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Child I

With the opening lines on the front cover, this story dives headfirst into the filth and desperation of life in a refugee camp. The location, like the narrator, is unnamed, but evokes the Calais Jungle where thousands of migrants camped from 2015 until its demolition a year later. Child I is one of the unaccompanied…

Come All You Little Persons

Nature and cosy nurture meet in happy harmony in this evocatively written and beautifully illustrated invitation to enjoy the natural world. Capturing the elements, the seasons, animal life, bird life, and the wide-eyed variety that the universe offers, everyone is warmly welcomed to explore – both by the gentle rhymes and rhythm of the text,…

Daddy’s Sandwich

What goes into the ultimate sandwich for Daddy? Well, obviously, everything that Daddy loves. So starts the mission of one industrious little girl as she hunts high and low for all of Daddy’s favourite things to go in the sandwich. I am really not sure Daddy is going to be pleased with the results…  …

Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!)

It’s the fourth book in the series. Haddow yet again tells a pigeontastic tale of the two comical pair of Dave and Skipper. Their latest cunning plan is to steal the food leftover from the Royal Palace Party. Once they arrive at the Palace gates, it’s not long till they meet the Royal Prince Raju…

Elizabeth and Zenobia

A gothic ghost story combines with a journey of self-discovery as Elizabeth and Zenobia explore the history and haunting occupants of their new home in Witheringe House. This is a tale which is wonderfully spun in vivid language and captivating imagery, but with plenty of humour and emotional moments as well. Jessica Millar’s great skill…

I Like Bees, I Don’t Like Honey!

Inspired by real contributors and responses, I Like Bees… I Don’t Like Honey! explores the likes and dislikes of various children. A début for both Sam Bishop and Fiona Lumbers, this picturebook is a lovely, thought-provoking read. Bishop’s interactive, rhyming text is both fun and inspiring. The overall message is one of accepting difference and…

In Paris With You

In Paris With You could be the beginning of a sentence or the answer to a question. It locates our protagonists in space and company but not in time. Tatiana and Eugene have history, central to which is a story which is not theirs. Their paths diverge, until ten years later different versions of themselves…

Mr. Mistoffelees: The Conjuring Cat

T.S. Eliot first published Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats in 1939. A series of whimsical poems written to amuse his godchildren, the book became an enduring classic and has been reprinted several times over the years and also forms the basis for the smash hit musical ‘Cats’. Illustrator Arthur Robins has previously crafted a…

Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs

Almost 80 years after the publication of TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Faber & Faber have published a companion volume, Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs. Reid’s collection of poetry is utterly charming and written in the same whimsical style as Eliot’s, while Elam’s powerful illustrations are reminiscent of Disney’s early animation…

Podkin One Ear

Sure to be a big hit with young lovers of fantasy, Podkin One Ear is a gripping, page-turner by Kieran Larwood. A story within a story, this is the tale of the legendary Podkin One Ear, the warrior rabbit who stood up to the cruel and fearsome Gorm, as told by the visiting bard to…

Quick, Barney, Run!

On a dark, dreary day, with their dad napping and their mum hard at work, an intrepid brother-sister team of explorers, Ruby-Roo and Barney, head off on a wonderous adventure in a cardboard aeroplane deep into the heart of the jungle, meeting animals of all shapes, sizes and colours along the way. With illustrations that…

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah

Erin Lange starts her novel in a grim holding cell where Sam Cherie is waiting for visiting time to begin. We quickly learn that Sam has spent a lot of her time visiting her addict mother in jail. Lange reveals Sam’s difficult life where she is more her mother’s parent than her child and shows…

Siren

Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything but at least she has always had her sister Justine there to protect her. Until Justine is found dead near their family holiday home in Winter Harbour. Vanessa barely has time to grieve before Justine’s boyfriend Caleb goes missing and more bodies wash up on the shore, smiling from…

Snow

Carolina Rabei’s Snow is a lovely Christmas picturebook, bringing Walter de la Mare’s classic poem into a seasonal setting. It is beautifully designed and produced, full of tranquil village scenes untroubled by cars, buses or any of the vexatious trappings of modern life. There is a familiar air of expectancy as a family prepare for…

The Bone Dragon

Bone Dragon is at its simplest the story of a fourteen-year-old girl called Evie (the narrator) who has suffered abuse. Her experience has made her older than her years, but through the course of the story she learns, with the counsel of the wise Bone Dragon (fashioned from Evie’s own broken rib), to heal herself and…

The Boy Who Hit Play

Asked to make a wish on his 12th ‘Discovery Day’, Elvis finally asks why he was left as a baby on a bench in the zoo, the word HELP written on his babygro. Since the only clue to his identity seems to be the Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten, in which he was wrapped, Elvis sets off…

The Fury

With Zombies apparently flavour of the month in horror fiction, any new variation on the theme needs to have an original idea if the story isn’t to fall into the trap of heroes being menaced by zombies (either dead or infected), escaping by running away very fast, being menaced again, running away again etc. Alexander…

The Gift Of Darkhollow

This sequel to Podkin One-Ear is a continuation of the young rabbit’s adventures with his sister Paz and brother Pook through the burrows of The Five Realms, in his quest to become the leader of his clan and continue the fight against the fearsome, iron-corrupted Gorm. With his fabled dagger, as well as a new…

The Sleeping Army

Francesca Simon is well known to us all as the creator of the hugely successful Horrid Henry series. The Sleeping Army is for a slightly older audience and presents a more challenging read. Set in modern London but with a twist: Christianity as a cult died out at the end of the 34th century, AW.(after Woden) and now Anglo-Saxon and…

The Smell of Other People’s Houses

Set in Alaska in 1970, this evocatively-titled book brings together the lives of four very different teenagers. Following a family tragedy, Ruth lives with her strict and rather cold grandmother, and she has a secret she knows she won’t be able to hide for long. Alyce longs to be a dancer, but she doesn’t want…

The Snow Sister

Christmas has never been the same for Pearl since she lost her sister Agnes. While Pearl’s father struggles to provide for his family, they live in stark contrast to the wealthy Lockwood family who live in the big house with untold riches and money at their disposal. When news comes that Pearl’s estranged uncle has…

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