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  • The Shakespeare Stories Collection - 16 Books

    Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross

    Product Code: NSHK
    Collection 7 years +
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    From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Much Ado About Nothing, this superb collection of paperbacks makes an excellent introduction to Shakespeare's books for younger readers. The full list of stories in the collection is:
    • Julius Caesar
    • King Lear
    • The Merchant of Venice
    • The Taming of the Shrew
    • Twelfth Night
    • As you Like it
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • The Tempest
    • Henry V
    • Macbeth
    • Othello
    • Richard III
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • Antony and Cleopatra
    • Hamlet
    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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  • Biff, Chip and Kipper: Time Chronicles Collection - 18 Books

    Product Code: BCKT
    Collection 7 years +
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    The familiar figures of Biff, Chip and Kipper have grown up and are facing a battle against evil in these 18 excellent adventures.

    As the familiar characters embark on the mission of a lifetime, your children will be on the edge of their seats. Ideal for children making the transition from picture books to longer stories, these books feature a host of characters from the past, which gives children an insight into history.

    Starting at Oxford Reading Tree Level 10, the books also include extras such as parent support, historical fact files and suggestion for things to talk about regarding the story.

    Format: paperback
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  • Complete Anne of Green Gables Collection - 8 Books

    L.M. 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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  • Eva Ibbotson Collection - 3 Books

    Eva Ibbotson

    Product Code: EVIB
    Collection 10 years +
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    Eva Ibbotson's gentle adventure stories have enchanted so many young readers and this collection, including the all-time classic Journey to the River Sea, provides the perfect introduction to her work.

    Journey to the River Sea is an award-winning adventure story that follows the orphan Maia as she travels all the way from England to the Amazon with her governess. Set in 1910, it celebrates the exotic worlds this intrepid duo visit while on their epic journey.

    The Dragonfly Pool takes place during the Second World War and finds 11-year-old Tally finding adventure, romance and a handsome prince while on a boarding-school trip; completing the set is The Star Kazan, an enthralling story about family and identity that takes place in turn-of-the-century Vienna.
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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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  • Judith Kerr Collection - 3 Books

    Judith Kerr

    Product Code: JKER
    Collection 11 years +
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    Having sold over 1.2 million copies of her books in the UK alone, Judith Kerr is one of our most cherished authors.

    The three books in this collection are partly inspired by her childhood growing up during the Second World War. They're poignant, emotional and told with great humour.

    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit is the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany before the start of WWII. It finds 9-year-old Anna's father going missing. Straight away she and her brother Max are rushed away, in alarming secrecy, to a completely new place. Everything they know from Germany - home, schoolmates, toys - will now be a distant memory.

    In Bombs on Aunt Daity (previously published as The Other Way Round), Anna is a teenager and she's living in London during the Blitz. The bombs are coming from Germany - the country that was once her own. How will she and her beloved refugee family survive if Hitler does invade?

    The final book in the trilogy is A Small Person Far Away. In this emotional tale, Anna has to head back to Berlin to visit her dangerously ill Mama. While there, she will have to face a past that she has shut away for so long.
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  • Just William Collection - 8 Books

    Richmal Crompton

    Product Code: JWLM
    Collection 9 years +
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    There is only one Just William. This lovable trouble-maker has been harassing his unfortunate family and delighting hundreds of thousands of readers for decades and now he is ready to entertain and exasperate a whole new audience with this eight-book collection.

    Each of these gorgeous books features at least nine Just William stories. Your young readers will love meeting the Outlaws as they set about causing chaos and the marvellous frilly-dressed Violet Elizabeth who not only expects to play fairies with William, but also expects a kiss!

    Each book also features eye-catching cover artwork by a different talented illustrator. Lauren Child, Chris Riddell and Adam Stower are among those to have contributed.
    Format: paperback
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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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  • E. Nesbit Collection - 3 Books

    E. Nesbit

    Product Code: NSBT
    Collection 9 years +
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    Are you ready for a journey of discovery, friendship and adventure? This enchanting collection brings together E. Nesbit's original Five Children and It trilogy - complete with refreshed and contemporary artwork by Ella Okstad.

    Author E. Nesbit is one of the most influential authors of all time, with her works inspiring everyone from Jacqueline Wilson to J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman - and Five Children and It is a timeless tale that has entertained generations.

    A classic adventure story, it follows five friends as they discover 'It': a grumpy creature known as the Psammead. This sand fairy has the power to grant the children one wish a day - but they'll have to be careful what they wish for...

    The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Story of the Amulet continue the story of Anthea, Robert, Cyril, Jane and their baby brother as things get even more magical...
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    Joan Lingard Collection - 3 Books

    Joan Lingard

    Product Code: LING
    Collection 9 years +
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    Three exciting historical adventures from bestselling children's author, Joan Lingard.

    Despite looking after ten children already, Mr and Mrs Bigsby of the Pig and Whistle, Stoke Newington, are asked to take in an eleventh orphan named Elfie. But there's something about her - why does Elfie possess a little watercolour of the Pig and Whistle?

    In The Chancery Lane Conspiracy, Elfie and her best friend Joe's suspicion of a dodgy lawyer lead them to a conspiracy that spans across the country. And in The Stolen Sister, Elfie's little sister Rosalind is kidnapped from outside her school. It's a race against the time to locate the culprit before the family falls apart...

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  • Emily of New Moon Collection - 3 Books

    L.M. Montgomery

    Product Code: ENWM
    Collection 11 years +
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    The Emily of New Moon trilogy is a timeless, charming and unforgettable series from L.M. Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables.

    Emily Starr has never known what it is to be unloved. But when her father dies, she is left in the care of her mother's family. Emily is a stranger to the proud Murrays, none of whom think they can cope with such a heartbroken, headstrong girl...

    They decide to draw lots to see who should look after her and Emily is sent to live at New Moon with her stern Aunt Elizabeth, kind Aunt Laura and eccentric Cousin Jimmy.

    Although Emily is enchanted by her new home, she can't believe she will ever belong there. But then she makes some close friends and everything starts to make sense...

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  • Carrie's War

    Nina Bawden

    Product Code: CWH2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    One of the most loved and enduring wartime novels, Carrie's War is a modern classic. WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY MICHAEL MORPURGO AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALAN MARKS 'A touching, utterly convincing book' Jacqueline Wilson 'Poignant and realistic . . . Carrie's War captures the true reality of war for a child, and it doesn't sentimentalise war' Shirley Hughes, Guardian 'I did a dreadful thing, the worst thing of my life, when I was twelve and a half years old, and nothing can change it' It is wartime and Carrie and her little brother Nick have been evacuated from their London home to the Welsh hills. In an unfamiliar place, among strangers, the children feel alone and find little comfort with the family they are billeted with: Mr Evans, a bullying shopkeeper and Auntie Lou, his kind but timid sister. When Carrie and Nick visit Albert, another evacuee, they are welcomed into Hepzibah Green's warm kitchen. Hepzibah is rumoured to be a witch, but her cooking is delicious, her stories are enthralling and the children cannot keep away. With Albert, Hepzibah and Mister Johnny, they begin to settle into their new surroundings. But before long, their loyalties are tested: will they be persuaded to betray their new friends? This collection of the best children's literature, curated by Virago, will be coveted by children and adults alike. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Little Princess,The Secret Garden) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children's Classics.
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  • Wolf Brother

    Michelle Paver

    Product Code: WOF2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver is a haunting prehistoric adventure that will appeal to children from 9+.

    When his father is killed by a bear that has been taken over by a demon, 12-year-old Torak is left living alone in the forest but he has a quest to follow. As his father dies, he tells Torak that it's up to him to find and get help from the Mountain of the World Spirit, so that the bear can be prevented from destroying others.

    Terrifying adventures lie in wait for Torak. Can he succeed in his quest? Michelle Paver's skilful storytelling will enthral and entrance!
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  • Milly Molly Mandy Collection - 6 Books

    Joyce Lankester Brisley

    Product Code: MMMY
    Collection 7 years +
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    Prepare to be charmed by Milly-Molly-Mandy and her friends...

    Milly-Molly-Mandy lives in a tiny village in the heart of the countryside. She picks blackberries, minds the village shop and has hours of fun with her pals little-friend-Susan and Billy Blunt.

    Joyce Lankester Brisley's sweet, funny, innocent and timeless tales feature her original line drawings and are sure to take you back to another era. They're over 80 years old but still as charming as ever.
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  • The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

    Product Code: MZA2
    Paperback 13 years +
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    Adapted into a film starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, The Book Thief is a moving and breathtaking novel that young readers and adults will devour. This 10th anniversary edition contains exclusive material from the author, Markus Zusak.

    Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, the country holds its breath, waiting on the brink of war. Young Liesel's life is changed forever as she stands by her brother's grave and picks up The Gravedigger's Handbook from the snow, committing her first act of book thievery and changing her life forever...

    So follows her love affair with books in an increasingly dangerous time. When her foster family hide a Jewish boy in their basement her world is both opened up and shut down, but the power of words and the ability for books to feed the soul is explored and enjoyed by both youngsters.

    Superbly crafted and incredibly moving, children aged 11 and over simply must read this award-winning tale which has proved to be one of the most enduring and respected of recent times.
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  • The Silver Sword

    Ian Serraillier

    Product Code: SSW2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Ian Serraillier's classic tale of courage and endurance during the Second World War will live on in the reader's memory long after the book is closed.

    Three Polish children are left to survive in a war-torn Poland after their parents are taken away by the Nazis. The story follows the harrowing journey they make to find safety and reunite their family.

    Based on the experiences of real children, The Silver Sword is an exciting adventure story that can't fail to move readers from 9+.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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  • Hetty Feather

    Jacqueline Wilson

    Product Code: HET2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Warm, moving, funny and totally fascinating, Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson is the perfect book for young readers aged 9 and over.

    It's London, 1876, and Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at the Foundling Hospital. The Hospital cares for abandoned children - but Hetty must first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school. Life in the countryside is hard but with her 'brothers' Jem and Gideon, she helps in the fields and plays imaginary games. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus and Hetty is mesmerised by the show, especially Madame Adeline and her performing horses. But Hetty's happiness is threatened once more when she is returned to the Foundling Hospital. The new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for her. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising?

    Jacqueline Wilson will surprise and delight old fans and new with this utterly original take on a historical novel. Set in Victorian times and featuring a brand new feisty heroine, Hetty Feather, this is a Tracy Beaker-esque tale that will thrill young readers.
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  • Five Children and It

    E. Nesbit

    Product Code: FVI2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Adored by the likes of J. K. Rowling and Kate Saunders, The Railway Children author Edith Nesbit's Five Children and It is honoured in this beautiful Faber Classics edition of the enchanting story.

    Anthea, Robert, Cyril Jane and their baby brother make a trip to the gravel pit and what they find there is quite incredible: an enchanted creature that is able to grant them wishes. But unfortunately for the five of them, the grouchy Psammead often causes hilariously unpredictable mistakes with their wishes and it isn't long before the children find themselves in all kinds of trouble...
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  • Chelsea Walk Collection - 6 Books

    Product Code: CWLK
    Collection 9 years +
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    Meet the residents of 6 Chelsea Walk (a real-life address!) and learn all about the historical achievements of women in these enlightening books.

    Covering feminist history in an inspiring way, these books blend facts with storytelling and look at how women won the right to vote and make sure their voices are heard. Books also look at women at war and those who have made an impact behind the camera.

    The perfect series for fans of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World.
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  • Icarus Was Ridiculous

    Pamela Butchart

    Product Code: ICQ2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Pull up a plinth and enjoy all the drama of the original Greek myths!

    Pamela Butchart's book introduces Izzy, a girl who loves hearing all of the stories about myths and legends in Ancient Greece. The latest character she's heard about is Icarus, a total numpty, and the trojan horse that managed to end a war despite not even being real.

    Published in collaboration with the British Museum, this engaging story features striking artwork from Thomas Flintham and stories history-obsessed children will love to devour.
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  • Ballet Shoes

    Noel Streatfeild

    Product Code: BSV2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Noel Streatfield has inspired many would-be actors and ballet dancers with her classic children's book Ballet Shoes. And the book's enduring appeal lies in the three Fossil sisters' fiercely different characters.

    "I wonder... if other girls had to be one of us, which of us they'd choose to be?" Pauline longs to be an actress. Petrova is happiest playing with cars and engines. And if she could... Posy would dance all day!

    But when their benefactor Great-Uncle Matthew disappears, the future for the Fossil girls is threatened. Ballet Shoes is the perfect present for ballet-mad children aged 7+.
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  • Blue Door Collection - 5 Books

    Pamela Brown

    Product Code: BLUE
    Collection 9 years +
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    Take a bow! These are the stories that inspired Maggie Smith to take up acting...

    Written in 1941 when author Pamela Brown was just 14 years old, The Swish of the Curtain has inspired generations of children to take to the stage. Set in the town of Fenchester, the books follow seven resourceful children who want nothing more than to see their names up in lights.

    One day, they come across a disused chapel, and an idea is formed. With a lick of paint and the addition of a beautiful curtain (which, however much they try, won't "swish" as stage curtains ought to), the chapel becomes a theatre - and The Blue Door Theatre Company is formed.

    The children go from strength to strength, writing, directing and acting in their own plays. But their schooldays are numbered, and their parents want them to pack it in and train for sensible jobs. But with a bit of luck, and the help of some influential friends, perhaps this might not be the end...

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  • Private Peaceful

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: PTF2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    Michael Morpurgo's novel, Private Peaceful, swoops the reader's emotions up and down in this stirring story of a soldier caught up in the horrors of the First World War.

    Although the story takes place in the space of just one night, there's a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows in store as Tommo recounts anecdotes from his childhood and relives nightmare experiences of fighting in the trenches.

    Private Peaceful won the Red House Children's Book Award and is an essential read for children aged nine and above who are learning about the First World War and how it affected ordinary lives.

    Readers who enjoy Private Peaceful may also like Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian.
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  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: SGJ2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Michael Morpurgo offers his take on the classic Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    Sir Gawain is King Arthur's greatest night and he finds himself battling the Green Knight in a challenge that strikes fear and dread into Arthur's court...

    This is a thrilling and enchanting read about an incredible quest.
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Children's historical fiction books

  • Greatest Stories Ever Told Collection by Tony Bradman and Tony Ross
  • Biff, Chip and Kipper Time Chronicles by Roderick Hunt
  • Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Shakespeare Stories by Andrew Matthews and Tony Ross
  • Goodnight MIster Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • Chrestomanci by Dianna Wynne Jones
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman
  • Judith Kerr books
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson