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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Jane Simmons

Jane Simmons is a uniquely talented award-winning illustrator and author, and the creator of some of our best-loved children’s books. Here she talks to Graham Marks about boats, motorbikes and making a mess, as well as her words, her art and her latest picture book, Lily Gets Lost.

Hodder Children's Books

My Name is Mina

David Almond
Authors:
David Almond

There's an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. It's been there for an age. I keep on saying that I'll write a journal. So I'll start right here, right now. I open the book and write the very first words: My name is Mina and I love the night. Then what shall I write? I can't just write that this happened then this happened then this happened to boring infinitum. I'll let my journal grow just like the mind does, just like a tree or a beast does, just like life does. Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line?And so Mina writes and writes in her notebook, and here is her journal, Mina's life in Mina's own words: her stories and dreams, experiences and thoughts, her scribblings and nonsense, poems and songs. Her vivid account of her vivid life.In this stunning book, David Almond revisits Mina before she has met Michael, before she has met Skellig.Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal.

Orchard Books

Lily

Holly Webb
Authors:
Holly Webb

The first book in a magical series by bestselling author Holly Webb - this adventure is mystery-filled, with a hint of darkness perfect for readers aged 9 and up. In a world where magic is outlawed, Lily runs wild and neglected. Once rich and powerful magicians, now Lily's family hide away in their crumbling house, while her older sister, Georgie, is trained secretly in magic. But when Lily discovers her parents' dark plan to use Georgie in a terrible plot to restore the country to its magical glory, she knows she must rescue her sister - and flee...The Lily books are set in the same world as Holly Webb's Rose books - but you can read either series first. Discover more by Holly Webb with herMagical Venice series - also filled with spellbinding adventures.

Orion Children's Books

Where's Asterix?

René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
Contributors:
René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
Wayland

Dance Culture: Bhangra and Bollywood

Anna Claybourne
Authors:
Anna Claybourne

Bollywood and bhangra dances are a riot of swirling colours, glitzy costumes and high energy beats. Make sure they are on your radar! Look inside to find sensational step by step photo guides, a 5-minute interview with a leading Bollywood dance choreographer, the blog of a young dancer's experience at a reality TV dance show, plus record breaking facts and a potted history of the dances. Are you on the radar?

Orchard Books

Snow White and the Magic Mirror

Tony Bradman, Sarah Warburton
Contributors:
Tony Bradman, Sarah Warburton
Franklin Watts

Entrepreneurs

Geoff Barker
Authors:
Geoff Barker

Want to be a star? In this series you`ll get close to all your favourite celebrities and find out how they became famous and what it took to make it to the top.

Orchard Books

Fire and Fury

Adam Blade
Authors:
Adam Blade
Orchard Books

Unfortunately

Alan Durant, Simon Rickerty
Contributors:
Alan Durant, Simon Rickerty
Orchard Books

Divine Freaks

Fiona Dunbar
Authors:
Fiona Dunbar
Orion Children's Books

Dead Man's Cove

Lauren St John
Authors:
Lauren St John

Winner of the 2011 Blue Peter Book of the Year Award, DEAD MAN'S COVE is the first book in a gripping adventure series about eleven-year-old ace detective, Laura Marlin, from award-winning author Lauren St John.When orphaned Laura Marlin moves from a children's home to live with her uncle in Cornwall, she longs for a life of excitement just like the characters in her favourite detective novels.A real life adventure is on hand as she is deposited at her uncle's spooky house . . . Why does her uncle, Calvin Redfern, forbid her to go to Dead Man's Cove? What's the truth about Tariq, the silent Indian boy who lives with the flamboyant Mukthars? Who is J? Who has left the message in a bottle for Laura to discover? Mysteries abound and who better to solve them than Laura Marlin, ace detective?Accompanied by her trusty companion, Skye, a three-legged husky, the dog she's always wanted, Laura's adventures begin in this first captivating mystery.

Hodder Children's Books

The Famous Five Short Story Collection

Enid Blyton
Authors:
Enid Blyton

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series.A mysterious light on Kirrin Island, a stolen safe, a bag hidden in the woods, a runaway horse, dog thieves, a Christmas Eve robbery - they all mean a whole lot of fun for The Famous Five! Read all about their exciting adventures in this delightful collection of short stories. The text in this edition has been sensitively edited for today's reader and is unillustrated.Short stories included: Five have a puzzling time; George's hair is too long; Good old Timmy!; A lazy afternoon; Well done, Famous Five!; Five and a half-term adventure; Happy Christmas, Five!; When Timmy chased the cat!

Franklin Watts

Hastings

Gary Smailes, Ollie Cuthbertson
Contributors:
Gary Smailes, Ollie Cuthbertson

Take up your weapons and prepare to fight your own battle in these all-action, interactive adventures, in which you take part in epic battles from throughout history.It is 1066, and Harold Godwinson has been crowned King of England. A mighty army has journeyed from Normandy, Breton and France to crush Harold's forces at what will become remembered as the Battle of Hastings. You are William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and leader of one of the largest invasion forces ever. You must command your army and position your forces to defeat the English, and claim the crown that is rightfully yours...

Franklin Watts

Arnhem

Gary Smailes, David Cousens
Contributors:
Gary Smailes, David Cousens
Orchard Books

Rose and the Silver Ghost

Holly Webb
Authors:
Holly Webb
Orchard Books

Arrow

R J Anderson
Authors:
R J Anderson

Rhosmari trembled as the Empress walked over to her. 'Oh, do not struggle. There is nowhere for you to escape,' the Empress said, her voice silken and sweet. Then she unsheathed a small dagger from her waist. 'This will only hurt a little...'Rhosmari has lived her whole life on a sheltered chain of faery islands. But with the Empress's power growing, and her desire to enslave the entire faery race becoming a reality, Rhosmari knows she must fight back...

Franklin Watts

The Iraq War

Simon Adams
Authors:
Simon Adams
Franklin Watts

Snakes

Paul Harrison
Authors:
Paul Harrison

This high interest series presents fascinating facts on favourite topics alongside powerful photos

Wayland

Owl

Stephen Savage
Authors:
Stephen Savage

Discover the exciting world of the owl, from remote woodlands to inner-city gardens - explore some of the different habitats that are the owl's home. Have you ever seen inside an owl's nest? Do you know what owls eat? Would you recognise their call? Follow the owl's life cycle, from the first few hours of a new-born chick to finding a mate.Find out about the threats facing owls today and what can be done to protect them.Includes an animal map, locator map, life cycle summary and 'unusual fact' boxes.

Wayland

Badger

Michael Leach
Authors:
Michael Leach
Wayland

The Egyptians

Jillian Powell
Authors:
Jillian Powell