Gunnerkrigg Court Volume 1: Orientation by Thomas Siddell

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Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around alongside body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature.

The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the things she causes to happen as she and her new friend, Kat, unravel the mysteries of the Court and deal with the everyday adventures of growing up. 

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Deadpool: The Complete Collection Volume 1 by Daniel Way, Andy Diggle, Steve Dillon, Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi and Bong Dazo

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He’s the Marvel Universe’s Merc With A Mouth!  As quick with a pistol as he is with a one-liner!

Fan-favourite writer Daniel Way brings the crazy with his character-defining run on the Crimson Comedian, the Regeneratin’ Degenerate, the Asinine Assassin … Deadpool!

The X-Men’s favourite frenemy, Deadpool straddles the line between hero and villain, sanity and insanity.  So when a Skrull invasion force lands on Earth, it’s anyone’s guess which side the unpredictable Wade Wilson will join!  The wisecracking, gun-toting, one-man army single-handedly saves a baseball stadium full of fans from a Skrull attack – and promptly surrenders to the invaders, leaving everyone scratching their heads.

Deadpool infiltrates the Skrull ranks – and through all the allegiance swapping, back-stabbing and mental instability, he tries to make good on a contract and get PAID!  But all hell breaks loose when the objective is compromised and his big, fat pay check gets cancelled.  Wade sets out to settle the score – even if that means he has to fight his way through Norman Osborn’s new team of Dark Avengers, made up of the Marvel Universe’s greatest villains in disguise.

And as Deadpool storms his way to the top of Avengers Tower, Osborn goes all in and deploys his bloodthirsty black-ops team of assassins, the Thunderbolts!  Plug up your ears, kids – it’s gonna get loud!

Plus: Two men who can’t die slice one another to ribbons and then blow those ribbons up with lots of explosives as Wolverine and Deadpool hash out their differences in a showdown for the ages! 

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A Pocketful Of Stars by Aisha Bushby

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This place is magic … but it’s not the sort of magic that comes from wands and spells …

Safiya and her mum rarely see eye to eye.  But when her mum falls ill, something mysterious happens.  Saff finds herself transported back in tie to her mum’s childhood home in Kuwait.  And it becomes clear that this isn’t just a magical place: it’s a game.  As Saff figures out how to play the game, she realises that opening her heart to the past is the key to changing her future … 

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The Price Guide To The Occult by Leslye Walton

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All Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life.  But as a descendant of the witch Rona Blackburn, who famously cursed her family over a century ago, Nor is no stranger to suffering.  She has reason to hope, however, that she may have escaped the thornier side effects of Rona’s curse.

Then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price.  The author – Nor’s own mother – is performing magic that should be far beyond her capabilities.  And such magic always requires a sacrifice.

A storm is coming.  It’s coming for Nor.

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Skulduggery Pleasant Midnight by Derek Landy

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Skulduggery Pleasant is dead.

Valkyrie Cain is cool.

Omen Darkly is neither.

The eleventh book in the bestselling SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT series.

For years, Valkyrie Cain has struggled to keep her loved ones safe from harm, plunging into battle – time and time again – by Skulduggery Pleasant’s side, and always emerging triumphant.

But now the very thing that Valkyrie fights for is in danger as a ruthless killer snatches her little sister.

With Skulduggery racing to catch up and young sorcerer Omen scrambling along behind, Valkyrie only has six hours to find Alice before it’s too late. 

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Skulduggery Pleasant – Resurrection by Derek Landy

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Skulduggery Pleasant is dead.

Valkyrie Cain is cool.

Omen Darkly is neither. 

The tenth book in the bestselling SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT series – and the first of a whole new story arc.

Valkyrie Cain has been out of action for years recovering from the war against her alter-ego Darquesse.

But Skulduggery Pleasant is still fighting to save the world.

When an old enemy threatens to return, he persuades Valkyrie to join him for just twenty-four hours.  But they need someone else, someone inconspicuous.

Enter Omen Darkly.  Not a warrior.  Not a detective.  And definitely NOT the chosen one … 

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Dancing Jax by Robin Jarvis

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Some books should be banned or destroyed.  This is the story of one of them …

In a coastal town, a strange, out-of-print children’s book is found, full of colourful stories of castles, knights and unicorns.  But the book is no fairytale.  Written by Austerly Fellows, a mysterious turn-of-the-century occultist, it is no mere entertainment.  In fact, those who start it find that they just can’t put it down, no matter how much they may want to. 

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Fallen by Benedict Jacka

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Everything is on the line for probability mage Alex Verus …

Once Alex was a diviner trying to live under the radar.  Now he’s a member of the Light Council who’s found success, friends … and love.  But it’s come with a price – the Council is investigating him, and if they found out the truth, he’ll lose it all.

Meanwhile, Alex’s old master, Richard Drakh, is waging a war against the Light mages.  To protect those he cared for, Alex will have to become something different.  Something darker … 

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The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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”I used to think to make people feel afraid was a curse, an awful thing … But I’d love for them to fear me … I want them to look at me and weep.”

On the even of their divining, the day Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are to discover their fate, they’re captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Vallarta.

Far away from their beloved Traveller community, and forced to work in the harsh castle kitchens, Lil finds some comfort in the storm-eyed Mira, a fellow slave who she’s drawn to in ways she doesn’t understand.  But too soon she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying man of myth, who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate …  

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Stunt Double: Jungle Cruise by Tamsin Cooke

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Fearless stunt double Finn is in Thailand working on the latest Rio Dining blockbuster.  It’s a dream job, but are the whispers around set true?  Is the film really cursed?

When stunts go wrong it’s serious, and on this movie, they could be deadly.  So far, Finn’s survived all sorts of smashes and crashes, even an elephant stampede, but it’s the secrets on set that might finally break him. 

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Walls by Emma Fischel

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Ned Harrison Arkle-Smith had a good life – a perfect family, a true best friend, and a brilliant secret den – but now everything is ruined!  Suddenly his mum and dad want to build a wall right through the middle of his home, Bill has made other friends, and his new neighbour has taken over his special place.

Ned is definitely, completely, totally not happy about this.  Until the night he loses his temper and something amazing happens.  Something that means maybe he can get everyone to come back round to his way of thinking … 

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Midnight At Moonstone by Lara Flecker and Trisha Krauss

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On the stroke of midnight, the costumes come to life.  And nobody is going to tell them what to do …

Kit’s father is away AGAIN, and although she’s supposed to be staying with her brother and sister, Kit steals away to visit her grandfather at Moonstone Costume Museum.

Once filled with extravagant wonders, the museum is now an ageing house with creaking floorboards and damp walls.  The decadent outfits seem dull and lifeless.  The fabrics worn and dusty.  But there is still magic within Moonstone’s walls, and Kit soon discovers that the old clothes have a secret of their own … because on the stroke of midnight, the costumes come to life.  And nobody is going to tell them what to do … 

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Kingdom Of Souls by Rena Barron

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Grandmother said I will be a powerful witch doctor one day.

But I cannot wait that long.

Arrah’s fate was foretold in the bones.

Descended from a long line of powerful witch doctors, she is desperate for a taste of magic.  No matter what the cost.

As strange premonitions and spirits descend upon the Kingdom, Arrah discovers she will do anything to save her people – even if it means sacrificing years of her own life.

Arrah must find a way to master this borrowed power.  But how much time does she have left? 

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Halo Moon by Sharon Cohen

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There’s a hundred ways to start this story, a hundred ways to tell it.

Each one is impossible.

Each one, unbelievable.

But it did all happen and I promise it’s all true.

In Ethiopia, Ageze has unearthed an ancient device that can make predictions.  It tells him there is a date, there is a place, there is a moment when it will happen.  A disaster that will change everything.

Halo Moon loves stars, and the night sky is full of them in her remote Yorkshire village.  It’s a place where nothing interesting ever happens, let alone a catastrophe.

So when a stranger appears at the end of a near-impossible journey and tells her lives are at risk, she can barely believe it.  But if she doesn’t help Ageze, everything and everyone she knows might disappear for ever …

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The Land Of Roar by Jenny McLachlan

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I see a cluster of jelly-shaped islands, a castle rising out of the sea, and three dragons soaring through the sky.  And written along the top of the map in my spiky handwriting is one word: 

ROAR

When twins Arthur and Rose were little they were heroes in the Land of Roar, the imaginary world they created.  Roar was filled with the things they loved – dragons, mermaids, ninja wizards and moonlight stallions – as well as the things that scared them the most.

Now the twins are eleven, Roar is almost forgotten.  But when strange things start happening, Arthur begins to wonder if maybe, just maybe …

ROAR IS REAL

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Isadora Moon Puts On A Show by Harriet Muncaster

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Isadora Moon is special because she is different

Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both.

It’s almost time for the vampire ball, and Isadora can’t wait!  There’s just one problem: she’s got to compete in a talent show with the other vampire children.

Will Isadora be brave enough to perform …?

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Adventure Duck vs The Armadillo Army by Steve Cole and Aleksei Bitskoff

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The battle is on – duck for cover!

Adventure Duck’s arch nemesis, Power Pug, is back with a sickly-sweet plan for world domination.  With an armadillo army under his command, the evil pug is digging up the rainforest to build a giant chocolate factory!  Can a new llama sidekick help Adventure Duck win the war?  Because defeat means only one thing …

Death by chocolate!

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Amelia Fang And The Half-Moon Holiday by Laura Ellen Anderson

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Meet Amelia Fang.

The bravest little vampire in the kingdom!

It’s the school half-moon holiday in gloomy Nocturnia and Amelia is going to spend it with her Rainbow Rangers troop on Sugarplum Island!

But whilst exploring, Amelia and her friends are magically shrunk to the size of bugs!  How will they make the BIG journey to break the curse when they are all so very TINY?

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Ronan Boyle And The Bridge Of Riddles by Thomas Lennon and John Hendrix

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To: Gentle Human Readers of This Book.

From: Office of the Deputy Commissioner

POLITE WARNING!

You have picked up the personal journals of one RONAN BOYLE, the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret garda – the Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures.

Despite Ronan’s small size, horrible eyesight, absurd number of allergies, and social awkwardness, he knows he’s the only one who can prove that his parents were UNJUSTLY IMPRISONED. To prove their innocence, Ronan must venture into TIR NA NOG, the land of the leprechauns.

This account features hair-raising and disturbing tales of law-breaking LEPRECHAUNS, sly FAERIE folk, and a mysterious and probably evil man named LORD DESMOND DOOLEY.

It also features acts of HEROISM and SACRIFICE, deep and lasting FRIENDSHIPS, reasonably priced FOOD, and the world’s best Irish wolfhound, LILY.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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Between Worlds: Folktales Of Britain & Ireland by Kevin Crossley-Holland

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Ancient, rich and strange, these magical and eerie tales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation.  At once dark and funny, lyrical yet earthy, these stories have shaped our landscape and culture.  This definitive collection, retold by master storyteller and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland, opens a doorway to a lost world and shows the enduring power of language and imagination.  

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Adventure Duck -v- Power Pug by Steve Cole and Aleksei Bitskoff

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There’s no ducking out – it’s time to be a hero!

When a meteor hits his pond, a wise-quacking duck develops superpowers and becomes …

ADVENTURE DUCK!

But Power Pug has gained strange powers too and he’s using them to take over the world!

Can Adventure Duck stop the evil pug and his Moo-dy Henchcow before it’s too late? 

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Isadora Moon Has A Sleepover by Harriet Muncaster

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Isadora Moon is special because she is different.

Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both.

When Isadora is invited to stay at her friend Zoe’s house she’s so excited – she hasn’t been to a sleepover before!

And with cakes to bake, a midnight feast to eat and endless magical giggles to share, they just have to stay up all night to fit it all in!  

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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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Once there was a girl who was drawn to wicked things …

Asha is a dragon-slayer.  Reviled by the very people she’s sworn to protect, she kills to atone for the terrible deed she committed as a child.

One that almost destroyed her city, and left her with a terrible scar.

She wears her scar with pride, but to others, her skin tells a story of devastation, of fiery deaths, of Asha’s irredeemable wickedness.

Only the death of Kozu, the First Dragon, will bring Asha true redemption and unite her father’s fractured kingdom.  But no one battles Kozu and lives, so to defeat him she will have to do some very wicked things … 

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The Girl With The Shark’s Teeth by Cerrie Burnell

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I am soul of song and water

I am fine and bone of star

I was dreamed from waves and moonlight

And my heart has swam so far

Minnow has grown up on a boat, hearing stories about a strange, enchanted ocean called The Wild Deep.

Now with her mother missing and questions to be answered, Minnow must make the dangerous journey to a hidden world, where fairytales become reality. And it will change Minnow forever … 

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