His parents are both scientists and they usually have all the answers. Dad mutters something about Albie’s mum being alive and with them in a parallel universe. So Albie finds a box, his mum’s computer and a rotting banana, and sends himself through time and space to find her…Quality commercial fiction, well written with real heart and adventure.

Could the mysterious substance, deep amber, be the source of all the chaos? It’s down to modern-world siblings Cat and Simon to join forces with apprentice witch, Dora, and castle mischief-maker, Jem, to investigate. But can they mend the rift and find the deep amber before it falls into the wrong hands?

When a bolt of lightning hits Colin Lampost (and his toy bird, Bird), he is zapped millions of years into the future! Life will never be the same again. Bird has been brought to life as Not Bird and Brian’s DNA is fused with a rat giving him superkeel powers. Future Ratboy is born!

But the future is not a safe place to be and there are killer robot grannies on the rampage! Will the dynamic duo survive the attack and save the world?

Join Future Ratboy and Not Bird on their first adventure to find out!

Ah bliss! Gary is chilling in his Garden. But wait!! Look CLOSER! Look what’s happening right under Gary’s NOSE…Grumpy Caterpillars! Space travelling ladybirds! Ninja Hedgehogs! PARP! What was that? An insect orchestra – wow! HAHAHA!

Meet some of history’s most famous and interesting characters in this book that visits key moments of the past from around the world. When young Augustus falls asleep in history class, Professor Tempo decides to teach him a lesson and show him that history isn’t boring at all!

She hands him a magic diary, all he needs to do is write the time and place to travel there. Together they head out on a exciting tour of history through the ages to meet some of the world’s finest explorers, inventors, leaders, writers, composers and painters, including Albert Einstein, Mozart, Louis XIV, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, Christopher Columbus Genghis Khan, Emperor Titus in Rome, athletes at the very first Olympic Games, Tutankhamen in Egypt and even Palaeolithic man as he discovers fire.

Each double page spread introduces a different time and place, with an introduction from Augustus which explains the sights and sounds, and captions from the Professor which provide key facts. A character index at the rear gives a short biography of all the historical characters covered, and a timeline helps to better understand the different time periods covered.

 

In this first adventure they accidentally fall into a ‘sinkhole’ that transports them back to ancient Rome where their adventures begin as Charlie searches for this dog.

Charlie is befriended by a young Roman called Cosmo: he must help his new friend win a chariot race before he can return home.

The style and storyline are witty and appealing to all reading abilities. The context is eduactional and after the story, readers can delve into Charlie’s notebook, filled with all sorts of information and sketches about ancient Rome that Charlie has collected just in case he ever goes back.