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Author of the Week: 18th July 2022 – Sibeal Pounder

An introduction to:

  • Neon's Secret Universe

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Neon's Secret Universe

Author of the Week: 18th July 2022 – Sibeal Pounder
  • 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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Author of the Week: 11th June 2022 – Anna Fargher

An introduction to:

  • The Fire Cats of London

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Fire Cats of London

Author of the Week: 11th June 2022 – Anna Fargher
  • 9+
  • Anna Fargher
  • Macmillan
Step into historic London and follow two young wildcats caught in the Great Fire . . .
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Clare Povey

An introduction to:

  • The Unexpected Tale of the Bad Brothers

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Unexpected Tale of the Bad Brothers

Clare Povey
  • 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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M.T. Khan

An introduction to:

  • Nura and the Immortal Palace

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Nura and the Immortal Palace

M.T. Khan
  • 9+
  • M.T. Khan
  • Walker Books
A magical adventure rooted in Muslim culture and folklore, Nura and the Immortal Palace follows a young girl’s journey from modern-day Pakistan into the world of the jinn.
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Andy Griffiths

An introduction to:

  • The 143-Storey Treehouse

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The 143-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths
  • 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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Pippa Curnick

An introduction to:

  • Indigo Wilde

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Indigo Wilde

Pippa Curnick
  • 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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Sam Copeland & Jenny Pearson

An introduction to:

  • The Underpants of Chaos

The Underpants of Chaos

Sam Copeland & Jenny Pearson
  • 8+
  • Sam Copeland & Jenny Pearson
  • Puffin
Something bad is happening at Little Strangehaven Primary. What are the peculiar SHIVERS that keep striking the school, bringing Strangeness in their wake - from uncontrollable ballroom dancing to an attack by military chickens?
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Ross Mackenzie

An introduction to:

  • The Colour of Hope

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Colour of Hope

Ross Mackenzie
  • 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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Jacqueline Wilson

An introduction to:

  • The Magic Faraway Tree: A New Adventure

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Magic Faraway Tree: A New Adventure

Jacqueline Wilson
  • 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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Yarrow Townsend

An introduction to:

  • The Map of Leaves

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Map of Leaves

Yarrow Townsend
  • 9+
  • Yarrow Townsend
  • Chicken House
Set in a world where plants talk, friendship is hard-won and adventure is around the bend of every river . . .
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Caryl Lewis

An introduction to:

  • Seed

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Seed

Caryl Lewis
  • 8+
  • Caryl Lewis
  • Macmillan
Seed is a funny, big-hearted story by award-winner Caryl Lewis about the power of hope and imagination when you believe in the impossible.
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Ellie Clements

An introduction to:

  • The Wondrous Prune

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Wondrous Prune

Ellie Clements
  • 9+
  • Ellie Clements
  • Bloomsbury
Planned as the start of a series about remarkable children from the same neighbourhood, The Wondrous Prune is poignant and surprising with wonderful wish fulfilment and accessible storytelling.
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Sharna Jackson

An introduction to:

  • The Good Turn

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Good Turn

Sharna Jackson
  • 9+
  • Sharna Jackson
  • Puffin
Josephine Williams is a future-focused, internet-loving eleven-year-old who is desperate to explore the world beyond her cul-de-sac - and her browser.
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Patricia Cleveland-Peck

An introduction to:

  • You Can't Let An Elephant Drive A Racing Car

Suitable for:

  • Ages 5-7

You Can't Let An Elephant Drive A Racing Car

Patricia Cleveland-Peck
  • 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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Katie Cotton

An introduction to:

  • The Secret of Splint Hall

The Secret of Splint Hall

Katie Cotton
  • 9+
  • Katie Cotton
  • Andersen Press
1945. War has ended, but for sisters Isobel and Flora the struggles still continue. As the girls begin to unearth an ancient myth and family secret, the adventure of a lifetime begins.
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Lee Newbery

An introduction to:

  • The Last Firefox

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Last Firefox

Lee Newbery
  • 9+
  • Lee Newbery
  • Puffin
Between bullies at school and changes at home, Charlie Challinor finds life a bit scary. And when he's made guardian of a furry fox cub called Cadno, things get a whole lot scarier.
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Ros Roberts

An introduction to:

  • Every Cloud

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Every Cloud

Ros Roberts
  • 9+
  • Ros Roberts
  • Stripes
A humorous and heartfelt story of new friends, fresh starts and silver linings, for fans of Jacqueline Wilson, Lisa Thompson and Cath Howe.
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Chris Smith

An introduction to:

  • Frankie Best Hates Quests

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Frankie Best Hates Quests

Chris Smith
  • 9+
  • Chris Smith
  • Puffin
Frankie had big plans to watch YouTube and eat pot noodles all weekend but it looks like she'll just have to go on an epic mega-dangerous quest instead . . .
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Matthew Fox

An introduction to:

  • The Sky Over Rebecca

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Sky Over Rebecca

Matthew Fox
  • 10+
  • Matthew Fox
  • Hachette
Mysterious footprints lead Kara to Rebecca, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl, and her younger brother Samuel. Kara realises they are refugees - from another time, World War Two - and are trying to find their way home.
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Sophie Anderson

An introduction to:

  • The Thief Who Sang Storms

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11
  • Ages 11+

The Thief Who Sang Storms

Sophie Anderson
  • 9+
  • Sophie Anderson
  • Usborne
The Island of Morovia is shaped like a broken heart. The humans live on one side of the island, and the alkonosts - the bird-people - live on the other. But it wasn't always this way...
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Burhana Islam

An introduction to:

  • Mayhem Mission

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Mayhem Mission

Burhana Islam
  • 7+
  • Burhana Islam
  • Knights Of
Yusuf's older sister is getting married. He's ready for the delicious food, the fun with his cousins and the many presents but he s NOT ready to take her place as the responsible one. His only option: cause some chaos and ruin the wedding.
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Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom De Freston

An introduction to:

  • Julia and the Shark

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11
  • Ages 11+

Julia and the Shark

Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom De Freston
  • 9+
  • Kiran Millwood Hargrave & Tom de Freston
  • Hachette
A beautiful and uplifting story about a mother, a daughter, and love - with timely themes of the importance of science and the environment.
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Gill Lewis

An introduction to:

  • A Street Dog Named Pup

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

A Street Dog Named Pup

Gill Lewis
  • 9+
  • Gill Lewis
  • David Fickling
Pup and his boy are inseparable. But both their worlds change forever when Pup is cruelly taken away and abandoned in Dead Dog Alley. With nowhere else to turn, Pup joins a pack of misfit Street Dogs, who help him learn to fight for survival on the streets.
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Tamsin Mori

An introduction to:

  • A Gathering Storm

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

A Gathering Storm

Tamsin Mori
  • 9+
  • Tamsin Mori
  • UCLan Publishing
Once a year, weather weavers from all over the globe come together at the Gathering, to trade weather magic and stories. Stella and Nimbus can't wait to meet others like them, but they're in for a frosty welcome.
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M.A. Bennett

An introduction to:

  • The Ship of Doom

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Ship of Doom

M.A. Bennett
  • 10+
  • M.A. Bennett
  • Welbeck Publishing
Luna thinks that an evening at her aunt's butterfly club sounds deathly boring.

But it turns out that the meeting, held in the Butterfly Room at the Greenwich Observatory, is not at all as Luna expects. The Butterfly Club is a society with an unusual secret . . . they use time travel to plunder the future for wonders.
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Gareth P Jones

An introduction to:

  • Snowy White

Suitable for:

  • Ages 5-7
  • Ages 7-11

Snowy White

Gareth P Jones
  • 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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Jamar J. Perry

An introduction to:

  • Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms

Jamar J. Perry
  • 9+
  • Jamar J. Perry
  • Bloomsbury
Inspired by West African and Igbo history and mythology, this adventure-filled fantasy introduces readers to Cameron Battle as he begins his journey to greatness.
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Maz Evans

An introduction to:

  • Vi Spy & The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Vi Spy & The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife

Maz Evans
  • 7+
  • Maz Evans
  • Hachette
Scarlett Fife has BIG feelings. And she's about to get into BIG trouble. From the bestselling Maz Evans comes a heartfelt and hilarious new series, perfect for fans of Roald Dahl's Matilda.
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Leah Mohammed

An introduction to:

  • Luma and the Pet Dragon

Suitable for:

  • Ages 5-7

Luma and the Pet Dragon

Leah Mohammed
  • 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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Lesley Parr

An introduction to:

  • When The War Came Home

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

When The War Came Home

Lesley Parr
  • 9+
  • Lesley Parr
  • Bloomsbury
When Natty has to move to a new village, she meets two young soldiers who are still battling the effects of war. Huw can't forget the terrible things he's seen, but Johnny doesn't even remember who he is.
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Joseph Elliott

An introduction to:

  • The Burning Swift

Suitable for:

  • Ages 11+

The Burning Swift

Joseph Elliott
  • 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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Amy Sparkes

An introduction to:

  • The Tower at the End of Time

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Tower at the End of Time

Amy Sparkes
  • 9+
  • Amy Sparkes
  • Walker Books
Nine and her friends have broken the curse on their marvellous, magical House, and are free to travel the worlds once more! Their first stop: The Wizarding Hopscotch Championships.
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Iona Rangeley

An introduction to:

  • Einstein the Penguin

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Einstein the Penguin

Iona Rangeley
  • 7+
  • Iona Rangeley
  • HarperCollins
Get ready to welcome the most extraordinary penguin into your own home…
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Mel Taylor-Bessent

An introduction to:

  • The Christmas Carrolls

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Christmas Carrolls

Mel Taylor-Bessent
  • 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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Michael Rosen

An introduction to:

  • Sticky McStickStick

Suitable for:

  • Ages 5-7
  • Ages 7-11

Sticky McStickStick

Michael Rosen
  • 5+
  • Michael Rosen
  • Walker Books
This moving picture book from the former Children's Laureate, with illustrations from Tony Ross, tells a story of perseverance and hope, and is a testament to the importance of overcoming fear and learning to accept help.
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Angharad Walker

An introduction to:

  • The Ash House

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

The Ash House

Angharad Walker
  • 9+
  • Angharad Walker
  • Chicken House
A new boy arrives at the Ash House. He can't remember his name - or why he's been sent there.
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Molly Potter

An introduction to:

  • The Same But Different

Suitable for:

  • Ages 5-7
  • Ages 7-11

The Same But Different

Molly Potter
  • 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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Phil Earle

An introduction to:

  • When The Sky Falls

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11
  • Ages 11+

When The Sky Falls

Phil Earle
  • 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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Lauren and Natalia O’Hara

An introduction to:

  • Frindleswylde

Suitable for:

  • Ages 5-7

Frindleswylde

Lauren and Natalia O’Hara
  • 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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Serena Patel

An introduction to:

  • Anisha Accidental Detective: Show Stoppers

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Anisha Accidental Detective: Show Stoppers

Serena Patel
  • 7+
  • Serena Patel
  • Usborne
It's time for Anisha to step into the spotlight!
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Steven Lenton

An introduction to:

  • Genie & Teeney

Suitable for:

  • Ages 5-7
  • Ages 7-11

Genie & Teeney

Steven Lenton
  • 7+
  • Steven Lenton
  • HarperCollins
The first in a series of magical adventures from the renowned illustrator, Steven Lenton, winner of Waterstones Picture Book of the Month and the Times Children’s Book of the Week.
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Alex Foulkes

An introduction to:

  • Rules For Vampires

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Rules For Vampires

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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Iszi Lawrence

An introduction to:

  • Billie Swift Takes Flight

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Billie Swift Takes Flight

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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Joshua Seigal

An introduction to:

  • Yapping Away

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Yapping Away

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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Jion Sheibani

An introduction to:

  • The Worries

The Worries

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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Jasbinder Bilan

An introduction to:

  • Aarti & The Blue Gods

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Aarti & The Blue Gods

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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Andrew Pettie

An introduction to:

  • Listified!

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11
  • Ages 11+

Listified!

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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Michelle Paver

An introduction to:

  • Skin Taker

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Skin Taker

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:

  • Jaz Santos vs. The World

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

Jaz 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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Author of the Week – 7th March: Tamsin Mori

An introduction to:

  • A Gathering Storm
  • The Weather Weaver

Suitable for:

  • Ages 7-11

A Gathering Storm

Author of the Week – 7th March: Tamsin Mori
  • 9+
  • Tamsin Mori
  • UCLan Publishing
Once a year, weather weavers from all over the globe come together at the Gathering, to trade weather magic and stories. Stella and Nimbus can't wait to meet others like them, but they're in for a frosty welcome.
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The Weather Weaver

Author of the Week – 7th March: Tamsin Mori
  • 8+
  • Tamsin Mori
  • UCLan
A magical, spellbinding adventure about a girl that can control the weather...
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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.

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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