07/4/17

The Hampton’s Curse
S.M. Williams

9781911175636 How much more suspicious can you get when everyone is lying to you? Kara Hampton, a fourteen-year-old girl, is suddenly whisked away to her aunt's household. Confused? Yes. Kara is unaware of the new world she is about to encounter. The strangeness of her cousins and the frightful presence of a creature who is on the prowl have most certainly got the better of Kara. With curious mysteries to unveil, the girl finds many unusual threads to her fate, which turns into an unruly turmoil. Finding her body changing, and new senses arousing, Kara is bewildered with shock as she's suddenly dragged into conflict with another pack of ancestral spirits. As she's dragged into a supernatural adventure, Kara gradually realises what her family's paradox is, and what she is about to become... Allow yourself to enter a world of doubt, dispute and excitement with Kara Hampton, as she reveals the long-kept secret of her family.
Published: July 2017
Paperback: 234 pages
Price: £8.99
ISBN: 9-781911-175636



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Generally, creating something unreal is what I enjoy most and imagination is my main influence. I’m more of a fantasy-type person in terms of books. Although I like to write day to day, normal life stories, I tend to weigh more over to the wacky, supernatural stories, and you can say that’s what inspired me to write this book as one of my first. Hopefully it portrays a phantasmagorical yet a humorous tale to teenagers, as I wrote this when I was 13/14, so this is mainly aimed at the younger generation who can relate to the language in the book. I really do hope you enjoy this book as much as I loved writing it! S.M.Williams
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06/5/17

The World’s Longest Bicycle
Trevor Cunningham

9781911175629 Em and Bill are twelve-year-old twins. After their mum and dad die, they live with their wonderful grandparents, Pops and Grannie. Together, they invent an amazing, snake-like bicycle that can seat up to a hundred children - and it even has ten superseats for those who can’t ride by themselves. The amazing bicycle is able to bend round corners and can even wind up and down the aisles of a supermarket. Everyone wants to know about it and it becomes a world-famous super-bicycle when they ride round Monaco in front of the world’s TV cameras.
Published:May 2017
Paperback:176 pages
Price:£6.99
ISBN:9-781911-175629


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The World’s Longest Bicycle is for every child with no exceptions. It is completely inclusive, no matter who you are, your situation, or your ability. And it’s the first of its type in the entire world. A bicycle for up to 100 children to ride together, in a circle, in zig zags, even up and down the aisles of a supermarket. And in no time at all, it becomes famous across the entire globe.
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06/3/17

In The Shadow of Knucklas Castle
Katy Mac

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Published: June 2017
Price: £12.00
Hardback 38 pages
Illustrations: Full colour
ISBN: 9-781911-175612


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This is a story about Knucklas Castle Hill, a special hill on the Welsh border It retells an ancient legend of King Arthur’s marriage to Guinevere, daughter of a giant. Today, in the upper Teme Valley, you can still fi nd traces of the story – not least in the river’s Welsh name, Afon Tefeidiad, so-called after Arthur’s words. There’s a huge stone in a field that looks like a giant’s head; a rock where the devil sat, and the old castle hill itself where the wedding took place. But how did the stone get into the field? And were there really giants here? Surely this ancient hill knows the answers.
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Frances Brett, Lecturer in Early Childhood

This vibrantly illustrated book shines a light on the secrets of a “special hill” on the Marches borderland, Knucklas Castle, quickly inviting the reader into a startling, ancient landscape where they can travel with Guinevere as she makes a dangerous journey to find Arthur, the one person who can free her brothers from the giants that occupy the land on the far side of the River Teme. Written as if it is a story being told close to your ear, or as if being performed live in front of you, the author walks a teasing line between knowledge, speculation and pure mystery, creating an atmosphere in which almost anything might happen – and then it does! It is beguiling and funny, with no claims being made for certainties, but a suggestion that to be intrigued, and to ask questions about the landscape around you, is satisfying and important. And by the end of the story there is a surprising twist in the tale that brings you back into the lap of fact, with photographs supporting this shift back to the present live landscape. Additional geographical, historical and archaeological detail offers information to help find, explore and make sense or story of a real place that can be visited. The move from the beautifully realised imagined lands within the opening pages, to the OS grid references at the end, captures the book’s journey – one that is well worth making, for children and adults alike.

Philippa Boast, grandmother and artist

Katy Mac treads a tight rope between fact and fantasy, history and mythology in this charming and informative book she has produced to help the Knucklas Castle Community Land Project. Colourful and whimsical illustrations enhance the story perfectly and we can smile as we learn more about the beautiful Teme Valley.

05/10/17

The Spirit of Ganesh
Slum kids of Calcutta

9781911175575 Many children have a very hard life in India. They sort through rubbish heaps, work in factories and beg on the streets. This is a story, the first of three, that tells of the lives of Rupa and her little sister Amrita. It tells of the hardships they endure, the adventures they have and the many people they meet. Lonely rich girl Aisha lives in the big house. Rupa and Aisha become friends and defeat the horrible Mr. Biswas. Danva, the dog, saves Amrita and becomes her best friend. Shanti and Hamid appear at the end of the book ready to continue the ‘Slum Kids’ story in Book 2. The ‘Spirit of Ganesh’ is a mixture of fun, drama, sadness and love, all watched over by the benevolent smile of the Elephant God.
Published:May 2017
Paperback:110 pages
Price:£5.99
ISBN:9-781911-175575


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After teaching small children, for many years, I retired and now have six grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren. My early retirement was spent backpacking around India. On returning to England I had many photos but no intention of writing a children’s story. However, Shanti, who we met at a bus station, kept emerging in my memories of the street children in India. Because of this, I became obsessed with the thought that I had to write a story about four of the children, who lived and smiled in the face of horrendous misfortune. The spirit of Garnesh is the first of a trilogy. The other two being A Dance for Rupa and Shanti. I wanted a child with a physical handicap to be central to a story. Shanti and his special friend Ashiq are real children and as such were a special inspiration to me.
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12/8/16

Freddy’s Flying adventures
Henry G Sampson

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Published:Dec 2016
Paperback:30 pages
Price:£7.99
ISBN:9-781911-175346


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Henry G Sampson
Born in 1951, Henry Sampson has been a farmer for most of his life, starting on his Dad’s dairy farm in Staffordshire, where he grew up amongst the animals and learned the skills of farming. Later in life, he acquired his own farm in Cheshire in 1979 with his wife Deidre and they went on to win many awards for the quality of their milk and their prize winning dairy herd.
In recent years, health problems have obliged Henry to sell his prize-winning herd. his emotional creative side became inspired, but he kept his writing a secret from the rest of the family. He had always had a passion for flying and from this passion produced his first book, Freddy’s Flying Adventure. The reveal of Freddy’s Flying Adventure was a great surprise.
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Allie Pottinger
Allie is an artist specialising in watercolour paintings depicting her love of nature, cottage gardens, countryside scenes, portraits and her dog. Allie also organizes watercolour workshops and classes. She was born in Cheshire on bonfire night 1965 in the heart of the beautiful rolling countryside which would later become her inspiration for art. Allie graduated with a degree in graphic design, specialising in Illustration. She set up an illustration art-studio in Covent Garden, however, five years later she found herself drawn back to Cheshire.
Allie met Henry through the local commissioning of work for his family but later worked with Henry to bring his text alive through her illustrations.


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Suzi

This is such a magical story with the most beautiful illustrations. My little boy just loves it. An instant classic.

Laura

I have just read your dads amazing book to William and Indi. William now wants to go and build his own plane. They loved it.

Sarah

I bought this book for Christmas for a couple of friend's children. The book is beautifully illustrated and is such a lovely story. It was a perfect gift.

Ian

This is a magical story and my Children love me reading it to them over and over again. The illustrations are beautiful.

04/19/16

Jessicca’s Other World
David Waugh

Jessica's Other World Cover POD.indd When Jessica Chambers discovers a trapdoor under her bed in the small terraced house where she lives with her mum and sisters, she finds herself in a quite different and much larger house. She attends a different school, and now seems to be called Jessica Scott. Her mother has changed too and her sisters have gone. Jessica begins to live two different lives in two very different worlds.
Published:14th March 2016
Paperback:210 pages
Price:£7.50
ISBN:9-781911-175162

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The book will appeal to both boys and girls and includes a range of topics which may interest readers.

Dr David Waugh is Senior Teaching Fellow at Durham University and an expert in Primary English. He has written 27 books on the subject and was an adviser for the National Strategies form 2008-2010. Until 2008, he was Head of Education at University of Hull. He has taught in four schools and was a deputy headteacher before working in higher education.

03/1/16

Shimmer – Werewolf’s Curse
Petra Thorn

9781911175148 One doom-laden day, a young woman called Paige journeys home. She has received a phone call that drags her back to her Nan’s cottage, the cottage where she spent much of her childhood and where she grew up after her parents split up; Paige chose to live there with her father alongside her Nan. Unbeknown to her, the village had hidden secrets, secrets that are connected to Paige’s family. Can she unravel the dark mystery in time? Or will she be placing herself in the path of peril? If she cannot work out who can be trusted, she could be placing herself in serious danger...
Published:29th February 2016
Paperback:176 pages
Price:£7.99
ISBN:9-781911-175148



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Petra is currently living in the Shropshire area. Her daughter hopes to follow in her mother's footsteps and is working on her own books.
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10/12/15

Girls Can’t Play Football
David Waugh

9781909644861 Lauren longed to play football. She was sure she would be good at it. She had watched endless videos of matches, especially of her hero, Lionel Messi, and she spent hours practising her ball skills in her tiny back yard and in the passageway behind her house, and on the wasteland next to an old, disused factory near her house.
She had often watched the boys from a distance and she was certain that she was more skilful than most of them. The trouble was, she had never played in a game. She could dribble in and out of the obstacle courses she set up for herself using plastic bottles and drinks cans, and she could trap and volley the ball as she bounced it off the brick wall of the old factory. What she did not know was if she could use her skills when other people were trying to take the ball from her. But before she could find out, she had to persuade the boys to let her play!
Published:1st Oct 2015
Paperback:118 pages
Price:£7.50
ISBN:9-781909-644861

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The book should appeal to both boys and girls and includes a range of topics which may interest readers, including wildlife, football, the effects of being a celebrity, and attempts to communicate in French.

Dr David Waugh is Senior Teaching Fellow at Durham University and an expert in Primary English. He has written 27 books on the subject and was an adviser for the National Strategies form 2008-2010. Until 2008, he was Head of Education at University of Hull. He has taught in four schools and was a deputy headteacher before working in higher education.