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Bombs and Blackberries: A World War Two Play

Donaldson’s children’s play was first published in 2003, by Wayland, in a cheaper, practical edition suitable for using in schools. The most immediately striking thing about this more luxurious edition is the richly attractive illustrations creating a sense of warmth and intimacy not commonly associated with plays for children. In fact, those very illustrations contribute…

D is for Duck

D is for Duck is an adventurous alphabet book filled to the brim with charming magic. This is an exciting alphabet story where a clever little Duck is proud to show off his magic skills while taking us through the ABCs. However, his magic tricks don’t always go to plan, especially when Duck leaves his…

Indigo Donut

This is a big book for any young (and not so young) reader, so you’re going to have to love the story to stick with it. But Patrice Lawrence does big stories with heart and soul: her award-winning Orangeboy packed a solid 449 pages. Indigo Donut is told in alternating points of view by Bailey…

It’s the End of the World as We Know it

Saci Lloyd has leaped from the very realistic near-future world of Costa-shortlisted The Carbon Diaries 2015 and 2017 into a parallel universe beyond your wildest dreams. Mikey Malone is hoping to kiss the girl of his dreams when he is whisked away through a rip in the fabric of time and space, a wormhole, and…

King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor

King Flashypants, also known as King Edwin of Edwinland, is a nine-year-old monarch with an over-fondness for eating chocolate and wearing his kingly crown in all situations. King Edwin’s idea of keeping his subjects happy is to feed them free chocolate every Friday, and not mind too much if they take Mondays off. Everyone is…

Mist

Nell’s grandmother has always told her stories of the fairy folk, warning her about the dangers of the woods. But when her sister Gwen holds a party in the woods at night, Nell knows she must go to protect her but has no idea how. When an ancient myth repeats itself, Nell finds herself venturing…

Speak

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a graphic novel retelling of the 1999 novel of the same name and author. The original text was notable for its candid tackling of sexual assault, and the trauma it causes. It faced censorship then, but in an era where more and more victims are finding their voice, Anderson’s…

The Colour of the Sun

It’s the middle of the summer holidays and a boy named Jimmy Killen has been killed. Davie believes he knows who is responsible – another boy named Zorro Craig, whose family has a well-established feud with the Killens. Author David Almond lays his cards on the table with the very first lines of his haunting…

The Crystal Run: Shield of Lies

The Crystal Run introduced us to the long-running dystopian battle between the lands of Carcassia and Kanabia, and two young people caught up in its crossfire: Kaia, a girl brought up and trained to face danger to protect her native Carcassia; and Joe Hunter, an ordinary English boy who literally fell into danger when his…

The Variety of Life

Lorna Scobie’s beautiful illustrations bring this book alive. Working in watercolour, she has created realistic drawings of mammals, birds, fish, insects and plant life, but all have an engaging picturebook quality that will encourage the reader to imagine the animals outside the book. This engaging quality is fully realised by the storytelling features of the…

The Wizards of Once

The bestselling author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon series is back for the pleasure of all her avid fans with a brand new book series, the Wizards of Once. Cressida Cowell transports us into a brilliantly imagined world, starting in an enchanted primeval land with a supporting cast of magical creatures: sprites, fairies,…

Think Big!

Humpty Dumpty has a bit of a dilemma: he wants to be a boiled egg when he grows up, but his friends think this is an utterly ridiculous idea. Jack Be Nimble and Little Miss Muffet and even the Incey Wincey Spider offer alternative, more sensible career options. Why not an artist? A detective? A…

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape

Toto and her brother Silver live in a posh London townhouse, where they are pampered and live a good life. By day, they are completely normal cats. While Toto was born nearly blind. Silver acts as her ‘eyes’, but she has been trained to trust her senses and feel her surrounding by a ninja cat-master.…

When I Was a Child

Something of a departure from the hilarious style of Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum books, this is instead a heartfelt story of a grandparent and grandchild learning from one another. When the grandmother tells stories of the magical way the world used to be when she was a child, she laments that it has now become…

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