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    Chaos Clock

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    The Nowhere Emporium

    Winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award 2016 and the Scottish Children's Book Award 2016, and the North East Book Aw... More

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    Chill

    Winner of the Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books 2007 "He stared up at the dark mass of the house. Then he ... More

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    The Day the World Went Loki

    'At that moment the kitchen door opened and something colossal came stomping out. It was about seven feet tall with gr... More

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    Dragonfire

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    First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts

    Winner of a Scottish Children's Book Award. When Yann the injured centaur clip clops into Helen's life she decides ... More

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    Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest

    There has always been something unusual about Magnus Fin, a school misfit. On his eleventh birthday Magnus throws a me... More

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    The Beginner's Guide to Curses

    Molly Drummond is cursed: whenever a dog barks, she turns into a hare -- which can make life quite dangerous... So she... More

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    The Accidental Time Traveller

    Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Award 2013 Younger Readers (8-11 years) category One ordinary day, Saul is o... More

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    First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts

    Helen has absolutely no interest in becoming a vet like her mother. So she isn't best pleased when asked to help an inju... More

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    Chaos Clock

    "What do you mean, we are the keys?" Kate asked incredulously. "From time to time, certain people are born whose fate... More

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    Cloudberry Castle

    Katie Mackenzie has always dreamed of being a prima ballerina like her mother. When their neighbour Dr Campbell dies, mu... More

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    Red Fever

    A terrible virus has wiped out much of the human population and Scotland is now a wasteland, overrun by wild dogs. Tob... More

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    Artie Conan Doyle and the Gravediggers' Club

    One day Arthur Conan Doyle will create the greatest detective of all -- Sherlock Holmes. But right now Artie Conan Doyle... More

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    Wolf Notes and other Musical Mishaps

    As Helen practises her violin for a special Midsummer's Eve concert, her friends, the fabled beasts, prepare to go to ... More

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    Shiver

    A scream in the night, a hidden staircase to nowhere and a ghostly face: Dunadd House still has secrets. For over 4... More

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    The Elsewhere Emporium

    The Nowhere Emporium has been stolen. The shop from nowhere has vanished without a trace. Will it ever reappear? ... More

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    Black Tide

    Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Award 2013 Toby's dad and little sister have been kidnapped by pirates... More

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    The Wings of Ruksh

    'Strange as it may seem, as he came in to land at Edinburgh Airport last year, the captain of the London flight report... More

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    Thor Is Locked In My Garage!

    Brothers Greg and Lewis are enjoying a heatwave in the summer holidays -- until Loki, the god of mischief, buries thei... More

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    Cloudberry Castle: Ballet School Secrets

    Ballet-mad Katie Mackenzie and her family have opened the Cloudberry Castle School of Dance. Living at the school should... More

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    Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission

    On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin found out that he was half selkie -- part human, part seal. Although he... More

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    Artie Conan Doyle and the Vanishing Dragon

    One day Arthur Conan Doyle will create the greatest detective of all -- Sherlock Holmes. But right now Artie Conan Doy... More

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    Chaos Quest

    Kate and David are at secondary school in Edinburgh. David is struggling to come to terms with his new stepmother, and K... More

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    The Shapeshifter's Guide to Running Away

    Molly's curse is getting worse. The curse-breaking workshop hasn't exactly turned out how Molly and her friends had... More

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    Wolf Notes and Other Musical Mishaps

    Helen has won a place at a prestigious summer music school in remote north-western Scotland. But as she practises for a ... More

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    The Reluctant Time Traveller

    If Saul and Agnes don't do something their den will be destroyed. But the title deeds that could save it were lost in 19... More

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    Storm Singing and other Tangled Tasks

    Helen and her fabled-beast friends help Rona the selkie in a Storm Singer competition. Rona wins by singing up an incred... More

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    Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret

    On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin found out that he is half selkie -- part human, part seal. Although he ... More

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    The Underground City

    On the eve of his return to Scotland, Lewis Grant is dared to spend the night at a haunted desert oasis. The Bedouin ref... More

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    Silver Storm

    A terrible virus has wiped out most of the human population and Scotland is now a wasteland. Toby and his family are b... More

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    Cloudberry Castle: Ballerina Dreams

    Katie Mackenzie's family runs a ballet school in a wonderful old Scottish castle. Katie loves living with the other boar... More

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    The Witch's Guide to Magical Combat

    Molly's shape-shifting curse is getting stronger and more unpredictable. Becoming a hare she could cope with. At least... More

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    Odin Blew Up My TV!

    A strange haar blows into St Andrews' harbour one morning, freezing its inhabitants in a magical mist. A Viking longsh... More

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    Storm Singing and other Tangled Tasks

    A centaur, a selkie, a fairy and a phoenix -- Helen has unusual friends. And in this incredible quest, they face some ... More

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    The Unlikely Time Traveller

    Robbie has disappeared. And, since he'd been asking Saul a lot of questions about time travel, Saul has a good idea wh... More

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    Artie Conan Doyle and the Scarlet Phantom

    One day Arthur Conan Doyle will create the greatest detective of all -- Sherlock Holmes. But right now, Artie Conan Do... More

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    The Otherwhere Emporium

    The mysterious Nowhere Emporium has appeared once more. With its shining bricks the colour of midnight, and rich s... More

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    Maze Running and other Magical Missions

    One of Helen's friends is dying, stabbed in the heart by the Master, and this life-threatening injury needs a magical ... More

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    Firestar

    Neil, Clara and Lewis are spending their Easter break with a friend in Glenmorven, near Aberdeen, unaware that as ston... More

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    Maze Running and other Magical Missions

    One of Helen's friends is dying, stabbed in the heart by the Master, and this life-threatening injury needs a magical re... More

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    Witch Silver

    'Her death would, she supposed, be quite an event in the world of magic and as Maritza, the Queen of the Earth Witches... More

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    Dragon Seeker

    "There was a sudden shout and the chilling blast of a hunting horn. The dragon's heart sank. The soldiers had spotted ... More

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    Seal Story

    In late autumn the little island of Lindisfarne was chilly and bare and quiet, with the tourists long gone. This was the... More

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    Hamish and the Fairy Gifts

    Hamish laughs when his old mother talks about the Wee Folk and all their mischief-making. Until, that is, his baby son d... More

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    Bonebreaker

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    The Chess Piece Magician

    When Corrie's family returns to Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis for yet another miserable summer holiday, he has no idea of... More

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    Hoglet the Spineless Hedgehog

    'Mrs Hog had already noticed that the fourth baby was the last to do everything. He seemed to be smaller than the rest, ... More

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    Ushig

    'Ellen whistled again and repeated the old rhyme Aunt Marian had taught her. "I call you once. I call you twice. I call ... More

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    Soldier's Game

    Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2012 Ross is fed up with being on the losing side, as Bruntsfield Pr... More

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    How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People)

    "You think you're a fairy godmother or something?" I asked. "Or something," Michael agreed. Edda is tired of her nickna... More

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    Six Lives of Fankle the Cat

    When the shopkeeper gives Jenny a skinny, black kitten she has no idea who she has adopted. Fankle is no ordinary cat.... More

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    Nicking Time

    The boys are planning a big summer. When they're not hanging out in their den, running the streets, playing fitba or re-... More

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    The Wishcatchers

    Antonia is sick of being bullied by Rosie, a mean girl at school. So when new girl Clarissa joins the school, Ant wishes... More

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    The Flight of the Golden Bird: Scottish Folk Tales for Children

    'Stories are something you carry with you, something to last your entire life, to be passed on to your children, and t... More

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    Winterbringers

    Ice-covered sand and frozen seas -- not exactly what you'd expect on your summer holiday, even in St Andrews. But this... More

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    The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean

    Lily's already got plenty going on living with a moody teenage sister, two feral brothers and a messy baby sister. Mum... More

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    The Hill of the Red Fox

    It is the time of the Cold War. Soviet spies are feared, and secrets are traded. People disappear. Thirteen-year-ol... More

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    Pyrate's Boy

    Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 'The boy looks about seven or eight years old and should weigh ... More

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    A Stranger Came Ashore

    When Finn Learson literally stumbles out of a stormy sea into a small village on the Shetland Isles, he steals the vil... More

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    The Sign of the Black Dagger

    One day, Will and Lucy's dad just ... vanishes. They have no idea why he's disappeared until a creepy stranger reve... More

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    Grimm

    If you have the misfortune to spend a night at Hotel Grimm, it may be the last one you spend anywhere! Or so the residen... More

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    Catscape

    Fergus can't believe it when his brand-new digital watch starts going backwards. Then he crashes (literally) into gadg... More

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    Return to Sula

    Magnus Macduff is lured away from his beloved island of Sula when he wins a painting competition and goes to the mainl... More

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    Hox

    Faced with a cold Saturday afternoon stuck at the Institute for Animal Research, Robbie is angry and frustrated at yet a... More

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    Really Weird Removals.com

    Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Award 2013 Mischievous fairies? Stranded mermaids? Smelly troll? Whatever y... More

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    The Boy with the Bronze Axe

    Kathleen Fidler's classic story is set in the ancient Stone Age village of Skara Brae on Orkney. This is a fascinating... More

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    The Coming of the Unicorn: Scottish Folk Tales for Children

    'Stories are something you carry with you, something to last your entire life, to be passed on to your children, and t... More

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    The Cat Who Decided

    Why does nobody want the mixter-maxter kitten? The little stripey cat is on a journey. He is sent from the farm to ... More

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    Rocking Horse War

    One sunny morning the triplets disappear, leaving only a few mysterious clues behind: an open upstairs window, three m... More

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    Turk the Border Collie

    After the death of his master, Turk is sent to a faraway farm to finish his sheep-dog training. But his longing for 'Old... More

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    The Blitz Next Door

    Pete has never even heard of Clydebank in Scotland, but when his dad finds a new job at last, Pete finds himself leavi... More

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    Revenge of the Giant Robot Chickens

    Not too long ago the children of Aberdeen struck a blow against the tyranny of their oppressors -- an army of giant ro... More

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    Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens

    Winner of a 2015 Scottish Children's Book Award Why did the chicken cross the road? TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!! T... More

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    The Desperate Journey

    Ten-year-old twins Kirsty and David Murray love their crofting life in the north of Scotland. They collect shellfish, ... More

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    The Superpower Project

    With the help of a wisecracking, steampunk robot, two friends discover that they have inherited some amazing, if unusual... More

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    The Witches' Mark

    Superstitious fishermen. Corrupt feudal landlords. Starving tenants. And an old lady who talks to the birds and animals,... More

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    Dark Spell

    Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 15-year-old Callie Hall has just found out she's a witch, ... More

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    Shadowsmith

    'Are you brave?' When the mysterious Amelia Pigeon turns up at Kirby's bedroom window in the dead of night, this is... More

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    Slugboy Saves the World

    Thanks to an unfortunately tasty-looking radioactive garden slug, eleven-year-old Murdo McLeod is now the world's wors... More

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    The Awkward Autumn of Lily McLean

    Telling people you hear voices doesn't win you many friends. Especially when you're starting high school. Especially w... More

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    Quest for a Queen: The Jackdaw

    12-year-old Downie, known as "Jackdaw", the best thief in London, is desperate to save his helpless brother and sister f... More

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    The Well at the World's End

    Over 30 magical folk and fairy tales, legends and poems, from every corner of Scotland. Here is something for all tastes... More

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    Chaos Quest

    The sequel to The Chaos Clock It is eighteen months after the events of The Chaos Clock, and Kate and David are now at s... More

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    Song of Sula

    Snow is not the only surprise in store for Magnus on his return to the island of Sula, after his friend the Duke's trium... More

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    Bullies at School

    Siobhan is unhappy at school. Tormented by some classmates, she feels unable to confide in her teacher or her mum. She h... More

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    The Adventures of Endill Swift

    "Epitaph School is the biggest in the world," said the Headmaster proudly, rubbing his hands together. "Not even I know ... More

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    The Desperate Journey

    The Desperate Journey tells the story of the Highland Clearances as they affect one small family. The Murrays are forced... More

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    Hamish and the Wee Witch

    Hamish and Mirren live in a quiet farmhouse by a beautiful loch in Scotland. In these six tales, they encounter a talkin... More

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    The Kelpie's Pearls

    Everyone thinks Morag MacLeod is a witch because of the strange things that have happened since she went to the shores o... More

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    The Boy From Sula

    Lavinia Derwent's fabulous stories of Magnus Macduff and his life on Sula in the Hebrides make the Scottish islands come... More

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    Tarantula Tide

    Winner of the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award 2010. Smugglers. Vikings. Shetland should be a fascinating place for... More

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    The Hill of the Red Fox

    It is the time of the Cold War. Soviet spies are feared, and secrets are traded. People disappear. Thirteen-year-old Ala... More

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    A Pistol in Greenyards

    In 1854 the tenants of Greenyards, in the Scottish Highlands, are brutally evicted from their homes and the land sold fo... More

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    New School Blues

    It's first term at the Big School for Mary McPherson, and right from the start it looks as if her new friend, Jamie, is ... More

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    Simon's Challenge

    As Simon passes Peterson's shop one evening, gazing at the fabulous display of computers, nothing seems out of the ordin... More

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    Ribbon of Fire

    It's 1884 and the population of Skye is already greatly depleted by the Highland Clearances, and likely to suffer more f... More

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    Simon's Challenge

    All that Simon really wants is a computer. However, with his father away looking for work and a new baby in the house, m... More

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    Escape from Loch Leven

    Will Douglas is the illegitimate son of Sir William Douglas, Keeper of Loch Leven Castle. One night, a prisoner is broug... More

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    The Thirteenth Member

    On a dark night in the 1590s Adam glimpses the Devil, near his home in East Lothian. Terrified, he is even more alarmed ... More

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    The Daemon Parallel

    It was over coffee and biscuits that Grandma Ives offered to return Cameron's father from the dead... Cameron never came... More

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    A Pistol in Greenyards

    The enclosure movement brought many Scots to exile in America in the middle of the nineteenth century. A fifteen-year-ol... More

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    Flash the Sheep Dog

    Orphan Tom has been sent to live in the Scottish Borders with an uncle and aunt he's never met. But a remote sheep... More

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    Haki the Shetland Pony

    Adam and his Shetland pony Haki have been inseparable. Haki is clever and brave and Adam soon trains him to do things ... More

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    The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

    Reema runs to remember the life she left behind in Syria. Caylin runs to find what she's lost. Under the grey Gla... More

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    The Ghosts of Glencoe

    "You are ordered to fall upon the rebels and put all to the sword... Amidst the thick snows of February, under the shado... More

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    Top-Secret Grandad and Me: Death by Soup

    Since his dad literally did a vanishing act (he's a magician!), Jay Patel has turned detective, and now, with the help... More

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    Guardians of the Wild Unicorns

    'Across the moor galloped a huge dark beast; a heavily muscled horse with a gleaming, rippling black mane. The animal ... More

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    The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow

    "Shadows were meant to stay stuck, like ears and promises." On the morning of Gail's birthday, she watches her shad... More

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    The Boy with the Butterfly Mind

    Jamie Lee just wants to be normal but his ADHD isn't making it easy. If only he could control his butterfly mind then ... More

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    The Spellbinding Secret of Avery Buckle

    Part-girl, part-cat, Avery Buckle has always known she's a little different (after all, her tail is a bit of a giveawa... More

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    The Sky Beneath the Stone

    Thirteen-year-old Ivy North is an adventurer. She can pitch a tent in four minutes flat, knows the local landscape lik... More

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    Silver Unicorns and Golden Birds: Scottish Traveller Tales for Children

    'Scotland's greatest contemporary storyteller.' -- The Guardian Silver Unicorns and Golden Birds is a treasure tro... More

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    Haarville

    Welcome to Haarville -- if you've arrived, you've survived. Off the grid and not on the maps, it's a place shrouded in... More

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