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The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

This super funny, heart-warming adventure of three boys, one summer holiday, and a few miracles along the way is the perfect tonic for uncertain times.

  • Waterstones Children's Book of the Month April 2020
  • Former Sunday Times Book of the Week
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates

Freddie Yates likes facts. Just not the one staring him in the face – that his secret plan is not, in fact, secret. Because Freddie's journey wasn't meant to involve Big Trev and the onion-eating competition or the loo-exploding pear-and-potato turnovers. And Freddie definitely didn't expect to end up, with his two best friends, on national television in a supergirl costume. But journeys never take you where you think they will. And for Freddie, that fact might just have to be enough... The super funny, heart-warming adventure of three boys, one summer holiday, and a few miracles along the way. A SUNDAY TIMES CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK

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A big-hearted comic journey about friendship, family, and a miraculously well-timed seagull. David Solomons, author of My Brother is a Superhero

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The House of One Hundred Clocks by A.M. Howell

Dive into this thrilling new historical adventure, from the critically-acclaimed author of The Garden of Lost Secrets.

The House of One Hundred Clocks

The House of One Hundred Clocks

June, 1905. Helena and her parrot, Orbit, are swept off to Cambridge when her father is appointed clock-winder to one of the wealthiest men in England. There is only one rule: the clocks must never stop. But Helena discovers the house of one hundred clocks holds many mysteries; a ghostly figure, strange notes and disappearing winding keys… Can she work out its secrets before time runs out?

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Fans of Emma Carroll will adore this historical tale of derring-do and righted wrongs The Times review of The House of One Hundred Clocks
The Garden of Lost Secrets

The Garden of Lost Secrets

October, 1916. Clara has been sent to stay with her aunt and uncle while England is at war. But when she reaches their cottage on an enormous country estate, Clara is plunged into a tangle of secrets… A dark, locked room, a scheming thief, and a mysterious boy who only appears at night. Clara has a secret of her own too – a terrible one about her brother, fighting in the war. And as the secrets turn to danger, Clara must find the courage to save herself, and those around her… Secrets, mystery and bravery meet in this gripping historical adventure.

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The Cogheart Adventures by Peter Bunzl

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in these gripping and award-winning Victorian adventures.

To celebrate the release of Shadowsea – the fourth and thrilling final book in the Cogheart Adventures series – we've released these limited editions with gorgeous sprayed edges of all books in the series.

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Moonlocket

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Skycircus

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Shadowsea

Shadowsea

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A really wonderful steampunk story that reminded me of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series. It's pacy and exciting, and I loved the world that Peter has built. Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike series

North Child by Edith Pattou

Reborn for a new generation of readers, North Child is a spellbinding adventure to curl up with on long winter nights.

North Child

North Child

A beautiful, epic story of destiny, magic and love… Reborn for a new generation of readers. Rose is an unusual child, a North Child. For Rose was born facing north, and the old stories say she is destined to travel far from home on a dangerous journey. Making a pact with an enormous white bear, Rose travels on his back to a mysterious castle that holds a dark enchantment, a darker temptation, and the key to her true destiny… A spellbinding adventure to curl up with on long winter nights.

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An absolute stunner... Perfection. Alex Bell, author of The Polar Bear Explorers' Club

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The Train to Impossible Places series by P.G. Bell

Where impossible becomes possible... 

Join Suzy again for more adventure and magic in The Great Brain Robbery – the sequel to the award-winning The Train to Impossible Places from author P.G. Bell, with glorious illustrations from Flavia Sorrentino.

The Train to Impossible Places

The Train to Impossible Places

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019 Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019 Shortlisted for the IBW Book Awards 2019 All aboard for a magical journey... When Suzy hears a strange rattling noise in the middle of the night, she creeps downstairs to find a train roaring through her house. But this is no ordinary train. This is the magical delivery express for The Union of Impossible Places. Whisked onboard by a troll boy called Wilmot, Suzy's world is turned upside down when she's given the job of delivering a cursed package to the fearsome sorceress, Lady Crepuscula. Except when the mysterious package begs not to be delivered, Suzy discovers the fate of the Impossible Places might just be in her hands...

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Great fun, fast-moving and inventive Philip Reeve, author of Mortal Engines
The Great Brain Robbery

The Great Brain Robbery

Join Suzy for her highly-anticipated second journey in The Great Brain Robbery, the sequel to the Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted The Train to Impossible Places. Suzy can't wait to return to the Union of Impossible Places on the Impossible Postal Express. But when she arrives, she overhears a dastardly plan to destroy Trollville from a shadowy and unexpected villain. Suzy and her friends must race from magical cloud-worlds to secret caverns to catch the culprit, before Trollville comes crashing down…

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The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka the Bear's journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author of The House With Chicken Legs.

The Girl Who Speaks Bear

The Girl Who Speaks Bear

They call me Yanka the Bear. Not because of where I was found – only a few people know about that. They call me Yanka the Bear because I am so big and strong. Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way. Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka’s journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author of The House With Chicken Legs.

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Glistening with the very real magic of love and belonging, this is a gem of a story Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island
The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs

Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...

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Books by the award-winning Lara Williamson

Like all her previous bestselling titles, Lara Williamson's new novel for 9+ readers The Girl With Space in Her Heart is a heart-warming and laugh-out-loud story about the power of family. 

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A Boy Called Hope

A Boy Called Hope

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Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

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Lara's writing is quirky, original and brilliantly addictive Cathy Cassidy

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Developing empathy for people from different backgrounds and experiences is one of the great benefits of reading, for any age.

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods by Samuel J. Halpin

Are you ready for a most peculiar fairytale? The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods is a spectacular debut by Samuel J. Halpin, with illustrations by Hannah Peck.

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods

The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods

This is the story of a sleepy town called Suds. A place where stories fill the air of children who keep turning grey and disappearing without a trace… Poppy and Erasmus are certain there's something peculiar going on in Suds, and they're determined to unravel its secrets. But when they discover the answers might lie in the darking and twisting woods, can they find the courage to creep inside and solve this riddling mystery?

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A thrilling read...flavoured with fairytales, drizzled with a syrup of fear and sprinkled with heart... M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy

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Usborne fiction books have won major awards in 2018 and 2019, including The CILIP Carnegie Medal and The Branford Boase Award.