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The Little Broomstick

By Mary Stewart
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Mary Stewart
First published 45 years ago, this is a beautiful new edition of Mary Stewart's beloved magical classic illustrated by Shirley Hughes. Don't miss the beautifully animated film adaptation called Mary and the Witch's Flower (by the producer of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), in cinemas now. 'The little broomstick gave a leap, a violent twist, a kick like the kick of a pony.'Mary's been exiled to her great-aunt, deep in the English countryside. Miserable and lonely, she befriends strange black cat Tib who leads her deep into the forest to an ordinary looking broomstick. Before Mary can gather her wits, the broomstick jumps into action, whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and to the grounds of Endor College, school of witchcraft.But something is terribly wrong at Endor. Students are taught spells that are petty and ill-wishing, and when Mary discovers evidence of a terrible and cruel experiment in transformation, she decides to leave. But the moment her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib the cat has been captured ...Mary Stewart is the bestselling author of fourteen romantic thrillers, including the classic novelsThis Rough Magic and The Moon-Spinners, and five historical fantasy novels of Arthurian Britain. The animated film, Mary and the Witch's Flower, will be released in 2018 by Studio Ponoc. The producer, Yoshiaki Nishimura, also produced The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.
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  • Learn to Draw with Katie

    By James Mayhew
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    James Mayhew
    Learn how to draw with Katie, the star of James Mayhew's much-loved Katie books.Art adventurer Katie has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of children for over 25 years . . . and now you can create your own masterpieces too!Get creative and learn how to draw portraits, landscapes, animals and more with easy step-by-step guides and prompted drawing activities. Featuring paintings from the National Gallery's world famous collection, plus plenty of drawing tips and tricks.All you need to do is pick up your pens and pencils and follow the ever-curious Katie as she explores the wonderfully exciting world of art . . .Look out for more Katie National Gallery books:Get Colouring with KatieDiscover Art with KatieAnd discover more adventures with Katie in James Mayhew's original picture books:Katie's Picture ShowKatie in LondonKatie and the Mona LisaKatie and the BathersKatie and the British ArtistsKatie and the DinosaursKatie and the ImpressionistsKatie and the Spanish PrincessKatie and the Starry NightKatie and the SunflowersKatie and the Waterlily PondKatie in ScotlandKatie's London Christmas
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  • The Language of Thorns

    By Leigh Bardugo, Sara Kipin
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    Leigh Bardugo
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    Sara Kipin
    From bestselling author of SIX OF CROWS, Leigh Bardugo, comes a lavishly illustrated collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice and love. Inspired by myth, fairy tale and folklore, THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS will transport you to both lands familiar and strange that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, no. 1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans of the Grishverse.This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them beautifully illustrated with art by Sara Kiplin that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.
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  • Long-Necked Dinosaurs

    By David West
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    David West
    Professor Pete knows lots about all sorts of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Learn all about long-necked dinosaurs from pronouncing their difficult names to facts about their weight, what they eat, how fast they can run and where they used to live in the world. Children will soon become dinosaur experts.Following the same style as Nora the Naturalist's Animals and Safari Sam's Wild Animals, Professor Pete's Prehistoric Animals are brilliant introductory books for young readers aged 5+ in the high-interest area of dinosaurs.
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  • London

    By Claudia Martin
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    Claudia Martin
    Explore the rich history of London! Find out about when the Romans settled Londinium in AD48, Saxon Lundenwic, William Conqueror and the Tower of London, medieval trade and the Black Death, Tudor Londoners and how they found entertainment from festivals and alehouses to theatres and football, how the Great Fire changed London, the Bow Street Runners and Henry Fielding, Robert Peel and the police force, Joseph Bazalgette and the sewers of London after the Great Stink; how the opening of the Tube expanded London; the Blitz and the rebuilding; the arrival of the Windrush from Jamaica making London even more multicultural and how London is still changing today with everyone wanting to see London's famous landmarks from St Paul's to the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Read about the people who have influenced London such as Boudicca, Edward the Confessor,Aethelred the Unready, Bede, William the Conqueror, William of Poitiers, Dick Whittington, Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.Follow the dog, Sherlock Bones, as he guides you around London and encourages you to find out more. Learn how you can make your own project about London.Ideally suited for readers age 8+ or teachers who are looking for books to support the new curriculum for 2014. If you enjoy reading about the History Detective, then take a look at other titles in this series, such as the Stone Age to Iron Age, Ancient Greece, Ancient Sumer, The Mayan Civilization, The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China and Early Islamic Civilizations.
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  • The Loch Ness Monster Spotters

    By Tony De Saulles
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    Tony De Saulles
    A charming and humorous Early Reader story about one of the world's best known mythical monsters, from HORRIBLE SCIENCES illustrator Tony De Saulles.Meet the McFee family. They are Loch Ness Monster spotters. They wear Loch Ness T-shirts, Loch Ness hats and Loch Ness badges. But the Loch Ness Monster spotting family have one problem. They have never EVER spotted the Loch Ness Monster!Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.
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  • London

    By Simon Holland
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    Simon Holland
    London is a modern, stylish and ever-changing city and this book takes you on a tour with a vibrant, bold and new approach to information that matches the capital perfectly. Using infographics to bring nuggets of information to life through images and graphics, readers can enjoy hundreds of fascinating facts in a beautiful travel guide that's easy to read and ideal for children. Whether you're visiting, curious from afar or live in London, you can tour its boroughs, ride the transport, look back at London's disease-ridden history, meet the famous residents - past and present - and much more. Find out which tuve station has the most escalators, where has a Roman bikini on display and how many executions happened at the Tower of London, all within this one packed book. This is non-fiction for the modern generation. With a map of the city and pages filled with vivid colours, graphic visuals and bold designs, this guide brings London's facts, history and events to life like never before.
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  • Leonardo da Vinci

    By Paul Rockett
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    Paul Rockett
    Inspiring Artists tells us what it is that makes some famous artists so important and memorable, not only in terms of their artistic legacy, but also as to their impact on the wider world. Leonardo da Vinci was a brilliant inventor, engineer, scientist and architect, but he is most famous for being an artist. His fascination and skill in representing the world around him made him a celebrity during his lifetime and an inspiration to many artists both then and now, from Raphael to Andy Warhol.These lavishly illustrated books are a visual treasure trove, with famous paintings alongside lesser-known works. Aimed at readers aged 9+, the content has been expertly checked by the ex-Head of Education at the National Gallery in London.
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  • Looking Beyond

    By Steve Parker
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    Steve Parker
    Most of space is a mystery, but astronomers and scientists have spent years studying some of the biggest questions, such as what are black holes, how do galaxies form and what happened during the Big Bang? What we do know about space and the cycle of life and death of stars and other space objects makes incredible reading and will delight readers who want to know just that bit more about the universe we live in.Six books that reveal the thrilling journeys, triumphs and disasters that men and women have experienced in the exploration of our universe. These books examine the mind-blowing technologies involved in space endeavours and tells the all too human stories of some of the key figures.
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  • Living Forever: The Pharmaceutical Industry

    By Matt Anniss
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    Matt Anniss
    Living Forever delves into the world of pharmaceuticals to discover how companies are making billions by keeping people healthy. Find out how pharmaceuticals make money from treatments, the lengths they go to in order to find and develop new drugs and how an ever-ageing population means that business will continue to boom for this supergiant industry.Discover the world's biggest money-making industries and the secrets of their success in Big-time Business. From the pharmaceutical industry and entertainment world through to the business of beauty, banking, social networking and energy, find out why these enterprising worlds have a grip on the global economy and are considered the biggest money-generators on the planet. A high-interest exploration of the business world for 9+ readers.
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  • Luxury Cars

    By Rob Colson
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    Rob Colson
    From super cars such as the Bugatti Veyron to the luxury Bentley, Mercedes and BMW, this series looks at the most incredible cars in existence! Top Marques: Luxury Cars looks at the history of luxury cars, and at some of the most expensive and luxurious vehicles around, from the Rolls Royce Wraith, the Bentley Continental GTC and the Lexus LS 600h L to the Jaguar XJR, the Audi A8 and the Porsche Panamera. A 'High Spec' panel on every spread details some of the jaw-dropping features of these cars, and a 'Fast and Furious' feature explains the basic science behind how prestige cars perform and are powered, such as G-force, combustion, friction, acceleration, and aerodynamics. Finally, discover amazing 'Turbo Facts' such as, for example, why a F1 car could drive on the ceiling!Incredible, full-bleed photographs and punchy, fact-filled text make this the perfect series for all car fanatics aged 7 and above.Racing cars are just some of the prestige cars around. Why not learn about more, in the other books in the series: Top Marques: Racing Cars, Top Marques: Supercars and Top Marques: SUVs and Off-roaders.
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  • Languages What Job Can I Get?

    By Richard Spilsbury
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    Richard Spilsbury
    The different careers that lead on from an interest or aptitude in languages are explored. Many occupations are examined, including working as a translator, interpreter, flight attendant, aid worker or foreign correspondent, among others. It provides an inside glimpse into what the job involves and the special skills that are needed.
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  • Leonardo da Vinci

    By Iain Zaczek
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    Iain Zaczek
    This title looks at the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, including an examination of paintings such as The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, The Annunciation, Lady with an Ermine, Portrait of Ginevra de' Benci, The Virgin and Child with St Anne and The Virgin of the Rocks. It looks at the techniques and colour palette da Vinci used in these works, encouraging readers to look more closely at the interesting elements of each painting. It also includes a timeline of his life, information on museums and galleries where his work is currently displayed and a chance for readers to use what they have learned to make their own painting in the style of Leonardo da Vinci.
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  • Looking Good

    By Stephanie Turnbull
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    Stephanie Turnbull
    A fun and funky magazine-style book that is packed full of tips on how to make the most of what you've got! Style secrets and tips on achieving great hair, skin and nails are all included along with how to make the most of your wardrobe - all without spending a fortune. Looking Good is full of tips on customising your clothes, making accessories and above all being confident in your own skin.Smart Girls is a series aimed at girls aged 9+ as they grow from tweens to teens. Full of inspirational ideas, there's something in these books for any girl.
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    London: A Time Traveller's Guide

    By Moira Butterfield
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    Moira Butterfield
    London is thousands of years old. Ancient treasures, long-forgotten buildings and even skeletons of long-gone Londoners lie hidden beneath the bustling crowds and the brand-new skyscrapers of today. Imagine if you could step into a time machine and travel through the centuries to discover some of those hidden secrets for yourself!Written by award-winning children's author Moira Butterfield, London: A Time Traveller's Guide is packed with amazing facts, history, maps, personalities and trivia from London's incredible past to help make a trip to the capital really memorable for readers aged 9 and up. Features include how to behave and what to wear in each historical era, as well as all kinds of places to visit today.
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  • Life Under Occupation

    By Charlie Samuels
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    Charlie Samuels
    World War II is explored through first hand-evidence including posters, newspapers, diaries, letters, speeches, poems and songs.
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  • Leapfrog Learners: Knights

    By Annabelle Lynch
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    Annabelle Lynch
    Find out all about the bravest knights, from what they wore to how they fought - in this new series of non-fiction readers.Leapfrog Learners offer fun facts in accessible text, perfect for building reading confidence.
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  • Leapfrog Learners: Big Machines

    By Annabelle Lynch
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    Annabelle Lynch
    Get reading all about big, noisy machines, from tractors to tip-up trucks in this new series of non-fiction readers.Leapfrog Learners offer fun facts in accessible text, perfect for building reading confidence.
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  • Light

    By Sally Hewitt
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    Sally Hewitt
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  • Let's Go to the Playground

    By Ruth Walton
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    Ruth Walton
    Come on a journey around a playground to find out all about forces and motion. Discover what pulls you down a slide, how a swing works, why a roundabout makes you feel dizzy and much more.Let's find out is an innovative series of non-fiction books. Through quirky illustrations and lively text, each book helps children find out about the world around them, and beyond.
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