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Books of the Month

Letters from the Lighthouse
Emma Carroll
June 2017 Book of the Month Lovereading4kids are big fans of Emma's books. Her stories continue to delight and move me, and Letters from the Lighthouse does not disappoint at all. It's 1941 and the Second World War rages on... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Finding Gobi
Dion Leonard
June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: inspiring true story of the love between a little dog and a long distance runner A retelling of marathon runner Dion Leonard's bestselling true story, this is the kind of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship
Philip Pullman
June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 Master story-teller Philip Pullman is as brilliantly creative in this gripping, multi-narrative graphic novel story as ever. In an adventure which both pays homage to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition
J. K. Rowling
June 2017 Book of the Month 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 Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw Edition
J. K. Rowling
June 2017 Book of the Month 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 Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hufflepuff Edition
J. K. Rowling
June 2017 Book of the Month 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 Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor Edition
J. K. Rowling
June 2017 Book of the Month 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 Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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Love from Lexie
Cathy Cassidy
June 2017 Book of the Month | 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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedBad Mermaids
Sibéal Pounder
June 2017 Book of the Month Sibéal Pounder has won herself a band of dedicated young followers for her series Witch Wars, a mix of junior witch adventures, magic and fashion, and they'll find just as much to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedAubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds
Horatio Clare
June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 A sequel to the award winning Aubery and the Terrible Yoot, Horatio Clare tells an entertaining new story about his hero Aubery, who this time wants... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Wave Me Goodbye
Jacqueline Wilson
June 2017 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: Hardback | Released 18/05/2017
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I Funny: School of Laughs
James Patterson
June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: more fast, funny, heavily illustrated adventures with everyone's favourite junior comic Lots has happened since Jamie Grimm's first appearance in I Funny. Then he was a would-be stand-up comic, now... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/06/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe Last Duchess
Laura Powell
In a nutshell: upstairs downstairs mystery with added magic Pattern, lady's maid and the central character in this excellent new series, is a heroine in the Jane Eyre mould: quiet, invisible to the outside world, but brave, fierce, clever. She needs... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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The Amber Pendant
Imogen White
June 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: danger and mystery and magic! One minute Rose Muddle is a lowly housemaid to the wealthy Miss Templeforth of Hove, the next minute she's the guardian of a strange, and magical... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Animalcolm
David Baddiel
In a nutshell: four-legged comedy capers | The starting point for David Baddiel's new children's book is a zany ‘what if' scenario that sets up a very funny story of self-discovery. Malcolm is the only member of his family not to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedSchool Ship Tobermory
Alexander Mccall Smith
Alexander McCall Smith has taken the ever-popular set up for a proper children's story – group of plucky kids, no parents – and added to the scope for adventure tenfold by setting it on a tall ship. Twins Ben and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Archie Greene and the Raven's Spell
D. D. Everest
In a nutshell: another fast-paced story, and thrilling conclusion to a magical series Archie Greene, apprentice at the world's most magical museum and descendant of the Flame Keepers of Alexandria is back, in the third and final book in this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Tender Earth
Sita Brahmachari
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 A sharply observed and warm-hearted story about change and transition in adolescence, Tender Earth also carries a powerful message to all young readers about tolerance, integration and the need to stand... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedBring Me the Head of Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp
In a nutshell: intriguing, sometimes scary and totally original adventure with the one and only Ivy Pocket As her many fans will testify, anything is possible with Ivy Pocket, and this volume brings her extraordinary adventures to a suitably thrilling... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Knighthood for Beginners
Elys Dolan
In a nutshell: hilarious courtly adventure from one of our funniest, most inventive writer-illustrators Elys Dolan fills her first adventure story for young readers with the madcap invention and humour that are the trademark of her picture books. Dave is... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Black Ships Before Troy
Rosemary Sutcliff
Frances Lincoln is proud to reintroduce the inaugural Greenaway award-winning Black Ships Before Troy. Rosemary Sutcliff brings Homer's epic poem The Iliad to life. A stunningly illustrated edition of Homer's classic adventure story which has been vibrantly retold by the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Dragonsitter Detective
Josh Lacey
In a nutshell: one of our dragons is missing! More hi-jinks with Uncle Morton and his dragons As fans of this excellent series will know, young Edward Smith-Pickle is often called in to dragon-sit for his Uncle Morton's two dragons.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Journey to Dragon Island
Claire Fayers
In a nutshell: swashbuckling adventure with added fun (dragons and magic!) Readers of Claire Fayer's debut Voyage to Magical North will be delighted to climb back on board the Onion with Brine Seaborne and her young crewmates. (If you... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2017
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The Smoking Hourglass
Jennifer Bell
In a Nutshell - Uncommonly good magical mystery With wild imagination the second book in The Uncommoners trilogy launches straight into adventure as Ivy, her brother Seb and their unusual friend Valian, find themselves aboard the MV Outlander with some... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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All the Things That Could Go Wrong
Stewart Foster
Alternating between the point of view of The Bullied (Alex) and The Bully (Dan). Alex has really severe OCD and Dan has various home problems, but you find yourself rooting for both boys from the beginning. Overflowing with power and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedAn Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
Winner of the Children's Book Award 2017 - Overall Winner and Winner in the Books for Younger Readers Category | November 2016 Book of the Month A ‘what if' story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Help! I'm a Genius
Jo Franklin
In a Nutshell: Guffaws, giggles and gags aplenty By a curious twist of fate Daniel Kendal - the self-confessed NOT-brainiac - has been chosen to represent his school at the National Brainiac Championships. An honour indeed and his headmaster Mr... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/05/2017
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St Grizzles School for Girls, Ghosts and Runaway Grannies
Karen Mccombie
In a nutshell: fun and friendship at 21st century boarding school Eleven-year-old Dani is a few weeks into life at her new boarding school, St Grizelda's, aka St Grizzle's. She's got used to the school's relaxed attitude to rules and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Danny Dingle's Fantastic Finds: The Metal-Mobile
Angie Lake
In a nutshell: fart-powered non-stop adventure, part book part comic-strip | Danny Dingle and his best friend Percy Mcduff are just normal boys – if normal boys dream of becoming super inventor spies for a gas-powered hero called Metal Face,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/07/2015
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The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and history as they have come together in the recent twin triumphs of the City of Leicester with the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Violet and the Mummy Mystery
Harriet Whitehorn
In a Nutshell - Move over Miss Marple, Violet's on the case! For Violet Remy-Robinson there's a mystery around every corner! Her Aunt Mathilde, a renown Egyptologist, is visiting London to investigate a mummy which she suspects may hold a clue to the location of the Lost... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/06/2017
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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner And Other Stories
Terry Pratchett
In a nutshell: inventive | readable | hilarious | This collection of 14 rip-roaringly funny stories is a great way to introduce children to Terry Pratchett – indeed, each story is just the right length for bedtime reading – but will have... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin 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 Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover, at Hogwarts, he encounters "He Who... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hufflepuff 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 Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover, at Hogwarts, he encounters "He Who... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have
Stephan Pastis
In a nutshell: absurd comedy genius | Timmy Failure is the best worst detective in children's fiction, and a wonderful comic creation. In this adventure he's having to ply his trade very surreptitiously indeed – Mum has banned all detective work... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Chris Riddell
Award-winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell has created a hilarious sequel to the much-loved Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse and this time it has a topical theme. Ada lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall, a place where magic... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Unicorn in New York: Louie Makes a Splash
Rachel Hamilton
In a Nutshell - A fishy tale of fame and friendship Everyone's favourite Unicorn is back in another laugh-a-minute caper. There's a new show in town and the students of the New York School of Performing Arts are excited about the auditions for... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Beautiful Game
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: the highs and lows of our national obsession | Football has the power to excite passions like no other sport. In the words of the great Bill Shankly: ‘Some people... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2017
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Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink
Jennifer Killick
In a Nutshell: Humour | Adventure | Superpowers Laugh your socks off with this brilliantly funny fantasy adventure from a debut author whose passions are writing and running. Alex Sparrow has always wanted to have a super-power and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Summer Holiday Stories
Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton's short stories are made for summer reading: whether they are about magic, fairies and pixies, or set in the real world of fields, woods and meadows, they exude a sense of happiness, order and content, of children able... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedRunning on the Roof of the World
Jess Butterworth
June 2017 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Spirit of survival abounds on an epic Himalayan journey A captivatingly classic adventure in which two children battle extreme political and environmental hostilities as they journey from Tibet to India. By... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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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 Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover, at Hogwarts, he encounters "He Who... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Wee Free Men
Terry Pratchett
A rib-tickling, rollicking (all the rollicking it has to be said, is done by the 6 inch high Wee Free Men) adventure with just enough scary fairies to make anyone a little wary of Fairyland. Tiffany Aching has decided she... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/04/2017
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The Shepherd's Crown
Terry Pratchett
A fabulous and very fitting conclusion to the Tiffany Aching novels, and a wonderful full stop to the much loved Discworld series. Tiffany has to be on her mettle, a twisted powerful enemy is set for battle, Tiffany needs all... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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Super Creepy Camp
Barry Hutchison
In a nutshell: enormously funny story about boy compelled to tell the truth Ever since his encounter with an old lady who might just have been a witch, Beaky Malone has been unable to speak anything but the truth –... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Misfits Club
Kieran Crowley
In a nutshell: thoroughly modern Famous Five style adventure full of humour and excitement Five children (no dog), members of the Misfits Club, come across some suspicious activity and even stolen treasure in a derelict old house. They start to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe City of Secret Rivers
Jacob Sager Weinstein
June 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: breath-taking magical adventure on the banks of London's underground rivers Hyacinth Hayward, newly arrived in the UK from the US, is already struggling with culture shock when her mum is kidnapped... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedGood Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
April 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire | This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life by Meg Rosoff stars a rescue dog who... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedClover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine | Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she's bright, more than able to think for herself and stands up to the problems facing her with resilience, determination... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw 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 Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover, at Hogwarts, he encounters "He Who... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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A Hat Full of Sky
Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books are a must read (by children and adults), and the second novel in the series is an absolute delight. When Tiffany steps out of her body to check her outfit (as there's no mirror to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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Wintersmith
Terry Pratchett
Wintersmith is another jewel in the wonderfully absurd crown that is the Discworld. Tiffany Aching grows in knowledge and power as she steps into a dance with winter and begins a, shall we call it… flirtation. As Tiffany grows older... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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I Shall Wear Midnight
Terry Pratchett
A chilling, plucky yet playful novel for older children, and adults. Tiffany Aching's magic has woken an evil being who has a intense loathing for all things witch. The Cunning Man is something that Tiffany has to face on her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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The Prehistoric Times
Stella Gurney
Published in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, The Prehistoric Times is a clever and creative way of exploring a topic that continues to fascinate children, dinosaurs and their world. Designed to look like a cross between a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop
Clare Balding
May 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: follow your dreams | Young readers will gallop through Clare Balding's utterly delightful book – in fact, they'll be...
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Reader Reviewed Beetle Boy
M.G. Leonard
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards...
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Violet and the Smugglers
Harriet Whitehorn
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Children aged 8-12, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 Violet Remy-Robinson's adventures are gathering her a growing band of fans, and no wonder. Violet is one...
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Reader Reviewed The Bubble Boy
Stewart Foster
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May/June 2016 Deeply moving and utterly gripping,...
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Reader Reviewed Little Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | May 2016 Debut of the Month This moving story of looked-after children describes the...
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Reader Reviewed The Accidental Secret Agent
Tom McLaughlin
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Children aged 8-12, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 | June 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: espionage – laughs – fake moustaches. The story...
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Reader Reviewed Cogheart
Peter Bunzl
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2017 | September 2016 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: tick-tocking frequently airborne adventure From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned...
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Mistletoe and Murder
Robin Stevens
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Children aged 8-12, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 |Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | One of our Books...
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Murder in Midwinter
Fleur Hitchcock
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Children aged 8-12, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 A roller-coaster adventure packed full of action...
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The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth
Katherine Woodfine
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Children aged 8-12, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 | Features Sophie and Lil from Woodfine's debut The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow. They don cunning disguises,...
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J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Creatures

Using black line illustrations on framed acetate pages, this enchanting book allows fans to project their favourite scenes from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them...
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Reader Reviewed Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants
Stephan Pastis
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Hilarious sleuthing with boy detective and his sidekick polar bear… | A new Timmy Failure book is always a cause...
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New and Collected Poems for Children
Carol Ann Duffy
A stunning collection of poems for children by the Poet Laureate. Carol Ann Duffy's collection opens with ‘The Words of Poems', which is a perfect introduction to the feast of...
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Rover and the Big Fat Baby
Roddy Doyle
Rover, star of The Giggler Treatment and others, is back for a new and equally hilarious dog-poo centred adventure. As ever, Rover needs to collect dog poo to keep...
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Reader Reviewed King Coo
Adam Stower
May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 | A glorious romp of a story full of confusion and chaos but with...
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Reader Reviewed The Lotterys Plus One
Emma Donoghue
May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 | A funny and touching family story with a difference just because the Lotterys...
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Flesh and Blood
Chris Priestley
Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: creepy war-time horror story | There are all sorts of horrors to be encountered in this thoroughly unsettling wartime story....
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Lena Lenik S.O.S.
Bernard Ashley
Interest Age 7 Reading Age 7 | In a nutshell: the surprise arrival of a new baby | Bernard Ashley's exciting contemporary story throbs with real voices, real situations, and real heart. Lena...
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The Owl Service
Alan Garner
Chosen as a favourite by Philip Pullman: "[this book] showed how children's literature could sound dark and troubling chords." Carnegie Medal winner, 1967. An all-time classic, combining mystery,...
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A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan
Hilary Robinson
May 2017 Book of the Month | This deeply moving story perfectly conveys the devastating impact of the First World War both on those who took part and those...
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Reader Reviewed Moonlocket
Peter Bunzl
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: child-centred adventure where the action runs like clockwork. Peter Bunzl continues the adventures of the stars of the hugely popular...
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The Tale of Angelino Brown
David Almond
May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 Award-winning David Almond's new story for younger reader is a delightfully lightly told, warm-hearted...
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Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling | In the summer of 1727 a group of men and boys, there...
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The Dark Prophecy
Rick Riordan
May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: epic adventure, story-telling genius It's not easy being immortal in Rick Riordan's Greek-myth inspired sagas, and Apollo has every right to feel...
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Llama United
Scott Allen
May 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: daft and thoroughly entertaining football adventure with llamas | There aren't enough good football books and this is definitely a good...
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The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to Do
Andy Seed
In typically lively style Andy Seed provides youngsters and their families with loads of ideas for things you can do outdoors, whether that's in the garden, at the beach, in...
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The Big Bird Spot
Matt Sewell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 Described as ‘the Bansky of the bird world', Matt Sewell has created a fabulous hide-and-seek guide designed to inspire children to...
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Reader Reviewed Football School Season 1: Where Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts The authors of this very entertaining book claim that there's no better way to learn about the...
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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Chris Riddell
Bestselling author/illustrator Chris Riddell creates a fantastical world in which Ada Goth, daughter of the strange Lord Goth of Ghastly-Gorm Hall, is growing up. Ada's mother is dead and her...
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The Imagination Box: A Mind of its Own
Martyn Ford
In a nutshell: mind-expanding, action-packed comedy adventure Timothy Hart has had some amazing adventures in the course of the award-winning The Imagination Box series; thanks to a gadget in his...
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The Incredible Billy Wild
Joanna Nadin
In a nutshell: story of a boy and a dog that will tug the heartstrings When Billy Wild finds a greyhound hiding in his garden shed it feels like...
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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair
Philip Reeve
Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and...
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Reader Reviewed Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons
Gary Northfield
Cartoonist Gary Northfield gives a fresh take on all things Roman in this riotous romp starring Julius, a most unusual zebra. Julius has a knack of getting into trouble! As...
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Murray the Race Horse
Gavin Puckett
Murray comes from a family of champion racehorses and dreams of winning trophies. But there's a problem: he's just not fast. The other horses laugh at him until one amazing...
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Reader Reviewed The Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods', Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo...
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National Trust: The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge, a Medieval Knight in Training
Philip Ardagh
In a nutshell: historical adventures full of facts and fun Not since Horrible Histories has the past been brought to life for young readers so accurately and with so...
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Reader Reviewed The Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
In a nutshell: beautifully told story of courage and hope and an unforgettable setting Kiran Millwood Hargrave follows up her award-winning debut The Girl of Ink and Stars with a...
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Reader Reviewed Blink and You Die
Lauren Child
In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! | Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child's superb Ruby Redfort girl detective series, and what a finale...
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The Dictionary of Dads Poems
Justin Coe
They're all here in this sometimes funny, sometimes touching, often surprising new collection: the Abracadabra Dad; the Jukebox Dad; the Pirate Dad and the Prison Dad; the Refugee Dad and...
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All the Wild Wonders
Wendy Cooling
Poems that span the globe encouraging all readers to look at the good and the bad aspects of it make this a rich and original anthology. Twinning the themes of...
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A Story Like the Wind
Gill Lewis
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 Gill Lewis's A Story Like the Wind, a powerful and lyrical story about contemporary refugees, is fuelled by an ancient tale...
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Five on a Treasure Island
Enid Blyton
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Five Go Adventuring Again
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Five Run Away Together
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Five Go to Smuggler's Top
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Five on Kirrin Island Again
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Five Go off to Camp
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Five Get into Trouble
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Five Fall into Adventure
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Five on a Hike Together
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Five Have a Wonderful Time
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Five Go Down to the Sea
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Five Go to Mystery Moor
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Five Have Plenty of Fun
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Five on a Secret Trail
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Five Go to Billycock Hill
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Five Get into a Fix
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Join the Famous Five on adventures that celebrate friendship, heroism and the great outdoors in this beautiful new edition of a timeless classic. It's impossible as an adult to come...
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Five on Finniston Farm
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Five Go to Demon's Rocks
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Five Have a Mystery to Solve
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Five are Together Again
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