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Alistair Grim’s Odd Aquaticum

Grubb is a young apprentice with a difference, for he is apprentice to Alistair Grim, master of the miraculous Odditorium. Grim and his friends are on the run in his spider-like flying machine, wanted for crimes they didn’t commit. To prove their innocence, Grim and his friends must defeat the real villain, the mysterious and…

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

The first day of the holidays always has the potential for great adventure and this is certainly true for Aubrey. Shrunk to the size of an earwig he is about to face the biggest challenge of his life – saving his beloved Rushing Wood and the world. His adventures see him travel through time and…

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot is a story of a quest with a difference. Aubrey’s fun-loving father, Jim, has fallen under a horrendous spell. Listless and moping, he can barely leave the house and seems to sink further and further under the spell of a mysterious force that Aubrey soon identifies as the Terrible Yoot.…

Danger is Really Everywhere

Danger is everywhere or at least it would be if it weren’t for the world’s leading dangerologist, ‘Docter’ Noel Zone. With ‘Docter’ Noel to guide us we just might make it through life alive. In this third book in the Danger is Everywhere series, O’Doherty and Judge take their antidote to the bubble-wrapped world we…

I’m Actually Really Grown Up Now

Hunkered down at the top of the stairs listening to the sounds of the party down below, Meena hatches a plan. She has had enough of being left out – from now on, she is going to be a grown up, and the very first thing she plans to do is to throw a very…

Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties

Humza is determined he is going to make it big. With his sidekick, aka best friend Umer, by his side, how could he fail to realise his potential to become the greatest rapper Eggington has ever seen or heard? The problem is it’s hard to follow your path to greatness when it is blocked by…

Lulu Gets a Cat

Lulu really wants a cat but Mum says looking after a pet is a lot of work. So Lulu decides to do her homework. She visits the library to find books on pet care and practices looking after her stuffed cat. When her Mum thinks she is ready for the responsibility, they head off to…

Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx (Brownstone’s Mythical Collection)

Marcy finds it hard to believe that the tales of adventure and exploration told to her by her father Arthur are anything more than just that – exciting stories. She just can’t see how her slightly portly dad could be that brave, especially when the creatures from her dad’s amazing adventures fill the shadows at…

Mother Tongue

Imagine a world where your very language is taken from you. That is the reality for Letta and the other inhabitants of Ark, a world post environmental collapse. While others accept the new reality of a world of limited words, wordsmith Letta understands that words are power and if they let their words be taken…

Only One of Me: A Love Letter from Dad

As a parent, talking to your children about your terminal cancer diagnosis must be the hardest thing in the world. Faced with this awful situation, mum of two young children, Lisa Wells set out to write a love letter to her daughters. Joining forces with acclaimed children’s author Michelle Robinson and illustrator Tim Budget, what…

School for Dads

Is your dad not performing his daddy duties as well as he should? Is he always late or forgetting things? Then you are not alone. Anna and her friends are having exactly the same problem and they have a plan. Filled with life, movement and colour by Ana Grey’s illustrations, School for Dads tells the…

Sir Lilypad: A Tall Tale of a Small Frog

Once upon a time, a new hero emerged from a deep dark bog. Called Tiny Tad by his brothers, this teeny tiny speckled frog knew that he was destined to be a brave knight. But when you are no bigger than a pea it can sometimes be hard to convince others that you are hero…

The Clue is in the Poo (And Other Stuff Too)

The Clue is in the Poo is all about making factual things fun. From the intriguing title to the characterful animals that fill its pages, it is packed with fascinating, funny facts about the natural world that you can discover through the animal droppings, tracks and other traces that are left behind. Each spread has…

The Hamster Book

Every child wants a pet and with The Hamster Book, children get the chance to feel like they have one of their very own. The reader journeys through the book by first naming their new hamster and then by looking after it – first they must gently wake it, brush its fur, feed it, watch…

The Longest Breakfast

Anyone who grew up in a big family will instantly feel a tug of nostalgia at the rushing, noisy, complicated act that getting breakfast can be in a busy house. In The Longest Breakfast Dad Malcolm wakes and decides it is time for breakfast, but the baby seems to have other ideas. As older siblings,…

The Mighty Dynamo

Like many boys, Noah dreams of becoming a professional footballer. Nicknamed the Mighty Dynamo, he knows he is good, and winning the school’s world cup with his school team is his chance to get noticed. We quickly learn that, for Noah, playing professional football is more than a boyhood dream, it is his only chance…

The Night Box

Imagine a magical key that opens the Night Box and stores day away while night sweeps out and unfurls itself to blanket the world. In this wonderful first picturebook by Greig and Lindsay, Max is the holder of the key to the Night Box and the reader is drawn in to share his anticipation of…

The Secret Life of Daisy Fitzjohn

For Daisy, the world is Brightwood Hall, a crumbling mansion past its glory days. She lives there with just her Mum and she has never left… ever. This isolation has left her with an unusual collection of friends from her pet rat Tar, to the haughty and sometimes scary inhabitants of the family portraits, to…

The Secret of Black Rock

Erin loves the sea and longs to be able to go out with her mother on her fishing boat. Erin’s fishing town lives under the shadow of dark legend, however, and no one, least of all her mother, is going to let her go out to sea. Unable to suppress her curiosity any longer, Erin…

The Tiptoeing Tiger

It is hard to be small and cute when you desperately want to be the sleek, silent and totally terrifying tiger you think you should be. Determined to find someone to frighten and to prove his big brother wrong, Little Tiger sets out through the forest. Yawned at and laughed at, he refuses to give…

The Wonderling: Songcatcher

‘To toil and suffer in silence’ is the most important lesson to be learnt at the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures. For orphan number 13, there has never been any comfort or love. Friendless, he keeps his head down and tries to blend in and avoid punishment. Yet, without knowing what, he knows he…

You Must Bring a Hat

It all starts with an invitation to a birthday party. The invitation bills it as the biggest, bestest, hattiest party of all time. Unworried by his hatless state at first, our young protagonist sets off but without success. He cannot find a hat anywhere. Undeterred, he cleverly finds a monkey with a hat to accompany…

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