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Book of the week
With the Six Nations underway and interest in rugby at a high, Gerard Siggins’s Rugby Flyer, the fourth in his Rugby Spirit series, is very welcome. A clever mix of sporting action – Siggins was a sports journalist and knows just how to bring the excitement of the game alive on paper – mystery and ghost story, it’s a terrific read.
Perdita Cargill and Honor Cargill
(Simon & Schuster Children's UK)
The dialogue finds its high-tension comic voice at once and never relents; it’s somewhere on the sitcom/romcom spectrum with maybe a touch of Outnumbered or a scaled-down British version of Fame or Glee without the pretension.
Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
(Chicken House Ltd)
School trips can provide memories to last a lifetime, and some of the defining moments of our teenage years. Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison capture all of that in their sweet and funny story of teenagers whose relationship develops, despite the requisite obstacles, on the ski and snow-board slopes of a school trip to France.
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
This stunningly beautiful book is a twist on a Russian traditional folk tale, Teremok. With its red front door and nine neat windows, a small white house stands deep in the wood. Nobody lives in it until that is along comes a little mouse. Just the place for a home, he decides and sets about making it nice and clean.
Lockwood and Co. face their greatest challenge yet as Chelsea is engulfed in a plague of ghostly attacks. Can they cope?