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The Secret of the Egg

The Secret of the Egg by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Abbie Cameron

Published by Graffeg books

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Discover the delights of nature with zoologist, poet and top children’s book author, Nicola Davies. Follow the young adventurer as she explores eggs of all shapes and sizes, where they may be hiding and what secrets could be held within.

All titles in this series are fully illustrated in colour by illustrator Abbie Cameron.

Also in the series: The Word Bird, Animal Surprises and Into the Blue.

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Brave and the Fox

Brave and the Fox by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Sebastien Braun

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In the cold and icy white of her homeland, Brave leaves the warmth of her Inuit home and sets off on an adventure.

As day turns into night, she comes face-to-face with danger, discovery and, most of all, magic.

Beautifully written by award-winning author Nicola Davies and brought to life with stunning artwork by bestselling illustrator Sebastien Braun, this inspiring story of courage and determination will keep hearts warm long after reading.

Including a special environmental message at the back of the book.

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The Dog that Saved Christmas

The Dog That Saved Christmas by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Mike Byrne

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Christmas is a nightmare for Jake. He hates the bright lights, the noise and the disruption to his routine. But everything changes when he finds a lost dog. He names her Susan and adopts her as his own. Jake and Susan form a special bond that helps him to cope with the things that usually stress him out. With Susan around, maybe there's a chance that this Christmas will be one the whole family can enjoy.

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The Little Mistake

The Little Mistake by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Cathy Fisher

Published by Graffeg books

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Rosie is given a sheepdog puppy to rear who looks and behaves differently to the other sheepdogs on the farm and is too friendly to herd the sheep. When she overhears her parents referring to her as their ‘little mistake’, her puppy teaches her that not all mistakes are bad in this charming story about belonging and finding your place.

One in a series of six illustrated short stories about young people growing up in the countryside

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Flying Free

Flying Free by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Cathy Fisher

Published by Graffeg books

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Colin lives with his mum and big brother and is in a hurry to grow up. But when his brother gives him an air rifle for his birthday and he shoots a hawk, he soon learns that shooting live creatures is very different to shooting cans on the wall. A powerful tale of growing up and gaining responsibility.

One in a series of six illustrated short stories about young people growing up in the countryside.

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Bee Boy and the Moonflowers

Bee Boy and the Moonflowers by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Max Low

Published by Graffeg books on 1st November

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Azin and his nomadic family rely upon the Moonflowers to keep them alive. When his elders are taken ill, young Azin is left to guide the bees to these rare flowers and return with their precious honey, but he is not the only one seeking out their magic...

One in a series of tales that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

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The Eel Question

The Eel Question by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Beth Holland

Published by Graffeg books on 1st November

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Bound to serve a cruel master, Nant’s curiosity never fails to get her into trouble. Her dreams of a life beyond her marshland home intensify each autumn when the silver eels return, along with her questions. Where do they come from? And where do they go?

One in a series of tales that explore the deeper, darker side of our connection with the natural world. Be ready to feel a little bit of magic, and perhaps a few shivers down the spine.

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The Day War Came

The Day War Came by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

UK publication June 2018, US publication September 2018

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Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long and difficult journey – all alone. Imagine finding no welcome at the end of it. Then imagine a child who gives you something small but very, very precious... When the government refused to allow 3000 child refugees to enter this country in 2016, Nicola Davies was so angry she wrote a poem which was published the same day in The Guardian . It started a campaign for which artists contributed drawings of chairs, symbolising a seat in a classroom, education, kindness, the hope of a future. The poem has become this book, movingly illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, which should prove a powerful aid for explaining the ongoing refugee crisis to younger readers. £1 from every copy sold goes to the charity Help Refugees – find out more about their wonderful work at their website, helprefugees.org.

Reviews

“This gracefully written poem conveys the extensive amount of suffering that war brings. A girl with brown skin and black hair who lives in a city enjoys her day, spending the morning with her family, then learning about volcanoes and drawing a bird at school. Then war suddenly erupts….An absolutely beautiful story that penetrates the heart and seeds hope when there is little of it.” - Kirkus Reviews

“…an intense read but offers a valuable lesson in kindness and, like so many of the best picture books, leaves you looking at the world through the hopeful eyes of a child” - Imogen Carter, The Observer

“A spare poetic story of a girl’s life blighted by war will bring on tears” - Alex O’Connel, The Times Children’s Book of the Week

“This is a remarkable work that shows rather than tells the refugee experience. It is heartbreaking, yet it is also hopeful about the resilience of children.” - Natalie Platten, Readings website Victoria Australia

“A picture book for children may seem an unlikely place to discuss the refugee crisis. But Nicola Davies has written a powerful poem for younger readers that will help them get to the heart of some difficult issues. Here's why and how it was made.” - Booktrust Read full blog post

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Ariki and the Giant Shark

Ariki and the Giant Shark by Nicola Davies

With cover and illustrations by Nicola Kenner

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A new adventure series, starring a young girl living on a tropical island in a sea full of islands. Washed up on Turtle Island as a toddler, Ariki has always felt different from the other children. But there’s somewhere she belongs heart and soul: the sea, where she plays with dolphins, sharks, whales and turtles. One day Ariki catches sight of a strange creature in the water, bigger than any she’s seen before – soon after, an enormous shark tooth is found on the sand. When a group of giant sharks start circling the shore, the island’s fishermen are too afraid to go out to sea. Without fish the people will starve... Can Ariki save the day? The first in an exciting new series, this book is strikingly original but has the feel of a classic: Ariki's world is a timeless paradise, and children are sure to fall under the spell of this cheeky, charming little girl.

Reviews

“"Zoologist Davies's love of the natural world shines through in this wonderful book... Davies's prose is so evocative you can almost feel the sand beneath your toes.” - Mail on Sunday

“This is a wonderful story that educates as it entertains. As we have come to expect from the zoologist storyteller, Davies’ narrative is informative with descriptions of the reef, the wildlife and geography of the island rooting the story in fact... but we are never distracted from the absorbing tale of how Ariki strives to protect and shelter the creature that the majority of the island fears.” - Family Bookworms Wales

“An adventure story about friendship, families and being different, this exciting plot will keep children hooked. The vivid descriptions of marine life will transport readers straight into the sea with Ariki – no doubt, the result of Nicola Davies’ zoologist background. Ariki is a strong and independent heroine; a perfect role model for children everywhere.” - Booktrust

“A funny, touching and original mystery-adventure about a young girl living on a tropical island - the first in a new series. From multi award-winning author Nicola Davies” - Whitehorse Bookshop

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The Pond

The Pond by Nicola Davies

Illustrated by Cathy Fisher

Published by Graffeg books

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A father promises to build a pond for his youngest child, with tadpoles, ducks and waterlillies. He doesn't live to see his pond completed and leaves his family with a muddy messy hole in their garden and their hearts. But through the transformation from muddy hole to vibrant garden pond, the grief stricken family begin to heal and return to life.

"A magical story about love and loss, and how opening our eyes to the wonders of the natural world can help to bring us together and heal the most broken of hearts" - Gill Lewis, children’s author

"he words as ever just roll through the mind, with a wonderful rhythm. Nicola is one of the best picturebook authors of our age. Images and text work hand in hand, heart and soul. It's about life. It's about death. And time. And beauty and healing.This isn't a book to give a child as a present, it's more than that. It should be in every school, home, library. It's a work of art." - Jackie Morris, Author and Illustrator

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