Picture Books (ages 0-5)

 

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins) £6.99

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An inspirational story of a boy who loved the stars so much, he decided to catch one of his very own.

The beautifully illustrated, original debut picture book from shining talent Oliver Jeffers.

There once was a boy who loved stars so much that he wished he had one of his very own. Every night he watched the stars in the sky from his bedroom window and dreamed of how he could be their friend and how they could play hide-and-go-seek together. So, one day, he decided to set about catching a star of his very own...

"If only all picture books could be this good" The Bookseller.

 

Augustus and his Smile by Catherine Rayner (Little Tiger) £6.99

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Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. So he did a huge tigery stretch, and set off to find it.

In this book, the author and illustrator Catherine Rayner celebrates the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings us when we open our eyes to it.

 

 

Younger Readers (ages 5-8)

 

Little Tigers by Jo Weaver (Hachette) £6.99

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Told through the eyes of a tiger and her two cubs, this beautiful book is a celebration of the love between parent and child, and the wonders of the natural world.
There are humans in the jungle... So Mother Tiger and her cubs need to leave their den.
Follow them on their journey through the deepest parts of the jungle, exploring its secret places, in search of somewhere warm and dry to lay their heads. A safe place. A new home.

With evocative charcoal drawings and gentle, lyrical storytelling, Little Tigers has the feel of an instant classic.

Perfect for fans of the BBC's Planet Earth, this beautiful book will inspire young nature lovers. 

 

The Hero's Quest by Jeffrey Alan Love (Walker) £12.99

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A picture-book quest through the worlds of fantasy, myth and magic, for all young reading heroes. Join our every-hero Rider on their quest through the story worlds of fantasy and myth.

Packed with vivid dragons, wolves and sea-monsters from the stunning imagination of celebrated cult fantasy artist, Jeffrey Alan Love (Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki), this book immerses readers into a picture-book Game of Thrones world for children aged 6 and up.

 

The Day War Came by Nicola Davies and Rebecca Cob (Walker) £6.99

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A powerful and necessary picture book - the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known. Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long and difficult journey - all alone. Imagine finding no welcome at the end of it. Then imagine a child who gives you something small but very, very precious...
When the government refused to allow 3000 child refugees to enter this country in 2016, Nicola Davies was so angry she wrote a poem.
It started a campaign for which artists contributed drawings of chairs, symbolising a seat in a classroom, education, kindness, the hope of a future.
The poem has become this book, movingly illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, which should prove a powerful aid for explaining the ongoing refugee crisis to younger readers.

Older Readers (ages 8-12)

 

Knights and Bikes by Gabrielle Kent (Knights Of) £6.99

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Welcome to the sleepy island of Penfurzy, where nothing exciting ever really happens.

Or does it? Adventure awaits Demelza and her new best friend in the whole world, Nessa, as they explore the island and uncover the mysteries of the Penfurzy Knights.

With a honking pet goose sidekick, quirky islanders and a legendary treasure to find, it's up to Nessa and Demelza to ride their bikes, solve the puzzles before them, and face down danger with frisbees, water-balloons, feathers .... and a toilet plunger. Thier friendhsip will warm your heart. Their bravery will make them legends! 

 

Journey to Jo'bury by Beverlet Naidoo (HarperCollins) £6.99

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This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid.
Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid - the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life. The opulence of the white "Madam's" house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face - that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease. 
 

In 2016 Seven Stories became the home to Beverley Naidoo's archive. Click here to see Beverley's research materials and early drafts for this book, held in the Seven Stories collection.

 

Young Adult (12+)

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Cornerstone) £8.99

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A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We're out of oil. We've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS - and his massive fortune - will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.


For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions - and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

 

 

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Penguin Random House) £6.99

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Half boy. Half God. ALL Hero.

I was just a normal kid, I went to school (got expelled a lot, but that wasn't my fault), played sports and hung out with my best friend.

Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. Now, I spend my time at Camp Half Blood, battling monsters and generally trying to stay alive. And now that Zeus thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt, staying alive is going to be even harder...

 

 

Non Fiction

 

Explorers: Amazing Tales of the World's Greatest Adventurers by Nellie Huang and Jessamy Hawke (Dorling Kindersley) £16.99

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Meet famous explorers and adventurers in this exciting non-fiction storybook for children. Venture into steaming jungles in search of lost temples, fight off frostbite in the Arctic, and blast off into space!

Great explorers have one thing in common - a desire to leap into the unknown, no matter how dangerous that might be. From Ferdinand Magellan's first circumnavigation of the world 500 years ago to Barbara Hillary's treks to the North and South poles while in her seventies, Explorers documents the trials and hardships of the men and women who rewrote our understanding of the world, and showed us what humans are capable of.

Explorers looks at the towering achievements of more than 50 explorers in great detail, with incredible cross-sections revealing the amazing detail inside Spanish galleons, lost cities, and spaceships. Hand-drawn maps reveal their intrepid journeys in great detail, and photographs highlight the artefacts and relics they found along the way.

The explorers come from all walks of life and parts of the world. Packed with jaw-dropping facts and written in language that will get the heart racing, Explorers is the perfect book for any budding young adventurer, combining both beautiful illustrations by Jessamy Hawke and fantastic photography.

 

Myth Atlas by Thiago de Moraes (Scholastic) £18.99

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Step inside twelve magical mythological worlds. You might wantto take a map. But the maps in Myth Atlas are special: they show how twelve extraordinary cultures saw the world.

For some it's a giant tree or an upside-down mountain. Others reckon we're living on the back of a giant turtle.

All of them are fascinating. As you travel the world from Egypt to Japan, you'll meet an incredible array of gods, monsters, heroes and fantastical beasts.