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    Usborne Tales for Little Children – Various

    This collection of old fairy and folk tales from across the world, retold by various authors and illustrators for an anthology published by Usborne Children’s Books. The perfect length for a bedtime story, these were told – one per night – to Spike as she relaxed in her cot before going to sleep. I picked up this collection using the free book allowance I got through an online Usborne Book’s at Home party I ran and I thought it would be ages before I read them to Spike. However, looking for a new bedtime story for her last week I realised I’ve read all the ones in her room a…

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    Ink (The Paper Gods #1) – Amanda Sun

    “I made it halfway across the courtyard before I realised I was still wearing my school slippers. No lie. I had to turn around and slink all the back to the genkan, the stifled laughs from my classmates trailing me as I mustered what slippered dignity I could. God, way to scream foreigner. You’d think after a couple of weeks I’d have the routine down, but no.” Katie has been thrust into japanese culture head first, until a few weeks ago she didn’t know anything about the culture, didn’t know any of the language, hadn’t set foot on Japanese soil. But since her mothers death she has been in the…

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    The Night Itself – Zoe Marriott

    “Stealing the sword was a bad idea. I can’t pretend I didn’t realise that at the time. I wasn’t even supposed to know about the thing let alone sneak up and snaffle it from the attic where it was carefully concealed in the dark, under layers of cobwebs and rotting Christmas decorations.” Mio’s Grandfather was never meant to show her the Katana – the Yamato family’s most precious heirloom – not until she was sixteen anyway. But he did, when she was just ten years old, and ever since she’s been having nightmares. She never thought the two were connected until one evening just before her sixteenth birthday she steals…