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Power to the Princess: 15 Favourite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power by Vita Murrow, illustrated by Julia Bereciartu - £12.99
What if princesses didn’t always marry Prince Charming and live happily ever after? In this stunning anthology – elegantly presented in a red, clothbound hard cover with gold-toned metallic debossing – 15 favourite fairytales have been retold f ... more
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Sweep by Louise Greig, illustrated by Júlia Sardà - £6.99
An uplifting story about confronting big emotions from the author of The Night Box, stunningly illustrated by Júlia Sardà.   Ed's bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spre ... more
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Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan, illustrated by Karen Vaughan - £8.99
The highly acclaimed, multi-prize-winning collection of retold fairytales; Tangleweed and Brine from Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated by Karen Vaughan is now available in paperback and includes an exclusive new short story, ‘Waking Beauty’.  ... more
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An Anty-War Story by Tony Ross - £11.99
The only ant with his own name, Douglas is born into the wonderful Antworld and dreams of one day joining the line to hunt out food. But his superiors have other plans for him: Douglas is to be a soldier. They tell him his job is all about parading, ... more
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Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens by Marieke Nijkamp (Editor) - £13.99
This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. With stories in various genres about first loves, friendship, war, travel, and more, Unbroken will offer today's teen ... more
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Poems to Live Your Life By by Chris Riddell (illustrator) - £10.99
In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between.   This gorgeously illustrated collection includes forty-six ... more
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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts - £8.99
Rosie Revere is no stranger to flops and fails, kerfuffles and catastrophes. After all, engineering is all about perseverance! But this time, Rosie has a really important project to tackle—one that feels much bigger than herself.  Rosie’s ... more
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Things You Find in a Poet's Beard by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £9.99
Things You Find in a Poet’s Beard is a collection of poems that have been shouted at children from schools to church halls. They are a curation of silly tales that have been illustrated and bound into a book.   Perhaps you’ll want to annoy yo ... more
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Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived - Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords by Christel Dee and Simon Guerrier - £16.99
Meet the women who run the Whoniverse.   From Sarah Jane Smith to Bill Potts, from Susan Foreman to the Thirteenth Doctor, women are the beating heart of Doctor Who. Whether they’re facing down Daleks or thwarting a Nestene invasion, these women ... more
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A Kid in My Class by Rachel Rooney, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £10.99
He’s not scared of nothing. Nobody. Never. Nah. Which means that he is. Tough kid. Not tough enough. I know - I once met his dad. ​  They’re all here... every kid in the class. The pushy one, the shy one. The whizz kid and th ... more
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Doctor Who: One Doctor, Two Hearts by Adam Howling - £7.99
Learn your 1, 2, 3 across the stars, with the help of the Doctor and friends!   One Doctor. Two Hearts. Three Knocks. Four Daleks...   A Doctor Who counting book with a timey-wimey twist on every page! Featuring Doctors, companions and m ... more
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Doctor Who: T is for TARDIS by Adam Howling - £7.99
A is for Angel. B is for Bow Tie. C is for Cyberman. D is for Doctor!   Featuring Doctors, companions and monsters both past and present, kids of all ages will love this Doctor Who alphabet book.   Includes stunning original illustratio ... more
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Toto the Ninja Cat and the Incredible Cheese Heist by Dermot O’Leary, illustrated by Nick East - £6.99
Toto is no ordinary cat, and she can't wait for you to join her on her SECOND ninja adventure! From one of the UK's best-loved broadcasters.   Toto, the amazing ninja cat, is back and cooler than ever! Toto is almost blind, but that doesn't s ... more
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The Good Guys: 50 Heroes Who Changed the World with Kindness by Rob Kemp, illustrated by Paul Blow - £12.99
A gloriously illustrated celebration of men who have changed the world with kindness and compassion.   A life-changing book that shows kids it's cool to be kind.   A gloriously illustrated celebration of heroes who have changed the worl ... more
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Voices of the Future: Stories from Around the World by Various authors - £14.99
A wonderful anthology of eight stories addressing children's rights and sustainable development, written by child authors from all around the world and produced in conjunction with UNESCO's Voices of Future Generations initiative.   UNESCO's Voice ... more
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Doctor Who: The Day She Saved the Doctor - Four Stories from the TARDIS by Susan Calman, Jenny T. Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner, and Dorothy Koomson - £12.99
The Doctor's Companion: A person who explores time and space with the Doctor, fights enemies with the Doctor, and often has to save the Doctor's life.  If it wasn't for the companions, the Doctor probably wouldn't have made it out of so many ... more
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Lily and the Polar Bears by Jion Sheibani - £6.99
One day Lily was playing on the beach with her Grandpa when she spotted something in the distance...  POLAR BEARS! Lots of polar bears! All floating on pieces of melting ice.   One evening, Lily is playing on the beach... And who should float in ... more
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Everybody's Welcome by Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Greg Abbott - £7.99
Wouldn’t it be great if you could build a home that opened its doors to everyone – tall or short, fat or thin, rich or poor... Well, perhaps if everybody pitches in to help, one little mouse can achieve that dream.  This heart-warming sto ... more
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Girls Can Do Anything! by Caryl Hart and Ali Pye - £6.99
Do you want to climb a mountain? Drive a fire engine? Or maybe become the prime minister when you grow up? Well – the girls in this picture book know that they can do anything. And guess what: so can you!   Join a gang of go-getting girls f ... more
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Want to Play Trucks? by Ann Stott, illustrated by Bob Graham - £7.99
Jack likes trucks. Alex likes dolls. What will they play together? Their new favourite game, of course!  From Ann Stott and Bob Graham, the multi award-winning creator of Silver Buttons and A Bus Called Heaven, comes a story of friendship, pe ... more
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England: Poems from a School by Kate Clanchy (Editor) - £9.99
"Not just good for school children, but great by any standard’"(Phillip Pullman) Oxford Spires Academy is a small comprehensive school with 30 languages – and one special focus: poetry. In the last five years, its students have won every prize ... more
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Far-Flung Adventures: Corby Flood by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - £6.99
Corby Flood and her family are about to set sail on the rather ramshackle cruise ship, the S.S. Euphonia. Her boisterous brothers might not have noticed that anything is wrong, but Corby is highly observant and has a lot of time for note-taking and e ... more
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Far-Flung Adventures: Hugo Pepper by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - £6.99
A brilliantly inventive, fabulously illustrated addition to the Far-Flung Adventure series from the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator team, Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.   Set in the same world as Fergus Crane and Corby Floo ... more
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Franklin's Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell - £6.99
A spellbinding story about the magic of books for children aged 3+   Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even look at him. One day he meets a girl named Luna who, far from being ... more
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Children in Our World: Refugees and Migrants by Ceri Roberts, illustrated by Hanane Kai - £8.99
A beautifully illustrated picture book that sensitively explains larger issues and crises that dominate the news in an appropriate manner for children.  The Children in Our World picture book series helps children make sense of the larger iss ... more
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The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders - £6.99
The cat flap opened. Emily thought a wild animal was coming into the house. But the muddy creature that climbed through had four little wheels and a tail. It spoke in a voice like rough sandpaper. ‘Come on, you two – it’s nice and warm in here ... more
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Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival - £6.99
Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first it's not such a big worry, and that's all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like hersel ... more
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Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution by KaeLyn Rich - £11.99
An activism handbook for teen girls ready to fight for change, social justice, and equality.   Take on the world and make some serious change with this handbook to everything activism, social justice, and resistance. With in-depth guides to ev ... more
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Moonstruck Volume 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, Kate Leth, Caitlin Quirk and Clayton Cowles - £8.99
Monsters, romance and magical hijinks - oh my!   In the little college town of Blitheton, fantasy creatures live cosy, normal lives right alongside humans, and werewolf barista Julie strives to be the most normal of all. But all heck breaks loose ... more
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How to Bee by Bren MacDibble - £6.99
New Zealand-born author Bren MacDibble's first novel for children to be released in the UK explores the all-too-likely near future scenario of a world without bees.   Brave and fierce nine year-old Peony wants more than anything to become a ' ... more
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Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill - £11.99
When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other ... more
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The Beatles: Yellow Submarine by The Beatles, illustrated by Heinz Edelmann - £6.99
Join the Beatles as they set off on a magical adventure to bring music and love back to Pepperland in this anniversary paperback.  Once upon a time (or maybe twice), some 80,000 leagues beneath the sea, there lay a colourful land of music and ... more
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Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman, illustrated by Eda Kaban - £12.99
An empowering and educational picture book that proves colors are for everyone, regardless of gender.   Pink is for boys... and girls... and everyone! This timely and beautiful picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink ... more
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How to be a Lion by Ed Vere - £6.99
You don't have to ROAR to be heard...   Meet Leonard - a lion like no other. Leonard's best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don't they? And what will the pair do when their way of life is threatened?  A story about a lion an ... more
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The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie - £5.99
Imagine if you could grow dragons ... in your very own garden! A wonderfully funny and sparky series!  When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of this grandpa's garden, he doesn't think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit fro ... more
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Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow - £6.99
Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too, but you’ll have to try your best – he’s VERY good!   Have You Seen Elephant is an absurd and heart-warming picture book from a brilliant storyteller with perfect comic timing. Watch ... more
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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooklyn Allen - £10.99
Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together... and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!   Not only is it the ... more
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Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin Waldron - £6.99
When I was a boy, I had a favourite treat. It was when my mum made...   CHOCOLATE CAKE!   Ohhh! I LOVED chocolate cake.   Fantastically funny and full of silly noises, this is Michael Rosen's love letter to every child's favourite treat, c ... more
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The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge - £6.99
It’s Maisie’s birthday and she can’t wait to open her presents. She’s hoping for the things she needs to build her own nuclear reactor. But she wakes to an empty house and outside the front door is nothing but a terrifying, all-consuming blac ... more
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Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams and Sarah Stern - £9.99
Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel) and Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A Hellcat!) present the newest gal sleuth on the block with Goldie Vance, an exciting, whodunnit? adventure that mixes the fun of Eloise with the charm of Lum ... more
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Dear Martin by Nic Stone - £7.99
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.  Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League – but none of that matters to the police officer who just pu ... more
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Outfoxed by Claudia Boldt - £8.99
Harold is unlike any other fox. He hates the thought of eating chicken, for one thing, and he wants to be a detective when he grows up.  When Harold’s father challenges him to catch his first chicken, Harold finds himself faced with a dilemma — ... more
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The Day War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb - £10.00
A powerful and necessary picture book – the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known.  Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long ... more
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Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge and Joy San - £8.99
When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families.   Decades later, now in their mid-’60s, Hazel an ... more
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Feminist Baby Finds Her Voice! (Board Book) by Loryn Brantz - £10.99
Feminist Baby is learning to talk She says what she thinks and it totally rocks! Feminist Babies stand up tall “Equal rights and toys for all!”   Feminist Baby is back for more adventures - with new friends in tow! - in this refresh ... more
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This Is Sadie (Board Book) by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad - £6.99
Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to the dresses in her closet and talks to bi ... more
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Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi by Nnedi Okorafor - £7.99
Sunny Nwazue is back in this gripping sequel to Nnedi Okorafor's What Sunny Saw in the Flames.  Sunny has settled into life at the Leopard Society, with friends Orlu, Chichi and Sasha. Her magic powers continue to grow under the tutelage of h ... more
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Greta Zargo and the Amoeba Monsters from the Middle of the Earth by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton - £6.99
Greta Zargo doesn't know it, but once again she is about to unwittingly and unknowingly save the world...   Intrepid young schoolgirl-turned-reporter Greta Zargo is always in search of a Big Scoop and for once there are plenty of strange going ... more
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Make More Noise! by Various authors - £7.99
"You have to make more noise than anybody else"(Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British Suffragette movement) An incredible collection of brand new short stories, from ten of the UK’s very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls ... more
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We Wear Pants by Katie Abey - £6.99
Pandas wearing pants? Surely not! And what about wombats wearing wellies, sloths in socks, or even giraffes wearing scarves? Whatever you do today...don't forget to get dressed! For any parent who has ever struggled to get their kids dressed - thi ... more
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Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell - £6.99
Ottoline is back in Ottoline and the Purple Fox, a beautifully illustrated adventure from former Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.   Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who of ... more
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