The Summer of Us
By Cecilia Vinesse
Five friends. Five cities. Two complicated love stories . . . The perfect read for fans of Jennifer E Smith and Sara Barnard.Aubrey and Rae have been planning their European tour since the moment they met. It was meant to be the perfect way to spend their last summer together before university, but now it's not just the two of them . . .There's Jonah, Aubrey's seemingly perfect boyfriend, and Gabe, who Aubrey may have accidentally kissed. Then there's Clara, the friend Rae is crushing on, hard, even though there's no hope because Clara is into guys, not girls. And on top of all that Aubrey and Rae's friendship appears to be falling apart. Things are more complicated at eighteen than they were at ten.Set off on a romantic adventure that embraces warm summer nights, the thrill of first kisses and the bittersweet ache of saying goodbye to the past.
The Scent of Danger
By Abie Longstaff
The second book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving servant girl and her best friend, a squirrel named Squill, who solve mysteries with the help of a secret library...Orphan Tally is the servant girl at Mollett Manor - and she's also the Secret Keeper of the magical library hidden beneath a trapdoor, underneath the manor's grounds. Along with Squill the squirrel, she uses the enchanted books to solve crimes. So when Lady Mollett's new puppy, Widdles, is kidnapped, Tally and Squill head straight to the library. But will they be able to catch the dognapper or is it already too late?
A Sticky Situation
By Abie Longstaff, James Brown
The first book in The Trapdoor Mysteries, a series about Tally, a code-breaking, animal-loving servant girl and her best friend, a squirrel named Squill, who solve mysteries with the help of a secret library...Ten-year-old Tally is a servant girl at Mollett Manor. She sleeps in the scullery sink, and spends her days scrubbing, polishing and ironing (when she's not secretly reading books). Then Tally and her squirrel friend, Squill, find a secret library hidden under the manor - a magical library where the books come to life! When Mollett Manor is burgled, can Tally use the knowledge she finds in the books to catch the criminals? Can they even help her solve the mystery of her missing mother?
Summer Holiday Showdown
By Frank Lampard
Magic meets football in this fun-filled series from legendary footballer Frank Lampard, for readers aged 5 and up.Frankie and his team love playing football. There's always time for a game - especially during the summer holidays!So Frankie and his friends can't believe it when the magic football sends them back in time to a boarding school . . . they're supposed to be on holiday! But there they meet George - the previous owner of their magic football. His brother got lost when they were on a desert island adventure. Can Frankie help to find him - and some buried treasure?
Shut the Duck Up
By Mandy Foot
In SHUT THE DUCK UP, Indie dreams of being able to fly - but as an Indian Runner Duck, he can't. Up late to practise his flying technique, he spots a fox and raises the alarm. No one believes him at first, but eventually Indie sets a trap that catches the fox - and makes himself a hero. Bestselling illustrator Mandy Foot's colourful, kid-friendly illustrations bring to life the farmyard chaos.
So Much To Tell You
By John Marsden
'I don't know what I'm doing here. Well, I do really . I have been sent here to learn to talk again. Sent here because my mother can't stand my silent presence at home. Sent here because of my face .' She watches; she dreams. She sees more than they realise. She has worries and fears, hopes and desires. She is troubled; she is angry. Above all, she is lonely. She may be someone you know. She may be you. In SO MUCH TO TELL YOU she tells her story - with humour and insight, with sensitivity and strength, with painful honesty. You will never forget her.
Something's Amiss at the Zoo
By Jen Breach, Douglas Holgate
Two zookeepers just can't figure out what's wrong at the zoo. The spider monkey won't spin a web, and he seems scared of the other spiders. The tiger shark doesn't seem comfortable in the jungle enclosure, and the elephant beetle is in danger of being crushed by the other elephants. Only one person can help: the kid! He soon sets the zookeepers straight, but one mystery remains: how did these two ever manage to pass zookeeper school?A series of hilarious of mix-ups and misunderstandings, from acclaimed comics collaborators creating their first picture book together.
Seven Days of You
By Cecilia Vinesse
It's Sophia's last week in Tokyo, and she's going to make it count...Sophia has spent her life ping-ponging between different countries and schools, so, in theory, saying goodbye should be easy. But now she's leaving Tokyo - the place that finally felt like home. The only way she can get through this is to make her final week perfect.Then Jamie Foster-Collins shows up, just in time to ruin everything. Jamie and Sophia used to be friends . . . and his return stirs up feelings she thought she'd forgotten.Suddenly, hours and minutes become meaningless. Only time spent together, exploring the hidden streets of the city they love, is real.
By Alex Marlowe
Even the dead can't escape their past...Luke always wanted to become a member of the Immortals. Now his dream his become a reality - brought back from the dead, his body rebuilt with superhuman abilities and high-tech modern attachments.But achieving immortality doesn't make him indestructible. When corpses turn up in London's backstreets, the crime-fighting team descends into a dark adventure. The Immortals' strength will be tested to its limits as they track an ancient evil to the swamps of Louisiana. There they will battle their greatest foe yet: Draka, the Soul Hunter.Inside cover printing features a comic strip detailing more of the Last Immortals' adventures!
A Soldier, A Dog and A Boy
By Libby Hathorn, Phil Lesnie
Selected as a CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Notable Picture Book of the Year 2017From award-winning Australian author Libby Hathorn and acclaimed illustrator Phil Lesnie, an exquisitely illustrated and deeply moving story of the Somme.A moving story, told completely in dialogue, about a young Australian soldier in the battle of the Somme. Walking through the fields away from the front, he finds what he thinks is a stray dog, and decides to adopt it as a mascot for his company. Then he meets Jacques, the homeless orphan boy who owns the dog. The soldier realises that Jacques needs the dog more - and perhaps needs his help as well.With stunning illustrations from Phil Lesnie, this is a deeply moving celebration of friendship in times of war, Perfect for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.A SOLDIER, A DOG AND A BOY was inspired by Libby Hathorn's months of research on her uncle, who survived Gallipoli but went on to fight at the Battle of the Somme and was killed there in 1917 at just twenty years old.
The Stormy Day
By Jenny Colgan, Thomas Docherty
Polly and Neil are back in the second gorgeous children's book from Sunday Times bestselling novelist Jenny Colgan. Perfect for reading aloud and including fun activities based on the story.The boat masts jangled louder and louder. Above their heads, black clouds gathered. Polly shivered, and then the rain started to fall: plop, plop, plop.Polly is waiting for something important to happen. But waiting is hard. It's even harder when it's raining and you can't go outside...Can Polly find enough to do to keep busy ALL day? And what will happen when her puffin friend, Neil, decides to fly off into the storm?Perfect for bedtime stories and early readers. From the author of The Little Beach Street Bakery.Contains recipes, activities and rhymes in addition to the story.
Sticker Activity Book
By Frank Lampard
The first activity book from Frank Lampard's Frankie's Magic Football will keep young fans entertained for hours!Includes: mazes, spot-the-difference, games to play with friends and hundreds of stickers to place in your favourite scenes from the series.You might even get a sneak peek at where Frankie, Louise, Charlie and Max are heading on an adventure soon . . .
By Ellie Boswell
Sophie is a witch and Katy is a witch-hunter, so they really shouldn't be friends! Somehow they brought their families together, but now disaster has struck and Katy's parents are on the run. When Katy suddenly disappears too, it's up to Sophie to find her. She's never had to face an adventure without her best friend before, and this one will be the most dangerous yet!Can she use her magic to bring everyone back home safely?
The Seahorses of Scallop Bay
By Erica-Jane Waters
Together, Marina, Aqua and Oceana are the Petticoat Pirates!Living aboard their ship in the Periwinkle Lagoon, they are surrounded by the magical high seas which hold all sorts of adventure.This story will see the girls visit Scallop Bay: the home of their friends the seahorses!
The Sea Fairies of Whirlpool Gully
By Erica-Jane Waters
Together, Marina, Aqua and Oceana are the Petticoat Pirates!Living aboard their ship in the Periwinkle Lagoon, they are surrounded by the magical high seas which hold all sorts of adventures.When the other pirates of the Lagoon are struck by a mysterious curse, the girls must travel in search of sea fairies to find a cure. But to get there they'll have to face one of their greatest fears and steer their ship straight into a whirlpool!Can they be brave enough to save their friends?
Secrets and Sorcery
By Ellie Boswell
Sophie and Katy have almost forgotten that they're supposed to be mortal enemies - and now that they've persuaded Sophie's family that witches and witch hunters can be friends, life ought to be nice and straightforward! But it's not long before magic gets in the way again. Katy is still keeping Sophie's identity a secret from her parents; if they knew she was the daughter of a famous witch they'd demagick her for sure! And both girls are keeping their powers hidden from their other friends, a feat which is getting harder all the time. When they head off on a school trip, it seems they might have to finally spill their secrets. Can they make it back to Turlingham with their sorcery still under wraps?
School of Fear
By Gitty Daneshvari, Carrie Gifford
Madeleine Masterson is deathly afraid of bugs, especially spiders.Theodore Bartholomew is petrified of dying.Lulu Punchalower is scared of confined spaces.Garrison Feldman is terrified of deep water.Which is why this may be the scariest summer of their lives. Worse than detention or summer school. Worse even than the dentist. The foursome must face their phobias head-on at the exclusive and elusive School of Fear. The school is unusual, to say the least. But 'terrifying' would be a more accurate description. The curriculum is simple: Conquer your fears in six weeks or find out just how frightening failing can be.
The Show Must Go On!
By P. J. Night
Becca Hart has secretly wanted to act on stage for as long as she could remember-it's all she ever thinks about. Determined to make her dream come true Becca tries out for this year's school play, The Last Sleepover, and gets the starring role! After a few creepy incidents on set and persistent nightmares at home, Becca quickly learns that this is no ordinary school play. Is it stage fright? Or is the play haunted?