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Book 1
Book 1

Blitz

It's during World War II, and Martin has been evacuated to the country. But he hates it there, so he goes back home to L... More

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Book 2
Book 2

Shades 2.0 Reading Books Set 2

Shades 2.0 Reading Books Set 2 contains all 15 reading books in the Shades 2.0 series. Shades 2.0 is published by Ransom... More

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Book 3
Book 3

Sharp Shades 2.0 Reading Set 1

Sharp Shades 2.0 Reading Set 1 contains all 12 stories in the Sharp Shades 2.0 series. These books offer the same type o... More

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Book 4
Book 4

Shades 2.0 Complete Collection

Shades 2.0 Complete Collection contains all 76 reading books in the Shades 2.0, Sharp Shades 2.0 and Shades Shorts 2.0 s... More

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Book 5
Book 5

Leapfrog Learners: Space Explorers

Discover the exciting world of space - from stars to spaceships - in this new series of non-fiction readers. Leapfrog Le... More

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Book 6
Book 6

Doing the Double

Dale and Joe are twins, and they are both great football players. That's no surprise - their dad is the football legend ... More

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Book 7
Book 7

Hauntings

It is Rebecca Jane's birthday, the first since her mum died. Dad eagerly gives her a present, but when Rebecca opens it ... More

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Book 8
Book 8

Cry, Baby

Charlie is fifteen (and a half). She's in her last year at school. She just knows it's going to be a fantastic year. OK,... More

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Book 9
Book 9

Coming in to Land

It's the middle of World War II, and Jack dreams of flying real planes in battle. He's the youngest of a group of cadets... More

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Book 10
Book 10

Animal Lab

Jamie is fifteen - and he's as bald as the monkey he is looking after at the local animal lab. The drug company he is wo... More

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Book 11
Book 11

Hunter's Moon (Sharp Shades 2.0)

Something very odd is happening in the woods. Neil loves his job as a gamekeeper, but there are rumours of dark creature... More

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Book 13
Book 13

Gateway from Hell

Some people say that Mott Hill is sacred. It mustn't be disturbed. Something dark lies beneath the hill. Something ancie... More

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Book 14
Book 14

The Messenger

When a glass Christmas angel smashes in front of Chris's motorbike, a stranger warns him this must be an omen. It is onl... More

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Book 15
Book 15

Who Cares (Sharp Shades 2.0)

Tara is fifteen - well, nearly. She hates teachers, social workers, anybody who tells her what to do and, most of all, s... More

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Book 16
Book 16

Treachery by Night

Scotland, 1692. Fifteen-year-old Conn has always dreamed of being a brave warrior, like his cousin Jamie. But brave warr... More

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Book 17
Book 17

Fire

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Book 18
Book 18

Stone Robbers

No wonder Rico hates his Mayan culture. His dad died fighting to keep the old ways. Now Rico and his sister Delfina must... More

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Book 19
Book 19

Life of the Party

Chloe is the life and soul of the party. Her mates are always seeing her out with a drink or two, having a good time. Li... More

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Book 20
Book 20

Invasion

Jack is in hospital - there's something wrong with his leg. But when he catches a glimpse of his X-ray, Jack doesn't exp... More

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Book 21
Book 21

Danger Money

Bob Thompson's father was a fisherman, and so was his father before him. So when Bob joins the crew of the fishing smack... More

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Book 22
Book 22

Asteroid

What can one group of friends do when all of humanity faces extinction? An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth. It will d... More

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Book 23
Book 23

Mind's Eye

Lara hates the Braindeads as much as all the other kids do. They're scary. After all, being telepathic isn't right. So p... More

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Book 24
Book 24

Crime Stories Shades Shorts 2.0

Four killer stories to keep you guessing ... Murder happens where you least expect it ... A text message sent in error l... More

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Book 25
Book 25

Funny Stories Shades Shorts 2.0

Four funny stories to raise a laugh and a smile ... Jez Fisher, boy detective, on the tail of a problem cat ... Revenge ... More

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Book 26
Book 26

Ghost Stories Shades Shorts 2.0

Four tales of terror to keep you awake at night ... A girl gives a lift to a stranger on a misty road ... Zitty Zoe make... More

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Book 27
Book 27

The Messenger

When Chris sees an ornamental glass angel smash at his feet he doesn't think anything of it. But when a trip to the moor... More

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Book 28
Book 28

Plague (Sharp Shades 2.0)

The year is 1665 and plague has come to the city of London. Henry Harper is alone. His father is dead, a victim of the p... More

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Book 29
Book 29

A Murder of Crows

Ben has moved to the country - and his best friend is a crow that lives in his garden. At school Ben is bullied - especi... More

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Book 30
Book 30

Rising Tide

Danny is a Runner - a refugee running away from a country destroyed by climate change. When Chris finds Danny, he knows ... More

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Book 31
Book 31

Tears of a Friend

Cassie and Claire have been friends forever. Nothing can split them apart. Until they have a big row, and then everythin... More

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Book 32
Book 32

Wrong Exit (Sharp Shades 2.0)

When Grace, Adam, and Ruby get lost in the fog, they stumble into a parallel world where a terrible catastrophe has occu... More

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Book 33
Book 33

The Scream

An attack by two dogs has scarred Sally Johnson for life. The physical scars have almost disappeared, but deeper scars r... More

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Book 34
Book 34

A Murder of Crows

Only child Ben moves to the country with his mum and befriends a crow for company. However, when a local boy sees this a... More

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Book 35
Book 35

Sea Fever (Sharp Shades 2.0)

Saul loves playing in the sea, but his father hates him going near it ever since Saul's mother drowned. Unhappy with the... More

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Book 36
Book 36

Tears of a Friend

Claire and Cassie have always been friends. Cassie believes that nothing will break their bond. But one day they have an... More

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Book 37
Book 37

Who Cares (Sharp Shades 2.0)

Tara hates her situation and everyone around her. Most of all, she hates her special school, the Unit, which she feels i... More

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Book 38
Book 38

Fighting Back

Amita and her family have moved to a new town after her father's business was destroyed in a fire. Hoping for a better l... More

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Book 38
Book 38

Sci-Fi Stories Shades Shorts 2.0

Four gripping SF stories to keep you spellbound ... A strange, simple creature isn't quite what it seems ... Two space g... More

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Book 39
Book 39

Mantrap

When the crops fail, Danny and his dad have no choice: it's starve or go hunting in the forbidden game park. But it will... More

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Book 40
Book 40

Hunter's Moon (Sharp Shades 2.0)

When his boss is mysteriously hurt, young gamekeeper Neil is left to look after the woods and pheasants on his own. Ther... More

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Book 41
Book 41

Plague (Sharp Shades 2.0)

It is 1665 and the plague has hit the city of London. Life will never be the same again for apprentice apothecary Henry ... More

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Book 42
Book 42

Doing the Double

Twins Dale and Joe are the sons of fallen football ace Nicky Green. They have always joked about swapping their identiti... More

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Book 43
Book 43

Witness

Witness tells the story of Todd, who sees his ex-teacher Jason Ripley attacking a mild-mannered shopkeeper he knows from... More

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Book 44
Book 44

What About Me

Lisa's family has fallen apart, with her mum appearing to have killed her violent father. After getting arrested for sho... More

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Book 45
Book 45

Shades 2.0 Library Pack

The Shades 2.0 books offer fast-paced, shorter stories (just 64pp each) for older readers who may find longer books too ... More

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Book 46
Book 46

Four Degrees More

Leyton Curry can't stop his house falling into the sea. But perhaps he can stop what made it happen. Global warming. He ... More

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Book 47
Book 47

Flashback

A long time ago, when Bernard was thirteen, he killed a man. Everyone called him a hero. But ever since that time the pa... More

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Book 48
Book 48

Shades 2.0 Complete Collection

Shades 2.0 Complete Collection contains all 61 reading books in the Shades 2.0, Sharp Shades 2.0 and Shades Shorts 2.0 s... More

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Book 49
Book 49

Gunshots at Dawn

Robbie and his brother Jim find an old car up at Grange Farm. It's abandoned during the week, so soon they are regular j... More

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Book 50
Book 50

No Good

Donna thinks that her sister Marie's new boyfriend, Jay, is trouble. When Marie comes home covered in bruises, Donna is ... More

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Book 51
Book 51

Fresh Shades Reading Books

Fresh Shades Reading Pack contains 15 reading books from the Shades 2.0 series. The books offer fast-paced, shorter stor... More

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Book 52
Book 52

The Real Test

Ryan has passed his driving test and now he wants to borrow his mum's car. After all, he needs to show his friends how w... More

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Book 53
Book 53

Crying Out

Mack is a Grade One: Grade Ones are the best: they are the future. When he sees a Grade Three boy being attacked in the ... More

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Book 54
Book 54

Flashback

A long time ago, when Bernard was thirteen, he killed a man. Everyone called him a hero. But ever since that time the pa... More

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Book 55
Book 55

Gunshots at Dawn

Robbie and his brother Jim find an old car up at Grange Farm. It's abandoned during the week, so soon they are regular j... More

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Book 56
Book 56

Death on Toast

Freddy's parents leave him on his own most of the time - and when they are around, they're always complaining. After lea... More

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Book 57
Book 57

Aftershock

Maddy survives a dealdy tsunami, but she can't find her family. Are they alive? And will she ever get the chance to say ... More

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Book 58
Book 58

The Phoenix Conspiracy

In a future where hospitals seem to be able to fix anything, Jake's accident should have been easy to sort out. Yes, Jak... More

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Book 59
Book 59

Ben's Room

Ben's parents treat him like a kid - so after a huge argument, he decides to leave home. He moves into a very cheap old ... More

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Book 60
Book 60

The Team with the Ghost Player

In his first game for Greyport, Jacky Warren is mysteriously fouled - by an invisible player. Jacky says the player was ... More

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Book 61
Book 61

The Calling

Anna and her mum Kate have moved into Dragon House - a large, decrepit old ruin. Kate is planning some major renovations... More

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Book 62
Book 62

The Real Test

Jaz has split up with Kris and he is upset. But tonight Jack is playing at the Rock Show. It is the biggest gig in town.... More

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Book 63
Book 63

No Good

Donna thinks that her sister Marie's new boyfriend, Jay, is trouble. When Marie comes home covered in bruises, Donna is ... More

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Book 64
Book 64

Mau Mau Brother

It's 1955 in Kenya, and Thuo is fifteen. His country is at war with the British. Thuo hates his brother, Kungu, because ... More

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Book 65
Book 65

Crying Out

Mack is a Grade One: Grade Ones are the best: they are the future. When he sees a Grade Three boy being attacked in the ... More

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Book 66
Book 66

Sixteen Bricks Down

Chloe doesn't like - or trust - her step-dad. When she reads a cryptic email sent to him, she is both alarmed and intrig... More

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Book 67
Book 67

What About Me

Lisa's family has fallen apart, with her mum appearing to have killed her violent father. After getting arrested for sho... More

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Book 68
Book 68

Flood

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Book 69
Book 69

Mau Mau Brother

It's 1955 in Kenya, and Thuo is fifteen. His country is at war with the British. Thuo hates his brother, Kungu, because ... More

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Book 70
Book 70

Sixteen Bricks Down

Chloe doesn't like - or trust - her step-dad. When she reads a cryptic email sent to him, she is both alarmed and intrig... More

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Book 71
Book 71

The Phoenix Conspiracy

In a future where hospitals seem to be able to fix anything, Jake's accident should have been easy to sort out. Yes, Jak... More

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Book 72
Book 72

The Team with the Ghost Player

In his first game for Greyport, Jacky Warren is mysteriously fouled - by an invisible player. Jacky says the player was ... More

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Book 73
Book 73

Aftershock

Maddy's on an exotic beach holiday with her family. After an argument with her mother, she storms off, but the island is... More

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Book 74
Book 74

Death on Toast

Freddy's parents leave him on his own most of the time - and when they are around, they're always complaining. After lea... More

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Book 75
Book 75

The Calling

Anna and her mum Kate have moved into Dragon House - a large, decrepit old ruin. Kate is planning some major renovations... More

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Book 76
Book 76

Ben's Room

Ben's parents treat him like a kid - so after a huge argument, he decides to leave home. He moves into a very cheap old ... More

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Book 77
Book 77

Shades 2.0 Complete Collection

Shades 2.0 Complete Collection contains 46 reading books in the Shades 2.0, Sharp Shades 2.0 and Shades Shorts 2.0 serie... More

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Book 78
Book 78

Shades 2.0 Library Pack

Shades 2.0 Library Pack contains 30 reading books in the Shades 2.0 series. The Shades 2.0 books offer fast-paced, shor... More

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Book 79
Book 79

Shades 2.0 Reading Books Set 1

Shades 2.0 Reading Books Set 1 contains all 15 reading books in the Shades 2.0 series. Shades 2.0 is published by Ransom... More

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Book 80
Book 80

Shades Shorts 2.0 Reading Set 1

Shades Shorts 2.0 Reading Set 1 contains all 4 books of short stories in the Sharp Shades 2.0 series. Shades Shorts 2.0 ... More

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Book 81
Book 81

Flood (Sharper Shades)

London is flooding, and it's getting worse; already day-to-day life is breaking down. Todd needs to get away - and not j... More

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Book 82
Book 82

A Time to Live

It's 1942, during the Second World War, and France is occupied by the German army. These are dangerous times. Sylvie Duv... More

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