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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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