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The League of Unexceptional Children: Book 2 (The League of Unexceptional Children #2)

by Gitty Daneshvari

Hilarious action adventure for readers aged 8 and up, featuring the world's most unexceptional spies. You think spies are clever and cool and mysterious? Think again . . .When readers met twelve-year-olds Jonathan and Shelley, they had just been recruited to join the League of Unexceptional Children. This covert spy network is comprised solely of kids who are so average and nondescript that they are utterly forgettable, and who makes a better spy than a kid no one remembers?To everyone's surprise, Jonathan and Shelley saved the day in Book 1, and as a result they have been loaned to MI5: the United Kingdom's leading spy organization. The kids' mission is to recapture a missing vial of LIQ-15, a virus that makes people lose IQ points. Relying on only their complete lack of skill, Jonathan and Shelley must once again stop an evil plan in its tracks.In a sequel that gives readers more of the spy tricks and adventure they love but that can stand on its own as a complete mystery, Get Smart-ish is a laugh-out-loud story starring two exceptionally unexceptional characters.

The Kids Who Knew Too Little: Book 3 (The League of Unexceptional Children #3)

by Gitty Daneshvari

Hilarious spy adventure for readers aged 8 and up. You think spies are clever and cool and mysterious? Think again . . .Shelley and Jonathan are members of the League of Unexceptional Children - the world's least impressive spy network.Jonathan's parents have been arrested by the CIA, and the dangerous mission to liberate them is definitely beyond his and Shelley's utterly average skill set. Can they accidentally save the day one last time? This final book in Gitty Daneshvari's funny series gives readers more of the spy tricks and adventure they love, but can also stand alone as a complete mystery.

The Tale of Two Sisters: Tale Of Two (Ever After High #7)

by Shannon Hale

In Shannon Hale's Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends the two heroines Raven Queen and Apple White discover a lost fairytale.For the first time, read the full version of that fairytale as an exclusive short story from the author!(Please note, this story is 1,200 words long.)

Darling Charming and the Horse of a Different Colour: (A Little Gallopad Story) (Ever After High)

by Suzanne Selfors

At Ever After High, some students are paired with companion creatures; some aid them in their quests to fulfill their destinies, while others offer the kind of friendships you find only in fairytales. Darling Charming loves riding her horse, Sir Gallopad, who has the ability to camouflage himself by changing colors! But Sir Gallopad hasn't always felt so special. Read this original short story about how Darling got her enchanting pet horse.This short story by Suzanne Selfors is a companion to her novel A Semi-Charming Kind of Life.

Dexter Charming and the Trouble with Jackalopes: (A Little Mr. Cottonhorn Story) (Ever After High)

by Suzanne Selfors

At Ever After High, Dexter Charming enjoys spending time with his intelligent, bookish, well-mannered pet, Mr. Cottonhorn. When a spell goes awry, and Dexter and Raven are faced with a bunch of unruly baby jackalopes, can Mr. Cottonhorn help to save the day? Read this original short story about Dexter and his pet jackalope, Mr. Cottonhorn.This short story by Suzanne Selfors is a companion to her novelA Semi-Charming Kind of Life.

Mossy Trotter (Virago Modern Classics #2110)

by Elizabeth Taylor

Mossy Trotter is the only book for children by Elizabeth Taylor, who is increasingly recognised as one of the best writers of the twentieth century.'We - that is, Herbert and I - want you, Mossy, to be our page-boy,' Miss Silkin said, staring hard at Mossy again, as if she were trying to imagine him dressed up, and with his hair combed.Mossy went very red, and nearly choked on a piece of cake, and Selwyn laughed, and went on laughing, as if he had just heard the funniest joke of all his life. They both knew what being a page-boy meant. One of the boys at school - one of the very youngest ones - had had to be one, wearing velvet trousers and a frilled blouse.'When Mossy moves to the country, life is full of delights - trees to climb, woods to explore and, best of all, the marvellous dump to rummage through. But every now and then his happiness is disturbed - chiefly by his mother's meddling friend, Miss Silkin. And a dreaded event casts a shadow over even the sunniest of days - being a page-boy at her wedding. In her only children's book, Elizabeth Taylor perfectly captures the temptations, confusion and terrors of a mischievous boy, and just how illogical, frustrating and inconsistent adults are!

Why is Snot Green?: And other extremely important questions (and answers) from the Science Museum

by Glenn Murphy

Why is snot green? Do rabbits fart? What is space made of? Where does all the water go at low tide? Can animals talk? What are scabs for? Will computers ever be cleverer than people? Discover the answers to these and an awful lot of other brilliant questions frequently asked at the Science Museum in this wonderfully funny and informative book.Divided into five sections, which cover everything from the Big Bang to bodily functions and cool gadgets:Lost in SpaceThe Angry PlanetAnimal AnswersBeing HumanFantastic FuturesPacked with doodles and information about all sorts of incredible things, and published in association with the Science Museum, this book contains absolutely no boring bits!

How Loud Can You Burp?: and other extremely important questions (and answers) from the Science Museum

by Glenn Murphy

How loud can you burp? Could we use animal poo to make electricity? Why is water wet, and is anything wetter than water? What's the deadliest disease in the world? What are clouds for? What's the difference between a brain and a computer? This is a wonderfully funny and informative book which helps us take a fresh look at the world (and universe) we live in, with no boring bits and an abundance of fascinating facts!A doodle-filled book of questions and answers from the author of the bestselling Why Is Snot Green?, Glenn Murphy

Glitter Girls (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls #5)

by Meg Cabot

Glitter Girls is the fifth book in Meg Cabot's hilarious series for younger readers, Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls.Allie is mega excited when Erica's big sister Missy enters the regional Twirltacular baton competition and Erica is allowed to bring all her best friends to watch. But Allie is also invited to Brittany Hauser's birthday party on the same day and will be driven in a stretch limo to the famous Glitterati store, followed by a night in a five-star hotel. Allie really wants to see Missy perform and she thinks Brittany and her friends are snobby, but riding in a limo is a lifelong dream! She decides a little white lie is the best way to keep everyone happy – until everything goes spectacularly wrong and Allie realizes she's made a big mistake. Allie has to learn the hard way that bending the rules is a dangerous game . . .

The Ogre of Oglefort

by Eva Ibbotson

When a Hag, an orphan boy called Ivo, Ulf the troll and wizard Brian Brainsweller are sent to rescue a princess from an ogre, they briefly consider running away and hiding. Can they be any match for the gruesome, terrifying, ghastly, flesh-eating Ogre of Oglefort? But not all is as it first appears - the Ogre is depressed and the princess doesn't want to be rescued. The Norns, who rule their fates, decide to take things in hand and send a gang of the vilest, most petrifying ghouls to get the job done properly . . .With beautiful cover illustration by Alex T. Smith, creator of the Claude series, The Ogre of Oglefort is a wonderfully spooky young-fiction title from the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson

Stage Fright (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls #4)

by Meg Cabot

Stage Fright is the fourth book in Meg Cabot's hilarious series for younger readers, Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls.When Allie's class puts on a play, every girl in Room 209 wants to try out for the part of the princess – including Allie, Sophie and (ew!) Cheyenne. Not everyone can be the leading lady – but who will try to steal the show, who will get scared, and who will get a tiny bit jealous? Some not-so-friendly competition puts some of Allie Finkle's rules to the test . . . There are no small parts. Only small actors. May the best man – or woman – win. If you want to get anywhere, you can't play by the rules.

Stuff That Scares Your Pants Off!: The Science Museum Book of Scary Things (and ways to avoid them)

by Glenn Murphy

In STUFF THAT SCARES YOUR PANTS OFF! Glenn Murphy shows us that it is OK to be scared and that there are very good reasons why we are able to feel fear. He looks closely at our most common fears, including natural disasters, predators, spiders, disease, needles, dentists, crashes, darkness, speaking in public, heights, ghosts and monsters, to show us how much of that fear is perhaps unnecessary. The result is a fun, carefully pitched, popular-science title that mixes great true-life stories with the psychology of fear, the statistical probabilities of things happening and a lot of reassurance.

Cosmic

by Frank Cottrell Boyce

It's one giant leap for all boy-kind in Frank Cottrell Boyce's out-of-this-world story: Cosmic.Liam is too big for his boots. And his football strip. And his school blazer. But being super-sized height-wise has its advantages: he's the only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force-defying Cosmic rollercoaster – or to be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best boy for the job? Sometimes being big isn't all about being a grown-up.This edition of Cosmic includes bonus material and discussion questions from Frank Cottrell Boyce and features fantastic new cover artwork from Steven Lenton.

Red Sky in the Morning (New Windmill Ser.)

by Elizabeth Laird

Twelve-year-old Anna is looking forward to the birth of her baby brother. Ben arrives, but is disabled and will never be like other children. Anna loves him with her whole heart, but she finds herself unable to admit the truth of Ben's condition to her school friends. Eventually the truth gets out and leads not to the ridicule Anna expected, but to sympathy and understanding.An emotional and wonderfully written story by Elizabeth Laird, Red Sky in the Morning was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal.

Which Witch? (Piccolo Bks.)

by Eva Ibbotson

Which Witch? is a brilliantly witty tale of magic and marriage by Eva Ibbotson, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.'Find me a witch!' cried Arriman the Awful, feared Wizard of the North.Arriman has decided to marry. His wife must be a witch of the darkest powers – but which witch will she be? To find the most fiendish, he holds a spell-casting competition.Glamorous Madame Olympia performs the terrifying Symphony of Death and conjures up a thousand plague-bearing rats. The magic of gentle Belladonna, the white witch, goes hopelessly wrong. She produces perfumed flowers instead of snakes. And bats roost in her golden hair instead of becoming blood-sucking vampires.Poor Belladonna longs to be an evil enchantress – but how?'This kind of fun will never fail to delight' Philip Pullman.

The Secret of Platform 13

by Eva Ibbotson

Under Platform 13 at King's Cross Station there is a secret door that leads to a magical island . . .It appears only once every nine years. And when it opens, four mysterious figures step into the streets of London. A wizard, an ogre, a fey and a young hag have come to find the prince of their kingdom, stolen as a baby nine years before.But the prince has become a horrible rich boy called Raymond Trottle, who doesn't understand magic and is determined not to be rescued.The Secret of Platform 13 is an exciting magical adventure from Eva Ibbotson, the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea. 'This kind of fun will never fail to delight' Philip Pullman

Dial a Ghost

by Eva Ibbotson

With beautiful cover illustration by Alex T. Smith, creator of the Claude series, Dial a Ghost is a wonderfully spooky young-fiction title from the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson.'Get me some ghosts,' said Fulton Snodde-Brittle. 'Frightful and dangerous ghosts!'Fulton has gone to the Dial a Ghost agency with an evil plan. He wants to hire some truly terrifying ghosts to scare his nephew Oliver to death. The Shriekers are the most violent and sickening spectres the agency has, but a mix-up means the kind Wilkinson ghosts are sent in their place. Now Oliver has some spooky allies to help him outwit the wicked Snodde-Brittles . . .

The Great Ghost Rescue

by Eva Ibbotson

With beautiful cover illustration by Alex T. Smith, creator of the Claude series, The Great Ghost Rescue is a wonderfully spooky young-fiction title from the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson.'Nobody knew what had gone wrong with Humphrey. Perhaps it was his ectoplasm . . .' Humphrey the Horrible sounds scary, but he's actually a very friendly skeleton, with twinkling eye sockets and jangling finger bones. Humphrey dreams of being ghastly, like his brother – a screaming skull – or terrifying, like his bloodsucking vampire-bat cousins. But when Humphrey discovers an evil plot to exorcise his family, he finally realizes you don't have to be spine-chillingly fearsome to be a hero.

Journey to the River Sea (New Century Readers Ser.)

by Eva Ibbotson

An Amazon adventure set in the wilderness of Brazil, Journey to the River Sea is filled with mystery and memorable characters.It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson's highly colourful, joyous adventure.Winner of the Smarties Gold Medal.Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award.

Molly Moon, Micky Minus and the Mind Machine (Molly Moon #4)

by Georgia Byng

Molly Moon is on a mission – to bring her long-lost twin brother, Micky, home. But before she can rescue him she has to FIND him, and he could be anywhere! Luckily Molly’s time-travel talents and world-stopping skills help her in her search . . . until a baby-faced villain with a precocious plan to have the world’s biggest brain gets in her way. Can Molly, Petula the pug and their best friend, Rocky, use Molly’s new secret weapon – MIND READING – to defeat the brainy babe and her monstrous mind machine?

Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time-Travel Adventure (Molly Moon #3)

by Georgia Byng

Molly Moon has just found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time! A conniving, super-rich maharaja has abducted Molly and Petula the pug and whisked them back to nineteenth-century India. Using the art of Time-Travel Hypnosis he has also kidnapped four younger versions of Molly, as part of a plan to stop Molly ever learning her hypnotic skills. With not only her past but the future of the world at stake, can Molly outwit the cunning maharaja before it's too late?

Cosmo and the Great Witch Escape (Cosmo Ser. #2)

by Gwyneth Rees

Cosmo, a witch-cat, is delighted that evil Sybil – the most terrible of witches – is safely in prison. In fact, she’s even fitted with a special tag, which means that if she and her cronies try to escape they will be turned into frogs. But then mysterious goings-on are reported in Witch News. Baby witches are being visited by a strange new health visitor – and having their long, curly toenails clipped and stolen! Something sinister is afoot. Could it be that Sybil and her criminal cauldron are at work again?

The Science of Survival: Extreme Feats of Human Endurance (The\science Of... Ser.)

by Georgina Phillips

Snakes alive, people get up to some weird stuff! This fast-paced, entertaining and informative book is packed with stories of extreme human endurance throughout history. Read about amazing escapologist Harry Houdini, arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, the crew of Apollo 13, the scientists who experimented on themselves for the sake of research and the people who survived getting lost in the wilderness. This book also contains lots of bizarre information about people who'll do anything to get into the record books - having the longest fingernails ever has its drawbacks!

Billy Bones: a tale from the secrets closet (Billy Bones Ser.)

by Christopher Lincoln

The Bones Family lives in a dark closet, guarding the secrets and lies (little white ones and big whoppers) that belong to the hideous Biglums. But Little Billy Bones craves the excitement of the big wide world outside. Then Millicent, a new friendly Biglum, arrives at the mansion. And when a skeleton-boy with a hidden history meets a no-nonsense orphan girl with a nose for mysery, the truth is bound to burst out of the Secrets Closet. . .

Framed

by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The perfect crime – it's a work of art, in Frank Cottrell Boyce's ingenious story, Framed.Dylan is the only boy living in the tiny Welsh town of Manod. His parents run the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel garage – and when he's not trying to persuade his sisters to play football, Dylan is in charge of the petrol log. And that means he gets to keep track of everyone coming in and out of Manod – what car they drive, what they're called, even their favourite flavour of crisps. But when a mysterious convoy of lorries trundles up the misty mountainside towards an old, disused mine, even Dylan is confounded. Who are these people – and what have they got to hide?A story inspired by a press cutting describing how, during World War II, the treasured contents of London's National Gallery were stored in Welsh slate mines. Once a month, a morale-boosting masterpiece would be unveiled in the village and then returned to London for viewing. This is a funny and touching exploration of how art – its beauty and its value – touches the life of one little boy and his big family in a very small town.This edition of Framed includes bonus material and discussion questions from Frank Cottrell Boyce, and illustrations by Steven Lenton.

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