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The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig - £6.99
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 fade, and Fath ... more
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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, Volume One by Philip Pullman - £20.00
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory w ... 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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Greta Zargo and the Death Robots from Outer Space by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton - £6.99
Nobody knew it at that moment, but only three things stood in the way of the complete destruction of the Earth: one elderly parrot; one eight-year-old spelling mistake; and an intrepid young schoolgirl-turned-reporter in search of a story...  ... more
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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu - £7.99
When an unlikely teenager stands up to sexism in her high school she unwittingly starts a feminist revolution that shakes her whole town. It's time to fight like a girl! Perfect for fans of Holly Bourne.   Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with ... more
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Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano - £14.99
This is a powerful and timely story about one boy's epic journey across Africa to Europe, a graphic novel for all children with glorious colour artwork throughout. From Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children's Laureate, and the team behind his bestse ... more
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Imagine by John Lennon, illustrated by Jean Jullien - £12.99
"Never have we all, child and grown-up child, needed this more, the words and the song in our hearts, lifting our spirits, giving us hope, and determination too to find the road to understanding, conciliation and peace."(Michael Morpurgo) Join one ... more
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Cogheart by Peter Bunzl - £6.99
Lily's life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?   With her friends - Robert, the clockmaker's son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox - Lily is plunged int ... more
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Do You Speak Chocolate? by Cas Lester - £5.99
'I just knew we were going to be friends. Don't ask me to explain why. I can't. But i just knew.'   Jaz has found the best way to make friends with new girl Nadima, who doesn't speak any English - by offering her a chocolate bar. Nadima grins and ... more
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How the Sun Got to Coco's House by Bob Graham - £6.99
With an eye for capturing small moments of shared experience, Bob Graham illuminates the natural wonder that comes with every new day.   From prolific and multi-award winning writer and illustrator Bob Graham comes an enchanting story about the su ... more
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Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Kevin Waldron - £12.99
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 Fire Eaters by David Almond - £7.99
There he was, below the bridge, half-naked, eyes blazing. He had a pair of burning torches. He ran them back and forth across his skin. He sipped from a bottle, breathed across a torch, and fire and fumes leapt from his lips. The air was filled with ... more
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Come All You Little Persons by John Agard, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle - £6.99
From above earth, from above sky, from below earth, from under water, come all you little persons come exactly as you are.   Come little bird person, come little bee person, come little tree person - little persons from all over the world ... more
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A Change Is Gonna Come: Brand New Stories and Poetry About Change by Various authors - £7.99
An anthology of stories and poetry on the theme of change featuring Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers for Young Adults.  Featuring top Young Adult authors and introducing a host of exciting new voices, this anthology of stories and poe ... more
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Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen - £6.99
The moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox and their epic journey to be reunited. Beautifully illustrated by multi-award winner, Jon Klassen.   Pax was only a kit when his family was killed and he was rescued by his ... more
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Half a Creature from the Sea: A Life in Stories by David Almond, illustrated By Eleanor Taylor - £6.99
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from a master storyteller and Hans Christian Andersen Award winning author, inspired by his childhood in the north-east of England.   A diverse collection of stories from the author of th ... more
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Sky Dancer by Gill Lewis - £6.99
When the whole community is divided over the fate of the hen harriers that nest up there in the heather, Joe finds himself stuck right in the middle, with a choice to make, and a huge secret to keep.  Joe can't do what's right for everyone. But ... more
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Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross - £6.99
The hotly-anticipated next novel from NUMBER ONE bestselling author, David Walliams  Jack�s Grandpa...  *wears his slippers to the supermarket *serves up Spam � la Custard for dinner *and often doesn�t remember Jack�s name  ... more
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Riding on a Caravan: A Silk Road Adventure by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Helen Cann - £6.99
Travel along the Silk Road with a multi-generational family from Xi'an, China, to where China and India meet. Along the way, you'll explore China's varied geography and discover how the Silk Road fostered cultural diversity a century ago.  Inclu ... more
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I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds - £9.99
When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice from the bestselling picture-book dream team that brought us I Am Yoga.  Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect ... more
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Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie - £6.99
Meet Izzy Gizmo - a fabulously feisty new character from Pip Jones (Squishy McFluff; Daddy's Sandwich) brought brilliantly to life with exuberant and detailed illustratrions from the best-selling illustrator of Detective Dog, Sara Ogilvie. Shortliste ... more
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The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill - £6.99
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wis ... more
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Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker - £13.99
Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photograp ... more
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling - £7.99
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on sta ... more
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Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager, illustrated by Zoe More O - £12.99
This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG. Three starred reviews!   World history has been made by countless lesbian, ... more
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Thornhill by Pam Smy - £14.99
"Pam Smy has created a wonderful piece of work in Thornhill... I think it's terrific."(Philip Pullman) As she unpacks in her new bedroom, Ella is irresistibly drawn to the big old house that she can see out of her window. Surrounded by overgrown g ... more
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Pearl Power And The Girl With Two Dads by Mel Elliott - £7.99
Pearl didn't want to upset her chum, but she had to ask, "where is your mum?"   Matilda explained that there isn't a mother, "I have two dads and they love one another.   A mum and a dad isn't always the rule, my family is different"   Pearl ... more
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V Is For Vegan by Ruby Roth - £12.50
Introducing three-to-seven-year-olds to the “ABCs” of a compassionate lifestyle, V Is for Vegan is a must-have for vegan and vegetarian parents, teachers, and activists!   Acclaimed author and artist Ruby Roth brings her characteristic insigh ... more
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This Book Will (Help You) Change the World by Sue Turton, illustrated by Alice Skinner - £9.99
Protest injustice. Campaign for change. Vote for your future.   Featuring contributions from C4 anchor Jon Snow, Avaaz.com founder Jeremy Heimans, leader of Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution Joshua Wong and more, this is a powerhouse guide to po ... more
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Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, llustrated by David Roberts - £10.99
A #1 New York Times Bestseller A Wall Street Journal Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller   The creators of the New York Times bestselling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect are back with a story about the power of cu ... more
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Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah - £7.99
Alem is on holiday with his father for a few days in London. He has never been out of Ethiopia before and is very excited. They have a great few days togther until one morning when Alem wakes up in the bed and breakfast they are staying at to find th ... more
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Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton - £6.99
The winner of the 2014 Association of Illustrators' Award for Children's Books, Shh! is the covetable new picture book from Chris Haughton, one of the most exciting new voices in children's literature. From Chris Haughton, the multi award-winning au ... more
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Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World by Reshma Saujani - £12.99
Crack the code to your future dreams...  Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code (https://girlswhocode.com/) has been leading the charge to get girls interested in technology and coding. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire y ... more
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The Get Creative Journal by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt - £6.99
Taking inspiration from Jacqueline Wilson's brilliant characters, fire your imagination and get your creative juices flowing with this boredom-busting activity journal, beautifully illustrated by Nick Sharratt and complete with space to record your i ... more
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Tidy by Emily Gravett - £6.99
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017  From the creator of Meerkat Mail and Dogs, comes a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy.  Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all ... more
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My Little Book of Big Freedoms: The Human Rights Act in Pictures by Chris Riddell - £9.99
A classic picture-book edition of My Little Book of Big Freedoms illustrated by the former Waterstones Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, published in partnership with Amnesty International UK.   We all want a good life, to have fun, to be sa ... more
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William Morris 123 by William Morris, illustrated by Elizabeth Catchpole - £6.99
With this beautifully illustrated board book, learn your numbers with William Morris and his lovely designs.  Starting with one tree and ending with 10 butterflies, this is the perfect introduction to counting for very young children. ... more
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William Morris ABC by William Morris, illustrated by Elizabeth Catchpole - £6.99
With this beautifully illustrated board book, learn your first words with William Morris and his lovely designs.  Starting with a for apple and ending with z for zebra, this is the perfect introduction to first words for very young children. ... more
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You Can Do Anything by Akala, illustrated by Sav - £6.99
A new picture book series from the MOBO award-winning hip hop artist Akala, bursting with bright colour artwork from acclaimed illustrator Sav.   Hip, a wise hippo; and Hop, his energetic bird friend are taking part in the Blueberry Hill bi ... more
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell - £6.99
Ada is back in the sequel to the award-winning Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse.  Preparations for the Ghastly-Gorm Garden Party and bake-off are under way. Celebrity cooks are arriving at the hall for the big event and, true to form, Maltravers, ... more
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Clover Moon by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt - £6.99
Clover Moon's imagination is her best escape from a life of hardship in poverty-stricken Victorian London. When tragedy plunges her into a world of grief, Clover realizes that everything she loved about the place she called home is gone. Clover hears ... more
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The Journey by Francesca Sanna - £12.99
“I look up to the birds that seem to be following us. They are migrating just like us. And their journey, like ours, is very long, but they don’t have to cross any borders.”   What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel m ... more
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Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere - £6.99
Grumpy Frog is not grumpy. He loves green, and he loves to hop, and he loves winning. But what happens when Grumpy Frog doesn't win, or encounters - horror of horrors - a Pink Rabbit?   Join Grumpy Frog as he learns about compromise and tolera ... more
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Coraline by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell - £6.99
There is something strange about Coralines new home. Its not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. Its the other house th ... more
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Lionboy by Zizou Corder - £7.99
Charlie Ashanti can speak Cat. He takes it for granted - but when his Mum and Dad go missing, the cats are the only friends he can turn to.Setting out to find his parents, Charlie stows away on an incredible circus ship bound for Paris. On board he ... more
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100 Hugs by Chris Riddell - £9.99
100 Hugs is a gorgeous collection of hugs from Children's Laureate Chris Riddell is the perfect gift for a loved one, or to cheer yourself up on a dark day.  The beautiful illustrations from three-time winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal co ... more
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Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan - £12.99
In a hot, hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will no ... more
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A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis, illustrated by Jo Weaver - £8.99
In a small boat spinning out on the sea sits a group of refugees, fleeing their war-stricken homes. They have nothing - except their memories, their stories, and their music.  In this very special, lyrical fable, beautifully illustrated by Jo We ... more
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Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom by Amnesty International UK - £7.99
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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Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman - £7.99
Olivia and her twin brother, Aidan, are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that completely wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.   Nathan's ship is heading in the opposite direction. But on the journ ... more
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Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts - £8.99
Embark on an adventure of personal creativity and invention with fan favorite Rosie Revere!  This activity book features art from the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds. Kids will h ... more
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