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The Girl with Space in Her Heart by Lara Williamson

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. Take a look or scroll down to choose a category.

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

Empathising through stories

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

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Browse our award-winning children's fiction books for children from age 5 to 12.

Dreary Inkling School by Matt Brown

The Year 6 class at Dreary Inkling are faced with aliens, mutant zombies and killer vending machines in this hilarious series for readers aged 9+. 

This is a great, fun, funny book Danny Wallace, comedian and author, on Aliens Invaded My Talent Show

The Garden of Lost Secrets by A.M. Howell

Secrets, mystery and bravery meet in this gripping adventure set against the backdrop of the First World War, from debut author A.M. Howell.

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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Exactly the kind of book I love to curl up with. . . full of skilfully layered secrets Andy Shepherd, author of The Boy Who Grew Dragons

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A.M. Howell, author of The Garden of Lost Secrets
A.M. Howell, author of The Garden of Lost Secrets

The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell

Where impossible becomes possible... 

The Train to Impossible Places is a wild ride of an adventure from debut author P.G. Bell, with glorious illustrations from Flavia Sorrentino – available in paperback and hardback.

Look out for the next installment in The Train to Impossible Places series, The Great Brain Robbery, coming October 2019.

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

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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 Wild Folk by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

In the land of Farallone, the City dwellers' greed for stargold threatens to destroy the mystical Wild Folk.

A timeless adventure filled with wonder and a crucial environmental message, this series concludes with The Wild Folk Rising.

The Wild Folk

The Wild Folk

In the land of Farallone, the City dwellers' greed for stargold threatens to destroy the mystical Wild Folk. Their only hope rests with two young hares and their human companions – Tin, a City boy with a passion for invention, and curious Country girl Comfrey. To protect the stargold Tin and Comfrey face impossible tasks, each stranger than the last. And every creature they meet on their extraordinary journey, from the tiniest ant to the grizzliest witch, has a crucial role to play in saving the land they love. A timeless adventure filled with wonder and a crucial environmental message, this is the first book in the magical Stargold Chronicles.

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The Wild Folk Rising

The Wild Folk Rising

The City Brothers thought the Country a barren place. Now they know it’s teeming with stargold, Country girl Comfrey and City boy Tin must save the magical Wild Folk from their evil clutches. On a journey from the deadly Underworld to the highest mountain, they’ll need all their courage and ingenuity to stop the devastation of the land they love. A timeless adventure filled with wonder and a crucial environmental message, this is the second and final book in the magical Stargold Chronicles.

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An epic quest in a beautiful, troubled world Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs

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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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Award winning fiction

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

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

This enchanting story of Marinka and Baba Yaga, her grandmother who guides spirits between this world and the next, has been shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019.

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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Enticing, a little bit dangerous, and thrumming with possibilities. Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

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