Thrillers & Mystery Books for Kids

  • Hive Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781408890820 - Mark Walden
    HVEW 10 years +
    10 years +
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    James Bond meets Artemis Fowl in this fantastically witty and action-packed series from award-winning author, Mark Walden.

    H.I.V.E (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) is a top-secret school of applied villainy where children with a precocious gift for wrong-doing are sent to develop their talents into criminal mastermind.

    The stories follow 13-year-old Otto Malpense as he is hand-picked to join the six-year programme to become the world's next supervillain. With the help of his new friends - an athletic martial-arts expert, a world-famous diamond thief and a spunky computer genius - will Otto be able to achieve what has never been done before and break out of H.I.V.E?

    Format: paperback
  • Cogheart Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781474966801 - Peter Bunzl
    COGH 9 years +
    9 years +
    (1)
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    Peter Bunzl's Cogheart series contains pacy and imaginative adventure stories that your children will not be able to put down. In fact, don't be surprised if you end up fully engaged in the story of 13-year-old Lily and the search for her inventor father.

    Lily's father disappeared after a Zeppelin crashed and now she's teaming up with Robert, the local clock-maker's son, and a mechanical fox called Malkin to uncover the truth...

    Shadowy figures are closing in and treachery is lurking amongst all the smoky spires of London and soon our intrepid heroes discover a life-changing secret... These steampunk stories are a thrill from first page to last!
    Format: paperback
  • Violet Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781471182808 - Harriet Whitehorn
    VILT 9 years +
    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
  • School Bus of Horrors Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781474776738 - Michael Dahl
    SBOH 9 years +
    9 years +
    (1)
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    Michael Dahl, the bestselling author of The Library of Doom books, returns to spook children once more with a journey on the School Bus of Horrors.

    Perfect for Goosebumps fans, these scary stories follow the bus (which looks like any other bus) as it rumbles along the streets searching for its next victim...Erm, we mean passenger.

    The creepy and compelling stories are written specially for younger and developing readers. Are your children brave enough to hop on?

    What are Hi-Lo books? The subject matter is similar to other books for children aged 9 and over but the text is written in a way that will help those of a lower reading age (6 plus) build up their fluency and vocabulary.
  • Pamela Butchart Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9781788004305 - Pamela Butchart
    PAME 9 years +
    9 years +
    (5)
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    Headteachers who are vampire rats; demon dinner ladies; baby aliens... They all appear in these hilarious school stories from the Blue Peter Award-winning Pamela Butchart.

    Illustrated by Thomas Flintham, these seven books will have children laughing all the way through as Izzy and her friends uncover all sorts of startling secrets in their primary school. Their suspicions of the new head are raised when they realise he has his blinds drawn all day. Then he bans garlic bread at lunchtime...

    Matilde is the new girl at school and Izzy has been told to look after her, but then she realises Matilde might just be hiding a secret - a spy secret! There are also tongue-in-cheek retellings of Shakespeare's plays for children of all ages to enjoy and a spooky story about werewolves.

    Format: paperback
  • The Gateway Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781760502560 - Cerberus Jones
    GTWY 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Embark on an exciting adventure with a science fiction twist. When Amelia's parents reopen an old hotel, she and her new friend Charlie find the hotel and its guests rather unusual....

    With a host of intergalactic visitors from all kinds of planets, Amelia and Charlie will have their work cut out to protect the hotel and their families.
    The Gateway series are thrilling sci-fi adventures. Packed with action and a little bit of horror, they'll delight children who love the Goosebumps books.

    Format: paperback
  • Squishy Taylor Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781474781121 - Ailsa Wild
    SQUI 7 years +
    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
  • Andy McNab's Liam Scott Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780552576994 - Andy McNab
    AMLS 12 years +
    12 years +
    (2)
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    Full of action and excitement, this collection contains the first three books in Bravo Two Zero author Andy McNab's Liam Scott series of thrillers for young adults. These books have a no-holds-barred approach to the brutality and horrors of war.

    The New Recruit opens the series and is a book that asks the question of just what would you do if a prank went wrong and killed your best friend... Liam enrols in Army training in a bid to make amends and although the training is tough, he survives and is ready to thrive as a soldier. But then he comes face-to-face with his friend's brother while in Afghanistan...

    The New Patrol and The New Enemy continue Liam's story as he comes up against even more deadly threats including a traitor and finds himself on the hunt for a key terrorist target...
    Please note these books contain violence and strong language
    Format: paperback
  • EYX2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. After half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off - but not Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air?

    Since the police are having no luck finding him, Ted and Kat become sleuthing partners. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.

    The London Eye Mystery is an unputdownable, spine-tingling thriller from Siobhan Dowd.
  • SKX2 11 years +
    11 years +
    (4)
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    Anthony Horowitz launched a phenomenal action-packed adventure series with Stormbreaker, the first book starring teenage superspy, Alex Rider.

    His teenage hero is cool, contemporary and brave - just the right sort of hero to entice reluctant readers aged 9 and over to get reading. As the book begins, Alex discovers that his uncle - who has looked after him since he was a baby - has been killed in a car crash.

    What's more... he was a spy not a banker - and now Alex is being recruited to help on a MI6 mission. Told at breakneck pace and with tons of suspense, this is an irresistible read.
  • VRJ2 9 years +
    SF Said
    9 years +
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    Cats, martial arts and a heart-warming story - we can't recommend S. F. Said's Varjack Paw series enough! Illustrated by the talented Dave McKean, this is the third book and continues to follow the adventures of Varjak.

    A Mesopotamian Blue kitten, Varjak learns about the Way from his grandfather and sets off on a journey of self-discovery. As he leaves home for the first time, he must learn how to survive in a terrifying city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and the mysterious Vanishings.

    A Gold Smarties Prize winner that has been described as 'The Karate Kid directed by David Lynch', this is an exciting and enchanting book that will have readers aged 9+ purring with delight.
  • BJETC 7 years +
    7 years +
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    The darkly magical new story about the monsters under the bed, from bestselling author of The Christmasaurus, Tom Fletcher.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.
  • No. 1 Boy Detective Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781783446506 - Barbara Michelhill & Tony Ross
    BYDT 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Damian Drooth is a super sleuth, a number 1 detective and a boy who has a nose for trouble... He's determined to clean up the world so criminals better beware!

    First up, Damian finds himself caught up in the glamorous world of film-making. However, he realises it's a den of deceit and he's going to need all his skills, wits and cunning to keep out of trouble and save Trixibelle, the daughter of a crazy, mega-rich director.

    Written by Barbara Mitchelhill and with illustrations by Tony Ross, these are rib-tickling reads for children aged 7 and over.
    Format: paperback
  • The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books - Collection - 9781444936278 - Enid Blyton
    FFCC 7 years +
    7 years +
    (15)
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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
    Format: paperback
  • The Secret Seven Collection - 16 Books - Collection - 9781444936285 - Enid Blyton
    SVCC 7 years +
    7 years +
    (11)
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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
  • The Find-Outers Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9781444942798 - Enid Blyton
    EBFO 9 years +
    9 years +
    (3)
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    Who stole the money that the old man in Holly Lane had hidden in his cottage, and where is it now? Who's that mysterious robber that disappears from the scene of the crime without a trace and who is responsible for the strange messages being sent to Mr Goon?

    The police are perplexed and only the five young children who make up the Find-Outers and their dog, Buster, can find out the truth.

    Written by Enid Blyton, the author of the Famous Five and the Secret Seven, these are exciting mystery adventures with a classic feel that will surprise and delight readers aged 9 and over.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure

    Previously published as the Mystery Collection
    Format: paperback
  • DIE2 9 years +
    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.
  • Demon Headmaster Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780192765918 - Gillian Cross
    DMHD 9 years +
    9 years +
    (1)
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    A favourite with children for over 30 years, Gillian Cross' The Demon Headmaster books will provide your children with hours of terrifying entertainment and give you a nostalgic kick (who wasn't terrified by the '90s BBC adaptation?)...

    Lizzie has just started at a new school and everything is different: Ethan is now incredible at football, her brother is an expert in robotics, and she has started to be good at being really bad. What's brought these changes about? It couldn't be anything to do with that mysterious new headmaster, could it?

    Format: paperback
  • NSD2 11 years +
    11 years +
    (2)
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    Alex Rider is making a comeback - and things are more explosive than ever before in Anthony Horowitz's latest book in the hugely popular series

    Alex is still trying to piece his life back together after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even he can't fight the past - especially when it holds a deadly secret.
  • CQH2 9 years +
    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.
  • CCO2 11 years +
    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.
  • EFK2 8 years +
    8 years +
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    Magical objects come to life at Penhallow Hall but there's a toy dog who does not want to wake up...

    Left behind during World War II by evacuee owners, the little dog has quite a history behind it. When Polly invites her new friend Lucy over to tea, Lucy is also drawn to the pup. Before Polly can find out why, Lucy goes missing. Polly guesses where Lucy might be - but she'll need the little dog's help to find her...

    This is an enchanting chapter book.
  • ASOMB 6 years +
    6 years +
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    A beautiful, gripping story, perfect for children learning to read. Winner of the Carnegie Medal. Every day Annie walks by the lonely marsh from her remote cottage to school. Only in winter, when the wind howls in the trees, is Annie ever afraid. Her sister Willa is pregnant and Annie is overjoyed when she comes home to have her baby. Annie tells Willa the names of local plants and Willa tells Annie about the ghost, murdered by highwaymen, who is said to haunt the old forge nearby. Then, on a terrible night, with the phone lines down, Willa goes into labour. Annie is terrified of the ghost, but knows she must brave the storm to fetch help. As she ventures into the night, a horseman swings into view. He offers to take Annie to town. But who is this horseman? The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. It features: varied sentences; detailed illustrations to enjoy; chapters; interesting characters and themes; a rich range of vocabulary; and, more complex storylines to stretch confident readers. All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: White.
  • AVC2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    There's something about the castle on the hill. Why is everyone so afraid of it? What secrets lurk behind its door?

    Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack are on holiday in Scotland, staying on the side of Castle Hill. When they see flashing lights in a distant tower, they decide to investigate - discovering a sinister plot concealed within its hidden rooms and underground passages.

    The second book from her famous Adventure series, Enid Blyton expertly combines themes of friendship and bravery through characters full of youthful inquisitiveness. A truly stunning book written by one of the most successful children's authors of all time, children aged 9+ will adore the timeless Castle of Adventure.