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The Iron Man

Ted Hughes
Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.


Bernard MacLaverty
On a promontory jutting out into the Atlantic wind stands the home run by Brother Benedict, where boys are taught a little of God and a lot of fear. To Michael Lamb, one of the Brothers, the regime is without hope, and when he inherits a small legacy he runs away, taking a 12-year-old boy with him.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis
A full-colour paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with full-colour cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

The Machine Gunners

Robert Westall
Robert Westalls very special and gripping first novel for children, winner of the Carnegie Medal.

The Mouse and His Child

Russell Hoban
So begins the story of a tin father and son who dance under a Christmas tree until they break the ancient clockwork rules and are themselves broken. Thrown away, then rescued from a dustbin and repaired by a tramp, they set out on a dangerous quest for a family and a place of their own.

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck
Drifters in search of work, George and his childlike friend Lennie, have nothing in the world except the clothes on their back - and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own.

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway
Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, this work presents the tale of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It is a story of heroic endeavour and of the beauty and grief of mans challenge to the elements.

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens
After running away from the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver Twist finds himself lured into a den of thieves peopled by vivid and memorable characters - the Artful Dodger, vicious burglar Bill Sikes, his dog Bulls Eye, and prostitute Nancy, all watched over by cunning master-thief Fagin.

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited. When she later discovers that Mr Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Mr Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever.

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
Tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy finding love against all the odds of misunderstanding, scandal and family interference.

The Red Pony

John Steinbeck
Jody Tiflin has the urge for rebellion, but he also wants to be loved. First, he is given a red pony, and is later promised the colt of a bay mare. Yet both gifts bring tragedy as well as joy, and Jody is taught not only about the harsh lessons of life, but also about the fallability of adults.

Run Swift, Run Free

Tom McCaughren