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We are Family by Ryan Wheatcroft and Patricia Hegarty - £10.99
All families are different - and yet in many ways the same!   This book uses a gentle rhyming text to follow eight different families, celebrating their everyday differences as well as the similarities they share. ... more
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The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson - £6.99
How do you solve a mystery when you can hardly go outside? The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson is a sad yet funny mystery starring a hero with severe obsessive compulsive disorder.   When you spend most of your day trapped in your bedroom, stari ... more
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When I Coloured in the World by Ahmadreza Ahmadi, illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi - £7.99
This is a book of profound simplicity. A child uses crayons to colour and change the world, making it kinder, more hopeful place. Boredom gives way to play, darkness to light, drought to rain, crying to laughter, and much more.  A beautiful book ... more
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15 Things Not to Do with a Granny by Margaret McAllister, illustrated by Holly Sterling - £6.99
The hilarious follow-up to 15 Things Not to Do with a Baby has all the warmth and humour of its predecessor, focusing on the relationship between children and their granny.   DON'T hide an elephant in Granny's bed. DON'T send Granny up to the ... more
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Wonder by R.J. Palacio - £6.99
'My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.'   Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. ... more
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Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles) by Maria Turtschaninoff - £7.99
Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen, in the Hunger Winter. Before then, she had only heard rumours of its existence in secret folk tales. In a world where girls aren't allowed to learn or do as they please, an island inhabited solely b ... more
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Tough Guys Have Feelings Too by Keith Negley - £11.99
Keith Negley’s charming illustrations reveal heart wrenching emotions in unexpected places in this fun book that teaches children that even tough guys like wrestlers, astronauts, and superheroes have feelings too.   Children will love to rec ... more
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Dave's Rock by Frann Preston-Gannon - £6.99
In this funny and stylishly illustrated follow-up to Dave’s Cave, two lovable cavemen endeavour to make their rocks the very best they can – inventing, in the process, something rather remarkable. ... more
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The Wonderful Things You Will Be: A Growing-Up Poem by Emily Winfield Martin - £14.99
The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children... now and forever!   From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin’s rhythmic rhyme expresses all the l ... more
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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat - £6.99
On one very special day an imaginary friend is born on an island far away. Here, he and his other imaginary friends play all day and each night they sit beneath the stars, hoping and waiting for their turn to be picked, to be imagined, by a real chil ... more
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A Year Full of Stories: 52 Folk Tales and Legends from Around the World by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Christopher Corr - £12.99
This treasury of 52 stories collects together a rich resource of myths, fairy tales and legends from around the world, with a story for every week of the year.  The book is broken into 12 chapters, for each of the 12 months of the year, and thro ... more
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A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen, illustrated By Chris Riddell - £14.99
Two of the biggest names in children’s publishing, Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell, come together in a new poetry collection. The poems in A Great Big Cuddle fizz off the page with sound and rhythm, energy and laughter, as Rosen captures in the mos ... more
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Coming Home by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Kerry Hyndman - £6.99
A plucky little robin sets out on an epic journey. Through dark forests, driving rain, clapping thunder and flashing lightning. Across frozen wastes, huge mountains and stormy seas he flies. And all the while he's dreaming of home. Of her. But will h ... more
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Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World by Kate Pankhurst - £6.99
Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, has created this wildly wonderful and accessible book about women who really changed the world.   Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live i ... more
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A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould - £6.99
You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.  It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible.  A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and a boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to ... more
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The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig - £12.99
JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF MAGIC  If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end?   When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas.  But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fa ... more
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Little Stars by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt - £6.99
Hetty Feather has begun a new chapter in her life story. Escaping from Tanglefield's Travelling Circus with her dearest friend Diamond, Hetty is determined to find them positions as glamorous music hall artistes.   Hetty and Diamond quickly be ... more
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The Laugh Out Loud Joke Book by Michael Rosen - £5.99
How loud can you LOL? Louder than an elephant’s trump? Loud enough to shatter glass? Louder than fireworks? Grab your ear protectors and put it to the test with Michael Rosen’s super-silly book of funnies.  Specially created to celebrate the ... more
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Roald Dahl Whizzpopping Joke Book by Roald Dahl - £5.99
Roald Dahl's Whizzpopping Joke Book is a collection of hundreds of great jokes would make even the Trunchbull laugh!  Inspired by Roald Dahl's wonderful world, these gigglesome gags are guaranteed to raise a chuckle from human beans young and ol ... more
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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky - £16.99
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world.  Full of striking ... more
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Whistling in the Dark by Shirley Hughes - £6.99
In the hardship of war, everything is rationed except true friendship. From much-loved author Shirley Hughes comes a compelling wartime adventure set during the Liverpool Blitz. Liverpool, 1940: thirteen-year-old Joans home is under threat from ... more
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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne - £7.99
When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy household at the top of the German mountains. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast a ... more
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Katy by Jacqueline Wilson - £6.99
Katy's life changes in dramatic and unexpected ways after a serious accident. Inspired by the much-loved classic, What Katy Did, bestselling children's favourite Jacqueline Wilson creates an irresistible modern version for the twenty-first-centur ... more
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Peace Maker by Malorie Blackman - £5.99
Michela knows the law - everyone must wear a Peace Maker device at all times, and it must never be tampered with. Non-aggression is her society's founding principle, and the Peace Maker the means by which is it enforced. But Michela is desperate to ... more
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Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis - £6.99
Imara and Bobo are two children living with a band of rebel soldiers in the African jungle. When an orphaned gorilla is brought to their camp they swear to protect it. But in their war-ravaged world, can they ever find true safety? ... more
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100 Things to Know Before You Grow Up by National Geographic Kids - £7.99
It's fun to be a kid, but are you ready for what comes next? Challenge yourself with these 100 things and you will be! Jam-packed with tips, tricks, and skills that every kid should master before turning 18, this list book is the ultimate guide to be ... more
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Awful Auntie by David Walliams - £6.99
From number one bestselling author David Walliams comes another heartfelt but hilarious hoot of an adventure. Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily S ... more
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The Bus is for Us! by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Gillian Tyler - £6.99
A lively rhyming picture book about transport by poet and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, author of We're Going on a Bear Hunt.   Small children take great delight in things that go whether by bicycle, car, boat, or plane. And bes ... more
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Girls Can Do Anything: The Incredible Girl-o-Pedia of Astounding Achievements by Caitlin Doyle, illustrated by Chuck Gonzales - £8.99
From sports to innovation, art to politics – meet the incredible women who got there first.  Ever heard the saying It’s a man’s world? Clearly, the speaker had never met Amelia Earhart or Harriet Tubman. Those feisty females, and many more, ... more
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The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce, illustrated by Steven Lenton - £6.99
The eagerly awaited new stand-alone novel from multi-award-winning author and scriptwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, with illustrations throughout by Steven Lenton. Find out why it's not easy being green in the hilarious story from Frank Cottrell Boy ... more
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Historopedia: The Story of Ireland From Then Until Now by Fatti Burke and John Burke - £21.99
It’s A Time-Travelling Journey Through Ireland... It’s A Historopedia!   Buckle up and get ready to travel back in time with John and Fatti Burke’s new adventure through Ireland’s history. This breathtakingly exciting book discovers I ... more
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Looking-Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy - £6.99
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, a compelling modern-day re-imagining of Alice's story by every girl's favourite author, Cathy Cassidy. Alice is thrilled when Savannah invites her to a Wonderland-themed sleepover; she's ... more
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The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith - £7.99
Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dense forest. For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend had been Star, who lit the forest paths each night. But then one night Star wasn't there, and Fox had to face the forest all alone...  ... more
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My Little Book of Big Freedoms by Chris Riddell - £3.99
Perfect for everyone between the ages of 4 and 104! Uniquely created for Amnesty International by Chris Riddell, the current Children’s Laureate, this little book is full of beautiful, hopeful pictures interpreting our freedoms. Perfect for adults ... more
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Welcome by Barroux - £6.99
The follow-up to Barroux's stunning and critically acclaimed Where's the Elephant? and Where's the Starfish?   When Polar Bear and his friends are swept away from their icy home, they hope to find refuge in a new land. But when they are turned ... more
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Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez - £14.99
Every night, tiny lights appear out of the darkness in Sandy’s bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning she brings them back to life in her whimsical drawings. When a mysterio ... more
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The Seeds of Friendship by Michael Foreman - £6.99
A powerful and beautifully illustrated fable about friendship from the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman, who is best known for classics like War Boy and for illustrating Michael Morpurgo's stories.  In this mov ... more
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Home by Carson Ellis - £6.99
Influential artist Carson Ellis makes her solo picture-book debut with a beautifully imaginative tribute to the many possibilities of home.   The picture book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and Lemony Snicket's ... more
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Perfect by Nicola Davies - £8.99
Perfect is a story of anticipation, disappointment, acceptance and, ultimately, love. Written by award-winning children’s author Nicola Davies, it tells the story of a young boy learning to accept his baby sister as being perfect in every way in sp ... more
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Amazing Grace (25th Anniversary Edition) by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch - £12.99
Grace loves to act out stories. Sometimes she plays the leading part, sometimes she is 'a cast of thousands.' When her school decides to perform Peter Pan, Grace is longing to play Peter, but her classmates say that Peter was a boy, and besides, he w ... more
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Nothing! by Yasmeen Ismail - £6.99
Mummy and Lila are going to visit Grandpa, but Lila is busy in her own imaginative world. Whenever Mummy asks her what she is doing, she always says, "Nothing!" Only the reader is allowed in to her colourful, crazy, creative world where she is wrestl ... more
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Seasons of Splendour: Tales, Myths and Legends of India by Madhur Jaffrey, illustrated by Michael Foreman - £6.99
India is particularly rich in colourful follore. These stories, told by parents to their children for many generations, make a rich and dazzling collection of mythological tales drawn from a great heritage of Hindu epics - from the life of the great ... more
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Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord by Bessora and Barroux, ranslated from the French by Sarah Ardizzone - £12.99
"Read it and weep. We weep because we know how fortunate we are, because we do so little to reach out and help those who need us most. So often we pass by on the other side. So often we look away. Once you read this deeply troubling book, passing by, ... more
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Lost Tales by Adam Murphy - £8.99
Step into a world of stories from all over the globe...   In the land of the Mi'kmaq, there lived an invisible warrior, who longed to be seen...  In the Punjab, there lived a poor hermit who had repudiated riches...   In Brazil, ... more
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Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom by Amnesty International UK - £10.99
A varied and thought-provoking collection of short stories and poems for teens with a conscience, with striking cover illustrations by award-winning children’s laureate Chris Riddell.   With contributions from Frances Hardinge, Sarah Crossan, Ma ... more
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My Name is Book by John Agard, illustrated by Neil Packer - £7.99
“My name is Book and I’ll tell you the story of my life.”   Non-fiction like you've never read it before! Quirky and humorous, part poetry, part reflection, this is the story of the book told by none other than ... BOOK! This extraordi ... more
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Book 9) by Jeff Kinney - £6.99
A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you're the Heffleys.   The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a ru ... more
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The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight by Helen and Thomas Docherty - £6.99
Leo the mouse isn't like the other knights. While they like fighting, he'd rather read a book. Leo's parents are keen to turn him into a proper knight, so they pack him off on a mission to tame a dragon. But Leo knows that books are mightier than swo ... more
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Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe - £6.99
An inspiring, uplifting and sympathetic story about sexuality and self-acceptance, Lucy Sutcliffe's debut memoir is a personal and moving coming out story.  In 2010, at seventeen, Lucy Sutcliffe began an online friendship with Kaelyn, a young ve ... more
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Ready Steady Mo! by Mo Farah and Kes Gray, illustrated by Marta Kissi - £6.99
From Olympic gold medal winner Mo Farah and bestselling author of Oi Frog, Kes Gray, comes a fun and action-packed picture book debut that will get kids reading, and running too!   From Olympic gold medal winner, national treasure and father o ... more
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A Fun ABC by Sade Fadipe and Shedrach Ayalomeh - £6.99
Adanah goes on an alphabetical adventure to visit her grandfather in the village.   Each letter from A to Z is shown through delightful visual puzzles. How many objects starting with the same letter can you find? Can you spot the mask hanging ... more
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