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My Pet Book by Bob Staake - £6.99
Most pets are cats and dogs, but what do you do if you want a different kind of pet, one that doesn’t meow or bark? Bob Staake’s exuberant tale of a little boy and the pet of his dreams will appeal to anyone whose best friends are... books!   ... more
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Noughts and Crosses (Graphic Novel version) by Malorie Blackman, illustrated by John Aggs - £12.99
Callum is a nought - an inferior white citizen in a society controlled by the black Crosses.   Sephy is a Cross - and the daughter of one of the most powerful, ruthless men in the country.   In their hostile, violent world, noughts and ... more
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A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld - £12.99
An exquisite book that evokes a child's first experience of nature.   From beachcombing to stargazing, from watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making berry crumble or a winter bird feast, this is a remarkable book – part poetry, part scrap ... more
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Grandad's Island by Benji Davies - £6.99
After the phenomenal success of The Storm Whale and On Sudden Hill, this new book by Benji Davies deals with the emotional topic of losing a grandparent.  Subtly told, this beautifully illustrated book tackles a difficult subject with great sens ... more
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Whistling in the Dark by Shirley Hughes - £9.99
In the hardship of war, everything is rationed – except true friendship. From much-loved author Shirley Hughes comes a compelling wartime adventure set during the Liverpool Blitz.  Liverpool, 1940: thirteen-year-old Joan’s home is under threat ... more
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Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story by Michaela and Elaine DePrince - £7.99
Hope in a Ballet Shoe tells the story of Michaela DePrince. Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistr ... more
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George and the Unbreakable Code by Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking - £6.99
George and his best friend Annie haven't had any space adventures for a while and they're missing the excitement. But not for long . . .   Seriously strange things start happening. Banks are handing out free money; supermarkets can't charge fo ... more
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Max the Brave by Ed Vere - £6.99
This is Max. Doesn't Max look sweet. Max looks so sweet that sometimes people like to dress him up in ribbons. Max does not like being dressed up in ribbons. Because Max is a fearless kitten. Max is an intrepid kitten. Max is a brave kitten. Max is a ... more
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Journey by Aaron Becker - £7.99
Be swept away on an elaborate flight of fancy in this Caldecott award-winning, wondrously illustrated picture book about self-determination and unexpected friendship.  The winner of the prestigious Caldecott Honor, and described by the New York ... more
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The Chocolate Box Secrets by Cathy Cassidy - £6.99
Welcome to the world of the Chocolate Box Girls!   Cherry, Summer, Skye, Coco and Honey may be very different - but they all love crafting and creating! From hosting a chocolate-themed sleepover to designing a flower headband and concocting a ... more
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Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith - £6.99
Pouff! Purple smoke fills the stage and there is Abdul Kazam! Join Leon and friends on their visit to a very special magic show. Enwrap yourself in the mystical pages that transport you to The Place Between. "Rabbits, shadow puppets, swirls an ... more
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Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light - £6.99
Enter a fascinating, ornately drawn cityscape and help a boy find his dragon while counting objects from hot dogs to traffic lights.  A search-and-find number book! Enter an ornately drawn cityscape and help a little boy find his dragon while c ... more
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The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie - £6.99
When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. &n ... more
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We are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures by Amnesty International - £7.99
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed on 10th December 1948. It was compiled after World War Two to declare and protect the rights of all people from all countries.   This beautiful collection, published 60 years on, celebrates ... more
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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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The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac, illustrated by Quentin Blake - £7.99
Humane, humorous and deeply felt, this is a unique book about reading.  The Rights of the Reader, which has sold over a million copies in France, grew from celebrated French writer Daniel Pennac's experiences of teaching in "challenging" school ... more
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Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith - £6.99
Worried about wolves? Don’t make Little Red laugh. She’s not even scared of hungry lions. After all, why would this furry chap want to gobble her up? She’s sure he’d rather have a doughnut. Right, Mr Lion?   A sassy heroine, beautiful artwork ... 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 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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