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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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Reached

It’s been a long wait for fans of Ally Condie’s Matched-trilogy: The ultimate chapter, Reached finally reveals the fates of protagonists Cassia, Ky and Xander. They have grown up in a utopian society where all lives are fully controlled by the government; where you live, which career you will pursue […]

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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 […]

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SeaBEAN

At first glance, Sarah Holding’s debut children’s novel SeaBEAN doesn’t look like a children’s book at all. The cover is a plain dark blue with some vague outlines in the background. Yet this is just an interesting trick – because on closer inspection, when you hold your hand against the cover, […]

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” So begins one of the greatest literary works of the twentieth century. Born of J.R.R. Tolkien’s desire to give England a genuine mythology of its own, the world of Middle Earth has grown to become something far greater. The wizard […]

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Hadrian and the Moonbiscuit

Wouldn’t it be great if some sort of space multivitamins existed which could transport you to anywhere in our solar system? In Andrew Kilgariff’s children’s novel Hadrian and the Moonbiscuit, the main character gets to do just that. One night, eleven year old Hadrian wakes up to find a nine […]

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Hollow Pike

With the recent gale of ‘Twilight-mania’ that swept across the genre of teenage (and adult) fiction, it’s kind of an inevitable mind-track to think of vampires when the words ‘supernatural’; ‘high school’; and ‘small country village’ are combined. However, James Dawson makes a very successful detour from this assumed trajectory, […]

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Dark Parties

Imagine a country where everyone is the same; where individuality is slowly being eradicated, and all interaction with the outside world is blocked by a vast electrified dome. Sara Grant’s dystopian debut novel Dark Parties is set in our future, in a country which was sealed off from the rest […]