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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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Ruby’s Worry
  • 5+
  • Tom Percival
  • Bloomsbury
The perfect book for discussing childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.
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Ravi’s Roar
  • 5+
  • Tom Percival
  • Bloomsbury
A clever and engaging book about temper tantrums, dealing with emotions and learning to express and understand your feelings.
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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 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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Ollie Spark and the Accidental Adventure
  • 8+
  • Gillian Cross & Alan Snow
  • DFB
Ollie Spark loves mending machines and solving mysteries. But he gets more than he bargained for when fixing Aunt Caz's van throws him into a real-life spy adventure!
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Einstein the Penguin
  • 7+
  • Iona Rangeley
  • HarperCollins
Get ready to welcome the most extraordinary penguin into your own home…
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The Christmas Carrolls
  • 8+
  • Mel Taylor-Bessent
  • Farshore
The Christmas Carrolls is a heartwarming, hilarious and inclusive tale about the power of spreading cheer, the magic of friendship and what really matters at this most wonderful time of the year.
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Age 9-11

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide To Being Good
  • 8+
  • Louie Stowell
  • Walker Books
Wry, witty and very funny diary-style story packed with doodles and comic strips about the frustration trickster god Loki feels at having to live trapped in the body of a weedy eleven-year-old boy.
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When The War Came Home
  • 9+
  • Lesley Parr
  • Bloomsbury
When Natty has to move to a new village, she meets two young soldiers who are still battling the effects of war. Huw can't forget the terrible things he's seen, but Johnny doesn't even remember who he is.
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The Tower at the End of Time
  • 9+
  • Amy Sparkes
  • Walker Books
Nine and her friends have broken the curse on their marvellous, magical House, and are free to travel the worlds once more! Their first stop: The Wizarding Hopscotch Championships.
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Into the Sideways World
  • 10+
  • Ross Welford
  • HarperCollins
When twelve-year-olds Willa and Manny hear of a mysterious animal prowling their town, they are determined to prove it is real. Following the creature into a cave one full moon, they are swept into an alternate, ideal, world
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Age 11+

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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The Yearbook
  • 13+
  • Holly Bourne
  • Usborne
The dramas, the traumas, the rumours - it's time to expose it all... The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Mean Girls in this scathingly funny and relatable high-school takedown from the queen of UKYA.
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Non-fiction and Poetry

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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Musical Truth: A Musical History of Modern Black Britain in 28 Songs
  • 11+
  • Jeffrey Boakye
  • Faber
This book redefines British history, the Empire and postcolonialism, and will invite you to think again about the narratives and key moments in history that you have been taught up to now.
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