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Books of the Month

Katy
Jacqueline Wilson
August 2015 Book of the Month In her new book Jacqueline Wilson retells one of her own childhood favourites, Susan Coolidge's classic What Katy Did. She echoes the original closely: both Katys are bright, headstrong, daydreamers with big imaginations, unable... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 30/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedWorld of Warriors: A New Hero
Curtis Jobling
August 2015 Book of the Month 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... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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The Story of Science
Anna Claybourne
August 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month There's a huge amount of information in this slim volume, gathered under headings such as Planet Earth, Physics, Numbers and Counting and Prehistoric Finds. It's presented in a way that is sure... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/08/2015
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
August 2015 Book of the Month The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4000 years ago and tells the stories of twelve Greek Heroes. This... Featured in: 11+ readers | Books of the Month | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Hardback | Released 06/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Bolds
Julian Clary
August 2015 Book of the Month Comedian, entertainer and ‘national trinket' Julian Clary now turns out to be a talented children's writer too. The Bolds, his first book for children, is a real treat – a funny story with a... Featured in: 7+ readers | Books of the Month | 9+ readers | Free Prize Draws
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedDara Palmer's Major Drama
Emma Shevah
August 2015 Book of the Month Dara is outraged when she doesn't get the role of Maria in the school's production of The Sound of Music. She and her best friend spend hours in front of the mirror practising their... Featured in: 9+ readers | Books of the Month | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedDanger is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog
David O'Doherty
Dr Noel Zone is without doubt the world's greatest dangerologist, and his books are required reading for anyone eager to avoid danger wherever it may lurk and, as we know from his first book, danger really is everywhere: toast, pets,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | If They Like...They'll Love
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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The Best of Pippi Longstocking (3 Books in 1)
Astrid Lindgren
It might be 70 years since the first Pippi Longstocking story was published, but they haven't dated in the slightest, in fact Lindgren's stories of the nine year old free spirit living completely free of adult supervision are if anything... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Pippi Longstocking
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Book of War Stories
Paul Dowswell
Even as the First and Second World Wars get further away in history, they remain a subject of fascination for the young, and no wonder: the conflict brought out very best and the very worst in mankind. Paul Dowswell recounts... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | The World Wars
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2015
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Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids
Justin Miles
March 15 Non-Fiction Book of the Month There's a huge amount of information, and inspiration, contained in this rucksack-pocket-sized guide. Author and real-life explorer Justin Miles covers all the basics, including essential kit and how to pack it, and the... Featured in: 7+ readers | Out and About | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/03/2015
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Storm Horse
Nick Garlick
There's an unusual setting for this moving story – a small island off the Dutch coast. When Flip's father dies he is sent to live there with his stern uncle and his family. Flip has grown up in Amsterdam and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | If They Like...They'll Love | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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The Black Lotus
Kieran Fanning
August 2015 Debut of the Month Ghost, Cormac and Kate are from different continents and would seem to have little in common other than the fact that they are ‘Hinin' – living on the streets. But they each have special powers:... Featured in: 9+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Secret Throne
Peter F. Hamilton
August 2015 Debut of the Month 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | Debuts of the Month | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedFire Girl
Matt Ralphs
August 2015 Debut of the Month 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | Debuts of the Month | Coming Soon | 11+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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How to Remember (Almost) Everything, Ever! Tips, Tricks and Fun to Turbo-Charge Your Memory
Rob Eastaway
We've discovered a brilliant new edition of a book on memory that has done hugely well for us since it was first published in 2007. Having spent the summer using their minds a little less than while at school, this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | For Parents
Format: Hardback | Released 06/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedArsenic for Tea A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
Robin Stevens
The many readers enthralled by schoolgirl detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong's first adventure Murder Most Unladylike will be thrilled to discover this new book, which offers another clever dose of subterfuge, murder and top-rate detection. While the original adventure... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedFirst Class Murder: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery
Robin Stevens
The third in the hugely popular Wells and Wong series our two young heroines on - wait for it - the Orient Express! They're on holiday with Hazel's father Mr Wong whi is determined his daughter will give up detecting.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedWorlds 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 lucky one. His father is missing, trapped on the Infested... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 30/07/2015
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What Katy Did
Susan Coolidge
How spirited Katy Carr adapts her character when she has a terrible accident that leaves her unable to walk is a classic story with a strong moral message. Until she falls from the swing, twelve-year-old Katy has enjoyed a tomboy... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
John Boyne
In an entertaining adventure that is also full of charm and whimsy, best-selling author John Boyne champions the right of children to be different. Barnaby Brocket's parents want only thing – to lead an utterly normal life. But when Barnaby,... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 7+ readers | Schools | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 27/08/2015
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William the Fourth
Richmal Crompton
In William the Fourth Whether he's occupying a bear suit that's slightly too small for him, cloaked in mystery as a fortune teller or attired in the flowing robes of a Fairy Queen, William is unmistakably himself: trouble in human... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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William Again
Richmal Crompton
Everyone's favourite troublemaker, William Brown, is back. Now with a brand-new cover look illustrated by Chris Garbutt. The irrepressible William returns with fourteen fantastic adventures. Totally bankrupt, William and Ginger can't even buy sweets. But then William has a brilliant... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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More William
Richmal Crompton
When Aunt Lucy tells William that 'a busy day is a happy day', William does his best to keep himself very busy indeed. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates his efforts to cheer up Christmas Day - and when a conjuring trick... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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Just William
Richmal Crompton
Everyone's favourite troublemaker, William Brown, is back. Now with a brand-new cover look illustrated by Chris Riddell this is a new edition of Just William, the very first collection of stories about a redoubtable boy who is always in one... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | eBooks | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedMurder Most Unladylike A Wells and Wong Mystery
Robin Stevens
Winner of the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 The first in a fabulous and exciting new detective series set during the 1930's. Daisy Wells (not just a perfect English Miss) and Hazel Wong (astute and observant) have started... Featured in: 9+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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William at War
Richmal Crompton
Richmal Crompton's much-loved character, William Brown, is back in ten wartime stories, set during World War II. William is always ready to offer his services to his country. But why is it that his enthusiastic contribution is so seldom appreciated?... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Vanishing Trick Poems by Ros Asquith
Ros Asquith
When I hear the word word My brain goes blurred My mind feels furred. Word is a strange word isn't it? It has too many meanings, doesn't it? After all, everything's a word. How absurd. Ros Asquith is a Guardian... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers | Poetry
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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World of Warriors Official Guide

The World of Warriors Official Guide is the perfect gift for the player who wants to know everything about the game! Packed with player tips, battle strategy, locations guides and character info, this book will help you fight your way... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/06/2015
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The Official England Rugby Superstars
Joe Fullman
Get ready to become an expert on all things England rugby with this RFU-endorsed official book. How much do you really know about the England men's team? What about the women's? Did you know the women's team won Rugby World... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/08/2015
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England Rugby Official Junior Supporters' Guide
Clive Gifford
The perfect mix of stats, facts and pictures for rugby-mad kids who want their information in bite-sized chunks. From Twickenham, the home of England rugby, to Stuart Lancaster, the man calling the shots, everything you need to know about England... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 13/08/2015
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The Crocodile Tomb
Michelle Paver
'If an Outsider wields the blade, the House of Koronos burns ...' A country at the edge of the world. A hidden tomb. A buried secret. The fourth novel in the best-selling Gods and Warriors series by Michelle Paver. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Fairy Child
Vicki Lockwood
Lizzie and the Penny Gaff Gang are in Edinburgh- and there's something odd going on! Fitzy's travelling circus has arrived in Edinburgh and strange things are happening around their campsite. The circus folk believe it's the work of fairies. But... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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How Harry Riddles Got Nearly Almost Famous
Simon Mayle
You've got to love Harry Riddles. A boy who faced with the challenge of the Aqualand Kamikaze slide emails Alan Eustace, holder of the world record for free-falling from space, for advice! Harry's life is a series of challenges but... Featured in: 7+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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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 | Dyslexia-friendly | 9+ readers | Books for Boys
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Letter for the King
Tonke Dragt
Shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation. Translated by Laura Watkinson Gripping from its opening moment onwards, this award-winning book that doesn't miss a beat from its thrilling beginning to its satisfying ending. Disturbed during the night... Featured in: 11+ readers | All Shortlists and Winners | 9+ readers | Schools | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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The Number 7 Shirt
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 9 -14 Reading Age 8+. Perfect for reluctant or struggling readers. This is an action-packed story involving a boy who dreams of being a football pro. Because fiction and non-fiction are interwoven together, it's likely to attract less... Featured in: 9+ readers | Dyslexia-friendly | 11+ readers | Reluctant Readers | Books for Boys | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 18/09/2012
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Small Steps
Louis Sachar
A brilliant companion volume to mega bestseller Holes Readers are reunited with Armpit and X-Ray in this brilliantly plotted and masterfully told adventure story. Featured in: 11+ readers | Author of the Month | 9+ readers | eBooks
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2007
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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 | Schools
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Atlas of Adventures Activity Fun Pack
Lucy Letherland
Based on Lucy Letherland's much-praised and horizon-expanding Atlas of Adventures this new activity book will have children thinking about the wonders of our world as they get busy colouring in, or adding stickers. There are eight different scenes and seven... Featured in: 7+ readers | Summer Reading/Activity | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2015
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Last Month's Featured Books

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...
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Reader Reviewed Dream 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....
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Precious 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...
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Reader Reviewed Oliver 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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,...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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Reader Reviewed Moone 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...
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Reader Reviewed My 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...
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Reader Reviewed Jonny 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...
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Reader Reviewed Compton 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...
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Reader Reviewed Notebooks 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...
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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.
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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 –...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Borgon 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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Circles 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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed Feel 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...
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Reader Reviewed In 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed The 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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Reader Reviewed House 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...
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More 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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Reader Reviewed 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
A heart breaking and heart warming story of a special friendship that grows between Willie Beech, evacuated to the country to avoid the Blitz on London, and Tom Oakley, the...
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A-Maze-Ing Minotaur
Juliet Rix
Children as young as five years old will enjoy spotting the Minotaur hiding in the shadows of the pages in this picture book and will then want to help Theseus...
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Reader Reviewed Timmy Failure Now Look What You've Done
Stephan Pastis
There is no end to the wisecracks and wit as the world's worst detective returns for a new adventure to follow up his best-selling experiences in Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were...
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Opal Plumstead
Jacqueline Wilson
Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson's 100th book is a cracking story set just before the First World War with one of Wilson's feistiest girls yet at its heart. Opal Plumstead is a...
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Reader Reviewed Wild Boy and the Black Terror
Rob Lloyd Jones
This is the second in a series of pacy mystery-adventure stories for 9+ readers, set in the seamy, smoggy underworld of Victorian London. Dripping with atmosphere and gothic gore, Wild...
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Murray the Horse
Gavin Puckett
Murray comes from a family of champion racehorses and dreams of winning trophies. But there's a problem: he's just not fast. The other horses laugh at him until one amazing...
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Reader Reviewed The Parent Agency
David Baddiel
A brilliantly funny story about a boy who makes a very rash wish! Barry is not the first boy in the world to say “I wish I had better parents”...
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Reader Reviewed Shouldn't You be in School?
Lemony Snicket
Madcap fun and mystery in this somewhat eccentric yet addictive series from the huge bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events. This is Book three in the critically acclaimed...
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Reader Reviewed Stop Those Monsters!
Steve Cole
Bob has always loved the idea of monsters so when his house is picked up by a giant whirlwind and, Wizard-of-Oz like, thrown into an underground world populated by the...
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Sun Thief
Jamie Buxton
Ancient Egypt provides the setting for this gripping story, more precisely Thebes and the court of Akhenaten. The central character has no name: he's referred to in the main as...
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Super Skills: How to Make a Movie in 10 Easy Lessons
Robert Blofield
Making a film has never been easier: what's a smartphone after all but a high quality, portable video recorder capable of shooting all manner of lighting situations in full HD,...
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Where's Wally? the Sticker Book!
Martin Handford
This funky Wally sticker book - for young and old alike! - is one of the best value and almost certainly the most fun sticker books ever published. Not only...
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William Shakespeare Scenes from the Life of the World's Greatest Writer
Mick Manning
Follow the amazing dramatic life of a theatrical icon, vividly described in words and pictures. With lively graphic-novel descriptions of many of Shakespeare's most famous plays, including A Midsummer Night's...
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Dick and Dom's Whoopee Book of Practical Jokes
Richard McCourt, Dominic Wood
A brilliantly bonkers joke book brought to you by children's tv personalities Dick and Dom. Fool your friends, trick your teachers and prank your parents! Packed with rip-roaring practical puns,...
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Einstein's Underpants
Anthony McGowan
A brilliantly funny and utterly inventive tale of useless superheroes and disgusting aliens from the acclaimed Anthony McGowan, ideal for boys of 9-11.
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Cherry Blossom Dreams
Gwyneth Rees
A satisfying, original story of family and growing up. Sasha's home life is complicated: her father died suddenly when she and her twin brother Sean were very young and her...
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Saving Zasha
Randi Barrow
The Second World War has just ended for Russia when Mikhail finds a dying man and his German shepherd, Zasha, in the woods. It's dangerous - some say traitorous -...
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Jacqueline Wilson's Happy Holidays
Jacqueline Wilson
How are you going to spend your summer holiday? Will you be going on a sunny beach holiday, meeting your friends at the park, or relaxing in the garden with...
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Star Wars Doodle Book

This doodle book features characters from the Star Wars films, ranging from Luke Skywalker to Darth Vader. Readers can use their artistic Force to bring these sensational scenes to life!...
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Star Wars Joke Book

Prepare to have your ribs tickled as you relive the humour from the Star Wars universe. A title that is packed with jokes about all your favourite characters from Star...
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Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren
Not to be missed, this is a newly translated edition of this classic story about a wonderful little girl....
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Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard
Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking has been in print continuously since first publication, making Pippi one of the most popular children's characters...
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Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas
Astrid Lindgren
One of three delightful stories featuring the irrepressible Pippi Longstocking. Spot-on for both boys and for girls for reading...
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Whistling in the Dark
Shirley Hughes
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2015 Best-selling Shirley Hughes brings alive how it felt to be growing up in Liverpool during the Second World War. In a...
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The Beast of Grubbers Nubbin
Guy Bass
Stitch Head and the residents of Castle Grotteskew are back for another adventure – hoorah! They're struggling to keep order in the castle which has become home to 100 ravenous...
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Thud in Trouble Match Four
Jim Eldridge
The Wrestling Trolls are BACK, facing nasty bullies and vengeful villains. Here come the Wrestling Trolls with two...
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