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A charming and thought-provoking book for younger readers from the winner of the Orange prize for new writers. Ten-year-old Robert has a thirst for knowledge but in particular he wants to know who his mysterious neighbour Monsieur Renoir really is and if he’s actually

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Jin Ling lives by her wits in the unforgiving streets of the Walled City. Disguised as a boy, she sleeps rough as she searches the brothels, drug dens and cheap cafes for any sign of her sister, Mei Yee.

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Tomas adores his Pappi and wishes to be just like him: strong, brave and fearless. A mountain climber and guide, Pappi teaches Tomas to love their Swiss mountain home but also to respect and even fear the myriad dangers the mountains hide.

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Vowed is the second novel from Liz de Jager, continuing the story of monster fighting teen Kit Blackhart. I loved the first instalment and I think this one is even better. Each novel is a separate adventure and so can be read out of sequence.

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Ginny and Kai have always been together, the two of them against the world. With dreams of moving to New York while Kai pursues a career as a violinist, Ginny is more than happy to coast along as his girlfriend. More than happy in fact, despite Kai's grandmother's wishes.

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In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens introduces us to two allegorical twins - Ignorance and Want - in order to portray the brutal reality of childhood poverty in London.

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A real treat landed on my desk this week in the shape of the new Lonely Planet children's non-fiction series. When I was younger I had lots of non-fiction books as I was always asking questions.

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In the city of Belisaere, Clariel is not finding life easy. Plucked from her life of relative freedom in the country as daughter to one of the city's most prominent goldsmiths and cousin to the king, Clariel finds herself tied down by courtly constraints and expectations.

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The hit comedy series, masterminded by and starring Irish actor turned Hollywood hit Chris O'Dowd, now seeks to dominate not just the airwaves but also the children's publishing market.

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