Like a dog and his bone
A dog whose words are worse than his bite.
The worst thing about summer vacation
The dreaded required reading list.
Queens are people too
A day at Buckingham Palace
Happy as a pig in mud
Anyone who has owned a pig knows this amusing animal lends itself to a story or two.
Beloved series rereleased
Flat Stanley turns 50.
Best seller presents heavy topics with optimism
Author with Guinness World Record for highest number of consecutive best-selling adult novels writes worthwhile children's book.
How big is your treehouse?
Creativity trumps TV
Squirrel caught in vacuum survives
Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo reveals a lighter side.
Is a car more than the sum of its parts?
A 21st century makeover for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Number one in a great new series.
One of Amazon’s “Top 20” for 2013
Imagine growing up without a local public library.
Djinni, magic and revenge
A witty and well-paced fantasy adventure.
Inside a male brain
Shusterman's account seems about right to me.
The Only Author to Win Both a Newbery and Newbery Honor in the Same Year
An off-beat story about friendship, loyalty and respect.
One for the boys
Friendship, growing up, danger, peer pressure, Shakespeare, humour, remorse… and the meaning of life.
Up on Cloud Nine
A story about unstinting love.
Need a Laugh?
This is the funniest, cleverest, most entertaining story I've read in ages. Keep the tissues handy, because it will have you crying with laughter.
Beyond This Point There Be Dragons
A tongue-in-cheek fairy tale.
Time Stops For No Mouse
Hermux is a watchmaker living a quiet existence.
The More the Merrier
More is not neccessarily merrier when it comes to eccentric relatives.
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