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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…

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    The Sad Ghost Club – Lize Meddings

    Ever felt anxious or alone? Like you don’t belong anywhere? Like you’re almost… invisible? Find your kindred spirits at The Sad Ghost Club.This is the story of one of those days – a day so bad you can barely get out of bed, when it’s a struggle to leave the house, and when you do, you wish you hadn’t. But even the worst of days can surprise you. When one sad ghost, lost and alone at a crowded party, spies another sad ghost across the room, they decide to leave together. What happens next changes everything. Because that night they start the The Sad Ghost Club – a secret society…

  • Advanced Reading copy of What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson on a wooden background with a blue overlay with the title and author written in black text
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    What Beauty There Is – Cory Anderson

    Winter. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones. Jack Morton has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d do anything for. Even die for. Now with their mother gone, and their funds quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. He chooses the money. Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one. Trust no one. Now Victor Bardem is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up…

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    They Both Die At The End – Adam Silvera

    On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but for different reasosn, they’re both looking for a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure – to live a lifetime in a single day. This was assigned as my book club book this month, and I was so glad when it was. I love YA fiction and I didn’t expect…