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The Big Hippo Guide To Democracy, Referendums, General Elections (And All That)

by BOB MARSHALL ANDEWS and MARTIN ROWSON A brilliantly funny guide to how our democracy works or fails to work. The world of Westminster laid…

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The Tzar’s Curious Runaways

by ROBIN SCOTT-ELLIOT ‘A truly enchanting and exceptional début with all the callings of a contemporary classic. Word perfect, it reads like Rundell, Ibbotson &…

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King Bones



A comic fantasy  —with skeletons— set in modern day England. For children age eight and up!

‘Being good at being bad is easy. Almost anyone can do it. But being truly evil requires practice. Lots of practice.’

When Danny’s parents are imprisoned for stealing the Crown jewels, he is sent to live with his evil Aunty Ratbag in the grim town of Greezy. How will Danny survive as the most hated child in England?

Then, in the murky town of Greezy, he meets King Bones. And King Bones has a mission for Danny…


A rollicking, hilarious, page-turning romp. Chris understands what keeps children gripped and writes with wit,originality, energy and fun.  Beautifully, irreverently written  with energy, fun and style. The characters burst from the page, the gleeful prose glitters, the plot never lets up pace. Helen Fielding alias Bridget Jones.

King Bones is a story packed with humour and invention that spreads through its pages like wildfire. A rattling good read, certain to ignite any reader’s imagination. Brilliantly bonkers. Gareth P. Jones , The Thornthwaite Inheritance  and the Considine Curse

Lots of hilarious lines in this quirky and highly amusing adventure. Chris Hallatt Wells plays beautifully with language, while also challenging stereotypes. Behind the humour, this novel also explores child abuse and cruelty, criminalisation of the poor and social inequality. A fantastic and thought provoking read, for ages  8-10 and 10-12. INIS Children’s  Books  Ireland

Quirky, fun ingenious and infused with humour. The plot is fast-paced, incredible and hard to predict. The black and white illustrations are entertaining, witty and help to move the story on. I look forward to reading more books by this very talented author. The School Librarian

The characters burst from the page with gleeful prose. the plot never lets up and marches the reader down a fantasy path that will have you leaping for cover. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Mr Ripley’s Enchanting Books.

Bizarre, funny, heartwarming, original. Definitely good for seven years plus. Read it Daddy.

Some thoughts by younger readers:

This book is jam packed full of adventure and mystery. It’s brilliant! You never quite know what to expect next as you turn the page. Liam Clifton (age 10)

Danny Bouygues travels through places you can’t imagine because they’re so diabolically abysmal. Although this may seem like a miserable story, never fear for this book is not all snivel! It has such a gripping storyline I could hardly put it down. This book is exceedingly outstanding and hilarious. Pranaav Vijayan (age 10)

Brilliant description, especially of the skeleton army. My favourite character is King Bones because he is funny and a caring soul. Well, if skeletons have souls. I think Chris Hallatt Wells will have to write a second story because of the wonderful mysterious ending. James McConnel (age 10)

Fantastic. My only criticism is that, for all this enjoyment, the book isn’t longer. Did I mention it was irresistibly funny?


• £6.99
• Published November 16th 2017
• Paperback
• Illustrated throughout with line drawings • 198mmx129mm/252 pages
• ISBN 978-1-911427-04-9

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The Elephant that Ate the Night, Bing Bai and Yuanyuan Shen

'Feels like a classic. This Book has SOUL' Sophie Anderson, The House on Chicken Legs Zhazha the porcupine and his friends  Duoduo the bear cub…

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Notes on My Family by Emily Critchley

Enter the world of Louise Coulson through her notes on her family, school and friends. Lou is a perceptive outsider who takes notes as if she were holding a film camera silently fixed on a world that tends to ignore her . Her revenge is a perfect image, sharp, subtle and full of humour. Here they all are: her dad who is in a relationship with a sixth former, Sarah her moody sister, her mum who tries to burn all memories in a saucepan and has a ‘brief psychotic episode’ , her nan who goes to seances, her friend Faith who has six parents ( all gay) as well as Lou’s dog and parents in her alternative universe.

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Maxim’s All Night Diner

Annabel is doing research on witches in London—there are plenty of them if you just know where to look and not just in London, but in New York too, hiding in Grand Central Station. In fact, everywhere— beneath the dull surface of the everyday—lurks the world of magic. Annabel meets Patrick, the seventh son of a seventh son, and gets taken to Maxim’s All Night Diner where witches, trolls and goblins meet and tell their awesome stories but before you can listen to any of them, you have to accept that there is a risk: you may become part of a story and never escape. All stories have a beginning, but not all of them have an end…

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Once In A Blue Moon

Henry knows that there’s magic in the wood—magic that can turn evil when the moon is blue. Once in a blue moon everything can happen and now the moon is blue. Deep in the wood behind Henry garden, trolls, invisible crocodiles, witches and strange creatures—the garingay and the yo yitsoo— are celebrating Grandpa Yo Yitsoo’s birthday on a pirate ship. Henry’s dad doesn’t believe in magic—he knows twenty-six reasons why trolls don’t exist— but now he’s been turned into something with the head of pelican and the tail of a fox and put in a cage. There he will remain, unless Henry, his sister Lucy, the smallest troll in the world and a monkey faced creature called Fiendish can defeat Grandpa and Grandma Yo Yitsoo and the wicked garingay…

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Dylan and the Deadly Dimension

After his mother’s death, Dylan lives on his own with his father. Changing schools all the time, he escapes into fantasy world of books. Then strange things start to happen: a snake appears in the bathroom, unpredictable and sinister creatures from other realities emerge out of dark clouds. Dylan befriends Rollo, an egg shaped being from another reality, and discovers that our world is about to be devoured by the Deadly Dimension. This can only be stopped if Dylan can discover the dark secret of Mr. Ebenezer’s bookshop…

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We Other

Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic. When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans – ‘hot-bloods’ – are disposable entertainment. Life on a run-down estate – her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend – become the least of Jess’s worries.

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