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Head Over Heels (Geek Girl, Book 5)

Head Over Heels (Geek Girl, Book 5)

Holly Smale
HarperCollins Children's Books
ISBN: 9780007574629

Head Over Heels (Geek Girl, Book 5)

Harriet Manners is back with a fresh set of problems and a fresh set of lists and bizzare facts. In her own unique way she sets about helping Wilbur with his bankruptcy problems, her dad with his jobless situation, the tooth-achingly cute Japanese Rin with her love life and all her friends to be happy. Many colour coded binders and plans later, after much sneaking about and lying to her step-mum, Annabel, she manages to complicate everyone’s lives beyond recognition. In the usual Geek Girl style she ends up having the most tremendous adventures and mishaps along the way. With the unflinching love and support from her friends almost everything turns out for the best in the end, mostly in spite of rather than because of her meddling. She even starts to dare to love again after her last romance. Very funny, with a great supporting cast of colourful characters, with foreign travel, romance and many misunderstandings and mishaps it should appeal to any young teenage girl. While you could read it without reading the others first, this is the fifth book in a series that still has plenty of life in it. Ages 10+.

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Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Knights of the Borrowed Dark Book 1)

Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Knights of the Borrowed Dark Book 1)

Dave Rudden
Puffin
ISBN: 9780141356600

Knights of the Borrowed Dark (Knights of the Borrowed Dark Book 1)

An orphanage perched on a wild and windy hillside is the only home that Denizen Hardwick can remember. Life is bleak and difficult, but out of the blue, around the time of his thirteenth birthday, Denizen's previously unheard of Aunt sends for him, despatching a car and driver to bring him to the city. The journey, however, is complicated by an encounter with something in the dark and Denizen receives his first introduction into the lives and battles of the Knights of the Borrowed Dark - a band of brave and fearless fighters against the forces of evil known as the Tenebrous. A story about good and evil, heroes and monsters, magic and duty. Readers of Derek Landy and Rick Riordan will instantly feel a bond with the world that Dave Rudden has created and enjoy that mix of horror, magic and humour that can produce a foe like The Clockwork Three. Ages 10/11+.

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Maladapted

Maladapted

Richard Kurti
Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406346299

Maladapted

Cillian, a 16 year old maths genius, is on his way to university in Foundation City when terrorists strike the Metro. Showing superhuman strength he didn't know he had, Cillian survives and brings his father out from the destruction around him. His father dies soon afterwards, but manages to pass on a mysterious message to his son, the single word 'Gilgamesh'. Tess follows The Faith, whose followers looked after her as an orphaned child, and is against everything that the high-tech world around Foundation City stands for. Fiercely loyal to The Faith, she belongs to Revelation, the group behind the attack. Appalled and confused at the loss of life she has helped cause, she is asked to target Cillian and find out more about him. Tess engineers a meeting with Cillian and they become friends. As they set out together to find out the truth about Cillian's father's mysterious message and about Cillian's true identity, they make disturbing discoveries which lead them both to question their beliefs and backgrounds. This is a fast-paced, exciting book set in a futuristic world with lots of action and chase scenes. This would appeal to 12+ readers who have enjoyed other dystopian fiction like The Maze Runner.

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Broken Sky

Broken Sky

L. A. Weatherly
Usborne Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781409572022

Broken Sky

In Broken Sky, author Lee Weatherly builds an intriguing and believable alternate 1940's, albeit set in the future, where war is against the rules. Instead of war (which led to the previous civilisation's destruction), peace is maintained by individual pilots whose airborne fights determine the outcome of disputes over issues from territory boundaries to mineral rights. Into this world steps Amity, who lives to fly. She is one of the 'Peacefighters' and is deeply aware of the responsibilities she shoulders during each of her flights. She recognises the growing threat posed by a powerful neighbouring state whose leader John Gunnison - who is likened to Hitler and the Nazis - uses astrology to drive his decisions and to control his enemies. Gradually, Amity comes to believe that the fights she so firmly believes in are compromised and that peace is under threat, but questioning the status quo would put her and all those she loves in peril. A great read for fans of Hunger Games and Maze Runner - and with a great twist on the final pages!

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Boy X

Boy X

Dan Smith
Chicken House Ltd
ISBN: 9781909489042

Boy X

Summed up in three words by the publishers as 'Action', Survival, Terror', I'd have to agree. The book opens with Ash McCarthy, returning home after his dad's funeral, before he wakes up in a strange, white room with no memory of how he got there. The only familiar thing he finds when he wakes up, are his dad's identity discs on the table next to his bed. These and the mantra his dad taught him 'I am Ash McCarthy. I am strong. I can do this', are all he needs to find the strength to look for his mum and a way out. Wandering through the corridors, he works out that he is in a Biomesa facility (the company his mum works for) in a jungle. He also finds out that his senses have gone into overdrive; he can see, hear and smell things that he has never noticed before. For the rest of the story Ash has to find out why he is on the island. That turns out to be the key to saving himself, his mum and the rest of the world from a group bent on wiping everyone off the face of the planet. This would be great for older reluctant readers, being short with loads of action and adventure, and for more able readers who want a quick read. Ages 10+

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Counterstrike

Counterstrike

Peter Jay Black
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408851494

Counterstrike

In their latest adventure, the Urban Outlaws continue to use plenty of gadgets and cunning plans to thwart their arch enemy, Hector's attempt to obtain a deadly, but mysterious weapon. Tested to the limits of their ingenuity, they also face dealing with personal old scores which are still painful. Will this adventure take them to breaking point? As with every Urban Outlaws story, this is a fast-paced, action-packed adventure with great characters. There are gadgets galore and the groups' antics are ever more daring, pushing their skills to new levels. This story will be enjoyed by readers aged 10+ who like their gadgets with a dash of adventure!

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Fallen: Book 1 of the Fallen Series

Fallen: Book 1 of the Fallen Series

Lauren Kate
Corgi Childrens
ISBN: 9780552561730

Fallen: Book 1 of the Fallen Series

17-year old Lucinda falls in love with the gorgeous Daniel at their school, only to discover that they have spent lifetimes falling in love with, and losing, one another. Will this time be any different? Twilight fans will love this word-of-mouth hit.

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TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (Book 2)

TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (Book 2)

Alex Scarrow
Puffin
ISBN: 9780141326931

TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (Book 2)

Three teenagers are working for a secret agency that prevents humans from changing history by going back in time. When Maddy mistakenly opens a time window, Liam is stranded 65 million years ago in the hunting ground of a deadly predator and he's about to be torn to pieces by dinosaurs...

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The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Jenny Han
Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141330532

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Every year Isabel spends the summer at her family friends' house, and every year it's perfect - swimming pool, beach, and the boys. Unavailable, aloof Conrad – the one she loves – and friendly Jeremiah. It's going to be an amazing summer!

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The Dead: The Dead: Book 1

The Dead: The Dead: Book 1

David Gatward
Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 9780340999691

The Dead: The Dead: Book 1

A great new series for fans of horror. Lazarus Stone is about to turn 16 when, one night, a skinless figure drenched in blood arrives to tell him The Dead are coming. Gore, weird stuff and rotting flesh aplenty.

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ISBN: 9781906427139

Stolen is a compelling story about a teenage girl who is abducted and taken to the Outback of Australia. It won the Branford Boase Award for new writers.

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ISBN: 9780007156832

Hilarious new series from Queen of Teen. Talullah signs up for a summer acting course in the back-of-beyond at Dother Hall. It's not quite the showbiz experience Tallulah was expecting ... but once her mates turn up and they start their 'Fame!' routine, Tallulah is sure that things are looking up.

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ISBN: 9780385617338

Young pioneer, Micah, enters Wrymeweald full of hope to return home having made his fortune. But this is a land where wyrmes, fabulous dragon-like beasts, roam wild and reign supreme. In Wyrmeweald man is both hunter and hunted.

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ISBN: 9781406326307

17-year-old Lennie is torn apart by the death of her older sister, Bailey, until the arrival of Joe, a new boy in town. But Lennie is also drawn to Toby, Bailey’s boyfriend, and at some point these two worlds will collide. A thoughtful, powerful story that is a word-of-mouth hit. Age 14+

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ISBN: 0230737765

In the searing heat of a South American city, a gang of child-thieves runs wild. Demi is a pick pocket and Baz is his lookout. But one day, almost by accident, they steal a beautiful, priceless jewel - and make a very dangerous enemy.

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ISBN: 0385613121

Dr John Dee has destroyed Paris in his mission to find Nicholas Flamel and Sophie and Josh Newman. He is determined to find them; they have the missing pages of two books he must have for the Final Summoning, which will destroy the human race....

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ISBN: 0552552127

The Eragon series has attracted a loyal reader base of fantasy fans. In the latest title, Eragon battles on behalf of the Varden while Galbatorix ruthlessly attempts to crush and twist him to his own purposes. Can Eragon unite the rebel forces and defeat the King?

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ISBN: 0141324902

A hilarious look at 'middle school' US, where young teenagers do their best to survive against the odds. Diary format supported by clever, funny cartoon illustrations.

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ISBN: 1846166071

When Charlie's dad is accused of a crime he did not commit, Charlie knows who to turn to for help. With their extreme skills - hacking, free-running, skateboarding and athleticism - this group of teenagers are more than a match for any criminal.

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ISBN: 184616625X

The first in a trilogy sees orphaned Kim living with his surly grandfather. The arrival of a stranger one night, however, heralds change and mystery.

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ISBN: 0141324198

When the Beaumont children reach the age of 13, they discover their 'Savvy', a special gift. But with her father lying in hospital in a coma, Mibs only wants to know if her savvy will help her save her Poppa.

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ISBN: 0552557064

When her mum runs out of patience with LA 'It Girl' Gina, she sends her back to the British boarding school she went to as a teenager. How will Gina cope with no mobiles, no designer labels and sophisticated boys?

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Book of the week

The Wizards of Once

Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once

~ Babies & Toddlers
~ Pre School
~ Early Readers
~ Confident Readers
~ Young Adult

Meet the Author


Clara Vulliamy, daughter of 'Dogger' creator Shirley Hughes, tells us more about her DOTTY DETECTIVE books in which friends work together to solve mysteries at home and at school.

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