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You Can’t Let An Elephant Drive A Racing Car
  • 5+
  • Patricia Cleveland-Peck
  • Bloomsbury
From zebras playing cricket to a walrus on a mountain bike, this book will make you laugh out loud. Jam-packed with silly animals and all your favourite sports, it's riotous, irresistible fun!
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Snowy White
  • 5+
  • Gareth P. Jones
  • Farshore
Kingsley is the finest cat in the kingdom. How does he know? His crystal ball tells him so!
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The Same But Different
  • 5+
  • Molly Potter
  • Bloomsbury
Using everyday examples, clear explanations and colourful illustrations by Sarah Jennings, this book prompts children to broaden their perspectives and rejoice in their differences.
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Perfectly Norman
  • 5+
  • Tom Percival
  • Bloomsbury
Norman had always been perfectly normal . . . until the day he grew a pair of wings! This poignant and uplifting story about individuality is filled with stunning artwork in a striking minimal palette.
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Age 5-7

Luma and the Pet Dragon
  • 5+
  • Leah Mohammed
  • Welbeck Publishing
When Luma Dewan wakes up on the morning of her seventh birthday, she knows that today will be special. But she has no idea just how wonderful and extraordinary it will be.
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Frindleswylde
  • 5+
  • Lauren & Natalia O'Hara
  • Walker Books
Can you feel a tremble in the wind? The sun grows pale. The wild things hide. Frindleswylde is coming!
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Yapping Away
  • 5+
  • Joshua Seigal
  • Bloomsbury
From hilarious to heartfelt poems - and everything in between - this collection offers something for everyone.
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Bumble & Snug and the Angry Pirates
  • 5+
  • Mark Bradley
  • Hachette
Best friends Bumble and Snug are Bugbops - little monsters filled with BIG feelings! In this full-colour graphic novel, join them on a funny, imaginative adventure with some VERY angry pirates, learning about the world outside and inside along the way.
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Age 7-9

The Magic Faraway Tree: A New Adventure
  • 6+
  • Jacqueline Wilson
  • Hachette
Discover the Magic Faraway Tree and explore the amazing lands it can lead to! An irresistible new story by bestselling author Jacqueline Wilson, set in a much-loved world.
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Mayhem Mission
  • 7+
  • Burhana Islam
  • Knights Of
Yusuf's older sister is getting married. He's ready for the delicious food, the fun with his cousins and the many presents but he s NOT ready to take her place as the responsible one. His only option: cause some chaos and ruin the wedding.
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Libby and the Parisian Puzzle
  • 7+
  • Claire Barker
  • Firefly Press
This is a middle-grade detective series, set in a travelling school - a mix of adventure, friendship, and mystery, perfect for readers of the Adventures on Trains series
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The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife
  • 7+
  • Maz Evans
  • Hachette
Scarlett Fife has BIG feelings. And she's about to get into BIG trouble. From the bestselling Maz Evans comes a heartfelt and hilarious new series, perfect for fans of Roald Dahl's Matilda.
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Age 9-11

The Colour of Hope
  • 9+
  • Ross MacKenzie
  • Andersen Press
Years ago, the Emperor used dark magic to steal all the colour from the world. Now he keeps it for himself, enjoying its life-giving power while everyone else must exist in cold shades of grey. That is, until a miracle baby is born – everything she touches turns to colour.
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Kiki Kallira Breaks A Kingdom
  • 9+
  • Sangu Mandanna
  • Hachette
Kiki Kallira is more of a worrier than a warrior - but today she will learn to be a hero. The mythical beasts she loves to draw have come to life, and she is the only one who can defeat them.
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The Warrior In My Wardrobe
  • 9+
  • Simon Farnaby
  • Hachette
Seeking revenge, Vanheldon comes up with a way to kidnap Rose and transport her back to Dark Ages Transylvania, set on luring Merdyn into a terrible trap. Except - whoops! - his magical minion kidnaps Rose's teenage brother Kris instead.
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Seed
  • 8+
  • Caryl Lewis
  • Macmillan
Seed is a funny, big-hearted story by award-winner Caryl Lewis about the power of hope and imagination when you believe in the impossible.
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Age 11+

Shades of Scarlet
  • 12+
  • Anne Fine
  • David Fickling
Scarlet has to start a new life, and none of it was her choice. Scarlet decides there's only one thing she can write in the notebook. The truth, about everything...
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The Burning Swift
  • 12+
  • Joseph Elliott
  • Walker Books
The epic conclusion to the critically acclaimed Shadow Skye series, a rich fantasy adventure trilogy set in a mythical Scotland.
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Noughts & Crosses
  • 13+
  • Malorie Blackman
  • Penguin Random House
Voted as one of the UK's best-loved books, Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic.
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Off The Record
  • 12+
  • Camryn Garrett
  • Penguin Random House
A ripped-from-the-headlines story of a teen journalist who stumbles across the #metoo story of the decade and has to weigh the risks against the need to fight for justice.
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Non-fiction and Poetry

Brain Power
  • 7+
  • Dr Ranj
  • Hachette
Discover how to train your brain and become the best you can be in this empowering and inclusive guide by the nation's favourite doctor, Dr Ranj.
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Listified!
  • 9+
  • Andrew Pettie
  • Britannica
Listified! takes the best and most amazing parts of the universe – erupting volcanoes, medieval machines, jumping spiders, exploding stars and everything in between – and organises them into quirky list form for curious kids and their friends and family to enjoy.
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The Silk Roads: The Extraordinary History That Created Your World
  • 9+
  • Peter Frankopan
  • Bloomsbury
Peter Frankopan, number one bestselling author and historian, explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart - the journey along the Silk Roads.
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How Was That Built?
  • 8+
  • Roma Agrawal
  • Bloomsbury
Join Roma Agrawal, the award-winning structural engineer who worked on The Shard, for an exciting behind-the-scenes look at some of the world's most amazing landmarks.
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