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DFC Library: Fish-Head Steve

Jamie Smart (Author)

A hilarious comedy about a sleepy mid-western town, Spumville, whose inhabitants wake up one day to find that their heads have been replaced by household objects and family pets!

What can possibly have caused this calamity? The nuclear power plant? The aliens? Or something even more sinister? Can our hero Fish Head Steve and his funny-faced fellows solve the mystery?

Fishy goings on from the DFC Library -- now in a convenient paperback format!

DFC Library: Good Dog, Bad Dog

Dave Shelton (Author)

Kirk Bergman and Duncan McBoo are pedigree police: the finest canine cops in all Muttropolis. And they're never short of work. The city is heaving with cunning crooks and malevolent mongrels who would sell their own mother for a bone.

Join our dog detectives as they chase leads, sniff out crime, collar the bad guys and generally get their teeth into adventures full of action, suspense and . . . milkshakes. Criminals beware: McBoo and Bergman are on your tail!

Now in a convenient paperback format!

Black Arts

Andrew Prentice (Author) , Jonathan Weil (Author)

Elizabethan London: a teeming city of traders and thieves, courtiers and preachers, riff-raff and quality, cut-throats - and demons. When scrunty Jack the 'Judicious Nipper' picks the wrong pocket at the Globe Theatre, he finds himself mixed up in an altogether more dangerous London than he could have imagined.

An outbreak of devil-worship has led to a wave of anti-witch fervor whipped up by the Elect, a mysterious group of Puritans recognizable by their red-stained right hands. Rumour has it that their leader, the charismatic Nicholas Webb, wants to purge the city entirely and build a New Jerusalem. Jack has his own reason for hating him: he watched Nicholas kill his mother.

Helped by Beth Sharkwell the Thief Princess of Lambeth, Kit Morely the Intelligencer and Dr Dee the Queen's Wizard, Jack pits himself against Webb's Puritans. But this is no straightforward struggle - for ever since his first encounter with Webb, there has been something wrong with Jack's vision. He keeps seeing things. Demons.

Black Arts is the first in a series of thrilling time-travel adventures, each bringing the past to glorious life, as Jack and his companions hurtle from one epic struggle to the next.

DFC Library: Vern & Lettuce

Sarah McIntyre (Author)

Welcome to Pickle Rye, home of best friends Lettuce the rabbit and Vern the sheep. Join them for baking, birthdays, bunny-sitting and a quest for fame in the big city!

Vern and Lettuce reach for the stars, but danger is lurking just beneath their feet...

Furry escapades from the DFC Library -- now in a convenient paperback format!

DFC Library: Super Animal Adventure Squad

James Turner (Author)

Super Animal Adventure Squad comprises two hilarious stories for you to enjoy: 'The Teatime of Doom' and 'The Case of the Baboon Bandit'! Join Agent K, Bearbot, Irwin, Rex and Beesley as they battle to solve two thrilling crimes.

In 'The Teatime of Doom', our heroes are faced with a Level 6 Cake Emergency as cakes suddenly disappear from bakeries across the country. Without a mid-afternoon treat, the very icing of society would dissolve! Can the SAAS recover the precious pastries in time, or will they come to a sticky end?

In 'The Case of the Baboon Bandit', pirates have stolen the world's most valuable treasure, the Jade Baboon of Rangoon. Does the squad have what it takes to defeat the Dread Pirate Green Beard? Cutlasses, cookery and comedy capers abound in this brilliantly funny follow-up!

Superb stories from the DFC Library -- now in a convenient paperback format!

DFC Library: Mo-bot High

Neill Cameron (Author)

Asha's new school is insane. Everyone has giant robots that launch out of their mobile phones!
She's only been there five minutes when the school bully challenges her to a fight. So now it's not just about figuring out who's cool and who isn't. She has to learn to pilot her Mo-bot. And fast.

But while Asha gets to grips with her Mo-bot's moves and customises her DMC, she's being watched... Her piloting skills are about to be put to the ultimate test, and there's nothing her new friends can do to help.

Thrilling titanic battles from the DFC Library -- now in a convenient paperback format!

DFC Library: Monkey Nuts

Robin Etherington (Author) , Lawrence Etherington (Illustrator)

Welcome to the Isla de Monstera, home of the world's only tap-dancing, banana-loving, rust-fighting, coconut-talking, crime-busting organisation... MONKEY NUTS!

In their very first adventure, Sid, Rivet and Chief Tuft are forced to do battle against a horde of random oddballs and weirdos. When a mysterious signal begins to drive the local loonies into a crazy rage, the Monkey Nuts team have no choice but to grab their masks and get heroic!

Monster-catching action from the DFC Libray -- now in a convenient paperback format!

The Deserter

Peadar O'Guilin (Author)

Humans are weak and vulnerable. Soon the beasts that share their stone-age world will kill and eat them. To save his tribe, Stopmouth must make his way to the Roof, the mysterious hi-tech world above the surface.

But the Roof has its own problems. The nano technology that controls everything from the environment to the human body is collapsing. A virus has already destroyed the Upstairs, sending millions of refugees to seek shelter below. And now a rebellion against the Commission, organized by the fanatical Religious, is about to break.

Hunted by the Commission's Elite Agents through the overcrowded, decaying city of the future, Stopmouth must succeed in a hunt of his own: to find the secret power hidden in the Roof's computerized brain, and return to his people before it is too late.

Peadar Ó Guilín has followed his extraordinary debut The Inferior with an equally original and pulse-racing sequel in which human primitivism collides with futuristic technology.

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.

Muddle and Win

John Dickinson (Author)

Everyone has a Lifetime Deed Counter (LDC). It works like this:

You offer to help with the housework: Lifetime Good Deeds +1
You steal your little brother's sweets: Lifetime Bad Deeds +1

Looks straightforward, huh? But what if your every thought was disputed by opposing forces of good and evil - by an angel wearing ray bans (called Windleberry) and a demon in the form of a wart (called Muddlespot)? And within your mind they were fighting a fierce battle over your actions, a battle dictated by a game of poker?

When Muddlespot is promoted from a devil's janitor to special agent, the pressure is on for him to infiltrate Sally Jones and make her Bad. If he doesn't, it will be Very Bad for him. But as his mission leads him down Sally's ear and into the deepest recesses of her mind, all becomes unclear. Just what does it mean to be good? And can it be good to be bad?

Such Wicked Intent

Kenneth Oppel (Author)

When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again, just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother's betrothed. If only these things were not so tempting.

When Victor and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with their friend Henry, they venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.

Alfie Small: Captain Thunderbolt and the Jelloids

Alfie Small (Author)

Alfie’s TOP SECRET JOURNAL! Read on your own if you dare…

Beware … you are about to meet … a purple subterranean alien, a blithering, bungling spaceman and a pack of drooling space gangsters – but never fear, Alfie Small is here!

OUT OF THIS WORLD NON-STOP ACTION ADVENTURE!

Heart of Stone

Melanie Welsh (Author)

After a wonderful summer sailing, Verity Gallant just wants life to stay the same for ever. But as she should know by now, not everything in life turns out as we would like.

The land is shifting beneath the ancient harbour town of Wellow, causing mysterious caves to appear in cliff faces, terrifying rock falls and dangerous landslides. And the earth isn't the only thing crumbling... Verity is thrilled that Jeb has returned, but their feelings for each other threaten her friendship with Henry and Martha.

Once again Verity and her friends are embroiled in a tale of evil, intrigue and lost love, as a powerful force works its way towards Wellow, hell-bent on putting an end to all happiness. The Heart of Stone is the key, and the race is on to find it...

The Feathered Man

Jeremy de Quidt (Author)

In a German town, long ago, lives a toothpuller’s boy called Klaus. It isn’t Klaus’s fault that he sees his master steal a diamond from the mouth of a dead man in Frau Drecht’s lodging house, or that Frau Drecht and her murderous son want it for themselves.

He has nothing to do with the Jesuit priest and his Aztec companion who turn up out of the blue looking for it, or the Professor of Anatomy who takes such a strange interest in it. No, Klaus doesn’t want any trouble.

But when he finds himself with the diamond in his pocket, things really can’t get much worse – that is, until the feathered man appears. Then they become a matter of life . . . and death.

The Brides of Rollrock Island

Margo Lanagan (Author)

Rollrock is an isolated, windswept island; a wild and salty landscape where fishermen and their families must wring a living from the stormy seas. But Rollrock is also a place of eerie magic, and of powerful desire.

Down on the beach, the outcast witch of Rollrock casts her spells, and draws mysterious girls from the sea. These are girls with long, pale limbs and faces of haunting innocence - the most enchantingly beautiful creatures the fishermen of Rollrock have ever seen.

The island is envied, and many a man is lured to Rollrock with the promise of a sea wife. But the arrival of these women is the ruin of countless families - and to the despair of the men of Rollrock, magic always has its price. The brides do not belong on land. One day, the sea will claim them back.

Tender Morsels

Margo Lanagan (Author)

Liga endures unspeakable cruelties at the hands of her father, before being magically granted her own personal heaven, a safe haven from the real world. She raises her two daughters in this alternate reality, and they grow up protected from the violence that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever . . .

Magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga's refuge. Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?

Alfie Small: Serpents and Scarecrows

Alfie Small (Author)

Alfie’s TOP SECRET Journal! Read on your own if you dare . . .

Beware . . . you are about to meet. . . a hissing, slithering serpent, a sinister, shuddersome scarecrow and a GIANT man-eating plant – yikes! Can Alfie Small save the day?

HAIR-RAISING NON-STOP ACTION ADVENTURE!

Yellow Cake

Margo Lanagan (Author)

Yellow Cake brings together another ten short stories from this extraordinarily talented writer - each of them fiercely original and quietly heartbreaking.

Ranging from fantasy and fairy tale to horror and stark reality, what pervades these stories is the sense of humanity. The people of Lanagan's worlds face trials, temptations and degradations. They swoon and suffer and even kill for love. In a dangerous world, they seek the solace and strength that comes from family and belonging.

These are stories to be savoured slowly and pondered deeply because they cut to the very heart of who we are.

Pocket Cats: Cat Burglar

Kitty Wells (Author)

Maddy has always wanted a cat, but now she's got something even better - three small ceramic cats which come to life and give her magical powers!

There's a thief in Maddy's neighbourhood, and it's up to Maddy and Greykin to stop them! Determined to catch the thief red-handed, Maddy sets up a stakeout in the back garden. But everything goes wrong, and then something terrible happens: Greykin is stolen! Can Maddy stop the thieves on her own?

Pocket Cats: Dancing Dreams

Kitty Wells (Author)

Maddy has always wanted a cat, but now she's got something even better - three small ceramic cats which come to life and give her magical powers!

Maddy can hardly wait to start classes at Summer Ballet School. And when Ollie comes to life again, everything is perfect! But of course they have a problem to solve... Maddy's new friend Anna is scared to tell her mum that she doesn't want to be a ballerina. Can Maddy's special cat magic help Anna stand up for her real hopes and dreams?

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