By Paul Bryers
Jade is in St Severa's Catholic boarding school in the wilds of Cumbria. She is hiding from her mad-scientist father, Kobal, who is on the run from half the police forces of the world for illegaly experimenting in genetics to create a new breed of perfect human. Jade is part of his personal project, one of his own seven special children born of seven different surrogate mothers. But even St Severa's isn't safe. Driven by his obsession with gathering the children together, Kobal can read Jade's mind. He has five - he needs Jade, and her help to find the seventh. Only the arrival of Benedict, claiming to be Kobal's brother, saves her from Kobal's clutches. In a race to find the missing seventh child before Kobal does, Benedict sweeps Jade on a fantastic train journey across Europe to the mountainous land of Dracula legend. From the empire of the dead in the Paris catacombs, to a lost Romanian monastery on a remote mountain crag, the final journey takes them to the climax in a ruined castle of Transylvania. And the abyss at its heart.
By Graham Mcnamee
It's a hot summer and in the depths of the Toronto Transit Authority's lost and found, 17-year-old Duncan is cataloguing misplaced belongings. And between Jacob, the cranky old man who runs the place, and the endless dusty boxes overflowing with stuff no one will ever claim, Duncan has just about had enough. Then he finds a little leather book filled with the dark and dirty secrets of a twisted mind, a serial killer stalking his prey in the subway. And Duncan can't stop reading. What would you do with a book like that? How far would you go to catch a madman? A chilling, thrilling read for fans of mysteries and suspense - highlighted during World Book Night 2014.
By Malinda Lo
Flocks of birds are hurling themselves at aeroplanes across America. Thousands of people die. Millions are stranded. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On Reese's long drive home, along a stretch of empty highway at night, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won't tell them what happened.For Reese, though, this is just the start. She can't remember anything from the time between her accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: she's different now. Torn between longtime crush David and new girl Amber, the real question is: who can she trust? This is the long-awaited new novel from the author of ASH: read on with the eBook novella NATURAL SELECTION (for all fans of Reese and Amber!) and the sequel, INHERITANCE.
The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon
By Richard Adams, Alex T. Smith
From the author of Watership Downcomes an enchanting picture book about the adventures of a mischievous homemade dragon.Whatever you've lost, Egg Box Dragon will find it. He's retrieved missing footballs, glasses and watches aplenty. He's so expert at cracking mysteries that the Queen herself requests his services. Will Egg Box Dragon find the missing diamond from the Queen's crown?Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, was awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for children's fiction. A new mini series of Watership Down will premiere Christmas 2018 on BBC1 and launch globally on Netflix Spring 2019, featuring the voices of Olivia Colman and Freddie Fox, amongst others.Author-illustrator Alex T. Smith is the award-winning creator of the Claude series, now a TV show on Disney Junior.
The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair
By Enid Blyton
Set off a magical adventure with the first book in Enid Blyton's classic fantasy series about a chair that can fly and grant wishes! When Mollie and Peter go to buy their mother a birthday present, they discover the most extraordinary thing: a magical wishing-chair! The Wishing-Chair takes them on some wonderful adventures - to a giant's castle to rescue a new pixie friend, to the Land of Dreams, and even to a disappearing island! Who knows what might happen next? First published in 1937, this edition contains the classic text, except that the pixie character's name has been changed to Binky. Inside illustrations are by Rene Cloke, and the cover is by Mark Beech.Also look out for: The Wishing-Chair Again More Wishing-Chair Adventures
After The Flood
By L S Matthews
Set in a future where the effects of climate change begin to take hold, the story follows Jack and Michael as they try to cope with a new existence.After a dramatic escape from the approaching floods, Jack and his family relocate to the country, where they meet Michael, ill and cared for by his sister. United by their love for horses, Jack and Michael hatch a plan to save a wild young horse from destruction. But they're in for a rough ride ...Warm and full of heart, this is a hugely enjoyable story with a thought-provoking twist in its tail.
Age 10-11 Spelling
By Rhona Whiteford
Motivational stickers, top-quality colour illustrations and a friendly animal character ensure that learning at home is easy and fun. Notes to parents explain the purpose of each activity and provide clear and helpful advice. The book ends with an informal test, and a progress chart with space for stickers provides a useful skills checklist.Hodder Home Learning - helping parents support their children's learning at home.
Albert the Alphabetical Elephant
By Roger Hargreaves
Join Albert the Elephant as he romps through the alphabet, showing his new friend that letters can be fun! Enjoy learning about letters with Albert the elephant and his very flexible trunk. Roger Hargreaves was the bestselling creator of the Mr Men series. Albert the Alphabetical Elephant was first published by Hodder Children's Books in 1980.
By Tim Healey, Chris Mould
A wickedly funny series that will appeal to all young scientists, created by Chris Mould, illustrator of A Boy Called Christmas and Tim Healey. If you like Horrid Henry, you'll love Mortimer Keene.Mortimer Keene is full to bursting with madcap plans, and if it's trouble you're after, look no further! With laugh out loud illustrations, rollicking rhymes, and short chapters perfect for new readers, this third book in the series sees Mortimer Keene up to no good again with an alien ray gun machine!When the school is invaded by aliens and Mr Bevan the English teacher is abducted, everyone suspects the young genius Mortimer Keene!'The illustrations are hilarious and the whole thing is one funny story!' - The Guardian
Aliens Stole My Dog
By Ian Whybrow, Tony Ross
From football to go karting, and real heroes and aliens, Books for Boys are packed with high action, adventure and humour, ideal for turning reluctant boy readers into lifelong bookworms.What's out there? First David finds the mysterious CD-rom in the school playground. Next, there's a spaceship in his garden, and his dog, Hairy Spice, disappears. Who else have the aliens kidnapped? Why have they chosen David to help them? And will he be able to save the world?This book provides the ideal first step into longer fiction for fans of Ian Whybrow's HARRY AND THE DINOSAURS stories.
All About Keith
By Alex T. Smith
Meet Claude - the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior with 52 episodes.Claude and Sir Bobblysock are happily taking a stroll in sunny Pawhaven when they hear an extremely loud WAIL! A poor little duckling is lost! Can the two friends keep him happy and find his mummy?!A fantastic new storybook based on the Disney Junior TV show.Praise for Alex T. Smith's Claude series:'Illustrated with humour and elegance' The Times'With quirky illustrations and plenty of humour' MetroClaude in the City was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Claude Going for Gold won the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award. Alex T. Smith was the official World Book Day illustrator in 2014.Follow Alex at alextsmith.com and on Twitter: @Alex_T_Smith
By Ian Whybrow, David Melling
Tiger is upset. No one has remembered his birthday - or so he thinks. His friend, Miss Lollipop, takes him on a wonderful birthday adventure: with the refrain 'All change!', they leap from one different form of transport to another, which get increasingly unlikely as they go - picking up animals and birthday presents on the way! Tiger ends up having the best birthday ever.'This joyfully infectious book is an enjoyable romp that also throws up some nice surprises with its join-in refrain.' - The GuardianIllustrated by the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas. Find out more about David Melling here http://www.davidmelling.co.uk/Written by the author of the popular Harry and the Dinosaurs series. Read more about Ian Whybrow at http://www.ianwhybrow.com/
By Kes Gray
Nelly's phone is still ringing with lots more monster sitting requests - and each one is full of strange surprises! From helping Altigators face their fears, battling venomous Tooth Furries, to taking care of Pipplewak eggs - Nelly's monster-sitting adventures are as unpredictable and exciting as ever!Nelly is monster sitting for Altigators, toweringly tall reptilian monsters. Or at least she's trying to. For some reason Altigator parents Soar and Rise have trouble leaving their apartment for any longer than three minutes!
By Steve Antony
A joyful new picture book by the award-winning Steve Antony, creator of the bestselling Please Mr Panda.A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing - just like everyone else!A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity. The perfect platform to start conversations about the importance of understanding and acceptance. Steve Antony is the winner of the Oscar's First Book Prize and has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.
By Tamara Macfarlane, Michael Fowkes
Follow the wildly imaginative adventures of Esme as she leaves behind her circus home for the first time to spend the summer with her cousins Magnus, Cosmo and Gus at Maclinkey Castle where it's easy to get lost and where you can discover all sorts of weird and wonderful animals in unlikely places - there are porcupines in beds, lizards in drawers and giraffes on the loo. It's all a little wonderful and a lot overwhelming and when her pet donkey, Donk, turns up in a parcel sent from her parents, the fun really begins.When hundreds of baby penguins hatch in Esme's top floor bedroom, the children have to figure out how to get them outside. Esme and her cousin have the ingenious idea of building a helter skelter around the castle turret, but this is just the start - soon Maclinkey Castle is turned into a full-on Fairground Circus with a big wheel, Bumper Bears, and the show stopping Flying Tigers starring Esme herself!
Amazing Esme and the Pirate Circus
By Tamara Macfarlane, Michael Fowkes
It's time to send the animals rescued from the pirate circus home. Uncle Mac sets sail with amazing Esme and her fearless cousins on a journey to hot and cold and distant lands - from Scotland to Siberia to Peru! It's a voyage filled with excitement and danger. And dastardly pirates who will stop at nothing to recapture the animals. This is the third of Tamara Macfarlane's Esme stories which are perfect for newly confident readers to read by themselves, or for parents to read aloud. High in action and with plenty of humour, the stories are brought to life by Michael Fowkes' drawings on every double-page spread.
Amazing You: Dreams
By Theresa Cheung
Ever woken up from a dream and wondered what it was trying to tell you? Your dreams reveal your innermost thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears. They tell the story of the real YOU. Explore what different types of dreams mean and how you can use them for guidance and inspiration. Learn how to turn your dreams into creative and productive experiences to help you deal with real life: boys, friends, health, family and work. Dreams shows you how you can change your everyday life by discovering just how incredible you are. It is part of our stunning new Mind Body Spirit series for teenage girls - Amazing You.
Amazing You: Numerology
By Theresa Cheung
Do you have a lucky number? What's your favourite number? Do numbers sometimes pop into your head for no reason?Numbers have hidden meanings and this book shows you how to crack their secret code to make the most of yourself and your life. Find out your birthday number, personality number, soul number, life plan number and your destiny number and see what they say about YOU. Numerology shows you how you can change your everyday life by discovering just how amazing you are. It is part of our stunning new Mind Body Spirit series for teenage girls - Amazing You.
Amazing Esme and the Sweetshop Circus
By Tamara Macfarlane, Michael Fowkes
Esme is seriously bored of all the work and practice her mother keeps insisting she does in order to perfect her circus performance. So when an idea forms in Esme's head of adding some fun animals to her performance, she knows just who to call ... her cousins at Maclinkey Castle who have all manner of odd pets. With little rehearsal Esme and her act perform on the high wire. But disaster strikes and her co-stars tumble to the ground. Donk won't wake up and now everyone in town thinks that Circus Miranda is cruel to animals. What can Esme do to stop the crowds from leaving the circus? The answer lies in her punishment of being made to run the lowly sweet treats stand and being banned from performing. With a little bit of maple syrup, chocolate, caramel and a dash of teamwork, surely the kids can tempt the crowds back...?
Amazing You: Face and Hand Reading
By Theresa Cheung
"I've always hated my nose. The way it looks, and the fact that it's so big. When I was little I'd do drawings of smiling faces with no noses. My parents and teachers would always remind me to draw the nose, but I never did. The way I see my nose has changed since I started face reading. If only I'd known sooner that having a long nose is pretty cool." - Sarah, 12You can learn the most amazing things by simply using your face and hands (and a little help from this book). You see faces everyday but do you really look at them? Face reading helps you to analyse every feature, line and shape and work out what they say about your personality, relationships and future destiny. Hand reading, or palmistry, is another brilliant way to find out all about you and your friends and family. By looking at your whole hand, fingers and thumbs, and lines on your palms you'll see just how useful and informative hand reading can be in your everyday life. Face and Hand Reading shows you how you can change your life by discovering just how incredible and unique you are. It is part of our stunning new Mind Body Spirit series for teenage girls - Amazing You.