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The Boy At the Back of the Class

By Onjali Q. Rauf
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Onjali Q. Rauf
WINNER OF THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2019Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan. . .With beautiful illustrations by Pippa Curnick
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The Borrowers

By Mary Norton
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Mary Norton
A beautiful hardback gift edition of Mary Norton's classic children's story, THE BORROWERS, including the original artwork by Diana Stanley and a stunning cloth-bound cover with ribbon feature. Deep beneath the floorboards lives the tiny Borrower family - Pod, Homily and Arrietty Clock. Everything they have is borrowed from the humans above them; even their names are not quite their own. There is just one rule: they must never be seen. Then one day Arrietty meets the boy from above, and the family's incredible adventure begins. The perfect Christmas gift for readers young and old.
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  • Best Friends Forever

    By Holly Willoughby, Kelly Willoughby
    Authors:
    Holly Willoughby, Kelly Willoughby
    Join schoolgirl detectives Molly, Maria, Pippa and Sally for more mystery and glamour in Holly and Kelly Willoughby's final adventure set in a contemporary school for the Performing Arts.Twin sisters Molly and Maria are first class detectives with a flair for uncovering adventure - there's no mystery too big for the Fitzfoster duo. But, alongside their crafty clue-hunting, there's also the small matter of a school camping trip in the big outdoors. The girls are ready to roll up their sleeves but nothing could prepare the friends for what awaits them en France . . . The sparkling finale to the much-loved contemporary detective series for fans of Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine.This book is GLEE for 9+ and is perfect for fans of BALLET SHOES and MALLORY TOWERS.
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  • Bracken and the Wild Bunch

    By Georgie Adams, Anna Currey
    Authors:
    Georgie Adams
    Illustrated by:
    Anna Currey
    Something mysterious has come to the Ripple River Valley! When Bracken hears a whistling noise, none of his family believe him, so he decides to run away to prove them wrong. Soon he's tracking some very odd looking paw prints. But who do they belong to?Heartwarming and hilarious, with Anna Currey's charming illustrations, this is a brilliant animal adventure series from a bestselling children's author.
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  • Berry and the Amazing Maze

    By Georgie Adams, Anna Currey
    Authors:
    Georgie Adams
    Illustrated by:
    Anna Currey
    There are strange goings-on at Fairweather's Farm Park! The maize field is ripe - but the people-folk have decided to cut patterns into it and fill it with terrifying monsters! What will happen when Berry, Fern and their friends Tansy and Teasel get lost inside it? Will Wisher's special ears be able to save the day?Heartwarming and hilarious, with Anna Currey's charming illustrations, this is a brilliant animal adventure series from a bestselling children's author.
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  • Barley and the Duck Race

    By Georgie Adams, Anna Currey
    Authors:
    Georgie Adams
    Illustrated by:
    Anna Currey
    The Longears family are enjoying a beautiful spring day when danger strikes! Burdock the buzzard attacks, and Barley finds himself taking an unexpected dip in the river - and then an even more unexpected flight with Hazel Heron! He lands in Fairweather's Farm Park, in the middle of a Pet Show - but can Barley get home before he's mistaken for one of the pets?Heartwarming and hilarious, with Anna Currey's charming illustrations, this is a brilliant animal adventure series from a bestselling children's author.
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  • Bramble and the Treasure Hunt

    By Georgie Adams, Anna Currey
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    Georgie Adams
    Illustrated by:
    Anna Currey
    The twins Tansy and Teasel have come to stay! All of the young rabbits are very excited to see their friends again. When Mellow tells the story of a ghostly rabbit and a golden treasure, Bramble and his brothers and sisters decide to go exploring on the moor. Can they escape a barn owl and a yellow-eyed beast to discover the golden apples for themselves?Heartwarming and hilarious, with Anna Currey's charming illustrations, this is a brilliant animal adventure series from a bestselling children's author.
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  • Bracken Finds a Secret Tunnel

    By Georgie Adams, Anna Currey
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    Georgie Adams
    Illustrated by:
    Anna Currey
    On a misty morning in Ripple Valley, Bracken and his sister Wisher decide to go exploring - and end up getting very lost! Then Bramble discovers a mysterious tunnel in the forest. Where does it go? And who is waiting for them on the other side?Heartwarming and hilarious, with Anna Currey's charming illustrations, this is a brilliant animal adventure series from a bestselling children's author.
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    Britannia: Great Stories from British History

    By Geraldine McCaughrean
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    Geraldine McCaughrean
    King Canute, Lady Godiva, Guy Fawkes, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Grace Darling and other famous names live again in these 101 tragic, comic, stirring tales of adventure, folly and wickedness. Spanning nearly three thousand years, and including stories as up-to-date as Live Aid, the Braer Oil Tanker disaster and the Hadron Collider, each story includes a note on what really happened.
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  • The Boy with the Magic Numbers

    By Sally Gardner
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    Sally Gardner
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  • Blood and Guts and Rats' Tail Pizza

    By Vivian French, Chris Fisher
    Authors:
    Vivian French
    Illustrated by:
    Chris Fisher
    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Hank can't work out where all his customers have gone. They usually queue for miles for a taste of his rats' tail pizza and special guts pie with blood sauce. And when he finds them all at a newly opened cake shop, sitting at tables and sipping tea, he can't believe it! He's got to find a way to win his customers back. But how?
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  • Burning Sky

    By Allan Jones
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    Allan Jones
    Zak is sent on a mission to the US, but the plan goes horribly awry for Zak and his fellow agents when their plane is hijacked. A harrowing flight turns into a desperate bid for survival. Zak is stranded on a desert island and can't tell friend from foe.The third in this gripping new series. Perfect for young fans of 24.
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  • The Big Sticky Bun

    By Vivian French, Selina Young
    Authors:
    Vivian French
    Illustrated by:
    Selina Young
    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Jason and his little sister Daisy B help Mum and Dad with the shopping, the gardening and eating cakes in this fun and accessible story, perfect for early readers.
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    Boobela and Worm to the Rescue

    By Joe Friedman, Sam Childs
    Authors:
    Joe Friedman
    Illustrated by:
    Sam Childs
    Boobela and Worm are off on their toughest mission yet. First they must fly by balloon to the Dabushta Jungle, and then they must venture deep into the forest to free Boobela's parents from their jungle prison. Boobela will need all the skills she learnt on her other adventures to succeed. But with a little help from friends, and plenty of courage, Boobela is sure to save the day.Sam Childs warm and wonderful colour illustrations bring Boobela's adventures to life in these heart-warming tales for young readers.
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  • The Beggar of Volubilis

    By Caroline Lawrence
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    Caroline Lawrence
    Flavia and her friends are on a quest for the Emperor Titus - to steal a valuable gemstone known as 'Nero's Eye'. The Delphic Oracle prophesied that whoever owns the gem will rule Rome - so Titus is determined to claim it for himself. Their travels take them across the Roman province of Mauretania, from Sabratha (in modern Libya) to Volubilis (Morocco). As they travel on a caravan across the desert they encounter slave-traders, pantomime actors and a wild animal stampede. The detectives must consider another quest: what has happened to Uncle Gaius? Meanwhile, Flavia faces some tough decisions about her future.
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    Ballet Shoes

    By Noel Streatfeild, Noel Streatfeild
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    Noel Streatfeild, Noel Streatfeild
    A beautiful hardback gift edition of the beloved children's book BALLET SHOES, featuring the classic illustrations by Ruth Gervis. Elegantly designed with a cloth-bound cover and ribbon embellishment, this is the perfect present for young dancers and readers, or for any lover of classics.BALLET SHOES is the story of Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil, three very different girls who were each adopted as an orphaned baby by the eccentric explorer, Gum. After leaving the children in the care of his niece Sylvia in London, he returns to exploring, promising to come back in five years' time. At first, the girls lead privileged and sheltered lives in the comfort of wealth. But after five years go by and Gum fails to return, Sylvia's money starts to run out. Things begin to look bleak for Sylvia and the Fossil girls until they hit on an inspired idea: Pauline, Petrova and Posy will take to the stage. But it's not long before the Fossils learn that there's more to being a star than they thought. Originally published in 1936, Noel Streatfeild's BALLET SHOES is a story of family, friendship and growing up that stands the test of time and is loved by generations.
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    The Book of Dead Days

    By Marcus Sedgwick, Marcus Sedgwick
    Authors:
    Marcus Sedgwick, Marcus Sedgwick
    Five days of glorious gothic alchemy and evil . . . An atmospheric, page-turning and powerful novel of sorcery and desperate magic by award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick. Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction prize and the Edgar Allan Poe Award.The days between 27 December and New Year's Eve are dead days - days when spirits roam and magic shifts restlessly just beneath the surface of our everyday lives.There is a man, Valerian, whose time is running out. He must pay the price for the pact he made with evil so many years ago. His servant is Boy, a child with no name and no past - a child he treats with contempt, but who serves his master well and finds solace in the company of his only friend, Willow. Unknown to any of them, it is Boy who holds the key to their destiny.Set in dark, threatening cities and the frozen countryside in a distant time, THE BOOK OF DEAD DAYS conjures a spell-binding story as Valerian, Boy and Willow battle to stop time and cling to life.
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