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The second book in the truly breathtaking Artemis Fowl series. This time we see the evil Irish criminal mastermind go after an evil pixie, the Russian mafiya and his school counsellor. Eoin Colfer takes a move away from the terrifically bizarre nature of the first book and adopts something a little more like a standard adventure novel. The character of Artemis is explored on a deeper level in this wonderful follow-up. This title is also available as a Nintendo DS™ FLIPS title - click here
Overall winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2011 and winner of the Favourite Story Category. - A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection - Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011. From the author of the much-loved White Giraffe series comes an exciting four-part adventure series featuring Laura Marlin, an 11 year old ace detective. As with Lauren’s earlier animal series, this is brilliantly written with its terrific prose and atmospheric descriptions of the Cornish coast and is a real page-turner too. Laura longs to be adopted and eventually her wish seems to come true and she moves to Cornwall – to Dead Man’s Cove - to live with her uncle. Her new life however, seems to be full of secrets and as the mysteries pile up she finds she must put her keen detective mind to full use. Accompanied by Skye, a three-legged husky she sets out on an adventure to uncover the mysteries – including a message in a bottle - of Dead Man’s Cove. *Here is a list of all the Blue Peter Book Award 2011 shortlisted books: Best Book with Facts: Do Igloos Have Loos? - Mitchell Symons How the World Works - Christiane Dorion What You Need To Know Now: The World in Facts, Stats, and Graphics - Joe Fullman, Ian Graham, Sally Regan and Isabel Thomas Most Fun Story with Pictures: Alienography - Chris Riddell Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree - Andy Stanton Lunatics and Luck (The Raven Mysteries) - Marcus Sedgwick Favourite Stories: Dead Man's Cove (A Laura Marlin Mystery) - Lauren St John A Web of Air (Mortal Engines) - Philip Reeve Tall Story - Candy Gourlay
Millionaires, mega-stars and mysteries! A sparkling new series for girls aged 8 and up. Living the glamorous lifestyle of a posh hotel full of famous film stars gives Lauren and her friends a thrill. But behind the glamour something strange and sinister is going on. Soon Lauren, Jas, Mia and Becky are hot on the heels of why the gorgeous Isabella Duval is not quite what she seems. The first in the series. Click here to view the second.
One top music executive. Two poisoned slices of Mississippi Mud Pie. And four budding detectives... There's another mystery to solve at Mayfair Park! Lauren and her three best friends can't believe their luck when top boy band, 4ever, arrive at Mayfair Park to shoot their new video. This is another fantastic story from this brilliant new writer. Click here to see the first book in this series.
Pulling no punches, this action-packed thriller grabs you by the scruff and of the neck and doesn’t let go. Seventeen year old Eddie’s world turns upside down after the death of his brother. Refusing to accept that his brother killed himself, Eddie signs up for the same work in the hope that he can uncover the truth. What is the work? Eddie is shocked to discover his brother has been working undercover. The next thing he knows, he’s doing the same. Infiltrating a notorious gangland family stretches Eddie to the limit. There is danger everywhere and Peter Cocks never takes his foot of the gas as he piles on the twists and turns that Eddie must take in his quest for the truth.
Super soccer boy Harry Gribble uses his fantastic football skills to solve a mystery. It’s a fun, wacky story packed with lots of pictures throughout and a perfect combination of football and superheroes that will absorb even the most reluctant readers, particularly boys with a brand of humour they’ll relate to brilliantly. Click here to link back to a page featuring all of our World Cup selections. For more Super Soccer Boy titles, click here.
Full of drama, this is a fast moving crime thriller of football, corruption and clever detective work. Danny Harte is a passionate City FC football fan. He is also a very keen detective. With rumours flying around that City FC is up for sale, Danny sets about trying to find out what is going on. His sleuthing leads him to find Kofi, a young player from Ghana who has been duped by a crooked agent. Helped by a local journalist, Danny sets about setting things right but, in doing so, he finds himself in the greatest danger!
Shortlisted for the 2011 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation. This is a funny and original mystery starring two unlikely boy detectives, the mildly autistic Rico and the brainy but anxiety-ridden Oscar. The story of The Pasta Detectives explores the friendships between these two very disparate characters but who together are hugely successful in solving some of the most quirky adventures that unfold. The Marsh Award shortlisted books are: The Pasta Detectives by Andreas Steinhofel, translated from German by Chantal Wright Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon Tellegen, translated from Dutch by Martin Cleaver No and Me by Delphine de Vigan, translated from French by George Miller David's Story by Stig Dalager, translated from Danish by Frances Osterfelt and Cheryl Robson
More destructive than a hurricane, and almost as damp. The third in this bestselling series (in fact in the top five of bestsellers of the last decade), sees the Baudelaire children moved to their third guardian, Aunt Josephine, who lives on a house overlooking Lake Lachrymose. Violet, Sunny and Klaus are three intelligent, charming and resourceful children but the relentless Count Olaf returns to try and steal their fortune in sinister style. Here they encounter lake monsters, suspicious Captains, allergic reactions, and much much more, all of which is revealed in the hugely entertaining, totally deadpan humour that has made this series so original and so captivating. Throughout 2010 further titles will be released in the long-awaited paperback format. Rest assured we'll be the first to know when they're coming. To go to our special 'Series of Unfortunate Events' click here.
This is a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller that we’ve been raving about since it went stratospheric across the pond earlier this year. Here you will meet four very unusual children each with three things in common – all orphans, all incredibly talented and all utterly and completely honest. Akin to Lemony Snicket but in our view loads better, readers are plunged head-first into a world of puzzles and logic, testing their ingenuity and cunning as well as that of the four children. It’s fast-paced, brilliantly plotted and the characters are incredibly endearing in their individual ways. Don’t let any 9+ year old miss this one. It’s an absolute gem.
A gripping murder mystery with a fast moving plot that twists and turns as one gruesome event follows another. Poppy is off to a remote Scottish island to take part in a free action-packed adventure holiday. But right from the first there are some odd and scary things going on. Can Poppy keep her nerve and can she uncover the mysteries that are going on behind the scenes? Tanya is the author of a number of novels for slightly older readers and this title is the first in a proposed mystery series. It’s spot on.
Shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medai 2010. This debut novel is a great page-turner with an endearing story that's full of rich detail and beautifully written. It has a terrific sense of place. Although the narrator is only 10 years old, the content of this book is definitely going to appeal to teenagers and adults. With a wonderful lightness of touch, the author intertwines the feelings of adults as children keep disappearing in a compelling and heart-felt way. Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
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