Cracking reading from Barrington Stoke

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Barrington Stoke specialises in 'cracking reading', publishing super-readable children’s books that break down the barriers that can stop kids getting into reading. Our first-rate short fiction brings together the very best children’s authors and illustrators in the UK with a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads accessible to more children including those with dyslexia or visual stress.

Our books are designed to help, with:
• Tinted pages to reduce visual stress, which may be more common in people with dyslexia and can make words seem to jump or dance on the page
• A special font that helps prevent people with dyslexia confusing letter shapes
• Special spacing to help minimise confusing, blurring and switching
• Thick paper to make sure words and pictures don’t show through from other pages and confuse the eye
• Special editing to help minimise barriers to comprehension. This process was developed by dyslexia and speech and language experts in response to research and feedback from thousands of readers on hundreds of Barrington Stoke manuscripts over the years.

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White Eagles

by Elizabeth Wein

The Carnegie-shortlisted author of Code Name Verity returns with another gripping historical novel, taking readers on a daring flight across war-torn Europe.

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Cyborg (Virtual Kombat #3)

by Chris Bradford

As game becomes reality, can Scott save his world in time? An edge-of-your-seat dystopian thriller from Bodyguard bestseller Chris Bradford.

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The Great Clown Conundrum (Big Top Mysteries #2)

by Alexander McCall Smith, illustrated by Sam Usher

Roll up! Roll up! For the second exciting instalment in The Big-Top Mysteries series, packed with all the fun of the circus and an intriguing new mystery to be solved ...

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Butterflies for Grandpa Joe

by Nicola Davies

A heart-warming tale of empathy, affection and dealing with grief across generations, from award-winning author Nicola Davies.

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Gamer (Virtual Kombat 1)

by Chris Bradford

A sleek new edition of the first book in Bodyguard author Chris Bradford’s action-packed dystopian trilogy.

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Sophie Takes to the Sky

by Katherine Woodfine

Katherine Woodfine reimagines the childhood of Sophie Blanchard, the world’s first female hot-air balloonist, in this inspiring story of courage and self-belief.

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Eagle Warrior

by Gill Lewis

Are Bobbie and her Gran risking too much to save the Eagles from poachers? Gill Lewis takes to the picturesque Scottish Highlands for a stunning new wildlife adventure.

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Tin Boy

by Steve Cole

The true cost of the tin that goes into our electronic devices is revealed in this stark and gripping story of one boy's life as a tin miner from the bestselling author of Young Bond.

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A Most Peculiar Toy Factory

by Alex Bell

Best-selling author Alex Bell delivers mystery and dark humour in this creepy adventure where toys come to life – perfect for fans of Roald Dahl.

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Molly Rogers to the Rescue

by Cornelia Funke

International bestseller Cornelia Funke returns in another laugh-out-loud swashbuckling adventure.

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Because of You

by Eve Ainsworth

Poppy feels like her life is falling to pieces in this coming-of-age novella of blended families and online bullying.

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Letting Go

by Cat Clarke

A thoughtful and moving novella of love, loss and learning when to let go, from the YA ‘queen of emotional suspense’ Cat Clarke.

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The Bakery of Happiness

by Ian Beck

Award-winning author–illustrator Ian Beck spreads joy in Paris with this charming tale of love and delicious baked goods.

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What Magic Is This?

by Holly Bourne

The power of female friendship casts its spell in this uplifting Barrington Stoke debut from one of the hottest properties in UKYA.

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The Starlight Watchmaker

by Lauren James

An unlikely friendship is forged between android and student in this wildly imaginative sci-fi adventure from YA star Lauren James.

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Owen and the Soldier

by Lisa Thompson

A touching story of loss and remembrance from Lisa Thompson, the award-winning author of The Goldfish Boy and The Light Jar.

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Special Delivery

by Jonathan Meres and illustrated by Hannah Coulson

An unlikely friendship takes centre stage in this gentle portrayal of dementia from award-winning author Jonathan Meres.

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McTavish Takes the Biscuit (McTavish 3)

by Meg Rosoff and illustrated by Grace Easton

McTavish has his eyes on the pies as he returns with the Peachey family for another hilarious middle-grade adventure.

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The Pavee and the Buffer Girl

by Siobhan Dowd and illustrated by Emma Shoard

A stunning new teen and dyslexia-friendly edition of the moving story of lives lived on the edge of society and love in its many forms.

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Rugby Academy

by Tom Palmer and illustrated by David Shephard

Celebrate the buzz of the Rugby World cup with this action-packed, globe-trotting rugby adventure from top-selling author Tom Palmer..

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The Spectacular Revenge of Suzi Sims

by Vivian French and illustrated by Julia Patton

A comical and quirky revenge tale of school bullies and sports day from awardwinning author Vivian French.

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The Truth of Things

by Anthony McGowan

The stories of Nicky and Kenny from Brock to Rook, together for the first time in one stunning edition

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The Unlucky Eleven

by Phil Earle and illustrated by Steve May

A fun football tale for little readers packed with laughs, friendship and a spot of superstition ...

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D-Day Dog

by Tom Palmer

Master storyteller Tom Palmer returns with a touching celebration of the heroic paratroopers of WWII and their parachuting canine companions.

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Fox Friend

by Michael Morpurgo

From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub with a lower reading age.

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Toad Attack!

by Patrice Lawrence

Upper Dab is under attack from a mysterious invasion of toads in this hilarious middle-grade adventure from award-wining author Patrice Lawrence.

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Good Boy

by Mal Peet and illustrated by Emma Shoard

A powerful and unsettling novella from the beloved Mal Peet, with stunning illustrations from Kate Greenaway longlisted Emma Shoard.

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The Disconnect

by Keren David

A thought-provoking story of perspective and influence in the social-media age, from an award-winning author.

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Home Ground (#5)

by Alan Gibbons and illustrated by Chris Chalik

A timely and thought-provoking football story packed with facts from reluctant reader favourite Alan Gibbons.

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The Case of the Vanishing Granny (Big Top Mystery #1)

by Alexander McCall Smith, illustrated by Sam Usher

Introducing the first tale in The Big Top Mysteries, an exciting new series from Alexander McCall Smith and illustrator Sam Usher.

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Into the Bin

by Anne Fine and illustrated by Vicki Gausden

Every old object can find a new home in this cheerful tale about reusing and recycling, from award-winning author Anne Fine.

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White Feather

by David MacPhail and Cathy MacPhail

A moving tale of war, loss and cowardice.

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The Ghost Tower

by Gillian Cross

Curiosity saves the bat in this fun and quirky adventure story from beloved author Gillian Cross.

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Under the Skin

by Catherine MacPhail

An inspiring story of a young asylum seeker’s struggle to build a new life with his family in Britain told with wit and heart from Catherine MacPhail.

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Go! Go! Chichico!

by Geraldine McCaughrean and illustrated by Tom Percival

Without a pair of football boots, how will Chichico’s football dreams ever come true? A brand new 4u2read edition of this uplifting tale from Carnegie Medal-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean.

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S.P.E.A.R

by Chris Bradford and illustrated by Nelson Evergreen

Everyone has a power to harness at the S.P.E.A.R training academy but can Troy master his in time in this thrilling action-packed adventure?

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One Shot

by Tanya Landman

A powerful and deeply moving coming-of-age drama from Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman, inspired by the life of infamous sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

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Fairy Tales: The Villain's Version

by Kaye Umansky

The villains are the stars of the show in these four hilarious fractured fairy tales from Kaye Umansky.

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The Stepsister's Story

by Kaye Umansky

A hilarious retelling of Cinderella from the perspective of her horrid stepsisters, brilliantly brought to life by Kaye Umansky.

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Ellie and the Cat

by Malorie Blackman

A cautionary tale of brats, cats and a little bit of magic from much-loved author Malorie Blackman.

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Lark

by Anthony McGowan

An uncompromising and heart-breaking end to the story of Nicky and Kenny, the beloved brothers of the Carnegie-shortlisted Rook, beautifully told in McGowan’s gritty and deeply moving prose.

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Laura Norder

by Guy Bass

Laura has a mutiny on her hands when she tries to play by the rules in this non-stop Wild-West comedy from award-winning author Guy Bass.

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Wartman

by Michael Morpurgo and Joanna Carey

A brand new edition of the touching tale of Dilly ‘Wartman’ Watson and magic Mr Ben, now with cover artwork by award-winning Catherine Rayner.

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Fox Friend

by Michael Morpurgo and Joanna Carey

The moving story of a girl who tries to nurse an injured fox cub back to health, now with cover artwork by the award-winning Catherine Rayner.

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Virtual Kombat: Virus

by Chris Bradford

A thrilling, high-octane sci-fi adventure from Bodyguard bestseller, Chris Bradford.

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Armistice Runner

by Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer celebrates the unsung athletic heroes of the Armistice in a powerful tale of the fell-running messengers on the front-line of war.

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The Kerb-Stain Boys

by Alex Wheatle

Briggy, Caldonia, and Terror need to get rich quick in this hilarious and heartfelt 'Crongton Noir' from best-selling author Alex Wheatle.

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The Dog That Saved Christmas

by Nicola Davies

A heart-warming tale of one boy and the dog that changes his life, from award-winning author Nicola Davies.

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The Lost Diary Of Sami Star

by Karen McCombie

A wonderfully warm and touching story of friendship, identity and kindness from top notch tween author Karen McCombie.

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A Dangerous Game

by Malorie Blackman

An exciting school trip goes horribly wrong in this thrilling adventure from master storyteller Malorie Blackman

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Race to the Frozen North

by Catherine Johnson

A fascinating and thrilling fictionalised account of the life of Matthew Henson, the first African-American man to travel to the North Pole, from the Carnegie nominated author Catherine Johnson.

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Still Water

by Chris Priestley

A World War Two chiller from the author of The Tales of Terror.

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Stay A Little Bit Longer

by Bali Rai

A powerful and immensely moving story of friendship, family and happiness.

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Big Trouble For Nellie Choc-Ice

by Jeremy Strong

Another hilarious Little Gem from Jeremy Strong, the master of comic writing for children, with character- packed illustration from Jamie Smith.

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The Fiendish Revenge Of Leroy Jones

by Vivian French

A comical cautionary tale from award-winning author Vivian French, brought to life by the instantly recognisable inky artwork of illustration legend Korky Paul.

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True Sisters

by Keren David

An insightful and emotional drama about the complexities of truth and family loyalty, from best-selling YA novelist Keren David. Telling the difficult story of children in care, this is a searing and beautifully written tale of one girl's journey to understand the reality of her upbringing.

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Firebird

by Elizabeth Wein

A daring tale of war, revolution and intrigue, from the renowned historical fiction author of Carnegie shortlisted Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein.

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Anty Hero

by Barry Hutchison

An entertaining, laugh-out-loud tale of school life, bullies and bugs from best-selling author Barry Hutchison.

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Splash Day!

by Nick Sharratt

A fun and colourful rhyming tale from one of the UKs most beloved author-illustrators, Nick Sharratt.

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Grandpa Bert And The Ghost Snatchers

by Malorie Blackman

A pleasingly absurd caper where kids outwit crooks, ghost are let out of the bag and grandparents refuse to behave from beloved author Malorie Blackman.

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Run Wild

by Gill Lewis

A thought-provoking and touching story of the bond between child and nature, from renowned storyteller and award-winning author Gill Lewis.

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Houdini and the Five-Cent Circus

by Keith Gray

A thrilling reimagining of Houdini’s childhood years and the life that made him master of escape, from the award-winning author of The Ostrich Boys.

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Back On Weird Street (#2)

by Anne Fine

Asim, Laila and Tom like nothing more than spooking each other out with tales of the unexpected. This time they're back with three more stories to chill you to the bone.

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Mariella, Queen Of The Skies

by Eoin Colfer

Super-smart inventor Mariella doesn't have time for sleep in this funny and life-affirming gem from award-winning beloved author Eoin Colfer, featuring full colour illustrations from rising star Katy Halford.

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The Tiger on His Back

by Bernard Ashley

A strange tattoo triggers a surprising turn of events in this tense contemporary drama from master teen writer, Bernard Ashley.

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Jason Banks And The Pumpkin Of Doom

by Cross, Gillian

A charming and witty tale of bullies, pumpkins and unlikely friendships from award-winning author Gillian Cross.

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The Knights And The Best Quest

by Kaye Umansky

The second instalment in Kaye Umansky’s brilliant The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table series, a laugh-out-loud take on the adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

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Norman The Norman And The Very Small Duchess (#2)

by Philip Ardagh

The second instalment in the hilarious sword-swining adventures of Little hero Norman from the riotous, award-winning duo of Philip Ardagh and Tom Morgan-Jones.

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Bella's Den

by Berlie Docherty and illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

A beautiful tale from award-winning author Berlie Doherty, full of friendship and foxes, and perfect for budding countryside explorers.

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McTavish Goes Wild (McTavish 2)

by Meg Rosoff

A glorious sequel to Good Dog McTavish. This endearing story is brimming with Meg Rosoff’s stylish prose, quirky humour, astute eye for the details of canine-human dynamics, and the oddities of family life.

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The Great Telephone Mix-Up

by Sally Nicholls

A charming tale of community, making new connections and lending a helping hand, from a successful author and illustrator pairing.

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Rose's Dress Of Dreams

by Katherine Woodfine

Inspired by the life of Rose Bertin, Katherine Woodfine’s stunning Little Gem is written with an evocative sense of period furthered by fresh and beautiful full-colour illustrations by Kate Pankhurst.

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The Family Tree

by Mal Peet and illustrated by Emma Shoard

An utterly stunning, powerful and unforgettable novella by the highly acclaimed and much missed Mal Peet. Featuring sensitive full colour illustrations by talented rising star, Emma Shoard.

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Dream Team (#3)

by Alan Gibbons

A fact-filled football story about the importance of team-work, bursting with friendship and fun. A must for football fans everywhere.

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We Are Not Frogs

by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Sam Usher

Children’s literature legend Michael Morpurgo teams up with illustration star Sam Usher for a rollicking countryside adventure story, now in a Little Gems edition for more parents and children to share together.

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Who's A Big Bully Then?

by Michael Morpurgo

A brand new edition of the humorous tale of a boy, a bully, and a serious case of mistaken identity, now with cover artwork by the award-winning Catherine Rayner.

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The Hat Trick

by Terry Deary

Jud steps in as goalie at the local football team. Jud's dad is all for it, but mum isn't convinced. This football story ends with a brilliant twist!

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The Cupcake Wedding

by Gillian Cross

Mia and James are getting married! When a tight budget means no wedding cake, Mia’s sister Holly plans a surprise… A heart-warming story from an award-winning author, now in a gorgeous 4u2read edition.

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Shona, Word Detective

by John Agrad

A warm and charming tale of diversity, language, and the shared cultures that make-up modern life.

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Noah Scape, He Can't Stop Repeating Himself

by Guy Bass

Noah proves that getting what you want isn’t always what you need in this laugh-out-loud comedy from one of the fastest-rising stars of the children’s book world.

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Colour My Days

by Ross Collins

Bursting with joy and adventure, this brand new story from picture book star Ross Collins is a celebration of all the colour in our lives.

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Young Dracula

by Michael Lawrence

Fun vampire comedy.

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Cherry Green Story Queen

by Annie Dalton, illustrated by Charlie Adler

A brand new 4u2read edition of a charming modern-day take on the Arabian Night stories, with illustrations by Charlie Alder.

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The White Fox

by Jackie Morris

A gorgeous, fully-illustrated novella about an Inuit boy and a lost arctic fox.

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Who's A Big Bully Then?

by Michael Morpurgo

A brand new edition of the humorous tale of a boy, a bully, and a serious case of mistaken identity, now with cover artwork by the award-winning Catherine Rayner.

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Free Lance And The Dragon's Hoard (Book 3)

by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The final instalment in the hilarious daring adventures of Free Lance the courageous mercenary knight, from the bestselling duo behind The Edge Chronicles, Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.

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PramBusters!

by Anne Fine

A funny and charming Little Gem from national treasure Anne Fine, with beautiful artwork by illustration star Vicki Gausden – Anne’s collaborator on The Gingerbread Star and Out for the Count.

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Smile

by Mary Hoffman

A gorgeous historical novel following the fictional life of the young woman who would become Leonardo Da Vinci’s greatest work

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Hari And His Electric Feet

by Alexander McCall Smith

With an authentic Indian backdrop, this is a feel-good story of young kids chasing big dreams that shimmers with all of Alexander McCall Smith’s trademark optimism and joy - an outlook on life that makes him one of the world’s best-loved storytellers.

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The Red Dread

by Tom Morgan-Jones

Witty, lively and gently thought-provoking, this debut picture book from inky genius Tom Morgan-Jones about a group of animals and the unseen monster in their midst will have readers laughing out loud.

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Second Best Friend

by Non Pratt

Two best friends are pushed to breaking point as a dark secret is revealed and the pressures of excellence threaten to destroy their friendship forever.

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Just Plain Weird

by Kaye Umansky

A silly and riotous tale of the craziest family you know from the master of laughs and fun, Kaye Umansky!

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Wartman

by Michael Morpurgo

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the touching tale of Dilly ‘Wartman’ Watson and magic Mr Ben, now with cover artwork by the award-winning Catherine Rayner.

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Zebra Crossing Soul Songs

by Sita Brahmachari

A touching story of life-long friendship and the strength of memory. From award-winning author Sita Brahmachari, this is a tender tale of overcoming loss told in her celebrated accessible and moving style.

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I Killed Father Christmas

by Anthony McGowan and Chris Riddell

A delightfully witty and tender-hearted Christmas story like none other

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Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe

by Jonathan Meres

A gorgeous new Little Gem from Jonathan Meres, inspired by his father’s 50 years as a market trader, and in collaboration one again with Grandpa was an Astronaut illustrator, Hannah Coulson.

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The Last Days of Archie Maxwell

by Annabel Pitcher

Full of love, humour and heartbreak, this beautifully crafted YA novella from the multi-award-winning author of Ketchup Clouds and My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is a compassionate and distinctive tale of modern family life and its issues.

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Secret of the Stones

by Tony Bradman

Set in 2,300 BC, this stunning tale from historical specialist Tony Bradman weaves together fact and fiction in gripping adventure covering the coming of the Bronce Age.

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A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

The classic novella of the Christmas transformation of Scrooge that has remained in the public imagination for well over a century, now available in an accessible format for all readers.

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Grave Matter

by Juno Dawson

A brilliantly gothic, diverse, witty and bang up-to-date dark thriller-romance by Queen of Teen Juno Dawson.

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Worry Angels

by Sita Brahmachari

An inter-generational story about dealing with and overcoming worry.

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Molly Rogers, Pirate Girl

by Cornelia Funke

International bestseller Cornelia Funke and rising picture book star Kasia Matyjaszek join forces in this laugh-out-loud swashbuckling adventure that also celebrates girlhood.

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Senseless

by Steve Cole

Gaming and adventure combine in this thrill-a-minute ride.

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Nellie Choc-Ice, Penguin Explorer

by Jeremy Strong

A hilarious Little Gem from Jeremy Strong, the master of comic writing for children, with character packed illustration from Jamie Smith.

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The Valentine's Day Kitten

by Cathy Hopkins

A fun and friendly story for animal-lovers everywhere, filled with Cathy Hopkins' trademark warmth and heart.

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Free Lance And The Field Of Blood (Book 2)

by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The second in a trilogy of brilliantly hilarious tales of chivalry and derring-do from the bestselling duo behind The Edge Chronicles.

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Storm Cloud

by Jenny Oldfield

A touching and compelling tale, brilliantly illustrated in soft and sensitive black and white by the talented Gary Blythe.

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The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

by R.L. Stevenson

An eerily superb story of murder and monstrosity on the streets of Victorian London that has remained in the public imagination for well over a century, spawning numerous adaptations, now available in an accessible format for all readers.

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Dark Arena (Defenders #2)

by Tom Palmer

Action-packed follow-up to Killing Ground, this is an enthralling trilogy of spine-tingling spooky adventures with a sporty twist, from a master of soccer fiction for kids.

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Dread Cat

by Michael Rosen

Witty, lively and full of fun, this cat-and-mouse tale from a former Children's Laureate is sure to delight young readers with clever twists and the satisfying defeat of one terrifying cat.

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The Ghost In Annie's Room

by Philippa Pearce

Wonderfully atmospheric yet tender ghost story, firmly rooted in the children's magical tradition.

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The Mystery Of Me

by Karen McCombie

A wonderfully warm and wise story about identity, fresh starts and coming face-to-face with yourself, from top notch tween writer Karen McCombie.

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Ash Boy

by Lucy Coats

A wonderfully warm and funny reworking of the Cinderella story, from an accomplished writer of retellings and myths.

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Blowback (Bulletcatcher #3)

by Chris Bradford

Exhilarating action meets heart-pounding suspense in this action-packed final instalment of a popular trilogy.

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The Harder They Fall

by Bali Rai

A heart-warming and thought-provoking story of family, friendship and foodbanks, from an award-winning author well-known for his gritty realism for teens.

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Rook

by Anthony McGowan

A poignant, beautifully written novella about growing up and family. A companion piece to the successful Brock and Pike.

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The Ghost In The Bath

by Jeremy Strong

A fun, friendly story about a misplaced ghost from the Titanic and a boy who needs help with his history homework.

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Sammy And The Starman

by Anne Cassidy and Tony Ross

A fun, friendly story about a lost little spaceman and the boy who helps him find his way back home.

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Killing Ground (Defenders #1)

by Tom Palmer

Breathtaking first instalment of an amazing new trilogy of spine-tingling spooky adventures with a sporty twist, from a master of kids fiction.

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Free Lance And The Lake Of Skulls (Book 1)

by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

The first in a trilogy of brilliantly illustrated tales of chivalry and derring-do from the bestselling duo behind The Edge Chronicles.

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Passing For White

by Tanya Landman

Inspired by the amazing true story of Ellen Craft who escaped a life of slavery through a daring disguise and won freedom for herself and her husband.

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Space Ace

by Eric Brown and Tony Ross

A fun, fast-paced story filled with facts about the solar system, and the perfect celebration of grandparents and grandchildren.

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My Name Is Not Refugee

by Kate Milner

A touching, timely and tender exploration of refugees and migration for the youngest readers.

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The Evil Within

by Catherine MacPhail

Atmospheric, haunting and spine-chilling, this imagining of a young Henry Jekyll's childhood and his transformation into the infamous Mr Hyde is sure to thrill.

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Norman The Norman From Normandy (#1)

by Philip Ardagh

A riotous Little Gem from children's comedy legend Philip Ardagh - his madcap adventure is sure to delight young readers.

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Virus

by Tommy Donbavand, illustrated by Dan Chernett

Fun abounds in this virtual adventure from a popular author of horror and comedy for children. A new edition now available with additional artwork.

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Film Crew

by Gillian Cross

A fun-filled adventure celebrating friendship and the great outdoors, from a Carnegie Medal-winning author.

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Lena Lenik S.O.S.

by Bernard Ashley

A brilliantly diverse story of life in multicultural modern Britain, inspired by a true story of a little girl's connection with her Mum.

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Superdad's Day Off

by Phil Earle

A lovely celebration of father-son bonds and the importance of family, wrapped up in a wonderful extraordinary story that is sure to appeal to young superhero fans!

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Good Dog McTavish (McTavish 1)

by Meg Rosoff

A charming and witty take on dogs and their people, from the 2016 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award-winner Meg Rosoff.

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Flesh And Blood

by Chris Priestley

During the Blitz, Bill wishes he had a brother rather than his sister. After the raid, the family find and adopt a badly mutilated boy, his face so heavily bandaged that they can see nothing but his eyes...

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The Beautiful Game (#1)

by Alan Gibbons

A brilliant, topical sports fiction-with-facts story.

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The Covers Of My Book Are Too Far Apart

by Vivian French

A ground-breaking, warm and very funny picture book about books and reading.

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Tales From Weird Street (#1)

by Anne Fine

Quirky tales of derring-do and mystery, from a much-loved author and multi award-winning author. Perfect to thrill and chill.

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The Pavee And The Buffer Girl

by Siobhan Dowd

A stunning graphic novel adaptation of Siobhan Dowd's moving story of prejudice and violence, the uncertainty of lives lived on the fringes of society, and of love in its many forms. Jim and his family have halted by Dundray and the education people have been round mouthing the law. In school the
Traveller kids suffer at the hands of teachers and other pupils alike, called 'tinker-stinkers', 'dirty gyps' and worse. Then the punches start. The only friendly face is Kit, a settled girl who takes Jim under her wing and teaches him to read in the great cathedral chamber of the cave below the town. With Kit and the reading, Jim seems to have found a way to exist in Dundray, but everyday prejudice and a shocking act of violence see his life uprooted once again.

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The Knights Of The Drop-Leaf Table

by Kaye Umansky

A laugh-out-loud take on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, in the vein of Kaye's ever-popular fairy tale retellings. Wonderfully witty and quirky.

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All About Ella

by Sally Nicholls

An exploration of sibling love and the challenges of being a younger sibling, from the author of the multi award-winning classic Ways to Live Forever.

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Henry Pond The Poet

by Dick King-Smith

A wonderful froggy adventure from award-winning Dick King-Smith combines with stunning artwork from Victor Ambrus to make for an utterly charming Little Gem.

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One Nil

by Tony Bradman

Fun football story with dreams, drama and lots of heart, a perfect quick fiction fix for sports-mad readers.

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Dragon

by Hilary McKay

Warm, magical and funny family tale from an award-winning author. A new edition now available with additional artwork.

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Tilt

by Mary Hoffman

A gorgeous historical novel inspired by an iconic symbol of Italy, from the grand dame of the genre. Evocative and full of passion, Tilt is perfect for fans of the romantic era.

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Blue John

by Berlie Doherty

A spell-binding tale of magic and mysticism for young readers that explores the wonder of nature, from award-winning Berlie Doherty.

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The Story of the Dancing Frog

by Quentin Blake

Wonderful, witty and wise, this classic Quentin Blake tale will warm hearts of young and old alike.

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The Liar's Handbook

by Keren David

Raw, compelling and timely drama about undercover police officers from the award-winning author of When I Was Joe. This captivating thriller is inspired by real-life events and challenges perceptions of identity.

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Secret FC

by Tom Palmer

A fun football story from a top writer of sports fiction for children, re-packaged in an appealing chunky new edition.

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Clare And Her Captain

by Michael Morpurgo

A beautiful novella about childhood.

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Until We Win

by Linda Newbery

A beautiful novel set against the backdrop of an important and pivotal movement in UK history, tying in with the centenary of the Suffragettes' first major victory in 2018.

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Knife Edge

by Robert Swindells

Gritty and powerful new edition from award-winning Robert Swindells, re-packaged for strong author branding in the teen series.

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Mind the Gap

by Phil Earle

A powerful drama of love, loss, family and friendship from a superstar of children's and YA fiction, inspired by a tremendously moving true story.

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The Girl With No Nose

by Georgia Byng

A gorgeous, fully-illustrated novella about a girl in Victorian times who was born with no nose and how she learns to accept herself.

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The Greatest Show Of All

by Jane Eagland

Dramatic and evocative reworking of William Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night. Kitty runs away to join the circus but must disguide herself as a boy.

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Diary Of A Trainee Rock God

by Jonathan Meres

Darren is going to be the best rock guitarist ever...just as soon as he learns how to play the guitar. But if he wants an electric guitar for his birthday, he has to solve his dad's puzzles first!

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Aidan Abet, Teacher's Pet

by Guy Bass

Top comedy horror from a master of the genre. Aidan Abet is sick of being picked on for being a teacher's pet and a new teacher might just hold the key to getting the bullies off his back...

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The Sticky Witch

by Hilary McKay

Tom and Ellie are staying with terrible witchy Aunt Tab, in her sticky house with its sinister treacle pond. Can Tom and Ellie escape...or are they stuck? Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

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The First Hunter

by Robert Swindells

Prehistoric adventure. Tan's tribe must steal meat like jackals to live. Scavenging's dangerous, but they have no other way to get food. Until the tribe's idiot hanger-on invents a new game.

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The White Fox

by Jackie Morris

A gorgeous, fully-illustrated novella about an Inuit boy and a lost arctic fox.

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Gawain Greytail And The Terrible Tab

by Cornelia Funke, illustrated by Monica Armino

A mouse knight takes a leaf from the Borrowers' book in this stunning Pixar-esque picture book from international bestelling author Cornelia Funke and Monica Armino. Sir Tristan and his cat Terrible Tab have decimated the mouse population of Raven Castle.
Can the last survivors defeat the ferocious feline with the help of some homemade armour and a heroic mouse knight?

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The Moonshine Dragon

by Cornelia Funke

From the internationally bestselling author of the Inkheart series. When a tiny silver dragon is chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight, all sorts of mayhem breaks loose! Soon moonshine magic has shrunk Patrick too, and he is forced to hole up inside his toy castle as the knight attacks the 'fire worm'. Can Patrick defeat the knight and make it to morning?

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The Genius Aged 8 1/4

by Jeremy Strong

A hilarious Little Gem - a celebration of precocious children and silly adults everywhere.

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Unboxed

by Non Pratt

Four friends meet up at their old school to open the memory box they stowed there years ago - with five letters inside for four of them, because their friend Millie has died. When they open the box to find a note from Millie, they discover that she has left them special instructions - permission to open her letter only if they all read aloud letters they wrote to their older selves, revealing their deepest secrets.

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Girl Detached

by Manuela Salvi, translated by Denise Muir

It was banned in Italy due to its eye-opening issues on teenage grooming. A well needed book on an unfortunately too common subject.

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Alpha

by Bessora and Barroux

A timely and important graphic novel account of one man's desperate journey from North Africa to Europe.

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Alpha

by Bessora and Barroux

A timely and important graphic novel account of one man's desperate journey from North Africa to Europe.

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Grandpa Was An Astronaut

by Jonathan Meres

Grandparents take centre stage in this charming tale as a young boy and his grandfather let their imaginations take flight for an afternoon of space exploration, with beautiful artwork from Hannah Coulson. Sherman loves the moon and he loves his grandpa even more - who has actually been to the moon! Grandpa was an astronaut and has a chunk of moon rock on his mantlepiece. Playing space games with Grandpa is one of Sherman's most favourite things ever so he's thrilled to hear that's exactly what a visit to Grandpa will involve.

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Of Mice And Men

by John Steinbeck

Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn't know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss's daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him.

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The Snow Globe

by Jean Ure

A heartwarming and insightful story for pre-teens from one of the best writers of the genre, expertly told with a strong message of friendship and forgiveness at its heart. When her family's circumstances suddenly change, Abi finds herself moving to the large and
intimidating local high school. She's pretty nervous on her first day but soon meets someone she thinks she could be friends with - even best friends. But as the two girls bond over Abi's treasured snow globe, prejudices and stereotypes might just tear them apart.

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Boing Boing

by Alexander McCall Smith

International treasure Aleander McCall Smith joins up-and-coming illustrator Zoe Persico in this utterly adorable story of family, acceptance and difference. Jane has always been just a little bit different - she has springs in her knees! She bounce, bounce, bounces
all over town and they call her Springy Jane. She wins all the high jump competitions and can reach the top book shelf, and if anyone stares too hard she just bounces right over them! But a terrible flood and a trapped old lady mean Springy Jane is called on for help - will her springs save the day?

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Typhoon (Wings #3)

by Tom Palmer

Third in the action-packed Wings trilogy. Sisters Maddie and Jess are new to the football school and can't stop bickering with each other. But the airfield has other ideas and soon the sisters find themselves in Typhoon fighter jets and have to watch each other's backs or be shot out of the sky.

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Master Will And The Spanish Spy

by Tony Bradman

An exciting historical thriller drawing on little-known events of William Shakespeare's early life. Young Will Shakespeare knows that his family's existence hangs by a thread. His father's business often struggles, and his mother insists on practising the old faith, which isn't a popular choice any more. Will jumps at the chance to leave the oppressive atmosphere of home and join a troupe of players, but he finds that it's not so easy to escape the ghosts of his past.

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Mind Writer

by Steve Cole

Slick fantasy meets heart-pounding action in this gripping title from the bestselling author of Young Bond. Luke's always been good at knowing things. He could guess at a right answer in class or pick up on things other people couldn't. But now it's sharpened into something much more. Now Luke can actually hear people's thoughts. And there's a weird new girl hanging around who seems to know exactly what he can do. She wants something from him but can he trust her? Not everything is as it seems in this high-octane thriller, perfect for fans of Alex Rider.

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Billy Button, Telegram Boy

by Sally Nicholls

An utterly charming tale set in 1950's rural England, full of heart and whimsy. Billy Button has always dreamed of being a telegram boy. He loves their smart uniforms and shiny bicycles, but he's too young for the job. So when the regular telegram boy breaks his arm and Mr and Mrs Button are in urgent need of a new boy, Billy jumps at the chance to don the Royal Mail badge and ride his very own bicycle. But will Billy be able to keep all the village residents happy with his deliveries? He might have to work some
magic to make grumpy Mr Grundle smile...

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Sniper (Bulletcatcher #2)

by Chris Bradford

Second in the Bulletcatcher trilogy. In the face of a ruthless 'Fight Against Fear' campaign, the terrorists have gone to ground. But a lone sniper is assassinating key figures of the all-powerful City Council. When a Bulletcatcher dies protecting the chief councillor's son, Troy and Scarlet wonder if Medusa has been telling the complete truth about their abilities. How long will Troy be bulletproof for? Action-packed futuristic adventure.

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Spitfire (Wings #2)

by Tom Palmer

Second in the action-packed Wings trilogy. Greg is happy when he's playing football but training is over, his iPod is broken and he's on edge. Steve, Greg's post at the football academy, tries to get him interested in an Airfix kit and suddenly he's in the cockpit of a Spitfire, fighting for his life in the skies.

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The Lion Roars (#2)

by Alan Gibbons

Jimi loves books and he loves football. His favourite books are about the great African-born footballers and he dreams of pulling on the white shirt of the Lions of Senegal. He has his sister to coach him and his uncle to inspire him but will Jimi's dreams come true? Interweaves Jimi's story with facts about the history of football in Africa.

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The Front Room

by Michelle Magorian and Chris Maslanka

A genuinely spooky ghost story. A family heads off for the summer break but their holiday home has an unexpected eerie presence.

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Mate Match

by Pete Johnson

Funny and contemporary love story for the teenagers of today. Sometimes it's better to connect in reality than connect over apps... Light-hearted romance about being yourself.

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Wave

by Paul Dowswell

Written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme by a prize-winning history author who brilliantly captures the reality of war. Interlinks the story of two modern-day boys with the story of their ancestors enslisted to fight in the First World War. A powerful and moving tale, poignantly told.

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Over the Line

by Tom Palmer

A poignant and powerful tale based on the real life World War One soldier in the Footballer's Batallion.

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Johnny Delgado

by Kevin Brooks

Gritty urban drama about a teenage detective. Johnny wants to be a detective, and he's got it all figured out. So what is he to do when two of the most beautiful girls in the world give him a job to investigate? Investigate it of course. But quickly things spin out of Johnny's control, and he gets tangled up with the local gangs. Can he work out how he's ended up in this mess?

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Thicker Than Water

by Anne Cassidy

Brilliant reworking of classic Of Mice and Men. Lennie and George drift from town to town and dream of opening their own music shop. But Lennie has the mind of a child and accidents are never very far away. Tragic and beautifully-written modern-day retelling.

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Gunpoint

by Jim Eldridge

Alex and her dad are fixing pipes in the roof of the Town Hall when terrorists take the building. Alex's dad is taken hostage but the terrorists don't know that Alex is there. Can she save him? Exciting very low-reading action story.

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The Crystal Stair

by Catherine Fisher

Sequel to At the World's End. Caz and Will struggle to fit in at the Settlement where the genders are strictly separated. After the battle to arrive, it seems that they may be setting out into the frozen world once again. Gripping YA dystopia from the author of Incarceron.

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The Fix

by Sophie McKenzie

A thrilling football crime story by the award winning Sophie McKenzie. Blake's the star of the football team, but he and his mum are in trouble - they can't make the rent and it looks as though they'll have to move. So when a stranger offers Blake cash to fix the match, it seems like an easy solution, right? Wrong. If Blake goes along with it, he stands to lose more than just the game. Will he do the right thing?

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Five Hundred Miles

by Kevin Brooks

Two boys wheel-and-deal their way through life in the murky backstreets of East London. But how will the boys cope when confronted with a girl gunslinger and a monkey in a cage? Tense and artmospheric drama with the threat of violence never far away.

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In At The Deep End

by Michelle Magorian, illustrated by Peter Cottrill

A story about believing in yourself. Ben is desperate to impress Jack and Harry, that's why he said he'd do the first leg of the swimathon. But when Jack and Harry don't turn up, Ben has to face some tough truths about his 'friends'. And then Ben finds friendship in an unexpected place.

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The OMG Blog

by Karen McCombie

Thrown together for a school project, Jessie, Zarah, Rose and Shanice don't think they have much in common until they start moaning about their mad - and maddening! - mums (and a step-mother too in Jessie's case). When the girls jokingly decide to band together as the OMG! Support Group (Our Mums - Grr!) things quickly escalate and soon they are posting their frustrations on the OMG! blog. But the mums aren't best pleased when they find out...

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Amber's Song

by Gillian Cross

When Mark's baby sister is born she just won't stop screaming! Can Mark and his bandmates find a tune to to keep her quiet? A warm touching story of family love under trying circumstances.

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Peace Maker

by Malorie Blackman, illustrated by Matthew Griffin

Powerful future drama exploring what it means to be human. Mitch and her mother live among a peaceful race who avoid fighting through the 'peacemaker' chips inserted in their arms. But when an alien ship confronts Mitch's home, they need a champion to defend the ship. Can Mitch step up?

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Bigger And Better

by Kaye Umansky

Vi the Giantess has a thing for all things tiny, so she's putty in Jack's hands when he climbs up the beanstalk and appears in her kitchen. A laugh-out-loud fractured fairytale.

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The Boy And The Globe

by Tony Bradman and illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones

A lively and compelling novel published to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, woven from the few known facts of his young life.

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Out For The Count

by Anne Fine, illustrated by Vicki Gausden

A funny and thought-provoking Little Gem from Anne Fine, with sensitive and charming artwork by illustration star Vicki Gausden.

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Flyboy (Wings #1)

by Tom Palmer

First in the Wings trilogy. Jatinder seems to be living his dream - he's training for his team's youth squad, and his host parents Steve and Esther are really great. But the other kids are always on the alert for anything that makes a player different, and Jatinder is definitely that. Steve reckons it's good to be different - look at his own hero, Hardit Singh Malik. That night Jatinder wakes up in a seriously surprising situation - flying Hardit's WWI fighter plane into enemy airspace.

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Anna Liza And The Happy Practice

by Eoin Colfer

A fun, playful and charming Little Gem with a touching and thought-provoking message at its heart.

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The Ostrich Of Pudding Lane

by Jeremy Strong

A silly and delightful tale of ostrich-related chaos from King of Comedy Jeremy Strong (The 100-mile an Hour Dog, My Brother's Famous Bottom), with added moustaches. Warning: moustaches may fall off due to snorts of laughter. Pudding Lane may be the only primary school in the UK with a real, live ostrich for a mascot. She comes to the school as an escapee from the ostrich farm and soon wins a place in the hearts of staff and pupils alike. Rival schools and Ofsted beware as Pudding Lane prepares to deploy its tall, feathery secret weapon against all comers. Brilliantly illustrated in black-and-white by Sarah Horne, this Conkers edition includes jokes, quizzes and traceand- cut-out activities including false moustaches.

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Blue Moon

by Jenny Oldfield, illustrated by Gary Blythe

A touching and compelling tale of a young girl's love for her horse.

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We Are Not Frogs

by Michael Morpurgo and Sam Usher

Children's book legend Michael Morpurgo teams up with amazing illustration newcomer Sam Usher for an adorable story with counting activities for parents and children to share. This has the makings of another Morpurgo classic.

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Grey Island, Red Boat

by Ian Beck

A jewel of a book illustrated throughout in silhouette and colour by award-winning Ian Beck (Tom Trueheart). Pictures and words weave together to create a hymn to colour, light and life. Everything on the Island of Ashes is grey, from the weather to the castle, the grass and the flowers. But then the red boat arrives, and with it a young man who believes he is cursed - everything he touches turns to colour. Princess Opal and the people of the island are enchanted, but the King is suspicious and imprisons Wendell. Opal must find a way to escape to a life filled with love and colour.

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The Beast

by Michaela Morgan

A fun caper from a popular author, with brilliant illustrations from the master of creepy black-and-white inky doodles, Chris Mould. When Robbie and Gaz hear a strange howling sound in the woods behind Robbie's house, they decide it's their chance to take a photo of a big cat and make a fortune selling it to the papers. Nothing quite goes according to plan, but Robbie and Gaz end up famous for entirely different reasons.

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Queen Of The Silver Arrow

by Caroline Lawrence

A thrilling tale of danger, friendship and loyalty from Roman Mysteries bestseller Caroline Lawrence, set against the backdrop of the ancient world. Gorgeous and evocative, this captivating new teen novel imagines the life of a heroine of early Rome. Few have ever seen her, but all of Laurentum knows the story of Camilla - tied to a spear and thrown across a river by her father as he fled for his life. The Goddess Diana saved the baby, and now it is Camilla's turn to save Laurentum as the Trojans march on the town. But Camilla is a wild girl from the forest, not the Amazon they imagine, and so Acca must step in to help her new friend adjust to the great destiny before her.

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