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January 2018

The Storm Dog

Author: Holly Webb

Publisher: Stripes Publishing (2017)

Tilly is going to stay with her gran and great-gran in Wales. She’s got a big school project about the Second World War to do and Gran, who was evacuated herself during the war, has promised to help. Travelling on the train for the first time alone, Tilly falls asleep and wakes up to discover she’s travelled all the way back to World War II. She’s being evacuated to Wales with her two younger brothers. Stern Mr Edwards offers to give them a home on his remote farm, where she meets a very special sheepdog

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A Yak At The Picnic

Authors: Roderick Hunt, Alex Brychta

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper : Phonics Level 2

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2014)

Read With Biff, Chip and Kipper Level 2 Phonics storybooks have been specially written to allow children to practise their letters and sounds as they do at school. Fun plots, familiar characters and carefully levelled text create the perfect combination to build children's confidence and enjoyment of reading. Also contains 'A Man in the Mud'

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The Rise Of Wolves

Author: Kerr Thomson

Publisher: Chicken House (2017)

Innis Munro is walking home across the bleak wilderness of Nin Island when he hears the chilling howl of a wolf. But there are no wolves on the island - not since they were hunted to extinction, centuries ago. He decides to investigate his island home and accepts an ancient challenge: he who jumps the Bonnie Laddie's Leap wins a fortune. As the wolves rise from the darkness of history, and long-buried secrets resurface, Innis's adventure truly begins ...

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The Sad Pony

Author: Tina Nolan

Part of a series: Animal Rescue

Publisher: Stripes Publishing (2018)

Abandoned, lost, neglected? There’s always a home at Animal Magic! In a perfect world there’d be no need for Animal Magic Rescue Centre. But Eva and Karl Harrison, who live at the centre with their parents, know that life isn’t perfect. Every day there’s a new arrival in need of their help. When Eva’s next-door neighbour, Linda Brooks, slips on some ice and breaks her leg, she is unable to look after Rosie, the Shetland pony. Animal Rescue agrees to take Rosie back, but it’s not easy to find a perfect new home for the lively pony. Will one of Eva’s brilliant ideas save the day? Heart-warming animal stories, perfect for fans of Holly Webb and Magical Animal Friends.

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Face The Music

Author: Marianne Levy

Part of a series: Accidental Superstar

Publisher: Macmillan (2017)

Katie Cox (overnight singing sensation and owner of the World’s Wonkiest Fringe) never meant to become a pop star. And she didn’t mean to start a war with Karamel (aka the World’s Cheesiest Boy Band). Now her first concert is just days away. Cool? Maybe. Terrifying? Definitely. And with her friends more interested in her fame than her feelings, and an army of Karamel fans ready to take her down, this battle goes way beyond the charts …

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The Magic Misfits

Authors: Neil Patrick Harris, Alec Azam

Part of a series: The Magic Misfits

Publisher: Egmont (2017)

Do you believe in magic? Carter doesn’t. He knows magic tricks are just that – tricks. And as a street magician he’s also pretty good at them. But then Carter runs away from his conman uncle and he finds himself alone and in danger from dastardly carnival ringleader, B.B. Bosso. He could really use some magic now . . . A chance encounter with the mysterious Mr Dante Vernon leads Carter to a magic shop, where he teams up with five other like-minded kids and the MAGIC MISFITS are born! Can the gang use their magical talents to save the day and stop B.B. stealing a priceless diamond?

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The Lion And The Unicorn And Other Hairy Tales

Author: Jane Ray

Publisher: Boxer Books Limited (2017)

Jane Ray's stunning story collection features The Lion & The Unicorn, Brer Wolf, The Singing Ringing Tree, Theseus and the Minotaur and many more. Beautifully illustrated and designed with stories that keep you turning the pages. A perfect gift.

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The Hundred-Mile An-Hour Dog

Author: Jeremy Strong

Publisher: Puffin (2007)

Streaker is no ordinary dog. She's a rocket on four legs with a woof attached, and Trevor has got until the end of the holidays to train her. If he fails, he'll lose his bet with horrible Charlie Smugg, and something very, very yucky involving frogspawn will happen...

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Shops

Author: Roderick Hunt

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper : Phonics Level 3

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2011)

What will Kipper buy?

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Ellie And Granny Mac

Authors: Elizabeth MacLennan, Sue Williams

Publisher: Walker Books (2009)

Ellie usually goes to see Yiayia, her Greek grandma, for the summer holidays, but this year Yiayia can't have her. Instead Ellie will have to stay with Granny Mac in Edinburgh. Ellie had been looking forward to swimming in the sea, and seeing octopuses, and feeling silver fish between her toes. She isn't so sure about summer in Scotland – doesn't it always rain there? But Ellie is pleasantly surprised to discover that there's lots to do with Granny Mac, and when she tells Yiayia all about it on the phone she realizes that when you have two grannies you get the best of both worlds!

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The Five Realms: The Gift Of Dark Hollow

Authors: Kieran Larwood, David Wyatt

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2017)

The bard must leave Thornbury. It is not safe for him to stay. Rue, his new apprentice, travels with him - keen to learn his trade - and hear the next installment in the legend of Podkin One-Ear . . . Podkin and his fellow rabbits have been sheltering in Dark Hollow after their battle with Scramashank. Paz tends to the rabbits with sleeping sickness; Crom meets with the war council . . . Podkin has nothing to do! Frustrated, Podkin goes exploring and discovers an abandoned underground chamber! Armed with the Gift of Dark Hollow, Podkin learns to moonstride, and Paz is rewarded with a magical gift of her own . . .

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Soldier's Game

Author: James Killgore

Publisher: Floris Books (2011)

Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2012 Ross is fed up with being on the losing side, as Bruntsfield Primary football team suffer another humiliating defeat. But after football practice each week he goes to visit his grandmother, and this week she has a special present for him. Pat digs out a pair of old football boots and strip which belonged to her father, who once played for Heart of Midlothian Football Club. Ross is amazed that his great-grandfather, Jack, had played for the famous Hearts. As he finds out more about Jack, an incredible story unfolds -- a tale of Edinburgh's young heroes and a battalion of footballers and fans who fought in the First World War at the Battle of the Somme. Based on the true story of the 16th Royal Scots, otherwise known as the 'Hearts Battalion', this moving book brings a fascinating moment of Scottish history to life. Jim Killgore interweaves the present day life of an ordinary football-mad boy with a story of young men who volunteered for war. He focuses on the friendships that develop as the lads play football and learn to become soldiers together, making this remarkable story enjoyable and accessible for young people.

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Raymie Nightingale

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Publisher: Walker Books (2017)

In her seventh novel, international bestselling author and twice winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal Kate DiCamillo tells a masterful story that blends pathos and humour. Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father – who has run away with a dental hygienist – will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton, but she has to compete with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante with her show-business background and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship – and challenge them to come to each other’s rescue in unexpected ways.

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Undercover Princess

Authors: Connie Glynn, Qing Han

Part of a series: Rosewood Chronicles

Publisher: Penguin (2017)

Lottie Pumpkin is an ordinary girl who longs to be a princess, attending Rosewood Hall on a scholarship. Ellie Wolf is a princess who longs to be ordinary, attending Rosewood Hall to avoid her royal duties in the kingdom of Maradova. When fate puts the two fourteen-year-olds in the same dorm, it seems like a natural solution to swap identities: after all, everyone mistakenly believes Lottie to be the princess anyway. But someone's on to their secret, and at Rosewood nothing is ever as it seems...

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Stick Up For Yourself

Authors: Gershen Kaufman, Lev Raphael, Pamela Espeland

Publisher: free spirit (1999)

First published in 1990, this perennial best-seller has helped countless children build self-esteem and assertiveness skills. Newly revised and updated, it’s the ultimate resource for any kid who’s ever been picked on at school, bossed around, blamed for things he or she didn’t do, or treated unfairly—and for any kid who sometimes feels frustrated, angry, powerless, or scared. Simple words and real-life examples show how children can stick up for themselves with other kids (including bullies and teasers), big sisters and brothers, even grown-ups. Kids learn how to build relationships, become responsible, manage their anger, grow a “feelings vocabulary,” make good choices, solve problems, set goals, and “store” happiness and pride. Questions from real kids are paired with answers about how to handle specific situations calmly, confidently, and effectively. A special note to parents and teachers explores the “self-esteem backlash” and explains what self-esteem really is—and why kids today need it more than ever. A wealth of practical, encouraging, realistic advice, this empowering little book is also recommended for parents, teachers, and counselors. Part of the Bully Free Kids™ line

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Green Jasper

Author: K.M. Grant

Part of a series: de Granville

Publisher: Walker & Company (2007)

With the king missing, the women they both love in danger, and their homeland in turmoil, brothers Will and Gavin de Granville realize that their return from their latest crusade will not be a peaceful one, in the second book in the exciting de Granville trilogy

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The Doorstep Puppy

Author: Tina Nolan

Part of a series: Animal Rescue

Publisher: Stripes Publishing (2018)

Abandoned, lost, neglected? There’s always a home at Animal Magic! In a perfect world there’d be no need for Animal Magic Rescue Centre. But Eva and Karl Harrison, who live at the centre with their parents, know that life isn’t perfect. Every day there’s a new arrival in need of their help. When Holly, a gorgeous Border collie puppy, turns up on the doorstep of Animal Magic on Christmas Eve, Eva is sure she has been abandoned by her new owners. The little puppy is alone and unwell and it’s up to the team at the rescue centre to nurse her back to health. Eva and Karl are determined to find out what’s happened but more than one surprise awaits them…

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The Coming Of The Unicorn

Authors: Duncan Williamson, Linda Williamson

Publisher: Kelpies (2012)

'Stories are something you carry with you, something to last your entire life, to be passed on to your children, and their children for evermore.' Duncan Williamson Duncan Williamson came from a family of Travelling People, who told stories around the campfire for entertainment and for teaching. As a child, Duncan learnt the ways of the world through stories: 'My father's knowledge told us how to live in this world as natural human beings -- not to be greedy, not to be foolish, not to be daft or selfish -- by stories.' In this collection, he passes on some of these wonderful children's folk and fairy tales. For over sixty years Duncan travelled around Scotland -- on foot, then in a horse and cart, and later an old van -- collecting tales, which not only come from the Travelling People but from the crofters, farmers and shepherds he met along the way. This collection includes tales about cunning foxes and storytelling cats, hunchbacked ogres and beautiful unicorns, helpful broonies and mysterious fairies, rich kings and fearsome warriors, as well as those about ordinary folk trying to make their way in the world. The stories have been written down as faithfully as possible to Duncan's unique storytelling voice, full of colour, humour and life.

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Win A Nut

Authors: Roderick Hunt, Alex Brychta

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper : Phonics Level 2

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2014)

`Win a Nut' also includes `The Bag on the Bus.' Read With Biff, Chip and Kipper Level 2 Phonics storybooks have been specially written to allow children to practise their letters and sounds as they do at school. Fun plots, familiar characters and carefully levelled text create the perfect combination to build children's confidence and enjoyment of reading. Level 2 practises single letter sounds like 'f' and two letters that make one sound such as 'ff' and combining those sounds to read simple one and two syllable words. Each book includes two stories as well as practical tips, ideas and fun activitites for you to use when reading with your child.

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The Cycle Search And Rescue

Authors: Joanna Nadin, Chris Hoy, Clare Elsom

Publisher: Piccadilly Press (2017)

After their amazing win at the National Championships, Fergus and the rest of the Hercules' Hopefuls are keen to get back to training as a team - it was brilliant to lift the trophy alongside the Wallace's Winners, but now that Calamity Coogan and Minnie McLeod are back on form, the two teams want to go back to competing against each other rather than together. But - to everyone's disgust - the Board are adamant: the team that won the Nationals is the only one that can compete in the upcoming Internationals. So in order to qualify, the two teams must work together as a squad.

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Loves Reward

Author: Robyn Donald

Publisher: Mills & Boon (1989)

It wasn’t easy to ignore Jake Ferrers. Attractive, intelligent and successful, he had an overwhelming Impact on women. Cathy couldn’t deny the sparks that flowed between them from their, very first meeting. But she couldn’t allow herself the luxury of loving him. For, although Jake desired her, he made it all too clear that he despised her and everything she stood for. Was there any Way Cathy could convince him he was wrong about her? And was it worth the heartbreak of even trying?

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A Scots Parliament

Author: James Robertson

Publisher: Itchy Coo (2002)

This book is a comprehensive introduction to the Scottish Parliament, both past and present, written in accessible, straightforward modern Scots. Part One describes the modern institution, re-established in 1999 after nearly a 300-year absence: its functions, powers, activities, buildings and personnel, and its relevance to the everyday lives of Scots. A brief history of the politics of post-Union Scotland, the establishment of the Scottish Office and the growing demand for devolved government in the 20th century, is also given. Part Two describes the historical Parliament, from its medieval origins to its fully-fledged development as an arm of government under the Stewarts, through to the Act of Union in 1707. The main events of this period, together with descriptions of incidents and individuals associated with the Parliament, and extracts from some of the many interesting pieces of legislation it passed, are given.

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Think Career!!

Author: Nicole M. Quarles-Thomas

Publisher: Trafford Publishing (2012)

Think Career The Young Person's Guide to Career Planning in the Real World Do you really know what you want to be when you grow up? Have an idea but don't know the first step? Need guidance or a test-free way to find the true you? Don't wait another second

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My Brother's Secret

Author: Dan Smith

Publisher: Chicken House (2014)

Germany, 1941. 12-year-old Karl Friedmann is looking forward to joining the Hitler Youth, like all boys his age. But when his father is killed, his rebellious older brother Stefan shows him things that leave his faith in the Fuhrer shaken. What does it mean to be a good German? What does it mean to wear the mysterious flower sewn inside his brother's jacket? Who is the real enemy?

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The Ambler Warning

Author: Robert Ludlum

Publisher: Orion (2010)

A heart-stopping global thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling master storyteller... On Parrish Island, off the coast of Virginia, there is a little-known and never visited psychiatric facility where the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric state makes them a danger to their own government. One of these employees is former agent Hal Ambler. But there's one difference between Hal and the other patients - Hal isn't crazy. Hal pulls off a daring escape, and now he's out to discover who stashed him there and why. But the world he returns to has changed. No one remembers him, there are no official records of Hal Ambler and, when he first looks in the mirror, the face he sees is not his own...

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Floppy's Fun Phonics

Author: Roderick Hunt

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper : Phonics Level 1

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2011)

Do the word jigsaws.

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Almost Midnight

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2017)

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell is a beautiful gift edition containing two wintery short stories, decorated throughout for the first time with gorgeous black and white illustrations by Simini Blocker. Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year's Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . . Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan. Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.

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Last Will And Testament

Author: Elizabeth Ferrars

Publisher: William Collins Sons And Co Ltd (1978)

While her faithful friend Virginia watched by the bedside, rich old Mrs Arliss passed away peacefully in her sleep - and left behind a legacy of violent death. A greedy niece, a pompous nephew, a hopeful distant relation and a hungry solicitor each expect a tidy sum out of her estate, but all they are in for is murder. A valuable collection of miniatures is missing, the sinister caretaker couple have vanished and a body is lying stone dead on the drawing room floor ...

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The Rose Of Tibet

Author: Lionel Davidson

Publisher: Faber And Faber (2016)

A film-maker is reported dead near Mount Everest. His brother, Charles Houston, is convinced he's alive and is determined to find him. It's a dangerous expedition. He travels from India to the forbidden land of Tibet. In the Yamdring monastery, he discovers an emerald treasure guarded by a woman with a deadly secret. But the Chinese army is coming...

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Findings

Author: Kathleen Jamie

Publisher: Sort Of Books (2005)

Between the laundry and the fetching kids from school, that’s how birds enter my life. I listen. During a lull in the traffic: oyster-catchers; in the school-playground, sparrows. It’s surprising what you can find by simply stepping out to look. Award-winning poet Kathleen Jamie has an eye and an ease with the nature and landscapes of Scotland as well as an incisive sense of our domestic realities. In Findings she draws together these themes to describe travels like no other contemporary writer. Whether she is following the call of a peregrine in the hills above her home in Fife, sailing into a dark winter solstice on the Orkney islands, or pacing around the carcass of a whale on a rain-swept Hebridean beach, she creates a subtle and modern narrative, peculiarly alive to her connections and surroundings.

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Phantom Limbs

Author: Paula Garner

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2017)

Otis and Meg were inseparable until the terrible accident that ripped both families apart. Since then, it's been three years of radio silence and Otis has become the unlikely protégé of Dara, who is hell-bent on transforming him into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Meg moves back to town, Otis faces some difficult truths about the girl he's never forgotten and the brother he's never stopped grieving for. Can he and Meg ever find their way back to each other?

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Saving Kabul Corner

Author: N.H. Senzai

Part of a series: Kabul Chronicles

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (2015)

From Afghanistan to America, family matters most in this "empowering mystery" (Publishers Weekly), a companion to Shooting Kabul, which Kirkus Reviews called a "story with much to offer." A rough and tumble tomboy, twelve-year-old Ariana couldn't be more different from her cousin Laila, who just arrived from Afghanistan with her family. Laila is a proper, ladylike Afghan girl, one who can cook, sew, sing, and who is well versed in Pukhtun culture and manners. Arianna hates her. Laila not only invades Ariana's bedroom in their cramped Fremont townhouse, but she also becomes close with Mariam Nurzai, Ariana's best friend. Then a rival Afghan grocery store opens near Ariana's family store, reigniting a decades-old feud tracing back to Afghanistan. The cousins, Mariam, and their newfound frenemy, Waleed Ghilzai, must ban together to help the families find a lasting peace before it destroys both businesses and everything their parents have worked for.

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Phoenix

Author: S F Said

Publisher: Candlewick Press (2016)

Lucky thinks he’s an ordinary human boy. But one night he dreams that the stars are singing — and wakes to discover that the clothes on his back and the sheets on his bed have burned to ashes. Everything changes. Lucky must flee for his life across the galaxy in a race for answers. But his only help is an alien warrior girl with needles in her hair and her fellow starship crew of Axxa, humanity’s deadliest enemy. Together, they must evade the Shadow Guards, elite soldiers who are sent to hunt Lucky down, and discover the mystery behind the uncontrollable power growing inside him. Because Lucky is not the only one in danger. His destiny and the fate of the universe are connected in the most explosive way.

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The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous

Author: Jilly Cooper

Publisher: Corgi Books (1994)

Lysander Hawkley combined breathtaking good looks with the kindest of hearts. He couldn't pass a stray dog, an ill-treated horse or a neglected wife without rushing to the rescue. And with neglected wives the rescue invariably led to ecstatic bonking, which didn't please their erring husbands one bit. Lysander's mid-life crisis had begun at twenty-two. Reeling from the death of his beautiful mother, he was out of work, drinking too much and desparately in debt.

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Batpants!

Author: Jeremy Strong

Part of a series: Batpants!

Publisher: Puffin (2010)

NA?NA? NA?NA? NA?NA NA-NA BATPANTS! BATPANTS the orang-utan is completely, wildly HAIRY. She loves swinging through trees, and apple crumble. But most of all she loves her family, the Loveharts, and all their madcap adventures. Mrs Lovehart is a stuntwoman and so the whole family is off to watch her latest film. But someone on set has an EEEEVIL plan and things could turn nasty ? will it be Batpants to the rescue?

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Flying Fergus 4: The Championship Cheats

Authors: Joanna Nadin, Chris Hoy, Clare Elsom

Part of a series: Flying Fergus

Publisher: Piccadilly Press (2016)

The District Championships are coming up and the Hercules' Hopefuls are nervous. Their hard work and training are about to be put to the test. But that's not the only thing on Fergus's mind. Mum has been acting oddly, and when rival coach Choppy Wallace turns up with an offer that's just too good to be true, Fergus is suspicious. It's high time he got Dad back from Nevermore, but he'll need a little help from his friends Princess Lily and Unlucky Luke . . .

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Flying Fergus 3: The Big Biscuit Bike Off

Authors: Joanna Nadin, Chris Hoy, Clare Elsom

Part of a series: Flying Fergus

Publisher: Piccadilly Press (2016)

Fergus and his friends are still glowing with pride at being runners' up in the Great Cycle Challenge and practicing hard for the next round of the cycling competition - the District Championships. But without fancy bikes and with only the local common to train on, can the team really go all the way? Then disaster strikes the team when local biscuit company, Bruce's Biscuits announce plans to build their new factory on the common. They have offered the council a lot of money for the land and there's no hope for Fergus and the team to raise enough to match it. Fergus hopes that if he can find Dad in Nevermore he might have a bright idea to help them. But when Fergus spins the pedals backwards on his bike three times, he gets more than he bargained for!

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Hey Jack! The Worst Sleepover

Author: Sally Rippin

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont (2012)

The Hey Jack! adventures are perfect for boys who are desperate to begin reading but are bored by daggy school readers! Jack is having a sleep over at his friend’s house! He can’t wait. It’s going to be the best fun ever...isn’t it?

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Hercules: Bampots And Heroes

Authors: Mathew Fitt, Bob Dewar

Publisher: Itchy Coo (2005)

Zeus, high-held-yin o the gods and held-bummer o the universe, had a son and he cawed this son Hercules...So begins Matthew Fitt's exciting, hilarious and boisterous retelling of the ancient myth of Hercules and his twelve labours. When the mighty Hercules commits a terrible murder, his father, Zeus, punishes him by making him the slave of his step-brother Eurystheus. To win his freedom back, Hercules must perform twelve seemingly impossible tasks or trauchles. Hercules has to use all his strength and cunning to defeat terrible creatures, like the Lion of Nemea and the Bull of Crete, but not even he believes he can journey to Hades, the underworld, and come back alive with the fearsome fufty-heidit dug Cerberus. Matthew Fitt's rich but familiar Scots will delight young readers and draw them into the ancient world of gods, monsters and mortal combat. Vividly enhanced by Bob Dewar's energy-packed illustrations, Hercules is a perfect way to encourage children to read a sustained piece of Scots prose and also to introduce them to one of the greatest story of all time. SCOTS PAPERBACK

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Illustrated English Social History:2

Author: G.M. Trevelyan

Publisher: Pelican Penguin (1973)

It is unlikely that we shall ever have a better answer to this question than Trevelyan's English Social History, in which a liberal historian set down all that he had been able to discover of the daily, unspectacular, but endlessly fascinating life of English people between the Middle Ages and Victorian time The illustration of this classic work with pictures from contemporary English sources (so far as was possible) perfectly rounded off a historical record which is as scholarly as it is attractive

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Rosie Gigglepip's Lucky Escape

Author: Daisy Meadows

Part of a series: Magic Animal Friends

Publisher: Orchard Books (2015)

There's a wild wind blowing in Friendship Forest, as Grizelda's storm dragon takes over the magical windmill that controls the forest's breezes! Lily and Jess must help little guinea pig Rosie rescue her family and save the forest - before Grizelda takes over once and for all!

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Leon Spreads His Wings

Authors: Petr Horacek, Wendy Lee

Publisher: Walker (2008)

When Mum and Dad come up with some ideas of where to go on holiday, Leon doesn'?t want to go to any of the places they suggest. And when his family are invited to go and visit his new baby cousin in Spain, Leon says he doesn'?t want to go there either. Because Leon is too scared to fly. Aeroplanes are so big, and so loud ? and how do they stay in the air? But when baby Jorge comes to stay, he doesn?'t mind flying one bit, even when he loses his blanky ? and he'?s only one! Leon realizes that at six and three quarters, it'?s time to be brave; time to spread his wings.

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The Murders In The Rue Morgue

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Publisher: Penguin Classics (1995)

This book featuring C. Auguste Dupin virtually invented the genres of mystery and detective fiction.

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Merlin And The Lost King Of England

Author: Julia Golding

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2016)

The forgetful wizard Merlin has lost something very important – the King of England! He has Gwen’s help, and the test of the magical sword in the stone. Will they find the King? Book band 12 Brown

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Our Gags

Author: Catriona Hoy

Publisher: Walker Books (2013)

A new baby means a hectic household for the whole family. Luckily Gags, the narrator’s grandmother, is always around to help – turning into the Gags machine when the house is in need of a good clean and dinner must be made. But Gags also has time for fun stuff like playing dress up and going to the park. And when there is so much to pack for the family holiday to the beach, Gags is a great help too – but everyone soon learns that even Gags

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Don Camillo's Dilemma

Author: Giovanni Guareschi

Publisher: Penguin Books (1954)

Another batch of reports from the front down there in the Little World of Po Valley, where there is a running fight between the honest village priest and his deadly opponent, Peppone, the Communist mayor. And still the Good Lord strives to keep the peace in a war that keeps the whole world laughing.

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Toffee And Pie

Author: Pippa Goodhart

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2008)

John and his family are always on the move: they live in a trailer that is drawn by their cob, Pie, and they never stay in one place for very long. When they arrive at the next new town, John isn’t looking forward to starting another new school. But there he meets a boy called Tom – who loves horses as much as he does! John can draw fantastic horses and Tom thinks he’s great, and suddenly it doesn’t matter so much that John can’t read or write very well. When the two friends meet up after school to ride their horses together – John on Pie and Tom on Toffee – John wishes he could stay here for ever. But soon it’s time to move on again … maybe they will be back next year.

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Here Come The Girls

Author: Milly Johnson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (2011)

They day-dreamed of glorious futures, full of riches, romance and fabulous jobs. The world would be their oyster. Twenty-five years later, Olive cleans other people's houses to support her lazy, out-of-work husband and his ailing mother. Roz cannot show her kind, caring husband Manus any love because her philandering ex has left her trust in shreds. And she and Frankie have fallen out big time. But Ven is determined to reunite her friends and realise the dream they had of taking a cruise before they hit forty. Before they know it, the four of them are far from home, on the high seas. Can blue skies, hot sun and sixteen days of luxury and indulgence change their outlook on life?

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Hey Jack! The Winning Goal

Author: Sally Rippin

Part of a series: Hey Jack!

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont (2012)

Jack wants to kick a goal at soccer, but the coach has made him goalie. There’s no glory in goalkeeping, is there?

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Born To Run

Author: Christopher McDougall

Publisher: Profile Books (2010)

At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe's secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long. With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner. Travelling to labs at Harvard, Nike, and elsewhere, he comes across an incredible cast of characters, including the woman who recently broke the world record for 100 miles and for her encore ran a 2:50 marathon in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.

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Adder, Bluebell, Lobster

Author: Chrissie Gittins

Publisher: Otter-Barry Books (2016)

From Adder to Wren, forty fantastic poems celebrate forty amazing animals, birds and plants and their beautiful names - which YOU can help poet Chrissie Gittins save from EXTINCTION. This is nature close up, exciting - and WILD. Watch out for bossy Beetroot! Be enchanted by a Bluebell witch's thimble and spot a dive-bombing Lark or a cute Great-Crested Newt.

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Free Lance And The Lake Of Skulls

Authors: Chris Riddell, Paul Stewart

Publisher: Barrington Stoke (2017)

Free Lance loves life on the road. No master to lord it over him. His luck his own to make. But now the tournament season is over and Free Lance’s luck has run out. So he embarks on his most dangerous mission yet – to battle for treasure at the Lake of Skulls. This book has been edited to a reading age of 8+ and has an interest age of 8-12 years.

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Emily Windsnap And The Monster From The Deep

Authors: Liz Kessler, Sarah Gibb

Publisher: Orion Children's Books (2015)

Emily Windsnap is thrilled to arrive at her new home - a secret island near the Bermuda Triangle where humans and merfolk live together, and where being a girl who grows a tail as soon as she enters the water isn't a problem. But, being Emily, she can't resist exploring forbidden places, and, as a result, she inadvertently wakes the kraken - the legendary sea monster that has been asleep for two hundred years!

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Pirate McSnottbeard In The Zombie Terror Rampage

Author: Paul Whitfield

Part of a series: Pirate McSnottbeard

Publisher: Walker Books (2017)

A fast and funny pirate romp for fans of Mr Gum and Barry Loser. Packed with comic art and more gags than you can wave a kipper at. A fully illustrated, laugh-out-loud pirate romp in which Emilie and her brother William set out to rescue their parents from the horrible and smelly pirate king McSNOTTBEARD. Whisked from the high seas, through prehistoric lands, into an evil wizard’s castle and finally to the PIRATES’ clifftop hideout, they must tackle dinosaurs, zombies, angry parrots, and at least one warlock…

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One

Author: Sarah Crossan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2016)

Grace and Tippi don't like being stared and sneered at, but they're used to it. They're conjoined twins - united in blood and bone. What they want is to be looked at in turn, like they truly are two people. They want real friends. And what about love? But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for Tippi and Grace. One that could change their lives more than they ever asked for... This moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate?

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My Brother's Famous Bottom Goes Camping

Author: Jeremy Strong

Publisher: Puffin (2008)

Nicholas's dad has had an idea – always a cue for disaster! This time he's planning to take the whole family camping. Sounds great, but Tomato is taking her pet carrot (don't ask) and Cheese is smuggling his pet hen into the camping van, while Granny and Lancelot are planning on bringing the goat . . .

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Nick Mack's Good Luck

Authors: Jill Barton, Mara Bergman

Publisher: Walker Books (2005)

Nick Mack’s best friend, Ellie, has a dog called Newton, whom she says is as much Nick’s dog as hers. But Nick still wants a pet of his own. When Aunt Terri comes to visit Nick finds a four-leaf clover in the park – and his good luck soon kicks in…

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I Am Kipper

Authors: Roderick Hunt, Alex Brychta

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper : Phonics Level 2

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2011)

Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper is designed to help children learn to read. Created by reading experts and based on current teaching practice, the lively stories, humorous illustrations and clear progression will ensure your child succeeds. Includes: 'I am Kipper' and 'The Dog Tag'.

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Charlie And Charm

Author: Kelly McKain

Part of a series: Pony Camp Diaries

Publisher: Stripes Publishing (2008)

Charlie is devastated when she grows too big for her first pony, Apple, and has to sell him. Her parents think that sending her to Sunnyside Stables for a week will help her move on, but Charlie isn't interested. Can Charm live up to his name and win her round? Written in diary form, this is the fifth book in a brilliant series that is perfect for all ponymad girls.

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A Man Called Ove

Author: Fredrick Backman

Publisher: Sceptre (2015)

The million-copy bestselling phenomenon, Fredrik Backman's heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step. Perfect for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project and David Nicholl's US. New York Times bestseller 'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail 'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it' Spectator Books of the Year At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible...

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Billionaire Bairn

Authors: Tony Ross, David Walliams, Matthew Fitt

Publisher: Itchy Coo (2015)

Ken Joe Spud? He's the warld's richest boay! He's got his ain Formula Yin racin caur and a rollercoaster in the back gairden. He's sae rich he maks paper aeroplanes oot o fifty poond notes and blaws his neb on them as weel. Joe Spud has awthin a laddie could ever want, but his money cannae buy the yin thing he really needs: a freend... Read David Walliams hilarious and touching story about the world s richest and loneliest lad now in Scots for the first time.

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Beowulf, Grendel And The Dragon

Author: Mick Gowar

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Stage 14: TreeTops Myths and Legends

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2010)

The hero Beowulf battles monsters and dragons to save people and win glory! This is an action-packed retelling of the oldest of English stories. It is a story of brave warriors and revenge.

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Poppy And Prince

Author: Kelly McKain

Part of a series: Pony Camp Diaries

Publisher: Stripes Publishing (2006)

Welcome to Sunnyside Stables and the pony holiday of your dreams. Written in diary format, each book in this series follows a different girl's adventures at pony camp as she gets her very own pony, makes new friends and enemies and tackles tough challenges.

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The Galapagos Islands

Author: Charles Darwin

Part of a series: Penguin 60s Classics

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

The Galapagos Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, offered Charles Darwin a wealth of specimens to catalogue and study. He encountered ‘a little world within itself’: birds that were unafraid of man; a volcanic landscape; a striking contingent of reptiles; a scarcity of insects. Sailing on to the South Sea, Darwin found himself welcomed by the friendly and temperate people of Tahiti. Voyage of the ‘Beagle’, his diary of the five-year journey begun in 1831, is published in Penguin Classics.

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Hercules The Hero

Author: Michaela Morgan

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Stage 13 : Treetops Myths and Legends

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2010)

Hercules the hero - born to battle beasts and mangle monsters! His strength and bravery are put to the test - can the hero Hercules complete twelve impossible tasks set by the evil King?

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It Only Happens In The Movies

Author: Holly Bourne

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (2017)

The greatest love story ever told doesn't feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy cliches. Oh, and zombies...YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

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The Night Spinner

Author: Abi Elphinstone

Part of a series: Dreamsnatcher

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2017)

The final part of Abi Elphinstone's 'DreamSnatcher' trilogy. Deep within Tanglefern Forest, Moll and her wildcat, Gryff, are waiting for a sign from the Old Magic before they continue their quest to find the last Amulet of Truth and free their world from the Shadowmasks terrible magic. Still missing fellow Tribe member, Alfie, and armed only with a mysterious set of clues, Moll sets out on an adventure across the northern wilderness with Gryff and her friend Siddy at her side. They must brave the Lost Isles, scale the Barbed Peaks and face witches, goblins and giants who lurk at every turn . . . while the Shadowmasks draw ever closer. Can Moll, Siddy and Gryff find the friend they think they have lost? And do the Tribe have what it takes to defeat the Dark magic once and for all?

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The Reckoning

Author: James Jauncey

Publisher: Young Picador (2008)

Fin peered through the mist at the towering bridge. A sound from above interrupted his thoughts – slamming doors, shouting voices and a scream. Then through the shifting mists he saw the figure fall. Fin is certain the girl didn’t jump and he’s determined to find the truth. But his search leads to disturbing news of his missing sister and to a shocking secret at the heart of his island community . . .

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Persepolis

Author: Marjane Satrapi

Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2006)

The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-grandaughter of Iran's last emperor, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. This is a beautiful and intimate story full of tragedy and humour - raw, honest and incredibly illuminating.

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One Crazy Summer

Author: Rita Williams-Garcia

Publisher: Amistad (2012)

Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, ONE CRAZY SUMMER is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 in search of the mother who abandoned them. It’s an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens, Rita Williams-Garcia.

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The Witching Hour

Author: Elizabeth Laird

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2010)

When fourteen-year-old Maggie’s grandmother is accused of witchcraft, Maggie has to run for her life. But Scotland is in the grip of terror and Maggie runs straight into danger, falling into the hands of the English. Defying the king can be deadly, but falling in line is unthinkable. Maggie must learn to stand up for herself if she is to survive . . .

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Lions Walk Alone

Author: Susanna Firth

Publisher: Mills & Boon (1983)

After a quarrel with her father that had lasted three years, Nita had been whisked back to her home in Mexico by the forceful Leon Calveto. There she was reunited with her father — which was what Leon had set out to achieve. So why didn’t he go away now, and leave her alone? For, against her better judgement, Nita soon found herself fall in love with him, the one thing she had willed herself not to do. But will power was no defence at all against a man like Leon Calveto ...

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December 2017

Lucky Button

Authors: Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman

Publisher: Walker Books (2017)

A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

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Raven's Gate

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Part of a series: The Power of Five

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2015)

When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he’s sent to be fostered in Yorkshire. It’s not long before he senses there’s something wrong with his guardian, and the entire village. Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how he is different. But no one will believe him, and no one can help.

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The Robe Of Skulls

Authors: Ross Collins, Vivian French

Part of a series: Tales from the five kingdoms

Publisher: Walker Books (2007)

All is not well in the crumbling castle high above the mountain village of Fracture. The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a new robe. A very expensive new robe. To get the cash she will stop at nothing, including kidnapping, blackmail and more than a little black magic. But she reckons without the heroic Gracie Gillypot, not to mention a gallant if rather scruffy prince, two chatty bats, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a grudge – and some very Ancient crones.

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Crusade

Author: Elizabeth Laird

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2016)

He looked into the enemy’s eyes. And saw a normal boy, just like him... When Adam's mother dies unconfessed, he believes the only way to save her soul is with dust from Jerusalem. Employed as a dog-boy for a local knight, Adam jumps at the chance to join the Crusade to win back the Holy Land. Salim's life in the port of Acre has always been peaceful - until news arrives that the Crusaders are coming. To try and keep him safe, Salim's father buys him an apprenticeship with a travelling doctor. But instead Salim finds his job leads him into the heart of the battle with the invaders ...

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Desperate Deserts

Author: Anita Ganeri

Part of a series: Horrible Geography

Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books (2008)

Geography with the gritty bits left in! Where in the world can you: Spot sand dunes that bury whole villages? Discover some deadly desert wildlife? Follow in the footsteps of daring desert explorers?

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The Ultimate Guide To Happiness For Young People

Authors: Dr. Kofi Osei-Kusi, Panvin Benefo, Kakra Benefo Asante

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2016)

Happiness is a choice, and when you choose to read a book on happiness, it means you have chosen to be happy. Even if happiness has forgotten about you a little bit, you don't have to forget about it. In this phenomenal book, you will discover the basis of happiness and the keys to living a fulfilled life. This book will serve as your companion and reference guide for life.

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The Curse Of The Cairo Cat

Authors: Dan Metcalf, Rachelle Panagarry

Part of a series: Lottie Lipton

Publisher: A&C Black Childrens & Educational (2015)

Lottie loves living in the museum with Great Uncle Bert but, when the Golden Cat of Cairo disappears at the launch of a new exhibition, Lottie's home is under threat. Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and find the ancient Egyptian cat in time, or will Lottie lose her home forever?

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Reflections On The Fall Of Rome

Author: Edward Gibbon

Part of a series: Penguin 60s Classics

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Edward Gibbon first conceived his masterpiece The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in Rome in 1764, and it appeared in three instalments between 1776 and 1788. One of the greatest narratives in European literature, it is now published in three volumes in Penguin. Reflections on the Fall of Rome, taken from volumes I and II, discusses the Antonine era and the causes and effects of the Roman Empire’s decline in the West. (Edited by David Womersley)

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One Of Us Is Lying

Author: Karen M McManus

Publisher: Penguin Books (2017)

FIVE STUDENTS WALK INTO DETENTION. ONLY FOUR LEAVE ALIVE. Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

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Beck

Authors: Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff

Publisher: Walker Books (2017)

Both harrowing and life-affirming, the final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is the sweeping coming-of-age adventure of a mixed race boy transported to North America. Born from a street liaison between a poor young woman and an African sailor in the 1900s, Beck is soon orphaned and sent to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. Shipped to work on a farm, his escape takes him across the continent in a search for belonging. Enduring abuse and many hardships, Beck has times of comfort and encouragement, eventually finding Grace, the woman with whom he can finally forge his life and shape his destiny as a young man. A picaresque novel set during the Depression as experienced by a young black man, it depicts great pain but has an uplifting and inspiring conclusion.

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Whispers In The Graveyard

Authors: Theresa Breslin, Babyish Drawings

Publisher: Egmont (2016)

Solomon struggles in school. He is bullied by his teachers and let down by his parents. His only refuge is in the local kirkyard, among ancient graves that lie in the shadow of the rowan tree. But when workmen uproot the tree and a dark and terrifying power is unleashed. Will Solomon be able to save himself and the people he cares about from the terrible curse within?

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The 52-Storey Treehouse

Authors: Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Part of a series: Treehouse Books

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2016)

Andy and Terry's incredible, ever-expanding treehouse has thirteen new storeys, including a watermelon-smashing level, a wave machine, a life-size snakes and ladders game (with real ladders and real snakes!), a rocket-powered carrot launcher, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency with all the latest high-tech detective technology. Which is lucky, because they have a BIG mystery to solve - Where is Mr Big Nose???

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Wasted

Author: Nicola Morgan

Publisher: Walker (2010)

Jack worships luck and decides his actions by the flip of a coin. No risk is too great if the coin demands it. Luck brings him Jess, a beautiful singer who will change his life. But Jack?'s luck is running out, and soon the stakes are high. As chance and choice unravel, the risks of Jack'?s game become terrifyingly clear. An evening of heady recklessness, and suddenly a life hangs in the balance, decided by the toss of a coin. In the end, it is the reader who must choose whether to spin that coin and determine: life or death.

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Crash

Author: J A Henderson

Publisher: OUP Oxford (2008)

A day out with his dad Gordon turns into a nightmare for Bobby Berlin when something shocking happens that leaves Dad thinking it's 1977 and he's really 14. The only people Bobby can turn to for help are his best friend Mary and her gypsy grandmother. The problem is, they don't have a clue what to do either. Gordon is irrationally convinced that if he can just get to Dundee, everything will be OK - but he couldn't be more wrong. The east coast of Scotland is about to be hit by a tsunami. As the population flees, Gordon journeys towards the heart of danger, followed by Bobby and Mary, hell-bent on trying to stop him. What neither of the children knows is that Gordon was once an expert on tsunamis, and the government is trying to find him because they want his help. But the teenage Gordon is terrified of anyone in authority. Every time the police or army close in, he fights desperately to escape.

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Into The Shadows

Author: Catherine MacPhail

Part of a series: Nemesis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (2006)

Ram has no memory of who he is, his background or where he has come from. He awakes in a darkened corridor of a block of flats with no idea of how he has got there. And then the lift doors nearby open and inside is a dying man...Ram is now the murder suspect and on the run. But there is something that draws him back - the dying man's last words. And as he discovers more about the murdered man, Ram becomes aware that somebody is following him, somebody with sinister intent ...Could it be something to do with his past?and identity with A tense thriller that is part of a 4-part series that will have Ram discovering more and more about his background each book.

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438 Days: An Incredible True Story Of Survival At Sea

Author: Jonathan Franklin

Publisher: Macmillan (2015)

On 17th November, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and carried him West, deeper into the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Alvarenga would not touch solid ground again for 14 months. When he was washed ashore on January 30th, 2014, he had drifted over 9,000 miles.

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The Genie's Curse

Author: Tom Percival

Part of a series: Little Legends

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2016)

For Rapunzel, being a princess has been nothing but fun. But everything goes wrong when she breaks a magical urn and blames it on her new friend, Ella. It turns out that the urn was home to a very cross (and now very homeless) hermit genie, who casts a spell making everyone blame Rapunzel for everything that goes wrong in Tale Town!

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Spook's: Dark Assassin

Author: Joseph Delaney

Part of a series: Starblade Chronicles

Publisher: Red Fox (2017)

The third chilling instalment in the new Spook’s legend . . . An assassin lurks in the darkness between earth and oblivion – but who are they, and what is their mission? The people of the County live in fear of the beasts bent on bringing an epic war to their home. How can they possibly hope to survive when their fearsome enemies are fortified with the power of a god? Could the assassin that moves in the darkness be the saviour the County seeks?

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The Wall

Author: William Sutcliffe

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2014)

Joshua is a troubled boy who lives with his mother and stepfather in a divided city, where a wall and soldiers separate two communities, and the rubble-strewn residue of their broken world gives hints of the old life before the wall was built. Joshua discovers a manhole, which leads to a tunnel, which leads in pitch darkness under the wall and across to the other side. Forbidden territory, dangerous territory, violent territory, which a boy like him - visibly different - shouldn't stray into. An act of kindness from a girl saves his life, but leads to a brutal act of cruelty and a terrible debt he's determined to repay. And no one, no one must find out that he's been there - or the consequences will be unbearable.

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Whatever It Takes

Author: Adele Parks

Publisher: Headline Review (2013)

compromises, don't they? For your best friend... Eloise's best friend Sara is desperate to have a baby. She's tried everything - without success. So Eloise comes up with an extreme plan to help her. Because isn't that what best friends do? For your family... Mark's mother Margaret feels like she's losing her mind. But when the true extent of her problem is revealed and a life-changing secret emerges, Eloise suddenly finds her world imploding as she struggles to hold everything together for the people she loves. Someone is bound to be overlooked, and the damage might be irreparable...

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The Ethan I Was Before

Author: Ali Standish

Publisher: Orchard Books (2017)

Ethan had been many things. He was always ready for adventure and always willing to accept a dare, especially from his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident that took Kacey from him. Before his family moved from the city he loves to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.

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The Comet Seekers

Author: Helen Sedgwick

Publisher: Vintage (2017)

Róisín and François first meet in the snowy white expanse of Antarctica, searching for a comet overhead. While Róisín grew up in a tiny village in Ireland, ablaze with a passion for science and the skies, François was raised by his restless young mother, who dreamt of new worlds but was unable to turn her back on her past. As we loop back through their lives we see their paths cross as they come closer and closer to this moment, brought together by the infinite possibilities of the night sky.

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Lysistrata

Authors: Aristophanes, Alan H Sommerstein

Publisher: Penguin Classics (1995)

The ancient world is gripped by a long and futile war. While the men of Athens fight in a foreign land, the women of Athens can take no more. In secret, they meet with the enemy women and form a pact. The battle moves into the bedroom. No sex for the men - unless the women get Peace.

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The First Three Circles Of Hell

Authors: Dorothy L Sayers, Dante

Publisher: Penguin Classics (1995)

Composed in the early fourteenth century, The Divine Comedy is one of the most enduring of all Christian allegories: the story of a lover who must confront the visions of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise on his quest to find his lost lady. Here Dante, with the spirit of Virgil to guide him, enters Hell and faces an arduous journey towards a deeper understanding of God. The Divine Comedy is published in three volumes in Penguin Classics.

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Roxy's Baby

Author: Cathy MacPhail

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (2009)

Roxy was shaking with fear. She drew in a deep breath. She would not let her fear take over. She couldn't. She had too much to lose. She had to be strong, to be brave. For once in her life she had to think of someone other than herself. Roxy is wild, uncontrollable. She hates her parents - and her goody-two-shoes sister. Her only solace is her equally wild friends, Pat, Tracey and Jacqueline. Then there is the night of the party, where she lets that boy kiss her, and more ...and Roxy is pregnant. Wilfully, she won't tell her mother, her family. She decides to run away to London. And in London Roxy is found by Mr and Mrs Dyce. They are understanding, sympathetic, and promise her a way out of her troubles. They will take her to a comfortable place, along with other girls in the same position and look after her and her baby - which is exactly what happens. Roxy cannot believe her luck. But Roxy eventually works out the dark truth of the outwardly genial Dyces. They are 'farming' the babies in a truly horrible way, and selling the baby organs. There is only one dramatic way out for Roxy - and it's dangerous. But she is dealing with dangerous people and she has to take it. And now she has her baby to look after. A gripping and completely compelling story of a girl forced to grow up and think of others other than herself in the most nightmare of circumstances. These circumstances would seem too horrible to be true - were they not based on fact. A network doing exactly this was discovered to be operating in Italy in 2003, causing outcry, and has formed the basis for this story.

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Krishna's Dialogue On The Soul

Author: Juan Mascaró

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

The Bhagavad Gita (c. 500 BC) is the heart of Sanskrit literature, the luminous centre of the epic Mahabharata. It is recited and chanted by devout Hindus every day, and its three main themes – love, light and life – evoke the entire spiritual struggle involved in overcoming the darker forces of greed, ignorance, lust, arrogance and anger that constantly threaten the human soul. Juan Mascaró’s translation of The Bhagavad Gita is published in full in Penguin Classics.

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The Demon Headmaster Takes Over

Author: Gillian Cross

Part of a series: The Demon Headmaster

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2017)

IT SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE–the Hyperbrain: a super intelligent computer that works by accessing the human brain. HOWEVER, someone wants to use it for accessing people’s minds and taking control of them! It can’t be the Demon Headmaster though, because he’s been defeated. Hasn’t he?

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Chosen

Authors: P C Cast, Kristin Cast

Publisher: Atom (2009)

Zoey's best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead - in an eww! zombie! kind-of-way, not in a cool vampire kind-of-way. She's struggling to retain her humanity and Zoey doesn't have a clue how to help. But she does know that anything they discover must be kept secret. Trust has become a rare commodity. Sinister forces are at work at the House of Night, where the line between friend and enemy is becoming dangerously blurred.

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The Dark Circle

Author: Linda Grant

Publisher: Virago (2017)

All over Britain life is beginning again now the war is over but for Lenny and Miriam, East End London teenage twins who have been living on the edge of the law, life is suspended - they've contacted tuberculosis. It's away to the sanatorium - newly opened by the NHS - in deepest Kent for them where they will meet a very different world: among other patients, an aristocract, a young university grad, a mysterious German woman and an American merchant seaman with big ideas about love and rebellion. They are not the only ones whose lives will be changed forever

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Stay With Me

Author: Ayòbámi Adébáyò

Publisher: Canongate Books (2017)

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything - arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, appeals to God. But when her relatives insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 1980s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about desperate attempts to save ourselves and those we love from heartbreak.

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The Girl In Between

Author: Sarah Carroll

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (2017)

I know the mill has a story cos there’s something strange going on. I heard something. I’ve decided that I’m going to find out what it is later today when Ma leaves. Cos even if it is scary, we live here and we’re never leaving. So if there’s something going on, I need to know. In an old, abandoned mill, a girl and her ma take shelter from their memories of life on the streets. To the girl it’s home, her safe place, the Castle. But as her ma spins out of control and the Authorities move ever closer, the girl finds herself trapped – stuck in the crumbling mill with only the ghosts of the past for company. Can she move on before it’s too late?

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The Snatching Of Bookie Bob

Author: Damon Runyan

Part of a series: Penguin 60s

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (1995)

This collection of stories by Damon Runyan" includes 'The Snatching of Bookie Bob", "Sense of Humour", "A Very Honourable Guy", "It Comes Up Mud" and "The Bloodhounds of Broadway".

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Onassis

Author: Willi Frischauer

Publisher: The Bodley Head (1968)

....Paints a very clear picture of a man who was exceptional in his business dealings despite the difficulties he had to encounter.

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Twenty Letters To A Friend

Authors: Svetlana Alliluyeva, Priscilla Johnson

Publisher: World Books (1968)

These letters were written during the summer of 1963 in the village of Zhukovka, outside Moscow. The writing took thirty-five days. The free, letter form enabled me to be completely candid. I believe that I am, in a way, bearing witness.

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White Death

Authors: Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos

Part of a series: Numa Files

Publisher: Penguin (2004)

When a confrontation between a radical environmental group and a Danish cruiser off the Faroe Islands sinks a ship, trapping her crew beneath the waves, Kurt Austin of NUMA is immediately called to the rescue. Investigating the collision, Austin uncovers a trail of sabotage that leads to a sinister multinational corporation seeking control of the waves. When he is almost killed for his trouble, Austin knows that this is one organization that will let nothing stand in its way. But with an environmental disaster unfolding, the clock is ticking for Austin and the NUMA team ...

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All The Things That Could Go Wrong

Author: Stewart Foster

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd (2017)

There are two sides to every story. DAN is angry. Nothing has been the same since his big brother left and he’s taking it out on the nearest and weakest target: ALEX. ALEX is struggling. His OCD makes it hard for him to leave the house, especially when DAN and his gang are waiting for him at school... Then the boys’ mums arrange for them to meet up and finish building the raft that Dan started with his brother. Two enemies stuck together for the whole of the school holidays – what could possibly go wrong?

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