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The Ant Colony
Jenny Valentine
The Ant Colony
Read by Helen Longworth and Gareth Cassidy

Number 33 Georgiana Street houses many people. For runaway Sam it’s a place to disappear. For Bohemia, it’s just another blip between crises. Old Isobel acts like she owns the place, even though it belongs to Steve in the basement. Life there is a kind of ordered chaos. Like ants, they scurry about their business, crossing paths, following their own tracks, no questions asked. But it doesn’t take ... More >

Little Lost Hedgehog
Jill Hucklesby
Little Lost Hedgehog
Read by Victoria Fox

Grace is out in the garden feeding her rabbits when she hears a rustle in the flower bed. What could it be? She sits very still by the kitchen door, peering out into the dark. And then she sees some little paws, two shiny eyes, a twitching nose ... it’s a tiny hedgehog! But where is its family? This little hedgehog looks lost and hungry. So Grace’s mum calls the RSPCA. Interest age 7+... More >

Fireweed
Jill Paton Walsh
Fireweed
Read by Joe Coen

Bill is a 15-year-old runaway evacuee, and he’s finding that surviving on the streets of London is pretty easy. Things get more complicated for Bill with the arrival of Julie. She’s a runaway too, and although she’s a bit posh, she’s just as determined as Bill to stay free of interfering parents and ‘the social’. But although it’s fun for a while to duck Jerry missiles and camp out in bombed-ou... More >

Super Loud Sam
Jo Simmons
Super Loud Sam
Read by David Thorpe

SUPER LOUD SAM is a smaller than the average boy with a louder than the average voice. Often people – his parents, teachers, random strangers – tell Sam to SHUSH! but it’s impossible! When a sinister new teacher, Mrs Sandy Mann, starts at Sam’s school, he realises she wants to silence children and their creativity, energy and noisy zest for life – with a special sleep spell. Only Sam’s shouty voic... More >

The Wickit Chronicles: Ely Plot
Joan Lennon
The Wickit Chronicles: Ely Plot
Read by Laurence Kennedy

‘Stop them – they’ve stolen the King! It was a nightmare that seemed to have no end.’ How on earth did the orphan Pip end up fleeing across the medieval Fenland in the dead of night, with the King of England and a living, breathing, talking stone gargoyle called Perfect? Why was that man trying to kill them? Would they ever get back to the safety of Wickit Abbey in one piece?... More >

The Wicket Chronicles: Fen Gold
Joan Lennon
The Wicket Chronicles: Fen Gold
Read by Peter Wickham

The hot summer has brought several kinds of trouble to the monastery at Wickit, and Pip the orphan and Perfect the stone gargoyle find themselves up to their eyebrows in it all! What is the king’s man really doing at Wickit? Will the Black Bog give up its secrets? And will the Beautiful Norse girl find Johan Shortleg’s long-lost buried treasure?... More >

Natasha's Will
Joan Lingard
Natasha's Will
Read by Diana Bishop

1917 and the Russian Revolution rages on the streets of St Petersburg. Natasha’s grandfather, Prince Denisov, has been arrested by the Red Guard.The rest of her family must flee for their lives across war-torn Europe. After years of exile Natasha finds a home in Scotland where friends care for her. Surely after her death her house will come to them? But Natasha’s will is missing. And the search fo... More >

What To Do About Holly
Joan Lingard
What To Do About Holly
Read by Sally Armstrong

When Holly’s mother puts her on the Edinburgh train in the care of a complete stranger, who happens to be a children’s author, none of them have any idea of what is going to happen. The following weeks will be unlike anything Holly has known before; Nina and Colin Nightingale, and their son Johnny live a life very different to her own. But when Johnny has a terrible accident all differences are fo... More >

The Eleventh Orphan
Joan Lingard
The Eleventh Orphan
Read by Diana Bishop

Mr and Mrs Bigsby of the Pig and Whistle, Stoke Newington already look after ten children. When Constable O’Dowd brings them an eleventh orphan he found on the streets, Ma Bigsby is reluctant to take her. But there’s something about Elfie, it’s the first day of a new century and Ma loves a mystery. Just why does Elfie possess a little watercolour of the Pig and Whistle? As the mystery unfolds, Elf... More >

Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster/Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe
Joanna Nadin
Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster/Penny Dreadful is a Complete Catastrophe
Read by Jane McDowell

My name is not actually Penny Dreadful. It is Penelope Jones. The ‘Dreadful’ bit is my dad’s JOKE. But it is not even true that I am dreadful ... honest. It is not my fault. I can’t help it – I’m just a Magnet for Disaster. Interest Age: 7+... More >

Jake Jellicoe and the Dread Pirate Redbeard
Joanna Nadin
Jake Jellicoe and the Dread Pirate Redbeard
Read by Lucy Scott

When Jake Jellicoe signs up as a cabin boy aboard the Flounder, Captain Dreadnought promises him a share of the loot. But he soon discovers that the captain isn’t all he seems, and before he knows it Jake is caught up in a race for the Dread Pirate Redbeard’s treasure! Har-har me hearties!... More >

Penny Dreadful Causes a Kerfuffle & Cooks Up a Calamity
Joanna Nadin
Penny Dreadful Causes a Kerfuffle & Cooks Up a Calamity
Read by Jane McDowell

Penny Dreadful manages to Cause a Kerfuffle with three uproarious stories in which she ends up blue, along with her sister’s swan outfit, and turns Joshua Bottomley pale and green by doing a science experiment on him. Penny then Cooks Up a Calamity as she tries to turn over a new leaf in the school show, on a class trip and by making the cake of dreams for her mum s birthday ... but some how her e... More >

Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker & is Incredibly Contagious & and the Horrible Hoo-Hah
Joanna Nadin
Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker & is Incredibly Contagious & and the Horrible Hoo-Hah
Read by Jane McDowell

Nine hilarious short stories including: Penny Dreadful versus the Vampire, in which Penny decides to embark on a career as a vampire hunter; Penny Dreadful Looks on the Bright Side, in which miserable Grandma Grimshaw comes to stay, and Penny Dreadful and the World Record, in which Penny attempts to get her name in the record books; there’s chicken pox in Penny Dreadful is Incredibly Contagious an... More >

Ghostscape
Joe Layburn
Ghostscape
Read by Rita Sharma

When Aisha meets a pale, skinny boy called Richard in the girls’ toilets, she is as surprised to meet a 1940s’ boy as he is to see a Somali girl. Aisha finds herself transported back to the time of Blitz, when her school was a sanctuary for East Enders fleeing the bombing. But Richard becomes more than just a friendly ghost; he helps Aisha confront her difficulties at home, where she is torn betwe... More >

The Trouble with Wenlocks: A Stanley Wells Mystery
Joel Stewart
The Trouble with Wenlocks: A Stanley Wells Mystery
Read by David Thorpe

Stanley Wells would tell you that he is an ordinary boy. It’s just that sometimes extraordinary things happen around him ... Stanley and his unusual new friends Dr Moon and Morcambe have a mystery on their hands. There are monstrous wenlocks about, and they spell trouble. Can he and his companions unravel the truth, with the help of Umiko Lee and her comforting sorrow creatures?... More >


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