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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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  • Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (New)

    Eoin Colfer

    Product Code: CBRBT
    Paperback
    *Soon to be a major film!* Join the world of Artemis Fowl, the number one bestseller by Eoin Colfer. AT JUST TWELVE YEARS OLD, ARTEMIS FOWL IS A CRIMINAL GENIUS. No scheme is too dastardly, no plot too devious. And he's just discovered that fairies are real. Poor fairies. But these are not the cuddly creatures of bedtime stories. They are armed. They are dangerous. And when Artemis captures Captain Holly Short for her fairy gold, he messes with the wrong elf. Holly isn't armed but she's incredibly dangerous, and pretty annoyed with all the kidnapping. Artemis Fowl is about to find out that fairies fight back . . . Let the misadventure begin. 'Fast-paced, tongue in cheek . . . laugh-out-loud' - Sunday Times 'A huge hit' - The Guardian 'Artemis is a brilliant creation' - Anthony Horowitz ***Winner of the WHSmith Children's Book of the Year Award and Children's Book of the Year at the Children's Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.*** This graphic novel adaptation of the internationally best-selling novel offers an exciting look inside both Fowl Manor and Haven City as it follow Artemis Fowl's battle against a cast of creatures beyond your wildest imagination.
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  • Skeleton Key Graphic Novel

    Anthony Horowitz

    Product Code: AQPNW
    Paperback
    The hazy days of Wimbledon are the unlikely first link in a terrifying chain of events. Alex Rider, reluctant teenage spy, is forced into hiding after his recce mission as a ballboy makes him a target for a murderous Chinese gang. Sent to the island Skeleton Key, Alex is thrown into further danger as from there, General Sarov - an insane Russian - has plans to destroy the world. Alone, with just a handful of gadgets, Alex must outwit Sarov as the seconds tick away...
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  • What the Ladybird Heard Book and Toy Gift Set

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: BZIQZ
    Other
    With brilliant rhyming verse, bright distinctive illustrations and a glittery ladybird plush toy, What the Ladybird Heard Book and Toy Gift Set is the perfect gift for Christmas! The ladybird said never a word. But the ladybird saw, And the ladybird heard . . . Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . . Enjoy this fantastically funny story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks with this fabulous book and toy gift set. Included is a mini gift hardback edition of the bestselling classic picture book, What the Ladybird Heard, with a gorgeously glittery cover and a ladybird soft toy - perfect to cuddle whilst reading!
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  • Coraline

    Neil Gaiman

    Product Code: AEVPN
    Hardback 9 years +
    There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.
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  • Ali Cross

    James Patterson

    Product Code: CCWQP
    Hardback
    _____________________________ The son of Alex Cross follows in his father's footsteps in this exciting new YA thriller from globally bestselling author James Patterson LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Alex Cross The brilliant DC detective who never gives up on a case. Ali Cross The tenacious kid who's determined to follow in his father's footsteps. The case that finally gives him a chance Ali knows Gabe Qualls better than anyone, so when his friend goes missing, Ali jumps right into action. Being Alex Cross's son has taught him the skills he needs to solve the mystery: intelligence, persistence, and logic. One thing he didn't inherit? Patience. Because Ali knows that with every day that passes without the police finding Gabe, the less likely it is that he'll ever be found. And being Alex Cross's son, he refuses to accept those odds.
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  • The Tenth Girl

    Sara Faring

    Product Code: BZRDH
    Hardback
    Looming at the very southern tip of Patagonia, the Vacarro family's finishing school is rumoured to be haunted. Legend has it there is a curse on the land to ruin all those who settled there. When young Mavi arrives for a teaching position, she's determined to write off the initial signs: the brushes of cold air, the missing student, and the warnings not to roam the halls at night. But the spirits haunting this dark place won't be ignored, and a cruel fate seems inescapable. One of these spirits befriends Mavi in hopes of redemption; but the spirit's dark secret changes everything. Together, they must learn the rules of this cosmic game, or Mavi's very existence will shatter.
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  • Sleuth & Solve: 20+ Mind-Twisting Mysteries

    Ana Gallo

    Product Code: BYYBO
    Hardback
    Ready, set, investigate! Welcome to the world of Sleuth & Solve, where clues are in the details and crafty twists put readers' wits to the test. This first book in a new series of mind-bending mini-mysteries encourages readers of all ages to practice deductive reasoning, consider the most subtle details, and always think outside the box. Readers may play alone or with friends, collecting points for cracking each case and determining whose sleuthing skills reign supreme. Read the clues, then lift the flap to reveal the answer to each mystery! This compelling collection of clever, inference-based mysteries makes the perfect gift for puzzle lovers and super-sleuths of every age.
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  • Ghost

    Illustratus

    Product Code: BYVFL
    Hardback
    A finger against the inside of a mirror... a wood where the trees look back... a basement door blocked by a brick wall so thick, it stifles the screams from below ... This original collection of chilling poems and tales contains the only true ghost stories in existence (as the book itself will tell you)-13 eerie encounters perfect for sharing...if you dare. Accompanied by striking illustrations and building to a truly spine-tingling conclusion, this haunting book will consume the imagination and keep readers of every age up long past their bedtimes.
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  • Murder Most Unladylike

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BXYXA
    Hardback 9 years +
    *A special anniversary hardback edition of the first award-winning, bestselling mystery starring schoolgirl detectives, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong. Features an exclusive, brand-new chapter!* When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong start their 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? The award-winning bestseller and the first thrilling story in the Murder Most Unladylike series. 'Ripping good fun' - The Times
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  • The Creakers

    Tom Fletcher

    Product Code: BUQGO
    Hardback
    Read and sing-along with Tom Fletcher's number one bestselling story of the monsters under your bed... *Includes exclusive CD with 10 brilliant brand-new songs by Tom Fletcher* Imagine waking up to discover that all the grown-ups in your town have disappeared. Well, that's what happens to Lucy Dungston. Lucy's friends can't believe their luck. But while they're running wild, Lucy's making a plan. Because Lucy wants her mum back - and nothing's going to stop her. Even if it means journeying into the strange, upside-down world of the mysterious monsters under her bed... Packed with amazing illustrations from the disgustingly talented Shane Devries, The Creakers: The Musical Edition includes 10 exclusive new songs on CD, all written and performed by Tom Fletcher, accompanied by a full orchestra. It features very special guests including Carrie Hope Fletcher, newcomers Chapter 13 - and the Creakers themselves... Throughout the book you'll find prompts telling you which track to listen to as you read the story, and all the lyrics, so you can sing along too! THE SOUNDTRACK: 1. Don't Turn Out The Light 2. Badges 3. We Own This Town 4. Lucy's Lullaby 5. Down Below 6. Home Doesn't Feel Like Home 7. The Creaker Way 8. Everything You Never Wanted 9. Once Upon a Memory 10. Different Praise for The Creakers: 'Stonkingly good' The Guardian 'Brilliantly inventive, genuinely funny, outrageously disgusting . . . Will keep readers captivated from start to finish' Teach Primary '10 out of 10 bum trumps!' Guff the Creaker
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  • Stormbreaker

    Anthony Horowitz

    Product Code: AQPNY
    Paperback
    Forcibly recruited into MI6 after the mysterious death of his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex is sent to infiltrate the organization of a sinister billionaire. Within days he's gone from schoolboy to superspy - and it looks like his first assignment may be his last...
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  • Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: AGHGK
    Audio
    Get 5-8s reading independently with the UK Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo. Mean old Mr Birdnest! He's taken over the Jungle House. Now Elmo and his sister have nowhere to play. But then Granny goes missing and there are a lot of suspicious goings on next door. Are the children brave enough to take on Mr Birdnest and get Granny back?
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  • Lucky You

    Saba Kapur

    Product Code: CCQCN
    Paperback
    Things seem to be looking up for celebrity socialite Gia Winters. She is living in a fabulous penthouse in New York City and getting ready for her first semester at NYU with her hot new beau, officer Milo Fells. As the weeks go by, a mysterious and dangerous drug makes its way around campus, and self-proclaimed Detective Gia is on the case. Between juggling classes and a new relationship and dodging the paparazzi, Gia starts to feel not-so-lucky after all.
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  • Every Stolen Breath

    Kimberly Gabriel

    Product Code: CBQAU
    Hardback
    The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable-random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It's been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim. Lia is the only one still pursuing her father's killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch's murder by the Swarm. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own. After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don't stop the person pulling the strings-and fast-Lia may end up the next target. Inspired by the real-life "flash mob" violence that struck Chicago in 2011, Every Stolen Breath by debut author Kimberly Gabriel is a fast-paced and immersive thriller that shows just how hard one girl will fight back, knowing any breath might be her last.
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  • All the Things We Do in the Dark

    Saundra Mitchell

    Product Code: CBGKC
    Hardback
    Sadie meets Girl in Pieces in this dark, emotional thriller by acclaimed author Saundra Mitchell. Something happened to Ava. The curving scar on her face is proof. Ava would rather keep that something hidden-buried deep in her heart and her soul. But in the woods on the outskirts of town, the traces of someone else's secrets lie frozen, awaiting Ava's discovery-and what Ava finds threatens to topple the carefully constructed wall of normalcy that she's spent years building around her. Secrets leave scars. But when the secret in question is not your own-do you ignore the truth and walk away? Or do you uncover it from its shallow grave and let it reopen old wounds-wounds that have finally begun to heal?
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  • Hello Neighbor Collection

    Tim Heitz

    Product Code: CAVAX
    Paperback
    The official, original prequel trilogy to the hit horror video game Hello Neighbor is now in one terrifying boxedset! Nicky Roth has always been a lonely kid. But that all changes when he and his family move to Raven Brooks and meet their eccentric neighbours, the Petersons. Nicky befriends the Petersons' son, Aaron, bonding over their talents for tinkering. Soon the boys are inseparable and using their skills to pull pranks on the townspeople. But something about Aaron bothers Nicky - people seem almost afraid of him and his family. Through snippets from Aaron and a lot of sleuthing in the town's archives, Nicky discovers a dark past haunting his neighbours, a streak of bad luck they can't seem to shake. Aaron thinks that's all behind them now, but Nicky has afeeling the Petersons are fated for another tragedy. This pulse-pounding prequel trilogy based on the hit video game Hello Neighbor includes two-colour illustrations throughout each novel, to help readers unwind the many mysteries at the heart of the game.
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  • Sherlock Holmes: A Gripping Casebook of Stories

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    Product Code: CBPBR
    Hardback
    Sherlock Holmes: A Gripping Casebook of Stories contains the full-length novel A Study in Scarlet, plus 14 short stories. A Study in Scarlet marked Sherlock Holmes' debut appearance in novel form, while Holmes made his first short story appearance in A Scandal in Bohemia, also included in this compendium. In his perceptive introduction to this compendium, leading crime writer Martin Edwards observes that 'the compelling evocation of character is what makes Conan Doyle's stores come alive'. Ally this to vivid settings and the result is unbeatable entertainment enjoyed by crime fans the world over.
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  • Camp Midnight Volume 2: Camp Midnight vs. Camp Daybright

    Steven T. Seagle

    Product Code: CBHGH
    Paperback
    Skye is excited to return to Camp Midnight as an older, seasoned camper when she discovers that her parents are putting her on a bus headed to her intended camp from last summer: Camp Daybright. Skye has a sinking feeling of deja vu and wonders what could be worse than a sequel gone wrong? She'll find out with new friends, a new camp, and a creepily familiar new arch-frenemy that all add-up to big adventures and bigger scares at the camp with a happy name but a monstrous secret just beyond its fences!
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  • Illuminightmare

    Lucy Brownridge

    Product Code: CAVIW
    Hardback
    Set off on a supernatural journey to visit the most haunted places on Earth in this follow-up to the bestselling Illuminature, Illumanatomy and Illuminatlas. Use your three-color lens to explore each place: use the green lens to see the location, the red lens to see remnants from its history and the blue lens to reveal the supernatural things that lurk behind the shadows. Packed with historical facts, rich folklore from around the world and plenty of mystery, Milan-based design duo Carnovsky have created a haunted compendium like no other. For thousands of years, people from every corner of the globe have told stories, folk tales and legends about unnerving encounters with the supernatural. Often, a haunted place has a rich history we can see in our earthly world. And sometimes this history echoes on in the form of ghosts or supernatural spirits. Here, incredible interactive illustrations reveal the history and haunted secrets of the 10 most haunted places in the world: * Hermitage, Russia * St Therese Shipwreck, Greece * Bran Castle, Romania * Salem, Massachusetts, USA * Tower of London, UK * Bhangarh Fort, India * Black Forest, Germany * San Juan Chamula Cemetery, Mexico * Picton, Australia * The Giza Pyramids, Egypt Look through the green lens to see the place and its surroundings by day. See which plants and animals, buildings and cultural artefacts you can spot on the map. Use thered lens to learn about the history and real-life inhabitants of this place. Then turn the page to learn more about the cultural highlights and natural wonders in the field guide. If you dare, look through the blue lens to reveal the hidden horrors, supernatural goings on and ghosts who haunt this place. There's so much more to the world around us than meets the eye.
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  • The Wind in the Wall

    Sally Gardner

    Product Code: BZPBQ
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    'I have no idea how long I have been incarcerated in these ancient walls . . . Let me explain how I find myself in this predicament . . .' Set in the hot houses of a stately home in eighteenth century England, a gardener falls from grace when the Duke sets him the impossible task of growing prize pineapples fit to show off in high society. The gardener's star falls further when he is replaced by Mr Amicus, a pineapple 'specialist', whom he believes to be a charlatan and a trickster - but nevertheless miraculously produces fruit to delight the Duke. Determined to uncover Mr Amicus's tricks, the gardener sneaks into the pineapple house to uncover the mysterious shrouded birdcage Mr Amicus carries with him. And what he finds changes his life for ever . . . A cautionary tale with echoes of myth and fairy tale, this bewitching fable will make you careful what you wish for.
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  • Ho Ho Homework

    Mylisa Larsen

    Product Code: BZQCU
    Hardback
    In this delightful Christmas picture book, Jack's substitute teacher, Mr. Clausen, looks a whole lot like Santa Claus-could he really be Santa? This jacketed picture book comes with instructions for how to make your own Snowflake Wish! It's almost Christmas, and Jack's classroom has a new substitute teacher. There's something funny about Mr. Clausen-he seems awfully familiar....Is it his long, white beard? Is it the way his laugh sounds a lot like "Ho, ho, ho"? Or maybe it's his snack of milk and cookies-reindeer-shaped cookies! Jack's classmates are convinced they know who Mr. Clausen really is, but Jack's not so sure... Filled with beautiful pictures, humor, and lots of holiday cheer, this story captures all of the magic and mystery that children experience during the Christmas season. In the story, Mr. Clausen teaches Jack and his classmates how to make paper snowflake wishes-and the end of the book shows you how to make your very own!
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  • Minor Prophets

    Jimmy Cajoleas

    Product Code: BZLHZ
    Hardback
    After their mother's death, two siblings must navigate the strange world of the occult in this thrilling YA mystery Lee has always seen visions: cats that his mother promises aren't really there, a homeless man who he's convinced is out to get him, and three men who give him ominous warnings in the woods. His mother and his sister Murphy try to keep him grounded in the real world. But when his mother dies in a car accident and her horrible husband tries to adopt them, Lee and Murphy flee to their grandmother's ranch, which they've only heard about in stories. But is there a reason why their mother never brought them there? And what horrid truths lurk behind Lee's haunting visions? Thrilling, twisty, and poignant, Minor Prophets will keep readers guessing until the final page.
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  • We Speak in Storms

    Natalie Lund

    Product Code: BZLDD
    Hardback
    It's been more than 50 years since a tornado tore through a drive-in movie theater in tiny Mercer, Illinois, leaving dozens of teens - a whole generation of Mercerites - dead in its wake. So when another tornado touches down in the exact same spot on the anniversary of this small-town tragedy, the town is shaken. For Brenna Ortiz, Joshua Calloway, and Callie Keller, the apprehension is more than just a feeling. Though they seem to share nothing more than a struggle to belong, the teens' paths continue to intersect, bringing them together when they least expect it, and perhaps, when they need it most. Both the living and the dead have secrets and unresolved problems, but they may be able to find peace and move forward - if only they work together. A beautifully told, haunting yet hopeful novel about pushing past the pain, facing the world, and finding yourself.
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