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The Starman and Me

By Sharon Cohen
Authors:
Sharon Cohen
E.T. meets Stig of the Dump in a page-turning adventure for fans of Frank Cottrell Boyce and David Almond'A proper adventure story for all curious middle graders ... heartily recommended' The Bookbag*Now shortlisted for both the Essex Book Awards 2018 and the Branford Boase Award 2018!*He wasn't an alien, I was sure of that. It was more like he'd walked in through an ancient door from the past ... except he was here, in my bedroom and his misty forest was somewhere real on Planet Earth.Twelve-year-old Kofi first spots the prehistoric human on a supermarket roundabout. He is small and dark and curled into a tight ball. His name is Rorty Thrutch and he has zero memory of how he ended up in the unexceptional village of Bradborough, or why he's being hunted... Kofi soon finds out that Rorty can do amazing things. He can copy, paste and delete objects, using only the power of his mind. This is the discovery of the century and mad, greedy scientists will stop at nothing to track him down.Kofi and best friend Janie are on a mission. Not only must they protect Rorty, but they have to find his missing girlfriend Pogsy Blue, too. Our prehistoric ancestors have crashed headlong into the 21st century and time is running out to save them...THE STARMAN AND ME explores where we have come from and where we are moving to - it's about the magic of DNA, the power of identity, and the importance of caring for each other.
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Stormwalker

By Mike Revell, Mike Revell
Authors:
Mike Revell, Mike Revell
'Action-packed, compelling and ultimately moving' A Hermit's Progress BlogspotOwen Smith is worried about his dad. It's been a year since they lost Owen's mum, and Owen can see that his dad isn't coping with the grief that has engulfed them both. But Owen's dad is a writer, so when Owen suggests beginning another novel, he hopes it will help him. Then, something crazy happens. Owen wakes up in a strange world beyond his own, where a raging storm called the Darkness threatens to obliterate everyone and everything in its path. And soon Owen realises the startling truth: he is inside his dad's story. And as the main character, only he can help his dad battle the storm and reach the end of the book... A page-turning action-adventure full of emotional heart, STORMWALKER is a must-read for young readers.
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Stonebird

By Mike Revell, Mike Revell
Authors:
Mike Revell, Mike Revell
'Gripping - a joy of a story' Robin StevensShortlisted for the Shrewsbury Book Award and the Warwickshire Book AwardWhen ten-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his dementia-suffering grandma, he's thrown into an unfamiliar place with a family that seems to be falling apart. Liam doesn't remember what his grandma was like before she became ill. He only knows the witch-like old woman who snaps and snarls and eats her birthday cards. He wants to fix it, but he can't. Walking his dog one day, Liam discovers an old stone gargoyle in a rundown church, and his life changes in impossible ways. The gargoyle is alive. It moves unseen in the night, acting out Liam's stories. And stories can be dangerous things... Seeking revenge against the bullies at his new school, Liam tells a story about the gargoyle attacking them. When one of them ends up in hospital, a regretful Liam vows never to go near the gargoyle again. But his grandma's illness is getting worse, his mum isn't coping, and his sister is skipping school... What if the gargoyle is the only thing that can save Liam's family?
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  • Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird: Vampire Attack

    By Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken, John Kelly
    Authors:
    Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken
    Illustrated by:
    John Kelly
    Sammy Feral's special talent for investigating weird creatures takes a turn for the terrifying when an army of vampire bats invade his hometown... and local children start going missing! Then, Sammy's own little sister disappears. Can he track down the evil Count Batcular and save Natty... before it's too late?
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  • Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird: Dragon Gold

    By Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken, John Kelly
    Authors:
    Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken
    Illustrated by:
    John Kelly
    Sammy couldn't be more excited when two pandas arrive at Feral Zoo all the way from China. But when he finds a mysterious golden egg hidden inside the panda crate, he knows things are about to get WEIRD - again. Soon the egg hatches, and Sammy comes face to face with a tiny golden dragon. And, it seems to think he's its dad! Sammy needs answers, and he needs them fast - who sent the dragon, and why? It's not long before Sammy realises he's in more danger than he could ever imagine...
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  • Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird: Hell Hound Curse

    By Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken, John Kelly, Stephen Perring
    Authors:
    Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken
    Illustrated by:
    John Kelly
    Read by:
    Stephen Perring
    To make some extra money for Feral Zoo, Sammy, Red and Donny decide to promote their cryptozoology business - investigating animals that don't exist. What could possibly go wrong? Everything! Hired to check out sightings of a ghost dog, the friends uncover the terrifying legend of the Hell Hound. Anyone who is seen by this terrible beast is struck with a death curse. So when Sammy's best friend Mark runs into the deadly dog, Sammy knows he doesn't have long to figure out how to save him!
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  • Summerkin

    By Sarah Prineas, Sarah Prineas
    Authors:
    Sarah Prineas, Sarah Prineas
    A land of summer... A human child... A dangerous test. Fer is the Lady of the Summerlands - a magical realm on the other side of the Way. But Fer is also just a girl. There are many in the lands who think she should return to her own world. To prove herself, Fer must face the toughest contest of her life against leaders with powers far greater than her own. And if she loses, she risks plunging her beloved lands back into a terrible darkness... An action-packed adventure through a land of wonder, mystery and danger.
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  • Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird: Yeti Rescue

    By Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken, John Kelly, Stephen Perring
    Authors:
    Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken
    Illustrated by:
    John Kelly
    Read by:
    Stephen Perring
    Sammy's back for another weird adventure! Ever since Sammy discovered that there are crazier animals in the world than just lemurs and lions, his life has become pretty weird. So when a Mongolian Death Worm turns up at his zoo, he's not that surprised. The Death Worm needs help: his best friend, Bert the Yeti Chief, has gone missing. Can Sammy summon the Ministry of Yetis and rescue Bert? He's going to need help from his old friends Donny and Red, not to mention a very reluctant Wish Frog... An action-packed adventure for the Wimpy Kid generation.
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  • Scramasax

    By Kevin Crossley-Holland, Kevin Crossley-Holland
    Authors:
    Kevin Crossley-Holland, Kevin Crossley-Holland
    The Empress Zoe, ruthless and cruel, rules the eastern Mediterranean. To fight her battles, she employs an army of Vikings - the most fearsome warriors of their time. Led by the legendary Harald Hardrada, these mercenaries will do whatever it takes to win. Hiding in their ranks is Solveig - a fifteen-year-old girl. Amid the excitement and danger of combat, she must face terrible truths about the brutality of her people - and of her father. And, in the end, she will have to choose between all she holds dear, and what she believes is right. An epic adventure about Vikings and Saracens, ship battles and land-raids, loyalty and sacrifice.
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  • Shadows

    By Ilsa J. Bick, Ilsa J. Bick
    Authors:
    Ilsa J. Bick, Ilsa J. Bick
    Alex has escaped from Rule - but what new horrors face her in the ravaged world outside? Tom is safe - but what will he risk to find Alex? Chris - how much does he really know about the terrible darkness of Rule? And what are his true feelings for Alex? Ellie - where is she? The terrifying follow-up to the hugely popular Ashes.
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  • Sammy Feral's Diaries of Weird

    By Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken, John Kelly, Stephen Perring
    Authors:
    Eleanor Hawken, Eleanor Hawken
    Illustrated by:
    John Kelly
    Read by:
    Stephen Perring
    Sammy Feral is a lucky boy. His family run a zoo and so he spends his spare time hanging out with orangutans, crocodiles and snakes. But his luck has just run out - his entire family has been infected with a werewolf virus! Now his mum, dad and sisters are howling at the moon, craving raw meat and, worst of all, trying to infect Sammy! Luckily, Donny and Red - a crack team who investigate animals that don't exist - are on hand to help. But with an evil professor determined to take over Feral Zoo and no known cure for the virus, things aren't looking good for Sammy!
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    Secrets, Lies and Locker 62

    By Lil Chase, Lil Chase
    Authors:
    Lil Chase, Lil Chase
    Secrets have a special home at Mount Selwyn High. For years, students have posted their deepest desires and fears in Locker 62. And then this locker is assigned to new girl Maya. She could use the knowledge to help people. Or she could use it to become popular. Maya, who was bullied, who has never been cool, who will do anything to be popular, is now the most powerful girl at school. What will she choose to do next?
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    Summertime of the Dead

    By Gregory Hughes, Gregory Hughes
    Authors:
    Gregory Hughes, Gregory Hughes
    Yukio's two best friends are dead. Tormented and blackmailed by the Yakuza - the Japanese mafia - they have taken their own lives. Yukio is a kendo champion and he knows all the stories of the samurai. Heartbroken and furious, he is determined to avenge the deaths of his beloved Hiroshi and Miko. And so begins a deadly struggle between Yukio and the Yakuza, and between Yukio's capacity for love, and his thirst for revenge. Shot through with the beauty of Tokyo in spring, this is an unforgettable and uncompromising read.
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  • Shattered Dreams

    By Ellie James
    Authors:
    Ellie James
    Trinity has never known who she really is. Strange dreams haunt her nights, and she has always been able to sense things that others can't. When Jessica, the most popular girl at school, disappears, Trinity realises she will have to draw on her secret abilities to help find her. Soon, Trinity is subject to visions that terrify her and make the police sceptical. As her dreams grow darker and the visions more frightening, Trinity realises she must risk her reputation and her sanity to save a girl who hates her.
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  • The Secrets of Ordinary Farm

    By Tad Williams, Deborah Beale, Greg Swearingen
    Authors:
    Tad Williams, Deborah Beale
    Illustrated by:
    Greg Swearingen
    Tyler and Lucinda have returned to a far-from-ordinary place for the summer. Instead of pigs and sheep, this farm is home to dragons, unicorns, flying monkeys... This summer, everything has changed - security fences are everywhere and Ordinary Farm is in no small danger. Shortly after Uncle Gideon declares he wants to leave the farm to Tyler and Lucinda, he goes missing, and the children suspect the evil hand of the witch-housekeeper, Mrs. Needle. But then Gideon just as mysteriously returns, weak and unwell. Mrs. Needle persuades him that the children are conspiring against him and, suddenly, horribly, the tables are turned... So begins an adventure to save the farm, involving a magnificent dragon, magic mirrors and a haunted mine.
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  • The Shaman's Secret

    By Natasha Narayan
    Authors:
    Natasha Narayan
    The feisty and adventurous Kit is in a coma after being poisoned in China by her arch enemies the Baker Brothers. On board a ship to England, her friends are desperate for a cure. When they hear about an inventor who is working on electricity and Electro Therapy, the group change route to Tombstone, Arizona, western America, to find him. Luckily Kit is cured in time but it's not long before she is in mortal danger once again; one of the dastardly Baker Brothers has turned into a shape shifting Skinwalker and has cursed Kit. The gang must now travel to the Grand Canyon and enlist the help of a Shaman medicine man. But the Wild West is full of dangerous outlaws: ruthless cowboys and highway robbers. Can they navigate though the dangerous Wild West and make it to the Grand Canyon in time? An enthralling journey into the heartland of America filled with danger and discovery.
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    Shadow Spell

    By Caro King, Caro King
    Authors:
    Caro King, Caro King
    Simeon Dark is the most powerful sorcerer in the land of the Drift. Mysterious, cunning, a shape-shifter, only he can stop the evil Strood and save the Drift from dying. But where is he? Nin finds her way to Dark's mansion - a strange castle with a garden and lake spilling into the sky. There she finds a ribbon of shadowy light: could this be the unsaid spell and the clue to unlocking the mystery of Simeon Dark?Meanwhile, Strood is preparing his distillation machine, his pet tigers and some barrels of blood and is coming after her. . . Caro King has created a funny, rich, thrilling adventure, interwoven with fantastical creatures, myth and magic.
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  • Star Blaze

    By Keith Mansfield
    Authors:
    Keith Mansfield
    Invaders have exploded the sun's nearest star. Will the death of Earth's sun be next? While trying to keep up with his school studies and ensuring his football team stays top of the league, it's Johnny's job to safeguard planet Earth. When invaders turn a nearby star into a supernova, Johnny must act to protect the sun. Johnny and his sister Clara prepare to travel in their space ship to the galactic capital for help, but their mission is stalled when Johnny discovers that his mysterious elder brother Nicky is on the side of the invaders . . . So begins an epic adventure across space involving killer clones, a spy trial and devious alien twins. Will Johnny save his brother, and planet Earth, in time? Keith Mansfield's vivid space adventure will wow fans of action stories and science fiction.
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    Seven Sorcerers

    By Caro King, Caro King
    Authors:
    Caro King, Caro King
    Nin had never liked Wednesdays, but this one took the biscuit. On this Wednesday she woke up to find that it was raining buckets and that her brother had ceased to exist. Nin realizes she is the only person to remember Toby because whoever took him is about to make her disappear too. Enter Skerridge the Bogeyman, who steals kids for Mr. Strood. With his spindle, he draws all memories of Nin out of her mother's head. She escapes to the Drift, a land filled with the fabulous and the dreadful. What is the sorcerers' secret and will Nin and Toby escape their fate at the House of Strood?
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  • Strange Angels

    By Lili St. Crow
    Authors:
    Lili St. Crow
    Dru Anderson: Night Hunter. Knife Wielder. Heart Breaker.Dru can sense evil, which helps when she and her Dad are tracking down ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional reanimated corpse. It's a dangerous life, but it's the only one she knows. Then Dru's dad turns up dead and she suddenly finds herself in the middle of a deadly game where every move she makes could be her last. Dru is more special than she realizes - and whatever killed her dad could be coming for her next. Can Dru stay alive long enough to fall for one - or both - of the guys hungry for her affections? Find out in the heart-stopping first book in a thrilling series.
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