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Violet never wanted to move to Perfect.
Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?
But Violet quickly discovers there's something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strange and her dad has disappeared...
Waterstones Children's Book of the Month August 2017
Murder, mystery and mayhem meet in this award-winning steampunk series by Peter Bunzl.
Lily's life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her? With her friends - Robert, the clockmaker's son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox - Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart... Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.
Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert’s summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. For Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocket – but that’s not the only thing he wants. Soon, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger, because Jack is playing a cruel game. Lily and Malkin, the mechanical fox, must stay one step ahead before Jack plays his final, deadly, card...
Timeless stories from award-winning authors to introduce today’s readers to thrilling adventures, with unforgettable characters, inclusive perspectives and irresistible humour.
Max is used to being called Stupid. And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf. On account of his size and being some cripple kid. But greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak The Mighty and walk high above the world. An inspiring, heartbreaking, multi-award winning international bestseller.
A small classic The Sunday Times review of Freak the Mighty
It’s 1964 and Alice has moved to Mississippi from Chicago with her family. Nicknamed ‘Yankee Girl’ and taunted by the in-crowd at school, Alice soon discovers the other new girl Valerie – one of the school’s first black students – has it much worse. Alice can’t stand the way Valerie is treated, and yet she knows she will remain an outsider if she speaks up. It takes a horrible tragedy to finally give Alice the courage to stand up for what she believes. Set in the Deep South in the 1960s, Yankee Girl is a powerful, resonant and relevant story about racism and doing the right thing.
A wonderful book about the power of friendship which will appeal to all ages. School Librarian Journal review of Yankee Girl
Mystery, myth and magic join forces in The Amber Pendant – the first book in the new Rose Muddle Mysteries series.
When Rose Muddle is plucked from the workhouse to become a maid in a grand mansion, she discovers that her new mistress has secret plans for her – plans which involve a strange amber pendant with extraordinary powers. But fearsome enemies lurk in the shadows, intent on finding the mysterious pendant. As the shadows begin to close in, can Rose uncover the truth of her own destiny to stop these forces of evil?
Imogen White was inspired by mysteries in the local history of Hove – from the Bronze Age to the present day. Read more...
Grumpy penguins, pirates in bath tubs and alien cats intent on destroying the world are just some of the challenges Eddy Stone must face in these hilarious epic adventures.
When Eddy Stone finds a pirate in his Gran's bath, his miserable summer holiday turns into a treasure hunt. Setting sail in a ship-shaped shed, crewed by an old lady and a grumpy penguin, what could possibly stop them? All aboard for an EPIC adventure...
When Eddy Stone meets an alien cat on a mission to destroy Earth, his rainy weekend suddenly takes off. Shooting into outer space with his annoying cousin Millie, can Eddy stop the crazy kitty? 3-2-1: Counting down to an adventure that's out of this world...
Wonderfully told adventures Stephen Fry
A wonderful book about finding one's own voice Ann M. Martin, author of The Baby-Sitters Club, on Being Miss Nobody