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Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Puffin (2013)

Charlie Bucket has won Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and is on his way to take possession of it - in none other than a great glass elevator! But when the elevator makes a fearful whooshing noise, Charlie and his family find themselves in splendid orbit around the Earth. A daring adventure has begun, with the one and only Mr Willy Wonka leading the way.

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Chase

Author: Linwood Barclay

Publisher: Orion Children's Books (2017)

Book 1 of the series by the bestselling author in his first novel for children. Exciting middle-grade thriller. MUST FIND THE BOY . . . MUST KEEP HIM SAFE . . . THEY’RE COMING . . . IT’S TIME TO RUN. Chipper is fleeing a sinister organisation determined to bury the truth about what he really is. Miles away, twelve-year-old orphan Jeff is working at his aunt's lakeside cabin business and missing the life he used to have. When Chipper's and Jeff's paths collide, they find themselves involved in the most dangerous game of chase imaginable. Can Chipper keep them both alive? After all, he's only a dog . . .

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang And The Race Against Time

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2013)

"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time" is the second book in the delightful sequel series by Frank Cottrell Boyce, that began with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again. Featuring black and white illustrations by Joe Berger, this magical story charts the adventures of the Tooting family and their very special car. Uh-oh! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is stuck in reverse. And Little Harry's pressed a button that means Chitty is reversing through time - with the Tootings aboard. When they finally come to a stop, it's at the feet of a very hungry-looking T-rex. How are the Tootings - and Chitty - going to get out of this one? More fun, fast, feel-good adventure with the world's greatest car ... driven by the world's most hapless family.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Part of a series: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2012)

A huge, ancient engine stuck up a tree. A clapped-out camper van in need of a spare part. A quiet family in an ordinary street. Looks straightforward, doesn't it? Bet you think they’re all going to come together, help each other out and live happily ever after? Wrong! Wrong! So very, very wrong! For this is the magical engine of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a special family with no control over their van – an adventure that you can't begin to imagine. Buckle up and brace yourself for a story that will drive you round the bend, up the wall, into the skies and over the moon.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over The Moon

Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Part of a series: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2014)

'Whoever did this,' said the Queen, 'is extremely irresponsible.' Something mind-boggling has happened: Big Ben has been stolen and is hurtling over England like a rocket! Is Chitty fast enough to stop the clock from blasting into space? And can the world's most magical car catch the criminal clock-napper? Buckle yourself in for another out-of-this-world adventure!

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Circle Of Fire

Author: H L Dennis

Part of a series: Secret Breakers

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (2014)

The time for answers has arrived. After the death of a much loved friend, Team Veritas has even more to fight for. At the University of Yale, in the underground vaults of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the team finally get to see the real live Voynich Manuscript. Amongst stories of giants, betrayal and death, the language of the most mysterious manuscript in the world is finally understood. An ancient secret is broken. And now Team Veritas know their final quest: to journey to the real Avalon - the island where truth and legend meet. But they do not travel alone. There are some who seek revenge. And there are others who demand an impossible sacrifice - only then can the words of the Firebird Code be completely understood. With danger around every corner, can the Secret Breakers finally unlock the truth?

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Code Of The Krillitanes

Author: Justin Richards

Publisher: BBC Books (2010)

"I blame those new Brainy Crisps. Since he started eating them, he's been too clever by half." Can eating a bag of crisps really make you more clever? The company that makes the crisps says so, and they seem to be right. But the Doctor is worried. Who would want to make people more brainy? And why? With just his sonic screwdriver and a supermarket trolley full of crisps, the Doctor sets out to find the truth. The answer is scary - the Krillitanes are back on Earth, and everyone is at risk! Last time they took over a school. This time they have hijacked the internet. Whatever they are up to, it's big and it's nasty. Only the Doctor can stop them - if he isn't already too late...

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Come Away From The Water, Shirley

Author: John Burningham

Publisher: Crowell (1977)

On a day trip to the seaside Mum and Dad settle down in their deckchairs to snooze the day away while for Shirley it is a chance to set sail for uncharted seas, adventure and buried treasure. But not before her Mum has warned her off the dangers of tar, stray dogs and cold water. . . With the alternative pictures giving both sides of the story, children and adults alike will appreciate the humour and observations from this well known children's author.

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Comet And The Champion's Cup

Author: Stacy Gregg

Part of a series: Pony Club Secrets

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books (2015)

When Aunty Hess opens a riding school for the summer, Issie and her pony-club friends go along to help out. Issie gets to know Comet, a naughty but talented pony with real showjumping promise. But can she train him in time to compete at the Horse of the Year Show? Join talented young rider, Issie, on another action-packed pony-club adventure.

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Comings And Goings At Parrot Park

Author: Mary Murphy

Part of a series: Parrot Park

Publisher: Walker Books (2008)

It’s the summer holidays and the Canadian cousins are here. The house is so full, Daddy has to put up tents in the garden. All the Murphy’s spend sunny days and long evenings together. If only the cousins could stay forever!

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