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    Aliens stink – Steve Cole

    “I sat frozen on the bed. Staring.  Three dark eyes stared back and winked at me in sequence.  There was a living creature in my holdall. It was like nothing on earth. It was ALIEN. ALIEN, I TELL YOU! But to be honest, I’m getting ahead of myself. We shouldn’t meet the alien until page 78.” Tim’s fathers work at the space station is very important, so important in fact that he can’t tell tim what it involves. That is until one day when the earths environment issues suddenly disappear and Tims father is the only one who sees an issue with it. When natural disasters strike and Tim’s fathers…

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    Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom – William Sutcliffe & David Tazzyman

    “It started with a rumble and a clatter and a faint trembling of the air. At first, only the animals noticed. Fluffypants McBain, the tabby cat from the post office, moved one ear towards the noise, thought for a second, and having established that the sound did not indicate the arrival of food, went back to sleep. Magnificat, the far-too-pleased-with-himself Bengal from the pub, who had stolen all of Fluffypants’ territory except for half a windowsill, turned his head towards the unusual noise and immediately calculated that it was being made by a large group of humans travelling in unusually shaped vehicles.” Hannah’s summer holidays are the most boringest things ever, that is until one day when…

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    Lilliput – Sam Gayton (Illustrated by Pete Williamson)

    “All down the pebble path to the beach Lily sulked about her iron shoes. They clang-clang-clanged on her feet as she made her way to the shore. It was blowy and the waves were high as houses. Bellin was already there with her grumpy older sister Bree. They dug through the sucking wet sand, looking for pincher crabs.” Lily is three inches tall and as a former resident of Lilliput this is the average height for people of her race. But it has been a long time since Lily has been in Lilliput, seven moons have since passed and Lily is desperate to get home. However kidnapped by the giant…

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    Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat! – Pip Jones (Illustrated by Ella Okstad)

    “Can you see him? My kitten? Close your eyes tight.  His fur is so soft and silvery white. imagine him quick!  Have you imagined enough? Oh, good! You can see him!  It’s Squishy McFluff!” When Ava meets an invisible cat in her garden one day she knows its the start of a beautiful friendship. Her and Squishy McFluff are off for some great adventures, with games and giggles along the way, join them as Ava’s family come to terms with their new invisible pet and Squishy McFluff and Ava get up to some mischief.  *** This has to be one of the cutest books I’ve ever read. Aimed at the…

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    Wayland – Tony Mitton and John Lawrence

    “Out of the lands in the chill, far north come legends from long ago.  This is the story of Wayland Smith, the strangest of all I know. For out of the dark spring stories  to banish both drear and cold.  So gather you near, come, listen and hear,  where the fire burns red and gold.” The re-imagining of the legend of Wayland Smith, the legend that travelled with the vikings of long ago, is brought to live by fantastic imagery and wonderful prose. It is a story of greed, love and revenge and will stay with you for long after you have read it.  *** I absolutely loved this book.…

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    A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

    “The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. Conor was awake when it came. He’d had a nightmare. Well, not a nightmare. The nightmare. The one he’d been having a lot lately. The one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. The one with the hands slipping from grasp, no matter how hard he tried to hold on. The one that always ended with-” When the monster turns up Conor is expecting it. What he isn’t expecting however, is for it to be the monster it is. He was expecting the monster from his nightmare, the one that has been terrorising him for months. This monster…

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    The Toymaker – Jeremy De Quidt

    “Do you know Frausisstrasse? You must. The street named after that fine Duke who, seeing his army beaten before him, rode his great high-stepping white horse down onto the battlefield, and taking off his hat in one majestic sweep, dismounted before the enemy prince, drew his sword as though to surrender it, and drove it instead straight through the man’s heart, so the lost battle was won and the city saved.” Mathias only ever knew his grandfather, Gustav, and the circus they rode with. Gustav kept himself to himself but, the conjuror would frequently tell Mathias that he knew a secret, one that should never be told. When Gustav sees…

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    Scary School – Derek the Ghost

    “I suppose the proper way to start an introduction is with an introduction, so… Hello! My name is Derek the Ghost. What’s yours? I know you probably didn’t say your name out loud just now,but I read your mind, and I want you to know that I think you have a fantastic name.” Welcome to scary school, don’t worry, it’s not too scary, just don’t get a detention otherwise Mrs T the T-rex will eat you for lunch. With Derek the ghost keeping you company you won’t have anything to worry about though… unlike Charles Nukid, who nearly got eaten by not only Mrs T but also the giant Squid…