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  • AKHVO 9 years +
    Richard Adams
    9 years +
    • £5.59
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    A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams' spellbinding classic Watership Down is one of the best-loved novels of all time.

    Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the safety of Sandleford Warren in search of a safe haven and a mysterious promised land, skirting danger at every turn.
  • The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books - Collection - 9781444936278 - Enid Blyton
    FFCC 7 years +
    Enid Blyton
    7 years +
    (3)
    • £24.99
    • RRP £153.78
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    • Just £1.14 per book
    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

    Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 22 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets. To complete the set, there's a book of short stories about our favourite would-be detectives.

    From Kirrin Island to the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore, the gang outwit thieves, seek hidden treasure and encounter spook trains in their exciting journeys. Illustrated by Eileen Soper, this complete set of books shows how courage and determination can always help children achieve great things.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
    Format: paperback
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9780241351802 - Jeff Kinney
    WKJK 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £14.99
    • RRP £83.88
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    • Just £1.25 per book
    Containing books 1-11 in Jeff Kinney's bestselling (10 million and counting!) series all the way up to Double Down, plus a Do-it-Yourself activity book, this is a collection that belongs on every young reader's bookshelf. Zoo-wee-mama!

    Greg is an average American schoolboy, but he has a habit of getting into embarrassing but hilarious situations. These laugh-out-loud books follow his journal as he makes observations on his days and doodles away.

    From classic road trips to tales of hard luck and the terrifying prospect of finding a date for Valentine's Day, these misadventures are sure to have children (and you!) laughing out loud.
    This collection contains books 1-11 in Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
    Format: paperback
  • PLZ2 9 years +
    Katherine Rundell
    9 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £7.99
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    Katherine Rundell's The Explorer is the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2017
    Inspired by her expedition to the Amazon and Eva Ibbotson's magical Journey to the River Sea, Katherine Rundell's The Explorer is a modern classic full of adventure, survival and friendship.

    Fred has always dreamt of being an adventurer and is wowed by the sight of the Amazon jungle as he heads over it in a tiny aeroplane. When disaster strikes and the plane crash-lands, he has the chance to explore more than ever before...

    As Fred and three other children try to find their way out of the untamed wilderness, they face danger from every angle. But then they notice that someone has been in their situation before...
  • St Clare's Collection - 9 Books - Collection - 9780603571671 - Enid Blyton
    XEBST 9 years +
    Enid Blyton
    9 years +
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    • Just £1.11 per book
    Featuring all nine books from the wonderful St Clare's series, our Enid Blyton's St Clare's Collection contains the multi-million-selling author's six original stories paired with Pamela Cox's three fabulous continuative tales.

    When twins Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan finish their time at the elite school Redroofs, they expect, like their friends, to go on to the similarly elite and very expensive secondary school Ringmere. But their parents have different ideas for the twins as they find themselves attending St Clare's. Furious at their parents' decision to not send them to Ringmere, Pat and Isabel promise to be as difficult as possible at their new school...

    Eventually making friends at the school, the series follows the comic capers of the twins as they play tricks on unsuspecting classmates and teachers.

    Packed with the pace, fun and wit of her Malory Towers and Naughtiest Girl series, our Enid Blyton St Clare's Collection is essential reading for all budding Blyton-ites and children aged 9 and above who love a good prank!
  • DWAC 9 years +
    9 years +
    (6)
    • £17.99
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    David Walliams' Dahl-esque books are hugely popular with children and many of them have been adapted into hit BBC shows. Here are eight of his books in audiobook format, so the whole family can listen and laugh to them - wherever you go!

    Coming in a handy tin, the collection includes The Boy in the Dress, Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy, Gangsta Granny, Ratburger, Demon Dentist, Awful Auntie and Grandpa's Great Escape. All the stories are read by David himself and on some of them he's joined by special guests including Nitin Ganatra, Michael Gambon and his old Little Britain partner Matt Lucas.

    A bumper-tastic story collection full of heart and humour, thes are stories you'll want to listen to over and over again.

    Running time: 30 hours
    Tin size: 145 x 145mm

    CDs in this collection:

    Mr Stink - Disc 1-3, Billionaire Boy - Disc 1-3, Gangsta Granny - Disc 1-3, Demon Dentist - Disc 1-4, Grandpa's Great Escape - Disc 1-5, Ratburger - Disc 1-3, Boy - Disc 1-2, Awful Auntie - Disc 1-4
    Format: CD
  • New Dork Diaries Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9781471168642 - Rachel Renee Russell
    DKDI 9 years +
    Rachel Renee Russell
    9 years +
    (5)
    • £13.99
    • RRP £83.88
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    • Just £1.17 per book
    Meet Nikki Maxwell and prepare to read some truly a-dork-able stories with this 12-book collection of Dork Diaries stories by Rachel Renee Russell.

    Written in a fun-filled diary format, these books offer an insight into the life of the tween dork, Nikki. When she moves to a new school she decides it's the perfect time to leave her old lame ways behind - but things are never that simple.

    With fun sketches and doodles, the diary entries find Nikki opening up her heart as she battles with her arch-nemesis Mackenzie over her dreams of becoming a pop star and tackles the subject of love with hilariously dorky consequences.

    These books will be enjoyed by any child aged 9 or over who enjoys (or endures!) the sparklier side of tween life.
    Format: paperback
  • HPCD 9 years +
    9 years +
    (3)
    • £24.99
    • RRP £95.00
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    This set contains unabridged audio versions of the first three Harry Potter books - the perfect gift for young witches and wizards. They might not be on the Hogwarts Express but they can still enjoy the magic of these timeless tales.

    Narrated by Stephen Fry, they follow the young wizard Harry as he heads off to Hogwarts and battles with the evil Lord Voldemort. Everyone will be on tenterhooks as they listen to these gripping and timeless stories by J.K. Rowling.

    Running time: approx 35 hours
    Format: CD
    Unabridged

    CDs in this collection:
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Disc 1-7, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Disc 1-8, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Disc 1-10.
  • DWQ2 9 years +
    David Walliams
    9 years +
    • £6.99
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    Can you believe it's been 10 years since The Boy in the Dress first made his way on to children's bookshelves? Bad Dad, the 10th children's novel written by David Walliams, finds him at his anarchic and heart-warming best.

    Frank's dad has been thrown into prison for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery, so Frank hatches a plan to get him out for one night to give the money back. Frank's dad is happy to go along and make amends for his mistakes but the crime boss, Mr. Big, has other ideas...

    A fine addition to David's roster of children's classics, this is a pacy riches-to-rags story that celebrates the bond between parent and child and we're sure it will also make you and your children laugh and cry in equal measure.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year.
  • NMMC 9 years +
    Jessica Townsend
    9 years +
    • £3.99
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    Morrigan Crow believes she's cursed and is destined to die on her 11th birthday. However, when the clock strikes midnight she's whisked away by Jupiter North and taken to a secret city called Nevermoor.

    Once there she's invited to join the Wundrous Society - an organisation steeped in mystery and magic. She's promised protection for life - if she can pass four seemingly impossible trials... The only problem is she needs a special talent to complete them - and she doesn't think she has it.

    This imaginative story is a spellbinding read for anyone who loves Harry Potter, Chrestomanci or His Dark Materials.
  • DDE2 9 years +
    Jeff Kinney
    9 years +
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    The eleventh story in Jeff Kinney's all-conquering Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Double Down finds the pressure really piling up on Greg Heffley.

    Greg's mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she asks him to put down the controller and 'explore his creative side'. As if that wasn't enough, Halloween is coming around quick and he's getting frights from every angle.

    He finds a bag of gummy worms and this sparks an idea... could he make a movie to get his mom off his back? And could his directorial debut make him rich and famous? You just know things won't go quite to plan.
  • WWN2 9 years +
    David Walliams
    9 years +
    (1)
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    The World's Worst Children are back in this selection of short stories from the one and only David Walliams.

    Illustrated in full colour by Tony Ross, this book introduces beastly boys and gruesome girls and this time around they're ruder, more disgusting and worse than you could ever imagine! You'll be delightfully horrified by the antics of Gruesome Griselda and Fussy Frankie.

    Presented in beautiful hardback, these ten stories even feature a special cameo from the fan favourite, Raj!
  • HPF2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Head to Hogwarts and discover where it all began with this special children's edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

    Living at number four, Privet Drive, Harry Potter has never even heard of the Wizarding school when the letters start arriving (and are subsequently confiscated by his aunt and uncle, Petunia and Dudley Dursley). On his 11th birthday, Harry learns from a giant of a man named Rubeus Hagrid that he is, in fact, a wizard... And that's when the most magical adventure really begins!

    Compete with Jonny Duddle's eye-catching, new artwork - this is a wonderful introduction to the Wizarding World.
  • AMJZU 7 years +
    Tom McLaughlin
    7 years +
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    When Joe tells a local news reporter exactly what he would do if he were leader of the country, the video goes viral and Joe's speech becomes famous all over the world! Before long, people are calling for the current leader to resign and give someone else a go ...and that's how an ordinary boy like Joe ended up with the most extraordinary job. Now the fun can really start ...Hats for cats! Pet pigs for all! Banana shaped buses! Swimming pools on trains! A hilarious story of one boy's meteoric rise to power!
  • HOI2 9 years +
    JRR Tolkien
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
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    Likeable and unassuming hero Bilbo Baggins is unwittingly caught up in an epic adventure in one of the most imaginative and captivating children's classics ever written. Although Bilbo sets out on his quest for a dragon's gold rather reluctantly, as he is a cautious hobbit who likes a quiet life, his journey helps him find courage, strength and hidden resources that are sure to inspire readers young and old.

    The Hobbit is a fantastic book for confident readers aged 9+, but it's also a great book for parents to read aloud to their child at bedtime, especially with the success of An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug - the first two of Peter Jackson's award-winning trilogy of films based on The Hobbit starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo - bringing the story to a new audience.
  • AADWX 9 years +
    Mark Twain
    9 years +
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    Huckleberry Finn had a tough life with his drunk father until an adventure with Tom Sawyer changed everything. But when Huck's dad returns and kidnaps him, he must escape down the Mississippi river with runaway slave, Jim. They encounter trouble at every turn, from floods and gunfights to armed bandits and the long arm of the law. Through it all the friends stick together - but can Huck and Tom free Jim from slavery once and for all? With an inspirational introduction by Darren Shan, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is one of the twelve wonderful classic stories being relaunched in "Puffin Classics" in March 2008.
  • BOMPK 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £14.39
    • RRP £17.99
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    'This book can save lives. This book can change lives. This book can help to bring forth another generation of boys who dare to be different.' Benjamin Zephaniah Prince charming, dragon slayer, mischievous prankster... More often than not, these are the role-models boys encounter in the books they read at home and at school. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to a stereotypical idea of masculinity. But what if you're the introvert kind? What if you prefer to pick up a book rather than a sword? What if you want to cry when you're feeling sad or angry? What if you like the idea of wearing a dress? There is an ongoing crisis with regards to young men and mental health, with unhelpful gender stereotypes contributing to this malaise. Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different offers a welcome alternative narrative. It is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Stormzy, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens - different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world. A beautiful and transporting book packed with stories of adventure and wonderment, it will appeal to those who need the courage to reject peer pressure and go against the grain. It is the must-have book for all those boys who worry about stuff and all those parents who worry about their boys who worry about stuff. It will educate and entertain, while also encourage and inspire.
  • RWY2 9 years +
    E. Nesbit
    9 years +
    (1)
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    The Railway Children, by E. Nesbit, is the charming and heart-warming tale of three children who are abruptly transported from a comfortable life in London to an impoverished existence in the country when their father has to go away.

    Where he has gone and why remains a mystery to the children but, in the meantime, their lives are filled with interesting adventures that will captivate young readers from 9+.

    The Railway Children is one of the best-loved classics of all time and this edition includes a wonderful introduction by Jacqueline Wilson.
  • AEVFK 9 years +
    Arthur Ransome
    9 years +
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    Swallows and Amazons for ever!' The Walker children - also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures. See inside: Crack the Swallow's code and learn all about the real locations that inspired the adventurous author.
  • Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9780141371337 - Roald Dahl
    NROJ 7 years +
    Roald Dahl
    7 years +
    (49)
    • £21.99
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    • Just £1.47 per book
    There are no other authors quite like Roald Dahl. A supreme storyteller with a wicked sense of humour, his characters and stories are timeless and unforgettable.

    With striking new artwork to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations and a keepsake slipcase featuring Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this 15-book collection brings together all Dahl's classic children's novels.

    From Mr. Hoppy and Mrs Silver to Mr & Mrs Twit; and from giant peaches to magic medicines; this is a collection bursting with unique characters, hilarious situations and unforgettable storylines - as well as Dahl's wicked sense of humour.

    An essential addition to any bookshelf, the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox have shocked, excited and entertained generations of children and now's your chance to own them all - whatever your age!

    Format: paperback
  • JBJN 9 years +
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £2.99
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    Inspired by Disney's live-action take on Rudyard Kipling's classic set of short stories, The Jungle Book: The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack is a junior novelisation that captures all the action and adventure from the big screen hit.

    Following man-cub Mowgli as he is raised in a jungle by a pack of wolves and the likes of Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear, the story finds him facing up for a battle against Shere Khan - a tiger who has vowed to remove him from his home.

    A timeless classic that has entertained generations (both in print and on screen with Disney's 1967 animation), this is a brilliant book for children who have enjoyed the adaptation starring the vocal talents of Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba and Bill Murray.
  • CDX2 9 years +
    Berlie Doherty
    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.
  • FBJ2 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £4.99
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    You've always dreamed of studying at Hogwarts so why not pick up one of the textbooks that the students read? J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which inspired the hit film of the same name starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the 'author' of this book) is a miscellany of all kinds of magical creatures.

    An approved textbook at Hogwarts that even Albus Dumbledore claims no wizarding household should be without, it's an indispensable spotter's guide that contains profiles and facts about critters including Nifflers, Thunderbirds and Hippogriffs. There's so much for Muggles to read about.

    This new paperback edition has a foiled jacket and features the recently revised 2017 text that introduced six new creatures from the North American continent. It even has a new foreword from Newt that sheds light on the events surrounding a serious breach in the International Statute of Secrecy which took place in New York in the 1920s (if you've seen the film, you know what this is regarding...)
  • EAK2 9 years +
    Jacqueline Wilson
    9 years +
    (1)
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    The Story of Tracy Beaker introduces Jacqueline Wilson's most popular character ever!

    Ten-year-old Tracy lives in a care home but frequently escapes from her annoying surroundings with the help of a vivid imagination.

    Accompanied by brilliant illustrations from Nick Sharratt, The Story of Tracy Beaker is essential reading for children from 9+.