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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

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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Claude In The City
  • 5+
  • Alex T Smith
  • Hachette
When Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes set off for work, Claude decides what adventure he wants to have that day. Today he and Sir Bobblysock go to the city for the very first time.
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Mermaid School
  • 6+
  • Lucy Courtenay
  • Anderson Press
Filled with fabulous fishy fun, Mermaid School is perfect for fans of Unicorn Academy and Dork Diaries!
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Age 7-9

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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Anisha Accidental Detective: Show Stoppers
  • 7+
  • Serena Patel
  • Usborne
It's time for Anisha to step into the spotlight!
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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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Cookie and the Most Mysterious Mystery in the World
  • 7+
  • Konnie Huq
  • Piccadilly Press
In her third adventure, Cookie finds mysteries everywhere - but can she solve them, and save the science show?
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Age 9-11

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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Rules for Vampires
  • 9+
  • Alex Foulkes
  • Simon & Schuster
A monstrously funny and devilishly dark new adventure from debut talent Alex Foulkes, illustrated throughout by the award-winning Sara Ogilvie
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When The Sky Falls
  • 9+
  • Phil Earle
  • Andersen Press
1941. War is raging. And one angry boy has been sent to the city, where bombers rule the skies.
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Billie Swift Takes Flight
  • 8+
  • Iszi Lawrence
  • Bloomsbury
The story of WWII starring the brilliant pilots you've never heard of... the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) who battled against the odds to get the air force's planes to the front lines.
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Age 11+

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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Bone Music
  • 12+
  • David Almond
  • Hachette
Under a boundless starry sky, the unforgettable Sylvia Carr reconnects with the ancient past and discovers what it really means to be young in the world today.
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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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