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under the Crossover collaboration between Walker and Canongate for this group too.


We meet a lot of voracious readers, often their reading level has surpassed their age and concerned (but very proud!) parents want to know what they can read that won’t involve material that is too mature. There is plenty out there; action series like Skulduggery Pleasant and Alex Rider appeal to girls as well as boys. Young readers looking for real-life stories enjoy the Elen Caldecott books and adventure series like The Laura Marlin Mysteries, which are perfect for pre-teen readers who aren’t ready for romances.





schools in the area now who have signed up to our schools package, which gives them additional benefits and discounts.


In-store, our four monthly book clubs are another way of boosting sales of books we love and I am thrilled when members come back looking for other titles by authors we’ve read together – especially when it was a book they didn’t expect to like. Last year, my 10-12 group really loved Cathy Macphail’s Out Of The Depths and David Almond’s My Name Is Mina and I got to give a favourite from my own childhood, The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine, a re-boot. The younger groups’ favourite reads were Linda Newbery’s Lob, Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Michael Rosen’s The Fantastic Mr Dahl. We put all the current book club selections on display as another way of giving a thumbs up to customers – some of them can’t or don’t necessarily want to join the club but we notice these books have to be replenished even after all the members have collected. Our newest addition - the Crossover Bookclub is attended by adults only and is our biggest club yet. We only read books that would be stocked here so everything is children’s/YA. It’s meant a lot of our existing customers, who previously only bought for children, are now making purchases for themselves too. Mal Peet’s Life: An Exploded Diagram and Lindsay Barraclough’s Long Lankin went down particularly well. I’ve picked a few of the titles published


our four monthly book clubs are another


way of boosting sales of books we love and I am thrilled when members come back looking for other titles by authors we’ve read together – especially when it was a book they didn’t expect to like.





It can sometimes feel like picture books are dominated by Donaldson and Scheffler, the new (and lovely!) Christmas tradition of a TV adaptation means new fans are constantly converted but the hope is that if you come in for a copy of Room On The Broom maybe you’ll be tempted by the new Ed Vere too, or even better –your child will be! We’re committed to choice and variety and as a small business (just Mother and Daughter – that’s it!) we’re always making sure there is shelf space for new writers and small publishers. We’re all in this together! n


The Books


Ottoline series by Chris Riddell published by Macmillan Children’s Books


Far-Flung Adventures series by Chris Riddell published by David Fickling Books


Barnaby Grimes series by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell published by Corgi


The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell published by Corgi


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell 9780747594802 £6.99


Coraline by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Dave McKean 9780747562108 £6.99


Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver illustrated by Chris Riddell 9781406317480 £9.99


Miguel Cervantes Don Quixote illustrated by Chris Riddell 9781844287475 £16.99 Shrunk! by Fleur Hitchock 9781471400070 £5.99 Operation Bunny Sally Gardner 9781444003727 £5.99


Phantom Pirates Daren King and David Roberts 9780857384089 £4.99 Northwood by Brian Falkner 978-1406341935 £6.99


Shrinking Violet Definitely Needs a Dog Lou Kenzler 9781407130057 £5.99


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