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The Creakers, by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries, published by Puffin

What silently waits in the shadows at night? 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. Lucy lost her dad not long ago, and she’s determined not to lose her mum too. She’s going to get her back – and nothing is going to stop her . . .
. . . except maybe the Creakers.

The Girl With the Lost Smile by Miranda Hart, illustrated by Kate Hindley, published by Hachette

 Chloe Long has lost her smile. She’s looked everywhere for it. (Under her pillow. Under her bed. Under her nose. Obviously.)

She’s tried everything to bring it back. (Her favourite cake. Her favourite gran. Her favourite joke. Obviously.) But nothing seems to be working!

Until one night, something utterly magical happens – and Chloe finds herself on an adventure that is out of this world…

The first children’s book from award-winning, bestselling author and comedian Miranda Hart, a story guaranteed to make you laugh and cry! With fabulous illustrations by Sainsbury’s Book of the Year winner, Kate Hindley.

The Girl With The Lost Smile takes you on an action-packed, magical journey that celebrates the power of the imagination, the wonder of true friendship and is guaranteed to make you smile.

The Midnight Peacock, by Katherine Woodfine, published by Egmont

The festive season has come to Sinclair’s, and Sophie and Lil are spending the holidays at snowy Winter Hall. But it turns out that this is no ordinary house party . . .

As sinister secrets come to light, our intrepid heroines find themselves faced with a more baffling mystery than ever before! With the help of their friends, can they uncover the truth in time to foil a truly diabolical plot? Or will Mr Sinclair’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Peacock Ball spell disaster for the dauntless young detectives?

Prepare for shocks and surprises in the thrilling conclusion to the Sinclair’s Mysteries!

Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians, by Gary Northfield, published by Walker

After being shipwrecked on the shores of Egypt and mistaken for a Horse God, Julius can’t believe his luck! Soon he and his bedraggled friends will be living it up in the city of Alexandria; preened and pampered like gods. Then a fancy boat procession will take them down the River Nile to Memphis where a lavish party will be thrown in Julius’s honour – as well as an obligatory tour of the Pyramids. BUT it is this very tour that seems to signal the end to their glorious fortunes in Egypt. On a visit to the Tomb of Cleopatra, Felix is unable to resist a rather lovely looking treasure for his rock collection… He pockets the jewel and immediately a curse falls upon the group. And so the ridiculous adventure begins where Julius fights for his life as the Egyptians come to unravel the truth and realize that he is not quite what they thought he was…

To read the first chapter, please click here.

Winter Magic, curated by Abi Elphinstone, published by Simon & Schuster

A beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children’s writers.

The Dreamsnatcher’s Abi Elphinstone heads up this gorgeous collection of wintery stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers . . . from classic children’s writers Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin, Berlie Doherty, Katherine Woodfine, Piers Torday, Lauren St John, Amy Alward, Michelle Harrison and Emma Carroll.

An unmissable, enchanting treat.

Maudlin Towers: Curse of the Werewolf Boy, by Chris Priestley, published by Bloomsbury

‘We shall be detectives, Sponge!’ exclaimed Mildew. ‘We shall solve the Mystery of the School Spoon!’

Mildew and Sponge don’t think much of Maudlin Towers, the blackened, gloom-laden, gargoyle-infested monstrosity that is their school. But when somebody steals the School Spoon and the teachers threaten to cancel the Christmas holidays until the culprit is found, our heroes must spring into action and solve the crime!

But what starts out as a classic bit of detectivating quickly becomes weirder than they could have imagined. Who is the ghost in the attic? What’s their history teacher doing with a time machine? And why do a crazy bunch of Vikings seem to think Mildew is a werewolf?

Hugely funny, deliciously creepy and action-packed by turns, this brand new series from Chris Priestley is perfect for 8+ readers who like their mysteries with a bit of bite. Fans of Lemony Snicket and Chris Riddell will love Curse of the Werewolf Boy.

Read an extract and enter our competition to win a copy of the book (closes on the 31st October 2017).

Hetty Feather’s Christmas, by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nich Sharratt, published by Double Day Childrens

Cosy up for Christmas with this brand-new festive story, starring everyone’s favourite Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather!

An unexpected gift leads to trouble for Hetty on Christmas Day at the Foundling Hospital, and the dreaded Matron Bottomly is delighted to have an excuse to exclude Hetty from the festive celebrations. Poor Hetty is distraught – but just when it seems that all is lost, a dear friend arrives to whisk her away for a Christmas unlike any other . . .

Full of friendship, fun and festive cheer, this beautifully-packaged hardback is complete with stunning illustrations by Nick Sharratt and fabulous bonus material featuring fun facts about the Victorian Christmas. The perfect stocking-filler for every Jacqueline Wilson fan.

Enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book (closes December 1st 2017).

The Accidental Father Christmas, by Tom McLaughlin, published by Oxford University Press

An absolute Christmas cracker!

When Ben starts to have serious doubts that Father Christmas is real, he hatches an elaborate scheme to try and capture him on Christmas Eve. What ensues is a sequence of hilarious events that will make this Christmas the most bonkers ever! We’re super excited for the latest hilarious caper from author Tom McLaughlin. Funny by name. Funny by nature.

Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (kind of), by Liz Pichon, published by Scholastic     

 The brand new hilarious and fully-illustrated instalment of the bestselling Tom Gates series! Having two sets of grandparents is turning out to be very good for me. The Wrinklies are keen on giving presents AND they’re planning a family outing which is going to be EPIC! Even Delia wants to come. (I can always ignore her.)

Dinosaur Detectives: 6 Book Set,by Stephanie Baudet, published by Sweet Cherry

Matt can see dinosaurs. No, he’s not dreaming and he’s not just imagining things!

He has a super-cool life travelling the world with his dad discovering new fossils. But when dad’s old rival, Frank Hellman, threatens to steal the limelight, what can they do to stop him?

Goal!, published by DK

Be a football genius with this goal-scoring guide to the beautiful game. Packed with vital tips and tricks, as well as astounding, mind-boggling stats, from the origins of football to the FIFA World Cup, Goal! is a vibrant, visual guide to everything you need to know about the world’s most popular game.

Amazing CGI images show you everything from fouls to free kicks and everything in between. Who is the greatest striker ever to play football? How do you do the Cruyff turn? Where is the perfect place is to put a penalty? How far do players run during a match? Goal! doesn’t just tell you the answers – it shows you.

Dinosaurium, by Chris Wormell and Lily Murray, published by Big Picture Press

Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore…

Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of dinosaurs, expertly curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the comfort of your own home.

Dinosaurium features a wide range of dinosaurs from the most-loved Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex to lesser-known species such as Coelophysis and Tsintaosaurus. With stunning artwork from Chris Wormell (known for the cover of H is for Hawk and his picture books including George and the Dragon) and informative text with input from experts in palaeontology, Dinosaurium is the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in this fascinating field.

Welcome to the Museum is a series of beautifully illustrated, stunningly curated, informative books for all ages. From Animalium and Botanicum to Historium and Dinosaurium there is a book for everyone to discover and explore.

Search and Find: Christmas Carol, based on work by Charles Dickens and illustrated by Louise Pigott, published by Studio Press

Discover the world of Charles Dickens with Search & Find A Christmas Carol.

The popular, magical story is retold in beautifully illustrated search & find pages where you can find the characters on the busy pages and follow them through the story. Each page is full of characters to find and details to spot in the busy scenes, such as Scrooge in his counting house, the arrival of Jacob Marley’s ghost, the Fezziwig Christmas party and the Cratchit family at home on Christmas Day and many more.

Beautiful illustrations are accompanied by abridged text, perfect for sharing with little ones and introducing them to Charles Dickens’ stories.

Football Heroes: Neymar, by Matt and Tom Oldfield, published by Weldon Owen

Meet Neymar – Ultimate Football Hero.

‘As Neymar Jr made the long walk to the penalty spot, he knew this was his chance, the one that he had dreamed of since the age of three. If he scored, Brazil would be Olympic Champions for the first time ever.’

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is the boy who carries the hopes of Brazil on his shoulders. Although he now faces a new challenge at Paris Saint-Germain, it was his years playing for Barcelona, in a fearsome attacking trident alongside Messi and Suarez, that made him a legend across the world. This is the heart-warming true story of Neymar’s road to glory.

Ultimate Football Heroes is a series of biographies telling the life-stories of the biggest and best footballers in the world and their incredible journeys from childhood fan to super-star professional player. Written in fast-paced, action-packed style these books are perfect for all the family to collect and share.

Enter our fantastic competition to win a bundle of Ultimate Football Heroes (closes on the 30th October 2017).

Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures, by Emily Hawkins, illustrated by Lucy Letherland, published by Wide Eyed Editions

From the team behind the best-selling Atlas of Adventures comes the biggest adventure yet – a trip back in time to meet the dinosaurs!

Emily Hawkins is a writer and editor of children’s books for all ages. She wrote the New York Times bestseller Oceanology, as well as several other titles in the Ology series, which has sold over 16 million copies worldwide. She holds a first-class English degree from Nottingham University, and now lives in Winchester with her young family.

Lucy Letherland is an illustrator based in London, UK.  She graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2011 with a First Class BA (Hons) in illustration with animation. Lucy’s work is strongly led by humour and narrative, creating a playful, graphic quality. Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures is Lucy’s third book for children.

Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake, published by Century

The new book from astronaut Tim Peake, the number one bestselling author of Hello, is this planet Earth?

How does it feel to orbit the earth ten times faster than a speeding bullet? What’s it like to eat, sleep and go to the toilet in space? And where to next – the Moon, Mars or beyond?

Ask an Astronaut is Tim’s personal guide to life in space, based on his historic Principia mission, and the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth.

The public were invited to submit questions using the hashtag #askanastronaut, and a selection are answered by Tim in the book, which will be accompanied with illustrations, diagrams and never-before-seen photos.

Tim is pleased to announce that, as with his previous book, royalties received from the book will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.

Enter our competition for a chance to win a copy of Ask an Astronaut (closes on the 8th November 2017).

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