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The Frozen Telescope (THE UNCOMMONERS) by Jennifer Bell and Karl James Mountford

Frozen Telescope

After the thrilling events which concluded The Smoking Hourglass, Ivy, Seb and Valian think they've vanquished their enemies, and those of Lundinor, forever. It turns out their adventure was only just beginning . . . 

Ivy and Seb can't wait to join Valian for their first ever overseas uncommon adventure - they're meeting in Nubrook, the completely astonishing and totally-different-to-Ludinor trading market hidden underneath New York. But there's no time to enjoy looking round all the incredible sights - they're on a mission to find Valian's long-lost sister, Rosie. But it seems they're not the only ones looking for her. Once again the Dirge rear their terrifying heads, and it appears they're after not only Rosie, but another enormously powerful Great Uncommon Good object. But what do they want it for? And can Ivy, Seb and Valian stop them from finding it?


The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown

Wild Robot Escapes

The sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Wild Robot, by award-winning author Peter Brown

Roz is no ordinary robot. After being washed up on the shore of a remote and wild island, she learned to adapt and make it her home, befriend its animal inhabitants and even adopt a small orphaned gosling, Brightbill. But a new life is now beginning for Roz - she has been taken away, far away from her island, back to civilisation. Where she must pretend that she is a robot like any other - there to follow orders and to carry out tasks on the farm where she now works. She knows she must never let anyone find out who she really is. And more than anything, she must find a way to escape, back to the island and her beloved Brightbill - a journey that will be fraught with danger and drama, and some very unexpected surprises ...


The Girl with the Dragon Heart (Dragon Heart 2) by Stephanie Burgis

Girl with the Dragon Heart

Once upon a time, in a beautiful city famous for chocolate and protected by dragons, there was a girl so fearless that she dared to try to tell the greatest story of all: the truth. Silke has always been good at spinning the truth and storytelling. So good that since arriving as a penniless orphan, she has found her way up to working for the most splendid chocolate makers in the city (oh, and becoming best friends with a dragon). Now her gift for weaving words has caught the eye of the royal family, who want to use her as a spy when the mysterious and dangerous fairy royal family announces it will visit the city. But Silke has her own dark, secret reasons for not trusting fairies. Can Silke find out the truth about the fairies while keeping her own secrets hidden?

From the author of the magical The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart comes a second magical adventure perfect for fans of Cressida Cowell and Cornelia Funke


Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll

Secrets of a Sun King

London, 1922. A discovery from ancient Egypt . . . A cursed package . . . The untold story of a young pharaoh . . .

When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad's doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England! The mysterious package holds the key to a story . . . about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for. Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey - to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh's curse . . .


Bee Boy: Attack of the Zombees (Bee Boy 2) by Tony De Saulles

Attack of the Zombees

Half BEE. Half BOY. Melvin Meadly is . . . BEE BOY! When a strange sickness bug strikes at school, Mel has his suspicions - could this have something to do with the new kid, Berty Crump? More questions arise when Mel and his bees discover a factory in the woods with giant flowers, chemical spraying drones, beekeepers in metal suits, and worse of all . . . ZOMBEEZ! The highly entertaining story of an unlikely superhero, full of fantastic facts, and illustrated in black and yellow!


Bumpfizzle the Best on Planet Earth by Patricia Forde and Elina Braslina

Bumpfizzle the Best on Planet Earth

Bumpfizzle is an alien, sent to Earth from Planet Plonk on a research mission. Or is he really just a ten-year-old boy who is feeling a bit disgruntled at all the attention his parents are lavishing on The Baby? It is up to readers to make up their own minds. Either way, Bumpfizzle's confusion at Earthling behaviours, as reported in his diary and his frequent reports back to Plonk, are hilarious, and his adventures are ridiculous, from eating the cat's food (it makes him throw up, always good for attention) to biting his teacher (to check if humans would make a good source of food for Plonkers) and attempting to sacrifice a goat (he soon discovers what goats' horns are for).


Daisy and the Trouble with School Trips by Kes Gray

Daisy and the Trouble with School Trips

Daisy is going on a school trip to Bobbington Hall, with lots of other children and few teachers. There'll be suits of armour, there'll be olden toilets and there may even be secret passages. Trouble is, can anyone find them? And what happens if they do?

The perfect, laugh-out-loud adventure for readers 6+


Cara the Coding Fairy: Special (Rainbow Magic) by Daisy Meadows

Cara the Coding Fairy

Join Kirsty, Rachel and Cara for a brand-new fairy adventure! Best friends Rachel and Kirsty are very excited to be going to a coding convention! They can't wait to start building their own programmes and apps. But naughty Jack Frost has other plans - to steal the magic of coding for himself!


Moominsummer Madness (Moomins Collectors' Editions) by Tove Jansson

Moominsummer Madness

When a grumbling volcano causes Moominvalley to flood, the Moomins escape by boat, finding refuge on a floating theatre. Adventures abound when the theatre casts adrift leaving Moomi The Snorkmaiden and Little My marooned. Will they all be reunited before the final curtain?


Spies: Ireland’s War of Independence. United friends ... divided loyalties by Brian Gallagher

Spies

Orphan Johnny Dunne has fled Balbriggan, where he spied for the rebels in Ireland’s War of Independence. Now he has a new and even more dangerous mission. Rebel leader Michael Collins engages in a cut-throat secret war with British Intelligence: and Johnny, Ireland's youngest spy at only fourteen years of age, finds himself at the centre of the action. In a Dublin full of gunmen, soldiers, police informers and the dreaded Black and Tans, Johnny has to watch his every move. But it’s hard to turn his back on the past, especially on his friendships with Alice Goodman, and with Stella Radcliffe, the daughter of a British officer, who risked her own life to save his. As the War of Independence grows more lethal, the three friends must decide where their loyalties lie. Then a secret from Johnny’s past changes everything…


Atlantis United (Sports Academy Book 1) by Gerard Siggins

Atlantis United

Joe knows he has no chance of catching the mysterious scout’s eye – he loves football, but he’s by far the worst player in his club. Despite this, he’s whisked away to a remote island and teamed up with four other kids: Kim, Craig, Ajit and Jess. But there’s more to this island than meets the eye, as Joe learns it is home to the world’s greatest Sports Academy. With the help of eccentric, genius coaches, he and his new friends are gradually transformed into serious players in their own sports. But the Academy’s secrets are wanted by many others ... Is someone is tracking them? Will Joe and Atlantis United escape the clutches of their mysterious pursuers? And can they possibly win their first big game deep in the jungles of Brazil?


Sami’s Silver Lining by Cathy Cassidy

Sami’s Silver Lining

Forced to flee his home in Syria for safety in England, Sami attempts to begin a new life but struggles to overcome the pain of the past. Memories of the long and dangerous journey across icy waters, armed with only his dad's old coat, a flute and the hope of a brighter future, are never far away. Can his new friends in the Lost and Found band and a blossoming romance with the girl of his dreams melt his frozen heart or is it too late to find a silver lining?


Mystery of the Skull (Secret Seven) by Pamela Butchart and Enid Blyton

Mystery of the Skull

Set in the same world and time as the original stories, this fantastic new mystery satisfyingly extends the series for fans old and new. The story is brought to life by Tony Ross's brilliant illustrations throughout. Join the Secret Seven for more mystery, excitement, friendship and FUN than ever before!


Peril in Paris (Taylor and Rose Secret Agents) by Katherine Woodfine and illustrated by Karl James Mountford.

Peril in Paris

ALL ABOARD THE TRAIN TO PARIS! It’s 1911, and the young detectives of TAYLOR & ROSE are turning their talents to ESPIONAGE. On a case for the mysterious SECRET SERVICE BUREAU, the daring MISS SOPHIE TAYLOR and MISS LILIAN ROSE must leave London for the boulevards and grand hotels of Paris. But DANGER lurks beneath the bright lights of the city - and INTRIGUE and MURDER lie in store. As aeroplanes soar in the skies overhead, our heroines will need to put all their spy skills to the test to face the PERIL that awaits them...


Will You Catch Me? by Jane Elson

Will You Catch Me

Nell Hobson lives with a tortoise called Bob Marley, guinea pigs Asbo and Chaos, goldfish Beyoncé and Destiny, gerbils Fizz and Tyrone, Aunty Lou the Hamster ... and her mum, who drinks too much. Nell does everything she can to be a good daughter so that her mum will stop. But when things get really hard, Nell stands on her head. Everything looks better upside down, don't you know?

Nell wishes she knew who her dad was. When new teacher Mr Samuels makes history come alive and tells the class the story of Nell Gwynn, the Orange Girl who became one of the first actresses on the London stage, Nell is captivated and is determined to dress up as an Orange Girl for the Costume Parade. She hatches a plan with her best friend Michael: a way to make her dad step forward and claim her. Will she succeed?

A charming middle grade story with a strong, positive message that celebrates community and friendship.


Knights and Bikes by Gabrielle Kent and Rex Crowle

Knights and Bikes

Welcome to the sleepy island of Penfurzy, where nothing exciting ever really happens. OR DOES IT? Adventure awaits Demelza and her new best friend in the whole world, Nessa, as they explore the island and uncover the mysteries of the Penfurzy Knights. With a honking pet goose sidekick, quirky islanders and a legendary treasure to find, it's up to Nessa and Demelza to ride their bikes, solve the puzzles before them, and face down danger with frisbees, water-balloons, feathers .... and a toilet plunger. THEIR FRIENDSHIP WILL WARM YOUR HEART. THEIR BRAVERY WILL MAKE THEM LEGENDS.


Mr Lofa (Mr Stink as Gaeilge) by David Walliams

Mr Lofa

Is í Chloe an cailín is uaigní ar domhan. Go dtí go mbuaileann sí leis an traimp, Mr Lofa. Is fíor go bhfuil boladh bréan uaidh, ach is é an t-aon duine ina saol atá cineálta do Chloe. Mar sin, nuair a bhíonn áit le fanacht de dhíth ó Mr Lofa, socraíonn sí é a chur i bhfolach sa seid sa ghairdín! Ach is gearr go dtuigeann Chloe gur féidir le rúin go leor trioblóide a tharraingt. Agus go bhfuil rún ag Mr Lofa nach raibh coinne ar bith aici leis…


The Boy At the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

Boy At the Back of the Class

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite! But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help. That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan. . .


The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was a Mermaid by Tania Unsworth and Helen Crawford-White

The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was a Mermaid

Even though she's terrified of the sea, a girl who believes her mum might have been a mermaid runs away to the ocean to solve the mystery of who she really is. Stella is the odd one out. She sleepwalks, is terrified of water, yet obsessed by the ocean. Her mum who died when Stella was eight remains the biggest mystery of all. Who was she and why did she give Stella a necklace called 'the word of the sea' before she died? Nobody can give her any answers. Her father is consumed by grief and her grandmother's memories are fading with dementia. When Stella's only friend in the world, Cam, moves house, Stella runs away. She's determined to find out who her mum was and who she is too. She ends up in the Crystal Cove, a run-down aquarium with a mermaid show. There she meets Pearl who reveals disturbing secrets. It's only by facing her fear of the ocean that Stella will truly uncover the truth.

This is an exquisitely imagined story about a girl on an adventure above and below the waves.


The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton

The Last Chance Hotel

Seth is the oppressed kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel, owned by the nasty Bunn family. His only friend is his black cat, Nightshade. But when a strange gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, kindly Dr Thallomius is poisoned by Seth's special dessert. A locked-room murder investigation ensues - and Seth is the main suspect. The funny thing is, he's innocent . can he solve the mystery and clear his name, especially when magic's afoot?


AWOL : Agent Without Licence (Book 1) by Andrew Lane

AWOL

Kieron and his friend Sam are shocked to see a man kidnapped in a Newcastle shopping centre right in front of their eyes. The boys quickly realise that the kidnapped man left something behind in the scuffle - an earpiece and glasses. Kieron puts them on and realises he can see not what is front of him, but a busy, tourist city, somewhere very hot - in Mumbai...

Young Bond and James Bond meet Alex Rider and Cherub. 


The Girl with the Lost Smile by Miranda Hart and Kate Hindley

The Girl with the Lost Smile

Chloe Long has lost her smile. She's looked everywhere for it. (Under her pillow. Under her bed. Under her nose. Obviously.) She's tried everything to bring it back. (Her favourite cake. Her favourite gran. Her favourite joke. Obviously.) But nothing seems to be working! Until one night, something utterly magical happens - and Chloe finds herself on an adventure that is out of this world ...


The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders

The Land of Neverendings

What if there exists a world powered by imagination?

A world of silliness, where humans and their toys live on long after they've left the Hard World . . . and what if the door between that world and this one was broken?

Welcome to the Land of Neverendings.

Moving, raw and funny in all the right ways, The Land of Neverendings is a rip-roaring adventure, but it also gives an honest portrayal of grief for young readers, and shows us that whilst sadness does exist in the world, it doesn't have to cancel out happiness, or silliness, even when you lose someone you love.

 


Mariella, Queen of the Skies (Little Gems series) by Eoin Colfer and Katy Halford

Mariella, Queen of the Skies

Mariella loves nothing more than inventing but bedtime keeps getting in the way of all her brilliant ideas! So when Mum and Dad won't take no for an answer there's only one thing for it... Mariella has to build a rocket-powered flying suit to zap her round the world faster than the setting sun! If anyone can outsmart sleep it's Mariella. But everyone needs sleep and without it all of Mariella's brilliant ideas might just disappear. A "how to live a happy life" tale told with humour, warmth and a loveable female protagonist.


Flying Fergus 2: The Great Cycle Challenge by Sir Chris Hoy and Clare Elsom

Flying Fergus 2: The Great Cycle Challenge

Fergus Hamilton lives and dreams bikes and is really excited about training for the Great Cycle Challenge with his friends. But he's also got a secret. If the pedals on his bike spin backwards, he's magically transported to to Nevermore, where cycling is banned and his dad is a prisoner. Princess Lily wants to help, but first they'll need to brave the spooky abandoned Bicycle Graveyard. . .

Written with award-winning author Joanna Nadin, with fantastic illustrations from Clare Elsom.


Flying Fergus 1: The Best Birthday Bike by Sir Chris Hoy and Clare Elsom

Flying Fergus 1: The Best Birthday Bike

Fergus Hamilton is a boy with a big imagination. Living with his mum and grandad and his dog, Chimp, he dreams of a state-of-the-art Sullivan Swift and becoming the most brilliant boy cyclist in the world. So when he gets a rusty second-hand bike for his ninth birthday he can't help feeling a bit disappointed. But then he discovers something amazing when he takes it for a ride. . .

Written with award-winning author Joanna Nadin, with fantastic illustrations from Clare Elsom.


Splash by Charli Howard

Splash

Molly is in her final year of primary school, with secret dreams of becoming an Olympic swimmer. Having always lived in the shadow of her manipulative friend, Chloe, Molly finally has the chance to compete in a regional swimming contest and define herself on her own terms. But with the pressure of fitting in, and the sudden arrival of her mysterious mum, will she give up on her dreams for a shot at popularity? A hugely exciting debut with a classic underdog story, a wonderfully relatable protagonist, and an important message of friendship, body positivity, and celebrating who you are.


The Boy Who Hit Play by Chloe Daykin

The Boy Who Hit Play

'It's time,' I say. 'For ... It. Me. You. Us. The bench. The zoo. The question. Why?'

The only thing that Elvis Crampton Lucas knows about where he's from is that he was found on the bench at a zoo. And that his now father took him home in a Stetson hat, and named him after the first three vinyl he picked off his shelf. But now, on his twelfth 'discovery day', it's time for Elvis to find out who left him at the zoo, and why?

On an epic adventure that takes Elvis to an island off the coast of Norway, he will finally discover the truth about his past...


Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones? by Joanna Nadin

Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones?

A story about finding yourself when everything changes and believing that love never runs out. Perfect for fans of A Boy called Hope and Jacqueline Wilson.

Eleven-year-old Birdy Jones is all alone. She doesn't belong at school, at home, or even with her dad anymore. The only place she feels like herself is at her grandpa's pigeon loft, where the familiar warmth and birdsong block out the world. It's also where she meets Dogger - her only friend and the one person who really seems to know where she's coming from.

Birdy used to be happy, when it was just her and Dad, but now she has a stepmum, a little sister, and another baby on the way. Worse, her growing family needs to move house, but Birdy doesn't believe there'll ever be enough room for her in Dad's busy life - and she can't leave Grandpa and the pigeons. She won't.

Birdy dreams of a different family and future, and with Dogger's help she decides to find one - even if it means running away from everything she's ever known. But sometimes you need to fly away to find your way home again . . .


Wizarding for Beginners by Elys Dolan

Wizarding for Beginners

Best friends Dave and Albrecht are going undercover. They must disguise themselves as wizards to enter the notoriously secretive Wizarding Guild, in order to free their friends and stop the most evil wizard of them all - Terrence. Luckily, they have the perfect book to help them on their quest, the amazing, the brilliant, Wizarding for Beginners!


Riddle of the Runes by Janina Ramirez and illustrated by David Wyatt

Riddle of the Runes

Alva is a girl in a Viking world, but her father – before he went away – gave her the same freedoms as a boy. She is a natural detective, seeking out mysteries in the small village that is her home. Her inspiration is her uncle Magnus. Then some monks arrive, from a far-off place called Lindisfarne. They bring news of a code, of hidden treasure – and violence follows them. Alva, her uncle and her loyal wolf, Fenrir, must hurry to try and break the code, and find out what the link is to Alva’s missing father. However, there is a mysterious enemy in their midst…

Alva is a strong, fierce and exciting heroine and this is an interesting approach to the well-known story of Vikings, which puts women at the centre of the story. The accurate historical information and the extra content about runes adds a further dimension to this enjoyable adventure. A kind of The Name of the Rosefor children, this book will attract readers who are interested in history, but also those who enjoy a good adventure and a strong heroine.


The Accidental President by Tom McLaughlin

The Accidental President

Elections always seem like a battle. The banners, the speeches, the rallies, the kissing of babies. They’re like a very polite war. So imagine Ajay’s surprise when, on a trip to the USA, he’s randomly sworn in as President. Well, I guess he can’t be any worse than that guy who had the job before him, right? Wrong. Having SO MUCH POWER (YAY!) quickly goes to Ajay’s head. Before you can say ‘uh-oh’, he’s off creating his own crazy manifesto. Ordering sparkly capes and enforcing his new national spider plan is so much fun! It’s too bad he’s not spotted the dastardly plot that’s hatching right under his nose…


Lena Jones by Lena Jones

The Secret Key (Agatha Oddly, Book 1)

Meet thirteen-year-old Agatha Oddly – a bold, determined heroine, and the star of a stylish new detective series.

Agatha Oddlow has been a detective for as long as she can remember – she’s just been waiting for her first big case. And nothing gets bigger than saving the City of London from some strange goings-on.

With a scholarship to the prestigious St Regis School, a cottage in the middle of Hyde Park, a room full of beloved sleuthing novels, and a secret key that gives her access to a whole hidden side of London, Agatha is perfectly poised to solve the mystery of what’s going on. But just who can she trust when no one is quite who they seem…


The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

The Storm Keeper’s Island

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet ...

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn's grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise.

But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island's next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.


Knighthood for Beginners by Elys Dolan

Knighthood for Beginners

Dave the dragon is terrible at being a dragon - as in, awful at feasting on villagers, bad at setting things on fire and disinterested in hoarding gems. He’s even bad at knitting (which is a pastime all dragon’s enjoy by Dragon Lore). But when Dave finds a book (he does have a thing about reading, inspired by his Great Aunt Maud who was a librarian - yes, even dragons need librarians) on being a knight, he realises his true path and sets out to achieve it.

This brilliantly illustrated and truly hilarious yarn is author/illustrator Elys Dolan’s first chapter book, but you may know her from her equally amusing picture books, such as Weasels. This book will make a fabulous first chapter book for a child to read alone. It is also a real laugh to read out loud, particularly the words spoken by Dave’s ‘trusty steed’ Albrecht.


Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked by Adrian Edmondson and Danny Noble (Illustrator)

Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked

Love Roald Dahl? Then you’ll adore this comic tale of horrid relatives, strange happenings and way too much horse poo! Jack’s no idiot. He knows that horses don’t talk. He also knows he can’t stay with his aunt’s family for even one second longer. Drippy Aunt Violet isn’t so bad. But Uncle Ted is stinky and mean, and his evil cousin Kelly is a total horror. So Jack runs away and sets off on a quest to free his mum from prison. But every quest needs a bit of magic. And Jack’s bit soon pops up – an actual talking horse! But that’s not all: the horse’s furry buddies also have plenty to say. Ever wished they could talk? Now they can!


Rory Branagan Detective The Dog Squad by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

Rory Branagan Detective The Dog Squad

Hello. I am Rory Branagan. I am ACTUALLY a detective.

One day, I will be the biggest detective in the world! And I will find out what happened to my Dad…

But today, a CRIME has been committed on my OWN road. Someone is stealing dogs!

What if they try to take Wilkins Welkin – my best friend who is also a sausage dog?

I need to find these stinking baddies and I need to stop them!

And THAT, friends, is what Rory does, with the help of his Accomplice, Cassidy, in a BOOMTASTIC adventure involving dogs, cats, a wheelie bin chariot, a brave and daring rescue and Mrs Welkin, who fights crime in quite a surprising way.


The World's Worst Children 3 by David Walliams

The World's Worst Children 3

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to your bookshelf, 10 more horrendously hilarious stories about the absolute worst children ever! From ten-year old Hank and his endless pranks on his poor, long-suffering family, to Tandy and her titanic tantrums – this brand new collection is the perfect companion to World’s Worst Children books 1 and 2 and an ideal gift for the worst children in your life!

This compendium of catastrophically horrid boys and girls is brought to you by the phenomenal number-one bestseller David Walliams, and every story is illustrated in glorious and gruesome colour by the artistic genius Tony Ross.


Al's Awesome Science by Jane Clarke

Al's Awesome Science

Al's experiments have the most unexpected and messy consequences. Al is experimenting to find out what kind of covering his time machine will need to survive its SPLASH DOWN! back to Earth. Water experiments have a habit of making things very wet and messy. Can they finish their experiments before mum finds out?


The Endless King by Dave Rudden

The Endless King

'You have no idea what real war is . . . but I'm afraid you're going to find out.'

There's nothing like an apocalypse to kick off the school year.

Denizen Hardwick has travelled to Daybreak, the ancestral home of the Order of the Borrowed Dark, to continue his training as a knight. But lessons have barely begun before an unexpected arrival appears with news that throws the fortress into uproar.

The Endless King has fallen, his dark realm rising in a brutal civil war. When the conflict strikes closer to home, Denizen and his friends face their greatest challenge yet. For if Daybreak falls, so does the world.


Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Ghost Boys

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a white police officer, drawing connections with real-life history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

ALIVE
Twelve-year-old Jerome doesn't get into trouble. He goes to school. He does his homework. He takes care of his little sister.

Then Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat.

DEAD

As a ghost, watching his family trying to cope with his death, Jerome begins to notice other ghost boys.

Each boy has a story and they all have something in common...

Bit by bit, Jerome begins to understand what really happened - not just to him, but to all of the ghost boys.

 

Contains content that may be upsetting to younger readers.


The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day

How do you know you really exist? It's Maisie's birthday and she can't wait to open her presents. She's hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blackness. Trapped in an ever-shifting reality, Maisie knows that she will have to use the laws of the universe and the love of her family to survive. And even that might not be enough... A mind-bending mystery for anyone who's ever asked questions.


The Tale of Angelino Brown by Alex Smith

The Tale of Angelino Brown

Bert and Betty Brown have got themselves a little angel. Bert found him in his top pocket when he was driving his bus. Bert and Betty's friends think he's lovely. So do Nancy and Jack and Alice from Class 5K. What a wonder! But Acting Head Teacher Mrs Mole is not so sure. Nor is Professor Smellie. Or the mysterious bloke in black who claims to be a School Inspector. Then there's Basher Malone - big, lumbering Basher Malone. He REALLY doesn't like Angelino. And it looks like he's out to get him...


A Witch Alone by James Nicol

A Witch Alone

During an eventful holiday in Kingsport, Arianwyn is recruited for an important mission: to retrieve the Book of Quiet Glyphs from its hiding place in the Great Wood. But as she returns home to Lull, feyling refugees gather outside the town walls and hex plagues the forest. As tensions lead to fall-outs with her friends, town squabbles and magical mishaps, Arianwyn faces a sobering truth: she alone can find the Book, and wield its secrets ...


Geek Tragedy by Tom McLaughlin

Geek Tragedy

Happyville High may seem like the perfect school, but scratch beneath the surface and there's something really weird going on.
Teachers and students are too wrapped up in their own popularity to see what's happening, but there are three outsiders who can. Tyler, Dylan, and Ashley are a trio of super nerds brought together by their superior intellect and general dorky behaviour. Their lack of cool is their superpower, making them immune to the strange effects that popularity seems to have on the school. So when students start experiencing strange symptoms - like growing an extra-long spaghetti arm - it's time for them to put their geek powers to the test and find the cause!


Kat Wolfe Investigates by Lauren St John

Kat Wolfe Investigates

Kat Wolfe loves her new home in idyllic Bluebell Bay, especially as it comes with a resident wildcat. But when she starts pet-sitting for pocket money, she finds that beneath the town's perfect surface lie some dark and dangerous secrets...

After a pet owner vanishes from his clifftop mansion, Kat turns to her new friend, Harper Lamb, for help. What began as mystery-solving holiday fun quickly turns deadly for Wolfe and Lamb. Can they count on their unruly animals to save their lives?


In The Mouth Of The Wolf by Michael Morpurgo

In The Mouth Of The Wolf

A true story of two brothers and the war that changed everything.

Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful storytelling and Barroux’s stunning artwork combine to tell the true story of Michael’s uncles against the epic backdrop of World War Two.

Francis and Pieter are brothers. As shadow of one war lingers, and the rumbles of another approach, the brothers argue. Francis is a fierce pacifist, while Pieter signs up to fight. What happens next will change the course of Francis’s life forever . . . and throw him into the mouth of the wolf.


Ariki And The Giant Shark by Nicola Davies

Ariki And The Giant Shark

From multi award-winning author Nicola Davies comes a new adventure series, starring a young girl living on a tropical island in a sea full of islands. Washed up on Turtle Island as a toddler, Ariki has always felt different from the other children. But there’s somewhere she belongs heart and soul: the sea, where she plays with dolphins, sharks, whales and turtles. One day Ariki catches sight of a strange creature in the water, bigger than any she’s seen before – soon after, an enormous shark tooth is found on the sand. When a group of giant sharks start circling the shore, the island’s fishermen are too afraid to go out to sea. Without fish the people will starve... Can Ariki save the day?


Bear Grylls Adventures The Volcano Challenge by Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls Adventures The Volcano Challenge

Charlie loves a challenge - he's addicted to video games and an expert at figuring our how to get to the next level. But sometimes the real world can seem a bit dull. Then he finds himself on the slopes of an active volcano, with red-hot lava heading his way! There's no time to be bored with Bear as his guide out of danger.


Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson

Rose Rivers

A wonderful new story starring old friends and new from the much-beloved Victorian world of Hetty Feather.

Rose Rivers lives in a beautiful house with her artist father, her difficult, fragile mother and her many siblings.

She has everything money can buy - but she’s not satisfied.

Why can’t she be sent away to a good school like her twin brother?

Why can’t she learn to become a famous artist like her father or his friend Paris Walker?

Why is life so unfair for people who were not born rich?

When a young girl, Clover Moon, joins the household as a nursemaid to Rose’s troubled sister Beth, Rose finds a true friend for the first time and she starts to learn more about the world outside.

Will Rose finally achieve her dreams? And will she be able to help Clover find her own dream?


How To Bee by Bren MacDibble

How To Bee

Set in a future Australia in a time when there are no bees and children are employed to scramble through the fruit trees with feather wands, much like the pear farmers of Hanyuan in China are forced to do today. Peony wants to be a bee, a hand pollinator: she's light, she's fast, and even though she's a year too young, she's going to be the best bee the farm has ever seen...except when you're only 9, it's hard to get everyone around you to go along with your plan. A beautiful and fierce novel for middle grade readers, 'How to Bee' explores an all-too-possible dystopian social landscape with an intensely compelling and original voice.


Ella On The Outside by Cath Howe

Ella On The Outside

Ella is the new girl at school. She doesn't know anyone and she doesn't have any friends. And she has a terrible secret. Ella can't believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend - but what does Lydia really want? And what does it all have to do with Molly, the quiet, shy girl who won't talk to anyone? A gripping story of lies, friendship, and blackmail...


How Billy Brown Saved The Queen by Alison Healy

How Billy Brown Saved The Queen

Billy Brown is mystified to learn that the Queen does not understand a maths problem that is perfectly clear to him. It seems that nobody in the royal household, at court or anywhere in the Queen's castles can explain the knotty problem to Her Majesty. And so Billy decides that the kind thing would be to go to the royal palace and explain it to her. He persuades his mother to drive him all the way to the palace, and he makes his way right into the Queen's room and sits down on her bed to explain all about fractions and division. And he succeeds, where everyone before him has failed. The Queen is delighted. So delighted that she becomes firm friends with Billy and his mum and even comes to visit them in their humble abode ...


Rose's Dress of Dreams by Katherine Woodfine

Rose's Dress of Dreams

Brilliant for reluctant readers.

Young Rose dreams of sewing beautiful dresses for the women of Paris. But when a chance encounter with royalty changes her life, Rose must draw on all her skills to create the most breathtaking dress of them all Based on the life of Rose Bertin, the woman credited with creating haute-couture, this is a story to inspire bold girls and boys everywhere.


Rory Branagan Detective by Andrew Clover

Rory Branagan Detective

Meet Rory Branagan - he eats bad guys for breakfast. Well, not actually. But he is the best detective in town. First in a hilarious seven-book comedy-crime series. 

Hello. I am Rory Branagan. I am actually a detective.  

People always say, 'How do you become a detective?' 

And I say, 'Ahhhh...you don't just find yourself suddenly sneaking up on baddies, or diving out of the way as they shoot, or hurtling from an open plane towards the ground! You have to want it.' 

And what made me want it? I needed to find out what happened to my dad....

There are seven books in the Rory Branagan (Detective) series, and this is the first, in which you meet Rory and his accomplice, Cassidy, as they investigate the poisoning of Rory's next-door neighbour. 


Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Chris Smith

Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes

Not all heroes have superpowers.

Don't believe us? Well Murph Cooper is living proof. Since becoming Kid Normal, he and the Super Zeroes have been catching baddies all over the place. But being a hero is about to get a whole lot harder ...

Far away in a top-secret prison, the world's most feared supervillain has broken a thirty year silence. His first words?

'Bring Kid Normal to me!'


Night Speakers by Ali Sparkes

Night Speakers

Night after night Elena, Matt, and Tima wake at exactly the same time, with no idea why. It's messing them up and fracturing their lives . . . until they venture out into the dark and find each other. And then the sleepless trio realize their astounding power - they can speak any language; they can even communicate with animals.
But something is happening over on the industrial estate-something which is emitting sounds that only they can hear, and killing any winged thing that crosses its path.
There's nobody to fight it but themselves, for only they can possibly understand it and what it means to do . . .
A new edge-of-your-seat series from award-winning author, Ali Sparkes, with huge appeal for both boys and girls. Fast-paced action adventure about contemporary children with mysterious powers, told with Ali's classic humour and lightness of touch.


Running On Empty by S.E. Durrant

Running On Empty

AJ's grandfather has always been the one to keep his unusual family together, so when he dies things start to unravel at the edges. AJ is worried about his parents but they don t really seem to notice. In order to deal with his grief and to keep his anxiety at bay, AJ does what he and his grandfather did best: running. Round and round the Olympic Park, aiming for the cross country trials, running to escape, AJ only seems to be heading ever closer to disaster. Running On Empty is a beautiful book about false starts and emotional journeys, with hope as the ultimate finishing line. From the author of Little Bits of Sky.00


Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo by Laura James

Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo

In a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee lives the world's greatest flamingo detective. His name is Fabio. He's not tall or strong, but slight and pink. And he's very, very clever.

When Fabio and his giraffe associate Gilbert (terrible at disguises) drop in to the Hotel Royale for a lemonade (pink, naturally), Fabio is persuaded to judge the hotel's talent contest. But when the most promising contestant - Julia the jazz-singing hippopotamus - goes missing, Fabio must put his thinking cap back on and solve the mystery!


Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2

100 new bedtime stories, each inspired by the life and adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The unique narrative style of "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls" transforms each biography in a fairy-tale, filling the readers with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero.


Tin by Pádraig Kenny

Tin

Christopher is 'Proper': a real boy with a real soul, orphaned in a fire. He works for an engineer, a maker of the eccentric, loyal and totally individual mechanicals who are Christopher's best friends. But after a devastating accident, a secret is revealed and Christopher's world is changed for ever ... What follows is a remarkable adventure, as Christopher discovers who he really is, and what it means to be human.


Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan

Begone the Raggedy Witches

A middle-grade fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge, Katherine Rundell and Sally Gardner. On the night that Aunty dies the Raggedy Witches come for Mup’s mam. Pale, cold, relentless, they will do anything to coax Mam back to Witches Borough. When they kidnap Mup’s dad, Mup and her mam must leave the mundane world to rescue him. But Mam is strange on this side of the border – striding, powerful, and distant. Even if they can save Dad, Mup is not sure anything will ever be the same again… Also available on audio and as an ebook through Borrowbox.


Bridesmaid in Training by Meg Cabot by Meg Cabot

Bridesmaid in Training by Meg Cabot

Bridesmaid in Training is the second in the Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess, a funny, heart-warming illustrated Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison still finds it hard to believe that she's a princess! Not only does she get to live in an actual palace with her newly discovered family and two fabulous poodles, but she also gets her very own pony!

Of course, not everything is going exactly as she imagined . . . her half-sister, Mia, is very busy learning how to run the country while trying to plan a wedding, and her father is getting remarried himself - to Mia's mother! - and spends most of his time 'renovating' the summer palace, although Grandmère says he is just hiding from the wedding madness. Olivia hardly gets to see either of them.

Fortunately Grandmère has her own plans for Mia's wedding, and needs Olivia's help to pull them off. Just when Olivia starts to think that things are going to work out after all, the palace is invaded by a host of new cousins and other royals who all seem to be angry at Olivia (although Grandmère says they are just jealous).

As the day of the wedding gets closer and closer, Olivia becomes more and more worried. For such a carefully planned event, it seems as if a LOT of things are going wrong . . . Can Olivia keep this royal wedding from becoming a royal disaster?


Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan by Rick Riordan

Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan

Join Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Carter and Sadie Kane as they do battle with an ancient Egyptian magician determined to become a god. Against impossible odds, the four demigods and magicians team up to prevent the apocalypse. Contains the short stories The Son of Sobek , The Staff of Serapis and The Crown of Ptolemy , together in one volume for the first time. Plus, read an exciting extract from The Sword of Summer , the first book in Rick Riordan's latest series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.


Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo by Kate DiCamillo

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship.
Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.


Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce, with illustrations by Steven Lenton, will send your imagination into orbit!

The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he seems cheerful and helpful, he never says a word.

Then one day Prez answers the door to someone claiming to be his relative. This small, loud stranger carries a backpack, walks with a swagger and goes by the name of Sputnik.

As Prez dithers on the doorstep, Sputnik strolls right past him and introduces himself to everyone in the household. Prez is amazed at the response. The family pat Sputnik on the head, call him a good boy and drop food into his mouth. It seems they all think Sputnik is a dog. It's only Prez who thinks otherwise.

But Prez soon finds himself having to defend the family from the chaos and danger unleashed by Sputnik, as household items come to life - like a TV remote that fast-forwards people: 'Anyone can do it, it's just that people don't read the instructions properly'; and a toy lightsaber that entertains guests at a children's party, until one of them is nearly decapitated by it - and Prez is going to have to use his voice to explain himself.

It turns out that Sputnik is writing a guidebook to Earth called Ten Things Worth Doing on Earth, and he takes Prez on a journey to discover just those ten things. Each adventure seems to take Prez nearer to the heart of the family he is being fostered by. But they also take him closer to the day that he is due to leave them forever . . .