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Since his father died, Charlie Bone has lived with his mother and her mother, in the house of his other grandmother, Grandma Bone. Looking at a picture of a couple with a baby and a cat, he suddenly discovers he can hear their voices. Although he tries to hide his new gift, Grandma Bone and her scary sisters soon find out. Other titles in the Charlie bone series include Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors, Charlie Bone and The Hidden King and Charlie Bone and The Wilderness Wolf.
An ancient school in the middle of nowhere for magical children – you might think Harry Potter – well yes and no. There are similarities but this series by jenny Nimmo is very different but will be very much enjoyed by fans of Harry Potter, particularly the 9-11 year olds. There are 8 in all and in each one the plots twist and turn unpredictably and the stories are truly magical, fun and very enjoyable. Ten year old Charlie King is a descendent of The Red King and like many of the descendents including Charlie’s father they’ve inherited some of the Red King’s magical powers. Charlie must continue to use his powers against the evil Bloors - werewolves, hypnotists, mind-readers, sorcerers and witches - to try and find his father. He has many loyal friends to help him do so but on his quest evil threatens him at every turn but Charlie’s indomitable spirit keeps him going. Alongside Olivia, Fidelio, Benjamin and Emma battles are won and their small victories are interwoven with Charlie's long and dangerous quest to find his father. Their struggles to find Charlie’s father all take place at Bloor's Academy, an ancient school where the endowed descendents of the Red King can be watched and controlled. But it’s not just the evil Bloors that Charlie has to contend with; he must also beware his sinister grandmother and her three grim sisters. Here the eternal conflict within families, the battles of siblings divided by jealousy and by their perceptions of good and evil, right and wrong.
This is the second in the series of 8 in all featuring Charlie Bone, a boy endowed with magical powers. The plots twist and turn unpredictably and the stories are truly magical, fun and very enjoyable. Charlie must continue to use his powers against the evil Bloors - werewolves, hypnotists, mind-readers, sorcerers and witches - to try and find his father. He has many loyal friends to help him do so but on his quest evil threatens him at every turn but Charlie’s indomitable spirit keeps him going. Will good triumph over evil and right over wrong in the end?
Penelope Lively is the only author to have won both the Booker Prize and the Carnegie Medal, the two most prestigious awards, one for an adult book and the other for a children’s book. It was this novel, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, that won the Carnegie Medal and if you read it you’ll know why. This is a story that will keep the reader gripped to the page as it builds to an incredibly exciting climax as Thomas Kempe the ghost seems intent on getting James into awful trouble with his family.
A real summer special continues this delightful series featuring friendship fairy Felicity as she goes off with her fairy friends on her summer holiday to a distant land. She has such a wonderful time that sheâ€™s not sure she and her friends will want to leave â€˜Friend Landâ€™. A touching and endearing story.
Dax is a boy with a difference: Dax can turn into a fox. Suddenly able to follow a scent, search out dangers and scavenge for his own food, Dax finds a new life opening before him. Soon Dax is off to Tregarren College, where is mixes with other children with exceptional skills. Dax’s parallel lives as a boy and a fox make exciting reading. If you enjoyed this then check out Ali Sparkes' other titles in the brilliant Shapeshifter series by clicking here
This is the first of the Ingo quartet. Helen Dunmore has done what few authors succeed in doing. She’s created an absolutely believable mythical world alongside our own. One that makes you want to be there more than anything else, one that is both spellbinding and magical. Ingo is a world in which you will be totally entranced and entrapped. And it’s so eloquently written. To read the series in order start with Ingo then The Tide Knot (which won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Silver Medal) then The Deep and end with The Crossing of Ingo. Click here to view them all.
This dragon pack is a collector’s delight and will give all budding dragonologists all the knowledge they need to get out on the trail of their favourite beasts from catching, tracking and taming techniques to dragon habitats. It also comes with a foil embellished mobile complete with flapping wings. Why not take a look at other dragonology titles such as Dragonology, Dragon's Eye, Working with Dragons, Field Guide To Dragons?
The fourth rip roaring story about Artemis Fowl and the unique fairy world in which he operates. Here, the evil pixie Opal Koboi is back. Now she wants power over humans as well as fairies and she’ll stop at nothing to get it. Captain Holly Short knows the only person in the world who can prevent her is Artemis Fowl himself. Already a master criminal at 14, Artemis Fowl is fearless, ruthless and very clever. Full of high tech action, fairies with attitude and a terrific sense of humour, this story is magic! This title is also available as a Nintendo DS™ FLIPS title - click here
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
In his third adventure the cunning teenage evil genius plans to commit one final crime before going onto the straight and narrow. Artemis has constructed a new supercomputer, and the last thing he needs is for it to fall into the wrong hands. So, when it does fall into the wrong hands - those of ruthless tycoon Jon Spiro - Artemis knows he must recover the device or the consequences will be dire. Just like the other Artemis Fowl books, once you start reading you can't take your eyes off the page and you’re hooked! It's a very enjoyable read for anyone around 9+. This title is also available as a Nintendo DS™ FLIPS title - click here
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, The New Policeman takes readers on a visit to Tír na n’ Óg, the land of eternal youth. J J Liddy’s mother wants just one thing for her birthday – Time. The only place you might get it is a place where time goes at a different speed. The result is a warmhearted story drawing together a wealth of myths and legends against a background full of music, poetry told by a master storyteller who weaves magic and reality into a beautiful whole. Winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book Award The New policeman trilogy: 1. The New Policeman 2. The Last of the High Kings 3. The White Horse Trick