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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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Meesha Makes Friends
  • 5+
  • Tom Percival
  • Bloomsbury
A warm and affectionate look at the joys and difficulties of making and keeping friends, relating to others, and finding your place in the world.
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Age 5-7

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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The Jolley-Rogers and the Pirate Piper
  • 5+
  • Jonny Duddle
  • Templar
One morning the townspeople of Dull-on-Sea wake to find that their town is overrun with rats.
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Age 7-9

Jack’s Secret World
  • 7+
  • Jack Ryder
  • Hachette
Jack and the gang have gone through the doorway, looking for Blossom's missing dad, the man who made the magic. But finding him will be just the start of the adventure, as Blossom's dad has a mission for the gang, and they're going to need all the magical powers they can get.
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Agents of the Wild: Operation Honeyhunt
  • 6+
  • Jennifer Bell & Alice Lickens
  • Walker
When 8-year-old Agnes is signed up for SPEARS (the Society for the Protection of Endangered and Awesomely Rare Species), she has no idea of the adventures that lie ahead with her elephant-shrew mentor Attie (short for “Attenborough”).
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Agents of the Wild: Operation Icebeak
  • 6+
  • Jennifer Bell & Alice Lickens
  • Walker
Agnes and Attie – AGENTS OF THE WILD - are bound for the Antarctic on their second creature-crazy wildlife-rescue adventure.
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Agents of the Wild: Operation Sandwhiskers
  • 6+
  • Jennifer Bell & Alice Lickens
  • Walker
Agnes and Attie – AGENTS OF THE WILD – are off to the Sahara Desert on a mission to rescue rare baby animals from illegal wildlife traders.
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Age 9-11

Noah’s Gold
  • 9+
  • Frank Cottrell-Boyce
  • Macmillan
Packed with mystery, adventure and laughs, Noah's Gold is the exciting novel from the bestselling, multi-award-winning author of Millions and Cosmic, Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Fully illustrated in black and white throughout by Steven Lenton.
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Varjak Paw
  • 9+
  • SF Said
  • Penguin Random House
Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way - a secret martial art for cats.
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Ghostcloud
  • 9+
  • Michael Mann
  • Hachette
Kidnapped and forced to shovel coal underneath a half-bombed, blackened power station, 12-year-old Luke's life is miserable. Then, he discovers he can see things others can't. Ghostly things
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Aarti & The Blue Gods
  • 9+
  • Jasbinder Bilan
  • Chicken Books
Aarti has lived on the island with Aunt for as long as she can remember. Like the weather, Aunt rules her world with rare warmth. Aarti's only comforts are a book of Indian myths full of blue gods, a fox's friendship, and a toy rabbit she finds in a locked room.
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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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