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    The Serpent House – Bea Davenport

    “My name is Annie Cotterill and I’m twelve years old. It is the first month of the Year 1899 and I’m on my way to the train station with my brother Tom and his sweetheart, Lucy. Tom has his bag of money, Lucy has a bundle of clothes and I have something in my pocket that just might make my fortune. We’re about to start a new life. Again.” When Annie Cotterill moves to Hexer Hall to be closer to her brother, little does she know that the mysterious Lady Hexer has plans for her. Annie is Lady Hexer’s key to the past, where she needs to go to find…

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    Lord Loss – Darren Shan

    “Double History on a Wednesday afternoon – total nightmare! A few minutes ago, I would have said I couldn’t imagine anything worse. But when there’s a knock at the door, and it opens, and I spot my mum outside, I realise – life can always get worse.” Grubbs Grady’s lifes pretty bad, first he’s busted for smoking, by his own sister, then when he tries to exact his revenge he gets himself put further into the doghouse. But the month long punishment is cut short, after just 18 days he’s allowed out and about again. He finds this strange but it’s a win for him so he gets on with…

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    The Demon’s Watch – Conrad Mason

    “The old woman smiles into the darkness. Her cloak is already drenched, but still the rain beats at her back, drips from her hood and streams over her hands, where they cling onto the cold tiles of the rooftop. Port Fayt. At Last.” In Port Fayt everyone lives side by side; goblins, trolls, elves, imps, fairies and men. They are all equals… or as close to it as you can get. The order is sometimes pushed off kilter and there’s a great deal of fighting when you mix up a population like that, especially when the pirates and smugglers come ashore. But Captain Newton and his men in The Demon’s…

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    A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket

    “If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in middle.” The Baudelaire youngsters were quite strange children, Voilet was always thinking of things to invent, Klaus often had his head stuck in a book and Sunny, well she was only small but the nly thing that really interested her was biting things. Theywere quite happy until one day a figure approached them on the beach, a figure known to them as their parents banker, Mr Poe. Mr Poe came to…

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    Chocolate SOS – Sue Limb

    “’No!’ Breathed Flora. ‘I can’t believe it! You and Fred haven’t really split up, have you, babe? Really?’ ‘Really!’ Jess said sternly. ‘Really, really, really, really, really!’ ‘But he was so funny in the hosting routine you did last night!’ Jess was silent for a moment – silent with a kind of white-hot, boiling deep, volcanic rage. She hadn’t told flora yet what a terrible thing Fred had done.” Jess dumps Fred, spineless and annoying as he was she couldn’t put up with it any longer. But that doesn’t mean that life is suddenly going to be amazing. As hot-boy Luke moves in next door and seems to have a…