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Corpse Talk: Groundbreaking Rebels

Would you like to meet such famous people from history as George Washington, Frida Kahlo and William Wallace? Of course, the main obstacle is the fact that they are all dead. However, that’s a mere formality in this entertaining history comic where notable figures from the past rise from the grave to be interviewed by…

Counting Sheep: A Bedtime Adventure!

As every young insomniac knows, one of the biggest obstacles to getting a good night’s sleep is the lack of actual sheep in your bedroom to count. Fortunately for Tom, the restless young boy at the centre of this delightful new book, he has some ovine visitors (7 to be exact) who are then followed…

Echo Boy

In the future, everyone has an Echo – humanoid machines that live to serve its human masters and look identical to us, but have no life of their own. However, teenager Audrey, whose parents are slain seemingly due to a malfunction, is about to meet Daniel, a cutting-edge Echo with something more than cogs in…

Endling: The Last

Byx’s life has gone in an unexpected direction. His family has just been murdered, he is left to wander in a strange land with even stranger company and he is about to be caught up in the nefarious politics of humans. Katherine Applegate’s Endling is the first book in a fantasy series set in a…

Every Hidden Thing

Deep in the badlands of America, the bones of an ancient beast, the king of the dinosaurs, lay to be discovered. Two men, Cantland and Bolt will race and connive to be the first to claim it, but their headstrong teenagers have their eyes on the prize too, as well as each other… Inspired by…

Helper and Helper

Are you an animal living in the wilds of the arid New Zealand wilderness? Do you require assistance? You need to call ‘Snake and Lizard’, an odd couple who will solve your problem for the small price of an egg or a beetle. A sequel to her book Snake and Lizard, Joy Cowley’s Helper and…

Movers

Patrick is a Mover, a person with the power to ‘Move’, or pull people from the future to the present. Unfortunately, due to the sudden influx of people from the future using our resources, Moving is banned and all Movers are closely monitored, under threat of permanent sleep. Naturally one day, as it must in…

My Side of the Diamond

Have you heard the one about the couple jump off a tall building but no bodies hit the ground? Jazmin Little has and unfortunately for her, she is about to be embroiled in a mystery of paranormal conspiracy theories, secret agents and teenagers with publishing contracts. The latest from the critically acclaimed Sally Gardner is…

My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession

Josh Walker needs to study for his A Levels – but who can focus on biology when your kind of girlfriend is seemingly ignoring you, you’re trying to get a metal band together and your mother is being generally weird? Every novel that comes in the form of the diary of a teenage boy is…

Name Upon Name

Being a teenager in Belfast in 1916 is complicated enough, but as the daughter of a Presbyterian and a Catholic, Helen’s family situation is considerably more tangled than most. With two competing political viewpoints, Helen is trying to find her place, but the fateful Easter that year will bring familial tensions to a head as…

Noggin

Sixteen-year-old Travis Coates was dead but then he got better. Five years after his demise from cancer, his cryogenically frozen head is attached to a fresh teenage body, so now he’s back. However, half a decade is a long time to be away … Opening with a quote from Slaughterhouse 5, it is clear from which author…

Ready Steady Ghost

Bertie is a little ghost who wants to haunt and spook. But he has an unfortunate problem; he himself is an easily scared ghost! Elizabeth Baguley’s story follows Bertie as he travels through a scary wood in search for somewhere small and cosy that he can haunt. On the way, he comes across some creatures…

Revolting Records

Have you heard about the sneaky Western Australian Christmas Tree? Do you know where the delectable treat of deep fried Monkey Toes is enjoyed? Have you learnt the rules of Maggot racing? If by chance the answer to any of these questions is “No”, remedy this deficit in knowledge by reading Anne Rooney's Revolting Records. It…

Rose, Interrupted

Rose and her younger brother Rudder are ‘decommissioning’. This means they are adjusting to life not being Pilgrims, a hardline Christian community of which their family were members until a mysterious accident. However, they are finding the real world filled with more challenges than expected. Things were going okay until an explicit photo sent to…

Tales of the Peculiar

Following in the footsteps of other fictional folklorists like Beedle the Bard, Millard Nullings, the invisible resident from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has collected his own compendium of fairy tales set in that world, coming from a wide range of locales and eras. Upon picking up the book, the first thing that will…

The Boy With 17 Senses

Earth has a new tiny visitor. This tourist is Jaq, who comes from the planet Yipsmix, where everyone has synesthesia, a real-life condition where people’s senses become confused when simulated, e.g. they see colours and shapes when they hear sounds. On this planet, it extends to a whole range of senses : words have a taste,…

The Dog Who Saved the World

Can you imagine a world without dogs? Thanks to a canine-specific plague, poor Georgie is about to experience it firsthand. Can she find a way to stop it, with the help of her best friend Ramzy, the mysterious Dr. Pretorius and her beloved pet Mr. Mash? Much like the eponymous mongrel, The Dog who Saved…

The Extincts

George’s bike was stolen and to pay for a new one, he is working on Wormestall Farm, home of a motley collection of prehistoric beasts and mythical creatures. Unfortunately, one of the more dangerous residents has gone missing…   On first sight, Veronica Cossanteli’s The Extincts isn’t the most promising. The premise creaks and the quirky owner…

The Magic Pudding

Reprinted with an informative introduction by Philip Pullman, The Magic Pudding is a whimsical adventure from 1918 that has endured over the generations. Written and illustrated by Norman Lindsay, it concerns three friends, Bunyip Bluegum (a koala), Bill Barnacle (a sailor) and Sam Sawnoff (a peguin) who form the Noble Society of Puddin’-Owners. Their protected…

The Nest

With a new sickly baby in the house and a nest of wasps on the roof (an insect to which he is deathly allergic), Steve definitely has enough on his plate before he begins to receive nightly visits from an ‘angel’. However, she comes with a tempting deal, which, like all such mysterious pacts, seems…

The Phenomenals: A Tangle of Traitors

Welcome to Degringolade, the city of superstition, home of a tar-pit of murderous ghosts and the setting of F.E. Higgins’s new fantasy series The Phenomenals. It is a place worth visiting, but it is not without some rough spots. A fantasy novel in the Steampunk subgenre, The Phenomenalsconcerns four kids from different backgrounds who are entangled in…

The Rithmatist

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but in the world of The Rithmatist, the humble piece of chalk beats all. It is the tool welded by a select group who use it to fight battles against chalking and have magic duels, by drawing markings on the ground that come to life. The protagonist, Joel,…

Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done

Fresh off his initial bestselling Failure, comic strip creator Stephan Pastis returns to Total Failure Inc, the world’s worst detective agency which is made up of Timmy, a kid with unwarranted confidence in his sleuthing skills, and Total, his possibly imaginary polar bear. Their case: a school competition to find a missing globe, the prize:…

Tuesdays Are Just as Bad

After a failed suicide attempt, teenager Adam Murphy wakes to find a ghostly companion whom only he can see and hear. As Adam tries to work through his recovery, the ghost is with him, and acts as the narrator to this story. Tuesdays Are Just as Bad is a staggering Young Adult novel which deals…

ZOM-B Mission

Spoilers! – A lot has happened to Becky Smith since London was overrun by Zombies – including encounters with mutants and killer clowns, gladiatorial fights, even zombification, but this could be her greatest test: a trip to London’s suburbs! This is the seventh book in a 12-part series, so not great for new readers (although…

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