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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series – a rollicking mishmash of Battle Royale and America’s Got Talent – sparked endless copycats. But the master herself has returned for this bloody, bold and resolu…

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Square Haunting by Francesca Wade

I love women’s history. I love group biographies. I love English social and cultural history in the period between the wars. And I love Bloomsbury, the place and its lore. So it’s no surprise then th…

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Blended by Sharon M. Draper

From the author of Out of My Mind comes an incredible story of a girl living in two worlds. Eleven-year-old Isabella’s parents are divorced and hardly get along. She lives with her mum one week and h…

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Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O’Connell

This isn’t the first time I’ve written a book review while wearing trackpants in bed but it’s the first time I’ve written like that on a weekday morning and in accordance with government instructions…

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Play with Your Plate! by Judith Rossell

From the award-winning author and illustrator of the much-loved Stella Montgomery series, Judith Rossell, we now have the wonderful novelty board book Play with Your Plate!.

A fun and clever creatio…

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Sometimes Cake by Edwina Wyatt

Sometimes Cake is picture-book perfection at its scrumptious best! If this book were a cake, I’d gobble it up again and again and again. In every way, it reads a treat. The text is simple and effortl…

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The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke

Meet the ‘unadoptables’, a curiously misfit yet endearing ragtag bunch of five orphan children growing up in the utterly deplorable Little Tulip Orphanage in Holland in the 1880s. The matron of the o…

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When It Drops by Alex Dyson

Every bedroom music producer dreams of fame and when one of Caleb’s tracks goes viral after being leaked by a pesky sibling, you’d think he’d be totally delighted. Instead, he’s a wreck. The song is …

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The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks

Eleven-year-old Winifred is going through a tough year. Her adopted dad has a new wife, she has a new stepbrother, and a baby is on the way. She not only needs to get along with her stepbrother Sam a…

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Burn by Patrick Ness

You never know what you will get with a new Patrick Ness novel, but you can guarantee it will be utterly unique and extraordinarily beautiful. In his latest story, Burn, Ness delves into an alternate…

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