Summer Reading Children's Summer Reading 2016

Just click on an age range to see our selection of summer treats and once you've chosen your story pick the format that suits you best whether it's physical or digital. The titles will be refreshed throughout the summer months so it will be well worth coming back to take a peek. Check out our Summer Activity books too. This year we also have a great selection of holiday reading for reluctant/struggling readers including Super Readable Short Fiction and, to tie in with Euro 16 and of course the Olympics some sporty titles too. 



Summer Reading for Babies & Toddlers

The Lion Storyteller Awesome Book of Stories
Bob Hartman
Internationally acclaimed storyteller Bob Hartman brings us a captivating compilation of his best-loved collections of classic stories from around the world. The stories he has chosen are ones that he hopes will encourage children to be more kind, gentle and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/06/2016
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Macavity's Not There! A Lift-the-Flap Book
T. S. Eliot
July 2016 Book of the Month Young readers will love searching for the mischievous, mystery cat Macavity as they peek under the flaps to hunt for the cat who's never there, following the clues until they discover the feisty feline... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/07/2016
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The Hueys - it Wasn't Me
Oliver Jeffers
Now this fabulously quirky group of characters is introduced to younger readers in these toddler friendly board books from the internationally bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found. Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 07/04/2016
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Little Blue Truck
Alice Shertle
Farmyard fun, vehicles, animal noises to make, a jolly rhyming text and a lovely message about the importance of being kind to others, this picture book has it all. Little Blue Truck is rattling down the road sharing a cheery... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2016
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The Mysterious Apples
Diana C Vickery
One of our Books of the Year 2016 Return to The Magical World of Swankypants as we join Yasmin and Yo-Yo, two naughty squirrels who begin to think about collecting food for their winter food store. Just what will those... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2016
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Jack and the Beanstalk
Tony Ross
Jack, his mother and their cow Clover are real characters in Tony Ross's typically lively version of this much-loved fairy tale. Told in just five scenes, it's full of drama and a wonderful sense of scale too – the beanstalk... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 07/07/2016
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Tony Ross
Just the right size for little hands, this board book provides a perfect first introduction to a much-loved fairy tale and sturdy side tabs cleverly tell the story in short-hand via images of a bowl of porridge, a chair, a... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 07/07/2016
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You Must Bring a Hat
Simon Philip
A party invitation is at the centre of this highly entertaining and amusing story. It states that guests must bring a hat, but it appears that there are more entry requirements too, and as the story goes on they become... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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The National Trust: A Walk in the Countryside
Rosalind Beardshaw
There's so much more for young children to learn from this gorgeous board book than just how to count. Rosalind Beardshaw's two little friends enjoy an autumn walk, and not only do they discover all sorts of wild creatures and... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 02/06/2016
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Wolfie the Bunny
Ame Dyckman
For an original, witty look at sibling rivalry, Wolfie the Bunny takes the biscuit (or carrot to accurately reflect the content). The Bunny family come home to find a bundle on their doorstep – it's a baby wolf! They... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Pip and Posy: The New Friend
Axel Scheffler
A charming new title in this best-selling series from Axel Scheffler. Simple but incident-filled stories for two, three and four-year olds. A gently funny story about navigating friendship and being kind, even when every bone in your body is telling... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Summer Reading for ages 3+

Elmer and the Race
David Mckee
The ever so charming and colourful patchwork elephant Elmer returns in this gorgeously illustrated book. Nine young elephants race to become champion, with Elmer keeping an eye on them all, to ensure fair play. The full page vibrant illustrations splash... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/06/2016
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Elmer's Touch and Feel World
David Mckee
Explores the world of Elmer and his colourful friends in this bright, fun first concepts play book. Suitable for parents and babies to enjoy together, this book is packed with stimulating colours and touch-and-feel areas to engage little ones. Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 05/05/2016
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The First Hippo on the Moon
David Walliams
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month May 2016 Best-selling David Walliams and Tony Ross have teamed up for a great hippo space adventure. Sheila is a hippo with BIG ideas. Specifically, she is determined to be the first hippo on... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Introducing Teddy
Jessica Walton
A sweet and gentle story about being true to yourself and being a good friend, Introducing Teddy can also help children understand that some people are boys and others girls. Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Boa's Bad Birthday
Jeanne Willis
Best-selling picture book author/ illustrator duo capture the pitfalls of presents and the joy of them too! Boa's really looking forward to his birthday and especially to all the presents his friends will bring. But every gift turns out to... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2016
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Chu's Day at the Beach
Neil Gaiman
When Chu sneezes, big things happen, as fans of Neil Gaiman and Alex Rex's charming picture books will know. A day out at the beach promises all sorts of fun, including ice cream served by a dextrous octopus, but when... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Bears at the Beach
Emma Carlisle
Emma Carlisle captures all the happiness and excitement felt by a child on a day out at the beach, and adds some extra drama too in this charming picture book. Little Bear describes a day out at the seaside, playing... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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There's No Such Thing as a Snappenpoop
Jeanne Willis
The inimitable Jeanne Willis turns her attention to sibling rivalry in this witty and original picture book. Little Brother wants to play but Big Brother is determined to keep the treehouse all to himself so sends Little Brother off on... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/08/2016
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Paws McDraw Fastest Doodler in the West
Connah Brecon
Paws is the fastest draw in town and his weapon of choice? A pencil of course! When the inhabitants of Bunny Hill are in trouble they always turn to Paws for help and his quick-draw skills save the day time... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/08/2016
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The Messy Book
Maudie Powell-Tuck
No-one likes tidying, but it has to be done and this original picture book puts a colourful jumbled heap of mess at the centre of a lively story. Cat seems to be responsible for the mess but refuses to... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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The Great AAA-OOO
Jonny Lambert
With the action taking place in deepest, darkest night, this is a perfect bedtime book. Something in the forest is making a horrible noise and disturbing the animals. Owl, Bear, Mouse and Moose decide it must be a monster and... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/08/2016
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The Young Performing Horse
John Yeoman
Victorian London, splendidly imagined by Quentin Blake with typical wit and vitality, is the setting for this very entertaining story. When hard times hit the Priddy family the children Vicky and Bertie know just what to do: they head off... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Steven Seagull Action Hero
Elys Dolan
This very funny picture book works on a number of different levels. Children will love the characters: renegade seagull cop Steve; his sidekick Mac, a goldfish in a bowl (though complete with police badge); Lola the glamorous hippo lifeguard. They'll... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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A Hebridean Alphabet
Debi Gliori
Award-winning author and illustrator Debi Gliori obviously loves the Hebrides and shows readers just what is so special about these rugged islands in this beautiful picture book. In the guise of an alphabet book she takes readers exploring in the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 23/06/2016
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Charlie Cook's Favourite Book Book and CD Pack
Julia Donaldson
A special book and CD edition of the bestselling Charlie Cook's Favourite Book. There are lots of reading jokes in this book within a book, within a book: pirates and robbers settle down with their favourite stories and the Three... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 16/06/2016
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The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss
"Both my parents were great, but my mother was the one who read us our bedtime stories - everything from Curious George to Treasure Island. One of my favourites was The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. Every time... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Summer Reading for 5+

Bear's Adventure
Benedict Blathwayt
Young children will very much enjoy Bear's adventure. It begins on a beach where Bear is enjoying a day out, gazing at the sea from a sandcastle. But the children forget to take him home, the tide rises and washes... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Alfie Outdoors
Shirley Hughes
Standing in his pyjamas in the garden in the morning sunshine, Alfie is an unmistakeable little figure. Shirley Hughes has an extraordinary understanding of children, their world and what matters to them and captures it beautifully in the turn of... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss
Hilarious and with a memorable rhyming text, this is the perfect advocate for the adage, you don't know if you like something until you've tried it. Sam won't eat green eggs and ham. However they are disguised the list of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/04/2010
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There's a Dragon in My Backpack!
Tom Nicoll
From the Psammead to the Cat in the Hat, there's a long tradition in children's books of young protagonists befriending a magical creature whose lack of knowledge of, or lack of respect for how things work leads to all sorts... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Pugly Solves a Crime
Pamela Butchart
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month August 2016 Lovable Pugly, a pug with a great character, is back for a hilarious new adventure. This time she is all set to solve the mystery of what Glitterpuff the Poodle who lives... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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The Secret Railway and the Crystal Caves
Wendy Meddour
In 3: adventure – a secret world – steam trains The follow up to The Secret Railway has arrived right on time! After their adventures in the magical kingdom of Izzambard, sister and brother Ella and Leo are desperate to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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The Goblin Princess Smoky the Dragon Baby
Jenny O'Connor
The favourite theme of the child who longs for a pet is given an unusual twist in this story of adventure and working out who you are. Matty's family despair of her; for a goblin princess she's horribly tidy and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedPuppy Academy: Murphy and the Great Surf Rescue
Gill Lewis
In a nutshell : daring puppy heroes Gill Lewis's little stories of the doggy students of the Puppy Academy have much to recommend them. Each story stars a different dog tasked with learning a rescue skill, but generally facing a... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Findus Goes Fishing
Sven Nordqvist
Children of all ages should be introduced to Farmer Pettson and his talking cat, the irrepressible Findus. They've been favourites with readers in Europe for decades and it's great to see this new edition which comes with the endorsement of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/02/2016
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Squishy McFluff: Seaside Rescue!
Pip Jones
A trip to the seaside for everyone's favourite invisible kitten nearly ends in disaster when poor Squishy is swept out to sea. Luckily Ava's mum is persuaded to row to the rescue. Effortlessly charming, this story, the fifth in the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/05/2016
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The Secret Railway
Wendy Meddour
In three words: secret worlds - adventure – magic There are echoes of Narnia in this exciting adventure which begins with two children finding a door into another world, not in a wardrobe, but in an abandoned workshop full... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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Pugly Bakes a Cake
Pamela Butchart
In a Nutshell: comedy – chaos – pug cooking! A perfect piece of comic writing for children, Pugly Bakes a Cake is certain to be a huge favourite with young readers. Pugly is a pug with great ideas and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/01/2016
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Violet the Velvet Rabbit
Janey Louise Jones
Superfairies, from the author of the multi-million selling Princess Poppy series, is a lovely new series about four little fairies, in which the emphasis is very much on kindness and helping others that will charm young readers. Violet is a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/03/2016
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Martha the Little Mouse
Janey Louise Jones
Superfairies is a sweet new series about four little fairies, in which the emphasis is very much on kindness and helping others. It's autumn and the Autumn Queen has sent a big storm to Peaseblossom Woods to shake the leaves... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/03/2016
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The Secret Pirate
Elli Woollard
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Book of the Month Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she's a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Dave Pigeon
Swapna Haddow
Join Dave Pigeon and his sidekick Skipper on their quest to defeat the most evil cat in town. There will be funny bits, scary bits and biscuity bits. It is perfect for 6+ readers to share with an adult as... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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The Seaside Puppy
Holly Webb
Holly Webb writes gentle, warm-hearted adventures that young readers absolutely love and there is lots for them to enjoy in this story. Laura's summer is set to be a bit of a wash out - she lives in a seaside... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Geronimo The Dog Who Thinks He's a Cat
Jessie Wall
Geronimo is perfectly pitched for newly independent readers with short chapters, a simple storyline and appealing illustrations. Little puppy Geronimo is always hungry, his mother is homeless and there just isn't enough food to go round. So he heads off... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2015
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The BFG
Roald Dahl
This is a delightful, funny and exciting story about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Mary's Hair
Eoin Colfer
Interest Age 5-8 Best-selling Eoin Colfer's Mary knows better than most about a bad hair day. Her hair is bad every day! Determined to improve on her horrible curly mop Mary takes matters into her own hands. Literally! The results... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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Joe and the Dragonosaurus
Berlie Doherty
Interest Age 5-8 Joe is upset: his teacher has asked the class to do a project on their pets but Joe's mum has asthma and anything with fur makes her breath thick and squashy. Joe invents a pet for himself,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2015
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Summer Reading for 7+

Sophie's Squeaky Surprise
Holly Webb
With delightful illustrations throughout, this is a lovely tale about a young girl coping with change and discovering that friends can be found in the most unlikely of places. Sophie has just moved to Paris and although it's a beautiful... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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The World's Worst Children
David Walliams
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month June 2016 Ten wickedly funny and wonderfully surreal stories of truly terrible children show best-selling David Walliams's amazing gift for spinning entertaining stories. Contained in a handsome edition and illustrated in colour throughout by... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/05/2016
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Spangles Mcnasty and the Fish of Gold
Steve Webb
To the canon of disgusting, disreputable villains loved by children – the Twits, Mr Gum, Armitage Shanks – can now be added Spangles McNasty and his sidekick Sausage-face Pete. To give you an idea of how nasty Spangles is, his... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Supergran
Forrest Wilson
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month August 2016 If you think all Grans look very much alike you should look again. Granny Smith looks just like every other Gran and she behaves just like every other Gran until she gets... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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The Sands of Shark Island
Alexander Mccall Smith
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month August 2016 Alexander McCall Smith gives the boarding school story a refreshing nautical makeover in this second dashing adventure for twins Ben and Fee. The twins attend School Ship Tobermory, a boarding school on... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/08/2016
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The BFG
Roald Dahl
Special Film Tie-in Edition This is a delightful, funny and exciting story, about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Holiday Ha Ha Ha!
Various Authors
If there's any likelihood of rainy days on your holiday, be sure to pack a copy of this sparkling collection of stories written by some of our wittiest and most inventive authors, as it's certain to brighten the mood until... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Invisible Inc.
Steve Cole
In 3 : invisible goodies – dastardly baddies – killer chickens (poultry-geists!) Steve Cole is a national treasure: creator of series such as Astrosaurs and Magic Ink, and now writing the Young Bond books, he's delighted huge numbers of young... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Enid Blyton's Summer Stories
Enid Blyton
The summer holidays are made for reading Enid Blyton; no writer better understands the sheer pleasure of being out of school with empty days stretching ahead. There are all sorts of stories in this collection, lots of pixies and magic,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Holidays According to Humphrey
Betty G. Birney
Humphrey the Hamster's view of the world is always entertaining. He's happy in his job as classroom pet so, when the holidays are announced, he worries a lot about what will happen to him. But Humphrey soon finds that holidays... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor
Andy Riley
In a nutshell : noble kings – evil laughs – chocolate Good versus evil is given a very funny workout in this the first book in what should become a very popular series. As kings go, Edwin is lovely, always... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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The Lion Roars
Alan Gibbons
The story of a young footballer from Africa who achieves his dream of winning a place at one of the top UK clubs, this short novel is both a satisfying story of hard work, dedication and talent, plus all-important family... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2016
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Walter Brown and the Magician's Hat
Karen Inglis
London-based children's author Karen Inglis is back with another illustrated page-turner, this time for ages 7-9. Karen has made a name for herself with teachers, reading charities and librarians for producing fun and fast-paced stories that get the most reluctant... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/05/2016
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Unicorn in New York: Louie Takes the Stage!
Rachel Hamilton
In a nutshell: cupcakes – chaos – tap-dancing Delightfully daft, Rachel Hamilton's story of Louie the unicorn with stars in his eyes is very funny and full of appealing characters. Following his dream Louie enrols at the New York... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedUncle Gobb and the Dread Shed
Michael Rosen
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 taking over their school, and Uncle Gobb sets up the dread ‘Dread Shed' in their playground,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Seacrow Island
Astrid Lindgren
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 When the Melkerson family rent a holiday home on the far away Seacrow Island they have no idea of the wonderful adventures that lie in store for them. Father Melkerson, a very... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog: Master of Disguise
Jeremy Strong
In a Nutshell: silliness – disguises - dogs Jeremy Strong continues to set the standard in comic writing for children and his Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog series is a tour de force of silliness. Trevor's dog Streaker is behaving as... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The 65-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
In a Nutshell: Mind-boggling adventures – ants - craziness Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are experts in the crazy, surreal humour that kids love and there seems to be no limit to their invention. For those that don't know, the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedEddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up
Simon Cherry
June 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: pirates – penguins – enchantments Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up is an epic story indeed, and possibly the most inventive piratical comedy-fantasy-adventure you'll read this year. It starts with... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Wilderness War
Julia Green
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: protest – friendship – the great outdoors At a time when children are accused of disconnecting from the natural world Julia... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Very Royal Holiday
Clementine Beauvais
After three exciting adventures recounted in previous books, Holly, Anna and their friend Prince Pepino are embarked on the Holy Moly Holiday they've been saving up for. At first the cruise ship offers everything they could wish for (apart from... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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How to Fight a Dragon's Fury
Cressida Cowell
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award This is the twelfth book in Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon series and she brings it to a tremendous and fitting finale. The fate of the dragon world lies in the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Hello World A Celebration of Languages and Curiosities
Jonathan Litton
As much an atlas as a language learning book Hello World is a clever way to stimulate children's interest in the world and the many different peoples who share it and if they read it from start to finish, children... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Novelty book | Released 05/05/2016
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Dancer The Wild Pony
Janey Louise Jones
Superfairies is a sweet new series about four little fairies, in which the emphasis is very much on kindness and helping others. It will have lots of appeal for young readers, and with short chapters and frequent and pretty colour... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Secret Cat
Sarah Lean
May 2016 Book of the Month This lovely story is about a little girl who finds the courage to go on an adventure and learns about animals, making friends and being brave. Tiger Days is nervous when her mum and... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Basil the Bear Cub
Janey Louise Jones
Superfairies is a sweet new series about four little fairies, in which the emphasis is very much on kindness and helping others. In this springtime story the fairies are working together to clean their home inside the cherry blossom tree,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/01/2016
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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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Philomena The Cat Who Thinks She's A Dog
Jessie Wall
With its short chapters, simple storyline and appealing illustrations Philomena is just right for children ready to start reading on their own. Little kitten Philomena is leaving her old home to live with the Simpkins family. The Simpkins are nice,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2016
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Monster Slayer
Brian Patten
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | 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 chooses... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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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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Summer Reading for 9+

Reader ReviewedTed Rules the World
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Interest Age 5-8 Frank Cottrell Boyce is one of our funniest, most inventive writers for children and his readers should always be ready to expect the unexpected; that's certainly the case here. Ted's birthday starts quietly – he finds his... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2015
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Chaos Descends
Shane Hegarty
In a nutshell: monster monster-hunting fun Book three in Shane Hegarty's Darkmouth series serves up another helping of monster battles, with the skilful mix of humour and horror we've come to expect. Finn's 13th birthday is approaching and it... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius
Stacey Matson
In a nutshell: the agony and the ecstasy of the pre-teen The return of Arthur Bean, self-proclaimed creative genius and star of one already highly successful diary-based narrative is to be welcomed. Arthur is a rather special voice in fiction... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4,000 years ago and tells the stories of twelve Greek Heroes. This isn't about Percy, however his unique voice shines through as he tells the tales in his own... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Little Stars
Jacqueline Wilson
Readers will be delighted to see this exciting new episode in the life of Hetty Feather, one of Jacqueline Wilson's liveliest and most engaging heroines. Hetty and her sister Ellen Jane (also known as Emerald and Daisy) have run away... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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My Embarrassing Dad's Gone Viral!
Ben Davis
In a nutshell; a dad's gotta do... The title of this book will be irresistible to young readers and the story, a mix of comedy and family drama, won't disappoint them. Nelson's dad turns from frustrated estate agent to evangelical... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Truckers The First Book of the Nomes
Terry Pratchett
A truly wonderful kick of escapism, ‘Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes' may be aimed at children, however you don't have to be a kid to read this (adults can get just as much enjoyment, possibly even a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Secrets of the Wild Wood
Tonke Dragt
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has been acknowledged as a classic of Dutch literature since its publication over fifty years ago, but it took until 2013 for it to find a British publisher. Pushkin Press took it on... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World
James Patterson
In 3 words : in it together The Kidd family, stars of some of James Patterson's liveliest and most boisterous adventures are back and centre stage in the latest episode in his globe-trotting series, Treasure Hunters. This time the Kidds... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Sandrider A Todhunter Moon Adventure
Angie Sage
A story of sorcerers, wizards, dragons and, of course, Magyk, Sandrider, the second book in Angie Sage's Todhunter Moon series, is another enthralling piece of storytelling from an author whose invention never flags. Apprentice wizard Tod has an important task:... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Wildings
Nilanjana Roy
July 2016 Debut of the Month The streets and alleys of the Nizamuddin quarter of Delhi provide the backdrop for this thrilling story of warrior cats. There's a real sense of unease and danger in the opening chapters when a strange... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord
David Solomons
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : aliens invade Bromley The follow-up to David Solomon's prize-winning sci-fi comedy My Brother is a Superhero delivers just as much in the way of tension, adventure and laughs.... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Baby Zebra Rescue
Tamsyn Murray
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : animals – friendship – looking after animals Readers who like animals are going to love Tamysn Murray's new series set in Tanglewood Animal Park. It's a dream come true... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedStrange Star
Emma Carroll
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Rich in thrilling details, Strange Star is a cleverly told story-within-a story that draws together true stories with an original adventure. Italy, 1816,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedNed's Circus of Marvels
Justin Fisher
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In three words: monsters – robot mice – hidden talents Adventures don't come more action-packed than Ned's Circus of Marvels and anyone who enjoys Harry Potter will find that it hits the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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The Shapeshifter: Feather and Fang
Ali Sparkes
In three words: surprises psychic thrills Ali Sparkes's super-readable Shapeshifter series reaches book six, and a thrilling climax. Sparkes assembles all the characters from the series and its spin off Unleashed for this adventure and fans will appreciate just... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
Christopher Edge
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award In a Nutshell: time travel – family – stardust Even physicists struggle to understand quantum theory but Christopher Edge makes a very fine attempt at an explanation, though the most striking thing about... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/01/2016
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I Funny TV
James Patterson
In the expert hands of James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein middle school is the funniest place on earth, especially in this series starring Jamie Grimm, the wheelchair-using kid with the super-sharp line in banter. Things should be looking good for... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Accidental Secret Agent
Tom McLaughlin
June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: espionage – laughs – fake moustaches. The story of a boy who accidentally becomes a secret agent, Tom McLaughlin's new book is laugh-out-loud funny, particularly if, like its hero, you... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedRent A Bridesmaid
Jacqueline Wilson
June 2016 Book of the Month A fabulous, funny and moving story about the power of friendship from the mega-bestselling creator of Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather and more recently Katy, the retelling of Susan Coolidge's classic What Katy Did.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedPick Your Poison
Lauren Child
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | May 2016 Book of the Month You've got to be really smart to keep up with 13 year old secret agent Ruby Redfort, as her enemies know to their cost. There... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedMoone Boy 2: The Fish Detective
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
Here we have another episode in the life of hapless eleven-year-old Martin Moone, related by his imaginary best-friend and sidekick Sean Murphy in as fine a free-fall stream-of-consciousness narrative as you could hope for, full of asides, tangents and footnotes!... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Katy
Jacqueline Wilson
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 to avoid trouble. Like the original,... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Summer Reading for 11+

Circus of Thieves and the Comeback Caper
William Sutcliffe
The Austen of audacity, Armitage Shanks, circus master and dastardliest of villains is back and up to no good, to the delight of fans of these wacky, inventive and hugely entertaining books. And indeed, readers are promised (warned?) that this... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedLucy Locket: Online Disaster
Emma Moss
May 2016 Debut of the Month A brand new, innovative and fun series that's pitch-perfect fiction for aspirational vloggers, digital devotees and readers with a passion for all things online! There's always a demand for contemporary fiction for young girls... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/04/2016
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Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods', Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo is star of this new series, though he's not very... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2016
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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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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: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/03/2016
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Shadow Warriors
Chris Bradford
One of our Books of the Year 2016 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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The World of David Walliams: Super-Tastic Box Set
David Walliams
Seven hilarious and moving novels from bestselling, critically acclaimed author, David Walliams, in one Super-tastic box-set! A Review for Gangsta Granny Following in the footsteps of the great Roald Dahl, David Walliams has shown in his previous titles including Mr... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe House on Hummingbird Island
Sam Angus
In a Nutshell: family secrets – ghosts – loss and love This story of a young orphan girl feels part of a tradition going back to Eva Ibbotson, or even Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's 1912 and Idie is a fierce... Featured in: 11+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Diggers The Second Book of the Nomes
Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett does it again, the second book in the ‘Bromeliad Trilogy' or ‘Book of the Nomes' is another confection of delight, wit and fantastical storytelling. Terry Pratchett really needs no introduction, each of his books have been little... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/12/2015
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Girl Online: On Tour
Zoe Sugg
The things that have made Zoe Suggs's lifestyle vlog such a phenomenon with teenagers are exactly the things that will make her new novel such a hit with them. In On Tour her central character Penny, just post-GCSEs, is off... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Other Alice
Michelle Harrison
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month August 2016 Award-winning Michelle Harrison's The Other Alice is a fast-paced, tautly woven story stuffed full of imagination, magic and adventure which gives life in... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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Summer Shadows
Joss Stirling
In a Nutshell: Paranormal powers * High-octane action * Hunt for happy-endings Step into the shadowy world of the Savants in this sixth installment of a series that oozes intrigue, action and romance. To set the scene for the uninitiated,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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The Crooked Sixpence
Jennifer Bell
June 2016 Debut of the Month Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems. If you enjoy adventure, mystery and an avalanche of magic, then you've come to the right place! This is an uncommonly good and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Sunny Side Up
Holly Smale
In 3 words : Harriet hits Paris A treat for the summer holidays this special Geek Girl novella sees Harriet Manners in Paris for the Haute Couture shows no less. Being Harriet, she's extensively researched Haute Couture, but it wasn't... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 30/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedGirl Out of Water
Nat Luurtsema
In a nutshell: (the loneliness of the long distance swimmer) comedy – romance – synchronised swimming Perfect for the summer holidays or as revision comfort reading, Girl Out of Water is a sparkling comedy, with a great central character.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
John Boyne
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month June 2016 Bestselling John Boyne returns to the Second World War for The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, the story of the transformation... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedAlone
D.J. Brazier
Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there's the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart and soul. Sam tells his own tale, after the small... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe King's Revenge
Philip Womack
A story of knights and gods, a quest that takes its characters through wild and strange landscapes, a tale of courage and loyalty in the face of terrifying opponents, The King's Revenge brings Philip Womack's much lauded Darkening Path... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Square Root of Summer
Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Seventeen-year-old physics prodigy Gottie has experienced much loss in her short life. One summer on from losing her grandfather and being rejected by her first love, Gottie finds herself free-falling, like Alice down the rabbit hole, but through time, back... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedLittle Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | May 2016 Debut of the Month This moving story of looked-after children describes the difficulties they face, but is nonetheless uplifting. Ira and her little brother Zac live in Skilly House, what... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bubble Boy
Stewart Foster
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May/June 2016 Deeply moving and utterly gripping, Bubble Boy is a stunning novel that makes you laugh and cry. And think. Joe lives in a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedHow to Look for a Lost Dog
Ann M. Martin
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | 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 of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2016
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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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Reader ReviewedThe Potion Diaries
Amy Alward
Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | July 2015 Book of the Month When the princess of Nova accidentally bewitches herself with an illegally brewed love potion, resulting in the biggest self-crush since Narcissus, there's an urgent need... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedOne
Sarah Crossan
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint Winner of the CLiPPA 2016 (CLPE Children's Poetry Award). Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Children's category of the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Summer Reading for Teens/YAs

Reader ReviewedChildren of Icarus
Caighlan Smith
July 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: * Dystopian deception * Greek myth * Survival A labyrinthine world of brutality, deception and monstrous creatures awaits in this intense coming-of-age fantasy about fighting to survive. Being chosen... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Wolf by Wolf
Ryan Graudin
Powerfully thought-provoking alternate-history thriller in which an unforgettable heroine seeks revenge on Hitler. It's 1956, more than ten years since the Nazis won the war, and 17 year-old Yael belongs to a resistance movement. After enduring scientific experimentation as a... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedKook
Christopher Vick
Fifteen-year-old science geek Sam has returned to Cornwall from London. It's his first time back since his dad drowned here when he was four. Sam has no idea what his new life holds, and then he meets Jade, the stunning... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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The Art of Not Breathing
Sarah Alexander
April 2016 Debut of the Month Five years have passed since Elsie's twin brother vanished into the sea on their birthday. Her parents and brother are still broken by their loss and Elsie feels like half of her is missing,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2016
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All About the Hype
Paige Toon
In a Nutshell: Gigs • Glitz• Grown-up glitches Super-cool summer escapism with heaps of heat, heart and Hollywood glamour, this third Jessie Jefferson novel is the most satisfying yet. Having recently discovered that her dad is none other than... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/07/2016
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Railhead
Philip Reeve
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve's new novel drenches its readers... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2016
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Cruel Heart Broken
Emma Haughton
In a Nutshell: Deceit • Decisions • Doing the right thing A gripping, emotionally-charged page-turner about guilt, regret and finding the strength to face the truth. 15-year-old Laurie has always been a good girl, but confesses a guilt-ridden secret right... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedRemade
Alex Scarrow
In a nutshell: coming after you The best horror stories play on our deepest fears, and Alex Scarrow works that brilliantly in this thoroughly unsettling and unputdownable thriller. Leon is smart, and realises early on that something bad is happening:... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Otherlife
Julia Gray
July 2016 Debut of the Month Absolutely compelling. I have to admit to being rather surprised by ‘The Otherlife', I think I was expecting a rollicking fantasy adventure, instead a startling, yet subtle and thought provoking read awaited. Either told... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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The Deepest Cut
Natalie Flynn
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Boundless friendship • Real-life rawness •Surviving loss A gripping, emotionally authentic debut about grief, guilt and the tragic reality of knife crime.... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedA Thousand Nights
E.K. Johnston
Set against a vividly drawn desert backdrop, this spellbinding novel about love, self-sacrifice and the power of stories shimmers as vibrantly as a queen's finely threaded robes. When cruel king Lo-Melkhiin arrives in her village, the eloquent narrator of this... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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Summer Days and Summer Nights Twelve Summer Romances
Stephanie Perkins
In a Nutshell: Summer love | Short stories | Poolside pick-me-up Perfect for dipping into between dips in the pool, this varied seasonal anthology features twelve scorching stories by twelve top YA authors. Following last Christmas's My True Love... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Shepherd's Crown
Terry Pratchett
The completely and totally wonderful wiz(z)ard of words Terry Pratchett, has departed for what I'm sure will be a very interesting conversation, with the cat and curry loving Death. Terry Pratchett has been one of my favourite authors since I... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2016
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Goodbye Stranger
Rebecca Stead
Rebecca Stead loves to set her readers puzzles: there are huge mysteries in her award-winning novels When You Reach Me and Liar and Spy and her new book, Goodbye Stranger also poses questions. Central character Bridge was very nearly killed... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Loose Ends List
Carrie Firestone
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Trip of a lifetime • Seize the day • Perfect endings Always heartwarming, often laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is a sublime novel about living, loving and savouring every precious moment. As... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedIf I Was Your Girl
Meredith Russo
June 2016 Debut of the Month Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is holding back. Even from Grant, the guy she's falling in... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2016
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Racing Manhattan
Terence Blacker
June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: Awe-inspiring • Odds-defying • Dream-chasing • Horse-racing Exhilarating equine epic about following your dreams and overcoming obstacles, set in the ruthless world of horse racing. Jay is an outsider. Since... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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The Crossover
Kwame Alexander
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award ‘The Crossover' is original and absolutely stunning, both visually and emotionally, it's also an award winner, and deserves to be. First published in the United States in 2014 and described perfectly as a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/10/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 | Shortlisted for the Children's category of the Books are My Bag Readers Awards 2016. Daring,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers' heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety of central character Wylie increase, and they realise there is... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedWhisper to Me
Nick Lake
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | May 2016 Book of the Month This electrifyingly smart story of a teen girl's struggle with a tormenting voice in her head is a masterwork of contemporary YA. There's a murderer... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Reader ReviewedBeautiful Broken Things
Sara Barnard
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | February 2016 Debut of the Month 16-year-old Brightonians Caddy and Rosie have been best friends all their lives, their relationship enduring even... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Sky Is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson
Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Ayesha Ali, aged 18 This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It's a vibrant, deeply... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedAll the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven
Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 12 - 16 year old category. Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize Fans of John Green will love this heart-wrenching... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedWe Were Liars
E. Lockhart
Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - May 2014 Book of the Month A gripping story with a brilliantly... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/05/2014
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Super Readable Short Fiction

Fangirl
Rainbow Rowell
Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 An utterly captivating love story about opening your heart by major US bestselling author, Rainbow Rowell, whose debut novel in the UK, Eleanor & Park was a huge hit and her ever-growing... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2014
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
Join in the bear hunt with this fabulous activity book, based on the classic picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Little ones will be absorbed for hours with this fun book filled with engaging activities. You might also... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Prince Frog Face
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Andy Stanton describes Kaye Umansky as ‘wickedly funny' and that's very true of her version of The Frog Prince. Prince Valentine's parents are keen for him to find himself a girlfriend, so he summons... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2015
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Honey and Me
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ Karen McCombie writes straight to the heart of pre-teens, and Honey and Me is a perfect McCombie novel. Kirsten has just moved up to secondary school and is really enjoying the fresh start. Life... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedBulletcatcher
Chris Bradford
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 Wayne – but also reveals he... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2015
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Robot Girl
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+ When it comes to writing involving, thought-provoking page-turners, Malorie Blackman is unbeatable. In this short novel in Barrington Stoke's dyslexia-friendly format, she's returns to one of her favourite themes and turns the readers' perception... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2015
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The Haunting of Uncle Ron
Anne Fine
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+ Award-winning Anne Fine always writes brilliantly about annoying family members. Ian's Uncle Ron has a habit of just turning up on the doorstep with a big suitcase. No one knows how long he will... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2014
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Desirable
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8+. A delicious comedy in which geeky George, whose passion for Warhammer games has long made him a social outcast, is transformed by some past its sell by date after shave. Suddenly everyone wants to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/04/2012
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Car Wash Wish
Sita Brahmachari
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Sita Brahmachari writes about family lives and family relationships with real sensitivity and insight. Hudson, the teen narrator of her new novel, is well aware of his own tendency to misunderstand or misread what... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2016
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At the World's End
Catherine Fisher
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Two young people are thrown out of the safety of ‘the Store', the building where they've been holed up for the last nine years following an apocalyptic event that has – as far as they... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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A Summer of Sport

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Anthony McGowan
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Not a word is wasted in this fine novel. On one level it is a thriller: fishing on Bacon Pond Nicky spots a glint of gold in its murky depths, and recognises the Rolex owned... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2015
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Summertime and Somersaults
Jane Lawes
In 3 words : gymnastics – friendships – rivalries Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle's endorsement will draw readers to this story of Tara, a talented young gymnast whose dreams seem to have come true when she joins a new gym club. ... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2016
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Legends' Lair
Joe O'Brien
In a nutshell: football – rivalry - community Football – it's always about so much more than just what happens on the pitch, exciting and, if you're lucky, beautiful as that can be, and the best stories about football recognise... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/06/2016
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The Fix
Sophie Mckenzie
Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+. A tense novel about finding the special kind of courage needed to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. Blake is great footballer; playing football is all he wants to do but, with money... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2016
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The Olympic Games Sticker Book
Susan Meredith
When did the Olympic Games begin? Who are the greatest athletes? With 100 stickers of athletes such as Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis-Hill, and photos and illustrations telling the story of the biggest multi-sport event in the world. The perfect... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2016
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Olympic Sport: the Whole Muscle-Flexing Story 100% Unofficial
Glenn Murphy
As all eyes turn to Rio this summer, a lot of us will be sitting on the sofa thinking about sport and very probably dreaming about being better at it. Science superstar Glenn Murphy's witty, fact-filled and very child-friendly book... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Olympic Poems - 100% Unofficial!
Brian Moses, Roger Stevens
Sport – winning, losing, taking part – is celebrated in this typically skilful collection from two of our most popular poets for young people. There are funny poems, story poems, contemplative ones to make you see things clearer or differently,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Olympic Games Picture Book
Susan Meredith
When did the Olympic Games begin? Who are the greatest athletes? With dramatic photos of Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and more, this is the story of the world's biggest multi-sport event, from Ancient Greece to 2016. With internet links to... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2016
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The Mighty Dynamo
Kieran Crowley
In a Nutshell: football – family – fair play Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, but as Bill Shankly said, it's much more important than that. Noah really needs to play in the... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Booked
Kwame Alexander
Nick is football mad, finding more poetry, more to stimulate him on the soccer field and with a ball at his feet than he ever does in books. This doesn't go down well with his father, a linguistics professor with... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Peter Rabbit: Doodle Book
Beatrix Potter
Discover Mrs Tiggy-winkle, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-duck, Mr Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten and of course mischievous Peter Rabbit amongst the pages of this delightful colouring/doodle book. Simple illustrations of Beatrix Potter's most famous creations invite aspiring artists to colour whilst... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Summer Activity Books

Spot the... Mouse on the Move
Sarah Khan
Bright, colourful illustrations fill each page with wonderfully detailed and busy scenes along with facts to discover. From counting exercises and simple comprehension and things to spot on each page this is a perfect boredom-buster for any long journey. ... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/06/2016
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Garden Sounds
Sam Taplin
Explore the garden through colour, touch and sound in this gorgeous Touchy-feely Sound book from Usborne Books. Each page has plenty for young hands and eyes to explore. The book also features a different sound chip cleverly added to bring... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 01/07/2016
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Holiday Doodles
Fiona Watt
Bright, fun holiday inspired drawing fun for those who love to doodle. Nice and small in size it's the perfect travel accompaniment to keep boredom at bay this summer. Yet there are over 100 pages of holiday themed space to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2016
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My Doodle Book!
Alan MacDonald
A delightfully, disgusting doodle book that will keep Dirty Bertie fans entertained for hours. Dirty Bertie is back but this time he'll be enticing you to join in with his madcap schemes and crazy capers - well in the form... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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The Usborne Outdoor Book
Jerome Martin, Emily Bone
Inspiring ideas for discovering and exploring outdoors, whether that's a city park, a beach, deep in the woods or even in a garden. Activities for all weathers include building a shelter, stargazing, marking a trail, catching crabs and listening for... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2016
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Findus Food and Fun Seasonal Crafts and Nature Activites
Eva-Lena Larsson, Kennart Danielsson
Sven Nordqvist's picture book characters Farmer Pettson and Findus, his irrespressible talking cat, lead lives firmly rooted in the natural world and this charming activity book is full of things to do and make involving plants, flowers and all that... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2014
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Where's Wally? in Outer Space
Martin Handford
Play tangle line teasers, find your way out of a space race maze, unscramble muddled up words, crack alien codes, match and spot the differences in busy picture puzzles, get creative by colouring in, complete a planet hop game and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Ultimate Guide to Mapping
Justin Miles
Maps are wonderful things and this practical and inspiring book explains to children perhaps too used to relying on satnavs and iPhones how to use maps, and even how to make them. It's full of fascinating facts on the different... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/05/2016
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Creaturepedia Activity Book
Adrienne Barman
Informative and fun, this book is filled with facts, creatures to colour in, 100 stickers and a double gatefold poster at the rear. Following the success of the stunning Creaturepedia, Adrienne Barman returns with this companion colour and activity... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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City Trails - London
Lonely Planet Kids
Discover London's best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff guaranteed to blow your mind, that are definitely off the tourist trail from the comfort of your own home or while visiting the city! But, you don't have... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2016
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Big Picture Book of London
Rob Lloyd Jones
A fabulous picture book packed with fascinating details about London's most famous sights. Like a colourful trip around a Monopoly board, this trendy information book is packed with detailed illustrations and children can see how many pictures they recognise and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2016
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Cool Kids Cook Delicious Recipes and Fabulous Facts to Turn into a Kitchen Whizz
Jenny Chandler
The hot (cool) new cook book for 7 - 14 year old children who love food and want to understand more about where it comes from and how to create amazing real meals. Empowering (and with no rice crispy cakes... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/05/2016
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My Travel Journal
Lonely Planet Kids
Never forget an adventure with this bright and bold journal from Lonely Planet Kids. Packed with writing topic suggestions, lists to complete, ideas for getting the creative juices flowing and lots more fill-in fun, this is the perfect way for... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2016
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Boredom Buster
Lonely Planet Kids
Make 'are we nearly there yet?' a thing of the past with this fantastic book of games for the road from Lonely Planet Kids. Full of fun illustrations, and with a super bright neon cover, it's packed with word games,... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2016
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The BFGs Gloriumptious Sticker Activity Book

The creators of this gloriumptious sticker book have had lots of fun inventing activities to entertain chiddlers. There's a quizpopper – somebody has whizzpopped, but who? – a phizz-whizzing wordsearch, a dot the spifference and a muggle maze amongst... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Over 100 Things to Do on a Journey
Rebecca Gilpin
If the prospect of a long journey with children – whether by car, plane or train – is filling you with dread, this handy little book could be just what you need. It's full of different activities guaranteed to entertain... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2016
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Reader ReviewedFlyboy
Tom Palmer
One of our Super Readable Books of the Year 2016 | 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,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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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 Earth was formed by taking a close and detailed look... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 10/03/2016
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When they've been reading all year at school, it's not surprising kids want to run around frantically outside and have some fun when summer finally arrives. But the long holidays are also an ideal time to build on good reading habits, and foster a real life-long love of books away from the classroom...

Our summer reading selection this year has been "such fun to put together," says one of our Lovereading4kids 'expert voices' Julia Eccleshare. We're sure children of all ages will have a great deal of fun reading every one of them. Some are from well-known and well-loved children's authors, others are from exciting new authors. They are all fantastic reads.

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2016 has been a great year for anniversaries - we have special sections on Shakespeare, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the Wonderful World of Roald Dahl. All packed with great summer reads. And what could be better than a Michael Morpurgo novel to take on holiday, you'll find a selection of his books here, broken down into themes.

Why not take a look at books for reluctant readers, dyslexia friendly books and books we think are Great for Boys? For the Pony Mad, there's a section just for them and if your kids aren't so keen on fiction check out our Fascinating Facts section, packed full of interesting reads. And a classic makes a great summer read - we have spruced up our Children's Classics section which now includes the newly reissued Collins Modern Classics series.

If you're looking for something for babies and toddlers, take a look at the wonderful Picture Book Party from Walker or our Elmer the Elephant special category. Out and About is filled with clever ideas for activities over the holiday..and if you want a prize winner try our Carnegie Greenway section.

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There are eBook formats available for most of the books in our Summer Reading selection, but each month further eBooks can be found here.

Click here to download an activity pack, produced by Julia Green, the author of The Wilderness War, full of exciting outdoor activities to do including building a campfire, making a pond, ID the trees around you, go tracking animals and lots more.


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