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October Picks for Schools

20th September 2019

Reading Schemes


With simple rhyming text and phonic repetition, Usborne's Phonics Readers are specially designed to develop essential language skills and early reading. This month's new title is Armadillo on a Pillow, which tells the story of a sleepy Armadillo who receives late night visits from a fairy. But he soon gets carried away with the wishes she grants...


Young Fiction

When Lord Pepper buys an antique top hat he brings home a ghost rabbit looking for a young magician called Ernest Salt. But there's skulduggery at play and Ernest's guardians are determined to keep his identity secret... Funny, wonderfully imaginative and beautifully illustrated, A Rabbit Called Wish is the fifth addition to the Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog series.

Middle Grade Fiction

Suzy can't wait to return to the Union of Impossible Places on the Impossible Postal Express. But when she arrives, she overhears a dastardly plan to destroy Trollville from a shadowy and unexpected villain. Suzy and her friends must race from magical cloud-worlds to secret caverns to catch the culprit, before Trollville comes crashing down... 

Join Suzy for her highly-anticipated second journey in The Great Brain Robbery; the sequel to the Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted The Train to Impossible Places.

Young Adult Fiction

Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she's starting to realise that love isn't supposed to hurt like this. So now she's retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry. Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him.

The Places I've Cried in Public is a stunningly powerful new novel from Holly Bourne, the acclaimed author of the bestselling Spinster Club series and adult novel, How Do You Like Me Now?.



Packed with a wide range of poetry writing activities, tips and advice, Write Your Own Poems aims to make poetry accessible and exciting for beginners. Complete with prompts to inspire young poets to write in traditional forms and genres, this write-in book also encourages them to break the rules to find their own style. A brilliant resource for inspiring creative writing in KS2 English classrooms.


From ancient transportation to the latest cutting-edge technological developments, the Technology Scribble Book is full of problems to solve, concepts to explore and things to invent, design and create. A fantastic support for KS2 S.T.E.M. learning.

Libraries & Reference

First published in 1977, The World of the Unknown: Ghosts is a cult classic that has been reissued for a new generation of ghost-hunters. Ghost stories are as old as recorded history and exist all over the world; this spooky reference book is for anyone who is curious about the unknown - the perfect Halloween addition to KS2 and KS3 libraries.