Usborne - Five years of fantastic fiction Usborne - Five years of fantastic fiction

Terrific stand-alone and series fiction from established authors and new ones; books for boys and girls, for younger and older readers, high-concept titles and inspired literary fiction.

Oliver Moon and the Potion Commotion
Sue Mongredien
Enter the magical world of Oliver Moon - junior Wizard extraordinaire. He's smashing at spell-craft and tip-top at toad training and with him you'll encounter some fantastic adventures full of gruesome details, extraordinary characters, comic exploits and more than a... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/08/2006
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Fame School: Reach for the Stars
Cindy Jefferies
7+ wannabe pop stars will love this series. Talent, stardom, hard work and heartache... welcome to Fame School! Getting a place at Rockley Park School for talented young performers involves struggle and sacrifice, and that's just the beginning! Life at... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2005
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The Secret Mermaid: Enchanted Shell
Sue Mongredien
This is an enchanting series from author Sue Mongredien, perfect for children, particularly girls of 7+. When Molly Holmes and her family move to Horseshoe Bay to live with her grandmother, Molly is delighted to receive a pretty shell necklace... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/03/2009
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Kai-ro
Graham Marks
Brilliantly imagined, the futuristic city of Kai-ro forms a vivid backdrop to the thrilling story of one boy's fight against the ancient forces of darkness. It is a compelling story by an author at the height of his storytelling powers. ... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/10/2007
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Freak the Mighty
Rodman Philbrick
A poignant and moving story that is ultimately uplifting about friendship triumphing over adversity. Funny, touching and inspirational yet cleverly mixed with some scary and tragic moments, it is the story of Max who is considered big and stupid who... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/03/2007
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Totally Lucy: Makeover Magic
Kelly Mckain
The hilarious confessions of very-nearly-teenager Lucy, wannabe fashion designer and stand-up babe! 9+ girls will love it. Readers will find out all about Lucy Jessica Hartley's exciting life and the stuff that happens in it. She'll even tell you secret... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/08/2005
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Tamburlaine's Elephants
Geraldine McCaughrean
Geraldine McCaughrean is a genius in her ability to draw the reader in to a part of history that might not immediately spring to mind as being of interest and yet she makes you hungry for more. Here she draws... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 26/09/2008
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The Name of this Book is Secret
Pseudonymous Bosch
Quirky, original and hugely entertaining, this is a debut novel of fantastical proportions. The first in a secretive series, The Name of this Book is SECRET is accompanied by a website, part of which is in code so important information... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/05/2008
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North Child
Edith Pattou
This is an epic that fans of Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy will thoroughly enjoy. Full of magic, of high drama, of superstitions and of compelling characters, readers will be held spellbound by Edith Patou's lyrical writing. The... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2006
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The independent publisher Usborne only branched out into fiction 5 years ago, but has already established itself as a beacon of excellence in the storytelling world. Drawing on best-selling authors as well as terrific new talent they've nurtured themselves, Usborne has won huge popularity and critical acclaim with their diverse and wonderful children's titles.

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2009 sees a number of debut authors joining the list as well as new titles from some esteemed authors including Graham Marks, Linda Newbery and Tony Bradman, to name but a few. There is some new series fiction as well to join up with established series such as Oliver Moon the boy wizard and the Secret Mermaid.

As part of the anniversary celebrations Usborne has set up a Young Writers’ Award, to give children an opportunity to write a story with a real author. Just click here and you can read the five starter stories from some terrific authors in full, and then you can download your favourite and get writing. There are some terrific prizes on offer too.

You can download a leaflet that gives you lots more inforamtion - just click here

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Internationally, Usborne books have been translated into nearly 90 different languages and are available worldwide.

Usborne was founded in 1973 by Peter Usborne, who pioneered a new range of entertaining, colourful non-fiction books, loved for their fact-filled fun and humour. He also developed a 'Reading Programme', graded in seven levels from 'beginner' to 'confident reader', which is still highly regarded by parents and schools. With the addition of Fantastic Fiction, this publishing house is definitely one to trust.

Finally, Usborne’s commitment to investing in the future through the children who read, learn from and treasure Usborne books has been tireless. They are also one of the relatively few publishers who guarantee that every single Usborne book is produced responsibly, ethically and safely.


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