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Our children's thrillers, mysteries and ghost stories are full of shocks and scares. These mystery books for kids are available at unbelievable prices and are captivating from start to finish. Our range includes great horror books for kids that will have them hooked on reading.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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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  • Five Get into a Fix

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: AXJOZ
    Paperback 7 years +
    Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book seventeen, the Famous Five are skiing and having lots of fun. But who is living in the mysterious house near their chalet? The caretaker claims it's been deserted for years, but the Five are sure they've seen a face at the window. A terrified, and haunted face. Have the gang got the courage to find out?
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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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  • 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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  • Please Don't Feed the Vampire!

    RL Stine

    Product Code: ANHTS
    Paperback 8 years +
    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! A Goosebumps 'Choose Your Own Horror' Adventure! This Halloween you're stuck with a lame costume called "vampire in a can": a cheesy vampire costume stuffed inside a can. But then you finds a strange packet of red goo inside that will turn anyone who swallows it into a vampire. Will you swallow it and turn that lame costume into the real thing? Or will your adorable poodle Fifi wind up with a bite that's worst than her bark?
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  • The Haunted Car

    RL Stine

    Product Code: ANHTR
    Paperback 8 years +
    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! Mitchell is a car fanatic. He knows everything there is to know about every car there is. So when his parents buy a new sports car - he can't wait to have a ride in it. But there's something not right about this car. It has a mind of it's own. Could it be...haunted?
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  • Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes

    RL Stine

    Product Code: AMPVZ
    Paperback 8 years +
    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! Two pink flamingos. A whole family of plaster skunks. Joe's dad loves those tacky lawn ornaments. But then he brings home two ugly lawn gnomes. And that's when the trouble starts. Late at night, when everyone's asleep someone's creeping in the garden. Whispering nasty things. Smashing melons. Squashing tomatoes. No way two dumb old lawn ornaments could be causing all the trouble...is there?
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  • The Ghost of the Trenches and Other Stories

    Helen Watts

    Product Code: APXKD
    Paperback 7 years +
    As the Great War raged, and in its aftermath, people created hundreds of legends and stories round it, to speak of the sadness, the heroism, the deaths. Author Helen Watts and storyteller Taffy Thomas bring together this compelling, moving collection of ghost stories and mysteries from both sides of the conflict, from the haunted U-boat to the ghost of the trenches.
  • Jon For Short

    Malorie Blackman

    Product Code: AGFCE
    Paperback 7 years +
    Jon keeps waking up from a recurring bad dream to find that he is missing his arms and parts of his legs. Kept constantly sedated, as Jon's body disappears his nightmare gets worse. The nurses seem to hate him and the doctor won't answer his questions. Who is Joe? Why do they keep calling him by that name? Tense and horrifying, this story compels the reader to its chilling climax. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 14+
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  • Skulduggery Pleasant: the Faceless Ones

    Derek Landy

    Product Code: AABVK
    Paperback 7 years +
    Third bone-breaking, belly-busting adventure in the series that puts the "funny" back in! um! funny series. That didn't really work, did it? If you've read the previous Skulduggery books then you know what the Faceless Ones are -- and if you know what the Faceless Ones are, then you can probably take a wild guess that things in this book are going to get AWFULLY sticky for our skeletal hero and his young sidekick. If you haven't read the previous Skulduggery books then what are you doing reading this? Go and read them right now, so that you know what all that stuff in the previous paragraph was about. Done? Good. So now you're on tenterhooks too, desperately awaiting the answers to all your questions, and instead you're going to have to wait to read the book. Sorry about that.
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  • The Case of the Blind Beetle

    Holly Webb

    Product Code: AMGKO
    Paperback 6 years +
    Maisie Hitchins longs to be a detective. She's sure there are lots of adventures to be had on the streets of Victorian London. And, together with her faithful puppy, Eddie, she is determined to follow even the slightest scent of a mystery - no matter what! On a visit to the British Museum, Maisie meets Lord Dacre, whose most prized possession - an Egyptian scarab beetle made of gold - has been stolen. The lost artefact turns up on the bank of the Thames, but it's missing it precious ruby eyes. It's up to Maisie to find out who the thief is.
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  • The Siren's Feast

    Benjamin Hulme-Cross

    Product Code: APXKE
    Paperback 7 years +
    A twelve-book series of supernatural horror scares that will hook even the most reluctant readers. The Dark Hunter Mr Blood and his young assistants Edgar and Mary take on a series of terrifying mysteries, dealing with ghosts, vampires, werewolves and even weirder threats. In this tale Mr Blood and Edgar are enchanted by siren song - can Mary break the spell and free them? Highly readable, exciting books that take the struggle out of reading, Dark Hunter encourages and supports reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers or those with English as an additional language aged 11+, at a manageable length (64 pages) and reading level (7+). This series can be read in any order. Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.
  • Monster Odyssey: The Eye of Neptune

    Jon Mayhew

    Product Code: APVUL
    Paperback 7 years +
    Prince Dakkar, son of an Indian rajah, has issues with authority. Expelled from the world's finest schools, he is sent to an unconventional educator, Count Oginski. Dakkar plans his escape immediately. But something about the Count intrigues him, including a top-secret project which he shares with Dakkar - a submarine. But others are interested in the Count's invention and what it might achieve and, when masked men kidnap the Count, leaving Dakkar for dead, he doesn't know who was responsible. It could have been British Intelligence, or perhaps a sinister figure known only as Cryptos. Either way, Dakkar is determined to rescue the Count. Taking the prototype submarine, he sets off for adventure. Cue shark attack, giant sea creatures, spies and an evil megalomaniac. From his undersea refuge, Dakkar plans to take them all on ...with a bit of help from a Girl.
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  • The Marsh Demon

    Benjamin Hulme-Cross

    Product Code: APVEF
    Paperback 7 years +
    A six-book series of supernatural horror scares that will hook even the most reluctant readers. The Dark Hunter Mr Blood and his young assistants Edgar and Mary take on a series of terrifying mysteries, dealing with ghosts, vampires, werewolves and even weirder threats. In this tale, a demon is taking the village's children. If Mr Blood can't stop it, Edgar and Mary will be next! Highly readable, exciting books that take the struggle out of reading, Dark Hunter encourages and supports reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers or those with English as an additional language aged 11+, at a manageable length (64 pages) and reading level (7+). This series can be read in any order. Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.
  • Secrets of the Stone a Lottie Lipton Adventure

    Dan Metcalf

    Product Code: AOHGR
    Paperback 7 years +
    Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! After a late night break-in at the British Museum, Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker discover a mysterious clue on the Rosetta Stone that will lead them to the legendary Trident of Neptune. Can the group solve the clue and find the Trident before the canny thief, Bloomsbury Bill, beats them to it? 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 Scarecrow Walks at Midnight

    RL Stine

    Product Code: AMPYC
    Paperback 8 years +
    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! Jodie loves visiting her grandparents' farm. Okay, so it's not the most exciting place in the world. Still, Grandpa tells great scary stories. And Grandma's chocolate chip cookies are the best. But this summer the farm has really changed. The cornfields are sparse. Grandma and Grandpa seem worn out. And the single scarecrow has been replaced by twelve evil-looking ones. Then one night Jodie sees something really odd. The scarecrows seem to be moving. Twitching on their stakes. Coming alive ...
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  • Vampire Breath

    RL Stine

    Product Code: AMPYD
    Paperback 8 years +
    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! Tough. That's Freddy and his friend, Cara. They're not afraid of anything. But that was before they went exploring in Freddy's basement. Before they found the secret room. Before they found the bottle of Vampire Breath. Because now there's a vampire in Freddy's basement. And he's very, very thirsty...
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  • Night of the Living Dummy

    RL Stine

    Product Code: AMPVU
    Paperback 8 years +
    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! Kris's twin sister has just gotten a ventriloquist's dummy and its all anyone - their parents, their friends - seem to care about. Kris is tired of being ignore so she gets a dummy of her own. But double the dummies stare to mean double the trouble...and horror.
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  • The Werewolf of Fever Swamp

    RL Stine

    Product Code: AMPSG
    Paperback 8 years +
    They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids. So reader beware--you're in for a scare! There is something weird happening in Fever Swamp. Something really horrible. It started with the strange howling at night. Then there was the dead rabbit. Everyone thinks Grady's new dog is responsible. After all, he looks just like a wolf. And he seems a little on the wild side. But Grady knows his dog is just a regular old dog. And most dogs don't howl at the moon. Or disappear at midnight. Or change into terrifying creatures when the moon is full. Or do they?
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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.

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