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Fantastic fiction books for children who love animals

From donkeys to unicorns, puppies to kittens, there are so many wonderful stories for animal fans to enjoy! All of these books include black-and-white illustrations throughout to help guide newly independent readers.

A Donkey Called Mistletoe

Written by Helen Peters
7-9

Jasmine’s dad is a farmer, and her mum is a large-animal vet, so Jasmine spends a lot of time caring for animals and keeping them out of trouble. Unfortunately, this often means she gets into hot water herself…

When Jasmine learns that Mr Hobson has grown too old to take care of his pet donkey, Mistletoe, she is determined that they won’t be parted. Of course, this means Mistletoe will have to come and live with her. With Christmas coming, how can she convince her parents to give her this most unusual present?

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A Forever Home for Pip

Written by Linda Chapman Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7

Grace and Jack have a plan – to find purrfect homes for purrfect pets! Whether it’s a cheeky puppy or a shy kitten, they’re determined to pair every animal with their perfect person – and have lots of adventures along the way.

Pip is a lively collie puppy who has a lot of energy. He needs LOADS of walks and a small flat in town is just not the right place for him. When the twins meet Ben on his parents’ farm, they begin to think they may have found Pip a home. But Ben already has a dog, faithful old Winston. Can he make room in his heart for two?

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Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Helpful Hedgehog

Written by Amelia Cobb Illustrated by Sophy Williams
2-5

Zoe loves living at her uncle’s rescue zoo because there’s always something exciting going on. And Zoe also has an amazing secret… She can actually TALK to the animals!

When Zoe’s school friends visit the rescue zoo to pick a class animal, Hugo the hedgehog wants to help. But he keeps getting into trouble! Can Zoe find a way for Hugo to be helpful?

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Princess of Pets: The Cuddly Seal

Written by Paula Harrison Illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
7-9

Ruby Palace is no place for pets! But Princess Bea won’t let royal rules stop her from helping animals in need.

While exploring Silver Rock Bay, Bea comes across a little seal pup that has been left alone on some rocks. Bea and her friend Keira are determined to help, but with a big storm coming, can they reunite the baby seal with its mother?

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Unicorn Academy: Phoebe and Shimmer

Written by Julie Sykes Illustrated by Lucy Truman
5-7

When your best friend is a unicorn, magical adventures are guaranteed! Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That’s what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island.

Phoebe and Shimmer are having a brilliant time at Unicorn Academy. They’re always on the lookout for excitement and adventure! On a school trip to the coast, a freak weather event puts everyone in danger. Shimmer’s magic might be able to save them – but they’ll have to think fast and be very brave!

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