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  • Burn

    Patrick Ness

    An all-consuming story of revenge, redemption and dragons from the twice Carnegie Medal-winner Patrick Ness.

    "On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he'd hired to help on the farm."

    This dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can't help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn't have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby.

    Kazimir knows something she doesn't. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents - and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

    From the bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy comes a heart-stopping story of fanaticism, hope, bravery and impossible second chances, set in a world on the very brink of its own destruction.

    "Exhilarating and heart-stopping." Russell T Davies

    "Gloriously original and unpredictable ... Mind-bending in the best possible way." Observer

    "A clever, complex and completely engrossing story." The Times

    "[An] extraordinary story of fate, power and redemption ... He is a remarkable talent." Daily Mail

    "Ness shows that although monsters exist in every world, many wish to overcome them; and even in the smoking ruins of civilisation, there is room for hope." Guardian

    "Revenge, redemption, the Cold War and dragons. Another great tale from the master with the best opening line of any book this year." Simon Mayo

    "You can always rely on Patrick Ness to surprise you, and this beautifully written urban fantasy doesn't disappoint ... an immersive, rewarding read." Independent

    "Never less than gripping ... full of charm, intriguing characters and awesome, cinematic set-pieces." SFX

    "An incredibly touching, powerful and startling read." Female First

    "A provocative Cold War-set tale of dragon worshippers, parenthood, and the apocalypse." Entertainment Weekly

    "Gripping until the end." Irish Times

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  • The star of Julian Is a Mermaid makes a joyful return - and finds a new friend - at a wedding to be remembered.

    Julian and his nana are attending a wedding. Better yet, Julian is in the wedding along with his cousin Marisol. When wedding duties are fulfilled and with a new dog friend in tow, the pair takes off to roam the venue, exploring everywhere from underneath tables to enchanting willow trees to ... muddy puddles? After all, it wouldn't be a wedding without fun, laughter and a little magical mischief. With ingenuity and heart, author-illustrator Jessica Love tells a charming story of friendship, acceptance and celebration.

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  • A teenage girl wonders if she's inherited more than just a heart from her donor in this compulsively readable debut.
    Seventeen-year-old Chloe had a plan: work hard, get good grades, and attend a top-tier college. But after she collapses during cross country practice and is told that she needs a new heart, all her careful preparations are laid to waste. Eight months after her transplant, everything is different. Stuck in summer school with the underachievers, all she wants to do now is grab her surfboard and hit the waves - which is strange, because she wasn't interested in surfing before her transplant. (It doesn't hurt that her instructor, Kai, is seriously good looking.) And that's not all that's strange. There's also the vivid recurring nightmare about crashing a motorcycle in a tunnel and memories of people and places she doesn't recognize. Is there something wrong with her head now, too, or is there another explanation for what she's experiencing? As she searches for answers, and as her attraction to Kai intensifies, what she learns will lead her to question everything she thought she knew - about life, death, love, identity, and the true nature of reality.

  • "No budding ornithologist should be without Watching the Swallows." - Telegraph

    A stylish gift-book anthology of 50 poems for bird-lovers, perfect for all ages.

    Published in partnership with the RSPB, the 50 poems in this striking little gift book celebrate birds of every feather - from the cuckoo in her nest to kingfishers by the river, eagles soaring over the mountains and wild geese returning south for the winter.

    In their clarity and considerable charm, these poems are chosen to appeal to readers aged eight to one hundred and eight, including classics from masters of the genre, one or two overlooked gems and recent verses by contemporary writers.

    With five sections to choose between - Outside Your Window, By the Water, In Among the Trees, On the Wing and Out in the Fields - this collection has something for everyone and would make a perfect gift for bird-lovers ... young and old alike!

  • Hike

    Pete Oswald

    Take to the trails for a celebration of nature - and a day spent with Dad.

    In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they're going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the time they return home, they feel alive - and closer than ever - as they document their hike and take their place in family history.

    In detail-rich panels and textured panoramas, Pete Oswald perfectly paces this nearly wordless adventure, allowing readers to pause for subtle wonders and marvel at the views. A touching tribute to the bond between father and child, with resonant themes for Earth Day, Hike is a breath of fresh air.

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  • "We need more beautifully illustrated and involving non-fiction like this. Wade and Castrillon introduce nanoscience with perfect clarity and inviting pictures." - The Sunday Times

    "Beautiful ... plunges deep into the world of atoms, materials and the applications of nanoscience, with accessible text and richly shaded pictures." - Guardian

    This exciting non-fiction picture book introduces young readers to the fascinating (and cutting-edge) science of the very, very small.

    Everything is made from something - but the way we make things, from the materials we use to the science and technology involved, is changing fast. Nano offers a fascinating narrative introduction to this cutting-edge area of STEM, better known by the name "nanotechnology".

    With words by Dr Jess Wade - a highly skilled physicist and trailblazing campaigner for diversity in STEM fields - and beautiful, dynamic pictures by award-winning artist Melissa Castrillon, this is the perfect book for budding young scientists and engineers.

    "A truly rare science book that neither talks down to children nor goes over the heads. Dr Jess Wade makes one of the most complex areas of science instantly accessible, drawing out the wonder and beauty of materials at the nanoscale, while inspiring young readers to want to know more[...] Sumptuously illustrated, deeply informative and clever, this is the gift I'll be giving to all the children I know." - Angela Saini, science journalist, broadcaster and author

  • Twitch

    M. G. Leonard

    From the internationally bestselling author of Beetle Boy and the Adventures on Trains series, comes the first book in The Twitchers, a brand new mystery adventure series celebrating friendship, bravery and the incredible world of birds, starring a birdwatching detective called Twitch!

    Can a birdwatcher outwit an escaped convict?

    Twitch has three pet chickens, four pigeons, swallows nesting in his bedroom and a passion for birdwatching. On the first day of the summer holidays, he arrives at his secret hide to find police everywhere: a convicted robber has broken out of prison and is hiding in Aves Wood. Can Twitch use his talents for birdwatching to hunt for the dangerous prisoner and find the missing loot?

    Praise for Twitch:

    "Leonard knows her audience and the jeopardy comes in flocks ... Find your nest, curl up and enjoy." The Times, Children's Book of the Week

    "A twist-laden, thriller-like tale of a bird-mad boy, some bullies and an escaped convict hiding in the nearby woods." Observer

    "A winged masterpiece." Maz Evans

    "Enthralling from beginning to end, it really touched my young bird-loving heart! Just wonderful!" Dara McAnulty

    "Birds, mystery and fowl play! What more could you want?" Gill Lewis

    "Glorious! Full of excitement and wonder!" Sophie Anderson

    "A brave and thrilling new adventure from one of my favourite writers. I honestly didn't put the book down until the very last, exciting, page-turn and I'm twitching for the next adventure!" Jasbinder Bilan

    "Twitch is an absolute triumph. The perfect blend of mystery and adventure, a winning hero with an eye for ornithological facts and a heart as big as the countryside, plus a cracking whipsmart plot, I think this is M. G. Leonard's best book yet." Christopher Edge

    "Cracking characters, beyond pacy plotting and an ending that is almost Bugsy Malone-esque!" Phil Earle

    "Twitch is a compelling read - an adventure mystery with birds - what more could any reader want?!" Stephen Moss

    "Adventure, friendship and the pure unassuming beauty of nature ... a book that could have been a collaboration between David Attenborough and Roald Dahl." Dr Jess French

    "A superb adventure of friendship, bravery and the wonderful world of birds, with a strong, but non-preachy theme of the benefits of connection with the natural world." The Bookseller

    "One of those really, really good books ... Recommended for readers around 8 to 12 years old, and grown-ups like me who still enjoy the delight of a great adventure story!" The Bookbag

    Praise for M. G. Leonard:

    "An original voice in children's literature." The Times

    "Truly great storytelling." Michael Mopurgo

    "Superstar." Guardian

    "Wonderful." Sunday Telegraph

  • THE WINNER OF THE INDIE BOOK AWARD 2020

    In the rockpool above the sea, live two crabs: Very Big Crab and Little Crab. Today, they're going for a dip in the sea. "This is going to be so great!" says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water... Oh. The waves! They're ENORMOUS. "Oh..." Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in?

    A bold, beautiful board book about taking the time you need to overcome your fears and, with the support of a loved one, building up the courage to try something new.

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  • A timeless story celebrating friendship and imagination, from an exciting new voice in children's literature.

    Mabel lives with her parents in the Mermaid Hotel, by the sea. Mabel likes to keep an eye on the comings and goings of all the guests. Then one day a particularly in-ter-est-ing old lady comes to stay. There is something very suspicious about her, with her growly voice and her heavy trunks and her beady-eyed tortoise. And why does no one know her REAL name? There can only be one answer, Mabel decides ... this guest is a SUPERVILLAIN.

    But even supervillains have a soft side, and as an unlikely friendship grows between the pair, their fantastical exploits take them well beyond the corridors of their seaside home.

  • A dark and supernatural contemporary teen debut by multi-talented author and journalist Caroline O'Donoghue.

    "So gripping, so intriguing, so layered - All Our Hidden Gifts feels like a book that should have always existed." Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    "A seductive and brilliant book. Fiercely, furiously good." Melinda Salisbury

    "The most authentic teenage voice I've read in ages... I was utterly bewitched." Holly Bourne

    "Grim, gripping and gorgeous. I devoured it." Deirdre Sullivan

    Maeve Chambers doesn't have much going for her. Not only does she feel like the sole idiot in a family of geniuses, she managed to drive away her best friend Lily a year ago. But when she finds a pack of dusty old tarot cards at school, and begins to give scarily accurate readings to the girls in her class, she realizes she's found her gift at last. Things are looking up - until she discovers a strange card in the deck that definitely shouldn't be there. And two days after she convinces her ex-best friend to have a reading, Lily disappears.

    Can Maeve, her new friend Fiona and Lily's brother Roe find her? And will Maeve's new gift be enough to bring Lily back, before she's gone for good?

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  • Get inspired to reach the top of your game with 50 incredible true stories of sporting legends.
    Award-winning journalist Rick Broadbent has interviewed some of the greatest sporting legends of our time. In this gripping collection of 50 true stories, he shares the most exciting and jaw-dropping accounts of success, failure, injury and bravery in sport, which will in turn inspire kids to find the confidence and resilience they need to reach the top of their game. An ideal book for any young sports fan who enjoys reading about their favourite heroes, such as Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt and Serena Williams.

  • A moving picture book that celebrates family and belonging, from acclaimed screenwriter Irena Brignull.
    A little girl wants to know where she came from and why she doesn't have a father. When her mother cannot tell her, the girl decides to find out for herself. Her journey leads her on a quest through the woods, tracing her own story back to its source with the help of the animals she meets, until she discovers what truly matters in making a family. A timeless story with sumptuous illustrations, this picture book will be shared and treasured by all families whatever their shape or size.

    "A joy to pore over." The Irish Independent, Children's Books of the Year

  • Discover the incredible true stories behind the most famous clubs in football.
    Find out the stories behind the most legendary clubs in football history, such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Liverpool. Explore how these teams have overcome failure and tragedy to win leagues and lift trophies and enter the record books. Also discover fascinating facts about more unknown clubs, including the German team with skull and crossbones logo and the most eco-friendly club in the world. Perfect for fans of Football School: Star Players and Football School: Epic Heroes, this collection of fifty true stories is a must-read for any young football fan.

  • The essential teenage guide to building resilience for challenging times, from award-winning well-being expert Nicola Morgan, author of the bestselling Blame My Brain and The Teenage Guide to Stress.
    Some events in life will always be out of our control, whether it's a global crisis or a traumatic event at home - but Be Resilient shows that the power to cope is in our hands. Discover how to develop the skill of mental resilience in this fascinating guide from award-winning author and teenage brain expert Nicola Morgan. From building a support network to building optimism, find positive, practical advice for preparing for, coping with and bouncing back from the toughest of times. Authoritative and backed by the latest science, this is a reassuring companion for teenagers everywhere.

  • An extra-special First Experiences book to celebrate 30 years of Maisy!

    Today is Maisy's birthday, hip-hip-hooray! She dresses up in her favourite outfit and eats a yummy breakfast ... but there are no cards from any of her friends. Have they all forgotten about her birthday?

    Of course not! Her friends are throwing her a very special surprise party. Join the birthday mouse as she plays party games, eats a scrumptious feast, opens her cards and presents and makes a special wish as she blows out the candles on her cake!

    The perfect book for teaching little ones all about birthday traditions, from party games to blowing out candles, this is an extra-special addition to the bestselling First Experiences range, celebrating 30 years of Maisy!

  • Abby is anxious to host the perfect tea party for a friend she idolizes, but life serves up a sweet taste of the fun to be had when perfection is off the table.

    Have you met Phoebe - Miss Phoebe Dupree?
    Phoebe's as perfect as perfect can be.

    To Abby, her friend Phoebe can do no wrong. Phoebe is speedy. Phoebe is smart. She's equally brilliant at science and art. So when the budding hostess invites Phoebe over for a tea party, everything from the sugary treats on the menu to Abby's dog, Louie, must be, well ... perfect. But when life - and possibly Louie - send a clear message to let loose, the girls indulge in a perfectly imperfect playdate. Linda Ashman's vivacious rhyme and Alea Marley's inviting illustrations serve up a classic tale of enduring friendship at a tea party that will leave readers wanting to pull up a chair.

  • I Am Angry

    Michael Rosen

    The first in a funny new series from former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and rising star Robert Starling.
    This kitten may look cute and cuddly, but better beware: they're angry. Really angry. Angry, angry, angry! And this isn't any old "angry". This is a jump-up-and-down, roll-on-the-ground kind of angry. This is a spider-scaring, tiger-scaring kind of angry. This is a burst-balloon-ing, SQUASH-THE-MOON-ING kind of angry...

    As surreal as things may get, this is also the kind of angry that parents of toddlers will recognize - a bad mood which comes out of nowhere, escalates wildly, then disappears as suddenly as it arrived. Based on the popular poem from A Great Big Cuddle, I Am Angry combines Michael Rosen's brilliant rhymes and anarchic imagination, Robert Starling's perfect knack for character and a reassuring message: anger may feel overpowering, but it doesn't last for ever.

  • Learn about rainforest animals and birds in this RSPB sticker activity book, with fun things to do and over 100 stickers.

    Meet tigers, chimpanzees, toucans and more in this fact-filled sticker activity book. Explore rainforests around the world and try spot the difference, colouring and dot-to-dot puzzles. With over 100 wildlife stickers, this is the perfect activity book to get young children interested in nature!

  • A beautiful picture book about believing in yourself from the author and screenwriter Irena Brignull, with sumptuous illustrations by Richard Jones.
    A little boy dreams of a world beyond the farm where he lives - a world full of mountain ranges, oceans and cities, where he could do anything. But one day he plants a seed from which doubts start to grow. Instead of thinking of all that he could do, he thinks more of what he could not. Can he overcome his fears and chase his dreams?

  • Mister Boo!

    Joyce Dunbar

    A lively tale about a fun-loving cat learning to accept change, imaginatively illustrated by the award-winning Petr Horacek.
    Mischievous Mister Boo loves to give everyone he meets a surprise. He shocks the baby birds, the baby rabbits and the baby owls. BOO! But one day he wakes up without his usual energy and no one seems to take any notice of him. Will Mister Boo learn to accept change and find joy again? A buoyant second collaboration between the acclaimed writer Joyce Dunbar and world-renowned illustrator Petr Horacek.

  • A dramatic and moving story set in the same world as the international bestseller The Island from the celebrated novelist Victoria Hislop.
    The absorbing story of the Cretan village of Plaka and the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony - is told to us by Maria Petrakis, one of the children in the original version of The Island. She tells us of the ancient and misunderstood disease of leprosy, exploring the themes of stigma, shame and the treatment of those who are different, which are as relevant for children as adults. Gill Smith's rich, full-colour illustrations will transport the reader to the timeless and beautiful Greek landscape and Mediterranean seascape.

  • Daddy

    Leslie Patricelli

    From everyone's favourite baby comes a fond and funny ode to a special daddy, for Father's Day or any day.

    Uppy, Daddy! Up so high.
    On the shoulders. Touch the sky.

    Baby's daddy is big and strong, and his legs are so, so long. He plays horsey, he sings, he cooks, he cleans - this daddy can do anything! In a sweet, simple board book threaded with signature humour, Leslie Patricelli pays tribute to the bond between a little one and a doting daddy.

  • Frog vs Toad

    Ben Mantle

    A hilarious, light-hearted fable about seeing past our differences.

    Frog is a frog. And Toad is a toad. They are totally different from each other. So when a fly mistakes Frog and Toad for two FROGS, it's not long before things get a bit fruity... Luckily, a too-close call with a snappy alligator makes Frog and Toad join forces to see that they're not THAT different after all... At heart, a laugh-out-loud journey about togetherness, putting differences aside and realizing that friends don't need to be just like you, but they come in all shapes and sizes!

  • A new title in the fantastic Where's Wally? activity book range. Wally is on an incredible adventure through the pages of a magical story book. Grab your pencils, get creative and bring every scene alive with colour. Includes extra things to find and over 100 incredible stickers. Wow!
    Join Wally as he steps into the pages of a magical story book. Grab your colouring pencils, get creative and bring the adventure to life! Navigate through a land of dragons, a paradise filled with flowers and fruit, a world of toys and games, a murky mysterious swamp and (if you're feeling brave enough) be drawn into a land of fearsome monsters to find some valuable treasure. It's a colourful caper!

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