08 February 2017

A Murder Most Unladylike Mini Mystery: The Case of the Blue Violet by Robin Stevens

The Honourable Daisy Wells, President of the Detective Society, has been asked by Violet Darby (aka one of the Big Girls) to solve a most puzzling romantic mystery. Can Daisy crack the case? Of course she can! This short but sweet romantic caper is a mini-mystery in the award-winning detective series, with a conundrum as satisfying to solve as any of the longer Murder Most Unladylike reads. A perfect pick for young readers who love crime stories.

Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

Lonely Mr. Hoppy lives upstairs and secretly loves downstairs-dweller Mrs. Silver. But Mrs. Silver only has eyes for her lovely tortoise, Alfie. Until one day Mr. Hoppy has an amazing idea… with the help of a magic spell and one hundred and forty tortoises, can shy Mr. Hoppy defeat his tortoise rival and win Mrs. Silver’s heart? The brilliant Roald Dahl’s reptile-inspired ridiculous romance will delight and entertain fans of Dahl’s wondercrump world!

The Little Mermaid by Linda Newbury

Everyone’s favourite underwater story tells of a little mermaid who longs to be human and is ready to sacrifice everything for the love of a Prince. A vintage tale about love under the sea, readers will delight in submerging themselves in this classic fairytale. As a Magic Beans Story, this special edition has been crafted by one of the best-loved writers for children to inspire and thrill young readers.

The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 7) by Jeff Kinney

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air, which is slightly awkward for the already slightly awkward Greg Heffley. Will he ever get a date for the school’s Valentine ball? But when Greg bags a date and his best friend Rowley is left dateless, it’s not what Greg expected. Can hapless Greg really be lucky in love? With chicken pox, a head stuck in a chair and many other messes involved, this hilariously funny novel-in-cartoons is sure to make readers laugh-out-loud over Valentine’s Day.

The Adventurous Snail by Dick King-Smith

Siegfried the snail loves to explore. With his home on his back he can go anywhere! One day his thirst for adventure takes him from his regular patch of grass to an airport and on a plane to America, where he makes friends with the President and even finds love with the wonderful Peggy Sue! A sparky story about a Brit abroad by the master of animal stories Dick King-Smith.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Beautiful barn spider Charlotte strikes up an unlikely friendship with loveable pig Wilbur when he’s moved into her barn. But quickly Wilbur’s life is threatened at the Zuckerman farm and Charlotte must find a clever way to save her friends bacon! A heart-warming, unforgettable classic with kindness and a loving friendship at its core. A much-loved story that will be enjoyed again and again. 

My Granny’s Great Escape by Jeremy Strong

Nicolas’ Granny has fallen in love with Lancelot, the elderly Hell’s Angel next door. Love?! Yes, really. Nicolas’ Dad isn’t at all happy about it but Granny’s on a quest to marry the man of her dreams and won’t let anyone stand in her way. A whirlwind romance that’s cheeky and rebellious, Granny’s escape is packed full of fun. Part of a hilarious series featuring Nicolas and his family, this family-focused caper will leave kids wanting to read more.

Bhangra Babes by Narinder Dhami

It’s taken long enough but Amber, Jazz and Geena Dhillon’s auntie has finally got engaged and now all the sisters want to find some romance of their own. Luckily enough there’s a new boy at school called Rocky, who all three girls want to impress. But which sister will he like best? Flirting, friendship and feuds, this is an entertaining comedy of errors as the sisters compete for his heart. Bhangra Babes is sweet and funny story of siblings and weddings that’s better than a Bollywood movie!

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Mistreated Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside at the outbreak of World War II. Housed by recluse Tom Oakley, a village outcast, Willie experiences a completely different life to the one he left in the city. Christening his new guardian ‘Mister Tom’, the unlikely pairing develop a close friendship, full of love and care, as a unique bond blossoms between Willie and Tom. This award-winning classic is a powerful story of loneliness, love and homeliness, and is a heart-warming family favourite.

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