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Bone Music – David Almond

Published by Hodder Children’s Books From the pen of the multi-award winning author, David Almond,(Skellig, My Name is Mina) comes Bone Music, a wonderfully atmospheric tale set in rural Northumberland. Ideal for readers aged 12-plus, Bone Music tells the story of 15-year-old Sylvia Carr whose mother takes her for a much-needed break from their home […]

Cookie and the Most Annoying Girl in the World! – Konnie Huq

Published by Piccadilly Press Konnie Huq’s much-loved character Cookie returns in a brilliantly funny book that we enjoyed as much as her first (Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World!). With a growing awareness of the problems impacting the environment, Cookie is befriended by Suzy Ashby when they both obtain tickets for Aliana […]

Whiteout – Gabriel Dylan

Published by Stripes Publishing Warning! This is not a book to read if you are planning to embark upon a school ski trip! It is, however, the perfect book to entice teens – especially those who love scary films – to pick up a book and get stuck in. The plot is simple: a diverse […]

The House at the Edge of Magic – Amy Sparkes

Published by Walker Books Fans of stories such as The Worst Witch and The Chrestomanci series will greatly enjoy this new book by talented storyteller, Amy Sparkes. Nine is an orphan pickpocket who lives in a Fagin-type cellar with nothing except a little silver box to call her own. One day she steals an ornament […]

Can Bears Ski – Raymond Antrobus and Polly Dunbar

Published by Walker Books Little Bear wonders why his dad keeps asking him “Can Bears ski?” as he takes us through his morning routine and his day in school. But Little Bear is deaf and so, in an age-appropriate way for Key Stage 1 children, this delightful picture book takes us with him as he […]

The Ghost Garden – Emma Carroll

Published by Barrington Stoke Reluctant or dyslexic readers will be delighted by a new story set in the weeks before the outbreak of WW1 by award-winning, historic fiction author Emma Carroll (Letters from the Lighthouse, Secrets of a Sun King) and published by Barrington Stoke. When a series of coincidences occur between discoveries made in […]

Zombierella – Joseph Coelho

Published by Walker Books At the back of a library rests the old, neglected books. Dust-covered, foul-smelling and broken, our narrator uncovers the fairy-tales which have gone bad. Welcome to the first of three stories by poet and author, Joseph Coelho, Zombierella – his reimagining of Cinderella. This retelling of such a well-known fairy tale is not for […]

Toffee – Sarah Crossan

Published by Bloomsbury This Young Adult novel written by Irish Children’s Laureate Sarah Crossan is outstanding. It’s a poignant story of the relationship between runaway Allison and an elderly woman, Marla, who lives alone and with dementia. Marla mistakes Allison for someone from her past called Toffee and allows her to stay. Over time, Allison […]

This Wonderful Thing – Adam Baron

Published by HarperCollins Adam Baron, author of best selling Carnegie-nominated “Boy Underwater” brings  Cymbeline Igloo and familiar friends back to life in a third fantastic adventure. Middle grade readers will enjoy the playful narrative form as alternate chapters tell the stories of Cymbeline and a new character, Jessica, and their parallel plotlines become intriguingly entangled […]

Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas

Published by Walker Books American Angie Thomas’ third novel Concrete Rose packs yet another powerful punch; this prequel to her multi-award-winning debut The Hate u Give returns to the impoverished inner-city ghetto of Garden Heights – modelled on Mississippi’s Georgetown – this time to tell the story of 17-year-old Maverick Carter, a member of the […]