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Classics and Future Classics


Ellen Stevens

A treasure trove of thoughtful and adventurous books to escape into.


The Highland Falcon Thief

M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, paperback


All aboard! You're holding a ticket to an incredible new mystery adventure.

Harrison Beck and his Uncle Nat are enjoying the final journey of the Highland Falcon, Britain’s most famous steam train. But when a precious jewel goes missing, Harrison and his new friend Lenny find themselves at the centre of the investigation. Can they solve the mystery and catch the culprit before they reach the end of the line?


Tales from Moominvalley

Tove Jansson, paperback


'Poor little chap! He had been turned into a very strange animal indeed...'

It all begins when Moomintroll wakes up to find a big hat - a magical Hobgoblin hat, no less, that mysteriously transforms anything that falls into it...Although they’re small, shy creatures, the Moomins have the most amazing adventures.


I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith, paperback


This is the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, which tells of her extraordinary family and their crumbling castle home. Cassandra’s father was once a famous writer, but now he mainly reads detective novels while his family slide into genteel poverty. Her sister Rose is bored, beautiful, and desperate to marry riches. Their stepmother Topaz is in the habit of striding through the countryside wearing only her wellington boots. But all their lives will soon be transformed by the arrival of new neighbours from America, and Cassandra finds herself falling in love…


Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

Horatio Clare, paperback


Aubrey is a rambunctious boy who tries to run before he can walk and has crashed two cars before he can drive one. But when his father, Jim, falls under a horrendous spell, Aubrey is determined to break it. Everyone says his task is impossible but, with the help of the animals of Rushing Wood, Aubrey will never give up and surrender - even if he must fight the unkillable Spirit of Despair itself: the Terrible Yoot!


The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

Kieran Larwood, paperback


Podkin is the son of Lopkin, chieftain of the Munbury warren. He wasn’t a hero back then: he hadn’t slain any giant rabbits, or formed any robber bands...Oh, and he still had both his ears. He was also perhaps the laziest, most spoilt son of a chieftain in the whole Five Realms! But when his warren is attacked by the Gorm - the most terrifying threat to rabbitkind - Podkin has to step up and so a leader is born…


My Little Book of Big Questions

Britta Teckentrup, hardback


Will I find what I’m looking for? Is it possible to feel too happy? Can I reach for the stars? Are dreams as true as reality? Why am I afraid of things I don’t know? Do all people ask the same questions? Britta Teckentrup gives no answers to these important questions, but she underscores their deep meaning with magical pictures. A book about big questions which sparks conversations between young and old.