James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Hold on to those hats, because this story will fly readers to the furthest corners of their imaginations. Lonely James lives a pretty miserable life with two particularly nasty aunts, but one day, he notices a peach growing and growing at the bottom of his garden. Inside this giant peach are seven unusual insects – all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. This timeless tale by Roald Dahl has been making eyes widen and pages flip for years and years. This edition is a real peach, too – it includes some fizz-whizzing funny stickers to really help bug fans bring James and his friends to life.

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

In this new novel from author extraordinaire Tom Fletcher, readers meet Lucy. Lucy’s always wondered about the strange creaking noises that we all hear at night when we’re trying to doze off, or at least she did until all of the adults in town mysteriously disappeared – leaving the kids in charge! Lucy’s determined to get to the bottom of the disappearance and nothing is going to stop her… except maybe a few Creakers. Fans of The Christmasaurus will love this darkly magical adventure story.

Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked by Adrian Edmondson

Life’s pretty tough for Jack – he lives with a drippy aunt, a smelly uncle and an all-round evil cousin. One day, Jack accidentally runs away from his ghastly family and, much to his surprise finds himself on a mission to free his mum from prison. But all adventures come with twists and turns; this one comes with a few talking animals and FAR too much horse poo! The perfect read from Sainsbury's Children's Book Award winner Adrian Edmondson is a non-stop laughathon. 

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman, Peter Bailey (Illustrator)

Enter Philip Pullman’s beautiful fairy-tale world in The Firework-Maker’s Daughter and join Lila on an adventurous journey in search of the final Firework-Making secret, so that she can finally become a Firework Maker herself. But there’s a reason this secret is just that – a secret. Get ready for an explosive tale, full of danger and mystery, brought to life by wonderful illustrations from Peter Bailey.

The Racehorse Who Disappeared by Clare Balding

Balding’s brilliant Charlie Bass is back for another adventure and although life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie and her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, drama soon returns to Folly Farm. Noble Warrior is kidnapped by thieves in the middle of the night, and with the local police baffled, it’s up to Charlie to find her friend. The perfect follow-up to Balding’s original, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, this is a humorous story of mystery, intrigue and friendship.

Doctor Who: The Day She Saved The Doctor by Susan Calman, Jenny T. Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner and Dorothy Koomson

Join four of the Doctor’s most fabulous companions – Rose, Sarah-Jane, Clara and Bill – on four incredible adventures. A companion explores time and space with the Doctor, gets into trouble with the Doctor, fights enemies with the Doctor…  and - more often than not - has to save his life. From four female writers, these stories are a celebration of the Doctor's fantastic female friends, for fans of all ages.

The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

From the incredible mind of Jacqueline Wilson comes Tracy Beaker - one of the most highly-spirited, dynamic gals in the world of reading. She’s ten-years-old and lives in a children’s home, but dreams of a real home with a real family. Written in her own unique style, readers join Tracy, follow her story and share her hopes and dreams for the future. The Story of Tracy Beaker is a must-read for all young readers, but don’t take our word for it, take Tracy’s: “I'm Tracy Beaker. This is a book all about me. I'd read it if I were you. It's the most incredible dynamic heart-rending story. Honest.” Didn’t we tell you she had a way with words?

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Popular with trainee witches and wizards all over the world, hold on to your broomsticks because this magical book is bound to cast a spell over you. Mildred Hubble, she’s the worst witch in question; she’s a trainee at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches and she’s, well… the worst. She gets spells wrong and she’s constantly crashing broomsticks. But things go from bad to WORSE when Mildred turns Ethel – the teacher’s pet – into her worst enemy.

The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt

Ahoy, young adventure fans, we’ve found that wacky adventure novel you’ve been looking for to liven up your life! Set sail on an unlikely adventure like no other, from the brilliant, comical mind of author Will Mabbitt. When she accidentally commits ‘The Deed’, Mabel Jones finds herself inside a sack being dragged onto an unusual pirate ship called the Feroshus Maggot – complete with an equally unusual crew, captained by the dreaded Idryss Ebeneezer Spit. Let the adventure begin…

Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories by Joyce Lankester Brisley

For over 80 years, young readers have cherished the Milly-Molly-Mandy stories and have been enchanted by the escapades of this charming little country girl, where they can enjoy village life right alongside Milly-Molly-Mandy in the pages of Joyce Lankester Brisley’s classic read. Whether she’s earning money to throw a party, going on a picnic or helping out at the village shop, there’s always fun to be had when Milly-Molly-Mandy’s around. Have a jolly holiday in the countryside with this incredible character and her joyous friends.

The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith

The Sheep-Pig tells the tale of young piglet Babe, who is won by a farmer at a fair and adopted by his sheep dog, Fly. Babe wants to learn everything he can from Fly and although he understands he can never be a sheep dog, he asks himself: “Why can’t I learn to be a Sheep-pig?”. This classic by Dick King-Smith went on to inspire the timeless family film Babe, it’s a heart-warming animal adventure with a truly timeless message.

The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong

In this ‘pawsome’ story we meet Streaker, a mixed-up kind of dog – she’s a rocket on four legs with a woof attached. And her owner Trevor has until the end of the holidays to train her – or else. Gulp. Jeremy Strong’s books have enchanted countless young readers over the years, but if you ask us, this one’s top dog.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (book 12) by Jeff Kinney

The Heffley family decide it’s time to get away from it all and go on a relaxing holiday together – somewhere where the weather doesn’t SUCK. What could possibly go wrong in a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, we ask you? The Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Expect sunstroke, stomach troubles and venomous creatures; a classic page-turning, laugh-out-loud adventure from Jeff Kinney that guarantees some seriously silly fun!

You Choose in Space by Pippa Goodhart, Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)

BLAST OFF on an adventure where YOU are the author! That’s right, this intergalactic adventure is completely steered by readers. Which alien would you most like to be friends with? And what fantastically freaky food will you decide to munch on for lunch? Make up your own space stories again and again this summer and get set for endless adventures. A spectacular sequel to the popular You Choose, illustrated by the incredibly talented Nick Sharratt.

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