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Libby in the Middle

Libby in the Middle
Gwyneth Rees

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens


What is this about?
Libby and her big sister Bella used to be close, but lately it's felt like Bella is a closed book: she's sarcastic and mean and obsessed with her boyfriend. Then there's six-year-old Grace, the baby of the family. Whenever Mum and Dad aren't at work, it's all about Grace. So where does Libby fit in?

Things change suddenly when the girls move to the tiny village where their dad grew up - as their bossy Aunt Thecla has offered to pay for them to go to a posh new school. Libby doesn't mind, but Bella can't bear to leave her boyfriend behind.

Soon there are secrets everywhere... news image

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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Philip Pullman

Publisher: Penguin and David Fickling Books


What is this about?
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua... news image

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Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales

Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales
Hilary McKay

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books


What is this about?
Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales is a classic fairy-tale collection to treasure. Featuring Hilary McKay's imaginative retellings of key favourites - but be prepared for twists and surprises as you read her new tellings of tales including Rapunzel, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Swan Brothers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Red Riding Hood, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Hansel and Gretel. news image

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The Empress

The Empress
S. J. Kincaid

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books


What is this about?
The follow up to SJ Kinkaid's The Diabolic - The Empress - is now out. It's a new day in the Empire. Tyrus has ascended to the throne with Nemesis by his side and now they can find a new way forward - one where they don't have to hide or scheme or kill.

But having power isn't the same thing as keeping it, and change isn't always welcome. The ruling class has held control over planets and systems for centuries and they are not going to give up their power willingly, especially not to a teenage Emperor and Nemesis, who they consider nothing more than a creature and certainly not worthy of being Empress.

Nemesis knows she will protect Tyrus at any cost; he is the love of her life and they are partners in this new beginning. But she also knows she can't protect him by being the killing machine she once was. Instead she will have to prove the humanity that she's found inside herself to the whole Empire - or she and Tyrus may lose more than just the throne... they might lose their lives. news image

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Witchborn

Witchborn
Nicholas Bowling

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd


What is this about?
It's 1577. Queen Elizabeth I has imprisoned scheming Mary Queen of Scots, and Alyce's mother is burned at the stake for witchcraft. Alyce kills the witchfinder and flees to London - but the chase isn't over yet.

As she discovers her own dark magic, powerful political forces are on her trail. She can't help but wonder: why is she so important? Soon she finds herself deep in a secret battle between rival queens, the fate of England resting on her shoulders ...

A brilliantly-realised world of seventeenth century England with a feisty heroine and enough twists to keep readers guessing... news image

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Charlotte Says

Charlotte Says
Alex Bell

Publisher: Stripes Publishing


What is this about?
Following the death of her mother in a terrible fire, Jemima flees to the remote Isle of Skye, to take up a job at a school for girls. There she finds herself tormented by the mystery of what really happened that night.

Then Jemima receives a box of Frozen Charlotte dolls from a mystery sender and she begins to remember - a seance with the dolls, a violent argument with her step-father and the inferno that destroyed their home.

When it seems that the dolls are triggering a series of accidents at the school, Jemima realizes she must stop the demonic spirits possessing the dolls - whatever it takes. news image

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It Only Happens in the Movies

It Only Happens in the Movies
Holly Bourne

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd


What is this about?
Bad boys turned good, kisses in the rain, climbing through bedroom windows... It only happens in the movies.

Audre has had it with 'love' as she has had a recent break up, and her father has moved out and is raising a new family. But when Audrey meets Harry, it's the start of a truly cinematic romance - or is it? Audrey knows that Harry is every movie cliche rolled into one. But she still chooses to let him into her heart...

This is a thought-provoking book which addresses the problems and unrealistic expectations that films have. Perfect for fans of John Green, It Only Happens in the Movies is a raw, intensely funny takedown of the lies we're told about relationships.

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Crash Landing: Book 4

Crash Landing: Book 4
Robert Muchamore

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books


What is this about?
In the concluding book to bestselling author Robert Muchamore's Rock War series, Jay, Summer and Dylan who took starring roles in the Rock War reality competition are now finding out what fame and fortune really mean.

For Dylan, who has got himself into trouble, it could mean a spell in a young offender's institute. Summer, meanwhile, could already be facing the end of her recording career, while Jay's brother Theo has found fame and fortune - but is he happy?

There is more than one side to being famous and in this brilliant conclusion to the series - with lots of surprises along the way - we discover what lies beyond fame. news image

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Dog

Dog
Andy Mulligan

Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books


What is this about?
Spider, the last of a brood of puppies to be chosen, loves his new owner, Tom, who adores his new puppy. Unfortunately, though, Spider is gullible and easily lead astray. When a cat tries to persuade Spider that he is in fact a cat, Spider does his best to behave like one, leading to all sorts of problems that end up with Spider running away.

The story follows Spider's efforts to come back home, helped by a multitude of animals with their own questions about life.

This is a great adventure story with a warm heart that leaves you plenty to think about.
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Genuine Fraud: A masterful suspense novel from the author of the unforgettable bestseller We Were Liars

Genuine Fraud: A masterful suspense novel from the author of the unforgettable bestseller We Were Liars
E. Lockhart

Publisher: Hot Key Books


What is this about?
There is lots of action and intrigue in this novel, told backwards, about a young woman who sets about getting the kind of life that she wants.

Set in the world of the super rich, the book takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. The main character, Jule West Williams, imagines herself as a comic book character but instead of the girls that are usually weaker or pretty sidekicks to the hero, she is the archetypal action hero herself.

With her ability in accents, martial arts skills and sheer guts and determination, Jule sets about getting to where she wants to be. You won't necessary like her, but you'll understand why she does what she does.

With some scenes of violence, this is aimed at older readers aged 14+. news image

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The Beast is an Animal

The Beast is an Animal
Peternelle van Arsdale

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books


What is this about?
Alys was the only one to see the soul eaters when they came to her village. The others were sleeping. They never woke up. Now, an orphan, Alys knows the full danger of the soul eaters. She's heard the nursery rhymes the chidren sing about the twin sisters who feed on souls. She's seen people disappear into the fforest and never come back. So why, then, does she find herself mysteriously drawn to the fforest? Is she what everyone around her says she is? A witch?

Alys soon finds herself on a journey that will take her to the very heart of the fforest. There she must decide where true evil lies. And face the thing they call ...
The Beast.

This is an eerie and haunting story about love, loss and fear, that will stay with you long after you turn the last pages... news image

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The Red Ribbon

The Red Ribbon
Lucy Adlington

Publisher: Hot Key Books


What is this about?
This is a stunning YA debut from Lucy Adlington which takes us back into the horrific past of the concentration camps of WW2 but with a story that shines with light and love.

14 year old Ella, who finds herself an inmate at the Birchwood concentration camp, volunteers for a job in the sewing workshop - the author was inspired to write about this after finding out that a real sewing workshop had existed in Auschwitz.

Ella's dream is to one day run her own sewing studio but for now, the sewing workshop at the camp provides her with a chance to survive. There, she makes friends with the gentle and astute Rose, a storyteller. Between them they imagine a future in the 'City of Light', but with survival in Birchwood dependent on the whims of the guards, it would only take one wrong move to destroy their hopes for the future.

Woven through the story, the backdrop of mud, hunger and hopelessness, are Ella's dreams and Rose's stories and keeping the threads together is their strong friendship and their desperate need to survive.

A powerful, warm and hopeful novel. news image

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SweetFreak

SweetFreak
Sophie McKenzie

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books


What is this about?
This story follows Carey as she tries to prove her innocence over the accusation that she is 'SweetFreak'; an online bully who has sent death threats to her best friend, Amelia. Dramas abound - families are pushed to the limits, the police are involved and there are also a couple of love interests thrown in for good measure - what's not to like?!

An incredibly fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat, rollercoaster of a read that will keep you guessing right until the very end. news image

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A Skinful of Shadows

A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge

Publisher: Macmillan


What is this about?
A Skinful of Shadows is, like Frances Hardinge's award-winning The Lie Tree, a mix of historical fiction and fantasy. Hardinge takes us to seventeenth century Britain and the Civil War. Into this setting she brings Makepeace, a child whose background is a mystery but who seems to have a special talent with the spirits of the dead - she can give a 'home' to ghosts inside her own body.

A wealthy, powerful family the Fellmottes want to use those talents to further their own ends, something that would commit Makepeace to a life in the shadows. Can her skills together with the help of a bear, a doctor and an ancient Fellmotte spirit, give Makepeace a chance to save her soul?

A many layered, powerful and intriguing story that also really brings the period of the Civil War to life. news image

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I Am Traitor

I Am Traitor
Sif Sigmarsdottir

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books


What is this about?
This is a story about visitors from space and alien abductions of the nastier kind. When spaceships arrive in Earth's skies, no one knows where they have come from and nor can they begin to know what they want. Then teenagers start to disappear, abducted in broad daylight or from their beds at night. No one is safe.

When Amy's brother is taken, she is given a chance to rescue him but to do so, she must let herself be taken.... So begins Amy's journey into the unknown to uncover why the aliens are there, and what - if anything - they can do to outsmart them. There is also the beginnings of a romance - so hopefully there will be a sequel.

This is definitely a book that will get you thinking about life, its value - and what might be 'out there'.... news image

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