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    The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: FFCC
    Collection 7 years +
    (16)
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    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

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

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

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
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  • Alex Rider Collection - 10 Books

    Anthony Horowitz

    Product Code: ARCC
    Collection 11 years +
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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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    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
    • £12.00
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  • Theodore Boone Collection - 6 Books

    John Grisham

    Product Code: TBOO
    Collection 12 years +
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    John Grisham, one of the world's favourite authors, turns his attention to children's books with Theodore Boone - a high-intensity legal drama for readers aged 11 and over.

    This six-book collection introduces Theodore, a 13-year-old who wants nothing more than to swap his home life for a career in the courtroom. He lives for big trials and now the biggest murder case in his city's history is set to begin. A husband is awaiting trial for the murder of his wife and Theo is captivated. But then Theo uncovers a surprise witness. Will he be able to find a way to bring the killer to justice?

    The son of two lawyers, Theo knows the criminal justice system better than anyone and often performs his own investigations - he looks into the disappearance of his friend, April; chases down a thief who has set him up; faces a moral dilemma when he illegally uncovers a terrible secret that could put a stop to some shady developers' plans; and gets caught up in the hunt for a serial killer...

    Format: paperback
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  • Abie Longstaff's Trapdoor Mysteries Collection - 3 Books

    Abie Longstaff

    Product Code: TRAP
    Collection 9 years +
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    From the author of The Fairytale Hairdresser series, the Trapdoor Mysteries follows 10-year-old Tally and her best friend Squill (who's a squirrel, of course) as they solve mysteries with the help of a secret library...

    Orphan Tally is the servant girl at Mollet Manor and she's also the Secret Keeper of the magical library hidden underneath the grounds. When the manor is burgled in book one, Tally must use the books to catch the criminals - but can she use them to find her missing mother too?

    In book two, Lady Mollett's puppy is kidnapped and Tally must find the dognapper before it's too late! And book three sees a ghost turn up at the manor - can the library help Tally catch something that no one can see?

    Format: paperback
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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...

    Format: paperback
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  • Violet Collection - 4 Books

    Harriet Whitehorn

    Product Code: VILT
    Collection 9 years +
    (1)
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    Violet Remy-Robinson is an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making.

    She travels the world cracking cases ranging from a mummy mystery to hunts for hidden treasure in these books that provide a fine introduction to whodunnits and detective stories.

    Complete with two-colour illustrations throughout, these fresh and funny mysteries are perfect for fans of Dotty Detective, Ottoline and Alice-Miranda.
    Format: paperback
    • £4.00
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  • Max the Detective Cat Collection - 3 Books

    Sarah Todd Taylor

    Product Code: MTDC
    Collection 7 years +
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    Maximilian is a pampered cat who enjoys the finer things in life. But when a mouse chase goes wrong, he finds himself alone (and scruffy) and hiding out at the Theatre Royal.

    What better way to deal with this new situation than by getting his claws into some crime cases? He'd be purr-fect for this job, after all. He gets his whiskers in a twist as he tries to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of Madame Emerald; investigates ghostly goings-on and talk of a family curse affecting the whole theatre troupe when they perform in Lord Fawley's castle; and looks into the case of disappearing cats in Paris.

    With a feline character inspired by Hercule Poirot and appealing black and white illustrations, these books provide a miaow-some introduction to mystery novels.
    Format: paperback
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  • A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens

    Product Code: CCO2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, and he learns he will be visited by three spirits - Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come - who reveal to him his miserable existence, the opportunities he squandered in his youth, the current cruelties he visits upon those around him, and the fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with a choice: death or redemption. Now available in an accessible, super-readable format with dyslexia-friendly features, for all readers.
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  • Squishy Taylor Collection - 6 Books

    Ailsa Wild

    Product Code: SQUI
    Collection 7 years +
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    Modern Family meets Harriet the Spy in this hilarious six-book mystery series.

    Squishy Taylor is a cheeky 11-year-old who is always up to strange stuff, whether it's finding someone hiding in the basement or investigating a missing vase. She lives with her dad and step-family in a crowded apartment - but that doesn't stop her from having fun!

    With a focus on problem-solving, these creative books explore modern families and real mysteries and will encourage readers to get involved with the stories.
    Format: paperback
    • £2.00
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    The Guggenheim Mystery

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: AVO2
    Hardback 9 years +
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    My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. This is the story of my second mystery. This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth GBP9.8 million. Perhaps that's because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else's. But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft - and Aunt Gloria is family. And I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.
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    The Island of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AVD2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    For Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot, the summer holidays in Cornwall are everything they'd hoped for.

    Until they begin to realize that something very sinister is taking place on the mysterious Isle of Gloom - where a dangerous adventure awaits them in the abandoned copper mines and secret tunnels beneath the sea.

    Written by Enid Blyton and very much in the style of the bestselling Famous Five and Secret Seven stories, this is an adventure that will keep young readers hooked!
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    Death in the Spotlight

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: DIE2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre to take on an exciting new challenge in Death in the Spotlight.

    Part of the Murder Most Unladylike Mystery series, this book finds Hazel and Daisy facing danger around every corner of the theatre.

    As jealousy, threats and pranks spiral out of control, a body is discovered - and our heroes face a race against tome before the killer strikes again.
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  • Mr Lemoncello's Library Olympics

    Chris Grabenstein

    Product Code: AUZ2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    The second book in the puzzle-tastic New York Times bestselling Mr Lemoncello series by Chris Grabenstein, award-winning author and co-author of many bestselling books with James Patterson! This time Mr Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first-ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS. But something suspicious is going on . . . books are missing from Mr Lemoncello's library. Is someone trying to censor what the kids are reading?! In between figuring out mind-boggling challenges, Kyle and the other children will have to band together to get to the bottom of this mystery. Packed with puzzles, clues, and thrilling surprises, this is the action-packed sequel to Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library. Let the games begin!
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    Zombie in the Library

    Michael Dahl

    Product Code: AQF2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    The Library of Doom finds a librarian heading off on so many heart-pounding adventures. Ideal for readers who are less confident, this is a scary story full of drama and adventure.

    It will help children build their vocabulary and develop their reading confidence.
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    Dotty Detective Collection - 4 Books

    Clara Vulliamy

    Product Code: DOTT
    Collection 7 years +
    (1)
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    This collection introduces Dorothy Constance Mae Louise, or Dot as she prefers to be called, as she unravels mysteries with the help of her trusty sidekicks Beans and Top Dog McClusky.

    The four books in this series see Dot and friends saving the school talent show from sabotage; going on a spooky adventure in pursuit of a ghost; solving a mystery at Adventure Camp; and sniffing out a missing puppy in time for the Summer Fair.

    Perfect for children beginning to read independently, these stories are witty, intelligent and engaging.
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    Stone Cold

    Robert Swindells

    Product Code: BBZ3
    Paperback
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    Stone Cold is a Carnegie Medal-winning thriller by Robert Swindells. It is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. A tense thriller plot is combined with a perceptive and harrowing portrait of life on the streets as a serial killer preys on the young and vulnerable homeless. Link, aged 17, is distrustful of people until he pairs up with Deb, another homeless youngster. But what Deb doesn't tell him is that she's an ambitious young journalist on a self-imposed assignment to track down the killer and she's prepared to use herself as bait ... The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths. The collection includes: The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man's Land - Aidan Chambers, After the First Death - Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody - Berlie Doherty, The Endless Steppe - Esther Hautzig, Buddy - Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades - Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July - Joan Lingard, No Turning Back - Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah - Richard C. O'Brien, The Wave - Morton Rhue, The Red Pony - John Steinbeck, The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Stone Cold - Robert Swindells.
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    Darling Doll

    Thomas Kingsley Troupe

    Product Code: AEL2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    Darling Doll finds a spooky doll playing tricks on its new owners. This means the hauntique hunters of Two Mile Creek have another creepy case on their hands.

    They discover a local woman used to make dolls by hand from a company called Darling Dolls, but will she be willing to help this doll play nice?

    This spooky story is a great introduction to the horror genre for younger readers.
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    Cirque du Freak

    Darren Shan

    Product Code: CQD2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    Cirque Du Freak is the first of the Saga of Darren Shan books and introduces ordinary schoolboy Darren, who visits a freakshow with his friend Steve and becomes obsessed with a giant tarantula. Darren's fascination is complicated by his friend Steve's behaviour and the pair are subsequently drawn into a ghoulish adventure from which there seems to be no escape. Cirque Du Freak is a dark and thrilling tale that will appeal to both boy and girl readers of nine and above.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    Max the Detective Cat: The Disappearing Diva

    Sarah Todd Taylor

    Product Code: EDP2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Max the Detective Cat gets his whiskers in a twist as he tries to discover the truth behind the disappearance of famous singer Madame Emerald.

    Why is her maid so scared? And what kind of singer doesn't like singing in public. Max is soon mixed up in a web of crime, having to dash round dancers' legs and over London rooftops to catch the thief.

    This is the purr-fect chapter book for children interested in mysteries.
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    The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Fairy Child

    Vicki Lockwood

    Product Code: AJW2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Lizzie Brown and Fitzy's Travelling Circus are guests of the Earl of Galloway. They are staying at his grand home in Scotland, the Red Castle, to help celebrate his son's birthday. While there, Lizzie reads the palm of a servant girl and sees her draped in the rich robes and jewellery of a lady. How could this be? The girl laughs off Lizzie's vision. But concealed deep within the castle walls is a secret so powerful that it could destroy the Galloway family, and overturn the order of things forever...
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    Dracula

    Bram Stoker

    Product Code: AEV2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    This is an exciting adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel, Dracula - retold in an exciting graphic novel format.

    This book's incredible artwork, easy-to-follow text and discussion questions will inspire conversation around the story and appeal to those who wouldn't normally pick up a book.
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  • Fade to Black

    J. A. Darke

    Product Code: AEZ2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Part of the Spine Shivers series, Fade to Black finds Mila Chun wishing she knew what to say to the boy she likes. After seeing her crippling shyness, Mila's best friend Junie hands her a script explaining how to talk to him. However, this script seems to be transporting Mila on to the set of a TV show.

    Before long, Mila is seeing flashes of light, hearing people talking and laughing and seeing looming faces stare down at her. Will she be able to figure out what's going on and defeat this sinister force before the credits roll?

    This scary story is perfect for introducing children to the horror genre.
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    Beetle Boy

    M. G. Leonard

    Product Code: GGB3
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    The first book in the bestselling BATTLE OF THE BEETLES series! 'Truly great storytelling.' MICHAEL MORPURGO Darkus can't believe his eyes when a huge insect drops out of the trouser leg of his horrible new neighbour. It's a giant beetle - and it seems to want to communicate. But how can a boy be friends with a beetle? And what does a beetle have to do with the disappearance of his dad and the arrival of Lucretia Cutter, with her taste for creepy jewellery?
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If your child loves heart-pounding adventures and adrenaline-pumping action, look no further. Our range includes ghoulish ghost story books, spellbinding mysteries and enthralling thrillers.

Popular authors kids will love

Explore our selection of riveting reads from many well-known authors whose works have captured kids’ imaginations, including Anthony Horowitz, Darren Shan, Eva Ibbotson, Enid Blyton and Andy McNab.

Ghosts, zombies, vampires and more…

Discover an assortment of terrifying and shadowy creatures in these white-knuckle tales, including mysterious ghosts, ravenous zombies and deadly vampires…

Much-loved classics guaranteed to captivate

We have a variety of tried-and-tested mystery and thriller classics, including the ever-popular Goosebumps adventures, Enid Blyton’s mystery tales, the daring exploits of Scooby-Doo and the gang, and many more.