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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente - £6.99
Let the Revels begin! September returns to Fairyland after her first bestselling, breathtaking adventure there. The second in a series that seems destined to become a modern classic, from a multi-award-winning author. In the kingdom of Fairyland-Belo ... more
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Daizy Star, Ooh La La! by Cathy Cassidy - £5.99
Daizy can't believe that primary school is nearly over and when Miss Moon surprises Year Six with a trip to France Daizy wants it to be perfect...   Paris might be the city of poets, painters and chocolate croissants, but so far Daizy's no clo ... more
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Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah - £6.99
High school is tough enough without throwing a hijab into the mix... What's my class going to say on Monday when I walk in wearing the Muslim veil for the first time? Oh boy, will they freak out. Shawling up? In front of the kids of Year Eleven? It w ... more
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Motherbridge of Love by Xinran, illustrated by Josée Masse - £5.99
Featured in Time Magazine’s Top Ten Children’s Books of 2007, this beautiful poem celebrates the bond between parent and adopted child in a special way.   Through the exchanges between a little girl born in China and her adoptive parent, th ... more
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How to Be a Girl by Anita Naik - £8.99
How To Be A Girl examines exactly what it means to be a girl today. It looks at everything from the everyday niggles and pressures of being a girl, such as body hair (and how to deal with it), judgements made on physical appearance and intelligence, ... more
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Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin - £7.99
The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants ... more
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Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, iIlustrated By K. G. Campbell - £6.99
Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by a master storyteller.  It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never ... more
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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers - £6.99
The Number One New York Times Bestseller!  Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughi ... more
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The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon by Jonny Duddle - £5.99
Ahoy me hearties! Jim Lad and the Pirates Next Door return in illustrated younger fiction stories.   Every full moon, a mysterious ship is seen off the coast of Dull-on-Sea. Then, the day after, gold and jewellery are missing from the homes, s ... more
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Girls, Goddesses and Giants: Tales of Heroines from Around the World by Lari Don - £6.99
A selection of brilliant folk tales about heroines from all around the world. In these stories it's the girls who save the day through their courage, cunning or kindness - whether they are facing up to wolves, demons, dragons, enemy tribes, or the su ... more
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The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo - £5.99
This is the story of a boy who discovers that some things can't stay locked up for ever.   It's six months since Rob's mum died and he moved to Florida. His dad won't talk about her at all. "Crying ain't going to bring her back," he says. So ... more
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An Island in the Sun by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli - £4.99
Come along on a high-seas I-spy adventure!  Young readers will delight in pointing out everything the boy sees through his telescope in Nicoletta Ceccoli's dreamy illustrations.  The rhyming, cumulative text, built on the familiar I-spy ref ... more
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She Wore Red Trainers: A Muslim Love Story by Na’ima B. Robert - £6.99
A unique romance, written by an award-winning author, that explores the possibilities and passions young Muslims face when falling in love.   When Ali first meets Amirah, he notices everything about her - her hijab, her long eyelashes and her ... more
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My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald and Freya Blackwood - £6.99
Cartwheel has arrived in a new country, and feels the loss of all she's ever known. She creates a safe place for herself under an ‘old blanket' made out of memories and thoughts of home.  As time goes on, Cartwheel begins to weave a new blanket, ... more
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Fortunately, the Milk... by Neil Griffiths, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £5.99
You know what it’s like when your mum goes away on a business trip and Dad’s in charge. She leaves a really, really long list of what he’s got to do. And the most important thing is DON’T FORGET TO GET THE MILK. Unfortunately, Dad forgets. So the nex ... more
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Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall - £10.99
A world of gods and monsters. An elemental power rising. This is Robin Hood, reborn, as he has never been seen before...   Robin Loxley is seven years old when his parents disappear without trace. Years later the great love of his life, Marian ... more
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No Matter What by Debi Gliori - £6.99
Small said, "I'm a grim and grumpy little Small and nobody loves me at all." "Oh Small," said Large. "Grumpy or not, I'll always love you no matter what."   When Small is in a big bad mood, it's up to Large to help. But what if Small were a g ... 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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Football Star by Mina Javaherbin, illustrated by Renato Alarcao - £6.99
Just in time for the World Cup, an inspiring story of a Brazilian boy who dreams of being a football star – and the sister who steps in to help his team win a game.  When Paulo Marcelo Feliciano becomes a football star, crowds will cheer his fa ... more
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Splash, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke, illustrated by Lauren Tobia - £6.99
In the second Anna Hibiscus picture book from Atinuke and Lauren Tobia, Anna has left her mango tree... and she’s at the beach!   Phew, it is hot. But what better way to cool off than by playing in the jumpy, splashy waves? “Come and splash i ... more
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I am an Artist by Marta Altes - £6.99
Meet the boy who can’t stop creating art! He loves colours, shapes, textures and EVERYTHING inspires him: his socks, the contents of the fridge, even his cat gets a new coat (of paint!).  But there’s just one problem: his mum isn’t quite so enth ... more
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The Wild City Book: Fun Things to do Outdoors in Towns and Cities by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks - £9.99
Do you live in a city? Then The Wild City Book is for you! It's all about having fun outdoors in the wild spaces near where you live - hunting for wildlife clues, watching wild creatures, making wild art, playing wild games, having exciting outdoor a ... more
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Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan (lyrics), with illustrations by Jon J Muth - £6.99
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.   With words by one of the most admired songwriters of all time and illustrations by a Caldecott Honor medalist, this powerful and timely picture book will be treasured by adults and children ali ... 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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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - £6.99
One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper.  That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to ... more
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Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman - £6.99
Five days ago I stopped taking my medication. I think it might be one of those decisions. How do you know? Maybe if I just start taking them again everything will go back to the way it was?   I don't think so.   Alex As Well exp ... more
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Mysterious Traveller by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham, illustrated By P. J. Lynch - £7.99
A moving and beautifully researched story about camels, lost princesses and the strength of wisdom and knowledge, stunningly illustrated by P.J. Lynch.  This is the second tale in a trilogy from acclaimed storytellers Mal Peet and Elspeth Gra ... more
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Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron by Jonathan Straham (Editor) - £7.99
A stellar cast of acclaimed fantasy writers weave spellbinding tales that bring the world of witches to life. Boasting over 70 awards between them, including a Newbery Medal, five Hugo Awards and a Carnegie Medal, the authors delve into the realms of ... more
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Summer's Dream by Cathy Cassidy - £6.99
The next scrumptious story in Cathy Cassidy's Chocolate Box Girls series, following Cherry Crush and Marshmallow Skye. Perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson.   Summer has always dreamed of dancing, and when a place at ballet school comes up, ... more
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Riot by Sarah Mussi - £6.99
Revolution starts with disillusion.   A terrifying, topical novel that's essential reading for teens everywhere.   England is struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks ar ... 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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Hate by Alan Gibbons - £9.99
In 2007 Goth Sophie Lancaster was murdered just for looking different - inspired by her story, Hate is a hard-hitting real-life thriller about friendship, courage, loss, forgiveness and about our society and communities.  Eve's older sister, Ro ... more
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