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Child X

Child X

Jules is passionate about acting and has been given the chance to star as the lead role in the play, Northern Lights. But at home, her life is not so happy. Her family starts to disintegrate after her father suddenly and unexpectedly leaves home. What exactly is Jules’s relationship to her flamboyant actor uncle? And what terrible secret is her mother hiding? This is a moving and powerful story of one girl’s search for her own identity, deftly contrasted with the glamour and excitement of the theatre.

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Missing Abby

Missing Abby

When 13-year-old Emma bumps into her old friend Abby on the bus one Saturday afternoon, she later realises that she was the last person to see Abby before her mysterious disappearance. Amidst the media frenzy and everyone’s struggle to come to terms with the possibility of Abby’s death, Emma starts a terrifying journey of her very own, as she uncovers things that lead to a discovery even the police have not thought of. A thrilling and memorable novel for readers of all abilities from 10 years up.

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Breakfast at Sadie’s

Breakfast at Sadie’s

Sadie is fourteen years old and unhappy at school. Her dad died four years ago, and she lives alone with her mum in their seaside bed and breakfast. Her mum thinks Sadie doesn’t try hard enough at anything she does, and her teachers think she’s bone idle. As for Sadie herself – she can’t believe that she’s any good at anything, even though she tries SO hard.

Suddenly her mum becomes seriously ill and has to go into hospital. Sadie’s Aunt Leona is supposed to take care of the business until she’s well, but it doesn’t quite work out that way… and before she knows it, Sadie is left on her own in charge. How will she cope without her school finding out? Or her mum realising that something is wrong? Marcus, the techno-geek from next door, tries to help, as does her clever best friend Milly, but ultimately it is Sadie who is put to the test as she copes with more than she ever thought possible.

Hilarious, moving and poignant, this is a wonderful story about a girl who overcomes all odds and achieves success in more ways than one.

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Kat Got Your Tongue

Kat Got Your Tongue

This is a story told in two voices – but by the same person. After Kat is involved in a terrible car accident, she wakes up with no idea who she is, and no memory of anything before the crash. Everyone around her is a stranger. She doesn’t even recognise her mum, much less her friends from school – Poppy, Jade, and the mysterious Tina. Kat tries to cope with her amnesia, but there are so many mysteries about her life before the accident – and many of them are unsettling and worrying. It’s not until she finds Kathy’s diary that she understands the terrible secretive things that were going on in her previous life. Told in two voices, this incredible novel explores the damage amnesia can do to a family and friends, and how one girl reconciles her new personality to her old.

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Soul Mates

Soul Mates

Beautiful and intriguing paranormal romance about two teenagers whose love is so special that nothing can keep them apart – not even time. Iris and Nate have dreamed of each other all of their lives. When they meet by chance in an abandoned house, they discover that their dreams were more than fantasy – they are soul mates, destined to be together.

But someone or something is watching them, determined to tear them apart. Will Iris and Nate’s love be strong enough to survive the test of time? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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Soul Desire

Soul Desire

Heart-stopping supernatural romance. Iris and Nate now know that Sibyl’s malevolent interference has put a seemingly impossible obstacle in their way – can Iris travel to Nate’s time, or he to hers? Or is there a third option?

As the pair wrestle with this problem, it becomes clear that Sibyl’s demise may not have been as final as they thought…Second instalment of L.A. Weatherly’s paranormal romance trilogy. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic teen readers.

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Soul Song

Soul Song

Thrilling finale to L.A. Weatherly’s breathtaking paranormal romance trilogy. Iris and Nate have spent a lifetime dreaming about each other. They have fought tooth and nail and defeated unimaginable odds to be together.

Now, at last, they have found a way of existing in the same time. But Iris and Nate are not out of danger yet – real life could yet tear them apart… Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

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Them

Them

Jas has made it clear that if new girl Kylie wants to be in her gang, she’ll have to go to some lengths to prove it. Kylie reckons she’s up to the challenge, but doesn’t realise it will mean hurting her new friend. Will she be able to recognise true friendship and do the right thing? Beautifully packaged new edition from popular teen author L. A. Weatherly. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 12+

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Wasted

Wasted

For Jake, playing his guitar is his only respite from life with his alcoholic mother. When he runs away from home to escape his mother’s violence, he ends up in a squat and resorts to busking to earn some cash. But will music help him get home? Gritty urban story.

Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

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Watcher

Watcher

Sarah’s mum walked out seven years ago. Now Sarah’s watching her. And she’s going to make her pay… Tense, atmospheric and moving page-turner.

Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

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Glitterwings Academy Series

Glitterwings Academy Series

(reissued as Fairy School), written as Titania Woods

Glitterwings Academy is the fairy school to go to, and Twink is so excited to be starting her first term. But she is also a little nervous. Will she make friends? Will she be able to find her way round the dizzying, huge oak tree that is Glitterwings Academy? And will she be able to pass the all-important test for new students – that of learning to fly?

Glitterwings Academy is a lovingly created series by acclaimed author Lee Weatherly, writing as Titania Woods. Readers of the series can be assured of accomplished narrative, as well as stylish and exciting illustration.

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Pocket Cats Series

Pocket Cats Series

written as Kitty Wells

Maddy has always wanted a cat, but now she’s got something even better – three small ceramic cats which come to life and give her magical powers!

When Maddy first wakes up to find a tiny, living, breathing cat on her pillow, she can’t believe her luck. Greykin tells her that he and the other cats have ‘bonded’ with her and they’ll now come to life whenever there’s a wrong that needs to be righted in Maddy’s world.

The first problem is soon revealed – the new girl is being picked on by the class bully. Together Maddy and Greykin come up with a plan. But will a little bit of magic and a lot of courage be enough to stop the scariest girl in the school?

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Seahorse Stars Series

Seahorse Stars Series

written as Zuzu Singer

Dive into the colourful waters of Rainbow Reef for more amazing adventures with Cammie Sunbeam – a true Seahorse Star! Cammie is thrilled to be joining the Pearlies – the most amazing club in Rainbow Reef.

As a Pearlie, it is a young seahorse’s duty to do their best, serve Rainbow Reef and all its creatures, think of others and to do a good turn every day. Cammie has to earn her Proficiency Pearls by completing six special tasks before she can become a Seahorse Star – a group only the best Pearlies can join.

Her first task is earn her Coral Camping pearl. Has she paid enough attention to her Pearlie leader, Miss Swish, or will she find herself in at the deep end? There is a gorgeous story of fun and friendship in this dazzling new series that is sure to make a splash.

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Sophie and the Shadow Woods Series

Sophie and the Shadow Woods Series

written with Linda Chapman

Very few people ever enter the Shadow Woods, for these woods are like no others. Hidden deep within them is the Gateway to the Shadow Realm – a dark and chaotic world where all kinds of gruesome creatures live…

On her tenth birthday, tomboy Sophie learns she is the Guardian of the magical gateway, and that her destiny is to protect the human world from the goblins, trolls and evil sprites that inhabit the Shadow Woods.

Each book sees Sophie having to outwit weird and terrifying creatures from the Shadow Woods, starting with the gruesome Goblins!

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Pigwitchery

Pigwitchery

Pigwitch is no ordinary pig – she makes incredible things happen with her magic wand! The cow gives chocolate milk, the hens lay rainbow-patterned eggs and visitors come from far and wide to see Farmer McGee’s magical farm. But then one day disaster strikes. Pigwitch’s wand is missing! Will she be able to recover her magic touch? Perhaps the wise old pig of the forest can help…

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The Scariest Monster in the World

The Scariest Monster in the World

Once there was a very scary monster. His fur was wild and weird, he carried a club with giant bristles on it, and his teeth were green and mossy because he never, ever brushed them. All the other animals ran away when he came stomping through the forest. But when that scary monster started to hic, he just couldn’t stop. What would he do to get rid of those pesky hiccups?

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Write a Blockbuster and Get it Published

Write a Blockbuster and Get it Published

(with Helen Corner)

Designed for all those wanting to be the next Dan Brown, this introduction to writing popular fiction will be a key addition to the writer’s bookshelf. Authored jointly by a literary consultant/agent and a highly successful author, it offers not simply a guide to writing a novel but an introduction to writing a plot-based, action-focused blockbuster. It covers such key practicalities as the importance of plot, pace, action, character and the different demands of such popular commercial genres as romantic fiction, thrillers and so on. For those looking to write for a living, this book provides vital information on the process, including finding an agent and making a living as a writer.

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