Animal tales (9+)

 Read reviewThe Promise Horse

The Promise Horse

Jackie Merchant

Harry is tired of being the tall new kid with red hair, big feet and freckles; the one with the dead sister whose voice follows her wherever she goes. Everyone says she's imagining it, but she knows they're wrong. If she was...

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The Dog with Seven Names

The Dog with Seven Names

Dianne Wolfer

The heart-warming story of a golden-eyed dog in a time of war.

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When the Mountains Roared

When the Mountains Roared

Jess Butterworth

A vivid, warm and atmospheric adventure set in the mountains of India, about a girl who is determined to protect the wild leopards of the mountain from poachers, perfect for fans of Katherine Rundell.

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Brindabella

Brindabella

Ursula Dubosarsky, Andrew Joyner

From an extraordinary novelist and an award-winning illustrator comes this lyrical and unforgettable story about a boy and the untameable wildness of a hand-reared joey.

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The Wolf Keepers

The Wolf Keepers

Elise Broach, Alice Ratterree

A thrilling mystery adventure set on the grounds of a zoo and Yosemite National Park.

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Bravelands: Broken Pride (Bravelands, Book 1)

Bravelands: Broken Pride (Bravelands, Book 1)

Erin Hunter

HEED THE CALL OF THE WILD WITH THE EXHILARATING NEW SERIES FROM ERIN HUNTER A lion cast out from his pride. An elephant who can read the bones of the dead. A baboon rebelling against his destiny. ...

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Pax

Pax

Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen

The moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox and their epic journey to be reunited. Beautifully illustrated by multi-award winner, Jon Klassen. Now available in Paperback!

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Wildwood

Wildwood

Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis

Now in paperback. Wildwood is a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger, and magic that juxtaposes the thrill of a secret world and modern city life.

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Wed Wabbit

Wed Wabbit

Lissa Evans

A hugely funny down-the-rabbit-hole adventure from the author of internationally bestselling Small Change for Stuart, which was shortlisted for both the Carnegie Medal and Costa Award.

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Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Baby Monkey, Private Eye

Brian Selznick, David Serlin

Who is Baby Monkey? He is a baby. He is a monkey. He has a job. He is Baby Monkey, Private Eye! Lost jewels? Missing pizza? Stolen spaceship? Baby Monkey can help! But can he put on his pants before the culprit gets...

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Finding Black Beauty

Finding Black Beauty

Lou Kuenzler

Told from the perspective of a young girl who masquerades as a boy in order to become a groom, this is the other side of BLACK BEAUTY. Aspiring groom Jo comes to love Beauty and when they are separated she travels to London to...

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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte’s Web

E. B. White

One spring morning a little girl called Fern rescues a runt and names him Wilbur. But then Wilbur is sent to live on a farm where he meets Charlotte, a very clever and very beautiful large grey spider. They become best friends...

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Mr. And Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire!

Mr. And Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!

Polly Horvath, Sophie Blackall

In this hilarious chapter book mystery, meet a girl whose parents have been kidnapped by disreputable foxes, and a pair of detectives that also happen to be bunnies!

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Crenshaw

Katherine Applegate

The heart-warming new story about family and friendships from Newbery Medal-winner Katherine Applegate.

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The Last Wild Trilogy: The Last Wild: Book 1

The Last Wild Trilogy: The Last Wild: Book 1

Piers Torday

FROM THE WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE. A thrilling animal adventure for fans of Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Katherine Rundell

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 Read reviewThe One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate

Winner of the Newbery Medal 2013  Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. A winning blend of humour and poignancy that will...

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Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars

Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars

Constance Lombardo

Mr. Puffball, a ten-month-old kitten who wants to be a movie star, leaves home and makes his way to Hollywood, where he lands a job at Purramount Studios working with his hero, El Gato, who turns out to be very different from what...

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Redwall

Brian Jacques

Matthias is just one little mouse but he knows it'll take more than stones and mouse-sized arrows to keep the rats at bay. Enlisting the help of a military hare, wild sparrows and argumentative stoats, Matthias sets out to defend...

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

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Watership Down

Watership Down

David Parkins, Richard Adams

Fiver was only a young rabbit, but he has a sixth sense and foresaw that disaster was about to destroy the warren. Few believed him. Led by his brother Hazel, a small band of rabbits sets out on a dangerous journey to find a safe...

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Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Robert C. O'Brien

Time is running out for Mrs Frisby. She must move her family of mice before the farmer destroys their home. But her youngest son, Timothy, is too ill to survive the move. Help comes in the unexpected form of a group of mysterious,...

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White Fang

White Fang

Jack London, Richard Adams

Born in the wilds of the freezing cold Yukon, White Fang - half-dog, half-wolf - is the only animal in the litter to survive. He soon learns the harsh laws of nature, yet buried deep inside him are the distant memories of...

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Carbonel

Carbonel

Barbara Sleigh

Between the cat and the broomstick, Rosemary picked up some useful spells and magic, and the adventures they brought about turned a dull-looking holiday into one long to be remembered for its unexpected excitements and rewards.

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Mister Cassowary

Samantha Wheeler

City boy Flynn is taken to Mission Beach by his dad to ready his Grandad Barney's banana farm for sale.

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Snow Pony

Snow Pony

Alison Lester

Only Dusty can ride the wild Snow Pony.And no one but Dusty will trust her...Three years of drought have reduced the Riley's farm to a dirt patch and strained the family to breaking point. A trip to the mountains to muster their...

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Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Erin Hunter

The book that sparked a phenomenon and started a series that has sold more than 16 million copies-now beautifully repackaged with striking new cover art!

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 Read reviewLoyal Creatures

Loyal Creatures

Morris Gleitzman

In 2014 Morris Gleitzman promises to captivate his fans yet again with another heart-rending and compelling novel set in wartime. Once, Then, After and Now took us inside young people in World War Two. Loyal Creatures is the story...

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War Horse

War Horse

Michael Morpurgo

Originally published in Great Britain in 1982, this moving story tells of thetruest of friendships in the worst of wars, as a horse is sold from his farm, taken from the gentle boy who was his master, to serve in the military...

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