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    Here Lies Bridget – Paige Harbison

    They say that before you die your life flashes before you eyes.You think it’s going to be the good stuff – every kiss, every party.Don’t count on it.I was Bridget Duke – the uncontested ruler of the school. If keeping the wannabes in their place meant being a mean girl, then so be it! I never thought there’d be a price to pay.Until the accident.Now, trapped between life and death, I’m seeing my world in a new light: through the eyes of five people whose existence I’ve made hell.And I’ve got one chance to make things right. If I don’t, I may never wake up again…  *** This book, man….…

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    Horror Heights: The Slime – Bec Hill

    Connie hasn’t found her talent yet, but at least she has her slime collection – if it’s gooey, she’s got it! She hopes that by adding a few extra ingredients to a simple recipe she will uncover a talent for slime-making, but alas, all she uncovers is a hot, stinky mess which ends up in the bin. It’s shaping up to be another uneventful weekend … until her failed slime experiment wakes her up the next morning. It’s alive! And can talk! And is named… Big.Big adores Connie and wants to protect her from everything at all times, which is very sweet. At first. But when it gets bigger, grows…

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    Nobody’s Girl – Sarra Manning

    Bea is plain, frumpy and dull. She has friends but since her best friend ditched her for Ruby, the popular girl, they are more like acquaintances. But that’s all about to change. Ruby has her eyes on Bea, wanting her to become one of the popular girls. When an invitation to Malaga with them arrives and seems like the real deal, Bea can’t wait to make her life fun. But as soon as they land, it appears that Bea was some kind of pawn in a game she doesn’t understand. She needs to get away and decides to jump on a train to Paris to find the father she never…

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    Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild

    When Pauline, Petrova and Posy are still young, they decide to make their own name. Sisters through adoption and circumstance rather than birth, they chose Fossil. For Grant Unclue Matthew collected them as he did his fossils. A few years on and they decide to make their name known, especially as it can’t be declared that they had it from a grandfather who made it known ahead of them. For it was unique. As unique as they were. They make a vow on each of their birthdays that they will become known for something amazing. Little do they know that their talents really will allow them to make the fossil…

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    Imaginary Girls – Nova Ren Suma

    Ruby is the girl everyone longs for. Chloe is her little sister everyone is made to love. After Chloe discovers a dead body at one of Ruby‘s parties at the reservoir, Chloe is sent away – away from home and away from Ruby. Two years later Chloe is back and so is London, the girl Chloe had believed to be dead. As chloe tries to understand what’s going on, she finds herself facing a precarious and deadline balance. She flirts with Ruby’s secrets and discover’s the fragile line between life and death through the complex bonds of sisterhood. ​*** Imaginary Girls has been on my TBR pile for a long…

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    The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis Blog Tour

    Cordelia, Rosalind and Giles have lived safely in the castle at the centre of the forest all their lives. Triplets protected by the spells their mother has woven. The only time Cordelia feels truly free is through her magic. Her magic allows her to turn into a dragonfly or a blackbird, so she can fly beyond the great stone walls. But then one day the outside world comes to them. Two rival dukes and their soldiers have come for the triplets – because whoever is the eldest is the heir to the throne.But their mother knows that no-one can rule the Raven Throne of Corvenne for long without dying. And…

  • From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E L Konigsburg
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    From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E. L. Konigsburg

    When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo,…

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    Burn – Patrick Ness

    On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm. This dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby. Kazimir knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents – and somehow,…

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    Blog Tour: There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story – Lou Carter

    There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story arrived last week and Spike read it all by herself, proclaiming its brilliance. This was cemented by the fact she wanted me to read it again that night for bedtime. It is a brilliant story and I’m very glad to have Lou Carter on the blog today answering a few questions about writing for kids. What is your favourite part of writing for children?  For me, the very best part of being a children’s author is when the artwork arrives in my inbox. I’ve been extremely privileged to work with amazing illustrators, Deborah Allwright (Pictured Left), Nikki Dyson, who use my…

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    Birdy – Jess Vallance

    Frances Bird has been a loner for so long that she’s given up on ever finding real friendship. But then she’s asked to show a new girl around school, and she begins to think her luck could finally be changing. Eccentric, talkative and just a little bit posh, Alberta is not at all how Frances imagined a best friend could be. But the two girls click immediately, and it’s not long before they are inseparable. Frances could not be happier. As the weeks go on, Frances finds out more about her new best friend – her past, her secrets, her plans for the future – and she starts to examine…