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The Weather Witch

Paul Stewart (Author)

Joe and Kerry, sent to stay in the country with their great-aunt, find themselves whirled into the past when they investigate the mystery of an Elizabethan village that escaped destruction by simply vanishing overnight - more than four hundred years ago. But the spell that saved it then has now become a curse...

The Quigleys

Simon Mason (Author) , Helen Stephens (Illustrator)

This is the first book in a wonderfully amusing series about the chaotic Quigleys. Written in a fresh, witty and original manner, each member of the family - Lucy, Will, Dad and Mum - has their own tale to tell. Lucy only wants to be a bridesmaid dressed as a bee. Will only wants a Harpy Eagle for Christmas. Dad only wants to watch the football in peace. Mum only wants - well, who cares what Mum wants? Whether it's babysitting problems, the difficulty of being good as Christmas approaches or simply how to watch the football without interruptions, the quirky escapades of the Quigleys will appeal to adults and children alike.

What Would Joey Pigza Do?

Jack Gantos (Author) , David Tazzyman (Illustrator)

'Joey Pigza, you need a life!'

Grandma wants Joey to find a friend, stop running around after his NUTTY parents, and start looking after himself. But Joey's got other plans - he's going to be MR HELPFUL.

Can Joey the secret superhero suceed in his mission to keey everybody SMILING?

Fiddlesticks

Alan Fraser (Author)

STICKS, TRICKS AND A ROLL OF DRUMS!

Charlie Parker. That's me. It's a COOL name - the same as some jazzy musician, according to Beryl. She's the old lady next door and ages ago, she played drums in a BAND. Now she's teaching ME! I'm going to be a MAGIC drummer!

Stef's COOL too. He's my best mate and he's into magic of another kind, helping a famous MAGICIAN on stage. But will a TWO-BEAT-SHUFFLE and a THREE-CARD-TRICK be enough to help when we discover that Beryl has become the victim of a mean FIDDLE?

A stomping good read from the author of 13 PAIRS OF BLUE SUEDE SHOES.

The Quigleys in a Spin

Simon Mason (Author)

Five more stories about the irrepressible Quigleys (and including a surprise guest appearance from next-door neighbour's cat, Fatbrain). Will makes a huge effort to get on with the sullen Robinson Potts, an unwelcome visitor on the family's weekend away. Lucy desperately hopes that her birthday party will occur without mishap even though Dad is promising to make it an event to remember...and Mum gets stuck on the roof - with Fatbrain.

In the fourth book of the series, Simon Mason reveals the charm and humour in the everyday life of an ordinary (yet unique) family. These are perfect stories for reading aloud, and for young children to read by themselves.

The Quigleys At Large

Simon Mason (Author)

The Quigleys are back in this second collection of stories. Funny and instantly recognisable, the family go on a camping holiday to France, Mum stars in the skipping competition at the local village fete, Will gets locked in his empty school at night, and Dad (unsurprisingly) loses the budgie. Four more hilarious stories from this irrepressible and warmly affectionate family.

Hitler's Canary

Sandi Toksvig (Author)

It's April 1940 and German troops are pouring onto the streets of Denmark. 12-year-old Bamse is ordered by his father to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But Bamse and his daring friend Anton can't resist playing the occasional practical joke on the invading soldiers. When it becomes clear that the trouble isn't just going to pass them by, the people of Denmark decide to take action and Bamse and his eccentric family are about to take part in one of history's most dramatic rescues - smuggling Denmark's Jewish population, across the water to Sweden, and safety.

Many of the characters are based on Sandi's own family, including her father, Bamse, and the book was inspired by the stories her told to her.

The Midnight Hand

Paul Stewart (Author)

It was only when he woke up that Tom realized he'd been asleep. It was still night-time, and outside a raging wind was buffeting the windows and howling down the chimney - not that it was the wind which had woken Tom...

When Tom starts at Styles Grange Boarding School he knows he will feel a little lonely, but he never dreamed he'd experience such pure terror! For at midnight, when the bronze bell tolls, Tom feels something stroking his cheek, something cold and dry. . . a skeletal hand!

A gripping and chilling mystery from popular author Paul Stewart.

A Mouse Called Wolf

Dick King-Smith (Author)

Whoever heard of a singing mouse? But Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse (named after the beginning of a name found on a scrap of sheet music) has a truly wonderful voice - a voice that thrills old Mrs Honeybee. Soon Mouse is singing daily while the lonely old woman plays the piano. But then - disaster strikes! Can Wolf's voice save the day?

The Firework Maker's Daughter

Philip Pullman (Author)

What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker!

But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend!

Not knowing that she needs special protection to survive the Fire-Fiend's flames, Lila sets off alone. Her friends, Chulak and Hamlet - the King's white elephant - race after her. But can they possibly reach her in time?

This edition is beautifully illustrated by Peter Bailey.

Count Karlstein: or The Ride of the Demon Huntsman

Philip Pullman (Author) , Patrice Aggs (Illustrator)

Who would dare venture outdoors on All Souls' Eve knowing that Zamiel the Demon Huntsman is on the prowl? But evil Count Karlstein has struck a bargain with Zamiel - and his two young nieces Charlotte and Lucy stand to lose out in the pact. What can the girls do to escape their fate?

Brilliantly informed by a variety of classic, and not so classic, sources, this tale gallops along at high speed and is a highly visual and very unusual book.

Clockwork

Philip Pullman (Author)

Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you've wend them up, nothing will stop them ...

A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil ... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre - and unstoppable - way.

Almost like clockwork ...

Corby Flood

Chris Riddell (Author) , Paul Stewart (Author)

Corby Flood and her family are about to set sail on the rather ramshackle cruise ship, the S.S. Euphonia. Her boisterous brothers might not have noticed that anything is wrong, but Corby is highly observant and has a lot of time for note-taking and eavesdropping. Onboard, amongst all the odd passengers and eccentric crew, there is a strange group of men in bowler-hats who call themselves The Brotherhood of Clowns. There's also a melancholy wailing sound coming from the hold. It's strictly out of bounds but Corby can't help investigating. What could be inside the crate she discovers down in the hold? As the ship arrives at its destination, Corby must enlist the help of some very well moustachioed locals to uncover the contents of the crate and the dark secrets of the menacing Clowns...

Hugo Pepper

Chris Riddell (Author) , Paul Stewart (Author)

A brilliantly inventive, fabulously illustrated addition to the Far-Flung Adventure series from the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator team, Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. Set in the same world as Fergus Crane and Corby Flood's stories, this is the tale of a small boy, Hugo Pepper, and his amazing exploits. Raised in the Frozen North by reindeer herders, his parents eaten by polar bears when he was just a baby, Hugo discovers that the sled they arrived in has a very special compass - one that can be set to 'Home'. And so Hugo arrives in Firefly Square - to discover a group of very special friends, and a dastardly enemy... With three-toed snowmen, a secret buried treasure and a host of fabulous stories, this is a fantastic new tale in this series.

Fergus Crane

Paul Stewart (Author) , Chris Riddell (Author)

FERGUS CRANE! YOU ARE IN GREAT DANGER! I AM SENDING HELP. Signed T. C., your long-lost Uncle Theo

Fergus Crane has an almost ordinary life - having lessons taught by rather odd teachers on the school ship Betty Jeanne, helping his mother in the bakery. But then a mysterious flying box appears at the window of his waterfront home - and Fergus is plunged headlong into an exciting adventure! The box is followed by a winged mechanical horse that whisks him off to meet his long-lost uncle and his penguin helpers, Finn, Bill and Jackson. Fergus finds out that his teachers are not quite what they seem - they're actually pirates! Can Fergus and his winged horse save his schoolmates from the far-off Fire Island? And who else will he find there...?

The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals

Jordan Stratford (Author)

When the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency is approached by famous fossil hunter Mary Anning, the team know that this could be their most important case yet.

Mary Anning’s precious dog has been snatched – to get her back, the kidnappers demand she lie about fake dinosaur bones, and pretend they are genuine.

Now the Wollstonecraft detectives have just three days to track down the fossil fakers, and save the integrity of science! The game is afoot: blood-sucking leeches, smoke bombs and diabolical disguises abound.

And behind the lies and fakery, a genuine criminal may finally be revealed . . .

Spring-Heeled Jack

Philip Pullman (Author) , Oxford Fine Art Ltd (Illustrator)

Deep in the murkiest back streets of old London town, three children are escaping from an orphanage. But lurking in the fog, watching Rose, Lily and Ned, is a king among villains - Mack the Knife!

A dreadful fate looks certain until, from out of nowhere, a figure with glowing, red eyes appears. He leaps through the air like a firework - it's Spring-Heeled Jack, scourge of evil-doers!

Medusa's Butterfly

Simon Rae (Author)

A box is left on Marcus’s doorstep in the rain. Fussy Aunt Hester has told Marcus not to open the front door under any circumstances. But she’s out – and just this once can’t hurt . . . can it?

Except the parcel isn’t embroidery supplies for Aunt Hester. Or fishing tackle for Uncle Frank. Whatever is in there, it’s alive. And it’s ANGRY.

The thing in the box sends Marcus’s life spinning horrifyingly out of control ­– controlling his mind and testing his will so that every moment is deadly. Can Marcus overcome the pull of the Gorgon’s gaze, and use her power for good? Because he received that box for a reason ­– but he must find out what it is, before the terrible, beautiful Medusa turns everyone he holds dear to stone . . . and then comes for him.

Laced with myth, this modern story positively writhes with horror and suspense. A terrifying, unputdownable read for fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter.

I Was a Rat!

Philip Pullman (Author)

'I WAS A RAT!'

So insists Roger. Maybe it's true. But what is he NOW?

A terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers?
The Daily Scourge is sure of it.

A money-spinning fairground freak?
He is to Mr Tapscrew.

A champion wriggler and a downy card?
That's what Billy hopes.

Or just an ordinary small boy, though a little ratty in his habits? Only three people believe this version of the story. Only one of them knows who Roger really is. And luckily a story about her can sell even more newspapers than one about a rat-boy ...

My Hat and all That

Tony Mitton (Author)

In my pocket,
feeling round,
what can this be
that I've found?

Pull it out to see
and - oooh!
Look: a poem
just for you.

Thirty poems from one of today's best-known children's poets, whose witty rhymes are for listeners and readers alike. Based on Tony Mitton's famous performances, this book is illustrated with panache and humour by Sue Heap - a bundle of fun for everyone!

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