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Not As We Know It

Tom Avery (Author)

Jamie and Ned are twins. They do everything together: riding their bikes, beachcombing outside their house, watching their favourite episodes of Star Trek.

But Ned is sick, and one day, he may leave Jamie behind.

When they discover a strange creature on the beach, Ned wants one more adventure and decides to keep him secretly in their garage. But Jamie begins to hope that the creature might bring some miracle, and stop his brother from going where he can no longer follow . . .

Circle Of Doom

Tim Kennemore (Author)

Lizzie, Max and Dan have never liked their neighbours, the fussy and nagging Potwards, so when it appears that Lizzie's magic potion has made them move out, the children should be delighted. Their glee is short-lived, however, as they worry over who might move in, and more magic seems necessary. Soon the three children are caught in a web of secrecy and conspiracy as one spell leads to another, each more powerful than the last. And then Max decides to cast a spell of his own, on his very worst enemy. . .

The Killer's Daughter

Vivian Oldaker (Author)

Emma's life has been turned upside down since her father was accused of murdering her grandmother in Kalos, Greece. Although he was found not guilty, the accusation haunts the family, and they relocate to Wessex in an attempt to make a fresh start. But news of the family's history has travelled with them, and Emma becomes the target of vicious bullies at school. Enough is finally enough, and Emma secretly hatches a plan to visit Kalos to find the truth and try to clear her father's name. But, as the plot begins to thicken, Emma finds herself in grave danger...

Dangerously Close

Sandra Glover (Author)

'Everything, as far as Dee could tell, was a laugh to Hazel and Abbie. They were just the kind of friends she needed.'

When Dee's traumatised family start a new life, she is relieved to find two uncomplicated, fun-loving friends. But with the onset of problems for one, and a controlling boyfriend influencing the other, Dee notices frightening parallels with her own troubles. Is she seeing things clearly, though?

And will her efforts to help mean revealing family secrets? Secrets they so desperately want to keep hidden.

Be in the Place

Helen Hobden (Author)

Glastonbury: A gathering of free spirits having an amazing time in a magical setting. Laura's favourite band are playing there, and she can't wait to go. But her friends let her down, and she finds herself going by herself. Almost immediately she loses both her tent and her mobile phone, and is now truly on her own. It seems like the worst possible moment in her life, as she is stranded, alone, amongst people with a completely different lifestyle, who are quite outside her previous experience. A family of travellers take her in, and help her relax into the unique atmosphere of the festival, and then she falls in love. It all adds up to an unforgettable Glastonbury experience and Laura decides it's the only place to be.

The Invisible Boy

Hazel Townson (Author) , Tony Ross (Illustrator)

Gary suspects he is turning invisible and blames the door-key he has to wear round his neck. Could it be a magic key? He decides to hide so that people will have to search and find him, thus proving that he isn't invisible after all. But first there are one or two problems in the way, such as a mysterious box of chocolates, a bloodstained body in an amusement arcade, a space-ship and an alien on the headland, all of which turn Gary's flight into a nightmare.

Billy's Blitz

Barbara Mitchelhill (Author)

Winner of the Young Quills Prize for Historical Fiction.
When War breaks out, Billy’s dad joins the army and most of his friends are evacuated from Balham, South London. But Billy’s mum doesn’t believe the bombs will ever fall on them and she refuses to send him and his sister Rose away. Life in Balham has certainly changed for Billy: no school, no friends and, because of rationing, no treats.
But by September 1940, things are about to get a lot worse. Hitler has a plan for the destruction of London and soon Billy is caught up in the Blitz: an event so terrifying, it will take every ounce of courage for him to survive in war-torn Balham and keep his family together.

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius

Stacey Matson (Author)

Arthur Bean is a genius - it's just that no one else realises this quite yet. He's going to be a world-famous author, even if he's an outcast who is only confident whilst writing. What he writes is pretty funny, but it gets him into trouble, too - with his English teacher; the editor of the school newspaper; the beautiful girl in his class, Kennedy; and with his number one nemesis, Robbie Zack. Arthur is often too honest for his own good - except for when he's handing in stories based a little too closely on famous novels. Through letters, email exchanges, 'SEE ME' notes and doodles, enter the funny, touching and often mixed-up mind of Arthur Bean, creative genius.

Sophie and the Locust Curse

Stephen Davies (Author)

Sophie and Gidaado are back and this time the enemy is more dangerous than camel thief Moussa ag Litni. Locusts with their crop-devouring mandibles threaten the livelihood of the entire Oudalan Province. Gidaado is forced to become a crier announcing local news and the descriptions of missing cows. With Sophie's help, Gidaado's announcements become great hits! Who could resist Gidaado's crooning "Has anybody seen my Skinny Legs?"

Operation Black Cobra

Ilkka Remes (Author)

Luke Baron has agreed to buy a fake driving licence from a girl he's just met online. But when he realises he's made a big mistake and tries to back out, he discovers that Gemma Dolan is in serious trouble with her criminal dad. Trying to protect her, he gets caught up in a terrifying plot to attack an armed nuclear convoy. Who's behind it and what do they want? Luke is starting to like Gemma, but should he trust her? And can he stop the catastrophe that threatens to engulf London, the UK and the world?

Agent Amelia: Spooky Ballet

Michael Broad (Author)

Three more stories in one volume, taken from the case files of Agent Amelia, the resourceful and feisty secret agent!

Spooky Ballet: Amelia is enrolled in a dancing class, but the teacher uses her class to pillage the audience at the local theatre and it takes all of Amelia's presence of mind to foil her!

Gobbledygook Books: there's a new librarian at school, who has reprogrammed all the computers with intent to rule the world. But Amelia overcomes her, with a little help from the real librarian and a big volume of the Works of William Shakespeare!

Whispering Scarecrow: there's a phantom picnicker targetting all the picnic baskets in a field, but when Amelia goes there with her mother, she discovers that actually it's a flock of crows instructed by a scarecrow. Just what mechanism can there be inside that soggy head? Trust Amelia to find out!

Traitor

Gudrun Pausewang (Author)

It's 1944 and Anna's in the Sudetenland, her elder brother is at the front and her younger one is a fanatical member of the Nazi Youth. When she finds an escaped Russian soldier hiding in their barn, nearly dead, humanity conquers fear and she hides him in a disused bunker and continues to feed him despite knowing that if caught she'd be executed as a traitor. She doesn't dare tell even her mother. As the front approaches their village from the east it seems the Russian prisoner will soon be re-united with his comrades - but will Anna's already suspicious brother uncover her guilty secret first and expose her to a traitor's fate, and her family to destruction? An incredibly realistic and moving account of how one girl refuses to accept Nazi ideology and has the courage of her own conviction. A riveting insight into how the war affected the Sudetenland and its German and Czech population.

Nicholas Dane

Melvin Burgess (Author)

His most substantial book to date, this compelling story of a teenager caught in a corrupt 1980s Care Home is a powerful study of a particularly highly-charged and distressing subject. Handled with great sensitivity and engrossing narrative drive, it is an important addition to the understanding of how childcare can go so wrong.

When Nick's mother dies suddenly and unexpectedly, the 14 year old is sent straight into a boys' home, where he finds institutional intimidation and violence keep order. After countless fights and punishments, Nick thinks life can't get any worse - but the professionally respected deputy head, Mr Creal, who has been grooming him with sweets and solace, has something much more sinister in mind. Nick has no choice but to escape. Living on the run, he falls in with a modern Fagin, a cheerful Rasta who fences stolen credit cards and car stereos. The scarring, shaming experience he suffered at the hands of Mr Creal can never quite be suppressed, and when the old hatred
surfaces, bloody murder and revenge lead to an unforgettable climax.

Sophie and the Pancake Plot

Stephen Davies (Author)

Gidaado the Fourth and his albino camel are working for a famous General in his campaign to win the state elections. General Crêpe-Sombo is everyone's hero, but Sophie reckons there is something fishy about him. She must do some dangerous spying to find out the truth.
It turns out that the General is more crooked than Sophie and Gidaado could ever have imagined. They must expose him before he becomes President! In a final breathtaking scene, the children are racing across the desert sands on camelback, pursued by General Crêpe-Sombo in his jeep.
Who will prevail?

My Pet Book

Bob Staake (Author)

Most pets are cats and dogs, but what do you do if you want a different kind of pet, one that doesn’t meow or bark? Bob Staake’s exuberant tale of a little boy and the pet of his dreams will appeal to anyone whose best friends are... books! Books make the perfect pets, the boy decides, and chooses a bright red one. When it goes missing, a lively adventure is in store for readers who love a happy ending. Soon kids everywhere will wish for a pet book of their very own.

Friends Forever

Julia Jarman (Author)

Meet sporty Erika, friendly Daisy and artistic Phoebe, three best friends who all go to primary school together. These are three fun-packed stories about the ups and downs of being best friends forever!

Ogres Don't Dance

Kirsty McKay (Author) , Chris Judge (Illustrator)

Ogden is a gnarly, man-eating ogre . . . with the dream of becoming a dancer. But no one will dance with him – not when they think they’re going to be his next meal! Then Ogden meets Willow, a gutsy girl who lives in a tree house in the woods. She makes a deal with him: if he’ll stop eating humans, she’ll teach him to dance. But there are fouler creatures than ogres in the forest, and they might just scupper Ogden's dancing dreams . . .

Illustrated throughout by the talented and award-winning Chris Judge

Shrek meets Strictly Come Dancing!

Agent Amelia: Golden Case Files

Michael Broad (Author)

Join me, Agent Amelia, for six fabulously funny, marvellously mad and extremely entertaining stories about how I go about saving the world all by MYSELF! Amelia x

A bumper collection of six fantastic stories from my Golden Case Files!

Fly, Chick, Fly!

Jeanne Willis (Author) , Tony Ross (Illustrator)

In the middle of a wood there is a chick who will not fly. "Not I!" she cries to Mother Owl and Father Owl. She flaps, she flips, she flops and hops back into the nest. Time passes and seasons change, but still she refuses to fly. Will she ever learn to let go and soar up into the open sky?

The Mum Trap

Anna and her younger sister Gem, who is confined to a wheelchair after a road accident think they've thought of the perfect birthday present for their dad when they advertise in the Lonely Hearts column of their local newspaper. Hansome and fun widower, 40, with 2 daughters aged 13 and 10, seeks somone special. But Dad is horrified when the replies start to come in. To please the girls he reluctantly makes arrangements to meet four oof the women. All four meetings go badly and the girls are forced to rethink their strategy, with surprising consequences. Children will love this lively and amusing story with its strong and appealing heroines.

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