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The Rose Muddle Mysteries: The Amber Pendant, by Imogen White, published by Usborne

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?

Minecraft Guide to Creative and Minecraft Guide to Exploration, published by Egmont

All new official Minecraft Guides to help you find resources, craft equipment and protect yourself from hostile mobs. Learn the finer points of architecture, art and other creative disciplines and put theory into practice to build incredible constructions in Minecraft.

With insider info and tips from the experts at Mojang, these are the definitive guides to creating and exploring in Minecraft.


The Girl Guide, by Marawa Ibrahim and illustrated by Sinem Erkas, published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Eight times world-record breaking hula-hoop star Marawa Ibrahim provides 50 lessons, anecdotes and stories about the changes Marawa experienced in her own body during puberty. A book about growing-up written for young girls becoming women, who need not feel alone on their journey to womanhood.

Marawa Ibrahim was once told she didn’t have what it takes to be a performer. Today, she holds world records for the most hoops spun by an individual and the fastest 100 metres in high-heeled skates. Marawa works with hundreds of young women around the world through her award-winning hula-hoop troupe, The Majorettes. Twitter: @marawamazing Instagram: @marawa

Sinem Erkas is a multi-disciplinary graphic artist and art director. Her practice ranges from digital artworks to photo-illustrations and set design. Inspired by Pop Art, Minimalism and optical illusions, Sinem likes to create playful and bold artworks that make you look twice. Twitter: @SinemErkas Instagram: @sinem_erkas

Enter our competition to win a copy of The Girl Guide (competition closes on the 23rd June 2017).

Never Say Die, by Anthony Horowitz, published by Walker

In this brand new, explosive adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can’t fight the past … especially when it holds a deadly secret.

Read the first chapter here

Enter our competition to win a signed copy of Never Say Die (competition closes on the 30th June 2017).



Harry Potter Colouring Book Celebratory Edition, published by Studio Press

The perfect introduction to the best-selling Harry Potter Colouring Book series.

This special Celebratory Edition features a selection of artwork from the Harry Potter Colouring BookHarry Potter Magical Creatures Colouring Book, and Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Colouring Book, along with several exclusive never-before-seen images.

Coyote Summer, by Mimi Thebo, published by Oxford University Press

This beautifully written lyrical tale tells the story of Jules, an expelled, exiled, failure. Sent away by her mother from a life of luxury in London to live on her aunt’s farm halfway across the world, she feels like everyone has given up on her. Until, under the baking Kansas sun, a wild coyote helps her begin to find out who she really is.


The Defender of the Realm: Dark Age, by Mark Huckerby & Nick Ostler, published by Scholastic

After the great battle at King Alfie’s coronation, the nation thinks it’s seen the last of the Black Dragon, and Alfie gets busy learning what it means to fill his father’s shoes. But when a band of undead Vikings appears, Alfie, Hayley and the rest of the Yeoman Warders fear that Professor Lock is back to finish what he’s started.

For the epic battle that’s brewing, Alfie will need to enlist help from abroad, as well as from a mysterious new friend who seems to be watching over him…


The Ethan I was Before, by Ali Standish, published by Hachette

My dare. My friend. My fault.

Uplifting and unpredictable, this poignant debut middle-grade novel is a classic in the making. Perfect for fans of Wonder and A Boy Called Hope.

Ethan had been many things. He was always ready for adventure and always willing to accept a dare, especially from his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident that took Kacey from him. Before his family moved from the city he loves to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.

Ethan’s new home feels like the place for second chances. It’s also home to Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories. Coralee may be just the friend Ethan needs, except Ethan isn’t the only one with secrets. Coralee’s are catching up with her, and what she’s hiding might be putting both their lives at risk.

The Ethan I Was Before is a story of friendship, wonder, adventure and ultimately of hope.

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, by Chris Riddell, published by Macmillan

Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award.

Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely.

Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house and, together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael, the three children begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it’s too late!

Bring Me the Head of Ivy Pocket, by Caleb Krisp, published by Bloomsbury

Are you lying down, dear? A chocolate milk within reach? Perhaps a crumpet or three? For I am about to share my final heart-stopping adventure.

I am on the run – homeless, penniless and hunted by the diabolical Miss Always and her minions. My carriage is hurtling towards London, where I must free a slightly disturbed, though highly musical, woman from a madhouse before travelling to another world to rescue my friend Rebecca from certain death.

Oh, and did I mention returning to Butterfield Park in disguise? Outsmarting a wicked heiress? Setting a chunky aristocrat on fire?

If you think you can stand the excitement, get comfy and I’ll tell you everything …

‘I just can’t figure her out …’ Sherlock Holmes

Caleb Krisp was raised by militant librarians who fed him a constant diet of nineteenth-century literature and room temperature porridge. He graduated from the University of Sufferance with a degree in Whimsy and set out to make his mark in the world as a writer. Years of toil and failure followed, until, following a brief stint working in a locked box, Caleb moved to an abandoned cottage deep in the woods and devoted himself to writing about the adventures of a twelve-year-old lady’s maid of no importance. Caleb has a strong dislike of pastry chefs and certain domesticated rabbits. His only communication with the outside world is via Morse code or kettle drum. He trusts no one.

Enter our competition to win the complete Ivy Pocket series (competition closes on the 30th June 2017).

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Middle School Mayhem, by Rachel Renée Russell, published by Simon & Schuster

Meet Max Crumbly, the NEW dork on the block, in the second instalment of a brand NEW series from Rachel Renée Russell, the author of the phenomenal Dork Diaries series – now with over 36 million copies in print worldwide!

When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School – and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals!

Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom? Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive?

The Boy Who Went Magic, by A.P. Winter, published by Chicken House

They say magic is long gone … But is it? A chain of fantastical mishaps in schoolboy Bert’s dull life spiral out of control – but then he’s rescued by Finch, a plucky girl-adventurer with metal legs. Soon they’re sailing through the clouds on a pirate airship bound for the forgotten land of Ferenor. Magic is their destination, for reasons Bert will soon discover …

Read the first chapter here.

Enter our competition to win a copy of The Boy Who Went Magic (competition closes on the 23rd June 2017).

I Funny: School of Laughs, by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, published by Young Arrow

Teaching other kids how to be funny is the toughest gig that Jamie Grimm has ever had, and with the highest stakes. If he fails, his school library will be shut down for good!

Even though he has a national contest trophy and a TV show under his belt, Jamie Grimm isn’t one to sit back and relax. When his school has a major funding crisis, Jamie hits on a bright idea to save the day – a comedy class for the other students. Little does he know that making jokes and teaching jokes are two very different things… and he’s only good at one of them.

With the fate of his school’s library on his shoulders, Jamie has to dig deep to see if he has what it takes to succeed at his most difficult challenge yet.

Enter our competition to win a copy of I Funny: School of Laughs (competition closes on the 3rd July 2017).

Love from Lexie (The Lost and Found), by Cathy Cassidy, published by Puffin

Ever since Lexie’s mum vanished, her world hasn’t stopped spinning. A new home, a new school – even a new family but Lexie never gives up hope that her mum will come back and writes her letters every day to tell her all about her new life.

There’s plenty to tell – the new group of misfits she calls friends, the talent for music she never knew she had and the gorgeous boy with blue eyes and secrets to hide. But her letters remain unanswered and she’s starting to feel more alone than ever.

Lexie’s about to learn that sometimes you need to get lost in order to be found.

The first in a gorgeous new series from the bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls and the perfect next step for fans of Jacqueline Wilson.

The Smoking Hourglass, by Jennifer Bell, published by Corgi Childrens

Following Ivy Sparrow’s discoveries in The Crooked Sixpence, the adventures continue in the second instalment of The Uncommoners trilogy, The Smoking Hourglass.

As soon as Ivy and her brother Seb set foot back in the mysterious underground city of Lundinor, they know that something has changed . . . Where before there were cobbled streets, now the squares and lanes between the city’s enchanted shops are lush with spring blooms – but something dark is stirring just below the surface, and uncommon traders are uneasy. Ivy and Seb have stumbled into a plot that could condemn every uncommoner to a disastrous fate . . . With the help of Valian, their extraordinary friend – and some exceptional uncommon objects – can Ivy and Seb put a stop to the sinister Dirge’s plans?