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Recommended Reads September 2017

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Space Runners - The Moon Platoon

Author: Jeramey Kraatz
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780008226404
Published Date: 27th July 2017
RRP: £6.99

In the year 2085, Benny Love is pretty used to surviving on what he and his family can scavenge on Earth. But when he wins a scholarship for a life-changing trip to visit the Lunar Taj, the first-ever resort on the Moon, Benny thinks he finally has a chance to give his family a better life.

Benny can’t wait to fly his very own Space Runner, practice reverse bungee jumping, and explore craters on the dark side of the Moon. But he gets more than he expected when he and the other kids discover the Moon has secrets no one else knows about. Benny is a long way from home – and soon there might not be an Earth to go back to, unless they can find a way to defeat the oncoming alien invasion…

Spy Toys - Out Of Control!

Author: Mark Powers
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781408870884
Published Date: 10th August 2017
RRP: £5.99

Fresh from the success of their first mission, our heroes the Spy Toys – Dan the Snugaliffic Cuddlestar bear, Arabella the Loadsasmiles Sunshine Doll and Flax the custom-made police robot rabbit – are ready for their next task. This time, the secret code that controls every Snaztacular Ultrafun toy has been stolen and all over the world toys are revolting and turning against the children who own them. 

Can Arabella disguise herself as a super-sweet little doll in order to find out more from the daughter of Snaztacular's top scientist? Can Dan and Flax chase down Jade the Jigsaw, the puzzling prime suspect for the robbery? And can they save the day before the mind-controlled toys forget what it means to play nice?

Tilly and the Time Machine

Author: Adrian Edmondson
Publisher: Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9780141372457
Published Date: May 2017
RRP: £6.99

Tilly is seven and a half - and about to make history.

When Tilly's dad builds a time machine in the shed there's only one place she really wants to go: back to her sixth birthday party, when she ate too many cupcakes and her mummy was still here.

But then something goes wrong! Tilly's dad gets stuck in the past and only she can save him . . . Will they make it back in time for tea?

Miraculous Miranda

Author: Siobhan Parkinson
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 9781444929096
Published Date: June 2017
RRP: £6.99

Miranda has a Big Imagination, and always wins Word of the Day at school. When her sister Gemma is taken into hospital, Miranda escapes into her own fantasy land, Magnanimous. With giraffe police, ham sandwich trees and a Crystal-Clear Glass Hospital for Getting-Better Children, Magnanimous grows and grows. As her sister gets worse, things Miranda writes seem to trigger small miracles she has been asking for: her gran stops smoking, horrible Darren Hoey is nice to her ... Can Miranda write a miracle for her sister?

Giant Killer (Infinity Drake, Book 3)

Author: John McNally
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
ISBN: 9780007521692
Published Date: July 2017
RRP: £6.99

Get shrunk! Humour and high-stakes combine in the conclusion to the action-packed Infinity Drake series. A BIG adventure with a tiny hero!

And you thought 9mm was small?

Infinity Drake takes it to a whole 'nother level…

After months of captivity Finn and Carla reach their final destination; evil mastermind Kaparis's secret lair in the Carpathian mountains.

Once there Finn learns the villain's true purpose – to conquer his paralysis and rise again. To do so Kaparis must shrink a team of medics down to microscopic size to repair his damaged spine, and now he's cracked the Boldklub code it seems nothing can stop him.

Apart, that is, from a microscopic hero…

Join Infinity Drake on his wildest ride yet – deep inside the body of his nemesis, where he must fight for his life… and bring down the giant once and for all.

The House in the Tree

Author: Bianca Pitzorno, Illustrated by Quentin Blake
Publisher: Alma Junior
ISBN: 9781846884108
Published Date: July 2017
RRP: £7.99

All children dream of having a secret house where they can live on their own, far from any rules and regulations. But not all of them are as lucky as Aglaia, who lives at the top of a magical tree together with her friend Bianca and an incredible host of flying dogs, talking cats, carnivorous flowers and children who speak in verse.Inventively illustrated by Quentin Blake, Aglaia's adventures - and her battles with the gruff Signor Brullo and the woodmen who want to cut down the tree - are sure to enchant and inspire the imagination of every child.