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The motif of a magical pen or pencil creating a magical world is not unfamiliar in the world of children’s literature, as used by Crockett Johnson’s 1955 story Harold’s Purple Crayon and, more recently, by Drew Daywalt’s picture book The Day the Crayons Quit.

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Tanya has been able to see fairies all of her life and with this comes two problems. The first: her parents can't see them and so she must make up stories to explain the strange, magical things that happen to her. The second: it turns out fairies aren't so nice.

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Since the age of six, Charley has been plagued by flashes – disturbing images of deaths and confusing visions she finds impossible to piece together.

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It’s not easy being Chief Detective of Spook Detective Agency, as Araminta Spook well knows. Sometimes, mysteries are incredibly hard to come by and then, just like buses, several come along all at once. And so it is for Araminta in the sixth instalment of this quirky adventure-packed series.

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Pea’s Book of Holidays is a joy and a delight. Twelve-year-old Prudence, Pea for short, becomes totally embroiled in the search for an Enid Blyton-style adventure to entertain her younger sister over the summer holidays.

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This engaging novel covers a few highly significant days in the life of Solomon, an eleven-year-old Ethiopian schoolboy. Visiting the capital for the first time Solomon encounters the unexpected, finds out family secrets, and makes a new friend.

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From the very first few pages I was totally absorbed in this saga of the adorable Gadsby family. It’s Bluebell’s voice we hear, explaining through lively diary entries and scripts for her home-made videos how life in the Gadsby household unfolds day-to-day.

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Is this an animal story? Is this an adventure story? Is this a story about growing up? Well, it’s all of them. This good-humoured romp features Amy, Boo, and Ruth, three young chickens, chosen for their talents to be trained as an elite force for good.

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Will’s life has just hit the big-time, he’s kissed his dream girl Lucy Carpenter and he can’t wait to tell best friend, Dougie. Unfortunately, the high point of Will’s life also coincides with the low point, as he gets knocked down by a hit-and-run driver and dies.

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Anthony Button comes from a large and noisy family where everyone has a talent apart from him. Into to this mix is added Ben, the son Anthony’s father never knew he had.

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