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Lottery Boy
Lottery Boy
Michael Byrne
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Thirteen year old Bully, real name Bradley, has chosen to live on the streets...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Darkmouth
Darkmouth
Shane Hegarty
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Darkmouth might appear to be a normal seaside town, but it’s really not the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The Last Summer of Us
The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Three young friends...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2015
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The Imagination Box
The Imagination Box
Martyn Ford
May 2015 Debut of the Month Could this Imagination Box be the greatest toy on earth?  Join 10 year old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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We are All Made of Molecules
We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The it Girl
The it Girl
Katy Birchall
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Geek Girl meets Notting Hill in Katy Birchall’s sparkling debut.  Central character Anna is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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This month's 'featured books'
Books Reviewed by Children
The Last Summer of Us
The Last Summer of Us
Maggie Harcourt
May 2015 Debut of the Month   Three young friends...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2015
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We are All Made of Molecules
We are All Made of Molecules
Susin Nielsen
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Stewart and Ashley are about as different as it’s possible to be.  He’s super...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Lottery Boy
Lottery Boy
Michael Byrne
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Thirteen year old Bully, real name Bradley, has chosen to live on the streets...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Catch Your Death
Catch Your Death
Lauren Child
May 2015 Book of the Month  There’s a real vogue for girl detectives at the moment, but Ruby Redfort is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The it Girl
The it Girl
Katy Birchall
May 2015 Debut of the Month  Geek Girl meets Notting Hill in Katy Birchall’s sparkling debut.  Central character Anna is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The Bane Chronicles
The Bane Chronicles
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Here are ten short stories covering roughly two hundred years in the life of Magnus Bane, sitting alongside is an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Blue Peter Book Awards
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
The Spy Who Loved School Dinners
Pamela Butchart
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Story    Izzy is really pleased to have been put in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
Andy Seed
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts      This laugh-out-loud book is bursting with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Chris Riddell
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best Story - October 2014 Book of the Month    Award-winning author/ illustrator...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Corpse Talk
Corpse Talk
Adam Murphy
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts   Meet some of history's most famous, infamous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Boy in the Tower
Boy in the Tower
Polly Ho-Yen
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Animalium
Animalium
Jenny Broom
See Katie Scott at Hay Fever!   Join illustrator Katie...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2014
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Books of the Month
Demolition Dad
Demolition Dad
Phil Earle
May 2015 MEGA Book of the Month  Jake Biggs’s dad works in demolition.  All week long he knocks down buildings...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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The Porridge of Knowledge
The Porridge of Knowledge
Archie Kimpton
May 2015 Book of the Month  There’s a lovely...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Catch Your Death
Catch Your Death
Lauren Child
May 2015 Book of the Month  There’s a real vogue for girl detectives at the moment, but Ruby Redfort is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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How to Win a Monster Race
How to Win a Monster Race
Caryl Hart
May 2015 Book of the Month    The creators of bestsellers How to Grow a Dinosaur and How to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Spotty Lottie and Me
Spotty Lottie and Me
Richard Byrne
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, May 2015  Stuck at home with chicken pox, Joey needs a spotty friend to play...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Looking-Glass Girl
Looking-Glass Girl
Cathy Cassidy
Book of the Month  Best-selling Cathy Cassidy weaves the classic story of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland into this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Guardian Fiction Prize
We Were Liars
We Were Liars
E. Lockhart
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - May...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/05/2014
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The Lost Gods
The Lost Gods
Francesca Simon
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   Best-selling Francesca Simon tells a second hilarious story about what happens...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2014
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She is Not Invisible
She is Not Invisible
Marcus Sedgwick
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   When sixteen-year-old Laureth’s father vanishes she is determined to track him...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Shine
Shine
Candy Gourlay
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014   This is not a ghost story even though there are plenty...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2013
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The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby After Iris
The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby After Iris
Natasha Farrant
Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2013 -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
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The Dark Wild
The Dark Wild
Piers Torday
Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014.    In The Dark Wild, Kester, a twelve year old with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2014
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