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The World's Laziest Duck

John Yeoman (and others)

Which fish holds the world record for most escape attempts? Which human cannonball travelled the furthest? What is the world's soppiest fairy tale? Find out these amazing record breakers and lots, lots more in this hilarious alternative to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Rasputin Dagger

Theresa Breslin

Russia, 1916.

Nina Ivanovna’s world is in turmoil. Her only hope is to travel to St Petersburg, to escape the past and find a future.

Stefan Kolodin is a medical student – young and idealistic, he wants change for Russia and its people.

Amidst the chaos of a city in revolt, their lives collide. And a stormy relationship develops . . . full of passion and politics.

But soon Nina is drawn in to the glamorous, lavish lives of the Russian royal family – where she begins to fall under the spell of their mysterious monk, Grigory Rasputin. The ruby-studded dagger he carries – beautiful and deadly – could save her and Stefan from a cursed life

. . . or condemn them to it.

‘An outstanding writer – simply superb’ Independent

Arena 13: The Warrior

Joseph Delaney

The third exhilarating instalment in the Arena 13 series by Joseph Delaney, author of THE SPOOK’S APPRENTICE

After everything Leif has been through in Arena 13, it’s finally time for him to fulfil his destiny and accompany his father’s people beyond the barrier that imprisons all mankind.

Meanwhile, Kwin, the girl he loves, is making waves in the arena as the first woman ever to grace its fighting floor.

In their own ways, each of them is fighting to bring down the superhuman monsters that threaten the last people on earth. They might have picked fights they can’t win. But freedom could be something worth dying for.

Books in the series
1: ARENA 13
2: ARENA 13: THE PREY
3: ARENA 13: THE WARRIOR

LEGO Official Annual 2018

The LEGO Official Annual 2018 is packed with awesome activities, super stories and cool comic strips, making it the ultimate Christmas present for all LEGO fans!

Silent Weapon - a Street Soldier Novel

Andy McNab

HOW DO YOU FIGHT AN INVISIBLE ENEMY?

A high-speed chase through the backstreets of Lagos and an unexpected bomb explosion in the jungle – it’s all in a day’s work for soldier Sean Harker.

Looking forward to a well-earned break back home, Sean and his platoon fly back to the UK, only to find themselves fighting their way out of an airport hostage situation, and the country on high terrorist alert.

Barely escaping with his life, Sean must now embark on a dangerous mission: to locate a deadly weapon, capable of destruction on a massive scale

. . . a weapon no one will see coming.

Peppa Pig: Official Annual 2018

Peppa Pig

The Peppa Pig Official Annual 2018 is packed with stories, puzzles, songs and activities making it the perfect Christmas present for all Peppa fans!

The Guggenheim Mystery

Robin Stevens (and others)

My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends.

Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye.

This is the story of my second mystery.

This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works.

Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth £9.8 million. Perhaps that's because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else's.

But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft - and Aunt Gloria is family. And I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.

Fergal is Fuming

Robert Starling

A dragon with a short temper is not a good combination, as Fergal's family and friends soon find out. He burns the dinner (literally), reduces the football goal to ashes and absolutely cannot play a nice, quiet board game. It is only when he starts to notice other animals have clever tricks to calm down that Fergal begins to win back his friends, especially when he discovers dragons can cool off in a very handy way.

Tales from India

Bali Rai

A collection of 20 stories from India's rich folklore heritage. From wicked magicians to wise old priests, charming princes and beautiful princesses, to greedy tigers and wily jackals, these magical tales are full of adventure and trickery, and infused with deeper messages about morality, Life and the world around us. Founded on the work of folklorist, Joseph Jacob, and from tales from India's Mughul period, award-winning author Bali Rai's lively retellings are a delight for readers of all ages.

The book includes endnotes with a glossary, additional information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories further.

Tales from Africa

A collection of hugely entertaining stories, drawn from the rich folklore of many countries throughout Africa, and brought sparklingly to life with humour and rhyme by Ghanaian author, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, writing under the name used for his children's work, K. P. Kojo. Find out how selfish Lion gets his comeuppance, go to a Frog wedding in the Sky Kingdom, discover the days when the earth's creatures were all mixed up and much more in tales which reflect the very best and the very worst of human nature.

Includes endnotes with a glossary, additional information, and activities that children can do to explore the stories further.

Tales from the Caribbean

Trish Cooke

A collection of favourite tales gathered from the many different islands of the Caribbean, one of the world's richest sources of traditional storytelling. From the very first Kingfisher to Anansi the Spider Man, these lively retellings full of humour and pathos, are beautifully retold by Trish Cooke.

The book includes endnotes with a glossary, additional information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories further.

That Was Then, This Is Now

S E Hinton (and others)

A hard-hitting coming-of-age story by S. E. Hinton, author of THE OUTSIDERS, reissued in The Originals series of classic teenage fiction.

Byron and Mark are like brothers but when they get to 16 things begin to change. Byron is into girls but Mark is only interested in making money, yet they still enjoy hustling pool games in Charlie's Bar. When Charlie is killed defending them in a brawl Byron and Mark begin to drift apart. Byron is in love with Cathy and has to make the decision of his life when her drug-addicted brother goes missing.

The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths.

Fun activities and books with Ladybird

Adventures and fun with Puffin friends

Classic stories to read together