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Books of the Month

Hamish and the Gravity Burp
Danny Wallace
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: original, clever, fast-paced and very, very funny | With no messing about at all, Danny Wallace gets straight into the comedy action in this the third adventure for Hamish... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedMy Name is Victoria
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Book of the Month March 2017 | Revered and deservedly popular as a Queen, Victoria was much less successful or celebrated when she was still a princess. TV historian Lucy Worsley spins a wonderful adventure around the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Women in Science
Rachel Ignotofsky
March 2017 Non Fiction Book of the Month | In a nutshell: an inspiring introduction to 50 pioneering women scientists | Hopefully everyone has heard of Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin and Ada Lovelace, pioneers in science. But what about Grace... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedJust Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy
Lara Williamson
March 2017 Book of the Month A touching and amusing story about belonging and the search for an heroic identity. Adam has always known that he was adopted and it never seemed to matter. After all, he loves his mum... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2017
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedGoodly and Grave in a Bad Case of Kidnap
Justine Windsor
In a nutshell: Harry Potter meets Agatha Christie in magical new mystery series | Young Lucy Goodly is not happy when she's forced into employment as ‘boot girl' for the mysterious Lord Grave. She misses her parents and cat, and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedBlack Cats and Butlers
Janine Beacham
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Fun to read, this is a sprightly told tale of murder and trickery with a twisty plot and a cast of unlikely characters led by the smart and determined Rose Raventhorpe.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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The Clubhouse Mystery
Erika McGann
In a nutshell: gang of three have hi-jinks in their very own clubhouse | Cass is super-excited when she and her best friends decide to form a secret club, and even happier when they find the perfect place to build... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedFish Boy
Chloe Daykin
March 2017 Debut of the Month In a sparely written but richly imaginative story, Chloe Daykin sensitively explores what it feels like to see the world just a bit differently. Billy loves the sea and uses swimming as... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Fearless Travellers' Guide to Wicked Places
Pete Begler
March 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: daughter's quest to save her mother from a dangerous fairy world | Nell Perkins has a special gift, or curse: when she looks at people, she can see things that... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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The Seeing Stone
Kevin Crossley-Holland
In a nutshell: Immerse yourself in brilliantly described medieval adventure | In 100 short, beautifully written chapters Kevin Crossley-Holland tells the story of young page Arthur de Caldicott, interspersing descriptions of Arthur's life in his father's manor house, its domestic... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2001
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Time After Time
Judi Curtin
In a nutshell: touching, gentle timeslip adventure | Judi Curtin has been described as the Irish Jacqueline Wilson and it's easy to see why: she writes warm, convincing contemporary stories about girls, friendships and families. Here best friends Molly and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/03/2017
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We're All Wonders
R. J. Palacio
I know I can't change the way I look. But maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see Wonder is a true modern classic, a life-changing read, and has inspired kindness and acceptance in countless readers. Now... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/03/2017
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J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Magical Film Projections: Creatures

Using black line illustrations on framed acetate pages, this enchanting book allows fans to project their favourite scenes from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films at home with a torch. Discover Dobby the house-elf,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/03/2017
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The Cherry Pie Princess
Vivian French
In a nutshell: magic, spells and a healthy dose of princess power | Princess Peony lives a pretty privileged life as the youngest of the king's seven daughters, though there's lots she's not allowed to do, like cook, or visit... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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A Race for Toad Hall
Tom Moorhouse
In a nutshell: Mr Toad roars back for 21st century adventure | Tom Moorhouse ingeniously breathes new life into Toad of Toad Hall in this engaging chapter book. In an inspired bit of plotting, the young heroes of his book... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Duckling Called Button
Helen Peters
In a nutshell: warm-hearted animal story with realistic farm setting | Jasmine finds a clutch of duck eggs by the river, but their mother has been killed by a dog so she decides to take them home and hatch them... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Labyrinth
Théo Guignard
With its hypnotically impressive graphic compositions this handsome, generously-sized maze book is like no other. Readers are challenged to find their way through fourteen elaborate and unusual mazes: a kaleidoscopic crowd; a dragon's lair in a deserted ancient city; a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2017
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Dragon Red
Shoo Rayner
In a nutshell: boy's own adventures with his pet dragon | Set in modern day Wales this exciting and highly enjoyable dragon series stars young Harri, and his pet dragon Tân. In this episode, the conclusion to the trilogy, Tân... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedSee You in the Cosmos
Jack Cheng
March 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: hopeful, inspiring story of one boy's brave journey to find the truth | Space-obsessive Alex Petroski is an unusual eleven-year-old, caring single-handedly for his depressed mother and his puppy Carl... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Starring Meg
Natasha Mac a'Bhaird
In a nutshell: friends, drama, adventure | The second story in Natasha Mac a'Bhaird's lively new series is full of drama and will get rave reviews from readers. Starring a group of friends with a passion for performing, in this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/02/2017
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The Night Spinner
Abi Elphinstone
With this action packed third and final instalment to the series, Abi Elphinstone has secured her place in the imagination of young readers. Dark magic threatens to shroud Moll and everything she holds dear in an eternal night, reducing the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedHilo: The Great Big Boom
Judd Winick
In a nutshell: non-stop cartoon action with real heart | The adventures continue for little android Hilo and his human friends D.J. and Gina, and they are as fast, funny and inventive as ever. Hilo and D.J. have to rescue... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedPodkin One-Ear
Kieran Larwood
Winner of 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 have a bit of character development. Some suspense, some atmosphere'.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J. K. Rowling
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 | Exciting news for all Harry Potter fans, Bloomsbury has published the first fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, with artwork from the awesomely talented Kate Greenaway Medal... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2015
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Reaching the Stars: Poems About Extraordinary Women and Girls
Liz Brownlee, Jan Dean, Michaela Morgan
New poems by three of our brightest and liveliest poets are gathered together in this anthology which celebrates women and girls, lots of them. The lives of the really famous – Malala, Frida Kahlo, Amy Johnson, Hillary Rodham Clinton –... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them Hogwarts Library Book
J. K. Rowling
A brand new edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling, an irresistible new jacket by Jonny Duddle, illustrations by Tomislav Tomic and six new beasts! Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/03/2017
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The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life
Mark Lowery
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Readers | A jam-fuelled week of disaster is set in motion by a single doughnut. Roman Garstang is obsessed with food - particularly Squidgy Splodge raspberry-jam doughnuts - but he... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedAn Eagle in the Snow
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Readers | 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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedVoyage to Magical North
Claire Fayers
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Younger Readers | July 2016 Debut of the Month | In 3 words : pirates – magic - fellowship | In what is hopefully the first in a long series, Voyage to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Car-Jacked
Ali Sparkes
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | Readers are plunged straight into the action in Ali Sparke's new thriller: Jack and his parents are on holiday when their car is stolen, with him still... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer
Alexander Mccall Smith
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Freddie Mole is just an ordinary boy who never imagines that he will do anything brave. He certainly never dreams that he would be brave enough to become a lion tamer. But... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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101 Brilliant Things for Kids to Do with Science
Dawn Isaac
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this book is indeed packed with things for kids to do with science and the great news is that all 101 of them are fun and generally easy to do, and that... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Tales from Weird Street
Anne Fine
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 Three young friends pass a sunny day telling each other stories of some of the strange things that have happened in their street, and what stories they are: each one so cleverly constructed, so... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2017
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Spangles McNasty and the Tunnel of Doom
Steve Webb
In a nutshell: a roller-coaster ride of zany anarchic fun | Spangles McNasty is an absolute rotter, the sort of menace happiest when eating cold chips from bins, shouting at babies, and farting in the library – preferably all at... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Stuff You Should Know About the Human Body
John Farndon
Take a tour round the inside of the human body in this unusual and quite excellent information book. It examines our component parts, from cells to blood, bones, liver, lungs and the brain, explaining how they function – and thereby... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Wolf Wilder
Katherine Rundell
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Gorilla Dawn
Gill Lewis
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Gill Lewis writes outstanding animal stories, and Gorilla Dawn is very good indeed. The setting is the forests of the Congo, home to the great lowland gorilla but also to rebel soldiers, who... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedLittle Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | 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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedTime Travelling with a Hamster
Ross Welford
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category, 2016 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for The... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Royal Rabbits of London
Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
In a nutshell: rabbits save the queen | You may not know this, but whenever a rabbit hears the words ‘the Queen', they sit up and use their ears to bow, even if they are in bed or on the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/03/2017
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Lost Magic: The Very Best of Brian Moses
Brian Moses
Brian Moses is one of our most widely read and popular poets, a regular visitor to schools and festivals. This collection gathers together over 100 of his best poems. It includes some of the poems that make his public performances... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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Coding for Beginners: Using Python
Louie Stowell
This extremely user-friendly and accessible guide book will teach children the basics of Python, enabling them to create their own games and simple animations. Now that computers and coding are compulsory school topics in the UK it will prove very... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Spiral bound | Released 01/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 The inimitable Kaye Umansky turns her attention to King Arthur and Camelot in a typically funny and mischievous story. Arthur is being driven to distraction by his knights, who keep pestering him to send... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Boy Called Hope
Lara Williamson
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedJacky 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 when you're one of seven sisters) and keeps the other... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Mistletoe and Murder
Robin Stevens
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/10/2016
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A World of Information
Richard Platt
Longlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | 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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Rugby Runner
Gerard Siggins
In a nutshell: thrilling rugby action plus ghosts plus mystery | The latest in Gerard Siggins' Rugby Spirit series is typically filled with rugby action so vividly described that you feel you're there on the pitch, together with a solid... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedSputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Survivors
David Long
Winner of 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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Last Month's Featured Books

Old School
Jeff Kinney
Old School is number ten in the multi-million-selling Wimpy Kid series and author Jeff Kinney is on very...
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Reader Reviewed Who Let the Gods Out?
Maz Evans
February 2017 Debut of the Month Oh my goodness, this is a rollicking good debut from Maz Evans. Who Let The Gods Out is a super, funny adventure story that...
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Reader Reviewed A Girl Called Owl
Amy Wilson
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: icicle-beautiful story of a girl touched by magic | In a story of magic and ancient beings, Amy Wilson allows...
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Reader Reviewed The 78-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
In a nutshell: surreal, kid-pleasing comic adventures set in an ever-growing treehouse | Andy and Terry's treehouse keeps growing, to the delight of its army of devoted readers. It's now...
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Reader Reviewed Radio Boy
Christian O'Connell
February 2017 Debut of the Month Award-winning broadcaster Christian O'Connell's hugely entertaining debut novel is power charged! Shocked when he is sacked from his dream job as presenter of hospital...
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Reader Reviewed The Misadventures of Max Crumbly Locker Hero
Rachel Renee Russell
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: meet the comic new dork on the block | From the creator of the hugely popular Dork Diaries series comes...
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Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure
A. L. Kennedy
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gentle badgers versus greedy farmers, no contest! | Could badgers take the place of penguins at the top the charts of...
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Reader Reviewed The Bolds on Holiday
Julian Clary
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month There are wonderful new laughs as the Bolds, the hairiest family in Teddington, set off on...
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Reader Reviewed The Young Magicians and the Thieves' Almanac
Nick Mohammed
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Debut of the Month | Magician and comedian Nick Mohammed has written a cracking adventure which sparkles like the...
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Animals Behaving Badly
Nicola Davies
In a lively, highly readable book Nicola Davies examines ways that man and animals interact, highlighting species whose intelligence and adaptability causes real problems for their human neighbours. Take the...
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Reader Reviewed The Moonlight Statue
Holly Webb
In a nutshell: lonely little girl makes friends with ghostly animals Polly and her mum are leaving London for Cornwall. Their old home has very sad associations after Polly's...
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The Troublesome Tiger
Tamsyn Murray
In a nutshell: If you love animals, you'll love the Tanglewood Park series | Lucky Zoe – her parents own Tanglewood Animal Park; living in a zoo would be a...
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Reader Reviewed Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads
Michael Rosen
In a nutshell: Really? An Uncle Gobb story in a nutshell? You're having a laugh | Malcolm, his best friend Crackersnacker and Malcolm's awful homework-obsessed, bean counting (unless it's literal...
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Unicorn in New York: Louie in a Spin
Rachel Hamilton
In a nutshell: funny stories of a unicorn dreaming of fame in the Big Apple | Louie the unicorn is happily settled at the New York School for the Performing...
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Born to Dance
Jean Ure
In a nutshell: the perfect story for keen young ballerinas | Jean Ure understands exactly what makes ballet such an all-consuming passion for young dancers and conveys that excitement perfectly in...
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Reader Reviewed The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart
Stephanie Burgis
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2017 A delicious fantasy adventure with a fine mix of dragons, heroines and – chocolate! Aventine is not a dragon to be...
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Broken Heart Club
Cathy Cassidy
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...
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Reader Reviewed The Big History Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd
If you want to know what was happening on Earth any time in the last four billion years, then you couldn't do better than opening out the Big History Timeline...
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Reader Reviewed The Nature Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children's curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for...
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Reader Reviewed The Science Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
The story of human invention and engineering began at least 10,000 years ago in the stone age and has continued non-stop ever since with each discovery leading to new developments...
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Reader Reviewed The Shakespeare Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Dr. Nick Walton, Patrick Skipworth
The Shakespeare Timeline Wallbook will give readers (of all ages) special insight into all the 38 plays, as well as into the man and his time. A colourful 2 metre...
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Reader Reviewed The Sports Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
Ernest Hemingway might have said there are only three real sports – motor racing, bull-fighting and mountaineering – but even he might have been forced to reconsider had he been...
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Reader Reviewed The What on Earth? Timeline Collection
Christopher Lloyd
The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children's curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for...
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Grandpa's Great Escape
David Walliams
There's no doubt that this will be at the top of the bestseller lists, at least until Christmas and probably well beyond. In a relatively short time David Walliams has...
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Reader Reviewed Rent a Bridesmaid
Jacqueline Wilson
June 2016 Book of the Month A fabulous, funny and moving story about the power of friendship from the mega-bestselling creator of Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather and more recently...
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Reader Reviewed The British History Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd
The British History Timeline showcases milestones in the extraordinary history of the British Isles from the age of the Dinosaurs 100 million years ago to the hosting of the London...
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The Painted Dragon
Katherine Woodfine
When a priceless painting is stolen, our dauntless heroines Sophie and Lil find themselves faced with forgery, trickery and deceit on all sides. Be amazed as the brave duo pit...
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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
James Patterson
Blockbuster author James Patterson delivers a genuinely hilarious—and surprisingly poignant—story of a wildly imaginative kid that you won't forget. Now released on Netflix you can find out more about the...
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Wed Wabbit
Lissa Evans
Wed Wabbit is a tour de force! Lissa Evans's hilarious, madcap adventure is both effervescent and tautly plotted making it impossible to put down. When Fidge furiously kicks her little...
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Reader Reviewed Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book
Will Mabbitt
In a nutshell: the fate of the ‘hooman' race in the hands of incorrigible nose-picker and pirate Mabel Jones | For daring adventures, desperate deeds, and decidedly nasty ends, look...
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King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong
Andy Riley
In a nutshell: small king, smaller horse, massive monster | Boy king Edwin Flashypants is back in another laugh-out-loud helping of cartoon action, jokes, and invention. A terrible monster has...
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Exploring Space
Martin Jenkins
How amazing that less than 100 years after the invention of the motor car, humans have built and launched vehicles that can leave the solar system. We've landed space probes...
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Snake Ring at Risk & Other Stories
John Holroyd
Children love stories with elements of fantasy and magic and this heartwarming collection of short stories aimed at a 9+ reader is perfect for reading alone or with a parent....
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Super Good Skills (Almost...)
Liz Pichon
From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Best Book for Younger Readers - Red House Children's Book Award, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 5 - 12 year-olds...
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The White Tower
Cathryn Constable
In a nutshell: a beautiful old school is the setting for a story of magic, mystery and redemption | There's a world within a world for readers to explore in...
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Reader Reviewed Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World
Judd Winick
In a nutshell: giant killer vegetables and a robotic Jabberwocky versus Hilo and his little band | After the cliffhanger ending of The Boy Who Crashed to Earth,...
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Me and Mister P
Maria Farrer
In a nutshell: an unusual friend makes things better | Arthur is understandably surprised when Mr P turns up at his door expecting to stay: Mr P is a huge...
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Nancy Parker's Spooky Speculations
Julia Lee
In a nutshell: a diary of detection from our favourite 1920s housemaid | With the current craze for historical mysteries and clever girl detectives, readers will be delighted to make...
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Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem
Joe Berger
In a nutshell: fun, illustrated stories, that neatly sidestep the elephant of truth | Readers of all ages are going to love Sam Lyttle, star of Joe Berger's new series. Well-intentioned,...
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Reader Reviewed The Great Shelby Holmes Girl Detective
Elizabeth Eulberg
January 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: Sherlock and Watson as you've never seen them before | The Sherlock Holmes stories are given a lively twist. Eleven-year...
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Quidditch Through the Ages
J. K. Rowling
A perennial bestseller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to...
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Reader Reviewed Spy Toys
Mark Powers
In a nutshell: band of toy superheroes conquer all in a doll eat doll world | The Spy Toys are quite possibly the unlikeliest band of superheroes you could to...
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard
J. K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard have been favourite bedtime reading in wizarding households for centuries. Full of magic and trickery, these classic tales both entertain and instruct, and remain...
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The World's Greatest Space Cadet
James Carter
Yes, there's a poem to a space cadet in this typically lively, inviting and memorable new collection from James Carter; but it's an ode not to an astronaut but to...
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Reader Reviewed What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible
Ross Welford
January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: invisible girl finds herself in the spotlight | Ross Welford is making a habit of putting his characters in unusual...
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Reader Reviewed Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
Judd Winick
January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: irresistible adventure story told in words and pictures | Prepare yourselves: children across the country will soon be using a...
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Reader Reviewed His Royal Whiskers
Sam Gayton
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 Full of astonishing imagination and curious and unexpected adventures, His Royal Whiskers is a royal romp of a story that will...
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Reader Reviewed Midnight Mystery
Clara Vulliamy
In a nutshell: domestic crime dramas delightfully told and illustrated | Dorothy Constance Mae Louise, aka Dot, has her own super-sleuthing detective agency with her dog McClusky and her best...
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100 Most: Unexplained Mysteries on the Planet
Anna Claybourne
Think 21st century humans have explained pretty much everything there is to explain? Think again! As this book demonstrates, there's still a huge amount of stuff we simply don't understand....
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Dork Diaries OMG: All About Me Diary!
Rachel Renee Russell
In a nutshell: a neat means of recording your dorkest secrets | Fans of Rachel Renée Russell's deservedly popular Dork Diaries series will appreciate this very special diary. It invites...
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Who Stole the Hamster?
N. Griffin
In a nutshell: a clever bit of detection in the classroom | This satisfying, entertaining classroom crime caper thoroughly respects its young readers' intelligence. Smashie and Dontel are smart as...
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The Goldfish Boy
Lisa Thompson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2017 A gripping debut middle-grade story skilfully told by debut novelist Lisa Thompson. Trapped indoors by his obsessive fears of germs and...
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Quidditch Through the Ages
J. K. Rowling
A perennial bestseller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to...
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard
J. K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard have been favourite bedtime reading in wizarding households for centuries. Full of magic and trickery, these classic tales both entertain and instruct, and remain...
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Dork Diaries
Rachel Renee Russell
Enter the adorkable world of Nikki Maxwell as she tells all about her not-so-fabulous life in the international bestselling series! A limited edition of the first book in the bestselling...
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Worst Ever School Trip
Barry Hutchison
January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: In all honesty, a book to have readers laughing aloud | Poor Beaky Malone: once an accomplished fibber, he's now condemned...
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100 Hugs
Chris Riddell
As 2017 dawns it's hard to think of a better book to slip into your pocket than 100 Hugs by Chris Riddell. This neat little hardback contains 100 black and...
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House of Robots: Robot Revolution
James Patterson
In a nutshell: super-readable story | robot rumpus at high school | Uh-oh, things are not running smoothly in the Hayes-Rodriguez household, which is highly unusual, because Mum, a robot scientist,...
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Reader Reviewed Welcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is an excellent book for young people who want to...
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Reader Reviewed Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake
Rob Lloyd Jones
In a nutshell: two kids on a death-defying treasure hunt through Egypt's ancient monuments. Adventure stories don't come more action-packed than the exploits of Jake Atlas. As the book opens,...
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Coming Home
Michael Morpurgo
A beautifully-written, lyrical and heart-warming Christmas story with stunning, child-friendly illustrations. Ideal for sharing with friends and family - young and old - during the festive season.
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Star Wars Annual 2017
Lucasfilm Ltd
Explores a galaxy far, far away. In this annual, you can visit strange worlds, discover alien creatures, and meet new heroes and villains along the way. Ity takes you from...
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