Contemporary Books for Children

  • Holly Bourne's Spinster Club Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781474966795 - Holly Bourne
    HBSC 14 years +
    14 years +
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    Evie wants nothing more than to be considered 'normal'. But what does that actually mean?

    She's nearly off her meds and just started at a new college where no one knows her as the 'girl who went nuts'. She's determined to enjoy a fresh start, but soon her secrets start to spill...

    Amber is hoping to reconnect with her mother over a long summer break and finds herself falling for the prom king; and Lottie is determined to call out every instance of sexism she sees - but this comes at a price.

    Three fresh and contemporary young adult novels by Holly Bourne with important and timely messages about mental health, relationships and cyber bullying.

    For fans of authors like John Green, Jenny McLachlan and Sophia Bennett.
    Format: paperback
  • Me and Mister P Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780192772558 - Maria Farrer and Daniel Rieley
    MMRP 8 years +
    8 years +
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    Joe has moved to a new country with his family and things are starting to get a little bit strange!

    His suitcase has disappeared and seems to have been replaced by a polar bear. He had plans to blend in, but now he's going to have a huge bear with him at all times. At least Mister P is funny, caring and helpful(-ish)...

    These illustrated chapter books are packed with drama, heart and laughter and will encourage young readers to celebrate their individuality and learn about the importance of empathy. Mister P is there for Joe and his friends as she sits back and listens to his common worries and troubles and helps him tackle them in a positive (and subtle) way.
    Format: paperback
  • Ross Welford Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9780007976904 - Ross Welford
    RWEL 10 years +
    10 years +
    (1)
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    Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award and longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, Ross Welford's Time Travelling with a Hamster is a truly original debut novel from an extraordinarily talented new voice in children's books.

    When Al Chaudhury discovers his late dad's time machine, he finds that going back to the 1980s requires daring and imagination. It also requires lies, theft, burglary, and setting his school on fire. And he has to make sure he doesn't lose his pet hamster, Alan Shearer...

    You'll laugh, cry and wonder at this race-against-time story of a boy who travels back to 1984 to prevent a go-kart accident and save his father's life.

    The other three books - The 1,000-Year-Old Boy; What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible; and The Dog Who Saved the World - in our collection are equally surprising, exciting and magnificent: Alfie can remember the last Viking invasion but no one believes him... He soon loses everything in a fire and decides it's time to find a way to die; Ethel learns the joy that comes from being invisible is rather short-loved; and 12-year-old Georgie has to save every dog on Earth and all of humanity without leaving her room when a virtual reality experiment goes wrong.
    Format: paperback
  • Penguin Originals Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9780241387245
    PNGN 14 years +
    14 years +
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    Featuring original and thought-provoking novels by the likes of John Steinbeck, Beverley Naidoo and Anne Fine, this collection celebrates the books that inspired generations.

    S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders is the original teenage rebel story; Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War is a cult classic that tackles the issues schoolchildren face on a daily basis; and Steinbeck's The Pearl is a haunting novella about the perils of wealth.

    This collection also includes Carnegie Medal-winning author Naidoo's No Turning Back, a groundbreaking account of life in South Africa; Fine's The Tulip Touch asks what turns children to the criminal life; and Tamora Pierce's The Song of the Lioness is a fantasy classic with a feisty heroine at its heart.

    Format: paperback
  • Poppy Love Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781406388145 - Natasha May
    PPYL 7 years +
    7 years +
    (1)
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    Your little ballroom dancers will be keen to get on their dancing shoes after reading these foxtrotting stories about Poppy Love.

    Poppy just loves to dance and in these books she teams up with Zack to cha-cha, jive, waltz, tango, and quickstep through a number of fun adventures. We'd recommend them for fans of Darcey Bussell's Magic Ballerina and Holly and Kelly Willoughby's School for Stars.

    Format: paperback
  • Hilary McKay's Casson Family Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781444947922 - Hilary McKay
    HMCF 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £8.00
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    Saffron Casson has just discovered she is adopted and this has changed everything. Although her parents and siblings adore her, she's determined to discover all about her past...

    Covering themes including friendship, gentle romance and loneliness, these books will appeal to children who enjoy Jacqueline Wilson and Anne Fine.

    Written by Hilary McKay, these Whitbread Children's Book Award-winning stories have been described as 'warm, witty and wise' by the Daily Telegraph and offer appealing accounts of family life.

    Please note this collection comes wrapped in paper.
  • AVP2 12 years +
    12 years +
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    'I haven't read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder' Jennifer Niven An astonishingly moving middle-grade debut about a space-obsessed boy's quest for family and home. All eleven-year old Alex wants is to launch his iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he will show other lifeforms out in the cosmos what life on Earth, his Earth, is really like. But for a boy with a long-dead dad, a troubled mum, and a mostly-not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions. Where do I come from? Who's out there? And, above all, How can I be brave? Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on a remarkable road trip that will turn his whole world upside down . . . For fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jack Cheng's debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.
  • Jean Ure's Dance Trilogy Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007972029 - Jean Ure
    JUDT 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Jean Ure's fantastic Dance Trilogy is a funny and heart-warming collection of books about dancing, friendship and following your dreams.

    In this series Maddy reaches out to the mysterious new girl at her school; gets accepted to a prestigious ballet school; and prepares for the biggest performance of her life.

    Jacqueline Wilson described this charming trilogy as 'funny, funky, feisty and fantastic reads!'

    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.
  • LAL2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Award-winning author, Jacqueline Wilson, writes with her trademark sensitivity and thoughtfulness about a young girl who tries to cope with looking after six-year-old twins and her three-year-old sister when her mum goes on holiday. The story tackles the enormous pressures faced by Lily as she covers for her mum and tries to keep the family together. With its gripping plot and resourceful heroine, Lily Alone will keep readers aged 9+ on the edge of their seats until the last page is turned.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • RJP2 11 years +
    RJ Palacio
    11 years +
    (13)
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    A poignant book that made all of us laugh and cry in equal measure, R.J. Palacio's Wonder is told using different voices but at its centre is the honest and courageous character of 10-year-old August, a boy who was born with a severe facial disfigurement.

    August is about to start middle school after being home-schooled by his mum for years. The challenge is a tough one for someone like August and he has to tackle bullies and childish cruelty in his journey. But August's resilience, humour and bravery really shine through, making this an uplifting novel that will linger in the reader's thoughts for a long time to come.
  • THV2 14 years +
    14 years +
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    The Hate U Give is a powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

    It follows 16-year-old Starr who lives a double life - one in a poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and the other in a posh high school in the suburbs. The two worlds collide when Starr is the only witness to an act of police brutality that left her best friend Khalil dead...

    Joint winner of the British Book Award Children's Book of the Year 2018

    This title was shortlisted for 2018's CILIP Carnegie Medal.
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    The second book in a laugh-out-loud, high-voltage, action-packed adventure series from hugely popular TV personality, Alesha Dixon. The first book was a TOP 5 FICTION BESTSELLER. Aurora Beam is finding this saving-the-world lark isn't all its cracked up to be. World-famous overnight after she foiled the Blackout Burglar's plot to steal a precious stone, she's living in the full glare of the media's flash bulbs: everyone wants a piece of the coolest new superhero in town. When she attends a global gathering of superheroes, will she find support from new friends who know exactly what she's going through? Or will there be rivalries and sabotage to deal with? And what on earth is Grandma Beam - who Aurora thought was running a home for retired alpacas deep in the countryside - doing turning up at this top-secret summit? Laughs on every page and fantastically funny art throughout byJames Lancett.
  • AXZ2 11 years +
    11 years +
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    Joe has never been 'cool' or 'hot' - he'd rather slog over a brand new recipe than spend hours obsessing over an Instagram image. When dating app Mate Match is launched to connect with teens at other schools, suddenly Joe has got to learn the rules of the dating game and big sister Georgia and her boyfriend Aaron are on hand to teach him everything he needs to know. And it seems the trick to success is to lie - about being in a band, about his hobbies (no cooking to be mentioned!), even his name. But when Joe gets matched with self-obsessed stunner Tania, his lies look set to unravel fast. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
  • BOLJC
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    Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent is back in this hilarious and gloriously illustrated book for ages six and up from the superstar creator of Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child. "These stories are about the days when the Bobton-Trents had it cushy, very cushy indeed."The Bobton-Trent seniors certainly know how to make the most of their extravagant wealth - socialising, doing things, buying things and generally being more than a little bit ... irresponsible...Luckily for them, their son Hubert Horatio is an exceptionally intelligent, talented and sensible child.Unluckily for Hubert, this tends to mean that a lot of his spare time is spent steering his rather unruly set of grown-ups out of trouble.Legendary children's writer and UK Children's Laureate 2017-2019 Lauren Child revisits one of her most popular characters in these brand-new, laugh-out-loud stories about the rather unconventional Bobton-Trents! The perfect gift for children aged six and up.
  • BRIIZ
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    A dazzling, feminist reinterpretation of a classic fairytale, from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, beautifully illustrated by Angela Barrett. The Restless Girls is the book that every little girl and boy needs to read, a story of family, sisterhood, imagination and bravery 'A magical modern retelling of an old fairytale ... Exquisite' JACQUELINE WILSON 'Wild, wise, generous, ferocious' KATHERINE RUNDELL For her twelve daughters, Queen Laurelia's death in a motor car accident is a disaster beyond losing a mother. Their father, King Alberto, cannot bear the idea of the princesses ever being in danger and decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs. Those costs include their lessons, their possessions and, most importantly, their freedom. But the eldest, Princess Frida, will not bend to his will without a fight and she still has one possession her father can't take: the power of her imagination. And so, with little but wits and ingenuity to rely on, Frida and her sisters begin their fight to be allowed to live.
  • JAC2 7 years +
    7 years +
    (1)
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    In Jacqueline Wilson's book, Sleepovers, five friends plan out themed sleepover parties for their birthdays. The only problem is that Daisy is new to the school and the gang of girls, and she's unsure about how the others will react when they meet her sister who has special needs. With her trademark tact and sensitivity, Jacqueline Wilson tackles the issue of disability and friendship with humour and warmth. This is a wonderful book that will strike a chord with a lot of girls and boys aged 7+.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • EKY2 11 years +
    11 years +
    (1)
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    Also the author of Love, Aubrey, Suzanne LaFleur tackles sadness, bullying and friendship in Eight Keys. Eleven-year-old Elise has just moved up to middle school and is struggling to cope with the change as old friendships start to crumble, homework mounts up and bullying becomes a daily occurrence.

    Suzanne LaFleur has created a sympathetic and reassuring story with the kind of wit and sensitivity that will strike a chord with her young readers. Suzanne LaFleur was shortlisted for the 2013 Red House Children's Book Award for Eight Keys.
  • AYY2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    The Peachey family is in crisis. No one cooks dinner, no one picks up the dirty washing and thekids are always late for school. All because Mum has resigned from being Mum and taken up yogainstead. She's in the tree pose; everyone else is in the doghouse. Except McTavish, a rescue dog witha difference, on a mission to sort his new family out...Filled to the brim with Meg's wry humour and beautiful prose, this is a story for the young and the young at heart.
  • SF72 7 years +
    7 years +
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    The Puffin Book of Stories for Seven-Year-Olds includes tales from best-loved authors such as Philippa Pearce, Rudyard Kipling and Francesca Simon.

    From fables and myths to contemporary tales, these stories are lovely to read aloud as well as ideal for encouraging young independent readers to get stuck into to a book.
  • SF62 6 years +
    6 years +
    (1)
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    The Puffin Book of Stories for Six-Year-Olds is a fabulous collection with stories from favourite children's authors including Geraldine McCaughrean, Philippa Pearce, Penelope Lively and Catherine Storr.

    With an assortment that includes folk tales and ranges from Pandora's Box to How Trouble Made the Monkey Eat Pepper, there's something for everyone in this book.
  • SF52 5 years +
    5 years +
    (2)
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    The Puffin Book of Stories for Five-Year-Olds is a brilliant collection of sixteen tales designed to appeal to all sorts of interests.

    Best-loved authors such as Malorie Blackman, Margaret Mahy and Ted Hughes, among others, have contributed to this collection. This would make a lovely gift for children aged 5+.
  • MLZ2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    Frank Cottrell Boyce's debut novel, Millions, was a Carnegie Medal winner and this beautiful new edition, packed with bonus material and new cover illustrations from Steven Lenton, is a great keepsake - or introduction - to the heart-warming story of brothers Damian and Anthony.

    The duo have a most unusual problem - they've found a sack of money which must be spent before the arrival of the Euro deems it all worthless... In their quest to spend the money, they come across strange saints, angry mobsters and much, much more...

    Suitable for children aged 9 and over, this is a touching, hilarious story with a riveting roller coaster of a plot. Highly recommended for anyone who loves adventure stories!
  • ISF2 11 years +
    11 years +
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    The sequel to Holly Smale's bestselling Geek Girl, Model Misfit finds Harriet Manners still a fish out of water in the modelling industry, but with her stepmother pregnant and not knowing where she'll fit in once the baby comes along, she has the perfect opportunity to get away from everything by taking a modelling trip in Japan.

    But how will Harriet cope with not only the craziness and cultural differences of Japan, but also her competitive model flatmates, her grandmother's 'chaperoning' and the fact she sees Nick wherever she goes?

    A feel-good book from talented author Holly Smale for those aged 11 and over.