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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 Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree is a novel which at the moment seems to need no further recommendation, having just won the Costa Book of the Year 2015. This book is a well-deserved winner, Hardinge manages to write novels which are completely original and take the reader on a hauntingly dark yet beautiful journey. Set in the… Continue reading The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge