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Perfect for fans of the Horrible Science series, this colourful book is full of weird and wonderful facts that will release the science enthusiast inside you. This is a wonderful, inventive and playful picture book about two naughty bunnies and their magic tricks, which will delight young readers and their parents alike.

Written like a comic book, this is a very funny story, full of action and crazy characters. It's lots of fun and will probably make you laugh out loud. Children will enjoy this cheeky tale thanks to Asquith's charming writing and Hedderwick's familiar illustrations. A lovely way to make learning to read fun. An elderly Great-Grandfather tells his grandson what happened to him during World War II, and it involves a love affair between Bert's sister and a deserter.

In some ways Amelie Day is a teenager like any other, much of her day-to-day life revolving around her best friend, school, loyal boyfriend and fretful mother. However, in other ways, she is rather less typical The second in the Fantasy Sports series starts to unfold a slightly more developed backstory. With more epic sports battles and more tongue-in-cheek humour, this high-action tale of good sportsmanship and friendship is another gem.

As everyone knows, a gang's den is sacred no matter how dirty, dark or smelly it may be so when the Bare Bum Gang's den is at risk they will do anything they can to save it. This is a beautifully comprehensive and thought-provoking picture of the many different ways in which people live around the world. A book to dip into time and time again; a treasure trove of discussion topics, but also an aesthetic delight.

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand Illustrator: The eight stories in this thought-provoking collection of traditional Jewish tales combine folklore and scripture, and are retold for children. Gathered from a range of eras and locations, the emphasis of each story is on kindness, compassion and trust in God. Jack Snap is a 'boy where magic could happen'; and happen it does when he is imprisoned by a darkly powerful Magus, an alchemist who plans to turn Tudor London into gold. Young Tilly is delighted when a polar bear clambers through her bedroom window one night - but are mischievous polar bears really ideal domestic pets?

The Bear is a warm story about kindness, caring, and letting go. Bear wants a 'cool' new haircut, so off he goes to the hairdressers - but which style will suit him best? A fun story with an attached bear puppet to really bring the tale to life. A bear's piano playing makes him a huge star, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. A moving tale of exploration and belonging from an exciting debut author-illustrator. A group of young bear cubs go to Miss Betsy Bear's baking school for a week of fun in the kitchen - but who will take home the golden trophy for best baker at the end of the week?

A short, quiet novel that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality in a dream like fable, The Bear Whispers to Me feels traditional and timeless. Parents and children alike will enjoy this touching tale of a father's mission to find his son in this stylish picture book. Peternelle van Arsdale Publisher: An epic story of triumph over adversity in the style of traditional folk tales. Elin's mother has a very special job - caring for the magical Toda which protect their kingdom.

But when something goes wrong, Elin must flee and discovers an astonishing talent for communicating with creatures. A sophisticated fantasy that will have teen readers gripped.


Madlyn and Rollo are despatched to live for the summer with their reclusive elderly relatives in decrepit Clawstone Castle. These, warm, funny poems will amuse children and hopefully get them wanting to share the rhyme and repetition by reading them out loud. M G Leonard Publisher: With illustrations and funny notes in the margins, this is a book for everyone who wants to explore nature. This collection of stories reads like a novel following Rose's life as she moves away from her impoverished roots and forges her own path in the world. When Bear sends out invitations to his birthday party, his guests compete with one another to buy the best present in the toyshop.

Twelve-year old Philip Wright is a comedian in the making. Then one day, he tells his mother a joke, and she breaks down in tears. It's a brave challenge to unite the themes of cancer and comedy - but this is an entertaining and light-hearted read. C M Surrisi Illustrator: Abrams Books for Young Readers. Emma Chichester Clark Publisher: The Prince invites entertainers to the palace to cheer up the Princess. The puppeteers come too and perform the greatest story — the Christmas Nativity story.

Astrid Lindgren award winner Eva Eriksson provides quirky, soft-focus and humorous illustrations for Ulf Nilsson's story about a boy who loves singing but is too shy to perform. Ed, Zac, Becca and Kat are all keen to go on a school trip, but then they learn they'll have to earn money to make it there - and soon it's boys versus girls to see who can make the most cash!

The final novel in Hooper's At the House of the Magician series, in which Lucy is in London, preparing for the imminent arrival of Dr John Dee, the court alchemist and his family. The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, who unexpectedly spirits a little girl named Sophie out of bed, and into the land of the child-eating giants.

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When Paul and Sally Small sneak out of bed to take a peek at the goings-on at the Small Hall Grand Ball, Mr Puddles the teddy bear has a nasty accident - he falls through the banisters and simply has to be rescued. If you have ever wished you could turn a weedy uncle into an inflatable fairy or a bad-tempered friend into an exploding pencil case then this is the book for you!

This wonderful, beautifully illustrated book about all things fishy and ocean-y has a gentle sense of humour: Leen van den Berg Kaatje Vermeire Publisher: Californian private eye Philip Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family - and an attendant cast of colorful underworld figures - is the background to a story reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the great American Dream.

The beautifully detailed illustrations by Nicola Bayley capture the warmth and magic of this delightful story. A visually impaired boy introduces us to colours as he experiences them — through his senses of hearing, touch, smell and taste. F E Higgins Publisher: An original and fascinating book by a talented new writer, which explores themes of trust, redemption, forgiveness and natural justice in the context of a dark and gripping mystery.

Auntie Urooj is lonely so Shaima decides to sign her up with the Truly Deeply Muslims online marriage agency. But her new suitor Rasheed isn't all he appears to be Three children, each with their own special ability, are plucked from the streets in different cities around the world. They are brought together and trained as ninjas to continue to protect the Moon Sword - a source of great power. In the second gripping installment of the adventures of the Ketty Jay, Captain Darien Frey finds himself seeking an alien treasure on a dangerous island. Ronan discovers why his mother has filled all his spare time with classes of every kind, from martial arts to fencing.

Think Anthony Horowitz meets Dan Brown and be prepared for a fast and spectacular ride in this first book in a series. Columba, growing up in Australia on the eve of the Second World War, knows Europe only as a far-away place where mysterious events occur and threaten her life. A poetic account of the Second World War. This teen fantasy, originally published in , is a rip-roaring ride filled with fantasy, girl-power, romance and danger. Charlie and Pav's friendship becomes something more complex, when the bombs and the Old Country soldiers come. This compulsive teen read successfully achieves a difficult balance: An intriguing blend of psychological thriller and fantasy, this is an impressive and unusual debut.

Focusing on a friendship between two young refugees, The Bone Sparrow is one of those rare, special books that will break your heart with its honesty and beauty - but is ultimately hopeful and uplifting. The year is and Necessity Bonehill lives miserably in a boarding school for young ladies. Overwhelmed by boredom, she is unable to resist temptation when an exotic-looking bottle arrives from her uncle along with instructions never to open it.

He has a fashionable wife, a Park Avenue apartment and a Southern mistress. This sniggeringly funny, totally deadpan adventure is a joy to read. Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski Translator: This glorious book will introduce you to the bee world. It is fantastically illustrated in a cartoonish style that is big, bold and great fun. Translating the letters of sixteenth century alchemist's daughter Elizabeth Weston, Nora finds herself on the trail of a powerful secret encoded in the mysterious Voynich Manuscript. This wonderful book about the magic of clouds is full of surprising and original poems, perfect for upper key stage two children either at school or at home.

Malcolm is drawn into a dangerous world of secrets and intrigue — and a mission to protect baby Lyra, whatever the cost. Joshua Pearl is a fairy prince in a human world, trying to make his way back to his one true love through our history. This sweeping fairy tale of love and memory will bewitch readers who long for epic romance and otherworldly magic. A powerful story narrated by Death, about: B J Novak Publisher: Demanding to be shared, this is a fresh and enormously funny book that children will want to hear time and time again.

When Property Jones's family win the amazing opportunity to take over a huge bookshop in London, they can't wait to move. But Property thinks there's something fishy going on. This crime caper has lots of warmth and laughs. The Borrowers are tiny people who live in the secret places of old houses - behind the mantlepiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. Travelling on a gigantic train, The Boundless, Will witnesses a brutal murder - and it is up to Will to save the train.

A rollercoaster of a read, with thrilling turns, dazzling characters and non-stop action. The Box of Delights. A magical old man has asked Kay to protect the Box of Delights, a Box with which he can travel through time. But Kay is in danger: Abner Brown will stop at nothing to get his hands on it. The police don't believe Kay, so when his family and the Bishop are scrobbled up just before Christmas, he knows he must act alone When Toby goes to the Globe theatre to thieve, he meets a sad and despairing figure: This funny chapter book celebrates the power of art and imagination in all its forms - and has some wonderfully arch illustrations.

This is the story about how four classmates have a massive impact on the life of Ahmet, a boy that comes to their school as a refugee from Syria. But Vix is regretting being a host — she already has enough to do caring for her disabled mother. Taking place in a believable urban, multicultural environment that will be familiar to many young readers, Polly Ho-Yen's debut is an impressively moving and thought-provoking story that will touch children and adults alike. A child's imagination is a wonderful thing and Paul's is more wonderful and vivid than many.

He has a theory - that the moon is not really the moon but a great big hole in the sky. A funny, life-affirming quest for identity that sees year old Elvis Crampton Lucas and his adoptive dad racing across Norway, pursued by a shadowy villain. Becket Rumsey decides to investigate the reasons behind the strange actions of some of the adults in his life. With the help of his brother Billy and his pet snail Brian, he uncovers some difficult truths - and some beautiful ones.

Multi-award-winning author David Almond returns with this pleasingly eccentric story of a ordinary boy who embarks on an unusual adventure. Marcel turns off the sun and plunges the world into the cold and dark. Can he find a way to put things back to normal — and quickly? Bright, glossy, humorous and thought-provoking. A P Winter Publisher: Everyone in Penvellyn has grown up on the stories of Ferenor, an abandoned land of mages and magic that now lies in myth and ruin. Touches of steampunk and fantasy mix together in this magic-filled adventure. Written, unusually, in the present tense, this dystopian fable expresses an idea about the way the relationship between nature and society could develop.

The book moves along quickly, never boring, always painting an interesting picture of a family dealing with mental illness and a family dealing with the cultural differences of old and new, East and West. Allora is a small town so close to the ocean that fish fly out of the tumultuous sea; it's a town so small that secrets are impossible to keep.

It is , and in Oldbury Town there is to be a football competition. Rood End Primary enters its two best teams, but there are a few others who want to make their mark too. The Beast is enjoying a lovely bit of peace and quiet when terrified villagers from a nearby island beg for his help in finding the source of a horrifying howling. Grorks are shy, easily frightened creatures, and the one in this story is no exception. When his friend, the greep, suggests going for a walk to the wood, the grork is terrified This book oozes personality and with so much going on it promises to maintain the attention of young readers for hours at a time.

Tomas sets out to find his father, terrified that the Brockenspectre - a mountain monster which his father had told him about - has got him. B R Collins Publisher: Celebrating the th centenary of the Children's Crusade, The Broken Road imagines the story of a group of young people to Jerusalem to regain the city from the Saracens for the Christianity, which took place in the 13th century.

Joe has always lived in a sterile room in a hospital. He's the 'bubble boy': Charlie goes in search of something he is good at, that will make him feel better after being picked on at school. When he discovers skateboarding his whole life changes, but can he persuade his overprotective Mum to let him develop his talent?

The boy loves his grandmother dearly. Best of all, he loves the stories about her life as a prize-winning architect. One day, she promises she'll build him an extraordinary house. Now his grandmother's gone, and he's heartbroken. But in her garden there are bricks and girder and he begins to build…. Norman the bear loves honey, so he thinks up an ingenious plan to get his paws on as much as he can eat - by enrolling at Bee School! An endearing tale about friendship and loyalty. It's World War Two and Britain is on the brink of invasion.

A fast-paced adventure that zips along and mixes up the facts with tantalising mythical and magical elements. With bold, easy to read rhyming text and beautiful pictures to fire the imagination, this book, exploring all manner of transport and adventure, is one to be treasured and shared. Blending a tense and compelling murder mystery with a thoughtful story of self-discovery , this is an impressive debut novel. Twins Bul-Boo and Madillo are determined to save their friend Winifred from an arranged marriage with her uncle's friend, who is old enough to be her grandfather.

An imaginative, entertaining story about scary new beginnings, featuring some comical, crazy characters and sprinkled with funny illustrations. The Call masterfully blends fantasy, horror and folklore. They take their revenge by 'calling' teenagers to the Grey Lands - where they are hunted, tortured or killed. When year-old space mad Stella visits NASA, the last thing she expects is for a black hole to follow her and live in her house as a pet.

A heartwarming, sensitively funny and uplifting illustrated story of one girl's journey in confronting her grief. Britain is in a bad way. Flooding, fuel shortages and overseas military commitments have taken their toll on the environment and the economy. The Castle is a fast-paced adventure story that is sure to keep readers turning pages. It also touches upon issues of domestic slavery, politics and human rights.

Two orphaned peasant children, Pia and Enzio, find a pouch, stolen from the King and dropped in their path. A fairytale about rich and poor. David Henry Wilson Illustrator: This is a timeless fantastical story about overcoming greed, power and corruption. Lorina is a brave heroine, who fights for what is right against all odds. There are lots of other fun characters, too - all illustrated by the wonderful Chris Riddell.

The bold, earthy colour palate and close observation of the human and natural world make this a striking collection to be treasured — and remembered. When the royal castle is destroyed in an Unfortunate Incident involving a fire-breathing dragon, the King and his best friend, the cat, are forced to find an alternative home. When Sally and her brother are left alone on a rainy day, they think they are in for a dull time - but then the Cat in the Hat appears.

Little Brown Books for Young Readers. After causing havoc at home, Jingles the playful kitten disappears, and the family spends Christmas frantically searching for their beloved pet. This amusing festive tale, with comical illustrations, is ideal for newly-confident independent readers. Annie M G Schmidt Translator: Miss Ponsonby is reclusive and eccentric. She is certain that she has living with her, in feline form, not only her dead parents and friends, but Queen Victoria. There is a cave that is home to a creature: A laugh-out-loud story with a very BIG surprise and some glorious artwork: Manil Suri's new novel, The City of Devi , is a weird postmodern dystopia, a thriller and a love story.

Jacob Sager Weinstein Illustrator: Hyacinth Hayward is on a mission to save her kidnapped Mum. A delightfully silly, surreal and addictive adventure. Orphan Seren Rhys has been sent to live with her mysterious Godfather after living for 12 years in an orphanage.

The possibility of her first happy family Christmas seems like it might finally be within her reach. On her solo journey to Wales, Seren is given a mysterious package to look after by a stranger and ends up feeling obliged to take it with her. Everyone loves art class; everyone except the little girl who sits alone and draws nothing, a black cloud glowering above her.

Many years after an unspecified cataclysm, the Earth has been shattered into a myriad of tiny planetoids floating in a vast ocean of air. Franklin was called 'The Cloudspotter' - and he didn't want to share his clouds with anyone. That's why he pops the infuriating Scruffy Dog into a hot-air balloon and lets her fly away. A charming story about a lonely little boy who finds a friend.

Humour, adventure, mystery and plenty of innocent childhood antics pepper this comical chapter book for young readers. Once you enter, you can never leave.

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Delightfully dark and gorgeously gothic, it is certain to enchant fans of all things chilling and supernatural. An original and entertaining picture book using colour, collage-effect illustrations and a delightfully cute monster to help youngsters identify and understand different emotions. On Hassan's first day at school he paints a colourful picture of his home and family in Somalia, but then adds soldiers, flames and bullets.

Drawing on personal experiences of living in a family blighted by depression, this unusual, yet important, book may help youngsters to make sense of an illness they cannot see. It offers a wide range of opportunities and new ideas for parents and schools, working across the curriculum through art, history and beyond.

This adventure book is a total rollercoaster ride that will catch your breath as gutsy Cass weaves in and out of peril. After all, who doesn't want swashbuckling fun and women warriors with the hearts of lions? Fortunately she meets Morag, a friend from orchestra, who says she can stay at her house. The comic-strip adventures of Calvin, a naughty boy with a philosophical bent, and his soft toy tiger companion Hobbes, delighted readers from to The General of a powerful country sends his troops into the last unconquered territory, but to their surprise, when they march across the border, they meet with no resistance.

Gareth P Jones Publisher: Ever woken up to an eerie howl in the night and wondered what it was? This creepy tale about the Considine family might just have the answer. Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber Publisher: The great beauty and diversity of the coral reef is explored in this stunningly beautiful picture book, which is a true work of art. The rhyming non-fiction text scans well and the information about coral reef conservation is pitched at the right level. Barrington Stoke Picture Squirrels. This accessible and diversely illustrated picture book gives helpful suggestions for more or less any reading issue.

It's likely to especially interest schools. A madcap, yet moving, story about having the courage of one's convictions, even when others doubt you. One night, a little cow falls to earth from the moon, but none of the earth animals speak her language. Jane Doe appeared on the steps of the mysterious Manor with her sick father as a baby, and ever since the residents of Bluehaven have considered her The Cursed One. But Jane's about to find out who she really is in a storming, funny and gripping adventure romp. Monsters under the bed AKA The Creakers are acknowledged as scary, but the warm and humorous narrator will make more nervous children feel they are in safe hands.

After reading this brilliantly creepy book, you'll never look at a potato in the same way again. Kurtagich has created an incredibly assured, claustrophobic horror with a fractured and troubled teen narrator that will have you gripped to the very last page. Who has left it, and where is its matching pair? An engaging story with a rhyming text and a fun Croc puppet attached to bring the story to life. Witty, colourful and delightful. Matty is sick, and very sad because he's too sick to go to the Queen's birthday party!

But when he gets an unexpected visitor, it seems that Matty might not miss out after all Jennifer Bell has built a wonderful new world in which readers can immerse themselves, in this pacey, magical adventure. There are twists and turns, new creatures and strange, 'uncommon' objects to discover around every street corner. In the dark depths of winter, Brave Crow sets out on a dangerous journey to find the Sun, and beg for warmth. Inspired by a Native American myth, this beautiful picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter.

Will finds a small creature caught in a trap in the woods; a hob. The discovery of this magical creature signals the beginning of an incredible adventure for Will. A more challenging read that really fires the imagination. The Hunter is a cold, cruel man who lives only to kill rare animals and collect their skins. When the Hunter discovers that a pack of English wolves, long thought to be extinct, live in the Surrey countryside, he resolves to kill them all at any cost.

This is a fantastic sequel for this dystopian series. Interspersing her text with archive photos, Cat Winters combines history with the supernatural in her celebration of independent women in early twentieth-century America, and highlights the fight for women's suffrage.

Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley Illustrator: Natural World is an extremely beautiful reference book that explores the way that habitats, plants and animals are connected, and the way that all elements of nature work in harmony. This funny, touching and compelling novel was the winner of the inaugural Booktrust Teenage Prize. Gripped by a strange fear, England closes its doors to the outside world. In a tunnel beneath Wales one man opens a crack in a mysterious stone wall, and all over the island of Britain people react with horror to perfectly normal machines.

Abandoning their cars on the roads and destroying their own factories, many flee the cities for the countryside, wh…. How often do we wonder if things might have turned out differently but for a single random act or event? When a bad fairy plots to kidnap the baby prince, Princess Peony must act fast to save her brother. Engaging characters, plenty of humour and a smattering of magic combine in this contemporary fairy tale for confident independent readers. Roman has a lot of misadventures, and this book is a non-stop comical disaster ride.

Ideal for kids who find bodily functions, scabs, bogeys and toilet humour hilarious. Brilliantly written, this is an original and exciting story set in England and London during the Blitz. Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen Publisher: Aspiring concert pianist Lisa Jura is just 14 when she is forced to leave Germany behind and travel to England on the Kindertransport. Told by her daughter Mona, it's an eye-opening insight into life as a young refugee during World War Two. Ahlberg and McEwen's fourth fast, funny and improbable story about the Gaskitt family is as ingenious as its predecessors.

Bat lives with his grandmother in the central African savannah and rears cows. One day he finds an orphaned baby elephant, and so begins a special relationship. Ying Chang Compestine Illustrator: Amy is feeling alone: The only one who seems to have any time for her is her loyal dog, Choc. Set in a dystopian world where technology is flawed and magic abounds, this is the second instalment in the Worldquake sequence. This exciting fantasy adventure is peppered with portals into other dimensions, evil plots and monsters.

When Father Christmas sets off to deliver the presents, poor Bear is left behind in the workshop! How will he make it to Tom's house in time for Christmas morning? Lift the flaps to find out, as he chases Santa's sleigh through icy seas and snowy forests, all the way from the North Pole to Tom's cosy bedroom. From the creator of Miffy, comes a beautiful edition of Dick Bruna's charming Christmas Book complete with a press-out crib scene.

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In this delightful title he retells the birth of Jesus using simple text and charming illustrations. In s Liverpool, young Bronwen and Dylan find kindness from an unexpected source when they are frightened by what they think is a ghost on Christmas Eve. It's Christmas Eve, and two mice are curled up in their mouseholes. One is comfortable and warm with a candied plum to eat, but the other has nothing at all. Milly is awakened in the night by a beautiful unicorn who helps to create a magical Christmas for her family.

If you ever doubted that dinosaurs and Christmas would work well together, read this book. It is bursting with loveable characters, fast-paced adventure and, of course, Christmas spirit. Bestselling author and columnist Caitlin Moran wrote The Chronicles of Narmo when she was just a teenager herself. An attractive story interspersed with rhymes, telling of two sisters, Churki and Burki, and their dog, based on the artist's own childhood memories in an Indian village.

One night, the night-light goes out, and the dark calls Laszlo down into the basement to meet it. James and Webster, a pair of unlikely friends, embark on a curious rampage across the Devonshire countryside: This is probably one of the greatest fantasy sequences ever written. Darkly magical and intense Cooper weaves her storytelling wonder over fully realised characters and worlds, drawing in the reader and leading them on a journey that will leave them clambering for the rest of the series.

This is a gripping and unsettling story with some disturbing characters and a menacing atmosphere which pervades throughout. A dark but compelling read. Chris Hadfield with Kate Fillion Illustrator: The Fan Brothers Publisher: One night as a boy, Chris Hadfield watches the Apollo 11 moon landing and decides to be an astronaut.

This atmospheric book draws on the Commander's childhood fear of the dark, and his realisation that dreams can come true. With a refreshing spin on the traditional roles and full of sinister undertones and dark magic, this is a bewitching and exciting modern fairy tale for this generation of readers of YA fiction. A warm, reassuring tale about individual talents and about belonging, which will appeal to small children everywhere.

Glorious illustrations swirl through the pages in a crescendo of appealing, harmonious images. But when Mike tries to get his dad back, he finds he's already been traded for an electric guitar. How were they to know it would pinpoint the exact location of Planet Earth to Alan, the grumpiest alien in the universe? One day, a surprising stack of postcards arrives for Duncan. They are all from his old forgotten crayons, demanding to be brought home to the crayon box. A captivating, comical sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit.

Award-winning illustrator and artist Oliver Jeffers has teamed up with film writer and director Drew Daywalt to create this gorgeously colourful picture book. Long ago, when the world was new, Lindiwe gazed down from the heavens, proud of the earth and the creatures she'd created. A heartbreaking picture book that perfectly explains the displacement of people, and especially children, in war, and the trauma experienced by people forced to leave their homes.

Jack and Ed think things are looking up after they escape boarding school in this sequel to The Enemy , but then something terrible happens that will put them in more danger than ever. This is an utterly compelling and creepy psychological thriller which has the reader gripped from the very first page. In this reinvention of 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' a young boy sets out to sea with his uncle, but the voyage is soon damned by a curse that throws them off course.

The Government has a plan to clean up the environment — closing down motorways and returning the roads to nature. When Scott Williams' father is found dead in his government office, Scott resolves to find out the truth behind his death. The story has many twists and turns. Through Uncle Pogo we are introduced to interesting inventions and unusual inventions and the monsters help Nelson to become better at making friends.

For all of his short life, Pepper Roux has been waiting to die. Now, on his fourteenth birthday, he knows he won't have to wait much longer. A chilling story of a future where Longevity drugs have made sections of the population almost immortal. This is a thought-provoking read. A sweet little girl happily sets off to visit her best friend for tea through a deep dark wood full of lurking witches, trolls and giants.

Edgy Taylor has a gift - he can see demons in the crowded streets of Victorian London. A gripping, gothic, horror story lightened by its dark humour and unpredictable characters. Strange things are happening in the dead of night. Children who put a tooth under the pillow for the tooth fairy wake to find Have you ever wondered if magic spells actually work? Well, Grace and her four best-friends have. Joseph is a half-goblin boy leading a miserable life as a tavern servant. When he finds a mysterious parcel he hopes that by returning it to its owner he might be offered a new, exciting life as a sailor or pirate.

But he soon discovers that there are dangerous magical forces abroad that will stop at nothing to regain the package. Detective Dog Nell is famed for her sleuthing skills in this witty detail-packed book, full of exuberant rhyming couplets - perfect for sharing and reading aloud. Ella has a secret so toxic she dare not share it - not even with Max, the guy she loves. Soon the couple get caught up in a cycle of revenge and violence, in this pacey and engaging thriller for young adults. Twins Sam and Niamh accompany their father to Florida each summer while he tries to unravel the mystery of their mother's disappearance at sea nine years ago.

Aimed at older readers, this novel deals with adult themes of birth, sexuality, teen pregnancy, gang-culture, abuse and post-natal depression, but all in Wilson's usual credible, accessible style. Watch as a new estate is built, from the demolition of old properties to families moving into their new homes. J C Hysu Illustrator: This retelling of an old Chinese folk tale is beautifully illustrated in a contemporary, cinematic style and offers a glimpse at the culture and traditions of an ancient civilisation. Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter Illustrator: Danny is greedy and spoilt - he already has so many toys there is no space in his room.

When he sends Santa a long list for Christmas, St Nick decides to teach him a lesson. Dinah is having a bad day — nothing seems to be going right: Lars Joachim Grimstad Translator: Don Bartlett and Sian Mackie Publisher: This enjoyable and very funny story of adventure and intrigue is a brilliantly witty political satire appealing to a wide age range from early teens to adult. Nine-year-old Mafalda has a degenerative eye condition. She starts to keep a list of all the things she'll miss when her sight goes, but also the constants that surround her.

Tender and thought-provoking, with a powerful but unforced message. In this lively and atmospheric tale of s New York, party girl Evie finds herself investigating a sinister string of occult murders. The valley was a picture of harmony until the dog appeared and ate everything up. A sensitive and fascinating portrayal of how Christmas might be experienced by a boy on the autistic spectrum, and how a therapy dog provides reassurance and helps him enjoy the festive season.

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Spooky and atmospheric, The Dogs is everything you could want from a murder mystery and ghost story. Doll Karolina is saved from war in her native Land of the Dolls and transported to Poland to live with a man known as the Dollmaker - only for their lives to be turned upside down by World War II. An unusual novel blending reality with folklore and fantasy that will have a lasting impact on readers. There's a Dickensian flavour to this satisfying time-travel tale, which takes its teenage hero on a journey from gritty modern-day London, to the city of the s.

Jenny Valentine presents another enthralling, perplexing and thought-provoking novel exploring family, friendship and identity. Sally Gardner lives up to her reputation for delivering ambitious and highly imaginative writing for teenagers in this unusual and complex historical novel. Peanut butter sandwich Nancy McNutty must battle a giant killer doughnut in this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek picture book full of puns and spot-the-joke illustration. An uplifting story about a timid baby dragon and a friendly young knight who discover they have much more in common than people think - and refuse to fight.

Freya Hartas chapter headings Publisher: When spirited young dragon Aventurine is tricked into drinking some enchanted hot chocolate, she is turned into a human girl. Dragons, magic and chocolate combine in this captivating fantasy adventure. In this collection of 11 stories about Vikings, you will encounter sailors, traders and explorers.

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It had sounded so easy: Edward was going to look after Uncle Morton's unusual pet for a week while he went on holiday. But soon the fridge is empty, the curtains are blazing, and the postman is fleeing down the garden path. An exceptional debut novel that is packed with adventure, magic and humour. Emigrating to America, a girl loses the trunk that contains her beloved dress.

The dress then embarks on an epic around-the-world journey to find her. A poetic and exquisitely illustrated story about love, loss, the passing of time and the power of memory. Life" series, which focuses on musical instruments from around the world, created by award-winning picture book author and artist Ken Wilson-Max. In this book, we meet the drum. Seventeen year old Bianca believes her friends are all much more attractive to boys than she is herself. Wesley, a boy whom she hates, confirms this when he tells her she is 'The Duff' - the designated ugly fat friend chosen by other girls to draw attention to themselves.

Lynne Reid Banks Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books. Paul Hansen must follow the dangerous Eagle Trail through the Pyrenees Mountains to get to England and escape Nazi persecution in this well-researched historical drama. Learn about the inner workings of our earth, including earthquakes, volcanoes, thunderstorms and tsunamis; animal life on earth; the earth regions and the impact of humans on the planet, including information on migration, population and sustainability in this comprehensive hardback book celebrating the biodiversity and structure of this fascinating planet.

Engaging, harrowing and thought-provoking, this is a story that should not be forgotten. Danny and his mother Cathy are on the run from her abusive boyfriend, Chris. They go back to the Edge, Cathy's childhood home, which she left after having Danny at the age of sixteen. The first book of The Edge Chronicles which sees Twig start his quest to find out who he really is. Cade and his friends are forced into action to defend their beloved home; they must summon the combined forces of the Deadwoods to repel the force of their enemies.

A storm is brewing far in the open sky, headed straight for the floating city of Sanctaphrax. But, when Twig has lost his memory of being warned of this catastrophe, he must find his crew and save the day. The second part of the Twig Saga follows Twig as he joins the crew of the Stormchaser in a dangerous quest to collect stormphrax to save the floating city of Sanctaphrax. Fleeing the scene of his father's murder in the city of Great Glade, Cade Quarter smuggles himself onto the Xanth Filatine , a floating skytavern that journeys over the vast landscape of The Deadwoods.

A mythic-feeling story about a girl who lives on the flat marshes, fishing for eels, and soon befriends an otter that will help her flee danger. Professor Ohms, a scientific detective, takes you on a journey of discovery around the periodic table. Packed with many weird and wonderful facts, it's perfect for any aspiring scientists or detectives!

One day, an elephant offers a baby a ride through the town, and the set off on a great adventure. Who is the culprit? This is a magnificent magical mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end about who the culprit might be. This story provides an engaging context in which much wider, complex environmental issues are explored. Children and families will enjoy this calming lullaby of a book, with its gentle refrain, muted colours and fairy tale-like charm.

It's a great one for children who are scared of the dark, and it's perfect for bedtime and settling down for the night. A foolish greedy lion and a disloyal crocodile are two of the animals who get their just deserts in this quirky and beautifully-presented collection of traditional Indian folk tales. In a distant future in which wars, riots and environmental crises have changed the world as we know it, year-old Silver is an Elite, specially chosen to guard the city of Neo-Babel.

Detailed and original, yet never sacrificing the human story for fantasy, this is a fabulous book that will enchant and inspire. This new fantasy adventure will appeal to lovers of Narnia and Harry Potter. Readers will enjoy immersing themselves in …. An unusual and atmospheric story set in the run-up to World War II. As London's children prepare for evacuation to the countryside, they are horrified to discover that their beloved pets are due to be put down.

The Emperor of Absurdia awakes one morning and can't find his snuggly scarf, so after checking with The Wardrobe Monster, begins to search for it. This is a satirical story about a very vain Emperor who adores beautiful new clothes and has wardrobes full of them! Marina Le Ray Publisher: The story is told simply, using short sentences and a small number of frequently repeated words.

Award-winning writer and director Richard Curtis turns his hand to picture books in this magical festive story, beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. A magical tale of a little girl whose enduring love brings a very special horse to life. With a traditional feel and timeless quality, it could be a future family favourite. When Joe, Beth and Frannie move into a new home, they discover a mysterious wood on their very doorstep.

When the sickness came, the adults became ill. The lucky ones died but many mutated into brainless, deformed monsters with a seemingly insatiable appetite - for children. In full colour throughout with great, modern design, this book is extremely well written and fun. Every page is full of genuinely fascinating and unusual facts.

F C Yee Publisher: An emotionally powerful story about friendship and grief, family and secrets, with a good dose of mystery and a dramatic, race-against-time conclusion. It's very readable and feels like a future classic. This picture book about a missing toy bear somehow seems like a classic already - with a lovely whiff of nostalgia about it all, while also feeling very current and gently inclusive.

The crowds at the Tower of London love nothing better than the grisly spectacle of an execution. But as the executioner's daughter, Moss has seen more than her fair share of horror. Now, lost in the Amazon rainforest, they must figure out the basics of survival. S M Wilson Publisher: And one is inhabited by vicious, predatory dinosaurs. A tense, brutal fantasy adventure: The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park. George loves helping out at Wormestall Farm, a secret sanctuary for exinct and mythical beasts, where unlikely things are always happening.

An utterly nonsensical but engaging romp through the weirdest town in the world, featuring a warty witch, a creepy scientist, vegetarian piranhas and a dastardly plot that could change the town forever. M L Peel Illustrator: Fabulous hairdresser to the fairy-tale stars Kittie helps Cinderella meet her Prince in this fun and light-hearted reworking of a favourite fairy story. Eighteenth century Edinburgh and a dark faerie underworld collide in this fast-moving, gripping Steampunk fantasy romance.

Romance, art, monasticism and murder in Umbria, Hoffman has specialised in creating atmospheric historical novels, filled with intrigue Edgar Allan Poe Publisher: This selection of Poe's short fiction demonstrates his intense interest in aesthetic issues and the astonishing power and imagination with which he probed the darkest corners of the human mind. Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson Publisher: Orphaned alley cat Aldwyn is bought by Jack, a likeable young wizard, and has a home and family at last. But when Jack is kidnapped, Aldwyn and his fellow familiars must rescue him. A joyous picture book about the importance of family and all the strength it can give you, this celebrates family in all its wonderful, diverse glory.

The message is subtle, but a crucial one: The Famished Road is the story of a spirit child Azaro. Azaro meaning 'born to die' has been born to his parents many a times only to die shortly after birth. Mammoth has a problem. His tiny friend Bug brings him food, but one gulp later, it's gone - and Mammoth is gloomy and starving, all over again. A charming, comical, rhyming tale of two unlikely friends. John Green tackles the subject of teenage cancer with sensitivity in this witty, life-affirming young adult romance.

Children quake in the darkness as they hear the terrifying roar of the fearsome beastie as it searches for food Jeremy De Quidt Publisher: The first part of J R R Tolkien's epic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings , this is the story of young hobbit Frodo Baggins, who finds himself faced with an immense and terrible duty.

Dunmore has spun a magical story to show how a small boy in a remote island setting who misses his Dad is reassured by a make-believe trip to visit him in the Far North. Laura McGloughlin from Catalan Publisher: When crisis strikes, a girl convinces her brother that they are the stars of a film to protect him from the harsh realities of their new life. Darcy might be a dolphin, but her daily life at school and home will be incredibly relatable to primary school children.

When Bobby begins a new school and endures sadistic cruelty at the hands of his new teachers, he is drawn away from his old friends and towards newcomer Daniel. Jan Pienkowski's silhouette illustrations lend an air of mystery and drama to this text, taken from the King James Bible. The message is that working as a team is the best way forward. This book is testament to Blake's belief that all children need to be able find themselves in books. When her new baby brothers are born critically ill, Jess becomes convinced that the strange and beautiful flask in Aunt Edie's desk has the power to help them.

Energetic illustrations and some lift-the-flap sections add interest as the humble housefly buzzes through this lively book.

But can she really change the future? What will happen when the fourth and final rider appears, will his appearance signal the end of the world? This sweet story weaves Morpurgo's effortless storytelling with ancient and very recent history: Leicester City's win of the Premiership title. Beautiful illustrations make it a lovely gift: Told in dual narrative, this story follows Reema and Caylin as they negotiate a shaky friendship: A truly excellent and ultimately uplifting book with plenty of heart. A clever and thoughtful picture book showing how much fun the older generation can be and the valuable contribution they can make to young lives.

After the Princess kissed the frog, he turned into a handsome prince, and they lived happily ever after… or did they? Hannah and her brother Benjy are on holiday. But instead of relaxing, Hannah is terrified: The suspense builds chillingly in this pared-down, atmospheric ghost story. Author James Campbell Illustrator: This outlandish encyclopaedia covers everything a child could ever need to know about pets. Children will get lost in its mix of hilarious pet-related misinformation, trivia and educational facts. At the end of Edward Lear's much loved poem, the happily married Owl and the Pussy-cat are dancing hand-in-hand on the edge of the sand Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson has turned her hand to children's books in this new continuation of Peter Rabbit's adventures.

Alexander Gordon Smith Publisher: Cal, Brick and Daisy are three very different teenagers, living very different lives, but one horrific day they are thrown together in unimaginable circumstances. This gently humorous chapter book was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize ; black and white line drawings add to its appeal and the length is perfect for emerging readers. This lovely new series of baby books includes games with art, patterns and light, all designed to get very young children to have fun with exploring and using their imagination. This pacy coming-of-age adventure concentrates on the private hopes, dreams and feelings that drive its characters along, but also keeps enough sense of the gritty realities of street life.

Alfie's parents are very silly, and it's no time at all until young Alfie shows common sense beyond his years. Soon, he is headteacher, town mayor and prime minister of the country - all before his ninth birthday. Giggles and guffaws aplenty. Notorious cheese thief Fingers McGraw is on the run or rather, on the moped from chief law enforcer The Elephant. Set in s Malaysia, this is the story of seventeen-year-old Li Lan, whose quiet life with her father is dramatically altered when he returns one evening with a proposition for her.

Helen Watts and Taffy Thomas Publisher: This slim volume includes 14 'war stories' made up of poems, songs and re-tellings of ghostly sightings and mysterious coincidences, themed around World War One. Jamal wakes to find that everyone in his West African village have been killed.

He alone has survived because of how others perceive his epilepsy. This is a powerful, moving and mesmerising story, set in a violent world and seen through a year-old's eyes. Creakie Hall is falling down but there is no money in the bank so Aunt Gardenia Bogey-Mandeville needs to come up with a money-making scheme pretty quickly The Ghosts of Heaven is an excellent book that will open up new avenues of thought and future reading and introduces teenage readers to a more inventive understanding of storytelling. Elli Woollard and Benji Davies Publisher: The illustrations brim with jokes and delightful details, the rhyming text is breezy fun, and the line between darkly gruesome and good-hearted is deftly maintained.

The children in Miss Honeywood's class decide to grow vegetables in their school garden. What a shock they get when they discover a huge turnip that they are unable to move. Jumbeelia, a young girl giant from Groil, the Land of Giants, loves the stories of the iggly plop who climbed up the bimblestonk and was chased back down again by a giant.

A giant is caught short when his loo roll drops to the floor and rolls away. As it rolls through the town the people make use of the enormous sheets to devise all sorts of useful creations. We are taken right back to the action, with Podkin, his sister Paz and the poor rabbits they rescued sheltering in the Dark Hallow warren. Everything about this book is exquisite. When seven-year-old Echo, a runaway and thief, is discovered in the library by a mysterious lady covered in feathers her life is changed for ever.

This is a book all tween girls should have. Like a chat with a friend with an excellent sense of humour, The Girl Guide is precisely the straight-talking and empowering read girls need at what can be a confusing and awkward time. Kiran Millwood Hargrave Publisher: When her closest friend disappears into the island's Forgotten Territories, Isabella Riosse volunteers to guide the search.

A stunning debut, full of myth, magic and mapmaking. When Wilhelmina Silver's home is sold, she is torn from her best friend, her adopted monkey and her pet horse, and banished to an inhospitable boarding school in England. Catherynne M Valente Publisher: When the Green Wind turns up and carries September away to Fairyland, she soon finds herself battling to stop the evil Marquess. When babies are left in the forest as an offering, the witch Xan protects them and feeds them on starlight.

But one day, Xan feeds a baby the moon by mistake — and fills her with a dangerous amount of magic. A thoughtful book about belonging and fear. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is the story of year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she can leap back and forth in time after a strange encounter with a shadowy figure at school. Stella sets out to discover if her mother really was a mermaid. Louie is a feisty heroine, loyal to her friends and determined to succeed in this engaging historical adventure.

Life is tough in Victorian times, the world into which Alice Peasbody is born - and Alice is a girl with no nose. A wonderful, thoughtful book that teaches compassion, celebrates difference and tackles some weighty issues with a gentle touch. Hollie's hatred of the hair brush results in her tangled curls attracting a range of nesting birds.

When mysterious men kidnap her mother, Minnow has to set sail alone for the magical, dangerous and beautiful Wild Deep. Four friends find a tree that becomes their Secret Meeting Place. As they grow into four very different young women, their friendship stays as strong as the tree. This touching picture book perfectly encapsulates the value and joy of female friendship. After the death of her father, Billie and her mum are moving to a new town for a fresh start. But the house - or somebody in it - is trying to drive them out. He was hurt, laying on the side of the road.

She knows that he was recently sick, his name is Chris, he is her age and he is keeping a big secret from Victoria. When Vicky is telling Chris about her fathers tragic death Chris acts funny and his eyes suddenly light up. She finds out what he is hiding and if you read this you can find out too This was a really good book and I think that children 10 and up should definitely enjoy this book just like I did! Sam has 2 sisters one older one younger. Rosie is almost 7 and could care less about Max and at school would be a lot more popular if they had a pedigree puppy.

Beth is getting ready to go to college. As long as the puppy and Max get along it is fine says there mom. When Sam and Rosie think of an evil plan to try to get rid of Max, to there surprise there mom falls for it! The kids feel bad about ignoring Max and want him to come back in the house but Max wants the best for the children but for them to learn there lesson. Find about how Immortal Max shows his kind immortal heart and make the sun shine even on rainy days. But Isabelle realizes how talented the kids at Anna Hart are and then she begins to struggle. Her best friend Luisa is more advanced in the arts then she is and Isabelle starts to feel left out even though all Luisa is trying to do is help Isabelle.

But Luisa has a secret that her older brother is in the military and hasn't contacted her family in over a week. When Isabelle finds out she feels bad. Isabelle tries to concentrate but she can't. Then she starts to give up on herself, until her teacher shows her visualization. Isabelle uses the skill to help her. But not all her problems are solved! Read Isabelle to hear the ending to this great story! Return of the Padawan. He thinks that it will be a breeze, and it is at first. Pilot training, using The Force, and spending time with his friends. But it all changes when Roan sees Pasha holding Gaiana's hand.

He gets mad at Pasha and then all his friends start ignoring him. Even Gaiana ignores him. But it looks like Cyrus and Cronah want Roan to make friends with them. Soon Roan learns what it's like to be on the Dark Side, and he thinks it's fun. But when Pasha faces Roan at the lightsaber fencing tournament, everything changes. I liked the comicy part of the book. It was very well written and I was glad I found this book. I was so excited to read it after reading the amazing Jedi Academy. It was a super book in terms of plot, and you thought Roan was on the good side. He's on the bad. What a well constructed, exquisite book Jeffrey Brown has written.

So, how does everything change at the tournament? Is it for good or bad? Return of the Padawan to find out -Anthony. Except When She's Not. Though Nora is strange she has a lot going on. This is Kate's informal scribble pad of thoughts about her and her friends and other things like sisters, flutes, pranks, Peters the one and only , and art teachers I recommend this book to girls 8 and up. Lost Children of the Far Islands. Their mother had been protecting them, but it was draining her strength. Eventually they need to go their grandmother who they have never heard about before to be safe.

As they stay with their grandmother, they learn that they are folk people who can turn between animals and humans. I recommend this exciting book because it is suspenseful and the story is unique. This may sound interesting, but I do not recommend it for the Newbery Award. She is training Lacey to be one too. In this book Katrina sends Lacey on her second mission to turn a special persons frown upside down. Lacey also has 2 best friends how play big parts in this book.

In the first book Lacey was her friend Paige's godmother and turned her frown upside down. He other friend Sunny was always been buddies. Paige and Lacey recently became friends. She can't wait till her second marriage. Everyone is there and ready. Except for the groom. So what I am trying to say is Lacey's mission is to get Gina married in 5 days. But there is no groom and the bride could care less. Plus no church or anything. The Mark of the Dragonfly.

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson is about a 13 year old girl named Piper who is an orphaned scrapper. Once the storm stops Piper checks out the broken trade wagon, and finds a young girl named Anna who has an intricate tattoo of a dragonfly on her arm.

That tattoo means she is under the protection of King Aron which means a big reward for Piper if she can bring her back to Noveen, the capital of the Dragonfly Territories. Piper and Anna then stow away on the , a train whose last stop is Noveen. Fortunately and unfortunately they get caught by Gee. Piper and Anna face many challenges on their way to Noveen. I like this book because of the interesting characters and the twists and turns of the exciting plot.

This time another crime has been committed at FunJungle: And to make matters even worse Kazoo has only been borrowed and lent from Australia to the United States because there are only so little of them left tin the wild. But there is still the worst news to come. Teddy Fitzroy, whose parents work at FunJungle has been blamed for it because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. But since Teddy knows the animals well and knows whats and wrong Teddy would never do that. Teddy must go find the theif himself and with nobody else because this time Summer McCracken the owner of FunJungles daughter because she isaway at boarding school.

Will Teddy prove his innocence and find the real thief who stole Kazoo? Or will he be sent to Juvie like a delinquent? Find out by joining Teddy on his adventure and reading this book! I strongly reccomend this book for all ages and is definitely a Mock Newbery contender!

Poached is about a boy who is accused of stealing a koala and who is trying to prove his innocence. He has to deal with bullies, strange, suspicious men, and the risk of his parents losing their jobs because of what he is accused of doing. This book is very suspenseful and action-filled. The characters are well-developed and have interesting backgrounds.

I recommend this book to anyone who will like a mysterious realistic fiction story. Though not my top pick for the Newbery Award, it still is a very good book that you should read. Secrets of the Manor: Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier. The boy has to decide whether to help the soldier or just go on with his life and forget about it. This struggle leads to an interesting story with many obstacles and adventures including disloyalty and corruption. Will good beat evil? Will people be able to tell right from wrong? I recommend this book for the Newbery Award because of its action and because it is different from other books.

A Snicker of Magic. Felicity and her family are very unique, yet fascinating characters. Her father left the family when Felicity was young, and her mother is struggling to support the family. And to make it worse, her mother is restless and constantly moves the family to new places…until they move to Midnight Gulch, a magical place.

Here Felicity meets The Beedle and learns that putting others in front of yourself will lead to happiness. While not my top choice for the Newbery Award this year, it is still one of my favorites. Now, you might be thinking, why should I read a book about a kid who gets hit with a toaster?

After arriving , Nick decides to hold a garage sale, which leads to the world ending, Buicks crashing into trees, and pretty girls appearing everywhere. But not for long. Their house burns down and unfortunately Nick's mom doesn't make it. This book is full of wonder, happiness and terror. The Time of the Fireflies. Larissa Renaud is noticing weird things in her family's antique shop: A story of the past is played right in front of her eyes. After Larissa gets home her Momma, who's pregnant, goes missing. Will Larissa find her Mom? Will she ever find out about her family's past again? I recommend this book too fantasy and mystery lovers.

I think it could be a great Newbery Medal contender. The girls name is Theodora. It just so happens that Theodora sees her Grandfather bleeding ever so badly in the middle of the street surrounded by paramedics. When Theodora sees this she hurries over to see her Grandfather up close for the last time.

I think this could be a contender for the mock Newberry award because it is such a great mystery book. Welcome to Dog Beach. She spends every summer there with her dog Danish and her friends Bennett and Micayla. But this summer is a bummer.

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Her dog is not there to be with her anymore and Bennett is hanging out with this new kid Calvin. Micayla is going to live in Seagate year round and is paying more attention to her wonderful new home than Remy. Can Remy get her friends back AND show them the majic the three of them had together?

I am not telling: I liked the book and would recommend it for year old girls. West of the Moon. This book comes from a Newbery honor book award author Margi Preus who tells the tale of Astri and her journey to find what lies east of the sun and west of the moon. Astri and her younger sister Greta live with their uncle, cousins, and mean aunt because Astri and Greta's mother is dead and their father is trying to start a life in America and will send letters to them to tell them when they can come. And then of course Astri's mean aunt has to sell her to a nasty goat farmer who only cares about getting the work done and couldn't care less about Astri.

He treats her terrible and one night he locks in a storage shed and Astri finds out she isn't the only one goat man has treated poorly,"Hint Hint". In between events Astri compares her life to a princess who was captured by a bear and tells that story as well.

One day Astri decides to run away from the goat man to go get Greta and go visit Papa in America. I strongly recommend this book to kids ages 10 to Will Astri get to America alive? How will it all be resolved? Will she find what lies east of the sun and west of the moon? Find out by reading this book! This story takes place in Norway in the mid-nineteenth century. The story starts off with a girl whose name is Astri.

She lives with her Aunt and Uncle. Her Mother had died and her father went to America to make some money. Her sister and her now live with their cousins and Aunt and Uncle. Her Aunt is mean and wants money so she sells Astri to a mean, grumpy old goatman named Svaalberd. The farmer takes Astri to his farm. Astri is meanwhile thinking of an escape plan I think this book has a chance to become a Newberry contender because the characters are well developed. I also really liked the plot because it is very original. In West of the Moon , a girl, Astri, goes on an exciting adventure.

First she is sold to a cruel goat man and has to leave her sister with her mean aunt and uncle. While she is enslaved by the goat man, she encounters a strange, mute sewing girl. Will Astri be able to escape, save her sister, and reunite with her father in America? I definitely think this book is a contender for the Newbery Award. The author makes you feel attached to the characters, the plot flows with lots of ups and downs, and there is some folklore and history mixed in.

This is a must read!!! Her dad is a very hardworking firefighter. When she tries to get envolved with a bad case of a fire witch is very unsafe She finds out a life threatening secret that she can never tell anyone about and is terrified. What should she do?