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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.
  • PLZ2 9 years +
    Katherine Rundell
    9 years +
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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 +
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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
  • Enid Blyton Mysteries Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9780603571633 - Enid Blyton
    XEBMY 7 years +
    7 years +
    (7)
    • £14.99
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    • Just £1.00 per book
    Please note: This collection is shrink-wrapped and does not come in a box.

    From Noddy to Malory Towers and the Naughtiest Girl books, Enid Blyton is one of the finest children's authors of all time. This 15-book collection is very much in the vein of her classic Famous Five and Secret Seven stories.

    Full of mystery, the five Find-Outers and their loyal dog Buster come across all kinds of strange occurrences on their adventures. They'll have to use all their problem-solving skills to find the answers.

    Brilliant old-fashioned adventures to introduce readers to a classic author.
  • HPCD 9 years +
    9 years +
    (3)
    • £24.99
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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 +
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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 +
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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.
  • 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.
  • HOI2 9 years +
    JRR Tolkien
    9 years +
    (1)
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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.
  • CRX2 7 years +
    Roald Dahl
    7 years +
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    With its refreshed look to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, this special edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is perfect for introducing children to the wonderful and weird world of Roald Dahl.

    With Quentin Blake's illustrations, this is the story of a boy from a poor family who wins a golden ticket to visit the elusive Willy Wonka's secretive chocolate factory.

    When Charlie Bucket arrives at the tour - hosted by none other than Willy Wonka, the owner of the factory - he finds himself surrounded by nasty, spoilt brats. There's the greedy Augustus Gloop; arrogant Veruca Salt; repulsive Violet Beaurgarde; and TV-obsessed Mike Teavee.

    But when the tour starts, what mysterious secrets will the group discover? Everything from oompa-loompas to a glass elevator await... this is a classic children's story from the world's No. 1 storyteller.
  • SLPN 7 years +
    7 years +
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    From the makers of Despicable Me and the Minions, The Secret Life of Pets was one of 2016's biggest family films.

    Revealing what pets get up to when their owners are away, it introduces Max and Duke - two battling pups who head off on an unbelievable adventure.

    The film is barking-mad hilarious the voice cast includes the very funny Louis C.K, Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell and Kevin Hart. This novelisation provides a full retelling and includes full-colour images from the film. You'll want to get your mutts on it!
  • 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.
  • BFH2 7 years +
    Roald Dahl
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
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    With its refreshed look to join in the Roald Dahl 100 Celebrations, this edition of The BFG is splendiferous. Telling the story of a young girl called Sophie who stays up way past the witching hour and meets a giant who is far friendlier than the others - who like to eat 'human beans' for dinner!

    With Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations featured throughout, this is an all-time classic children's book.
  • Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9780141371337 - Roald Dahl
    NROJ 7 years +
    Roald Dahl
    7 years +
    (49)
    • £21.99
    • RRP £98.85
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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)
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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.
  • DAUD 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Ten of Roald Dahl's most-loved stories are read by a host of famous names in this swish-wifflingly scrumdiddlyumptious 29-CD audiobook collection.

    One of Dahl's biggest fans, David Walliams reads The BFG, while Douglas Hodge, fresh from playing Willy Wonka live on the West End, lends his voice to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Kate Winslet reads Matilda and comedians Chris O'Dowd, Peter Serafinowicz and Richard Ayoade lend their animated vocal talents to Dahl's best-loved characters The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny the Champion of the World!

    All unabridged, these books are a must for keeping the whole family entertained on long journeys, the CDs come in a handy and stylish tin case, too.

    CDs in this collection:
    The BFG - Read by David Walliams (4 CDs), The Enormous Crocodile - Read by Stephen Fry, (1 CD), Matilda - Read by Kate Winslet (4 CDs), Fantastic Mr Fox - Read by Chris O'Dowd (2 CDs), James and the Giant Peach - Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt (3 CDs), Danny Champion of the World - Read by Peter Serafinowicz (4 CDs), The Witches - Read by Miranda Richardson (4 CDs), The Twits - Read by Richard Ayoade (1 CD), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Read by Douglas Hodge (3 CDs), Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - Read by Douglas Hodge (3 CDs)

    This collection was previously sold under the ISBN code: 9780141352343.
    Format: CD. Unabridged
  • 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.
  • ACMRQ
    Lois Lowry
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    In Nazi-occupied Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen is called upon for a selfless act of bravery to help save her best friend from a terrible fate. Winner of the Newbery Medal, newly reissued in the Essential Modern Classics range. "They plan to arrest all the Danish Jews. They plan to take them away. And we have been told that they may come tonight." It is 1943 and life in Copenhagen is becoming complicated for Annemarie. There are food shortages and curfews, and soldiers on every corner. But it is even worse for her Jewish best friend, Ellen, as the Nazis continue their brutal campaign. With Ellen's life in danger, Annemarie must summon all her courage to help stage a daring escape. Inspired by true events of the Second World War, this gripping novel brings the past vividly to life for today's readers.
  • 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+.
  • ADQLP
    Natalie Babbitt
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    Doomed to - or blessed with - eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten year old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks kidnap her and explain why living forever at one age is less than a blessing that it might seem. 'Intense and powerful, exciting and poignant, Tuck Everlasting will last forever - in the reader's imagination.' Amazon.com 'Someone ought to start spreading the word that Natalie Babbitt is not only a children's writer the style is so fine and subtle that grownups too will take real pleasure. 'Tuck Everlasting' is one of the best books ever written - for any age.' Anne Tyler, New York Times Featured in Elle Hot 100 "This refreshing and original story throws up all sorts of moral dilemmas, not least the question of whether one would like to live forever. Children in Year 4 and above will find much to ponder here." Times Educational Supplement "Babbitt's economy of style is such that she can use a single gesture or detail to convey great swathes of meaning She understands perfectly the sense of powerlessness felt by children and her message is whether your name is Harry Potter, Frodo Baggins or Winnie Foster, young people with courage and a sense of rightness can 'make a difference'. " Herald (Glasgow) 'A welcome reissue of a book previously published in 1977. Long regarded as an American masterpiece, Natalie Babbitt's novel deals with a weighty subject - everlasting life, no less - with a lightness of touch and a simplicity that never descends to the pedantic or the condescending. Sounds fanciful, but is told with all the cool, sharp, clear-eyed 'realism' that represents the best of American writing. And don't be influenced in any way by the fact that a Disney version is in production - just read it. It's breathtaking.' Chris Stephenson, Carousel 'This novel is both lyrical and provocative and a timeless
  • WKG2 9 years +
    Jeff Kinney
    9 years +
    • £6.99
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    Greg Heffley and his family return for another laugh-out-loud misadventure in The Getaway - the twelfth book in Jeff Kinney's all-conquering Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

    It's getting cold and Christmas is coming so the Heffleys decide there's only one thing to do: head off to a tropical island to escape the stress of the season and enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation.

    A few days in paradise is meant to work wonders but, as ever with the Heffleys, things are never that simple. They suffer sun poisoning, stomach trouble, venomous creatures and so much more.

    Can anything save their holiday or will the getaway end up being a grand disaster? Complete with the trademark illustrations and plenty of funny situations and observations, this is a must for any Wimpy Kid fan.