An exciting subterranean London adventure, the first in a middle-grade trilogy. Hyacinth Hayward has recently arrived from America and is having difficulty adjusting to her new surroundings, especially being in the sole company of her eccentric mother. Everything feels strange. Very strange. And it gets stranger the day she accidentally unleashes the power of a secret river running through London. To prevent a second Great Fire, Hyacinth needs to retrieve a single, magically charged drop of water from somewhere in the city sewer system. Along the way she encounters an eclectic cast of characters – the shambling, monstrous Saltpetre Men who kidnap her mother, the Toshers who battle for control of magical artefacts and a giant pig with whom she has a tea party. The clock is ticking – will she figure out who to trust?
Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child’s perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense.
There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.
He’s nine years old (just like me), but he’s very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn’t like sweets – not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!
But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn’t very strange at all. He’s a refugee who’s run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.
That’s where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we’ve come up with a plan. . .
Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, and when there is someone to save,
she’ll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she’ll always be bold and be brave.
When evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to kidnap Lil’s teacher, it’s up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to come to the rescue. In story two it’s sports day, but there’s a very hungry croc on the loose. Can Lil and her trusty parrot, Carrot, scare Stinkbeard and his pet croc away?
On a trip to the museum, evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to steal an old king’s ruby ring, and it’s up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to stop him! In story two, Lil and her pet parrot are off to a birthday party. But when Stinkbeard and his pet croc turn up, it’s up to Lil to save the day.
The Adventures of Swashbuckle Lil is a bind up of Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate and Swashbuckle Lil and the Jewel Thief.
A charming lift-the-flap story book for very young children starring the delightful Kiki and Bobo.
Join bouncy Kiki and shy Bobo for a day at the seaside in this charming lift-the-flap story, perfect for very young children. Kiki can’t wait to get to the beach and swim in the sea. But why isn’t Bobo as excited for their sunny day out?
A hilarious lift-the-flap story book for very young children starring the delightful Kiki and Bobo.
Meet Kiki and Bobo, the lively stars of this hilarious lift-the-flap story, perfect for very young children, about a very special day. Bobo knows today is special. So does Kiki. Both are planning a secret surprise party. But who for?
Twins Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm receive word in Lontown that their famous explorer father has died in a failed attempt to reach the southernmost point in the world. Not only that, but he has been accused of stealing fuel before he died!
The twins don’t believe the news, and they answer an ad to join a new attempt to reach South Polaris. It’s their only hope of learning the truth … and salvaging their family’s reputation.
As the winged ship Aurora sets sail, the twins must keep their wits about them and prove themselves worthy of the rest of the crew. But will Arthur and Maudie find the answers they seek?
Was it the wind in the trees? Was it a ghost? Or was it… a beast?
When Robbie and Gaz hear a strange howling sound in the woods behind Robbie’s house, they decide it’s their big chance to take a photo of the beast and make a fortune selling it to the papers.
There was once a little gardener and his garden meant everything to him. He worked hard, very hard, but he was just too little (or at least he felt he was).
In this gentle, beautiful tale, Emily Hughes, the celebrated author of Wild, departs from the larger than life Wild-girl of her debut to pursue a littler than life Gardener, in a story that teaches us just how important it is to persist and try, no matter what the odds.
What do you know about ducks? I bet you know that they quack … a lot! Well, discover much more in this book that’s all about, well, just ducks! Learn all about which is a boy duck and which is a girl, why some quack louder and others softer. Find out what they eat when it is cold outside and where they perch their bottoms to sleep!
The year is 1717. The newly discovered island of Pangaea is the most dangerous place on Earth, where dinosaurs still walk the land – Sophie Delacourt has been sent to Pangaea to stay with her uncle. But little does she know its perils – for Pangaea is a lawless wilderness, teeming with cut-throat pirates! Kidnapped and imprisoned, Sophie must escape from the ruthless Captain Brookes and embark upon an epic journey, to find her way home