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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

Neon’s Secret Universe
  • 7+
  • Sibeal Pounder
  • Bloomsbury
Unicorns are NOT horse creatures with horns. In fact, they are the most powerful magical beings on the planet and they look just like you and me . . .
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The 143-Storey Treehouse
  • 8+
  • Andy Griffiths
  • Macmillan
Andy's been a bit stressed, so Terry has decided the perfect way for them to relax is to head up to their new camping ground level for a much-needed holiday. But it turns out to be not quite as relaxing as Terry originally planned . . .
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Indigo Wilde and the Unknown Wilderness
  • 7+
  • Pippa Curnick
  • Hachette
Enter the colourful world of Indigo Wilde and the magical creatures she takes care of... When a moon bear appears at the door with news that her parents have vanished, Indigo's off on a hair-raising adventure!
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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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Age 9-11

The Fire Cats of London
  • 9+
  • Anna Fargher
  • Macmillan
Step into historic London and follow two young wildcats caught in the Great Fire . . .
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While The Storm Rages
  • 9+
  • Phil Earle
  • Andersen Press
September 1939. The world is on the brink of war. As his dad marches off to fight, Noah makes him a promise, to keep their beloved family dog safe.
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The Unexpected Tale of the Bad Brothers
  • 9+
  • Clare Povey
  • Usborne
Bastien Bonlivre is in trouble again. His sworn enemy, Olivier Odieux, has escaped jail and is after Bastien once more.
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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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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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