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This Month's Featured Books

The Hippopandamouse
Jools Bentley
July 2016 Debut of the Month Perfection is in the eye of the beholder says this funny picture book, and we should be slower to write off things judged imperfect. There's a frenzy of activity at Fuffley's Toys in advance of... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedVoyage to Magical North
Claire Fayers
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In 3 words : pirates – magic - fellowship In what is hopefully the first in a long series, Voyage to Magical North mixes together orphans, pirates, spells and an evil magician and in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Witch's Kiss
Kate Corr, Elizabeth Corr
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Witchcraft * Vengeance * Dream Boy Melding ancient witchery with modern-day dilemmas of the heart, this deliciously dark tale is a feast that will be devoured by fans of both fairy-tale... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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The Apprentice Witch
James Nicol
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In 3: magic – underdogs – proving your worth Young readers who've ever felt second best will identify strongly with apprentice witch Arianwyn. After she fails her witch assessment, horribly publicly, she is sent to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Hiding Heidi
Fiona Woodcock
July 2016 Debut Picture Book of the Month Fiona Woodcock has used delicate pencil and screen print illustrations to create a beautiful and original picture book that at times feels dreamy, at other times zings with youthful energy, and which at... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Hawkweed Prophecy
Irena Brignull
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Old world witches * Potent prophecy * Firm friendship Fairytale witch-magic melds with the modern world in this captivating debut. A spell is cast when two babies are born as... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedColin and Lee, Carrot and Pea
Morag Hood
July 2016 Debut of the Month Simplicity is the charm of this picture book story of the unlikely friendship between very different vegetables. Lee is a very green pea and so are all of his friends except for Colin who... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Wildings
Nilanjana Roy
July 2016 Debut of the Month The streets and alleys of the Nizamuddin quarter of Delhi provide the backdrop for this thrilling story of warrior cats. There's a real sense of unease and danger in the opening chapters when a strange... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedNed's Circus of Marvels
Justin Fisher
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In three words: monsters – robot mice – hidden talents Adventures don't come more action-packed than Ned's Circus of Marvels and anyone who enjoys Harry Potter will find that it hits the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2016
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The Loose Ends List
Carrie Firestone
July 2016 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Trip of a lifetime • Seize the day • Perfect endings Always heartwarming, often laugh-out-loud hilarious, this is a sublime novel about living, loving and savouring every precious moment. As... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Otherlife
Julia Gray
July 2016 Debut of the Month Absolutely compelling. I have to admit to being rather surprised by ‘The Otherlife', I think I was expecting a rollicking fantasy adventure, instead a startling, yet subtle and thought provoking read awaited. Either told... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Crystal Run
Sheila O'Flanagan
June 2016 Debut of the Month High-octane, high-stakes fantasy quest in which a teenage boy finds himself embroiled a world of warring lands and self-sacrificing teenagers. At first, “gangly” Joe might...
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Reader Reviewed Little Bits of Sky
S. E. Durrant
May 2016 Debut of the Month This moving story of looked-after children describes the difficulties they face, but is nonetheless uplifting. Ira and her little brother Zac live in Skilly...
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Reader Reviewed Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up
Simon Cherry
June 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: pirates – penguins – enchantments Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up is an epic story indeed, and possibly the most...
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Reader Reviewed If I Was Your Girl
Meredith Russo
June 2016 Debut of the Month Amanda Hardy is the new girl at school. Like everyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is...
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The Deepest Cut
Natalie Flynn
June 2016 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Boundless friendship • Real-life rawness •Surviving loss A gripping, emotionally authentic debut about grief, guilt and the tragic reality of knife...
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Orangeboy
Patrice Lawrence
A young man has an impossible choice to make, in this powerful coming of age urban thriller. The action is uncompromising and powerful, yet punctuated by moments of extraordinary tenderness...
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More Featured Books

The Bear and the Piano
David Litchfield
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 - Longlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children's books. Winner of the Illustrated category of...
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Eliza Rose
Lucy Worsley
Julia Eccleshare's Debut of the Month, April 2016 TV historian Lucy Worsley is gifted at bringing the past to life and shows it to great effect here. Her detailed knowledge...
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Reader Reviewed Underwater
Marisa Reichardt
May 2016 Debut of the Month This extraordinary, powerful book has life lessons for everyone, though its central character has lived through experiences that, fortunately, will be unknown to...
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Some Birds
Matt Spink
April 2016 Debut of the Month A parade of brightly coloured birds strut, fly and peck their way across the pages. Some are familiar, some fantastical, but they all look...
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Reader Reviewed Not If I See You First
Eric Lindstrom
May 2016 Debut of the Month An incredibly uplifting, thought provoking and sharply beautiful debut. Once I started reading I couldn't stop and when I turned the last page I...
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Doodle Girl and the Monkey Mystery
Suzanne Smith, Lindsay Taylor
May 2016 Debut of the Month The creators of this stylish Picturebook take a simple idea and turn it into an appealing adventure, and one that should also encourage children...
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Reader Reviewed The Outliers
Kimberly McCreight
May 2016 Debut of the Month The Outliers is one of those twisty thrillers that run on paranoia. It will send readers' heartbeats soaring as their fears for the safety...
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In the Dark, in the Woods
Eliza Wass
May 2016 Debut of the Month Haunting coming-of-age page-turner about 16 year-old Castley's battle to break free from her father's repressive religious mania. The five Cresswell siblings and their broken, doll-like...
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Reader Reviewed Lucy Locket: Online Disaster
Emma Moss
May 2016 Debut of the Month A brand new, innovative and fun series that's pitch-perfect fiction for aspirational vloggers, digital devotees and readers with a passion for all things online! ...
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Monster Hunter
Curtis Jobling
May 2016 Debut of the Month Max Helsing is seriously cool – a dab hand with a yo-yo, with a great line in banter, and he rides a Chopper. Oh...
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Reader Reviewed The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
‘Here be dragons' it says on old maps, but Isabella finds creatures even more terrifying in the unchartered lands of Joya, the island that is her home. Joya is a...
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