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Our best Christmas gifts: fiction

Give the gift of reading this Christmas with this festive selection of fiction titles. From snowy tales for 5+ year olds, to thrilling adventures and mysteries for those aged 9+, these stories will excite and enthral this holiday season.

Cosmic Creatures: The Snuggly Snowpop

Written by Tom Huddleston Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7

On a faraway planet, cute alien animals need help! Luckily, Charlie and her robot friend, Random, are ready for any rescue adventure... Charlie and her dad are on a mission with Captain Robertson to climb the highest mountain on planet Vela. When some very cute, very cheeky snowpops turn up…

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Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Adventurous Arctic Fox

Written by Amelia Cobb Illustrated by Sophy Williams
5-7

At Zoe's Rescue Zoo only the cutest, cuddliest animals need apply! 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! There's a new arctic fox at the zoo and she…

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Princess Minna: The Big Bad Snowy Day

Written by Kirsty Applebaum Illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo
5-7

Princess Minna loves to sort out mix-ups and mishaps in the kingdom! In this full-colour, illustrated chapter book, join her on a funny, exciting adventure to help Granny and her friends, and still have time for a snowball fight! Princess Minna lives in Castle Tall-Towers with the King and Queen,…

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Murder At Snowfall

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
9-12

A gripping thriller for readers who like danger and mystery and chills and spills from the comfort of their sofas... Unputdownable. The Times and Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. "Much more Junior Line of Duty than Junior Miss Marple" - The Sunday Times "Just the right level of…

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Wren

Written by Lucy Hope
9-12

A dark, gothic adventure set on the island of Anglesey in North Wales and featuring a very fantastical beast... Wren lives in an ancient castle in the mountains near the sea. The wind whistles through it and the walls sing to her. Wren is busy inventing things, and her father…

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Always, Clementine

Written by Carlie Sorosiak
9-12

A funny, wise and heartwarming story, with a truly one-of-a-kind hero, from the author of the highly-acclaimed I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat. <i>I am an optimist. A very difficult thing to be, sometimes, at three inches tall.</i> Clementine is a genius. She can calculate pi to 69,689…

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Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire! A Recipe for Trouble

Written by Sarah Todd Taylor
9-12

Alice Éclair, Spy Extraordinaire will whisk you away on a fabulous adventure, full of daring action and delicious cakes! Baker by day, spy by night - Alice Éclair leads an exciting double life! A mysterious message sends Alice on a mission aboard France's most glamorous train, The Sapphire Express. Alice…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Ruling the Galaxy

Written by David Solomons
9-12

A brilliantly funny story of what happens when a galactic princess moves in next door and almost brings about the end of the world. Exciting new fiction from the bestselling, award-winning author of My Brother is a Superhero. Gavin's got a new neighbour and she's really annoying. Niki follows him…

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Looking for Emily

Written by Fiona Longmuir
9-12

A hugely gripping, fast-paced mystery adventure, with brilliant twists and turns, from a fresh and exciting new voice in children's books. When twelve-year-old Lily moves to the sleepy seaside town of Edge, she's sure that nothing exciting is ever going to happen to her again. But when she stumbles upon…

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Escape Room

Written by Christopher Edge
9-12

The latest mind-blowing novel from award-winning author Christopher Edge, Escape Room is a thrilling adventure that challenges readers to think about what they've done to save the world today. When twelve-year-old Ami arrives at The Escape, she thinks it's just a game - the ultimate escape room with puzzles and…

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