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    War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

    “My earliest Memories are a confusions of hilly fields and dark, damp stables, and rats that scampered along the beams above my head. But I remember well enough the day of the horse sale. The terror of it stayed with me all my life.” Joey is bought out of vengeance; his new master was drunk and wanted to annoy a fellow farmer by out bidding him. Thankfully when the old man takes Joey home there’s Albert, the masters son, who can see the beauty in Joey and wants to take care of him. However war breaks out and Joey’s master is offered a hefty sum to give Joey to the…

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    Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

    “Rain fell that night, a fine, whispering rain. Many years later, Meggie had only to close her eyes and she could still hear it, like tiny fingers tapping on the windowpane. A dog barked somewhere in the darkness, and however often she tossed and turned Meggie couldn’t get to sleep” 12 year-old Meggie is a complete bookworm, so is her father, but Meggie can never remember him telling her a single story, not since her mother mysteriously disappeared when Meggie was only three. Then a strange man turns up, in the pouring rain, in the middle of the night. He has a message for her father and the next day…

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    The Strange Case of Origami Yoda – Tom Angleberger

    “The big question: Is Origami Yoda real? Well, of course he’s real. I mean, he’s a real finger paper made out of a real piece of paper. But I mean: is he REAL? Does he really know things? Can he see the future? Does he use the force?” When Dwight starts walking around with an Origami Yoda on his finger, no one really bats an eyelid – he’s already a bit odd. But then Origami Yoda starts giving advice – good advice – that Dwight wouldn’t know how to give and Tommy builds up the Case of Origami Yoda. With some advice from Yoda fresh in his mind Tommy has…

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    Mister Creecher – Chris Priestley

    “Billy pulled his clammy coat collar tightly to his throat. It was damp with the fog and felt like the tongue of a dead animal lolling against his neck. His thin body shivered and trembled. He was fifteen but looked eight.” Billy stumbles across the body of a giant on a bookstore steps late into the night. Living as a thief and not knowing much else; the boy is about to search the body for goods when an associate comes along and threatens him. Whilst this is going on the Giant comes to live and saves Billy from his attackers. Upon recovery of his fever Billy learns that the giant…