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This Month's Featured Books

Reader ReviewedThe Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Winner in the Young Fiction category and the overall Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017 ‘Here be dragons' it says on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/05/2016
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Rebel Heart
Moira Young
Danger. Betrayal. Destiny. Passion - all fans of The Hunger Games will love prize-winning Moira Young's sequel to Blood Red Road, last year's prestigious Costa Book Award winner. Set in a world in which all the normal rules have... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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The Nest
Kenneth Oppel
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | March 2016 Book of the Month A truly exceptional, uniquely unsettling work in which the stinging clarity and poignancy of Oppel's writing is exquisitely... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Blood Red Road
Moira Young
The story's searing pace, its spare style, the excitement of its fabulously damaged world, its unforgettably vivid characters, its violent action and glorious love story make this a truly sensatonal YA debut novel. Much of the author's inspiration came from... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Naondel (The Red Abbey Chronicles)
Maria Turtschaninoff
The enthralling Red Abbey Chronicles fantasy series continues with the second book, Naondel. In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose - to obey. Some were brought here as girls, captured and enslaved; some as servants; some as wives.... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Straight Outta Crongton
Alex Wheatle
From the acclaimed author of Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights, comes another story from the South Crong council estate. *** Win a visit to your school from Alex Wheatle!... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Beyond the Wall
Tanya Landman
In a Nutshell: Boudica-spirited slave girl fights to break the chains that bind her | A sumptuous feast of historical fiction fuelled by drama, deception, and a young woman's determination to find freedom. To be born a slave in Roman... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Here be Witches
Sarah Mussi
In a Nutshell: Merlin-esque mythology in the modern world | Set in stunning Snowdonia, this spellbinding sequel to Here Be Dragons shimmers with atmosphere, adventure and a love story of legendary proportions. Sixteen-year-old Ellie longs to be with Henry, the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2017
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Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
In a Nutshell: Gangs dice with death under the gaze of Mexican folk saint. A thought-fuelling thriller set in a gang-run neighbourhood near the border of Mexico and El Norte (America). The writing is poetically punchy. Exquisitely formed sentences are... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Becoming Betty
Eleanor Wood
In a nutshell: funny contemporary dreams can come true story | Lizzie Brown is about to start 6th form, a chance as all teenagers understand to totally reinvent herself; no more boring Lizzie, she's going to become someone seriously... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/04/2017
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Forever Geek
Holly Smale
In a Nutshell: Luminous finale laden with laughter and love | There's more sunshine, soul-searching and sticky situations than you can shake a Eucalyptus branch at in this scorching conclusion to a series that's captured the hearts, minds and funny... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/03/2017
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The Pavee and the Buffer Girl
Siobhan Dowd
Siobhan Dowd's short story first appeared in an anthology published in 2004. It has lost none of its power to move and the sheer depth and emotion packed into this spare narrative is still breath-taking. The book tells the story... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedGoodbye Days
Jeff Zentner
In a Nutshell: Loss, friendship and the light of re-finding your way | An exceptional novel about grief, guilt and finding solace in celebrating loved ones' lives. I adored the author's haunting southern gothic-spiced debut (The Serpent King), and... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedStargazing for Beginners
Jenny McLachlan
In a Nutshell: Reaching for the stars | Astronomically uplifting treat in which witty, loveable, space buff Meg works to realise an out-of-this-world ambition. Meg has a burning desire to become an astronaut, and is in the running to win... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Girl in Between
Sarah Carroll
In a nutshell: powerful and moving story of love, loss and redemption | ‘I'm invisible' says our narrator; and certainly no-one sees her hiding out in the old abandoned mill she calls a Castle, or in the shadows behind her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Raging Star
Moira Young
Loyalty and betrayal. Lovers and enemies - all fans of The Hunger Games will love prize-winning Moira Young's final installment in the heart-stopping Dustlands trilogy. Saba doesn't know who she is any more. Her encounter with DeMalo leaves her... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedLetters to the Lost
Brigid Kemmerer
In a Nutshell: Grappling with grief | Facing the truth | Forging new paths | Intensely moving, uniquely premised story of two strangers torn apart - and brought together – by deep loss.Juliet's mother was killed in a... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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The Ravenmaster's Boy
Mary Hoffman
In a nutshell: intrigue and treachery at the Tower of London, and a bird's eye view of the end of Anne Boleyn | Three young people witness the fall and execution of Anne Boleyn in this gripping historical adventure.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Straight Outta Nerdsville
Ben Davis
In a nutshell: Wimpy Kid meets The Inbetweeners | This is the fourth and sadly the final book in the Private Blog of Joe Cowley series, and Joe will be much missed. In this episode he's in London living with... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Noughts & Crosses
Malorie Blackman
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Michael Rosen on a compelling favourite: "A book that dared... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Knife Edge
Malorie Blackman
The terrific sequel to Noughts and Crosses which continues the story of Sephy and Callum and their families. Full of mystery, suspense, romance and even murder, taking the reader through numerous different emotions but in the end you will be... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Checkmate
Malorie Blackman
The powerful third story in the Noughts & Crosses sequence follows Sephy and her daughter, as she discovers the secret of her parentage and, as she grows into a young adult, the truth of the prejudices that surround her and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Double Cross
Malorie Blackman
This thrilling new title in award winning Malorie Blackman's cleverly observed series, which began with Noughts and Crosses, captures the drama and potential violence of growing up – especially in a world where the Noughts are willing to use violence... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Last Month's Featured Books

Black Cairn Point
Claire McFall
Winner of the Scottish Teenage Book Prize 2017 A haunting YA thriller unfolds on an isolated beach. Heather Collins, Schools Programme Manager at Scottish Book Trust, said; “Congratulations to Claire...
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Reader Reviewed Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine's long-awaited new...
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Reader Reviewed Beautiful Broken Things
Sara Barnard
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | February 2016 Debut of the Month ...
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Reader Reviewed The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award From the author of Lovereading4kids favourite We Are All Made of Molecules, this is another book that grips from the first chapter,...
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The Smell of Other People's Houses
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's extraordinary, stunning debut is...
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Reader Reviewed One
Sarah Crossan
Shortlisted for the Children's Book Award 2017 - Books for Older Readers | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016. Joint...
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Reader Reviewed How Not to Disappear
Clare Furniss
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month ...
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Railhead
Philip Reeve
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month Set in a shining future world, where trains...
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The Stars at Oktober Bend
Glenda Millard
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | August 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Survival | Friendship |...
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Crongton Knights
Alex Wheatle
Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 Crongton Knights is a very funny, very moving story that shows that although life is...
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The Marvels
Brian Selznick
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Filled with mystery, vibrant characters, surprise twists, and heart-rending beauty, and featuring Selznick's most...
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Salt to the Sea
Ruta Sepetys
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their...
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Reader Reviewed The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
January 2017 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Children's Book category Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for...
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Reader Reviewed The Bone Sparrow A Refugee Novel
Zana Fraillon
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016 | In a Nutshell: Refugees | Resilience | Friendship A heartfelt, harrowing insight into...
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Reader Reviewed Following Ophelia
Sophia Bennett
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beautiful young maid catches the eye of the Pre-Raphaelites | Mary leads a Cinderella life: by day she's blacking grates...
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Reader Reviewed Waking in Time
Angie Stanton
In a Nutshell: Secrets, romance and time travel twists | Still mourning the death of her grandmother, Abbi embarks on a new life when she moves to a college far...
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Black Moon
L. A. Weatherly
March 2017 Book of the Month A fitting and truly fabulous end to the breathtaking Broken Trilogy. It's 1942, nearly two thousand years after time was reset and war...
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Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare
From the creator of the Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy comes this epic first instalment of the author's highly anticipated The Dark Artifices series. Lady Midnight...
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Reader Reviewed Optimists Die First
Susin Nielsen
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: how to hope for the best even when you've been through the worst | Susin Nielsen puts her protagonists through...
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Anna and the Swallow Man
Gavriel Savit
Written in spare beautiful prose, this extraordinary story will haunt readers. It begins in Krakow in 1939. Seven-year-old Anna is left to fend for herself when her father fails...
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Every Hidden Thing
Kenneth Oppel
March 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Romancing the Bones | There's rivalry, romance and skullduggery galore in this rip-roaring read following two epic expeditions to unearth...
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Orbiting Jupiter
Gary D. Schmidt
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Before meeting his new foster brother, Jack understands what he and his family are ‘getting into'. Fourteen-year-old Joseph almost killed a teacher, and...
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Help: My Cat's a Vlogging Superstar!
Rae Earl
In a nutshell: vlogging comedy with irresistible central character | The new book from the author of My Mad Fat Diary is aimed at slightly younger readers and tells the...
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Reader Reviewed The State of Grace
Rachael Lucas
In a Nutshell: Living with Asperger's * Dealing with change * New beginnings “Being human is a complicated game”, and that's certainly the case for fifteen-year-old Grace, the sparkling protagonist of...
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American Monsters
Derek Landy
A fantastic finale to a fantastic series but most definitely not for the faint-hearted. Bigger, meaner, stronger, Amber closes in on her murderous parents as they make one last desperate...
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Liccle Bit
Alex Wheatle
Voice-driven debut YA novel, full of humour and friendship, about a teenage boy who gets caught up in gang culture on an inner city estate. 'A gripping tale of family...
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Reader Reviewed Waiting for Callback: Take Two
Perdita Cargill, Honor Cargill
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | February 2016 Debut of the Month Fresh, funny and with the best teen voice since Geek Girl, this debut novel...
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Reader Reviewed The Witch's Tears
Katharine Corr, Elizabeth Corr
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: spell-binding drama of teenage witch faced with life-or-death choices | Readers who loved authors Katherine and Elizabeth Corr's supernatural romance
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Carve the Mark
Veronica Roth
In a Nutshell: Deadly dilemmas amidst Star Wars-esque intergalactic enmity | First book in an ambitiously epic sci-fi duology from the author of the Divergent series. Akos lives in...
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Reader Reviewed We Come Apart
Sarah Crossan, Brian Conaghan
February 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | In a nutshell: unputdownable story, beautifully told | Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan are two of our most garlanded YA authors: she...
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Reader Reviewed Mind the Gap
Phil Earle
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mikey thinks the world of his Dad even though...
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Reader Reviewed Heartless
Marissa Meyer
In a Nutshell: Heart, Hunger and Wonderland awaits… | Fans of fairy tale fantasy - or readers who've wondered how the Queen of Hearts came to be the angry “off...
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The Liar's Handbook
Keren David
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: topical unputdownable thriller | In a topical and gripping new thriller for Barrington Stoke Keren David sends her young hero...
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Until We Win
Linda Newbery
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 13 | In a nutshell: inspiring story about women winning the vote | It's summer 1914 and Lizzy is enjoying a new freedom: she's saved the...
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Reader Reviewed Gone Wild
Robert Muchamore
In a Nutshell: Battles | Humour | Music | Third hard-hitting book in the hit Rock War series about a Battle of the Bands showdown, by the bestselling author of...
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Knife Edge
Robert Swindells
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: thought-provoking examination of an important social issue | Robert Swindells is a skilful storyteller and expert at writing about...
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Unconventional
Maggie Harcourt
In a Nutshell: The buzz of conventions, fangirling and falling in love | Fabulous feel-good feast following the rollercoaster ride of running conventions, and finding love when you least expect...
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The Memory Book
Lara Avery
In a Nutshell: Unforgettable heroine confronts adversity head on | Poignant, un-put-down-able jewel of a book about seizing every moment while you can. “You are me, Samantha Agatha McCoy, in...
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Reader Reviewed Traitor to the Throne
Alwyn Hamilton
In a Nutshell: Fantastical feast of espionage, revenge, rebellion and romance | Steeped in magic and myth, this sequel to Rebel of the Sands tingles with tension and the...
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Reader Reviewed The Big History Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd
If you want to know what was happening on Earth any time in the last four billion years, then you couldn't do better than opening out the Big History Timeline...
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Reader Reviewed The Nature Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children's curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for...
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Reader Reviewed The Science Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
The story of human invention and engineering began at least 10,000 years ago in the stone age and has continued non-stop ever since with each discovery leading to new developments...
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Reader Reviewed The Shakespeare Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Dr. Nick Walton, Patrick Skipworth
The Shakespeare Timeline Wallbook will give readers (of all ages) special insight into all the 38 plays, as well as into the man and his time. A colourful 2 metre...
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Reader Reviewed The Sports Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Skipworth
Ernest Hemingway might have said there are only three real sports – motor racing, bull-fighting and mountaineering – but even he might have been forced to reconsider had he been...
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Reader Reviewed The What on Earth? Timeline Collection
Christopher Lloyd
The most innovative approach to non-fiction since Horrible Histories, the What On Earth Wallbooks present information in a way guaranteed to inspire children's curiosity and to stimulate real enthusiasm for...
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Tilt
Mary Hoffman
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Gorgeous historical novel inspired by an iconic symbol of Italy. Evocative and full of passion, Tilt is perfect for fans of the romantic era....
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Reader Reviewed The British History Timeline Wallbook
Christopher Lloyd
The British History Timeline showcases milestones in the extraordinary history of the British Isles from the age of the Dinosaurs 100 million years ago to the hosting of the London...
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Wild Lily
K. M. Peyton
K. M. Peyton published her first book aged just fifteen, and has been loved by generations of readers ever since. She said once, “I write to entertain”, and Wild Lily...
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All About Mia
Lisa Williamson
February 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: unmissable, the teenage trials and tribulations of a middle child | In Mia Campbell-Richardson, Lisa Williamson has created one of...
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There comes a point in a young life when the time is right to move on from the books and children’s authors they enjoyed as a child to reading books and authors that offer greater challenges as they grow up into adulthood. The books in this 13+ category are exactly that. They bridge that gap to introduce you and your teenager to authors who write for that early teen reader but also adult authors who also write for a teenage / young adult audience.

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