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Barrington Stoke

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Little House

Ten-year-old Juno must spend her summer holidays with her grandfather while her parents work to provide aid in areas hit by disasters around the world. In her grandfather’s attic, she finds a ruined doll’s house, a doll family, and their furniture. Together with her woodworking grandfather, they repar the furniture and build a new house for the dolls. As Juno learns about carpentry, and finds joy in working with her hands, she realizes how hobbies can help lift one’s spirit.

Book Cover - The Boy Who Stole the Pharaoh's Lunch

The Boy Who Stole the Pharaoh's Lunch

This time-slip adventure features Seth, a boy who is good at two things: playing on his XBox and being the class clown. Struggling with lessons and in trouble for playing a prank, he picks up a beetle amulet from his teacher’s desk and finds himself transported back to Ancient Egypt. Staying with a family in a village on the Nile, he plays with the local children, learns new skills and discovers his own bravery. But how will he ever get back home?

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Ravencave

It’s hard to read this slim, impactful book in isolation from the tragic death of its author at the end of 2022; the story is suffused with loss, with the sometimes brutal and sudden nature of death and the damage that can be wrought by grief. Threaded through it, too, is a note of connection, even hope, a feeling of being part of something greater than oneself.

Book Cover - Bertie and the Alien Chicken

Bertie and the Alien Chicken

The last place Bertie wants to spend his holidays is at Long Bottom farm with his Uncle Brian. But Dad is busy with the new baby and Mom is off to America for work, so it’s not like he has much of a choice. Farm life takes an unexpected twist when he runs into a talking chicken! However, Nugget is not just a regular chicken, but an alien from Nurgle-7 with a very important mission. What is the most valuable resource on Earth? If Bertie and Nugget can’t find the answer before the day’s out, Earth may be doomed!

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The Battle of Cable Street

In this short but excellent novel we follow Elsie, a young Jewish girl growing up during the 1930s in Stepney, London. Elsie and her brother Mikey live in a primarily Jewish area, although there are some Irish immigrants also. The two spend much of their childhood playing games with their friends, including Nathan, whose spectacular imagination shrouds them in worlds of their own making. However, with the rise of Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists, their world of make-believe soon begins to disappear as antisemitism rises and friendships fall apart.

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Journey Back to Freedom

Journey Back to Freedom is the true story of Olaudah Equiano, an eighteenth-century writer and activist who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery. Written in first-person narration from Olu’s perspective, the book follows the young boy’s eventful sea journeys and his training as a sailor. Olu speaks directly to the reader, telling the reader about his struggle to remain hopeful and his desperation to return to his family. The book draws on the reader’s own knowledge, asking them to recall their history lessons on slavery and the slave trade.

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The Day My Family Disappeared

From Jo Simmons, the bestselling author of I Swapped My Brother on the Internet, comes The Day My Family Disappeared. Bob Bunyon is an incredibly normal boy surrounded by a family full of artists and performers. Bob’s siblings taunt him for not being creative like them. Desperate for a break from his families’ constant showcasing, he wishes that they would all just go away. Much to Bob’s surprise, when he wakes the next morning, the house is completely empty.

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Hetty and the Battle of the Books

Hetty isn’t the only person in her school who loves the library but when you’ve fallen out with your friends, it’s not just a special place, it’s a safe place. Under the kindly wing of Mrs. Juster, the librarian, it’s the best kind of library; where all book-loving students can gather and a social hub for clubs to meet. The bookish bliss is disrupted by the awful news that funding for the library has been cut and the library will be closed. Hetty can’t let this happen but she knows she isn’t the kind of student that Principal McCarthy will listen to, so she needs the right kind of help.

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Birdsong

Birdsong by Katya Balen truly offers a treat for all readers lucky enough to follow the story of our young protagonist Annie, as she is thrust suddenly into a life unknown. We meet Annie as she moves from her home to a new flat in the suburban jungle, as she and her mother recover from a car crash that recently threw their lives into turbulence.

Book Cover - The Battle of Cable Street

The Battle of Cable Street

In this short but excellent novel we follow Elsie, a young Jewish girl growing up during the 1930s in Stepney, London. Elsie and her brother, Mikey, live in a primarily Jewish area, although there are some Irish immigrants also. The two spend much of their childhood playing games with their friends, including Nathan, whose spectacular imagination shrouds them in worlds of their own making. However, with the rise of Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists, their world of make-believe soon begins to disappear as antisemitism rises and friendships fall apart.