Children's Fiction

Contemporary Books for Children

  • Ross Welford Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007970254 - Ross Welford
    ROSW 10 years +
    Ross Welford
    10 years +
    • £5.99
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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. It's joined here by two other equally zany, touching and page-turning reads.

    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 two books - The 1,000-Year-Old Boy and What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible - 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; while Ethel learns the joy that comes from being invisible is rather short-loved.
    Format: paperback
  • School for Stars Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9781510102750 - Holly & Kelly Willoughby
    SFOR 9 years +
    Holly & Kelly Willoughby
    9 years +
    • £9.99
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    • Just £1.43 per book
    Written by TV presenter Holly Willoughby and her sister Kelly, the School for Stars books are positively feel-good and packed with dance, drama and friendship.

    As the twins Maria and Molly Fitzfoster meet Pippa Burrows on their first day at L'Etoile (also known as the School for Stars), they form an incredible bond that they hope will last through every year on their journey to fame. But the jealous Lucifette Marciano is around and she will do anything to shatter their dreams...

    Compared favourably to Malory Towers, these books also feature some exciting Famous Five-style mysteries and celebrate the joys of friendship and following your dreams.
    This collection contains books 1-7 in the School for Stars series.
    Format: paperback
  • Geek Girl Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9780007968039 - Holly Smale
    GKGI 11 years +
    Holly Smale
    11 years +
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    • Just £1.67 per book
    Partly inspired by her own experiences growing up in the fashion industry, former model Holly Smale's Geek Girl is a bestselling and award-winning series that will appeal to any child who is a proud geek that also appreciates the glitzier side of life.

    Harriet Manners is the font of all knowledge when it comes to facts. She knows a cat has 32 muscles in each ear and that the average person laughs 15 times a day, but boys remain a mystery.

    When she's spotted by a top modelling agent, her world is turned upside down. She believes this could be the start of something special, but her eyes are opened by just how cruel the fashion industry can be... Will she be able to hold everything together and stay true to herself?

    Funny, feisty, smart and sassy, this collection of books has a strong message at its heart and is very entertaining.
    Format: paperback
    This collection includes books 1-6 in Holly Smale's Geek Girl series.
  • MNW2 9 years +
    David Walliams
    9 years +
    (1)
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    One of the UK's favourite storytellers, David Walliams' novels are full of wit and wisdom. They have heart-warming themes and a spiky sense of humour that appeals to any fan of Roald Dahl. In this book, he's delighted to introduce children to the Midnight Gang!

    Although most children are fast asleep by the time the clock strikes 12, the Midnight Gang's adventures are just beginning... Tom has been hit on the head by a cricket ball and finds himself at Lord Funt hospital, a place run by terrifying porters and wicked matrons. However, when he meets four other patients in the children's ward, things get exciting.

    While bonding, the five friends find all their dreams coming true. This is a spellbinding book about the power of friendship and magic. It's just as captivating as Walliams' previous books Mr Stink, The Boy in the Dress and Gangsta Granny and has a cast of characters your children will instantly love.
  • EYX2 9 years +
    Siobhan Dowd
    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 +
    Jacqueline Wilson
    9 years +
    (4)
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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 ten-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.
  • Jeremy Strong Collection - 14 Books - Collection - 9780241335260 - Jeremy Strong
    JSTG 7 years +
    Jeremy Strong
    7 years +
    • £12.99
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    Children should prepare to laugh their socks off with the one and only Jeremy Strong. This bumper collection means bumper laughs!

    Containing five My Brother's Famous Bottom stories, six The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog books and one each covering mothers, Egyptian, Roman and Viking times, these are laugh-out-loud books, full of charm and appeal. In fact, they're so funny that they'd even inspire children who wouldn't normally pick up a book to love reading.

    The My Brother's Famous Bottom books follow Nicholas as he enjoys a series of misadventures with his family when his baby brother becomes a national celebrity; The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog books are about Streaker, a mixed-up kind of dog who could be described as 'a rocket on four legs with a woof attached'.

    Format: Paperback
  • World Elite Dance Academy Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780603574054 - Kimberly Wyatt
    WEDA 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £4.99
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    Written by former pop star and Celebrity MasterChef winner Kimberly Wyatt (in collaboration with Girl Online author Siobhan Curham), the World Elite Dance Academy books will appeal to children who love nothing more than dancing to the beat.

    Billie and her friends all come from very different backgrounds but that doesn't stop them from coming together in an empowering way as they express themselves through dance. They're not on the lookout for fame and fortune, but do want to have fun!

    Diverse in the truest sense, these books will appeal to fans of everything from Malory Towers to Holly Willoughby's School for Stars series.

    Format: Paperback
  • Zac Power Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781760500580 - H.I.Larry
    ZCPW 7 years +
    H.I.Larry
    7 years +
    (2)
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    With titles including Fossil Fury, Volcanic Panic and Swamp Race, your children will absolutely love joining Zac Power on his incredible adventures in this 10-book collection.

    Shrouded in so much mystery that his identity remains a mystery even to his publisher, author H.I. Larry's series is based on the real-life experiences of a 12-year-old spy and is full of rip-roaring action and shocking surprises. Zac is an awesome hero who comes up against very bad baddies.

    These thrilling tales are perfect for those children who are yet to fall in love with reading and are presented with easy-to-read text, word art and plenty of illustrations. We highly recommend them for fans of Secret Agent Jack Stalwart.
  • Storey Street Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781510104105 - Phil Earle
    PHLE 9 years +
    Phil Earle
    9 years +
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    With each book focusing on a different neighbour from the same street, Phil Earle's Storey Street series covers the important subjects of family, friends and wrestling with real heart and wit. Featuring illustrations by the award-winning Sara Ogilvie, we highly recommend them for children who enjoy Liz Pichon, Roald Dahl and David Walliams.

    Demolition Dad introduces Jake Biggs and his dad, George. Although he spends his weeks working on a building site, George is a weekend wrestler known as the Demolition Man and Jake couldn't be prouder. When Jake hears about a pro-wresting competition in the USA, he convinces his dad to apply - but things don't quite turn out as they expected...

    In Superhero Street, Mouse is absolutely desperate to be a superhero and needs to find that power that will make him stand out from the crowd. Mouse and his mum manage to foil a bank robbery while she is on duty as a lollipop lady and they're soon lauded as heroes. Soon, Mouse is joined by the Z List (a group of unlikely crime-fighters) and his dreams do come true. But is he super enough to spot the impending danger?

    The third novel in the series is The War Next Door and focuses on Masher, the bully of Storey Street. He loves the fact no one would dare stand up to him but then Jemima and her family move next door - and she's not afraid. In fact, she's making him look like a wimp. That can only mean one thing: Masher's going to war.
  • VUY2 13 years +
    Jessica Martinez
    13 years +
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    Anyone who plays a musical instrument is sure to find that Virtuosity will resonate with their own experiences. Carmen's life revolves around playing the violin, but when she meets talented Jeremy, she starts to wonder if there might be something more important than winning competitions. Torn between her love for music and her feelings for Jeremy, Carmen has some hard decisions to make in this very romantic novel.

  • GSO2 11 years +
    Zoe Sugg
    11 years +
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    Going Solo is the third book in Zoe (known to millions of YouTube viewers as Zoella) Sugg's bestselling Girl Online series. It's just as captivating, compelling and unputdownable as those that have come before...

    Penny's life is back to normal. She's not sure where Noah is so accepts Megan's invitation to visit her performing arts school in the hope of making some new friends. As she helps everyone around her, she starts to move on in her life. Elliot needs her friendship more than ever and knows just what to say to help Posey's stage fright.

    There's also love (or is it lust?) in the air with the charming Scottish boy, Callum - although Noah seems to be haunting her in so many ways...
  • Sophia Bennett Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781910655900 - Sophia Bennett
    SBEN 11 years +
    Sophia Bennett
    11 years +
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    • Just £1.33 per book
    A girl meets one of the biggest boy bands in the world; a model has to make a bittersweet choice when her sister feels ill; and a TV talent show puts a huge strain on two best friends...

    Love Song finds Nina heading off on tour with the biggest band in the world, The Point. While there she realises there's far more to the pop band than just guitars and girls; The Look finds 15-year-old model Ted's sister falling ill and her having to decide what is more important - her modelling career or her family; and You Don't Know Me finds bandmates Sasha and Rose wowing the masses in a talent contest before being pitched against each other. Can their friendship survive?

    In a pre-teen friendly style, Sophia Bennett tackles social and topical issues that affect her readers in a cool and stylish way.
  • EKY2 11 years +
    Suzanne LaFleur
    11 years +
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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.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • ASXGD 9 years +
    Jacqueline Wilson
    9 years +
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    Tilly can't believe it when her best friend Matty is asked to be a bridesmaid. In Tilly's favourite daydream, she's kitted out in the most beautiful bridesmaid dress, walking down the aisle behind a beautiful bride. The one wedding she'd really like to attend is her own mum and dad's. But as that's never going to happen, it's time for Tilly to make her own dream come true - and put her bridesmaid services up for hire...A fabulous, funny and moving story about the power of friendship from the mega-bestselling author of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and Katy. It is full of beautiful illustrations by much-loved illustrator, Nick Sharratt.
  • ASYWR 9 years +
    Jacqueline Wilson
    9 years +
    (1)
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    Katy Carr is a lively, daredevil oldest sister in a big family. She loves messing around outdoors, climbing on the garage roof, or up a tree, cycling, skateboarding, swinging...But her life changes in dramatic and unexpected ways after a serious accident. Inspired by the classic novel, What Katy Did, Jacqueline Wilson creates an irresistible modern version for the twenty-first-century. This title is suitable for fans of Hetty Feather and Tracy Beaker will fall in love with Katy and her family too.
  • 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.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • MLZ2 9 years +
    Frank Cottrell Boyce
    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 +
    Holly Smale
    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.
  • AKSVI
    E. Lockhart
    (4)
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    "E. Lockhart is one of our most important novelists, and she has given us her best book yet. Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We were Liars is utterly unforgettable". (John Green, number 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault In Our Stars). "Irresistible." (The New York Times Book Review). "Haunting, sophisticated." (The Wall Street Journal). "Bowl-you-over." (Cosmopolitan). "So freaking good." (Sarah Dessen). "Such beautiful writing." (Libba Bray). "Beautiful and disturbing." (Justine Larbalestier). "Better than the hype." (Lauren Oliver). We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. It is a story of love and romance. It is a tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?
  • PTX2 12 years +
    John Green
    12 years +
    (1)
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    In Paper Towns, Margo Roth Spiegelman's adventures have become the stuff of legend at her high school - and Quentin is delighted when she summons him to join her on an all-night road trip. He's always had a crush on her and can't help but follow as she vows to seek revenge.

    But then Margo disappears. She hasn't been seen for over a week when Quentin realises there are clues to her whereabouts, and they've all been left just for him... As he finds himself absorbed deeper into the mystery, Quentin has no choice but to take another road trip across America as he starts to evaluate just who and what it is he is looking for.

    A coming-of-age story mixed with a captivating mystery, this is another startling young adult read from Queen of Teen 2014 nominee John Green, the bestselling author of The Fault In Our Stars and Looking for Alaska.
  • LOA2 14 years +
    John Green
    14 years +
    (3)
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    In The Fault in Our Stars author John Green's Looking for Alaska, beautiful, charismatic Alaska is the girl who is the focus of attention for Miles Halter in this vivid coming-of-age novel.

    Miles has recently joined Culver Creek, a boarding school in Alabama, and his "one big non-event life" is suddenly enlivened with reckless school pranks, a hopeless, lust-filled crush on Alaska and illicit drinking and smoking with roommates.

    Winner of an American Library Association award, this novel is both funny and heartbreaking, and will resonate with young adult readers aged 14+.
  • MCX2 11 years +
    Patrick Ness
    11 years +
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    The winner of both the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012, Chaos Walking author Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about the difficult subject of terminal illness and coming to terms with loss.

    Based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, this is an unforgettable read. 'The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do...' is how the book begins, but it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is something different - something ancient and something wild.

    Now an acclaimed film starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls is a heartbreakingly beautiful read.