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  • Alex Rider Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781406364835 - Anthony Horowitz
    ARCC 11 years +
    Anthony Horowitz
    11 years +
    (6)
    • £13.99
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    • Just £1.40 per book
    Cool, contemporary and brave, bestselling author Anthony Horowitz created a phenomenal character in Alex Rider - and now you can own the entire collection of his exciting adventures.

    Action packed from the first book to the last, the teenager is recruited to help on a MI6 mission after his uncle is killed in a car crash. Having looked after him since he was a baby, Alex is devastated by this tragedy but in the aftermath of his death, Alex discovers his uncle was actually a spy...

    Told at breakneck pace and with tons of suspense, this series is irresistible.

    This collection contains books 1-10 in Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series.
    Format: paperback
  • EGN2 11 years +
    Christopher Paolini
    11 years +
    (2)
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    Overnight, the simple life of young farm boy, Eragon, is changed forever. After finding what appears to be a polished stone in the forest, a dragon is born and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller to guide him, Eragon and the dragon must navigate dangerous terrain and battle the dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a evil king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...

    A tale of affection, adventure and ancient magic, Christopher Paolini's Eragon is a compelling and action-filled story brilliantly suited for readers aged 11 and up.
  • SXD2 3 years +
    Inga Moore
    3 years +
    (3)
    • £3.99
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    Six Dinner Sid is a clever cat who has craftily acquired six owners and six comfy beds. Purr-fect! Or it is until one day he catches a bad cat cough and has to go to the vet...

    Witty illustrations and a clever story with lots of alliteration make this a great book to read aloud. Fans of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy will love Inga Moore's Sid!
  • LAX2 Toddlers
    Jill Murphy
    Toddlers
    (3)
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    Jill Murphy is an award-winning author and illustrator and her first picture book, Peace At Last, is a lively, fun book to share with babies and toddlers. Mr Bear is finding it hard to sleep, what with the distractions of Mrs Bear's snores, the dripping kitchen tap and annoying owls hooting loudly in the garden. There are lots of laughs to be had reading this noisy book out loud and babies and toddlers from 1+ will return to it again and again. Fans of Peace At Last will also enjoy Jill Murphy's Five Minutes' Peace.
  • AWI2 11 years +
    Madeleine L'Engle
    11 years +
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    With her book A Wrinkle in Time, gifted children's author Madeleine L'Engle has created an absorbing science fiction novel that revolves around the likeable, misfit characters of Meg and her brother, Charles.

    Criticised by her teachers for doing badly at school and worried about her missing father, Meg is struggling with how wrong her life is when events take a mysterious turn. Together with Charles and her friend Calvin, she stumbles upon a gap in time through which the children embark on an amazing and dangerous adventure.

    A gripping read for any young adult fiction fan aged 11+ who have ever felt like the odd one out!
  • 6HMH 5 years +
    Jeremy Strong
    5 years +
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    The Hundred-mile-an-hour Dog is a Red House Children's Book Award winner and a popular choice for keen young readers.

    It's the Easter holidays and Trevor's mum bribes him to walk Streaker the dog every day. Thirty pounds is a big bribe but Streaker can out-accelerate a torpedo, so this is not a doddle of a job. Trevor finally agrees to the deal, little realising that this won't be the only problem of the holidays...

    Yelps of laughter abound in Jeremy Strong's hilarious book for readers aged 5+!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • CWE2 7 years +
    EB White
    7 years +
    (3)
    • £3.99
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    A much-loved story by Stuart Little author E. B. White, and beautifully illustrated by Garth Williams, Charlotte's Web is the ideal book to read aloud and share with all the family.

    One spring morning, a little girl called Fern rescues a piglet and names him Wilbur. But then Wilbur is sent to live on a farm where he meets Charlotte: a very clever and very beautiful large grey spider. They become the best of friends and, when Wilbur is faced with a dreadful fate - the butcher's chop! Charlotte must come up with a very clever way to try and save him...

    The perfect gift for young readers aged 7 and above, the poignant and touching tale continues to entertain and engross readers over 50 years since its original publication. Quite simply, a children's classic!
  • AAJME 4 years +
    Ludwig Bemelmans
    4 years +
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    'In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...' Pepito lives next door to Madeline and her friends. When he moves to London, he pines for the twelve little girls terribly. So Miss Clavel and her charges pay him a visit in London...and come home with a new friend! This title features the small but feisty heroine, Madeline, and her charming Parisian world.
  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
    JDZB 3 years +
    3 years +
    (37)
    • £12.99
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    • Just £1.30 per book
    The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom... when it comes to books for toddlers, Julia Donaldson can't be beaten and you'll find all these and more in this brilliant 10-book collection.

    Sure to quickly become bedtime favourites, our collection also includes Julia Donaldson stories that may not be as well known but are just as delightful. With flowing, rhyming copy and illustrations from the likes of Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb and Emily Gravett, we just know your toddlers will love The Snail and the Whale, The Paper Dolls and Cave Baby.

    Stories to be returned to time and time again and perfect for shared reading, you will not find these amazing picture books at a lower price. A must for any young reader!

    Format: Paperback
  • GGG2 7 years +
    Chris Riddell
    7 years +
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    Deliciously dark but also ghoulishly good, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is a Costa Children's Book Award-winning and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted novel from the Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.

    Ada Goth lives unhappily with her father, Lord Goth, in the gigantic Ghastly-Gorm Hall. The Lord believes that children should be heard but not seen, so Ada is forced to wear clumpy boots so he can hear her coming... this makes it hard for her to make friends.

    When William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the Hall - along with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael - Ada is relieved to have some company and find her loneliness drifting away. But that's just the start, soon, the new friends find themselves unravelling a dastardly plot that the gamekeeper has planned...
  • 6BLB 9 years +
    Anna Sewell
    9 years +
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    Fans of Watership Down and Charlotte's Web will love this classic tale of a spirited horse, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

    A handsome, sweet-tempered animal with a strong spirit, Black Beauty lives a life of luxury in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. Can Black Beauty survive in the hands of men who treat animals so cruelly?

    Winner of multiple awards and professional accolades, Black Beauty is a must-have title for every bookshelf for children aged nine and up.
  • ADUYJ 7 years +
    Megan McDonald
    7 years +
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    Judy doesn't want to see a private maths tutor. Does this mean flash cards? Does this mean baby games? Does this mean school on Saturday? But when Judy meets her tutor - a crucial college student with an uber-funky sense of style - and gets a glimpse of college life, Judy's bad math-i-tude turns into a radical glad-i-tude. Pretty soon, Judy's not only acing her maths class, she's owning it. Say goodbye to Judy Moody, and hello to Ms College.
  • AAJLE 8 years +
    Brian Selznick
    8 years +
    • £13.59
    • RRP £16.99
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    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlock with an eccentric girl and her grandfather, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
  • JOR2 9 years +
    Eva Ibbotson
    9 years +
    (3)
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    A huge favourite with us at Book People and described by the Sunday Times as 'the most perfect children's book', Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea is an enchanting read that proves that every kid should live their life full of adventure.

    The story of an orphan shipped to her distant relatives, Maia is disappointed when she is not welcomed with the open arms she was expecting... but the wonders of the Amazonian rainforest soon make up for this!

    When she meets a mysterious boy who lives alone on the wild river shores, things become even more extraordinary. A beautiful, traditional adventure story, we just know you will adore this book.
  • ADJPU 5 years +
    Lincoln Peirce
    5 years +
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    Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate, the daily and Sunday comic strip distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association since 1991. Nate is eleven years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He's a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Equipped with only a #2 pencil and the unshakable belief that he is #1, Nate fights a daily battle against overzealous teachers, undercooked cafeteria food and all-around conventionality. He's the original rebel without a clue, alternately abrasive and endearing to classmates and teachers alike. Nate blazes an unforgettable trail through the sixth grade at P.S. 38, earning straight A's in laughs along the way.
  • DIL2 3 years +
    Faustin Charles
    3 years +
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    Brilliant illustrations from Mike Terry, a witty storyline from Faustin Charles plus a CD of the story combine to make The Selfish Crocodile a lovely book to share with toddlers.

    The jungle animals are all terrified of the bad-tempered and greedy crocodile, so when they hear him shrieking in pain no one dares get too close. Only one little creature has the temerity to approach the selfish crocodile...

    This is a stunning picture book with a very satisfying moral message.
  • Little Women - Paperback - 9780141321080 - Louisa May Alcott
    LWN2 9 years +
    Louisa May Alcott
    9 years +
    (1)
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    Little Women is the warm and touching tale of the four March sisters: sensible Meg, tomboy Jo, shy Beth and fiery Amy and the trials they face struggling to make ends meet while their father is away from home. This classic tale is perfect for reading aloud to youngsters or ideal for confident young readers aged 9+ to tackle independently.

    Little Women is narrated by Jo, who is fiercely independent and desperate to become a writer, but she and her sisters' ambitions are frustrated by lack of money and a series of misfortunes. Absorbing and inspiring, Little Women is a must-read classic that is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.
  • Hetty Feather - Paperback - 9780440868354 - Jacqueline Wilson
    HET2 8 years +
    Jacqueline Wilson
    8 years +
    (3)
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    Warm, moving, funny and totally fascinating, Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson is the perfect book for young readers aged 9 and over.

    It's London, 1876, and Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at the Foundling Hospital. The Hospital cares for abandoned children - but Hetty must first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school. Life in the countryside is hard but with her 'brothers' Jem and Gideon, she helps in the fields and plays imaginary games. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus and Hetty is mesmerised by the show, especially Madame Adeline and her performing horses. But Hetty's happiness is threatened once more when she is returned to the Foundling Hospital. The new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for her. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising?

    Jacqueline Wilson will surprise and delight old fans and new with this utterly original take on a historical novel. Set in Victorian times and featuring a brand new feisty heroine, Hetty Feather, this is a Tracy Beaker-esque tale that will thrill young readers.
  • AGWOG 9 years +
    Enid Blyton
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £7.19
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    Written by Enid Blyton - the world-famous author of Noddy, the Famous Five and Malory Towers - The Naughtiest Girl series is ideal for children who are experiencing school life.

    This bumper bind-up of three books in one includes The Naughtiest Girl In The School, The Naughtiest Girl Again and The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor. The harder Elizabeth Allen tries to be good, the worse she behaves - will she ever learn to be good?
  • AAWUY 3 years +
    3 years +
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    A sequel to "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?", Bill Martin's playful story combining animals, colours and sounds, is beautifully illustrated by Eric Carle. A simple rhythmic text introduces the reader to a menagerie of wild animals from a roaring lion to a fluting flamingo and a trumpeting elephant. With refreshed colour artwork, this paperback reissue celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the second title in the series, "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?".
  • AHAZF
    Orson Scott Card
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    Ender Wiggin is Battle School's latest recruit. His teachers reckon he could become a great leader. And they need one. A vast alien force is headed for Earth, its mission: the annihilation of all human life. Ender could be our only hope. But first he must survive the most brutal military training program in the galaxy...
  • ABKRF
    Lauren Oliver
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    They say 'live every day as if it's your last' - but you never actually think it's going to be. At least I didn't. The thing is, you don't get to know when it happens. You don't remember to tell your family that you love them or - in my case - remember to say goodbye to them at all. But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you'd want to change...?
  • ADCFP 3 years +
    Beatrix Potter
    3 years +
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    "The Tale of Tom Kitten" is set in the cottage garden Beatrix created herself at Hill Top, the farm she owned near the village of Sawrey. Tom and his sisters look so smart in their new clothes. When their mother sends them outside while she waits for her visitors, she couldn't possibly guess what kind of mess they are going to get themselves into! "The Tale of Tom Kitten" is number eight in Beatrix Potter's series of 23 little books, the titles of which are as follows: "The Tale of Peter Rabbit"; "The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin"; "The Tailor of Gloucester"; "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny"; "The Tale of Two Bad Mice"; "The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle"; "The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher"; "The Tale of Tom Kitten"; "The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck"; "The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies"; "The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse"; "The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes"; "The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse"; "The Tale of Mr. Tod"; "The Tale of Pigling Bland"; "The Tale of Samuel Whiskers"; "The Tale of The Pie and the Patty-Pan"; "The Tale of Ginger and Pickles"; "The Tale of Little Pig Robinson"; "The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit"; "The Story of Miss Moppet"; "Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes"; and, "Cecily Parsley's Nursery Rhymes".
  • TRX2 5 years +
    Dr. Seuss
    5 years +
    (1)
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    Dr Seuss's The Lorax features all the zany language, eccentric characters and bouncy rhyming verses of his well-loved favourites, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, but it also has an important environmental message to convey.

    Even though The Lorax is 30 years old, it's a fresh and fantastic book that still resonates today. The animated film, starring Danny DeVito in the title role, brought the tale to a new generation and now they can enjoy it in its original form!