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Books of the Month

Reader ReviewedKnights 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 decent. Until he's 13, Denizen Hardwick (full marks to the author... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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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, the first living creature to orbit Earth, and uses it... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedJolly 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 Wong are back at school for a new term. From... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedChaos 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.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedFlyboy
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 readers the experience of the skill and bravery required to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedRaymie 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 is saved from drowning. More affecting than all of that... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/04/2016
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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 – just as Nikki felt some sympathy for her too. It's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedMy Brother is a Superhero
David Solomons
Overall winner of Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016. 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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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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 definite focus on the action and character motivation. The twist... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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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 test and develop your knowledge this is a great tool... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2016
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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 in Lima, Peru. As might be expected, Paddington has a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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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 of the world's greatest writers. With index and contents pages... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/12/2015
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Reader ReviewedWildwitch: 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 the help of Cat, her wildfriend, but there are more... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/03/2016
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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 a battle against powerful supernatural enemies led by the terrifying,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2016
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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 history, her mum is determined to make her life even... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedJulius 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 a result he has had a great many fights with... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedJulius 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 of visits to museums or even Hadrian's Wall. Julius is... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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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 would be brave enough to become a lion tamer. But... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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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 Rosemary Sutcliffe, ‘The child who has never run with Mowgli's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/03/2016
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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, clothbound edition is not only complete and unabridged but has... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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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 language they use is striking and memorable, and there are... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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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 just why Shakespeare is still acted, read and quoted today... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Reader ReviewedWildwitch: 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 enemies apparently much stronger. A strange encounter with a huge... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2016
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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 and Juliet and Midsummer Night's Dream all brought to life... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2015
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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 at history, pre 1066. It starts with the Stone Age,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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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 Lynch. Each of the stories and poems is based around... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/10/2015
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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 up to prevent the apocalypse. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2016
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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 colourful illustrations make 100 Events That Made History a perfect... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2016
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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: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/04/2016
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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 life at the Globe circa 1611. The cast of characters... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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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 muffin, cheesecake and cupcake. It enables you to learn about... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2016
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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, furious storytelling that still leaves children with something to think... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J. K. Rowling
An entertaining Harry Potter companion book written by JK Rowling Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2009
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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 says if I can't decide what to get rid of,... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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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, each accompanied by a brief synopsis of the action. A... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2015
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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: Hardback | Released 07/04/2016
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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 fighting the Samurai in 16th century Japan. The background is... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 to the powers of the imagination. Young Daniel Holmes first... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe 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 and it's been well worth the wait. The smallest and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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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 Blake as well as other well-known artists, including Raymond Briggs,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 31/03/2016
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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 said Ivor Roberts Phillips, one of hundreds of men and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/04/2016
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Last Month's 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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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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William Shakespeare Scenes from the Life of the World's Greatest Writer
Mick Manning
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...
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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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More Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Timmy Failure We Meet Again
Stephan Pastis
Loveable world-class detective Timmy Failure is back for a new adventure. And his business partner and side-kick Total, a.k.a. the polar bear is with him, too. Timmy's problem is that...
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J. K. Rowling
The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry...
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
J. K. Rowling
This stunning gift edition hardback, presented in a beautiful foiled cloth slipcase decorated with brand new line art by Jonny Duddle, is the perfect introduction to Harry Potter. This is...
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Awful Auntie
David Walliams
February 2016 Book of the Month Best-selling David Walliams is back on top form with Awful Auntie. Stella Saxby is the unfortunate owner of the awful auntie! Throughout her life,...
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Reader Reviewed Baker's Magic
Diane Zahler
Everyone, but especially those disposed to believe that there is magic to soothe and inspire in a well-baked pastry, will relish this delicious fantasy adventure. Orphan Bee is lucky to...
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Reader Reviewed Hamish and the Neverpeople
Danny Wallace
February 2016 Book of the Month Hamish and the Worldstoppers was one of my favourite kids' books of 2015, and the follow up is even better. The world is in...
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Reader Reviewed How to Look for a Lost Dog
Ann M. Martin
February 2016 Book of the Month The heroine of Ann M Martin's fine novel has a unique voice, and the story she tells is very touching. Rose (rows) has a diagnosis...
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Reader Reviewed Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den
Aimee Carter
February 2016 Debut of the Month Like Harry Potter, Aimée Carter's twisty, original thriller stars a gang of kids with special abilities up against a cast of powerful adults, some...
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Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City
Will Mabbitt
The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones was one of my favourite books of 2016, and it's great to see Mabel back. She's forced to leave the ‘hooman' world and venture...
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Reader Reviewed The Long Haul
Jeff Kinney
February 2016 Book of the Month The best-selling Wimpy Kid is off on a family holiday. Mum is full of good ideas about the trip. Especially about how it can...
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Reader Reviewed Looking-Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy
Best-selling Cathy Cassidy weaves the classic story of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland into this no holds-barred contemporary story of bullying and its impact. Alice accepts an invitation to...
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Point Blanc Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
Brilliantly visualised, these graphic novel versions of the best-selling stories of boy spy Alex Rider add a fantastic new dimension to the original and terrific for getting even the most...
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Scorpia The Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
Eyebrow-raisingly, heart-stoppingly pacey adventures starring the boy every would-be teen superhero wants to be, the Alex Rider books are now available as stylish graphic novels. The medium is perfect for...
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Eagle Strike Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
In this stylish re-issue, Horowitz's world-renowned teen super-spy Alex Rider's fourth mission is turned into a slick, thrilling, fast-paced and stylish graphic adaptation. It brings to life all the adventure,...
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Skeleton Key Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
A stylish new edition of the acclaimed graphic novel adaptation of Alex Rider's third thrilling mission. Divided into the action-packed spreads of this graphic format, Alex Rider, the boy recruited...
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Atticus Claw Hears a Roar
Jennifer Gray
Fans will be delighted to find this new adventure for Atticus Claw, the deservedly popular cat burglar turned crime solver. And what an adventure it is! Helping tidy out the...
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Reader Reviewed Alice Jones: The Impossible Clue
Sarah Rubin
Fans of sleuthing stories are really going to enjoy this first (we hope) story starring maths whizz-kid Alice Jones. Alice has a reputation at school for her ability to solve...
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The Monster Hunter
Guy Bass
Highly visual, filled with slapstick humour and with a cast of monstrous but endearing characters, the Stitch Head stories are always great fun. Stitch Head works hard to keep Professor...
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Spooks and Scooters
Elen Caldecott
Starring a group of resourceful, quick-thinking children, the Marsh Road Mysteries are the Famous Five thoroughly updated for the 21st century. This is book three in the series (there's no...
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Violet and the Hidden Treasure
Harriet Whitehorn
Violet Remy-Robinson leads a far more exciting and glamorous life than the average ten-year-old. Having foiled jewel thieves in her first adventure, Violet and the Pearl of the Orient,...
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House of Robots: Robots Go Wild!
James Patterson
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Now in paperback Another helping of page-turning fun from James Patterson, ably assisted by Chris Grabenstein. Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez shares his home...
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Reader Reviewed Chocolate Box Girls: Fortune Cookie
Cathy Cassidy
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 father in Australia, Honey discovered...
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Genesis
Helen Dennis
Genesis is the first novel in a new action-packed series called 'River of Ink' and is full of adventure and mystery. It begins in the heart of London when a mystery...
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The Cat Who Came in off the Roof
Annie Schmidt
A hilarious, charming story of cats, dogs, and learning to dare. Tibble is a reporter. He only ever writes about cats, and he's about to be fired. Minou is a...
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Boy Tales of Childhood
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl writing about his own childhood is a treat for any Dahl fan - young or old. These stories are warm, touching, funny and show the development of one...
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl's best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is...
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Roald Dahl
Following on from Charlie's adventures in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie has been given ownership of Wonka's factory, and the Great Glass Elevator is taking Charlie and his family...
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The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr Willy Wonka
Roald Dahl
A book that requires no introduction as it is probably Dahl's best-known and most read creation and deservedly so. The secretive and magical world of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is...
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George's Marvellous Medicine
Roald Dahl
George's grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog's bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful...
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Going Solo
Roald Dahl
Everyone who has entered 'the brilliantly colored, sometimes grotesque and sometimes magical world Dahl has conjured up in Boy', as Claire Tomalin described it in the Sunday Times, will be...
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Matilda
Roald Dahl
Matilda - Roald Dahl's best-loved story - though now over 25 years old, is as fresh, funny and...
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The Twits
Roald Dahl
Mr and Mrs Twit are possibly the vilest of all Roald Dahl's creations. They are ugly on the inside, as is evident from the cruel tricks they play on each...
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The Witches
Roald Dahl
The Witches, first published in 1983 and is reissued here for the Roald Dahl Centenary, and as with many of Dahl's works it is wonderfully illustrated throughout by Quentin Blake. ...
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White Lies, Black Dare
Joanna Nadin
Asha has big dreams. She wants to be the youngest ever Prime Minister and, when inspirational teacher Mr McCardle gives her his precious copy of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, she...
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Boy and Going Solo
Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl wasn't always a writer. Once he was just a schoolboy. Have you ever wondered what he was like growing up?
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