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Circle

Circle

Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

With their usual pitch-perfect pacing and subtle, sharp wit, the multi-award-winning, New York Times -bestselling duo (Caldecott Honor-winning Extra Yarn ) delivers the final wry and resonant tale about Triangle, Square, and...

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Malamander

Thomas Taylor, George Ermos

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep......

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 Read reviewSherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Renee Treml

A hilariously funny, action-packed mystery, starring the intrepid Sherlock Bones. 

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 Read reviewReal Pigeons Fight Crime (Real Pigeons, Book 1)

Real Pigeons Fight Crime (Real Pigeons, Book 1)

Andrew McDonald, Ben Wood

In Real Pigeons Fight Crime, Rock and his mystery-solving friends will tackle their first caseload: Why have all the breadcrumbs disappeared? Who on earth is kidnapping bats? And can the pigeons avert a dinner disaster??

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Lemonade Jones (Lemonade Jones, Book 1)

Lemonade Jones (Lemonade Jones, Book 1)

Davina Bell, Karen Blair

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Murder Most Unladylike (A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, Book 1)

Murder Most Unladylike (A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery, Book 1)

Robin Stevens

When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie....

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How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days

Fiona Hardy

Twelve days. Five kids. Many special effects. One giant mystery.

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Flora & Ulysses

Flora & Ulysses

Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.

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The Bad Guys Episode 9: the Big Bad Wolf

The Bad Guys Episode 9: the Big Bad Wolf

Aaron Blabey

THE SKY GOES DARK. THE CITY TREMBLES. THE SCREAMS BEGIN...and everyone's favourite Wolf has a LOT of explaining to do.

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 Read reviewThe Orchard Underground

The Orchard Underground

Mat Larkin

An explosive, suspenseful and utterly brilliant middle-grade mystery for fans of Louis Sachar's Holes.

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Akissi: Tales of Mischief

Akissi: Tales of Mischief

Marguerite Abouet, Mathieu Sapin

A collected volume of comics featuring the lovable Akissi and her friends in their daily mischief.

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 Read reviewThe Bolds to the Rescue

The Bolds to the Rescue

Julian Clary, David Roberts

The Bolds are a family of hyenas living as humans in a suburban house. But now their kindness to animal waifs and strays has become legendary, and more and more animals keep turning up to stay.

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Unicorn Bowling (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 9)

Unicorn Bowling (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 9)

Dana Simpson

The New York Times Bestselling series Phoebe and Her Unicorn is back with all-new sparkling tales of best friendship. Whether they're visiting Camp Shimmerhorn or fitting unicorn hooves for bowling shoes, Phoebe and Marigold find...

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When Billy Was a Dog

When Billy Was a Dog

Kirsty Murray, Karen Blair

Billy wants a dog. He really really really wants one. Billy's parents aren't so sure. So one morning, Billy takes matters into his own paws.

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Dragon's Green

Dragon’s Green

Scarlett Thomas

The first in the thrilling and magical Worldquake Sequence from Scarlett Thomas, author of the bestselling adult novel The End of Mr Y

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Goodnight, Mr Panda

Goodnight, Mr Panda

Steve Antony

A hilarious Mr Panda picture book, about the importance of doing the Bedtime Routine properly! Perfect for tricky bedtimes.

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Marge in Charge

Marge in Charge

Eglantine Ceulemans, Isla Fisher

Jemima and Jake's new babysitter doesn't look too promising. In fact she looks very sensible, very old and VERY small (she only comes up to daddy's armpit!). But the moment their parents leave the house, Marge gives a mischievous...

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 Read reviewThe Bolds

The Bolds

Julian Clary

Mr and Mrs Bold are just like you and me: they live in a nice house (in Teddington), they have jobs (like writing Christmas cracker jokes) and they love to have a bit of a giggle.

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 Read reviewFunny Kid for President

Funny Kid for President

Matt Stanton

Meet the funny kid! Because every kid loves to laugh. Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. He's the class clown, the punch line and he's even volunteered his bottom to be the butt of the joke. Max...

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The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12

The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12

Jeff Kinney

Readers won't be able to stop laughing as they join Greg and his family on a holiday trip to remember. To escape the stress of the holidays, the Heffleys decide to get out of town and go to a resort instead of celebrating...

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Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit's Bad Habits

Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits

Julian Gough, Jim Field

Hilarious, gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is the next step up for readers of Kes Gray and Jim Field's bestselling OI FROG!

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 Read reviewThe Bad Guys: Episode 1

The Bad Guys: Episode 1

Aaron Blabey

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys ... and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys' first...

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Koalas Eat Gum Leaves

Koalas Eat Gum Leaves

Laura Bunting, Philip Bunting

Koalas eat gum leaves. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even on their birthdays. Most koalas dont seem to mind. But one does. He is on the lookout for some tastier tucker...and he's about to make a discovery that changes...

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Dork Diaries: Crush Catastrophe

Dork Diaries: Crush Catastrophe

Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell's adventures continue in the twelfth instalment in the bestselling DORK DIARIES series!

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Cowboy Pug

Cowboy Pug

Laura James, Eglantine Ceulemans

Pug and his faithful companion, Lady Miranda, are going to be cowboys for the day. First they need to obtain a horse! After their noble steed Horsey is safely acquired, they find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Can Pug...

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Danger Is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger

Danger Is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger

David O'Doherty, Chris Judge

Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets The Dangerous Book for Boys, DANGER IS EVERYWHERE is a brilliantly funny handbook for avoiding danger of all kinds that will have everyone from reluctant readers to bookworms laughing out loud (very...

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Mopoke

Mopoke

Philip Bunting

This is a Mopoke. Mopoke loves peace and quiet. He is about to find out that you can't always get what you want. Visually brilliant, and hysterically funny, Philips pictures tell a thousand words, with the support of some very...

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