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    Book 1
    Book 1

    Chaos Clock

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

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    Book 2
    Book 2

    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 wa... More

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    Book 3
    Book 3

    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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    Book 4
    Book 4

    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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    Book 5
    Book 5

    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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    Book 6

    Dragon Seeker

    "There was a sudden shout and the chilling blast of a hunting horn. The dragon's heart sank. The soldiers had spotted hi... 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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    Book 8
    Book 8

    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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    Book 9

    Flash the Sheep Dog

    Tom Stokes is an orphan. His sister is going to America to get married, but where can he go? They remember an uncle and ... More

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    Book 10
    Book 10

    Quest for a Kelpie

    It is 1745, and young Jeannie Main is a tough fisher lass in Nairn in north-east Scotland. She lives a simple, quiet lif... More

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    Book 11
    Book 11

    Breaker

    Tom and Beth are not happy when they move to North Berwick and find themselves facing a rainy, windswept beach, a house ... More

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    Book 12
    Book 12

    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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    Book 13

    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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    Book 14
    Book 14

    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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    Book 15

    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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    Book 16

    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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    Book 17

    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. T... More

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    Book 18
    Book 18

    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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    Book 19
    Book 19

    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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    Book 20

    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 the... More

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    Book 21
    Book 21

    Winterbringers

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

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    Book 22
    Book 22

    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 Awar... More

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    Book 23
    Book 23

    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 a... 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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    Book 26

    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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    Book 27
    Book 27

    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 villa... More

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    Book 28
    Book 28

    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 reveals t... More

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    Book 29
    Book 29

    Haki the Shetland Pony

    Born on a croft in the Shetland Islands, Haki is a beautiful Shetland pony and is his owner's pride and joy. But there i... More

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    Book 30
    Book 30

    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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    Book 31
    Book 31

    Catscape

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

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    Book 32
    Book 32

    Return to Sula

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

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    Book 33
    Book 33

    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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    Book 34
    Book 34

    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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    Book 35

    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 a... More

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    Book 36
    Book 36

    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 the... More

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    Book 37
    Book 37

    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 the c... More

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    Book 38
    Book 38

    Rocking Horse War

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

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    Book 39
    Book 39

    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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    Book 40
    Book 40

    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 leaving... More

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    Book 41
    Book 41

    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 robo... More

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    Book 42
    Book 42

    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!!! The city o... 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, mi... More

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    Book 44
    Book 44

    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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    Book 45

    The Witches

    "A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" David Walliams Witches really are a detestable breed. They disguise themsel... 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, and t... More

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    Book 47
    Book 47

    Shadowsmith

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

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    Book 48
    Book 48

    Slugboy Saves the World

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

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    Book 49
    Book 49

    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 whe... More

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    Book 50
    Book 50

    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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    Book 51
    Book 51

    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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    Book 52
    Book 52

    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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    Book 53
    Book 53

    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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    Book 54
    Book 54

    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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    Book 55
    Book 55

    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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    Book 56
    Book 56

    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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    Book 57
    Book 57

    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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    Book 58
    Book 58

    Shiver

    A year on from laying the ghost of Catherine Morton to rest, the Morton children and their neighbour, Samuel, still susp... More

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    Book 59
    Book 59

    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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    Book 60
    Book 60

    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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    Book 61
    Book 61

    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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    Book 62
    Book 62

    Chill

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    Book 63
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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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    Book 64
    Book 64

    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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    Book 65
    Book 65

    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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    Book 66
    Book 66

    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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    Book 67
    Book 67

    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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    Book 68
    Book 68

    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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    Book 70

    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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    Book 71

    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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    Book 72
    Book 72

    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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    Book 77

    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 farm... More

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    Book 78

    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 ot... 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 Glasgow s... More

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    Book 80

    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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    Book 81
    Book 81

    The Elsewhere Emporium

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

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    Book 82
    Book 82

    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 o... More

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    Book 83

    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 re... More

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    Book 84
    Book 84

    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 shadow sl... More

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    Book 85
    Book 85

    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 he... 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 giveaway)... More

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