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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

Julie Israel (Author)

It's hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.

It's been sixty-five days since the accident that ripped Juniper's world apart. Life without her kind, beautiful, vibrant big sister Camilla is a colder, darker place.

Until she discovers the letter. The letter Camie wrote, but never got to send. It's mysteriously addressed to 'You' and dated July 4th - the day of the accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie's secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.

But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie's death - but without this card, there's a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper's own secret: a memory she can't let anyone else find out.

An unforgettable story of love, loss, mistakes and memories.

Wintersmith

Terry Pratchett (Author) , Laura Ellen Andersen (Illustrator) , Laura Ellen Andersen (Cover/Jacket Illustrator)

Witches are odd.

That much is clear to Tiffany. But she likes them . . . in an odd sort of way. Just as she likes Roland . . . in a friend sort of way (which most certainly isn’t odd).

But Tiffany hasn’t really got time to think about Roland, because she has accidentally danced with Winter himself – the Wintersmith.

And now the Wintersmith has a bit of a crush on Tiffany.

According to her friend Daft Wullie, if Tiffany kisses the Wintersmith (an awful thought), her nose turns blue and fall off. According to the witches, if she doesn’t shake off her admirer, there will never be another springtime . . .

‘Characteristically entertaining’
Sunday Times

Mr Ape

Dick King-Smith (Author)

Abandoned by his bossy wife and children, old Mr Ape finds himself living all alone in his huge and rambling house. And then he gets a brilliant idea: he can fill the house with animals the pets his wife and children would never let him have. But pets have a habit of increasing and increasing and soon every room is stuffed to the brim with animals. Something has to change . . .

Ladybird Classics: A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens (Author)

This beautiful hardback Ladybird Classic edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a perfect first illustrated introduction to the classic Christmas story for younger readers.

It has been sensitively abridged and retold to make it suitable for sharing with young children from 5+, whilst retaining all the key parts of the story including the three spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, little Tiny Tim and his father, Bob Cratchit and, of course, the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge.

Detailed full-colour illustrations throughout also help to bring this classic tale to life.

Other exciting titles in the Ladybird Classics series include Alice in Wonderland, Black Beauty, Gulliver's Travels, The Secret Garden, Oliver Twist, Peter Pan and Treasure Island.

Spud

John van de Ruit (Author)

Spud is the hilarious debut novel by John van de Ruit

It's 1990. Apartheid is crumbling, Nelson Mandela has just been released from prison and thirteen-year-old Spud Milton is about to start his first year at an elite boys-only boarding school. Cursed with embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, a nutty granny and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home. With only his wits and his diary, he takes readers on a rowdy boarding school romp full of illegal midnight swims, catastrophic cricket matches, ghostbusting escapades, girls and disastrous holidays.

South African comedian John van de Ruit invites the reader into the mind of a young boy whose eyes are being opened to love, friendship and complete insanity!

Some rave reviews from South Africa:

'Funny, fast-paced and wonderfully observant' - The Daily News

'Once you pick it up it's almost as if the pages turn themselves' - Metrobeat

'Achingly funny' - Sunday Times Lifestyle

John van de Ruit was born in Durban, South Africa. He went to the University of Natal where he completed a Masters degree in Drama and Performance. Since 1998 he has been a professional actor, playwright and producer, winning numerous awards. Spud is his first novel.

Natasha's Will

Joan Lingard (Author)

Natasha's story is set against the background of the Russian Revolution as she and her family flee persecution. Her story is dramatically and cleverly linked with the present as her heirs search for her will. The will can only be found through a trail of literary clues from classic children's books.

Junk

Melvin Burgess (Author)

This 20th Anniversary edition of the classic novel comes with an introduction from former children’s laureate Malorie Blackman and bonus content following its controversial history, from its writing to when it won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

It was a love story. Me, Gemma and junk. I thought it was going to last forever.

Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down. She wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, finally, you have to come down. Melvin Burgess’ most ambitious and complex novel is a vivid depiction of a group of teenagers in the grip of addiction. Told from multiple viewpoints, Junk is a powerful, unflinching novel about heroin. Once you take a hit, you will never be the same again.

Sea Change

Christine Purkis (Author)

Theresa Bird thinks her life sucks: she misses her dad, hates her step-dad and her little sister drives her crazy. But with a can in her hands things don't seem quite so bad - or boring. For fifteen-year old theresa the odd drink is about the only thing that makes her world seem bearable. Trouble is, her mum's blown a gasket and now Theresa's in a whole heap of big, BIG trouble. . . .

The Catlady

Dick King-Smith (Author)

Muriel lives alone with lots and lots and lots of cats. But Muriel's cats are no ordinary cats - they were once people she knew, now reincarnated in feline form! Muriel shares her house with various (deceased!) members of her family, and one rather special cat - the late Queen Victoria! An unusual tale of animal madness!

The Coldest Day in the Zoo

Alan Rusbridger (Author)

Slap bang in the middle of the coldest Friday of the coldest week of the year, the central heating breaks down at Melton Mowbray Zoo. The system needs a new flange but flanges can't be obtained on Fridays in Melton Mowbray, so Mr Pickles the head keeper asks all the other keepers to take the animal they are in charge of home for the weekend. The results range from disastrous to successful: when the penguin (who 'always hankered after the good life') decides to eat his tea in Mr Pumbles' bed, and the lion succeeds in scaring off Mr Leaf's mother-in-law to such an extent that she doesn't come back to lunch for three years...

Pillywiggins and the Tree Witch

Julia Jarman (Author)

When Natasha moves to a new house, she discovers a statue of a fairy in her garden beneath a huge menacing fir tree, which Natasha is sure is a witch. Gradually, with the help of a local boy, she unravels an ancient story that fairies stole the witch's baby and as revenge she turned a fairy to stone. Natasha realises that the only way to free the stone fairy, Pillywiggins, is to go into Fairy Land herself and rescue the witch's baby. But legend says that any human who enters Fairy Land may age decades or never come out at all.

Notso Hotso

Anne Fine (Author) , Tony Ross (Illustrator)

It's a dog's life for Anthony. Not only is he lacking the respect he deserves from the neighbourhood dogs and cats, but suddenly all he can do is scratch, scratch, scratch. And now bits of him are dropping off - yeuch! Just when Anthony thinks things can't get any worse, he finds himself on the vet's table. What she has in mind is about to destroy the tiny shred of street cred he has left...

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

Roger Lancelyn Green (Author)

Puffin Pixels is a new collection of classics featuring pixelated, 8-bit cover artwork. For older readers nostalgic for video and computer games of the past, to kids looking for something a bit edgier on their bookshelf, Puffin Pixels will add a sophisticated, yet fresh, flair to the canon. Including tales of such classic heroes as Robin Hood and King Arthur, to swashbuckling adventures like Treasure Island, this is a grouping of literature that packs a punch!

King Arthur is one of the greatest legends of all time. From the magical moment when Arthur releases the sword in the stone to the quest for the Holy Grail and the final tragedy of the Last Battle, Roger Lancelyn Green brings the enchanting world
of King Arthur stunningly to life.

Diggers

Terry Pratchett (Author) , Mark Beech (Cover/Jacket Illustrator)

This is the story of Jekub, the Dragon in the Hill with great big teeth and a great loud voice.

(Well, that’s according to the nomes, but they are only four inches tall.)

When humans threaten their new home in the quarry, the natural thing would be to run and hide. But the nomes have got the wild idea that they should fight back. After all, everyone knows that nomes are faster and smarter than humans, and now they have a secret weapon . . .

The fantastically funny second book of the nomes, from the author of the bestselling Discworld series.

The Tale of Tom Tiddler

Eleanor Farjeon (Author)

Tom Tiddler is going on a journey across London, with only a wise old owl and a really selfish and greedy goat for company. He is collecting and returning people's property so that they will, in turn, help him to rescue all the little girls in England from the gruesome giant Gogmagog, before he eats them!

An enchanting, magical tale that will charm young and old alike.

Secrets (Sweet Valley High No. 2)

Francine Pascal (Author)

Jessica would stop at nothing . . .

Beautiful and ruthless, Jessica Wakefield is determined to be chosen queen of the fall dance at Sweet Valley High. If she can win the contest, she's sure to win Bruce Patman, the most sought-after boy in school.

The only person standing in Jessica's way is Enid Rollins. When Jessica discovers the truth about Enid's past, she knows the crown is within her grasp. She doesn't care that Enid is her twin sister Elizabeth's best friend - or that revealing the secret may cost Enid both her reputation and the boy she loves.

Only Elizabeth can save Enid from Jessica's vicious gossip -- but can she stop her scheming twin in time . . .

Now is Good (Also published as Before I Die)

Jenny Downham (Author)

Tessa has just a few months to live.

Fighting back against hospital visits, endless tests and drugs with excruciating side-effects, Tessa compiles a list. It's her Before I Die list. And number one is sex. Starting tonight.

Released from the constraints of 'normal' life, Tessa tastes new experiences to make her feel alive while her failing body struggles to keep up. Her feelings, her relationships with her father and brother, her estranged mother, her best friend, and the powerful, bittersweet first love she finds with the boy next door - all are painfully yet beautifully crystallized in the precious weeks before Tessa's time finally runs out.

Princess Poppy: Puppy Love

Janey Louise Jones (Author)

Duchess, the Barley Farm sheepdog, has given birth to ten puppies.

Poppy and Honey can't wait to see them. The puppies are so adorable that they visit them every single day and Poppy secretly wishes she could have one as her very own pet. But when Mrs Meadowsweet tells them it is time for the puppies to be sold Poppy is worried that they will all go to other families.

Find out whether Poppy's wish comes true and what Mum and Dad think of her plans.

LEGO Friends: Jungle Rescue

Join best friends Mia, Emma, Andrea, Stephanie and Olivia in this exciting story from Lego Friends!. Follow the friends deep into the heart of the jungle for a camping trip full of adventure. What exciting surprise does Stephanie have in store for the girls, and will Mia prove that the mysterious white monkey exists?

Happy Holiday, Hammy the Wonder Hamster!

Poppy Harris (Author)

Hammy is a very special hamster. He's probably the brainiest hamster in the whole world and Bethany can't wait to take him on holiday with her.

Hammy is very excited too - it will be his first trip to the seaside and he can't wait to dig lots of hamster tunnels deep down in the sand! But it's far too easy to lose a little hamster on a very big beach and Bethany isn't the only person who wants to find Hammy...

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