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Darkisle
D A Nelson
Darkisle
Read by Jane Macfarlane

For 10-year-old Morag, there’s nothing magical about the cellar of her cruel foster parents’ home. But that’s where she meets Aldiss, a talking rat, and his resourceful companion, Bertie the dodo. She jumps at the chance to run away and join them on their race against time to save their homeland from an evil warlock named Devlish, who is intent on destroying it. But first, Bertie and Aldiss will n... More >

Gladiator School Book 3: Blood & Sand
Dan Scott
Gladiator School Book 3: Blood & Sand
Read by David Thorpe

Lucius is back in Rome, reunited with his friend Isidora. Together they look after the wild beasts that will hunt, fight – and die – in the arena. Emperor Titus has decreed a hundred days of games to celebrate the opening of his new amphitheatre, so Lucius’s brother, the famous gladiator Quintus Felix, will once again have to face death or glory. Meanwhile, Lucius’s father is still on the run. Can... More >

Gladiator School Book 1: Blood Oath
Dan Scott
Gladiator School Book 1: Blood Oath
Read by Sean Ruttledge

Young Lucius’ life is suddenly turned upside down, leading him to seek answers amongst the slaves and warriors who work and train at Rome’s gladiator school. When his father is accused of being a ruthless government informer, the ‘Spectre’, and disappears, Quintus takes the dreaded Blood Oath and vows to become a gladiator. But while Quintus risks his life in the arena, his brother Lucius must fig... More >

Gladiator School Book 2: Blood & Fire
Dan Scott
Gladiator School Book 2: Blood & Fire
Read by David Thorpe

A distinguished senator has gone into hiding after being accused of treachery, leaving his family to fend for themselves. His elder son Quintus has become a gladiator, while young Lucius works as a servant in the gladiator school. When the gladiator troupe is sent to Pompeii to take part in the games, Lucius is befriended by Valens, the sponsor of the games, who offers to help him find his father.... More >

Magic Ballerina: Six Rosa Stories
Darcey Bussell
Magic Ballerina: Six Rosa Stories
Read by Helen Lacey

R eturn to the magical world of Enchantia in the captivating second series of Magic Ballerina! Delphie has handed over the Magic Ballet Shoes to Rosa. Rosa knows that her new red ballet shoes are special, but she discovers that they are magical when she is whirled into Enchantia, a world peopled with ballet characters!... More >

Magic Ballerina: Six Delphie Stories
Darcey Bussell
Magic Ballerina: Six Delphie Stories
Read by Helen Lacey

Delphie can’t believe it when she is invited to join the new ballet school. But things aren’t quite what they seem, and with the help of some very special ballet shoes, Delphie finds herself spinning into a whole new world. Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell takes you on a journey to a faraway land of ballet and magic in these six captivating stories.... More >

Magic Ballerina: Six Holly Stories
Darcey Bussell
Magic Ballerina: Six Holly Stories
Read by Helen Lacey

Return to the magical world of Enchantia in the captivating third series of Magic Ballerina by Darcey Bussell! In Enchantia, Holly discovers a carousel of mythical creatures. They have been enchanted and trapped on the carousel by the Wicked Fairy. She wants to capture the Silver Unicorn to complete her menagerie. Can Holly and the White Cat warn the unicorn in time? Another delightful instalment ... More >

Magic Ballerina: Summer in Enchantia & Christmas in Enchantia
Darcey Bussell
Magic Ballerina: Summer in Enchantia & Christmas in Enchantia
Read by Helen Lacey

One summer’s evening, Rosa is about to dance at an outdoor show when she feels a familiar tingling in her ballet shoes. Someone in Enchantia needs her. It’s Christmas and Delphie is really excited about taking part in her ballet school’s Christmas show! But then she is whisked away to Enchantia where her friends need her help in making Christmas in Enchantia the best one ever, despite King Rat’s m... More >

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
Dave Shelton
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
Read by Anthony Keetch

A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book and a ukulele.They are only travelling a short distance and it really shouldn’t take long. But then their boat encounters ‘unforeseeable anomalies’ ... Faced with turbulent stormy seas and a terrifying sea monster, the odds soon become pitted against our unlikely heroes.Will the Harriet, their trusted vessel, withstand the violent ... More >

The Map of Marvels
David Calcutt
The Map of Marvels
Read by Alistair Petrie

When Connor starts creating a map of an imaginary world for his school project he has no idea where it will lead. As he draws the islands and the mountains, the map begins to take shape. And then there’s the tower – ominous and threatening – but so necessary that without it the map would not be complete. Perhaps without the tower, the map might not even exist. But the map does exist, and so does t... More >

The Devil’s Breath
David Gilman
The Devil’s Breath
Read by Alistair Petrie

After escaping an assassin who tries to kill him, Max Gordon learns that his explorer father is missing. Determined to find him, Max discovers a clue which leads him to the inhospitable wilderness of Namibia and the discovery of a potential ecological disaster masterminded by the ruthless Shaka Chang. Whoever is behind Max’s father’s disappearance plans to get rid of Max too – for good.... More >

Dirty Bertie: Pong! & Snow!
David Roberts and Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie: Pong! & Snow!
Read by Evelyn McLean

Join Bertie as he attempts to bath a rather smelly Whiffer, give Miss Boot the fright of her life on a school trip, enjoys having a sneaky hand in the design for the new school uniform, takes on the challenge of beating Know-all Nick in a sledge race, breaks a revolting world record, and changes the course of history during a battle re-enactment. Interest age: 6-8... More >

Dirty Bertie: Bogeys! & Crackers!
David Roberts and Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie: Bogeys! & Crackers!
Read by Evelyn McLean

Meet Dirty Bertie – boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits! He’s full to bursting with madcap plans and crazy ideas and if it’s trouble you’re after, look no further – Bertie’s sure to be up to his neck in it!... More >

Angela Nicely & Angela Nicely: Queen Bee!
David Roberts and Alan McDonald
Angela Nicely & Angela Nicely: Queen Bee!
Read by Evelyn McLean

Angela might look like she’s made of sugar and spice and all things nice, but nothing could be further from the truth! Angela knows best! Whether it’s trying to succeed as a top model, proving that her head teacher wears a wig, or finding herself out of her depth on a spa weekend, she’s determined to make a splash! Angela Nicely is the first book in this fantastically mischievous series, and Queen... More >

Dirty Bertie: Pants! & Burp!
David Roberts and Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie: Pants! & Burp!
Read by Evelyn McLean

Dirty Bertie’s facing the shame of losing a dare with Know-All Nick and having to wear his pants to school, playing the part of the dog in the local amateur dramatic society’s production of Oliver! and taking Whiffer to Royston Rich’s birthday party, where Whiffer leaves a very unwelcome present ... Bertie drags a reluctant Whiffer to dog training classes, stink-bombs his sister’s sleepover and re... More >


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