather Butler
George and Theo's mum is brilliant. She tells great stories, can wave the fastest of anyone on the planet and, most importantly, she was the one who suggested they adopt a scruffy dog called Goffo. The boys think she's invincible....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
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This is Not a Maths Book A Graphic Activity Book
This is Not a Maths Book A Graphic Activity Book
Anna Weltman
Art and maths go hand-in-hand – you just hadn’t realised it! Enter a world of pattern, symmetry and shape and have a go at creating perfect circles and triangles, designing your own tessellations and making marvellous mandalas. But remember – this is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2015
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If You Find This
If You Find This
Matthew Baker
Eleven-year-old Nicholas Funes knows he's weird. He plays the violin far too well to be cool, he collects square roots and prime numbers and, weirdest of all, he talks to a tree who he believes is his brother. Plus, he...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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The Middle of Nowhere
The Middle of Nowhere
Geraldine Mccaughrean
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014   Award-winning Geraldine McCaughrean captures a far off landscape and a far off time in her fabulously...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
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Itch Rocks
Itch Rocks
Simon Mayo
Sinister forces are still hunting for Element 126 and will stop at nothing to find out where Itch has hidden the precious radioactive rocks. With the help of his sister Chloe and his tomboy cousin Jack, Itch has to put...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
Reader Reviewed The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom
Vicki Lockwood
Young readers who like their mystery stories tinged with a bit of Victorian gothic are going to love this new detective series. Twelve year old Lizzie finally has enough of living with her brutish father and runs away. She’s lucky...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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A Dog Called Flow
Reader Reviewed A Dog Called Flow
Pippa Goodhart
Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kathleen Fidler Award.  Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him.  What he really wants is a dog, a dog to love him loyally and uncritically; a dog to...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/05/2015
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By Hook or by Crook
By Hook or by Crook
Jan Mark
Interest Age 6-9  Reading Age 6+  There are two stories by Jan Mark in this hugely attractive little book in Barrington Stoke’s new Conkers series, both set in Medieval England. The Abbot of Canterbury needs the help of a poor...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/03/2015
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Beautiful Beasts
Beautiful Beasts
Camilla De la Bedoyere
Large and extremely handsome, this book brings together a host of extraordinary creatures, past and present, on beautifully illustrated double page spreads. Prehistoric monsters share pages with their modern descendants, grouped under intriguing headings: Strange Spikes for example features a...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 15/04/2015
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I am a Poetato An A-Z of Poems About People, Pets and Other Creatures
I am a Poetato An A-Z of Poems About People, Pets and Other Creatures
John Hegley
From A-Z - Alligator to The Dog Runs (Zoom)  - John Hegley has a witty, surprising and always entertaining poem for every letter. Wonderfully varied, there are poems about people, pets and all kinds of other creatures. In each of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Take Your Last Breath
Take Your Last Breath
Lauren Child
June 2013 Book of the Month  The second book in the Ruby series which follows the adventures of Ruby, a genius code-breaker, daring detective and gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a thirteen-year-old girl. Ruby and her slick...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
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Russian Roulette
Reader Reviewed Russian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
Bestselling Anthony Horowitz doesn’t miss a beat in this thrilling new adventure that links back to his favourite hero, Alex Rider through the terrifying and gripping story of Yassen Gregorovich. Gregorovich is ruthless and calculating; he is a contract killer...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Itchcraft
Itchcraft
Simon Mayo
Simon Mayo is at Hay Fever!  Author and BBC broadcaster Simon Mayo talks about his latest book Itchcraft and how he came to write a series about a chemistry-mad...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Jumblecat
Reader Reviewed Jumblecat
Archie Kimpton
July 2014 Debut of the Month  Introducing a fantastically funny new voice in children's fiction.  Think David Walliams meets Franck Cottrell Boyce with a smidgen of classics like Dick King-Smith and Richmal Crompton thrown in.  Jumblecat is bursting with quirky...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Gerry Anderson's Gemini Force One, Black Horizon
Reader Reviewed Gerry Anderson's Gemini Force One, Black Horizon
M. G. Harris
This exciting new series is based on an original idea from Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson. Our hero is Ben Cameron, sixteen years old.  His father has been killed in a climbing accident, and the book opens at the funeral, with...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Millions
Millions
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Winner of the 2004 CILIP Carnegie Medal   When a bag stuffed full of money falls out of a train and into their camp, Damian and Anthony are suddenly rich. Very, very rich, to be precise. But, there is a problem....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Itch
Itch
Simon Mayo
Shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year 2012   A terrific action adventure packed-full of fascinating true science! Itch is making an unusual collection: when it is finished, it will include all the elements of the periodic...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 25/10/2012
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The Nowhere Emporium
Reader Reviewed The Nowhere Emporium
Ross MacKenzie
This sparkling fantasy adventure is a glorious hymn to the powers of the imagination. Young Daniel Holmes first stumbles into the Nowhere Emporium as he’s running from a couple of the bullies from the children’s home where he lives. He’s...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
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Get into Art: Stories Discover Great Art - and Create Your Own!
Get into Art: Stories Discover Great Art - and Create Your Own!
Susie Brooks
Get into Art Stories explores a fascinating array of pictures that tell stories, from battle scenes to fairy tales to timeless myths, from artists as diverse as Edward Hopper, Matisse, L. S. Lowry and the creators of the Bayeux Tapestry....
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Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
Justin Miles
March 15 Non-Fiction Book of the Month  There’s a huge amount of information, and inspiration, contained in this rucksack-pocket-sized guide. Author and real-life explorer Justin Miles covers all the basics, including essential kit and how to pack it, and the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 16/03/2015
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Save Rafe!
Reader Reviewed Save Rafe!
James Patterson
March 2015 Book of the Month  Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself. In this adventure he is spending a week on an outdoor survival expedition in order to be accepted back into...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Reader Reviewed Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Kim Slater
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015   Kieran watches the world carefully. He’s good at noticing things that others don’t which makes him an excellent detective. Born with learning difficulties and living with...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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The Honest Truth
Reader Reviewed The Honest Truth
Dan Gemeinhart
March 2015 Debut of the Month Thirteen year old Mark is running away from home. He’s taking his dog Beau with him, and is heading for Mount Rainier. He’s prepared really well, no-one and nothing – certainly not the cancer that...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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A Whisper of Wolves
Reader Reviewed A Whisper of Wolves
Kris Humphrey
March 2015 Debut of the Month Rich in atmosphere, this is a powerful story set in a timeless world. Alice has a gift; she is a Whisperer with a special understanding of the wild and therefore a duty to...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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The Lost Twin
Reader Reviewed The Lost Twin
Sophie Cleverly
March 2015 Debut of the Month  When Ivy has to step into her dead sister Scarlet’s place at the sinister Rockwood boarding school’s she finds herself thrown into a mystery which she must do everything in her power to unravel....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Dreamsnatcher
Reader Reviewed The Dreamsnatcher
Abi Elphinstone
March 2015 Debut of the Month   Abi Elphinstone’s debut novel plunges the reader into a world of magic and adventure. Twelve-year-old Moll lives in a gypsy camp in the Ancientwood.  She has no parents but the gypsies’ extended family take...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Murder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery
Murder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery
Robin Stevens
Winner of the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015  When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Hamish and the Worldstoppers
Hamish and the Worldstoppers
Danny Wallace
Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. Danny Wallace is well-known as comedian, actor and TV presenter. Now he’s a children’s author too, and a very good one. Hamish lives in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Tales from Shakespeare
Tales from Shakespeare
Marcia Williams
Marcia Williams retells fourteen of Shakespeare's best-loved plays in her trademark witty, accessible style.
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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The Subtle Knife
The Subtle Knife
Philip Pullman
The second in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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The Amber Spyglass
The Amber Spyglass
Philip Pullman
The third in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk
The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk
Glenda Millard
Glenda Millard’s Kingdom of Silk books have won many awards in her native Australia, and no wonder: there are very few books, for children or adults, which describe love so clearly or so lyrically. There are seven books in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Not as We Know it
Reader Reviewed Not as We Know it
Tom Avery
Twins Ned and Jamie spend their spare time – when Ned is well enough – searching the shorelines of the beaches near their home for washed up treasures. That’s where they find the strange, otherworldly creature that Jamie hopes has...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Harry and Hope
Reader Reviewed Harry and Hope
Sarah Lean
Any new book by Sarah Lean is a treat, and this is very special indeed. Hope lives in the Pyrenees with her mother, who is an artist, and her mother’s boyfriend, Frank. Frank gives Hope the space to think and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Witch Wars
Reader Reviewed Witch Wars
Sibeal Pounder
March 2015 Debut of the Month  Witch Wars is the first in a charming new series: with the help of a fairy called Fran, nine year old Tiga Whicabim discovers there’s a world of witches, down below the sink pipes....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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A Cage of Roots
Reader Reviewed A Cage of Roots
Matt Griffin
March 2015 Debut of the Month An astonishingly different and chillingly striking tale that envelops the pages in a cloak of darkness and mystery. The author hurls the reader straight into the middle of the story, waiting before making introductions...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake
Reader Reviewed The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake
Sarah Webb
March 15 Book of the Month  When her TV presenter mum flies off to Australia for two months, thirteen year old Mollie is sent to stay with the great-grandma she hardly knows on the tiny island of Little Bird. She feels...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans!
Reader Reviewed Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans!
Gary Northfield
March 2015 Debut of the Month  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 a result he has...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Stone Cold
Stone Cold
Andrew Lane
This is your chance to play a crime solving sleuth alongside one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time, because the clues are there, ready for you to unravel them. Even if you haven't come across Young Sherlock...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Jelly Has a Wobble
Reader Reviewed Jelly Has a Wobble
Candy Guard
Totally embarrassing mums, giggling friends and top-secret crushes in this second book in the brilliantly funny illustrated series about Jelly and her friends.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Demon Dentist
Demon Dentist
David Walliams
Winner of the Red House Children's Books for Younger Readers Award 2014. Best-selling David Walliams hits gold again in this hilarious story about something deeply evil in the unattractive world of teeth. Alfie has rotten teeth and he hates the ghastly...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Nathalia Buttface and the Most Epically Embarrassing Trip Ever
Reader Reviewed Nathalia Buttface and the Most Epically Embarrassing Trip Ever
Nigel Smith
Nat’s disasters with her dad return for a second hilarious helping. This time, Dad is taking the family on holiday to a farm in the South of France. Nat knows just how terrible her dad can be on holiday – and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Farm Beneath the Water
Reader Reviewed The Farm Beneath the Water
Helen Peters
Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. The Secret Hen House Theatre, Helen Stephen’s debut, was a real treat: a hugely successful mix of animal story, stage school caper...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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The Reluctant Assassin (WARP Book 1)
Reader Reviewed The Reluctant Assassin (WARP Book 1)
Eoin Colfer
Best-selling Eoin Colfer whose Artemis Fowl series gave the fairy world a brilliant makeover will enthral his readers with this action packed and gadget rich new series. Riley is a Victorian orphan, Chevie Sevano is the FBIs youngest agent....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens
Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens
Alex McCall
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015 8-11 age category  The city of Aberdeen is being terrorised by giant robot chickens who want to peck out every last sign of human resistance. The streets are empty, the adults have vanished...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 20/02/2014
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Through the Looking-Glass
Through the Looking-Glass
Lewis Carroll
Celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice's second adventure takes her through the looking-glass to a place even curiouser than Wonderland. She finds herself caught up...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Award-winning Anthony Browne, a former Children’s Laureate, adds some fresh touches to the classic story of Alice, the little girl finds herself in the middle of the most amazing new adventure when she falls down a rabbit hole. Anthony Browne’s...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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The Call Of The Wild (with an Introduction by Melvin Burgess)
The Call Of The Wild (with an Introduction by Melvin Burgess)
Jack London
This is a classic of all classics.  Melvin Burgess has written an Introduction that will make the reader realise if they haven’t already that we, the human race,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2008
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Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales
Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen, Jan Pienkowski
This enchanting collection, retold by writer and critic Naomi Lewis, contains twelve of Hans Christian Andersen's magnificent stories. It includes Thumbelina, a little girl no more than a thumb-joint high,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/1995
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I Love My Mum
I Love My Mum
Gaby Morgan
Gaby Morgan has gathered together a really wonderful selection of poems about mums. There are over 50 in this little volume, some will make you smile, some will probably turn you a bit teary, but each one contains something true...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Heidi
Heidi
Johanna Spyri
Freedom to roam in the high Swiss Alps brings great happiness in this story of Heidi and her unusual childhood high up in the Swiss Alps. When Heidi’s parents...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2009
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The Jungle Book (with an Introduction by Christopher Paolini)
The Jungle Book (with an Introduction by Christopher Paolini)
Rudyard Kipling
A magical adventure right in the heart of the jungle, The Jungle Book tells how a little boy child grows up in the care of some of the mightiest...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2009
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Peter Pan (with an introduction by Tony Diterlizzi)
Peter Pan (with an introduction by Tony Diterlizzi)
J.M. Barrie
The magical idea of never growing up lies at the heart of the story of Peter Pan. When Peter Pan flies in at the bed room window of the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2008
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King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table (with an introduction by David Almond)
King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table (with an introduction by David Almond)
Roger Lancelyn Green
One of the best known and best loved stories in mythology, how a small boy pulls the sword from the stone thus proving that he is its rightful keeper...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2008
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Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (with an introduction by Diana Wynne Jones)
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (with an introduction by Diana Wynne Jones)
Jules Verne
A thrilling, science-fiction adventure that takes its readers on a journey of discovery and imagination thousands of feet deep, deep into the centre of the earth. When a priceless...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2008
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Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (with an Introduction by Chris Riddell)
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (with an Introduction by Chris Riddell)
Lewis Carroll
A book that’s chock full of great conversations between Alice and some extraordinary animals, ranging from the pipe-smoking caterpillar and the Mad Hatter, to the March Hare and the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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The Secret Garden (with an Introduction by Sophie Dahl)
The Secret Garden (with an Introduction by Sophie Dahl)
Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is a book that fires the imagination with its bewitching and magical qualities and one that every young girl will absolutely love.  There’s an Introduction by Sophie Dahl...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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Treasure Island (with an Introduction by Eoin Colfer)
Treasure Island (with an Introduction by Eoin Colfer)
Robert Louis Stevenson
This is a much-loved favourite classic - and here are the thoughts of no less than four of our favourite authors, who all selected it !  June 2011 Guest...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (with an Introduction by Darren Shan)
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (with an Introduction by Darren Shan)
Mark Twain
This is a wonderful adventure of three boys from very different worlds. At the heart of the story is the relationship between Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, white and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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A Little Princess (with an Introduction by Adeline Yen Mah)
A Little Princess (with an Introduction by Adeline Yen Mah)
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Chosen by Jacqueline Wilson. Step into the shoes of Sara, a girl with a lively imagination who although well-mannered is absolutely no angel, as fate determines her fortune. Transformed...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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The Wizard Of Oz (with an Introduction by Cornelia Funke)
The Wizard Of Oz (with an Introduction by Cornelia Funke)
L Frank Baum
Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her dog Toto into a magical world that unfurls before you. A classic with more magic on every page than almost...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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Little Women (with an Introduction by Louise Rennison)
Little Women (with an Introduction by Louise Rennison)
Louisa May Alcott
Laugh and cry with the March family. Meg, the sweet-tempered one, Jo, the smart one, Beth, the shy one and Amy, the sassy one.  Despite their lack of money...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2008
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Black Beauty (with an Introduction by Meg Rosoff)
Black Beauty (with an Introduction by Meg Rosoff)
Anna Sewell
What a ride. No child can fail to laugh and cry in equal measure as they jump on for the ride of a lifetime with Black Beauty. His unbreakable...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll, Chris Riddell
A favourite book chosen by Philip Pullman, along with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: "Indispensable. The great classic beginning of English children's literature". Stepping through the Looking Glass, Alice enters a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/1994
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Double Trouble at L'Etoile
Double Trouble at L'Etoile
Holly Willoughby
Molly, Maria, Pippa and Sally are back for their second year at L'Etoile and they can't wait to get their skates on at L'Etoile's new Glacier Palace ice-rink! But after the arrival of a new set of twins at L'Etoile,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Cowgirl
Cowgirl
G. R. Gemin
A gently funny story of a community coming together, this is a tale of happy endings in unexpected places. There were cows in the road - loads of them. I pulled hard on the brakes and swerved. The back wheel skidded,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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Atlas of Adventures A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities from the Four Corners of the Globe
Atlas of Adventures A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities from the Four Corners of the Globe
Lucy Letherland
Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Explore seven continent maps, packed with hundred of activities and challenges to inspire armchair travellers of any age. Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Oksa Pollock: The Heart of Two Worlds
Oksa Pollock: The Heart of Two Worlds
Anne Plichota, Wolf Cendrine, Tom Sanderson
The magical land of Edefia is dying - and with it, the Earth: floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are putting millions of lives in danger. The one hope is Oksa Pollock, a teenage girl who has recently discovered her astounding...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs
The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs
Andrea Pinnington, Caz Buckingham
Featured here are amongst the 12 best-known European garden birds that you are most likely to see at a bird table. In addition to the easy to use sound bar, there is a general introduction to each bird that highlights...
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Format: Novelty book - Released: 17/02/2015
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Tales of the Greek Heroes
Tales of the Greek Heroes
Roger Lancelyn Green
Chosen by April 2012 Guest Editor, Charlie Higson:  "I’ve always loved myths and legends. Greek, Roman, Norse (not so interested in the Egyptians, it must be said), as well...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2009
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We are All Born Free The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures
We are All Born Free The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures
Amnesty International
An arrestingly original way of informing children of their human rights, We Are All Born Free depicts each of the 30 Articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in wonderful illustrations by thirty best known illustrators. Each of the important...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
The story of Alice's fall down the rabbit hole and the extraordinary experiences she has there is one of the best known of all the classics. Everything is Wonderland is curious and different; there's the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
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Dreams of Freedom
Dreams of Freedom
Amnesty International
Powerful and moving, this collection of some of the most famous quotes about freedom including the words of Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela make thoughtful statements about the global fight for human rights. Illustrators including Chris Riddell, Oliver...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie
Reader Reviewed How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie
Simon Mayle
June 2014 Debut of the Month   Harry's an optimistic kid who never gives in but when Harry's dad loses his job he fears his mega-amazing film idea, without any money isn't going to happen. But Harry is resilient and is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Borgon the Axeboy and the Prince's Shadow
Borgon the Axeboy and the Prince's Shadow
Kjartan Poskitt
Hilarious new adventures for Borgon the young barbarian who is determined to make his mark on the world. Borgon is off to watch the Shadow Trials which are widely known to be the most fiercesome challenge in the desert. But,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Circus of Thieves on the Rampage
Circus of Thieves on the Rampage
William Sutcliffe
Roll up, roll up! Shank's Impossible Circus is back in town in this hilariously wacky adventure from bestselling author William Sutcliffe.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Rugby Academy: Surface to Air
Rugby Academy: Surface to Air
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+ Good rugby stories for young readers are thin on the ground, but Tom Palmer’s Rugby Academy books are real winners! In this second book in the series, Rory and the other members of the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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Stars Shall be Bright
Stars Shall be Bright
Catherine MacPhail
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+  There are all sorts of stories being told about World War One, this one, based on the true story of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster, is particularly unusual and moving. With Dad away fighting, James,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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Robot Girl
Robot Girl
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+  When it comes to writing involving, thought-provoking page-turners, Malorie Blackman is unbeatable. In this short novel in Barrington Stoke’s dyslexia-friendly format, she’s returns to one of her favourite themes and turns the readers’ perception...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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ANZAC Boys
ANZAC Boys
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 9+  Reading Age 8+   Children are hyper-sensitive to unfairness, and the lives described in this Barrington Stoke World War One novel are full of episodes of arbitrary cruelty making for compulsive reading. When brothers Bert and Frank are...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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Ninja: Assassin
Ninja: Assassin
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8+   Action-packed and with no holds barred, this is a taut adventure story capturing the themes of revenge and honour that lie at the heart of the Ninja culture. Taka is determined to take revenge...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2014
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Demolition Dad
Reader Reviewed Demolition Dad
Phil Earle
Jake Biggs’s dad works in demolition.  All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he becomes Demolition Man, twenty stone of Man Mountain in a leotard, the best wrestler in town –...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War I and World War II
Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War I and World War II
Tony Robinson
Award-winning Tony Robinson has an outstanding record for bringing the past to life. Here his books on World War 1 and World War 11 are presented in one bumper volume. Through factual accounts, quizzes, diagrams and a great many pictures...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Boy in the Tower
Boy in the Tower
Polly Ho-Yen
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best Story   From the seventeenth floor of the tower block where he lives with his mother, Ade watches as the buildings...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Northern Lights
Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
Winner of the 1995 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Part one of Philip Pullman’s magnificent trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Glee Club
Glee Club
Jo Cotterill
Interest Age 9  Reading Age 6+  Barrington Stoke specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with dyslexia: short extents, carefully chosen fonts and layout, and cream paper help, but good stories are...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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A Boy Called Hope
Reader Reviewed A Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015  - March 2014 Debut of the Month  A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2014
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Hagurosan
Hagurosan
Darren Shan
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8  A tale full of wonder from the master story-telling Darren Shan! Hagurosan is sent by his mother to take an offering of cake...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2013
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Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers
Reader Reviewed Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers
Elen Caldecott
With a great theatre background, this is a gripping adventure of a lost diamond necklace, a false accusation and a desperate race to find out the truth. Piotr’s dad is on security duty at the theatre when the great Hollywood...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit/Bombs on Aunt Dainty
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit/Bombs on Aunt Dainty
Judith Kerr
Partly autobiographical, these are first and second books in the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr, telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War. Michael Morpurgo called When Hitler Stole...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
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Stormbreaker
Reader Reviewed Stormbreaker
Anthony Horowitz
A fabulous story that crackles with suspense and daring and shows that a bit of cheek will take you a very long way. Alex Rider is fourteen when his whole world is turned upside down. Already an orphan, his guardian...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?
Reader Reviewed Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?
Rob Stevens
February 2015 Book of the Month  A touching and funny story about thirteen year old Stanley wrestling with his insecurities and his place in his family. Stanley is adopted and, although he knows his parents love him very much, he...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Darkmouth
Reader Reviewed Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it’s really not the kind of place you’d want to go on holiday. In fact Darkmouth is a Blighted Village, one of the last...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
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The Bell Between Worlds
Reader Reviewed The Bell Between Worlds
Ian Johnstone
Debut-author Ian Johnstone offers his readers an enormous and richly created world to explore in this elaborately constructed fantasy. Sylas Tate steps into the unusual Shop of Things and, through his remarkable powers of imagination and his ability to do...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Fizzlebert Stump and the Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things
Fizzlebert Stump and the Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things
A. F. Harrold
A story of circus rivalry, learning who you really are, and the problem of oddly-shaped vegetables.  Fizzlebert needs to reunite his friend the Bearded Boy with his long-lost parents, and find himself a new act. Luckily, the strongest girl in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Supercat vs the Pesky Pirate
Reader Reviewed Supercat vs the Pesky Pirate
Jeanne Willis
Everybody's favourite all-action cat is back in the third instalment of the hilarious cat-superhero series, from award-winning author and queen of comedy, Jeanne Willis.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Reader Reviewed Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Cathy Cassidy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014  Cathy Cassidy’s Chocolate Box Girls are growing up and learning to deal with new problems. Fifteen year old Honey flies...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Brilliant
Reader Reviewed Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
One of our Books of the Year 2014   A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes out of the clouds and settles...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story
I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story
James Patterson
Another welcome return for Jamie Grimm, wisecracking wheelchair-using star of best-selling author James Patterson’s Middle School series for kids. In this episode Jamie is off to Hollywood to take part in the national finals of the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Bad Magic
Reader Reviewed Bad Magic
Pseudonymous Bosch
Fans of Lemony Snicket will feel themselves in good authorial hands with Pseudonymous Bosch. Dire warnings about calamities to come, knowing asides, footnotes and appendices abound, giving the book a distinct feel and putting the reader on the inside of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2015
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Book & CD
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Book & CD
Jeff Kinney
The perfect gift for Wimpy Kid fans - now you can read and listen to Hard Luck, book 8 in the award-winning, hilarious Wimpy Kid series! Francesca Dow,...
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Format: Mixed media product - Released: 29/01/2015
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J. K. Rowling
This stunning gift edition hardback, presented in a beautiful foiled cloth slipcase decorated with brand new line art by Jonny Duddle, is the perfect introduction to Harry Potter.  This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Books vs Films
Format: Multiple copy pack - Released: 05/02/2015
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You Tell Me!
You Tell Me!
Roger McGough, Michael Rosen
Football, first love, teachers and tongue-twisters is a fantastic poetry collection by two of the funniest, most famous poets writing today.  
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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The Land of Green Ginger
The Land of Green Ginger
Noel Langley
A welcome reissue of a classic title that is perfect for reading aloud to all those who enjoy magical adventure laced with knockabout humour. Aladdin, hero of the story of the magic lamp, has a son Abu Ali who is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Street Corner Dad
Street Corner Dad
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Set in Liverpool during World War II, Alan Gibbon’s novel is a compelling drama. It packs a real emotional punch despite its short extent, which is Barrington Stoke style, part of their method of...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Hard Luck
Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney
Hard Luck, book 8 of the hilarious, globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, is now out in paperback. Francesca Dow, m.d. of Penguin Children’s, said: “Millions of...
Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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The Wickford Doom
The Wickford Doom
Chris Priestley
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8  Chris Priestley has a gift for writing frightening stories, and this short wartime-set novel for Barrington Stoke, which specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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The Butterfly Club
The Butterfly Club
Jacqueline Wilson
February 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson unfolds a compelling new story about the importance of both family and friends. Tina is the youngest and the smallest of the triplets. She was so little when she was a...
Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | Hay Fever | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
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The Wolf Princess
The Wolf Princess
Cathryn Constable
Exciting, atmospheric, romantic and stylish, The Wolf Princess marks a welcome return to the comfort of traditional storytelling.  Steeped in history and nostalgia, but delicious in its telling, The Wolf Princess is a celebration of innocence, friendship and resourcefulness.  For...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Whisper
Reader Reviewed The Whisper
Emma Clayton
Twins Mika and Ellie first appeared in The Roar, a suspenseful thriller set in a not-too-distant future Britain in which humanity lives behind a huge concrete wall to protect them from animals carrying a plague.  Readers who may not...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Rugby Academy: Combat Zone
Rugby Academy: Combat Zone
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+  Tom Palmer is brilliant at capturing the passion of sport and the drama it creates. Woody is an outstanding young footballer so when his dad, a pilot who is often away on active service,...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Books for Boys | Dyslexia-friendly
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2014
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The Girl with the Sunshine Smile
The Girl with the Sunshine Smile
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+  Best-selling Karen McCrombie brilliantly captures the whirlwind of emotions that Meg is thrown into when her mum starts dating a new partner. Meg loves her life with just her mum. Everything is neat and...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2014
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I am David
I am David
Anne Holm
Anne Holm’s novel, first published in the UK in 1965, is one of the most honest and searing accounts for children of man’s inhumanity to man. It’s also one of the most hopeful. It tells the haunting story of a...
Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Bookshelf Essentials | Children's Classics
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
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