Reviewer:

Ruth Concannon

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I Believe In You

When faced with all those small frustrations in daily life, it can be easy to lose patience with yourself and to give up. This positive and affirming picture book is a reminder to believe in yourself, and in the importance of lending a helping hand whenever you can.

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Billy Conker's Nature-Spotting Adventure

Lovers of the great outdoors rejoice - here is a picture book that truly celebrates all of the wonders of the ecosystems and environments of our world! Billy Conker is an adventurer keen to explore the natural world and protect all of the creatures he comes across. Both fact and story book, this interactive tale invites readers to join Billy as he traverses the world. Beginning in Billy’s own back garden, Billy sets off to visit oceans, deserts, mountains, rainforests and many other special places.

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Bedtime Stories: Incredible Irish Tales from the Past

You may think you have a good grip on the unusual historical moments and happenings in Irish history, but I’m willing to bet this book will prove you wrong! Rachel Pierce’s collection of bedtime stories based on Irish history is a complete joy and surprise from start to finish, with sixteen amazing tales through time - many of which I had never heard of before. A collection that has it all; stolen hearts and record breaking ships, groundbreaking women and a series of explosions, there is even a story that will change the way you look at the humble pigeon.

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Girlhood

How do you go on living when the best and worst things that could possibly happen to you occur only days apart? On the same week that her family wins the lottery, Harper loses her twin sister to a battle with anorexia. In the face of this cruel twist of fate, she seeks a fresh start from her grief at an élite Scottish boarding school, Duncraggan Castle.

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I Am Thunder

Inspired by real-life events that saw three British Muslim schoolgirls leave their lives behind to become brides of ISIS, this outstanding début interrogates religious extremism and what it really means to be both British and Muslim.

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The Hazel Wood

With the film rights already sold, hype is building around Melissa
Albert’s début and for good reason. Fairy-tale fans, take note:
this will be one you won’t want to miss. Alice and her mother,
Ella, have spent their whole lives running away from the bad luck
associated with her mysterious grandmother Althea Proserpine,
an enigmatic author who lives a solitary existence in the Hazel
Wood. With Althea’s death comes a small respite of normalcy that
is shattered when Ella suddenly vanishes, leaving behind only the
chilling message ‘Stay away from the Hazel Wood.'

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Girls Can’t Hit

Feminism, Anglo-Saxon peasants and boxing – a surprisingly winning combination!

Fleur leads a relatively tame life where her only excitement is dressing as an Anglo-Saxon peasant at the weekends. Her days are filled with avoiding sporty school bully Bonita and enduring her over-protective mother, with the occasional date with her nice/dull boyfriend George.

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Jacob’s Ladder

Leon is an Initiate about to Rise as a warrior of the True Path tasked with taking a life to prove the worthiness of his own. In a world where civilization is crumbling and the Earth is all but destroyed, an alien species has dispatched messages to Earth vowing to rescue those deemed worthy to reach salvation on their home planet of Thule. But when Leon’s mission goes awry, he is left to fight against the odds, along with his Divvy Martha whose stories and knowledge of the world outside of the True Path cause him to question everything he has ever believed.

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The Collective

180 years after the Second American War which saw the oppressed rise up in order to reclaim the land, Elwyn lives a peaceful and uneventful life with his family in Badfish Creek. Bored and ambitious, when an opportunity arises for Elwyn to leave his home to be educated by his uncle in the big city of Liberty, he jumps at the chance to gain a better life for himself. Leaving behind his best friend Whim, Elwyn soon learns that life in Liberty might not be all he dreamed. Meanwhile, mysterious automobiles have arrived in Badfish Creek, determined to cause havoc…

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The Black Flamingo

Growing up, Michael has always felt like he is never enough: not black enough, not Cypriot enough, not masculine enough, not gay enough and not able to be true to himself enough. As he embarks on his first year in university, these feelings of not belonging anywhere intensify, that is, until he meets Mzz Behaviour. In Drag Society, Michael is finally free to explore who he really is and who he is becoming, but will he have the nerve to finally show his true self at the Drag Society Glitter Ball and take flight as The Black Flamingo?