Booktopia Six to Twelve Buzz
November 2009 | Edition One
Dear readers,

I am extremely pleased to bring you the latest in Booktopia's compendium of newsletters tailored to the specific interests and needs of our customers: none other than books for children aged six to twelve! You have received this email because you have bought from the children's categories of our site before, or have pre-selected this genre in your newsletter preferences. If you do not wish to receive it again,
click here to change your newsletter preferences. Also remember however, each book in this newsletter has been hand-picked and discounted by 20% for limited time only, to give you the opportunity of getting the crème de la crème of children's literature at the best price.

To spark the literary imaginations of your bairns, we are thrilled to welcome the delightful Amelia Vahtrick - an avid reader of this genre herself - and well in tune with just what will delight, enlighten and engross those lads and lassies. I leave you in her capable sentences,

Karen Coleman
Managing Editor

Welcome to the very first Six to Twelve Buzz! This is where you can learn everything you need to know about exciting new titles for primary school readers.  I know it can be hard to keep up with new kids titles if you're not a kid yourself (or if you don't spend your days immersed in children's books like me!) so that is where I come in.  Whether it is early readers you are after, or a challenging read for someone in upper primary - I have got you covered.

This month my list of favourites has got to include Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and of course The Magician's Elephant - the latest offering from Kate DiCamillo.  I've also got the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book and a brand new Tashi adventure, not to mention the first official follow up to Winnie the Pooh ever released by the A. A. Milne estate. To celebrate my first ever newsletter Booktopia has a very special offer on a classic children's puzzle book for just $4.50, and we have complete sets of John Flanagan, Emily Rodda and Kate DiCamillo's works to give away (click on the author's name for more details on how to enter)!

Every book featured in this Buzz is 20% off so... get lets reading! 

Amelia Vahtrick
Six to Twelve Buzz Editor

Scott Westerfeld

For my very first book of the month I was lucky to get my hands on a copy of Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.  For those not in the know, Scott Westerfeld is one of the greats of Young Adult fiction, and this is his first foray into the primary age group.  Leviathan marks the beginning of a new series, set in an alternate past.  Europe is on the brink of World War One, but the technology at play is like nothing we have ever seen.  In England, Darwinists splice the DNA strands of different animals to create living, breathing machines, like an airship which is whale-like in structure.  On the European continent however, the industrial revolution played out differently.  Clankers are obsessed with the mechanics of gears, pulleys and the like, and have built giant walkers which mimic the steps of the person 'driving' them. 
The book opens following the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand.  His son (and possible heir) Aleksandr is living on the run in a stolen walker with two of his professors and a handful of mechanical skills to recommend him.  Meanwhile, in England, Deryn Sharp has always longed to take to the skies, but girls are forbidden from applying to the aeronautics academy.  Deryn decides to take matters into her own hands; by cutting off her hair and re-naming herself Dylan, she gets a job as a midshipman aboard the Leviathan.  When the great airship is shot down over Switzerland, the lives of Alex and Deryn collide, sparking an adventure that will go down in history.
A great thing about this book is that the technology, which could have been too complicated, too confusing and too difficult to visualise, is brought to life by Keith Thompson's amazing illustrations.  The images work perfectly within Westerfeld's perfectly crafted world, making this a series not to be missed.  This isn't just an amazing story (which it is!) - it is the whole package.  Great for readers 11+

RRP: $29.95
Booktopia Price: $23.96 IN STOCK


The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

This is a really exciting month, with new books coming out from a couple of my favourite authors - including the incomparable Kate DiCamillo.  Her books are like fairy tales for older readers, and include The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - two perennial favourites.  This month sees the release of The Magician's Elephant - the story of an orphan boy from the town of Baltese who is told by a fortune teller that an elephant will lead him to his long lost sister.  Like DiCamillo's other stories, you will get chills reading this magical and touching story.  To celebrate the launch of the newsletter (and a new Kate DiCamillo book! An event worthy of celebration in my opinion!) we are giving away a Kate DiCamillo prize pack including her newest offering, a poster and her whole backlist, including The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Tiger Rising and Because of Winn-Dixie.

To enter just:
 - purchase one of the books from this newsletter
 - email me at with your order number and 25 words on what you think makes a great children's book. The winner will be announced in next month's Six to Twelve Buzz.

Kate DiCamillo is an award winning author whose stories deserve to be treasured - if you haven't discovered her yet, check out the new editions of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Because of Winn-Dixie at a great new low price.  Perfect for readers aged 8+

The Magician's Elephant
RRP: $24.95
Booktopia Price: $19.96 IN STOCK

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane & Because of Winn-Dixie
RRP: $12.95
Price: $10.50



Now, I know this book doesn't come out for another month but I thought it was an important one to include in this newsletter. I am taking about Alex Ride Book 8: Crocodile Tears, and I am so excited about this title that I am having to restrain myself from typing all in capitals.  The world wide release date is November 12th, and despite my begging and pleading with the publisher for ANYTHING she could give me (just one measly chapter!) I was told I had to wait just like everyone else.
I can tell you that the book opens with Alex uncharacteristically turning to MI6 for help.  Targeted by a hit-man and under threat of the media exposing his past, he does a deal - protection in exchange for one more mission.  Spying on a high-profile charity organiser, Desmond Cain, at his GM crop plant, Alex discovers that there is a sinister plan behind the plant's profits.  When his identity is discovered by Cain, Alex is kidnapped and shipped off to Africa where he uncovers a horrifying plan to create an epic disaster that will kill millions of people.  Alex has to stop Cain before it is too late, while keeping MI6 from accidentally triggering the disaster themselves.
So... get excited and get pre-ordering because this is one book you do not want to miss out on!  If you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about, you'd better check out book one in the series, Stormbreaker,(IN STOCK) to find out how this story of the fourteen-year-old school-boy-turned-spy began.

Alex Ride Book 8: Crocodile Tears
RRP: $17.95
Booktopia Price: $14.35

To help you survive the wait, below are two great action reads to keep you occupied until Alex Rider is here!
Anthony Horowitz

This month sees the re-issue of an Anthony Horowitz classic - The Devil and his Boy.  Tom Falconer grew up working his fingers to the bone at The Pig's Head Inn for the nasty owners, Sebastian and Henriette Slope.  One night, a mysterious stranger arrives to take Tom to London with him.  However, on the way to London, his escort is attacked and killed, and Tom must go it alone in Elizabethan London.  Joining a troupe of  actors, Tom finally feels like he has a home and some friends.  Little does he  know, he is about to find himself right in the middle of a sinister plot.  Tom, along with his new friend Moll Cutpurse, discovers he holds the fate of the Queen herself in his hands.  This is a cracker of a historical adventure that will be enjoyed by all who read it. 

The Devil and his Boy
RRP: $14.95
Booktopia Price: $11.95

Michael Winerip

Adam Canfield, star reporter and co-editor of his school's newspaper is back in Adam Canfield: Watch Your Back, only this time the story being covered is about him!  When the money Adam earned on a day off school is stolen by some kids from the high school Adam is embarrassed to see an article about him in the Dash.  He soon decides that getting the message out to others is important, and he and his team of reporters decide not only to look at bullying in the school but in the whole town.  Author Michael Winerip combines action, mystery and kid-friendly humour to tackle some serious issues including the effects of racism and class in society.  If you haven't met Adam Canfield before, check out Adam Canfield of the Dash - the first book about the student newspaper that isn't too scared to tackle the big issues.

Adam Canfield: Watch Your Back
RRP: $14.95
Booktopia Price: $11.95
Jeff Kinney

I really should only have to mention the Wimpy Kid series to have you jumping up and down with excitement.  Greg Heffley's stories about life at school, at home and with his big brother have had children in stitches, and volume four won't disappoint. Dog Days is set during the school holidays which Greg is spending inside, dodging the sunlight. He has always been an 'indoor person' (his words, not mine) and his dream summer holiday involves lots of video games, lots of relaxation, and very little responsibility. His ideal summer is threatened, however, when his mother lays out her idea of a great summer holiday - lots of outdoor activities and family togetherness.  And for Greg, family togetherness means lots of time with his evil big brother Roderick.
This has been THE series for reluctant readers - Jeff Kinney's part novel/part comic creation is perfect for grabbing readers' attention, and the hilarious plot lines ensure that the audience remains hooked. This book was released worldwide on October 13th so what are you waiting for?  This is a book not to be missed!

Dog Days
RRP: $14.95
Booktopia Price: $11.96
Adam Blade 

This is definitely the fantasy series of the moment for boys in lower primary.  Beast Quest Series 5, The Shade of Death, by Adam Blade includes:
Book 25: Krabb Master of the Sea
Book 26:  Hawkite Arrow of the Air
Book 27: Rokk The Walking Mountain
Book 28: Koldo The Arctic Warrior
Book 29: Trema The Slug Monster
Book 30: Amictus the Bug Queen

Each book
RRP: $14.99
Booktopia: Price $11.99
  Dan Jerris

Al and Owen head back to the Dragon Blood Islands in this exciting series that combines time travel and pirate-themed historical adventure. Written by Dan Jerris, series 3 includes:
Book 13: Slitgut and the Emerald Eyes
Book 14: Dead Man's Whirlpool
Book 15: The Voodoo Temple
Book 16: Graveyard Diamonds
Book 17: Ransom
Book 18: The Power of the Sabre

Each book
RRP: $12.99
Booktopia: Price $10.50

  Darcey Bussell

Written by Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell, this delightful series about a pair of magic red ballet slippers is a real treasure.  Rosa has passed the slippers onto Holly, whose adventures include:
Book 13: Holly and the Dancing Cat
Book 14: Holly and the Silver Unicorn
Book 15: Holly and the Magic Tiara
Book 16: Holly and the Rose Garden
Book 17: Holly and the Ice Palace
Book 18: Holly and the Land of Sweets

Each book
RRP: $9.99
Booktopia: Price $7.99

I've got two great collections of short stories for you this month.  The first is the latest in a hugely popular series - Kids Night In 3.  In this collection you will find stories, recipes, cartoons and poems  by such authors as J.K. Rowling, Garth Nix, Stephanie Alexander, Morris Gleitzman and Shaun Tan.  Bed time stories, comics to make you laugh, recipes to try... this book has something for everyone, plus with each copy you buy, you are helping to raise money for War Child, an aid organisation which helps children all over the world who have been affected by war.  So what are you waiting for?

Kids Night In 3
RRP: $24.95
Booktopia Price: $19.95


The second collection I've got for you is rather different and asks the question 'Just how scared can you get in thirty seconds?'  Half-Minute Horrors is a collection of short short stories, comics, poems and illustrations designed to give you the chills... in half a minute or less. Authors include such greats as Lemony Snickett, Neil Gaiman, James Patterson, Margaret Atwood, R. L. Stine and Holly Black. My favourites include 'The Legend of Alexandra & Rose' by Jon Klassen, and 'The Shadow' by Neil Gaiman - be sure to check them out when you pick up this spooky collection. But be warned... as these spine-tingling stories are designed to scare I wouldn't read after dark if I were you.

Half-Minute Horrors
RRP: $16.99
Booktopia Price: $13.50

R.A. Spratt
In March this year R.A. Spratt introduced us to a Nanny who made the best chocolate cake in the world, and was rather talented at being shot out of a canon.  She also happened to be a pig.  Nanny Piggins, sick of the circus life, decided to settle down as Nanny to the Green children.  In Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan however, it looks as though the children's life of adventure with Nanny Piggins might come to an end.  Their father is thinking of sacking Nanny Piggins!  I wouldn't be too worried though... Nanny Piggins always comes out on top!  This hilarious series is great for any readers aged 8+

Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan
RRP: $14.95
Booktopia Price: $11.95
  Vivian French
First there was The Robe of Skulls.  Then The Bag of Bones.  Now Vivian French  brings you The Heart of Glass, straight from the five kingdoms.  In this new adventure Gracie Gillypott and Prince Marcus start their day off with some dwarf watching, unaware that they are soon to be tangled up in all kinds of trouble. The dwarves are gearing up for a rebellion, Princess Marigold is stalking Prince Marcus and the leader of the Trolls has convinced himself that Gracie is not only a princess, but also his true love!
Readers of the first two books will be pleased to see Gracie and Marcus back for another fantastical adventure. Vivian French has created a great magical world where strange things happen every day.

The Heart of Glass
RRP: $14.95
Booktopia Price: $11.95
  Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Horrendous is back and funnier than ever in How to Break a Dragon's Heart. Cressida Cowell's series about the least horrible Viking you could imagine has grabbed readers' attention all around the world.  Hiccup (a nerdy Viking) and his dragon, Toothless (the runt of the litter) are living happily in the Violent Viking Hooligan tribe when  his friend Fishlegs is caught sending illegal love letters to the daughter of Ug the Uglythug. 
What perils will they face? What is hiding deep in the Beserk forest?  Will Hiccup and Toothless survive? (Probably!)  You'll have to read to find out!

How to Break a Dragon's Heart
RRP: $16.99
Booktopia Price: $13.50

Emily Rodda

Calling all Rondo fans - the last instalment of the trilogy is finally here!  In The Battle For Rondo we return with Leo and Mimi to a Rondo in peril - war is brewing and the Blue Queen has secured a dragon for her side and is determined to get revenge on anyone who crossed her in the past - and that includes Leo and Mimi.  Though they've got the seven best witches and wizards in Rondo on their side, Leo and Mimi might not end up the victors.  Will the magical power they've amassed be enough to defeat the evil queen?  You don't want to miss out on this exciting conclusion to Emily Rodda's award winning series.
If you haven't read any of the Rondo books, then there is no better time to start.  If you order something from this newsletter, you could win a signed boxed set of the Rondo Trilogy (RRP $89.99) including The Key to Rondo, The Wizard of Rondo and The Battle for Rondo.  Just email me your order number at along with 25 words on why you think kids LOVE to read fantasy so much. 

The Battle For Rondo
RRP: $34.99
Booktopia Price: $27.99
James Patterson

Brother and sister Whit and Wisty have their world turned upside-down one night when they are pulled from their beds, taken to a secret compound and imprisoned there.  A new government is in control  and they are determined to suppress all individual thought, imagination, free speech and liberty. 
Whit and Whisty have no idea why they have been singled out... until they start exhibiting some very strange powers.  Evidently the reason the government has had them locked up is because they are a witch and a wizard!
The siblings must get their new found powers under control so they can escape, free their parents and hopefully save the world!
This new series comes from one of the biggest names in action-packed writing, James Patterson, so make sure you check it out!  Think Harry Potter meets CHERUB and you have some idea of what this adrenaline packed read is like.

Witch & Wizard
RRP: $29.95
Booktopia Price: $23.96

  Colin Thompson
You've heard of King Arthur... heroic, brave, a great leader, a GREAT king right?  Wrong.  King Arthur was actually a spoilt, vain, idiot of a king who didn't have a clue how to run a country.  There were many in Avalon who were unhappy about his appointment, but few were as annoyed as the dragons who thought if not for their lack of thumbs, they could have been running the country in no time.  Instead they spend their days blowing bubbles up the castle toilets at the young king.  They are so enthusiastic in their bubble blowing that they manage to block up the drains of the whole castle.  Arthur sends messengers out to four corners of his Kingdom looking for someone courageous enough to brave the dragons and unblock the sewers.  If only he knew there was a fire proof boy living in his kitchens who could sort the problem out in no time.
From Colin Thompson, the author of the hilariously off-beat Floods series comes a new twist on the King Arthur legend where King Arthur isn't... well... a legend.

Dragons 1: Camelot
RRP: $14.95
Booktopia Price: $11.95
This month sees a number of additions to the great series of Puffin classics for children.  These are very affordable editions of classic stories, which include introductions from some favourite contemporary authors.  My personal favourite from this list has got to be What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge, introduced by Cathy Cassidy.  Other titles out this month include Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Kidnapped, Wuthering Heights, The Red Badge of Courage and The Happy Prince.   Take this opportunity to discover (or perhaps rediscover!) a classic story that has stood the test of time.

Each book
RRP: $9.95
Booktopia Price: $7.96
  Dorothy Wall

This classic story of the mischievous young koala Blinky Bill is a much loved classic Australian story.  This new deluxe edition, which matches the already released The Magic Pudding and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, contains all the original illustrations which have been re-scanned to great effect. 
This hardback edition is the perfect gift for special occasions and I know it will be a welcome addition to any child's library. 

The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill
RRP: $39.99
Booktopia Price: $31.99
  This book is probably not as well known as Blinky Bill or Anne of Avonlea, but in my opinion it deserves to be up there with the rest of the children's classics.  Finn Family Moomintroll is the first book in the bizarrely charming Moomins series by Tove Jansson.  Moonintrolls are round, shy, funny creatures who look a little like hippopotamuses.  They live in their Moominhouse in Moominvalley and can make an adventure out of anything, whether it is hibernating for the winter or planting a vegetable garden.  Once you have read this first book, I guarantee you wont be able to stop yourself from reading the others in the series.  As an added bonus, these books are great for reading aloud to littlies as well!

Finn Family Moomintroll
Booktopia Price: $19.96
Eoin Colfer

Artemis is very unimpressed to be back at school after a year of criminal plots and devious schemes.  The monotony of class is broken, however, when he receives a message about his father who has been missing (presumed dead) for nearly two years.  The Russian Mafia have him and are demanding a massive ransom.  Artemis doesn't have much time and has no choice but to go to his one-time enemy Holly Short, elf captain in the LEPRecon.  But Holly has a condition - her help in exchange for Artemis'.  Goblins are running rife in the lower city and a rebellion is afoot. 
All the great characters from the original Artemis Fowl book are brought to life in this graphic novel of book two in the hugely popular series.  Check out the first graphic novel, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer if you have yet to meet the most devious, cunning, manipulative twelve-year-old to walk the planet...

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident Graphic Novel
RRP: 19.95
Booktopia Price: $15.96
  Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton has long been a favourite series for early readers.  The combination of exciting stories and coloured pictures which break up the text make them an easy-to-get-into read... and it's just gotten easier. This month sees the release of the first two Geronimo Stilton graphic novels - perfect for any reluctant readers out there.
Geronimo Stilton is a mouse who also happens to be an investigative reporter who always seems to find himself in trouble of one kind or another.  In this new series, Geronimo travels back and forth in time defending history from his nemeses the Pirate Cats.  In The Discovery of America Geronimo travels from Italy to America and must stop the Pirate Cats from making themselves the rulers of Mouse Island.  In The Secret of the Sphinx Geronimo and his friends travel to Ancient Egypt where a great statue, The Sphinx, is being built. 

The Discovery of America
The Secret of the Sphinx
Each book
RRP: $14.99
Booktopia Price: $11.95
Anna & Barbara Fienberg & Kim Gamble

This is an exciting new release for Tashi fans.  Not only does it contain a brand new, full length Tashi adventure, but it is fully illustrated in colour and is jam-packed with puzzles, games and activities!
In Tashi and the Strangers, a mysterious family stumble into the village with General Zeng's soldiers in hot pursuit.  Can Tashi save them in time? You'll have to read to find out. 
When you've finished the story, you might like to try your hand at completing the Incredible Crossword, or maybe see if you can help Tashi find his way through the Warlord's Maze.  Plus, there is a fold out Tashi board game which will keep the whole family entertained! 
Tashi is one of the best series around for young readers - if you've yet to discover Tashi then this interactive volume is the perfect introduction.

The Amazing Tashi Activity Book
RRP: $19.99
Booktopia Price: $15.99
This is a perennial non-fiction favourite among kids, and it seems to get better and better each year!    From sporting records to eating records to the records for the longest fingernails (a personal favourite of mine... although it gives me the chills a bit too!) - this book has something for everyone.
This book is one that will be poured over, each fact examined, discussed and debated.  Perfect as a gift, or for anyone with an inquisitive mind!

Guinness World Records 2010
RRP: $49.99
Booktopia Price: $39.99

This ridiculous collection of random facts is great for any non-fiction buffs out there.  Full of fascinating information about animals, history, music... just about any topic you could imagine! 
Other titles in this decidedly silly series by Mitchell Symons include Why do Farts Smell like rotten eggs?, How to avoid a wombat's bum and Why eating bogeys is good for you. These books should be your first port of call should you ever wonder... Does eating jelly-babies make you a cannibal? 

How Much Poo Does an Elephant Do?   
RRP: $14.95
Booktopia Price: $11.95
  This book is the seventh in a fantastic series that introduces great artists and their works to kids.  Paul Cezanne's son (also named Paul) is travelling to visit him for a summer where he has a real chance to get to know his painter father.  Cezanne's distinctive artworks are woven into the illustrations, ensuring the reader can fully visualise the art being discussed.   Other titles in the series include Degas and the Little Dancer, Leonardo and the Flying Boy and Camille and the Sunflowers.

Cezanne and the Apple Boy
RRP: $27.95
Booktopia Price: $22.95

David Benedictus

Eighty years after Winnie-the-Pooh first charmed his way into our hearts, a sequel of sorts has appeared.  With the blessing of A.A. Milne's estate, David Benedictus has written the official follow up to Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.  In my opinion, Benedictus has done a very courageous thing.  He has written something which he knows will be compared to one of the best loved children's books of all time.  If A. A. Milne is not a hard act to follow then I don't know what is.  I will admit to being sceptical, but after reading this exposition at the beginning of Return to Hundred Acre Wood, I was a bit won over.  Christopher Robin, Pooh and Piglet vow to help Benedictus out if they can in the creation of new adventures for the Hundred Acre Wood gang.   Sadly, Eeyore remains pessimistic, sure that Benedictus' knowledge of donkeys will be insufficient.  But then, if Eeyore was optimistic about the venture, we would know something had gone wrong!
This book is well worth a read, if only to form your own opinion!  This book is great for children and adults alike, and a must read for any fan of Christopher Robin and his friends.

Return to Hundred Acre Wood
RRP: $29.95
Booktopia Price: $23.95
House of Legends is a website devoted to the best in science fiction and fantasy.  The House of Legends staff have chosen three of their favourite series and put the first book of each together in one great value boxed set. The books are:

The Rangers Apprentice 1: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan, The Laws of Magic 1: Blaze of Glory by Michael Pryor and
Tapestry 1: The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff.

Buying each of these books individually would normally cost around $15.00 per book, but by buying the set from Booktopia, you can get all three for just $19.95.  Even better, we've got some IN STOCK in the warehouse at the moment so the wait for these books will be very short.

Check out the House of Legends website for book reviews, author interviews and more.

House of Legends Box Set

RRP: $29.95
Booktopia Price: $19.95
In This Issue

Book of the Month

October Competition

A Very Special Offer

New Alex Rider

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Ranger's Apprentice 9

Junior Readers

Short Stories

Next in Series

Key to Rondo Finale

New Series


Graphic Novels

Brand New Tashi



Bargain Books

Gift Sets

Activities for Girls

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The long awaited next instalment in the seriously addictive Ranger's Apprentice series is here!  Booktopia has SIGNED copies of Halt's Peril which sees Will, Halt and Horace tailing Tennyson and his followers.  The false prophet escaped justice in Clonmel and Halt is determined to capture him before he enters Araluen.  But will Tennyson prove too much for Will's mentor to defeat?

Booktopia has complete sets of the first eight books in the Ranger's Apprentice series to give away to five lucky customers who answer the following question in 25 words or less:

What was the best battle scene you ever read?

Email me your answer and order number to marketing@

Click here to see John Flanagan speaking directly to Booktopia customers.

Rangers Apprentice 9: Halt's Peril

RRP: $16.95
Booktopia Price: $13.50 Signed copies IN STOCK 


Check out these great gift sets of old favourites - Go Girl! and Zac Power.  Each set of books comes with a little something extra which makes them perfect for presents!

Each set
RRP: $29.95
Booktopia Price: $23.95

Zac Power: Ultimate Mission Tin
H.I. Larry
RRP: $29.95, Booktopia Price: $23.96
My Funky Go Girl! Bag
Meredith Badger & Sally Rippin
RRP: $29.95, Booktopia Price: $23.96

To celebrate the launch of Booktopia's very first Six to Twelve newsletter we have a very special offer on a classic riddler: Jean Marzollo. Marzollo has written literally dozens of books in the I Spy series, each a collage of easy-to-read riddles, rhymes and picture puzzles filled with hours of entertainment. We have chosen I Spy Santa Claus, at this particularly festive time of year, to offer for just $4.50! Yes, maybe we're giddy with the season, but you heard me right, $4.50. Get in now while stocks last.

I Spy Santa Claus
RRP: $9.99, Booktopia Price: $4.50

Check out these great activity books for girls - full of fairy crafts and paper dolls to dress they will keep you occupied on weekends and rainy days. 

The Fairies Fan-Fairy-Tastic Party Book
Jen Watts
RRP: $14.99
Booktopia Price: $11.99
Rainbow Magic Craft Book
Daisy Meadows
RRP: $14.99
Booktopia Price: $11.99

Annuals seem to be making a comeback, and the two I have featured here are sure to be a hit.  Each ties into a best-selling book series and will be a welcome addition to any collection!

Horrid Henry's Annual 2010
Francesca Simon
RRP: $24.99
Price: $19.99
Rainbow Magic Annual 2010
Daisy Meadows
RRP: $19.99
Booktopia Price: $15.99