Junior fiction

Junior fiction

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    The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery, £7.99

    When Col's childhood imaginary friends come to life, he discovers a world where myths and legends are real. Accompanied by his guardians – a six-foot tiger, a badger in a waistcoat and a miniature knight – Col must race to Blitz-bombed London to save his sister. But there are darker forces at work, even than the Nazi bombings. Soon Col is pursued by the terrifying Midwinter King, who is determined to bring an eternal darkness down over everything.

    Into the Jungle by Katherine Rundell and Kristjana S Williams, £9.99

    Into the Jungle is a modern classic in the making, as Katherine Rundell creates charming and compelling origin stories for all Kipling's best-loved characters, from Baloo and Shere Khan to Kaa and Bagheera. As Mowgli travels through the Indian jungle, this brilliantly visual tale, which weaves each short story together into a wider whole, will make readers both laugh and cry. 

    The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge, £6.99

    Secrets, spies or maybe even a monster... What lies in the heart of the wood? Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny are determined to discover the truth, but when night falls without warning they find themselves trapped in a nightmare. Lost in the woods, strange dangers and impossible puzzles lurk in the shadows. As time plays tricks, can Charlie solve this mystery and find a way out of the woods? But what if this night never ends...?


    The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock, £6.99

    Athan Wilde dreams of flight. When his friend, Mr Chen, is murdered, Athan must rescue the flying machine they were building together and stop it falling into the wrong hands. But keeping the machine safe puts his family in terrible danger. What will Athan choose — flight or family?


    A Darkness of Dragons by S. A. Patrick, £6.99

    In a world of dragons, song spells, pipers and battles... Patch Brightwater is a boy in disgrace. Thrown in jail for playing a forbidden spell, he is no one's idea of a hero. But then he discovers a deadly truth – the evil Piper of Hamelyn is on the loose. Patch must stop the Piper sparking the biggest battle of them all.

    The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher, £6.99

    When orphaned Seren Rees is given a mysterious package by a strange and frightened man on her way to her new home, she reluctantly takes it with her. But what is in the parcel?

    Snowglobe by Amy Wilson, £7.99

    When Clementine discovers a mysterious house standing in the middle of town that was never there before, she is pulled towards it by the powerful sense of a mother she never knew. The place is full of snowglobes, swirling with stars and snow and each containing a trapped magician. Clem ventures into the snowglobes, discovering her own powerful connection to the magic of these thousand worlds.


    Storm Witch by Ellen Renner, £6.99

    Now that she is thirteen, Storm must undertake The Choosing and be claimed by one of the Elementals, which will determine her whole life's work. But for Storm, daughter of a father murdered by Water and a warrior mother claimed by Earth, there will be no easy destiny.


    The Gift of Dark Hollow by Keiran Larwood, £7.99

    The legend of Podkin One-Ear continues in this second Five Realms' adventure. The bard must leave Thornbury. It is not safe for him to stay. Rue, his new apprentice, travels with him – keen to learn his trade and to hear the next installment in the legend of Podkin One-Ear.


    Do You Speak Chocolate? by Cas Lester, £6.99

    Jaz has found the best way to make friends with new girl Nadima, who doesn't speak any English — by offering her a chocolate bar. Nadima grins and offers back some Turkish Delight, the ice is broken, and a special friendship begins.


    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood and Jon Klassen, £5.99

    A recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must eliminate their canine tendencies. But mysteries abound at Ashton Place.


    Red Sky in the Morning by Elizabeth Laird, £6.99

    Anna's brother, Ben, is disabled and will never be like other children. Anna loves him with her whole heart, but she finds herself unable to admit the truth of Ben's condition to her school friends. Eventually the truth gets out and leads not to the ridicule Anna expected, but to sympathy and understanding.


    Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird, £6.99

    Tara's country, Kurdistan, is caught up in a war, and the secret police are closing in. Tara and her family must flee to the mountains with only the few things they can carry. It is a hard and dangerous journey – but their struggles have only just begun.


    The Outsiders by Michelle Paver, £7.99

    Hylas is only a boy but he knows three things: The Gods exist. Magic is real. Somebody wants him dead. Hunted and alone, Hylas is desperate to find his missing sister. His quest takes him across the hostile mountains and treacherous seas of Ancient Greece. His only friend is a girl on the run. His only guide is a wild dolphin. And his murderous enemies are closing in...


    The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko, £6.99

    Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister, Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windemere Manor... until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other. The beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely.


    Make More Noise! by various authors, £7.99

    An incredible collection of brand new short stories, from ten of the UK's very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls and women, published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the UK.


    The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge, £6.99

    Jamie Drake's dad is orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station and Jamie ought to think it's cool but he just really misses him. Hanging out at his local observatory, Jamie picks up a strange signal on his phone. It looks like alien life is getting closer to home. But space is a dangerous place and when his dad's mission goes wrong, can Jamie prove that he's a hero too?


    The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Preatchett, £6.99

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Sir Terry Pratchett, and fourteen fantastically funny tales from the master storyteller. Bursting from these pages are food fights, pirates, bouncing rabbits and magical pigeons. And a witch riding a vacuum cleaner, of course.


    Max and the Millions by Ross Montgomery, £7.99

    It's difficult to make friends in a big, chaotic school when you're deaf. Max prefers to give his attention to the little things in life, like making awesome, detailed replica models. Then Mr Darrow, the school caretaker and fellow modeller, goes missing. Max must follow his parting instruction: 'Go to my room. You'll know what to do.' There on the floor he finds a pile of sand, and in the sand is Mr Darrow's latest creation...

    The Battle of Bubble and Squeak by Philippa Pearce, £6.99

    Sid, Peggy and Amy adore the two gerbils, Bubble and Squeak, but their mother detests them. A major family battle results, and it's clear life is never going to be quite the same again. But after a near fatal encounter between Bubble and Ginger the cat, Mrs Sparrow begins to see that life with a pair of gerbils might not be so bad after all.


    Swimming to the Moon by Jane Elson, £6.99

    Bee stumbles through life in her stripy socks with her head in the clouds, doing her very best to keep out of the way of her bickering parents and avoid the bendy tap dancing freak Crystal Kelly. But when Crystal double-dares her to volunteer for a sponsored swim in honour of her great grandmother Beatrix's memory, Bee can't back down. As Bee enters this new world, her life is changed forever.


    Perijee and Me by Ross Montgomery, £7.99

    When 11-year-old Caitlin discovers a shrimp-like alien creature on the shores of her island home, she takes responsibility for teaching it about the world. There's only one problem — Perijee won't stop growing.

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