Recent junior & middle fiction from 2017

Friday Barnes 8: Never Fear

Friday Barnes 8: Never Fear

R.A. Spratt

The final installment in the beloved girl detective series!

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Gregory and the Grimbockle

Gregory and the Grimbockle

Melanie Schubert, Jared Kraft, Abigail Kraft

Fans of Roald Dahl will adore Gregory and the Grimbockle. Exoodles, dial scromples and buckets of magic liquid make this imaginative story a thrilling adventure. But the message and heart behind this little tale will endure long...

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Freaks on the Loose: The Whole Scary Story

Freaks on the Loose: The Whole Scary Story

Leigh Hobbs

We dare you to join Miss Corker and 4F, the class without a yearning for learning. 'I couldn't possibly put this shocker on the shelves.' Fenella Frump, Librarian, Tasmania.Now in one volume: 4F for Freaks...

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Life of the Party! (The Susie K Files Book 1)

Life of the Party! (The Susie K Files Book 1)

Shamini Flint, Sally Heinrich

Susie K likes science instead of netball and has the class goldfish for a best friend. But Susie's mum finds it hard to believe that she's happy that way. She's constantly trying to push Susie (with the best of intentions, of...

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Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever.

Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever.

Amy Sparkes, Ben Cort

Can the worst pirate ever win the Pirate of the Year Award...? Set sail with the funniest pirate on the seven seas in this hilarious adventure for readers of 7+ with brilliant pictures throughout from ALIENS LOVE...

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Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: Volume 2

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: Volume 2

Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo

100 new bedtime stories, each inspired by the life and adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The unique narrative style of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls transforms each biography in a fairy-tale,...

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The Curse in the Candlelight

The Curse in the Candlelight

Sophie Cleverly

There's a new girl at Rookwood School, and new mystery for Scarlet and Ivy to solve.

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The Secrets We Share

The Secrets We Share

Nova Weetman

The highly anticipated companion to Nova Weetman's critically acclaimed middle-reader The Secrets We Keep.

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Bad Dad

Bad Dad

David Walliams, Tony Ross

The new heart-warming and hilariously brilliant story from number one bestselling author David Walliams. Beautifully illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.

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 Read reviewThe Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

Jaclyn Moriarty, Kelly Canby

An enchanting and whimsical spell-filled fantasy novel from Jaclyn Moriarty, the award-winning author of Feeling Sorry for Celia and A Corner of White, suitable for readers who loved A Most Magical Girl.

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Another Year of Plumdog

Another Year of Plumdog

Emma Chichester Clark

In 2014 Cape published Plumdog, a year's worth of entries from Emma Chichester Clark's blog of the same name which records the daily life of Plum, her dog, in Plum's own words and Emma's delightful illustrations.

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The Dollmaker of Krakow

The Dollmaker of Krakow

R. M. Romero

A timeless fantasy set in the Second World War that weaves together magic, folklore and history, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Goodnight Mister Tom.One night a little doll named...

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The Bad Guys Episode 6: Alien vs Bad Guys

The Bad Guys Episode 6: Alien vs Bad Guys

Aaron Blabey

One by one, the Bad Guys are vanishing. TAKEN by a creature with way too many teeth and far too many bottoms. Is this the end? Maybe. But will it be funny? You bet your butts it will!

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Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic

Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic

Armand Baltazar

Imagine a world where the past, present and future have collided. A world that is timeless. This is the world Diego Ribera was born into...For fans of Rick Riordan and Brian Selznick, author-artist Armand Baltazar introduces the...

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 Read reviewHave Sword, Will Travel

Have Sword, Will Travel

Sean Williams, Garth Nix

From New York Times bestselling authors Garth Nix and Sean Williams, comes this hilarious, action-packed adventure featuring a very unlikely knight, an admirably stubborn girl, and a sword with attitude.

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The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis

From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles comes an original, humorous, and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of child pickpockets-imagine The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets Oliver Twist.

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Whichwood

Whichwood

Tahereh Mafi

Mafi invites readers on a dark and lush new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to her New York Times bestseller Furthermore.

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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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 Read reviewNevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Jessica Townsend

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

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Tales From a Tall Forest

Tales From a Tall Forest

Shaun Micallef, Jonathan Bentley

In this rich and rambunctious tapestry of tales, satirist Shaun Micallef unravels the traditional fairy story and nimbly weaves your favourite characters into new and surprising adventures.

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 Read reviewA Most Magical Girl

A Most Magical Girl

Karen Foxlee

Magical machines, wizards, witches, mysterious underworlds, a race against time - and two most magical girls.   

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The War I Finally Won

The War I Finally Won

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A tale of courage set in England during the dark days of World War II and the sequel to the much-loved 2016 Newbery Honor Book, The War That Saved My Life.

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The Polar Bear Explorers' Club

The Polar Bear Explorers' Club

Alex Bell, Tomislav Tomic

It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer - tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk - but Stella really, really didn't want that to happen, just the same. In this book, Stella...

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Tom Gates #13: Epic Adventure (Kind Of)

Tom Gates #13: Epic Adventure (Kind Of)

Pichon,Liz

The next instalment of the hilarious and best-selling Tom Gates series.

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Patty Takes Charge: Game Day! 3

Patty Takes Charge: Game Day! 3

Patty (Patrick) Mills, Jared Thomas

Through lots of hard work, Patty's skills have improved out of sight. And he's invited to step it up in a big basketball tournament. Even though he'll miss out on time in his beloved Torres Strait, playing in a major...

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The Audition (Maddie Ziegler Presents, Book 1)

The Audition (Maddie Ziegler Presents, Book 1)

Maddie Ziegler

From the Dance Moms star and So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation judge comes the first novel in a brand-new trilogy about friendship, dance, and going after one's dreams. 5 1/2 x 8 5/16.

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Hotdog #3: Circus Time!

Hotdog #3: Circus Time!

Do, Anh, McGuiness,Dan

Lizzies joining the circus! Her sister Emma is a high-flying trapeze star, but Lizzies TERRIFIED of heights! Shes going to be a clown, the funniest around! Hotdog and Kev cant wait to see the show. Hopefully everything goes to...

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Click Here To Start

Click Here To Start

Denis Markell

When Ted inherits his uncle's apartment and all the treasure within, he realizes the apartment is set up like a real-life video game and must solve the puzzles with his friends to discover the treasure.

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Tracy Lacy For Classy Captain!: Tracy Lacy Book 2

Tracy Lacy For Classy Captain!: Tracy Lacy Book 2

Tania Lacy, Danielle McDonald

'Remember how I was ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN, well pretty sure, probably about 99.7% sure, that I maybe, nearly, might actually get through High School like a normal person? Well SHOCK, HORROR, its not going exactly as I planned . . ....

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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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Kick

Kick

Mitch Johnson

Budi's going to be a star. He's going to play football, instead of sweating over each football boot he makes. But one unlucky kick brings his world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon...

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 Read reviewThe Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Kelly Barnhill

An enchanting and unforgettable modern fable that is impossible to put down.

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Wonder

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been...

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The Song from Somewhere Else

The Song from Somewhere Else

A. F. Harrold, Levi Pinfold

Saved from bullies by the class misfit Nick, Frank's drawn to Nick's house by strange music, discovers he has incredible secrets that bring danger, and decides to help him as he helped her.

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 Read reviewGood Night Sleep Tight

Good Night Sleep Tight

Kristina Andres

A beautiful read-aloud story book for all ages featuring 111/2 goodnight stories from friends fox and rabbit, who help each other get to sleep-sometimes...

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Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (Book 3)

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (Book 3)

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan's Norse hero faces his greatest challenge yet in the final instalment of the series.

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The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

Megan Shepherd, Levi Pinfold

December 1941; Britain is at war. Emmaline has been evacuated away from the bombs to Briar Hill Hospital in Shropshire. When she gets there she discovers a secret. It's not to be shared, not to be told to anyone, even her friend...

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 Read reviewThe Mysterious World of Cosentino: The Missing Ace

The Mysterious World of Cosentino: The Missing Ace

Cosentino, James Hart

Dangling on a burning rope while chained above a tank full of hungry sharks...there's only one hero who can beat those odds...Cosentino, The Grand Illusionist!

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 Read reviewWhimsy & Woe

Whimsy & Woe

Rebecca McRitchie, Sonia Kretschmar

For fans of Withering-By-Sea comes a story from talented debut author Rebecca McRitchie about two curiously named children.

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The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch

The Cursed First Term of Zelda Stitch

Nicki Greenberg

'Zelda rides a broomstick!''Zelda's got a bat-friend!''Zelda smells like toadstools!''Witch! Witch! Witch!'

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Kizmet and the Case of the Pirate Treasure

Kizmet and the Case of the Pirate Treasure

Frank Woodley

When IMPACT headquarters are attacked and a fellow agent is kidnapped Kizmet, Gretchen and Detective Spencer are sent to investigate the daring crime. They're plunged into the age-old world of looting pirates and secret treasure....

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Figgy Takes the City

Figgy Takes the City

Tamsin Janu

Both Nana and Figgy receive scholarships to attend the Hope College in Ghana's big city, Accra. Figgy and Nana will have to leave behind the village and family they love, meet lots of new people and learn new things.

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Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables

Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables

Tim Harris

He's the first teacher to cook us breakfast.Is his spark-maker beetle really that dangerous?I heard he drank yak's milk in Mongolia. He's the only person who isn't afraid of Canteen Carol. My mum says he used to be in the...

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 Read reviewThe Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy

Lisa Thompson

Matthew is trapped in his bedroom by crippling OCD and spends most of his time staring out of his window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their lives. Until the day he is the last person to see his next door...

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 Read reviewThe Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker

The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker

Matilda Woods

Alberto lives alone in the town of Allora where fish fly out of the sea and everyone knows everybody's business. There he makes coffins for the great and small, but being the only coffin maker in town can be lonely. That is until...

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The Big Break (Tiny Timmy, Book 6)

The Big Break (Tiny Timmy, Book 6)

Tim Cahill, Heath MacKenzie

It's crunch time for Tiny Timmy and not just on the field! There are huge games coming up, and big tests at school! Its all happening! And then another kind of crunch puts him out of action. Timmy will need to work harder than...

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Kid Normal

Kid Normal

Greg James, Chris Smith, Erica Salcedo

Murph Cooper, eleven, is out of his depth when his mother unknowingly enrolls him in a school for superheroes, but his normalcy may be just what is needed to defeat King Nektar.

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Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave

Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave

Jonathan Stroud

After their recent adventures, the Lockwood & Co team deserve a well-earned break . A building full of unsettled souls, it's also the final resting place of Marissa Fittes, the legendary and (supposedly) long-dead ghost hunter -...

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Dory Fantasmagory and the Real True Friend

Dory Fantasmagory and the Real True Friend

Abby Hanlon

A Real True Friend: An actual kid everyone can see but who wants to play with you anyway. Dory's so excited for her first day at school. Her big brother and sister warn her that if she wants to fit in she ought to leave her...

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Vet Cadets: Clever Chicks (Book 4)

Vet Cadets: Clever Chicks (Book 4)

Rebecca Johnson

A wonderful series about three smart, funny, animal-loving girls solving mysteries and causing chaos at their country boarding school.

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 Read reviewThe Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster: Polly and Buster Book One

The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster: Polly and Buster Book One

Sally Rippin

From Australia's best-selling female author, Sally Rippin, comes Polly and Buster - a brand new junior fiction series about the magic of friendship.

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Shallow in the Deep End

Shallow in the Deep End

Tiwi College Al Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga

Erica wants a dog. So dad brings home a new pet... a baby water buffalo! Shallow the buffalo and her friend Bruno the dog have a lot of fun, get in a lot of trouble and create a lot of havoc.

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The Guggenheim Mystery

The Guggenheim Mystery

Robin Stevens, Siobhan Dowd, n/a

My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. This is the story of my second mystery.<br...

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Grover and Squeak's Farm Adventure (Grover McBane, Rescue Dog Book 4)

Grover and Squeak’s Farm Adventure (Grover McBane, Rescue Dog Book 4)

Claire Garth, Johannes Leak

Grover is so excited - he's going on a road trip! But first his owner, Annie, has a special guest to pick up from the animal shelter.

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 Read reviewTintinnabula

Tintinnabula

Margo Lanagan, Rovina Cai

Tintinnabula is a story about moving from discomfort to peace, from violence and uncertainty to a still, sure place. It reminds us that our best friend in hard times can often be ourselves.

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The Elephant

The Elephant

Peter Carnavas

An exquisite first novel from acclaimed picture book author and illustrator Peter Carnavas about Olive, Dad and his elephant.

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Squishy Taylor and the First Three Adventures

Squishy Taylor and the First Three Adventures

Ailsa Wild, Ben Wood

A hilarious junior fiction book series from Australian author Ailsa Wild about solving mysteries, blending families and leaping to conclusions quicker than a ninja-gazelle!

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Saving Marty

Saving Marty

Paul Griffin

From the award-winning author of Ten Mile River and When Friendship Followed Me Home comes a warm and heart-wrenching story of the friendship between a boy and a pig that thinks it's a dog.

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Shaozhen: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones

Shaozhen: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones

Wai Chim, Lyn White

Shaozhen has no intention of staying in his remote Henan village and becoming another poor farmer: he'll finish school, and then, hopefully, work in a factory in one�..

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The Book of Secrets (Ateban Cipher Book 1)

The Book of Secrets (Ateban Cipher Book 1)

A. L. Tait

What's the secret of the book, and why is it so valuable? These are the questions Gabe must answer when a dying man hands him a coded manuscript with one instruction: take it to Aidan.

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Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

David Baddiel, Jim Field

A hilarious rollercoaster ride of pure entertainment for 9+ readers everywhere, Birthday Boy is the new Baddiel Blockbuster: featuring David's inimitable and award-winning combination of wish-fulfilment, heart and hilarity, all...

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The Cute Friend: Ginger Green, Playdate Queen

The Cute Friend: Ginger Green, Playdate Queen

Kim Kane, Jon Davis

Ginger Green is BRIMMING with excitement, BURSTING to dance and BUSTING to play with her friends. But will she ever have a drama-free play date? There's no such thing, but don't worry because Ginger Green IS the Play Date Queen!...

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Pippa's Island 1: The Beach Shack Cafe

Pippa’s Island 1: The Beach Shack Cafe

Belinda Murrell

Kira Island Primary School - but Pippa soon starts to make friends with eco-warrior Meg, boho-chick Charlie, and fashionista and cupcake baker Cici. Pippa's mum plans to buy a rustic old boatshed and start a bookshop cafe, and...

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 Read reviewThe Boy and the Spy

The Boy and the Spy

Felice Arena

Life has never been easy for Antonio, but since the war began there are German soldiers on every corner, fearsome gangsters and the fascist police everywhere, and no one ever has enough to eat.But when Antonio decides...

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Ban this Book

Ban this Book

Alan Gratz

An inspiring middle fiction novel about a student who finds the courage to speak up and fight back when her favourite book is banned from her school library.

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 Read reviewBeyond the Bright Sea

Beyond the Bright Sea

Lauren Wolk

Crow has lived her whole life on a tiny, starkly beautiful island. Her only companions are Osh, the man who rescued her from a washed-up skiff as a baby and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their neighbour across the sandbar.

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Cyclones and Shadows: Stories from Up North

Cyclones and Shadows: Stories from Up North

Dudgeon and Oxenham

This collection draws together four tales for younger readers from the Waarda series of Indigenous stories, first edited by acclaimed author Sally Morgan. Two stories feature Lilli and her magical companion, Shadow. Living in...

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Clare and her Captain

Clare and her Captain

Michael Morpurgo, Catherine Rayner

A beautiful gift edition by a stunning author-and-illustrator combination.

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Oceana's Kitty Catastrophe

Oceana’s Kitty Catastrophe

Sally Sutton, Kirsten Richards

Sshh... NOT for parents! You can keep a SECRET, right? Clara and I have a herd of tiny, talking, splishy-splashy, flying horsesand theyre REAL! Its true. Those naughty Miniwings get us into so much TROUBLE. Who would have thought...

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Alice-Miranda in Hollywood 16

Alice-Miranda in Hollywood 16

Jacqueline Harvey

Lights, camera, action! Yeehaw!

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Ella and Olivia: #18 Happy Campers

Ella and Olivia: #18 Happy Campers

Yvette Poshoglian, Danielle McDonald

Ella and Olivia cant wait to go camping for the first time! But will their tricky cousins spoil all the fun?

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 Read reviewThe Fall

The Fall

Tristan Bancks

In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above. He goes to the window to see what's happening - only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall from the sixth-floor balcony.

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You Choose 11: Creepy Crawly Chaos

You Choose 11: Creepy Crawly Chaos

George Ivanoff

You are on a school excursion at the Entomology and Arachnology Research Centre when things go very wrong. It starts with a gigantic new breed of spider. Soon, there are insects everywhere.

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My Diary from the Edge of the World

My Diary from the Edge of the World

Jodi Lynn Anderson

The new middle-grade novel from best-selling author Jodi Lynn Anderson about a seemingly ordinary world filled with magical creatures, told in one irresistible girl's diary during her family's search for the fabled ...

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Maybe

Maybe

Morris Gleitzman

1946. Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else.Fourteen year old Felix is one of them. When he's offered a journey to Australia, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone...

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 Read reviewDiva and Flea: A Parisian Tale

Diva and Flea: A Parisian Tale

Mo Willems, Tony DiTerlizzi

Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery from an award-winning author/illustrator pairing.

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The Adventures of Dog Man Book 2: Unleashed

The Adventures of Dog Man Book 2: Unleashed

Dav Pilkey

If only the Chief would throw Dog Man a bone every once in a while... Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Can the canine crime biter unleash justice on this ruffian in time to...

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The Adventures of Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

The Adventures of Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

Dav Pilkey

Petey the cat's been dragged into a tiny bit of trouble -- a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog!

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You Choose 12: City of Robots

You Choose 12: City of Robots

George Ivanoff

A series of interactive novels for the highly adventurous. Read if you dare! Mistakes will cost you dearly! YOU CHOOSE ...Robot ruler or cyborg slave! A chance encounter with an escaped mini-bot leads you to a...

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A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

Yaba Badoe

A powerful, haunting debut that steps seamlessly from the horror of people-trafficking to the magic of African folklore.

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 Read reviewSee You in the Cosmos

See You in the Cosmos

Jack Cheng

An astonishingly moving middle-grade debut about a space-obsessed boy's quest for family and home.

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I Open the Door...

I Open the Door…

Gregg Dreise, Ann James, Judy Watson

I Open the Door...contains nine interconnected stories, all of which begin and end with opening a door. The young author/illustrators at the 2016 Spinifex Writing Camp were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, and the...

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Weirdo #9: Spooky Weird!

Weirdo #9: Spooky Weird!

Anh Do, Jules Faber

Halloween's coming up, and Bella and Weir are busy working on their costumes. But everything will be turned upside-down when Weir Do finds out his family are moving away!

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Violet and the Mummy Mystery

Violet and the Mummy Mystery

Harriet Whitehorn, Becka Moor

A delightful detective series for girls starring Violet Remy-Robinson, a young girl with adventure on her mind!

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Marge and the Pirate Baby

Marge and the Pirate Baby

Isla Fisher, Eglantine Ceulemans

'Isla Fisher is hilarious' DAVID WALLIAMS'Charming, funny, delightful' DAVID BADDIELYo ho ho, me hearties. Marge is back! Marge thinks she's a pirate and maybe she's right.Three family-fun adventures written by actor and comedian...

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The Ice Maze

The Ice Maze

Isobelle Carmody

Bily and Zluty, the injured Monster and two diggers journey into a land of ice and darkness. Here they find a secret settlement and learn more about the mysterious Makers plan. But the Monster must make a dreadful choice...A...

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The Skeleton Coast: Quest of the Sunfish 3

The Skeleton Coast: Quest of the Sunfish 3

Mardi McConnochie

The adventures of the Sunfish conclude as twins, Annalie and Will, discover the truth of what was behind their father's disappearance and face even more dangers on land than they did at sea.

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 Read reviewThe Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

Lisa Shanahan

The warm-hearted story of Henry Hoobler and the summer when a new friend, a silver bike and unexpected adventures turn him inside out like a pocket, into something new - laugh-out-loud funny and moving, from the author of my My...

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Alice Jones: The Ghost Light

Alice Jones: The Ghost Light

Sarah Rubin

Five days before opening night at refurbished old theatre the Beryl, ghostly activity unnerves the cast. Alice's detective skills are secretly enlisted. But as she digs into the Beryl's past, she discovers an unexpected mystery...

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Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

Kate DiCamillo, David Litchfield

New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving yet witty story of an unforgettable summer friendship.

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Tiger Boy

Tiger Boy

Mitali Perkins

A tiger cub has escaped from a reserve in the Sunderbans in West Bengal, India, and Neel, a poor boy from the islands, is determined to find her in order to save her from being captured and sold on the black market by Mr. Gupta...

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Alice-Miranda Holds the Key 15

Alice-Miranda Holds the Key 15

Jacqueline Harvey

Alice-Miranda is home for the holidays! In a startling turn of events, Alice-Miranda unexpectedly finishes the school term earlier than planned. Holidays should be a time for fun and a chance to catch up with friends, but it...

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 Read reviewSwimming on the Lawn

Swimming on the Lawn

Yasmin Hamid

This is a beautifully descriptive story of growing up in Sudan as told from the perspective of an observant young girl.

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 Read reviewHistory Mysteries: Diamond Jack

History Mysteries: Diamond Jack

Mark Greenwood

In March 1942, an aircraft prepares for a desperate midnight escape, taking refugees to safety in Australia. Just before take-off, the pilot is entrusted with a mysterious, wax-sealed package.But when the plane is shot down by the...

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Patty Hits the Court: Game Day! 1

Patty Hits the Court: Game Day! 1

Jared Thomas, Patty (Patrick) Mills

A fantastic and fun basketball series by Australian Olympian and NBA star Patty Mills that will entertain young readers, inspire kids to achieve their goals through sport, and showcase Patty's pride in his Indigenous heritage.

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Truly Tan: Trapped!

Truly Tan: Trapped!

Jen Storer, Claire Robertson

Way out in the country, Mrs Topple is Tan's closest neighbour. But Mrs Topple has gone on a cruise and Tan is in charge of security at the Topple cottage. 

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 Read reviewThe Fighting Stingrays

The Fighting Stingrays

Simon Mitchell

Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates - loyal and adventurous. They're the Fighting Stingrays.In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and...

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Toto

Toto

Michael Morpurgo, Emma Chichester Clark

From master storyteller MICHAEL MORPURGO, and illustrated in stunning colour by the award-winning EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK, comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and...

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The Castle in the Sea (Quest of the Sunfish Book 2)

The Castle in the Sea (Quest of the Sunfish Book 2)

Mardi McConnochie

The second breathtaking adventure in the Quest of the Sunfish series

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My Australian Story: Our Race for Reconciliation

My Australian Story: Our Race for Reconciliation

Anita Heiss

Mel Gordon loves running, and watching Seinfeld, but mostly she loves Cathy Freeman. It's 2000 and the Olympics are going to be held in Australia. In a year of surprises, Mel finds out that Cathy Freeman is coming to talk to her...

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 Read reviewThe Shop at Hoopers Bend

The Shop at Hoopers Bend

Emily Rodda

From one of Australia's most renowned children's authors, this is a story about coming home when you didn't even know that was where you belonged.

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 Read reviewMarsh And Me

Marsh And Me

Martine Murray

From the award-winning author of Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars comes a wonderful new novel 9-12 years old.

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Mistletoe and Murder: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Book 5

Mistletoe and Murder: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery Book 5

Robin Stevens

The fabulously festive fifth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike.

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The Quite Big Book of Penelope Perfect: Volume 1

The Quite Big Book of Penelope Perfect: Volume 1

Chrissie Perry, Jon Davis

Penelope Kingston is very, nearly, almost perfect - or rather she tries to be. She's also very funny, although she doesn't try to be. Come along with her as she finds a best friend, heads off on school camp and turns the fete into...

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Hotaka: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones

Hotaka: Through My Eyes - Natural Disaster Zones

John Heffernan, Lyn White

A powerful and moving story about one boy caught up in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

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The Wildings: The Hundred Names of Darkness

The Wildings: The Hundred Names of Darkness

Nilanjana Roy

The Nizamuddin cat clan are licking their wounds, slowly recovering after their terrible battle with the ferals from The Shuttered House. But soon they find their beloved Delhi neighbourhood is changing around them, and they...

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 Read reviewHow to Bee

How to Bee

Bren MacDibble

A story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live.

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Radio Boy

Radio Boy

Christian O'Connell

From leading breakfast radio star Christian O'Connell comes a brilliant and laugh-out-loud story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary secret radio show. (Broadcast from his shed.)

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 Read reviewMr Romanov's Garden in the Sky

Mr Romanov’s Garden in the Sky

Robert Newton

Living in the commission, Lexie is left to fend for herself. Her mother is mostly absent, out searching for something to help her forget the tragic death of Lexie's dad. But then, after witnessing the aftermath  of a shocking...

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Dog Zombies Rule (for Now) (Tom Gates, Book 11)

Dog Zombies Rule (for Now) (Tom Gates, Book 11)

Liz Pichon

Tom's got an EXCELLENT PLAN to make DogZombies the BEST band in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD! How hard can it be?

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Ms. Rapscott's Girls

Ms. Rapscott’s Girls

Elise Primavera

Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress extraordinaire Ms. Rapscott couldn't agree more. But her...

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Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever

Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever

Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell, Queen of the Dorks, is back in the eleventh instalment of the bestselling series!

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Stories from Stella Street

Stories from Stella Street

Elizabeth Honey

Elizabeth Honey's immensely popular 45 + 47 Stella Street and everything that happened turns 21! This special anniversary edition includes three exciting adventures in one big book: 45 + 47 Stella Street, Fiddle-back and The...

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The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

Kieran Larwood

A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs. Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of...

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Thea Stilton Special Edition #5: Treasure of the Sea

Thea Stilton Special Edition #5: Treasure of the Sea

Thea Stilton

Thea Stilton and the Thea Sisters are needed to help Aquamarina, the magical land of the ocean!

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Furthermore

Furthermore

Tahereh Mafi

Twelve-year-old Alice Queensmeadow, with the help of her friend Oliver, travels through the dangerous, magical land of Furthermore in order to rescue her missing father and prove her own magical abilities --

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My Life and Other Weaponised Muffins

My Life and Other Weaponised Muffins

Tristan Bancks

Have you ever been trapped inside a runaway car? Have you broken a world record? Is there someone in your class who will stop at nothing to kiss you? Have you ever tricked your dog into doing your homework? Or found something...

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The Spider's Song

The Spider’s Song

Dr. Simon Longstaff

The Spider's Song is a remarkable new children's picture book, written by Dr. Simon Longstaff and illustrated by Dutch artist Marc Van de Griendt.

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 Read reviewHenrietta and the Perfect Night

Henrietta and the Perfect Night

Martine Murray

Henrietta, the great go-getter, is going to be a big sister, but she'll have to wait half way to Christmas before the baby is ready. Five charming and quirky stories from the author of the CBCA shotlisted book Molly and Pim and...

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WeirDo #8: Really Weird!

WeirDo #8: Really Weird!

Anh Do, Jules Faber

Grandma Do is visiting, just in time for Grandparents Day, a trip to the farm AND the school dance! Life is about to get REALLY weird for Weir Do... because Grandma Do is the weirdest one of all! It wont be easy... but it will be...

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All The Things That Could Go Wrong

All The Things That Could Go Wrong

Stewart Foster

There are two sides to every story. Dan is angry. Nothing has been the same since his big brother left, and he's taking it out on the nearest and weakest target: Alex.

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Minecraft: The Island: (The First Official Minecraft Novel)

Minecraft: The Island: (The First Official Minecraft Novel)

Max Brooks

Be immersed in the Minecraft universe for the first time in a thrilling new adventure like no other!Minecraft: The Island, the first and only official Minecraft novel, will tell the story of a new hero stranded in the world of...

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The Bad Guys Episode 5: Intergalactic Gas

The Bad Guys Episode 5: Intergalactic Gas

Aaron Blabey

The bad news? The world is ending. The good news? The Bad Guys are back to save it!Sure, they might have to borrow a rocket... And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits... And Mr Piranha might have...

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Tom Gates #12: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures

Tom Gates #12: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures

Liz Pichon

In the next hilarious instalment of Tom Gates, Mr Fullerman has a class assignment: a family tree! Tom's ready to learn all about the Gates family, his friends and a furry creature (or two!). But just what *is* that squeaking...

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A Girl Called Owl

A Girl Called Owl

Amy Wilson

The moon seems to urge me onward, onward, and my feet fly faster and faster as the world around me sparkles silver with new frost . . . it's like being in a snowglobe, my very own little world, all of ice

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 Read reviewThe Tale of Angelino Brown

The Tale of Angelino Brown

David Almond, Alex T. Smith

A warm and witty tale from a master storyteller, author of Carnegie Medal-winning Skellig and internationally bestseller The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

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Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants

Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants

Stephan Pastis

In the sixth book in Stephan Pastis's New York Times bestselling series, Timmy is being threatened and must rely on his new partner to solve the mystery - and possibly save his life!

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Grover, Stretch and the Broken Leg (Grover McBane Rescue Dog Book 5)

Grover, Stretch and the Broken Leg (Grover McBane Rescue Dog Book 5)

Claire Garth, Johannes Leak

Grover loves living at Cavendish Lane. He has his own bed and lots of toys. It's the best place to relax after a busy day helping his owner, Annie, at the animal shelter.But when a greyhound puppy called Stretch comes...

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Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest

Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest

Julian Gough, Jim Field

Hilarious, gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is 'a perfect animal double-act'

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Timmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have

Timmy Failure: The Book You’re Not Supposed to Have

Stephan Pastis

Timmy Failure returns once more in the fifth book in the New York Times bestselling series.

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The Song of Seven

The Song of Seven

Tonke Dragt (Author), Laura Watkinson (Translator)

Seven paths. Seven unlikely friends. One extraordinary adventure.

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 Read reviewThe Blue Cat

The Blue Cat

Ursula Dubosarsky

From the multi-award-winning author of The Red Shoe comes a haunting story about a boy who can't - or won't - speak about his past in war-torn Europe, and his friendship wth a young Australian girl.

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 Read reviewWed 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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George

George

Alex Gino

Allow me to introduce you to a remarkable book, full of love, wonder, hope, and the importance of getting to be who you were meant to be. You must read this. - David Levithan, author of Every Day and editor of George. GEORGE is...

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Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (Book 1)

Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile (Book 1)

Jo Sandhu

Tarin of the Mammoths is a thrilling Stone Age epic for ages 8-12.

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 Read reviewFrankie Fish and The Sonic Suitcase

Frankie Fish and The Sonic Suitcase

Peter Helliar, Lesley Vamos

In his first ever kids' book, Australian comedian Peter Helliar takes young readers on a hilarious time-travel adventure about mega mischief, missing limbs, and a grandad with a wicked secret....

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Diary of a Minecraft Zombie: #3 When Nature Calls

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie: #3 When Nature Calls

Zack Zombie

Have you ever wondered what life is like for a Minecraft Zombie? Zack Zombie just Zombie to his friends has his boogers, stinky feet spray and dirty underwear packed because he is going on a scare-cation to Creepy...

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Rain Stones 25th Anniversary Edition

Rain Stones 25th Anniversary Edition

Jackie French

'Rain Stones' and the other stories in this collection reveal that the country is a magical place, that there is an extra dimension to be found by those whose minds and hearts are open to the possibility. Michael knows...

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Warriors: A Vision of Shadows #1: The Apprentice's Quest

Warriors: A Vision of Shadows #1: The Apprentice’s Quest

Erin Hunter

Full of epic adventure and thrilling intrigue, the first book in this fifth Warriors series is the perfect introduction for readers new to the Warriors world, while for dedicated fans, it's a long-awaited return to the era of...

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Fish Boy

Fish Boy

Chloe Daykin, Richard Jones

. So when new boy and nature fan Patrick Green starts at school with 'fingers like steel, strength of a bear' and a mackerel swims up to Billy's face, blows bubbles into his Vista Clear mask goggles and says: 'Fish Boy', Billy...

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The Twin Friends: Ginger Green Play Date Queen

The Twin Friends: Ginger Green Play Date Queen

Kim Kane, Jon Davis

Ginger Green is BRIMMING with excitement, BURSTING to dance and BUSTING to play with her friends. But will she ever have a drama-free play date? There's no such thing, but don't worry because Ginger Green IS the Play Date...

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 Read reviewThe Secret of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Wood

Lucy Strange

1919. Henry moves to the countryside with her family, scarred by her brother's untimely death. Her only friends are characters from her favourite books - until, one day, she wanders into the woods and meets Moth, a striking...

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There's a Werewolf In My Tent!

There’s a Werewolf In My Tent!

Pamela Butchart, Thomas Flintham

Izzy and her friends are SO EXCITED about their school trip. Read more of Izzy's adventures! Baby Aliens Got My Teacher The Spy Who Loved School Dinners My Headteacher Is a Vampire Rat Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies...

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The Tinklers Three: All Together

The Tinklers Three: All Together

Meredith Badger

The Tinklers Three are three very unusual children. For one thing, they live alone because their parents are away with the circus - and for another, they have enormous imaginations and lots of crazy ideas!

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Och Aye the G'Nu

Och Aye the G'Nu

Jimmy Barnes

He's a handsome young calf, he's a wildebeest, too.But in Scotland they call him young Och Aye the G'Nu Jimmy Barnes, Aussie rock legend and grandad, has penned this delightful collection of poetry for the young grandson he...

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