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Books of the Month

The Complete Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
Lewis Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, July 2015 The classic stories of Alice and her journeys into Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are celebrating 150 years in... Featured in: 7+ readers | Alice 150th | Books of the Month | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers | Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Format: Hardback | Released 04/07/2015
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Magisterium: The Iron Trial
Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
July 2015 Book of the Month From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown. Magisterium has already been optioned for film and fans of Philip Pullman,... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Forbidden City
John McNally
July 2015 Book of the Month OK, pay attention – you'll need to concentrate because the action in the Infinity Drake series moves at the speed of light: Infinity Drake, aka Finn, gaming fan, just about to turn thirteen, and... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedBulletcatcher
Chris Bradford
July 2015 Book of the Month Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Troy is quietly reading a Batman comic when all hell breaks loose. He's caught up in a terrorist attack that kills his parents – so far so Bruce... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Other Featured Books this Month

I Believe in Unicorns
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo pulls on the heart strings in a short book into which he has packed a number of strands, richly woven together. Tomas lives for the outdoors: he hates books, reading and stories. But one day, his mother forces... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Free Prize Draws
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2006
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A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius
Stacey Matson
July 2015 Debut of the Month Arthur Bean seems pretty sure of himself, in no doubt that he's a brilliant writer with a life of prizes, fame and adulation ahead of him. At least that's the image he projects in... Featured in: 9+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedMy Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
July 2015 Debut of the Month Oh the anguish! Luke is a comic-reading super-hero expert, but he's gone for a wee at the crucial moment when an alien arrives in his tree-house and it's his never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother Zach who gets... Featured in: 7+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedDream on, Amber
Emma Shevah
March 2014 Debut of the Month A funny and heart-warming novel about modern-day families, starting school, being mixed-race and celebrating your uniqueness. Amber is facing up to life without Dad. He left when she was little, but now she really... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedWorld of Warriors: A New Hero
Curtis Jobling
Trick is an ordinary kid, who lives with his dad and likes comics and Parkour (free-running) a lot, school less so. Dodging bullies he takes refuge in the British Museum among the exhibits for a new Warriors of the World... Featured in: 9+ readers | Coming Soon | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile
James Patterson
From the Middle School series to the I Funny books, James Patterson is responsible for some of the most addictive kids' books around, irresistible page-turners that grab the attention of even the most reluctant reader. I have to confess... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 09/04/2015
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Reader ReviewedIn Darkling Wood
Emma Carroll
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, July 2015 There's magic afoot in this cleverly constructed story which interweaves two stories of girls growing up a century apart and yet becoming friends as they each come to terms with hopes and fears.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Completely Cassidy Star Reporter
Tamsyn Murray
Tamsyn Murary's Completely Cassidy stories are just delightful. They follow the adventures of Cassidy Bond as she navigates year seven and a home life recently interrupted by the arrival of twin baby siblings aka The Wide Awake Club. There are... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedBorgon the Axeboy and the Whispering Temple
Kjartan Poskitt
As readers of this smart and funny series will know, Borgon the barbarian is totally fearless, a useful person to have on your side in a tight situation. In this latest adventure he and his friends Hunjah, Grizzy and Mungoid... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Joan Aiken
A wonderful adventure as two children flee from the yranny of their wicked guardian and bravely set out on the road to London. Miss Slighcarp is as chilling as her words sound and she is now in charge of Bonnie... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Sword and the Circle
Rosemary Sutcliff
The roots of this wonderful retelling of the story of Arthur and his knights can be found mostly in Sir Thomas Malory, but also in sources as rich as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Mabinogion and old Irish... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Silver Sword
Ian Serraillier
A classic story from World War Two, this tells how three children, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are helped by the young orphan Jan to escape from the horrors of Warsaw after the arrest of their parents. How the children travel... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm
Norman Hunter
The book that Chris Riddell has described as the one that made him a reader, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm deserves a place on every child's bookcase. The archetypal absent-minded professor, Branestawm spends his time happily creating bizarre inventions,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Emil and the Detectives
Erich Kastner
A classic detective story told at a cracking pace, this features one of the first fictional child detectives. When Emil is robbed of his mother's hard earned savings from right out of his pocket as he is asleep on a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Cue for Treason
Geoffrey Trease
Geoffrey Trease is the master of historical fiction for children, and for many this is his best book. Set in Elizabethan England at the end of the 15th century it tells the story of fourteen year old Peter Brownrigg who,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | Free Prize Draws | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Chinese Cinderella
Adeline Yen Mah
This is a unique story of triumph over adversity, told against the background of the Nationalist/Communist struggle for control of China. Adeline Yen Mah's family considered her to be bad luck because her mother died shortly after giving birth to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Bogwoppit
Ursula Moray Williams
Best known for Gobbolino and The Adventures of The Little Wooden Horse, Ursula Moray Williams also wrote this funny, inventive story of fantasy, suspense and magic, now reissued as A Puffin Book. Orphan Samantha sets off in high spirits... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Pack a Puffin Book
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedPathfinder A Todhunter Moon Adventure
Angie Sage
Angie Sage is best known for her wonderful series about apprentice wizard Septimus Heap. Septimus makes an appearance in her new Pathfinder series, though it has a brand new and very different central character. Tod's happy life with her... Featured in: 9+ readers | Coming Soon | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedNotebooks of a Middle -School Princess
Meg Cabot
First there was Mia Thermopolis, Manhattan teenager one minute, Princess of Genovia the next; now it's the turn of average middle-school student Olivia Grace to be transformed into royalty. Meg Cabot has revised the plot of her much-loved Princess Diaries... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | Free Prize Draws
Format: Paperback | Released 21/05/2015
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Werewolf Club Rules! And Other Poems
Joseph Coelho
Winner of 2015 CLPE Poetry Award - the only award in the UK for published children's poetry An exciting debut poetry collection from an exciting new voice. The collection includes a wide range of poems, from funny and fantastical to... Featured in: 7+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2014
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The Secret Throne
Peter F. Hamilton
Taggie and Jemima seem like perfectly ordinary girls, though twelve year old Taggie has an unusual talent for cloudbusting… The cloudbursting is a portend of things to come when the girls' usual summer fortnight with their father on his Lincolnshire... Featured in: 9+ readers | Coming Soon | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Read Me: A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Gaby Morgan
This book was first published ten years ago to celebrate the National Year of Reading. It was a great idea then, and it's even better to see this new edition now when a number of commentators have highlighted with alarm... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 18/06/2015
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Read Me 2: A Poem for Every Day of the Year
Gaby Morgan
A handsome and welcome new edition of this excellent poetry book, which contains a poem for every day of the year. The range of poems included is simply superb – there are traditional poems and classics alongside poems by contemporary... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 18/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedOliver and the Seawigs
Philip Reeve
Winner of the UKLA Award 2015 in the 7 - 11 years category. Award-winning Philip Reeve spins a hugely original yarn encompassing moving islands, a short sighted mermaid, a stuck-up boy by the name of Stacey de Lacey and his... Featured in: 7+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Books for Boys | eBooks | Schools | UKLA Book Awards
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Revenge of the Giant Robot Chickens
Alex McCall
Aberdeen's war continues between the children and the army of giant robot chickens. Can Jesse and Rayna work to defeat the dreaded Chickenator? This is a spectacular sequel to the riotous pun-filled Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens, winner of... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/07/2015
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Jack versus Veto Match Five
Jim Eldridge
In this penultimate adventure in the Wrestling Trolls series, the little band of friends must pull together and face their toughest challenges yet. A Piece of Passion from Holly Kyte, Editor Jim's Wrestling Trolls stories just get more thrilling... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Alexander's Army
Chris d'Lacey
After the success of his first assignment from the UNICORNE agency, fourteen-year-old Michael Malone is given another unexplained mystery to solve. When UNICORNE detect strange goings-on in a comic book shop, Michael is sent to investigate - a task which... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Ghost Ship
Vicki Lockwood
Lizzie and the Penny Gaff Gang come across imposters and kidnappers in this new Lizzie Brown adventure. Fitzy's travelling circus is invited to travel to Whitby to perform for a wealthy Maharaja. But soon after they arrive, a ghostly ship... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Crowns and Codebreakers
Elen Caldecott
The second in a fantastic new series filled with friendship, adventure and mystery! Perfect for fans of Lauren St John, this is the new mystery adventure series by Waterstones Book Prize shortlisted author Elen Caldecott. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedMel Foster and the Demon Butler
Julia Golding
Part superhero story, part Victorian Gothic, Julia Golding's new story is great fun! It begins in the Arctic when Cabin Boy Mel finds something strange trapped in the ice: it's Eve Frankenstein no less, daughter of the monster. The unscrupulous... Featured in: 9+ readers | Coming Soon
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedFire Girl
Matt Ralphs
Hazel Hooper is a Fire Witch but she doesn't know it until a demon snatches away her mother. To save Hecate, Hazel must leave the enchanted glade that's been her home and go into a world where people like her... Featured in: 9+ readers | Coming Soon | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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The Black Knight of Gressingham 4u2read
Philip Ardagh
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Philip Ardagh is one of the funniest - and cleverest - authors around and his stories of the Green Men of Gressingham are not only laugh-out-loud funny, they do a fair bit of consciousness... Featured in: 7+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedMoone Boy: the Blunder Years
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Martin Moone- one boy and a load of sisters! That means Martin is always in trouble of one kind or another. What would you do? When Martin asks his friend Padraic for... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Books for Boys | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 23/04/2015
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The Secret Dog
Joe Friedman
Good dog stories are irresistible and this one has everything that young readers want. Josh is living on a Scottish island with his crofter uncle following the death of his mother. He loves the island and its wildlife, often nursing... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Books for Boys | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 27/05/2015
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Half a Man
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo deftly captures the devastating and long lasting impact of war in this stunning and beautifully produced short story. Michael's grandfather is badly disfigured by his horrific experiences in the war. One of only three to... Featured in: 7+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 9+ readers | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedCompton Valance Super F.A.R.T.s versus the Master of Time
Matt Brown
Compton Valance and his best friend Bryan Nylon are unlikely heroes, but they managed to create a time machine out of a mouldy cheese sandwich and save the universe from certain destruction. Now the sandwich is safely in a museum,... Featured in: 7+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 9+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedPrecious and the Zebra Necklace A New Case for Precious Ramotswe
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 lovely series for young readers. Precious really likes the new... Featured in: 7+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedHouse of Robots
James Patterson
James Patterson knows just how to write page-turning stories, and he puts that skill to excellent use in his books for children. House of Robots is the first in a new series created with Chris Grabenstein and tells the story... Featured in: 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Books for Boys | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 16/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedCircles of Stone
Ian Johnstone
The epic fantasy saga that began with The Bell Between the Worlds is continued in this exciting new episode. Young Sylas Tate was drawn into the Other on his mother's death, a strange parallel world that is both very like... Featured in: 11+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Bright Star
Jenny Oldfield
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ A touching story about the healing friendship between an unhappy girl and a beautiful and wild horse. Following her parents divorce, Morgan is sent to her aunt's ranch deep in the country. Morgan hates... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 7+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Rising
Tom Moorhouse
This thrilling follow-up to the highly-acclaimed novel, The River Singers, will transport readers into a vivid world of riverbank creatures, where excitement and danger are never far away. With beautiful black and white illustrations throughout by Simon Mendez these... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Rugby Academy: Deadlocked
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Tom Palmer really gets the drama of sport and competition and no-one writes about it better. The Borderlands team have reached the finals of the World Schools Rugby Trophy and are in New Zealand... Featured in: 11+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Five Minutes of Fame Ever
Nigel Smith
Another helping of super-cringe-worthy adventures for Nathalia Bumole, mostly courtesy of her dad, who really is an expert in embarrassing his daughter. It starts off when Dad uploads onto his website a video of Nat dancing, and being stung by... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedFeel the Fear
Lauren Child
Best-selling Lauren Child brings favourite super-sleuth thirteen-year-old Ruby Redfort back for a terrific new adventure – along with Hitch, her official protector. Hitch never thought minding Ruby would be fun but she is such a first class agent that he... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Candy Girl
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Lucky Dixie gets to do work experience at the offices of her favourite teen magazine Candy. But it turns out to be a massive disappointment: instead of meeting models and pop stars, she's the... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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The Golden Age
Kenneth Grahame
By the author of The Wind in the Willows, The Golden Age is a glorious children's classic, full of childhood adventure, imagination and innocence. Featured in: 9+ readers | Bookshelf Essentials | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 26/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedJonny Jakes Investigates the Hamburgers of Doom
Malcolm Judge
June 2015 Debut of the Month The Hamburgers of Doom is exactly the kind of nutty adventure that fans of sci-fi comics will love. Jonny Jakes is undercover editor of a scurrilous school newspaper, regularly dishing the dirt on teachers.... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers | Publisher of the Month
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Forever Man
Eoin Colfer
The heroes of Eoin Colfer's wonderful time-travelling W.A.R.P. series, Victorian orphan Riley and Shawnee FBI juvenile consultant Chevie are back for another adventure, once again coming face to face with the evil – and now apparently immortal - Albert... Featured in: 9+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/06/2015
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Gamer
Chris Bradford
Interest Age 8-14 Reading Age 8+ From the best-selling author of Young Samurai, a new, action packed dystopian novel, with a striking lenticular jacket, sure to stand out on bookshelves! Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers. Barrington Stoke... Featured in: 11+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 13+ readers | 9+ readers | Reluctant Readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Animalium Activity Book
Katie Scott
Following the best-selling Animalium, Katie Scott returns with a companion activity book. Bursting with fascinating facts and puzzles, this book offers hours of entertainment to artists and animal lovers. Featured in: 7+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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Last Month's Featured Books

The Twits
Roald Dahl
In this special edition there's a page of disgustingly smelly scratch-and-sniff stickers to decorate Mr Twit's beard included too! Yuck!. Mr and Mrs Twit are possibly the vilest of all...
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Young Merlin
Tony Bradman
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 7+. The boy wizard, learning his destiny in this exciting story, is none other than Merlin, the most powerful wizard in the history of England...and...
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Poems from the First World War Published in Association with Imperial War Museums
Gaby Morgan
Written by those who were involved at the time, this is a thoughtful and powerful selection of poems that capture many different experiences of war. The soldiers' view is reflected...
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What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War
Roger Stevens, Brian Moses
Wide- ranging and thoughtful, this anthology of poems by award-winning poets Roger Stevens and Brian Moses captures the many different aspects of war. Divided into three sections the first of...
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I am a Poetato An A-Z of Poems About People, Pets and Other Creatures
John Hegley
From A-Z - Alligator to The Dog Runs (Zoom) - John Hegley has a witty, surprising and always entertaining poem for every letter. Wonderfully varied, there are poems about people,...
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Reader Reviewed Demolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month Jake Biggs's dad works in demolition. All week long he knocks down buildings from the cockpit of his crane, but at weekends he...
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Reader Reviewed A Dog Called Flow
Pippa Goodhart
Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and the Kathleen Fidler Award. Oliver is struggling at school, and the other children laugh at him. What he really wants is a dog, a...
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Reader Reviewed Chocolate Box Girls: Fortune Cookie
Cathy Cassidy
June 2015 Book of the Month Fortune Cookie is a typically sweet, soulful story from the excellent Cathy Cassidy. There's a surprise in store for the Tanberry sisters. Staying with their...
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Hook's Daughter
Heidi Schulz
Hook's Daughter is an extraordinarly fun and swashbuckling adventure. Not a contemporary retelling of Peter Pan but a delightful mix of Neverland and Malory Towers with a twist in the...
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Reader Reviewed The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow
Katherine Woodfine
June 2015 Debut of the Month An Edwardian department store provides a glamorous setting for this sparkling girls' detective story, and there's something of the Little Princess about its central...
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Reader Reviewed Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
May 2015 Debut of the Month Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it's really not the kind of place you'd want to go on holiday. In...
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Reader Reviewed Catherine Certitude
Patrick Modiano
From her apartment block in New York, Catherine Certitude thinks back to her childhood and growing up with her father in Paris. The life she describes is uneventful: adult conversations...
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Reader Reviewed Charlie Merrick's Misfits in I'm a Nobody, Get Me Out of Here!
Dave Cousins
The under-12's football team known as The Misfits are looking forward to a week at a football training camp, but their manager clicked the wrong link on the website and...
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Write Your Own Adventure Stories
Paul Dowswell
Kids who enjoy writing will find lots of practical and inspiring ideas in this excellent book, while those whose hearts sink at being asked to write a story will see...
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Reader Reviewed The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook
Louie Stowell
June 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month This book should go to the top of any must-have list for young children interested in space travel. It's packed with fascinating information...
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Reader Reviewed Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
June 2015 Book of the Month Malcom's Uncle Gobb is really irritating, and not just because he keeps shouting ‘the boy needs to do more homework'. When Gobb Education starts...
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The Shield of Kuromori
Jason Rohan
Science meets Myth when ogres armed with high-tech weaponry steal a huge telescope as part of an insane plan to cast the world into permanent darkness. With global catastrophe looming,...
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The Penguin in Lost Property
Jan Dean, Roger Stevens
A super new collection of poems featuring a vast range of animals, birds and fish, from the penguin in lost property making a bid for freedom, to the cat that...
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Poems from the Second World War
Gaby Morgan
In numbers World War Two is almost incomprehensible – so many countries involved, so many different fronts and campaigns, so many lives affected. By bringing together poems by soldiers, airmen,...
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There's a Monster in the Garden The Best of David Harmer
David Harmer
School life, families, football, aliens - these are some of performance poet David Harmer's favourite things, all popular themes for his poems. Like the title poem to this collection, they...
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Middle School: Ultimate Showdown (Middle School 5)
James Patterson
Sibling stars of the Middle School series Rafe and Georgia Khatchadorian go head to head in this interactive book, each giving their very different advice on how to get the...
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Reader Reviewed From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E.L. Konigsburg
June 2015 Book of the Month This is everything a classic children's book should be: it's exciting, funny, has terrific central characters, a mystery to solve, and a truth – particular...
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Reader Reviewed Circus Mirandus
Cassie Beasley
June 2015 Debut of the Month Micah has grown up with his grandfather Ephraim, and the two have had great fun together. Ephraim has always had time for Micah, talking to...
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Reader Reviewed The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones
Will Mabbitt
June 2015 Debut of the Month Mabel Jones is sleeping soundly when a sudden noise wakes her up. It's Omynus Hussh, silent loris and pirate, there to press gang her into...
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Reader Reviewed Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret
D. D. Everest
September 2014 Debut of the Month An unexpected present, a very old book with unusual powers and a twelve-year-old with an inquisitive mind are at the heart of this exciting...
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Bone Collections: Dinosaurs
Camilla de le Bedoyere, Rob Colson
This handsome, highly illustrated guide to dinosaurs demonstrates how much of our knowledge of prehistoric animals comes from the remains they left behind as fossils. On alternate double page spreads...
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Car-Jacked
Ali Sparkes
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 on the back...
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Reader Reviewed The Chocolate Box Secrets
Cathy Cassidy
Young readers who love Cathy Cassidy's Chocolate Box Girls series will devour this too! The five Tanberry-Costello sisters are super-creative, that's part of the fun of the series, and...
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The Diamond Brothers in the Blurred Man & I Know What You Did Last Wednesday
Anthony Horowitz
Fun doesn't come more hardboiled! Anthony Horowitz's Diamond Brothers adventures, starring gormless private eye Tim Diamond and his much sharper kid brother Nick, have all the excitement of the Alex...
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The Field Guide: Creatures Great and Small
Lucy Engelman
A Colouring Guide to Creatures Great and Small features animals from all corners of the globe - from fowls and finches to big cats and from incredible butterflies to exotic...
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The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words
Andy Seed
All the best people, says Andy Seed in the introduction to his book, play with words. The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words certainly proves how much fun wordplay...
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Reader Reviewed Goodnight Mister Tom
Michelle Magorian
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