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The Way Back Home

Allan Stratton (Author)

Zoe Bird is going nowhere fast. She’s angry and lonely, and her only true friend is her granny, whose Alzheimer’s is worsening. When her parents put Granny in a home, Zoe decides now is the time to break free. She smuggles Granny out and together they hit the tracks on a cross-country trip to find Zoe’s long-lost uncle. But there will be some home truths along the way. . .
An emotional story about family, surviving school and being true to yourself for fans of The Art of Being Normal and Unbecoming.

Cloudland

John Burningham (Author)

Albert and his mum and dad go walking one day in the mountains. Unfortunately, Albert slips and disappears over the edge of a cliff; his parents are very upset. Albert is lucky though - the Cloud Children see his fall and speak the magic words ("They either said, Fumble gralley goggle ho hee", or "Teetum waggle bari se nee", or was it "Gargle giggle fiddle num dee?") that make Albert light enough to float among the clouds, with them. Albert sleeps that night drifting in the sky. The next day, Albert and the Cloud Children have lots of fun: jumping off tall clouds, making as much noise as they can in the thunderstorm, swimming in the rain, painting pictures next to the rainbow and walking on the filmy traces left by passing aircraft. When Albert wants to go home again, the Queen arranges for his cloud to drift near his home, and for him to gently float down - but not before they all have feasted with the Man in the Moon!

Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey

Mini Grey (Author)

Traction Man and Scrubbing Brush are at the beach! Traction Man even has his special Squid-Proof Scuba Suit, perfect for exploring the secret crevices of the Rockpool. But there are adventures in store for our intrepid hero as he faces the thrills of Operation Picnic, the tribulation of being buried in sand and - worst of all - being washed away by a giant wave...

Join the daring duo as they meet new challenges ... and new friends.

Traction Man Meets Turbodog

Mini Grey (Author)

Traction Man is back! And so is Scrubbing Brush, his brave and rather bedraggled pet. But one night Scrubbing Brush myseriously vanishes and in his place is the utterly hygenic Turbodog, in indestructible Purple Plastic with Flashing Eyes, Electronic Bark and three AA batteries. But it's not the same without Scrubbing Brush. Where can he be? Traction Man sets out on his greatest rescue mission yet. Can he save Scrubbing Brush from? And is there room in his life for two pets?

Mrs Armitage Queen Of The Road

Quentin Blake (Author)

When Uncle Cosmo buys himself a motorbike and gives Mrs Armitage his boring old car, it soon becomes obvious that her driving skills leave a lot to be desired. Mrs Armitage and Breakspear cause havoc bumping into bollards, bedsteads, lorries, a crane and bedoinging over some extremely uneven roads. As the bumper, the doors, the mudguard and even the roof disappear along the way, the car is transformed into a mean machine and Mrs Armitage becomes Queen of the Road!

One Smart Fish

Christopher Wormell (Author)

Long ago in the deep ocean, there lived . . . one smart fish! He wasn't the biggest and he wasn't the boldest, but he was the cleverest. What this smart fish wanted more than anything else was to walk upon the land.

But everyone knows that fish can't walk . . . can they?

Dr Xargle's Book of Earthlets

Jeanne Willis (Author) , Tony Ross (Illustrator)

"Good morning, class. Today we are going to learn about Earthlets."

In this way Dr Xargle, our friendly alien teacher, begins to teach his class about humans and babies.

This is a hysterically funny book, with a particularly wry look at the way we bring up babies: look out for the 'egg-mangle' - will you ever want to eat egg again?

Funnybones: The Ghost Train

Allan Ahlberg (Author)

The Ghost Train is one of the titles in Allan Ahlberg's iconic children's picture book series about skeletons, Funnybones. Despite being set in a dark dark house, this brightly coloured book is perfect for early readers!

"Whoo-ooo-ooo!" It's midnight at the station and the three skeletons climb aboard the ghost train for a spooky ride. But they discover something even more scary!

'By far our best writer for the young' - Daily Telegraph

Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books, including Peepo!, Each Peach Pear Plum and the Kate Greenaway Medal winning The Jolly Postman. Other titles in the Funnybones series include Funnybones, Mystery Tour, The Black Cat, The Pet Shop, Bumps in the Night, Dinosaur Dreams, Skeleton Crew, Give the Dog a Bone and A Brilliant Bone Rattling Collection, all of which are available from Puffin.

Oi! Get Off Our Train

John Burningham (Author)

A little boy sets off on a round-the-world night train to dreamland with only his toy dog for company. But soon all sorts of endangered animals are asking if they can jump up and join them on their journey. . .

The Boy Who Cried Ninja

Alex Latimer (Author)

Once there was a boy named Tim whom no one believed, even when he was telling the truth. No one believed that it was a ninja who snaffled the last slice of cake; or that a giant squid ate his homework; or that it really was a time-travelling monkey who was throwing pencils at Grampa. How can Tim get his parents to believe him - when the truth is too incredible to be true?

Mrs Armitage on Wheels

Quentin Blake (Author)

Mrs Armitage sets off for a quiet cycle with her faithful dog, Breakspear, but she just can't help thinking of ways to improve her bicycle. Before very long she has added three very loud horns, a bucket of water to wash her hands, a complete tool kit. And by the time she has also added a seat for Breakspear, two umbrellas, a cassette player and a mouth-organ, Mrs Armitage is riding a very eye-catching contraption. But it is when she finally adds the mast and sail, that Mrs Armitage really runs into trouble. . .

Biscuit Bear

Mini Grey (Author)

When Horace bakes a biscuit in the shape of a bear, little does he know that his edible treat is going to turn into Biscuit Bear! For in the middle of the night, when all is quiet, that is exactly what happens, and Biscuit Bear decides that it is time he made some friends of his own. So, with flour, sugar and butter he does just that. In fact, he makes a whole circus of friends and the fun begins . . .

My Mum

Anthony Browne (Author)

She's nice, my mum . . .

My mum's a fantastic cook, and a brilliant juggler.

She's a great painter, and the strongest woman in the world!

She's really nice, my mum.

A warm, funny tribute to Mum (and to mums everywhere) by the brilliant author/illustrator Anthony Browne.

Mr Gumpy's Motor Car

John Burningham (Author)

Mr Gumpy has decided to go for a ride in his motor car. It's a nice day and the sun is shining, so off he goes. But he only gets as far as the lane before the children, the rabbit, the cat, the dog, the pig, the sheep, the chickens, the calf and the goat ask if they can come along too. As the motor car and its passengers make their way across the field, the weather begins to turn and the rain is soon pouring down. The tyres cannot grip the muddy ground, so Mr Gumpy asks for volunteers to push the car. But everyone has an excuse, until it gets so bad that they all have to get out and help. Eventually, the sun shines once more as they drive across the bridge - and there's time for a swim on the way home.

John Patrick Norman McHennessy

John Burningham (Author)

Every day, John Patrick sets off along the road to school, and although he hurries, strange and improbable happenings repeatedly make him late. To make things worse, his teacher never believes his story.

The Night Shimmy

Anthony Browne (Author)

Eric doesn't like to talk. His secret friend, the Night Shimmy, says everything for him. Then he meets Marcia, who doesn't mind that he is quiet. As the two become friends, the Night Shimmy disappears. Angry and scared, Eric refuses to play with Marcia. But soon she needs his help and Eric discovers that he doesn't need his imaginary friend after all.

The Way We Are

Sinéad Moriarty (Author)

A SPECIAL SHORT STORY FROM THE WINNER OF THE IRISH BOOK AWARD FOR POPULAR FICTION 2015 - A STANDALONE PREQUEL TO THE NO 1 BESTSELLING THE WAY WE WERE

It's Valentine's Day and Alice's house is a sea of elaborate cards and billowing heart-shaped balloons. These gifts are not from her husband, Ben, but from a gaggle of boys madly in love with their fifteen-year-old daughter.

After nearly two decades together, Alice and Ben barely have time for romance. Their roles are clear: Alice is a busy GP who also keeps their home and girls on track. Ben has the more exciting if demanding career as a surgeon.

Much as she knows Ben loves his family, Alice feels he is restless and preoccupied. But what is causing him to neglect her and their daughters?

Then, at a Valentine's dinner with friends, a dramatic revelation causes Alice to see Ben in a new light - and to wonder if they still have a future together. Because it is clear - their family cannot stay the way they are.

Praise for The Way We Were:

'Heartfelt and deeply moving ... I couldn't put it down.' Susan Lewis

'Intriguing and thought provoking ... a great read.' Katie Fforde

'Gripping and thought-provoking - I was desperate to discover how it would pan out!' Paige Toon

The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed

Helen Cooper (Author)

"Bedtime!" said the Mother.
"NO!" said the Baby.

The Baby wants to stay up all night, so he revs up his car and sets off on an adventure. Before long, he finds himself all alone in a sleepy land. But there is someone else who's not asleep... someone who loves the Baby very much.

A magical book whose soft yet sparkling artwork perfectly captures the twilight world of a small child, determined not to go to sleep.

Delicious!

Helen Cooper (Author)

Every day, Cat, Squirrel and Duck make pumpkin soup - the best you've ever tasted. But one day, disaster strikes - there's not a single ripe pumpkin to be found! So, they make fish soup, mushroom soup and beetroot soup, but will the new soups be as delicious as their favourite? Duck doesn't think so - in fact he won't even try them!

Poor Duck gets hungrier and hungrier and grumpier and grumpier, until at last Cat comes up with a soup that might just be . . . delicious!

The Way We Were

Sinéad Moriarty (Author)

'Heartfelt and deeply moving ... I couldn't put it down.' Susan Lewis

'Intriguing and thought provoking ... a great read.' Katie Fforde

'Gripping and thought-provoking - I was desperate to discover how it would pan out!' Paige Toon

'We ate this fabulous story up - 4 stars' Heat magazine

'Love, lies and longing - this has it all - 4 stars' Woman magazine

'Intriguing - a dramatic twist in the tale will keep you engrossed.' Candis

When Alice's husband Ben dies suddenly, her world falls apart. They shared twenty years and two daughters and life without him is unimaginable.

Having lost her parents while young, Alice understands her girls' pain. At fifteen, Jools is at that awkward age and only Ben could get through to her. And eleven-year-old Holly looks for the answer to everything in books but this time she's drawing a blank. Alice realizes that for their sakes she must summon up superhuman reserves of strength.

Somehow all three of them come through the dark days. In time, it's even possible for Alice to consider marrying again, with the girls' blessing. So when Ben turns up after three years, her world is again turned upside-down. The girls assume that their family can go back to the way they were. Alice is not so sure.

Once more Alice has to find the strength to be the mother her daughters need her to be. But this time what that means is far from clear ...

The Way We Were won the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction in 2015

'Fans of Sinéad know they can expect honesty, humour and great story-telling' Hello

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