The State of the World Atlas, Dan Smith

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 In a world governed by 'fake news' and where world leaders are dismissing 'facts', this statistically meticulous presentation of trends is vitally important to understand the world today.

A milestone of graphic reporting, this ground-breaking 'atlas with attitude' keeps pace with the speed of change with informed analysis and graphically analyses every key indicator and vital statistic of modern life.

New topics for this 10th edition include:

Climate change: Impact on human health and security, different scenarios, and the time left to change course

Terrorism: Number of terrorist attacks in each countryWeapons of mass destruction: Chemical weapons use in Syria

Peace: Agreements reached across the years

Democracy: Spread of democracy around the world

Minorities: Peoples under threat

A fantastic resource for anyone who likes facts, and takes an interest in our modern world. 

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The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree, by Paola Peretti

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A simply told, bitter-sweet story, with a powerful poetic message' 

Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019. A novel for all ages about a young girl losing her sight, inspired by the author's own life story. For fans of Wonder, or The Little Prince.  Mafalda is a nine-year-old girl who knows one thing: some time in the next six months her sight will fail completely.

Can Mafalda find a way through a seemingly dark future and still go to school, play football and look after her beloved cat? With the help of her family, and her friends, Mafalda needs to discover the things that will be important to her when her sight has failed. A moving, empowering tale of courage and determination that will inspire young and old. It's uplifting and not depressing! 

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Orla & The Serpent’s Curse, paperback ( Apr 2020) by CJ Haslam

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A spooky and darkly comic adventure set in Cornwall - Famous Five with a twist. Orla thought she was in for a relaxing family holiday, but when she finds a mysterious glowing necklace in the woods, it turns out there is a slight possibility she may have uncovered an ancient curse. After meeting a coven of old ladies, it becomes clear that Orla's arrival in Poldevel is no longer a coincidence.

She's the only one who can solve this mystery, and she'll need help from the only other member of the family with good instincts - Dave the dog.
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Jungle Drop, by Abi Elphinstone

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'Imaginative, adventurous and wonderful' Robin Stevens, author of A Murder Most Unladylike series 'The Unmapped Chronicles series is irresistible' Lauren St John, author of The White Giraffe '

Where the map ends, the adventure begins . . .

'Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more powerful than a child in possession of a plan.' Eleven-year-old twins, Fox and Fibber, have been rivals for as long as they can remember. Only one of them will inherit the family fortune and so a race is afoot to save the dwindling Petty-Squabble empire and win the love of their parents. But when the twins are whisked off to Jungledrop, a magical Unmapped Kingdom in charge of conjuring our world's weather, things get wildly out of hand.

An evil harpy called Morg is on the loose. And if she finds the long-lost Forever Fern before the twins, both Jungledrop and our world will crumble. Suddenly, Fox and Fibber find themselves on an incredible adventure in a glow-in-the-dark rainforest full of golden panthers, gobblequick trees and enchanted temples.

But, with the fate of two worlds in their hands, will the twins be able to work together for once to defeat Morg and her dark magic?

This series will not only leave children entertained, but will also empower them to battle climate change and environmental issues. Perfect for fans of Michelle Harrison, Piers Torday and Emma Carroll. 

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Kidnap on the California Comet

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Board the California Comet and help Harrison Beck to solve another heart-stopping mystery in the second Adventures on Trains story, Kidnap on the California Comet, from bestselling authors M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman. After the excitement of his adventures aboard the Highland Falcon Thief, Harrison Beck can't wait for the opportunity to go on another amazing train journey.

So when his Uncle Nat invites him aboard the California Comet, the iconic three-day train journey from Chicago to San Francisco, he leaps at the chance to travel. But when the daughter of billionaire entrepreneur August Reza goes missing en route, Hal finds himself with another mystery to solve. Can he uncover the kidnapper before the journey's end?An adrenaline-fuelled journey across America from bestselling authors M.G.

Leonard and Sam Sedgman in the second mystery adventure in the major Adventures on Trains series.

Wildly funny, with hairpin plot bends and inventive characters, this series is firmly on track to become a bestseller.' 

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Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell (paperback, June 2020)

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When Arthur, Ren and Cecily investigate a mysterious explosion on their way to school, they find themselves trapped aboard The Principia - a scientific research ship sailing through hazardous waters, captained by one Isaac Newton.

Lost in the year 2473 in the Wonderscape, an epic in-reality adventure game, they must call on the help of some unlikely historical heroes, to play their way home before time runs out. Jumanji meets Ready Player One in this fast-paced adventure featuring incredible real-life heroes, from the internationally bestselling author of The Uncommoners series.

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October, October by Katya Balen ( PB, Sept 2021)

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Katya Balen's October, October is a very special new addition to the shelf and deserves classic status - The Times Children's Book of the Week

A classic in the making for anyone who ever longed to be WILD. October and her dad live in the woods. They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends.

They live in the woods and they are wild. And that's the way it is. Until the year October turns eleven.

That's the year October rescues a baby owl. It's the year Dad falls out of the biggest tree in their woods. The year the woman who calls herself October's mother comes back.

The year everything changes. Written in Katya Balen's heart-stoppingly beautiful style, this book is a feast for the senses, filled with the woodsmoke smell of crisp autumn mornings and the sound of wellies squelching in river mud. And, as October fights to find the space to be wild in the whirling chaos of the world beyond the woods, it is also a feast for the soul.

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Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers ( 2019)

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Tilly is 11 and since her mother’s disappearance she has found comfort in her grandparents bookshop. Suddenly Tilly’s adventures drift into the worlds of her story book heroes and she wonders if these new found abilities could solve the mystery of her mums disappearance. 

A thrilling, inventive book-lover’s delight. 

9+

 


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Elsetime, by Eve McDonnell (paperback, September 2020)

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An exciting and engaging story, using historical events, from a new Irish author.

'Elsetime is a tale that combines time-travel with evocative description and colourful characterisation to create a unique and compelling story of friendship and courage.' Steve Voake, author of The Dream Walker's Child.

A compelling story based on the Great Flood of 1928.

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This Wonderful Thing, Adam Baron ( paperback)

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From the author of bestselling and Carnegie-nominated debut BOY UNDERWATER comes a moving and hilarious novel for 10+ readers about friendships, family secrets, mystery - and life-changing hidden treasure... Jessica is playing with her family at the river when she finds a dirty, bedraggled teddy bear in the water. She has no idea that it will change everything, forever.

Meanwhile, Cymbeline comes home from school to find that his mum's house has been broken into - and the thieves seemed oddly focused on his toys. Thank goodness he had Not Mr Fluffy, his Bear of Most Extreme Importance, with him. Soon, Jessica and Cymbeline find themselves swept up in a mystery that spans decades, threatens their families, and turns their lives upside down.

But sometimes, just maybe, a new life can be a really wonderful thing..

One of our family favourites.

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Kay’s Anatomy

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If only this funny and informative book had been around when I was too embarrassed to teach my kids about bodily functions' - David Baddiel'

The sort of book I would have loved as a child' - Malorie Blackman'

Do you ever think about your body and how it all works? Like really properly think about it? The human body is extraordinary and fascinating and, well . . .pretty weird. Yours is weird, mine is weird, your maths teacher's is even weirder. This book is going to tell you what's actually going on in there, and answer the really important questions, like: Are bogeys safe to eat? Look, if your nose is going to all that effort of creating a snack, the least we can do is check out its nutritional value.

(Yes, they're safe. Chew away!) And . .

. How much of your life will you spend on the toilet? About a year - so bring a good book. (I recommend this one.)So sit back, relax, put on some rubber gloves, and let a doctor take you on a poo (and puke) filled tour of your insides.

Welcome to Kay's Anatomy*. *a fancy word for your body. See, you're learning already.

Covers key stage 2 / 3 human biology syllabus (in a slightly repulsive way).

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Voyage of the Sparrowhawk (PB)

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The second sensational standalone for kids 8-12 that follows an epic voyage from England to France in the aftermath of WW1, from the bestselling author of The Children of Castle Rock.... now the Costa winning children's book! 

In the aftermath of World War One, everyone is trying to rebuild their lives. If Ben is to avoid being sent back to the orphanage, he needs to find his brother Sam, wounded in action and is now missing. Lotti's horrible aunt and uncle want to send her away to boarding-school (when she has just so successfully managed to get expelled from her last one!) And Clara, their young teacher, is waiting for news of her missing fiance.

Just as they think they've found their feet in the new order, disaster strikes, and Lotti and Ben must get away. And so they hatch a plan - to cross the Channel on Ben's narrowboat and find Sam. And there's something in France that Lotti is looking for, too...

Buffeted by storms, chased by the police, Lotti, Ben, Clara and a growing number of dogs set out on an epic journey, on the search for lost loved ones and a place to call home. '

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Umbrella Mouse to The Rescue (paperback, July 2020)

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A breathtaking story of bravery, friendship and fighting for what you believe in.

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Anna Fargher's bestselling and award-winning The Umbrella Mouse, based on the true stories of the heroic animals caught in the conflict of WWII.

Young mouse Pip Hanway is in France as she continues fighting for the French Resistance group Noah's Ark: a secret gang of animals operating beneath the feet of human soldiers, whose aim is to liberate France and secure the victory of the Allies. Determined to reach her ancestral home of the Umbrella Museum in Italy, Pip hopes she can find long-lost family and a home.

But as Pip makes the perilous journey through occupied territory, she soon realizes that danger comes from all sides and that the enemy is all around, and she does everything she can to fight for her friends. Beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher, Pip will take you on an incredible journey through a war that reaches even the smallest of creatures.

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Love Frankie, by Jacqueline Wilson, paperback

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ROWING UP. FALLING IN LOVE. COMING OUT.

Frankie is nearly fourteen and teenage life certainly comes with its ups and downs. Her mum is seriously ill with MS and Frankie can feel herself growing up quickly, no thanks to Sally and her gang of bullies at school. When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together.

But Frankie starts to wonder whether these feelings she has for Sally are stronger than her other friendships. Might she really be in love? Frankie doesn't want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend.

But does Sally feel the same? The must-have new novel about falling in love for the first time from bestselling, much-loved children's author, Jacqueline Wilson.
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Passing The Torch, with Mary Peters ( paperback Oct 2019)

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An inspiring collection of all the women in Ireland who have done so much to foster sport and sports achievement. Proceeds to The Mary Peters Trust. 

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The Space We're In, by Katya Balen (paperback 2020)

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Frank is ten. He likes cottage pie and football and cracking codes.

Max is five. He eats only Quavers and some colours are too bright for him and if he has to wear a new T-shirt he melts down down down. Sometimes Frank wishes Mum could still do huge paintings of stars and asteroids like she used to, but since Max was born she just doesn't have time. When tragedy hits Frank and Max's lives like a comet, can Frank piece together a universe in which he and Max aren't light years apart? 

If you liked Wonder, or Marley and Me, this debut author will move and inspire you. 

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The Time of Green Magic, by Hilary McKay (paperback, August 2020)

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From acclaimed author and Costa winner Hilary McKay comes The Time of Green Magic: a beautiful, spell-binding novel about family, magic, an old house and a mysterious visitor . . .

Abi and her two step-brothers, Max and Louis, find that strange things happen when they are alone in their eerie, ivy-covered new house. Abi, reading alone, finds herself tumbling deep into books, while Louis summons a startling guest through his bedroom window. Even Max has started to see shapes in the shadows .

. . Their busy parents see none of it - but Louis' secret visitor is growing too alarming to keep secret, and he finds he cannot manage without Max and Abi's help. Can they find out where the mysterious creature has come from - and how to get it back there?

One of my favourite authors for aged 8+ readers.

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Friendship Fails of Emma Nash, by Chloe Seager

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Emma Nash is back....and determined to work out the world of friendships and relationships once and for all (...ish). `Great fun and full of laugh-out-loud moments. Perfect for fans of Holly Bourne.

Katy Birchall, author of the It Girl series Now she's in the sixth form, Emma's expecting life to be a breeze but when her best friend Steph suddenly has a boyfriend who she's spending more time with Emma's not sure what to do with herself. So Emma's got a mission in mind: making new friends. Signing up for the school fashion show seems like the perfect opportunity.

Although soon, through a series of mishaps that are absolutely not Emma's fault (well, sort of), her world is teetering on the edge of disaster again. Would going back to creating a life for herself online really be so bad?
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Following Frankenstein, Catherine De Bruton ( paperback October 2021)

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A brilliantly-conceived and hugely imaginative 'sequel' to Mary Shelley's masterpiece, Following Frankenstein is a hugely exciting and beautifully-written historical adventure, perfect for 9-12 year olds. Sometimes I was jealous of the monster of Frankenstein. I grew up believing my father cared more for him than he did for me.

And was I wrong? Maggie Walton's father has dedicated his life to a single pursuit: hunting down the monster created by Victor Frankenstein. It has cost Maggie and her family everything - and now her father is staking everything on one last voyage to the Arctic, with Maggie secretly in tow, where he hopes to find the monster at last. But there they make a shocking discovery: Frankenstein's monster has a son...

A breath-taking, epic adventure, spanning the icy wastes of the Arctic Tundra to the vaudeville circus of New York, from the award-winning author of No Ballet Shoes in Syria and Another Twist in the Tale.
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The New Girl, Sinead Moriarty ( hardback, August 2021)

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At school, Ruby is the odd one out. Although Denise and Clara are her friends, they are each other's best friend and she is the 'other' friend. So when new girl Safa, a refugee who has just arrived in Ireland from Syria, joins the class, she is put sitting beside Ruby.

Safa and Ruby realise that their lives are very different. But as they get to know each other they soon discover that they have more in common than they might think. A timely and heart-warming story of friendship from one of Ireland's best-loved storytellers.

'A story about friendship, hope and courage ... I loved it and couldn't put it down!' Christy Lefteri, The Beekeeper of Aleppo
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Cardboard Cowboys, Brian Conaghan (10+, Paperback April 2021)

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Multi-award-winning author Brian Conaghan's first book for 10+ readers is a future classic brimming with humour and heart.

Even though I found him living in a house made of cardboard, Bruce is a massive legend. FACT. So this mine and Bruce's story.You don't have to believe it happened, but it did. All of it. Nobody at school can see past Lenny's size to the person within.

So when lessons get too tough, Lenny always goes to his bench to think. At least there no one can see him. Then one day, midway through lobbing his empty can of Irn-Bru into the canal he's stopped by Bruce.

Bruce lives in a cardboard home hidden away by the banks, and he doesn't approve of kids messing up his front lawn ... But a bumpy start soon gives way to an unexpected friendship - and an epic road trip - that will change both of them for life ...

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Monstrous Devices, Damien Love ( April 2021, paperback)

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'I enjoyed everything about Damien Love's debut.' Anthony Horowitz, bestselling author of the Alex Rider series

'This grandad and grandson adventure has all the hallmarks of a whopping kids' thriller.' The Big Issue, Kids' Books of the year

When twelve-year-old Alex receives an old tin robot in the post, the note from his grandfather simply reads: 'This one is special'.

But as strange events start occurring around him, it doesn't take Alex long to suspect that the small toy is more than special; it might also be deadly. Just as things are getting out of hand, Alex's grandfather arrives, whisking him away from his otherwise humdrum life and into a world of strange, macabre magic. From Paris to Prague, they flee across snowy Europe in a quest to unravel the riddle of the little robot, and outwit relentless assassins of the human and mechanical kind.

How does Alex's grandfather know them? And can Alex safely harness the robot's power, or will it fall into the wrong, wicked hands?

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Pages & Co: Tilly and the Map of Stories; Anna James ( paperback, Apr 2021)

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Third in the modern-classic and bestselling bookwandering series that celebrates all that is best in life: books, adventure, friendship - and cake. Strange things are happening. A man comes into Pages & Co looking for a book...

then suddenly can't remember it. Tilly and her family feel like the world is changing - but can't quite put their finger on why. Meanwhile, the Underwoods are expanding their control over bookwandering - and they still have their sights set on Tilly.

Leaving the safety of the bookshop, Tilly heads to America to find the legendary Archivists and save bookwandering... ... or at least, that's the plan.

Wandering in layers of story, Tilly and her friend Oskar come up against dangers they could never have expected, team up with an unexpectedly familiar face, and ultimately find themselves taking on the biggest threat to stories there has ever been - with only their courage and ingenuity to help them. As well as some of their dearest fictional friends...

 Number 3 in the series:

Books 1 and 2 are now £6.99 paperbacks:

Tilly and the Bookwanderers 1

Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales 2 

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Break the Mould, Sinead Burke ( paperback, October 2020)

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Break the Mould : How to Take Your Place in the World

by Sinead Burke (Author)

    Winner of the 2020 AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS - CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR*'A lovely lesson in humanity for eager young humans' - Chris O'Dowd. 'This book made me feel proud to be different' - Rosie Jones. Break the Mould with Sinead Burke - teacher, activist, author and little person.

    Sometimes we can feel like we are not good enough. That we don't belong. Or that we want to be more like our friends.

    In this empowering guide, Sinead Burke draws on her own experiences and encourages young readers to believe in themselves, have pride in who they are and use their voice to make the world a fairer, more inclusive place. From the power of being different, to celebrating the things you love about yourself and helping others do the same, this is a brilliantly inspirational handbook for breaking the mould and finding your place in the world. 'A very important book encouraging us all to celebrate the uniqueness and gift of our own and others' differences, while recognising all of that which we share in common.' - Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
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    The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley, by Amber Lee Dodd

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    Moving house is no fun. And no one knows that better than Noah Bradley. A curse has forced his family to move thirteen times.

    Whether it's a typhoon, a flash floor or a flock of persistent birds, the curse always wins. Now, the Bradley family have just moved into their thirteenth home. Noah loves everything about it.

    He has his own room. He's made friends at school. He's happy.

    So when the curse returns, Noah decides that this time, there will be no more running away. The Bradleys are staying put... no matter what it takes.

    A powerful story of hope, family and what home really means.
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    Paper Avalanche, by Lisa Williamson (pb)

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    When it comes to flying under the radar, Ro Snow is the expert. No friends. No boys.

    No parties. And strictly NO VISITORS. It may be lonely but at least this way the truth remains where it should - hidden.
    Then Tanvi Shah, the girl who almost died, comes tumbling back into her life and Ro finds herself losing control of her carefully constructed lies. Because if Ro's walls come crumbling down, who's going to take care of Bonnie... Bonnie.
    Never Mum or Mummy or Mother. Just Bonnie.
    Suitable for 14+. Family / home drama. Characters are in school / sixth form
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    Tin, by Padraig Kenny

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    Christopher is a real boy, who works for an engineer who makes the eccentric and loyal mechanicals who are Christopher’s best friends. But after an accident, a secret is revealed and his world changes for ever ....

    Set in an ‘ alternate ‘ 1930’s England, this is an original and assured debut novel with a sci-fi flavour. 

    Suitable for 9 ( min) and up to 14.

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    Skychasers, by Emma Carroll ( paperback, 2018)

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    This book hooks you in from the start. Emma Carroll writes strong believable characters and blends some history into the fiction. Magpie is a feisty and fun villain/ heroine. Perfect for 9-11’s.

    Orphan Magpie can't believe her eyes when she sees a boy swept off his feet by a kite ... or something that twists and dances in the wind. Like her, the boy - Pierre - dreams of flying over the rooftops of Paris.

    His family, the Montgolfiers, are desperate to be first to discover the secret of flight. The world looks so different up high and suddenly Magpie knows what she wants - to be the first to fly in a balloon above the King and Queen of France ..

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    The Way Past Winter, by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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    Mila lives with her family in a small forest cabin. One night a fur clad stranger arrives seeking shelter- but by next morning he is gone and so is her brother Oskar. Mila and her sisters set out on an adventure to bring him back. 

    Adventure and spirit - perfect for 8-11’s. From the award winning author of The Girl of Ink & Stars.

    Now available as £6.99 paperback.

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    Splash, by Charli Howard ( paperback)

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    Molly wants to become a champion swimmer. But sometimes friends - and mums - can get in the way. A family drama of friendship and celebrating who you are.

    Recommended for girls 9-10.

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    The Swallow’s Flight, Hilary McKay ( hardback May 2021)

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    Separately and together, The Skylarks' War and The Swallows' Flight are pinnacles of children's literature.' Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times Book of the Week'

    Funny, poignant, wise and emotional. Full of achingly real characters (and also an excellent dog).....I eked out the final pages, not wanting it to end.' Fiona Noble, The BooksellerFrom the Costa Award-winning author Hilary McKay, comes a moving WWII story of family and friendship on opposite sides of a devastating conflict. The Swallows' Flight is the stunning companion novel to The Skylarks' War. Erik and Hans are German boys.

    Ruby and Kate are English girls. They grow up in worlds that would never meet, until war tumbles their lives together. Then one September afternoon there are choices to be made.

    How is courage lost, and found? Who is really the enemy? And what does friendship truly mean, in the middle of a war? Meanwhile Rupert and Clarry work secretly for peace - and a brighter future for them all . . .

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    Fireborn, by Aisling Fowler

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    Always, Morris Gleitzman ( paperback October 2021)

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    The much-anticipated final journey in the story of Felix, hero of Morris Gleitzman's multi-award-winning Once, Then, After, Soon, Maybe and Now. It's fifteen years since readers were first introduced to Felix in Once and across six celebrated books, our brave young hero has survived many unforgettable and emotional journeys. Now comes the seventh and final part of Felix's story, bringing to a powerful climax a series that countless young readers around the world will remember - Always.
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    The Red Gloves & Other Stories, Catherine Fisher ( Hardback, Sept 2021)

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    Gripping stories of myth, horror, folklore and magic:

    Two step-brothers share one nightmare; red gloves that reach for your throat; a changing room where a stranger asks to swap lives with you; and a ghost in the rain... An expert storyteller weaves nine spells. Fear mixed with wit, heart and magic.

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    Danger At Dead Man’s Pass, MG Leonard ( paperback Sept 2021)

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    Embark on a thrilling fourth adventure in the bestselling, prize-winning Adventures on Trains series - Danger at Dead Man's Pass, from M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman, as Harrison Beck investigates an ancient family curse high in the German mountains. (Each book does work on its own though) 

    Illustrated in black-and-white throughout by Elisa Paganelli. Perfect for Halloween. A mysterious letter from an old friend asks Hal and Uncle Nat to help investigate a spooky supernatural mystery.

    Legend has it the Kratzensteins, a family of rich and powerful railway tycoons, are cursed, but there is no such thing as a curse, is there . . .?Hal and Nat take the night train to Berlin and go undercover.

    From a creaking spooky old house at the foot of the Harz mountains, they take the Kratzenstein family's funeral train to the peak of the Brocken Mountain. Can Hal uncover the secrets of the Brocken railway and the family curse before disaster strikes?
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    The Week at World's End, Emma Carroll ( Hardback, Sept 2021)

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    The hotly anticipated new standalone from the bestselling and award-winning Queen of Historical Fiction, Emma Carroll.

    Britain, 1962 'Who are you?' I asked. 'You don't know who I am? You mean, it's not been on the news?' The girl glanced from Ray to me and back again.

    'It's better I don't tell you,' she said firmly. Nothing ever happens in World's End Close. So when Stevie discovers a runaway girl in her coal shed, the first thing she does is fetch her best friend, Ray.

    Both are dying for a bit of adventure, and when the girl begs for help, they readily agree. Yet they soon realise they've taken on more than they bargained for. The girl, Anna, reveals she's on the run from people who are trying to poison her.

    Meanwhile, on the news, the Americans and Russians are arguing over missiles in Cuba. As the threat of war grows, Anna's behaviour becomes more mysterious. And when Stevie unearths a dark family secret, she wonders if Anna has come to World's End Close on purpose, with a special message just for her .

    A funny, engaging thriller set in the 1960's. Hilary Mantel for the 8-13 year olds! 

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    The Happy Hedgerow (hardback October 2021)

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    Nestled in the countryside, lies a barley field surrounded by hedgerows and woods. Old Oak stands amidst his own beloved hedgerow, which teems with contented wildlife. One day the farmer decides to get rid of one of the hedgerows: the old Oak watches in sorrow as his dear friend Beech's hedgerow is pulled up and destroyed.

    Now the soil dribbles down the hill when it rains, and the wind blows away the top soil. The crops will no longer thrive in this huge new field. But hope is returned when a new farmer comes to plant saplings one cold winter morning.

    By showing children just how empty our countryside would be without these wonderful, ancient habitats, the story engenders a lasting affection and appreciation of our hedgerows. Illustrated in a charming style, with accurate details of flora and fauna.
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    Danger At Dead Man’s Pass, by MG Leonard ( paperback Sept 2021)

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    Embark on a thrilling fourth adventure in the bestselling, prize-winning Adventures on Trains series - Danger in Dead Man's Pass, from M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman, as Harrison Beck investigates an ancient family curse high in the German mountains.

    Illustrated in black-and-white throughout by Elisa Paganelli. A mysterious letter from an old friend asks Hal and Uncle Nat to help investigate a spooky supernatural mystery. Legend has it the Kratzensteins, a family of rich and powerful railway tycoons, are cursed, but there is no such thing as a curse, is there???

    Hal and Nat take the night train to Berlin and go undercover. From a creaking old house at the foot of the Harz mountains, they take the Kratzenstein family's funeral train to the peak of the Brocken Mountain.

    ( A first class choo-choo-dunnit!' David Solomons on Kidnap on the California Comet )

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    Rules For Vampires , Alex Foulkes ( PB, Sept 2021)

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    Straighten your cape and sharpen your claws . . . being a vampire is harder than it looks! The spookiest story you'll read this Halloween from Alex Foulkes, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie. 'A wickedly fun debut, with a wonderfully strong girl hero' Cressida Cowell, Children's Laureate

    There are highs and lows to being a vampire. On one claw, you get cool powers like beastly strength and hypnotism and the ability to GRIMWALK.

    On the other claw, however, vampires are bound by the Vampiric Laws: rules to protect the balance between the worlds of the Living and the Undead. And unfortunately, 11-year-old Leo has just forgotten rule number one . .

    . The Rules for Vampires don't tell you what to do when you make a ghostly enemy, or accidentally restart an ancient war. But Leo and her very unusual family are more than up to the job.

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