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Nature’s Confession

J.L. Morin’s new book is an ‘eco-loving romance’ in which ‘two teens fight to save the universe from polluters.’ In what is billed as a thought-provoking adventure, the two young protagonists inadvertently invent eco-friendly living computers in a world where the human race have allowed corporations to pollute Earth beyond recognition […]

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Cloud Riders

It’s nice to see steampunk moving more into the mainstream, and Nick Cook has used it to create quite a page-turner. Cloud Riders is a story about Dom, who lives in Tornado Alley with his mum at their family diner.  His dad, a storm chaser, disappeared after flying into a […]

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Seventeen Coffins

It’s business as usual for time-travelling Tom Afflick when he comes back to Edinburgh to visit his mum and her boyfriend, Hamish, for part of his summer holidays. Only this time, after he has a small altercation with Hamish at the National Museum of Scotland resulting in yet another bumped […]

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Crow Boy

Crow Boy by Philip Caveney is an engagingly written time-travel adventure. It is cunningly plotted with an elegant twist involving one of its central figures, the 17th-century Edinburgh plague doctor George Rae. Its 21st–century hero, Tom Afflick, is a ‘sassenach’, an outsider.  Originally from Manchester, he has been brought to […]

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Animal Stories: Never Trust A Tiger

The second book in the Animal Stories series by Barefoot Books is just like its predecessor: delightful. Based on a story from Korea, Never Trust a Tiger tells of a merchant who, while on his way to market with his bag of spices, frees a tiger trapped in a pit. […]

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Animal Stories: The Tortoise’s Gift

The first book in the Animal Stories series by Barefoot Books is simply delightful. Reminiscent of Aesop’s The Tortoise and the Hare, The Tortoise’s Gift is a lesson in perseverance and humility from Zambia, retold by Lari Don. It focuses on a group of animals during a hot summer. The […]

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Wonder

R.J. Palacio’s debut novel Wonder is billed as the ‘unforgettable, life-affirming’ story of August ‘Auggie’ Pullman, a boy born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder involving severe craniofacial deformities. Told from multiple first-person viewpoints including the protagonist’s, the story covers home-schooled Auggie’s fraught entry into an elite Manhattan […]