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The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible... on Schindler's List by Leon Leyson, with Marilyn J. Harran and Elizabeth B. Leyson - £6.99
Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including ... more
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Goldilocks on CCTV by John Agard, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura - £8.99
Poor Goldilocks, caught on camera breaking into a house of suburban grizzlies...   There she was on the news, Miss Goody Two-Shoes, Caught on CCTV.   Don't look so shocked! Of course you know who - Who else but Goldilocks?   Here are 30 a ... more
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Running on a Patchwork of Earth by Jonny Zucker, illustrated by Emmanuel Cerisier - £4.99
AJ is one of the best runners in his school - which is one of the best athletics training grounds in the world. He's devastated when his parents suddenly move him to cold, wet London, and he finds himself facing a very alien life, and hostility from ... more
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The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon by David Almond, illustrated by Polly Dunbar - £8.99
A magnificent tale of crackpot notions and sky-high courage – from David Almond, the master of magical realism, with illustrations by major new talent, Polly Dunbar.   Paul believes that the moon is not the moon, but is a great hole in the sky. It’s ... more
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Orpheus and Eurydice by Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton, illustrated by Carole Hénaff - £5.99
When Orpheus’ bride Eurydice is killed by a snakebite on their wedding day, Orpheus’s world is shattered. The young widower must journey to the underworld to negotiate with Hades himself to win his bride back. Can love triumph over the dark power ... more
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Walking the Bear by Nicola Davies, illustrated By Annabel Wright - £4.99
A child, a wild animal – and a life-changing encounter. An exciting new range of books in which children find solutions to problems through conservation rather than killing.  Zaki lives in northern India. His father mistreats his wife and child ... more
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The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean - £6.99
When her mother dies from a snake bite, Comity Pinny's life in the middle of the Australian outback changes for ever. Her father, Herbert, retreats into his work transmitting telegrams, abandoning Comity when she needs him most. Comity turns to Fred, ... more
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The Asperkid's Not-Your-Average-Coloring-Book by Jennifer Cook O'Toole - £7.50
Gathering the artistic talents of Asperkids and artists from around the world, as well as her own original artwork, Jennifer O'Toole has created a one-of-a-kind coloring book that's educational, fun and above all a celebration of difference!   ... more
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Moon Bear by Gill Lewis, illustrated by Mark Owen - £6.99
When a sick cub arrives at the cruel bear farm, no one expects it to survive. But twelve-year-old Tarn refuses to give up hope - he nurses the bear back to health and they form an unbreakable bond.   Tarn swears to return his bear to the wild ... more
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Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book by Johanna Basford - £9.95
Tumble down the rabbit hole and find yourself in an inky black-and-white wonderland.   This interactive activity book takes you on a ramble through a secret garden created in beautifully detailed pen-and-ink illustrations – all waiting to be ... more
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The Brain Sucker by Glenn Wood - £5.99
Oh no! Granny's had her brain sucked out by an evil lunatic! Is there anyone brave enough to stop him (and hopefully get it back)?  Lester Smythe has a black heart (which matches his underwear). He’s invented a dangerous brain-sucking machine ... more
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Coco Caramel by Cathy Cassidy - £6.99
Another delicious book in the Chocolate Box Girls series, a sequel to Cherry Crush, Marshmallow Skye and Summer's Dream, from bestselling girls' favourite, Cathy Cassidy.   Coco is the youngest of the Tanberry sisters but she's as headstrong a ... more
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The KnowHow Book of Spycraft by Falcon Travis - £5.99
This book is all about keeping secrets. It shows you how to set up secret meeting places and a secret post office and how to disguise your messages and maps. It shows you lots of secret codes and signals. On the first page you will meet the Black Hat ... more
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Cosmic Disco by Grace Nichols, illustrated by Alice Wright - £6.99
A sparkling galaxy of new poems by one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary poets.   From Aurora Borealis, Sun – You’re a Star and A Matter of Holes, to Lady Winter’s Rap, the Earthworm Sonnet and You – a Universe Yourself, this is brilliant po ... more
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1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilization by National Geographic - £9.99
We often think that people from a thousand years ago were living in the Dark Ages. But from the 7th century onward in Muslim civilization there were amazing advances and inventions that still influence our everyday lives.  People living in the M ... more
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Daughters of Time: An Anthology from The History Girls by Mary Hoffman (Editor) - £7.99
Be surprised, as you look afresh at the stories of some of history's most remarkable women, as imagined by the finest female authors of historical fiction for children.   Be enthralled, as you encounter both famous figures and lesser-known heroines ... more
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Growing Up for Boys by Alex Frith - £6.99
A frank and friendly book offering boys advice on what to expect from puberty and how to to stay happy and confident as they go through physical, psychological and emotional changes.  Covers all the topics that boys want to find out about, incl ... more
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A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson - £6.99
I'm Dan Hope and deep inside my head I keep a list of things I want to come true.   For example, I want my sister, Ninja Grace, to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year.  I want to help Sherlock Holmes solve ... more
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Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Cried Fish by A.F. Harrold - £5.99
Fizzlebert Stump lives in a circus. His mum's a clown, his best friend is a bearded boy, and he sticks his head in a lion's mouth every night. Other than that, he's pretty normal.   When Fish the sea lion goes missing Fizzlebert tracks down t ... more
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (Book 7) by Jeff Kinney - £6.99
Love is in the air, but what does that mean for Greg Heffley? A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's school has turned his world upside down. As Greg scrambles to find a date, he's worried he'll be left out in the cold on the big night. His bestfriend, ... more
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The Anti-Boredom Activity Book by Sophie Schrey - £5.00
Children can blast off to Planet Anti-Boredom in this quirky new neon activity book.  It's packed with weird, wild and wacky activities that are sure to beat boredom and keep children busy for hours on end. Create animals mashups, complete serio ... more
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Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman (Editor) - £8.99
The griffin, the sunbird, manticores, unicorns – all manner of glorious creatures never captured in zoos, museums or photographs are packed vividly into this collection of stories. Neil Gaiman has included some of his own childhood favourites alongsi ... more
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Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel - £16.99
This introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents includes practices that can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware. ... more
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Wild Thing by Emma Barnes - £5.99
Kate has a problem. It's called Wild Thing. Wild Thing is Kate's little sister. Kate's tried to get her rid of her, but no-one else would have her.  When Wild Thing's not getting things stuck up her nose, she's biting people's bottoms and scarin ... more
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I am Sort of a Loser by Jim Smith - £5.99
Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Mr Gum and Tom Gates.   ‘Everyone at school knows I'm the loserkeelest person ever. So imagine how annoying it was when Fay Snoggles came into school one day acting even more loserkeel than me.'   ... more
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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell - £9.99
A deliciously dark new offering from the award-winning author-illustrator of the Ottoline books.  Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard ... more
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The Railway Children by E. Nesbit - £4.99
A classic tale of spies and adventure that inspired hundreds of others. If you love Michael Morpurgo or The Famous Five, you’ve got to read it!   When their father is accused of being a spy, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are forced to move to th ... more
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The Mountains of Tibet by Mordicai Gerstein - £10.99
A Tibetan woodcutter dreams of exploring the world, but is too busy with his life to ever leave his valley. After he dies, he is taken on a journey through the cosmos and all the places on Earth as he makes choices that lead him to a new life. &nbs ... more
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Stories of World War One by Tony Bradman (Editor) - £7.99
A must-have anthology featuring stories by award-winning, bestselling authors, to commemorate the centenary of World War One.  Tales to remember yesterday's fallen - from today's bestselling authors.   Compiled by Tony Bradman, this collection of ... more
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Jokelopedia: The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever by Eva Blank, Alison Benjamin, Rosanne Green, Ilana Weitzman and Lisa Sparks - £8.99
Announcing the third edition of the mother of all kids’ joke books—and that’s no joke. Now Jokelopedia is even better, with 300 all-new jokes and 11 new spotlights on the comedians kids love today.   Jokelopedia, Third Edition, is an all-enc ... more
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Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders - World War I by Tony Robinson - £5.99
Everything you need to know about World War I!  Tony Robinson takes you on a headlong gallop through time, pointing out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining, smelly and disgusting bits about World War I. It's history, b ... more
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Conchies: Conscientious Objectors of the First World War by Ann Kramer - £12.99
The moving true stories of the brave, principled individuals who refused to take part in the mass slaughter of the First World War and faced imprisonment and ostracisation as a result of their actions.  When, at the height of the First World ... more
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Tall Tales from Pitch End by Nigel McDowell - £5.99
Ruled by the Elders, policed by an unforgiving battalion of Enforcers and watched by hundreds of clockwork Sentries, Pitch End is a town where everybody knows their place. Soon-to-be fifteen-year-old Bruno Atlas still mourns the death of his Rebel fa ... more
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Real Lives: Harriet Tubman by Deborah Chancellor - £5.99
The amazing story of Harriet Tubman.  Born a slave in the Deep South of the US, she escaped via the Underground Railroad to the north, then went back and helped some 70 more slaves to escape, at great personal risk. She worked as a nurse for the ... more
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Stay Where You are and Then Leave by John Boyne - £10.99
The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a spec ... more
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Pocket Eyewitness Science by Dorling Kindersley - £4.99
Get fast facts at your fingertips with DK Pocket Eyewitness Science, packed with bite-sized chunks of information that make learning about science even more exciting. What is science? Find out! Read about scientific advances, science in everyday life ... more
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The Snow Queen by Sarah Lowes, illustrated by Miss Clara - £12.99
In this exquisitely illustrated retelling of the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen, an evil troll creates a mirror which reflects the bad and ugly sides of people. When shards of its glass enter a young boy, he rejects his loving family and ... more
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The Sleeping Baobab Tree by Paula Leyden - £5.99
A funny, heartwarming story set in modern-day Zambia.  One morning twelve-year-old Fred wakes up with an unaccountable sense of foreboding, which his friend Bul-Boo, one of the twins from next door, insists is just in his imagination. However, ... more
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The Strange Encounter of Sally Shakespeare and Toby Tinker by Adam Rawlins - £6.99
Sally Shakespeare is smart and popular whilst Toby Tinker is the class fool, yet it is Sally who foolishly believes that her stories come true. And perhaps they do. When Toby disappears, Sally blames herself and decides to take action, even if it mea ... more
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Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond, illustrated by Dave McKean - £7.99
The dream team of David Almond and Dave McKean bring us a complete story set in an incomplete world.  The gods have created a world – they've built mountains, a sea and a sky – and now their days are filled with long naps in the clouds (and tea ... more
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What Are We Fighting For? New Poems About War by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens - £4.99
What Are We Fighting For? explores the concept of war in a brilliantly accessible way for younger readers.   Fascinating and moving in equal measure, there are poems about incredibly brave dogs, cats and pigeons; the Christmas truce of WWI wh ... more
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Black Beauty by Anna Sewell - £4.99
Black Beauty is a handsome, spirited colt who lives a free and happy life in the fields – until he is sold into a life of labour. He is whipped, enslaved and forced to work like a drudge on the rough streets of London. Will his spirit stay strong – o ... more
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Wonder by R.J. Palacio - £6.99
'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'   Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. ... more
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How Do You Doodle? Drawing My Feelings and Emotions by Elise Gravel - £11.95
Meet Otti, Ugga, and Flibb — They like to doodle. They doodle all the time!  They doodle when they are mad, they doodle when they are glad, and they doodle when they are sad. They doodle just about anything they want! What about you? Do you do ... more
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Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp by Philip Pullman, illustrated by Ian Beck - £6.99
A fairy tale told like magic by the author of Northern Lights, with all its power shining. If you’ve read books like The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, you know that Philip Pullman can hardly write a word without casting a spell. He is a master of fantas ... more
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My First Nature Activity Book by CICO Kidz - £9.99
Discover the natural world with My First Nature Activity Book! You’ll find lots of fun things to do in the garden and when you go camping, plus ideas for indoor activities with things you’ve collected while exploring.   Start with In The Gard ... more
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Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery - £6.99
Alex Jennings is a boy with a problem.   His mum's sent him away to boarding school because his father, the most famously failed explorer in the history of the Cusp, has escaped from hospital again, yelling 'squiggles'.  Make that two ... more
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The Last Wild by Piers Torday - £6.99
This is a story about a boy named Kester. He is extraordinary, but he doesn’t know that yet. All he knows, at this very moment, is this:   1. There is a flock of excited pigeons in his bedroom.   2. They are talking to him.   3. ... more
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The Little Prince by Joann Sfar, adapted from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - £9.99
A stunning and bold graphic adaptation from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s exceptional, iconic and classic children’s book Le Petit Prince.  A lone pilot stranded in the desert is awoken by a little prince, and they become friends. The prince com ... more
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Emerald Star by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt - £6.99
A fantastic new adventure for brave, feisty Hetty Feather - one of Jacqueline Wilson's most well-loved characters.   Since leaving the Foundling Hospital, Hetty has seen her fair share of drama, excitement, tragedy and loss. After the death of ... more
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Queenie by Jacqueline Wilson - £6.99
It’s 1953, the year Elizabeth is to be crowned Queen of England. Elsie Kettle can't wait to go to London to see the celebrations on Coronation Day. Elsie lives with her Nan – her mum works as a showgirl, so she's not around very often. Spirited and i ... more
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