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Fiction Books for Kids

  • An Inspector Calls

    JB Priestley

    Product Code: AADUG
    Paperback 14 years +
    Written by English novelist, playwright, scriptwriter and broadcaster, J.B. Priestley. First produced in 1946, An Inspector Calls went on to become a major film in 2015 and won an award for Best Single Drama at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2016.

    It is Priestley's most famous play, in which he demonstrates the horrid consequences of poverty and inequality whilst sustaining a gripping detective thriller storyline.

    The other plays include Time and the Conways and I Have Been Here Before, which explore the idea of precognition and pits fate against free will. Meanwhile, The Linden Tree challenges preconceived ideas of history and how life should be after the war.
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  • One of Us is Lying

    Karen McManus

    Product Code: BCXIZ
    Paperback 14 years +
    The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars and adds a deadly twist in the worldwide bestseller, One of Us is Lying.

    Karen McManus' addictive novel finds five high school students going to detention - but only four returning. There's a goodie two-shoes, a sports jock, a bad boy, the prom queen and an outsider called Simon who keeps a notorious gossip app up to date with glee...

    When Simon dies just 24 hours before he was going to post his detention buddies' deepest, darkest secrets online, an investigation takes place - and all four survivors are major suspects. Who was the killer? And how far will these students go to protect them?
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  • We are All Made of Molecules

    Susin Nielsen

    Product Code: ASOFD
    Paperback 12 years +
    Meet Stewart. He's geeky, gifted and sees things a bit differently to most people. His mum has died and he misses her all the more now he and Dad have moved in with Ashley and her mum. Meet Ashley. She's popular, cool and sees things very differently to her new family. Her dad has come out and moved out - but not far enough. And now she has to live with a freakazoid step-brother. Stewart can't quite fit in at his new school, and Ashley can't quite get used to her totally awkward home, which is now filled with some rather questionable decor. And things are about to get a whole lot more mixed up when these two very different people attract the attention of school hunk Jared...
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  • Two Can Keep a Secret

    Karen McManus

    Product Code: BTZUW
    Paperback 14 years +
    One of Us is Lying author Karen McManus' Two Can Keep a Secret is a Gossip Girl-meets-Riverdale (with a bit of Twin Peaks thrown in for good measure) read full of twists and turns as a perfect town's imperfect secrets spill out in deadly fashion...

    Two teenagers are dead and a killer is threatening to return to Echo Ridge. Ellery's aunt went missing here back when she was 16 - and then five years ago a homecoming queen was killed. Malcolm's older brother was the prime suspect in the latter case...

    Finding himself a member of Echo Ridge's upper crust through his mother's remarriage, things take a savage turn when Malcolm's brother returns to town - just as mysterious threats echo around town... And then another girl disappears.
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  • The War of the Worlds

    HG Wells

    Product Code: AAEAB
    Paperback 14 years +
    From the planet of war they came to conquer the Earth The night after a shooting star is seen streaking across the sky, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common. Fascinated and exhilarated, the local people approach the mysterious object armed with nothing more than a white flag. But when gruesome alien creatures emerge armed with all-destroying heat-rays, their rashness turns rapidly to fear. As the rays blaze towards them, it soon becomes clear they have no choice but to flee or die. Soon, the Martians begin a sinister invasion of the world. Destroying all in their path with black gas and burning rays, they brutally make their advance, feasting on the warm blood of still-living human prey. The forces of the Earth, however, may prove harder to beat than they at first appear
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  • New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Power & Conflict Anthology

    CGP Books

    Product Code: AXACQ
    Paperback 14 years +
    This superb Grade 9-1 GCSE English Literature Poetry Guide from CGP covers the entire 'Power and Conflict' cluster from the AQA Anthology of Poetry. The full text of every poem is included, with clear, concise notes on the meaning, form, structure and language - plus questions to help students develop their personal responses. It's also very important to be able to compare the poems, so we've included in-depth sections on the themes and poetic techniques found in the cluster. There are practice questions and exam-style questions at the end of each section, and the book is rounded off with plenty of detailed exam advice - including the chance to improve and mark sample answers using a realistic mark scheme. Perfect for getting to grips with exactly what the examiners are looking for!
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  • We Were Liars

    E. Lockhart

    Product Code: AKSVI
    Paperback 14 years +
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    "E. Lockhart is one of our most important novelists, and she has given us her best book yet. Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We were Liars is utterly unforgettable". (John Green, number 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault In Our Stars). "Irresistible." (The New York Times Book Review). "Haunting, sophisticated." (The Wall Street Journal). "Bowl-you-over." (Cosmopolitan). "So freaking good." (Sarah Dessen). "Such beautiful writing." (Libba Bray). "Beautiful and disturbing." (Justine Larbalestier). "Better than the hype." (Lauren Oliver). We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. It is a story of love and romance. It is a tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?
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  • Goodbye, Perfect

    Sara Barnard

    Product Code: BMRYZ
    Paperback 14 years +
    Goodbye, Perfect is a beautiful and emotional contemporary YA novel, with a powerful friendship at its heart, by bestselling author Sara Barnard. When I was wild, you were steady . . . Now you are wild - what am I? Eden McKinley knows she can't count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it's a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. And it's the last person she would have expected. Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie's location, and that's the way it has to stay. There's no way she's betraying her best friend. Not even when she's faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts. As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.

    Winner of the YA Book Prize 2019.
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  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Maya Angelou

    Product Code: AAITD
    Paperback 14 years +
    Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover. 'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou
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  • Northanger Abbey

    Jane Austen

    Product Code: AADZW
    Paperback 14 years +
    During an eventful season at Bath, young, naive Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who shares Catherine's love of Gothic romance and horror, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father's mysterious house, Northanger Abbey. There, her imagination influenced by novels of sensation and intrigue, Catherine imagines terrible crimes committed by General Tilney. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, this is the most youthful and and optimistic of Jane Austen's works.
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  • This Lie Will Kill You

    Chelsea Pitcher

    Product Code: BTMVB
    Paperback 14 years +
    Tell the truth. Or face the consequences. Pretty Little Liars meets Riverdale in this page-turning thriller. One year ago, there was a party. At the party, someone died. Five teens all played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth. But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course...some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn't question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late. Instead, they realize they've been lured together by a person bent on revenge who wants to finally unravel the truth about what actually happened that deadly night, one year ago. Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free? Or will their lies destroy them all?
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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

    Heather Morris

    Product Code: BXIEU
    Paperback 14 years +
    The incredible bestselling true story. For readers of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Diary of Anne Frank Heart-breaking - a tale of love and survival amidst the horrors of Auschwitz Human - the real story behind one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust - the blue numbers tattooed on prisoners' arms Inspirational - the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances Unforgettable - a story untold for over seventy years is finally shared Life-affirming - one man's determination to survive and live a full life with the woman he loved Fully verified - Lale Sokolov's background and story has been fact-checked against all available documentary evidence The Story The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz. When Lale, given the job of tattooing the prisoners, saw Gita waiting in line, it was love at first sight. In that moment he determined to keep them both alive. This is a story of hope and of courage.
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  • Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

    Holly Bourne

    Product Code: BROCK
    Paperback 14 years +
    Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at "normality" for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for her new friends, who are all dealing with their own battles. But as Olive settles in, she starts to wonder - maybe it's this messed up world that needs fixing, and not them. And so she comes up with a plan. Because together, snowflakes can form avalanches... A trailblazing and painfully honest novel about mental health, friendship and making this crazy world a kinder place.
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  • A Little Piece of Ground

    Elizabeth Laird

    Product Code: BQHJD
    Paperback 14 years +
    In Elizabeth Laird's A Little Piece of Ground, twelve-year-old Karim Aboudi and his family are trapped in their Ramallah home by a strict curfew. Israeli tanks control the city in response to a Palestinian suicide bombing. Karim longs to play football with his mates - being stuck inside with his teenage brother and fearful parents is driving him crazy. When the curfew ends, he and his friend discover an unused patch of ground that's the perfect site for a football pitch. Nearby, an old car hidden intact under bulldozed buildings makes a brilliant den. But in this city there's constant danger, even for schoolboys. And when Israeli soldiers find Karim outside during the next curfew, it seems impossible that he will survive . . .
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  • Faceless

    Alyssa B. Sheinmel

    Product Code: AQPQK
    Paperback 14 years +
    When Maisie is struck by lightning, her face is partially destroyed. She's lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can't even recognize yourself any more? She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student ...a normal girl. Now, after a single freak accident, all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did and didn't shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what 'lucky' really means.
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  • Trouble

    Non Pratt

    Product Code: AJDQI
    Paperback 13 years +
    A debut novel from Non Pratt, Trouble introduces fans of young adult fiction books to Hannah, a girl who is smart and funny... and also fifteen and pregnant.

    When Hannah meets Aaron, a boy who is new at school and doesn't want to attract attention, he offers to pretend to by the father of Hannah's unborn baby. But why, when growing up can be complicated enough already?

    A poignant coming-of-age book that will appeal to fans of Grasshopper Jungle and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, Trouble presents the readers with the message that growing up can be trouble, but that's how you find out what really matters.
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  • Throne of Glass

    Sarah J. Maas

    Product Code: AGIUB
    Paperback 15 years +
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    Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin's heart be melted?
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  • Paper Butterflies

    Lisa Heathfield

    Product Code: AUHBQ
    Paperback 14 years +
    Stand By Me meets We Were Liars - a heartbreaking and stunning breakout novel for teenagers from the award-nominated author of Seed. June's life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one - and a secret one. Not even her father knows about it. She's trapped like a butterfly in a net. But then she meets Blister, a boy in the woods. And in him, June recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom ...but at what price? Paper Butterflies is an unforgettable read, perfect for fans of Lisa Williamson's The Art of Being Normal, Jandy Nelson, Sarah Crossan and Louise O'Neill. Lisa Heathfield launched her writing career with Seed, her stunning YA debut about a cult. Before becoming a mum to her three sons, she was a secondary school English teacher and loved inspiring teenagers to read. Paper Butterflies is her beautiful and heart-breaking second novel. Lisa lives in Brighton.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2017's YA Book Award.
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  • A View from the Bridge

    Arthur Miller

    Product Code: ACGLW
    Paperback 14 years +
    Eddie Carbone is a longshoreman and a straightforward man, with a strong sense of decency and of honour. For Eddie, it's a privilege to take in his wife's cousins, straight off the boat from Italy. But, as his niece begins to fall for one of them, it's clear that it's not just, as Eddie claims, that he's too strange, too sissy, too careless for her, but that something bigger, deeper is wrong, and wrong inside Eddie, in a way he can't face. Something which threatens the happiness of their whole family.
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  • Things Fall Apart

    Chinua Achebe

    Product Code: AADJM
    Paperback 14 years +
    Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive. His fame has spread like a bushfire in West Africa and he is one of the most powerful men of his clan. But he also has a fiery temper. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone - even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists. When outsiders threaten the traditions of his clan, Okonowo takes violent action. Will the great man's dangerous pride eventually destroy him?
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  • Touching the Void

    Joe Simpson

    Product Code: AADAY
    Paperback 11 years +

    Winner of 1988's Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and the 1989 NCR Book Award, Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, reached the the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1985 shortly before disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered back to their non-climbing companion with tragic news. What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship. In 2003, the book was adapted into a documentary film that won the Best British Film award at the BAFTAs.

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  • On the Come Up

    Angie Thomas

    Product Code: BPWVF
    Paperback 14 years +
    The award-winning author of The Hate U Give returns with a powerful story about hip hop, freedom of speech - and fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you. Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it - she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.
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  • Things a Bright Girl Can Do

    Sally Nicholls

    Product Code: BMVQP
    Paperback 14 years +
    Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote. Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women's freedom. May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who's grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place. But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?

    This title has been shortlisted for 2019's CILIP Carnegie Medal.
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  • After the Fire

    Will Hill

    Product Code: BCWSW
    Paperback 14 years +
    Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. But Moonbeam is starting to see the lies behind Father John's words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

    Winner of the YA Book Prize 2018.
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Fiction books are often the first time kids experience the joys of reading, and are very important in developing reading and writing skills that will last them a lifetime. With entertaining stories that are written to make kids smile, gasp and laugh, our extensive range of children's fiction features a huge number of timeless classics and modern favourites including Harry Potter books.

The biggest names

We all have our favourite stories and series from when we were children, and if you're wanting to share the titles that inspired your love of reading with your kids, you've come to the right place. We stock collections from big names in kids' fiction including Enid Blyton, Dr. Seuss and – classic authors whose stories stay popular to this day.

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On this page you can also find all kinds of works by wonderful modern children's writers, including David Walliams, Jeff Kinney and Michael Morpurgo. Perfect for readers of all ages and abilities, these books offer something for everyone.

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