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Looking for Emily

This debut novel by Fiona Longmuir has a very enticing set up premise in the idea of a secret museum with a mysterious collection of items belonging to a child who has vanished.  The story centres on Lily, who is not impressed by her new home, the seemingly dull, quiet seaside town of Edge.  But […]

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Neon’s Secret Universe

It seems to be a popular idea to reinvent unicorns. A.F Steadman in Skandar and the Unicorn Thief has them as fierce carnivores, but in this book Sibeal Pounder has them looking just like you and me, and the cute horses with horns are a distraction invented by a man called Greg. Neon Gallup, who […]

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The Shop of Impossible Ice Creams

This charming comedy is the story of Liam (known to everyone as ‘Limpet’), who is – to put it mildly – a bit of a worrier! When his mum announces that she is to open a brand-new ice cream parlour, Limpet’s head is immediately filled with worry: will a chocolate flake get stuck up my […]

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Action Dude

First name… ACTION. Second name… DUDE!  When I saw the author/illustrator of this book was Andy Riley, of King Flashypants fame, I knew I was in for a treat and I was not disappointed. This laugh-out loud graphic novel is packed full of adventure, explosions and an array of hilarious characters. Action Dude (formerly known […]

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The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger

J.T. Williams has taken two real young people who lived in Georgian London and woven an exciting tale of mystery and danger around them. Elizabeth Sancho’s and Dido Belle’s eyes meet across the crowds at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where Lizzie’s father was about to be the first black man to play Shakespeare’s Othello […]

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Nura and the Immortal Palace

This is a story that combines the modern world of Mica mining in Pakistan with the mystical and magical world of the Jinn.  The heroine, Nura struggles to make a living working in the mines, in order to support her mother and brother.  She has no time for things such as education and can only […]

Found Book Author

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The Shark and the Scar

“I shouldn’t have said it. I should have stayed calm and kept Jay’s secrets to myself like I’d promised…But I could feel it coming like a wave, as if I had no choice. ‘He’s recovering from a SHARK BITE. Before he came to Ireland, Jay Danagher was attacked by a shark.’” Sharing other people’s confidences […]