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Books of the Month

Wave Me Goodbye
Jacqueline Wilson, Nick Sharratt
February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: an evacuee story as imagined by the one and only Jacqueline Wilson Queen of contemporary fiction, Jacqueline Wilson is now setting her stories in the past, but they're not one... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedBegone the Raggedy Witches
Celine Kiernan, Victoria Semykina
February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: well-written, enthralling magical adventure The age-old theme of good versus evil is given a lively reworking in Celine Kiernan's new series. When her father is kidnapped by witches, her mother... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Escape to Australia
James Patterson
February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Rafe Khatchadorian heads down under In this special episode of the hugely popular Middle School series, Rafe Khatchadorian, surely everyone's favourite reformed troublemaker, has won a special art competition, first... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedHari and His Electric Feet
Alexander Mccall Smith
February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: joyful story of a boy and his dancing feet Hari lives in a biggish city in India with his sister and aunt. He's always cheerful and enjoys helping support them... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Twister
Juliette Forrest
February 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: magic, ghosts, a brave and stubborn heroine | Twister is named after the storm that raged the night she was born, and she grows up fierce, stubborn, a true... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Tin
Padraig Kenny
In a nutshell: robot story with real heart Christopher is a ‘proper': a real boy with a soul. His best friends Jack, Rob, Manda and Gripper are ‘mechanicals' riveted together from metal and wires, but still some of the warmest... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedUncle Gobb And The Green Heads
Michael Rosen
In a nutshell: Really? An Uncle Gobb story in a nutshell? You're having a laugh | Malcolm, his best friend Crackersnacker and Malcolm's awful homework-obsessed, bean counting (unless it's literal bean counting – see page 1) Uncle Gobb of Gobb... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedOnly You Can Save Mankind
Terry Pratchett
This is an absolutely cracking whiz-bang of a story. Set in an unreality, that is actually scarily real, it plays with your mind and really, really makes you think! Johnny Maxwell loves video games, while shooting invading spaceships, he finds... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2018
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Hogwarts Library Book
J. K. Rowling
This new paperback edition features the recently revised 2017 text, which includes six curious new creatures that inhabit the North American continent, and a new foreword from Newt Scamander that sheds fascinating light on the events surrounding a serious breach... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2018
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The Lost Penguin
Claire Freedman
A story of friendship and empathy, of escape and return, or teamwork and reconciliation, this picture book is thoughtful and moving, and features some hugely appealing characters. Oliver and Ruby and little dog Patch love going to the zoo, and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2018
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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend
In a nutshell: exciting, original fantasy adventure Unusually, Jessica Townsend's book opens with the funeral of her central character. No-one seems particularly upset, not even her family, and that's because Morrigan Crow is a Cursed Child held responsible for any... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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My Story: Suffragette (centenary edition)
Carol Drinkwater
It's 1909. Dollie is swept up in the thrill of the campaign for Votes for Women. Against her guardian's wishes, she marches against Parliament with Emmeline Pankhurst and fellow suffragettes. Things turn violent, women are imprisoned and endanger their lives... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedEliza Rose
Lucy Worsley
TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge of the Tudors, the people and above all the places, provides the perfect background to a coming of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 11)
Jeff Kinney
In a nutshell: 150 million readers aren't wrong Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley goes all existential in this the latest and as ever much-anticipated episode in the multi-million selling series. Is his life real, he wonders, or is he just the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedLove from Lexie
Cathy Cassidy
In a nutshell: families lost and remade through love, friendship and music Lexie is a rescuer: it starts when she finds a lost tortoise and leads to her setting up the Lost and Found group at school. That's meant to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedA Spoonful of Murder
Robin Stevens
In a nutshell: first class crime writing for children This is the latest book in Robin Stevens' best-selling boarding school crime series, number six, and I do hope it's not the last: very few books deliver such a delicious spoonful... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Rory Branagan (Detective)
Andrew Clover
In a nutshell: in his own words, quirky, super-readable saga of a ten-year-old ‘detective' Ten-year-old Rory is pretty satisfied with his life. He lives happily with his mum and brother, and has friends, best being Wilkins Welkin, his next-door neighbour's... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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The Nothing to See Here Hotel
Steven Butler
In a nutshell: hilarious adventures in a very unusual hotel Any young reader who enjoys funny, surprising, brilliantly inventive stories should check into The Nothing to See Here Hotel IMMEDIATELY. They'll be welcomed by Frankie Banister, son of the owners... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Lost Island
Laura Powell
In a nutshell: upstairs downstairs intrigue with a touch of magic Pattern is not your average housemaid: she's already foiled one devilish plot, fighting off a dragon in the process, and now she's a fully trained member of the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Bee Boy: Clash of the Killer Queens
Tony De Saulles
In a nutshell: funny, exciting story with a bee's eye view of the world Tony de Saulles takes readers inside a bee hive in this funny, fascinating story. Melvin keeps bees on the roof of his tower block and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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The Unicorn Quest
Kamilla Benko
In a nutshell: magical lands and a dangerous quest make for a classic fantasy adventure Claire wasn't pleased to inherit the huge old house and its myriad contents owned by her great-aunt Diana, who mysteriously disappeared on a treasure-hunting... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedMy Name Is Victoria
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 Revered and deservedly popular as a Queen, Victoria was much less successful or celebrated when she was still a princess. TV historian Lucy Worsley spins a wonderful adventure around the childhood... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Amazing Women 101 Lives to Inspire You
Lucy Beevor
In a Nutshell: Trailblazers, campaigners, pioneers and creators A beautifully illustrated, empowering and inspiring collection of the extraordinary achievements of over 100 amazing and inspirational women of our time who have become trailblazers, campaigners, pioneers and creators including the likes of JK... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Eye of the North
Sinead O'Hart
February 2018 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: unputdownable adventure story set in a vivid frozen world Emmeline Widget is a character readers will love: small, determined, not to be under-estimated and surprisingly well able to defend herself against... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedA Far Away Magic
Amy Wilson
In a nutshell: two lonely children, an enchanted house and a magical world The real world and the magical are cleverly mixed in this exciting story. Angel and Bavar are both orphans, both lonely. She is fascinated by him,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2018
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The Phantom Lollipop Man
Pamela Butchart
Laugh-out-loud fun from Blue Peter Award winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham. Read more of Izzy's adventures! Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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The Crumble Lady
Lorraine Bowen
Tuck into a delicious portion of stories from the crumble lady and of course funny characters and crumbles too. Lorraine Bowen shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent by winning David Walliams' Golden Buzzer for her jolly crumble song! Reminiscent... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/01/2018
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Battle of the Beetles
M.G. Leonard
The beetle adventure continues as Darkus and his friends seek wicked Lucretia Cutter's secret Biome in the Amazon rainforest. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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The Darkening King
Justin Fisher
Ned and the magical Circus of Marvels are back in a third rip-roaring, page-turning adventure! Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/07/2018
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The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children's novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable. The author has succeeded in delivering on a book that incorporates a terrifically funny yet mysterious story, full... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2008
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Politics for Beginners
Kellan Stover
This book certainly gets my vote! Any young people who think politics is boring or nothing to do with them will likely have their minds changed by this excellent book. Over bright pages, liberally illustrated with attractive and informative cartoons,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/02/2018
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants
Stephan Pastis
In a nutshell: Hilarious sleuthing with boy detective and his sidekick polar bear… | A new Timmy Failure book is always a cause for celebration and this is another glorious mix of humour, surrealism, incompetent detection – and chickens. Timmy... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Just Plain Weird
Kaye Umansky
A brilliantly funny odd couples comedy from one of our very funniest authors for children. The Primms and the Weirds are totally different: fish-eating, hedge-trimming, neighbourhood-watching, the Primms are as strait-laced as they come, while the Weirds are just, well,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2 Middle School Mayhem
Rachel Renee Russell
In a nutshell: wacky humour, thrilling action, nail-biting suspense and cool raps From the creator of the hugely popular Dork Diaries comes this new series starring comic-obsessed, wannabe superhero Max Crumbly. One of the great things about Max is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 This beautiful paperback celebrates 50 years of Ted Hughes' classic tale - One of the most dramatic and exciting stories of all time, this classic modern fairy story by the former... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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Marvel Avengers 2-in-1 Puzzle Pack Activity Book and 2-in-1 Jigsaw Puzzle
Parragon Books Ltd
Read, colour, and play with Marvel Avengers 2-in-1 Puzzle Pack! This awesome kit comes with a double-sided jigsaw puzzle that you can colour and a fun activity book. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 14/03/2017
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Marvel Avengers 5-Minute Treasury
Various
Marvel Avengers 5-Minute Treasury has 12 action-packed stories for every Marvel Avengers fan! Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 22/08/2017
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Rugby Heroes
Gerard Siggins
In a nutshell: thrilling, vivid rugby action, history, ghosts Readers who enjoy rugby or any kind of sport will love Gerard Siggins' Rugby Spirit series with its exciting mix of brilliantly described rugby action and ghost story. Eoin Madden is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

The Bolds to the Rescue
Julian Clary
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | March 2016 Book of the Month The Bolds are back, cause for celebration! Written by Julian Clary and illustrated with élan...
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Coder Academy
Sean McManus
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month This well-designed, interactive workbook provides a really good introduction to coding for children. It breaks it down into fun, step by step exercises...
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Scientist Academy
Steve Martin
This cleverly designed, attractive book will catch the imagination of all children, even those who wrongly believe that they don't have what it takes to be a scientist. It explains...
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This is Not Another Maths Book
Anna Weltman
This book sets out to prove that maths has more in common with art than many might think, and that it can be truly beautiful; it achieves its aim. A...
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Three Cheers for Women!
Marcia Williams
Three Cheers for Women is a hugely inspirational book for children. It is full of facts, quotes and jokes brought together in a really fun way to ensure you remember them....
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A World of Cities
Lily Murray
In this large format picture book 30 famous cities around the globe are brought to life through beautiful illustrations and a vast miscellany of intiguing facts. Every spread is devoted...
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Reader Reviewed The Birthday Surprise
Clara Vulliamy
January 2018 Book of the Month In a nutshell: thoroughly charming mini-mysteries in school and family setting It's no mystery why the Dot McCluskey stories are so popular: Dot is...
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Sky Chasers
Emma Carroll
January 2018 Book of the Month A prizewinning story idea from Neal Jackson gave birth to this wonderful tale of adventure, spies and man's attempt to be the first aeronaut. ...
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The Girl Who Saw Lions
Berlie Doherty
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 An eye-opening book, The Girl Who Saw Lions (originally published as Abela) is the touching and profound story of two girls...
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Reader Reviewed The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match
Elizabeth Eulberg
In a nutshell: Sherlock Holmes given a clever, lively twist Shelby Holmes is a nine-year old genius with a gift for solving crimes thanks to her extraordinary powers of observation...
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Reader Reviewed The Treehouse Fun Book
Andy Griffiths
The 'Treehouse' series of books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton reliably provides kids with some of the most inventive, entertaining and deliciously daft reading around, and this new activity...
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Holmes and Watson: Baker Street Academy
Sam Hearn
Wittily told in words and pictures, this is a terrific, fast-paced adventure with a great cast of characters. John Watson, a new boy at Baker Street Academy, soon joins a...
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The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole
Michelle Cuevas
In a nutshell: black holes and family relationships There are two black holes in Stella's life: the first is the one she finds hiding in a cardboard box, names Larry...
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The Goozillas!: Attack on Fungus Fort
Barry Hutchison
In a nutshell: action-packed, slime-filled fun early reader Set inside the world of a computer game, the Goozillas series offers non-stop action, fun characters, and jokes galore (the more cringe-worthy...
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Make Me Awesome
Ben Davis
In a nutshell: contemporary comedy adventure Ben Davis does a great line in down-trodden teenage boys and employs it to great effect in his new novel. Freddie Smallhouse is...
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Night Zookeeper: The Giraffes of Whispering Wood
Joshua Davidson
In a nutshell: computer game style animal adventure guaranteed to spark the imagination A whole new world is waiting for Will, one where he has a special role to play,...
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The Same Inside: Poems about Empathy and Friendship
Liz Brownlee, Roger Stevens, Matt Goodfellow
This collection features poems by three of our best-known and best-loved children's poets, Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens. Between them, using a range of poetic styles and voices,...
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Reader Reviewed I Swapped My Brother On The Internet
Jo Simmons
In a nutshell: very funny, very true story of family dynamics Be careful what you wish for, and blood is thicker than water – both lessons to be learned from...
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Weirdest Show on Earth
Barry Hutchison
In a nutshell: laugh-out loud adventures with the boy who can't lie Poor Beaky Malone's life was thrown into chaos when an encounter with the mysterious Madame Shirley robbed him...
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Reader Reviewed Trouble In New York
Jennifer Gray
In a nutshell: stoat-ally wonderful story; friendship, fun, upsets Young readers will love Ermine, star of this new series by Atticus Claw author Jennifer Gray. Ermine is a stoat which,...
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Reader Reviewed Mango & Bambang: Superstar Tapir
Polly Faber
Here are four more adventures for Mango and her best friend Bambang the tapir and they are if anything even more appealing than previous stories, perfect fiction for young readers....
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The Day That Aliens (Nearly) Ate Our Brains
Tom McLaughlin
In a nutshell: very funny cartoony alien invasion story The imminent destruction of Earth is the subject of Tom McLaughlin's typically hilarious new book, though he manages to slip in...
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Reader Reviewed Radio Boy and the Revenge of Grandad
Christian O'Connell
In a nutshell: tune in for more hilarious radio-show action Christian O'Connell follows up his debut with another laugh-out-loud story starring junior radio DJ Spike. Spike, sidekick Artie and producer...
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Sky Song
Abi Elphinstone
January 2018 Book of the Month This story was absolutely entrancing. As soon as I began reading I was swept away on a journey filled with dangerous enemies and monsters...
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The 1,000-year-old Boy
Ross Welford
The astonishing, beautiful new story for all readers of 10 and over from the bestselling and Costa-shortlisted author of Time Travelling with a Hamster.
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The Light Jar
Lisa Thompson
A story of fear and hope, loneliness and friendship - full of the heart, engaging characters and propulsive, page-turning mystery that has made The Goldfish Boy the breakout children's books...
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Quests for Glory
Soman Chainani
In a nutshell: ingeniously reworked fairy-tales = irresistible reading Agatha, Tedros and Sophie, stars of Soman Chainani's best-selling fairy-tales-with-a-twist saga, are deservedly hugely popular with readers, who will be riveted...
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Roald Dahl
Following on from Charlie's adventures in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie has been given ownership of Wonka's factory, and the Great Glass Elevator is taking Charlie and his family...
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Reader Reviewed Fish Boy
Chloe Daykin
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award March 2017 Debut of the Month In a sparely written but richly imaginative story, Chloe Daykin sensitively explores what it...
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The Peculiars
Kieran Larwood
By night, the Peculiars are a travelling sideshow, but during the day Sheba, Sister Moon and Monkey Boy put their unusual talents to use, solving the crimes no one else...
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Wartman 4u2read
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 A brand new 4u2read edition celebrating the 20th anniversary of this touching tale by Michael Morpurgo. Dilly's life was great until he found the wart...
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Wed Wabbit
Lissa Evans
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story Wed Wabbit is a tour de force! Lissa Evans's hilarious,...
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Who's a Big Bully Then?
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+. How do you see off the school bully? Sick of being picked on and called ‘chicken' the narrator of this story thinks up a...
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The Explorer
Katherine Rundell
Winner of The Costa Children's Book Award 2017 After crashing hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Con, Lila and Max are utterly alone and in grave...
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Ever Never Handbook
Soman Chainani
Step into the dark and enchanting world of the School for Good and Evil with this stunning companion book. A must-have for all super-fans of the School for Good and Evil.
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Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote
Sarah Ridley
This book tells the story of the campaign to get women the vote in Britain through significant objects. From photos of key people in the campaign through ephemera such as...
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More Featured Books

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor Edition
J. K. Rowling
This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary boy but a wizard of great reknown, as well as expected at Hogwarts School of...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Deluxe Illustrated Edition
J. K. Rowling
This deluxe edition is a must-have for any Potter fan. It comes with a gorgeous art print in a beautiful slipcase and features the fully updated 2017 text - which...
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Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life is a Joke
James Patterson
December 2017 Book of the Month The second book in the story of Jacky Ha-Ha. Like the characters in many of his hugely popular children's books Jacky, the star of...
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Father Christmas and Me
Matt Haig
November 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Matt Haig's romping adventure breathes fresh life into everything Christmasy. It is a bustling story full...
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The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Best-selling Cressida...
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Defenders Pitch Invasion
Tom Palmer
In a nutshell: ghosts and football in an exciting, thought-provoking story Tom Palmer's Defenders series cleverly mixes ghost stories and football and uses past events to throw light on our...
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Magnificent Birds
Narisa Togo
It isn't often that a non-fiction picture book has been so admired here in the Lovereading office. The stunning, stylish lino-cut prints capture the beauty and the drama of a...
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The Explorer
Katherine Rundell
Winner of The Costa Children's Book Award 2017 After crashing hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Con, Lila and Max are utterly alone and in grave...
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Corpse Talk - Ground-Breaking Scientists
Adam Murphy, Lisa Murphy
Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Book with Facts The ultimate history lesson as Adam and Lisa Murphy dig up and interview the most incredible and dead...
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Real-Life Mysteries Can You Explain the Unexplained?
Susan Martineau
Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Book with Facts Have you ever wondered what exactly does go bump in the night? From mysteries like Shackleton's ghostly companion...
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Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe
Dara O'Briain
Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Book with Facts We're off to space with Dara! All aboard the laughter shuttle! A bonkers ride to space, launching...
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