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The Cat and the Fiddle A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
The Cat and the Fiddle A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
Jackie Morris
December 2014 Book of the Month With over forty traditional nursery rhymes, personally chosen by the illustrator and laid out in colour-drenched double spreads, this is a beautiful collection of rhymes that has the makings of a classic. The pictures...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 30/10/2014
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Les Miserables
Les Miserables
Marcia Williams
December 2014 Book of the Month  In brilliantly created strip-cartoon versions, Marcia Williams has breathed new life into everything from Greek myths to Oliver Twist. Now she brings the huge canvas of Victor Hugo’s epic nineteenth century story about good...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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The Queen Alone
Reader Reviewed The Queen Alone
K. A. S. Quinn
December 2014 Book of the Month  A thrilling grand finale for The Chronicles of Tempus.  As ever, the characters of modern day Katie and Victorian James and Princess Alice are the guides through this fast-paced time slip adventure in which...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Once Upon an Alphabet
Once Upon an Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - December 2014 Book of the Month  Award-winning illustrator Oliver Jeffers has created an outstanding alphabet book which goes far beyond the traditional expectations of such a book. In additional to each...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Book 9)
Reader Reviewed Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Book 9)
Jeff Kinney
December 2014 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 be a useful time for learning!  From the start everything...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2014
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Feel the Fear
Reader Reviewed Feel the Fear
Lauren Child
December 2014 Book of the Month  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...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 18/11/2014
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The Bane Chronicles
Reader Reviewed The Bane Chronicles
Cassandra Clare
December 2014 Book of the Month    Here are ten short stories covering roughly two hundred years in the life of Magnus Bane, sitting alongside is an extra exclusive bonus tale which acts as the perfect encore. The start of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 11/11/2014
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The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
Holly Bourne
November 2014 Book of the Month   Bree hides away behind her blog that few people read.  So, if she writes about things people do want to read will it change her life to one of excitement and popularity? That's when...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2014
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Rita's Rhino
Rita's Rhino
Tony Ross
November 2014 Book of the Month  A funny tale all about the joys and perils of keeping a pet in a flat when animals aren't allowed.  How Rita manages to do this is brilliant and it makes for an hilarious...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Circus of the Unseen
Reader Reviewed Circus of the Unseen
Joanne Owen
November 2014 Book of the Month   Excitingly different and weirdly wonderful, this feels as though Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Eastern European folklore have vividly blended together into a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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Atticus Claw Learns to Draw
Reader Reviewed Atticus Claw Learns to Draw
Jennifer Gray
November 2014 Book of the Month  A cat with a difference! Atticus Claw may look like any other tabby cat but, when some famous works of art go missing, Atticus Claw – once a cat burglar but now a police...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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The Lion Book of Nursery Rhymes
The Lion Book of Nursery Rhymes
Julia Stone
November 2014 Book of the Month  Every child needs a collection of nursery rhymes and this collection of favourites with their clear and unfussy illustrations makes an excellent starting point for parents and children alike. Helpfully, the rhymes have been...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 18/07/2014
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The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma's Wardrobe
Reader Reviewed The Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma's Wardrobe
Christyan Fox, Diane Fox
November 2014 Book of the Month  A deliciously funny version of the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood. Cat tries to read Little Red Riding Hood, one of his most-favourite stories, to his friend Dog. But Dog is a...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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Timmy Failure We Meet Again
Reader Reviewed Timmy Failure We Meet Again
Stephan Pastis
November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month  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 not everyone –...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
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The Matchbox Mysteries
Reader Reviewed The Matchbox Mysteries
Sally Gardner
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - November 2014 Book of the Month  Jam-packed tales full of hilarity, excitement and fun but this latest in the Wings and Co. series from Sally Gardner, winner of the Costa Book...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
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The Book of Storms
Reader Reviewed The Book of Storms
Ruth Hatfield
November 2014 Book of the Month  Creatively chilling, this debut novel takes the whimsically charming idea of talking to animals and turns it on its head. Eleven year old...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
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The Nights Before Christmas
The Nights Before Christmas
Tony Ross
November 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling illustrator Tony Ross has gathered together 24 of the most popular stories about Christmas to make a celebratory volume of the time of year. The 24 stories are designed as a countdown to...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
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The Imaginary
Reader Reviewed The Imaginary
A. F. Harrold
November 2014 Book of the Month   A richly visualised story which explores imaginary friends and the very special role they play in children’s lives. Amanda and her imaginary friend Rudger have the best of times playing together. While Amanda’s mother...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
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Five Children on the Western Front
Reader Reviewed Five Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014    Witty, tender and full of insights into life love and politics, this is a brilliant...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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The Blood of Olympus
Reader Reviewed The Blood of Olympus
Rick Riordan
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - November 2014 Book of the Month   Another awesome epic from Rick Riordan who has created a vibrant and compelling landscape for adventure hewn from Greek mythology. Time is running out for...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
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Listen to the Moon
Reader Reviewed Listen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo M.B.E.
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014    A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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The House of Hades
Reader Reviewed The House of Hades
Rick Riordan
November 2014 Book of the Month  The powerful forces of the gods, demi-gods and monster shape this action packed adventure in which danger lurks in every corner of the universe. Hazel is back from the Underworld and she has a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Belzhar
Reader Reviewed Belzhar
Meg Wolitzer
October 2014 Book of the Month   Jam’s life changed forever on the day that Reeve Maxfield died.  She withdraws into herself no longer wishing to live in a world without Reeve.  In desperation her parents enrol her into ‘The Wooden...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
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The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back
Reader Reviewed The Time-Travelling Sandwich Bites Back
Matt Brown
October 2014 Book of the Month  A second hilarious and disgusting adventure wittily told in words and pictures making it perfect for all fans of the Wimpy Kid. A mouldy old sandwich has a remarkable impact on the life of Compton...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2014
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Shouldn't You Be in School?
Reader Reviewed Shouldn't You Be in School?
Lemony Snicket
October 2014 Book of the Month   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 four-part mystery series.  
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Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2014
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The Royal Babysitters
Reader Reviewed The Royal Babysitters
Clementine Beauvais
October 2014 Book of the Month    Silly jokes and madcap adventures are the order of the day in this very funny and highly illustrated royalty-themed series for younger readers.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
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Bear and Hare: Snow!
Bear and Hare: Snow!
Emily Gravett
October 2014 Book of the Month     Award-winning Emily Gravett celebrates all the delights of snow in this attractive picture book. Best friends Bear and Hare love playing in the snow. They make footprints and snow angels and have a wonderful...
Featured in: 3+ readers | Baby and Toddler | Books of the Month | Christmas Books 2014
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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The Crocodile Under the Bed
Reader Reviewed The Crocodile Under the Bed
Judith Kerr
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month   From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to tea comes a wonderful new picture book full of wonder and adventure. Matty is sick, so...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Monsters Love Underpants
Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 MEGA Book of the Month   Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks the Pirate's Curse
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks the Pirate's Curse
Kristina Stephenson
October 2014 Book of the Month   A swashbuckling new adventure for the brave-hearted knight Sir Charlie Stinky Socks. Help! says the message in the bottle and Sir Charlie is determined to do just that. Sailing across the dangerous seas filled...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Bears Don't Read!
Reader Reviewed Bears Don't Read!
Emma Chichester Clark
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month   George is sure there is more to life than fishing and chatting which is what the other bears do. When he finds a book he...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat
The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat
Julia Donaldson
October 2014 Book of the Month Shortlisted for the Specsaver's National Book Awards: Children's Book Of The Year. In their best-loved original adventure the Owl and the Pussy-Cat danced happily on the edge of the sand after their wedding....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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The Hero Pup
The Hero Pup
Megan Rix
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month   Can training Patch, a loveable Labrador puppy, help Joe find some happiness after the death of his father? Joe and his dad have always wanted...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Shaun the Sheep - Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm The Flock Factor
Reader Reviewed Shaun the Sheep - Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm The Flock Factor
Martin Howard
October 2014 Book of the Month   A rip roaring tale from Mossy Bottom Farm where a most unusual talent show is about to take place. It’s the chickens versus the sheep. They are pretty evenly matched but the sheep have...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Red Leaves
Red Leaves
Sita Brahmachari
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month   Award-winning Sita Brahmachari has a great gift of understanding for the confusions and loneliness of adoloescents and their need to be gently nurtured and cherished....
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Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Mountwood School for Ghosts
Reader Reviewed Mountwood School for Ghosts
Toby Ibbotson
One of our Books of the Year 2014- October 2014 Book of the Month   Best-loved author Eva Ibbotson had a gift for making magical worlds both come alive and be wonderfully credible. Her hand guides this delightful story of a...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
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Demon Dentist
Demon Dentist
David Walliams
Shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Awards 2014, younger readers category - Winner of the Specsavers National Book Awards 2013 Children’s Book of the Year - October 2013 Mega Book of the Month  Best-selling David Walliams hits gold again...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Terror Kid
Reader Reviewed Terror Kid
Benjamin Zephaniah
October 2014 Book of the Month   Perceptive, provocative and deeply moving, Benjamin Zephaniah tells a hard hitting story about how dangerous making one simple wrong choice can be. Rico...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
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Dread Eagle
Reader Reviewed Dread Eagle
Alex Woolf
October 2014 Book of the Month   Steampunk at its best with some fantastical inventions that make the impossible possible. Set in the mid-nineteenth century, war has broken out between France and England as the two mighty powers struggle for global...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Black Ice
Reader Reviewed Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
October 2014 Book of the Month   Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller, set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Whether you’re new to Becca’s writing or a fan of the...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
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The Calling
Reader Reviewed The Calling
James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
October 2014 Book of the Month    Chosen from across the world, a fight to the death is the destiny of the twelve young people who have been selected to represent their families in the Endgame.  The Players know who they...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2014
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