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  • The Worst Witch Collection - 8 Books

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: WOWI
    Collection 7 years +
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    Stories to leave your children spellbound...

    This collection brings together all eight books in Jill Murphy's classic The Worst Witch series including the latest addition, First Prize for the Worst Witch.

    The stories inspired the popular CBeebies adaptation and introduce Mildred Hubble and Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. Mildred is excited to be studying and training at the school but she's not leaving the best impression. She keeps making mistakes like getting spells wrong and crashing her broomstick. Despite her clumsy ways, everything is going well and she's enjoying the school but then she manages to turn Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy...

    Throughout these eight books, Mildred has to deal with arch-enemy Enid Nightshade; finds herself turned into a frog; and makes plans to ensure she will not be the worst witch in her class every single year...
    Format: paperback
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  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set

    JK Rowling

    Product Code: HRYP
    Collection 9 years +
    (58)
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    Head back to Platform 9 3/4, climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and enjoy the Complete Harry Potter Collection for a magical price. Presented in a gorgeous slipcase, these editions of J. K. Rowling's classics come complete with stunning cover illustrations from Jonny Duddle.

    A phenomenon like no other, Harry's incredible journey begins with The Philosopher's Stone. Unhappily living in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt's, he's visited by a giant called Rubeus Hagrid who delivers the most astonishing news - Harry's a wizard. As he heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, meets oh-so-wise Professor Dumbledore and the complex Severus Snape and their incredible adventure begins. But evil in the shape of Lord Voldemort is getting ever closer - and the Dark Lord has his sights set firmly on Harry.

    Throughout the seven books, Harry learns what it means to be a Gryffindor student and the value of friendship and trust. The eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were a record-breaking success and now you can relive the stories where it all began time and time again with this amazing Harry Potter box set - Expecto Patronum!


    Format: paperback
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  • Harry Potter Books 6-7: Audio Collection - 37 CDs

    JK Rowling

    Product Code: HPAB
    Audio 9 years +
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    Witches and wizards unite as you join the Battle of Hogwarts!

    Complete the entire series of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories with this enchanting audiobook collection. The 37 CDs cover The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows and find Dark Magic rising. Will Harry be able to summon the courage (and the spells) to stop Lord Voldemort once and for all?

    Narrated by Stephen Fry, this unabridged CD collection provides over 44 hours of spellbinding entertainment for the whole family - especially on long journeys, whether by car (maybe flying?), broomstick or on the Hogwarts Express.
    Format: CD Unabridged
    CDs in this collection: Harry Potter and the Half-blood Price - Disc 1-17 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Disc 1-20
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  • Winnie & Wilbur Fiction Collection - 12 Books

    Laura Owen

    Product Code: WAWL
    Collection 6 years +
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    Winnie the Witch has always been a big favourite with The Book People's customers and this magical selection of young fiction books and short stories, presented in a spellbinding slipcase, will enchant any fan of Winnie and her long-suffering cat, Wilbur!

    In these perfect paperbacks for those who have grown up with the Winnie the Witch picture books and are now looking to move onto longer stories, the witch gets into all kinds of hilarious situations as she tries to cast her spells. From trouble in ancient Egypt to Medieval magic and a daredevil rescue - Winnie does it all!

    With 12 books to choose from, let Winnie become the perfect partner for your child's bedtime reading - this is a simply magical collection from Laura Owen with every book featuring Korky Paul's iconic illustrations!

    Format: paperback
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  • Michael Morpurgo Collection - 12 Books

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: PUGO
    Collection 9 years +
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    Tales of bravery, endeavour and courage from Michael Morpurgo.

    Best known for being the author of the award-winning War Horse (included here), this collection introduces a wide variety of works by the former Children's Laureate.

    From the tale of a young boy who was washed overboard while sailing the world with his family in Kensuke's Kingdom to a boy finding renewed purpose in his life after meeting a chimp in Mr Nobody's Eyes, this is an incredible collection to transport young readers to different worlds.
    Format: paperback
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  • Horrid Henry Mega Collection - 30 Books

    Francesca Simon

    Product Code: HHEN
    Collection 5 years +
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    Horrid Henry's hilarious antics will have young readers laughing aloud...

    This box set features every single one of Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry stories and a selection of facts books for children to pore over. There are 30 books featuring the naughtiest boy in children's books as he gets into all kinds of trouble and and faces up against nemeses including his younger brother, Perfect Peter.

    All of the re-readable, laugh-out-loud stories feature black-and-white artwork from Tony Ross.
    Format: paperback
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  • Alex Rider Collection - 10 Books

    Anthony Horowitz

    Product Code: ARCC
    Collection 11 years +
    (9)
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    Cool, contemporary and brave, bestselling author Anthony Horowitz created a phenomenal character in Alex Rider - and now you can own the entire collection of his exciting adventures.

    Action packed from the first book to the last, the teenager is recruited to help on a MI6 mission after his uncle is killed in a car crash. Having looked after him since he was a baby, Alex is devastated by this tragedy but in the aftermath of his death, Alex discovers his uncle was actually a spy...

    Told at breakneck pace and with tons of suspense, this series is irresistible.

    This collection contains books 1-10 in Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series.
    Format: paperback
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  • Wonder

    RJ Palacio

    Product Code: RJP2
    Paperback 11 years +
    (13)
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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 Shakespeare Stories Collection - 16 Books

    Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross

    Product Code: NSHK
    Collection 7 years +
    (1)
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    It's now over 400 years since the Bard died and his work still remains just as relevant and compelling today. Boasting 16 of William Shakespeare's most popular and enduring plays, this collection contains rewritten versions of all his most well-known tales.

    From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Much Ado About Nothing, this superb collection of paperbacks makes an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers.

    The tales have been retold using accessible language and with the help of Tony Ross's engaging black-and-white illustrations, each play is vividly brought to life, allowing these culturally enriching stories to be shared with as wide an audience as possible.

    Format: paperback
    Please note that although these books are suitable for children aged 9 and over to enjoy independently, the themes they cover mean they may be considered more suitable for shared reading with children aged 7 plus.
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  • You Are Awesome

    Matthew Syed

    Product Code: YAWS
    Paperback 9 years +
    (6)
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    Praised by Dermot O'Leary, two-time Olympian Matthew Syed's Children's Illustrated and Non-Fiction British Book Award-winning You Are Awesome is a motivational book that encourages children to challenge the beliefs that hold them back.

    Full of tips and advice that will inspire a more positive mindset, it's encouraging and empowering reading for any introverted children. Matthew explains how having a negative attitude and thinking you can't do things more often than not leads to not being able to carry out tasks.

    However, if your children can build their resilience and change their mindset, things could be very different. He looks at how everyone from Mozart to Serena Williams got to the top of their respective fields through hard work and dedication and how kids can use these figures as inspiration on their way to becoming happy, successful adults.

    Winner of the British Book Award Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2019
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  • The Accidental President Collection - 6 Books

    Tom McLaughlin

    Product Code: APRE
    Collection 9 years +
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    Grown-ups have had their turn at running things, and let's face it, they've been rubbish...

    Tom McLaughlin's six laugh-out-loud stories find the kids taking charge and enjoying roles as the prime minister, the President, a secret agent, a billionaire and even Father Christmas!

    Very funny and filled with fantastic illustrations, these charming stories are easy to follow and will appeal to children who enjoy David Walliams or the Treehouse books.
    Format: paperback
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  • Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

    Kate Pankhurst

    Product Code: FGK2
    Paperback 7 years +
    (5)
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    Full of fantastic facts, this illustrated book provides children with an introduction to some of the greatest women of all time - and reveals their actions that shaped and changed the world.

    Presented in a very contemporary style by Kate Pankhurst - a descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst, no less - this book has cool artwork and accessible, bite-sized facts for children (and you!) to pore over.

    Among the incredible women it covers are leader of the Suffragettes Emmeline Pankhurst, adventurer and pilot Amelia Earhart and African-American civil rights activist Rosa Parks. This is an inspirational book that covers some of the key moments in history and it's sure to encourage children to read further.
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  • The Shapeshifter Collection - 6 Books

    Ali Sparkes

    Product Code: SHIF
    Collection 9 years +
    (1)
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    Former Blue Peter Book of the Year-winning author Ali Sparkes writes exciting adventures that keep children turning the pages right until the end. Told at breakneck pace, this six-book collection contains six books from her bestselling Switch series.

    Dax Jones may appear to be a normal schoolboy. He has a best friend and argues with his stepmother on the daily basis... you know, the normal kid stuff. But he also happens to be a Shapeshifter employed by the government.

    These books follow Dax as he discovers and embraces his unique powers, follows his fox-like instincts like never before and joins forces with new friends who have the same kind of abilities. But can they all steer clear of danger?
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  • Frank Cottrell-Boyce Collection - 5 Books

    Frank Cottrell-Boyce

    Product Code: FCBO
    Collection 9 years +
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    There are Millions of reasons to buy this collection...

    CILIP-Carnegie Medal-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce writes funny and touching stories that will keep young readers fully engaged from first page to last. A little boy turns the perfect crime into a work of art; a not-so-great train robbery ends with unexpected treasure; and a boy ends up competing with a group of adults for a chance to head into space.

    The Astounding Broccoli Boy and Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth have a more brash sense of humour running through them but are still full of heart.
    Format: paperback
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  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    John Boyne

    Product Code: PYM2
    Paperback 11 years +
    (1)
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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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  • The Secret Seven Collection - 16 Books

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: SVCC
    Collection 7 years +
    (12)
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    Written by Enid Blyton - one of the world's favourite children's writers and the author who brought the world The Famous Five, Malory Towers and The Naughtiest Girl series - The Secret Seven are a group of friends who meet in a shed and solve some startling mysteries.

    Peter, his sister Janet, and their friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara make up the Secret Seven. They meet in a shed with 'S.S' on the door and to get in you'll need to know the password and wear the right badge. Peter is head of the society and he makes jolly well sure that everyone abides by the rules...

    While the gang eat cake and drink lemonade, they puzzle over the peculiar goings-on in their local community and make it their mission to put things right. To do this, they have to keep watch, search for clues and ask the right questions. From burglaries to stolen animals and missing children, there's always a case to be cracked!

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
    Format: Paperback
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  • Complete Anne of Green Gables Collection - 8 Books

    L.M. Montgomery,LM Montgomery

    Product Code: CAGG
    Collection 10 years +
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    L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables is a classic series of children's books that has recently been adapted into a popular Netflix series.

    In Anne of Green Gables, the scrawny, freckled girl with bright red hair arrives on Prince Edward Island and takes Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert by surprise. They were expecting a quiet boy to help them with their farm work, but instead they welcomed a chatty girl full of hope and wonder.

    Anne of Avonlea takes place five years later and finds Anne starting a job as a teacher at her old school. She's not much older than the pupils and has so much to prove. Can she inspire a love of learning?

    In Anne of the Island, Anne leaves Green Gables for university. She's always dreamt of this moment but her feelings are bittersweet - she's excited to see the world and broaden her horizons but also anxious about leaving her home, family and friends behind... This is the complete series of charming books for your little reader to enjoy and cherish.

    Format: paperback
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  • Noughts & Crosses

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: NOU2
    Paperback 12 years +
    (1)
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    Praised by Benjamin Zephaniah and widely regarded as one of the most inspiring and influential teen series of recent years, former Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses is a book that tackles prejudice, racism, distrust and terrorism.

    Sephy and Callum have been friends since they were both very young and despite their feelings for each other indicating they want something more, that's as far as it can go...

    However, romance cannot be stopped even in a world full of anger, division and separation. Their love story ends up leading them both into terrible danger...
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  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

    Rick Riordan

    Product Code: PJA2
    Paperback 9 years +
    (1)
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    A previous winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the first book in a thrilling fantasy series that has inspired two hit Hollywood films.

    Taking as its hero, the unlikely character of Percy, a troubled kid who has dyslexia and ADHD, the story rapidly moves from a school outing for mortals from the 21st century to a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena.

    Fast-paced fantasy and adventure that will appeal to children from 9+.
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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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  • Coraline

    Neil Gaiman

    Product Code: EIL2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Widely regarded as a modern classic of children's literature, and also the inspiration for a major film adaptation directed by Henry Selick, this is a special tenth anniversary edition of Coraline.

    Written by the bestselling Neil Gaiman, this edition comes complete with a new foreword from the author, as well as visually striking illustrations from Children's Laureate Chris Riddell.

    There's something strange about Coraline's new home, and it's not the constant mist or the cat that keeps watching her, it's the other house... The one behind the old door in the drawing room, where a mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin want Coraline to join them. But if Coraline steps through that door, she knows she may not come back...

    A gripping and dark contemporary fairy tale with just the right amount of creepiness.
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  • Adam Blade Collection with Kitbag - 12 Books

    Adam Blade

    Product Code: ABKB
    Collection 7 years +
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    Fight against beasts, discover the secrets of the deep and join Team Hero...

    This 12-book collection introduces children to the action-packed worlds of Adam Blade. The four Beast Quest books find Tom battling against brutes, serpents, jungle masters and a snow phoenix; the Sea Quest books feature cyber squids, electric eels, silent predators and blood sharks; and the Team Hero books find Jack battling the forces of darkness.

    Sure to appeal to even those children who wouldn't normally pick up a book, these are pacy and page-turning adventures - and they come in a handy kit bag featuring eye-catching artwork!
    Format: paperback
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  • Bedtime Story Winner 2017: There's a Boy Just Like Me

    Frasier Cox

    Product Code: BDSR
    Hardback 4 years +
    (16)
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    The winner of Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2017, Frasier Cox's There's a Boy Just Like Me is a heart-warming tale of friendship between the author and a refugee who shares the same interests and childhood hopes and dreams.

    In 2017, we asked children aged 5 to 11 to write a bedtime story between 200 and 800 words on the theme of friendship. The response was astounding and out of over 1,300 entries, Frasier's story was selected as the winner by a panel of judges that included TV favourite Claudia Winkleman and radio DJ and Radio Boy author Christian O'Connell. Frasier's story was chosen for his focus on important issues and beautiful storytelling.

    At least 35% of the price of the book will be donated to Save the Children, a charity that fights every single day for children's futures. Sold exclusively through us at BookPeople.co.uk, Frasier's book features illustrations from top children's book illustrator Alison Brown and published by Little Tiger.

    Please note that this book is exempt from all promotions due to its charitable donation.
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  • Bedtime Story Winner 2018: The Incredible Journey

    Tom Burlison

    Product Code: BSIJ
    Hardback 3 years +
    (4)
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    We are so excited to be sharing Tom Burlison's The Incredible Journey - the winner of The Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2018.

    One of the UK's youngest picture book authors, 7-year-old Tom's tale is a fun and inspiring bedtime story about the power of imagination and friendship. The two main characters, Elliot and Ruby, have many adventures: they travel through puddle portals to pirate lands, find parts of an alien spacecraft, and get chased by dinosaurs - all on their walk to school as their imaginations unlock a world of possibilities!

    Tom's story was selected as the winner of our Bedtime Story Competition 2018 out of over 1000 entries from children aged between 5 and 11. A panel of judges that included Olympic Gold medallist and Dadventures author Alex Gregory and Sara Sanchez, the illustrator of the winning book chose Tom's story because it is funny, clever and it shows how imagination can transform the way a child looks at the world.

    At least 35% of the price of the book will be donated to Save the Children, a charity that fights every single day for children's futures. Sold exclusively through us at theBookPeople.co.uk, Tom's book features illustrations from top children's book illustrator Sara Sanchez and is published by Little Tiger.

    Please note that this book is exempt from all promotions due to its charitable donation.

    If you think you know a child who could be our next published author then head to our competition page to encourage your children to enter their stories about feelings.
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