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Books of the Month

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 is star of this new series, though he's not very... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2016
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Bridesmaid-In-Training
Meg Cabot
May 2016 Book of the Month Being a bridesmaid is a dream come true for lots of young girls, but imagine if you were going to be bridesmaid to a real princess! Life changed hugely for twelve-year old Olivia when... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Broken Heart Club
Cathy Cassidy
May 2016 Book of the Month A new book from Cathy Cassidy is always a treat, and her many fans are going to love The Broken Heart Club. Cathy Cassidy has a gift for capturing the turbulent emotions of young... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/04/2016
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The World's Worst Children
David Walliams
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month June 2016 Ten wickedly funny and wonderfully surreal stories of truly terrible children show best-selling David Walliams's amazing gift for spinning entertaining stories. Contained in a handsome edition and illustrated in colour throughout by... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedPugs of the Frozen North
Philip Reeve
May 2016 Book of the Month Award winning author partners Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre head north for their latest adventure. Shen the cabin boy is abandoned by... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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23 Ways to be an Eco Hero
Isabel Thomas
May 2016 Non-Fiction Book of the Month The planet is under threat, but there are things we can all do to change that says this attractive guide book. It's full of suggestions for practical – and enjoyable – things children... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedPick Your Poison
Lauren Child
May 2016 Book of the Month You've got to be really smart to keep up with 13 year old secret agent Ruby Redfort, as her enemies know to their cost. There are multiple strands to her new adventure, which involves... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Monster Hunter
Curtis Jobling
May 2016 Debut of the Month Max Helsing is seriously cool – a dab hand with a yo-yo, with a great line in banter, and he rides a Chopper. Oh yes, and he's descended from Professor Van Helsing, of Dracula... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4,000 years ago and tells the stories of twelve Greek Heroes. This isn't about Percy, however his unique voice shines through as he tells the tales in his own... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Eliza Rose
Lucy Worsley
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge of the Tudors, the people and above all the places,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedMy Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Children's Book of the Year, The British Book Industry Awards 2016 - Overall winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016 - Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. July 2015 Debut of the Month Oh the anguish! Luke is a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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House of Secrets
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
Hold onto your hats. Acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Chris Columbus has swapped the big screen for books with House of Secrets, the first book in a brand new trilogy, which he has co-written with Ned Vizzini of MTV's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/02/2014
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The Tree That Sat Down
Beverley Nichols
Part of a magical series loved by readers for generations, Beverley Nichols's gentle fantasy adventure will entrance and entertain today's children just as it did their parents and grandparents. Judy and her granny live in an enchanted wood and run... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/1975
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Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket
Caleb Krisp
The irresistible Ivy Pocket bounces back after the adventures recounted so brilliantly in Anyone But Ivy Pocket, as self-willed and gloriously self-deluded as ever! She believes she's been adopted by a benevolent couple, the Snagsbys of Snagsbys Economic Funerals, but... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Indian in the Cupboard
Lynne Reid Banks
Lynne Reid Banks's much-loved book has all the ingredients of a perfect children's story. Nine-year old Omri is given two important gifts for his birthday: a plastic Indian figure from his friend Patrick and a metal cupboard from his brother. ... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2009
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Peace Maker
Malorie Blackman
In a short book of less than 80 pages Malorie Blackman delivers an exciting, incisive story with a credible, interesting central character and powerful message about the importance of taking a stand and fighting for what you believe in. Michela... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2016
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In at the Deep End
Michelle Magorian
There is real depth to Michelle Magorian's story of a young boy taking part in a sponsored swim at his local pool. Ben is set to swim 100 lengths, then his mates Jack and Harry will finish the relay doing... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2016
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Get Coding
Young Rewired State
Published in association with Young Rewired State, a worldwide community of digital-makers aged eighteen and under, this book sets out to teach children how to code, and to show them how exciting coding can be. By the end, children will... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Diamond Brothers in the Falcon's Malteser
Anthony Horowitz
This reissue of Anthony Horowitz's hugely entertaining crime caper comes with a brand new introduction by Tim Diamond, who is probably – in fact almost certainly – the most incompetent private detective in the world. The wise-cracking tone, with jokes... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Clash of the Worlds
Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini, Chris Rylander
This is the concluding part of the thrilling adventure that began with House of Secrets and, as readers have come to expect, the pace does not let up for a minute. Brendan, Cordelia and Eleanor have one chance to save... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Bigger and Better
Kaye Umansky
Characters don't come bigger or better than Vi, the star of this fabulously funny new story by the inimitable Kaye Umansky. Vi is wife of that giant at the top of the beanstalk, but her account of the events of... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2016
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Amber's Song
Gillian Cross
From the author of The Demon Headmaster and other classics of contemporary children's literature comes a story of how working together can bring a peaceful solution no matter how much discord there is! Mark has a new baby sister, who... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bubble Boy
Stewart Foster
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2016 Deeply moving and utterly gripping, Bubble Boy is a stunning novel that makes you laugh and cry. And think. Joe lives in a sterile world. Wired up to monitors and drips, he... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedEdge of Extinction
Laura Martin
Here's a premise and a half: one hundred plus years ago, hubristic scientists decided to bring dinosaurs back from extinction, a la Jurassic Park. No-one expected that the dinosaurs would also bring a disease deadly to mankind. Now what's left... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Super Skills: How to be a Blogger & Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons
Shane Birley
Welcome to the world of blogging! It?s never been easier to share and express ideas, and lots of young people are keen to join the world of bloggers and share their enthusiasm for the things that excite them. This practical,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/04/2016
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William Shakespeare Scenes from the Life of the World's Greatest Writer
Mick Manning
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 Mick Manning and Brita Granström have developed a picture book approach to non-fiction that brings their subjects to vivid life. Beautifully illustrated throughout in coloured pencil and watercolour and with pen and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Mary Poppins
P. L. Travers
Mary Poppins has been the world's most famous nanny for the last 80 years and her success remains undimmed. Jane and Michael Banks need a new nanny so they set about writing a job description. In reply, blown in by... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2008
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Friendship According To Humphrey
Betty G. Birney
Another delightful story about Humprey the Hamster and his freinds full of relatable life lessons that help young readers deal with growing up. Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 01/02/2007
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Harriet The Spy
Louise Fitzhugh
Although it was written four decades ago, Harriet the Spy is still a thoroughly modern story. Harriet - bossy, determined, prone to shouting things like ‘I'll be damned if I'll got to dancing school!' - has a great sense of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 05/01/2004
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Spangles Mcnasty and the Fish of Gold
Steve Webb
To the canon of disgusting, disreputable villains loved by children – the Twits, Mr Gum, Armitage Shanks – can now be added Spangles McNasty and his sidekick Sausage-face Pete. To give you an idea of how nasty Spangles is, his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Adventures of Alfie Onion
Vivian French
If you love fairytales – and who couldn't? – you'll love this brand new adventure written by one of our most inventive and entertaining children's authors. Magnifico Onion might be the seventh son of a seventh son but he's been... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Saga of Erik the Viking
Terry Jones
The fantastically brilliant and amazingly adventurous Saga of Erik the Viking by Terry Jones returns in this new edition with an exclusive foreword from Terry who is of course, most famous for his membership of the Monty Python team. It... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/04/2016
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Dreams of Freedom
Amnesty International
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/03/2015
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How to Fight a Dragon's Fury
Cressida Cowell
This is the twelfth book in Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon series and she brings it to a tremendous and fitting finale. The fate of the dragon world lies in the hands of her hero, the mild and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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The Wonder Garden
Jenny Broom
Winner of the English Picture Book Award 2016 for ages 7 - 11 - Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children's books. One of our Books of the Year 2015 New from the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedMiddle School: Just My Rotten Luck
James Patterson
James Patterson continues to do sterling work turning reluctant readers onto books, and this latest instalment in the ongoing trials of Rafe Khatchadorian will more than satisfy his young fans. Things couldn't look worse for Rafe, he's back at Hills... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook
Louie Stowell
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - This book, with a Foreword by Tim Peake who in December 2015 became the first British astronaut to go to the International Space station, should go to the top of any... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedMoone Boy 2: The Fish Detective
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
Here we have another episode in the life of hapless eleven-year-old Martin Moone, related by his imaginary best-friend and sidekick Sean Murphy in as fine a free-fall stream-of-consciousness narrative as you could hope for, full of asides, tangents and footnotes!... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Katy
Jacqueline Wilson
In her new book Jacqueline Wilson retells one of her own childhood favourites, Susan Coolidge's classic What Katy Did. She echoes the original closely: both Katys are bright, headstrong, daydreamers with big imaginations, unable to avoid trouble. Like the original,... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Circus of Thieves and the Comeback Caper
William Sutcliffe
The Austen of audacity, Armitage Shanks, circus master and dastardliest of villains is back and up to no good, to the delight of fans of these wacky, inventive and hugely entertaining books. And indeed, readers are promised (warned?) that this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedLucy Locket: Online Disaster
Emma Moss
May 2016 Debut of the Month A brand new, innovative and fun series that's pitch-perfect fiction for aspirational vloggers, digital devotees and readers with a passion for all things online! There's always a demand for contemporary fiction for young girls... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedLittle Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
May 2016 Debut of the Month This moving story of looked-after children describes the difficulties they face, but is nonetheless uplifting. Ira and her little brother Zac live in Skilly House, what Tracy Beaker would call a dumping ground. There... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Mighty Dynamo
Kieran Crowley
In three words: football – family – fair play Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, but as Bill Shankly said, it's much more important than that. Noah really needs to play in the... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Booked
Kwame Alexander
Nick is football mad, finding more poetry, more to stimulate him on the soccer field and with a ball at his feet than he ever does in books. This doesn't go down well with his father, a linguistics professor with... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Astounding Broccoli Boy
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 Best Story - Andrea Reeces's Pick of the Year 2015 This is Frank Cottrell Boyce's first standalone novel since Cosmic in 2008...
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The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Oh my, what an absolute treasure this is. Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book was first published in 1894 and now, over 120 years later, it's still capturing imaginations. This collectable,...
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The Second Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
The new live-action version of The Jungle Book should send lots of children to read Kipling's stories of Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera – let's hope so anyway because, to quote...
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Reader Reviewed The Nowhere Emporium
Ross MacKenzie
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 - Best Story - Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 8-11 age category This sparkling fantasy adventure is a glorious hymn...
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Collection of Curiosities: Oceans
Polly Cheeseman
This fascinating information/activity book is full of interesting facts about the oceans and the wide array of life within them. With life-like illustrations which accompany the text, plus activities to...
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Where's Will: Find Shakespeare Hidden in His Plays
Anna Claybourne
With Shakespeare in the spotlight, this book finds an unusual and effective way to spark children's interest in his plays. It retells ten of the most popular in cartoon strip,...
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Reader Reviewed Wildwitch: Wildfire
Lene Kaarberbol
Classic fantasy adventure of the sort that Lene Kaaberbøl has created here fulfils our deep-rooted need for stories of heroism and bravery, of the underdog finding the strength to defeat...
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Reader Reviewed Chaos Descends
Shane Hegarty
April 2016 Book of the Month The third book in the monstrously funny and action-packed new series: Darkmouth. It's going to be legendary. Lovereading Review to follow....
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Reader Reviewed Jolly Foul Play
Robin Stevens
April 2016 Book of the Month Gosh, but the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries are jolly good reads! After their adventures on the Orient Express, crime-solving friends Daisy Wells and Hazel...
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The Ostrich of Pudding Lane
Jeremy Strong
Jeremy Strong knows just how to pitch a story to junior readers and the three different adventures in this collection have all his hallmarks: exaggerated characters; bags of slapstick; fast,...
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Shadow Warriors
Chris Bradford
Deep rivalries, hand to hand fighting, daring raids and surprise revelations, they all feature in this collection of stories about young ninja warrior Taka. Together with his ninja clan he's...
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What's So Special About Shakespeare?
Michael Rosen
Shakespeare's writing was extraordinary four hundred years ago, and it's still extraordinary today says Michael Rosen in this splendid and inspiring introduction to the bard. Rosen demonstrates to young people...
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Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Dame Judi Dench
Charles and Mary Lamb's retellings of twenty of Shakespeare's tales are rich with humour and telling imagery; and the authors reflect much of Shakespeare's insight into the human condition. The...
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Reader Reviewed Flyboy
Tom Palmer
April 2016 Book of the Month Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Tom Palmer's new story starts on a football pitch and then, via a clever bit of ghost story, gives...
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Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples

A guide to delicious and nutritious vegetarian food for kids. This book includes 25 vegetarian recipes for kids including soup, salad and stir-fry as well as treats such as a...
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
April 2016 Book of the Month With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika,...
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Reader Reviewed Knights of the Borrowed Dark
Dave Rudden
April 2016 Book of the Month Move over Harry Potter, there's a new orphan on the block, ready to take on monsters and stand up for what's right and...
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The Boy and the Globe
Tony Bradman
Young readers wondering what's so special about Shakespeare as celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of his death get underway would do well to read Tony Bradman's cheerful story of...
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Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer
Alexander Mccall Smith
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 Freddie Mole is just an ordinary boy who never imagines that he will do anything brave. He certainly never dreams that he...
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Dork Diaries: Drama Queen
Rachel Renee Russell
Something truly terrible happens in the latest episode of the hugely popular series: Mackenzie, the awful arch nemesis of self-confessed dork Nikki, steals her diary and takes it over –...
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Reader Reviewed Julius Zebra: Bundle with the Britons
Gary Northfield
Hail Julius Zebra! Star of a brilliant new series by former Beano cartoonist Gary Northfield, Julius Zebra is far more likely to turn kids onto the Romans than any number...
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Reader Reviewed Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans!
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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The OMG Blog
Karen Mccombie
Four girls bond over a school project to create a blog. The subject? Their mums. Its title? OMG – or Our Mums Grrrrr. It's quite possible to love your mum...
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The Parent Problem
Anna Wilson
As any 12/13 year old will tell you, there's nothing like a parent to cause you embarrassment. Not only did Skye Green's parents land her with the worst name in...
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Storm Weaver
Matt Griffin
The magical adventure that began so explosively with A Cage of Roots continues in this equally gripping new episode. Four friends, Ayla, Finny Sean and Benvy are caught in...
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Reader Reviewed Wildwitch: Oblivion
Lene Kaarberbol
A terrifying encounter with a flock of seagulls in a local park begins this enthralling new episode of the fantasy adventure series Wildwitch. Clara manages to fight them off with...
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100 Events That Made History

Bringing the major moments of the past to life, this book offers a lowdown on events that have changed the course of history and shaped the world. Incredible photography and...
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Demigods and Magicians Three Stories from the World of Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Carter and Sadie Kane do battle with an ancient Egyptian magician determined to become a god. Against impossible odds, the four demigods and magicians team...
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1066 and Before That - History Poems
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
Combining the talents of two of our most popular poets for children, Brian Moses and Roger Stevens, the poems in their brand new collection take an idiosyncratic and inventive look...
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The Roald Dahl Treasury
Roald Dahl
Throughout this book, you can delve into stories, poems, memoirs and letters galore all wonderfully illustrated by Quentin...
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Stories from Shakespeare
Anna Claybourne
This a lovely hardback with ten of Shakespeare's more well known plays retold especially for younger children to enjoy. Each page is illustrated in Usborne's trademark style, with Macbeth, Romeo...
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World of Shakespeare Picture Book
Rosie Dickins
An illustrated guide to the life and times of William Shakespeare. Readers can discover his famous plays, see where he lived and worked and find out why he is one...
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Voices from the Second World War

‘I was awarded the Burma Star and the Yankee Star for my service, but all I really want is for the people who fought alongside me to be remembered.' So...
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Love from Paddington
Michael Bond
Much-loved Paddington shares accounts of his adventures and his thoughts about his life in London in a series of letters to his Aunt Lucy in The Home for Retired Bears...
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Reader Reviewed Jacky Ha-Ha
James Patterson
Like the characters in many of his hugely popular children's books Jacky, the star of James Patterson's Jacky Ha-Ha, is an expert a cracking jokes. It gets her attention (important...
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Reader Reviewed Raymie Nightingale
Kate DiCamillo
Some momentous things happen in the course of this book: a father leaves, buildings are burgled, a cat is lost and found, hearts are broken, good deeds attempted, and someone...
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To Wee or Not to Wee
Pamela Butchart
Of the many tributes to Shakespeare in this anniversary year, To Wee or Not to Wee must be the zaniest. It features retellings of four favourite Shakespeare plays with a...
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Once Upon a Place
Eoin Colfer
A collection of 11 new short stories and 6 new poems by Ireland's top children's writers, edited by Laureate na nOg Eoin Colfer and illustrated by world renowned artist PJ...
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Yes! No (Maybe...)
Liz Pichon
Sometimes making up my mind isn't easy to do. Especially when my grumpy sister Delia is LOOMING over me. Mum's on a mission to TIDY UP the whole house. She...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J. K. Rowling
An entertaining Harry Potter companion book written by JK Rowling
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Say Cheese and Die!
R. L. Stine
Greg thinks there is something wrong with the old camera he found. The photos keep turning out ... different. When Greg takes a picture of his father's brand-new car, it's...
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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Last Wolf
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has created a sweeping and dramatic story in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This spellbinding tale is complemented perfectly by Michael Foreman's illustrations. Robbie McLeod and a...
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Reader Reviewed The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award category, ‘the book I couldn't put down' The Story of Adolphus Tips is told in a diary. It tells the story of one brave...
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Reader Reviewed Why The Whales Came
Michael Morpurgo
A terrific page-turner set during World War One in which two children befriend a man who lives alone on an island in the Isles of Scilly. As their friendship develops...
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Reader Reviewed Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade & One of our 'Must Reads'. It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it...
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Reader Reviewed The Wreck Of The Zanzibar
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo's name is almost synonymous with the little islands off the toe of Cornwall called The Isles of Scilly for a considerable number of his books are set there. ...
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Reader Reviewed Alone on a Wide Wide Sea
Michael Morpurgo
A touching and tender story about an unusual childhood. Arthur is shipped off to Australia as a six year old orphan during World War Two. He suffers physical and emotional...
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Reader Reviewed Dear Olly
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning Michael Morpurgo packs a tremendous emotional punch in this deeply moving story about growing up. When Olly's brother Matt goes to Africa to help in a war-torn zone she...
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Reader Reviewed Born To Run
Michael Morpurgo
This is a novel that will really pull on the heartstrings and one that will stick in your mind long after you've finished it. But rest assured, anyone who has...
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Reader Reviewed Running Wild
Michael Morpurgo
Winner of the Independent Booksellers' Prize 2010. Prize-winning author Michael Morpurgo's new novel is a towering adventure and emotional roller coaster set at the time of a great tsunami. Trying...
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Reader Reviewed Outlaw The Story of Robin Hood
Michael Morpurgo
Robin Hood is one of the most popular characters of English folk legend and Michael Morpurgo paints a suitably romantic and heroic picture of him in this lively story. Following...
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Reader Reviewed Sparrow The Story of Joan of Arc
Michael Morpurgo
A vivid re-telling of the story of the great French heroine Joan of Arc which weaves together the hopes and aspirations of a contemporary French girl with the stirring story...
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Reader Reviewed Beowulf
Michael Morpurgo
Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - May 2015 Debut of the Month Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it's really not the kind...
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You Do the Maths: Launch a Rocket into Space
Hilary Koll, Steve Mills
One of four new titles which uses maths to help solve problems in a range of exciting activities and helps show how useful maths is in everyday life. There are...
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Reader Reviewed Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - September 2015 Book of the Month A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war...
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The What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of Shakespeare
Christopher Lloyd, Dr. Nick Walton, Patrick Skipworth
2016 is another big year for Shakespeare and The Wallbook Timeline of Shakespeare will give readers (of all ages) special insight into all his 38 plays, as well as into...
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Nathalia Buttface and the Totally Embarrassing Bridesmaid Disaster
Nigel Smith
Featuring polished comedy writing completely in tune with the intended readership, it's no wonder the Nathalia Buttface books have gathered such an enthusiastic following. In this latest episode, Nat has...
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Reader Reviewed The Thing About Jellyfish
Ali Benjamin
March 2016 Debut of the Month Twelve year old Suzy's confusion following the death of her best friend fuels this roller-coaster debut novel. When Franny drowns in a freak accident...
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Stormbreaker The Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
A bold and stylish reissue of the groundbreaking and hugely popular graphic adaptation of Alex Rider's very first mission. Brilliantly visualised, these graphic novel versions of the best-selling stories of...
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Rugby Flyer Haunting History, Thrilling Tries
Gerard Siggins
If you have a young rugby fan in your life who hasn't yet discovered this great series, drop everything and buy a copy now. A mix of irresistible ruby action...
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Collection of Curiosities: Bugs
Vicky Egan
This handsome information/activity book is packed with bug facts, figures and features. There are lots of beautiful close up images of insects, some very familiar - dragonflies and earthworms –...
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Reader Reviewed Pax
Sara Pennypacker
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, March 2016 Touching and thought-provoking this is a lyrically-told story perfectly presented in a beautiful book. Peter's life falls apart after his mother dies...
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Reader Reviewed Beetle Boy
M.G. Leonard
March 2016 Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month A rollicking adventure spiced up with fascinating information about beetles, this debut novel fuses science, survival and sleuthing! Darkus's life is turned...
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The Double Axe
Philip Womack
Greek myths offer a rich source of story and inspire readers – and writers – as much today as ever. Philip Womack has written a thrilling version of the Minotaur...
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Cool Astronomy 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages
Malcolm Croft
With Cool Astronomy, you'll discover everything you need to know about the universe, from asteroids to the zenith point ...and almost everything in between! Learn amazing space-related tricks such as...
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Reader Reviewed The Shadow Keeper
Abi Elphinstone
March 2016 Book of the Month Fabulous, feisty Moll returns with the ever faithful and courageous Gryff by her side in their quest to save the old magic and stop...
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Anna and the Swallow Man
Gavriel Savit
Written in spare beautiful prose, this extraordinary story will haunt readers. It begins in Krakow in 1939. Seven-year-old Anna is left to fend for herself when her father fails...
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Reader Reviewed The Bolds to the Rescue
Julian Clary
March 2016 Book of the Month The Bolds are back, cause for celebration! Written by Julian Clary and illustrated with élan by the incomparable David Roberts, this is a book...
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Reader Reviewed The Great Cycle Challenge
Chris Hoy
The second in Chris Hoy's cycling-with-a-touch-of-magic series sees Fergus and his friends Daisy, Callum and Minnie form their own cycling team, Hercules' Hopefuls. They may not have brand new bikes,...
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Reader Reviewed Perijee & Me
Ross Montgomery
March 2016 Book of the Month You can rely on Ross Montgomery to put an unexpected twist and an extra helping of humanity into his stories, no matter how zany....
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Reader Reviewed The Great Chocoplot
Chris Callaghan
March 2016 Debut of the Month Roald Dahl, a man who knew his way round a chocolate bar, would have approved of this book. Imagine how awful it would be...
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The Beast
Michaela Morgan
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Clever telling keeps this story spooky and surprising. Chapter one and Robbie and Gareth are local celebrities being interviewed by local TV. But why?...
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Blue Moon
Jenny Oldfield
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 This thrilling pony story has everything fans of the genre want: a wild, beautiful setting (the Rocky mountains) offering great gallops; a beautiful noble...
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Going Batty
John Agard
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Shona hates bats, horrid night-time beasties with their fluttery mouse-heads! To her they seem spooky and up to no good. But bats are part...
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Monster Slayer
Brian Patten
Interest Age 7-10 Brian Patten tells the story of the hero Beowulf in vivid, accessible prose; in Barrington Stoke's Little Gems series, aimed at readers of 6 – 8, he...
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Reader Reviewed The Person Controller
David Baddiel
David Baddiel allows his imagination free-rein in his new novel for children, with hilarious results. Ellie is – understandably – upset when her video game controller gets stuck in the...
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Reader Reviewed Worlds Explode
Shane Hegarty
The story of Darkmouth, seaside town and gateway to other nastier worlds, continues! Twelve year old Finn is one of the last of the Legend Hunters, but not a particularly...
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Reader Reviewed Mango & Bambang Tapir All at Sea (Book Two)
Polly Faber
Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy's stories of Mango and her friend Bambang the tapir are absolutely charming. Mango is kind, resourceful, always there to help Bambang out of the scrapes...
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Knitbone Pepper and the Last Circus Tiger
Claire Barker
Claire Barker's Knitbone Pepper books are charming: gentle stories about a ghostly band of dearly departed pets living in a crumbling stately home, they are funny, lively and genuinely touching....
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Where's Wally? The Colouring Book
Martin Handford
The colouring book of colouring books for kids and adults too! Bring busy Where's Wally? scenes to life by colouring them in and search for hundreds of things...
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Beasties in My Backyard
Camilla de la Bedoyere
Stunning images from scanning electron microscopes give a close-up view of incredible minibeasts, revealing every hair on the back of a flea, the beautiful scales on a moth's wing, and...
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The Home-Made Cat Cafe
Katrina Charman
This is exactly the kind of wish-fulfilment story that will make lots of little girls very happy. Isla Palmer longs for a cat, but her mum, a busy vet, is...
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The Macmillan Jungle Book - A Colouring Book
Rudyard Kipling
This beautifully produced colouring book contains all your favourite characters from Kipling's classic story - Mowgli, Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Panther, Kaa the Snake, not forgetting the terrifying tiger,...
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Reader Reviewed The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Mowgli, the little boy brought up in the jungle with the wolves, is one of the best-loved characters of fiction. His friends - and enemies – among the jungle animals...
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The National Archives: Shakespeare Unclassified
Nick Hunter
As the nation prepares to celebrate Shakespeare, 400 years on from his death, this book looks at the man behind the plays using original documents and historical artefacts. Items reproduced...
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Superhero Street
Phil Earle
Second middle-grade novel from Demolition Dad author Phil Earle. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl, Liz Pichon and David Walliams.
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The National Trust: 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4
Tom Percival
Following on from the National Trust's hugely successful media campaign, this book is bursting with ideas to help children discover the great outdoors and get closer to nature. The pocket-sized...
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Cool Nature
Amy-Jane Beer
A lot can happen in 4.6 billion years, and this compact little information book aims to bring readers up to date on the key things that have occurred since the...
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Tales from Shakespeare
Marcia Williams
Marcia Williams's charming retellings of Shakespeare's best-loved plays are made even more accessible and entertaining by her own distinctive and detailed illustrations. She features fourteen of the plays, a mix...
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Violet and the Smugglers
Harriet Whitehorn
Violet Remy-Robinson's adventures are gathering her a growing band of fans, and no wonder. Violet is one of those crime-solving children beloved of children's books, but these stories have a...
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The Call of the Wild
Jack London
The classic story of a remarkable dog. Buck, lives a comfortable life as top dog at the home of the Judge. Son of a handsome St Bernard, Buck too is...
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Reader Reviewed Kensuke's Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Michael's parents buy a yacht, and take him off to sail round the world. Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island...
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Watership Down
Richard Adams
Winner of the 1972 CILIP Carnegie Medal A book that resonates as vividly today as it did nearly half a century ago, this keepsake Oneworld Classic edition showcases more than...
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Whispers in the Graveyard
Theresa Breslin
This is a gripping supernatural thriller and one of those rare books that makes the reader want to put life on hold for as long as it takes to finish...
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The Railway Children
E. Nesbit
This is one of the best-loved family stories of all the classics. When Roberta, Peter and Phyillis's father is arrested their life is turned upside down. The children move to...
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Shakespeare
Jane Bingham
2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Celebrate the life and times of the world's most famous playwright with this immersive photographic book. Read about...
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Just So Stories
Rudyard Kipling
These witty, inventive stories have delighted generations of children. Rudyard Kipling's classic stories are beautifully presented in this highly attractive edition that tells the story of how different animals have...
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