Author: Scarlett Thomas Publisher: Canongate. Set in a dystopian world where technology is flawed and magic abounds, this is the second instalment in the Worldquake sequence. This exciting fantasy adventure is peppered with portals into other dimensions, evil plots and monsters. When Father Christmas sets off to deliver the presents, poor Bear is left behind in the workshop! How will he make it to Tom's house in time for Christmas morning? Lift the flaps to find out, as he chases Santa's sleigh through icy seas and snowy forests, all the way from the North Pole to Tom's cosy bedroom.
Author: Dick Bruna Publisher: Egmont. From the creator of Miffy, comes a beautiful edition of Dick Bruna's charming Christmas Book complete with a press-out crib scene. In this delightful title he retells the birth of Jesus using simple text and charming illustrations.
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In s Liverpool, young Bronwen and Dylan find kindness from an unexpected source when they are frightened by what they think is a ghost on Christmas Eve. It's Christmas Eve, and two mice are curled up in their mouseholes. One is comfortable and warm with a candied plum to eat, but the other has nothing at all.
Milly is awakened in the night by a beautiful unicorn who helps to create a magical Christmas for her family. If you ever doubted that dinosaurs and Christmas would work well together, read this book. It is bursting with loveable characters, fast-paced adventure and, of course, Christmas spirit.
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Bestselling author and columnist Caitlin Moran wrote The Chronicles of Narmo when she was just a teenager herself. An attractive story interspersed with rhymes, telling of two sisters, Churki and Burki, and their dog, based on the artist's own childhood memories in an Indian village. Author: Manil Suri Publisher: Bloomsbury. Manil Suri's new novel, The City of Devi , is a weird postmodern dystopia, a thriller and a love story. Hyacinth Hayward is on a mission to save her kidnapped Mum. A delightfully silly, surreal and addictive adventure.
Author: Catherine Fisher Publisher: Firefly. Orphan Seren Rhys has been sent to live with her mysterious Godfather after living for 12 years in an orphanage. The possibility of her first happy family Christmas seems like it might finally be within her reach. On her solo journey to Wales, Seren is given a mysterious package to look after by a stranger and ends up feeling obliged to take it with her.
Everyone loves art class; everyone except the little girl who sits alone and draws nothing, a black cloud glowering above her. Many years after an unspecified cataclysm, the Earth has been shattered into a myriad of tiny planetoids floating in a vast ocean of air.
Franklin was called 'The Cloudspotter' - and he didn't want to share his clouds with anyone. That's why he pops the infuriating Scruffy Dog into a hot-air balloon and lets her fly away. A charming story about a lonely little boy who finds a friend. Humour, adventure, mystery and plenty of innocent childhood antics pepper this comical chapter book for young readers. Packed full of fascinating facts and flashes of humour, this non-fiction picture book encourages children to become wildlife detectives.
Ideal for any animal enthusiast, this would also be a useful addition to the classroom for use on wildlife projects.
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Author: Holly Black Publisher: Indigo. Welcome to Coldtown. Once you enter, you can never leave. Delightfully dark and gorgeously gothic, it is certain to enchant fans of all things chilling and supernatural. Author: Anna Llenas Publisher: Templar. An original and entertaining picture book using colour, collage-effect illustrations and a delightfully cute monster to help youngsters identify and understand different emotions.
On Hassan's first day at school he paints a colourful picture of his home and family in Somalia, but then adds soldiers, flames and bullets. Drawing on personal experiences of living in a family blighted by depression, this unusual, yet important, book may help youngsters to make sense of an illness they cannot see.
It offers a wide range of opportunities and new ideas for parents and schools, working across the curriculum through art, history and beyond. Author: Harriet Whitehorn Publisher: Stripes. This adventure book is a total rollercoaster ride that will catch your breath as gutsy Cass weaves in and out of peril. After all, who doesn't want swashbuckling fun and women warriors with the hearts of lions?
Fortunately she meets Morag, a friend from orchestra, who says she can stay at her house. Author: Publisher: Andrews McMeel. The comic-strip adventures of Calvin, a naughty boy with a philosophical bent, and his soft toy tiger companion Hobbes, delighted readers from to The General of a powerful country sends his troops into the last unconquered territory, but to their surprise, when they march across the border, they meet with no resistance.
Ever woken up to an eerie howl in the night and wondered what it was? This creepy tale about the Considine family might just have the answer.
The great beauty and diversity of the coral reef is explored in this stunningly beautiful picture book, which is a true work of art. The rhyming non-fiction text scans well and the information about coral reef conservation is pitched at the right level. This accessible and diversely illustrated picture book gives helpful suggestions for more or less any reading issue. It's likely to especially interest schools. A madcap, yet moving, story about having the courage of one's convictions, even when others doubt you.
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One night, a little cow falls to earth from the moon, but none of the earth animals speak her language. Author: Jeremy Lachlan Publisher: Egmont. Jane Doe appeared on the steps of the mysterious Manor with her sick father as a baby, and ever since the residents of Bluehaven have considered her The Cursed One. But Jane's about to find out who she really is in a storming, funny and gripping adventure romp.
Monsters under the bed AKA The Creakers are acknowledged as scary, but the warm and humorous narrator will make more nervous children feel they are in safe hands. After reading this brilliantly creepy book, you'll never look at a potato in the same way again. Author: Dawn Kurtagich Publisher: Orion. Kurtagich has created an incredibly assured, claustrophobic horror with a fractured and troubled teen narrator that will have you gripped to the very last page.
Who has left it, and where is its matching pair? An engaging story with a rhyming text and a fun Croc puppet attached to bring the story to life. Witty, colourful and delightful. Matty is sick, and very sad because he's too sick to go to the Queen's birthday party! But when he gets an unexpected visitor, it seems that Matty might not miss out after all Author: Jennifer Bell Publisher: Corgi. Jennifer Bell has built a wonderful new world in which readers can immerse themselves, in this pacey, magical adventure.
There are twists and turns, new creatures and strange, 'uncommon' objects to discover around every street corner. Josh and his twin brother JB are mad about basketball. Although different from each other, the two brothers have always been as close as can be. But things are changing. In the dark depths of winter, Brave Crow sets out on a dangerous journey to find the Sun, and beg for warmth. Inspired by a Native American myth, this beautiful picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter.
Will finds a small creature caught in a trap in the woods; a hob. The discovery of this magical creature signals the beginning of an incredible adventure for Will. A more challenging read that really fires the imagination. The Hunter is a cold, cruel man who lives only to kill rare animals and collect their skins. When the Hunter discovers that a pack of English wolves, long thought to be extinct, live in the Surrey countryside, he resolves to kill them all at any cost.
This is a fantastic sequel for this dystopian series. Interspersing her text with archive photos, Cat Winters combines history with the supernatural in her celebration of independent women in early twentieth-century America, and highlights the fight for women's suffrage. Natural World is an extremely beautiful reference book that explores the way that habitats, plants and animals are connected, and the way that all elements of nature work in harmony.
This funny, touching and compelling novel was the winner of the inaugural Booktrust Teenage Prize. One night, the night-light goes out, and the dark calls Laszlo down into the basement to meet it. James and Webster, a pair of unlikely friends, embark on a curious rampage across the Devonshire countryside: one to escape life as he knows it, the other on a quest to lift a curse.
This is probably one of the greatest fantasy sequences ever written. Darkly magical and intense Cooper weaves her storytelling wonder over fully realised characters and worlds, drawing in the reader and leading them on a journey that will leave them clambering for the rest of the series. Author: Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books.
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This is a gripping and unsettling story with some disturbing characters and a menacing atmosphere which pervades throughout. A dark but compelling read. One night as a boy, Chris Hadfield watches the Apollo 11 moon landing and decides to be an astronaut. This atmospheric book draws on the Commander's childhood fear of the dark, and his realisation that dreams can come true. Author: Holly Black Publisher: Hachette.