Booktopia Six To Twelve Buzz
July 2011 | Winter Edition
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Oh, to be a kid! The wondrous variety of books on offer for 6 to 12 year olds sends this aged book lover into a delightful spin. If I were young again I should love to wake in a room full of books. The publishers, authors and illustrators of today keep producing ever more engaging titles. No wonder reading has become such a potent force in the life of children today.

What follows are the highlights from the new releases from the last couple of months.

John Purcell
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SAMUEL JOHNSON VS THE DEVIL
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Round II
by John Connolly


Samuel Johnson v. The Devil, Round II. Ask not for whom the bell tolls. Just start running.

Samuel Johnson with a little help from his dachshund Boswell and a very unlucky demon named Nurd has sent the demons back to Hell. But the diabolical Mrs Abernathy is not one to take defeat lying down. When she reopens the portal and sucks Samuel and Boswell down into the underworld, she brings an ice-cream van full of dwarfs as well. And two policemen.

Can this eccentric gang defeat the forces of Evil? And is there life after Hell for Nurd?

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A strange novel for strange young people.

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween. Which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Avenue.

The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with Satanism. But it just happens to coincide with a malfunction in the Large Hadron Collider that creates a gap in the universe. A gap in which there is a pair of enormous gates.

The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out... Can Samuel persuade anyone to take this seriously? Can he harness the power of science to save the world as we know it?

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MOSQUITO ADVERTISING
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An exciting middle-reader adventure about a modern neighbourhood gang with all the charm of the Famous Five.


Katie is in trouble with the adults in her life. More trouble than she has ever been in before. Mosquito Advertising is taking up all her time and school seems boring and irrelevant. Who needs school when you're running your own advertising agency?

Katie promises she'll lift her game but things get complicated when Barry Sharp, billionaire owner of international airline Blade Air, offers Mosquito Advertising his account. Katie and her friends are flown to Sydney where everything seems too good to be true.

How can Katie keep such big news a secret from her mum? And what will she do when a local dog food company needs their help? Mosquito Advertising starts to crack under the strain as business gets in the way of friendship. Katie needs to work out what really matters if she is to save both.

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Also by Kate Hunter... The Parfizz Pitch

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Katie Crisp has talent, it's just that the report card hidden in her room doesn't show it. School's out for another year and Katie is set to spend the summer lazing under the sausage tree in the backyard of the only home she's ever known. So, when she discovers that Parfitt's Family Soft Drink Company is about to be taken over by a corporate giant, leaving her mum out of a job and them both out of a home, it's time to finally show everyone what she's made of.

With her nose for trouble and her eye for advertising, and a little help from some neighbourhood friends, Katie declares Mosquito Advertising open for business.

Pocket money and creative thinking can stretch a long way when everything that means anything to you is about to be destroyed.

This is my first novel. It's published by University of Queensland Press. It's fiction, but there's lots of stuff in it that's true. I just made it more interesting (I hope).

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ZAC POWER: THE SPECIAL FILES
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Two of Zac's most secretive missions in one book: Boot Camp and Undercover! First, in Boot Camp, Zac's is off to a boot camp! Zac loves doing drills - he's always been top of the spy ladder. But then there's an emergency at the camp, and this time it's for real. Will Zac save the day, or will he fail the biggest test of his spy career? Then, in Undercover, the GIB Headquarters has been infiltrated by a mole! A double agent - disguised as one of their own - plans to steal all of GIB's most valuable secrets. GIB call on Zac Power, their top spy, to flush out the mole. As Zac narrows down his list of suspects and closes in on his target, the trail leads Zac to the highest levels of his spy organisation - and the shocking discovery that the mole may be the head of GIB itself! .

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Coming soon to the Special Files Series:
The City Files


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First, in Mind Games, super smart hackers are attacking the software that protects GIBs ultra-powerful satellite, WorldEye. Sources lead Zac to Bladesville, a huge city where all the latest games and gadgets are developed. Can Zac track down the hackers, and outsmart them? Then, in Fossil Fury, Dr Drastic is claiming he's cloned a dinosaur. Can Zac escape the flesh-eating plants in Drastic's BioDome in Bladesville to find out the truth?

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GERONIMO STILTON
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by Thea Stilton

Geronimo's adventurous sister Thea is taking the publishing world by storm in this fabumouse tale packed with action, mystery, and friendship.

In this exciting adventure, the Thea Sisters are off to Japan on a cultural exchange program. While they're busy exploring Kyoto and admiring the beautiful cherry blossoms, a valuable doll is stolen from a wealthy Japanese collector. Will the five mice be able to track down the doll and catch the thief? Readers will love following the clues to help the Thea Sisters solve the mystery.

About the Author

Thea Stilton is a special correspondent for The Rodent's Gazette, Mouse Island's most famouse newspaper. A graduate of Mouseford Academy, Ms. Stilton loves traveling and adventures.

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LEGO STAR WARS: SAVE THE GALAXY!
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Our heroes must evade Stormtroopers, outwit Darth Vader, and steal plans to the Death Star. With a little luck, they might even manage to save the galaxy!

Readers can explore the Death Star, a Jawa Sandcrawler, the Tantive IV, the Cantina, and the Millennium Falcon!

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MY LIFE
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By Tristan Bancks

A nail-biting - no, make that toe-biting - thrill ride through one boy's life.

Have you ever been kissed by a dog? Ever had to eat Vegemite off your sister's big toe? Have you had a job delivering teeth? Has a bloodthirsty magpie ever been out to get you? Ever woken up to discover that everything hovers? And have you eaten 67 hot dogs in ten minutes?

I have. I'm Tom Weekly. This book is full of my stories, jokes, cartoon characters, ideas for theme park rides and other stuff I've made up. It's where I pour out whatever's inside my head. It gets a bit weird sometimes but that's how I roll.

Illustrated by Gus Gordon

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STAR LEAGUE SERIES

STAR LEAGUE SERIES


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Asuka Kuro stars in . . . THE NINJA CODE

Asuka is finding the constant attention of being a movie star a real drain. So when all the ninja clans are called to a secret location, Asuka welcomes the chance to relax with her fellow ninjas out of the way of prying eyes.

But when Asuka learns what the meeting is really about, relaxing is the last thing on her mind. It seems the ninjas are uniting against one common enemy - the Star League.

Illustrated throughout by Nahum Ziersch.

About the Author

H.J. Harper is a children's author who lives in Melbourne. By day she works in a bookstore, spruiking her favourite wares; by night she writes stories about zombies, movie stars, ninjas and robots. Her first series of books, STAR LEAGUE, will be published in 2011.

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Roger Romero stars in . . . RAISING THE DEAD

Roger is having a great time in the Star League, pulling pranks on his friends. But when someone steals formulas for his magic potions, it's no joke. Roger needs those potions to survive.

He must fight an ancient evil to get back his potions before they're used to raise an army of mummies. Can Roger and the team make it through in one piece?

Illustrated throughout by Nahum Ziersch.

About the Author

H.J. Harper is a children's author who lives in Melbourne. By day she works in a bookstore, spruiking her favourite wares; by night she writes stories about zombies, movie stars, ninjas and robots. Her first series of books, STAR LEAGUE, will be published in 2011.

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ROALD DAHL

MUNCLE TROGG


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An enormous escaped rhinoceros from London Zoo has eaten James's parents. And it gets worse! James is packed off to live with his two really horrible aunts, Sponge and Spiker. Poor James is miserable, until something peculiar happens and James finds himself on the most wonderful and extraordinary journey he could ever imagine ...

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Giants live on top of Mount Grumble, hidden from humans below. But not all of them are big. Muncle Trogg is so small that he's laughed at by the others for being human-sized. Fed up, he decides to take a look at the 'Smallings' that he's meant to look like. But what he discovers is very surprising indeed...Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2010, "Muncle Trogg" is the charming upside down fairytale about a tiny giant who saves the day.

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FLAT STANLEY
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By Jeoff Brown

Flat Stanley is back. The whole Lambchop family is off to see Mount Rushmore. But when Flat Stanley and his brother, Arthur, team up with a scrappy cowgirl named Calamity Jasper, their vacation turns into the Wild West experience of a lifetime. Pretty soon, they find themselves in a real tight spot - even for a flat boy like Stanley.

About The Author

Born in New York City, Jeff Brown was a story editor and assistant film producer in Hollywood. He worked on the editorial staffs of The New Yorker and the Saturday Evening Post, and his stories appeared in these magazines and many others. Jeff Brown died in Manhattan aged 77.

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THE ODD COUPLE
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Billie has broken her arm! It's going to be the best story ever for Show and Tell. Especially if she adds in a crocodile...

Sally Rippin is a seasoned children's author, having earned acclaim writing over fourteen books, as well as teaching Writing for Children at Melbourne's RMIT University.

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Click here for more details or to buy Hnery VIII's Wives Henry VIII's Wives By Alison Prince

The court of King Henry VIII is brought brilliantly to life in this My Story special. Spanning a period of 20 years, the fates of all Henry's six wives are told from the perspective of two young courtiers serving at the royal palaces at different periods.


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THE TRUTH ABOUT VERITY SPARKS
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Verity Sparks is good at finding lost things, but will she be able to uncover the truth about her own past?

Verity Sparks is a thirteen-year-old orphan working as a milliner in Victorian London. But Verity is no ordinary girl - she has an almost perfect memory and possesses the talent of Teleagtivism. She can easily find things that are lost!

When Verity is wrongly accused of theft and dismissed from her job, she goes to live with the Plushes - a slightly Bohemian family who run a Confidential Inquiry Agency. Verity helps them solve cases and slowly becomes one of the family.

But patches of the truth about her past begin to surface, along with the special talent that Professor Plush is helping her explore.

Who were her real parents?
Is she the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter?
Who is sending poison pen letters about Verity to the Plushes?
Who doesn't want them to learn the truth about Verity Sparks?

An adventure/mystery with a dash of the supernatural thrown in, The Truth About Verity Sparks is packed with chases through the dark alleys of London, séances in high-class dining rooms, pet pythons named Anthony and Cleopatra, murdered opera singers and much, much more.

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MY SISTER THE VAMPIRE

MY SISTER THE VAMPIRE


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Hollywood has come to Franklin Grove! Olivia is very excited. Jackson Caulfield - the hot teen movie star - is shooting a movie in her home town! And there's a chance to win a part in the film. So when she bumps into Jackson and he shows her around the set, she thinks her dreams have come true. Could Jackson possibly be a vampire?

About The Author

Sienna Mercer lives in Toronto, Canada with her two cats, Calypso and Angel. She does most of her writing in her attic, surrounded by photos of her travels. She doesn't have a twin sister, but always wished that she did.

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The twins are travelling to Transylvania! Olivia's really nervous because she's meeting her vampire family for the first time (there's a lot at stake). Plus it doesn't help that she'll be there for Valentine's Day and her new boyfriend Jackson, the hot movie star, doesn't seem bothered that he won't be with her. But it turns out it's Ivy who feels out of place, despite being surrounded by vampires! And Olivia's been noticed by Prince Alex, a smooth-talking handsome vampire with an eye for non-vamps. Could it be love at first bite? And what about Jackson?! Sink your teeth into Olivia and Ivy's sixth fright-time adventure.

About The Author

Sienna Mercer lives in Toronto, Canada with her two cats, Calypso and Angel. She does most of her writing in her attic, surrounded by photos of her travels. She doesn't have a twin sister, but always wished that she did.

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GRIM AND GRIMMER SERIES

SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT


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 The time has come. It's now or never for Ike. Will he discover the secret of his missing parents? Will he be able to help Pook free the Collected children? Have Mellie's parents been horribly burnt alive by Emajicka's minions? And will Spleen and Nuckle finally get to eat Ike's innards? All the answers are coming in The Calamitous Queen. Brace yourselves for a wild ride!

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Click here for more details or to buy Dark Days Dark Days By Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant is gone, sucked into a parallel dimension overrun by the Faceless Ones. If his bones haven′t already been turned to dust, chances are he′s insane, driven out of his mind by the horror of the ancient gods. There is no official, Sanctuary-approved rescue mission. There is no official plan to save him.

But Valkyrie′s never had much time for plans.

The problem is, even if she can get Skulduggery back, there might not be much left for him to return to. There′s a gang of villains bent on destroying the Sanctuary, there are some very powerful people who want Valkyrie dead, and as if all that wasn′t enough it looks very likely that a sorcerer named Darquesse is going to kill the world and everyone on it.

Skulduggery is gone. All our hopes rest with Valkyrie. The world′s weight is on her shoulders, and its fate is in her hands.

These are dark days indeed.

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MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
NANNY PIGGINS


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A classic of American humor, the adventures of a house painter and his brood of high-stepping penguins have delighted children for generations. "Here is a book to read aloud in groups of all ages. There is not an extra or misplaced word in the whole story."-"The Horn Book." Newbery Honor Book.

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Click here for more details or to buy Nanny Piggins Nanny Piggins and the Rival Ringmaster By R. A. Spratt

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Big Top...

In book five of her enthralling adventures, Nanny Piggins discovers some startling truths about the ruthless Ringmaster, provides counselling to a Moldovan princess with pre-wedding jitters, inadvertently wins a Nobel Prize while impersonating her sister and catches up with her favourite 4-tonne friend, Esmeralda the forgetful elephant.

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SEPTIMUS HEAP SERIES
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In the Darkely fantastic penultimate book of this internationally bestselling series, Septimus and his friends find themselves attempting the impossible as Septimus begins his initiation into the sinister Darke Weeke.

Septimus is on the threshold of his fourteenth birthday, which falls on the shortest day of the year. While everyone celebrates and the Castle is lit with the traditional candles, Septimus has greater concerns on his mind. He has finally reached the period in his Apprenticeship known as Darke Week. During this crucial time, he hopes to undertake the very dangerous mission of restoring Alther from Banishment, following the attempted invasion of the Castle of Syren. But while this preoccupies him, other Darke things are afoot in the Castle.

About The Author

Angie Sage began her career illustrating books, and then started writing-first toddler books, later chapter books and then the masterful Septimus Heap. She lives in a fifteenth-century house in Somerset. She has two grown-up daughters.

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AWARD WINNING AUTHOR

NOT TO BE MISSED


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From the winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award the Carnegie Medal and the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award comes the extraordinary prequel to the award-winning Skellig.


There's an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. It's been there for an age. I keep on saying that I'll write a journal. So I'll start right here, right now. I open the book and write the very first words: My name is Mina and I love the night. Then what shall I write I can't just write that this happened then this happened then this happened to boring infinitum. I'll let my journal grow just like the mind does, just like a tree or a beast does, just like life does. Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line

And so Mina writes and writes in her notebook, and here is her journal, Mina's life in Mina's own words: her stories and dreams, experiences and thoughts, her scribblings and nonsense, poems and songs. Her vivid account of her vivid life.

In this stunning book, David Almond revisits Mina before she has met Michael, before she has met Skellig.

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Click here for more details or to buy Against the Odds Against the Odds By Marjolijn Hof

An extraordinary novel about a young girl's response to her aid-worker father's disappearance in a war zone.

'It's about something called the odds,' said my mother. 'For instance, the odds that you'll become a millionaire are very, very small. The odds that you'll find a coin in the street are a lot bigger. And it's the same thing with fathers. The odds of having a father are big, and the odds of not having a father are small. So you don't have to worry too much about not having a father.'

'Can you make the odds of something smaller?' I asked. 'Or bigger?' ''Yes,' my mother said. 'Sometimes.'

Kiki's father, a doctor, is always putting himself in danger by travelling to faraway war zones. No matter how much she tries, Kiki can't convince him not to go. When her father actually does go missing, and as her mother gets more and more worried, Kiki decides she has to try and improve the odds of her father coming home, the only way she can.

A powerful, sad, yet funny book about what to do when something you've always feared becomes all too real.

'the voice and feelings of its narrator ring absolutely true' The Globe and Mail

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WAR AND MYTH
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The story of a homeless boy who starts by losing everything, and - through his experience as an evacuee in World War II - finds friendship, vocation and a place to belong.

Just then came: crump, CRUMP, CRUMP! Three bombs in quick succession, coming frighteningly close. With each explosion, the ground shook. Dust and chips fell from the ceiling. Everyone in the shelter gasped at the same time. Vinnie held his breath, waiting for the fourth bomb, but it didn't come. When Vinnie is sent away from the bombs in London, he has no idea what awaits him. All he has left of his old life is his harmonica.

On the train, Vinnie meets fierce Kathleen, sweet Joey and gangly Dobbs. The evacuee children find themselves thrown together in the country town of Netterfold, which seems beautiful and peaceful - until they meet the locals.

There is a war raging across Europe, but Vinnie and his friends soon find they have their own war to fight as they face up to terrifying teachers, bad billets, and hostile neighbourhood kids who set out to make their lives as 'vaccies' miserable. And when things start to go missing, they discover that there are mysteries lurking in Netterfold's shadows, just waiting to be solved...

Through music and friendship, can Vinnie make peace and finally find a place where he belongs?

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Click here for more details or to buy Robin Hood Robin Hood and a World Of Other Stories By Feraldine McCaughrean

Find out what made Robin Hood fight for the glittering golden arrow in this superb collection of myths and legends from around the world, retold by Carnegie medal-winning author, Geraldine McCaughrean. These are the stories our ancestors told to explain how the world began; or they are the legends of half-remembered heroes and people whose lives were changed by magic. Brilliantly retold in the sparkling and inspirational words of the multiple award-winning and much-loved children's author, Geraldine McCaughrean, the tales will delight and entertain readers of all ages.

Together, ROBIN HOOD AND THE GOLDEN ARROW AND A WORLD OF OTHER STORIES with its two companion volumes, KING ARTHUR AND A WORLD OF OTHER STORIES and GEORGE AND THE DRAGON AND A WORLD OF OTHER STORIES, make a wonderful gift collection of classic tales from around the world - many of them unavailable anywhere else.

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THE WORLDS WORST EXPLORER
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In the deepest, darkest jungle grows something of such immense value that men will do anything to get their hands on it: the elusive and delicious chocoplum. Well-meaning but hapless Fintan Fedora is determined to prove to his father, owner of the Fedora Fancy Food Company, that he will one day be good enough to take over the family business.




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NON-FICTION
AROUND THE WORLD ON EIGHTY LEGS
By Amy Gibson

Pack your bags and put on your travelin' shoes! There's an animal adventure waiting for you! Awake with the HOWLER MONKEYS, twist into a pretzel like a QUETZAL, hang with a SLOTH, be will-nilly like a CHINCHILLA. Squawk with an AUK, bump your rump like a CAMEL, be silly with a BILBY, and drift off to sleep in the deep of the OUTBACK. Fun-filled and fact-packed, AROUND THE WORLD ON EIGHTY LEGS is the ticket for an unforgettable adventure!


The yakkity yakkity yakkity yak-
Why is it the yak never answers you back?
To a yak, nothing's worse
Than to have to converse-
The yakkity yakkity yak.

About the Author

Amy Gibson lives in Northern California with her husband, three children, and the cat. A former teacher, she framed the entire school year as a trip around the world. She's only been to three continents so far, but she can dream. This is her first picture book.

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET
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Known for art that examines the virtues of community, hard work, and living gently on the planet, Nikki McClure here explores a topic close to her heart: the farmer's market. Alternating between story and fact, this lovingly-crafted picture book follows a mother and son to the weekly market. As they check off items on their shopping list, the reader learns how each particular food was grown or produced - from its earliest stages to how it ended up at the market. Fun, fact-filled, and rendered in Nikki McClure's signature, extraordinary paper-cuts, To Market, To Market is a timely book with cross-over appeal.

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Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996. She is the author and illustrator of Abrams' Collect Raindrops, the illustrator of All In a Day, by Cynthia Rylant and the author and illustrator of Mama, Is it Summer Yet? A review for Mama in Booklist said her art is "captivating, capturing both the subtle seasonal changes as well as the love shared between mother and son."

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NOVELTY BOOKS


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Click here for more details or to buy The Dragon Creativity Book The Dragon Creativity Book By Andrea Pinnington

Watch out! Dragons are everywhere!

This activity book has the lot: pictures to colour in, stickers to stick, games to play, ideas for things to make and do. A rich and colourful illustration style also sets it apart as a truly magical book that will delight. The Dragon Creativity Book includes two sticker sheets plus a large gatefold sticker scene, stencils for drawing, a press-out model and beautiful decorated craft paper.

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Click here for more details or to buy The Princess Creativity Book The Princess Creativity Book By Andrea Pinnington

Snip! Stick! Colour! Create!

 The ultimate activity book for little princesses. Packed with stickers, stencils, princess model pieces, pull-out decorated paper, clever colouring tricks, puzzles ... and much, much more.

This activity book has the lot: pictures to colour in, stickers to stick, games to play, ideas for things to make and do. A rich and colourful illustration style also sets it apart as a truly magical book that will delight. The Princess Creativity Book includes two sticker sheets plus a large gatefold sticker scene, stencils for drawing, a press-out model and beautiful decorated craft paper.

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Discover everything you need to know about LEGO's No. 1 selling toy - Harry Potter.

LEGO Harry Potter Building the Magical World is a must-have for any LEGO and Harry Potter fans. Head on a journey through the scenes and sets from LEGO Harry Potter through amazing photos and incredible details. You'll see how to recreate key events from Harry Potter fighting a Hungarian Horntail dragon to studying magic at Hogwarts. You'll also discover insights into the history, manufacture and construction of LEGO Harry Potter.

If you love LEGO Harry Potter, you'll love this visual dictionary. It also comes complete with an exclusive mini-figure from the LEGO Harry Potter range.

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HORRIBLY FAMOUS SERIES
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By Philip Reeve

Everybody knows that Horatio Nelson won the Battle of Trafalgar and lost an arm and an eye. This book lets readers discover the facts, including how Napoleon nearly got killed by a polar bear, ate rats and maggots and was found pickled in a barrel of brandy.

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SPOT IT AGAIN
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By Delphine Chedru


Surprises and secrets fill the pages of this stylish picture book treat. Like Spot It!, Delphine Chedru's first picture book in the United States, this book asks young readers to look carefully at a series of beautifully designed patterns and layouts. On every page there are hidden creatures and surprises. Some are embedded in the design, and some can be found underneath flaps. Readers will pore over the pages until they've found every one!


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YOUR OWN PERSONAL DIARY-AH
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Announcing the last thing you'd expect from the The Encyclopedia of Immaturity people: a diary.

We know - "diary" sounds like it has the dearest little lock on it and maybe a kitten on the cover, with pastel pages to be filled with the sensitive writing of a tender soul on a voyage of self-discovery. Yeah, this diary is nothing like that.

The Encyclopedia of MY Immaturity is a wise-cracking collection of write-in-the-book activities immortalizing the triumphs of a misspent youth. Like your sister's diary, this journal comes with a handy pen mounted right on the front cover. Unlike your sister's diary, it also comes with a few fake fill-in-the-blank, parent-praising journal entries (for the benefit of unauthorized snoops). Other entries include the "how immature are you, really?" test, the "what you will barely grow up to be?" fortune teller, and the "what kind of goofball are you?" quiz (spaz, party clown, or slouch). Throughout, directed activities share space with open-ended journal prompts. It's the ideal way to record all those things you should never have done in the first place, and how you'll do them better next time.

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Hell's Bells

Mosquito Advertising

Zac Power

Geronimo Stilton

Lego Star Wars

My Life

Star League Series

James and the Giant Peach

Muncle Trogg

Flat Stanley

The Little Lie

Henry VIII's Wives

The Truth About Verity Sparks

My Sister the Vampire

Calamitous Queen

Dark Days

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Nanny Piggins

Darke

My Name Is Mina

Against All Odds

Vinnie's War

Robin Hood

Worlds Worst Explorer

Around the World OnEighty Legs

To Market, to Market

Dragon Creativity Book

Princess Creativity Book

Lego Harry Potter

Horatio Nelson

Spot It again

Encyclopedia of my Immaturity
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