Emily McDonagh: Growing Up for Girls
6th January 2022
A reassuring, fact-packed book for
girls on what to expect when growing up.
From Dr Emily MacDonagh,
practising NHS doctor and OK! magazine's
popular Health and Parenting Columnist.
Emily talks about the physical and emotional changes of
puberty in a simple
and friendly way.
and why will your body start to change?
will you feel different and
What's happening to the boys?
expert tips on healthy eating, positive body image, self-esteem, and
With colourful illustrations and useful diagrams.
in collaboration with a Consultant Paediatrician and School Nurse.
of two and step-mother to teenagers, Dr Emily lives
with her husband Peter Andre and
children in Surrey.
Up for Boys: Everything You Need to Know is out in
Donaldson & Axel Scheffler: Mole's Spectacles
17th February 2022
the flaps and join in the fun with Mole's Spectacles, a
brilliant story in the bestselling Tales from Acorn Wood preschool
series by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.
has lost his spectacles. He searches all around his house, in the
garden and even in Weasel's sweetshop, but he can't find them anywhere!
Where could they be? Lift the flaps to help him find them.
sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read
the bestselling Tales from Acorn Wood which have been delighting
parents and children for over twenty years.
lift-the-flap adventures from Acorn Wood: Fox's
Socks, Postman Bear, Rabbit's Nap, Hide-and-Seek
Pig, Cat's Cookbook and Squirrel's
Gold: The Last Bear
6th January 2022
Imagine making friends with a
polar bear… The Last Bear is
perfect for readers of 8+, beautifully illustrated throughout by Levi
Pinfold – winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and illustrator of Harry
Potter 20th anniversary edition covers.
is an important first novel, important for us, for polar bears, for the
planet. It is deeply moving, beautifully told, quite unforgettable.”
are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s
father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote
Arctic outpost for six months. But one endless summer night, April
meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined
to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life…
moving story will win the hearts of children the world over and show
them that no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference. The Last Bear is
a celebration of the love between a child and an animal, a battle cry
for our world and an irresistible adventure with a heart as big as a
dazzling debut . . . A magical, confidently told story – with beautiful
illustrations by Levi Pinfold . . . I predict a roaring success’
Flanagan: The Royal Ranger
14th December 2021
bestselling author John Flanagan returns to world of Ranger's
Apprentice in the fifth installment of the Royal Ranger series starring
Maddie, Will Treaty's fearless young apprentice.
their plan to rescue the prince of Gallica has gone horribly wrong,
Will Treaty and his apprentice, Maddie, are being held captive at the
Chateau des Falaises in Gallica. The dangerous baron Lassigny is intent
on keeping them--and the prince--no matter what. But Will and Maddie
are determined to escape.
they ever want to return to their home, they'll have to find ways to
outwit the baron and get outside the locked tower. When friends from
home endeavor to find their own way to help it seems escape is closer
than ever. But the dirty tricks of the baron are no laughing matter.
dangerous threats, battles with knights, and a new and risky plot to
save the prince--the odds are stacked against them. But the Rangers
will use all the tools of their trade to save themselves and save the
bestselling author of the Ranger's Apprentice and Brotherband series,
John Flanagan returns in the captivating next installment of the Royal
Ranger series: The Royal Ranger: Escape from
Falaise. Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, Brian Jacques's
Redwall, and George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones!
Kirby: The Catastrophic Friendship Fails of Lottie Brooks
3rd March 2022
hilarious new sequel to The Extremely Embarrassing Life
of Lottie Brooks by the
bestselling creator of Hurrah
Brooks is back for spring term at secondary school and with her best
friends Jess and Molly at her side, she can face anything.
more trying to impress mean girls Amber and Poppy. And absolutely no
more being nicknamed Cucumber Girl.
the spring musical means Lottie can dazzle her mega-crush Daniel with
her talent as a singing crustacean. But her friendship with Jess and
Molly seems to be going off the rails however much she tries to keep
them all together.
she going to do? Three isn't really a crowd . . . is it?
you loved Norse
be sure to check out the other title in this series called Greek
This volume explores more than 30 enthralling Greek myths - and some
you may not have heard before! It's complete with a reference section
to provide context and a handy pronunciation guide.
G Leonard & Sam Sedgman: Sabotage on the Polar Express
17th February 2022
into danger with Hal and Uncle Nat on the fifth breathtaking Adventures
on Trains Mystery, Sabotage on the Solar Express, from
bestselling award-winners M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman. Perfect for
readers of 8 to 12 and brilliantly illustrated in black and white
throughout by Elisa Paganelli.
train enthusiast August Reza has invited Harrison Beck and Uncle Nat on
the maiden voyage of the Solar Express – the winning design of his
Reza’s Rocket competition. But during the journey, they discover the
train has been sabotaged, hurtling passengers into a heart-stopping,
action-packed, thrill ride across the Australian Outback. Can Hal find
the saboteur and stop the runaway train before disaster strikes?
Pilkey: Mothering Heights
23rd March 2022
Man and Petey face their biggest challenges yet in the tenth Dog Man
book from worldwide bestselling author and illustrator Dav Pilkey.
Man is down on his luck, Petey confronts his not so purr-fect past, and
Grampa is up to no good. The
world is spinning out of control as
new villains spill into town. Everything seems dark and full of
despair. But hope is not lost.
Can the incredible power of love save
Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog
Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally
positive themes, including:
- and the importance of doing good.
Full colour pages throughout.
Everyone Digs Dog Man!
People, Big Dreams: Florence Nightingale
by 1st March 2022
this book from the highly acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series,
discover the incredible life of Florence Nightingale, the founder of
up in an upper-class family, it was expected that Florence would find a
husband and live a life of luxury – but that kind of life wasn’t for
calling was caring for the sick and the poor, so
she followed her passion with her whole heart and trained to be a nurse.
war broke out, Florence travelled to nurse wounded soldiers but found
that the hospitals were so dirty that they were making people ill! This
her to lead a healthcare revolution,
and she became the mother of modern nursing, introducing care practices
still followed today.
inspiring book features stylish
and quirky illustrations and extra
facts at the back,
including a biographical
historical photos and a detailed profile of the social reformer’s life.
People, BIG DREAMS is
series of books and educational games that explore
the lives of outstanding people,
from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them
achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.
empowering series offers inspiring
messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats.
The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud
to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories
for beginning readers. Boxed
gift sets allow
you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning
cards, matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more
ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children.
Muchamore's Robin Hood
3rd February 2022
Robin and Marion fighting for the desperate and destitute again in the
fourth action-packed adventure from international bestseller Robert
the bullseye.' - The Times Children's Book of the Week (Robin Hood:
Hacking Heists & Flaming Arrows)
conditions in Sherwood Forest grow more precarious, time is running out
for inhabitants of the abandoned shopping mall. With constant pressure
on them from Sheriff Marjorie and gangster Guy Gisborne, Robin decides
to engage his brother Little John as undercover spy. And John strikes
gold when he discovers his mother's plan for the ailing Sherwood Castle
and Marion join in an audacious plan to scupper their oppressors, but
the Sheriff has her response prepared - and it's ferocious. Have they
bitten off more they can chew this time?
Bird: The Naughtiest Unicorn on a Treasure Hunt
3rd February 2022
brand new book in the bestselling NAUGHTIEST UNICORN series – the
funniest unicorn books EVER! The perfect gift for Easter or for readers
of 6+ and fans of The Worst Witch and
spring time at Unicorn School and time for a super fun scavenger hunt!
when Dave the naughtiest unicorn uncovers a mysterious, hidden RIDDLE
the day gets even MORE exciting! Will the riddle it will lead them to
some TREASURE? One thing is for sure, with Dave around they are bound
to have lots of FUN along the way!
Bird is the pseudonym for a small group of brilliant, funny children's
book writers. They all believe in magic and dream of having a Unicorn
Best Friend Forever.
Naughtiest Unicorn series:
The Naughtiest Unicorn
The Naughtiest Unicorn at Sports Day
The Naughtiest Unicorn and the School Disco
The Naughtiest Unicorn at Christmas
The Naughtiest Unicorn on a School Trip
The Naughtiest Unicorn on the Beach
The Naughtiest Unicorn and the Spooky Surprise
The Naughtiest Unicorn on Holiday
The Naughtiest Unicorn in a Winter Wonderland
Newbery: The Last Firefox
3rd March 2022
heartwarming story about family, friendship and finding your inner fire.
bullies at school and changes at home, Charlie Challinor finds life a
bit scary. And when he's made guardian of a furry fox cub called Cadno,
things get a whole lot scarier.
Cadno isn't just any fox: he's a firefox - the only one of his kind -
and a sinister hunter from another world is on his trail.
up into an unexpected adventure to protect his flammable friend,
Charlie's going to need to find the bravery he never thought he had, if
he's going to save the last firefox . . .
Louise: Meet The Grubblers
13th December 2021
Emily, who finds life hard when school suddenly closes and her family
and friends can no longer visit.
Emily finds herself whisked into a magical world where she meets Lucy
who is on a quest to find her missing cousin. On their quest the pair
meet the crafty yet comical grubblers. How helpful will they be?
is the strange connection between these new-found friends? Join Emily
and Lucy for a time-travelling feast with lots of delicious fruit cake!
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