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    The City’s Son (The Skyscraper Throne #1) – Tom Pollock

    “I’m hunting. The sun sits low over Battersea, its rays streaking the brickwork like warpaint as I pad through the railway tunnels. My prey can’t be far ahead now: there’s a bitter, burnt stench in the air, and every few yards I find another charred bundle that used to be a rat.” Beth Bradley is in trouble. Having been caught doing graffiti on her school she is expelled. Her father doesn’t bat an eyelid and sits reading in the armchair just as he has done for the past three years since her mother died. Leaving the house she decides the streets are a better place for her and her drawings.…

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    Hattori Hachi: The Revenge of the Praying Mantis – Jane Prowse

    “The Samurai warrioes of old Japan considered the cherry blossom, with its beautiful but short life, as a symbol of their own lives – which could end violently at any momeny. My mum always kept a bonsai cherry tree in our living room, and every year in early spring when it blossomed, we’d have a tea ceremony to give thanks for the fact that we were all still healthy, happy – and alive.” Hattie Jackson is just like every other 15 year old girl – bar the fact her mum has played strange games involving stamina and indurance pratice without her really noticing over the course of her life. Then…