On the Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva

This is the first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin’s iconic On the Origin of Species, bringing the theory of evolution to life for the youngest and most curious of readers. Molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva has painted a unique picture of Charles Darwin’s theories in her adaptation. This stunning picture book illustrates Darwin’s world travels and the discoveries that led him to outline the ground-breaking theory of how species form and develop over time. There's an eye-opening discovery behind every colourful page!

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney

Get ready for more side-splitting giggle fits from Jeff Kinney this summer thanks to this brand-new story! Greg Heffley’s best friend Rowley Jefferson takes on the journaling duties in this book. Previously Greg has been the one chronicling all the goings-on at school in his 13 Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals. It’s now time for Rowley to tell his side of the story. But Rowley’s stories about his best friend Greg might not be quite what his friend had in mind…

Charlie Changes into a Chicken by Sam Copeland & Sarah Horne

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but scrap that for this book, because everything inside is just about as hilarious and brilliantly bonkers as the cover suggests. In fact, scrap THAT too, because things are even more bonkers inside! Not only can Charlie turn into a chicken, but he can turn into ANY kind of animal: a flea, a pigeon, a rhino – you name it! Trouble is, Charlie can’t control when he changes; he just knows it happens when he’s worried about something. Can Charlie, with the help of his three best friends, find a way of dealing with his crazy powers? 

The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding & Tony Ross

If you’ve been following Noble Warrior’s journey up until this point, you won’t need us to tell you that Charlie’s racehorse is certainly well-deserving of his name after winning the Derby against all odds and besting a bunch of nasty kidnappers. But will his valiant reputation help him – and Charlie – take on this latest hurdle? Charlie’s best friend Polly is recovering from a serious accident that left her almost paralysed. But Polly has a wonderful talent with horses and Charlie is determined to help her bestie live out her equestrian dream. But this dream isn’t going to come true overnight; it’s going to take some thinking, creativity and stepping – or perhaps dancing – outside of the box. 

The Extraordinary Life of series

Get to know some of the world’s most influential heroes like never before through a nifty combination of biography and storytelling-style, facts and timelines – throw in a dash of eye-popping illustrations and you’ve got something nothing short of extraordinary! Neil Armstrong (the first astronaut to step foot on the moon), Katherine Johnson (one of the most influential people in the history of space travel) and Anne Frank (a young girl whose diary went on to become one of the world’s most read books) are just three of the extraordinary people throughout history that you’ll get to know in this series. 

The Secret Dragon by Ed Clarke

This new tale of friendship and adventure is perfect for those looking for a page-turning adventure this summer. She might only be 11, but Mari knows she wants to be a scientist; in fact, she pretty much has her whole future mapped out – or, at least, she did until now. Mari soon stumbles across a tiny dragon while fossil-hunting on the beach – but there’s got to be a scientific explanation for this discovery – right?! She tries to keep her little friend secret as she investigates but soon learns that even a tiny secret can be BIG trouble. 

Mummy Fairy & Me: Unicorn Wishes by Sophie Kinsella

So, for those that need a recap – Ella’s mummy looks pretty normal, but in short, she’s not. She can turn into a fairy just by stamping her feet, clapping her hands, wiggling her bottom and saying ‘Marshmallow’. Sounds cool, eh?! Well, yes and no. You see, sometimes Mummy Fairy’s magic goes wrong and it’s up to Ella to help. If flying cars, enchanted ballet shoes, a unicorn in the kitchen and a magical wardrobe sound like a good shout to you this summer, then stamp your feet, clap your hands… actually, don’t – we know what happens. Add a little sparkle to your summer reading list with this enchanting tale.

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 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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