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  • Just So Stories - How the Leopard Got His Spots

    By Elizabeth Rogers, Petra Brown
    Authors:
    Elizabeth Rogers
    Illustrated by:
    Petra Brown
    In this story, all the animals are the same colour. Then Giraffe and Zebra go off to the forest and they begin to change. Leopard can't find them anywhere! Perhaps it is time for him to change too ...The Tadpoles Tales series features simple retellings of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories with bright, funillustrations, for children who are just starting to read on their own.
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    Just So Stories - How the Camel Got His Hump

    By Robert James, Stefania Colnaghi
    Authors:
    Robert James
    Illustrated by:
    Stefania Colnaghi
    Is the Camel the laziest creature on earth? The other Animals want to get him out of the Howling Desert to do his fair share of work. Can the Jinn help?
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  • Just So Stories - Old Man Kangaroo

    By Robert James, Pedro Penizzotto
    Authors:
    Robert James
    Illustrated by:
    Pedro Penizzotto
    In this story, vain Kangaroo thinks he should look even more special and demands the the desert god make him different to the other animals. The desert god sends Dingo after him, and Kangaroo gets his wish - although it's perhaps not quite what he expected!The Tadpoles Tales series features simple retellings of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories with bright, funillustrations, for children who are just starting to read on their own.
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  • Just So Stories - The Elephant's Child

    By Robert James, Garyfallia Leftheri
    Authors:
    Robert James
    Illustrated by:
    Garyfallia Leftheri
    In this story, the Elephant's child never, ever stops asking questions. But when he determines to find out what Crocodile eats for his dinner, he's in for a surprise!The Tadpoles Tales series features simple retellings of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories with bright, funillustrations, for children who are just starting to read on their own.
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  • Just So Stories - How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

    By Elizabeth Rogers, Tomislav Zlatic
    Authors:
    Elizabeth Rogers
    Illustrated by:
    Tomislav Zlatic
    In this story, smooth-skinned Rhinoceros rudely charges up and steals a man's cake. Then the man comes up with a plan to teach that rude Rhino a lesson! The Tadpoles Tales series features simple retellings of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories with bright, fun illustrations, for children who are just starting to read on their own.
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  • Just So Stories - The Cat Who Walked by Himself

    By Elizabeth Rogers, A. O'kif
    Authors:
    Elizabeth Rogers
    Illustrated by:
    A. O'kif
    In this story, Dog and Horse both want to investigate the people's fire, but Cat doesn't - he walks by himself. Then the fire and bowl of milk prove awfully tempting...The Tadpoles Tales series features simple retellings of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories with bright, fun illustrations, for children who are just starting to read on their own.
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    Just Like My Mum

    By David Melling
    Authors:
    David Melling
    One mischievous little lion cub is keen to show how he can act just like his mum. But when it comes to bedtime, there's no one as good as her!From the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this humorous, touching tale is a celebration of mums everywhere.David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.
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    Just Like My Dad

    By David Melling
    Authors:
    David Melling
    One little lion cub can't wait to grow up and do everything just like his dad.From the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this humorous, touching tale is for anyone who loves their dad - even if they are moody, lazy and good at pretending to be busy!David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.
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    Just 16

    By Jean Ure
    Authors:
    Jean Ure
    15 year old Sam is alway being teased for not having gone all the way with a girl. When he meets Priya they form a strong emotional bond, and after a time their relationship becomes physical. Then Priya becomes pregnant.
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    Jupiter Amidships

    By S I Martin
    Authors:
    S I Martin
    Jupiter and his brother Patrick are about to embark on a merchant ship bound for home in Sierra Leone, but are set upon by a vicious Navy pressgang. The brothers are beaten, bound, imprisoned at bayonet point and finally marched to join a Royal Navy frigate, the Boneta. In word and deed, they are now prisoners of His Majesty King George. They have no idea where they are, or where they are heading. The Boneta is a ship full of secrets, and it's on a mission. Enemies are swiftly made, and the brothers can trust no one. Amid the mystery and danger, Jupiter will need all his strength and wits to survive - and, most surprisingly of all, some very strange and new technology. What they discover hidden in the holds of the ship will propel Jupiter and Patrick into an entirely unforeseen battle for their lives ...
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    Jupiter Williams

    By S I Martin
    Authors:
    S I Martin
    London 1800. Jupiter is young, black, living at the African Academy in Clapham with other boys from wealthy Sierra Leonean families. His life is a mixture of privilege and dispossession as he copes with the cruelty of his teachers, the rivalries and tensions among his schoolmates, a sense of duty towards his younger brother Robert and guilt over the death of another brother in Africa. Throughout, Jupiter strives to maintain his dignity, his Christian faith and pride in his roots.  But beyond the relative ease of Clapham lies another London, where poor black communities struggle for survival along the squalid reaches of the Thames. A world where Jupiter's education and background mean nothing and skin colour alone determines fate. Into this world his younger brother Robert vanishes, and Jupiter is obliged to follow ...
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  • Junior Caesar

    By Dave Woods, Chris Inns
    Authors:
    Dave Woods, Chris Inns
    Junior Caesar's school is awful and the pupils are revolting!So Junior Caesar decides to teach the teachers a lesson. Can he tackle terrible tongue twisters? Will he reach the end of the known world? Can he rule the Roman Games?Young Junior Caesar fights the power in ancient Rome!
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  • The Jungle Book

    A tiny baby boy is rescued by wolves from the hunting tiger Shere Khan. The wolves name the boy Mowgli and raise him as one of their own cubs in the Indian jungle - with the help of Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther. But Shere Khan never fogets his loss and mnay years later, Mowgli has to face him again
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  • June

    By Gabrielle Lord
    Authors:
    Gabrielle Lord
    On New Year's Eve, Callum Ormond is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning:They killed your father.They'll kill you.You must survive the next 365 days.Somebody wants Cal out of the way - for good. He's been living on the run for six months, hunted by criminals and the police as he tries to solve a sinister family secret from the past. He's been mauled by a lion, attacked by sharks and used as target practice on a firing range, but things are about to turn more dangerous yet.He has 205 days. Over half the year to go ...
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  • Jumping Jive

    By Chloe Melody
    Authors:
    Chloe Melody
    Join the girls at the Strictly Dance Academy and experience all the fun and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing. Meet Bella, Natalie and Sofia - three dedicated pupils who love to dance!When Bella is picked to dance in a movie starring Jet Rogerson, the most famous, most gorgeous young Hollywood star in the world, she is completely star struck! But when word gets out of the secret studio location the set gets mobbed with screaming fangirls who all want a glimpse of Jet. It looks as if they might have to call off the scene and Bella is devastated. Will she get her moment to dance with the super dreamy star? It's lights, camera... jiving!A must-read for anyone who has ever wished they could be a part of the glamorous world of Strictly Come Dancing.Strictly Come Dancing (or Dancing with the Stars as it is known in the US) is a key BBC one show and can be seen in over 75 countries with approximate worldwide viewing figures standing at 250 million. It was the UK's highest rating programme of 2012 excluding The Olympics, Euro 2012 and The Diamond Jubilee Concert.'It's amazing and a really exciting book to read!' Grace, 7'The pictures were beautiful and I think all girls of my age will love it!' Aimee, 10'It made me think I was really at Strictly!' Lucy, 7'I loved the Bella adventures. There were wonderful descriptions of the characters.' Josie, 7'The book is really, really good. It's almost like I'm there watching.' Sigalia, 7'I can't wait to read the next book.' Susan, 8'I like the characters very much and am looking forward to the next book.' Eden, 8'Once you start it, you can't stop reading it!' Levana, 8'I enjoyed reading this book because I loved the characters.' Mira, 8'So much fun - especially the dancing bits!' Janine, 7'ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I'd like to go to the Strictly Academy ... if there was one!' Sterrett, 7'It's really good!' Leora, 6
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    Jump In!

    By Ian Whybrow, David Melling
    Authors:
    Ian Whybrow
    Illustrated by:
    David Melling
    Just how many animal can Miss Lollipop squash in her truck? And just how big can the animals get? Find out in this hilarious animal farce in which the witty words are perfectly matched by fantastic, dynamic illustrations, with lots of counting fun too.'Both children and adults will enjoy the humour in the illustrations as well as the text.' - Early Years EducatorIllustrated by the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas. Find out more about David Melling here http://www.davidmelling.co.uk/ Written by the author of the popular Harry and the Dinosaurs series. Read more about Ian Whybrow at http://www.ianwhybrow.com/
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  • July

    By Gabrielle Lord
    Authors:
    Gabrielle Lord
    On New Year's Eve, Callum Ormond is chased down the street by a crazed man with a deadly warning:They killed your father.They'll kill you.You must survive the next 365 days.Cal is running out of places to hide. Everywhere he goes, someone seems to be behind him, tracking his every move. They don't care who they hurt to get to him.As his sixteenth birthday approaches, the threat to him and his family increases. Nobody is safe while the secret of the Ormond Singularity remains unsolved. And Cal's enemies will do anything to make sure he doesn't see his sixteenth ...He has 184 days. He can't hide for ever ...
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  • Julius Caesar

    By Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross
    Authors:
    Andrew Matthews
    Illustrated by:
    Tony Ross
    Over two million Shakespeare Shorts sold! Discover the world of Shakespeare with this collection of brilliant stories - perfect for readers of all ages.Rome's greatest general, Julius Caesar, returns to the city celebrating a glorious victory. But among the cheering crowds, a group of conspirators are determined to prevent Caesar becoming king... A brilliant retelling of Shakespeare's famous Roman play.
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  • Juliet the Valentine Fairy

    By Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
    Authors:
    Daisy Meadows
    Illustrated by:
    Georgie Ripper
    Juliet the Valentine Fairy is in a terrible state! She helps make every Valentines Day special for friends and sweethearts everywhere. But Jack Frost and his naughty goblins have stolen her three special Valentine objects, so nobody is enjoying this most special and wonderful of days!Can Kirsty and Rachel help Juliet, or will the missing Valentine items affect their friendship, too...?
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  • Julie and Me and Michael Owen makes Three

    By Alan Gibbons
    Authors:
    Alan Gibbons
    For Terry Payne, life is not much fun. His parents are splitting up, and he's fallen desperately in love with the gorgeous new girl at school, who doesn't even know he exists. To top it all off, his beloved football team - the mighty Man U - are on a losing streak.As Terry sees Man U lose to Liverpool, watches in horror as arch-rival and school golden boy showers the beautiful Julie with attention, and discovers the object of his affections is ... a Liverpool fan, he starts to think that things can't get much worse.After all, it's a close contest in Life versus Football - and there can only be one winner. Can't there?Hilarious and heart-warming, this is a touching story about the ups and downs of life, love, and more importantly, football, from award-winning author, Alan Gibbons.
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