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Our staff LOVE to read!


Here are a few of our favourites that have made a real impression on us, both as children and adults. 



Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War.


A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new - found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London...


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Bertie rescues an orphaned, white lion cub from the African bush. The two of them are inseparable, until Bertie has to go away to boarding school and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again.

School is soon followed by the war and Bertie, who has never forgotten his friend, has his faith rewarded when he and the lion find each other in war-torn France.


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The astonishing true story of a girl who survived the Holocaust thanks to Oskar Schindler, of Schindler's List fame.
Rena Finder was only eleven when the Nazis forced her and her family - along with all the other Jewish families - into the ghetto in Krakow, Poland. Rena worked as a slave labourer with scarcely any food and watched as friends and family were sent away.
Then Rena and her mother ended up working for Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who employed Jewish prisoners in his factory and kept them fed and healthy. But Rena's nightmares were not over. She and her mother were deported to the concentration camp Auschwitz. With great cunning, it was Schindler who set out to help them escape.

Here in her own words is Rena's gripping story of survival, perseverance, tragedy and hope.

Aidan's village is under siege. A fracking company has moved on to the land. Once drilling is complete, the paddocks looked after by Aidan's family will be gone, along with his home and the horse he loves. Aidan and his best friends, Emmi and Jon, have one last hope. Legend has it that the warrior queen Boudicca is buried close by. If only they can find the tomb ...prove this is the site of her last great battle against Roman invaders ...


As the mists of time separating ancient history from present day swirl and fade, Aidan must face a deadly enemy. He must fight to uncover the truth of the ghostly sisters, before it is too late.


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Tired of spring cleaning, Mole ventures above ground into the warm sunshine, and happens upon his friend Ratty. Together they picnic on the sparkling, burbling river, brave the sinister Wild Wood in wintertime to visit the bad-tempered Badger and take to the open road in a caravan with dear, silly old Toad.


But when Toad's attention turns to motor cars, his reckless behaviour goes from bad to worse. Badger, Rat and Mole must save their friend from ruin and Toad Hall from the clutches of the rascally Stoats and Weasels.


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Mr & Mrs Twit are extremely nasty. So the Muggle-Wump monkeys & the Roly-Poly bird hatch a plan to give them just the ghastly surprise they deserve. With filthy hair all over his face and horrid plots growing in his mind, Mr Twit is one of the nastiest people you'll ever meet and Mrs Twit is just as bad and even uglier!
But they don't stop at tricking each other: neighbouring children and even the local birds are in danger, and that's where the Muggle-Wumps come in. This family of monkeys have had enough of the Twits' tricks and, with the help of the handsome Roly Poly bird, they decide it's time for sweet revenge...


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Ben dreads staying at his granny's house every Friday night. But then he discovers that she has a dark secret...

Join Ben on the adventure of a lifetime, as he and his granny plot the greatest jewel heist in the history of the world.

You'll never think of grannies the same way again...


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On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole and an extraordinary adventure begins.

In a strange world with even stranger characters, she meets a grinning cat and a rabbit with a pocket watch, joins a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and plays croquet with the Queen!

Lost in this fantasy land, Alice finds herself growing more and more curious by the minute...


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Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. His hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed, though, when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison.

It's assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it his imagination that is making him feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney's ghoulish predictions seriously?


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