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Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
Justin Miles
March 15 Non-Fiction Book of the Month  There’s a huge amount of information, and inspiration, contained in this rucksack-pocket-sized guide. Author and real-life explorer Justin Miles covers all the basics, including essential kit and how to pack it, and the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 16/03/2015
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Save Rafe!
Reader Reviewed Save Rafe!
James Patterson
March 2015 Book of the Month  Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself. In this adventure he is spending a week on an outdoor survival expedition in order to be accepted back into...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake
Reader Reviewed The Songbird Cafe Girls Mollie Cinnamon is Not a Cupcake
Sarah Webb
March 15 Book of the Month  When her TV presenter mum flies off to Australia for two months, thirteen year old Mollie is sent to stay with the great-grandma she hardly knows on the tiny island of Little Bird. She feels...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Northern Lights
Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
Part one of Philip Pullman’s magnificent trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian which leads to some...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Get into Art: Stories Discover Great Art - and Create Your Own!
Get into Art: Stories Discover Great Art - and Create Your Own!
Susie Brooks
Get into Art Stories explores a fascinating array of pictures that tell stories, from battle scenes to fairy tales to timeless myths, from artists as diverse as Edward Hopper, Matisse, L. S. Lowry and the creators of the Bayeux Tapestry....
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Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Reader Reviewed Smart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Kim Slater
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015  Kieran watches the world carefully. He’s good at noticing things that others don’t which makes him an excellent detective. Born with learning difficulties and living with a violent stepfather, Kieran...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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The Honest Truth
Reader Reviewed The Honest Truth
Dan Gemeinhart
March 2015 Debut of the Month Thirteen year old Mark is running away from home. He’s taking his dog Beau with him, and is heading for Mount Rainier. He’s prepared really well, no-one and nothing – certainly not the cancer that...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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A Whisper of Wolves
Reader Reviewed A Whisper of Wolves
Kris Humphrey
March 2015 Debut of the Month Rich in atmosphere, this is a powerful story set in a timeless world. Alice has a gift; she is a Whisperer with a special understanding of the wild and therefore a duty to...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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The Lost Twin
Reader Reviewed The Lost Twin
Sophie Cleverly
March 2015 Debut of the Month  When Ivy has to step into her dead sister Scarlet’s place at the sinister Rockwood boarding school’s she finds herself thrown into a mystery which she must do everything in her power to unravel....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Dreamsnatcher
Reader Reviewed The Dreamsnatcher
Abi Elphinstone
March 2015 Debut of the Month   Abi Elphinstone’s debut novel plunges the reader into a world of magic and adventure. Twelve-year-old Moll lives in a gypsy camp in the Ancientwood.  She has no parents but the gypsies’ extended family take...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie
Reader Reviewed How Harry Riddles Made a Mega-amazing Zombie Movie
Simon Mayle
June 2014 Debut of the Month   Harry's an optimistic kid who never gives in but when Harry's dad loses his job he fears his mega-amazing film idea, without any money isn't going to happen. But Harry is resilient and is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Hamish and the Worldstoppers
Hamish and the Worldstoppers
Danny Wallace
Danny Wallace is well-known as comedian, actor and TV presenter. Now he’s a children’s author too, and a very good one. Hamish lives in Britain’s fourth-most boring town but life gets very exciting when one day Hamish notices that the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Tales from Shakespeare
Tales from Shakespeare
Marcia Williams
Marcia Williams retells fourteen of Shakespeare's best-loved plays in her trademark witty, accessible style.
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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The Subtle Knife
The Subtle Knife
Philip Pullman
The second in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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The Amber Spyglass
The Amber Spyglass
Philip Pullman
The third in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk
The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk
Glenda Millard
Glenda Millard’s Kingdom of Silk books have won many awards in her native Australia, and no wonder: there are very few books, for children or adults, which describe love so clearly or so lyrically. There are seven books in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Cuckoo in the Nest
Cuckoo in the Nest
Michelle Magorian
The lure of the theatre draws Ralph but acting is not what his family wants for him. Can he persuade them? A wonderfully nostalgic story about one boy’s determination to see his dreams come through and a fascinating and vivid...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War I and World War II
Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: World War I and World War II
Tony Robinson
Award-winning Tony Robinson has an outstanding record for bringing the past to life. Here his books on World War 1 and World War 11 are presented in one bumper volume. Through factual accounts, quizzes, diagrams and a great many pictures...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost
Reader Reviewed Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost
Pamela Butchart
Welcome to Wigglesbottom Primary and the first book in what should become a very popular series for new readers.  There are three stories here, each one describing the kind of event that all primary school children will be familiar with,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/03/2015
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Not as We Know it
Reader Reviewed Not as We Know it
Tom Avery
Twins Ned and Jamie spend their spare time – when Ned is well enough – searching the shorelines of the beaches near their home for washed up treasures. That’s where they find the strange, otherworldly creature that Jamie hopes has...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Harry and Hope
Reader Reviewed Harry and Hope
Sarah Lean
Any new book by Sarah Lean is a treat, and this is very special indeed. Hope lives in the Pyrenees with her mother, who is an artist, and her mother’s boyfriend, Frank. Frank gives Hope the space to think and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Dishonour Among Thieves
Reader Reviewed Dishonour Among Thieves
Paul Durham
Sometimes it takes a villain to save you from the monsters... Join fearless heroine Rye as she uncovers the truth about a clan of notorious outlaws known as the Luck Uglies and battles to save those she loves from the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
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Witch Wars
Reader Reviewed Witch Wars
Sibeal Pounder
March 2015 Debut of the Month  Witch Wars is the first in a charming new series: with the help of a fairy called Fran, nine year old Tiga Whicabim discovers there’s a world of witches, down below the sink pipes....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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A Cage of Roots
A Cage of Roots
Matt Griffin
March 2015 Debut of the Month An astonishingly different and chillingly striking tale that envelopes the pages in a cloak of darkness and mystery. The author hurls the reader straight into the middle of the story, waiting before making introductions...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2015
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Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans!
Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans!
Gary Northfield
March 2015 Debut of the Month  Cartoonist Gary Northfield gives a fresh take on all things Roman in this riotous romp starring Julius, a most unusual zebra. Julius has a knack of getting into trouble! As a result he has...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Borgon the Axeboy and the Prince's Shadow
Borgon the Axeboy and the Prince's Shadow
Kjartan Poskitt
The second in this dangerously funny new series for boys from bestselling author Kjartan Poskitt and with lively illustrations by Philip Reeve.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Stone Cold
Stone Cold
Andrew Lane
This is your chance to play a crime solving sleuth alongside one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time, because the clues are there, ready for you to unravel them. Even if you haven't come across Young Sherlock...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Sons of Scarlatti
Reader Reviewed The Sons of Scarlatti
John McNally
Meet Finn, shrunk to 9mm tall by his uncle in order to save mankind by stopping a killing machine from wreaking havoc.  Full of humour and high action adventure even if its characters are very small.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Demon Dentist
Demon Dentist
David Walliams
Winner of the Red House Children's Books for Younger Readers Award 2014. Best-selling David Walliams hits gold again in this hilarious story about something deeply evil in the unattractive world of teeth. Alfie has rotten teeth and he hates the ghastly...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Nathalia Buttface and the Most Epically Embarrassing Trip Ever
Reader Reviewed Nathalia Buttface and the Most Epically Embarrassing Trip Ever
Nigel Smith
Nat’s disasters with her dad return for a second hilarious helping. This time, Dad is taking the family on holiday to a farm in the South of France. Nat knows just how terrible her dad can be on holiday – and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Farm Beneath the Water
Reader Reviewed The Farm Beneath the Water
Helen Peters
The Secret Hen House Theatre, Helen Stephen’s debut, was a real treat: a hugely successful mix of animal story, stage school caper and adventure.  If anything the sequel is even better. Hannah lives on a proper old-fashioned farm with...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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The Reluctant Assassin (WARP Book 1)
Reader Reviewed The Reluctant Assassin (WARP Book 1)
Eoin Colfer
Best-selling Eoin Colfer whose Artemis Fowl series gave the fairy world a brilliant makeover will enthral his readers with this action packed and gadget rich new series. Riley is a Victorian orphan, Chevie Sevano is the FBIs youngest agent....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
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Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens
Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens
Alex McCall
Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015 8-11 age category  The city of Aberdeen is being terrorised by giant robot chickens who want to peck out every last sign of human resistance. The streets are empty, the adults have vanished...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 20/02/2014
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Tales of the Greek Heroes
Tales of the Greek Heroes
Roger Lancelyn Green
Chosen by April 2012 Guest Editor, Charlie Higson:  "I’ve always loved myths and legends. Greek, Roman, Norse (not so interested in the Egyptians, it must be said), as well as those closer to home – our very own King Arthur...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2009
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Through the Looking-Glass
Through the Looking-Glass
Lewis Carroll
Celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice's second adventure takes her through the looking-glass to a place even curiouser than Wonderland. She finds herself caught up...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Award-winning Anthony Browne, a former Children’s Laureate, adds some fresh touches to the classic story of Alice, the little girl finds herself in the middle of the most amazing new adventure when she falls down a rabbit hole. Anthony Browne’s...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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I Love My Mum
I Love My Mum
Gaby Morgan
Gaby Morgan has gathered together a really wonderful selection of poems about mums. There are over 50 in this little volume, some will make you smile, some will probably turn you a bit teary, but each one contains something true...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Murder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery
Murder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery
Robin Stevens
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015  When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Double Trouble at L'Etoile
Double Trouble at L'Etoile
Holly Willoughby
Molly, Maria, Pippa and Sally are back for their second year at L'Etoile and they can't wait to get their skates on at L'Etoile's new Glacier Palace ice-rink! But after the arrival of a new set of twins at L'Etoile,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Cowgirl
Cowgirl
G. R. Gemin
A gently funny story of a community coming together, this is a tale of happy endings in unexpected places. There were cows in the road - loads of them. I pulled hard on the brakes and swerved. The back wheel skidded,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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Atlas of Adventures A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities from the Four Corners of the Globe
Atlas of Adventures A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities from the Four Corners of the Globe
Lucy Letherland
Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Explore seven continent maps, packed with hundred of activities and challenges to inspire armchair travellers of any age. Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Oksa Pollock: The Heart of Two Worlds
Oksa Pollock: The Heart of Two Worlds
Anne Plichota, Wolf Cendrine, Tom Sanderson
The magical land of Edefia is dying - and with it, the Earth: floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are putting millions of lives in danger. The one hope is Oksa Pollock, a teenage girl who has recently discovered her astounding...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs
The Little Book of Garden Bird Songs
Andrea Pinnington, Caz Buckingham
Featured here are amongst the 12 best-known European garden birds that you are most likely to see at a bird table. In addition to the easy to use sound bar, there is a general introduction to each bird that highlights...
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Format: Novelty book - Released: 17/02/2015
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The Nowhere Emporium
Reader Reviewed The Nowhere Emporium
Ross MacKenzie
This sparkling fantasy adventure is a glorious hymn to the powers of the imagination. Young Daniel Holmes first stumbles into the Nowhere Emporium as he’s running from a couple of the bullies from the children’s home where he lives. He’s...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 19/03/2015
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We are All Born Free The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures
We are All Born Free The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures
Amnesty International
An arrestingly original way of informing children of their human rights, We Are All Born Free depicts each of the 30 Articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in wonderful illustrations by thirty best known illustrators. Each of the important...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Little Women (with an Introduction by Louise Rennison)
Little Women (with an Introduction by Louise Rennison)
Louisa May Alcott
Laugh and cry with the March family. Meg, the sweet-tempered one, Jo, the smart one, Beth, the shy one and Amy, the sassy one.  Despite their lack of money they have a great deal of fun, have sisterly squabbles, have...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2008
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
The story of Alice's fall down the rabbit hole and the extraordinary experiences she has there is one of the best known of all the classics. Everything is Wonderland is curious and different; there's the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
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Dreams of Freedom
Dreams of Freedom
Amnesty International
Powerful and moving, this collection of some of the most famous quotes about freedom including the words of Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela make thoughtful statements about the global fight for human rights. Illustrators including Chris Riddell, Oliver...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Circus of Thieves on the Rampage
Circus of Thieves on the Rampage
William Sutcliffe
Roll up, roll up! Shank's Impossible Circus is back in town in this hilariously wacky adventure from bestselling author William Sutcliffe.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Rugby Academy: Surface to Air
Rugby Academy: Surface to Air
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+ Good rugby stories for young readers are thin on the ground, but Tom Palmer’s Rugby Academy books are real winners! In this second book in the series, Rory and the other members of the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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A Spoonful of Jam
A Spoonful of Jam
Michelle Magorian
Best-selling Michelle Magorian brings the magic of theatre and the joys – and terrors – of performance to life in this exciting, funny and touching story about Elie’s first excursion onto the stage. Set after World War Two has ended...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Stars Shall be Bright
Stars Shall be Bright
Catherine MacPhail
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+  There are all sorts of stories being told about World War One, this one, based on the true story of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster, is particularly unusual and moving. With Dad away fighting, James,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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Robot Girl
Robot Girl
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+  When it comes to writing involving, thought-provoking page-turners, Malorie Blackman is unbeatable. In this short novel in Barrington Stoke’s dyslexia-friendly format, she’s returns to one of her favourite themes and turns the readers’ perception...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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ANZAC Boys
ANZAC Boys
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 9+  Reading Age 8+   Children are hyper-sensitive to unfairness, and the lives described in this Barrington Stoke World War One novel are full of episodes of arbitrary cruelty making for compulsive reading. When brothers Bert and Frank are...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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Ninja: Assassin
Ninja: Assassin
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8+   Action-packed and with no holds barred, this is a taut adventure story capturing the themes of revenge and honour that lie at the heart of the Ninja culture. Taka is determined to take revenge...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2014
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Boy in the Tower
Boy in the Tower
Polly Ho-Yen
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best Story   From the seventeenth floor of the tower block where he lives with his mother, Ade watches as the buildings...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Jungle Book (with an Introduction by Christopher Paolini)
The Jungle Book (with an Introduction by Christopher Paolini)
Rudyard Kipling
A magical adventure right in the heart of the jungle, The Jungle Book tells how a little boy child grows up in the care of some of the mightiest beasts of the jungle. Saved from the jaws of the ferocious...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2009
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Peter Pan (with an introduction by Tony Diterlizzi)
Peter Pan (with an introduction by Tony Diterlizzi)
J.M. Barrie
The magical idea of never growing up lies at the heart of the story of Peter Pan. When Peter Pan flies in at the bed room window of the three Darling children one starry night he leads them off flying...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2008
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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (with an Introduction by Darren Shan)
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (with an Introduction by Darren Shan)
Mark Twain
This is a wonderful adventure of three boys from very different worlds. At the heart of the story is the relationship between Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, white and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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The Wizard Of Oz (with an Introduction by Cornelia Funke)
The Wizard Of Oz (with an Introduction by Cornelia Funke)
L Frank Baum
Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her dog Toto into a magical world that unfurls before you. A classic with more magic on every page than almost any other book and appropriately enough the contemporary author who comes...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2008
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Glee Club
Glee Club
Jo Cotterill
Interest Age 9  Reading Age 6+  Barrington Stoke specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with dyslexia: short extents, carefully chosen fonts and layout, and cream paper help, but good stories are...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2015
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A Boy Called Hope
Reader Reviewed A Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - March 2014 Debut of the Month  A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap family. Dan Hope...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2014
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Hagurosan
Hagurosan
Darren Shan
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8  A tale full of wonder from the master story-telling Darren Shan! Hagurosan is sent by his mother to take an offering of cake...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/05/2013
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Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers
Reader Reviewed Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers
Elen Caldecott
With a great theatre background, this is a gripping adventure of a lost diamond necklace, a false accusation and a desperate race to find out the truth. Piotr’s dad is on security duty at the theatre when the great Hollywood...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit/Bombs on Aunt Dainty
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit/Bombs on Aunt Dainty
Judith Kerr
Partly autobiographical, these are first and second books in the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr, telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World War. Michael Morpurgo called When Hitler Stole...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
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Stormbreaker
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Anthony Horowitz
A fabulous story that crackles with suspense and daring and shows that a bit of cheek will take you a very long way. Alex Rider is fourteen when his whole world is turned upside down. Already an orphan, his guardian...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?
Reader Reviewed Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?
Rob Stevens
February 2015 Book of the Month  A touching and funny story about thirteen year old Stanley wrestling with his insecurities and his place in his family. Stanley is adopted and, although he knows his parents love him very much, he...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Darkmouth
Reader Reviewed Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
February 2015 Debut of the Month   Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it’s really not the kind of place you’d want to go on holiday. In fact Darkmouth is a Blighted Village, one of the last...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
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The Bell Between Worlds
Reader Reviewed The Bell Between Worlds
Ian Johnstone
Debut-author Ian Johnstone offers his readers an enormous and richly created world to explore in this elaborately constructed fantasy. Sylas Tate steps into the unusual Shop of Things and, through his remarkable powers of imagination and his ability to do...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Fizzlebert Stump and the Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things
Fizzlebert Stump and the Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things
A. F. Harrold
A story of circus rivalry, learning who you really are, and the problem of oddly-shaped vegetables.  Fizzlebert needs to reunite his friend the Bearded Boy with his long-lost parents, and find himself a new act. Luckily, the strongest girl in...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Supercat vs the Pesky Pirate
Reader Reviewed Supercat vs the Pesky Pirate
Jeanne Willis
Everybody's favourite all-action cat is back in the third instalment of the hilarious cat-superhero series, from award-winning author and queen of comedy, Jeanne Willis.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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The Butterfly Club
The Butterfly Club
Jacqueline Wilson
February 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson unfolds a compelling new story about the importance of both family and friends. Tina is the youngest and the smallest of the triplets. She was so little when she was a...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
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Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Reader Reviewed Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Cathy Cassidy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014  Cathy Cassidy’s Chocolate Box Girls are growing up and learning to deal with new problems. Fifteen year old Honey flies...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Brilliant
Reader Reviewed Brilliant
Roddy Doyle
One of our Books of the Year 2014   A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes out of the clouds and settles...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story
I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story
James Patterson
Another welcome return for Jamie Grimm, wisecracking wheelchair-using star of best-selling author James Patterson’s Middle School series for kids. In this episode Jamie is off to Hollywood to take part in the national finals of the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Bad Magic
Reader Reviewed Bad Magic
Pseudonymous Bosch
Fans of Lemony Snicket will feel themselves in good authorial hands with Pseudonymous Bosch. Dire warnings about calamities to come, knowing asides, footnotes and appendices abound, giving the book a distinct feel and putting the reader on the inside of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2015
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Book & CD
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck Book & CD
Jeff Kinney
The perfect gift for Wimpy Kid fans - now you can read and listen to Hard Luck, book 8 in the award-winning, hilarious Wimpy Kid series! Francesca Dow,...
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Format: Mixed media product - Released: 29/01/2015
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Girl with a White Dog
Girl with a White Dog
Anne Booth
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015     A thoughtful and emotionally charged story in which different generations are linked by their common cause of dealing with bullies and hatred. Jessie’s life has been full of changes....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J. K. Rowling
This stunning gift edition hardback, presented in a beautiful foiled cloth slipcase decorated with brand new line art by Jonny Duddle, is the perfect introduction to Harry Potter.  This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he...
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Format: Multiple copy pack - Released: 05/02/2015
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You Tell Me!
You Tell Me!
Roger McGough, Michael Rosen
Football, first love, teachers and tongue-twisters is a fantastic poetry collection by two of the funniest, most famous poets writing today.  
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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The Land of Green Ginger
The Land of Green Ginger
Noel Langley
A welcome reissue of a classic title that is perfect for reading aloud to all those who enjoy magical adventure laced with knockabout humour. Aladdin, hero of the story of the magic lamp, has a son Abu Ali who is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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Street Corner Dad
Street Corner Dad
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Set in Liverpool during World War II, Alan Gibbon’s novel is a compelling drama. It packs a real emotional punch despite its short extent, which is Barrington Stoke style, part of their method of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Hard Luck
Hard Luck
Jeff Kinney
Hard Luck, book 8 of the hilarious, globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, is now out in paperback. Francesca Dow, m.d. of Penguin Children’s, said: “Millions of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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The Wolf Princess
The Wolf Princess
Cathryn Constable
Exciting, atmospheric, romantic and stylish, The Wolf Princess marks a welcome return to the comfort of traditional storytelling.  Steeped in history and nostalgia, but delicious in its telling, The Wolf Princess is a celebration of innocence, friendship and resourcefulness.  For...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Whisper
Reader Reviewed The Whisper
Emma Clayton
Twins Mika and Ellie first appeared in The Roar, a suspenseful thriller set in a not-too-distant future Britain in which humanity lives behind a huge concrete wall to protect them from animals carrying a plague.  Readers who may not...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
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I am David
I am David
Anne Holm
Anne Holm’s novel, first published in the UK in 1965, is one of the most honest and searing accounts for children of man’s inhumanity to man. It’s also one of the most hopeful. It tells the haunting story of a...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/01/2015
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The Wickford Doom
The Wickford Doom
Chris Priestley
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8  Chris Priestley has a gift for writing frightening stories, and this short wartime-set novel for Barrington Stoke, which specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Rugby Academy: Combat Zone
Rugby Academy: Combat Zone
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+  Tom Palmer is brilliant at capturing the passion of sport and the drama it creates. Woody is an outstanding young footballer so when his dad, a pilot who is often away on active service,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2014
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The Girl with the Sunshine Smile
The Girl with the Sunshine Smile
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+  Best-selling Karen McCrombie brilliantly captures the whirlwind of emotions that Meg is thrown into when her mum starts dating a new partner. Meg loves her life with just her mum. Everything is neat and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2014
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Trash
Trash
Andy Mulligan
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal. ***Now a major film by Stephen...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Adventures of Shola
The Adventures of Shola
Bernardo Atxaga
Winner of the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Celebrating 150 years of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. One of the most imaginative and best-loved of all children’s books, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is as original...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
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Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant
Armageddon Outta Here - the World of Skulduggery Pleasant
Derek Landy
For the first time, every Skulduggery Pleasant short story - plus The End of the World, the World Book Day novelette - is collected into one magnificent volume. Join Gordon Edgley as he parties like it's 1985, watch Valkyrie Cain...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
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Just Henry
Just Henry
Michelle Magorian
From the award winning author of Goodnight Mister Tom comes a page turning tale. Warmhearted and full of period detail, Just Henryis a wonderful story of growing up and seizing life’s opportunities. It’s post war Britain and life should...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story
I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story
James Patterson
I Even Funnier is a welcome return for Jamie, wheel-chair-using wannabe comedian and star of James Patterson’s new series.  Once again, Jamie’s preparations for a comedy competition give the plot an impetus that will get and keep kids turning the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Scarlet Ibis
Reader Reviewed Scarlet Ibis
Gill Lewis
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Gill Lewis is renowned for her stories about powerful and beneficial relationships between animals and children. Scarlet Ibis is an emotional story about how befriending birds can help to heal Red, a little boy...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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River Daughter
River Daughter
Jane Hardstaff
January 2015 Book of the Month  Moss, the river daughter of the title, first appeared in Jane Hardstaff’s much-praised debut The Executioner’s Daughter, a thrilling novel that cleverly mixed the supernatural with a convincing historical background. In this new adventure,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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The Deadly Seven
Reader Reviewed The Deadly Seven
Garth Jennings
January 2015 Debut of the Month  An incredibly funny adventure story for the Pixar generation, perfect for fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce and Cressida Cowell.  When eleven year-old Nelson’s beloved big sister goes missing on a school trip, he is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Ratburger
Ratburger
David Walliams
Best-selling author David Williams has come up with another cracker of a story in Ratburger, available here in a special book and CD set, with the story read by the author.  Zoe is a lovely little girl with a terrible...
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Format: Mixed media product - Released: 01/01/2015
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Haatchi and Little B
Haatchi and Little B
Wendy Holden
When Haatchi was injured by a train, he lost one of his legs and his tail - a huge problem for such a big dog. He needed some serious love; he needed to find his perfect Forever Home. And then...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler
The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler
Gene Kemp
A well-deserved winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1978, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler remains as fresh as ever in this attractive new edition. Twelve year old Tyke, who has a reputation as something of a troublemaker, tells the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
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Pinocchio
Reader Reviewed Pinocchio
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Michael Morpurgo has created a fresh version of the classic story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet with a terrible habit of telling lies who comes alive and has some incredible adventures. Here, Pinocchio tells his own story which, in his...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha
The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha
Michael Foreman
An evocative WW1 story of heroism and friendship, based on real events.  Ali Pasha was a tortoise celebrity, appearing on Blue Peter and in newspapers worldwide, including The Times and The Boston Globe. Retold through journal entries and through Henry’s...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
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The Good Little Devil and Other Tales
The Good Little Devil and Other Tales
Pierre Gripari
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2013
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Middle School: Save Rafe (Middle School 6)
Reader Reviewed Middle School: Save Rafe (Middle School 6)
James Patterson
Save Rafe! gives struggling middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian another chance to prove himself. In this adventure he is spending a week on an outdoor survival expedition in order to be accepted back into Hills Village Middle School – the...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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I Funny
I Funny
James Patterson
Jamie Grimm, he funny. He very funny in fact. Book one in this new series by James Patterson follows his progress as he enters a local comedy competition for kids. The plotline allows for jokes a-plenty, while Jamie’s comical observations...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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House of Robots
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 new series created with Chris Grabenstein and tells the story...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 04/12/2014
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The Letter for the King
Reader Reviewed The Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Five Children on the Western Front
Reader Reviewed Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month - Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014    Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Harald Hardnut
Harald Hardnut
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+  For some thrilling real life action and adventure, you won’t get much better than Tony Bradman’s Harald Hardnut. The most reluctant reader will devour it quickly. Plenty of fighting and killing and far more...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2014
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The Ghost of Shadow Vale
The Ghost of Shadow Vale
Jonathon Stroud
Interest Age 8-12  Reading Age 8+. This thrilling Icelandic myth published by Barrington Stoke in their RELOADED series that introduces readers to new lands and cultures in an accessible way features some terrific characters that will bring to life a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/11/2014
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The Flying Classroom
The Flying Classroom
Erich Kastner
One of our Books of the Year 2014   A perfect story for Christmas! Set in a school in the weeks running up to Christmas with all the excitement of an end of term play in the background, The Flying Classroom...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Big Game
Reader Reviewed Big Game
Dan Smith
As boys’ own adventures go, Big Game takes some beating! Thirteen year old Oskari sets out into the wilderness of his Finnish homeland as part of an ancient trial of manhood. He’s small, a bit clumsy and no-one expects him...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Anton and Piranha
Anton and Piranha
Milena Baisch
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, awarded biennially since 1996, was founded to celebrate the best translation of a children’s book from a foreign language into English and published in the UK. It aims to spotlight...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
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Urban Outlaws
Urban Outlaws
Peter Jay Black
Fast-paced and high tech, this is page turning thriller as the Urban Outlaws, a group of five kids on a mission to make the world a better place, take on some of the worlds richest and slipperiest criminals. Benito Del...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/01/2015
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