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Books of the Month

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day
Christopher Edge
April 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: a brief and enthralling time-bending mystery | Maisie Day is ten years old and should be celebrating her birthday but something very odd has happened: not only has her family... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedBeyond the Odyssey
Maz Evans
April 2018 Book of the Month The penultimate in the series, Beyond The Odyssey continues with poor Elliot's life becoming more difficult by the day. The situation with his mum is desperate and poor Hermes is still in a coma,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Other Featured Books this Month

Reader ReviewedThe Burning Maze
Rick Riordan
The third title in Rick Riordan's Trials of Apollo series - set in the action-packed (and hilarious) world of Percy Jackson. Lovereading Comment to follow. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedTruly, Wildly, Deeply
Jenny McLachlan
The brilliant, irresistible and gorgeously romantic new novel from Jenny McLachlan, the breakout star of young, laugh-out-loud teen fiction. Annie is a teenager. She's feisty, passionate about life and her independence, doesn't want to depend on anyone oh and she... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Goose Road
Rowena House
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Inspiring WW1 against-the-odds adventure | It's 1916 and fourteen-year-old Angelique is working on the family farm when she learns that her detested father has been killed in action, while her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe City of Secret Rivers
Jacob Sager Weinstein
April 2018 Debut of the Month | Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | In a nutshell: breath-taking magical adventure on the banks of London's underground rivers Hyacinth Hayward, newly arrived in the UK from the US, is already struggling... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedTwelve Nights
Andrew Zurcher
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Mystery | Magic | Otherworldly wraiths | An ambitious and atmospheric fantasy adventure in which an eleven-year-old girl discovers an uncanny world following the disappearance of her dad. Kay's curious... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedLady Mary
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 Princess Mary lives in a palace and is the daughter of Henry V111, the King of England but, when her parents' marriage begins to fall apart, the sadness she feels is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Night Shift
Debi Gliori
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | Drawn from Debi's own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/01/2017
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Resurrection
Derek Landy
In a Nutshell: Familiar friends and foes, fresh faces, full-throttle action This riotously rewarding return to Skulduggery Pleasant's incomparable realm will thrill, enthral and leave fans thirsty to find out more about the characters and elements newly introduced to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedYou Are Awesome
Matthew Syed
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 This positive and empowering guide, by bestselling mindset author Matthew Syed, will help children build resilience, fulfil their potential and become successful, happy, awesome adults. You Are Awesome Find Your Confidence... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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The Tale of Angelino Brown
David Almond
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 Award-winning David Almond's new story for younger reader is a delightfully lightly told, warm-hearted story perfect for all those who are willing believe in a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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A Good Day for Climbing Trees
Jaco Jacobs
In a nutshell: quirky treetop adventure with a streak of activism Cape Town is the setting for Jaco Jacobs' quirky adventure, but the emotions described will be familiar to all young readers. It's the holidays and Marnus is bored, fed... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/04/2018
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Journeys
Jonathan Litton
This fine, beautifully illustrated book does everything an information book should. Its subject is the amazing expeditions taken by men and women over the centuries. Some subjects will be familiar – Shackleton, Marco Polo, Amelia Earhart – while others will... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2018
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COPA90: Our World Cup A Fans' Guide to 2018
Copa90
Preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup can begin right now with this handsome and thoroughly comprehensive guide to the tournament. Over 170 colour pages it details the teams and the players, not just today's but the best from the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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928 Miles from Home
Kim Slater
In a nutshell: gritty but uplifting story of a life transformed by an unexpected friendship Calum is used to living on his own; his mother left years ago and his truck driver father is often away for days at a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedLaugh Out Loud
James Patterson
In a nutshell: lively, comic story celebrating kids' reading and determination James Patterson creates books kids love, and his latest book is all about a boy who decides to create books kids love by setting up his own book company.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedWelcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is an excellent book for young people who want to know what... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Noah Scape Can't Stop Repeating Himself
Guy Bass
Interest Age 8-11 Reading Age 8 Guy Bass's hilarious story is a lesson to be careful what you wish for and why making everything all about you is not the best way to live. Noah Scape (geddit?) knows exactly what... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2018
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Reader ReviewedArtie Conan Doyle and the Vanishing Dragon
Robert J. Harris
In a nutshell: enthralling new mysteries for a young Holmes Artie Doyle can't resist the temptation offered by a mysterious invitation to an evening of magic, and, fresh from their adventures solving crimes committed by the creepy Gravediggers Club, he... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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The White Fox
Jackie Morris
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age 8-12 | In a nutshell: a wild creature leads a boy home | Full of magic, myth and a wonderful sense of family, and illustrated throughout with Jackie Morris's beautiful,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2017
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Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling In the summer of 1727 a group of men and boys, there to harvest birds... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Young, Gifted and Black
Jamia Wilson
In a Nutshell: Inspiring celebration of black trailblazers This inspiring, illuminating, stylishly accessible anthology invites young readers to discover and celebrate phenomenal forebears and contemporary catalysts, while encouraging them to blaze their own inimitable trails. Taking its name from... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2018
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Rebound
Kwame Alexander
A dynamic slam-dunk of a book in which a boy lost in grief begins to find his feet on the basketball court. Slickly blending stirring verse-form storytelling with ingenious jump-off-the-page comic strip illustrations, this is a poignant, powerful page-turner that... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Alpha Abidjan to Gare du Nord
Bessora
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Alpha hopes that his wife and little son are in Paris and he's desperate to see them. Denied a visa to travel he... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed 13-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It's a house with everything – and...
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Real-Life Mysteries
Susan Martineau
Winner of the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Book with Facts Have you ever wondered what exactly does go bump in the night? From mysteries like Shackleton's ghostly companion...
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The Same Inside: Poems about Empathy and Friendship
Liz Brownlee, Roger Stevens, Matt Goodfellow
This collection features poems by three of our best-known and best-loved children's poets, Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens. Between them, using a range of poetic styles and voices,...
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Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold
James Patterson
The Kidd family discovers an ancient map to the lost Incan City of Paititi. But when the map is stolen, the Kidds have to rely on Storm's picture-perfect memory to...
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Amazing Women 101 Lives to Inspire You
Lucy Beevor
In a Nutshell: Trailblazers, campaigners, pioneers and creators A beautifully illustrated, empowering and inspiring collection of the extraordinary achievements of over 100 amazing and inspirational women of our time who have...
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A Different Dog
Paul Jennings
In a nutshell: exciting, unusual rescue story set in Australia's dense forest A Different Dog is the story of the special relationship that develops between a boy and a dog...
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Twister
Juliette Forrest
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: magic, ghosts, a brave and stubborn heroine | Twister is named after the storm that raged the night she...
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Flamingo Boy
Michael Morpurgo
March 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: classic Morpurgo story of war, nature, bravery and love | Flamingo Boy is vintage Michael Morpurgo, just the kind of story...
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Reader Reviewed Love from Lexie
Cathy Cassidy
In a nutshell: families lost and remade through love, friendship and music Lexie is a rescuer: it starts when she finds a lost tortoise and leads to her setting up...
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Reader Reviewed Tin
Padraig Kenny
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: robot story with real heart Christopher is a ‘proper': a real boy with a soul. His best friends Jack, Rob,...
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Reader Reviewed Only You Can Save Mankind
Terry Pratchett
This is an absolutely cracking whiz-bang of a story. Set in an unreality, that is actually scarily real,...
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Mollie On The March
Anna Carey
In a nutshell: vivid, lively and inspiring suffragette story Mollie Carberry is one of the liveliest characters you will read: a vivacious, intelligent young girl growing up in a...
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Reader Reviewed The Lotterys Plus One
Emma Donoghue
March 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2018 A funny and touching family story with a difference just because the Lotterys themselves are a...
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Reader Reviewed Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God
Rob Lloyd Jones
In a nutshell: page-turning, explosive treasure-hunting adventures Indiana Jones meets Alex Rider in this excellent series. The Atlases are just like any other family, bickering away, with parents generally...
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Running On Empty
S. E. Durrant
In a nutshell: powerful, beautifully written real life story S E Durrant writes convincingly and movingly about ordinary young people in extraordinary situations, and Running on Empty finds beauty...
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Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes
Greg James, Chris Smith
In a nutshell: super-kid-friendly super-hero comic adventures with real heart Murph Cooper, aka Kid Normal, and his band of Super Zeroes are back in a new adventure that will...
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Free Lance and the Dragon's Hoard
Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: cleverly written, brilliantly illustrated, thoroughly accessible adventure Free Lance, the hero of this excellent trilogy, starts this adventure skint as...
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The Cupcake Wedding (4u2read)
Gillian Cross
Interest Age 8 - 12 Reading Age 7+ Best-selling Gillian Cross tells a funny and touching wedding story. Holly's sister Mia and her boyfriend James are only 19 but they are sure...
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Brightstorm
Vashti Hardy
March 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: thrilling, original adventure story Brightstorm is everything a proper children's adventure story should be: it's exciting, funny and surprising, and stars...
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The Children of Castle Rock
Natasha Farrant
When Alice's family home has to be sold, she and her father Barney will do whatever it takes to buy it back - even if whatever it takes isn't strictly...
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Max and the Millions
Ross Montgomery
Max is used to spending time alone - it's difficult to make friends in a big, chaotic school when you're deaf. He prefers to give his attention to the little...
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The Hat Trick
Terry Deary
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Can Jud rise to the challenge in this new edition of the popular football-tale-with-a-twist from award-winning author and Horrible Histories family favourite Terry...
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50 Ways to Feel Happy
Vanessa King, Val Payne & Peter Harper
We all want our children to be happy and resilient, but may not realise that they can be taught skills to make them happier people. Written by a psychologist with...
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More Featured Books

The Amazing Adventures of Curd The Lion and Us! in the Land at the Back of Beyond
Alan Gilliland
Reminiscent of the writing of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, this brilliant debut children's novel is completely unputdownable as well as being almost uncategorisable. The author has succeeded in delivering...
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Reader Reviewed Begone the Raggedy Witches
Celine Kiernan, Victoria Semykina
February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: well-written, enthralling magical adventure The age-old theme of good versus evil is given a lively reworking in Celine Kiernan's new...
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Reader Reviewed Hari and His Electric Feet
Alexander Mccall Smith
February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: joyful story of a boy and his dancing feet Hari lives in a biggish city in India with his sister...
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Reader Reviewed A Far Away Magic
Amy Wilson
In a nutshell: two lonely children, an enchanted house and a magical world The real world and the magical are cleverly mixed in this exciting story. Angel and Bavar...
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Reader Reviewed The Eye of the North
Sinead O'Hart
February 2018 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: unputdownable adventure story set in a vivid frozen world Emmeline Widget is a character readers will love: small, determined, not to...
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Fly By Night
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the Branford Boase Prize 2006 Fly By Night is a wholly original fantasy peopled with a cast of unusual characters whose adventures unravel at a breathtaking pace. Mosca...
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Gullstruck Island
Frances Hardinge
A hugely imaginative and inventive fantasy, Gullstruck Island is the wonderful creation of a whole new world in which some of the strangest things happen. Arilou is a Lost, a...
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Reader Reviewed Middle School: Escape to Australia
James Patterson
February 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: Rafe Khatchadorian heads down under In this special episode of the hugely popular Middle School series, Rafe Khatchadorian, surely everyone's...
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Zebra Crossing Soul Song
Sita Brahmachari
February 2018 Book of the Month The story of a young man and the special relationship he forms with the lollipop man who once saved his life, Zebra Crossing Soul...
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The Iron Man
Ted Hughes
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 This beautiful paperback celebrates 50 years of Ted Hughes' classic tale - One of the most dramatic and exciting stories of...
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Reader Reviewed My Name Is Victoria
Lucy Worsley
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 Revered and deservedly popular as a Queen, Victoria was much less successful or celebrated when she was still a princess. TV...
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The Unicorn Quest
Kamilla Benko
In a nutshell: magical lands and a dangerous quest make for a classic fantasy adventure Claire wasn't pleased to inherit the huge old house and its myriad contents owned...
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Reader Reviewed The Lost Island
Laura Powell
In a nutshell: upstairs downstairs intrigue with a touch of magic Pattern is not your average housemaid: she's already foiled one devilish plot, fighting off a dragon in the...
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Reader Reviewed A Spoonful of Murder
Robin Stevens
In a nutshell: first class crime writing for children This is the latest book in Robin Stevens' best-selling boarding school crime series, number six, and I do hope it's not...
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Battle of the Beetles
M.G. Leonard
The beetle adventure continues as Darkus and his friends seek wicked Lucretia Cutter's secret Biome in the Amazon rainforest.
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The Tyrant and the Squire
Terry Jones
Terry Jones is known for his work with Monty Python, his stories for children (which won him the Children's Book Award) and his medieval books. In The Tyrant and the...
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Reader Reviewed Eliza Rose
Lucy Worsley
TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge of the Tudors, the people and above all...
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My Story: Suffragette (centenary edition)
Carol Drinkwater
It's 1909. Dollie is swept up in the thrill of the campaign for Votes for Women. Against her guardian's wishes, she marches against Parliament with Emmeline Pankhurst and fellow suffragettes....
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Rugby Heroes
Gerard Siggins
In a nutshell: thrilling, vivid rugby action, history, ghosts Readers who enjoy rugby or any kind of sport will love Gerard Siggins' Rugby Spirit series with its exciting mix of...
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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend
In a nutshell: exciting, original fantasy adventure Unusually, Jessica Townsend's book opens with the funeral of her central character. No-one seems particularly upset, not even her family, and that's because...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Hogwarts Library Book
J. K. Rowling
This new paperback edition features the recently revised 2017 text, which includes six curious new creatures that inhabit the North American continent, and a new foreword from Newt Scamander that...
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Star by Star
Sheena Wilkinson
An invigorating tale of suffragettes and heroes, courage and survival, as war ends, flu sweeps the land - and women get to vote!
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