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Please Write Soon: The Unforgettable Story Of Two Cousins In World War II

There are no shortage of books detailing the harrowing events of WWII, but their importance and relevance for each new generation of readers – especially much younger readers – cannot be overstated. Told mostly through a series of letters between Solly and his Polish cousin Bernie, Please Write Soon is a simple but touching story of resilience, friendship and childhood innocence during wartime.

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The Lines We Cross

Michael and Mina come from two very different backgrounds and belief systems, but when Mina wins a scholarship to Michael’s school, they slowly start to become friends, until Mina finds out that his parents are founding members of an anti-immigration group. This is especially difficult for Mina to deal with, seeing as her family had to flee from their home in war-torn Afghanistan. Michael has never really thought deeply about how his parents’ beliefs affect actual people, but seeing how Mina reacts, he starts to question them, and tries to see things differently.

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The Bookshop Girl

Abandoned as a child, Property Jones is now eleven and living in a bookshop with the owner, Netty, and her son Michael. Property fits perfectly into the family of booksellers, apart from one minor detail: she can’t read! Nobody knows her secret and, too ashamed to admit the truth, Property invents clever methods to conceal it.

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The Surface Breaks

Louise O’Neill’s reimagining of the Little Mermaid goes past the fairytale filter most of us have inherited from the 1990s cartoon and restores the original grit (and sometimes downright sinister touch) of Andersen’s original tale.

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Those familiar with the tradition of adventure stories, from Treasure Island to The Lost World, will thoroughly enjoy Vashti Hardy’s Brightstorm. The story describes a society deeply saturated by the spirit of discovery, adventure and expedition, set in a map with large chunks still marked ‘Unknown.’

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Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes

Dara Ó Briain, the intelligent and brilliantly funny author of Beyond the Sky, has written a second book for children called Secret Science.

In Beyond the Sky, the mysteries of the universe were explored. In Secret Science, Ó Briain turns his attention to the amazing world of our everyday lives. The book explains all of the incredible science that occurs from the moment we wake up to the time we drift off to sleep.

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The Secret of the Night Train

The stunning front and back cover illustrations by Marco Guadalupi cry out to you to pick up this book. Once inside you are not disappointed as you discover an exciting tale of a train adventure undertaken by an 11-year-old girl called Max and her chaperone nun called Sr. Marguerite, spanning European cities from Paris to Istanbul as they give chase in search of a stolen diamond.

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Night of the Party

For years young adult fiction has been predicting dark dystopian futures. Now that Britain is set to leave the EU – at the time of writing it’s unclear how, when or even if this will happen – it seems only natural that the genre should square up to the B word, with all its portents of doom and disaster. Welcome to the first post-Brexit YA novel [Editor’s note: the first in English].

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Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story

‘I was very young and had little experience of cruelty. But, when we reached France, I witnessed the horror and savagery of war firsthand. Cruelty lingered everywhere in conflict. A nasty business and no mistake.’

This captivating and at times thrilling as well as hard-hitting adventure is the first book in an exciting new historical ‘Voices’ series shining a light on unsung stories from the past.

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The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Rukhsana is a 17-year-old Muslim teenager, of Bangladeshi parents, living in Seattle. She is also a lesbian, a fact she keeps secret from her parents and extended family. Rukhsana has plans to go to college in California, dreaming of eventually working in NASA.