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The first five titles on the Children's page this month are from Bloomsbury Publishing, and are targeted reads for various age groups - expertly told and excellently illustrated... well worth a look! I particularly liked Sindhu and Jeet's Detective Agency, and Scratch and Sniff!

Samantha Baines, Illus. Lucy Rogers: The Night The Moon Went Out

 Published 19th August 2021

Aneira is a hearing-aid wearer and she is super scared of the dark. When the moon suddenly goes out one night, Aneira is on a mission to turn it back on! With the help of her owl friend, she sets off on a journey to fix the moon and overcome her fear. This powerful story features beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Lucy Rogers.

The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with book-banded stories to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2 by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence. With black and white illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for home and school. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com.

Book Band: Dark Blue (Ideal for ages 9+)


Chitra Soundar, Illus. Amberin Huq: Sindhu and Jeet's Detective Agency

 Published 19th October 2021

An exciting detective story from Chitra Soundar, author of over 50 children's books in the UK, India and the US.

Sindhu and Jeet are the best detectives in town: they solve all their cases with a dollop of observation, a dash of imagination and a whole load of legwork. And when they travel from India to England for a holiday, the detective work doesn't stop! This page-turning story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations by Amberin Huq.

The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with book-banded stories to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2 by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence. With black-and-white illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for home and school. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com.

Book Band: Grey (Ideal for ages 8+)




Margaret Ryan Illus. Nathan Reed: Scratch and Sniff

 Published 5th August 2021


A cops and robbers adventure with a twist by children's writer Margaret Ryan.

PC Penny Penrose is always given the rotten jobs to do by Sergeant Snide. She never gets to see any of the real police action. When there's a robbery at Doogood's department store, Penny is left behind to count traffic cones. Until, that is, her pet dog duo Scratch and Sniff decide to help out!

This humorous story from Margaret Ryan has fun black-and-white illustrations by Nathan Reed and is perfect for children who are developing as readers.

The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence covering a wide range of genres and topics. With charming illustrations, ideas for discussion points and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com.

'Patrice Lawrence, Tony Bradman, Margaret Mahy [...] any list that brings together such a quality line up of authors is going to be welcomed.' - Books for Keeps on the series

Book Band: Lime (Ideal for ages 7+)


Sufiya Ahmed Illus. Parwinder Singh: Ruby Ali's Mission Break Up

 Published 19th October 2021


A contemporary story about life in foster care, perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson.

Ruby Ali's eighteen-year-old sister Alisha has left the care centre where they live, and Ruby is being sent to live with a new foster family. If she can sabotage life at her new home, she'll get to go and live with her sister again, right? But mission break up doesn't go exactly according to plan… This funny, heart-warming story features black-and-white illustrations by Parwinder Singh.

The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with book-banded stories to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2 by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence. With black and white illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for home and school. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com.

Book Band: Dark Red (Ideal for ages 10+)



Jenny Oldfield Illus: Bee Wiley: Wings of Icarus

 Published 5th August 2021


A gripping retelling of the classic Greek myth by bestselling author Jenny Oldfield.

Daedalus can see how much his impulsive, restless son Icarus longs to escape their island prison. When his cunning plan to get them across the sea fails, Daedalus comes up with an even more dangerous invention: wings to take them to the skies.

This accessible retelling of the renowned Greek myth has appealing black-and-white illustrations by Bee Willey and is perfect for children who are developing as readers.

The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence covering a wide range of genres and topics. With charming illustrations, ideas for discussion points and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com.

'Patrice Lawrence, Tony Bradman, Margaret Mahy [...] any list that brings together such a quality line up of authors is going to be welcomed.' - Books for Keeps on the series

Book Band: Brown
Ideal for ages 7+


Noel Fitzpatrick: Vetman and his Bionic Animal Clan

 Published 28th October 2021


Join Vetman, Imogen, Findlay and a whole cast of incredible bionic animals as they save animal companions everywhere from the evil plans of The Man With No Name! An amazing animal adventure for readers aged 7-11 from Noel Fitzpatrick, Channel 4's SUPERVET.

Vetman lives in a cottage outside a sleepy English village, where nobody realises that he's saving animals in incredible, bionic ways - except the animals themselves, of course!

But trouble is brewing... because Vetman's old foe, The Man With No Name, has set up camp nearby and plans to poison dogs and cats across the land.

When Imogen and Findlay stumble across an injured hedgehog and take him to Vetman's door, they have no idea that they are about to embark on an important mission to save more than just their spiky new friend.

Together with Vetman and his brave bionic animal clan, they must take down The Man With No Name!

This brilliant animal adventure is Noel Fitzpatrick's first book for younger readers, following his Sunday Times bestselling memoirs Listening to the Animals: Becoming the Supervet and How Animals Saved My Life: Being the Supervet. Black-and-white illustrations bring the story to life.



Jamie Littler: Frostheart

 Published 30th September 2021


The bestselling Frostheart trilogy concludes in this epic story of bravery, loyalty and friendship.

Ash faces his greatest challenge yet as the evil Wraith leader Shaard unleashes the dreaded Devourer from its centuries-long imprisonment. Only by uniting can the peoples of the Snow Sea hope to stand against the monster's wrath, but as the Devourer targets the stronghold of Aurora, the tribes remain as divided as ever.

In a last desperate move, Ash and the crew of the Frostheart journey to the yeti lands, where humans are forbidden, in search for the truth about the Devourer's origins, and the one weakness that may prove its undoing...




Loren Bouchard: The Bob's Burgers Burger Book

 Published by 22nd September 2021


The Bob's Burgers Burger Book gives hungry fans their best chance to eat one of Bob Belcher's beloved specialty Burgers of the Day in seventy-five original, practical recipes. With its warm, edgy humor, outstanding vocal cast, and signature musical numbers, Bob's Burgers has become one of the most acclaimed and popular animated series on television, winning the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and inspiring a hit ongoing comic book and original sound track album. Now fans can get the ultimate Bob's Burgers experience at home with seventy-five straight from the show but actually edible Burgers of the Day. Recipes include the Bleu is the Warmest Cheese Burger, the Bruschetta-Bout-It Burger, and the Shoot-Out at the OK-ra Corral Burger (comes with Fried Okra). Serve the Sweaty Palms Burger (comes with Hearts of Palm) to your ultimate crush, just like Tina Belcher, or ponder modern American literature with the I Know Why the Cajun Burger Sings Burger. Fully illustrated with all-new art in the series's signature style, The Bob's Burgers Burger Book showcases the entire Belcher family as well as beloved characters including Teddy, Jimmy Pesto Jr., and Aunt Gayle. All recipes come from the fan-created and heavily followed blog The Bob's Burger Experiment.



David Baddiel: The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous

 Published 28th October 2021


From million-copy bestselling author David Baddiel comes a laugh-out-loud story for readers of 8 and up that takes you on a roller-coaster ride of fame and friendship…

Nothing extraordinary has ever happened to Billy Smith. In fact, every single thing about him is ordinary, including his name. But when a documentary crew turns up at Billy’s school to film the new TV series School Daze, everything changes.

Billy shouldn’t stand out: all the other kids are much more interesting than him. But when remixes of his boring class presentation go viral, Billy finds himself accidentally an overnight star. With his friends Bo and Rinor by his side, his life turns into a whirlwind of red carpets, TV shows, albums and even the possibility of meeting Sunshine De Marto – the coolest girl on the planet. But as everyone knows, fame comes with a price…

The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous is an epically entertaining tale, brought to life with illustrations by the brilliant Steven Lenton, which asks the question – what if everyone suddenly knew your name…?

Ben Miller: Diary of a Christmas Elf

 Published 11th November 2021


Christmas magic, delivered! A hilarious Christmas caper and the perfect festive gift, from bestselling author, Ben Miller.  Pre-order now!

All Tog wants to do is work in Santa's workshop and one wonderful day, the letter from Santa arrives: Tog has been selected as an apprentice elf! Making toys is a lot more technical and a lot less fun than Tog had imagined, and even though his new friend Holly tries to help him, he's quickly relegated to cleaning out the reindeer stables. But someone has been stealing the presents from the workshop and a case of mistaken identity finds Tog accused of being the culprit! Can Tog use his special Christmas magic to discover the real thief and save all the presents before Christmas Eve is over?

A funny and heartwarming story about the true meaning of gift giving, from the King of Christmas, Ben Miller – the perfect stocking filler for all the family!




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