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The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull - £7.99
The Sea Tiger is Oscar’s best friend, Oscar’s only friend. They do everything together — explore the ocean, visit the sea circus, even hitch a ride to the surface to look at the stars...  But Oscar is not a Sea Tiger, and so it’s up to the Sea T ... more
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Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights by Steven Lenton - £6.99
When a truly terrifying sound wakes the inhabitants of a fairytale kingdom, it takes clever Princess Daisy to realise that the culprit of this dreadful din is a dragon, but the three knights who answer her father’s call for a hero to capture the crea ... more
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My Dad's a Birdman by David Almond, illustrated by Polly Dunbar - £5.99
Join a father and daughter as they find their wings together and take to the skies in this funny, tender tale from the master of contemporary storytelling.  A warm and wonderfully wacky tale told with heart and hope by the Carnegie award winnin ... more
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Mermaid by Cerrie Burnell, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson - £6.99
Cerrie weaves a beautiful story of friendship, magic and a mermaid girl with the power of the sea in her eyes.  On land, Sylvia can’t walk. But in the sea she swims like magic. Luka knows she must be a mermaid. He longs to splash in the silvery ... more
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The Big Green Book (Pop-Up Book) by Fred Pearce, illustrated by Ian Winton and Piers Harper - £12.99
How much of the planet does it takes to make your stuff? How much water does it take to grow the cotton for your t-shirt? Why do we need to find greener types of energy? What does it matter if the rainforests are being cut down? Global warming, po ... more
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Not Now, Bernard by David McKee - £6.99
Bernard's got a problem. He's found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster... and that doesn't go quite to plan.   Loved by children, monsters and adults for thirt ... more
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Looking-Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy - £12.99
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, a compelling modern-day re-imagining of Alice's story by every girl's favourite author, Cathy Cassidy.  Alice is thrilled when Savannah invites her to a Wonderland-themed sleepover; s ... more
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Changers: Book One: Drew by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper - £8.99
Changers Book One: Drew opens on the eve of Ethan Miller’s freshman year of high school in a brand-new town. He’s finally sporting a haircut he doesn’t hate, has grown two inches since middle school, and can’t wait to try out for the soccer team. At ... more
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Art and Max by David Wiesner - £6.99
Max and Arthur are best friends who both want to make art. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max's first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind adventure with paints, pastels and pencils, which turn out ... more
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Dreams of Gods and Monsters: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book 3 by Laini Taylor - £7.99
The incredible final novel in Laini Taylor's breathtakingly imaginative Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, Dreams of Gods and Monsters   By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on ste ... more
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Dreams of Freedom by Amnesty International - £12.99
"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter... I have taken a moment to rest, but I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities."(Nelson Mandela) "If you are tired, keep going. If you are scared, keep ... more
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce, illustrated by Steven Lenton - £10.99
The eagerly awaited new stand-alone novel from multi-award-winning author and scriptwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, with illustrations throughout by Steven Lenton.  Find out why it's not easy being green in the hilarious story from Frank Cottrell Boy ... more
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Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein - £7.99
Em and Teo are the children of stunt pilots Rhoda and Delia, who perform daring aerobatics to appreciative audiences. But while the sight of two girls wingwalking – one white, one black – is a welcome novelty in some parts of the USA in the 1920s, it ... more
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Moomin and the Favourite Thing by Tove Jansson - £6.99
When Moominpappa gives Moomintroll a special telescope, Moomintroll is delighted, and doesn't want to have to share it with anyone. His friends slowly get bored and leave him alone. Suddenly, Moomintroll realises that nothing is as fun without your f ... more
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I am Cat by Jackie Morris - £6.99
A cat sleeps, curled up in a warm place, and while it sleeps it dreams. . .   ...of being a tiger, flame cat of the forest; a cheetah - fast as the wind on the African plains; a lion, lounging through the heat of the day, tangled in sunshine ... more
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Sadako's Cranes by Judith Loske - £12.99
A true story about grief, hope and the dark side of nuclear power.   • Beautifully retold and illustrated by Judith Loske   • Even today, children from all over the world fold paper cranes as a sign of peace and hope and send them to Hiroshima ... more
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Chocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey by Cathy Cassidy - £6.99
The next instalment in the addictive Chocolate Box Girls series and sequel to Cherry Crush, Marshmallow Skye, Summer's Dream and Coco Caramel.   Honey is going to live with her dad in Australia. Determined to make a fresh start, she couldn't ... more
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My New Home by Marta Altes - £6.99
We've just moved house and I feel so far from home...   Moving to a new home can sometimes feel scary and a little bit lonely, but this little racoon soon discovers that wherever you go adventures soon follow. A beautiful and uplifting story a ... more
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Adrian and the Tree of Secrets by Hubert, illustrated by Marie Caillou - £13.99
A bittersweet graphic novel about a nerdy teenaged boy who falls in love with the cool kid at school.  Adrian isn't very happy these days. He lives in a small town and goes to a Catholic high school. He wears glasses, secretly reads philosophy ... more
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Varjak Paw by S.F. Said, illustrated by Dave McKean - £6.99
Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way - a secret martial art for cats.   Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city fu ... more
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The Story Machine by Tom McLaughlin - £6.99
Elliott is a boy who likes to find things and, one day, he stumbles across a machine. At first, he can't work out what the machine is for – it doesn't beep or buzz like all his other machines and it doesn't have an ON/OFF button. Then, quite by accid ... more
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What Flowers Say by George Sand, illustrated by Molly Crabapple - £11.99
Roses plead to go out to dance; an old oak tree offers advice; paintings of gods and goddesses come alive. In What Flowers Say, renowned writer George Sand dares children to fantasize, to believe in an alternate world. This magical collection, origin ... more
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Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts - £6.99
Whoever heard of a vegetarian T. Rex?   Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in the wrong nest confusion is sure to ensue! When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he's so out of pl ... more
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Corpse Talk: Season 1 by Adam Murphy - £6.99
The first comic book EVER to be shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award for Book with Facts - an extraordinary achievement!  The dead are rising!  Up out of the mouldering pages of history comes the chat show that digs the dirt on some o ... more
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Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett - £6.99
Orion is scared of A LOT of things. But, most of all, he's scared of the dark. So, one night, Dark comes to show Orion how the world looks from his point of view.   Featuring quirky die-cuts that allow you to take Dark's hand too! ... more
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Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman (Editor) - £7.99
Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds.   Featuring short stories and extracts - both brand-new and old favourites - about modern star-crossed lovers fro ... more
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1000 Dinosaur Stickers by Lucy Bowman, illustrated by Stella Baggott - £9.99
1000 dinosaur stickers and a selection of prehistoric scenes in a chunky, bag-sized book.   Children can use the colourful stickers to complete scenes of dinosaurs fighting, hunting and grazing, or to decorate their own pictures, handmade cards or ... more
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie - £7.99
'Son,' Mr P said, 'you're going to find more and more hope the farther and farther you walk away from this sad, sad, sad reservation.'  So Junior, who is already beaten up regularly for being a skinny kid in glasses, goes to the rich white school ... more
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Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie - £6.99
Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. In fact, he doesn't just dream about them, he wants to read them ALL THE TIME. Soon his obsession sends him spirall ... more
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Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton - £6.99
Sometimes the greatest love stories happen behind the scenes...   Kitty's keeping secrets.   Like how she's struggling to cope with things at home.   And how she can't stop thinking about the girl the purpley-red hair...   A fun film competit ... more
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Love Always Everywhere by Sarah Massini - £6.99
All you need is love! And this joyful, inspirational book from the creators of Books Always Everywhere celebrates love in its many forms. Whether quiet, loud, shy or proud, the lyrical text champions love for a faithful pet, a best friend or simply y ... more
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No Such Thing by Ella Bailey - £11.99
This Halloween, join fearless little Georgia in debunking the spookiest of ghoulish and ghostly activities!   One cool day in late October, Georgia noticed something weird. Objects would move around the house and sometimes they even disappear ... more
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Spot the Snail in the Garden by Stella Maidment, illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy, and Emiliano Migliardo - £4.99
See what you can spot in the garden with this great new Spot the... book!   Look for hidden objects as you work your way through every scene, taking in all the sights.  The wonderfully detailed illustrations create busy scenes which will keep ch ... more
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Knowledge Encyclopedia: Dinosaur! by Dorling Kindersley Ltd - £16.99
The dinosaur world as you've never seen it before. Knowledge Encyclopedia: Dinosaur! reveals jaw-dropping 3D dinosaur images which show each awe-inspiring creature in greater detail than ever before and bring the wonders of the dinosaur world to life ... more
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The Girl Who Could See Stories by Gill Torres, illustrated by Ilan Sheady - £8.99
Everything has a story. Every person, every object and even every smell has a past, a place where it began and a journey that led to where it is today. The girl called Sofiel could see them all.   ...She found herself at the market, facing a b ... more
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The Five of Us by Quentin Blake - £11.99
This brand new story from Quentin Blake is beautifully illustrated throughout in his inimitable style and is a celebration of diversity.   The Five of Us is a captivating tale of adventure, friendship and teamwork. Angie, Ollie, Simona, Mario ... more
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The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara - £6.99
Once there was a library which opened only at night...  When we are fast asleep in bed, the Midnight Library opens its doors to all the night-time animals. Inside the library the little librarian and her three assistant owls help each and every anim ... more
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Sparky! by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans - £6.99
Could sloths be the new meerkats? Find out in this children's picture book about a little girl and her adorable pet sloth, Sparky.  A little girl wants a pet. She's not fussy, any will do. Her mother said no to a bird and bunny and trained seal ... more
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Wild Child by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Lorna Freytag - £6.99
A beautiful and unique photographic picture book for the wild child in everyone.  Meet Wild Child! She’s spirited and curious. She’s fearless and free. She lives alone in a mystical, prehistoric world – the last child in a dramatic landscape, wher ... more
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The Jacqueline Wilson Christmas Cracker by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt - £6.99
The Jacqueline Wilson Christmas Cracker is packed with brilliant Christmas stories, including a brand-new tale from Jacqueline, and classic favourite Starring Tracy Beaker, in which Jacqueline's most famous heroine gets the lead part in her Christmas ... more
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Alfie's Christmas by Shirley Hughes - £6.99
Join Alfie and Annie Rose for Christmas! Alfie opens his advent calendar and makes cards and presents. He sings carols and decorates the tree. And he writes a special letter to Father Christmas...   But what will Father Christmas bring on Chri ... more
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Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories by Various authors - £12.99
A brand-new Twelfth Doctor story for a brand-new Twelfth Doctor!   Following on from the success of the 50th anniversary paperback anthology, 11 Doctors 11 Stories, this highly-acclaimed collection of short Doctor Who stories contains all of the ori ... more
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100 Things to Do Before You Grow Up by National Geographic Kids - £6.99
This is the to-do list for any adventurous kid who is not afraid to get his or her hands dirty! They always say time flies when you're having fun, maybe that's why your prime kid-years seem to sail by in a heartbeat. Are you living it to the fullest? ... more
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The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £12.99
A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spel ... more
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Mimi and the Mountain Dragon by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Helen Stephens - £5.99
As soon as the bells stop ringing, I' m going to carry you home to your mother, back up to the Mountain Dragon's castle...  In her castle lair high in the mountains of Switzerland, lives a terrible dragon. In the village below, lives a little ... more
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The Gift by Carol Ann Duffy, illustrated by Rob Ryan - £10.99
The exceptional talents of Carol Ann Duffy and papercut artist Rob Ryan combine to present the story of a girl’s journey through life and the desires that shape it.   With a kind of magic that is timeless, The Gift speaks to everyone who ... more
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Doctor Who: When's the Doctor? by Jorge Santillan (Illustrator) - £5.99
If you enjoyed tracking the Doctor through his alien adventures in Where's the Doctor?, you'll love hunting him and his friends down as he travels through time.  Can you spot the Doctor, Rory, Amy and the TARDIS in Ancient Rome, Victorian London ... more
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Russell Brand's Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Russell Brand, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £14.99
'Once upon a time, a mysterious time that exists through a window in your mind, a time that seemed, to those present, exactly like now does to us, except their teeth weren't so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin...' & ... more
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Diamond (Hetty Feather, Book 4) by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt - £6.99
Diamond wasn't always a star. Born to penniless parents who longed for a strong, healthy son, she was a dainty, delicate daughter - and a bitter disappointment.  Discovering an extraordinary gift for acrobatics, Diamond uses her talent to ear ... 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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The Storm Whale by Benji Davies - £6.99
A tender and poignant story about loving something - and knowing when to let it go.   Noi and his father live in a house by the sea, his father works hard as a fisherman and Noi often has only their six cats for company.   So when, one day, ... more
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