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Jack Slater, Monster Investigator

John Dougherty (Author)

Jack Slater is an official Monster Investigator - licensed to hunt out monsters who turn up under beds and terrorize small children (and his parents!). Armed with a high-power torch (monsters hate the light), a pocketful of spare batteries and a much-loved teddy (there is nothing monsters hate more than a favourite childhood toy), he sets off down to Monster Underworld when news reaches his ears that the monsters are on the march. They're getting organized and no-one, not even the Prime Minister in Downing Street, is safe any more...

The Starburster Stories

Berlie Doherty (Author)

Follow Tam on three exciting adventures to the land of Faery - where he'll battle castle nightmares, evil creatures and mischevious fairies!

THE STARBURSTER
At first, Tam isn't at all keen on his baby sister, Blue. But with a little inventive persuasion from Great-grandpa, Tam changes his mind. One terrible night, Blue is stolen - and an ugly fairy changeling is left in her place! It falls to Tam to journey to the magical land of Faery, return the changeling and win back Blue...

THE HUMMING MACHINE
Great-grandpa Toby is making so much NOISE! And if Tam can hear the clamour coming from his humming machine, the fairies will too. Soon enough, on the night of a blue moon, Great-grandpa vanishes. Tam must venture to Faery Land once more - but what will he find when he gets there?

THE WINDSPINNER
First the fairies took Tam's little sister, Blue. Then they took his Great-grandpa Toby. Now Tam has to keep a great secret - not only is Great-grandpa still in Faery as King, but the old King of the fairies, Oban, is now in Tam's world disguised as a boy Tam's age!

At first, it's lots of fun having Oban and his magic around. He manages to charm everybody - even Tam's teacher at school. But then things start to go wrong . . .


Three enchanting stories from much-loved, Carnegie Award-winning author Berlie Doherty.


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Jack Slater and the Whisper of Doom

John Dougherty (Author)

Jack Slater is an official Monster Investigator - licensed to hunt out monsters who turn up under beds and terrorize small children. Brave Jack has never met a monster that could scare him... until now. The Dark Depths - home to the most terrifying of all monsters - have been opened, and Jack and his feisty friend Cherry must enter them and face the danger within. Armed only with their wits, a torch and a teddy bear...

Jack Sweettooth

Malorie Blackman (Author)

Jackson Winstanley Sweettooth (or Jack for short) is a mouse who lives with Matthew and the rest of the Bailey family. He gets the blame for a lot of things - Mrs Bailey thinks he's swallowed her ruby and nibbled at Shani's birthday cake. And Jack's biggest enemy is Beauregard Battersby-Bunge, the pesky ginger cat from next door. But everything gets better when another mouse, Blossom, comes to stay with the Baileys - soon Blossom and Jack are the best of friends!

Black Queen

Michael Morpurgo (Author)

The 'Black Queen' is what Billy calls his shadowy next-door neighbour. She always wears a black cloak and a wide-brimmed black hat. She lurks about her garden, alone except for her black cat. Scarily for Billy, the Black Queen befriends him and asks him to look after her cat while she's away. Billy can't resist the opportunity to peek inside her house. There are chessboards scattered everywhere. Who is the Black Queen and what sort of game is she playing? Billy thinks he knows...

The Shrimp

Emily Smith (Author)

Ben spends the holidays with his nose in the sand and bottom in the air. It's not because he's shy - though some of his classmates do call him the Shrimp. It's because he's got a great idea for his wildlife project.

A competition is on! The class projects are going to be judged by a famous TV wildlife presenter, and the prize is irresistible. Ben would love to win it, but others have their eyes on the prize too...

Ninnyhammer

Dick King-Smith (Author)

Peter is a young boy, living on a farm. One day, whilst out doing chores for his father, he comes across a strange white stick floating in the stream. He reaches out and catches it - and finds an exciting new friend in the process. Ninnyhammer is the local village simpleton, but Peter knows there's more to him than that - he's a magician and the white stick is his magic wand. Ninnyhammer is so grateful that he starts to help Peter and his family with their struggling farm - making the sow have more piglets, helping the corn to grow faster and the hens to lay twice as many eggs. But Peter wants to do something for Ninnyhammer in return. Can it really be right that his friend has to bed down in a hole with foxcubs? And can Peter persuade his dad to help...?

Funny Frank

Dick King-Smith (Author)

"I've got a chicken that wants to be a duck!"

Frank is a funny chick. Unlike all his brothers and sisters, he doesn't want to peck around at anything and everything in the dust. No, Frank wants to dabble about in the lovely duckpond, splashing himself with water. Most of all, he wants to learn to SWIM. Can Jemima, the farmer's daughter, find a way to help Frank? And if Frank CAN swim like a duck, what will happen when he grows up to be a cockerel?

Horse Pie

Dick King-Smith (Author)

Captain, Ladybird and Herbert - two Shire horses and a Suffolk Punch - are not pleased when Jenny, a retired seaside donkey, arrives at the Old Horses' Home. It's supposed to be a home for horses, and they don't want to share their field with a common little donkey.

Then rustlers are spotted in the area: thieves who like nothing better than to steal horses and ship them abroad - to be made into horse pie! Can Jenny and her friends save the huge heavy horses?

Titus Rules OK

Dick King-Smith (Author)

Titus is a young corgi puppy, growing up in Windsor Castle. There is lots he must learn - how to sit upright and beg for a custard cream biscuit, how to ask nicely to go outside, and how not to trip up Prince Philip. Soon he becomes a favourite of the Queen. She even breaks a lifetime rule - and lets him sleep on her bed at night! And it is because of Titus that Her Majesty finally does something very surprising . . .

E.S.P.

Dick King-Smith (Author)

When Old Smelly the tramp mets Eric Stanley Pigeon, it's his lucky day!

Old Smelly loves to bet on the horse races, but he never has much luck - until he meets Eric Stanley Pigeon, that is. For this young bird has a very unusual talent... Old Smelly dreams of winning a fortune, but will his dreams come true?

Big Football Collection Omnibus

Rob Childs (Author) , Aidan Potts (Illustrator) , Tim Marwood (Illustrator)

A terrific football treble from the master of soccer fiction:

THE BIG GAME
Keen young footballer Andrew Weston is sure that his skills in defence will help the school team win every match. Until he discovers who their first opponents are...

THE BIG MATCH
A dream comes true for Chris Weston when he is picked to stand in for the school team's regular goalkeeper for a vital cup game.

THE BIG PRIZE
Chris Weston is going to be the mascot for the local football league club for their next F.A. Cup match! Then disaster strikes...

Billy the Bird

Dick King-Smith (Author)

When Mary Mary finds her little brother Billy seems floating above his bed, with his nose, tummy and toes touching the ceiling, she is astounded. Never before has anyone in Mary's family been able to fly - even though their name is Bird!

An engaging tale from everybody's favourite animal author Dick King-Smith.

All Because of Jackson

Dick King-Smith (Author)

I want to sail the seas,' said Jackson. 'I want to see the world . . ."

Jackson is a very unusual rabbit - a rabbit with a dream. He spends his days watching the tall sailing-ships coming and going. He LONGS to go to sea too. So one day - with his girlfriend, Bunny - Jackson stows away on the Atalanta and sails off in search of a new life . . .

Animal Tales

Dick King-Smith (Author)

All Because of Jackson - Jackson is a very unusual rabbit - one who dreams of going to sea. So one day he stows away on the Atalanta and sails off in search of a new life . . .

The Catlady - Muriel lives alone with lots and lots of cats. But Muriel's cats are no ordinary cats - they are people she once knew reincarnated in feline form!

The Guard Dog - The story of a scruffy little mongrel with a grand ambition - to be a guard dog. The other pups laugh at him. Could such a small and scruffy dog really guard a home?

Hairy Hezekiah - Hezekiah lives a quiet life, and seems to be the only animal in the zoo without a friend. So he decides to escape and go on the run!

Horse Pie - Jenny the donkey finds herself unwelcome at the Old Horses' Home, but when rustlers start looking for horses to make into pies, it's up to Jenny to save the day.

The Scruffy Pony

K M Peyton (Author)

Carrie adores riding Red Robin. He is a perfect pony in every way and she is heartbroken when he has to be sold as her father loses his job and the family move into a small cottage. But when she tidies up the little stable at the bottom of their new garden, the next-door farmer surprises her with a new pony to live there. There's just one problem: Carrie can't stand the thin, muddy, dirty, scruffy pony. He's so ugly she nicknames him Rabbit - but can the unloved little pony work his way into Carrie's heart?

Dog Magic!

Chris Priestley (Author)

Imagine being able to wish for anything you wanted!
Lucy has the surprise of her life when she releases a genie from an old bottle. Wow - unlimited wishes for a year! But wait a minute... Lucy didn't wish for dinosaur bones. And where have all the cats gone?

Why does Lucy's dog Mitch look so full of himself? Uh-oh. It looks like a case of dog magic!

The Paradise Pony

K M Peyton (Author)

Lauren and Tashy love their ponies, Humpfrey and Monkey, even if - as rescue ponies - they aren't really very good at anything. Secretly, both girls would love to be able to win rosettes. Then Cobweb appears - a beautiful, silvery, ghost pony from Paradise. And when Cobweb joins the girls on a ride out, some of her magic seems to rub off on to their real ponies and Humpfrey and Monkey can jump beautifully...

Connie & Rollo

Dick King-Smith (Author)

Connie Button amazes her parents when she begins to speak - somehow she can add up even the biggest numbers in her head! And when Rollo says HIS first words, they are all in rhyme. But will Connie's brainy tricks get her into trouble? And can Rollo live a life in verse?

The Adventurous Snail

Dick King-Smith (Author)

Snail on board!

Siegfried loves to explore. One day his explorations take him on a big adventure - from his home in the grass, to the airport, on to an aeroplane and all the way to America!

There he makes some very important friends, Mr Ambassador and Mr President, finds a new home in a sandwich box - and also meets the lovely Peggy Sue . . .

Another magical, funny story from the master of animal tales, Dick King-Smith.

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