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Not your typical books for boys

Not your typical books for boys

An alternative list of recommended books for boys. Perfect for boys who are looking to read about something other than football or jokes about bottoms!

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Book of the Month: Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

Book of the Month: Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

Win this brand new book, perfect for children age 7+ interested in the natural world and the environment. When Willow crosses the boundary to the patch of woodland behind her house, something amazing happens: she enters The Wilderness, where magic and nature collide…

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Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic

Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic

Isadora loves playing in the snow, especially when her creations come to life! But snow magic can’t last forever. Will she be able to save her new friends before they melt away?

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Mythical Beasts and Fabulous Monsters

Mythical Beasts and Fabulous Monsters

Have you ever met a man-eating Minotaur, a Kraken, a Roc, or a wise Phoenix? Now’s your chance! These stories will take you on a journey to see Ancient Greece, the Middle East, Ancient Egypt and the Vikings.

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Tom Thumb and the Football Team

Tom Thumb and the Football Team

Tiny Tom Thumb wants to see the world. His mother just wants him to stay at home. But soon Tom is off to the palace, and a very special football match!

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The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger

The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger

There’s a new head teacher at Lizzie’s school, and she’s great! She encourages the pupils to follow their passions, and there’s even a competition to win an adventure trip to an exciting remote island! But someone is waiting for them there. And once he lays his eyes on them, there will be no escape . . .

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Santa Surprise

Winnie and Wilbur: The Santa Surprise

Winnie and Wilbur have just opened the latest door on their advent calendar when they wonder ‘who gives Santa a present’? This thought leads to an epic quest involving flying trains, broomstick sledges, and, of course, Father Christmas himself!

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Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair

Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair

Isadora is excited for her first ever trip to the fun fair, but when she arrives it’s not quite as magical as she expected. Luckily, her cousin Mirabelle has a plan to make the fairground rides extra special. What could possibly go wrong?

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Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet

Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet

When her mum and dad come along on a school trip to the ballet, Isadora worries that they might not be like normal mums and dads. But she has even bigger problems when Pink Rabbit goes missing. Will she be able to find him before the curtain rises?

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Isadora Moon Goes Camping

Isadora Moon Goes Camping

When Isadora and her family go camping at the seaside, some things happen that are not quite normal… From roasting marshmallows on a campfire to making friends with a mermaid – special things happen when Isadora’s around!

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Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble

Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble

When Isadora’s cousin, Mirabelle, comes to stay, Isadora is really excited. Mirabelle, who is a witch, is older than Isadora and always has the best ideas for things to do. When Mirabelle suggests Isadora should take a dragon to ‘Bring Your Pet to School Day’, Isadora goes along with the plan…

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Isadora Moon Goes to School

Isadora Moon Goes to School

Half vampire, half fairy, totally unique! Isadora Moon is special because she is different. When it’s time for Isadora to start school she’s not sure where she belongs – vampire school or fairy school?

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Pugs of the Frozen North

Pugs of the Frozen North

And they’re off! Who will win the Race to the Top of the World? Helga Hammerfest and her polar bears; bounder and cheat Sir Basil Sprout-Dumpling or Shackleton Jones with his robot-powered sled? But wait, what’s this? Two kids riding a sled pulled by 66 pugs wearing jumpers?! The underdogs are coming.

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Warrior Monkeys and the Volcano Adventure

Warrior Monkeys and the Volcano Adventure

Suki and Bekko are Warrior Monkeys in training. They spend hours every day perfecting their martial arts skills in the training hall but they are always alert to danger and ready to answer the call to protect their island home. Fearless and determined, they have the bravery, focus, and spirit to follow the way of the true warrior!

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Kitty and the Sky Garden Adventure

Kitty and the Sky Garden Adventure

Kitty and her feline friends Pumpkin and Pixie discover a secret garden on a city rooftop, but as news of the garden spreads, not all that visit it choose to respect and care for the space. It’s up to Kitty to save the garden and its beauty from those who seem intent on destroying it.

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Big Game Adventure

Big Game Adventure

Mark and Liam have to save three endangered animals. Help them to make some difficut choices in this adventure story that takes them from the African bush to the depths of the jungle.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie at Work

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie at Work

Two hilarious stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, taking on two special jobs at school. Winnie runs the after-school club and gets a job as the school cook.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie in the Sun

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie in the Sun

Have fun in the sun with Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur. Join Winnie as she digs for treasure, and find out what happens when Wilbur goes missing.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie Makes Trouble

Winnie and Wilbur: Winnie Makes Trouble

Two mischievous stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, getting into all sorts of trouble! A spell lands Winnie in double trouble, and Winnie tries out babysitting.

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Winnie and Wilbur: Chilly Winnie

Winnie and Wilbur: Chilly Winnie

Brave the cold with Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, in two wintry stories. Join Winnie as she meets the abominable snowman and does her best to find some hot chocolate!

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Isadora Moon Goes on Holiday

Isadora Moon Goes on Holiday

When Isadora wins an amazing holiday for her whole family she’s ready for sun, sea, and sand! But there’s work to be done when she and her mermaid friend Marina discover a baby turtle in trouble. Can Isadora help the turtle find a way home?

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White Fang

White Fang

White Fang is half dog, half wolf. Fierce, keen and clever, he quickly learns to survive in the wild open spaces of North America. His life changes forever when he encounters humans for the first time.

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Stinky Street

Stinky Street

Franklin loves living at number three Stanlet Street. His friends live there, and there are wonderful smells from the pie factory. But his mum and dad want to move…

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Oliver and the Seawigs

Oliver and the Seawigs

Along with his friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid, and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver sets out to rescue his missing parents. On their perilous journey the friends meet evil islands, a boy called Stacey, and more sea monkeys than you can wave some seaweed at.

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Isadora Moon Puts on a Show

Isadora Moon Puts on a Show

It’s almost time for the vampire ball, and Isadora can’t wait! There’s just one problem: she’s got to compete in a talent show with the other vampire children. Isadora’s talents aren’t very vampire-y. Will she be brave enough to perform . . . ?

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Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover

Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover

When Isadora is invited to stay at her friend Zoe’s house she’s so excited – she hasn’t been to a sleepover before! There will be midnight feasts, and staying up all night, it’s going to be so much fun!

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Isadora Moon Has a Birthday

Isadora Moon Has a Birthday

Isadora loves going to human birthday parties, and now she’s going to have one of her own! But with her mum and dad organising things, it’s not going to be like the parties she’s been to before…

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Cakes in Space

Cakes in Space

Astra’s ship is in trouble. There’s something very sinister lurking in the canteen. A cakey monstrosity on the war path. And then there’s the Poglites – a space salvage crew who have invaded the ship in their quest for spoonage! Astra and her robot friend Pilbeam are the only things standing in the way of the ship’s destruction.

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes, aided by the faithful Dr Watson, must use all his skill and cunning to solve four very different mysteries.

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The Demon Headmaster

The Demon Headmaster

Something weird is happening at school. The children are too well behaved – almost like robots. What strange power does the eerie headmaster hold over them, and can anyone resist? Or are Dinah, Lloyd, and Harvey doomed to become part of the Demon Headmaster’s dark plan?

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Time Runs Out

Time Runs Out

Birdy and the micro-friends tumble through time to try to save the final Artefact of Time from the Tick-Tock Men.

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

When Mary goes to live with her uncle, she discovers a secret, locked garden garden. Will she ever find her way in – and what other secrets does Misselthwaite Manor hold?

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Sun hat fun

Sun hat fun

Four rhyming ditties to help your child get to grips with phonics.

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Air Raid!

Air Raid!

Peering over the edge of the warehouse roof, Jack and Harry spot an enormous, unexploded bomb…

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Cool Clive

Cool Clive

Clive knows exactly what he wants. He’s seen them in a shop window. Trainers. But how can he earn enough money to buy them?

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Cornflake Coin

Cornflake Coin

When Omar and Kerry find an old coin, they put it in for the treasure competition. But are they making a mistake?

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How the World Began

How the World Began

For thousands of years, people have wondered how the world began. Meet gods, goddesses and giants at the beginning of time as they create the earth in these myths from China, North America, Australia, Britain and the South Pacific.

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Fables from Africa

Fables from Africa

Meet a proud lion, a hungry hyena and a greedy lizard, who all learn very important lessons. These stories from Africa will make you laugh and think.

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Double Exposure

Double Exposure

Martin loves his camera, and taking photos is the only thing he’s really good at. So a chance to enter a school photography competition seems like a dream come true. Until, that is, he is partnered with the mysterious and aloof Sophia.

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Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington dreams of moving to London, where the streets are paved with gold. Maybe Dick’s friend the cat can help his dreams come true…

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Ultimate Takeover

Ultimate Takeover

Are you ready to solve the mysteries that lurk within? But which will you read first – the short story, graphic novel, film script or poem?

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Journey to Mars

Journey to Mars

Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger have a surprise preview of the new exhibit at the Greenville museum. But the exhibit isn’t working and when the children shrink to help they have a lot more surprises than they bargained for…

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Dragon Tales

Dragon Tales

Three fantastic, action-packed, funny stories from Libya, China and England, featuring dragons that might surprise you.

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Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue

Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue

Girl by day. Cat by night. Ready for adventure. Kitty is a hero-in-training with incredible feline powers. She dreams of being just like her superhero mum one day, but she’s still got a lot to learn. Join Kitty and her cat crew on the rooftops for a series of enchanting adventures by the light of the moon.

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Escape of the Giant Chicken

Escape of the Giant Chicken

Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger visit the city farm. But when Ant’s watch goes wrong, they soon find they have a giant problem on their hands.

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The Accidental Rock Star

The Accidental Rock Star

All Ollie ever wanted was to become famous, and now he’s a ROCK STAR! This is the crazy story of how it all happened . . .

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Kitty and the Tiger Treasure

Kitty and the Tiger Treasure

Join Kitty – and her cat crew – as she learns how to use her special abilities to outwit cunning villains. Who has stolen the precious Golden Tiger Statue? Can Kitty return it to the museum before sunrise?

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The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles

The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles

The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch and The Lantern Bearers are recognized as being three of the best novels about Roman Britain written for children. Written by Rosemary Sutcliff, one the most acclaimed children’s writers of the twentieth century, and loved around the world, these outstanding books are now available in one volume.

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The Accidental Prime Minister

The Accidental Prime Minister

Grown-ups have had their turn at running things, and let’s face it, they’ve been rubbish! It’s time that a kid was in charge. Where there is grumpiness, may we bring giggles, where there is jelly, may we bring ice-cream, where there are chairs, may we bring whoopee cushions!

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Tales of the Underworld

Tales of the Underworld

In these moving and sensitive retellings of myths from India, Ancient Greece, the Vikings and Aboriginal Australia, people try to win back lost loved ones. Some return, while others appear to be lost forever…

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Me and Mister P: Joe’s New World

Me and Mister P: Joe’s New World

Joe and his parents have moved to a new country, but things take a strange turn from the moment they arrive. Not only does Joe’s suitcase disappear, he seems to have ended up with a polar bear instead! Meet Mister P – the world’s most helpful(ish) polar bear.

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Storm Chasers

Storm Chasers

A tornado has disappeared in Oklahoma. A sandstorm has vanished in the Gobi Desert. What, or who, is behind it? Team X investigate in Storm Chasers.

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Grace the Pirate

Grace the Pirate

A wild young girl is captured by pirates and marooned on a desert island. She has to make her own shelter, find her own food and keep herself safe from all the dangers on the island. But nothing can stop Grace Barry for long…

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Doohickey and the robot

Doohickey and the robot

Doohickey gets a job as the professor’s assistant. But all he’s allowed to do is clean. So when the professor goes out, Doohickey decides to test his newest invention. What could go wrong?

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Railhead

Railhead

Zen Starling is a petty thief. A nobody. Destined to ride the rails to nowhere special. That is until Raven, a strange and mysterious figure, enlists him for one small job. One small job that might just bring everything in this galaxy, and the next, to the end of the line.

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Dinosaur Day

Winnie and Wilbur: The Dinosaur Day

Winnie and Wilbur love their local museum, especially the dinosaur gallery. When an exciting competition is announced to draw or make a model of a dinosaur Winnie and Wilbur can’t wait to take part. But what did dinosaurs look like?

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Bug Safari

Winnie and Wilbur: The Bug Safari

Winnie and Wilbur are fascinated by the creepy-crawlies in the garden and decide it could be fun to shrink right down to their size. But when you’re knee-high to a caterpillar, there can be some very hairy moments.

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Winnie and Wilbur in Space

Winnie and Wilbur in Space

Winnie and Wilbur are going into space! Winnie conjures a rocket and they blast into orbit. It’s quite tricky dealing with all the rocket’s controls but it’s even trickier knowing what to do with hungry space rabbits . . . will Winnie have enough magic up her sleeve to save the day?

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Night Walker

Night Walker

Something weird is going on at the hospital – children are going in, and not coming out again. Elena, Matt, and Tima are investigating, but even they are struggling to uncover the truth. But Spin is preparing to come out of the shadows, and when he does, nothing will be the same. . .

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Sky Dancer

Sky Dancer

Joe has always loved the moorlands above his home. But everything has changed since his father died, and the moors are no longer a place of refuge. Now the whole community is divided over the fate of the hen harriers that nest up in the heather – and Joe is stuck right in the middle, with a choice to make, and a huge secret to keep.

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Paris Adventure

Paris Adventure

The Magic Key takes the children to Paris. Why can’t they find the Eiffel Tower?

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Rag the rat

Rag the rat

Two fully-decodable stories, filled with fun rhymes and pictures.

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Finn MacCool

Finn MacCool

Finn and Angus both think they are the biggest giants in the land. But when they finally meet, Finn has second thoughts…

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What’s That in Dog Years?

What’s That in Dog Years?

When George realises that his beloved pet dog Gizmo has been around for a long time – it’s an even longer time in dog years! – he writes him a bucket list, and they set out on a series of laughter-filled adventures, in search of ice cream, pampering and Gizmo’s fifteen minutes of fame.

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Tom’s Midnight Garden

Tom’s Midnight Garden

Lying awake at night, Tom hears the old grandfather clock downstairs strike . . . eleven . . . twelve . . . thirteen . . . Thirteen! How strange! When Tom gets up to investigate, he discovers a magical garden.

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The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

Minnow feels an irresistible pull to water, and beneath the waves she feels free. When Minnow’s mother is taken from her, she answers a call from the Wild Deep she has been waiting for her whole young life. In her brave and fearless mission, Minnow is transformed forever.

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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Join in the delights and disasters on the riverbank with Mole and friends. If you like great adventures, then The Wind in the Willows is for you! Not only does this edition include the unabridged text, it is also full of extra material to help you get the most from the story and gives lots of recommendations for other things you might enjoy.

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Sky Hawk

Sky Hawk

Something lives deep within the forest . . . something that has not been seen on Callum’s farm for over a hundred years. Callum and Iona make a promise to keep their amazing discovery secret, but can they keep it safe from harm? The pact they make will change lives forever.

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The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Kevin the flying pony blows in on a magical storm and – DOOF! – crashes into the balcony outside Max’s flat. As the storm waters rise and the town is besieged with creatures, Max and Kevin set about putting things right. With Max’s quick thinking and a constant supply of biscuits for Kevin, there’s nothing this heroic duo can’t achieve!

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Kevin’s Great Escape: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Kevin’s Great Escape: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Famous pop star Misty Twiglet has moved to Bumbleford and she wants to meet roly-poly flying pony, Kevin. And she promised him biscuits! But when Kevin is captured in Misty’s back garden, things become serious and there isn’t a biscuit in sight. Kevin’s best friend Max must come to the rescue.

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Big Feet

Big Feet

Dad plays a trick in this Biff, Chip and Kipper story.

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