Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney

You’ve never had a school snow day like this one! This newest book from Jeff Kinney’s earth-conquering series is set to heat things up for Wimpy Kid fans this winter. Heavy snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s school and before you know it, his whole neighbourhood has transformed into a wintry battlefield! Rival groups are now fighting over territory, huge snow forts are being erected and EPIC snowball fights are breaking out all over the place! Do Greg and his best friend Rowley have what it takes to survive this neighbourhood MELTDOWN? This is a hilarious winter warmer!

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James Henry Trotter lives a miserable life with his two particularly nasty aunts, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. But one day, he notices a peach growing and growing (and growing and GROWING!) at the bottom of his garden. Inside this giant peach are seven unusual insects – all waiting to help James escape and take him on a magical adventure to New York. This splendiferous story is one old and young readers can enjoy again and again.

Doctor Who: Dr. Thirteenth by Adam Hargreaves

This original Doctor Who adventure features the first ever female Doctor, reimagined in the enchanting and unforgettable style of the Mr. Men and Little Miss series. In this short story, the Doctor, Graham and Ryan try and come up with an out-of-this-world surprise for Yaz’s birthday. But just how out-of-this-world are we talking? What do you think… Hold on tight! 

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman

Lila doesn’t just want to be a Firework-Maker’s daughter… She dreams of being a Firework-Maker herself! To discover the final firework-making secret, Lila must bravely head off alone on a perilous journey – a journey filled with dangers beyond anything she could ever have imagined. Get ready for an explosive quest, full of danger, mystery and a touch of magic in this thrilling page-turner from master storyteller and author of The Book of Dust and His Dark Materials.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

We always knew Matilda was destined for greatness! The original, magical story was re-released in October 2018 to mark thirty years since it was first published, with a brand-new jacket by world-famous illustrator Quentin Blake. Roald Dahl's story tells the tale of Matilda; an ordinary little girl with some truly extraordinary talents. Matilda is surrounded by adults – from her selfish parents to her tyrant headmistress, Trunchball – that don’t appreciate her greatness. Boy, are they in for a shock...

The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo

Celebrating 40 years of Raymond Brigg’s iconic The Snowman, master storyteller Michael Morpurgo has reimagined one of the most touching seasonal stories ever written, and will delight readers of all ages. Imagine spending a gorgeous, frosty winter’s day building your very own snowman in the back garden. You’ve made him exactly the way you’ve always imagined him; coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose. That night, something magical happens – your snowman comes to life. The perfect story for families to read together this Christmas. 

Mummy Fairy and Me: Fairy-in-Waiting by Sophie Kinsella

Young Ella Brooks’ mummy may look perfectly normal, but in reality, she’s anything but – you see, Ella’s mummy can turn into a fairy! All she has to do is shut her eyes nice and tight and say “Marshmallow” ... just like that, mummy’s now Mummy Fairy. Pretty cool, eh? Well, yes, but the problem is that sometimes mummy’s spells go wrong – REALLY wrong. Prepare your minds for some magical madness – from swimming pools filled with ice cream to giant cakes and fairy dust – oh, and the CHEEKIEST bunch of monkeys you will ever meet. Will Ella ever get to follow in her mum’s fairy footsteps and become a fairy herself? Only one way to find out.

First Prize for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Make sure those pointed hats are on nice and tight and whatever you do, hold onto your broomsticks because you’re in for a magical ride with this read! In this wicked tale, it’s summer term at Miss Cackle’s Academy and SOMEHOW our Mildred has made it to Year Four, despite being known as the school’s worst witch. In her latest (mis)adventure, Mildred has her sights set on becoming Head Girl (yep!). Can Mildred stay out of trouble and prove to everyone that even the worst witch there is can turn her fortunes around? Can Mildred really go from WORST to FIRST?! Not if her arch-enemy Ethel Hallow gets her way… Buckle those broomstick belts. 

The Audition by Maddie Ziegler

The Audition is the first novel from Dance Moms superstar Maddie Ziegler. Her main character is 12-year-old dancer, Harper. As the superstar of her dance school, Harper has everything going for her, but that all changes when her parents announce that they are moving. Luckily, Harper is soon accepted into the famous dance team, DanceStarz. But now the stakes are higher – way higher; the dancing is fiercer and her teammates are… well, difficult. Some serious moves will be needed to tackle the events that unfold…

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

Lucy has 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 without a trace. Naturally, the kids are thrilled! They’re living the dream – from building roads of trampolines to eating cereal for every meal. As the kids take charge of the adult-free town, Lucy is determined to get her mum back and figure out where all the adults have actually gone. NOTHING is going to stop her… except maybe the Creakers; the little mysterious monsters that live under the bed, responsible for all that creaking.

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher & Shane Devries

It’s time to take Christmas up a notch! This modern-day Christmas tale has everything you could want from a top-notch wintry read. We mean it, it’s even got dinosaurs! The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus, and the magical adventure they embark upon together one Christmas Eve. An adventure full of magic, music, sleigh bells, Santa, singing elves, flying reindeer, family and friendship. Best of all you can read and sing-along as this book comes with an exclusive CD of 14 new songs by author Tom Fletcher. 

The Racehorse Who Disappeared by Clare Balding

Clare Balding brings her love and knowledge of all things horses and riding into this humorous and touching children’s novel. Like so many girls her age, ten-year-old Charlie LOVES ponies – so imagine her delight when she manages to buy her very own racehorse?! There’s just one problem – her “racehorse” Noble Warrior won’t gallop! Actually, it’s far worse than that, because Noble Warrior won’t even shuffle out of his stable without his bestie by his side; a pony named Percy who has a small – forget that – BIG farting problem. But, despite all of this, Charlie sees greatness inside Noble Warrior and it’s her job to help the world see her racehorse the way she does – as a champion! 

Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked by Adrian Edmondson

Poor, Jack. Life’s pretty tough for him – you see, he lives with his drippy Aunt Violet, his smelly Uncle Ted and his all-round evil cousin, Kelly. 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 their twists and turns and this one comes with a few talking animals and FAR too much horse poo for anyone’s liking. The perfect read from the TV star Ade Edmondson is guaranteed to give everyone warm and fuzzy giggles this winter. Prepare for something brilliant and bonkers. 

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