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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.

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.

The Ring Of The Slave Prince

Bjarne Reuter (Author)

It is 1639, and the winds of a Caribbean storm howl with the promise of sunken treasure. Treasure is the means by which fourteen-year-old Tom O'Connor hopes to deliver his family from the drudgery of working at a run-down inn on the island of Nevis. But on this particular night he finds only two ragged castaways drifting near death - a maudlin Spaniard who calls himself Ramon the Pious and a slender black youth about Tom's age. Ramon claims the slave boy is a prince, worth his weight in gold if returned to his chieftain father across the ocean, and he shows Tom a ring to prove it. When Ramon and the slave prince disappear, the course of Tom's destiny is set as he pursues his elusive dream of wealth from skiff to galleon, plantation to pirate ship, from high-spirited escapades to hairbreadth escapes - and, sometimes, to heartbreak..

The Dragonsitter Disasters

Josh Lacey (Author)

Three books in one means triple the fun!


The Dragonsitter

Eddie is looking after his uncle Morton's dragon Ziggy whilst he is on holiday – but it's not long before disaster strikes! Soon the fridge is empty, the curtains are blazing, and the postman is fleeing down the garden path.

The Dragonsitter Takes Off

Eddie thought he'd got the hang of dragonsitting – until Ziggy disappears, only to be found guarding a big secret in the linen cupboard. It's not long before a very unexpected guest flies in!

The Dragonsitter's Castle

Dragonsitting isn't getting any easier for Eddie. A castle, a sneezing dragon and a big box of fireworks: looks like the new year is going to start with a bang!

The Journey to the End of the World

Henning Mankell (Author) , Laurie Thompson (Translator)

Joel is fifteen and has left school, wanting to become a merchant sailor and travel far away from his home town in Northern Sweden. But first he must face up to the past and meet his mother who ran off when he was little. After such a long time how will Joel and his dad cope with such a reunion and will Joel ever sail the seas as he dreams. . . ?

Ogres Do Disco

Kirsty McKay (Author) , Chris Judge (Illustrator)

What do you give a dancing ogre with great big feet?
Lots of space!

Ogden loves to dance to the funky beat, and the disco ball is coming up. But there's a fiendish creature on the loose who wants to put a jam in everyone's plans. Ogden better not get too ogre-eager if he wants to catch the monster...

Spangles McNasty and the Fish of Gold

Steve Webb (Author) , Chris Mould (Illustrator)

Welcome to Bitterly Bay. Spangles McNasty has decided to spend his summer doing what he loves the most: shouting at babies, pulling faces at old ladies, eating cold chips from bins and best of all, collecting other people's spangly things!
Having convinced themselves that goldfish are made of gold and that they grow to the size of whales, Spangles and his friend Sausage-face Pete decide to find the great Fish of Gold. They'll be rich forever!
Only young Freddie Taylor can stop Spangles' dastardly plan, in a tale full of time-travelling jet skis, madcap chases and haunted custard. It is a tale so odd, your mind-cogs will jam with happiness for ever after!

Brilliant Billy Does His Bit

Simon Hutton (Author)

When a World War II veteran comes to talk to his class, Billy is inspired to join in the war effort. Protecting his house from intruders isn't so popular with his parents, so he decides to use his brilliance to grow vegetables with Dad on the allotment. He learns all about planting seeds and feeding the soil - and discovers the competitiveness of the prize veg growers when it seems that he has grown a monster turnip in three days!

The Moon Dragons

Dyan Sheldon (Author) , Gary Blythe (Illustrator)

When a king discovers that there are still singing moon dragons high up on the mountainside, he offers a room full of gold to anyone who can bring one to him. The beautiful dancing dragons only reveal themselves to Alina, a young peasant girl, but she preserves the secret of their whereabouts, knowing that there are some things far more precious than a room full of gold.

Daughter of the Sea

Berlie Doherty (Author)

The only life Gioga has ever known is that of a fisherman's daughter on remote Hamna Voe. But as a baby she was a gift of the sea to childless Munroe and Jannet, and now the Lord of the Oceans wants her back.
Torn between her love for her adopted parents and her strange attraction to the seal people, which will she choose - the sea or the land?

From the traditional folk-tale of the selkie, award-winning author Berlie Doherty has created her own lyrical and timeless story of a young girl's search for her true identity.

The Wickit Chronicles: Fen Gold

Joan Lennon (Author)

Trouble is heading for Wickit Monastery through the sweltering summer Fens - from the King's court comes Cedric with a chip on his shoulder, and from the land of the Vikings, Rane, a beautiful Norse girl, arrives with her hulking henchmen.But what are they really here for? Pip the orphan and Perfect the stone gargoyle find themselves caught up in a mad search for buried treasure, which leads them right across the marshes, all the way to the dreaded Black Bog, the very last place they want to be.And all the while, they can't shake the feeling they're being watched ...

Elmer and the Monster

David McKee (Author)

There is pandemonium in the jungle! A strange roaring sounds sends the animals stampeding, convinced it's a monster. But all is not as it seems. Only Elmer is brave enough to investigate, and what he discovers comes as quite a surprise!

The T-Rex Who Lost His Specs!

Jeanne Willis (Author) , Tony Ross (Illustrator)

Meet the accident-prone T-Rex. First he loses his glasses, then he has one disaster after another: he can't tell his breakfast toast from a slipper, then he mistakes a prehistoric owl for his bath towel! A laugh-out-loud tale from legendary picture book duo Willis and Ross.

Dungeon, Dragon

Emma Laybourn (Author)

No singing -no pets - no toys - no stories
By order of the Sorcerer

King Tarcorax has outlawed every kind of fun.He throws people into the dungeons just for whistling.
Rab is determined to defeat him.With the help of a witch, a pirate and a pig, he sets about escaping from his dungeon and teaching the sorcerer a lesson. But then the witch's spells starts to go very wrong indeed...

Mortal Heart

Robin LaFevers (Author)

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has.

Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up?

Rob Stevens (Author)

Stanley ‘Carrot’ Harris is ginger, tubby and definitely not cool. And he has a secret: he’s adopted, and this makes him feel like he’s never quite fitted in.
On his thirteenth birthday, he receives the one thing he’s been waiting his whole life for: a card from his long-lost birth mother, asking to meet up. But Stanley isn’t sure: what if he’s a big disappointment to her? So he hatches a plan – and he’s going to need a stand-in Stanley, someone who is handsome, sporty and God’s Gift to Mothers.
What Stanley doesn’t realise is he’s about to have the most confusing time of his life . . . just who is the real Stanley Carrot?

Perfect for readers aged 11+

The Practical Princess

Rebecca Lisle (Author) , Joelle Dreidemy (Illustrator)

Molly the farm girl has always dreamed of being a princess, wearing gorgeous clothes and having a Princely husband. So when the Royal Palace holds a competition to find A PERFECT PRINCESS, Molly enters it. Molly looks the part with her knee-length hair and fine new clothes but can she pass the princess tests? The pea in the mattress, the awful mother-in-law, the dangerous spinning wheel! Using her common sense she finds herself through to the final six princesses and gets her chance to dance with Prince Percy Percival. But is Prince Percival really the man of her dreams? Or is it blue-eyed Stan the blacksmith she's left behind at the farm?

Game Girls

Judy Waite (Author)

Alix, Courtney and Fern aren't 'bad' girls. They're respectable sixth form students who've hit on a great way to pull in good money. They can buy designer gear, holiday abroad, and aren't even out of place at a millionaire's party. As long as they follow their own 'rules', and keep themselves safe, who cares how they earn the extra cash? No one's going to get hurt. Or are they . . ?

A gripping story of teenage girls who use sex to make money - and then find that money is not after all going to resolve all ills.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Tony Ross (Author)

A perfect introduction to fairy tales for little ones! This abridged classic features bright, fun illustrations and a sturdy board format with tabs to make it easy for little hands to turn the pages. Discover the adventure that happens after Jack swaps the family cow for some rather magical beans.

The Stone Bird

Jenny McCartney (Author) , Patrick Benson (Illustrator)

It might look like a pebble from the beach, but Eliza knows this is an egg. And one night when she hears cracking, she discovers the Stone Bird. It might still look like a stone to her mum, but Eliza knows it's alive. Step into the magical world of one child's imagination in this stunning debut by exciting new author Jenny McCartney, illustrated by luminary of children's books Patrick Benson.

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