The Astonishing Colour of After
By Emily X. R. Pan
'This brilliantly crafted novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. A very special book' - John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our StarsLife, loss, love and art explode in a kaleidoscope of emotions as one girl must learn the truth about her family's past in order to bring peace to the present. For fans of John Green, Jennifer Niven, Jandy Nelson and Nicola Yoon.Leigh Chen Sanders is sixteen when her mother dies by suicide, leaving only a scribbled note: 'I want you to remember'. Leigh doesn't know what it means, but when a red bird appears with a message, she finds herself travelling to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. Leigh is far away from home and far away from Axel, her best friend, who she stupidly kissed on the night her mother died - leaving her with a swell of guilt that she wasn't home, and a heavy heart, thinking she may have destroyed the one good thing left in her life. Overwhelmed by grief, Leigh retreats into her art and into her memories, where colours collide and the rules of reality are broken. The only thing Leigh is certain about is that she must find out the truth. She must remember.With lyrical prose and magical elements, Emily X.R. Pan's stunning debut novel alternates between past and present, romance and despair, as one girl attempts to find herself through family history, art, friendship, and love.
By Josh Martin
A compelling fantasy adventure with a strong feminist message, for fans of Melinda Salisbury and Victoria Aveyard.Less than a year since their cities were joined, the people of Athenas and Metis are still arguing. When the island is invaded by Vulcan, whose resource-ravaged, overpopulated island wants to claim Chloris as its own, Etain's new leadership is compromised. The only way she can restore her people's confidence and save her island is to take up a sea quest to retrieve a magical item from a volcano. Alongside her brother Taurus, Etain sets sail for the volcano. But they soon discover there is more to the quest than they realised.It's up to Etain to be the leader she is destined to be. Should she fight, or should she try to unite?'Impressive and thought-provoking - this is a skilfully constructed fantasy adventure with strong, distinct central characters and an ending that will have readers desperate for the next episode.' LoveReading4Kids on Ariadnis
Attack of the Snack
By Julian Gough, Jim Field
Gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is a brilliantly funny story of a rabbit and a bear who discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend. Ideal for readers moving on from picture books. 'A perfect animal double-act.' (The Times, Book of the Week)SPLASH! A Mysterious Thing lands in Rabbit and Bear's peaceful summer lake. Is it exciting, or terrifying? Is it a tiny fluffy owl, or a huge hungry monster? And has Rabbit finally met a creature with worse habits than himself? Rabbit's SURE he can solve this mystery. But when he accidentally turns the Best Day Ever into the Worst Day Ever, he needs Bear's help ... From novelist and playwright Julian Gough, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, this is a tale of friendship, acceptance, and what you can do with blueberry poo.'Rabbit's Bad Habits is a breath of fresh air in children's fiction, a laugh-out-loud story of rabbit and wolf and bear, of avalanches and snowmen. The sort of story that makes you want to send your children to bed early, so you can read it to them.' Neil Gaiman
By Roy Apps
This inspirational biography for children, written by award-winning author Roy Apps, follows the swimming story of Adam Peaty and his incredible rise to become a Commonwealth gold medalist and world-record holder for 100 metre breaststroke. Illustrated with colour artwork by Alessandro Valdrighi, including graphic novel-style panels, this book is perfect for sport-mad girls and boys with a reading age of 7, but will work perfectly well for older readers too. Printed on off-white paper using a reading font approved by the British Dyslexia Association, the Sporting Heroes series brings to life the skill, grit and determination needed to be a world-class sportsperson today. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of booksto get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
Asterix and the Chariot Race
By Jean-Yves Ferri, Didier Conrad
The next action-packed adventure from Asterix and Obelix!The roads across Italy are in disrepair. Defending his name, and to prove Rome's greatness, Senator Lactus Bifidus announces a special one-off chariot race. Julius Caesar insists a Roman must win, or Bifidus will pay. Open to anyone from the known world, competitors arrive from far and wide, including Asterix and Obelix. With Bifidus secretly scheming, who will win this almighty chariot race?
By Barrie Wade
All sorts of wonderful things take place at night, in this story discover a world after dark from your own bedroom window! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Blue 4 stories are perfect for children aged 5-6 who are reading at book band 4 (Blue) in classroom reading lessons.
By Lynne Benton, Roger Simó
The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon
By Richard Adams, Alex T. Smith
From the author of Watership Down, Richard Adams, comes an enchanting picture book about the adventures of a mischievous homemade dragon. Illustrated by Alex T. Smith, creator of Claude, the bestselling beret-clad canine hero.Whatever you've lost, Egg Box Dragon will find it. He's retrieved missing footballs, glasses and watches aplenty. He's so expert at cracking mysteries that the Queen herself requests his services. Will Egg Box Dragon find the missing diamond from the Queen's crown?Richard Adams was awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for children's fiction. Watership Down has sold over 50 million copies. A new mini series of Watership Down will premiere Christmas 2017 on BBC1 and launch globally on Netflix Spring 2018, featuring the voices of Olivia Colman and Freddie Fox, amongst others.
All I Want For Christmas
By Rachel Bright
Two penguins discover that love is the perfect gift at Christmas in this sparkling festive picture book!The countdown to Christmas has begun and there is so much for Little Penguin to be excited about: decorating the tree, cooking festive treats, sending a letter to Santa, wrapping presents, and much more. But what does Big Penguin want for Christmas? The answer will warm the hearts of every penguin, big or small!From the bestselling author of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could, winner of the Evening Standard Oscar's Book Prize 2017 and the Sainsbury's Book Award 2017.'Rachel's star is shining bright and she is one to watch. She gets better with every book' Natasha Harding, The Sun
The Adventures of Robin Hood
By Adrian Mitchell, Emma Chichester Clark
Discover the legend of Robin Hood through eleven action-packed adventure stories.Outlawed and living in hiding in Sherwood Forest, Robin, Marian and their band of friends have many adventures, keeping one step ahead of the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and his men . . .Robin Hood is the most daring of heroes and tales of his bravery and cunning have been handed down for hundreds of years. In this wonderfully fresh retelling, celebrated writer Adrian Mitchell makes these stories both thrilling and funny for today's children - tracing the life of Robin Hood from mischievous young runaway to legendary hero.Brought vividly to life by Emma Chichester Clark, whose glowing illustrations superbly recreate the green and leafy world of the forest and all the characters who live there. Including Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John and more.This beautiful hardback gift book is fully illustrated throughout, with a stunning foiled jacket.Discover more classic story collections from Orchard Books:Orchard Greek MythsOrchard Aesop's FablesThe Greatest Stories Ever Told (featuring King Arthur, Sinbad the Sailor and more)Orchard Ballet Stories
The Awful Astronaut
By Damian Harvey, Davide Ortu
Horrible Histories meets Wimpy Kid in these funny stories mismatching characters with careers. The stories are colour chapter books perfect for the independent reader. In this story, Sam Jones cannot wait to be an astronaut but there is a problem; in fact there are many: he is very clumsy, gets travel sick, and is generally disaster prone! Race Further with Reading is a series designed to build reading confidence with illustrated stories in manageable bite-size chapters, which encourage a sense of achievement at completing each one. They follow on a level from the Race Ahead with Reading series with stories of 2,000 words. The books are perfect for children aged 6-8 or who read book band 11.
Aesop: The Lion and the Mouse & the Boy Who Cried Wolf
By Aesop, Amelia Marshall, Daniel Howarth, Anni Axworthy
Discover two fabulous fables in accessible comic book form: find out how heroes come in all sizes in The Lion and the Mouse and the consequence of telling lies in The Boy Who Cried Wolf. First Graphic Readers is an original approach to well known fables,for very young readers. Here are much loved, read again stories in a form proven to entice emergent readers. Beautiful artwork accompanies clear narrative text in art panels and direct speech in speech bubble, giving readers an introduction to reading in comic form. Each book contains two stories and has two different illustration styles to help differentiate the stories and give a compendium feel.
Aesop: The Hare and the Tortoise & The Fox and the Goat
By Aesop, Amelia Marshall, Andy Rowland
Discover two fabulous fables in accessible comic book form: Who will have the last laugh in The Hare and the Tortoise? Plus find out why trusting too easily can cause problems in The Fox and the Goat.First Graphic Readers is an original approach to well known fables,for very young readers. Here are much loved, read again stories in a form proven to entice emergent readers. Beautiful artwork accompanies clear narrative text in art panels and direct speech in speech bubble, giving readers an introduction to reading in comic form. Each book contains two stories and has two different illustration styles to help differentiate the stories and give a compendium feel.
Aesop: the Ant and the Grasshopper & the Fox and the Crow
By Aesop, Amelia Marshall, Gabriele Antonini, Barbara Nascimbeni
Discover two fabulous fables in accessible comic book form: The Ants and the Grasshopper shows us why it is good to work hard and prepare when Grasshopper is left with no food for winter; Meanwhile Crow learns a valuable lesson in the folly of vanity when she loses her cheese to a cunning fox.First Graphic Readers is an original approach to the perennially popular Aesop's fables. These much loved, read again stories have been transformed into a fun graphic form perfect for children learning to read alone. Beautiful artwork accompanies carefully controlled narrative text in panels and speech bubbles, with text large enough for the young reader to read themselves. Every book in the series contains two stories, each with its own illustration style which also adds a compendium feel. Perfect for 4-6 year olds.
Gotta Catch 'Em All! A fantastic full-colour early reader that Pokémon's youngest fans have been waiting for!Ash and his mum are on holiday in the Alola region, along with Pikachu and Mimey, and having a great time. Join Ash for a new adventure, exciting challenges and of course - more Pokémon battles!
Ava Fluffyface's Special Day
By Daisy Meadows
Welcome to a magical world where animals talk and play - just like you and me!Join Lily and Jess at Spelltop School, where they learn all about the magic of Friendship Forest. But when lessons are disrupted by a mysterious spell, the girls must work together to find out what's happening. Can gorgeous kitten Ava Fluffyface help them figure it out before it's too late?An enchanting series full of adorable animals, magic and friendship - from the creator of RAINBOW MAGIC, the UK's bestselling series for girls aged 5-7.
By Olivia Chase
For fans of Cassandra Clare and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the second book in this kick-ass new series will keep you on the edge of your seat ...Diana, Minerva and Vesta are Demon Hunters, gifted with amazing powers. They can see truth with the touch of the hand, break down solid walls and shoot lightning from their fingertips ... basically all the things you could want in the battle against supernatural evil. When an eerie fog cloaks Edinburgh and the girls find a boy, bloodied and confused, they suspect a demon is up to no good. Before they can even grab their weapons, they're plunged into a fight agianst an ancient foe. Will the united strength of their Trinity be enough to keep them alive?With new faces, an old flame and one seriously blood-thirsty demon, things are about to get interesting ...
Ahmed and the New Boy
By Enid Richemont, Maxine Lee
Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Yellow stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 3 (Yellow) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, there is a new boy in Ahmed's school - and he is out of this world! Will the teacher notice that her new student is really an alien?
At the Skate Park
By Jillian Powell
Reading Champion is a book banded reading programme for independent reading offering fantastic, original stories accompanied by engaging artwork. Each book has been carefully levelled making it easy to match to a child's reading ability and fully supports reading for pleasure.In this story, Pip and Dan head to the skate park - but who will end up laughing and who will end up flat on their face? A perfectly pitched story for children aged 3-5 starting to learn to read alone or support to those reading book band red 2 in the classroom.
At the Zoo
By Jenny Jinks, Nicola Anderson
Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Red 2 stories are perfect for children aged 4-5 who are reading at book band 2 (Red) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, Mum and Fin take a picnic to the zoo, but by the time they look for their food, it's all gone!