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Thrillers & Mystery Books for Kids

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mistletoe and Murder

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: AVMMX
    Paperback 9 years +
    Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms - but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College. Three nights before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident - until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course). The fabulously festive fifth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike.
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  • The Egyptian Enchantment a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: APXRP
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves helping her Great Uncle Bert with his new exhibits at the British Museum. But when she reads a magic spell that brings to life twenty mischievous Egyptian shabtis, the museum ends up in a complete mess! Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker track down the chaotic shabtis before they destroy the whole museum? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
  • The Circus of Adventure

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AKICP
    Paperback 9 years +
    Head off on an incredible journey with Enid Blyton's The Circus of Adventure.

    Why did Bill have to bring the babyish Gustavus with them on holiday? Jack knows he'll only be trouble ...But when Gustavus is kidnapped, along with Philip, Dinah and Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot bravely set out to rescue them, leading them to a faraway land and the discovery of a plot to kill the King!

    A classic story from the author of the Famous Five, Secret Seven and Faraway Tree stories.
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  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire

    Derek Landy

    Product Code: AABOK
    Paperback 7 years +
    Just when you think you've saved the world! "You will kill her?" the Torment asked. Skulduggery sagged. "Yes." He hesitated, then took his gun from his jacket. "I'm sorry, Valkyrie," he said softly. "Don't talk to me," Valkyrie said. "Just do what you have to do." Valkyrie parted her tunic, and Skulduggery pointed the gun at the vest beneath. "Please forgive me," Skulduggery said, then aimed the gun at the girl and pulled the trigger. With Serpine dead, the world is safe once more. At least, that's what Valkyrie and Skulduggery think, until the notorious Baron Vengeous makes a bloody escape from prison, and dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland. With Baron Vengeous after the deadly armour of Lord Vile, and pretty much everyone out to kill Valkyrie, the daring detective duo face their biggest challenge yet. But what if the greatest threat to Valkyrie is just a little closer to home!?
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  • Death in the Spotlight

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BRZBH
    Paperback 9 years +
    Someone will take their final bow . . . Fresh from their adventure in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are off to the Rue Theatre in London to face an entirely new challenge: acting. But danger has a nasty habit of catching up with the Detective Society, and it soon becomes clear that there is trouble afoot at the Rue. Jealousy, threats and horrible pranks quickly spiral out of control - and then a body is found. Now Hazel and Daisy must take centre stage and solve the crime . . . before the murderer strikes again.
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  • The Secret Seven

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AHUDF
    Paperback 9 years +
    Written by the one and only Enid Blyton and with artwork from Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross, this is the first book in the classic Secret Seven series.

    Peter, Janet, Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara all meet every holiday in the shed at the bottom of Peter and Janet's garden, where they solve mysteries and eat lots of delicious food.

    In their first ever adventure, the friends are dressed in disguise and follow a lead to a spooky old house in the snow...
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  • The Guggenheim Mystery

    Robin Stevens

    Product Code: BQLDX
    Paperback 9 years +
    My name is Ted Spark. 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. Then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft, and I realised just how important it was to find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.
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  • The Scroll of Alexandria a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: APXRO
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves the Great Library and all the beautiful books that fill it. But the money hungry Head Curator of the British Museum, Sir Trevelyan Taylor wants to sell all of the ancient books to the highest bider. The missing scroll of Alexandria is the only thing that can prove that the books must stay in the museum. Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and track down the missing scroll before it's too late? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
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  • Lockwood & Co: the Hollow Boy

    Jonathan Stroud

    Product Code: APDJW
    Paperback 9 years +
    Lockwood & Co. might be the smallest (some might say shambollic) Psychic Detection Agency in London. But its three agents - Lockwood, Lucy and George - are exceptional Talents. And they get results. When an outbreak of ghostly phenomena grows to terrifying levels in Chelsea, Scotland Yard is left baffled. Even more baffling is that Lockwood & Co appear to have been excluded from the huge team of Agents investigating the Chelsea Outbreak. Surely this is the perfect chance for them to show once and for all that they're actually the best in town? Well, that's if they can put aside their personal differences for long enough to march into action with their rapiers, salt and iron...Ghouls and spectres, thrills and tension in this brand-new installment in Jonathan Stroud's bestselling series. "Stroud is a genius." (Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series).
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  • The Ogre of Oglefort

    Eva Ibbotson

    Product Code: AOVNQ
    Paperback 9 years +
    When a Hag, an orphan boy called Ivo, Ulf the troll and wizard Brian Brainsweller are sent to rescue a princess from an ogre, they briefly consider running away and hiding. Can they be any match for the gruesome, terrifying, ghastly, flesh-eating Ogre of Oglefort? But not all is as it first appears - the Ogre is depressed and the princess doesn't want to be rescued. The Norns, who rule their fates, decide to take things in hand and send a gang of the vilest, most petrifying ghouls to get the job done properly ...With beautiful cover illustration by Alex T. Smith, creator of the Claude series, The Ogre of Oglefort is a wonderfully spooky young-fiction title from the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson
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  • The Curse of the Cairo Cat a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: AOHGS
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves living in the museum with Great Uncle Bert but, when the Golden Cat of Cairo disappears at the launch of a new exhibition, Lottie's home is under threat. Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and find the cat in time, or will Lottie lose her home forever? Perfect for developing and newly confident readers, Lottie Lipton Adventures are packed with action, adventure and puzzles for the reader to solve.
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  • The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

    Katherine Woodfine

    Product Code: ANMWZ
    Paperback 9 years +
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    You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair's department store! Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villians to justice...It is perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Riddell and Enid Blyton.
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