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We are Family by Ryan Wheatcroft and Patricia Hegarty - £7.99
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 Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton - £11.99
This surreal modern folk-tale tells the story of an adventurous young girl who must protect a peaceful living creature.   Erin is fascinated by the stories of Black Rock: a huge, dark and spiky mass that is said to destroy any boats that come near ... more
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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison - £13.99
This beautifully illustrated book introduces reader of all ages to 40 women who changed the world.   Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundari ... more
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The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Hannah Horn - £7.99
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2017   From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name ... more
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Molly Rogers, Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke, illustrated by Kasia Matyjaszek - £6.99
Ferocious pirate Captain Firebeard his crew rule the high seas. But the dastardly pirates meet their match when they kidnap a small, feisty girl named Molly on the way to visit her granny!  Information for Grown-Ups: This book has a dyslexia- ... more
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Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler - £6.99
When being a flying dragon just isn’t cool enough, what do you do? You become a flying doctor!   Sunburnt mermaids, distressed unicorns and sneezy lions? They’re all in a day’s work for Zog and his high-flying friends! Princess Pearl gi ... more
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Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke - £9.99
Zita's life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.   When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shoc ... more
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The Turkey That Voted For Christmas by Madeleine Cook, illustrated by Samara Hardy - £6.99
Timmy Turkey would love to see Christmas come to Pear Tree Farm. But how can that happen when all his family always vote 'NO'?  Timmy leads a brilliant campaign. But how will the animals vote? And how will they escape Farmer Carver's turkey twiz ... more
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A World Full of Animal Stories: 50 Favourite Animal Folk Tales, Myths and Legends by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Aitch - £12.99
Travel the world with 50 best-loved tales, featuring creatures big and small. This beautifully-illustrated collection of classic stories brings together favourite animal-themed fables, myths and legends including The Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckl ... more
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Bah! Humbug! by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Tony Ross - £10.99
Utterly heartwarming! A seasonal classic brought up to date by two giants of kids’ fiction.   Can a school play of A Christmas Carol help Harry’s dad to find the spirit of Christmas? Harry Gruber is feeling pretty nervous – and not just ... more
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Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig - £12.99
LET THE BATTLE FOR CHRISTMAS BEGIN!  It isn’t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.   For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when yo ... more
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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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Little People, Big Dreams: Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Marta Antelo - £9.99
New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the incredible life of Rosa Parks, 'The Mother of the Freedom Movement', in this inspiring story.   In this true story of an inspiring civil rights activist, Rosa Parks grew up during seg ... 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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Love Matters Most by Mij Kelly, illustrated by Gerry Turley - £6.99
A stunning and uplifting picture book celebrating the special bond between a parent and child.  There are many amazing things - faraway stars that glitter and gleam and snowflakes that melt to a tear - but nothing is as wonderful as a mother' ... more
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Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales by Justin Richards, illustrated by David Wardle - £12.99
We are all stories, in the end . . .   A stunning illustrated collection of fifteen dark and ancient fairy tales from the world of Doctor Who.   These captivating stories include mysterious myths and legends about heroes and monsters of ... 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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Parrots Don't Live in the City! by Lucy Reynolds, illustrated by Jenna Herman - £7.99
'They were flying their kite loop-the-loop up high, when something emerald flickered by...'   Join Jack and Emily as they explore a world of hidden animals, birds and minibeasts in search of one very special creature...   Parrots Don't Live in ... 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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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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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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Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell - £5.99
This work introduces Miss Ottoline Brown, an exceptionally inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, Mr Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve... Ottoline lives in a stylish apartment in Big City with a s ... more
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The White Fox by Jackie Morris - £7.99
The day the fox came things began to change for Sol. Lost, alone and far away from home, Sol feels a deep connection with the little Arctic fox he discovers down at the Seattle docks – he too feels lost in the big city. Dad is always busy working a ... 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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Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) by Polly Faber, illustrated By Clara Vulliamy - £6.99
A charming collection of four beautifully illustrated stories about the unlikely friendship between Mango, a little girl, and Bambang, an Asian tapir.  Mango Allsorts is good at all sorts of things, not just karate and chess. Bambang is most def ... 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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Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge - £7.99
Fly By Night is a breathtaking adventure story, set in reimagined eighteenth-century England, and is the stunning debut novel from Frances Hardinge, author of the Costa Award winning The Lie Tree.   As the realm struggles to maintain an uneasy ... 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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The Polar Bear Explorers' Club by Alex Bell - £6.99
It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer – tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk – but Stella really, really didn’t want that to happen, just the same.   Join Stella Starflake Pear ... more
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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo - £17.99
THE SENSATIONAL NO.1 BESTSELLER   What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the ki ... more
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A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space by Libby Jackson - £16.99
From small steps to giant leaps, A Galaxy of Her Own tells fifty stories of inspirational women who have been fundamental to the story of humans in space, from scientists to astronauts to some surprising roles in between.   From Ada Lovelace i ... 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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The Starman and Me by Sharon Cohen - £6.99
He wasn't an alien, I was sure of that. It was more like he'd walked in through an ancient door from the past... except he was here, in my bedroom and his misty forest was somewhere real on Planet Earth.   Twelve-year-old Kofi first spots ... 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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Goodnight World by Debi Gliori - £6.99
Goodnight ice and goodnight snow, Goodnight lights above, aglow.   Join in the list of important things to say goodnight to – ships, animals, plants, toys and of course, the sun – in this beautifully illustrated rhyming text, perfect for ... 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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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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What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid - £12.99
What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid is a richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more ... 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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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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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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