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Orion Children's Books

Where's Horrid Henry?

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
Contributors:
Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

A fun-packed full-colour Horrid Henry picture book with illustrated scenes, stuffed with tricky things to search for and find. Featuring 32 pages of fiendish things to spot, join Henry and his friends (and evilest enemies) on their awesome adventures - from birthday parties and camping trips to hiding out at a spooky haunted house. With a challenging checklist of things to find, this is Henry's most horrid challenge yet!The question is, where's Horrid Henry?Perfect for existing Horrid Henry fans, as well as fans of activity books such as WHERE'S WALLY?, WHERE'S THE MEERKAT? and WHERE'S SANTA?

Orion Children's Books

Horrid Henry's Sizzling Summer

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
Contributors:
Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

Have a sizzling summer with this totally awesome great value collection of six favourite Horrid Henry summer stories in one book!Join the notorious Henry for a super summer holiday as he raids the Secret Club tent, gives Aerobic Al a run for his money on sports day, causes chaos on his first TV appearance, goes on a less-than-awesome camping trip, and much more.Featuring:Horrid Henry's OlympicsHorrid Henry's Holiday Horrid Henry's Car Journey Horrid Henry Minds His Manners Horrid Henry's Raid Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb The perfect summer holiday read for mischievous boys everywhere! An ideal choice for reluctant readers and avid Henry fans alike.

Wayland

Notes on Being Teenage

Rosalind Jana
Authors:
Rosalind Jana
Franklin Watts

Space

Paul Calver, Toby Reynolds
Authors:
Paul Calver, Toby Reynolds
Orion Children's Books

The Dead House

Dawn Kurtagich
Authors:
Dawn Kurtagich

Chilling, creepy and compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is a psychological thriller like no other from a stunning YA talent, for fans of Rick Yancey, Kendare Blake and Stephen King. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High School burned down. The blaze killed three and injured twenty, and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. For two decades, little was revealed about what became known as the Johnson Incident.Until now. A diary has been found in the ruins of the school. In this diary, Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly's twin, tells of the strange and disturbing sequence of events leading to the incident. But Kaitlyn doesn't exist. She never has.

Wayland

The Indus Valley

Claudia Martin
Authors:
Claudia Martin

How were the cities of the Indus Valley built? What were homes like? What food did people eat? What gods were worshipped? This book helps children at Key Stage 2 discover the answers to these and other fascinating questions. It also recommends sites on the Internet and sources in your local library where you can find out more about the Indus Valley. The detective shows readers how to create your own project about daily life in Mohenjo-Daro, make Indus Valley-style figurine and interview the rulers of the Indus Valley. Packed with fascinating information, The History Detective Investigates series inspires children's curiosity to find out more about the past. A great tool for readers age 8+ or teachers looking for books to support the new curriculum for 2014.

Wayland

Early Islamic Civilization

Claudia Martin
Authors:
Claudia Martin
Wayland

The Fact or Fiction Behind The Tudors

Kay Barnham
Authors:
Kay Barnham

Truth or Busted's Tudors title explores popular myths about the Tudor period, its people and events in a tongue-in-cheek, humorous way that kids will find unputdownable! Alongside features such as 'Zounds!' (a Tudor cry of astonishment) in which we discover the goriest aspects of Tudor life, Truth or Busted statements such as 'Tudors thought that bleeding made you better' or 'It is illegal to eat swans' are explored. We look at where the idea came from, whether it has any basis in truth, or whether it can be consigned to folklore. Finally, each statement is given a TRUTH or BUSTED evaluation!A must for anyone studying the Tudors at key stage 2 or key stage 3!

Wayland

The Fact or Fiction Behind Battles and Wars

Kay Barnham
Authors:
Kay Barnham

Truth or Busted's battles and wars title explores popular myths and legends about some of the world's most famous conflicts in a tongue-in-cheek, humorous way that kids will find unputdownable! Alongside features such as 'Battle Blunders' in which we learn about people or countries that have lost battles or wars for bizarre reasons, Truth or Busted statements such as 'Ancient Greek armies were square' or 'Elephants are excellent warriors' are explored. We look at where the idea came from, whether it has any basis in truth, or whether they can be consigned to folklore. Finally, each statement is given a TRUTH or BUSTED evaluation! A must for anyone interested in battles and wars, or studying history at school!

Wayland

Olly Murs

Kay Barnham
Authors:
Kay Barnham

Want to know more about Olly Murs and test your super-fan status? Then this is the book for you. Including loads of photos of the star, this book is a fascinating, in-depth pop biography, including stories from Olly's childhood, his ascent to fame, and reports on what his life is like today as one of Britain's biggest idols. Find out all about Olly Murs X Factor story and what his life was like before fame and fortune. Learn his tastes in fashion and food, and which is his favourite country in the world! Discover his pre-performance routine while on tour, what his star sign reveals about him. Then, test your your fan knowledge wit lots of pop quiz questions and puzzles to find out if you are an Olly Murs super-fan!

Hodder Children's Books

Caddy's World

Hilary Mckay
Authors:
Hilary Mckay

Meet Saffy, Indigo, Rose and Caddy Casson. This colourful and hilarious series will make you wish you were part of the family!Best friends, boyfriends, problem parents, pink hair. Brothers, sisters, fireworks and unexpected babies. Welcome to Caddy's World.Go back to when Caddy was just a young girl and Rose had not even been born in this stunning prequel to the award-winning Saffy's Angel.'Full of warmth, vitality and irrepressible good humour' Guardian

Orion Children's Books

Hollow Pike

Juno Dawson
Authors:
Juno Dawson
Quercus Children's Books

Ashes

Ilsa J. Bick
Authors:
Ilsa J. Bick
Hodder Children's Books

Poor Little Rich Girl

Grace Dent
Authors:
Grace Dent

Poppet Montague-Jones is 15, 87th in line to the British throne and soon to inherit a whopping trust fund. Unlike her sister Kitten - legendary wild child and society columnist in London Alive (see Diary of a Chav), Poppet is a troubled and ill-fitting teenager who is at an impressionable age, and doesn't quite know how to launch herself into the world. Poppet spends much of her time daydreaming and getting bossed about by her flamboyant school friends, Vixen Blaze Brocklehurst and Striker Earhart. Between them, the girls get up to all sorts of high jinks a la St Trinians at school and in their stinkingly rich 'hood', not giving much thought to their future. They're rich, so who cares! Poppet's Mum Saskia has her future in hand anyway: a career in fashion and marriage to nice, loaded, Felix Hayes Burlington across the road. Thing is, Poppet is not entirely sure it's what she really wants. Isn't there more to life than charity lunches and yoga? Is Poppet destined for a life of designer grunge and decadence without lifting a finger to earn her own living, or is she brave enough to break out of the mould?

Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Jane Simmons

Jane Simmons is a uniquely talented award-winning illustrator and author, and the creator of some of our best-loved children’s books. Here she talks to Graham Marks about boats, motorbikes and making a mess, as well as her words, her art and her latest picture book, Lily Gets Lost.

Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Sarah Mussi

Sarah Mussi started out with every intention of following a carer as an artist; that did not turn out to be what happened, and now she is now an award-winning and critically acclaimed YA author - as well as being a teacher. Here she talks to Graham Marks about her fascinating and well-travelled life, and the story behind her latest novel, Siege…

Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

HL Dennis

HL Dennis is the author of the six-book ‘Unlock the Truth’ Secret Beakers series, the fourth of which, Tower of the Winds, has just been published. Here she talks to Graham Marks about how the series came about, how she writes and what it’s like to live in a world of codes and clues. As far as we can tell, there are no hidden messages in any of her answers…

Wikipedia

Shoo Rayner

Shoo Rayner is a children's author and illustrator. Prolific British author and illustrator Shoo Rayner was born Hugh Rayner, to a Norwegian mother and a British father. His father served in the British Army, so the family moved around a lot. Educated mainly at boarding school, first at a preparatory school in Surrey, then at King's School, Canterbury. After his father had left the army (out of school, Shoo's formative years were spent in Germany, Pakistan, Aden, and Wiltshire), the family settled in Bedford, and Shoo attended Bedford School as a day-boy. The source of his nickname, Shoo, originated while his family lived in Pakistan. His nanny, Uppa, couldn't pronounce the name "Hugh", so she called him Shoo instead. It stuck. He was interviewed at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology by Children's book Author and illustrator, Colin McNaughton, to whom he remains indebted for introducing him to the world of children's books. Shoo lives in the Forest of Dean, in Gloucestershire, with his wife and two children. He has three cats - Shula, Fizz and Fizz’s kitten, Mister Darcy. Author and illustrator; previous jobs include painting signs and silk screening, and working as a mapmaker for the Land Registry, Peterborough, England. Shoo's first book contract was with Ernest Benn. The book was to be called The Trouble With Strawberry Jam Pancakes, but after delivering three separate sets of artwork the title was shelved. His first published work was a set of six stories for the Oxford Reading Tree called Lydia.[1] Rayner has had a hand in several popular series for early readers.[2] He is the illustrator for Rose Impey's long-running "Animal Crackers" books, and as both author and illustrator, he created the "Dark Claw," "Rex Files," and "Ginger Ninja" series. These series have very different themes—the "Dark Claw" books are a spoof of Star Wars and other such science-fiction stories, starring cats and rodents; the "Rex Files" (a take-off on the television series The X-Files) feature a duo of canine sleuths named Rex and Franky who investigate various terrifying paranormal happenings; and the "Ginger Ninja" books are about a pawball-mad kitten named Ginger who faces typical elementary-school problems such as bullies. Rayner has said that The Ginger Ninja is his favorite book, both because the Ginger Ninja is the character most like him (Rayner himself had bright red hair as a child) and "because that was the book where I looked deepest into the darkesty regions of my character and managed to come up almost sane at the end," he said in an interview with Word Pool. Despite their different subject matter, all of Rayner's books were designed to be both easy to comprehend and entertaining for children who are just learning to read on their own. They feature short sentences, short chapters, and almost comic-book-like illustrations. Explaining what he finds most rewarding about his work, Rayner said in the Word Pool interview, "My readers are at the most important stage of reading development, where they can be put off or enthused for life." While he admits that the early-reader genre is often overlooked by critics, "children find it for themselves and read my books by the bucket load. That's my reward." Rayner illustrated the MudPuddle Farm series of books written by Michael Morpurgo. in January 2012 9 million copies of the books were given away in McDonald'sHappy Meals in the UK.[3]http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Aboutus/Newsroom/news_pages/McDonalds_links_up_with_HarperCollins.html Rayner has been at the forefront of children's authors using IT. His interactive website has been running since 1997. He started his YouTube Drawing School, ShooRaynerDrawing, in 2010 and won the YouTube NextUpEurope Competition in 2011.[4] he has another successful YouTube channel called DrawStuffRealEasy [5] and ShooRaynerLife which is a blog and entertainment channel featuring "learn British Culture" a tongue in cheek look at Britain.

Cressida Cowell speaks to Graham Marks

Author Spotlight

Cressida Cowell’s Hiccup books, which she also illustrates, are now published in over 30 countries around the world and the first book in the series, How to Train Your Dragon, has been made into an animated movie by DreamWorks; Cressida also writes and illustrates picture books. The eleventh title in the Hiccup Saga, How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel, is published in September, and here she talks to Graham Marks about pretty much everything to do with writing a hit series…

Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell’s Hiccup books, which she also illustrates, are now published in over 30 countries around the world and the first book in the series, How to Train Your Dragon, has been made into an animated movie by DreamWorks; Cressida also writes and illustrates picture books. The eleventh title in the Hiccup Saga, How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel, is published in September, and here she talks to Graham Marks about pretty much everything to do with writing a hit series…