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The Extinction Trials

The Extinction Trials
S.M. Wilson

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd


What is this about?
Stormchaser wants to escape her starved, grey life. Lincoln wants to save his dying sister. Their only chance is to join an expedition to a deadly country to steal the eggs of vicious dinosaurs. If they succeed, their reward is a new life filled with riches. But in a land full of monsters - both human and reptilian - only the ruthless will survive.

Jurassic Park meets The Hunger Games in this epic new series. news image

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The 1,000-year-old Boy

The 1,000-year-old Boy
Ross Welford

Publisher: HarperCollins


What is this about?
There are stories about people who want to live forever.

This is not one of those stories.

This is a story about someone who wants to stop…

Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England.

Obviously no one believes him.

So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live...

... which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.

A fascinating, epic story with bags of heart. news image

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The Unpredictability of Being Human

The Unpredictability of Being Human
Linni Ingemundsen

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd


What is this about?
Malin knows she can't fix the big stuff in her life. Instead she watches from the sidelines, as her dad yells, her brother lies and her mum falls apart. At least after she meets Hanna she has a friend to help her. Because being Malin is complicated - learning how to kiss, what to wear to prom, and what to do when you upset the prettiest, meanest girl in school.

It's tough fitting in when you're different. But what if it's the world that's weird, not you?

A beautiful, funny and honest coming-of-age story that never pretends life is perfect. news image

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Sky Chasers

Sky Chasers
Emma Carroll

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd


What is this about?
A encounter with a boy dangling from the sky changes pickpocket Magpie's life forever. Like her, the boy dreams of flying over the rooftops of Paris. His family, the Montgolfiers, are desperate to be first to discover the secret of flight.

Together with Pierre, Magpie is soon caught up in a world of inflatable bloomers, spies and a trio of unruly animals in a race to be the first to fly a hot air balloon - in front of the King and Queen of France. news image

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I Am Thunder

I Am Thunder
Muhammad Khan

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books


What is this about?
I Am Thunder takes us to the heart of many questions around being British, and Muslim, as it explores the world through the eyes of a second-generation Pakistani teenager, Muzna. Touching on the experiences of many British Muslims and their varied cultural roots, Khan - who is himself a fourth generation British Muslim - shows the reader that being Muslim, and British, can mean many different things.

In I Am Thunder, Muzna faces many difficult choices as she grows from childhood to adulthood in an over-protective home environment that has left her ill-prepared for the challenges she faces as she explores her identity and her beliefs as a British Muslim. Through her experiences at school and at home, as she falls in love and confronts extremist beliefs, Khan explores how young Muslims like Muzna navigate the difficult path of integrating their traditions and beliefs into the person they want to become.

A powerful and enthralling story that encourages the reader to see the world from different perspectives. news image

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How to Hang a Witch

How to Hang a Witch
Adriana Mather

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd


What is this about?
After Sam's father is hospitalised, she has to move from New York to Salem with her stepmother, Vivian. Unfortunately, Sam is related to Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for the Salem Witch Trials, and to say she feels unwelcome in Salem is an understatement...

Sam is particularly unnerved by The Descendants, a mysterious and tight-knit group of girls related to those persecuted in the Trials. At the same time, she must deal with Elijah, the handsome but angry ghost who has appeared in her house, and her new neighbour Jaxon only complicates things further.

When a centuries-old curse is rekindled, Sam finds herself at the centre of it. Can she stop history repeating itself? news image

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Everless

Everless
Sara Holland

Publisher: Orchard Books


What is this about?
In the land of Sempera, time is money - literally. The poor bleed themselves to exchange their time for money, while the rich live lavish, long lives. Jules and her father are low on money and low on hours, so Jules determines to take a job at Everless to buy her father some time.

However, once at Everless, she begins to understand that she has a special gift with time - and it's something that those in power will do anything to take for themselves. A vivid and powerful fantasy read. news image

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Make Me Awesome

Make Me Awesome
Ben Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press


What is this about?
This is an hilarious send up of self-help guides and larger-than-life celebrity life coaches. Meet Freddie, a gamer and son of a failed antiques dealer, and Chuck Willard, 'inspirer and giver of dreams'. Things aren't going too well for Freddie Smallhouse. His dad left his successful job to set up his own business which failed and now they're living at Uncle Barry's but he's about to kick them out.

Freddie enrols on 'Chuck's Complete Road To Awesomeness' programme and sets about trying to make the family's fortune. One failure after another doesn't perturb him, not when he's got Chuck's AWESOME tips and advice to hand. In this laugh-out-loud tall tale Freddie learns about friendship, integrity and true success as he muddles his way through his attempts to turn around the family's fortune. news image

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Libby in the Middle

Libby in the Middle
Gwyneth Rees

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


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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