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Book Cover - Ivy Newt and the Swamp Dragons

Ivy Newt and the Swamp Dragons

We might expect the Swamp Dragons of the title to be the antagonists of the book, but Ivy’s foe in the third book of the Ivy Newt series takes a most unexpected form following a bubble bath gone awry. Ivy must face an enemy with a schoolyard bully malevolence that is more intimidating than any mythical creature, though there are also some fearsome beasts to face. Ivy does so with bravery and ingenuity, the help of friends old and new, and surely cheered on by anyone reading.

Book Cover - Ivy Newt and the Time Thief

Ivy Newt and the Time Thief

The second exciting book in the series following Ivy Newt, a young sand witch and her adventures with Tom, her familiar who can transform into a boy or a wolf. The story is set in the fictional land of Miracula, where Ivy lives with her parents, the King and Queen, in Newt Castle. Together with her familiar, Ivy embarks on a forbidden adventure to visit the dilapidated haunted house that magically appears every Halloween and lift the ten-year-old curse.

Book Cover - The Bear Who had Nothing to Wear

The Bear who had Nothing to Wear

Readers follow Albie as he uses fashion in a bid to express himself. He experiments with different styles of dress that appeal to all genders or none. While one could accuse Albie of excessive consumer waste regarding his frequent clothing purchases, young readers will delight in studying some of Albie’s outlandish outfits and Willis offers redemption in the form of a charitable action towards the end of the story.

Book Cover - Ivy Newt and the Storm Witch

Ivy Newt and the Storm Witch

When Ivy’s birthday surprise goes awry and her parents, the king and queen of the Sand Witches, disappear, Ivy leaps into action. She and her familiar, the wolf-boy Tom, set off across Miracula. Pairing up with a young wizard to defeat an evil queen, they must bravely attempt to rescue Ivy’s parents and reunite the kings and queens of Miracula.

Book Cover - A Passing On of Shells

A Passing On of Shells

Playful, outrageous, deep, restrained, heartbreaking, thoughtful, downright silly … the range of tones and emotions that just fifty words on a page can elicit is amazing. Poet, performer and storyteller Simon Lamb’s first published collection follows this word-count rule to great effect, bringing to life a whirlwind of vignettes about grannies and baby brothers, wet weekends and Monday-morning dread, childhood hotels and slug-infested compost bins, pets and friends, growing up and grief, writing and creating, and more.

Book cover - Loud


Sometimes it’s hard to be quiet and sit still. Abigail is not having a good day in school. She wants to fidget and draw and play, and instead she just gets in trouble. When she sees all her friends trying different musical instruments, she feels overwhelmed and left out. That’s when her voice gets LOUD! But Miss Butler sees Abigail’s voice as a talent, not a problem, and by the end of the story, Abigail gets to shine.

Book Cover - Hat Tricks

Hat Tricks

A hat is presented and out of it comes an entire world. First arrives our magician, Hattie, in a smart yellow jacket and dickie-bow. Following on from Hattie is an assortment of animals and, eventually, their habitat.

Book Cover - The Wall in The Middle of The Book

The Wall in The Middle of The Book

There’s a wall in the middle of this book. And it’s a good thing – the cheerful little ladder-carrying knight tells us as he arrives to repair a brick that has come loose from the wall, perhaps a signal that all is not as it seems in his world.

The little knight is confident in his world view. Dangers lurk on the other side of the wall, not on this side. Ferocious wild animals roam about, waiting to attack and, worst of all, there is an ogre the knight says would ‘eat me up.’

Book Cover - Me and My Sister

Me and My Sister

‘Me And My Sister‘ tells the story of two siblings that experience the world differently. It embraces the perspective of a young boy who gives us a little insight on what life is like with an autistic sibling. It shows the highs and lows, acknowledging that there can sometimes be difficult days while it also celebrates the strong bond that can be shared between siblings. It educates young readers on various emotions and reminds them that everyone is different.

Book Cover - Umbrella


Umbrellas are very useful. They stop nasty plods of rain hitting the nape of your neck, from trickling down your back, warding off the chill of a wet winter’s day. Yes, umbrellas are wonderful! And this is no ordinary umbrella! With Elena Arevalo Melville’s Umbrella ‘anything is possible!’. This umbrella can speak, it can magic friends, animals – even a butterfly band! But be sure to ask kindly – the umbrella does not respond well to commands!