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There once is a queen

There once is a queen

Morpurgo Michael
HarperCollins

Morpurgo has the ability to input emotion & make everything relatable and he does so again here. A sensitive & thoughtful overview of the Queen accompanied by Foreman's beautiful illustrations. A core title for the Platinum Jubilee

Emma McElwee Reviewed by Emma McElwee on 13th May 2022
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Brave Dave

Brave Dave

Andreae Giles
Orchard Bks

Wonderful story that is full of positive affirmations about being happy in yourself. Beautifully illustrated, this has a place on any shelves anywhere

Diane Gill Reviewed by Diane Gill on 12th May 2022
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Ghosted

Ghosted

Barr Emily
Penguin

Accomplished writing that entices and intrigues from the start. The characters truly engage and though the ending may not surprise everyone the journey there is atmospheric and mesmerising. Riveting romantic thriller that may well need tissues!

Diane Gill Reviewed by Diane Gill on 9th May 2022
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Over to you!

Over to you!

McGough Roger
Puffin

Witty, thoughtful and poignant in equal measure, McGough still brings together a good collection. Would sit well in any poetry section.

Deborah Bradley Reviewed by Deborah Bradley on 2nd May 2022
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The colour of Hope

The colour of Hope

MacKenzie Ross
Andersen Pr

Excellent world building, compelling storytelling and inspirational characters. A gripping, enjoyable read that entertains from page one. This author is bullying his way to the top of the fantasy writing charts!

Diane Gill Reviewed by Diane Gill on 25th April 2022
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Skandar and the unicorn thief

Skandar and the unicorn thief

Steadman A F
Simon & S

These are not fluffy unicorns but dangerous, edgy unicorns! Excellent adventure that engages from the start with heroic deeds, close friendships, mysterious pasts and a fiendish villain. Great debut and start to a new series, well worth having

Diane Gill Reviewed by Diane Gill on 22nd April 2022
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Ajay and the Mumbai sun

Ajay and the Mumbai sun

Shah Varsha
Chicken House

A page turner from the start. The characters are strong, likeable and make you want to root for them. A heart warming inclusive story with strong messages of friendship and social justice, worth including in any collection. Good.

Stephanie Horton Reviewed by Stephanie Horton on 15th April 2022
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The light in everything

The light in everything

Balen Katya
Bloomsbury

Told in dual narrative style it will pull at the heart strings of children in a similar situation. The well drawn characters are easy to relate to and tell the story of settling into blended family life no holds barred. Well worth having.

Dawn Franklin Reviewed by Dawn Franklin on 11th April 2022
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We sang across the sea

We sang across the sea

Zephaniah Benjamin
Scholastic

A story with a strong message about working to achieve your dreams whatever it takes. Colourful illustrations add appeal to the poem written by this well loved author. Good for Diversity and inclusion collections.

Laura Hayward Reviewed by Laura Hayward on 7th April 2022
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The lost whale

The lost whale

Gold Hannah
HarperCollins

A gentle tale about love, loss, identity and hope. The imagery is vivid and the reader can really hear the whales when Rio is deep listening. The illustrations complement the text. A great read.

Emma McElwee Reviewed by Emma McElwee on 4th April 2022
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All that's left in the world

All that's left in the world

Brown Erik J
Hodder

Wow! Gripping from the start, this topical story certainly makes you think! Full of characters you can relate to, who will have your emotions reeling with anxiety, humour and admiration. Amazing debut, well worth having for older teens.

Dawn Franklin Reviewed by Dawn Franklin on 25th March 2022
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Mister Toots

Mister Toots

Clark Emma Chichester
HarperCollins

A gentle & thoughtful story of acceptance, friendship & belonging. Stunning illustrations & a core title for pic collections. Just lovely!

Michaela Owen Reviewed by Michaela Owen on 21st March 2022
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A lighthouse story

A lighthouse story

James Holly
Bloomsbury

Everything you need to know about lighthouses. A lovely story & info at the back includes 'famous lighthouses/inside a lighthouse'. Stunning illustrations, makes you want to live by the sea! A really great book for collections

Michaela Owen Reviewed by Michaela Owen on 14th March 2022
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Furthermoor

Furthermoor

Simpson Darren
Usborne

A dark, profound read skilfully crafted that will leave you emotional and a little drained but ultimately positive! Tackles bullying, bereavement and depression in a realistic way through a gripping, rich narrative. This is an author to invest in

Diane Gill Reviewed by Diane Gill on 11th March 2022
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Beasts of prey

Beasts of prey

Gray Ayana
Penguin

A richly imagined fantasy with a strong African feel, featuring striking characters and a tense plot based in myth and folklore. The romantic sub-plot just adds to the appeal. Remarkable debut, first in a series. An author to watch

Diane Gill Reviewed by Diane Gill on 7th March 2022
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