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Book 10 - The Arrival by Shaun Tan


The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images. 


A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope. 


Book 9 - Survivors by David Long & Kerry Hyndman


When it comes to extreme stories of survival, few can match the true tales of heroism found in this book. 


Ranging from classics such as Shackleton's expedition to the Antarctic, to more modern exploits, including the adventurer who inspired the movie 127 Hours, these courageous survivors all have one thing in common: an incredible ability to draw on all their strength, bravery and self-belief in order to beat the odds, and live to tell their tales. 


Book 8 - Can You See Me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott


Tally is autistic, but she hides it as much as she can. She knows how uncomfortable people feel around her - they don't understand autism. They don't understand her. 


By masking her autism, Tally is hiding her real self, but when your real self is fierce and wonderful, it can't stay hidden for ever. 


Book 7 - Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson


This satisfyingly old-fashioned story is set in the early 1900s. Orphan Maia is thrilled to learn she is to live with relatives in South America. She cannot wait to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Amazon and is particularly looking forward to meeting her twin cousins. 


When Maia arrives, however, the family is far from welcoming and she is saddened to see that they have blocked out all evidence of the rainforest from their stuffy home. Maia turns to her strict yet kindly governess, Miss Minton, for company, and strikes up some unusual and rewarding friendships. 


Book 6 - The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien


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 the dwarves' stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with danger - in the end it is Bilbo alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most-dreaded dragon Smaug. 


Book 5 - Beetle Boy by MG Leonard 


Can a boy be best friends with a beetle?


Thirteen-year-old Darkus Cuttle's search for his kidnapped father leads him to discover a mountain of extraordinary beetles and pits him against the mad scientist of the fashion world, Lucretia Cutter, a haute couture villainess with an alarming interest in insects. 


Book 4 - 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 memonkey sits and waits. 


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


Book 3 - The Explorer by Katherine Rundell


When their plane crashes, four children are stranded in the Amazon jungle. Now they have to survive alone. But was someone there before them?


Book 2 - Sky Chasers by Emma Carroll


Orphan Magpie can't believe her eyes when she sees a boy swept off his feet by a kite ... or something that twists and dances in the wind. She goes to his rescue only to find herself dangling in the sky. The world looks so different from on high and suddenly Magpie knows what she wants - to be the first to fly in a balloon above the King and Queen of France. 


Book 1 - The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie


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




When Daniel stumbles into the mysterious Nowhere Emporium in Glasgow, he opens the door to a world of breathtaking magic and looming danger.