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Wizards of Once, by Cressida Cowell, published by Hachette

From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series – set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites.

This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide. Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests. Until the Warriors came…

Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it. In this whirlwind adventure, Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they’re going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort. Where something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring…

Will Gallows and the Thunder Dragon’s Roar, by Derek Keilty, illustrated by Jonny Duddle, published by Andersen Press

Fantasy meets the Wild West in this action-packed series full of magic and mayhem! The West Rock is crumbling, Land is fast becoming more precious than gold. Sky cowboy Will Gallows is caught up in a bitter land feud between the cowboy setlers and the elves.

With battle looming, Will sets out to save his uncle from the hangman’s noose and face the deadly thunder-dragons. But he stumbles on to a treacherous plot – can he help save the elves’ home before it’s too late?

The Huntress: Sky, by Sarah Driver, published by Egmont

The second book in the stunning Huntress trilogy from Waterstones Book of the Month author, Sarah Driver.

The trail of the Storm-Opals takes Mouse into a dangerous new world. With little brother Sparrow and friend Crow alongside her, she finds herself in Sky, where fortresses hide amongst the clouds, secret libraries (skybraries) nestle atop icebergs and the air swirls with ferocious flying beasts. Can they solve Da’s message before it’s too late for their ship, their tribe and the whole of Trianukka?

Colin Furze: This Book Isn’t Safe!, published by Puffin

YouTuber Colin Furze is on a mission to inspire a new generation of budding inventors to be creative and make things! This Book Isn’t Safe! contains ten awesome inventions for girls, boys and parents everywhere to make at home with a basic tool kit. Ever wondered how to make concrete shoes? Or how to build your own downhill trike? Or how to tidy your room in three seconds using a lever? These are just some of the inventions Colin is making especially for his debut book.

With over four million YouTube subscribers already hooked to his inventions channel, This Book Isn’t Safe! will also give fans a unique behind-the-scenes look at Colin and all his greatest inventions such as the homemade hoverbike, a Star Wars AT-AT and the world’s fastest toilet, to name but a few, and give you exclusive secrets and tips from his bunker and shed.

Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave, by Jonathan Stroud, published by Corgi Childrens

Want to hear a ghost story? That’s good. I know a few . . .

After their recent adventures, the Lockwood & C o team deserve a well-earned break . . .so naturally they decide to risk their lives breaking into a heavily-guarded crypt. A building full of unsettled souls, it’s also the final resting place of Marissa Fittes, the legendary and (supposedly) long-dead ghost hunter – though the team have their suspicions about just how dead she might be. What they discover changes everything.

Pitched into a desperate race to get to the truth behind the country’s ghost epidemic, the team ignite a final, epic battle against the Fittes agency. A battle that will force them to journey to the Other Side, and face the most terrifying enemy they have ever known. Can everyone make it out alive?

Join Lucy, Lockwood, George and Holly for one last time as they battle ghosts and humans for truth and justice in this breathtaking finale to the bestselling series.

‘Stroud is a genius’ Rick Riordan

Beyond the Sky, by Dara O’Briain, illustrated by Dan Bramall, published by Scholastic

So you want to go into space? WHY?! (No, really – it’s sort of a terrible idea. We humans are perfectly designed for life on Earth. We can walk around, breathe, drink water, eat vegetables, read books, not get poisoned or crushed to death when we go outside – it’s lovely right where we are.) Not convinced? GOOD! People have been dreaming about space travel for centuries – there’s something amazing about the idea of leaving our planet behind and setting out to explore the Universe – there’s so much we still don’t know. UK and Ireland’s best-loved comedian Dara Ó Briain takes you on a journey from the safety of your comfiest chair to the furthest reaches of space (and beyond!)

Raymie Nightingale, by Kate DiCamillo, published by Walker

In her seventh novel, international bestselling author and twice winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal Kate DiCamillo tells a masterful story that blends pathos and humour. Raymie

Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father – who has run away with a dental hygienist – will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton, but she has to compete with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante with her show-business background and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship – and challenge them to come to each other’s rescue in unexpected ways.

To win a copy of the book, click here (competition closes on the 30th September 2017).

To read the first chapter, please click here.

This Cookbook is Gross, by Susanna Tee, published by QED Publishing

From squiggly, jelly ‘earthworms’ to revolting, gooey ‘snotcorn’, this is a fun cookery

book full of ‘gross’, yet delicious, recipes to delight children and spark an interest in cooking.

Susanna Tee is an accomplished cook and widely published cookery author, food stylist, and teacher at cookery workshops. She has written more than 40 recipe books, covering a wide range of cuisines and festivities, including the children’s recipe book Tricky Treats.

Enter our competition to win a copy of the book (competition closes on the 25th September 2017).


Royal Rabbits: Escape from the Tower, by Simon Sebag and Santa Montefiore, illustrated by Kate Hindley, published by Simon & Schuster

Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible – by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose and a slice of mad courage!

Little Shylo Tawny-Tail is proud to call himself one of the Royal Rabbits of London, a secret order who live under Buckingham Palace and fight evil across the world. But high up in London’s famous skyscraper, the Shard, the horrible Ratzis are plotting to cause chaos during a visit from the President of the United States. And when the Grand Burrow is attacked and Shylo is kidnapped, it looks as though they might just manage it! Can Shylo escape in time to save the day?

Enter our competition to win a copy of the book (competition closes on the 30th September 2017).

Kick, by Mitch Johnson, published by Usborne

Step into Budi’s shoes: he has the same hopes and dreams as any other 12-year-old; but Budi lives in the dusty, desolate slums of Jakarta, working ten hours a day in a sweatshop. In the sweatshop, Budi makes football boots – the boots he sees his idols, the Real Madrid footballers, wearing. The boots he dreams of one day wearing himself. The only thing standing in his way is… everything.

Enter our competition to win a copy of the book (competition closes on the 30th September 2017).

Maps: Special Edition, by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski, published by Imprint

Explore the world with this lavish new edition of the bestselling Maps. Released to mark the 10th anniversary of the very first edition, this book features 16 brand new maps and has new material on every page.

Each highly illustrated map details not only geographical features and political borders but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts assorted with each region. It’s a celebration of the world, from its immense mountains to its tiny insects – and everything in between!