Reviews Age 8-10

Queenie

Jacqueline Wilson

£6.99

QThe brilliant new book from bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, set in the children’s ward of a 1950s hospital. It’s 1953, the year Elizabeth is to be crowned Queen of England. Elsie Kettle can’t wait to go to London to see the celebrations on Coronation Day.

Elsie lives with her Nan – her mum works as a showgirl, so she’s not around very often. Spirited and imaginative, but often lonely, Elsie longs for a best friend. Luckily, she and Nan are very close; Elsie just wishes she was allowed a cat to keep her company sometimes.
Then tragedy strikes. Nan and Elsie both fall ill with tuberculosis, and Elsie finds herself whisked away to the children’s ward of the hospital. Confined to bed for months on end, Elsie finds it very hard to adapt to the hospital’s strict regime.
But she invents astonishing ways of entertaining the other children on the ward, and for the first time finds herself surrounded by true friends – including Queenie, the hospital’s majestic white cat. Finally, Elsie is well enough to leave hospital. But before she does, she has one very special, very unexpected visitor…

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A Medal for Leroy

Michael Morpurgo

£6.99

LEROY

Mr Morpurgo is the official king of the uplifting, heart string tugging book about human conflict, bravery, love and loss.

Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army. A novel about families, identity and grief.

Michael doesn’t remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war.
And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn’t like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history. A story of love and loss.

A story that will change everything – and reveal to Michael who he really is…

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Ruby Redfort: Catch Your Death

Lauren Child

£12.99

RUBYAt last – the 3rd in the Ruby Redfort series is here!

Ruby Redfort: Undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius – there’s nothing average about her. Only this time it’s an adventure in the wild, and it’ll take all Ruby’s got just to survive…This time, tigers are roaming the streets of Twinford, and it looks like someone has deliberately released some very rare and very dangerous animals. Things are going to get wild – and Ruby is going to get badly lost in the wilderness.

The question is: will she ever make it out alive? Well, as always, you wouldn’t want to bet against her…

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How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero

Cressida Cowell

£6.99

DragonThe latest in the wonderful How to Train Your Dragon series!

High up in the treacherous mists of the Murderous Mountains, Hiccup and the Company of the Dragonmark are in hiding. The witch’s Spydragons are guarding the shores of Tomorrow – but Hiccup is determined to become King of the Wilderwest. Can Hiccup dodge the dragons and steal the King’s Things back from Alvin before the Doomsday of Yule? And is there a traitor in Hiccup’s camp who in the end will betray them all?

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Diamond

Jacqueline Wilson

£12.99

DiamondDiamond wasn’t always a star. Born to penniless parents who longed for a strong, healthy son, she was a dainty, delicate daughter – and a bitter disappointment. Discovering she has an extraordinary natural gift for acrobatics, Diamond tries to use her talent to earn a few pennies, but simply brings shame on her family.

Then a mysterious, cruel-eyed stranger spots her performing on the street, and makes a deal with her father. Diamond is sold for five guineas, and is taken, alone and frightened, to become an acrobat at Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus. The crowds adore Diamond, but life behind the red velvet curtains is far from glamorous.
Her master is wicked and greedy, forcing Diamond to attempt ever more daring and dangerous tricks, until she is terrified to step into the ring. But there are true friends to be found at the circus, too: the gentle Mister Marvel; the kindly Madame Adeline; and the glorious Emerald Star, Tanglefield’s brand-new ringmaster, and Diamond’s heroine. When life at the circus becomes too dangerous to bear any longer, what will the future hold for Diamond? And will her beloved Emerald be a part of it?

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The Society of Thirteen

Gareth P. Jones

£6.99

13London, 1891. When orphans Esther and Tom are caught stealing by Lord Ringmore, little do they realise the peril they are in. Rather than hand them over to the police, the lord employs the children.
But what does he really want with them? Blackwood is a man obsessed. He has devoted his life to unearthing the roots of magic. Tormented by the thought of death he knows that only real magic can overcome mortality.
He has in his possession a book that contains the secret of true magic, but he cannot unlock its meaning alone. Only Tom and Esther can help him unravel its terrible and dangerous secrets…

London, 2013, and a young girl called Amy is about to turn thirteen. She is never happier than in a graveyard where, one day, she notices a gravestone named only ‘Esther’ with a magpie perched above it who speaks to her.He is called Tom!

A spine-chilling tale of magic and illusion, and an induction into the world of sorcery both fair and shady – so beware!

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Demon Dentist

David Walliams

£12.99

DentistScared of your dentist? Don’t be silly – but you should be scared of this one…. The new jaw-achingly funny novel from David Walliams, the number one bestselling author! Make your appointment if you dare…

Darkness had come to the town. Strange things were happening in the dead of night. Children would put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, but in the morning they would wake up to find…
a dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow. Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it…?   Read this book and find out!

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Dinosaurology

Emily Hawkins

£17.99

dinoThe ‘Ology’ books are back with a new exciting title: DINOSAUROLOGY. In the same style as previous titles like Egyptology these books are crammed with fabulous illustrations, pop-ups, notes and letters, even a piece of Dino hide. Imaginative and informative – it’s a beautiful book with a great premise.

In 1912 Arthur Conan Doyle published his widely acclaimed novel, The Lost World. Little did his fans know that his tale of a South American plateau where dinosaurs had survived was based on the real-life adventures of his friend Percy Fawcett. In this long-lost expedition journal, readers are introduced to a wealth of living, breathing dinosaurs, as our intrepid explorers study them in their natural habitat.

I’ve put it in 8-10 but really I’d say 8-80 will love it!

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The Templeton Twins: Have an Idea

Ellis Weiner & Jeremy Holmes

£5.99

Twins

A new and very different book about a pair of very clever twins with some devious plans to defeat evil kidnappers!

This debut novel has a fast-paced plot, clever heroes, evil (albeit buffoonish) villains, a sly sense of humour and is filled with puns, word games, puzzles and even a recipe for meatloaf. Illustrations by internationally acclaimed artist Jeremy Holmes give the book a really brilliant look. This will have very wide appeal and if you are looking for something different, in the clever mode of Lemony Snickett, this is a must look at book!

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Goth Girl and The Ghost of a Mouse

Chris Riddell

£9.99

GothAda Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming.
This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely. Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they and Ada begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it’s too late!  If you are a fan of Mr. Riddell’s Ottoline series I think you will love this new heroine just as much.

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The Fairy Doll and Other Stories from the Dolls’ House: The Best of Rumer Godden

£5.99

DOLLA delightful book from the author famous for ‘The Greengage Summer’ and ‘Black Narcissus’. ‘Dolls cannot tell you anything, but often their wish is as strong as telling. Have you ever felt a doll’s wish?’ This wonderful classic edition contains some of Rumer Godden’s best-loved stories, including: Miss Happiness and Miss Flower; Little Plum, Holly and Ivy;The Fairy Doll; Impunity Jane; Candyfloss. Perfect for new readers or for reading aloud, this collection will introduce a whole new generation of little girls to the magical secret life of dolls.

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Big Change for Stuart

Lissa Evans

£5.99

changeThis is the sequel to the brilliant ‘Small Change for Stuart’.

Stuart Horten (ten, but looks younger) is now the owner of a magician’s workshop – except that without his Great-Uncle’s Last Will and Testament, he can’t actually prove it. Which is a problem, since someone else wants it as well; someone who has a lot of money. The workshop contains seven magnificent stage illusions, but when Stuart starts to investigate them, he discovers that each is the gateway to a magical adventure, with a puzzle to solve, and a clue to extract.
As the clues mount up, the adventures become riskier. Friendship is strained, danger looms, and Stuart has to decide what sort of prize he really, truly wants.

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Moon Bear

Gill Lewis

£8.99

moonWhen twelve-year-old Tam is sent to work at a bear farm in the city, he has never felt so alone. He hates seeing the cruel way the bears are treated, but speaking up will mean losing his job. And if he can’t send money home, how will his family survive? When a sick cub arrives at the farm, Tam secretly nurses it back to health and they develop an unbreakable bond.

Tam swears to return his beloved cub to the wild, but how will they ever find a way to be free? Deeply moving and powerful, Moon Bear is an unforgettable story of compassion, hope, and bravery against overwhelming odds

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Osbert – The Avenger

Christopher William Hill

£5.99

Osbert

Meet Osbert Brinkhoff, the unlikeliest of avengers. His is a tale of dark delights and ghastly goings-on, of injustice and revenge. He is clever, in fact he is a genius. Will he be good or evil? Good question – but he is going to make you laugh out loud with his ghastly adventures.

This is the first book in the series Tales from Scwartzgarten. If you like Roald Dahl or Lemony Snicket then you will love these tales. But be warned, the villains are vicious. The settings are sinister. And good does NOT always prevail…If you prefer cleavers to kittens and fiends to fairies…then welcome to the freakily funny world of Scwartzgarten!!!

 

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The Forever Whale

Sarah Lean

£6.99

whaleA powerful, extraordinary story from Sarah Lean bestselling author of   ‘ A Dog Called Homeless ‘.

Hannah adores her Grandad. The trouble is, Grandad has Alzheimer’s and he’s always forgetting things. He keeps trying to tell Hannah a story about a whale, and it seems really important, but it’s all jumbled up. Then Grandad has a stroke and he can’t remember anything, not even Hannah. It’s like he’s lost inside himself. Determined to get Grandad back, Hannah sets out to make a film that will remind him of his life – and in so doing, starts to piece together an extraordinary story about a whale that connects Grandad’s childhood to her own.

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The Wolfstone Curse

Justin Richards

£6.99

WolfWelcome to the historic town of Wolfstone, where dark secrets lurk in the shadows and strange beasts stalk the land. Can two teenagers, Peter and Carys uncover the real truth behind the legend of the werewolf and will they survive the Wolfstone Curse? Read on, if you dare…

This book comes with a free downloadable app so you can discover hidden extras on the cover and secret videos throughout the story…..

 

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All the Wrong Questions: Who Can That Be at This Hour?

Lemony Snicket

£6.99

LemonLemony Snicket returns with a brand new series. Prepare to be informed, amused, amazed and maybe even a bit baffled. We can say no more about it.

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He began asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume.

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Tiger Thief

Michaela Clarke

£6.99

Tiger

A debut novel that will amaze and delight everyone who loves an absorbing story beautifully told. Sharat and his majestic white tiger, Emira, are like two halves of the same soul. The thought of being separated is unbearable. So when Emira mysteriously disappears in the middle of their circus act, Sharat is devastated. He’s also determined to get her back, despite the force of the Empire being ranged against him. His journey will be perilous and revealing, and shot through with magic.

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Magic Ink

Steve Cole

£6.99

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