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Author of the Week – 18th October 2021: Alex Foulkes

An introduction to:

  • Rules For Vampires

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Rules For Vampires

Author of the Week – 18th October 2021: Alex Foulkes
  • 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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Author of the Week – 11th October 2021: Iszi Lawrence

An introduction to:

  • Billie Swift Takes Flight

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Billie Swift Takes Flight

Author of the Week – 11th October 2021: Iszi Lawrence
  • 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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Author of the Week – 4th October 2021: Joshua Seigal

An introduction to:

  • Yapping Away

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Yapping Away

Author of the Week – 4th October 2021: Joshua Seigal
  • 5+
  • Joshua Seigal
  • Bloomsbury
From hilarious to heartfelt poems - and everything in between - this collection offers something for everyone.
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Zaro Weil

An introduction to:

  • When Poems Fall From The Sky

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

When Poems Fall From The Sky

Zaro Weil
  • 7+
  • Zaro Weil
  • Troika
Original, inspiring and intimate - When Poems Fall from the Sky - celebrates the marriage of science and poetry.
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Author of the Week – 27th Sept: Jion Sheibani

An introduction to:

  • The Worries

The Worries

Author of the Week – 27th Sept: Jion Sheibani
  • 7+
  • Jion Sheibani
  • Penguin Random House
The Truth Pixie meets Inside Out in this hilarious, highly illustrated new series, perfect for helping children gently work through their worries and concentrate on having fun.
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Konnie Huq

An introduction to:

  • Cookie and the Most Mysterious Mystery in the World

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Cookie and the Most Mysterious Mystery in the World

Konnie Huq
  • 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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Roma Agrawal

An introduction to:

  • How Was That Built?

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

How Was That Built?

Roma Agrawal
  • 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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Author of the Week – 20th Sept: Jasbinder Bilan

An introduction to:

  • Aarti & The Blue Gods

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Aarti & The Blue Gods

Author of the Week – 20th Sept: Jasbinder Bilan
  • 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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Author of the Week – 13th Sept: Andrew Pettie

An introduction to:

  • Listified!

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11
  • Ages 11+

Listified!

Author of the Week – 13th Sept: Andrew Pettie
  • 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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Peter Frankopan

An introduction to:

  • The Silk Roads

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11
  • Ages 11+

The Silk Roads

Peter Frankopan
  • 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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Author of the week – 6th Sept: Michelle Paver

An introduction to:

  • Skin Taker

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Skin Taker

Author of the week – 6th Sept: Michelle Paver
  • 9+
  • Michelle Paver
  • Zephyr
Skin Taker carries you back to the Stone Age, to nature, drawing you deeper into an astonishing environment and adventure which began with Wolf Brother and has captivated millions of readers.
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Annelise Gray

An introduction to:

  • Circus Maximus: Race To The Death

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Circus Maximus: Race To The Death

Annelise Gray
  • 9+
  • Annelise Gray
  • Zephyr
Circus Maximus, the greatest sporting stage of the ancient Roman world, where the best horses and charioteers compete in a race to the death, and one girl dreams of glory. Ben Hur meets National Velvet in the ultimate 9-12 adventure story by debut children's author, Annelise Gray.
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Priscilla Mante

An introduction to:

  • Jas Santos vs. The World

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Jas Santos vs. The World

Priscilla Mante
  • 8+
  • Priscilla Mante
  • Puffin
A relatable, inclusive story about families, unlikely friendships and girl power. Perfect for fans of Ella on the Outside and Jacqueline Wilson.
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Mark Bradley

An introduction to:

  • Bumble & Snug and the Angry Pirates

Suitable for:

  • Ages 5-7

Bumble & Snug and the Angry Pirates

Mark Bradley
  • 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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Sue Cheung

An introduction to:

  • Maddy Yip's Guide To Life

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Maddy Yip's Guide To Life

Sue Cheung
  • 8+
  • Sue Cheung
  • Andersen Press
Maddy Yip is perfectly happy in life, until she realises that everyone she knows has a talent – except for her!
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Rosie Jones

An introduction to:

  • Edie Eckhart

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Edie Eckhart

Rosie Jones
  • 9+
  • Rosie Jones
  • Hachette
Hello! My name is Edie Eckhart and I'm eleven years old. I'm a little bit different. I have a disability called cerebral palsy, so I talk slowly and fall over a lot. It's never really bothered me because I've never known anything else.
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Sophie Kirtley

An introduction to:

  • The Way To Impossible Island

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Way To Impossible Island

Sophie Kirtley
  • 9+
  • Sophie Kirtley
  • Bloomsbury
A brave, life-affirming middle-grade timeslip adventure about finding your family and finding yourself.
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Jack Ryder

An introduction to:

  • Jack's Secret World

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Jack's Secret World

Jack Ryder
  • 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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Cerrie Burnell

An introduction to:

  • I Am Not A Label

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

I Am Not A Label

Cerrie Burnell
  • 8+
  • Cerrie Burnell
  • Quarto
In this stylishly illustrated biography anthology, meet 34 artists, thinkers, athletes and activists with disabilities, from past and present.
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Ben Bailey Smith

An introduction to:

  • Something I Said

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Something I Said

Ben Bailey Smith
  • 9+
  • Ben Bailey Smith
  • Bloomsbury
From comedian, actor, rapper and screenwriter Ben Bailey Smith comes a blazingly funny, big-hearted story about family, friendship and how far one boy will go to get a laugh.
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Matthew Syed

An introduction to:

  • Dare To Be You

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Dare To Be You

Matthew Syed
  • 9+
  • Matthew Syed
  • Hachette
This groundbreaking, practical and positive book will help kids develop the inner confidence to grow into happy adults who know - and, more importantly, LIKE - themselves.
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Victoria Hislop

An introduction to:

  • Maria's Island

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Maria's Island

Victoria Hislop
  • 8+
  • Victoria Hislop
  • Walker
The absorbing story of the Cretan village of Plaka and the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga – Greece's former leper colony – is told to us by Maria Petrakis, one of the children in the original version of The Island.
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Camryn Garrett

An introduction to:

  • Off The Record

Suitable for:

  • Ages 11+

Off The Record

Camryn Garrett
  • 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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Simon Farnaby

An introduction to:

  • The Wizard In My Shed

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Wizard In My Shed

Simon Farnaby
  • 7+
  • Simon Farnaby
  • Hachette
Merdyn the Wild is from the Dark Ages. He's the world's greatest Warlock (don't call him a wizard), banished to the 21st century for bad behaviour, and he's about to create a whole load of trouble for Rose, aged 12.
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Hendrikus Van Hensbergen

An introduction to:

  • How You Can Save The Planet

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

How You Can Save The Planet

Hendrikus Van Hensbergen
  • 9+
  • Hendrikus Van Hensbergen
  • Puffin
With easy step-by-step actions and inspiring stories of other children who stood up and said 'no more', this is the definitive guide to creating a better world wherever you live.
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Holly Bourne

An introduction to:

  • The Yearbook

Suitable for:

  • Ages 11+

The Yearbook

Holly Bourne
  • 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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Jenny Pearson

An introduction to:

  • The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates
  • The Incredible Record Smashers

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates

Jenny Pearson
  • 8+
  • Jenny Pearson
  • Usborne
The super funny, heart-warming adventure of three boys, one summer holiday, and a few miracles along the way.
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The Incredible Record Smashers

Jenny Pearson
  • 8+
  • Jenny Pearson
  • Usborne
Lucy is a fixer of broken things. But there's one thing she can't fix and that's her unhappy mum. Until she comes up with an INCREDIBLE plan. Along with her best friend, Sandesh, Lucy is going to SMASH a world record.
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Georgina Stevens

An introduction to:

  • Climate Action

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Climate Action

Georgina Stevens
  • 7+
  • Georgina Stevens
  • Little Tiger Press
Learn about the causes of climate change and how it is affecting our world. Explore the human impact and what it means to have a carbon footprint. Read about creative ideas for tackling the climate crisis and more.
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Jen Carney

An introduction to:

  • The Accidental Diary Of B.U.G.

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Accidental Diary Of B.U.G.

Jen Carney
  • 7+
  • Jen Carney
  • Penguin Random House
Enter the hilarious world of Billie Upton Green . . . The start of an exciting new series full of Billie's laugh-out-loud observations and doodles!
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Damien Love

An introduction to:

  • Monstrous Devices

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11
  • Ages 11+

Monstrous Devices

Damien Love
  • 9+
  • Damien Love
  • One World Publications
Just as things are getting out of hand, Alex's grandfather arrives, whisking him away from his otherwise humdrum life and into a world of strange, macabre magic.
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David Almond

An introduction to:

  • Bone Music

Suitable for:

  • Ages 11+

Bone Music

David Almond
  • 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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Catherine Doyle

An introduction to:

  • The Storm Keeper Trilogy

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Storm Keeper Trilogy

Catherine Doyle
  • 9+
  • Bloomsbury
Once in a generation, the island chooses a new Storm Keeper – someone to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has finally come for Fionn's grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise.

Tamsin Mori

An introduction to:

  • The Weather Weaver

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Weather Weaver

Tamsin Mori
  • 8+
  • Tamsin Mori
  • UCLan
A magical, spellbinding adventure about a girl that can control the weather...
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Tiffany Jewel

An introduction to:

  • This Book Is Anti-Racist

Suitable for:

  • Ages 11+

This Book Is Anti-Racist

Tiffany Jewel
  • 9+
  • Tiffany Jewel
  • Quarto
Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation.
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Flynn Meaney

An introduction to:

  • Bad Habits (please note: the reading in this video is only suitable for ages 13+)

Suitable for:

  • Ages 11+

Bad Habits (please note: the reading in this video is only suitable for ages 13+)

Flynn Meaney
  • 12+
  • Flynn Meaney
  • Penguin Random House
Fed up with life inside the hallowed halls of St. Mary's, Alex decides to take matters into her own hands. She's going to stage the school's first ever production of The Vagina Monologues.
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Cat Weldon

An introduction to:

  • Cat Weldon

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Cat Weldon

Cat Weldon
  • 8+
  • Cat Weldon
  • Macmillan
The first in a hilarious and fast-paced trilogy about how to be brave, what it means to be a hero and just how confusing the Norse Gods really are.
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Rashmi Sirdeshpande

An introduction to:

  • How To Change The World

Suitable for:

  • Ages 5-7
  • Ages 7-11

How To Change The World

Rashmi Sirdeshpande
  • 5+
  • Rashmi Sirdeshpande
  • Penguin Random House
Discover the astonishing things humans can achieve: from the campaign for women's votes, to the efforts to heal the ozone layer.
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P.G. Bell

An introduction to:

  • The Train To Impossible Places Series

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Train To Impossible Places Series

P.G. Bell
  • 9+
  • P.G. Bell
  • Usborne
When the Impossible Postal Express magically arrives to collect Suzy, she sets off on her most difficult delivery yet. A mysterious talking book is stealing words and causing chaos across the whole of the Impossible Places!
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Stewart Foster

An introduction to:

  • The Perfect Parent Project

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Perfect Parent Project

Stewart Foster
  • 8+
  • Stewart Foster
  • Simon & Schuster
From the award-winning author of 'The Bubble Boy' comes a heart-warming and unforgettable story​ that follows one boy’s search for the perfect family, with surprising and unexpected results.
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