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The fifth and final book in the Blue Door series, which starts with The Swish of the Curtain, the classic story that inspired actors from Maggie Smith to Eileen Atkins
'I wanted to act before I read [The Swish of the Curtain], and afterwards there was no stopping me' Maggie Smith
Maddy got up and did her Junior Miss speech, trying not to overdo the comedy. Her American accent was hideous, and very funny, and all the class began to giggle. They clapped when she had finished, and Mr Manyweather roared with laughter 'What a little horror!' he cried. 'I've never seen anything so nauseating, but excellent!'
Maddy is on her own again at the Actors' Guild in London, while the others work at the Blue Door Theatre. But she's not entirely alone: she has a new roommate, a new chaperone and an inspiring new teacher, Mr Manyweather, brought in to introduce students to the exciting world of television.
With these new friends, can Maddy survive her first taste of failure or is she embarking on her greatest acting adventure yet?
In her second novel, Luciana is off to youth astronaut training camp! She hopes to be chosen to dive to an underwater habitat where real astronauts train for life in space. But when Luci accuses her diving partner of sabotage, no one believes her and her chances of making the diving team sink fast. Things hit rock bottom when Luci has an underwater crisis. Suddenly, making the dive team isn't her biggest worry. She'll have to conquer her fears if she ever wants to make it to Mars. If she can't, will she have to kiss her dreams of becoming an astronaut goodbye?
It’s 2099. Lyla lives in a world of robocats, flying sweets and instant snow, but some things never change. Little brothers are still annoying, school teachers make you cringe, and, when your best friend deserts you for the new girl, it still HURTS. Especially when that new girl is from the Moon. But Lyla’s problems lead her into unexpected adventures . . .
"Magic carpets don't turn up in schools."
But this is exactly what does happen when Class Three's new teacher flies in through the window. With Mr Majeika in charge, it's going to be the most exciting school term ever . . .
A funny and heartwarming story about a girl and her pet cat, who becomes a World Cup celebrity!
There's a football challenge at Yusra's school and everyone wants to win. Which class can find the best way to predict England's World Cup results? Yusra has an idea – her pet cat Gus could help! As Gus keeps guessing the scores right, the word spreads and soon everyone wants a piece of the famous football cat. But is the life of a celebrity as purrfect as it seems?
The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It’s the first step towards a lasting love of reading.
Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently.
- Varied sentences
- Detailed illustrations to enjoy
- Interesting characters and themes
- A rich range of vocabulary
- More complex storylines to stretch confident readers
All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children’s reading.
Brilliantly funny new young series about the bravest scaredy-cat in the world
Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except when he is). And when a shark TOTALLY tries to eat him at the local aquarium, he decides he's not going to take any more chances. So at his friend's birthday party at the beach, Sam refuses to dip even a toe in the water. Nothing could go wrong now, could it?
A wonderful belly-laugh of a book, perfect for young fans of Tom Gates and Pamela Butchart.
Also look out for Sam is NOT Afraid of Ghosts and Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of the Dark!
Katie and Kevin Tsang met in in 2008 while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then they have lived on three different continents and travelled to over 40 countries together.
Kevin was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of Sam Wu's experiences are based on Kevin's childhood. Katie was born and raised in Southern California. She has previously worked at Booktrust and also writes YA as Katherine Webber.
Katie and Kevin currently live in London. Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Sharks is the second book they have written together.
When Judy meets Tori, an English girl, at the Boston "Tea Party" ship, she learns that Tori enjoys far more liberties than she does, including her own phone, private loo and lots of pocket money. So Judy embarks on a quest for more independence. But when staging her own Boston tea party doesn't work, she is forced into retreat ... until a real-life crisis gives Judy a chance to prove her independence, once and for all.
Derek Fallon and his friends are back for another hilarious adventure in Book 8 of the My Life series - this time featuring epic 'meme' adventures!
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. Rosa is over the moon to be starting school at Unicorn Academy. She can't wait to go on a big adventure with her amazing unicorn, Crystal. When the magical map stops working, Rosa is sure a secret trip to the glittering cavern holds the answer. But to find out, she and Crystal must learn how to work as a team - fast! Have you read the other Unicorn Academy stories?: Sophia and Rainbow Scarlett and Blaze Ava and Star Isabel and Cloud Layla and Dancer Olivia and Snowflake And look out for: Ariana and Whisper
The perfect companion or introduction to the highly successful Big Nate books. Packed with laughs and 224 pages of creative activities this book is great value for money. Big Nate is created by Lincoln Peirce, who inspired Jeff Kinney, author of `Diary of a Wimpy Kid'. Nate is BIG and he's only going to get BIGGER. As you might expect from the boy-genius, Nate's activity book is set to surpass all others with 224 pages of word puzzles, drawing games, brain-bending quizzes and lots and lots of laughs. Readers can get hands-on and create their own comics, test their Big Nate knowledge and laugh at weird and wacky facts such as the wildest world records ever. With fresh, exciting content on each page the Big Nate Boredom Buster lives up to its name.
Next stop...The Magic School Bus heads to Antarctica to learn about glaciers! D.A. is more of a researcher than a storyteller, so she's naturally nervous when her parents sign her up to speak in front of a sellout crowd. But thanks to the Friz, D.A. gains inspiration from the greatest storytellers on Earth: glaciers! These mighty, frozen time machines guide the class through the Earth's last 10,000 years, and the incredible tale of the changes it has witnessed. Collectable stickers in every The Magic School Bus: Rides Again readers!
She was a perfect baby, and she had a perfect name. Chrysanthemum. When she was old enough to appreciate it, Chrysanthemum loved her name. And then she started school. "I'm named after my grandmother," said Victoria. "You're named after a flower." Chrysanthemum wilted. Life at school didn't improve. In fact, it got worse. Then the students were introduced to their music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle. Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle. And suddenly, Chrysanthemum blossomed....
Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training. He is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess - who can communicate with animals - they must find out why their friends, and enemies, are all changing into polite and well behaved pupils. And exactly who is behind it all. This is a humorous tale full of farts, jokes and superhero references. Oh, and a rather clever goldfish called Bob. In a world where kids' flaws and peculiarities are being erased out of existence, Alex and Jess must rely on what makes them different to save the day.
In the most hotly-anticipated children's book release of the year, the globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is back, in this hilarious audio edition, read by Dan Russell. Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
From the creator of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, comes an out-of-this-world friendship adventure - now in full colour. Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot battle for the safety of the solar system once again! This time, smelly Sergeant Stinkbug arrives on Earth with a plan to kidnap the king of the world, but he ends up with Ricky's little cousin Lucy instead. Now it's up to Ricky and his Robot to save Lucy and the rest of mousekind from a stinky situation!
Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone's standards. It has the same cliques, the same prejudices, and the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide-whether it's Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage, or Valentine, the neurotic genius who's planted the seed of a school scandal. When rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change. Riley Redgate's YA debut is told from seven points of view and effortlessly weaves humor and heartbreak into a drama that fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins will adore.
`I bet no other school gives you the chance to chase super villains through hidden tunnels!' That's what Milly Dillane has to say about life at Blaggard's, A.K.A Gangster School. Milly and her new friend Charlie have just started at Blaggard's. But what's it like to be in a school that teaches lying, kidnapping and stealing instead of Maths and English? Their parents and teachers are master criminals and want them to follow in their footsteps...but are Milly and Charlie just too...dependable? In this funny and exciting adventure, smart Milly and super-hacker Charlie face some of the worst villains around, including the cold-hearted Pecunia Badpenny and her sidekick: Wolf the evil electronic dog. Can Milly and Charlie beat Badpenny and her demonic plans? And are they criminal enough to keep their place in a school they've come to love? Kate Wiseman's brilliant Blaggard's is like Hogwarts for criminal kids!
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