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Book 15 - Malamander by Thomas Taylor


Welcome to Eerie-on-Sea, where nothing is as it seems. 


In the basement of the Grand Nautilus Hotel, a mysterious girl crashes into Herbie Lemon's room and cries, "Hide me!" 


In the window of the Eerie Book Dispensary, a mechanical mermonkey sits and awaits. 


And out beyond the pier, something stirs. Could the legendary malamander have returned?


Book 14 - The Titanic Detective Agency by Lindsay Littleson


Bertha Watt, a tree-climber and would-be polar explorer, is excited to be on the RMS Titanic's maiden voyage, as she leaves Aberdeen behind for the glamour of a new life in America. 


But Bertha quickly realises that some passengers are behaving strangely, and she determines to unravel their secrets. 


With new friend, Madge, Bertha sets up her own detective agency to try and solve the mysteries onboard, but they have no idea that disaster is looming for Titanic. 


Book 13 - Darwin's Dragons by Lindsay Galvin




Cabin boy Syms Covington is on the voyage of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands with the world-famous scientist Charles Darwin. 


But, when Syms falls overboard during a huge storm, he washes up on a unexplored island. Stranded there, he makes a discovery that could change the world...


Now it's not just his own survival at stake - the future of an undiscovered species is in his hands. 


Book 12 - Can You See Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott 


Tally is starting secondary school and she's anxious about lots of things. Acclimatising to new surroundings and learning the ways of different teachers is tough. Plus, there's the boy who calls her names, and her friends from primary school who she's always depended on before have started talking about things that just don't interest her (like boys) and cautioning her when her behaviour is embarrassing. 


Tally knows she's different: she's autistic, meaning she sees and feels everything differently to her friends and family. Now, as she enters this new stage in her life, she is painfully aware of the way she is perceived and feeling an almost unbearable pressure to fit in. But what exactly are the rules for being "normal"?


Book 11 - The Explorer by Katherine Rundell


Fred, Con, Lila and little Max's plane is on the way to Manaus when it falls out of the sky. Now, lost in the Amazon rainforest, they must figure out the basics of survival: water, shelter, food. Do they wait for rescue, or find a way to rescue themselves?


As they get bolder and explore further afield, they see more traces of another human inhabitant, too - and then they find the map. Who was here before and where will the map take them?


Book 10 - The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien (illustrated by David Wenzel)


The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a quiet and contented Hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim stolen treasure. 


It is a journey fraught with danger - and in the end, Bilbo alone must face the guardian of this treasure, the most dreaded dragon in all Middle-earth...


Book 9 - Survivors by David Long 


Hold onto your chair legs and stay away from that volcano!


Survivors contains the remarkable true stories of adventurers, heroes and 'people in the wrong place at the wrong time' who overcame the odds.


Just think of a sailor whose ship is torpedoed, whose survival is dependent on drinking shark's blood!


Book 8 - The Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen 


When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily, as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way.


Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him.


But one day, other tower blocks start falling down around him. Strange, menacing plants begin to appear and no one knows where they came from.


Now their tower isn't safe anymore, Ade and his mum are trapped and there's no way out...


Book 7 - Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson


The girl's in Maia's class told her what to expect when she reached the Brazilian jungle. 'There are huge mosquitoes which bite you. You turn as yellow as a lemon and then you die'. But Maia, an orphan, can't wait to start the long sea voyage. She is to begin a new life with relatives she has never met, a thousand miles up the Amazon river. And Maia's classmates could never, even in their wildest dreams, imagine the adventures that await her on the shores of the River Sea. 




Book 6 - Beetle Boy by MG Leonard


Darkus can't believe his eyes when a huge insect drops out of the trouser leg of his horrible new neighbour. It's a giant beetle - and it seems to want to communicate. 


But how can a boy be friends with a beetle?


And what does a beetle have to do with the disappearance of his dad and the arrival of Lucretia Cutter, with her taste for creepy jewellery?


Book 5 - The Arrival by Shaun Tan


In this unusual book, we follow a young man as he packs his bags and leaves his family to go and start a new life in another country. We experience his journey, his struggles to communicate, find accommodation, a job and food, as well as following the stories of other immigrants. 


Book 4 - After the War by Tom Palmer


Summer 1945. The Second World War is finally over and Yossi, Leo and Mordecai are among three hundred children who arrive in the English Lake District. Having survived the horror of the Nazi concentration camps, they've finally reached a place of safety and peace, where they can hopefully begin to recover. 


But Yossi is haunted by thoughts of the loved ones he has lost and disturbed by terrible nightmares. As he waits desperately for news of his missing father, he fears that Mordecai and Leo - the closest thing to family he has left - will move on without him. Will life by the beautiful shores of Lake Windermere be enough to bring hope back into all their lives?


Book 3 - Escape Room by Christopher Edge


When Ami arrives at The Escape, she thinks it's just a game - the ultimate escape room with puzzles and challenges to beat before time runs out. But as the Host locks Ami and her teammates inside the first room, they quickly realise this is no ordinary game and the stakes are sky-high...


Can Ami and her friends find the Answer before it's too late?


Book 2 - When The Sky Falls by Phil Earle


1941. War is raging. And one angry boy has been sent to the city, where bombers rule the skies. There, Joseph will live with Mrs F, a gruff woman with no fondness for children. Her only loves are the rundown zoo she owns and its mighty silverback gorilla, Adonis. 


As the weeks pass, bonds deepen and secrets are revealed, but if the bombers set Adonis rampaging free, will either of them be able to end the life of the one thing they truly love?


Book 1 - The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie 


The Nowhere Emporium is open for business. Bring your imagination. 


The mysterious shop from nowhere can appear at any time, in any city. Its magical labyrinth of rooms contains wonders beyond belief. But to enter, you must pay a price...