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    The Hidden Princess – Katy Moran

    “‘So are you coming tomorrow night, Amy? You could bring Mika in the pram.’ I knew it was a stupid thing to say the second I opened my mouth. Even wrapped in the enormous patchwork blanket I’d spent three months knitting, Mike was still smaller than the Creed family’s ancient and bad-tempered calico cat. There was no way Amy was going to bring her newborn baby to a party in the woods.” Lissy Harker has been trapped in the Hidden halls for six long years. Her father, the Swan King keeping her captive but alive as she is the only one who can open the gateway to the mortal world.…

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    The Unicorn Hunter – Che Golden

    “As soon as the dart hit the mare’s shoulder, the world solidified around the stallion. The air enveloped the gleaming white beast in a damp cloak and sounds shattered against his ears. He watched as his mate sank to the ground, her nose settling upon her knee. Dark clouds rushed in overhead as birds flew up from the trees. For a fraction of a second the earth shuddered on its axis, throwing wound patterns into chaos and aiming a stream of cold air at one small country in the western hemisphere.” There’s something amiss in Blarney and once again its to do with the faeries that live in the realm…

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    The Queen of Dreams – Peter Hamilton (illustrated by Adam Stower)

    “‘Just go away,’ Taggie Paganuzzi whispered fiercely at the grey rainclouds that we’re drawing together across the bright summer sky. She and her sister were returning from a holiday with their mum to spend a fortnight with their dad. The drive had taken hours and Taggie was seriously bored.” Taggie and her sister Jemima are on their way to their dads for summer when Taggie makes the rainclouds disappear. She doesn’t realise then that she is the cause of their sudden disappearance but its just the first of the very weird things that happen to them over the next couple of days. By far the weirdest thing though is seeing…

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    Hidden Among Us – Katy Moran

    “Mum has gone out to the barn to get wood. She’s cross because the roof is leaking and our firewood keeps getting wet. Most days since we came to live here I sit in the wheelbarrow and go with Mum, but today I was making my tower and I said no. So now I’m on my own. It’s Uncle Miles’s house, but we never see him. Dad says he’s like a ghost. Lissy doesn’t count because she’s a baby. A few weeks ago, she wasn’t even here at all. She was just nobody.  The scream comes blasting out of nowhere.”  Fourteen years ago Lissy was taken from her cot whilst…

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    The Feral Child – Che Golden

    “Maddy scowled and scuffed her trainers along the ground. Each time she saw a loose stone she aimed a vicious kick at it, pretending it was Danny’s head that bounced along the street. She was sick of living in Ireland, sick of Blarney and sick of her idiot cousins.” Since her parents death, Maddy has been stuck in Blarney. She wants to go back to London, back to her old life and her old friends. But no, she has to stay here, with her grandparents, her annoying cousins and the ridiculous stories her Granda keeps trying to tell her about the faerie people who live in Tir na nOg. However…

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    Stolen Away – Alyxandra Harvey

    “’I hate this town’ Jo complained. ‘There isn’t a single hot guy anywhere.’ ‘Hey,’ Devin protested mildly, out of habit. We weren’t really listening; we’d heard Jo give this same speech about a hundred times, and frankly, my mint chocolate chip ice cream was more interesting.” During the heat wave, in October, Eloise is approached by a handsome, mysterious guy wearing old fashioned clothing, demanding she follows him. When she doesn’t and he walks away she puts it down to a one off but then when she gets home to find the same guy on her balcony she starts to freak out, but Lucas isn’t there to scare her, he’s…