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By Patrice Lawrence
Authors:
Patrice Lawrence
From the award-winning author of Orangeboy and Indigo Donut, a new short story written especially for World Book Day 2019.When Soraya's younger brother Farhad runs off into the freezing night, Soraya and her friend, Austin, are in a race against time to find him. High above the streets, Farhad's guilt closes in. He doesn't want to be found.A story of two friends, one missing boy and a secret as precious as gold.
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  • Secret Seven Short Story Collection

    By Enid Blyton, Esther Wane
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    Read by:
    Esther Wane
    Solve the mystery with the Secret Seven - everyone's favourite detective club! These timeless stories are perfect for young fans of mystery, adventure or detective series. A store of stolen silver, a surprising view through a telescope, a shrill scream on a night out, a disappearing cash box, a dangerous accident and a trap for the Secret Seven! Solve the mystery with the Secret Seven in these six classic short stories by Enid Blyton - perfect for bedtime listening! The stories were originally published in books and magazines in the 1940s and 1950s. This audio recording features the classic texts. (P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton LimitedThe Secret Seven ®, Enid Blyton ® and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.
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    Simon Sock Board Book

    By Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet, Nick East
    Authors:
    Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet
    Illustrated by:
    Nick East
    A laugh-out-loud tale celebrating difference, from the bestselling creators of Supertato. Now in a chunky board book, perfect for little hands to hold.Simon is an odd, stripey sock. He lives in the drawers with all the other socks. Every day two socks get picked to go on an adventure. The sparklies go to parties. The woolies go the park. The smarts go to school. Everyone has a pair... except Simon. Will he ever find his perfect match?
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  • Six O'Clock Tales

    By Enid Blyton, Luke Thompson, Sandra Duncan
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    Read by:
    Luke Thompson, Sandra Duncan
    Twenty-seven magical short stories to enjoy round the clock from one of the world's best-loved children's authors.Sheila is astonished when her toys walk themselves home, poor Prickles the Hedgehog thinks the moon has fallen out of the sky, and find out just how mischievous Twinkle the elf is when he paints the walls of a dragon's cave.Ideal for bedtime, these magical short stories for 5-8 year-olds will enchant a new generation of children.Look out for more O'Clock tales with: Five O'Clock Tales, Seven O'Clock Tales and Eight O'Clock Tales.First published in 1942, this edition contains the following stories: When the Moon fell down!Jean's little ThrushYou can't please Everybody!The King of the TrainsPixie PinsThe Adventurous ClownThe Money that flew awayWhen the Toys walked HomeTwelve little PigsThe Little Pop-Gun Quizzy, the GoblinThe Kind HedgehogThe Cold Snow-ManThe Big Green HandkerchiefThe Tale of SnowballFoolish Mister WopThe Golden PeacockThe Brownie and the GnomeThe Inside-Out StockingThe Clockwork Mouse and the BirdThe Dirty Old ChairThe Spotted CowThe Boy Who Dropped His H'sDickie Gets a JobThe Cross CaterpillarWhat a Mistake!The Cookie SwanWhy Did the Giant Laugh?Twinkle Gets Into MischiefHow Untidy!Three Cheers For John!Good Old Joey!Cuckoo!(P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton LimitedEnid Blyton ® and Enid Blyton's signature are registered trade marks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trade mark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trade mark and copyright owner.
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  • Seven O'Clock Tales

    By Enid Blyton, Luke Thompson, Sandra Duncan
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    Read by:
    Luke Thompson, Sandra Duncan
    Twenty-eight magical short stories to enjoy round the clock from one of the world's best-loved children's authors, Enid Blyton.Follow Edward the very brave pink teddy bear as he rescues his owner Elsie from a dark wood, meet a naughty toy clown who gets a nasty fright when he cooks some sweets, and feels sorry for poor Binny and Tucker as they get scrubbed in Dame Sooky's magic wash-tub.Ideal for bedtime listening, these magical short stories for 5-8 year-olds will enchant a new generation of children.Look out for more O'Clock tales with: Five O'Clock Tales, Six O'Clock Tales and Eight O'Clock Tales.First published in 1943, this edition contains the following stories:The Enchanted Shoe-LaceThat Little Red ImpThe Little Fat DormouseThe Greedy Black GolliwogTimothy Toad Brer Rabbit Gets in a FixThe Polite Little BoyThe Skippetty ShoesJerry's Lost TemperMr. Tickles' Green PenGood Old Tinker-Dog!Janet and Her FriendsInside the Dolls' HouseThe Cross Little GirlThe Stupid DonkeyClever Old JumboA Surprise For Mr. WiddleA Basket of BrowniesThe Very Fine TailMister Stupid and Too-SmartThe Little Boy Who CriedThe Pink Teddy-BearWhen the Stars Fell DownPoor Mister Greedy!The Great Big DogGet On, Little Donkey!The Magic Wash-TubThe Lonely RabbitThe Little Bag of SaltPoor Sally Simple!(P) 2019 Hodder & Stoughton LimitedEnid Blyton ® and Enid Blyton's signature are registered trade marks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trade mark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trade mark and copyright owner.
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    The Summoner's Handbook

    By Taran Matharu
    Authors:
    Taran Matharu
    Enter the world of the Summoner with this beautifully designed special edition handbook, including a complete illustrated Demonology and an exclusive new story. A must-have for all Summoner fans!"The ability to summon is passed down through the blood..."Summoner: One who is gifted with the ability to summon demonic creatures that are emotionally connected to their human counterparts.As brought to life in the bestselling Summoner series, the magic of summoning is also an art, with a story of its own. The Summoner's Handbook reveals the epic journal of James Baker, who inspired the series hero, Fletcher, to discover his own summoning abilities.Along with a complete illustrated demonology, a guide to the basics of summoning and glorious artwork from the world of the Hominum Empire, you'll learn everything a Summoner should know, and more.Beautifully rendered in two tone colours and full of detailed sketches, this hardback is the perfect treat for new and old fans of the New York Times bestselling SUMMONER series.
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  • Stories of Magic and Mischief

    By Enid Blyton, Sandra Duncan, Joshua Higgot
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    Read by:
    Sandra Duncan, Joshua Higgot
    A selection of 30 magical and mischievous short stories by Britain's most beloved children's author - perfect for sharing at Halloween! Witches and pixies abound in this magical selection of thirty short stories, perfect for seasonal reading and sharing. With lots of humour and fantastic characters these classic tales are ideal for younger children being read to and for newly confident readers to read alone. Each story stands alone and is the perfect length for reading at bedtime or in the classroom.Enid Blyton remains one of Britain's favourite children's authors and her bumper short story collections are perfect for introducing her to the latest generation of readers.Read all of Enid Blyton's bestselling short story collections: Springtime StoriesSummer StoriesHoliday StoriesSummer Holiday StoriesSummertime StoriesStories of Wizards and WitchesStories of Magic and Mischief Christmas TalesChristmas TreatsWinter Tales***Enid Blyton ® and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.
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    The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily

    By Cressida Cowell, Mark Nicholas
    Authors:
    Cressida Cowell
    Illustrated by:
    Mark Nicholas
    Written by Cressida Cowell, creator of the bestselling How to train Your Dragon series and with beautiful illustrations by Mark Nicholas, winner of the Carmelite Prize, comes a lyrical fable of a curious kitten who ventures out for the first time.'One wild and windy night a stray cat called Tantrum O'Furrily and her three hungry kittens were dancing across the roof tops.'Tantrum O'Furrily's kittens are hungry and doubt that a story can ease a stray cat's rumbling stomach. They soon learn that stories are powerful, and that if you're courageous you might find a saucer of milk at the end of that story.
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    Spooky Fairy Tale Mix-Up

    By Hilary Robinson, Jim Smith
    Authors:
    Hilary Robinson
    Illustrated by:
    Jim Smith
    Create your own hilarious spooky fairy tales with this ingenious, split-page, spiral bound book. Rapunzel has her hair tangled with spiders, while the Three Bears are terrified by Ghostilocks and Beauty dresses up as a Beast! What other funny combinations can you make?A follow-up to the bestselling Mixed up Fairy Tales and Christmas Fairy Tale Mix-Up, illustrated by the creator of the much-loved Barry Loser, winner of the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Award for 6-8 year olds.Praise for Mixed Up Fairy Tales: 'Variations enough for plenty of delightfully silly combinations.' - Guardian
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  • Songs About a Girl: Songs About a Boy

    By Chris Russell
    Authors:
    Chris Russell
    Music, boy bands, first love and heartbreak in the explosive finale to the Songs About A Girl trilogy - a modern love story for anyone who has ever dreamed of being 'with the band'. From a Zoella Book Club friend.Just as Charlie allows herself to succumb to Gabe's charms, the explosive revelation about her mother's death threatens to pull them apart.Meanwhile, a media circus has exploded around the future of Fire&Lights - when they announce a US tour to show the world that they are stronger than ever, Charlie gets the opportunity to accompany them. New York City, here she comes! But it's not all fun and games. Charlie is still feeling all kinds of awkward around Gabe and knowing that her mother's last days were in America touring with her band, Charlie uses the opportunity to uncover some more truths about her mother's death.As Fire&Lights try to win over the world again, and as Charlie and Gabriel uncover the true story that links their pasts, will Charlie finally be able to follow her heart?'Sweet, sensitive and a joy to read ...' Non Pratt, author of Remix and Unboxed
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  • Storm Clouds

    By Jenny Oldfield
    Authors:
    Jenny Oldfield
    A family marooned on an island finds loveable dolphins to help them survive: classic adventure from million-copy-selling Jenny Oldfield. Shipwrecked near a tiny island in a vast ocean, the Fisher family are guided to safety by a small pod of dolphins. Fleur, Alfie, Mia and their parents must learn to build shelter, find fresh water and hunt for food. Each of the children forms a special bond with one of the family of dolphins. Fleur adores the fun-loving, tail-walking Jazz. Mia names her dark-grey dolphin friend Stormy. And Alfie is saved from the shipwreck by Pearl, who always looks out for him. A mysterious creature is prowling in the island's forests. while a hurricane rises off shore. Fleur, Alfie and Mia need the dolphins as never before ... Jenny Oldfield strikes gold in this beautifully illustrated, exciting adventure story, the sixth in the Dolphin Island series.The full series: Shipwreck, Lost at Sea, Survival, Fire!, Missing, Storm Clouds.
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    The Survival Game

    By Nicky Singer
    Authors:
    Nicky Singer
    'A wonderful, surprisingly delicate story about a teenager making her way home to Scotland in a world remade by climate change (aimed at YA readers but, like all good children's books, good for adults too)' Lucy Mangan, i WeekendIn a world full of checkpoints and controls, can love and hope defy the borders? A searing, timely story, as arresting as it is beautiful. Imagine a world ... Where there are too many people on a too-hot earth and your only chance of salvation is to journey north.Where you must prove yourself worthy of existence at every turn, at every checkpoint.Where your instincts become your most powerful weapon - even more than the gun in your pocket.Where you find out what it takes to survive.An extraordinary story about survival and what it costs, about the power of small kindnesses to change everything.
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  • Summertime Stories

    By Enid Blyton
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    Enjoy a whole summer of fun with this fantastic collection of 30 short stories - the perfect holiday read for children aged 7 and up. From picnics in the sunshine to daring outdoor adventures, celebrate the excitement and magic of summertime with these fun-filled short stories by Enid Blyton. Ideal for newly confident readers, these entertaining tales are the perfect length for reading aloud at bedtime or in the classroom. Enid Blyton remains one of Britain's favourite children's authors and her bumper short story collections are perfect for introducing her to the latest generation of readers.Read all of Enid Blyton's bestselling short story collections: Springtime StoriesSummer StoriesHoliday StoriesSummer Holiday StoriesStories of Wizards and WitchesChristmas TalesChristmas Treats***Enid Blyton ® and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.
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  • Survival

    By Jenny Oldfield
    Authors:
    Jenny Oldfield
    A family marooned on an island finds loveable dolphins to help them survive: classic adventure from million-copy-selling Jenny Oldfield. Shipwrecked near a tiny island in a vast ocean, the Fisher family are guided to safety by a small pod of dolphins. Fleur, Alfie, Mia and their parents must learn to build shelter, find fresh water and hunt for food. Each of the children forms a special bond with one of the family of dolphins. Fleur adores the fun-loving, tail-walking Jazz. Mia names her dark-grey dolphin friend Stormy. And Alfie is saved from the shipwreck by Pearl, who always looks out for him. Alfie and Mia don't realise how much they rely on their older sister until she is taken ill with a mysterious sickness. They'll do anything to save her - and perhaps the dolphins, too, can help Fleur pull through. Jenny Oldfield strikes gold in this beautifully illustrated, exciting adventure story, the third in the Dolphin Island series.The full series: Shipwreck, Lost at Sea, Survival, Fire!, Missing, Storm Clouds.
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  • Seaside Sprint!

    By Mo Farah, Kes Gray, Marta Kissi
    Authors:
    Mo Farah, Kes Gray
    Illustrated by:
    Marta Kissi
    From Olympic gold medal winner Mo Farah and bestselling author of Oi Frog!, Kes Gray, comes a fun fiction series which will get kids reading, and running too!Mo and his friends pack a lunch and head to the seaside for their next running adventure. It's a good job they have good trainers to run along the beach. But what's that? Could it really be a sea monster? RUN!Follow Mo on his madcap adventures as his running skills go from strength to strength.The perfect book to share and read aloud.The nation watched with bated breath as Mo Farah seized Olympic gold in the 10,000m and 5000m - he's been a national treasure ever since. In this adventurous series father of three, Mo Farah, combines two lifelong passions - literacy and exercise.Children's books by Mo Farah: Ready Steady Mo, Go Mo Go: Monster Mountain Chase!, Go Mo Go: Dinosaur Dash!, Go Mo Go: Seaside Sprint!
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  • Springtime Stories

    By Enid Blyton
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    Delight in this collection of 30 short stories, full of the buzz and excitement of spring! Head off on a sparkling springtime adventure with the world's best-loved storyteller. From the little boy who helps a lamb in trouble to the fairies hidden inside Easter Eggs, excitement and magic are never far away in this collection of stories to read and share. These fun, entertaining tales are ideal for newly confident readers and are the perfect length for reading aloud at bedtime or in the classroom. Enid Blyton remains one of Britain's favourite children's authors and her bumper short story collections are perfect for introducing her to the latest generation of readers.Read all of Enid Blyton's bestselling short story collections: Springtime StoriesSummer StoriesHoliday StoriesSummer Holiday StoriesStories of Wizards and WitchesChristmas TalesChristmas Treats***Enid Blyton ® and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.
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  • Shield of Lies

    By Sheila O'Flanagan
    Authors:
    Sheila O'Flanagan
    The gripping follow-up to The Crystal Run from the Sunday Times and Irish Times No. 1 bestselling author, for fans of Cornelia Funke, Susan Cooper and Philip Pullman.'I know how much you love Carcassia. You were prepared to die for it. It must be terrible to realise that you have been betrayed.'Kaia is from a world in which blind sacrifice is a virtue, and a Runner's life expendable.It took Joe, an outsider, to show her that she must question the truth.Now, Kaia and Joe have been taken prisoner. Trusting her sworn enemies is the only way out.Kaia and Joe must risk their lives and return to Carcassia to prevent more Runners from racing to their death. Praise for The Crystal Run:'Brims with all the hallmarks of a classic fantasy quest - a vividly evoked world, heart-rending conflict, compelling action' - LoveReading4Kids'Will appeal to youngsters who enjoy reading about dangerous quests' - Sunday Independent'Well-written, with a strong plot and excellent characters, this book gives us anexciting, classic-style fantasy filled with intrigue' - Inis'O'Flanagan's writing is crisp and concise and her plotting deft' - Belfast Telegraph
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    Swapsies

    By Fiona Roberton
    Authors:
    Fiona Roberton
    Fang learns the importance of sharing in this clever and endearing story from the bestselling creator of The Tale of Two Beasts. Fang's favourite toy is Sock - he loves it more than anything. But when his friends bring along shiny trains and bouncy balls, Fang soon swaps his favourite toy for something more exciting. Will Sock and Fang be re-united?Praise for A Tale of Two Beasts: 'Roberton's premise is as sublime as it is simple, with a subtle message. Totally delightful.' - Kirkus Reviews
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  • Shipwreck

    By Jenny Oldfield
    Authors:
    Jenny Oldfield
    A family marooned on an island finds loveable dolphins to help them survive: classic adventure from million-copy-selling Jenny Oldfield. Shipwrecked near a tiny island in a vast ocean, the Fisher family are guided to safety by a small pod of dolphins. Fleur, Alfie, Mia and their parents must learn to build shelter, find fresh water and hunt for food. Each of the children forms a special bond with one of the family of dolphins. Fleur adores the fun-loving, tail-walking Jazz. Mia names her dark-grey dolphin friend Stormy. And Alfie is saved from the shipwreck by Pearl, who always looks out for him. But the island is far from home and shaken by violent electrical storms. Can the kids and dolphins work together to survive on Dolphin Island? Jenny Oldfield strikes gold in this beautifully illustrated, exciting adventure story, the first in the Dolphin Island series.The full series: Shipwreck, Lost at Sea, Survival, Fire!, Missing, Storm Clouds.
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    The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

    By Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin
    Authors:
    Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin
    The amazing true science behind the fiction of His Dark Materials, ideal for fans of the original trilogy and The Book of Dust, with an introduction by Philip Pullman.Award-winning science writers Mary and John Gribbin reveal how the world of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) is rooted in astonishing scientific truth. Drawing on string theory and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos theory, they answer fascinating questions such as: could parallel worlds like Will's and Lyra's really exist? How does the subtle knife cut through anything? Could there be a bomb like the one made with Lyra's hair? And, of course, what are the Dark Materials?
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