Theme:

Animals and nature

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Nisha's War

It’s 1942 and Nisha has travelled a long way. Her first journey takes her from a privileged and happy childhood in Malaya to the stark, grey, frightening home of her grandmother on England’s Barrow Island. Her other journey is from a child refugee suffering from PTSD, barely able to speak, to a blossoming young girl who has found courage, hope, and honesty. Both journeys are cleverly and intricately woven together.

The Iron Sword Cover Image

The Iron Swod

Fantasy author Julie Kagawa doesn’t disappoint her readers with the second book in Evenfall series, The Iron Sword, a spin-off from the original Iron Fey series.

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The Horror of Dunwick Farm

Our story opens with friends Krish, Pete, and Nancy attempting to focus on a biology lesson when an unusual incident disrupts their class and sets off a chain of events that catapult our protagonists to the epicentre of a gripping adventure. Hopping onto their bikes, and speeding through the sleepy village of Crooked Oak, our three heroes are about to become embroiled in a mystery worthy of their favourite website, the Mystery Shed, a source for strange and unexplained events. Faced with a daunting task of utmost importance, the young detectives must get to work!

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The Mermaid in the Millpond

Bess has left the city of London for the workhouse following the death of her mother. Orphaned and alone, Bess is forced to leave all she knows behind for a life as an indentured worker with other children in a cotton mill. Her life at the workhouse is cruel and demanding with very little joy, the hours and work are physically demanding, and the adults in charge are awful. Rumors start to spread about a vicious creature that lurks in the millpond. Bess is sure it is all tall tales, until she sees a strange silhouette in the water.

Book cover - There Are Birds Everywhere

There Are Birds Everywhere

There Are Birds Everywhere is a delightfully colourful book that delves into the story of birds past and present. Full of wonderfully vibrant, eye-catching, interesting and intricately detailed and accurate drawings, the birds are illuminated with fascinating yet easily understandable scientific facts.

Book cover - The Magic of Seasons

The Magic of Seasons

The title, The Magic of Seasons, really says it all! With its clearly written text and appealing illustrations, Vicky Woodgate's book is a cornucopia of facts around its theme, from the scientific, through climate change to history, geography and myth, all presided over by Mimi, the author's inscrutable black and white cat. Quite hard to classify, as it covers so many different aspects of its subject, but a treasure to dip in and out of; equally fun and informative for parents too.

Book cover - Penelope Snoop Ace Detective

Penelope Snoop Ace Detective

Penelope Snoop has a new case. Her favourite toy, Sidney the Smelly Sock Snake, has disappeared. Along with Carlos the dog, she sets out to uncover the mystery and begins the search which will take her to outer space.

Book cover - Parp!

Parp!

Parp! Who is making that stink? A funny little mystery made for reading aloud together. A group of animals are in a rush to leave their office, but as soon as they all get into the lift, someone starts parping. At each floor one of them gets out, leaving the rest to wonder who it could be!

Book Cover - Kate On The Case: The Call Of The Silver Wibbler

Kate On The Case: The Call Of The Silver Wibbler

Grab your binoculars and hop on board this jungle river cruise; Kate and Rupert are back with another case to solve, and they need your help! Ever heard of a bird called the Silver Wibbler? Well, after reading this book, you’ll know all about it…or will you? Join Kate and her trustee sidekick Rupert the mouse for their second adventure, trekking through the jungle, being led by the call of this mysterious bird. Will they be able to track it down in time?

Book cover - Elephant Island

Elephant Island

Arnold, the seafaring elephant of this book’s title, meets disaster with apparent equanimity and an endearing ingenuity in a warm and enjoyable adventure. Arnold’s tendency to rush in gets him into scrapes with the series of characters who could potentially rescue him from shipwreck but in the process of trying to solve those problems he actually makes Elephant Island ‘too much fun to leave.’ In the end, the book reminds us that life’s difficulties can also result in the things most precious to us.