The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse - Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

When a woeful mouse is swallowed up by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice inside the belly of the beast – there’s delicious food, elegant table settings and, best of all, dancing. And there’s something more: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! Life’s not so bad, considering the alternatives. That is, until a hunter shows up…  A tale of cooperation and creative cusine! 

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday - Julia Donaldson (Illustrated by Lydia Monks)

Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven’t changed their thieving ways. In fact, they’ve got even more ambitious. They’re planning to steal a monkey from the zoo and use it to pinch the Queen’s crown.  It’s a pity for them that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city.  With a whole host of noisy new zoo-animal characters to meet and even a cameo from the Queen 

Now also available, in hardback is the new Julia Donaldson / Axel Schaffler ‘The Ugly Five’ 

Age 5+


A laugh-out-loud funny story of a rabbit and bear who discover that things are always better when they’re shared with a friend


SUPERSTAR TAPIR – there is now 4 books in the fabulous Mango & Bambang series about a young girl, Mango Allsorts and her pet Tapir.  The short stories are perfect to read aloud to age 4-6 or for emerging readers


Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. But when he discovers that the Hall is up for sale and his beloved owner, Winnie Pepper, and her madcap parents must leave their home, he smells a rat. Can Knitbone and his ghostly gang of animals help Winnie save Starcross? 

Age 9+

he Creakers - Tom Fletcher

What’s under your bed, keeping just out of sight? Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises? Lucy Dungston always did. Until, one morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared – as if into thin air. Chaos descends as the children in Lucy’s town run riot. It’s mayhem.  It’s madness. To most kids, it’s amazing! But Lucy wants to find out the truth. She’s going to get her back – and nothing is going to stop her, except, maybe, the Creakers

The Girl Who Saved Christmas - Matt Haig

It is Christmas Eve and all is not well. Amelia Wishart is trapped in Mr Creeper’s workhouse and Christmas is in jeopardy. Magic is fading.  If Christmas is to happen, Father Christmas knows he must find her.With the help of some elves, eight reindeer, the Queen and a man called Charles Dickens, the search for Amelia – and the secret of Christmas – begins

The Explorer - Katherine Rundell

The Explorer – Katherine Rundell    As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the Amazon jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.  Except, it seems, someone has been there before them.  A story of exploration, survival and the importance of preserving the Amazon rainforest

The Guggenheim Mystery - Robin Stevens (based on a story by Siobhan Dowd)

Ted goes to New York on holiday, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While there, a painting is stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. When Aunt Gloria is blamed for the theft Ted must find the painting, and discover who really had taken it.  Siobhan Dowd wrote ‘The LondonEye Mystery’ in which Ted and Kat must find their cousin, who has mysteriously disappeared from the London Eye.  This is the sequel, however, it can be read as a standalone too. 

The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker - Matilda Woods

 Alberto lives alone in the town of Allora. He is a coffin maker, spending his quiet, solitary days creating the final resting places of Allora’s people. Until the day a mysterious boy and his magical bird arrive – flying from danger and searching for a safe haven. Tito is fearful, suspicious of kindness, but as the winter days grow colder and darker, Alberto’s home grows warmer and brighter.  Can Tito and his bird be sheltered from the town’s prying eyes and the shadows of their past? 

The Secrets of Grindlewood - Jackie Burke

The 5th and final book (Othelia’s Orb) in the very popular series by local author Jackie Burke is out now.  The children and their pets have found Othelia’s powerful and mysterious Orb but they must keep it hidden to protect it from falling into the wrong hands!  If you’ve never read the Grindlewood series, now is the time to start.

Age 11+

The Girl of Ink & Stars - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl of Ink & Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave  Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep.

Young Adult

Moonrise - Sarah Crossan

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons.  Ed is on death row. But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think.  Written in the same style as the multi award winning ‘ONE’ this is a powerful book that demands to be read 

After the Fire- Will Hill

Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders.  Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.  But Moonbeam is starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

Salt to the Sea - Ruth Septys WINNER OF THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2017

It’s early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stories.  This inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War.

Dangerous Crossing - Jane Mitchell

 Ghalib doesn’t want to leave his home in Syria. But the city has become too dangerous, and his family has no choice but to flee. Together they make their way through Syria to the Turkish border, where Ghalib gets separated from his family. Stricken with grief and fear, fighting cold, pain and hunger, he manages to make it to a refugee camp in Turkey. Ghalib is safe for now, but life in a refugee camp is wretched and hopeless, and this boy’s journey in search of safety is far from over.

THUG - Angie Thomer

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer.

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