By Jewell Parker Rhodes
'tender, timely ... surprising and hopeful' - ObserverA heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a white police officer, drawing connections with real-life history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.ALIVETwelve-year-old Jerome doesn't get into trouble. He goes to school. He does his homework. He takes care of his little sister. Then Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat.DEADAs a ghost, watching his family trying to cope with his death, Jerome begins to notice other ghost boys. Each boy has a story and they all have something in common...Bit by bit, Jerome begins to understand what really happened - not just to him, but to all of the ghost boys.A poignant and gripping story about how children and families face the complexities of race in today's world.
By Phil Earle, Sarah Horne
Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reaading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Marvin loves going on his adventures with his grandad - escaping from hairy yetis, taking daytrips to Mars, and hunting ferocious tigers - all without leaving the house. Marvin thinks his grandad is the bravest person he's ever met; he even has a medal from the war to prove it. And, more than anything else, Marvin wants to be brave too.But when Grandad must go on his final adventure alone, Marvin finds he has to be braver than he's ever been before. Until he discovers that Grandad has left behind a very special surprise just for him . . . A touching and poignant Early Reader story, perfect for children coming to terms with grief for the first time.
The Gift of Nothing
By Patrick McDonnell
A warm and captivating tale of friendship from internationally acclaimed MUTTS cartoonist, Patrick McDonnell, which makes a perfect gift all year round.Mooch needs the perfect present for his best friend, Earl, but what do you get the dog who has everything? Well, how about nothing? The only problem is, nothing is difficult to find in a world full of somethings . . . Proving that love doesn't need to be gift-wrapped, A Gift of Nothing is a simple and heartwarming story of friendship and togetherness featuring characters from Patrick McDonnell's MUTTS cartoons - described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as "One of the best comic strips of all time."
The Grindle Witch
By Benjamin J. Myers
When Jack Jolly moves from the city to the tiny Northern village of Grindle, he thinks his life's just become a lot more boring. But then he finds himself plunged into the middle of a terrifying mystery, and confronting an ancient evil - the Grindle Witch.But when Jack and his new friends, Paddy and Leila, take drastic measures to stop the Grindle Witch, they realise that they may have unleashed more than they bargained for.A creepy supernatural tale that will have readers on the edge of their seats.
By M. G. Harris
Ben Carrington's dream has become a reality: he's finally a member of Gemini Force. But, still suffering from the deaths of his parents, it's a bitter-sweet triumph. When news reaches GF1 of a gang of illegal 'ghost' miners trapped after a South African mining disaster, Ben is glad to spring into action with the team. But it soon emerges that the company, Auron, doesn't want its miners found. Ben must work out who to trust if he's to ensure that Gemini Force pulls off its most difficult mission yet . . .Impossible rescues. Maximum risk. This is Gemini Force 1.
By Lauren St John
From the bestselling author of THE ONE DOLLAR HORSE trilogy a sensational, stand-alone equestrian thriller and romance about a girl on the run from the law, a boy on a mission to save a life and a race from Colorado to Oregon that they both have to win...A Girl on the Run from the LawAlexandra Blakewood has everything any teenager could wish for, apart from the horse she'd love, but she won't stop getting into trouble. Sent to a US boot camp, she dreams of escaping. It seems impossible until she's told about a gruelling 1,200 mile horse race across the American West . . . A Boy on a Mission to Save a LifeWill Greyton was the star student at his Tennessee high school until his father was laid off. Now Will works at a burger joint. When his dad falls ill, it seems things can't get any worse. An operation will save him, but there's no way to pay for it. Then Will hears about The Glory, a deadly endurance race with a $250,000 purse, open to any rider daring enough to attempt it . . .
By Louisa Leaman, Natasha Rimmington
Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A green Early Reader is a first factbook.It's never too early to find out about... The Garden.Bugs and beetles, birds and plants, there's a world to be discovered and it's right on your doorstep. Beautifully illustrated in full colour on every page, this new Early Reader will show you the amazing possibilities of the great outdoors!
Gus and Me
By Keith Richards, Theodora Richards
Keith's grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree lived near Seven Sisters Road, in a house filled with instruments and cakes. A nostalgic look back at happy childhood days as the Rolling Stone star remembers his grandfather - a former big band player who encouraged his grandson to take up the guitar, in this charming picture book whimsically illustrated by Keith Richards' daughter.
The Great White Man-Eating Shark
By Margaret Mahy, Jonathon Allen
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.Norvin is a very good actor, but rather plain. In fact, he looks very like a shark, and more than anything, he loves to shoot through the water like a silver arrow. But his cunning plan to clear the water at Caramel Cove badly misfires . . .A brand-new full colour Early Reader edition of this charming story from the CARNEGIE-winning and HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AWARD nominee author Margaret Mahy, with illustrations by Jonathan Allen.
The Ghosts of Heaven
By Marcus Sedgwick
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016, this mesmerising and mysterious novel by Printz Award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick is written in four cleverly interlinked parts and can be read in 24 different ways. Spanning thousands of years, The Ghosts of Heaven can tell us a secret as old as time, about survival, discovery, and the effect of the spiral - a symbol that has no end - on all our lives. It's there when a girl walks through the forest, the moist green air clinging to her skin. There centuries later in a pleasant green dale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch. There on the other side of the world, where a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors they hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny. Each takes their next step in life. None will ever go back to the same place. The spiral has existed as long as time has existed. Follow the ways of infinity to discover its meaning.
Ghosts of the Forest
By Steve Backshall
From the DEADLY 60 TV presenter and BAFTA AWARD winner Steve Backshall, comes the second novel in THE FALCON CHRONICLES series, GHOSTS OF THE FOREST. Catch up with Saker and Sinter as they reunite to save endangered orang utans in this vivid adventure story.Saker and Sinter are travelling in Asia. Sinter is nursing in the shanties of Ho Chi Minh city. Saker is with the peace-loving Penan helping them protect the orang utans and save their own forest homes, as unscrupulous loggers wreak destruction. But they are being watched. And hunted. The Prophet has not forgiven their betrayal. Escaping the Clan takes Saker and Sinter on a deadly, dangerous journey through Vietnam, over the South China Sea back to Borneo. Deep in the jungle, they're reunited on their most daredevil and audacious mission yet, to save the endangered orang utans before they become ghosts of the forest. Beware the wooden bullet.Steve Backshall is the hugely popular and fearless presenter of the BBC kids' series DEADLY 60 and LIVE AND DEADLY as well as star of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing 2014.
By Cliff McNish
At the Happy Paws Rescue Centre, every pet dreams of one thing: going home. But Ralph, Mitch, Bessie and Fred are the no-hopers: dogs so difficult or troublesome they aren't expected to ever go home. Ralph's face is scarred. Bessie can't stand to be touched. Mitch can't stop chasing cats and Fred . . . has just given up. Who'd want to adopt any of them instead of a cute little puppy? But when Happy Paws reviews its policy of never putting an unwanted pet down, time starts running out for the dogs. Can they prove that they're worth a second chance? Will there be hope for the no-hopers after all?
By Cornelia Funke
Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. He never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure...Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder, while being haunted by ghosts intent on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there's just one question - can Longspee really be trusted? A thrilling tale of bravery, friendship - and ghosts!
The Great Rescue
By Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
When the Sea Wolf stops at a quiet island to make repairs, they are surprised to find the native people in need of help! They've been attacked and are now being held prisoner. The chief's son managed to escape and now he needs the Sea Wolf crew - and all Sam's Silver's cunning - to help him take his village back.
The Ghostly Guinea Pig
By Kate Pankhurst
Goliath the Rescue Horse
By Pippa Funnell, Jennifer Miles
Meet Tilly Redbrow, who doesn't just love horses - she lives, breathes and dreams them too! At World Horse Welfare, Tilly meets neglected shire horse Goliath, and she's determined to help him find a new home.For every girl who has ever longed for a pony of her own, these delightful, warm and engaging stories are packed with Pippa Funnell's expert advice on everything you ever wanted to know about horses.
A Giant Slice of Horrid Henry 3-in-1
By Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
Horrid Henry creates havoc wherever he goes. To his well-meaning parents and to every adult whose path he crosses, he is the ultimate nightmare child. His naughtiness is of the kind all children secretly admire and few dare to aspire to. He doesn't always mean to be bad, but the best- laid plans have a habit of going wrong...This bumper 3-in-1 collection contains Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb, Horrid Henry's Underpants and Horrid Henry Meets the Queen. Horrid Henry is illustrated by Tony Ross, who also illustrates David Walliams' children's books, as well as his own picture books.
By Michelle Paver
As winter approaches and Souls' Night draws near, the Eagle Owl Mage holds the clans in the grip of terror. To fulfill his destiny, Torak must seek her lair in the Mountain of Ghosts. He must defy demons and tokoroths, and find his way through the Gorge of the Hidden People. Wolf must overcome terrible grief. Renn must make an agonizing decision. And in the final battle against the Soul-Eater, Torak must face the most heart-rending choice of all.Launched at the height of the Harry Potter phenomenon, the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness is the ultimate magical adventure. This edition contains brand new interviews with Michelle Paver. Audio edition also available, read by Ian McKellen.
Girls Like You: Maddy
By Kate Petty
Sand, sea and holiday romance are in store for four friends one summer.Maddy's in Barbados, where she's sure she'll find a boyfriend - she's never had any difficulty before.
Girls Like You: Josie
By Kate Petty
Sand, sea and holiday romance are in store for four friends one summer.Josie is about to find out what happens when you fall for your best friend's boyfriend.