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The Old Testament isn’t generally a barrel of laughs. It’s all burning sulphur, pillars of salt and non-stop smiting. But German playwright-turned-novelist Ulrich Hub has taken one of its most famous stories and turned it into a wonderfully amusing tale for children.

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Horatio Clare has written several lyrical and highly enjoyable travel books but this is his first foray into children’s literature and the result is an imaginative and thoughtful adventure.

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Murderers are stalking the dirty streets of 17th century London. Christopher Rowe, an apothecary’s apprentice, is plunged into a deadly treasure hunt, following a trail of clues left to him by his master Benedict Blackthorn.

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This story will capture the hearts of all who read it. Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo around the plight of its gorillas and the many other issues that affect the daily lives of its people. 

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A reinvention of all your favourite literary monsters, Mel Foster and the Demon Butler is a fresh and exciting tale of Victorian England with more than a few unusual happenings that you won't find in the history books. 

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A story about circus, family and finding your way, Circus Mirandus is a fun introduction to the joys of a good circus story.

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At last! A swashbuckling pirate heroine! Will Mabbitt’s uproariously rambunctious debut novel is a side-splitting, action-packed delight for eight to 12-year-olds. It introduces the fantastically resourceful and spirited Mabel Jones. 

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Shirley Hughes is known for her ability to evoke a sense of time and place through her illustrations. This time she is evoking time and place in a novel. It’s wartime in the Wirral. Nearby Liverpool is suffering nightly bombing raids so danger is in the air constantly.

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Quiet and conscientious Edie is looking forward to a new term at all-girls’ boarding school Knight’s Haddon, especially after spending the holidays with distant relations on a run-down farm.

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Ally Kennen is the master of the emotionally literate teen and upper middle grade adventure story. She writes about dark subjects in a touching, sensitive and sometimes very funny way.

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