Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball (Book 14) by Jeff Kinney

The latest entry in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is a must-read for any follower of the misadventures of Greg Heffley. In this story, it’s all change for Greg and the family. The Heffley home is undergoing some serious renovations, which don’t go exactly to plan. But when the dust settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay put… or will they need to get out of town?

Frostheart by Jamie Littler

Frostheart is a magical mix of wintry hits like Nevermoor, Frozen and How to Train Your Dragon – but still introduces its own unique, wondrous world for fans of fantasy. Life was already pretty unusual for young Ash; not only does he live in the coldest, furthest region of the world, cut-off from everything thanks to monsters lurking beneath the Snow Sea, but his guardian is a grumpy yeti named Tobu. Now, Ash has discovered that he has strange magical powers. Will they help lead him to the one thing he’s always been looking for?

Top Marks for Murder by Robin Stevens

New and long-time fans of the Murder Most Unladylike world will love diving into the latest whodunnit – number nine, in fact, the Detective Society have been very busy! Join Daisy and Hazel back at Deepdean, where the school is preparing for a most exciting event: its 50th anniversary. But, you see, everything has changed at Deepdean. Everything. Well, not everything – murder’s still fairly common. The girls witness a shocking crime in the woods; a crime that they’re sure is linked to the anniversary. Can our young detectives solve this new mystery and, in turn, save their home?

We Are The Beaker Girls by Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson’s notorious mouthy teen Tracy Beaker is all grown up and a mum to a teenage girl of her very own. And life is going pretty swimmingly for the Beaker girls; Tracy and her daughter Jess are settling into an AMAZING new seaside home and are even running an antique shop… called The Dumping Ground (of course). But as lovely as it is to live by the sea, trouble always seems to catch up with them. Horrible Sean is back on the scene, a local kid is picking on Jess, and their beloved Cam isn’t just around the corner anymore. Will they be able to hack this next chapter in their lives?

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is not like other 12-year-olds. You see, Artemis is a criminal genius – and he’s criminally good at it – that has just discovered that fairies are real. Oh, but wipe images of cuddly, Peter-Pan-style, bedtime story fairies from your mind, because this lot are anything but. They’re armed. They’re dangerous. And they’re ready for anything. And when Artemis captures Captain Holly Short for her fairy gold, he messes with the wrong elf. These fairies fight back… as Artemis is going to learn. If your young reader is looking for a fantasy book that packs a serious punch – and want to be in the know when Artemis Fowl hits cinemas next year – then add this to their Christmas list.

Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It by Susie Day

Looking for a stocking filler for a lover of Jacqueline Wilson or Malorie Blackman? Then this touching tale is sure to be a hit! More than anything, Max wants to be fun, loud and strong like his dad. But when his dad starts bringing home mysterious boxes, strange wads of cash start turning up. Then Max’s dad disappears altogether. It’s now up to Max to step into his dad’s shoes and look after his sisters until he comes back. The siblings flock to a remote village in Wales, where Max is convinced no one will find them. But once they get there, he can't stop thinking about where Dad really went. And there are whispers of a golden dragon, asleep under the Welsh mountains...

Be Your Own Superhero by Dr Laura Meek

This book has a single mission objective: to make children feel like superheroes. The truth is, there is greatness and strength hidden deep within every kid; this book aims to unlock the key to their superpowers and bring that strength to the service. So, whether anxiety is their arch-enemy, confidence is their kryptonite or stress is the supervillain of the season, this practical guide will help them understand their emotions. Written by child psychiatrist Dr Laura Meek, readers will be put through superhero training to help them become the champions they’re destined to become.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

R. J. Palacio’s book that sparked a global movement to be kinder to others is a pretty special gift for anyone. The story follows 10-year-old Auggie who is a character that both children and adults need to meet at some point during their lifelong reading journey. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school and he’s terrified. What will the other kids say when they see his face? Will they be kind? Will they look at the boy inside and not just the boy they see on the outside?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

No story is more Christmassy than A Christmas Carol. The bitter Ebenezer Scrooge who says ‘Bah, humbug!’ to the festive season is shown the error of his ways when he’s paid a visit by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come. This classic has transcended the struggles of time to remain one Dickens’ greatest tales. And although dark at times, young readers will enjoy the spooky festive spell this book casts.

V&A: The Twelve Days of Christmas

This is a must-gift for any budding artist or designer. Combining hand-picked patterns from the V&A's William Morris archive with brilliant new illustrations, this visual retelling of the famous Christmas song is truly eye-opening. We could be biased, but this Christmas treasure might just be the most beautiful book of the year, so be sure to give it to someone special.

The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch by Tom Fletcher

Those who love all things Christmas will love this sequel to The Christmasaurus. William Trundle is missing his extraordinary dinosaur friend – it’s been a year since he last saw him. But Christmas is just around the corner and that will bring its own new adventures. Namely that William has a new stepmum and stepsister! But before they’ve even had a chance to reach December 25th, Santa and the Christmasaurus drop-in, whisking William away to the North Pole and the magical Winter Witch. Filled with magic, humour and festive feels, this is a wonderful read for the whole family.

Princess in Practice by Connie Glynn

Our favourite pair of princesses are back in the second book from The Rosewood Chronicles series. Lottie and Ella return to Rosewood Hall after a dramatic first year, hoping for a more peaceful term, but are soon faced with anything but: someone is poisoning Rosewood pupils! Our dynamic duo are determined to solve this mystery and track down the culprit to protect their fellow pupils. It seems the threat of secret organisation Leviathan is growing closer and closer, but are the girls prepared for how close they’re actually getting to danger?

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

Trickster god Loki is free from his chains and is readying Naglfar, the infamous Ship of the Dead, armed with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Norse gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. Once again, it’s up to Magnus and his friends to save the day, but this road to heroism comes with many twists and turns, in the form of angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon! But Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons along the way. Is he ready? The award-winning third book in the magnificent Magnus Chase series is an epic adventure.

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Fiver has a sixth sense that’s never wrong – well, according to his brother Hazel – and it’s telling him that something terrible is about to happen to his beloved warren. He doesn’t know what exactly, but he’s sure of it. The siblings just know that they have to leave and get everyone in the colony out of there, too. And so begins their epic journey; a journey that eventually leads this band of rabbits to Watership Down. But are they ready for what happens next? Watership Down is the classic tale of home, family, power and man versus nature. This is a truly timeless literary wonder.

The Secret in Vault 13: A Doctor Who Story by David Solomons

In this story, our new female Doctor has received a desperate plea for help from a… well, a potted plant, actually (it is Doctor Who, after all!). The galaxy is in terrible danger, and only a Time Lord can save it. But to do so, this Time Lord must break into an ancient vault on a remote and frozen world from which nobody has ever returned alive. Can the Doctor and her friends uncover the secret in Vault 13? A top choice for wannabe Time Lords and sci-fi fans. 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

When young Meg goes looking for her lost father with her brother, she finds more than she bargained for. The pair soon find themselves on an unexpected adventure like no other through a ‘wrinkle in time’. With cosmic evil forces threatening to swallow the entire universe, Meg must find her inner strength to save her family. This story is the perfect combination of adventure, fantasy and science-fiction. Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which, a mysterious trio of guardian angels, are a comical treat to look forward to. 

Sami’s Silver Lining by Cathy Cassidy

Sami’s Silver Lining is just as touching and unforgettable as the first book in Cathy Cassidy’s Lost and Found series, Love From Lexie. This incredible story will put young readers in the shoes of a young refugee called Sami, forced to flee his home in Syria in search of a safer life in England. Although Sami tries hard to move on from his past, he struggles to forget that horrid, torturous journey to England. But, perhaps with the help of new friends and meeting the girl of his dreams, he can really find his silver lining.

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