By Hilary Mckay
It's tough being the youngest in the Casson family! It is nearly the end of Year 6, and Rose is preparing for Big School. With absent siblings, a perpetually-in-the-shed mother and finally-here-again-father, Rose's Blog reveals what happens to the Cassons - and Tom, of course.Hilary McKay's Casson family was first brought to life in the Whitbread Award-winning Saffy's Angel. Fierce as a small tiger, Permanent Rose has her own way of seeing the world. After Forever Rose (the last of the books following the Casson family), the eponymous Rose continued to grow up. Hilary posted entries from a blog Rose was keeping on her website, chronicling the further adventures of the Cassons. They are available here as one collection for the first time.
The River of Adventure
By Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton's much-loved classic series, packed full of adventure and mystery. A river cruise through ancient desert lands will be an adventure in itself, think Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack. An adventure it certainly is, especially when Bill disappears and the children, along with Kiki the parrot, are trapped beneath a forgotten temple where no one has set foot for 7,000 years.First published in 1955, this edition contains the original text and is unillustrated.
Really and Truly: A story about dementia
By Emile Rivard, Anne-Claire Deslisle
This sensitive picture book explores the relationship between Charlie and his grandfather, who has developed Alzheimer's and dementia. Charlie used to love his grandfather's stories, but now Grandpa has changed and he doesn't tell them anymore. Charlie still remembers the stories though, and he has a great idea - he can tell them back to Grandpa! And, just occasionally, he can make Grandpa smile...This book is designed to give parents of children whose grandparent suffers from dementia a way into discussing the changes that are taking place, and how they might deal with them, without raising false hope. It also offers a moving insight into the loving relationship between grandparent and grandchild, which transcends the difficulties of this tragic disease, without focusing on too much background information about Alzheimer's, or other forms of dementia.
The Road to Irriyan
By Louise Lawrence
The second book in the gripping Llandor Trilogy.Woken from the long, herb-induced sleep by the encroaching presence of the Grimthane, Roderick, Craig and Carrie take to the vast underground caves and passages of the old city of the giants in their attempt to reach Irriyan and safety. Led by goblins and a dwarf, they are forced away from familiar territory by the vicious shape-changer, Merrigan, and must rush from the dwarf's stronghold to escape the massive rock trolls. In desperate peril, Roderick acts selflessly to save Llandor.
Rocking with Roxy and Rosie
By Jenny Oldfield
No animal - or animal-shaped problem - is too big or small for Lexi and Lily, known as 'Muddy Paws,' the animal experts. They are cousins and best friends, and while they don't always see eye to eye ... but they are united by their love for all animals. In this story, the girls are charged with looking after two adorable rare breed Gloucester Old Spot piglets who like to be entertained in a very special way. But this story isn't only about rock-music-loving piglets, there's plenty of other fun-loving animals who keep Muddy Paws on their toes.
Raven Queen's Story
By Shannon Hale
At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens . . . whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End - both for a story and for a life. As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen's destiny is to follow in her mother's wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven's style. She's starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future. What if Raven doesn't sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.
Raksha the Mirror Demon
By Adam Blade
Tom faces a terrifying new Quest... Two evil wizards from Gorgonia have stolen an enchanted mirror in order to summon the fearsome Beast Raksha from the Lake of Light. Raksha can wield Avantia's Good Beasts' powers against Tom! How will he survive this deadly battle?
Roman Mysteries Complete Collection
By Caroline Lawrence
A bumper eBook collection of all 17 Roman Mysteries adventures including The Thieves of Ostia, The Secrets of Vesuvius, The Pirates of Pompeii, The Assassins of Rome, The Dolphins of Laurentum, The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina, The Enemies of Jupiter, The Gladiators From Capua, The Colossus of Rhodes, The Fugitive From Corinth, The Sirens of Surrentum, The Charioteer of Delphi, The Slave-Girl From Jerusalem, The Beggar of Volubilis, The Scribes From Alexandria, The Prophet From Ephesus and The Man From Pomegranate Street.Packed with action, mystery and adventure!
By Antonia Fraser
Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Little John, Friar Tuck and the rest of the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest are all here, in stories packed with excitement, drama and romance. Antonia Fraser's masterly retelling is a classic.
By Fiona Dunbar
Hey, Kitty Slade here, just checking in again. I was getting pretty used to seeing, you know, dead people - but they can still take a girl by surprise. This one - this one was weird. When Kitty goes to stay on an eerie, windswept moor, she soon hears about a terrifying ghost hound rumoured to prey on humans. A man has disappeared without a trace - and he's not the first. Helped by a strange spirit called Lupa, Kitty must solve the mystery - and fast...
By Roy Apps
Ever had a dream -- a dream to win? Rebecca had a dream -- to be an Olympic gold medal winner.This is the story of Rebecca's early years and her break through into the British Olympic swimming team.This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. We believe this title will be of interest to readers aged 8+ and to older readers who struggle with reading. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
By Moira Butterfield
Each title of The Olympics examines the the Olympic Games from ancient times, then the revival of the 1890s through to today's multi-million pound business. From the history of the games to which events are included and why, and from scandals to record breakers, The Olympics puts the reader at the centre of the action with fact-packed text, dramatic full-colour photos, facts and statistics.
By L J Smith
Twenty years have passed since Stefan Salvatore last saw his brother, Damon. Now, living in a remote town in England, far away from the haunting memories of Mystic Falls, Stefan is finally able to start over. But when news from London reaches Stefan of a brutal killer on the loose, who goes by Jack the Ripper, Stefan suspects that the murders are the work of a vampire...his brother.Full of dark shadows and surprising twists, the fourth book in the Stefan's Diaries series raises the stakes for the Salvatore brothers as they face new loves, old treacheries, and unimaginable threats. Fans of the Vampire Diaries series and the hit television show won't be able to put the latest Salvatore adventure down.
By Anne Walter, Peter Cottrill
The King is excited when he finds a poor miller's daughter can seem to spin his straw into gold, but only with the help of a strange little man. When the daughter becomes Queen, the little man wants his reward too...Hopscotch Fairy Tales retell classic fairy tales in accessible language of no more than 400 words, with bright colourful supporting illustrations by our top authors and illustrators.
By Belinda Hollyer
Jessye's tumultuous life flits between her grandmother and her mother. As she tries to make sense of her family past, she discovers secrets that lurk beneath the surface of all of their lives... A beautifully told story set in New Zealand.
Robbie and Voxy
By Jonny Zucker, Tony Ross
What's it like going to stay with a monster - and having a monster to stay with you? Robbie is about to find out ... Robbie is one of the first lucky children to take part in a Monster Swap: going to visit Zorb monster Voxy in his monster world. Voxy is ten feet tall, has blue fur and Amazing Elastic Eyebrows, and his favourite food is cabbage and soil burgers. Robbie doesn't quite know what's in store for him - but it's going to be pretty crazy!Illustrations by the million-selling Tony Ross make this a perfect book for young readers growing in confidence and for parents to read aloud. Read the other two books in the series: ZAINAB AND MASH and EDDIE AND FENDA.
By Rachel Anderson
Hamish is sensible, conscientious, and respectable, friends with the good boys, stays away from the bad ones. When his father is murdered in an act of random violence, Hamish's world turns upside down. Angry and alienated, Hamish begins to lose his tolerant beliefs and is drawn towards racist reactions.A move to France promises a much needed new beginning, but only builds Hamish's new attitudes as he becomes embroiled in the narrow-minded views of the locals. But then a boat of north-african refugees founders on the coast and Hamish encounters the sole survivor. Now his world is turned upside down again, caught between the violence of his past experiences and new realities unfolding in front of him.
Robin Hood vs The Plague Undead
By James Black
His lungs were gone. He was completely hollow inside. But he was not dead. Not quite.What happens when Robin Hood and his Merry Men are faced with a plague of zombies? Somehow, Robin must figure out a way to defeat the most difficult and dangerous enemy he's ever faced, and save the country from destruction...
Rise of the Blood Moon
By Alan Gibbons
It has always been this way. The Helati are slaves. Each month, at the full moon, they are expelled to face the demon host, the Lost Souls.But something has changed in the fabric of the times. The demons are controlled by a new master, the Darkwing. Now the danger is permanent, the horror incessant.In a southern port, however, a fourteen year old slave girl, oblivious of her destiny, holds the key to ending the nightmare of the Lost Souls. But will she ever understand the secret that is hidden deep in her memory, the secret of the Black Tower?Alan Gibbons' latest novel is an epic fantasy that takes you through a fabled land, reminiscent of a mythical ancient India. On a roller-coaster ride you will meet shape-shifters, demons, magic, tyrants, an evil lord who is the master of the living dead and countless fighters for evil...and for good.
By Angela McAllister
After the death of her young brother, Megan runs away. She has always had the power to heal - but not when it came to him. And now she punishes herself - pulling handful after handful of nettles from the hedgerows, so she feels pain, seeing always, at the corner of her vision, a pale winged boy. His wings are broken.Eventually she arrives at what she believes to be a deserted, burned out house in the village of Morne. But part of the mansion is occupied by a blind woman, whose companions are two owls. She tells Megan they are her eyes. They will see everything she does.Theirs is a strange relationship - the woman is bitter, she has a secret to hide, but then so does Megan. Gradually they come to depend on each other, until the arrival of Tom. Megan is keen for company her own age and his friendship, but she doesn't know that he knows Marguerite's secret and is determined to reveal it and destroy her in the process.Set in C19th, with richly drawn characters and a well plotted story, Angela McAllister's second novel explores the frailties of human emotions, but is ultimately about healing rifts and friendship.