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  • The Ugly Duckling

    By Jackie Walter, Sarah Horne
    Authors:
    Jackie Walter
    Illustrated by:
    Sarah Horne
    When the biggest egg finally hatches, Mother Duck is in for a surprise. This duckling does not look like the others, but she loves him anyway. The large, ugly duckling is teased until he runs away and spends winter all alone, But then the spring arrives and he can hardly recognise himself... A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 2 stories are told in chapters in under 1000 words.
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  • Unicorn

    By Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore
    Authors:
    Steve Barlow, Steve Skidmore
    YOU are the Blue Unicorn, and you live in the Rainbow Isle. Evil Empress, Yin Yang, wants to steal all the colour from you world, and she's captured your friend the Red Unicorn. You have to find a way to stop her wicked plans!This is a title in the interactive I HERO Immortals series - where the reader is the hero! In each adventure the reader makes a choice that affects how the story progresses - it really is 'decide-your-own-destiny!Written by the award-winning duo Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore (more commonly known as the 2Steves), and illustrated by comics legend, Jack Lawrence.
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  • The Ultimate Story Collection

    By Adam Blade
    Authors:
    Adam Blade
    A bumper collection of six full colour Beast Quest stories in one book. Perfect for all fans of Beast Quest - and new ones!
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  • Unusual Wonders

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  • The Universe, Black Holes and the Big Bang

    By Clive Gifford
    Authors:
    Clive Gifford
    Travel back in time to the Big Bang, and learn about the formation of the universe. Explore the baffling world ofblack holes, and find out how scientists are searching for alien life. Discover the strangest sights of the universe,from quirky quasars to clouds that smell like raspberries. Get answers to questions such as:* What happened after the Big Bang?* How is the universe like a chocolate chip cookie?* Why can't we see black holes?* What is dark matter?* How might the universe end?This book is jam packed with NASA photography, key terms explained simply and fascinating, number-based space facts and figures for all aspiring astronaughts and science whizz kids.
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  • Ursus the Clawed Roar

    By Adam Blade
    Authors:
    Adam Blade
    Great for boys, with a huge collectability factor bolstered by the collectors' cards in the back of the books, and links to an excellent interactive website.Evil Wizard Malvel has stolen the treasured Warlock's Staff! If he reaches the Eternal Flame in the mysterious realm of Seraph, he will rule all the kingdoms. Tom must stop him, but first he must defeat a giant Beast: Ursus the Clawed Roar!
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  • Undercover Operations

    By Sarah Levete
    Authors:
    Sarah Levete
    Find out about the world of the spies and surveillance units in Undercover Operations. The book explores tactics and techniques for spying and what is like to live an undercover life. Then, discover if you've got what it takes to be a spy.Who are the people who defend their countries and what are the skills they employ to do so? Elite Defenders explores the challenging and exciting world of the armed forces, examining how members carry out their jobs, the sacrifices they make and skills they utilise to defend their countries. The series invites children to answer 'Take the Test!' questions at the end of each chapter, to find out how much they have learnt. A high-interest and interactive series for children aged 9+.
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  • Usain Bolt

    By Roy Apps, Chris King
    Authors:
    Roy Apps
    Illustrated by:
    Chris King
    Usain had a dream, he wanted to play cricket. But an eagle-eyed coach spotted his sprinting talent at school in Jamaica. Usain soon discovered that the path to becoming a pro-athlete is tough going, and if he was to fulfil his destiny and become the FASTEST MAN ON EARTH, he was going to need every ounce of determination, plus a great sense of humour. This is the story of Usain's discovery, his first athletic events and the Olympic Games.Dream to Win: Usain Bolt is written by expert author Roy Apps for kids with a reading age of 7 (but could also be enjoyed by pre-teens) and illustrated with black-and-white artwork. The stories focus on top athletes and sport personalities, with each dramatic story bringing to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition.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.
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  • Upper Fourth

    By Enid Blyton
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    For new girl Darrell Rivers, there are friends to be made, pranks to be played and fun to be had at Malory Towers in Enid Blyton's best-loved boarding school series.In book four, Darrell is very pleased to be head girl, but Alicia and Betty are determined to ruin her good work. Meanwhile, Darrell's sister Felicity joins Malory Towers and becomes best friends with none other than June - obnoxious, brash and Alicia's cousin.Expect more drama at Malory Towers!Between 1946 and 1951, Enid Blyton wrote six novels set at Malory Towers. This edition features the original text and is unillustrated.
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  • Up Close

    By Chloe Bennet
    Authors:
    Chloe Bennet
    In BOYWATCHING, Chloe and her friends turned their obsession with the mysterious yet strangely alluring St Thomas's boys into a scientific pursuit (with hilarious consequences). In the second book, the thrilling prospect of a joint school play takes up much of everyone's waking (and dreaming) hours. But aside from that, can Chloe hang onto the heaven that is Mark? Will Gemma's reunion with the unpredictable Jezza last? Is Amy destined for greatness in the Olympics, and will Sally ever discover the truth about her absent father? There are tricky times ahead for the Boywatchers and their families...By turns touching and hilarious, this is another fabulous story of friendship, fun and boys that fans of GEEK GIRL will adore.
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  • The USA

    By Liz Gogerly, Rob Hunt
    Authors:
    Liz Gogerly, Rob Hunt
    Journey Through offers young readers the chance to take a trip through exciting world countries using different modes of transport, from train and car to bicycle and private jet. Along the way the traveller visits highlighted places both well known and less known, and learns lots of exciting facts about history, language, culture and much more.Journey Through the USA offers a look at the landscape, culture and people of the United States, from the exciting buzz of New York, along the Appalachian Trail through many of the states along it's route, via Chicago and the Great Lakes, through the southern states and cowboy country to the sunshine and surf of California and Hawaii.
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  • The UK

    By Anita Ganeri
    Authors:
    Anita Ganeri
    Journey Through offers young readers the chance to take a trip through exciting world countries using different modes of transport, from train and car to bicycle and private jet. Along the way the traveller visits highlighted places both well known and less known, and learns lots of exciting facts about history, language, culture and much more.Journey Through the UK offers a look at the landscape, culture and people of the United Kingdom by travelling through each of the four countries that make up the UK - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. You'll visit the exciting capital city of London, walk along the costal path of Wales, climb the Giant's Causeway and search for the Loch Ness Monster along the way.
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  • Urban Street Art

    By Alix Wood
    Authors:
    Alix Wood
    Is it Art? is a series of books focusing on exciting contemporary art forms. From graffiti to junk sculptures and from urban street art to installations, Is it Art? offers young readers examples from each medium and tells the story behind their creation. The series also encourages discussion and suggests activities so that readers can try making their own art.
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  • USA

    By Jackson Teller
    Authors:
    Jackson Teller
    Is there somewhere you really want to travel to, or just yearn to know better?Do you want all the essential facts about the USA at your fingertips?If you want to know what it's really about (rather than the things your parents think you should see!), The Real USA is a great place to start. What's hot: USA highlights you really won't want to miss Take a walking tour of New York City's amazing street markets Explore the USA's music scene - including the world's biggest festival, The Big Gig Check out the crazy Naked Bike Ride through Portland, Oregon Load up on America's top ten meals, and discover the history of the Reuben Sandwich Need-to-know information about internet access, mobile networks, dialling codes and moreWhether you are planning a trip or a holiday, just day-dreaming about one or simply need to know the facts, The Real USA is your essential guide. It is part of a series of books that help young people find out what a country is really about.
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  • Unsolved Crimes

    By Katie Dicker
    Authors:
    Katie Dicker
    Sometimes crimes are committed that never get solved and so they remain a mystery. Delve into the facts behind some of the world's most mysterious crimes including murder, theft and missing persons to find out what we do know about these cold cases and what the possible explanations could be.Real (and possibly not so real) unexplained events are examined in the four books in this series. Strange disappearances, alien visitors, mythical creatures, messages from beyond the grave and strange places steeped in mystery all make an appearance (or should that be disappearance?!) in these fun and informative books.
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  • Underwater Adventures

    A modern twist on a childhood favourite - rediscover your love of colouring with this stunning new range of colouring books for all ages. Let your imagination run wild as you create kingdoms beneath the waves, featuring intricate patterns and illustrations of waves, water, mermaids and seashells to create an undersea adventure. Key scenes are partially coloured to inspire creativity. The perfect way to practice mindfulness and let your inner artist glow.
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  • UK

    By Paul Mason
    Authors:
    Paul Mason
    Is there somewhere you really want to travel to, or just yearn to know better?Do you want all the essential facts about the UK at your fingertips?If you want to know what it's really about (rather than the things your parents think you should see!), The Real UK is a great place to start. What's hot: UK highlights you really won't want to miss Take a walking tour of London - with a difference! Check out the UK's music scene, including the Glastonbury Festival and the music you should be listening out for Explore the mysterious standing stones and other spooky sites The best places to check out next year's fashions - today! Need-to-know information about internet access, mobile networks, dialling codes and moreWhether you are planning a trip or a holiday, just day-dreaming about one or simply need to know the facts, The Real UK is your essential guide.It is part of a series of books that help young people find out what a country is really about.
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  • Up the Faraway Tree

    By Enid Blyton
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    The fourth book in the magical Faraway Tree series by one of the world's most popular children's authors, Enid Blyton.Joe, Beth and Frannie are joined by Robin and Joy, two children who have read all about the magic Faraway Tree and The Enchanted Wood. Join the children and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats, or the Land of Do-As-You-Please? Come on an amazing adventure!First published in 1951, this edition contains the original text. Inside illustrations are by Jan McCafferty, and the cover by Mark Beech (2014).
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  • United We Spy

    By Ally Carter
    Authors:
    Ally Carter
    The sixth book in the Gallagher Girls series leads Cammie and her spy school friends to another wildly entertaining mission. With new assignments to tail and capture, the final book in the globally bestselling series results in an explosive finale!
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  • United Kingdom

    By Alice Harman
    Authors:
    Alice Harman
    Find out about the people and places of of the UK. Looking at topics such as land and sea, weather, town and country, homes, shopping, food, sport, holidays and festivals. Have fun baking some traditional scones.
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