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When a baby toddles into a close-knit community with a killer in pursuit, the local inhabitants protect him. Out of that act of charity, the simply unthinkable has occurred: the baby has been adopted by a graveyard! Years pass as young Bod is taught how to live by the ghosts of shopkeepers, witches and poets. All the while, he is watched over by supernatural guardians with a mission to save the world from the same dark forces that orphaned him.
The Graveyard Book
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A fast-paced first-person fantasy, this book is full of scary suspense and humour. Dahl delights in sowing seeds of unease in his readers by making the ordinary extraordinary, encouraging them to look beyond the surface at what might lie beneath. This cautionary tale that appearances can be deceptive resonates with today’s age of internet safety – and the message that you can love, be loved, be brave and carve out a successful career saving the world no matter your appearance, size or species will never date.
The Witches
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When David is expelled from school for terrible grades, he is sent away to Groosham Grange, where a bad report card is the least of his fears. At Groosham, the French teacher is a werewolf, the assistant head is a vampire and the headmaster has more than just one head. Soon, David realises he’ll be lucky to get out alive, never mind with full marks. There’s definitely somehting very strange and rather nasty going on at this school - the question is, what’s David going to do about it? I loved this book when I read it at the end of primary school.
Groosham Grange
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Ada Goth, the daughter of reclusive and quietly elegant Lord Goth, lives a lonely life at Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Once she meets Ishmael, the ghost of a mouse, and visitors William and Emily Cabbage, she finally has the friends she needs to unravel the many mysteries taking place in her spooky home. But will they be able to figure out what the suspicious indoor gamekeeper, Maltravers, is up to in time for the Annual Metaphorical Bicycle Race and Indoor Hunt?
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
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Mr and Mrs Bold have a secret – they are actually a pair of laughing hyenas who assumed the identity of a couple of unfortunate tourists who had ended up on the wrong side of a crocodile during their African honeymoon. Using the passports of the unfortunately expired tourists, the Bolds travel to the UK and set up home in England, start a family and do a very good job of hiding the fact that they are not actually human at all. What a laugh! When they get a little homesick, they decide to visit a local safari park where they meet a group of hyenas with a sad tale to tell.
The Bolds
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A beautiful bird of prey, an international voyage and the power of friendship: Sky Hawk is an unforgettable emotional rollercoaster set against the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. The son of a farmer, Callum is an ordinary Scottish country kid, but his life is changed forever when he strikes up a friendship with Iona, an out-of-the-ordinary girl from his village. The pair discover a rare osprey nesting on Callum’s farm and vow to keep their discovery a closely guarded secret.
Sky Hawk
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Four children evacuated from London during World War II find the mother of all distractions in the rambling country house of the professor who’s taken them in. Lucy, the youngest, discovers that a wardrobe leads into Narnia, a land populated by magical creatures but gripped by the spell of an eternal winter. First published in 1950, the story of Lucy, her brother Edmund who falls into league with the cold-hearted White Witch, and their older brother and sister, is a fastmoving tale dominated by the majestic lion whose arrival breaks the witch’s spell.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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Astra is wide awake on a spaceship taking her to her new life on the planet Nova Mundi. But Astra shouldn’t be awake right now, because it takes 199 years to reach this new world from Earth. While her family are all snoring in their sleeping pods, Astra, along with her new friend Philbeam, go off exploring. They soon find out the ship is in deep trouble. Not only has the ship been knocked off course, it’s also been invaded by a gang of Poglites, an alien salvage crew. However, they are the least of her worries; something far more sinister is lurking in the canteen . . .
Cakes in Space
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Hal lives in a big house with wealthy parents. He has everything except the thing he wants most – a dog. His mum will not allow a smelly, hairy creature in her perfect home. Kelsey lives in a cramped flat with very little money but she has her dream job of working in the Easy Pets Dog Agency where dogs are rented out to the rich. For his birthday, Hal gets a weekend with a dog and Kelsey introduces him to Fleck. Perfect, except Hal thinks he is getting a dog for life and Fleck thinks he’s getting a boy for life!
One Dog and his Boy
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Suffering scallops, it’s not easy training to be a Viking! Young Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III has everything to prove and everything to lose as he attempts to claim his place as future Chieftain of Berk – starting with training his very own dragon. Hiccup might be smarter than his age-mates but he’s also smaller, weaker and much more afraid; can he overcome his fears to become a Viking hero? Or is he going to wind up in a dragon’s guts? Full of bright wit and brutal honesty, this is a brilliant book that launched a huge series.
How to Train Your Dragon
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