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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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It is Ukraine in 1941 and winter is about to set in. The Nazi advance has the Soviet officials running away and abandoning the Askaniya-Nova Nature Reserve, home to many wild animals but most importantly one of the few remaining herds of Przewalski’s horses (pronounced “shus-VAHL-skeez”).

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We’ve all wished we had other parents at some time or another. Barry’s main objections are his name, that his parent’s don’t have a lot of money and they got the wrong version of "Casino Royale" for his birthday.

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Charlie Laird’s life is falling apart. Having lost his mother to an unexpected illness, Charlie has recently had to re-adjust to life since his Dad’s new marriage meant moving into the strange purple mansion on the edge of Cypress Creek. Since the move Charlie couldn’t be less happy.

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A collection of short stories on the subject of schools from one of our best-loved writers for children. Once in a blue moon Sam doesn’t feel like going to school and feigns illness to have a "blue moon day" hanging around at home with mum.

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After losing her boyfriend, Jam has found it impossible to readjust to normal life. With her grades slipping and relationships breaking down, her parents make the decision to send her to the Wooden Barn, an elite boarding school for academically gifted but psychologically troubled teens.

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Ghosts of Heaven is a return to Sedgwick's talent for interlocking stories and symbols last seen in his 2012 novel Midwinterblood. It's an intelligent, ambitious and hugely satisfying novel showing that there's no need to stick with simple for young adult fiction.

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