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    Cakes in Space – Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

    “The trouble with space is, there’s so much of it.  An ocean of blackness without any shore. A neverending nothing.  And here, all alone in the million billion miles of midnight, is one solitary moving speck. A fragile parcel, filled with sleeping people and their dreams.  A ship.” When Astra asks the Nom-o-tron for the ultimate cake she doesn’t realise that it might mean the end of the world for the space ship that her family is being carried to a new world on. She doesn’t realise that the ultimate cake will be a race of cakes that can eat their way through the space ships controls, and she doesn’t…

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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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    The Legend of Frog – Guy Bass

    “Once upon a tyme there was the KING AND QUEEN OF EVERYTHING. They rooled over all of Kingdomland and lived in a palase and had thrones and crowns and all the polished sandwitches they could eat.  Their palase looked really speshul and was chock-filled with loyal subjects. Their favourite loyal subject was called Buttercup who was good and clever and wize.” Prince Frog is convinced he’s destined to rule the world …the trouble is, the world has ended. Undeterred, Frog sets out to claim his crown, armed with nothing more than a pair of Catastrophe Pants and his trusty stick, Basil Rathbone. But Frog soon realizes that the world isn’t…

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    Mini Review: Guinea Pigs Online: Christmas Quest by Jennifer Gray & Amanda Swift

    The guinea pigs are on another adventure and this time they won’t be home for Christmas! When Coco finds her way into Mummy’s bag and on the way to the airport, for a flight to Peruare , she is worried what that will mean for Christmas, but thankfully Henrietta and Ben, along with Mummy’s Husky and Fuzzy, are on their way to the import too! Eduardo, Fuzzy and Coco’s friend is tagging along with them too, in the hope that he can finally be reunited with his family. When they get there though the guinea pigs find that the traditional Coca Bean belonging to Eduardo’s family has been stolen and…

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    Tinder – Sally Gardner & Illustrated by David Roberts

    “Once in a time of war, when I was a soldier in the Imperial Army, I saw Death walking. He wore upon his skull a withered crown of white bone twisted with green hawthorn. His skeleton was shrouded with a tattered clock of gold and in his wake stood the ghosts of my comrades newly plucked. half-lived, from life. Many I knew by name.” When Otto defies death on the battlefield and is separated from the amry he was forced into he thinks his dangers are over. However lost in the forests of land unknown he can sense the presence of a beast others seem not to be able to,…

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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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    Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler

    “Dear Ed, In a sec you’ll hear a thunk. At your front door, the one nobody uses. It’ll rattle the hinges a bit when it lands, because it’s so weighty and important, a little jangle along with the thunk, and Joan will look up from whatever she’s cooking.” Min and Ed were in love. But when they broke up it broke Min’s heart. A month later she feels its time. Time to return the stuff she collected throughout their relationship, even the stuff Ed doesn’t know about. She gathers it all together and puts it all in a box, then writes the letter. The letter about why they broke up. …