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BOOK OF THE MONTH - The new book in this hilarious series from Louie Stowell, packed with doodles and comic strips. Can Loki clear his name and solve the mystery of the missing hammer?

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Summer Reading book bundle to win

The summer holidays are the perfect time to sit back, relax and enjoy a good book.

We have some fantastic recommendations this year, from silly picture books through to enchanting middle-grade stories, absorbing activity books and fabulously illustrated fiction and non-fiction for all ages. 

These books will keep even the most reluctant reader entertained during the (seemingly never-ending!) summer holidays and they are all available to win this summer through Toppsta!

Just read and review one of the books below by 31st August and we'll pick our favourite review to win a set of all the books for their school.*

Happy Reading - we can't wait to hear what you think!

*We can only send the books to a school address in the UK

Toppsta
2022-08-01
Summer Reading
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Hot Dog

From the creators of Mince Spies , Santa Jaws and Jingle Smells comes another hilarious romp that's guaranteed to make you laugh this summer! This is the story of a little hot dog who longs for just one thing: to be a REAL dog. But when the Mustard Fairy makes his dreams come true, will he be accepted by the other dogs? Or will he have to fight for his place in the sun? Packed with beaches, sunshine, ice cream and seaside silliness galore, this is THE picture book of the summer!

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The Great Hamster Getaway

Raffleton Grey is as BORED as a hamster can be. He wants to go to the fair - but he's STUCK in his cage. There's only one thing for it . . . Get ready for the most exciting HAMSTER GETAWAY in history! Freedom means new friendships and tasty ice cream and fairground rides. But as night falls, things begin to get a bit scary. Perhaps home isn't so bad after all - especially if you have a new friend by your side . . . This hilarious rhyming adventure is perfect for reading (and laughing!) out loud - a fun-packed summertime getaway that's irresistible to readers both big and small!

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We're Going on a Treasure Hunt: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure

THE BUNNY ADVENTURES: DISCOVER THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES! Yo! Ho! Ho! Join the fun as four bunnies set off on a thrilling pirate adventure to find the hidden treasure chest. With ten gold coins to find hidden under the flaps, it's an action-packed treasure hunt! You'll need to watch out for the obstacles along the way - leaping dolphins, colourful parrots, scary sharks and naughty monkeys - and help the bunnies get home in time for a delicious SURPRISE! Stuffed with piratical fun, this is the perfect gift for everyone who loves adventure. From the bestselling Laura Hughes, illustrator of We're Going on an Egg Hunt and We're Going on an Elf Chase , this gorgeously illustrated lift-the-flap romp is packed full of treasure and tropical creatures - perfect for little pirates everywhere! We're going on a treasure hunt. Yo! Ho! Ho! Help us find the golden coins ... Arrrrr! Off we go!

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Dinos Don't Give Up!

A fantastic rhyming story by Smriti Halls ( I'm Sticking With You and Rain Before Rainbows) , with dynamic illustrations from Richard Merritt ( The Dinosaur Department Store ), about discovering grit and building determination.


Diplodocus Dinah is BRILLIANT at everything. There's nothing she can't do and no competition she can't win! But what happens when the Surfing Contest comes to Dino Town and Dinah discovers that surfing is something she just can't dino-do! For the first time ever Dinah doesn't come first. Will she be distraught? Or will she discover that there's more to having fun than winning?


An encouraging and inspiring story, packed with hidden humour, that's perfect for fans of Giles Andreae's Giraffes Can't Dance .

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Disney Brain Games: Fun puzzles for bright minds

The ULTIMATE boredom buster for Disney fans! Join your favourite Disney characters and challenge yourself to solve 100 word, logic, number, memory and picture puzzles. Featuring Anna and Elsa, Dory, Belle, Aladdin, Mike and Sulley and many more characters, kids will love exercising their brains the Disney way. Disney Brain Games' compact size makes it an ideal companion for travel and school holidays - it will keep children entertained for hours! Also available: The Ultimate Disney Quiz Book

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Ambrose Follows His Nose

'Sparkling humour and wonderful characters are Dick King-Smith's trademarks' - Books for Your Children

An exciting new publication in celebration of the centenary of his birth, a recently discovered funny and poignant animal story by Dick King-Smith, completed by his great granddaughter, Josie Rogers.

Ambrose may seem like an ordinary rabbit but he has the most extraordinary sense of smell. He can detect any aroma from sweets to kittens - and even niffy foxes!

He lives with his family in a hutch and is visited every day by Biddy, who is desperate to take him home to be her pet - if only her mum and dad would let her. Biddy trains Ambrose to become a tracker rabbit - which comes in very handy when Ambrose's little sister Roly goes missing. But when Biddy's family find themselves in real danger, can Ambrose's sensitive nose save the day?

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The Mermaid Call

A gripping story of myth and mystery about a legendary mermaid and her dark power. When the truth comes out, will it bring freedom or a terrible retribution? Vivien's never going to win the Mermaid Crown and she knows it. Does she care? Who wants to be rewarded just for being pretty anyway? So she joins Alice on her quest to find the mermaid of the lake instead. But as the legend starts to unravel, it reveals an ugly truth. And leads the girls into terrible, watery danger... Cover illustrations by Kathrin Honesta.

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Picture Perfect

A quest for screen-free family time leads to camping chaos in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy from the author of Anisha, Accidental Detective .

Sonal needs to capture a great family picture for her school photography project but it's impossible when everyone's always so busy! Luckily they're heading off on a family camping trip which should provide lots of great photo opportunities ... shouldn't it? Faced with an enforced digital detox, will Sonal's family come together and have fun ... or will the trip end in complete disaster?

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Hedgewitch

'Magical in every sense of the word' Eoin Colfer

Step into the magical world of Hedgewitch, where the land of Faerie lies just beyond our own, in this enchanting new series for children age 9+ and readers of Nevermoor , The Worst Witch and The Dark Is Rising .

Cassie Morgan has run away. After seven years spent waiting for her mother to return, she flees her dreary boarding school and sets out to find her. But the world outside her school is full of hidden magic and children have been going missing.

With the help of a talking cat and a flying broom, Cassie escapes to the enchanted village of Hedgely. There she will begin her training in the practical skills of witchcraft with the Hedgewitch, who watches over the Hedge, the vast forest that marks the border between England and Faerie.

Will Cassie discover the truth about her mother? Can she find the lost faery treasures before the wicked Erl King gets his hands on them? And what will it take to save her new home - and Britain itself - from the shadowing magic of Faerie?

'There are only two sorts of fantasy story: the ones that feel fake and the ones that feel real. It's hard to explain the difference but you know the real ones when you read them, and Hedgewitch is one of them' Philip Reeve

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (Book 1)

THE ONE WHERE IT ALL BEGINS!

The first book in the global phenomenon from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney
- 250 million copies of the series sold worldwide!

'Let me get something straight: this is a JOURNAL not a diary... The other thing I want to clear up right away is that this was MOM's idea, not mine.'

Things aren't going well for Greg Heffley .

He's been thrust into a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving.

Along with his friend Rowley , Greg's desperate to prove his new maturity, which only going up a grade can bring. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, will Greg be able to reach the same heights of popularity as his best friend?


WHAT'S IN DIARY OF A WIMPY KID ?
50% words, 50% cartoons, 100% hilarious!
Stories that all readers can't wait to get their hands on
Laughter guaranteed!


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Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good

Wry, witty and very funny diary-style story packed with doodles and comic strips about the frustration trickster god Loki feels at having to live trapped in the body of a weedy eleven-year-old boy.

After one trick too many, Loki is banished to live on Earth as a "normal" school boy. Forbidden from using his AWESOME godly powers, Loki must show moral improvement . As he records his lies THE TRUTH in his magical (judgemental) diary, it becomes clear Loki hasn't a clue how to tell good from evil, trust from tricks, or friends from enemies.

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Hope on the Horizon: A children's handbook on empathy, kindness and making a better world

"No one is too small to make a change."

Growing up, there is so much out of our control and so much we can feel helpless about. But together, we can make a difference. In this inspiring and practical handbook, bestselling children's author and Human Rights campaigner, Onjali Rauf, shares her top ten ways for creating change.

With the help of her favourite fictional characters and some of the most inspiring people she has ever met, Onjali invites readers to dive in and discover everything there is to know about kindness, empathy, friendship and fighting for the things that matter. (Plus cool stuff like X-ray vision and deflecting negative forces.)

Because with a bit of compassion, a big dollop of hope and even the smallest act of kindness, we can all make the world a better place. Hope is on the horizon; you just have to find it.

Parental guidance recommended: issues related to discrimination, injustice and prejudice are included.

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SuperQuesters: The Case of the Stolen Sun

Meet Lilli and her best friends Leo and Bea - three endlessly curious kids with BIG imaginations. When they unite to solve a challenging science problem, they turn into SUPERHEROES Lillicorn, Leo Zoom and Bea Bumble and journey to a world full of magic, adventure and quests. And now they want YOU to join in the mission and the fun. Can you help them to track down Lord Grumble and his Snapettes and return the stolen sun to Questland? Discover your inner superhero in this unique interactive story with hands-on activities, expertly designed in line with the Key Stage 1 Computing, Maths and Science National Curriculum to help children develop their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills in innovative new ways. Features over 100 reusable stickers including magical charm rewards, a reward chart to mark progress and celebrate success, plus a glossary and answer page. If you're a superhero enthusiast, love learning through play or enjoy books such as Ada Twist, Scientist, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and the Fantastically Great Women series, you'll LOVE this! It's time to Read, Quest, Learn!

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Nura and the Immortal Palace

A magical adventure rooted in Muslim culture and tradition, Nura and the Immortal Palace follows a young girl's journey from modern-day Pakistan into the world of the jinn.

Nura has worked all her life in the mica mines, earning just enough to keep her family afloat - and enjoy the odd delicious gulab jamun from the market. Some day she's going to find the Demon's Tongue, a legendary treasure buried deep in the mines, and her family will never have to worry about money again.

But when a terrible accident buries her best friend below ground, Nura goes in search of him and passes over into the magical and terrible world of the jinn. Across a pink sea and under a purple sky, she finds her way to a palace, where great riches and a whole new life are on offer.

But it's not long before Nura discovers this world to be as unfair as the real one, and that trickster jinns will always live up to their reputation...

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Maria's Island

A dramatic and moving story set in the same world as the international bestseller The Island from the celebrated novelist Victoria Hislop.
The absorbing story of the Cretan village of Plaka and the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony - is told to us by Maria Petrakis, one of the children in the original version of The Island . She tells us of the ancient and misunderstood disease of leprosy, exploring the themes of stigma, shame and the treatment of those who are different, which are as relevant for children as adults. Gill Smith's rich, full-colour illustrations will transport the reader to the timeless and beautiful Greek landscape and Mediterranean seascape.

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What's New, Harper Drew?: Book 1

"Fizzing with fun. From friendship dramas to family catastrophes, it's a perfect choice for fans of funny!" - Jen Carney, author of The Accidental Diary of B.U.G

Welcome to the hilarious WORLD of Harper Drew... there's a whole lot of DRAMA, but luckily she has tried and tested methods to deal with it! Perfect for fans of Dork Diaries.


My name is Harper Drew. I'm using my new journal to take note of all the totally ridiculous things that seem to go on around me with my family and friends. I seem to be the ONLY ONE who sees this all of this stuff for what it is. Completely BEYOND normal.

Recently I've been logging Drew Dial Ratings for all the mayhem. On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely is someone to SAY or DO something that would be less sensible than (for example) ... a demented camel?

First up is the annual Drew trip to France... and while there might not be camels, there are BATS and Llamas - and my brother Troy who is so obsessed with his hairstyle, he won't even go swimming... that's a whole lot of ratings. I'm just hoping I land an invite to Maisie Felix's party when I'm back to distract me from the Drews... for one whole evening!

The start of a relatable new illustrated series, all about embracing your family, and finding unique ways to deal with life's dramas.

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Birdsong

The blackbirds' song uplifts and restores in this captivating novella from one of the most exciting voices in children's fiction.

After a devastating car crash, Annie is unable to play her flute and retreats from the music she's always loved.

She exists in a world of angry silence - furious with her mum and furious she can't seem to play her beloved flute any more.

Then she meets Noah, who shows her the blackbirds' nest hidden in the scrubland near their flats. As their friendship grows, the blackbirds' glorious song reignites Annie's passion for music. But when tragedy strikes again, will her fragile progress be put at risk?

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Some Sunny Day

A funny and incredibly moving new novel of our times by one of the most talented children's book authors working today, perfect for fans of Wonder , Frank Cottrell-Boyce or The Boy at the Back of the Class .

Cymbeline Igloo is BORED. Bored of home learning, bored of lockdown, bored of not being able to DO anything. And to make things even worse, his mum accidentally gave away his favourite football shirt.

But then Mrs Stebbings, the beloved school cook, is taken into hospital, and suddenly coronavirus seems much closer to home. When Cym starts a project all about Mrs Stebbings' childhood in World War II, he can't know that it's the beginning of something incredible and even dangerous.

Exploring the place where her street once stood, he finds a tent, a strange girl wearing HIS SHIRT, and a mystery that will change absolutely everything. Because the past is more present than Cymbeline can possibly know - and the most amazing thing is how much one small person can do RIGHT NOW...

Some Sunny Day is a story of hope, kindness and the history we all make every day, no matter who we are.

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Megalodon

TV scientist Ben Garrod presents the biggest extinction events ever, told from the point of view of evolution's superstars, the most incredible animals ever to swim, stalk, slither or walk our planet. Whether you're 9 or 90, his unique exploration of the most destructive, yet most creative, force in nature makes top level science fun.

Here are the superstars of the story of life, from the super-weird to the super-ferocious. Usually a species has 10 million years or so of evolving, eating, chasing, playing, maybe doing homework, or even going to the moon before it goes extinct.

Megalodon, the super-predator, had the most powerful bite force ever measured! Terrorising the oceans, it hunted with stealth and skill, but even Megalodon died out, along with 50 percent of marine mammals, 2.5 million years ago. Find out why!

Collect all eight books about animals we have lost in mass extinctions caused by asteroids or mega-volcanoes, clashing continents and climate change.

Also includes:
* Past brought to full-colour life by palaeoartist Gabriel Ugueto
* Ask an Expert contributions from leading scientists
* Glossary and pronunciation guide

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How I Became a Dog Called Midnight: The top-ten magical adventure from the author of The Day I Fell Into a Fairytale

'Wonderful, funny, magical' Chris Evans

'A sheer delight for all kids both big AND small' Ruth Jones on The Night I Met Father Christmas

'Bubbles with warmth and mischievous humour . . . irresistible'
Alexander Armstrong on The Night I Met Father Christmas

A boy, a dog, and a magical body-swap adventure! Enter a world of wonder in this classic adventure from top-ten bestselling children's author, Ben Miller.

George has always wondered what it's like to be a dog. One night, a magical mix-up with an enchanted fountain means he swaps places with Midnight, a huge and loveable hound! Becoming a dog is an amazing adventure, until George uncovers a plan that could threaten Midnight's home. Can the two friends save the day before the clock strikes twelve and leaves them stuck in each other's bodies forever?

A magical race-against-time for a boy and his dog best friend - discover the funny and heartwarming classic storytelling from bestselling author and beloved actor, Ben Miller.

Praise for Ben Miller:
'A magical adventure' Sunday Express on The Day I Fell Into a Fairytale
'Great for reading aloud' The Week Junior on The Day I Fell Into a Fairytale
'A fire-side gem of a story' Abi Elphinstone on The Night I Met Father Christmas
'Fabulous' Sunday Express on The Boy Who Made the World Disappear
'Enchanting, funny and intriguing in equal measure' Philip Ardagh on The Night I Met Father Christmas
'Each of [Ben's] five books is joyous and thoughtful' Red Magazine

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1st August 2022

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Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Taking the Blame
Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Taking the Blame

BOOK OF THE MONTH - The new book in this hilarious series from Louie Stowell, packed with doodles and comic strips. Can Loki clear his name and solve the mystery of the missing hammer?

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