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    Stars of Mine

    A King marries a poor girl after being told she can perform amazing feats with a spinning-wheel. But what will happen to... More

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    Go! Go! Chichico!

    Chichico has everything he needs to be a top footballer - apart from a pair of boots! A little football story with a b... More

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    Book 3

    Snug

    A great countryside story. Wherever Lisa goes, her cat Snug follows. But as Snug grows up he spends more time away from ... More

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    Cheesemares

    Hal is determined to get to the bottom of his terrifying cheesemares in this hilarious comedy for younger readers from ... More

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    The Snake Who Came to Stay

    Polly has set up a pets' holiday home for the summer and with a house full of greedy guinea pigs, pesky parrots and slit... More

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    Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door

    Beautifully packaged book from Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by the wonderful Hannah Shaw. A ti... More

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    My Friend's a Gris-Kwok

    Mike had no idea that his best friend Alex was a Gris-Kwok - he can turn into any living creature he chooses. But so can... More

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    The Castle in the Field

    A great countryside tale. Chris, Lisa and Tom spend their days in their secret hide-out in the Castle, an old WWII pill-... More

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    The First Third Wish

    A charming fairytale. When a newly - qualified fairy loses the third wish of three she must deliver to a woodcutter, you... More

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    Rose's Dress of Dreams

    Young Rose dreams of sewing beautiful dresses for the women of Paris. But when a chance encounter with royalty changes... More

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    The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm

    Animal Farm meets Shaun the Sheep in this darkly funny story from award-winning Dick King-Smith with full colour artwork... More

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    Monster Slayer

    The monster Grendel has awoken and the townspeople are terrified. Even the King has abandoned his great Hall. Hero after... More

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    Henry Pond the Poet

    Henry Pond is a toad who is also a poet. His gift is an uncommon one, his poems sweep the prize table at the Eistoadfo... More

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    Grey Island, Red Boat

    Everything on the Island of Ashes is grey, from the weather to the castle, the grass and the flowers. But then the red b... More

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    Sea Urchins and Sand Pigs

    A delightful story from a top author. With treasure trails, dune pigs and the occasional visiting mermaid, there's never... More

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    Monster Busters

    A mad-cap, thrilling monster adventure - with extra monsters! Fun and quirky tale from Inkheart author Cornelia Funke.... More

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    The Monster from the Blue Planet

    Hugely fun space adventure from international bestseller Cornelia Funke, with full colour illustrations by award-winning... More

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    The Great Telephone Mix-Up

    When the village wires get crossed after a storm, there's a lot of confusion and plenty of missed connections. Margare... More

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    The Gingerbread Star

    Little Hetty dreams of being a glow-worm instead of a boring old grey worm. She wants a light of her own so she can glow... More

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    Splash Day!

    Splish, splosh, splash! It's Splash Day and everyone is ready for a water fight! They've got their trunks and wetsuits... More

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    The Genius Aged 8 1/4

    Sometimes adults need a helping hand. Luckily, Mr and Mrs Poppleton give birth to Alfie (real name: Squeaky Squawky Red-... More

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    Joe and the Dragonosaurus

    When Joe's teacher announces the new class project will be all about their pets, Joe turns glum - there's no animals all... More

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    The Moonshine Dragon

    When a tiny silver dragon is chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight, all sorts of mayhem breaks loo... More

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    Norman the Norman from Normandy

    Little Norman the Norman from Normandy loves fighting. All Normans do. When he inherits the broad sword that belonged ... More

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    Norman the Norman and the Very Small Duchess

    Norman the Norman is at it again! And this time the Duchess of Normandy is determined that her William should have lit... More

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    Mary's Hair

    Mary loathes her big, curly, bushy hair and so she chops it all off...and she looks fantastic! Well, at least she thinks... More

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    Ted Rules the World

    Ted thinks there's something fishy going on. Ever since his birthday when he got a special loyalty card at the local sho... More

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    Skulduggery

    A fun, swashbuckling adventure. Ben arrives at pirate school ready and raring to learn all about how to be the best pira... More

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    The Bakery of Happiness

    Paul du Pain's bakery is a very special place. Each day, Paul bakes the bread while Marie serves customers in the shop... More

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    Minikid

    A beautifully illustrated and delightful countryside story. At school they call him Bullet, but Chris and Lisa call him ... More

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    Blue John

    The Queen of Darkness lives deep underground beneath a mountain with her child, Blue John, a boy she made from the blu... More

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    PramBusters!

    When the rain threatens to ruin the fun at summer camp, Malik and his friends are tasked with inventing a pram that an... More

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    Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers

    Grandma Gertie is rather strange. With her big square glasses and a parrot on her hat, Anna and Kasper don't know what... More

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    Special Delivery

    All Frank wants is a new bike, but bikes cost money ... So he better start saving! When he settles on helping his sist... More

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    Sophie Takes to the Sky

    Scaredy-Cat Sophie is afraid of everything! So when a balloonist comes to the town fair, Sophie is left behind while e... More

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    A Twist of Tales

    A king hides a terrible secret under his crown ...A marvellous dream inspires an epic journey ...A clever girl outwits t... More

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    Blamehounds

    A hilariously wacky read from author/illustrator Ross Collins. Whenever there's a pong, poo or puddle that can't be expl... More

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    The Fish in the Bathtub

    Heartwarming story set in post-war Poland. Little Lucja's Grandpa Feliks has seen off the German army, and the Communist... More

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    The Big Fib

    A charming story set on a Scottish island about one boy and a fib that gets out of control...Robbie's been spending lots... More

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    Nellie Choc-Ice and the Plastic Island

    Nellie Choc-Ice is on her way home to the North Pole at last! But things don't go so smoothly when Captain Beardy-Bear... More

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    Good Dog Lion

    A beautiful, heartwarming story set in Africa about a young boy and his yearning for a pet dog. From internationally bes... More

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    Big Trouble for Nellie Choc-Ice

    When Captain Beardy-Beard rescues Nellie from the North Pole she's ready to be safe and sound back at home. But mistak... More

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    Little Gems Bargain Group Pack

    Build reading confidence for newly independent readers in Early Years with our fun, big-name author stories in this pa... More

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    Anna Liza and the Happy Practice

    Anna Liza likes to help cheer up her mother's psychiatric patients with her 17 top knock-knock jokes and cheerful songs,... More

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    Captain Whiskers

    Cats in the bath. Cats in the cupboards. A hundred cats everywhere!Everyone in Jack's class has a pet, but all Jack ha... More

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    The Unlucky Eleven

    Ridiculous injuries ... strange illnesses ... cancelled games ... Everything's going wrong for the Saints this season,... More

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    We Are Not Frogs!

    The frogs always beat the toads at long jump but the toads don't mind - anything for a quiet life. But then the childr... More

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    Mariella, Queen of the Skies

    Mariella loves nothing more than inventing but bedtime keeps getting in the way of all her brilliant ideas! So when Mu... More

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    Clever Cakes

    It pays to be able to think on your feet, especially if you're about to be eaten alive or cheated out of a valuable pr... More

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    Molly Rogers to the Rescue

    Thieves, greedy pirates and mischief-makers are no match for Molly Rogers! When Molly and her mother, Barbarous Bertha... More

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    Dread Cat

    Once there was a very fierce cat. Not just fierce: totally, terrifyingly, stupendously fierce. Everyone was afraid of ... More

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    Nappy the Pirate Baby

    Stinky McFlea, Irish Stew, Long Johns, Nitty Nora and Captain Spratt are pirates aboard the Salty Herring. They love n... More

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    Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe

    Priya loves helping out at the stall her family have run for donkey's years. But one day she meets Stan. His dad sells... More

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    The Smile

    Josh has a problem. There's a new little person in the house, his baby brother Charlie. It's supposed to be a happy thin... More

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    All About Ella

    Sam is sick, and Ella is sick of Sam. Life seems to revolve around his hospital appointments, his medication and his n... More

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    The Story of the Dancing Frog

    The heartbroken widow of a captain drowned at sea discovers a friendly amphibian at her lowest point. But he is no ord... More

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    The Bad Trousers

    A charming birthday story about one boy and his Granny's awful knitting, with artwork by Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedde... More

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    I Killed Father Christmas

    Jo-Jo is convinced that Christmas is cancelled - and it's all his fault. To make amends, he decides he must become Fat... More

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    Billy Button, Telegram Boy

    When Charlie the telegram boy breaks his leg and can't ride his bicycle, Billy Button sees his chance. He has always wan... More

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    Albert Johnson and the Buns of Steel

    Dad is a Master Baker and Albert is expected to one day follow in his footsteps. There's just one problem ... Alber... More

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    The Ghost in Annie's Room

    At Great Aunt Win's house, Emma is happy to sleep in her cousin Annie's old attic bedroom. But when bedtime comes she ... More

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    Grandpa Was an Astronaut

    Sherman loves the moon and he loves his grandpa even more - who has actually been to the moon! Grandpa was an astronaut ... More

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    Superdad's Day Off

    Stanley is a normal little boy, whose dad just happens to be the greatest superhero on the planet. Six days a week, Da... More

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    Out for the Count

    Hugo wants a gerbil, but his dad says it's cruel to keep an animal in a cage. Hugo doesn't agree, and so Dad challenges ... More

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    Nellie Choc-Ice, Penguin Explorer

    Plucky young penguin Nellie Choc-Ice goes on an epic adventure when her iceberg floats off to the North Pole. Nellie n... More

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