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Books of the Month

Word of Mouse
James Patterson
December 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: you'll believe a mouse can be a hero! | There are fast-moving, grab-you-by-the-eyeballs-first-page-in reads, then there's James Patterson! Boy, does this man know how to tell a story in a way... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/12/2016
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The Giant's Necklace
Michael Morpurgo
December 2016 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo's short story is a small gem. Part adventure, part ghost story it slips easily between past and present as... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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A Miscellany of Magical Beasts
Simon Holland
December 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beasts, magical beasts, in words and pictures | This very handsome book, wonderfully illustrated by some of the top artists of today, is a must-have for anyone fascinated by the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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Winter Magic
Amy Alward, Emma Carroll, Berlie Doherty & others
December 2016 Book of the Month I've always thought books were magical. It's always a wonder that a simple combination of words can have such meaning, take us on so many adventures. This short story collection encapsulates that belief... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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A World of Information
Richard Platt
December 2016 Fascintating Facts Book of the Month A visually stunning collection of facts and figures for all the family to enjoy. Do you know how many bones there are in the human body or how clouds form? Or about... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

The Song from Somewhere Else
A. F. Harrold
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month November 2016 Award-winning A.F. Harrold blends reality and imagination in a moving and thought-provoking story about friendship, loneliness and being brave when things are difficult. Bullied at school and unsupported at home,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 10/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedThere May be a Castle
Piers Torday
November 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: the unbeatable power of the imagination | Piers Torday's beautifully written book is an extraordinary allegory, a story of courage and love, and of the life-affirming importance of stories. It's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedAn Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
November 2016 Book of the Month A ‘what if' story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo's hands,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Fun Science
Charlie McDonnell
YouTuber Charlie McDonnell is a science fan & brings his passion and flair to inspire young readers to love science. From space and the beginnings of the universe to how science is used at home & all around us, bright... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War
Various Authors
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal | Although this collection of stories about the First World War opens with familiar lines from Wilfred Owen's Anthem for Doomed Youth, it offers new ways to consider the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedMaybe a Fox
Alison McGhee, Kathi Appelt
Rich in atmosphere, the clever intertwining of two stories, one human and one animal, gives a new way of exploring grief in this magical realism story. Jules and Sylvie. Sisters together and forever. But then Sylvie disappears playing by the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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Murder in Midwinter
Fleur Hitchcock
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 A roller-coaster adventure packed full of action and mystery unravels at a breakneck pace after Maya takes a photo from a bus one wintery afternoon. In Maya's photo there is a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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The Making of Mollie
Anna Carey
In a nutshell: Suffragettes rule! A girl's eye view of early feminism | In Anna Carey's lively new novel, it's the portioning out of a roast chicken that sets Mollie thinking about women's rights (her brother always gets the best bits)!... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/10/2016
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The Wildings: The Hundred Names of Darkness
Nilanjana Roy
The Hundred Names of Darkness concludes the thrilling story that began with The Wildings. The Nizamuddin cat clan are licking their wounds, slowly recovering after their terrible battle with the ferals from The Shuttered House but soon they are... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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The Song of Seven
Tonke Dragt
From the author of the thrilling The Letter for the King comes this new adventure featuring a grumpy coachman, a sinister uncle, eccentric ancestors, a hidden treasure, an ancient prophecy and Geert-Jan, a young boy who is being kept... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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The Sticky Witch 4u2read
Hilary Mckay
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 7 In a nutshell: two children and their cat escape a sticky situation Hilary McKay's name on a book's cover is a guarantee that you are in for a treat and The Sticky... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2016
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The Unofficial Old and New Testaments for Minecrafters The Bible Told Block by Block
Garrett Romines, Christopher Miko
This is Minecraft but not as you know it. Although not officially Minecraft, the Minecrafters Bible has been created by Christopher Miko and Garrett Romines, who having seen the amazing connection children have with this game and have been taking... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/10/2016
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A Boy Called Christmas
Matt Haig
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! | In a nutshell: a Christmas story for one and all! | Matt Haigh invents a brand new Christmas story in his tale of how a weedy little boy called Nikolas became the jolly bearded... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Christmasaurus
Tom Fletcher
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016, Tom Fletcher brings Christmas and Dinosaurs together in a warm hearted, rollickingly magical story inspired by his love of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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The Curiositree: Natural World A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature
A. J. Wood, Mike Jolley
The creators of non-fiction continue to set the standard for sumptuous, beautiful books and this must surely be one of the most handsome to be published all year. Via 67 colourful wall charts it examines the different ways in which... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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How Machines Work
David Macaulay
Winner of the £10,000 Royal Society's Young People's Book Prize 2016, which champions the best science books for under-14s. Macaulay, who was announced as the winner at a ceremony in Cardif, was selected by a panel of child judges... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2015
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The First Hunter
Robert Swindells
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8 In a nutshell: action-filled, thought-provoking story set in the Stone Age. In urgent, staccato prose Robert Swindells transports readers back to the Stone Age for a gripping story of early hunters. Tan and his... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2016
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Diary of a Trainee Rock God
Jonathan Meres
Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 9 | In a nutshell: it's only a rock'n'roll story but we like it! Part of dyslexia and reluctant reader specialist Barrington Stoke's ‘super readable' collection, Jonathan Mere's novel will hit all the right notes... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/11/2016
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The Tigerboy
Ted Hughes
Described as Metamorphosis for young readers, this story by Ted Hughes is indeed filled with a sense of transformation, visceral and almost terrifying in its vitality. There's nothing out of the ordinary about Fred, except that he seems to have... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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The Girl with No Nose
Georgia Byng
Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: true hearts and heroines in Victorian London | Inspired by an artefact at the Hunterian Museum Georgia Byng tells a story about a young girl born with no nose, that will inspire readers to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2016
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Aidan Abet, Teacher's Pet
Guy Bass
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: shocking levels of sucking-up in super-readable school story | Aidan Abet works hard at school making sure he stays teacher's pet – it's the best way of ensuring protection from horrible... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2016
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Double Down
Jeff Kinney
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2016
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Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Georgia Byng
In a nutshell: look into the pages for hypnotising adventure! Georgia Byng's story of the young girl who manages to swap a miserable life in an orphanage for the bright lights, fame and fortune of Broadway through her incredible talent... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World
Warner Bros.
J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World is full of magical curiosities: a flying car, a hat that sings, an enchanted case, and so much more. This small, deluxe pop-up book showcases three-dimensional renderings of some of the beloved curiosities from the Harry... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/11/2016
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The Girl Who Saved Christmas
Matt Haig
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! | In a nutshell: Christmas magic and ho-ho-hope | Matt Haigh follows his best-selling A Boy Called Christmas with another festive treat, a brand new story of Father Christmas, his elf and reindeer friends, that... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Mistletoe and Murder A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
Robin Stevens
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month A festive feast of ghastly goings on for fans old and new of the A Murder Most Unladylike series. Astute, smart and daring they may... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/10/2016
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The Midnight Gang
David Walliams
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: comedy capers on the NHS from everyone's favourite storyteller! The spirit of Roald Dahl lives on in David Walliams, and Dahl's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/11/2016
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Middle School: Dog's Best Friend
James Patterson
In a nutshell: fast-moving, funny, irresistible reading | James Patterson sets out to make his children's books irresistible reading, and he succeeds every time. Rafe Khatchadorian is a typical Patterson hero – he's funny, street-wise, smart, but not the world's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Road to Ever After
Moira Young
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | In a nutshell: angels escape love (or how to live a wonderful life) Moira Young puts her own spin on the Christmas film classic It's a Wonderful Life in this... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedMagnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
Rick Riordan
November 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Exhilaratingly entertaining mythological mayhem | Adventure and all-round awesomeness abound in this second book in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, aka The Undisputed Master of Modern Mythological Makeovers!... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/10/2016
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Reader ReviewedClover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
October 2016 Book of the Month | 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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Blink and You Die
Lauren Child
October 2016 Book of the Month | 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 it is! Someone, someone... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Spirit of the Jungle
Bear Grylls
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: jungle survival in the footsteps of Mowgli | More than 120 years after publication of The Jungle Book, and following... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever
Rachel Renee Russell
In a Nutshell: School exchange shenanigans | Eleventh awesome-packed instalment of a sensationally sidesplitting series. Nikki goes into mega meltdown mode when she has to spend a week at North Hampton Hills International Academy as part of an exchange scheme.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 17/11/2016
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Survivors
David Long
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts In a nutshell: jaw-dropping true stories; survival against the odds | Proof that true stories can be every bit as remarkable as the most fantastic fiction, David... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/10/2016
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The Crooked Sixpence
Jennifer Bell
June 2016 Debut of the Month Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems. If you enjoy adventure, mystery and an avalanche of magic, then you've come to the right place! This is an uncommonly good and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Chronologica The Incredible Years That Defined History
Whitaker's Almanack
Written and compiled by the team behind Whitaker's Almanack, Chronologica provides a eye-opening tour through over 2500 years of world history, starting in 753BC with the founding of Rome, and finishing in 1989 with the Tiananmen Square riots, the fall... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 17/11/2016
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Newt Scamander A Movie Scrapbook
Warner Bros.
One of a number of books to tie-in with the new movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this magical scrapbook is filled with removable artefacts such as wizarding newspapers, posters and fascinating finds that will take readers on... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/11/2016
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Colour Together: Christmas

If everyone's getting a bit over-excited, Colour Together Christmas will provide a lovely way to calm things down. Cleverly designed for adult and child to colour in together, with intricate designs on one side, and simpler ones on the other,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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Moone Boy: The Marvellous Activity Manual
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
Do you want your own bobble hat and your own imaginary friend - just like Martin Moone? Then join Martin and his friend Sean Murphy in the marvellous world of Moone Boy! Enjoy an exclusive new Moone Boy story, a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/10/2016
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The White Fox
Jackie Morris
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | November 2016 Book of the Month Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: a wild creature leads a boy home | Full of magic, myth and a wonderful sense... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/10/2016
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Fame Thing
Jonathan Meres
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: funny story of football, fandom and fame | George is over the moon when she finds out her favourite footballer... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

The Fox and the Ghost King
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month October 2016 Award-winning Michael Morpurgo weaves a charming and witty story around sport and...
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The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster
Chosen as a favourite by Philip Pullman: "Superb wit and vigorous invention." As whimsical as The Wizard of Oz, but with the allegorical wisdom of Alice in Wonderland, The Phantom...
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The Jacqueline Wilson Colouring Book
Jacqueline Wilson
Unleash your creativity and lose yourself in this beautiful colouring book bursting with Nick Sharratt's inspirational illustrations of Jacqueline's larger-than-life characters. Get those pencils at the ready! The wonderful world...
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Wonder
R. J. Palacio
Winner of the 'Best of the Best' children's category at the Independent Bookshop Week Awards 2016. Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award Best Fiction for 5-12s 2013 and Shortlisted...
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Reader Reviewed Beetle Boy
M.G. Leonard
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book...
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City Trails - London
Lonely Planet Kids
Discover London's best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff guaranteed to blow your mind, that are definitely off the tourist trail from the comfort of your own...
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City Trails - New York
Lonely Planet Kids
This book is perfect for anyone who has been to New York, plans to go there or is just interested in finding out more about this amazing city! Discover New...
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City Trails - Paris
Lonely Planet Kids
Discover Paris's best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff guaranteed to blow your mind, that are definitely off the tourist trail. This book is perfect for anyone...
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Reader Reviewed The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop
Clare Balding
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: follow your dreams | Young readers will gallop through Clare...
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Time After Time
Judi Curtin
September 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: touching, gentle timeslip adventure | Judi Curtin has been described as the Irish Jacqueline Wilson and it's easy to see...
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Reader Reviewed Precious and the Zebra Necklace
Alexander Mccall Smith
Precious Ramotswe's career as a detective began when she was just nine, long before she set up the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Her early adventures are described in this...
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Football School: 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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The Dragonsitter: Trick or Treat?
Josh Lacey
In a nutshell: dragons Halloween and a visit from Granny | Josh Lacey's Dragonsitter stories are little masterpieces of comic storytelling. In each one, the action is revealed via emails...
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Reader Reviewed Podkin One-Ear
Kieran Larwood
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story In a nutshell: rabbit heroes | rabbit villains | magic and heroism | ‘Stories aren't all about fighting and revenge. You have to...
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Wonderland: Alice in Poetry
Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll's Alice has been enchanting children for 150 years. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter are among the best-loved, most...
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Grace-Ella Spells for Beginners
Sharon Marie Jones
In a nutshell: Black cats | Magic | Fun Grace-Ella's life is magically transformed when a black cat strolls into her house and makes himself at home. Mr Whiskins is a...
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Reader Reviewed The Secret of Nightingale Wood
Lucy Strange
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Debut of the Month Debut author Lucy Strange tells a touching story, rich in atmosphere and with a...
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Reader Reviewed The Thing About Jellyfish
Ali Benjamin
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and October 2016 Debut of the Month Twelve year old Suzy's confusion following the death...
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Coming to England
Floella Benjamin
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 Floella Benjamin's touching, well-observed and generously un-judgemental memoir is a classic which is a pertinent now as when it was first...
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Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots
Michael Rosen
Packed with silly rhymes, witty wordplay and thought-provoking story poems, this new collection of poems will delight children of all ages. Lovereading Review will follow...
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The Beano Annual 2017

The 2017 Beano Annual full of all your favourite characters.
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Reader Reviewed A Piglet Called Truffle
Helen Peters
With a realistic farming setting this is a warm-hearted story that will delight all those who love Dick King-Smith's animal stories. When Jasmine finds one of the farm's brand new...
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The War Next Door
Phil Earle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 A pacey new story set in Storey Street featuring a cast of outrageous characters doing a host of amazing and extraordinary...
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Reader Reviewed The Secret Horses of Briar Hill
Megan Shepherd
The story of a young girl in a sanatorium and the magical winged horses that only she can see, this is beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, a book that will move...
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Reader Reviewed 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...
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Scary Stories for 7 Year Olds
Various Authors
It's the perfect time of year for scary stories and there's a wonderfully varied selection in this excellent collection all written by prize-winning children's authors. For example, Michael Rosen retells...
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Collected Poems for Children: Macmillan Classics Edition
Charles Causley
This Macmillan Classics edition is truly a special gift to treasure. The poems in this collection all by Charles Causley, who is considered to be one of the greatest post-war poets,...
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Roald Dahl 100 Phizz-Whizzing Postcards
Roald Dahl
Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this little box - tremendous postcards are inside. From Golden Tickets and giant peaches to thank you, good-luck and congratulations cards, it's filled...
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Reader Reviewed The Royal Rabbits of London
Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: rabbits save the queen | You may not know this, but...
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in glorious full colour! A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl's best-known and most read creation and deservedly so....
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Matilda
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl's Matilda in glorious full colour! Matilda - Roald Dahl's best-loved story - though now over 25...
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The BFG
Roald Dahl
A splendiferous new hardback of The BFG, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and exquisite endpaper designs. ...
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A splendiferous new hardback of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and...
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Roald Dahl
A splendiferous new hardback of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases,...
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The Witches
Roald Dahl
A splendiferous new hardback of The Witches, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and exquisite endpaper designs....
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Adventivity House
Tracey Tucker
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! Adventivity House is an Advent calendar and activity book rolled into one! Crafty, festive fun during the countdown to Christmas. The follow up to...
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Atlas of Miniature Adventures
Emily Hawkins
This atlas may be pocket sized, but it still packs in all seven continents and provides close-ups on some of the smallest of world's marvels, from the tiniest animals and...
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The Colouring Book of Beautiful Gift Boxes: Christmas
Sarah Walsh
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! This is a wonderful colouring book filled with Christmas designs which can then be pulled out and made into cute little gift boxes. Each...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J. K. Rowling
Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Breathtaking scenes, dark themes and...
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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner
Terry Pratchett
Special Slipcased Edition | 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...
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Mabel Lucie Attwell's Peter Pan and Wendy
J.M. Barrie
Mabel Lucie Attwell was one of the best-loved children's illustrators of the last century and J. M. Barrie himself requested that she illustrate Peter Pan. For many adults her versions...
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The National Trust: The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes - Christmas
Rebecca Jones
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! Get creative with this amazingly innovative colouring book, full of beautifully-designed cards and envelopes to tear out and colour. Each page has two different...
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Reader Reviewed Witch Glitch
Sibéal Pounder
This is the fourth book about young witch Tiga Whicabim and she gains more fans with each new episode. Reunited with her long-lost mum Gretal Green, Tiga is settled in...
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The Complete Chronicles of Narnia
C. S. Lewis
A review for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe : One of our 'Must Reads'. C.S Lewis's classic fantasy book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe...
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The Singing Bones
Shaun Tan, Neil Gaiman
A gloriously enticing and shiver-inducing read, where sculpture sits as a window into the soul of the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. I saw this book at a distance and...
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What is Poetry? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems
Michael Rosen
A detailed and very personal guide to reading and writing poetry by one of the country's leading children's poets. Lovereading Review will follow...
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Illuminature
Rachel Williams
A novelty book unlike any other Illuminature provides extraordinary views of the natural world via coloured filters. Look at a page of tangled, coloured lines through the red lens and...
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Reader Reviewed Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - October 2015 Book of the Month Rick Riordan's unerring ability to reach readers - including those generally described as reluctant -...
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Daisy and the Trouble with Vampires
Kes Gray
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