Santa's Little Helpers 9 to 12 years

If it’s magic and mayhem that you think your 9-12 year old will enjoy, then look no further - from the latest in the Brotherband series by John Flanagan to the next illustrated Harry Potter book, Santa’s Little Helpers have gathered them all here!


Great Stories - Our Pick

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

**Winner of the ABA Booksellers Choice Award 2018**

**Winner of Gold ABIA Book of the Year 2018**

**Winner : Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2018**

**Winner of Book of the Year for Younger Children 2018**

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut Australian author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It's there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.

To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Winner, Book of the Year 2018 at the Indie Book Awards.
Winner, Children's Book Category at the Indie Book Awards.
Winner, Best Children's Fiction at the Aurealis Awards.
Winner, Younger Fiction at the Waterstones Children's Book Prize (UK).

'Unexpected, exciting and funny. Like Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and Doctor Who swirled up together. I loved Morrigan Crow, and I want to check in at the Hotel Deucalion.' - Judith Rossell, ABIA Award-winning author of Withering-by-Sea

'Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is more than just a spectacular debut. Exciting, charming, and wonderfully imagined, it's the sort of delightful, grand adventure destined to be many a reader's favourite book.' - Trenton Lee Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series and The Secret Keepers

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RRP  $17.99 $15.75

Great Stories - The Highlights

Non-fiction - Our Pick

David Astle's Gargantuan Book of Words

Packed full of puzzles, quizzes and fun facts along with heaps of funny drawings and appealing activities this is the perfect book for kids aged 8 and above.

A wordplay puzzle book from the wordplay master!

A fun-filled, action-packed activity book by Australia's funniest and best-loved word guy! David Astle's Gargantuan Book of Words is jam-packed with wordy puzzles and other twisty tricks of the tongue.

From the author of Wordburger, this is an entertaining and accessible activity book for the kid who likes puzzles, the kid who likes language, or the kid who just needs something to do that doesn't involve a screen.

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RRP  $19.99 $17.25

Non-fiction - The Highlights

Illustrated Stories - Our Pick

The Wonderling

In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny.

Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music.

For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck it is the only home he has ever known.

But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name Arthur, like the good king in the old stories and a best friend.

Using Trinket’s ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of sweet Arthur’s true destiny.

  • Richly imagined, with shimmering language, steampunk motifs, and gripping, magical plot twists, this high adventure fantasy is the debut novel of award-winning memoirist Mira Bartók and has already been put into development for a major motion picture.
  • The author, Mira Bartok, is a New York Times bestselling author and won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. 
  • Fox 2000 bought the film rights in a highly competitive situation before the manuscript was even completed.
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RRP  $24.99 $17.75

Illustrated Stories - The Highlights

Collections - Our Pick

Horrible Histories Blood-Curdling Box of Books

All the foul favourites from the Horrible Histories series presented in a blood-curdling box with flip-top lid.

20 softcovers, each approx 144 pp. Includes:

  • Savage Stone Age

  • Terrible Tudors

  • Awesome Egyptians

  • Groovy Greeks

  • Rotten Romans

  • Cut-Throat Celts

  • Smashing Saxons

  • Vicious Vikings

  • Stormin' Normans

  • Angry Aztecs

  • Incredible Incas

  • Measly Middle Ages

  • Terrible Tudors

  • Slimy Stuarts

  • Gorgeous Georgians

  • Vile Victorians

  • Villainous Victorians

  • Barmy British Empire

  • Frightful 1st World War

  • Woeful 2nd World War

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Collections - The Highlights