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A Rosette for Maeve? (Glenmore Valley)

Lisa O’Sullivan lives on a beef farm with her younger brother, Joe, and her mum and dad. It’s show time in her village and, this year, Lisa has a big challenge ahead of her. Her dad has put Lisa in charge of showing their new Belgian Blue calf, Maeve. This calls for a lot of…

Adam’s Greatest Inventions

It’s nearly bedtime (once again), but Adam and his friends set off on another adventure before they go to sleep. With so many wonderful inventions surrounding us every day, they jump on board Fluff, their faithful soaring cloud, and travel across space and back in time to discover the greatest invention of all! Is it…

Agatha Parrot and the Mushroom Boy

Agatha Parrot is just trying to watch her favourite TV show, ‘SING, WIGGLE and SHINE’ (the worst talent show ever), when her absolutely evil brother James swipes the remote so he can watch football instead. Of course, there’s a row and the remote goes missing and no one can watch anything. But after a giant…

Amy Green: Love and Other Drama Ramas

In the fourth book of the series, Amy Green and all her friends and family are all loved up! This includes best friend Mills, who has fallen head over heels for the absolutely gorgeous, swoon-worthy Bailey Otis. With Mum finally having the chance to prove her talents as a writer, quirky Aunt Clover headed off…

Amy’s Three Best Things

When Amy goes to stay with her granny on her own for the first time, she packs everything she will need, including her three best things. On the first night, Amy’s little mat becomes a magic carpet on which she flies home to check on her mother, her baby brother and her dog. The second…

Are We There Yet?

A young boy is off to Grandma’s birthday party. Soon, he asks the inevitable question, ‘Are we there, yet?’ Judging from his parents’ faces, this isn’t the first time he’s asked. Simple car journeys can take forever. Watching out the window and playing with toys can only occupy a child for so long, and the…

Blue Penguin

One day in the far south, a blue penguin was born. He felt just like an ordinary penguin. The other penguins said, ‘…you’re not like us’ and they left him on his own.  Blue Penguin’s days were empty and lonely, but his nights were filled with dreams. From those dreams came a song… a song…

Bridget in Werewolf Rehab

Bridget absolutely hates being a werewolf and is packed off to Herr Wolfs’ International Rehab for 12 weeks to get used to the idea. A regime of howling classes, shape-shifting, embracing your inner wolf and a sleeping on piles of hay with live-mice-meals all in the hopes of her finally accepting the reality of her…

Catherine Certitude

Catherine Certitude, a dance teacher in New York, recalls growing up in Paris with her gentle, daydreaming father, Georges, after her American mother returns home. She remembers the restaurant lunches, her mother’s letters, her father’s business partner, Casterade, and not quite understanding what it is her father does. But most of all, Catherine remembers her…

Catsup High Detective Agency

Ace detective Malarkey dips his claw into ink and writes out an advertisement for an assistant. The cats of Catsup have been vanishing and he’s going to need some help… help with special powers. The last thing he expects is a kitten. At first, Malarkey is sceptical, but young Sparkie with his new-found electrical abilities…

Cherry Green Story Queen

Have you ever felt like you were part of the wrong story? That’s exactly what it’s like for Mia, Billy, Juno and Kyle (who is a different story altogether). Stuck in a foster home, they all long for a different story to their lives… and they know they’ll just have to live with what they’ve…

Colm’s Lambs: Glenmore Valley

It’s lambing season and life is very busy on the sheep farm where Colm O’Connor lives with his brother, Michael and his mam and dad. Colm loves to help out with lambing. The work is hard and the lambs can come any time, day or night. His friends Molly and Daisy come to visit from…

Dad’s Red Dress

Jessie Keane just wants her family to be normal… utterly, completely normal. Having moved from L.A. back to Ireland, normality would offer a chance to avoid the ‘looks’, the rumours and the bullying that she has dealt with in the past. But ‘normal’ is hardly possible. Not with a little sister who claims to have…

Daisy and the Trouble with Burglars

Daisy’s back and she’s in more trouble than ever! When a number of burglaries happen right in Daisy’s very own town, there is a lot of worry and excitement. Two houses on a nearby street have been robbed, not to mention the fish and chip shop. The burglars even got away with a lot of…

Deadly Detectives: Top Tips To Track Wildlife

Whether we are talking about snow leopards in the Himalayas or foxes making their way through our own back gardens, we all share a fascination with finding out more about the creatures with whom we share the world. Tracking and observing wildlife can be tricky business, however. In this book, linked to the BBC series,…

Dinosaur Juniors: Give Peas A Chance

In this new addition to the Dinosaur Juniors series, Rob Biddulph addresses the ‘picky eaters’ dilemma. Those little dinosaurs are back and having loads of fun; running races, playing games, shouting and making their own kind of music. For Nancy, it has to stop for now. It’s dinner time! Dad Dino says Nancy can go…

Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Veterinarian Harry Coleman was on his way to tend horses in World War 1 when he rescued a bear cub, who had lost its mother somewhere in the fields of Canada. He named her Winnie and decided to take her along with him. They developed a remarkable friendship. Harry taught her to stand up straight,…

Fugitivies! A Story of the Flight of the Earls

After having lost at the Battle of Kinsale, Hugh O’Neill, the great Ulster chieftain, is hounded and hunted in his own land. As he plans his escape from Ireland forever, his young son Con disappears and is in great danger. Pursued by Sir Arthur Chichester’s soldiers, it is up to his cousin, Fion, and friends…

Hercufleas

Each month, on the night of the new moon, the hideous and very hungry monster Yuk comes to Tumber to guzzle. Many of the strongest, best-known heroes have tried and failed before to save the little town. Now, young Greta travels to Avalon to bring back the one champion who can do the job… a…

His Royal Whiskers

In the far-away land of Petrossia, something terrible has happened to the kingdom’s heir, Prince Alexander. It is far worse than kidnapping; far worse than murder! On his sixth birthday, Prince Alexander has somehow been turned into a little fluffy-wuffy kitten. The Czar, Petrossias’ fierce, all-conquering ruler is out forblood. Young Pieter, tallymaster to the…

How to Babysit a Grandad

Babysitting a granddad is great fun, but you have to know… what to feed him (ice cream topped with cookies; olives on fingertips), how to entertain him (put on a scary play) and what to do with your granddad on a walk and when he gets tired (have him read a really long story…over and…

Is It A Mermaid?

Benji and Bel are on the beach when they spot a strange creature. It is a rare dugong; a sea cow! The dugong thinks they’re just being silly. She has a mermaids’ tail and sings a mermaids’ song. Can’t they see she’s a mermaid? The more she tries to prove her point, the more Benji…

Jungle Tangle

Get ready for another ‘hair-raising’ adventure with those quirky characters from Dead Hairy! Abby is thrilled to be on the adventure of a lifetime with best friend, Perdita. So off to the Ecuador they go, accompanied by the whole family, including Squashy Grandma and her pet wig, Chester. Their mission? To reunite Fernando the shrunken head…

Kiki and Bobo’s Sunny Day

It is a bright, sunny day and Kiki has an idea for an exciting way to spend it with her best friend Bobo. She wants to go to the seaside and swim in the ocean! But Bobo is quite nervous about the ocean and thinks up all kinds of other things to do… anything but…

Kites

When David moved to Fivehills, the first thing he noticed was the sky filled with kites; beautiful, fun kites of all shapes and sizes dancing in the air. Everyone had a kite… except David. His old toys didn’t seem to fit. To make new friends, David would need a kite. Then David found Grandpa’s feather,…

Lemur Dreamer

Courtney Dicmas has created a beautiful story of friendship and support. While all the animal residents of Pebbly Lane live quiet, ordinary lives, Louis the lemur can be counted on to bring a bit of excitement to every night. Louis walks in his sleep! While his night-time wanderings usually cause a bit of mischief, he…

Little Mole is a Whirlwind

Little Mole really is a whirlwind. He can’t stop moving, is always fidgeting, breaks things and constantly forgets what he’s supposed to be doing. His classmates avoid playing with him. Little Mole is ‘wearing so many labels he doesn’t know who he is’. His teacher doesn’t know what to do. His parents, at the end…

Little Red Reading Hood

This contemporary narrative of a classic fairy tale favourite not only gives a new look to the story. It turns it on its head and encourages the reader’s right to enter the tale and make it their own. Little Red has an overdue library book and it must be returned today! On her way, she…

Magrit

Magrit lives in a tiny, abandoned graveyard, lost, forgotten and overgrown amongst the tall buildings and busy outside world that surround it. But she is not alone. She has her friend and advisor, Master Puppet that she built from old bones and bits of graveyard stuff. Magrit and Master Puppet are sitting atop their crumbling…

Maisie Hitchins: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence

Maisie Hitchins dreams of adventure. She longs to follow in the footsteps of her idol, famous detective Gilbert Carrington. Instead, she finds herself doing chores in her practical grandmother’s boarding house. But that is about to change. First, she finds an abandoned puppy which she takes home and hides right under her grandmother’s nose. Then,…

Marco Moves In

“It’s not every day that a grizzly bear turns up on your doorstep.” A grizzly bear, Marco, has escaped from the local zoo and is looking for somewhere to live. The entire town is on the lookout and a grizzly can be a difficult thing to hide. After a host of close calls, Patrick and…

Marius and the Band of Blood (Tales From Schwartzgarten)

Marius Myerdorf has discovered his parents have been eaten by wolves. After an exhaustive search, there is one remaining relative who will take him in, saving him from the horrid prospect of the Swartzgarten Reformatory for Maladjusted Children. But his new life with his great-great-uncle Kalvitas, famous chocolatier and member of the prestigious Guild of…

Muhammad Ali (Little People, Big Dreams)

Once, a little boy named Cassius Clay had his bicycle stolen. He was so angry. He wanted to confront the thief, but a police officer told him that before he did, he needed to learn how to fight. Soon, Cassius had taken up boxing. While he wasn’t the strongest boxer, he was the fastest and…

Nell & the Circus of Dreams

The summer that Mummy was ill and had to stay in bed, Nell was sad. She finds a little chick and the two soon become best friends. She takes her inside, names her Rosebud, and the pair spend all their time together. One morning, Rosebud disappears! Nell runs off through the garden and into the…

Outfoxed

Harold is unlike other foxes. He prefers cheese to chicken and loves reading detective novels. But his father insists it’s time for Harold to catch his first hen. To please his father and prove he is a real fox, Harold sets off and grabs a chicken with no problem. But things take an unexpected turn…

People of Peace: 40 Inspiring Icons

These days, it is important to examine examples from the past to define our heroes; the peacemakers, ‘tree-shakers’, rights activists. People of Peace contains forty great examples of men and women through history who have dedicated their lives to creating a better world. From the early 1800s to the present day, each page features an…

Petunia Paris’s Parrot

Petunia Paris is a very lucky and very wealthy little girl. Each birthday, her parties are splendid, lavish affairs where she can ask for whatever she wants in the whole world, and it arrives! But on her sixth birthday, it seems she already has everything; a swimming pool, a bicycle with a chauffeur, her own…

Pony on the Twelfth Floor

Polly has dreamed of every possible way to get a pony. She’s pony-mad and wants nothing more than to prove herself showjumping at Olympia. She can almost hear the crowds go wild! So, imagine her delight when she finds a plump, friendly pony munching his way through the flapjacks at the local supermarket. Polly really…

Return

A young, lonely girl fails to get the attention of her busy father yet again. So she returns to the world she created in the previous instalments, Journey and Quest, where she has found friendship and adventure. This time, the father notices his daughter’s absence. He and follows her into the magical realm – populated…

Rock ‘N’ Roll Soul

A love of music and the utter joy of life join together in a bounce of a book. It is filled with enthusiasm and energy, taking us on a raucous jaunt through the school yard, home life and the city streets. This young music lover spends most of her time daydreaming about the perfect act…

Some Dinosaurs Are Small

Some dinosaurs are small with tiny teeth for eating fruits and vegetables. Some dinosaurs are big with huge, pointy teeth. And they are always hungry. They take food from small dinosaurs and when they finish eating it, they are still hungry. They go looking for more to eat.  Watch out, small dinosaur! Some dinosaurs are…

Spuds and the Crock of Gold

On such a beautiful day, what could go wrong? Well … for Spuds Potsofgold, two things. As Spuds makes his way back to Toadstool Cottage to polish his crock of gold, the sun is so warm and shiny, he thinks he’ll sit down for a little rest. Before he realises, Spuds is snoring away. When…

Spycraft: How To Be The Best Secret Agent Ever

From start to finish, this book contains everything you need to know about the thrilling world of espionage. How to set up a spy ring, secret hiding places, code-cracking, making and using invisible ink, becoming an expert at surveillance; it is jammed with tips, tricks, advice and instruction. This manual is both practical and fun!…

Stanley’s Garage (Stanley the Hamster)

Welcome to Stanley’s Garage! Today there’s a lot of work to be done. There’s a flat tyre that needs changing and an overheating radiator. But suddenly the phone rings… it’s Stanley’s friend Myrtle. Her car has broken down on the way to the shops. It’s messy work, but Stanley is there in a flash with…

Stories for Children

A selfish swallow has hung on too long to make the flight to Egypt with the others. But at the feet of the Happy Prince… a golden statue adorned the kingdom; he learns the true meaning of compassion and devotion.  A nightingale sacrifices her very life to give a young student the one thing that…

Super Stan

Everyone agrees; Stan is a real superhero. His feats of daring and strength entertain and astound everyone… everyone except his big brother Jack, that is. Whenever Jack does something good, Stan does something amazing. It can be discouraging. Stan even manages to ruin Jack’s birthday treat with his superhero tricks and grabs all the attention…

The Adventures of Mr Toad

The Wind in the Willows is one of the most beloved children’s classics. The Adventures of Mr Toad is retold to appeal to the youngest readers, acting as both a perfect introduction and an incentive to read the original. Here, we find all the whimsy and mischief of the original, as it captures the essence…

The Butterfly Heart

The Butterfly Hearttakes place in Zambia, the beautiful ‘butterfly heart’ of Africa. The story is told through two voices: Bul-Boo, a young girl who lives with her family and twin sister Madillo, and Ifwafwa, the Snake Man. He is old and wise and has the unique ability to communicate with snakes. The twins’ lovely and…

The Curds and Whey Mystery (The Third Pig Detective Agency)

Harry Pigg is back….and not a moment too soon! When Matilda Muffet turns up at the Third Pig Detective Agency, she is at her wits' end. Giant spiders are over-running the Curds and Whey B&B, spinning webs everywhere and eating her guests’ breakfasts. Is someone trying to run her out of business in the name…

The Day The Crayons Quit

When Duncan opens his crayon box, wanting to colour, he finds no crayons… only letters, all of which say the same thin:; "We quit!” The crayons are all at odds with each other and are refusing to colour anymore. They have been treated unfairly! (Well, not green… green has no complaints.)  Black is only ever…

The Dead Zoo

Mr. Gray was a very serious man. He wore a serious suit, a perfectly straight tie and kept his moustache perfectly combed. He had an important bunch of keys on his hip at all times. And he doesn’t really like people. Mr. Gray owned an old museum filled with a strange collection of stuffed animals.…

The Factory Made Boy

Mrs Bartolotti’s life is just fine the way it is. She lives by herself, does what she likes, eats what she likes and wears what she likes. Then one day, all of that changes when a package arrives at her door containing one factory-made boy, Conrad. He’s perfect in every way. But just as they…

The Goat

When a young girl named Kid moves into an apartment block in Manhattan from Toronto, she has no idea what awaits her. Shy and rather anxious, she misses her school, her friends and, most of all her cat. But New York City has a lot of unusual things to offer. In her building alone, there…

The Grunts All At Sea

Mr Grunt is bestowed with a secret mission. He has to deliver a Person Of Great Importance (POGI) to Mrs Bayliss on a certain island by the twenty-fifth; alive and well. He can’t tell anyone more than that; not even his beloved Mrs Grunt. There are people who are trying to stop him. There are people…

The Impossible Boy

Oleg and Emma invent a new classmate, Sebastian Cole. But when they sneak off to their secret den, an impossible surprise is waiting for them. A cardboard spaceship is standing where they normally sit and emerging from it is…Sebastian Cole. Sebastian isn’t like their other classmates at all, with his satchel that produces everything from…

The Last Spell Breather

Spell Breathing is the only thing that keeps the village safe from the monster curse that plagues the world. And for Rayne, Spell Breathing does not come easily. Now her mothers’ apprentice, she spends hours upon hours learning the spells, transcribing scrolls and examining a spellbook imbedded with grotesques that snap and bite. Rayne hates…

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors

Drew Daywalt reveals the gripping and hilarious story behind the all-too-familiar childhood game in a book that is sure to become a favourite with everyone. In the Kingdom of Backyard, Rock has emerged as an undefeated champion among many fearsome foes. Yet he is unfulfilled. He must meet and battle with a truly worthy opponent.…

The Milkshake Detectives

Charlie has moved to Peddle-Worth with her family for a ‘lovely new start’ which turns out to be anything but. Her new room is tiny and her stepbrothers are horrible, rude little boys that just won’t behave no matter what. Things are not looking good. Charlie befriends Julia at school, discovers they have one very…

The Monster From The Blue Planet

Little Zaleb loves nothing more than her grandfather’s stories of faraway planets and the strange monsters that live there. Her favourite is about a beautiful blue planet called Earth. When she receives a small spaceship for her birthday, Zaleb takes off through space, determined to capture her own Earth monster and bring it home for…

The Monster From The Blue Planet

Little Zaleb loves nothing more than her grandfather’s stories of faraway planets and the strange monsters that live there. Her favourite is about a beautiful blue planet called Earth. When she receives a small spaceship for her birthday, Zaleb takes off through space, determined to capture her own Earth monster and bring it home for…

The Steves

Steve meets Steve, but who was there first? Who was the original Steve? Neither can believe it! Surely, there can only be one Steve… Anything else would be nonsense! Or maybe two, but one has to be the second Steve. These two puffins are outraged. Their argument descends into sillier and sillier claims and hurtful…

The Unworry Book

Everybody worries; it’s a fact. Children worry more than we might like to think. This book acts as a toolkit to help them deal with their fears and anxieties with practical action that really does help. Designed as a book to use, not simply read, there are pages to write and scribble in. There are…

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.…

What Shall We Call Wibbly’s Puppy?

Get ready for another Wibbly Pig adventure!  Wibbly Pig gets a new puppy, and all his friends are delighted with the new addition to their group, but what to call it? Everybody has a different idea, and, of course, they all want the puppy named after themselves. No one seems to be able to agree.…

Where The Bugaboo Lives: an Interactive Adventure

Floyd and Ruby can’t play in the valley behind the houses or they might never sleep again. Very scary things live there, including the scariest thing of all… the Bugaboo! Floyd doesn’t want to go down there. It was only because the best ball he’s ever had rolls away. But Ruby is much braver, so…

Where the Stones Sing

In the fourteenth century, as Kai and older brother Edward are singing on the filthy Dublin streets for a few meagre coins, Kai is chosen to sing in the prestigious choir of Christ Church Cathedral. But Kai is concealing a secret, and it has to stay hidden. This story of life in Dublin in the…

Worry Angels

There have been so many changes in Amy-May’s young life. The family has separated from her wonderful, yet troubled artist Dad; they’ve moved house far from her lovely cottage with a garden and fresh sea air; and now, she is so filled with anxiety, she can’t go to school. It’s just too much for her.…

You, Me and Thing: The Curse of the Jelly Babies

Ruby lived with her parents in an old cottage on the edge of a small town. That is, she did, until developers come, plough up the peaceful woodland and plop down a housing estate on all sides. A family moves into a new house built right next door to Ruby, bringing with them Jackson, an…

Zoe and Beans: Hello Oscar!

Zoe has found a guinea pig at the back of the garden…. and another guinea pig! And a tortoise, and a chameleon that changes colour, and a noisy parrot that only says ‘Hello Oscar!’ no matter how hard Zoe tries to get him to say her name. But where have they all come from? Could…

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