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Books of the Month

Iguana Boy vs. The 30 Second Thief
James Bishop
September 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: super-readable super-hero comedy | Think you know super-hero stories? Think again! Dylan, aka Iguana Boy, has an unusual super-power... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition
J. K. Rowling
September 2018 Book of the Month | Exciting news for all Harry Potter fans, Bloomsbury has published a paperback edition of the number one bestselling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by by the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/08/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure
Philip Reeve
September 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | A deliciously dotty fantasy in which almost anything becomes believable. Max longs for a pet but even in his wildest dreams he had... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots
Michael Rosen
September 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Michael Rosen is the bestselling author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt, along with many other picture books and collections of poetry.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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The Moon
Hannah Pang
September 2018 Non-Fiction Book of the Month | This sumptuous book, packed with gorgeous full and double-page illustrations by Thomas Hegbrook, will appeal to a very broad audience. Its subject – of course – is the Moon, our nearest and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

The Dollmaker of Krakow
R. M. Romero
September 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: An enchantingly heartrending conjuration that weaves folklore magic with the darkness of Nazi-occupied Poland | Karolina is a living doll who's been transported from the Land of the Dolls on... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback / softback | Released 06/09/2018
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Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers
Anna James
September 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Tilly loves stories and has firm favourites among their characters. She can so easily imagine conversations with Anne from Anne of Green Gables... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/09/2018
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Music Legends Meet 40 pop and rock stars
Herve Guilleminot
The greatest hits... The most iconic sounds... The top 40 black musicians of all time are here! Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/07/2018
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Greek Gods and Heroes Meet 40 mythical immortals
Sylvie Baussier
Angry gods... Divine goddesses... Mere mortals in peril... The top 40 Greek gods and heroes of all time are here! Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/07/2018
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The People Awards
Lily Murray
Celebrate equality with this beautiful book of biographies, illustrated by Ana Albero. Fifty historical figures are awarded prizes to celebrate their famous (and less-well-known) achievements. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/07/2018
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Sportopedia
Adam Skinner
Sportopedia is your ultimate guide to the diverse world of sport. From the best known to the most obscure, this guide showcases team sports, target sports, as well as track and field, aquatic sports and much more. Featured in: 11+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/08/2018
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The Skylarks' War
Hilary Mckay
The Skylarks' War is an evocative and heart breaking story of love, loss, family and friendship set in the golden years before the war and in the horrors of the trenches. Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/09/2018
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Plastic Pollution on Land and in the Oceans Let's Investigate
Ruth Owen
Plastic pollution is one of the most damaging environmental issues that we face today. And no one is more passionate about solving this problem and protecting our world than kids! This new tile in the best selling Fundamental Science series... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/05/2018
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Football School Season 3: Where Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
These books hit the back of the net every time as far as I'm concerned. Packed full of facts, information and insight on a range of school topics, but all of them explained through football. Subjects covered include biology, via... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Wish for a Witch
Kaye Umansky
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Kaye Umansky, the creator of the much-loved Pongwiffy stories follows up Witch for a Week with a new adventure about Magenta Sharp, a rather muddled local witch, and Elsie Pickles,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Electronic book text | Released 06/09/2018
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The Bolds in Trouble
Julian Clary
In a nutshell: another charming, joke-filled adventure for everyone's favourite hyena family The Bolds, for those who don't know, are a family of hyenas living disguised as humans in a quiet street in Teddington. They wear clothes and hats to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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City of Ghosts
Victoria Schwab
In a Nutshell: Ghostly goings-on | Epic adventure | Cool characters | “Ghosts are everywhere...Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they aren't there.” So claims Cass, the awesomely amiable heroine of this atmospheric treat for pre-teen readers. But, in Cass's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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Into the Jungle
Katherine Rundell
In a nutshell: gleaming new Jungle Book stories for today's readers | Award-winner Katherine Rundell has already taken readers on thrilling journeys over rooftops, across the Russian steppes and of course deep into the forest. She understands absolutely children's longing... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/09/2018
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You've Got A Friend
Judi Curtin
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | The fantastic follow-up to Time After Time and Stand By Me. Lovereading Comment to follow. Julia Eccleshare's Picks for September: The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure by... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/08/2018
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My Secret Dragon
Debbie Thomas
In a nutshell: a rollicking mix of sci-fi, fantasy and mythology | Lively and cannily told, this rollicking adventure mixes sci-fi, fantasy and ancient mythology. Aidan and his mum have a secret, a very unusual one: she is part dragon,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/09/2018
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Reader ReviewedRoyal Rabbits of London: The Great Diamond Chase
Santa Montefiore, Simon Sebag Montefiore
In a nutshell: daring rabbit heroes sally forth from under Buckingham Palace | Tales of the rabbit secret service that loyally serves her majesty from burrows beneath Buckingham Palace, this charming series is going from strength to strength. Someone... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/09/2018
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The Black Amulet
J.R. Wallis
In a nutshell: exciting, original magical adventures | In the second of the Badlands adventures, J.R. Wallis creates another tense, exciting story, underpinned by thoughtful questions about courage, free will and the temptations of power. Our three central characters, Ed/Jones,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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Atlantis United
Gerard Siggins
In a nutshell: spy story adventure and sporting action in one exciting package | A submarine ingeniously disguised as a floating island, and a state of the art training programme designed to turn five ordinary kids into sporting superstars –... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/08/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Girl with the Dragon Heart
Stephanie Burgis
In a nutshell: delicious mix of intrigue, dragons, fairies – and chocolate! | Like the first adventure in this series, The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, this is a clever and inventive fantasy, with characters readers will love. This... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/08/2018
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Athena: The Story of a Goddess
Isabel Greenberg
Sisters Imogen and Isabel Greenberg make brilliant use of the comic book/graphic novel format to tell stories of Athena, probably the most appealing of all the Greek goddesses, weaving different myths into one coherent adventure. It starts as Athena springs... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/08/2018
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First Prize for the Worst Witch
Jill Murphy
In a nutshell: delightful new magical adventures for everyone's favourite trainee witch | It's over forty years since publication of Jill Murphy's first Worst Witch story but you'd never know it from reading the books; certainly this new story... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2018
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Mucking About
John Chambers
In a nutshell: Charming, funny adventure stories set in Ireland, a long time ago | Manchán is the kind of boy who loves mucking about with his best friend, regularly gets into scrapes, and is horrified at the career path... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Movie. Ever.
Amy Sparkes
Set sail with the funniest pirate on the seven seas in this hilarious adventure for readers of 7+ with brilliant pictures throughout from Aliens Love Underpants illustrator Ben Cort. Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe 104-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
In a nutshell: Nutty cartoon strip style comic adventures and unbeatable fun The higher Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's treehouse grows, the better. There are few books that reach such levels of absurd comedy and adventure, and the authors'... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/08/2018
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Once Upon a Wild Wood
Chris Riddell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2018 | Former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell weaves a wonderful fantasy adventure around some of the best loved fairy story characters in this hugely attractive and thoroughly entertaining picture story book. Little... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 23/08/2018
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Johnny and the Bomb
Terry Pratchett
Rib-tickling, thought-provoking, wonderful fun with a little history thrown in for good measure. Johnny returns, with his quirky gang of friends, this time hurtling into the past on board a slightly dysfunctional time travelling shopping trolley. First published in 1996,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/08/2018
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Horrible Christmas
Terry Deary
The complete horrible history of Christmas tells tales from the dark days when the Puritans tried to abolish Christmas, to Christmas in the trenches when the British and Germans traded bullets for footballs. Plus dreadful jokes, rotten recipes, and a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2018
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Race to the Frozen North The Matthew Henson Story
Catherine Johnson
Catherine Johnson celebrates a hero of Arctic discovery whose story had been forgotten for many years largely because of the colour of his skin in this exciting telling of an important true story. Matthew Henson's life at home was so... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2018
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The Lost Diary of Sami Star
Karen Mccombie
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: super-readable story of family, friends and fitting-in | Karen McCombie tells a big story in a short extent in this new book for dyslexia specialists Barrington Stoke, and it's one that... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2018
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The Awesome Book of Space
Adam Frost
Find out hilarious, intriguing and ridiculous facts with this awesome book! Are you ready for another EPIC book from the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 (Best Book with Facts)? Ready, set, BLAST OFF! Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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People of Peace Meet 40 amazing activists
Sandrine Mirza
Dreamers... Leaders... And fighters for our rights. The top 40 people of peace are here! From Martin Luther King's dream to Gandhi's protest to Nelson Mandela's struggle, discover how each of these people dedicated their lives to making the world... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 24/04/2018
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Anty Hero
Barry Hutchison
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: super-readable super-heroics | Kids who like sci-fi, a bit of super-hero action, and to laugh will really enjoy this new book. There's clearly something odd about Ant, aka Bug Boy,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/08/2018
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Reader ReviewedFootball School Season 3: Where Football Explains the World
Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton
These books hit the back of the net every time as far as I'm concerned. Packed full of facts, information and insight on a range of school topics, but all of them explained through football. Subjects covered include biology, via... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Electronic book text | Released 06/09/2018
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Armistice Runner
Tom Palmer
Interest Age 8-10 Reading Age 8 | Tom Palmer celebrates the unsung athletic heroes of the Armistice in a powerful intergenerational tale of the fell-running messengers on the front-line of war. Lily has lots of worries. She's struggling to compete... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/09/2018
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The Fiendish Revenge of Leroy Jones
Vivian French
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: jolly and entertaining school story As ambassadors for their school Leroy Jones and Amy Strundle are getting to spend three days helping the infants with their production of Noah's Flood.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/08/2018
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A Dangerous Game
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2018 | Former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman tells a gripping adventure story of a school trip that goes horribly wrong. Sam longs to go on... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2018
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Last Month's Featured Books

Three Cheers for Women!
Marcia Williams
Three Cheers for Women is a hugely inspirational book for children. It is full of facts, quotes and jokes brought together in a really fun way to ensure you remember them....
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Reader Reviewed The Darkening King
Justin Fisher
In a nutshell: unlikely boy hero in a final showdown with his enemies | From the moment he discovered he's a sort of hero, with special powers and the ability...
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Emmeline (Pankhurst)
Haydn Kaye
A brilliantly accessible, fantastically funny biography in the First Names series all about Emmeline Pankhurst. A strong and inspiring woman who led the suffragette movement which gave British women the...
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Elon (Musk)
Tracey Turner
A brilliantly accessible, fantastically funny biography in the First Names series all about the amazing inventor Elon Musk, who has revolutionised electric cars, and will soon be taking men to...
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The Battle of the Blighty Bling
Ruth Quayle
In a nutshell: fast-paced humorous pirate adventure | Pity the poor McScurvy children, Vic and Bert – they used to sail the ocean with their pirate parents, until...
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A Chase In Time
Sally Nicholls
August 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: classic time-slip adventure with some contemporary twists | Sally Nicholls is adept at balancing excitement with humour, creating original page-turning...
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Peril in Paris
Katherine Woodfine
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2018 | With a tremendous cast, a great plot and setting and a catchy style this fast-paced espionage story is a book...
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Really Remarkable Reptiles
Jake Williams
Packed with information and beautifully illustrated Really Remarkable Reptiles is a book to inspire a long-term fascination with these amazing creatures. From the opening page, where readers learn that reptiles...
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Reader Reviewed Eddy Stone and the Mean Genie's Curse
Simon Cherry
In a nutshell: ludicrous and very funny magical adventure | Fast-paced and very funny, Eddy Stone's new adventure involves wizards, emperors, talking (dancing) camels and lots more that is very...
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Reader Reviewed Stoat on Stage
Jennifer Gray
In a nutshell: ermazing heroine conquers Sydney | Ermine is a stoat-ally adorable heroine – smart, independent but child-like, she enjoys nothing more than exploring new cities and making new...
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Run Wild
Gill Lewis
August 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2018 | A thought-provoking and touching story of the bond between children and nature, from renowned...
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Chef Academy
Steve Martin
Children fascinated by TV cookery programmes will learn just what's involved in being a chef from this book, as well as lots about nutrition, hygiene and even kitchen equipment. The...
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Entrepreneur Academy
Steve Martin
Start learning what you need to know to set up your own business with this unique activity book. Kids will learn about different directions they can take with their ideas....
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Reader Reviewed The Day I Became the Most Wanted Boy in the World
Tom McLaughlin
In a nutshell: brilliant laugh-out-loud comedy of errors Tom McLaughlin creates some of the best, and funniest adventures for young readers and this is another hilarious, cleverly structured story. Nine...
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Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder: The Great Gold Robbery
Jo Nesbo
Best-selling Doctor Proctor is back in a swift moving, smart talking new adventure. This time inventive scientist Doctor Proctor together with his young friends Nilly and Lisa are after a...
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The End of the Sky
Sandi Toksvig
11-year-old Slim Hannigan and her family left their home in Ireland to travel to America - in search of a better life. It has been so long and such a...
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The Guggenheim Mystery
Robin Stevens, Siobhan Dowd
A sequel to The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, written by Robin Stevens.
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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the first bestselling book in Rick Riordan's phenomenally successful Percy Jackson series - now with a new cover look. Half boy. Half God....
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Reader Reviewed Lesser Spotted Animals
Martin Brown
Winner of the UKLA 2018 Book Award 7-11 | In a nutshell: not your average animal book | This is no ordinary animal book, you won't find the usual suspects...
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Reader Reviewed Welcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
Winner of the UKLA 2018 Book Award 7-11 | In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is...
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Ella on the Outside
Cath Howe
It's hard to be the new girl but for Ella things are even more complicated. She has recently moved to a new area - and a new school - with...
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Jason Banks and the Pumpkin of Doom
Gillian Cross
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: thought-provoking story about bullying | Everybody knows what they think about bullies, but this story might make them think again. ...
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Bad Mermaids: On the Rocks
Sibéal Pounder
In a nutshell: sparkling, funny underwater adventures | Mermaids Beattie, Zelda and Mimi are absolutely fabulous! Their second adventure streams by, full of underwater hi-jinks all driven by friendship and...
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Sami's Silver Lining (The Lost and Found Book Two)
Cathy Cassidy
In a nutshell: a story of survival, friendship and recovery – to a musical soundtrack Cathy Cassidy has a talent for writing positive and life-affirming stories even though they're...
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Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked
Adrian Edmondson
July 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 | A wonderfully funny romp of a story full of all kinds of imaginative nonsense...
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Holes Discover a Hidden World
Jonathan Litton
July 2018 Book of the Month | This clearly written visually stunning book will have children jumping in to learn all about a wide variety of topics – history, nature,...
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Reader Reviewed Mirror Magic
Claire Fayers
In a nutshell: human and fairy worlds mix in exciting adventures | Mirror Magic is perfect for children who like their stories full of magic and excitement. Orphans Ava and...
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Reader Reviewed Riddle of the Runes
Janina Ramirez
July 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: exciting Viking set crime mystery recommended for brave girls and boys Historian Janina Ramirez's TV programmes are as inspiring as...
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Middle School: From Hero to Zero
James Patterson
July 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: the irrepressible Rafe Khatchadorian set loose on the streets of London | No-one knows better than James Patterson how to...
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Reader Reviewed Girls Can Vlog: Festival Frenzy
Emma Moss
July 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: 21st century style fun and friendship | In book 5 of this popular series, our gang of friends/vloggers Lucy, Abby,...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Gryffindor Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Gryffindor Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Hufflepuff Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Hufflepuff Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Ravenclaw Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Ravenclaw Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Slytherin Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Slytherin Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and...
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Johnny and the Dead
Terry Pratchett
Fantastic, funny and weirdly wonderful, with beautifully apt illustrations by Mark Beech. Johnny can see and talk to the dead, not scary zombie ghostly dead people, just rather ordinary dead...
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Reader Reviewed My Arch-Enemy Is a Brain In a Jar
David Solomons
In a nutshell: another unmissable brilliantly comic comic adventure story David Solomons is a simply brilliant writer for children and his My Brother is a Super-Hero series is consistently funny,...
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The Secret Key
Lena Jones
In a nutshell: dastardly crimes for young super sleuth Agatha to solve | The resurgence in crime stories for young readers, led so stylishly by Lauren Child (Ruby Redfort), Lauren...
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Ocean Emporium
Susie Brooks
Ocean Emporium is a fine example of the new wave of non-fiction books which are not just full of thoughtfully presented information but as beautiful to look at as the...
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Back on Weird Street
Anne Fine
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | The three stories in Anne Fine's new Weird Street collection are guaranteed to send delicious shivers down the spine, even on the hottest...
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Terrifying Tudors
Terry Deary
Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Terrifying Tudors, including who invited Queen Elizabeth I to see his brand-new toilet and how to catch jail fever if you've...
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Race to the Bottom of the Sea
Lindsay Eagar
In a nutshell: swashbuckling adventure, sometimes underwater Race to the Bottom of the Sea is a well-written, thoroughly unusual, thought-provoking pirate story, and a rip-roaring adventure. Our hero 11-year...
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Reader Reviewed The Storm Keeper's Island
Catherine Doyle
July 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 Swept along by the wind and sea and suffused with magic and mystery this...
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Aliens Invaded My Talent Show!
Matt Brown
The award-winning Matt Brown is BACK, with a HILARIOUS new novel jam-packed with talent shows, aliens and a whole lot of bonkers… Lovereading Comment to follow.
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