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Brotherband: The Outcasts

This book is the first of a new series. It is set in the same pseudo-Medieval world as the author’s previous Ranger’s Apprenticestories. In this world, Skandian warriors called Sea Wolves leave their cold northern home to loot and pillage other lands. Skandian boys undergoing warrior training are placed in groups called brotherbands. These bands compete…

Cool Coding

Code tells a computer what to do. Each individual directive is very simple, but, when combined into a program, can accomplish amazingly complex tasks, including games. Many coders begin as hobbyists before turning professional. Code can be written in a myriad of programming languages. Different languages are optimised for specific tasks, and all have unique…

Devoted

This tale fits neatly into the currently fashionable genre of supernatural-romance. Clea, an American teenager, has an immortal soulmate, Sage. Sage has been snatched by a group who want to use him to become immortal themselves. Clea blames her friend Ben for Sage’s kidnapping, but needs his help to rescue Sage. During her quest to…

Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing & Believing

The human eye can be tricked, fooled into seeing something that isn't there. Optical illusions are amazing images that confound the eye and boggle the brain. This book explores these images and the vision related aspect of neuroscience. The interaction between the eyeballs and the brain, connected via the optic nerves, forms the vision system.…

Frank Einstein And The Electro-Finger

Frank Einstein, kid-genius and inventor, is investigating energy. His first experiment involves a wool rug and Watson’s nose. When Watson, Frank’s best friend, tests his peashooter, a plastic BB hits the ceiling. Coincidentally, the roof collapses due to Grandpa Al’s attempt to construct a windmill. Grandpa Al wants to go off-grid and generate his own…

Love, Lucy

This book consists of a series of letters written by ten-year-old Lucie to her dead mother. Her mum has died from cancer, leaving the family lost and grieving. Lucie’s Dad is stressed and sad. Younger brother Hugo suffers from nightmares and teenage sister Chloe is angry. Lucie starts writing to her mum on the day…

Neversuch House

This book chronicles a series of extraordinary events that befall Omnia Halibut, aged twelve and a quarter, of Neversuch House. Neversuch House is a citadel in which Halibut descendants live in seclusion from the outside world; and thanks to the diligent attentions of hereditary servants, the Halibuts’ isolation remains in tact. Everything about the Halibuts…

Rory Branagan (Detective)

Rory Branagan thinks his life is pretty amazing. Most afternoons he and his best friend, Wikins Welkin, mess about in the park. Even though Wikins is a neighbour’s sausage dog, they have sleepovers. The thought of Wikins’s doggy dreams make Rory smile. His sole night worry is that no one tells him anything. Specifically, he…

Scream Street: Terror of the Nightwatchman (Scream Street 9)

Cleo Farr, the mummified former handmaiden to Queen Nefertari of Egypt and self-proclaimed tomboy, has disappeared from the G.H.O.U.L. community of Scream Street. Her friends Luke Watson, a werewolf, and Resus Negative, the son of vampire parents, follow the trail from her smashed bedroom door into the realm of the Nightwatchman. The Nightwatchman feeds on…

The Cloak of Feathers

In the town of Knockmealldown, the forbidden f-word is Fairy. The recent annual Summer Festivals have been disasters. This year, the Junior Festival Committee (Cow Fetching Sub-group) consists of three twelve-year-olds, Brian Nolan, and the cousins Derek and Helen. Once a century, the Fairy Folk visit, expecting a Great Festival. When they arrive, Brian manages…

The Forbidden Library

Late one night, Alice overhears her father shouting at a fairy, a poisonous, sharp-toothed creature. Soon after, Alice is orphaned and claimed by a previously unknown relative, Geryon. The Library, Geryon’s Pittsburgh estate, has a separate vault-like building to house his books. Alice spies the same fairy in this forbidden library, talking to the menacing…

The Good Inventor

At the tender age of eleven, Charlie French’s family dies in a suspicious fire in their New York home. This intelligent and sensitive lad must now live with his bachelor uncle, the inventor, Doctor Theodore Whitestick. Dr Ted resides in Inventatrick Manor, an eccentric and strange house in the magical and mysterious countryside of Connemara.…

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: The Warlock

Josh and Sophie Newman are the prophesised Gold and Silver twins, who will either save or destroy the world. The twins have chosen different sides. Sophie remains allied with Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle. They are searching for the legendary Tsagaglalal the Watcher. Josh has sided with Flamel’s enemy John Dee. Dee and his…

The Senses

This enthralling graphic novel is a follow-up to Neurocomic, with which it shares many traits. Primarily, they demonstrate that the graphic format is ideal for making complex biological systems comprehensible to all. Both catapult protagonists on journeys through the human body, narrated via sequential monochrome panels with or without text. The hand-drawn imagery is hallucinatory…

The Traitors

Adam Wilson kissed his best friend’s girlfriend. Three days later someone is taking over Adam’s radio and sending mysterious letters calling him a traitor. Then he is hunted down and transported aboard a Zeppelin via a warphole to the Dial. The Dial is a prison for children who have committed the crime of betrayal. It…

Viva Alice!

Omigod, best friends Alice and Megan are back for their eighth adventure! Alice needs Megan’s help to prevent her little brother’s birthday party from becoming a disaster. When Melissa, the meanest girl in the world, picks on Megan, Alice stands up for her. Grace invites them on a last-minute Easter trip to her family’s Lanzarote villa. Megan is afraid…

What’s Up With Jody Barton?

Jody Barton is quiet and a member of the school maths club. Jodie has a twin sister, Jolene, who is fourteen minutes older, chatty and ahead of Jody in everything. At the age of fifteen and eleven months, they both fall for Liam Mackie when he walks in the door of their parents’ café. Jody…

Why Space Matters To Me

Although space may seem to be a distant place full of moons, planets, stars and galaxies, it influences many aspects of life on Earth. The impact of space ranges from the profound to the mundane. For example, while stardust is relevant to the origins of life, the International Space Station assisted in the development of…

Wreckers

A mysterious box is taken from the sea by a Cornish ship-wreck diver in 1732. The box ends up hidden in the wall of the nearby cliff-top manor house. A century from now, sixteen years after London is destroyed in an apocalyptic attack, five teenagers decide to spend the night in the abandoned manor house.…

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