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  • Secret Seven Brain Games

    By Enid Blyton
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    Enid Blyton
    Solve every puzzle, just like the Secret Seven, in this fun book of 100 brain-teasers inspired by Enid Blyton's famous sleuths. Perfect for travel and holidays.Bursting with codes, puzzles, sudokos, crosswords, wordsearches, I-spy games and more, this fun book is inspired by the mystery-solving kids in the bestselling Secret Seven stories by Enid Blyton. This is the perfect book to keep kids busy on long journeys or in the holidays, anywhere, any time. No need to stare at a screen or hunt for a charger - you'll only need a pencil and your brain for hours of entertainment.*The 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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    The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

    By Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin
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    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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  • The Ship of Spectres

    By Patricia Elliott
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    Patricia Elliott
    A brilliant new heroine with a nose for mystery and adventure - for all fans of Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow and Murder Most Unladylike.After solving a case of potential identity theft, Connie Carew is back in her second mystery. This time, it takes place aboard a luxury ocean liner, bound for New York. Only, there's trouble at sea. Someone is trying to harm the passengers. Why? Who has a grudge against whom? It's up to Connie to investigate the secrets of all the passengers as, mile by nautical mile, the ship sails closer towards disaster.Connie is a clever, witty and opinionated young detective, living at an exciting time - the early part of the 20th century when women were beginning to carve careers and lives of their own. Patricia Elliott has been widely praised for her historical fiction. This is Patricia writing at her very best.
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    The Star-faced Crocodile

    By David Melling
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    David Melling
    Starring two fabulously fun characters - a bear with a banjo and a star-faced crocodile - this is a tale of friendship and music. Told with warmth and wit and accompanied by vibrant watercolour artwork, it teaches us how to respect the world we live in and the delicate balance of nature.A starry celebration of friendship from the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages.'A warm tale of friendship.' Junior
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  • Shadow of the Yangtze

    By Julian Sedgwick
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    Julian Sedgwick
    J G Ballard's Empire of the Sun meets Susan Hill's The Woman in Black in a compelling teen thriller ...Ruby - a Western girl who feels more Chinese than English - and her friend Charlie must follow the Yangtze hundreds of miles upriver, travelling by Chinese junk and rogue steamer, through bandit and ghost haunted countryside - doggedly tracking Moonface as he spirits Charlie's sister Fei off to his home village. Everything is in flux around them: civil war pulsing, with Nationalists, Communists and warlord bandits struggling for control. The river rises and falls, villages spring up and are gone again. Ruby and Charlie brave a shipwreck and a gunbattle and then take a perilous cliff path to Moonface's lair.
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  • The Speed of Darkness

    By Catherine Fisher
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    Catherine Fisher
    Science fiction, myth, time travel and Shakespearean wit and playfulness combine in a stunning sequence of huge imaginative power - the Shakespeare Quartet ...The Speed of Darkness concludes the series which began with The Obsidian Mirror, then moved on through The Box of Red Brocade and The Door in the Moon.In this final volume, a great storm brews out at sea and batters the Devon coast, flooding vast swathes of land. At Wintercombe Abbey the preceding weeks have been spent in a ferment of experimentation, as Jake Wilde's father, David and Maskelyne work furiously on Operation Leah. They have been practising changing tiny events in the past, in preparation for the rescue of Venn's wife Leah from death, the culmination of their work with the Obsidian Mirror. But in the aftermath of the storm, the Abbey is a drowned house. Where is the Mirror? What has happened to the two halves of the Janus coin? Whose is the mysterious boat wrecked up on the nearby beach? And what plans of mischief and mayhem lay in store for Halloween - the day chosen for Leah's return?
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    Sketches from a Nameless Land

    By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan
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    Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan
    The Arrival has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place. How did it come to be created, and what inspired its unique and captivating story?In Sketches from a Nameless Land, author Shaun Tan explains the origins of his ideas, using examples from early research and concept sketches through to finished artwork. In tracing this evolution, he sheds light on the silent language of images, the spirit of the migrant experience and the artist's creative journey.The Arrival was sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. "An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one." - The Times"It will fascinate and occupy adults and children alike." - The ObserverRead more about The Arrival at www.thearrival.com.auFind out more about Shaun Tan at http://www.shauntan.net
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  • Shakespeare

    By Clive Gifford
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    Clive Gifford
    In which play would you find the characters, Bottom, Quince, Puck and Titania?How many of Shakespeare's history plays featured a King called Henry in their title?Does Juliet die by poison, stabbing herself or throwing herself off of a balcony?So you've read Shakespeare's plays, maybe seen them performed. Now you can test whether you really know about his plays and his extraordinary life. There are quizzes on Shakespeare's life and times including questions on plays and theatres of the time; the 15 most popular plays each has a dedicated quiz; there are 5 additional quizzes covering Shakespeare's remaining works - Poems & Sonnets/ Histories/ Tragedies/ Comedies/ Romances.
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    The Story of the Stars

    By Neal Layton
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    Neal Layton
    First came the bestselling The Story of Everything, then came the bestselling The Story of Things and now here's The Story of Stars!Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the stars told in 10 pop-up spreads by the Smarties award-winner Neal Layton.Neal's unique perspective on stars from thousands of years ago to today presents stars, solar systems and galaxies in a format accessible to the very young. Did you know that the Ancient Greeks did a join-the-dots with the night sky? Or that the sun is our nearest star? Or that stars are born, live and die just like us?With ingenious pops, flaps and tabs, and a MASSIVE pop-up of the constellations in the night sky!
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    The Story Of Things

    By Neal Layton
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    Neal Layton
    Starting with early humans who have no things, through to farming, civilizations, inventions, steam, electricity, computers, and the world we live in now, Neal Layton explores ideas, inventions and discoveries.In his usual quirky style and energetic illustrations, Neal Layton tells this story in an accessible way for the very young. Is is a most original and inventive book!
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  • Sparkling Sticker Book

    By Emma Thomson
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    Emma Thomson
    Look inside to find six dazzling scenes, featuring Felicity Wishes and her friends. Find the stickers to complete each picture and you will have a beautiful album to treasure forever.Over 20 magical stickers of Felicity Wishes and her friends in Little Blossoming. Another great addition to the Felicity Wishes range.
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