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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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The Lion, The Unicorn and Me by Jeanette Winterson, illustrated by Rosalind Maccurach - £7.99
In this beautiful retelling of the story of the very first Christmas, the humble donkey is chosen above all other animals to carry Mary to Bethlehem. As his journey unfolds, he is touched by the magic and mystery of the Nativity...   With sparkles ... 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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The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson - £5.99
A truly captivating spooky adventure from the outstanding Eva Ibbotson, bestselling author of Journey to the River Sea.  'We need proper ghosts,' said Ned, 'really scary ones with heads that come off and daggers in their chests!'  When Ma ... more
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - £7.99
"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."   Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But whe ... more
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War Girls by Adèle Geras and others - £6.99
1914: war has broken out across Europe and beyond. Nothing will ever be the same again for those caught up in the conflict.   This collection of short stories explores how the First World War changed and shaped the lives of women forever. A courage ... 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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Snow by Walter de la Mare, illustrated by Carolina Rabei - £6.99
'No breath of wind, No gleam of sun Still the white snow Whirls softly down'  As the day draws to a close, a family prepares for Christmas - decorating the tree, hanging stockings by the fire, putting out a plate of mince pies...   ... more
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The Magic of Reality (Illustrated Children's Edition) by Richard Dawkins, illustrated by Dave McKean - £14.99
What are things made of? What is the sun? Is there really life on other planets? Why do bad things happen?   Throughout history, people have invented fascinating stories to explain the world we live in. Have you heard the tale of how the s ... more
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Terror Kid by Benjamin Zephaniah - £6.99
Rico knows trouble. He knows the look of it and the sound of it. He also knows to stay away from it as best he can. Because if there's one thing his Romany background has taught him, it's that he will always be a suspect. Despite his efforts to stay ... more
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The Memory Tree by Britta Teckentrup - £6.99
A beautiful and heartfelt story about the death of a loved one and the memories that comfort those left behind.   Fox has lived a long and happy life in the forest. One day, he lies down in his favourite clearing, takes a deep breath, and fall ... 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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Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman - £6.99
Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians - an elite peacek ... more
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In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang - £12.99
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make fr ... more
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Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley - £7.99
Lie #1: I'm not afraid. Lie #2: I'm sure I'm doing the right thing. Lie# 3: I don't care what they think of me.   It's 1959. The battle for civil rights is raging. And it's Sarah's first day of school as one of the first black students at ... 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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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell - £10.99
Ada is back in the sequel to the award-winning Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.  Preparations for the Ghastly-Gorm Garden Party and bake-off are under way. Celebrity cooks are arriving at the hall for the big event and, true to form, Maltrav ... more
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The Ice Bear (Mini Edition) by Jackie Morris - £4.99
Long, long ago in the icy lands of the far north, a hunter and his wife cared for an orphaned bear-child. But when the child wanders off, there are consequences for both animals and people.  Set in the pristine regions of the Arctic, acclaimed a ... more
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Moonlight Bear by Rosie Wellesley - £6.99
Eva drifts off to sleep with her favourite teddy bear. When she wakes in the night. Bear is gone. She looks all over her room only to find that her teddy has turned into a real bear. Bear takes Eva on an adventure around the town at night. They play, ... more
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A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond - £12.99
I'm the one who's left behind. I'm the one to tell the tale. I knew them both... knew how they lived and how they died.   Claire is Ella Grey's best friend. She's there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East land ... more
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The Wonder by Faye Hanson - £7.99
This is a story about a boy whose head is always full of wonder.  We follow him on an average-seeming school day, where his daydreams transform the world around him. Unfortunately lots of other people - the park keeper, the bus driver, the lolli ... more
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Red Leaves by Sita Brahmachari - £6.99
A topical and moving novel about family, love, community, the tangled roots of history and searching for a place to call home. By the Waterstones Prize-winning author of Artichoke Hearts.  Aisha is a thirteen-year-old refugee living in London. ... more
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The Grimstones: Hatched by Asphyxia - £6.99
Meet Martha Grimstone, a girl trying to find her own special talent in the world, in this sweetly gothic fairytale told in a collage of words, photos and drawings.  Hello, my name is Martha Grimstone. Shall I tell you my best secret? One day ... more
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Moominvalley for the Curious Explorer by Tove Jansson - £5.99
Welcome to Moominvalley! Full of secrets and extraordinary creatures, the curious explorer is rewarded by magical discoveries...  This pull-out pop-up book features beautiful artwork and takes the reader on a journey through Moominvalley, reveal ... more
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The New Small Person by Lauren Child - £6.99
Elmore Green started life as an only child, as many children do. He had a room all to himself, and everything in it was his. But one day, everything changed.   This brand new picture book from the hugely talented Lauren Child about the arriva ... more
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Juliana's Bananas: Where Do Your Bananas Come From? by Ruth Walton - £8.99
An educational resource to help children of 5 and up explore Fairtrade through the eyes of children of banana farmers in the Windward Islands in Caribbean.  Juliana grows bananas in her garden while her children, Billy and Bertha, are at scho ... more
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120 Ways to Annoy Your Mother (and Influence People) by Ana Benaroya - £10.00
Want to know how to turn your life into a Soap Opera? Want to know how to create a masterpiece? Want to know how to only speak in metaphors or how to become a morning person? Want to know how to fight the urge?   This brilliant, fresh ne ... more
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Boys Don't Knit by T. S. Easton - £6.99
Meet Ben Fletcher, an Adrian Mole for a new generation.   Ben Fletcher must get to grips with his more 'feminine' side following an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady and a stolen bottle of Martini Rosso...   To avoid the Young Offenders ... more
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