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One by Sarah Crossan

I was initially drawn to the lovely cover of this book, but was quickly disappointed when I opened it and discovered … … poetry.  I put it to the side and read something else.  For reasons I no longer can remember, I picked it up again weeks later and read the first page, and then… Continue reading One by Sarah Crossan

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Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

From the mind of award-winning author Jenny Valentine, Fire Colour One is a vibrant and thought-provoking novel.  It tells the tale of teenager Iris and how she discovers that her estranged biological father Ernest is in fact nearing the end of his life.  While in the company of her incorrigible mother and stepfather, Iris struggles… Continue reading Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

‘The Ghosts of Heaven’ has been split into four parts and can be read in any order. The first story is following a girl in pre-historic times; the second is about a young woman called Anna who is accused of witchcraft in the 1630’s; the third is the story of a therapist working at an… Continue reading The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

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Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

I must be one of the few people who never read Five Children and It at school so I had no expectations of what this book should be like. There was a good balance between the real life story of World War 1 and fantasy story of the Psammead which moulded together very well. Some… Continue reading Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

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There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

‘There Will Be Lies’ is a young adult thriller/mystery with some magical realism mixed in. The protagonist Shelby has been living an isolated and ordinary life with her mother until one day she is hit by a car and everything about her life changes. The story follows Shelby on her journey to discover the truth… Continue reading There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

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The Imaginary by A.F.Harrold

‘Amanda was dead,’ a bolder start as any for an intriguing story, one of imagination as the title implies and in this case exploring the world of imaginary friends. What also gives it an unusual angle is that the story is from the perspective Rudger, a boy who is an imaginary friend. It’s about imaginary… Continue reading The Imaginary by A.F.Harrold

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We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Collision theory states that ‘molecules must collide in order to react’.*  Perhaps I am reading too much into this, but I like to see this theory as the basis upon which Susin Nielsen’s We Are All Made of Molecules is based.  It is the story of two (very different) worlds colliding, and it deals with… Continue reading We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

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Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

This Carnegie nominated book is actually a collection of 13 short ghost stories, all being told to the main character, Jack. The story begins with Jack opening the door to a candlelit room in an abandoned house, to find twelve people, each one an interesting character, sat around a table with candles in front of… Continue reading Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

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The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis

This makes very difficult but compelling reading, it tore my heart out in several chapters and at one point I could not read for crying. This book certainly does not pull any punches.  It is based in Riga, Latvia during the Second World War and is told by a 15 year old girl called Hanna… Continue reading The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis