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  • Wonder

    RJ Palacio

    Product Code: RJP2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    A poignant book that made all of us laugh and cry in equal measure, R.J. Palacio's Wonder is told using different voices but at its centre is the honest and courageous character of 10-year-old August, a boy who was born with a severe facial disfigurement.

    August is about to start middle school after being home-schooled by his mum for years. The challenge is a tough one for someone like August and he has to tackle bullies and childish cruelty in his journey. But August's resilience, humour and bravery really shine through, making this an uplifting novel that will linger in the reader's thoughts for a long time to come.
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  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    John Boyne

    Product Code: PYM2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his own country, his own father. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

    Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

    John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is poignant, heart-warming and illustrates how friendship knows no boundaries - a beautiful book!
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  • Holes

    Louis Sachar

    Product Code: HOZ2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    Award-winning author Louis Sachar is a terrific storyteller who always has an original and interesting perspective.

    Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, whose family has a history of bad luck. Stanley's not too surprised when he's sent to a juvenile detention centre in Texas for a crime he didn't commit, but even he can't believe that all he and the other boys have to do is dig holes all day.

    Before long, Stanley realises that what he must actually uncover is the truth... Readers from 11+ who love a good story will find this totally unputdownable.
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  • Goodnight Mister Tom

    Michelle Magorian

    Product Code: GMR2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    In Michelle Magorian's classic Goodnight Mister Tom, a young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside due to the outbreak of the Second World War.

    A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of a kind old man, Tom Oakley. But then his cruel mother summons him back to war-torn London... Will Willie ever see his friend Mister Tom again?

    Full of characters to both love and hate, moments of grief and joy, and a marvellous, emotion-grabbing narrative, Goodnight Mister Tom will captivate adults and young readers aged 9 and over.
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  • Beowulf

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: BWV2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    The epic Anglo-Saxon legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author-and-illustrator team of Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman.

    In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat it. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature.

    Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this is a perfect introduction to a famous tale.
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  • Kensuke's Kingdom

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: KNK2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Former Children's Laureate and a huge favourite, Michael Morpurgo won the Red House Children's Book Award for Kensuke's Kingdom, a book which tells the tale of a young boy who is washed overboard while sailing the world with his family. Michael wakes up to find himself alone on a desert island in the Pacific, or so he assumes...

    This poignant and sensitive story deals with bravery, friendship and sacrifice and is an unforgettable page-turner of an adventure. Readers from 9+ will be enthralled by this moving, bittersweet tale.
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  • Stig of the Dump

    Clive King

    Product Code: SDP2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Stig of the Dump is a true classic. Nobody believes Barney when he says he's met a new friend. Stig is a real boy living wild in a dump, and together the two boys embark on many journeys of discovery.

    This wonderfully appealing and classic adventure story is one that children of all ages will enjoy reading. With its timeless appeal, unforgettable characters and an endearing tale of friendship at its heart, Stig of the Dump is simply enchanting.

    Still as fresh and exciting after over 50 years, this is a classic story to be shared and enjoyed time and time again.
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  • There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

    Louis Sachar

    Product Code: BRZ2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Louis Sachar always writes with acute insight and thoughtfulness, no matter who his central character is, and this novel is no exception.

    There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom is about Bradley Chalker, an unfriendly and aggressive boy who torments other children and is disliked by pupils and teachers alike. The new school counsellor is the only one to see a different side in Bradley...but is she for real?

    This funny, sensitive and fascinating book will have a lasting effect on its readers. It's suitable for children aged 9 and over.
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  • Cosmic

    Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Product Code: CZM2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce has a quirky sense of humour that makes his writing appealing and fun for independent readers but also ideal for parents to read aloud to their youngsters.

    Cosmic is the story of thirteen-year-old Liam who is already six foot tall and consequently manages to join a rocket launch into outer space by pretending to be an adult. Liam's hilarious adventures carry a poignant message about what it means to be a parent.

    Readers aged 9+ will enjoy Cosmic and should also read Frank Cottrell Boyce's books Millions and Framed.
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  • War Horse

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: WAM2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    In War Horse, award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo allows readers to understand the horror of the First World War by recounting the experiences of a farm horse who is commandeered to join the front line.

    The unbeatable storytelling skills of Michael Morpurgo make War Horse a stunning, unputdownable tale that won't fail to move all readers from 9+.

    As Steven Spielberg's epic film version gained a whole new audience for this stunning novel, there's never been a better time to read the book.
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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    Harper Lee

    Product Code: KMK2
    Paperback 14 years +
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    Harper Lee's acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize after its publication in 1960 and is hugely influential in its exposure of racial prejudice.

    Set in the American Deep South, the story is seen through the eyes of six-year-old Scout, whose lawyer father Atticus Finch defends a young black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman.

    As Scout's family deals with the hostility and prejudice as a result of the case, there's a dawning realisation for Scout of all the inequality and injustice in her world.

    Powerful and moving, this 'Great American Novel' is a must-have addition to every reader's bookshelf and follow-up Go Set a Watchman was also a huge success, Now is the perfect time to rediscover this hugely important book.
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  • A Monster Calls

    Patrick Ness

    Product Code: MCX2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    The winner of both the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012, Chaos Walking author Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about the difficult subject of terminal illness and coming to terms with loss.

    Based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, this is an unforgettable read. 'The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do...' is how the book begins, but it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is something different - something ancient and something wild.

    Now an acclaimed film starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls is a heartbreakingly beautiful read.
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  • Varjak Paw

    SF Said

    Product Code: VRJ2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Cats, martial arts and a heart-warming story - we can't recommend S. F. Said's Varjack Paw series enough! Illustrated by the talented Dave McKean, this is the third book and continues to follow the adventures of Varjak.

    A Mesopotamian Blue kitten, Varjak learns about the Way from his grandfather and sets off on a journey of self-discovery. As he leaves home for the first time, he must learn how to survive in a terrifying city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and the mysterious Vanishings.

    A Gold Smarties Prize winner that has been described as 'The Karate Kid directed by David Lynch', this is an exciting and enchanting book that will have readers aged 9+ purring with delight.
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  • La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

    Philip Pullman

    Product Code: DUU2
    Paperback 12 years +
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    Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is one of the most compelling and influential series of modern times and The Book of Dust finds the acclaimed author returning to the world of these novels.

    Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn, near Oxford. Just across the River Thames is the Godstow Priory, where the nuns live. Malcolm knows the River Thames well through his canoeing (his boat is called La Belle Sauvage) and soon learns the priory has a guest staying - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua...

    An intelligent read that touches on all the vital and important themes Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass, if you prefer), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass covered, this is a must-have for readers of all ages who enjoy thought-provoking fiction.
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  • Journey to the River Sea

    Eva Ibbotson

    Product Code: JOR2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    A huge favourite with us at Book People and described by the Sunday Times as 'the most perfect children's book', Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea is an enchanting read that proves that every kid should live their life full of adventure.

    The story of an orphan shipped to her distant relatives, Maia is disappointed when she is not welcomed with the open arms she was expecting... but the wonders of the Amazonian rainforest soon make up for this!

    When she meets a mysterious boy who lives alone on the wild river shores, things become even more extraordinary. A beautiful, traditional adventure story, we just know you will adore this book.
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  • Once

    Morris Gleitzman

    Product Code: 6ONC
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Morris Gleitzman's novel Once is a gripping historical adventure that follows the journey of a young Jewish boy who escapes from a Polish orphanage and goes in search of his parents.

    Felix's insightful and innocent observations provide an original perspective on events as they unfold in Nazi-occupied Poland. The result is a sad, haunting tale that will linger for long after the last page.

    A compelling read that will appeal to boys and girls from 9+. Fans of Once may also enjoy The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.
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  • The Borrowers

    Mary Norton

    Product Code: BWZ2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Mary Norton's much-loved classic The Borrowers is a book that we believe should be on every child's bookshelf - a wonderful tale of mystery and excitement that readers aged 9 and above continue to fall in love with.

    The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses: behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own absolutely nothing - they borrow everything, and think that humans were invented just to do the dirty work. Girls aren't supposed to go borrowing, but as Arrietty was an only child her father - Pod, an expert Borrower - broke the rule and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with a human boy...

    Beautifully written, poetic and Library Association's Carnegie Medal-winning, The Borrowers is children's book perfection - it's one of our favourites!
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  • The London Eye Mystery

    Siobhan Dowd

    Product Code: EYX2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. After half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off - but not Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air?

    Since the police are having no luck finding him, Ted and Kat become sleuthing partners. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.

    The London Eye Mystery is an unputdownable, spine-tingling thriller from Siobhan Dowd.
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  • Street Child

    Berlie Doherty

    Product Code: CDX2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Berlie Doherty's Street Child is a powerful and moving story with themes of cruelty and injustice. Set in Victorian times, it follows the plight of orphan boy Jim Jarvis, who struggles to survive in the face of poverty and homelessness.

    This is a classic book about humanity and resillience and is based on a real-life story of the boy who inspired the establishment of Dr. Barnardo's children's homes. Berlie Doherty has twice won the Carnegie Medal.
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  • The House with Chicken Legs

    Sophie Anderson

    Product Code: HWE2
    Paperback 10 years +
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    Marinka dreams of a normal life, but her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...
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  • Tom's Midnight Garden

    Philippa Pearce

    Product Code: TMX2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    A Carnegie Medal-winning children's book from Phillipa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden is a haunting and evocative tale that will stay in the reader's memory for a long, long time.

    Tom is packed off to stay with relatives when his brother catches measles. Boredom and loneliness plague Tom until one night he hears the clock strike thirteen and something magical starts to happen.

    An enchanting and beautiful tale that will live with you for a very long time.
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  • Pig Heart Boy

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: PHB2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman, well-known for her bestselling Noughts and Crosses series, has supreme storytelling skills and the brilliant and gripping Pig-Heart Boy showcases them perfectly.

    13-year-old Cameron longs to be normal but is thrust into the spotlight when a journalist writes about the pig-heart transplant he has received. This controversial book has plenty of suspense, a twisting plot and asks many questions, making it ideal for enticing readers from 11+.
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  • Alex Rider: Stormbreaker

    Anthony Horowitz

    Product Code: SKX2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    Anthony Horowitz launched a phenomenal action-packed adventure series with Stormbreaker, the first book starring teenage superspy, Alex Rider.

    His teenage hero is cool, contemporary and brave - just the right sort of hero to entice reluctant readers aged 9 and over to get reading. As the book begins, Alex discovers that his uncle - who has looked after him since he was a baby - has been killed in a car crash.

    What's more... he was a spy not a banker - and now Alex is being recruited to help on a MI6 mission. Told at breakneck pace and with tons of suspense, this is an irresistible read.
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  • Clockwork

    Philip Pullman

    Product Code: CKW2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you've wend them up, nothing will stop them...

    A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil ...Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre - and unstoppable - way.

    Almost like clockwork...

    A winner of the Smarties Book Prize Silver Award in 1997, Philip Pullman's Clockwork is a thrilling and fantastical fairy tale.
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