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Intrigue, treachery and political ambition drive this story of how courageous Eleanor keeps herself and her mother safe by defying her father and even the great King Henry V111 himself. Eleanor is a feisty heroine whose bravery brings the results she seeks – and finally love too. If you enjoyed this then make sure you read her first novel, Between Two Seas.
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009 and shortlisted for the Bisto Irish Children's Book Award. A fabulous blood racing story that blends adventure, fantasy, history and science fiction and then dusts it with humour: Conor’s destiny is to fly but no one knew that all too soon he’d be flying for real – to save his life! What the Carnegie Award judges said: 'This is a rollicking read; a terrific tale of derring-do in which Colfer combines brilliant plotting with his customary humour and strong well-rounded characterisation. There is plenty to enjoy in the understated irony and the excellent descriptions of historical gadgets and inventions, but this book also has a convincing and engaging emotional reality.' For more titles by Eoin Colfer click here.
Astrosaurs Series - No. 14. Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! On the incredible spaceship DSS Sauropod, along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs, fights evil and eats a lot of grass! Teggs and the crew are sent on a special mission - to the Carnivore Sector.
Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2008. Shortlisted for the 2009 Branford Boase Best Debut Novel Award. This title was first published as Reaver's Ransom but has now been retitled, more appropriately in our mind, Flood Child. This original post-apocalyptic fantasy is an action packed debut novel. Determined to find the Prime Minister’s daughter who has been captured by bloodthirsty reavers, Lilly sails off carrying with her a talking jewel. Lilly is a delightfully feisty heroine and their adventures take them on a thrilling and unusual journey. Lovereading comment: Debut novelist Emily Diamand has created a truly exceptional, well imagined, gripping and highly inventive fantasy adventure for children of 9+. A kidnapped child, a talking jewel and a wild adventure set in a future affected by climate change in an England that is turning its back on its technological past and in a Scotland that is rising in power, asserting its strength and enlarging both its powerbase and its borders. But both must deal with the Reavers who are hell bent on taking over. A message from the author: Out of climate change and raiders, I have tried my best to create a story that you will find exciting, and enjoy reading. I hope you like it. A message from the publisher: "When we began the judging process for the very first Times/Chicken House New Writing Competition, we started to wonder what it would be like if, in addition to finding a truly wonderful novel, we found someone with star quality. Perhaps it would be as exciting as the ‘X-Factor’! Then on the day of the final decision, we discovered the judging panel was unanimous – Emily Diamand’s Flood Child was the clear winner. And when we met Emily, we realised that this accomplished author, with a wonderful career in front of her, even had that star quality we had hoped for. This book is fabulous and so is she." The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition has been searching for the most talented, undiscovered writers of children’s fiction since 2008. Leading top authors such as Julia Donaldson and Michelle Paver have judged the competition alongside Chicken House publisher, Barry Cunningham. The first winner was Emily Diamand in 2008 with her novel, Flood Child, followed by Sophia Bennett's Threads in 2009. Muncle Trogg won in 2010 and the winner of the 2011 competition, Kieran Larwood’s Freaks, will be released this April. Watch this space…
When Bruno’s father is promoted to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in Berlin to a strange new house in the middle of nowhere. Gone are the neighbours and the friends Bruno used to play with. The only people around are all in the strange fenced-in area which Bruno can just spy from his bedroom window. Who are they and why do they wear striped pyjamas? When Bruno sets off on an Exploration to find out he learns something very shocking which has unexpected and terrible results. Bruno’s childhood experience provides a new way of looking at the horrors of the Holocaust. (12+)
Voted 2009 Penguin Orange readers' Group Book of the year Now a major film released in September 2008. When Bruno’s father is promoted to a new job, the family have to move from their comfortable home in Berlin to a strange new house in the middle of nowhere. Gone are the neighbours and the friends Bruno used to play with. The only people around are all in the strange fenced-in area which Bruno can just spy from his bedroom window. Who are they and why do they wear striped pyjamas? When Bruno sets off on an Exploration to find out he learns something very shocking which has unexpected and terrible results. Bruno’s childhood experience provides a new way of looking at the horrors of the Holocaust. (12+) This book is also available as a CD - click here to find out more A word from the author: "I'm thrilled that The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has been selected as the Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. From the day the novel was published, it has received extraordinary support from reading groups who debate the novel back and forth with all the passion and argument that good literature demands - I know, because I've been there for some of those debates! That the story of Bruno and Shmuel continues to move readers is a source of great encouragement to me as a writer. I'm very grateful to Penguin and Orange and all the readers who selected the novel for this prize."
Cherub No. 10: This tremendously exciting series written by an author who has, through his writing been responsible for bringing more reluctant readers into reading than almost any other author, continues with its 10th title. It’s a fast moving action-packed thriller that will have the reader completely hooked from the outset. The plot is once again superb and the characters so well drawn and realistic that you even feel it could be you. It’s not essential to read these thrillers in order as they are stand alone novels in their own right, however once you’ve read one you’ll want to read them all anyway. A word from the author: In every CHERUB book up to now there's been a training exercise first and a mission at the end. The General flips that idea on its head, by starting off with James and the gang on two separate missions. Then everyone comes together for a training exercise at the end. Of course it's the climax of the book, so it has to be the biggest CHERUB training exercise ever!
This is a stunning piece of writing for young teenagers. Part-action, part family drama the plot cleverly interweaves two stories. The first is of two brothers who with their mother are on a trip of a lifetime in the frozen arctic north. The second is the story of their older teenage stepsister who is coming to terms with the reappearance of her mother in her life. Doyle weaves a brilliant portrait of family life, love and loss. It’s Doyle at his exciting best.
An exciting new story about a dodgy election in the African desert setting up a new chase for Sophie, the tough and spirited little girl and her erstwhile friend, the albino camel. Terrific adventure, almost Kiplingesque in its humour and writing style, children from 6+ will love the wonderful story and the surprising ending. Sophie’s previous exploits include Sophie and the Locust Curse.
An exciting adventure founded on fascinating scientific principles and packed full of facts set in the unpredictable world of outer space. George and his friends are whipped off into space by Cosmos, an intelligent but bad tempered computer. But getting up into space is only the beginning. What with asteroid storms and the dangers of the planets, the question soon becomes, Will George ever get home again? Following George’s remarkable space journey is thrilling from start to finish.
Astrosaurs Series - No. 13. To save his schoolfriends Teggs must turn against the DSS and deliver top astrosaur secrets into enemy claws...But When Admiral Rosso finds out, Arx, Iggy and Gipsy are ordered to stop him by any means necessary! To put things right, Teggs must fight friends and foes alike...and his only ally is his biggest rival at Astrosaur Academy - exasperating diceratops Damona!