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Chris Bradford is an expert at keeping the tension high and this is page-turning, super-readable adventure. A story that takes real pleasure in words and language, this is a lively and entertaining read. Dilly has a wart. Follow Dilly as he struggles with teasing from other kids and faces life with a wart called George on his knee. Dilly's life was great until he found the wart growing on his knee. When lying doesn't work out and George the wart is revealed to the world, poor Dilly becomes one easy target. Can a little bit of magic help Dilly get his life back on track?

Beautifully crafted story from a multi award- winning and bestselling author. That luck, together with something he finds on the seabed, changes his life. In this new instalment of witty, sharply observed domestic drama, Mr Peachey has developed a passion — indeed, an obsession — with baking. He is convinced he will win the local bake-off with his entry, a recreation of the Palace of Versailles in gingerbread. His family are only too aware that his skill as a baker falls far short of his ambition.

Fortunately, McTavish is prepared to do whatever it takes to save Mr Peachey from disaster and humiliation. It stars a group of young footballers, two of whom — the most talented — are refugees, only recently invited to play with West Team Celtic. Our main character, Sam, is happy to accept them into the squad but a boy called Jordan resents anyone who is better than him, and does his best to keep them out of the team. The drama of the matches is broken up and balanced via short chapters explaining who refugees are, where they come from, and why — something that makes the book much more than just a sports adventure.

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But can she keep it secret from her Dad? This is a wonderfully touching and beautifully crafted story about growing up and learning about real life from one of our best-loved authors. In classic Gothic tradition, the narrative is passed from one storyteller to another: three children, neighbours on Weir aka Weird Street share local ghost stories. Anne Fine is a superb writer and knows just how to turn the psychological screw. Highly readable, the stories will deliver their chills on each re-reading too. Lovereading Comment to follow. Noah Scape geddit? He decides there should be more people like him, and suddenly, bizarrely, each day the number of Noahs doubles, from one to two, to four, to eight and so on.

Jud is football mad but never seems to get a chance on the pitch. But when Seaburn football team meet their rivals, Jud finally has the chance to step in as goalie. It's a make-or-break moment - can Jud rise to the challenge? A terrific football story from a master storyteller, set in the post-war period. Mia feels trapped in the wrong story. She wants to leave the foster home and get back to her own home and her mum. Cherry Green helps all the children by introducing them to the stories in which they can play big parts and, in doing so, find out some important truths about themselves.

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The adventure that follows sees him camping overnight on a haunted plain, scene of a deadly battle, fighting off assassins, and facing an enormous dragon. Will he get to ride off into the sunset for a happy ending? How do you see off the school bully?

A farm boy himself he is quite at home with the big bully Olly and he dares Darren to come up close too. A gripping story with a surprising ending. Narrowly escaping the same fate, Maglos must leave his home and travel the land with two strangers. Tony Bradman brings the Bronze Age and its people vividly to life, and Maglos is an intriguing and appealing central character. Jackie Morris recognises perfectly the deep-seated importance to every one of us of wild creatures and wild landscapes, and this is a book to treasure.

Powerfully told, The First Hunter captures the harsh world of early hunters who survive by stealing the meat that the big cats kill. But can they develop a skill of their own which will enable them to hunt like the cats rather than steal like the jackals?

How the group must learn from Wid, the simplest of them all, who comes up with the idea is touchingly told. In urgent, staccato prose Robert Swindells transports readers back to the Stone Age for a gripping story of early hunters. Meres gives almost-eleven-year old Darren a very authentic voice, and his diary extracts are broken up at regular intervals by lists and fun facts, making this very accessible.

A fun and satisfying story to make reading rock! It also teaches that being kind and generous, and accepting of other people, leads to happiness. Ashamed of her appearance Alice hides from the world, living a lonely life until her friend Daisy shows her another way. When Alice starts to make friends with others, people willing to accept her the way she is, her life changes. The story is simply but beautifully told, and illustrations by award-winner Gary Blythe make this little book very special.

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Greg is at football camp but finding it hard to apply himself, in fact he wants to quit. A rousing story that describes the heroism demonstrated by so many in the last war to inspire young readers. The ending will leave readers on tenterhooks for the next part in the series too. Described by publisher Barrington Stoke as super readable, this definitely meets that description. Young Jatinder is at a football camp located next to an old airfield used by pilots in World War One.

Based on the true stories of three airmen - Indian, American and German — this gives readers a sense of what bravery really entails, and puts the spotlight on the extraordinary Malik, the first ever Sikh pilot to fly a plane of war. Click here to read more.

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It nearly ends in disaster when a frightened Blue Moon runs away. Full of drama, excitement and heartfelt emotion, this is a perfect story for girls who love horses. Beautiful illustrations by Gary Blythe make it even more special. This time it is Betty who needs help. When Pa Peachey gets a new job the whole family is upheaved. Everyone is excited about it except for Betty. Not only has she got to move house but she also to say goodbye to her old friends and go to a new school. Betty does not want to be the new girl: she is terrified.

Luckily, McTavish thinks of the best possible way to turn her arrival at a new school into a triumph rather than a catastrophe. Economically told, this is a powerful story that raises issues of courage and responsibility. When the family embark on a camping holiday in a remote but beautiful bit of Scotland, McTavish needs all his cleverness and patience to show them how to relax and properly enjoy themselves. McTavish is an irresistible character, his gentle guiding of the Peacheys is very funny indeed, and this beautifully story will leave all readers smiling.

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A clever, funny and extremely stylish novella, and a wonderful bit of domestic satire. When his mum talks to Seth about his father, who could also see ghosts, Seth finds the courage to do what has to be done. Number three in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone and, in Barrington Stoke style, has been written so that all readers can enjoy it. Now I am obsessed with history. One thing I always say to children who ask me for advice on becoming an author, is to write about what they are passionate about. The local lord offers him a bagful of gold to go and retrieve a crown from an island in the middle of the alarmingly — but accurately — named Lake of Skulls.

The story involves much fighting, most of it underhand, encounters with some really nasty supernatural creatures, and an awful lot of double-crossing. A different take on the football story, this is fun and easy to read, and the banter between George and her mates is top division stuff.

But can he win over Miss Vowel, who seems to care more for her growing collection of school pets than any of her pupils? As the horror of that is sinking in, the situation gets even more frightening and he meets a dangerous girl who is able to control others with her thoughts. If anyone moves we shoot!

Junior plumber Alex is in the cramped roof space of the Town Hall examining its water pipes when armed men storm the building and take everyone in it hostage, including her dad. Great stuff for anyone who dreams of being a hero, told with a punchy brevity. Comic style illustrations add to the entertainment value.

Buy that outsize sweater! Interest Age Reading Age 8 This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it. It has been edited to a reading age of 8.