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Seven Million Sunflowers

Kateryno is a regular teenager in many ways. She gets crushes on boys. She fights with her brother. She dreams about her future career. But Kat also has shrapnel scars, she has traveled through six countries in two months and distinctly remembers the day her house came crashing down around her. Kat is a Ukrainian refugee.

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Man-Man and the Tree of Memories

Notting Hill Carnival, which occurs annually in August, is one of the largest street festivals in the world and of huge cultural significance to British African Caribbean people. Its presence in this book is so strong that it feels like a character, not a setting. Man-man and his family are all busy preparing for Carnival and Man-man is particularly excited to dance at the front of the procession. There is just one shadow falling over his excitement; his mother’s ill health which prevents her from joining in with the festivities.

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Nowhere Island

Gil bolts for freedom on his way to another foster-placement. When his backpack is stolen, with his treasured photograph and his hag-stone, his pursuit of the thief brings him to an island dividing the motorway, and to the ramshackle home of three other runaways. Riley and Grayson escaped an abusive parent, and with Junk, the dog, steal supplies. They tell Gil about another inhabitant, already established. Pez ran away from a cult, bringing with her stolen seeds, experience of self-sufficiency, and a conviction that isolation and silence are safer than human company.

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Catfish Rolling

Japanese Canadian Sora is visiting family in Japan when an earthquake strikes. It destroys Sora’s home, takes her mother and grandfather, and changes Sora’s life forever. The earthquake is so powerful, it cracks time itself, creating zones where time slows down or speeds up and has a way of fracturing memory and influencing behaviour.

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Circus Maximus: Race to the Death

In this book we follow Dido, female charioteer and champion of the Circus Maximus, during the reign of Emperor Caligula, the third Roman Emperor.

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The Girl who Talked to Trees

Olive is the girl who talks to trees – because they listen to her. But on the day this strange and beautiful story takes place, it’s the trees who speak to Olive. Her father, Sir Sydney, is determined to cut down Olive’s favourite tree in order to build there, but he is willing to give Olive the rest of the day to come up with an alternative plan. She has seven hours to take action, and there are seven trees – some from the present day, some from the past – who have stories to tell.

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Lionheart Girl

Creating a striking fable of witchcraft and family secrets, Yaba Badoe draws on West African mythology and storytelling for her latest novel. This is the tale of Sheba, a girl with a longing for knowledge, desperate to understand more about her own origins, who discovers a powerful magic within herself. Sheba has the power to see people’s thoughts, fears and secrets when she touches them.

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The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was a Mermaid

The title of this novel is fairly self-explanatory: the protagonist, Stella, follows a series of clues that seem to suggest that her recently deceased mother was in fact a mermaid. She runs away from home intent on finding answers on a nearby island, where she gets into a pickle with her mother’s former associates.

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Sofa Surfer

This charming, fast-paced novel deals with the delicate topic of homelessness in a considerate and realistic way. As with his highly acclaimed debut novel, Malcolm Duffy manages to sensitively pepper comedy throughout the text, even when writing about characters who find themselves in harrowing situations. This unique style of writing makes for a book that is both educational and an immensely entertaining read.

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Invisible in a Bright Light

Sally Gardner’s multi-award-winning I, Coriander remains a classic of middle-grade fiction, and fans will fall eagerly upon Gardner’s new historical novel for that age group.