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Books of the Month

Witchmyth
Emma Fischel
September 2015 Book of the Month This second adventure for witchkid Flo Skritchett is likely to prove as popular as the first. A huge part of the fun of the stories is the parallel witch society Emma Fischel has created:... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | Hallowe'en | Children's Laureate | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedPugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
September 2015 Book of the Month Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by his shipmates when their ship is stranded in the ice. He's completely... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
September 2015 Book of the Month Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild,... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 10/09/2015
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Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
September 2015 Book of the Month A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set in... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/08/2015
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe Blackthorn Key
Kevin Sands
September 2015 Debut of the Month Set in the uncertain, dangerous days of 1665, this is a thrilling tale of alchemy, intrigue and murder! Christopher Rowe is an orphan, apprenticed to an apothecary. He can be reckless, even disobedient –... Featured in: 11+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedLongbow Girl
Linda Davies
September 2015 Debut of the Month Longbow Girl is a romance, in the old fashioned sense of the word, a story full of marvels and heroic deeds. For centuries Merry Owen's family have bred ponies in the Welsh mountains. They... Featured in: 11+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedPoppy Pym and the Pharaoh's Curse

September 2015 Debut of the Month - Winner of the Scholastic Montegrappa Prize for New Children's Writing Laura Wood's debut combines favourite genres: it's a boarding school story, a mystery - with a touch of the supernatural, and a circus story. Poppy... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | Debuts of the Month | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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How to Remember (Almost) Everything, Ever! Tips, Tricks and Fun to Turbo-Charge Your Memory
Rob Eastaway
We've discovered a brilliant new edition of a book on memory that has done hugely well for us since it was first published in 2007. Having spent the summer using their minds a little less than while at school, this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | For Parents | Schools
Format: Hardback | Released 06/08/2015
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Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Pets
Sir Tony Robinson
Have you ever looked at your cat or dog and wondered about how they first came to live with humans? Or what would happen if, instead of a cat, they were actually … a lion?! Or whether your dog would... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Sunny Days and Moon Cakes (The Songbird Cafe Girls 2)
Sarah Webb
Girls who enjoyed Sarah Webb's first Songbird Café Girls story will be excited to return to Little Bird Island to read about another of its inhabitants. Sunny and her little sister Min came to the island from China and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Serpents and Werewolves Tales of Animal Shapeshifters from Around the World
Lari Don
Stories from the Americas, Asia, Scandinavia and Europe make this a wonderfully inclusive anthology, stunningly illustrated in papercut style. Featured in: 9+ readers | Hallowe'en | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 10/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedMountwood School for Ghosts
Toby Ibbotson
Best-loved author Eva Ibbotson had a gift for making magical worlds both come alive and be wonderfully credible. Her hand guides this delightful story of a top-secret school for ghosts where anything and everything unusual can – and does -... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Schools | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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Magical Illustrated Stories

The nights are drawing in and this is a perfect book for winter bedtime reading (and just the thing too to slip into a stocking if it's not too early to start thinking about that kind of thing). The collection... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2015
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Gorilla Dawn
Gill Lewis
Gill Lewis writes outstanding animal stories, and Gorilla Dawn is very good indeed. The setting is the forests of the Congo, home to the great lowland gorilla but also to rebel soldiers, who hide out there after attacks on local... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage
Sarah Forbes
Readers who enjoy wacky adventures stories that pitch resourceful children against devious, unscrupulous adults will love the Elspeth Hart books. In this adventure, Elspeth is chasing after her erstwhile kidnappers Miss Crabb and Gladys Goulash who have stolen her family's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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Diary of A Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney
The 1st in the brilliant Wimpy Kid series that has taken the US, and now the UK by storm. The illustrations and story hillariously chart Greg's life at a new school. Jeff Kinney comments on his Best Children's Book of... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books vs Films | 9+ readers | Schools | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Alistair Grim's Odditorium
Gregory Funaro
The odd is the ordinary at Alistair Grim's Odditorium, a peculiar building located somewhere in the streets of Victorian London and which teems with magic. Grubb (no first name, two b's), twelve years old or thereabouts, orphan chimney sweep, arrives... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedArsenic for Tea A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
Robin Stevens
The many readers enthralled by schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong's first adventure Murder Most Unladylike will be thrilled to discover this new book, which offers another clever dose of subterfuge, murder and top-rate detection. While the original adventure... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedFirst Class Murder: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
Robin Stevens
The third in the hugely popular Wells and Wong series our two young heroines on - wait for it - the Orient Express! They're on holiday with Hazel's father Mr Wong whi is determined his daughter will give up detecting.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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The Secrets of the Wild Wood
Tonke Dragt
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has been acknowledged as a classic of Dutch literature since its publication over fifty years ago, but it took until 2013 for it to find a British publisher. Pushkin Press took it on... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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The Grunts on the Run
Philip Ardagh
The Grunts - Mr and Mrs and adopted son Sunny - are back, and as delightfully repulsive as ever. Yes, they wash with cheese (if there's no soap to hand), eat roadkill, and argue with one another all the time... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedMurder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery
Robin Stevens
Winner of the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 The first in a fabulous and exciting new detective series set during the 1930's. Daisy Wells (not just a perfect English Miss) and Hazel Wong (astute and observant) have started... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedLockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase
Jonathan Stroud
Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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Treasure Hunters: Secrets of the Forbidden City
James Patterson
The Kidds - treasure hunting family extraordinare - are heading to China, on a journey that will lead them beyond the Great Wall and into the underbelly of Berlin. Bick and Beck Kidd are desperately trying to secure the ancient... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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Magisterium: The Copper Gauntlet
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
Callum Hunt's summer break isn't like other kids'. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren't heading back to school in the magical world of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Mad Iris and the Bad School Report
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Firm favourite Mad Iris returns for a third adventure involving OFSTED inspectors in this laugh-out-loud comedy from a superstar children's author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2015
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Prince Frog Face
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Andy Stanton describes Kaye Umansky as ‘wickedly funny' and that's very true of her version of The Frog Prince. Prince Valentine's parents are keen for him to find himself a girlfriend, so he summons... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2015
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My Dog Daisy
Jean Ure
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ This new story from Jean Ure, though seemingly simple and straightforward, is typically full of insight into children's friendships and lives. Like lots of children, Lily longs for a dog but now that she... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2015
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Honey and Me
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Karen McCombie writes straight to the heart of pre-teens, and Honey and Me is a perfect McCombie novel. Kirsten has just moved up to secondary school and is really enjoying the fresh start. Life... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2015
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Atlas of Britain Picture Book
Fiona Patchett, Stephanie Turnbull
A fact-filled book showing the most famous and interesting sights in Britain and Northern Ireland, and maps to stick them on. Each double page shows a region with key geographic and historic features, towns and fun places to visit. Featured in: 7+ readers | Fascinating Facts | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2015
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50 Things You Should Know About: Prehistory
Clare Hibbert
The perfect introduction to Prehistoric Britain! Find out what happened in Britain over 2.5 million years ago, starting with the Old Stone Age and the first humans - roaming hunter-gatherers. Discover the changes and advances that happened when people discovered... Featured in: 7+ readers | Fascinating Facts | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2015
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Lockdown
Peter Jay Black
Another dose of terrific escapist fiction from an author who excels at this kind of gadget-packed high action drama. Jack, Charlie, Obi, Wren and Slink, aka the Urban Outlaws, are still on the trail of Hector, even though that... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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Science Encyclopedia
Kirsteen Robson
This is a superb reference book, likely to encourage much happy browsing as well as to provide solid information to support school work. Divided into themed sections such a materials; energy, forces and motion; Earth and Space; and the human... Featured in: 9+ readers | Fascinating Facts | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedMemoirs of a Neurotic Zombie
Jeff Norton
With a great twist to it, this is a witty story of growing up and all the complications and unfairness of family and friends that go with it. Adam Meltzer is on an unusual mission. He wants to find out... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Books for Boys | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedDanger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog
David O'Doherty
Dr Noel Zone is without doubt the world's greatest dangerologist, and his books are required reading for anyone eager to avoid danger wherever it may lurk and, as we know from his first book, danger really is everywhere: toast, pets,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers | Books for Boys | If They Like...They'll Love
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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The Story of Matthew Buzzington
Andy Stanton
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Creator of the best-selling Mr Gum series, Andy Stanton delights again is this story of the importance of self-belief. 10 year old Matthew Buzzington badly needs some special powers when his family suddenly relocates to... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | Reluctant Readers | Books for Boys | Schools | Bath Kids Book Festival
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2014
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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... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 03/02/2015
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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: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers | Books for Boys | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2014
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The Boy Who Drew the Future
Rhian Ivory
Fifteen-year-old Blaze and Noah live in the same village, Sible Hedingham, more than 100 years apart. They both have the same gift or curse - they find they must draw pictures that later come true. In the 1860s Blaze is... Featured in: 11+ readers | Coming Soon | 9+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 17/09/2015
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Hero on a Bicycle
Shirley Hughes
Best-selling illustrator Shirley Hughes writes beautifully in this gripping story set during World War Two. Living in Italy during the occupation by the Germans, Paolo and his sister Constanza long to do something for the fight to keep Italy free.... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 11+ readers | Books for Boys | eBooks | Schools | The World Wars
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Rugby Academy: Deadlocked
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Tom Palmer really gets the drama of sport and competition and no-one writes about it better. The Borderlands team have reached the finals of the World Schools Rugby Trophy and are in New Zealand... Featured in: 7+ readers | Cheltenham Festival | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Last Month's Featured Books

The Number 7 Shirt
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 9 -14 Reading Age 8+. Perfect for reluctant or struggling readers. This is an action-packed story involving a boy who dreams of being a football pro. Because fiction...
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Reader Reviewed The Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation. Translated by Laura Watkinson Gripping from its opening moment onwards, this award-winning book that doesn't miss a beat from its...
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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,...
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William at War
Richmal Crompton
Richmal Crompton's much-loved character, William Brown, is back in ten wartime stories, set during World War II. William is always ready to offer his services to his country. But why...
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Just William
Richmal Crompton
Everyone's favourite troublemaker, William Brown, is back. Now with a brand-new cover look illustrated by Chris Riddell this is a new edition of Just William, the very first collection of...
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More William
Richmal Crompton
When Aunt Lucy tells William that 'a busy day is a happy day', William does his best to keep himself very busy indeed. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates his efforts to...
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William Again
Richmal Crompton
Everyone's favourite troublemaker, William Brown, is back. Now with a brand-new cover look illustrated by Chris Garbutt. The irrepressible William returns with fourteen fantastic adventures. Totally bankrupt, William and Ginger...
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William the Fourth
Richmal Crompton
In William the Fourth Whether he's occupying a bear suit that's slightly too small for him, cloaked in mystery as a fortune teller or attired in the flowing robes of...
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
John Boyne
In an entertaining adventure that is also full of charm and whimsy, best-selling author John Boyne champions the right of children to be different. Barnaby Brocket's parents want only thing...
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Reader Reviewed Bulletcatcher
Chris Bradford
July 2015 Book of the Month Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Troy is quietly reading a Batman comic when all hell breaks loose. He's caught up in a terrorist...
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How Harry Riddles Got Nearly Almost Famous
Simon Mayle
You've got to love Harry Riddles. A boy who faced with the challenge of the Aqualand Kamikaze slide emails Alan Eustace, holder of the world record for free-falling from space,...
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Reader Reviewed Fire Girl
Matt Ralphs
August 2015 Debut of the Month Hazel Hooper is a Fire Witch but she doesn't know it until a demon snatches away her mother. To save Hecate, Hazel must leave the...
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Reader Reviewed The Secret Throne
Peter F. Hamilton
August 2015 Debut of the Month Taggie and Jemima seem like perfectly ordinary girls, though twelve year old Taggie has an unusual talent for cloudbusting… The cloudbursting is a portend of...
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Fairy Child
Vicki Lockwood
Lizzie and the Penny Gaff Gang are in Edinburgh- and there's something odd going on! Fitzy's travelling circus has arrived in Edinburgh and strange things are happening around their campsite....
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Gamer
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 8-14 Reading Age 8+ From the best-selling author of Young Samurai, a new, action packed dystopian novel, with a striking lenticular jacket, sure to stand out on bookshelves!...
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Reader Reviewed Dara Palmer's Major Drama
Emma Shevah
August 2015 Book of the Month Dara is outraged when she doesn't get the role of Maria in the school's production of The Sound of Music. She and her best...
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Reader Reviewed The Bolds
Julian Clary
August 2015 Book of the Month Comedian, entertainer and ‘national trinket' Julian Clary now turns out to be a talented children's writer too. The Bolds, his first book for children,...
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
August 2015 Book of the Month The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4000 years...
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The Story of Science
Anna Claybourne
August 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month There's a huge amount of information in this slim volume, gathered under headings such as Planet Earth, Physics, Numbers and Counting and...
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Reader Reviewed World of Warriors: A New Hero
Curtis Jobling
August 2015 Book of the Month Trick is an ordinary kid, who lives with his dad and likes comics and Parkour (free-running) a lot, school less so. Dodging bullies he...
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The Black Lotus
Kieran Fanning
August 2015 Debut of the Month Ghost, Cormac and Kate are from different continents and would seem to have little in common other than the fact that they are ‘Hinin' –...
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The Best of Pippi Longstocking (3 Books in 1)
Astrid Lindgren
It might be 70 years since the first Pippi Longstocking story was published, but they haven't dated in the slightest, in fact Lindgren's stories of the nine year old free...
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Katy
Jacqueline Wilson
August 2015 Book of the Month In her new book Jacqueline Wilson retells one of her own childhood favourites, Susan Coolidge's classic What Katy Did. She echoes the original closely:...
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What Katy Did
Susan Coolidge
How spirited Katy Carr adapts her character when she has a terrible accident that leaves her unable to walk is a classic story with a strong moral message. Until she...
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Reader Reviewed Worlds Explode
Shane Hegarty
The story of Darkmouth, seaside town and gateway to other nastier worlds, continues! Twelve year old Finn is one of the last of the Legend Hunters, but not a particularly...
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Storm Horse
Nick Garlick
There's an unusual setting for this moving story – a small island off the Dutch coast. When Flip's father dies he is sent to live there with his stern uncle...
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The Crocodile Tomb
Michelle Paver
'If an Outsider wields the blade, the House of Koronos burns ...' A country at the edge of the world. A hidden tomb. A buried secret. The fourth novel in...
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England Rugby Official Junior Supporters' Guide
Clive Gifford
The perfect mix of stats, facts and pictures for rugby-mad kids who want their information in bite-sized chunks. From Twickenham, the home of England rugby, to Stuart Lancaster, the man...
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The Official England Rugby Superstars
Joe Fullman
Get ready to become an expert on all things England rugby with this RFU-endorsed official book. How much do you really know about the England men's team? What about the...
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World of Warriors Official Guide

The World of Warriors Official Guide is the perfect gift for the player who wants to know everything about the game! Packed with player tips, battle strategy, locations guides and...
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Book of War Stories
Paul Dowswell
Even as the First and Second World Wars get further away in history, they remain a subject of fascination for the young, and no wonder: the conflict brought out very...
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Atlas of Adventures Activity Fun Pack
Lucy Letherland
Based on Lucy Letherland's much-praised and horizon-expanding Atlas of Adventures this new activity book will have children thinking about the wonders of our world as they get busy colouring in,...
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Vanishing Trick Poems by Ros Asquith
Ros Asquith
When I hear the word word My brain goes blurred My mind feels furred. Word is a strange word isn't it? It has too many meanings, doesn't it? After all,...
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Small Steps
Louis Sachar
A brilliant companion volume to mega bestseller Holes Readers are reunited with Armpit and X-Ray in this brilliantly plotted and masterfully told adventure story.
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I Believe in Unicorns
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo pulls on the heart strings in a short book into which he has packed a number of strands, richly woven together. Tomas lives for the outdoors: he hates...
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Reader Reviewed Dream on, Amber
Emma Shevah
March 2014 Debut of the Month A funny and heart-warming novel about modern-day families, starting school, being mixed-race and celebrating your uniqueness. Amber is facing up to life without Dad....
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Bright Star
Jenny Oldfield
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ A touching story about the healing friendship between an unhappy girl and a beautiful and wild horse. Following her parents divorce, Morgan is sent...
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Reader Reviewed Precious and the Zebra Necklace A New Case for Precious Ramotswe
Alexander Mccall Smith
Precious Ramotswe's career as a detective began when she was just nine, long before she set up the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Her early adventures are described in this...
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Reader Reviewed Oliver and the Seawigs
Philip Reeve
Winner of the UKLA Award 2015 in the 7 - 11 years category. Award-winning Philip Reeve spins a hugely original yarn encompassing moving islands, a short sighted mermaid, a stuck-up...
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Werewolf Club Rules! And Other Poems
Joseph Coelho
Winner of 2015 CLPE Poetry Award - the only award in the UK for published children's poetry An exciting debut poetry collection from an exciting new voice. The collection includes...
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The Complete Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, July 2015 The classic stories of Alice and her journeys into Wonderland...
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The Secret Dog
Joe Friedman
Good dog stories are irresistible and this one has everything that young readers want. Josh is living on a Scottish island with his crofter uncle following the death of his...
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Reader Reviewed The Forbidden City
John McNally
July 2015 Book of the Month OK, pay attention – you'll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake,...
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Reader Reviewed The Forever Man
Eoin Colfer
The heroes of Eoin Colfer's wonderful time-travelling W.A.R.P. series, Victorian orphan Riley and Shawnee FBI juvenile consultant Chevie are back for another adventure, once again coming face to face...
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Reader Reviewed Moone Boy: the Blunder Years
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Martin Moone- one boy and a load of sisters! That means Martin is always in trouble of one kind or another. What...
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Reader Reviewed My Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
July 2015 Debut of the Month Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he's gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in...
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Reader Reviewed Jonny Jakes Investigates the Hamburgers of Doom
Malcolm Judge
June 2015 Debut of the Month The Hamburgers of Doom is exactly the kind of nutty adventure that fans of sci-fi comics will love. Jonny Jakes is undercover editor of...
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Reader Reviewed Compton Valance Super F.A.R.T.s versus the Master of Time
Matt Brown
Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan Nylon are unlikely heroes, but they managed to create a time machine out of a mouldy cheese sandwich and save the universe from...
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Reader Reviewed Notebooks of a Middle -School Princess
Meg Cabot
First there was Mia Thermopolis, Manhattan teenager one minute, Princess of Genovia the next; now it's the turn of average middle-school student Olivia Grace to be transformed into royalty. Meg...
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The Golden Age
Kenneth Grahame
By the author of The Wind in the Willows, The Golden Age is a glorious children's classic, full of childhood adventure, imagination and innocence.
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Read Me 2: A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Gaby Morgan
A handsome and welcome new edition of this excellent poetry book, which contains a poem for every day of the year. The range of poems included is simply superb –...
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Read Me: A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Gaby Morgan
This book was first published ten years ago to celebrate the National Year of Reading. It was a great idea then, and it's even better to see this new edition...
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Bogwoppit
Ursula Moray Williams
Best known for Gobbolino and The Adventures of The Little Wooden Horse, Ursula Moray Williams also wrote this funny, inventive story of fantasy, suspense and magic, now reissued as...
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Chinese Cinderella
Adeline Yen Mah
This is a unique story of triumph over adversity, told against the background of the Nationalist/Communist struggle for control of China. Adeline Yen Mah's family considered her to be bad...
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Cue for Treason
Geoffrey Trease
Geoffrey Trease is the master of historical fiction for children, and for many this is his best book. Set in Elizabethan England at the end of the 15th century it...
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Emil and the Detectives
Erich Kastner
A classic detective story told at a cracking pace, this features one of the first fictional child detectives. When Emil is robbed of his mother's hard earned savings from right...
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The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm
Norman Hunter
The book that Chris Riddell has described as the one that made him a reader, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm deserves a place on every child's bookcase. The archetypal...
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The Silver Sword
Ian Serraillier
A classic story from World War Two, this tells how three children, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are helped by the young orphan Jan to escape from the horrors of Warsaw...
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The Sword and the Circle
Rosemary Sutcliff
The roots of this wonderful retelling of the story of Arthur and his knights can be found mostly in Sir Thomas Malory, but also in sources as rich as Sir...
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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Joan Aiken
A wonderful adventure as two children flee from the yranny of their wicked guardian and bravely set out on the road to London. Miss Slighcarp is as chilling as her...
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Magisterium: The Iron Trial
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
July 2015 Book of the Month From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown. Magisterium has...
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Reader Reviewed Borgon the Axeboy and the Whispering Temple
Kjartan Poskitt
As readers of this smart and funny series will know, Borgon the barbarian is totally fearless, a useful person to have on your side in a tight situation. In this...
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Candy Girl
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Lucky Dixie gets to do work experience at the offices of her favourite teen magazine Candy. But it turns out to be a massive...
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Reader Reviewed Circles of Stone
Ian Johnstone
The epic fantasy saga that began with The Bell Between the Worlds is continued in this exciting new episode. Young Sylas Tate was drawn into the Other on his mother's...
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Completely Cassidy Star Reporter
Tamsyn Murray
Tamsyn Murary's Completely Cassidy stories are just delightful. They follow the adventures of Cassidy Bond as she navigates year seven and a home life recently interrupted by the arrival of...
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Reader Reviewed Feel the Fear
Lauren Child
Best-selling Lauren Child brings favourite super-sleuth thirteen-year-old Ruby Redfort back for a terrific new adventure – along with Hitch, her official protector. Hitch never thought minding Ruby would be fun...
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Reader Reviewed In Darkling Wood
Emma Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, July 2015 There's magic afoot in this cleverly constructed story which interweaves two stories of girls growing up a century apart and yet becoming friends...
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Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Five Minutes of Fame Ever
Nigel Smith
Another helping of super-cringe-worthy adventures for Nathalia Bumole, mostly courtesy of her dad, who really is an expert in embarrassing his daughter. It starts off when Dad uploads onto his...
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Half a Man
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo deftly captures the devastating and long lasting impact of war in this stunning and beautifully produced short story. Michael's grandfather is badly disfigured by his...
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Animalium Activity Book
Katie Scott
Following the best-selling Animalium, Katie Scott returns with a companion activity book. Bursting with fascinating facts and puzzles, this book offers hours of entertainment to artists and animal lovers.
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Crowns and Codebreakers
Elen Caldecott
The second in a fantastic new series filled with friendship, adventure and mystery! Perfect for fans of Lauren St John, this is the new mystery adventure series by Waterstones Book...
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Ghost Ship
Vicki Lockwood
Lizzie and the Penny Gaff Gang come across imposters and kidnappers in this new Lizzie Brown adventure. Fitzy's travelling circus is invited to travel to Whitby to perform for a...
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The Black Knight of Gressingham 4u2read
Philip Ardagh
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Philip Ardagh is one of the funniest - and cleverest - authors around and his stories of the Green Men of Gressingham are not...
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Reader Reviewed The Rising
Tom Moorhouse
This thrilling follow-up to the highly-acclaimed novel, The River Singers, will transport readers into a vivid world of riverbank creatures, where excitement and danger are never far away. With...
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Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile
James Patterson
From the Middle School series to the I Funny books, James Patterson is responsible for some of the most addictive kids' books around, irresistible page-turners that grab the attention...
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A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
Stacey Matson
July 2015 Debut of the Month Arthur Bean seems pretty sure of himself, in no doubt that he's a brilliant writer with a life of prizes, fame and adulation ahead...
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Alexander's Army
Chris d'Lacey
After the success of his first assignment from the UNICORNE agency, fourteen-year-old Michael Malone is given another unexplained mystery to solve. When UNICORNE detect strange goings-on in a comic book...
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Jack versus Veto Match Five
Jim Eldridge
In this penultimate adventure in the Wrestling Trolls series, the little band of friends must pull together and face their toughest challenges yet. A Piece of Passion from Holly...
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Revenge of the Giant Robot Chickens
Alex McCall
Aberdeen's war continues between the children and the army of giant robot chickens. Can Jesse and Rayna work to defeat the dreaded Chickenator? This is a spectacular sequel to the...
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Reader Reviewed House of Robots
James Patterson
James Patterson knows just how to write page-turning stories, and he puts that skill to excellent use in his books for children. House of Robots is the first in a...
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