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Charlie Fletcher talks to Graham Marks (again!)

Author Spotlight

Charlie Fletcher is the bestselling author of the Stoneheart series and the classic adventure tale Far Rockaway; he has recently had his first adult novel published and here he talks to Graham Marks about his latest project, Dragon Shield.

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The Secret of Supernatural Creek

Lauren St John
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Lauren St John
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Mercy and the Hippo

Lauren St John, Nila Aye
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Lauren St John, Nila Aye
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A Friend for Christmas

Lauren St John, Matt Robertson
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Lauren St John, Matt Robertson
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Operation Rhino

Lauren St John, David Dean
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Lauren St John, David Dean
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Kentucky Thriller and Rendezvous in Russia

Lauren St John
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Lauren St John
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The Glory

Lauren St John
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Lauren St John
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Anthony Ant Saves the Day

Lauren St John, Tamara Anegon
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Lauren St John, Tamara Anegon
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4-book EBook Collection

Lauren St John, David Dean
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Lauren St John, David Dean
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Rendezvous in Russia

Lauren St John
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Lauren St John
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The Midnight Picnic

Lauren St John
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Lauren St John

Ace detective Laura Marlin returns in another gripping adventure mystery for World Book Day 2014, from award-winning author, Lauren St John.When a prize-winning essay earns Laura Marlin an invitation to a midnight picnic on mysterious Bodmin Moor she can hardly wait, especially since her best friend, Tariq, and husky, Skye, get to come too.But Bodmin is a place steeped in legend and as the fog descends it becomes hard to separate myth from reality. When a freak accident leaves the children alone, Laura has to use all her powers of deduction to outwit an enemy who may not even exist.

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Kentucky Thriller

Lauren St John
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Lauren St John

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Shumba's Big Adventure

Lauren St John, Lorna Hussey
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Lauren St John, Lorna Hussey

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Shumba is the naughtiest lion cub in the whole of Africa. When he sneaks off one night to go exploring, he finds himself on a boat going all the way to England with gorillas, snakes, monkeys, zebras and parrots. And that's just the start of his adventure! A heartwarming Early Reader story from the author of the White Giraffe quartet, which brings Africa and its animals to life for the youngest readers.

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The One Dollar Horse

Lauren St John
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Lauren St John

A thriller set in the equestrian world about making the impossible possible, about reaching the top on a one dollar horse.Fifteen year old Casey Blue lives in East London's grimmest tower block and volunteers at a local riding school, but her dream is to win the world's greatest Three Day Event: the Badminton Horse Trials.When she rescues a starving, half-wild horse, she's convinced that the impossible can be made possible. But she has reckoned without the consequences of her father's criminal record, or the distraction of a boy with melty, dark eyes, with whom she refuses to fall in love. Casey learns the hard way that no matter how high you jump, or how fast you gallop, you can never outrun the past.A real life thriller that delves into the competitive and elite equestrian world from the 2011 BLUE PETER BOOK OF THE YEAR award-winning author.

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Kidnap in the Caribbean

Lauren St John
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Lauren St John

From Cornwall to the Caribbean, 11-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin comes face to face with pirates, sharks, criminal masterminds and an erupting volcano in her second mystery adventure, from award-winning author Lauren St John. Laura cannot contain her excitement when she wins a trip to the Caribbean for herself and her uncle, Calvin Redfern, especially when her best friend, Tariq, and her three-legged husky, Skye, accidentally find themselves on board too. But when they dock at Antigua, they discover that Calvin Redfern has vanished, and Laura and Tariq are about to be kidnapped by the fearsome Straight A gang. Dramatic escapes, an erupting volcano and a race against time to stop the deadly undercover 'Marine Concern' make Laura's second adventure every bit as exciting as the first.

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The Last Leopard and The Elephant's Tale

Lauren St John, David Dean
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Lauren St John, David Dean

The adventures of Martine and her magical white giraffe continue in THE LAST LEOPARD and THE ELEPHANT'S TALE, as Martine races against time to save the world's rarest leopard, and uncovers a terrible plot deep in the Namibian desert.Join Martine and her magical giraffe, Jemmy, in two more heart-warming adventures. In The Last Leopard, an accident sends Martine and Ben on a journey to the Matabo Hills in Zimbabwe where they must race against time to save the world's rarest leopard - and each other. And In The Elephant's Tale, Martine and Ben travel to the Namibian desert where they uncover a terrible plot. These are books full of charm and atmosphere and stunning African landscapes, which will enchant animal lovers everywhere.

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White Giraffe Box Set

Lauren St John, David Dean
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Lauren St John, David Dean

All four White Giraffe stories by BLUE PETER AWARD-winning author Lauren St John, beautifully packaged in a presentation gift box.Martine is eleven when she goes to live on a game reserve in South Africa. One night she looks out of her window and sees a giraffe - silver, tinged with cinnamon in the moonlight. In that instant, she knows that she is prepared to risk everything for it, and her thrilling adventures as the child who can ride the white giraffe begin.Join Martine in these heart-warming stories, as she discovers her special gift of healing, rescues beached dolphins in the islands of Mozambique, saves the world's rarest leopard in Zimbabwe, and learns the secrets of Namibian elephants. These are books full of charm and atmosphere and stunning African landscapes, which will enchant animal lovers everywhere.

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The White Giraffe and Dolphin Song

Lauren St John, David Dean
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Lauren St John, David Dean
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The Last Leopard

Lauren St John, David Dean
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Lauren St John, David Dean

The third of Lauren St John's heartwarming White Giraffe series, in which Martine and Ben must save the world's rarest leopard.Martine is looking forward to the holidays and riding Jemmy, her white giraffe, until an accident sends her and Ben on a journey to the Matobo Hills wilderness in Zimbabwe. It is a lawless land, where nothing is as it seems. When they uncover a plot in which the fate of a magnificent leopard and the lost treasure of an African King are mysteriously linked, their friendship faces its greatest test.Far from home and the help of Grace and Tendai, and with Gwyn Thomas languishing, under false accusations, in jail, Martine and Ben must use every survival skill they possess. They'll come face to face with Griffin, Mercy, Mr Ratcliffe (known as Rat), Magnus the hornbill, and a witch doctor, not to mention Khan, the last leopard. They must decide who their friends and enemies really are as they race against time to save the world's rarest leopard and each other.This third African adventure is written with all the zest and skill that have endeared so many readers to THE WHITE GIRAFFE and DOLPHIN SONG.

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The White Giraffe Series: Dolphin Song

Lauren St John, David Dean
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Lauren St John, David Dean

It's June - winter in South Africa, and Martine and her grandmother are enjoying a cold but beautiful walk along the beach when they find a stranded, dying dolphin. Martine uses her gift of healing to help it back to the ocean but it's only the latest in a series of inexplicable beachings of dolphins and whales - and the start of a brand new adventure for Martine.After a last stolen midnight ride on her beloved white giraffe, Jemmy, Martine's class is off on an amazing school trip to the islands of Mozambique to witness the legendary 'Sardine Run'. It's a trip that goes drastically wrong and Martine, with close friend Ben, finds herself swimming in shark-infested waters, marooned on an uninhabited island and suddenly at the centre of mysterious submarine goings-on as she tries to save a pod of 100 dolphins from certain death.Like her debut novel, THE WHITE GIRAFFE, DOLPHIN SONG has plenty of action and adventure, and delves deeply into Martine's relationships with the people and animals around her. It makes her question the true nature of her gift, and what she will be called upon to do next. The incredible beauty of the flora and fauna of this little known corner of Africa is richly evoked as a result of Lauren's in depth knowledge and research of the area.Read by Ruth Wilson(P)2004 Orion Publishing Group.Ltd

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The White Giraffe

Lauren St John, David Dean
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Lauren St John, David Dean

When she is eleven years old, Martine is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. Her grandmother seems strangely unwelcoming and Martine has a difficult time settling in at her new school, where she is conspicuously an outsider. But she has an ally in Tendai - one of the keepers on the reserve, from whom she learns the lore and survival techniques of the bush, and in Grace - who instantly senses there is something special about Martine.There are secrets about Sawubona (the reserve) just waiting to be revealed, and rumours too about a fabled white giraffe - a trophy for hunters everywhere. One night Martine, lonely and feeling slightly rebellious too, looks out of her window and see a young albino giraffe - silver, tinged with cinnamon in the moonlight. This is the beginning of her mysterious and magical adventures - her discovery of her gift of healing and a secret valley that she travels to with the giraffe, where she'll find clues about her past and future. Above all it's is a heart-warming story, full of charm and atmosphere, and Martine's sheer delight in her giraffe friend and the fantastic landscape which is theirs to explore.Read by Ruth Wilson(P)2004 Orion Publishing Group.Ltd