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Animal Camouflage - papercutting by Sarah Dennis

Animal Camouflage - papercutting by Sarah Dennis

A video of illustrator Sarah Dennis using papercutting to create the cover for Animal Camouflage.

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Book of the week

The Bombs that Brought Us Together (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Brian Conaghan

(Bloomsbury Childrens)
368pp, 978-1408855744, RRP £12.99, Hardcover

The bombs come in the first chapter of Brian Conaghan’s fine novel, raining down on the residents of Little Town, while our hero 14 year old Charlie Law, squashed up with his mother and father, hides under a duvet, their only protection. It’s a vivid scene, tense, frightening, but also, as described by Charlie, funny too.

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Perijee and Me (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Ross Montgomery
(Faber & Faber)

240pp, 978-0571317950, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Once again Ross Montgomery has managed to create a totally believable world where the most surreal things happen, and once again it is the young that suffer in a world created by over-protective parents.

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How Hard Can Love Be? (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Holly Bourne
(Usborne Publishing Ltd)

464pp, 978-1409591221, RRP £7.99, Paperback

Holly Bourne’s distinctive achievement is that she manages the quick-fire narrative and dialogue so attractive to YA fiction readers and yet also, as Amber begins to deal with her growing feelings for co-worker Kyle, Bourne interweaves the complexity of a first relationship with its self-doubts, disconcerting passions and revelations.

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Car Wash Wish (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Sita Brahmachari
(Barrington Stoke Ltd)

80pp, 978-1781125236, RRP £6.99, Paperback

There is so much to this deceptively simple story that it can be read over and over again and still reveal more each time you read it.

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Rebel of the Sands (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Alwyn Hamilton
(Faber & Faber)

368pp, 978-0571325252, RRP £7.99, Paperback

Attractively packaged by the publisher, this is an adventure for those who like to be taken to other worlds, to experience life on a big screen.

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