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Thrillers & Mystery Books for Kids

  • The Case of the Counterfeit Painting

    Steve Brezenoff

    Product Code: ADX2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Part of the Museum Mysteries series, The Case of the Counterfeit Painting finds Clementine Wim investigating the case of missing piece of artwork.

    No one believes her when she says she saw the crime take place. Will she be able to convince them before it's too late? This is a compelling introduction to mystery stories.
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  • Zach Lopez vs the Unicorns of Doom

    Justina Ireland

    Product Code: CQJ2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Zach Lopez has just moved to Devil's Pass and is missing his old home already. When he meets Tiffany, Jeff and Evie in his new school, they tell him the town isn't what it seems and that strange things happen there. Zach doesn't believe it until he sees a glimpse of a white horse with a horn and a mane full of glitter. Could it really be a unicorn? Soon, Zach finds that his new friends were telling him the truth and more, that they have to save the town from a brutal infestation of carnivorous unicorns before the whole town gets eaten.
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  • Jeff Allen vs the Time Suck Vampire

    Justina Ireland

    Product Code: CPQ2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Jeff Allen needs a new phone. But for a new phone, Jeff needs money and therefore a job. When he starts working at the new mobile phone shop for Mr Vlad, he thinks he's got it made. Soon, he notices things aren't quite right. The new phones come preloaded with a game, and everyone in town including his friends seem obsessed. But not normal-obsessed; they're Devil's Pass obsessed, which, in his town, often leads to very bad things. Jeff has to find what's causing the obsession and break the spell before the town and his friends succumb to the mortal danger in front of them.
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  • Tiffany Donovan vs the Cookie Elves of Destruction

    Justina Ireland

    Product Code: CQH2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Tiffany Donovan has a lot of responsibility as class prefect not the least of which is the annual cake sale. When she finds a new bakery to buy biscuits from, she is thrilled with how much the people of the school and the town seem to love them. But as is always the case in Devil's Pass, the biscuits aren't what they seem. Soon anyone who has eaten the biscuits seems to be in danger of being eaten themselves, and Tiffany has to get her friends together to save the town once again.
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  • Evie Allen vs the Quiz Tournament Zombies

    Justina Ireland

    Product Code: CQI2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Evie Allen is smart wicked smart. So smart, she's the star of her school's quiz team. But something's up in the town of Devil's Pass, as usual. The team Evie must go up against is hungry for more than just the championship they need brains to keep themselves going. It's up to Evie and her three friends to once again save the town of Devil's Pass and maybe win the competition in the process!
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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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  • Monster in the MailBox and Other Scary Tales

    Xavier Bonet

    Product Code: AKH2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Dory is brand new to her neighbourhood, so she's glad she still has a pet monster to keep her company. She tells the mailman about the monster but he doesn't believe her.

    Dory gets angry about his lack of belief so strives to show him, but then the mailbox is empty... Is the monster real or a figment of Dory's imagination? This is a collection of spooky stories for children who want to start reading (lighter) horror.
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  • Framed

    Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Product Code: FFU3
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    The perfect crime - it's a work of art, in Frank Cottrell Boyce's ingenious story, Framed. Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage - and when he's not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log. And that means he gets to keep track of everyone coming in and out of Manod - what car they drive, what they're called, even their favourite flavour of crisps. But when a mysterious convoy of lorries trundles up the misty mountainside towards an old, disused mine, even Dylan is confounded. Who are these people - and what have they got to hide? A story inspired by a press cutting describing how, during World War II, the treasured contents of London's National Gallery were stored in Welsh slate mines. Once a month, a morale-boosting masterpiece would be unveiled in the village and then returned to London for viewing. This is a funny and touching exploration of how art - its beauty and its value - touches the life of one little boy and his big family in a very small town. This edition of Framed includes bonus material and discussion questions from Frank Cottrell Boyce, and illustrations by Steven Lenton.
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  • The Case of the Missing Treasure: A Murder Most Unladylike Mini Mystery

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BUOFU
    Paperback 9 years +
    A gripping mini-mystery from the bestselling author of Murder Most Unladylike. 'I, the Honourable Daisy Wells, have decided to give an account of another mystery the Detective Society has faced in recent weeks. It was very exciting, and very heroic, and I was very brilliant and brave...' A daring thief has been robbing London's most famous museums. . . When Daisy's birthday treasure hunt leads them into the path of the culprit, Daisy and Hazel realise where they'll strike next - the British Museum! With help from their friends (and rivals) the Junior Pinkertons, the girls must crack codes, unravel clues and race against time to solve the mystery.
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  • The Graveyard Book

    Neil Gaiman

    Product Code: AAAWZ
    Paperback 11 years +
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    From the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, The Graveyard Book is an astounding novel that blends together fantasy, humour, ghost story and family drama.

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead.

    But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. Will Bod survive to be a man?
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  • Murder Most Unladylike

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: AQYKE
    Paperback 9 years +
    When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia's missing tie. Which they don't.) Then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She assumes it was a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove one happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test? "Ripping good fun". (The Times). "A skilful blend of golden era crime novel and boarding school romp...The novel works both as an affectionate satire and an effective murder mystery, and Stevens can go places Enid Blyton never dreamt of...Top class". (Financial Times). "Plotting is what sets this book apart; this is about who was where at the time of the murder, and it's about finding the chink in the alibi". (Telegraph).
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  • Cream Buns and Crime

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: AXLVX
    Paperback 9 years +
    Daisy and Hazel invite you to discover their untold stories ...Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are famous for the murder cases they have solved - but there are many other mysteries in the pages of Hazel's casebook, from the macabre Case of the Deepdean Vampire, to the baffling Case of the Blue Violet, and their very first case of all: the Case of Lavinia's Missing Tie. Packed with brilliant mini-mysteries, including two brand-new and never seen before stories, and peppered with Daisy and Hazel's own tips, tricks and facts, this is the perfect book for budding detectives and fans of the award-winning, bestselling Murder Most Unladylike series.
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  • Room 13

    Robert Swindells

    Product Code: AHUBA
    Paperback 9 years +
    Somebody was in there. Somebody - or some thing...There is no room thirteen in the creepy Crow's Nest Hotel, where Fliss and her friends are staying on a school trip. Or is there? For at the stroke of midnight, something peculiar happens to the door of the linen cupboard next to room l2. And something is happening to Ellie-May Sunderland, too - something very sinister...This is a gripping page-turner from a master of spooky suspense, award-winning Robert Swindells. Don't read this under the covers at midnight!
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  • Top Marks For Murder

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BYXRR
    Paperback 9 years +
    The brilliant new mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy and Hazel are finally back at Deepdean, and the school is preparing for a most exciting event: the fiftieth Anniversary. Plans for a weekend of celebrations are in full swing. But all is not well, for in the detectives' long absence, Deepdean has changed. Daisy has lost her crown to a fascinating new girl - and many of the Detective Society's old allies are now their sworn enemies. Then the girls witness a shocking incident in the woods close by - a crime that they're sure is linked to the Anniversary. As parents descend upon Deepdean, decades-old grudges, rivalries and secrets begin to surface, and soon Deepdean's future is at stake. Can the girls solve the case - and save their home?
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  • Alex Rider: Secret Weapon

    Anthony Horowitz

    Product Code: BVNML
    Hardback
    An essential collection of seven explosive Alex Rider stories by number one bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz. Ever since MI6 recognized his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a deadly twist, no day has ever been ordinary for the teenage super-spy. This collection of thrilling adventures features familiar and new assailants from the best-loved world of Alex Rider and also includes three never-before-seen stories.
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  • Secrets of a Sun King

    Emma Carroll

    Product Code: BRPPJ
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    London, 1922. A discovery from ancient Egypt . . . A cursed package . . . The untold story of a young pharaoh . . . When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad's doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England! The mysterious package holds the key to a story . . . about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for. Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey - to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh's curse . . .
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  • The Creakers

    Tom Fletcher

    Product Code: BOLZT
    Paperback 7 years +
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    What silently waits in the shadows at night? What's under your bed, keeping just out of sight? Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises? Lucy Dungston always did. Until, one morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared - as if into thin air. Chaos descends as the children in Lucy's town run riot. It's mayhem. It's madness. To most kids, it's amazing! But Lucy wants to find out the truth. Lucy lost her dad not long ago, and she's determined not to lose her mum too. She's going to get her back - and nothing is going to stop her . . . . . . except maybe the Creakers.
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  • One Of Us Is Next

    Karen McManus

    Product Code: CDBEZ
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    The sequel to the international bestseller One of Us is Lying Welcome back to Bayview High . . . It's been a year since the events of One Of Us Is Lying. But nothing has settled for the residents of Bayview. Not now someone has started playing a sinister game of Truth or Dare. Choose truth? You must reveal your darkest secret. Choose dare? Well, that could be even more dangerous. Even deadly. When the game takes an even darker turn, suddenly no one at Bayview High knows who to trust. But they need to find out who is behind the game, before it's too late. Praise for One of Us is Lying: 'Tightly plotted and brilliantly written, with sharp, believable characters, this whodunit is utterly irresistible' - HEAT 'Twisty plotting, breakneck pacing and intriguing characterisation add up to an exciting single-sitting thrillerish treat' -THE GUARDIAN 'A fantastic murder mystery, packed with cryptic clues and countless plot twists. I could not put this book down' - THE SUN 'Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club' - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
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  • Jolly Foul Play

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: ARMHH
    Paperback 9 years +
    This is the fantastic new mystery from the author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school term, but nothing is the same. There's a new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst, and a team of Prefects - and these bullying Big Girls are certainly not good eggs. Then, after the fireworks display on Bonfire Night, Elizabeth is found - murdered. Many girls at Deepdean had reason to hate Elizabeth, but who might have committed such foul play? Could the murder be linked to the secrets and scandals, scribbled on scraps of paper, that are suddenly appearing around the school? And with their own friendship falling to pieces, how will Daisy and Hazel solve this mystery? Praise for the Murder Most Unladylike series: "Ripping good fun". (The Times). "Thrilling". (Guardian). "Top class". (Financial Times). "A delight". (Daily Mail).
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  • Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures

    Laura Ellen Anderson

    Product Code: CAWIT
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    `The perfect mix of funny, foul and fearful' Metro `Brilliantly imagined . . . laugh-out-loud funny' Sunday Express The fifth book in the bestselling, gorgeously gothic and wickedly funny Amelia Fang series - perfect for readers of 7+ Meet Amelia Fang! Everyone's favourite little vampire. When Amelia and her friends are invited to Florence's grandmother 350th birthday party, they are very excited! Grand-yeti Clemence lives in the Yeti Pits, a maze of candle-lit tunnels and caves carved into Yeti Mountain. But not long after arriving, the precious glittery treasures of the ancient yetis start to go missing. And when Tangine goes missing too he becomes the prime suspect! Not only that but the tunnels of Yeti Mountain have started to collapse on themselves and it looks like Florence and her family will have to move far away. It's looking like the gang might never see each other again! Will Amelia be able to solve the mystery of the missing yeti treasure? And will she and her friends survive the perils of the crumbling Yeti Mountain and all the booby traps on the way? Join Amelia, Florence, Grimaldi, Pumpy and Tangine on the adventure of a lifetime! Also available in the Amelia Fang series: Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday Amelia Fang is perfect for fans of Witch Wars, The Worst Witch and Isadora Moon When she's not trying to take over the world or fighting sock-stealing monsters, Laura Ellen Anderson is a bestselling children's book author & illustrator, with an increasing addiction to coffee. She spends every waking hour creating and drawing, and would quite like to live on the moon when humans finally make it possible. Laura is the creator of EVIL EMPEROR PENGUIN and illustrator of WITCH WARS, as well as many other children's books. The bestselling AMELIA FANG is her first series as author-illustrator.
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  • Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday

    Laura Ellen Anderson

    Product Code: BUOCU
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    A brand new title in the bestselling gorgeously gothic and wickedly funny Amelia Fang series - perfect for readers of 7+ MEET AMELIA FANG The bravest little vampire in the kingdom It's the half-moon holidays in gloomy Nocturnia which means no school for Amelia and her friends! Instead they are going to spend it with their Rainbow Rangers troop, (lead by unicorns Ricky and Graham) earning badges on Sugar Plum Island. But whilst exploring, Amelia and the gang stumble upon an ancient curse - and are shrunk to the size of bugs! How will they make the bloodcurdlingly BIG journey to break the curse when they are all so very TINY? Sink your teeth into Amelia's other howlingly hilarious adventures: Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief Amelia Fang is perfect for readers of 7+ and fans of Witch Wars, The Worst Witch and Isadora Moon When she's not trying to take over the world or fighting sock-stealing monsters, Laura Ellen Anderson is a professional children's book author & illustrator, with an increasing addiction to coffee. She spends every waking hour creating and drawing, and would quite like to live on the moon when humans finally make it possible. Laura is the creator of EVIL EMPEROR PENGUIN and illustrator of WITCH WARS, as well as many other children's books. AMELIA FANG is her first series as author-illustrator.
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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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  • First Class Murder

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: AQYKG
    Paperback 9 years +
    Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the world-famous Orient Express - and it's clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: there is rumour of a spy in their midst. Then, during dinner, there is a scream from inside one of the cabins. When the door is broken down, a passenger is found murdered, her stunning ruby necklace gone. But the killer has vanished - as if into thin air. Daisy and Hazel are faced with their first ever locked-room mystery - and with competition from several other sleuths, who are just as determined to crack the case. "A delight ...Hazel and Daisy are aboard the Orient Express: cue spies, priceless jewels, a murder and seriously upgraded bun breaks". (The Bookseller). "Addictive ...A rumbustious reworking of Agatha Christie's Orient Express caper". (New Statesman).
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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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