Picture Books (ages 0-5)
 

Yeti and the Bird by Nadia Shireen (Vintage) £6.99

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Yeti lives alone in a wintery landscape. Well, maybe not quite alone, but no one is brave enough to go near big, scary Yeti.
 
No one apart from Bird, who gets lost on her way south, makes a special friend, and opens up a whole new world for our Yeti... A funny, brilliantly original book from Nadia Shireen - winner of the UKLA Book Award, shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and mentioned in the Opera Prima category of the international Bologna Ragazzi Prize.

 

 

Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster) £6.99

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Meet Biff, an adorable little puppy who will stop at nothing to become a ballet dancer. My dog is not like other dogs. He doesn't do dog stuff like weeing on lampposts or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet.
 
No, my dog likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, my dog doesn't think he's a dog. My dog thinks he's a ballerina! A fabulous feel-good book about a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams.

 

Younger Readers (ages 5-8)
 

Cinderella: an Art-Deco Love Story by Lynn Roberts & David Roberts (Pavilion Books) £6.99

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Cinderella moves into the era of flapper girls and the Charleston in a new telling of this famous rags-to-riches tale.

 
Blinded by love, Cinderella's father marries unwisely and brings home a heartless wife, and her bossy and wicked daughters, Elvira and Ermintrude.
 
They will stop at nothing to make life miserable for Cinderella. On the day of a grand ball at the Palace, the wicked stepfamily get dressed in their finery to attend, leaving poor Cinders behind.
 
However, Cinderella is visited by a kind fairy godmother, with exquisite fashion sense. In her beautiful beaded dress and glass slippers, Cinderella catches Prince Roderick's heart, but then on the stroke of midnight has to desert him.

 

 

 

Blue Monster Wants it All! by Jeanne Willis & Jenni Desmond (Little Tiger Press) £7.99

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"...A wild and witty adventure with exuberantly naive pictures." - The Sunday Times Blue Monster loves brand new things.

A fancy new hat . . . a shiny submarine . . . a fabulous funfair . . . and a paradise island, all of his own. But he's still not happy! What will it take for Blue Monster to realise there are some things that money can't buy? An original, humorous and unforgettable fable from the creators of the award-winning The First Slodge, perfect for introducing little ones to the idea of materialism.

 
 
 

Older Readers (ages 8-12)

 

The Girl, The Cat and the Navigator by Matilda Woods (Scholastic) £6.99

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An enchanting, charming story of bravery on the ice-tipped ocean, with stunning art by Anuska Allepuz on every page. Curious, pin-bright Oona Britt dreams of setting sail with her ship's captain father for a life of excitement on the wild waves.

She has read stories of a magical creature - the Nardoo - who swims through the stars at night, and stows away on whaling boat the Plucky Leopard for an adventure full of myths and marvel among the ice-caps. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Pan Macmillan) £6.99

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Heart-achingly funny, touching and brilliantly clever, Millions is a fantastic adventure about two boys, one miracle and a million choices. Brothers Damian and Anthony didn't mean to get caught up in a botched train robbery.
 
But what would you do if a massive bag of cash dropped from the sky and you had only a few days to spend it before it became worthless?
 
Buy a million pizzas? End world poverty? Not such an easy decision, is it? The boys soon find out that being rich is a mug's game.
 
Not only is the clock ticking, the bank robbers want their money back . . . 

 

 

Young Adult (12+)


Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve (Scholastic) £6.99

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Gwyna is just a small girl, a mouse, when she is bound in service to Myrddin the bard - a traveller and spinner of tales.
 
But Myrddin transfroms her - into a lady goddess, a boy warrior, and a spy. Without Gwyna, Myrddin will not be able to work the most glorious transformation of all - and turn the leader of a raggle-taggle war-band into King Arthur, the greatest hero of all time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Geek Girl by Holly Smale (HarperCollins) £6.99

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"My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek." Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day.
 
She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. But she doesn't know why nobody at school seems to like her. So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself.
 
Even if it means stealing her best friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of impossibly handsome model Nick.
 
Even if it means lying to the people she loves. Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did. As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything? 
 
 

Non-Fiction
 

The Extraordinary Life of Malala Yousafzai by Hiba Noor Khan & Rita Petralucci (Penguin) £6.99

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It is a very important story all readers young and old should read . . . This book was incredibly inspiring and very insightful." - Goodreads reviewer Annie
 
"This beautiful book reintroduces the girl from Swat valley to young readers . . . (the definitions of many words pepper the pretty, dusty-pink pages) and abounds with artwork to bolster a tale of true grit. A great way to introduce a contemporary, real-life heroine to the next generation." - Goodreads reviewer Namratha
 
Malala is known across the world for her bravery, resilience and hope in the face of terrifying adversity.
 
From playing in the Swat Valley in Pakistan to making speeches at the United Nations, she has become an inspiration for people fighting for justice.
 
Discover what it took for one incredible girl to become the voice of so many, in this beautifully illustrated book that brings Malala's extraordinary story to life.
 
 

Lights! Camera! Alice! by Mara Rockliff & Simona Ciraolo (Chronicle Books) £12.99

 
Meet Alice Guy-Blache. She made movies some of the very first movies, and some of the most exciting!
 
Blow up a pirate ship? Why not? Crawl into a tiger's cage? Of course! Leap off a bridge onto a real speeding train? It will be easy! Driven by her passion for storytelling, Alice saw a potential for film that others had not seen before, allowing her to develop new narratives, new camera angles, new techniques, and to surprise her audiences again and again.
 
With daring and vision, Alice Guy-Blache introduced the world to a thrilling frontier of imagination and adventure, and became one of filmmaking's first and greatest innovators.
 
Mara Rockliff tells the story of a girl who grew up loving stories and became an acclaimed storyteller and an inspiration in her own right.