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BOOK REVIEW: The Faraway Truth by Janae Marks

- Short Review - A heart warming story about Zoe who finds herself more alone than usual one summer holiday.  Whilst hanging around the house, she intercepts the mailman one day and finds a letter from her, biological, father.  He was sent to prison before she was even born, for murder, and she's never had… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Faraway Truth by Janae Marks

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BOOK REVIEW: The House on Hoarder Hill by Mikki Lish & Kelly Ngai

- Short Review - When their parents have to go abroad to work, Hedy and Spencer are sent to stay with their Grandpa John, in his house of many secrets and surprises.  Grandpa used to be a magician but has become a recluse since his wife vanished into thin air, when a trick went wrong… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The House on Hoarder Hill by Mikki Lish & Kelly Ngai

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BOOK REVIEW: Demelza & The Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers

- Short Review - Demelza is a scientist, an inventor - she definitely doesn't believe in ghosts - she doesn't much like school either, but then who would with a miserable head teacher like Ms Cardinal.  When things start going bump in the night though Demelza comes to realise that her Grandma Maeve has been… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Demelza & The Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers

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BOOK REVIEW: The Mask Of Aribella by Anna Hoghton

Short Review: Set in the magical location of Venice this book follows the coming of age of Aribella, the daughter of a poor lacemaker.  On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, whilst defending best friend Theo, she discovers a previously unknown power - she can conjure fire from her fingertips.  Cast out by the locals… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Mask Of Aribella by Anna Hoghton

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BOOK REVIEW: Granny Magic by Elka Evalds

- Short Review - Packed with knitting, grannies, magic and a sprinkling of villainy this book follows the tale of Will as he unravels the secrets kept by his late grandmother.  Why is someone trying to buy up all her old knitting and what exactly is going on in the old wool factory? With the… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Granny Magic by Elka Evalds

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BOOK REVIEW: Spylark by Danny Rurlander

- Short Review - The cover and title of this book make you think of James Bond and, indeed, there is a decent villain, spy in the making and plenty of thrilling action within this story.  Set in the Lake District it follows Tom and his new friends as they foil a plot to assassinate… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Spylark by Danny Rurlander

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BOOK REVIEW: Princess BMX by Marie Basting

- Short Review - Being a princess can be pretty dull.  Even if you live in the kingdom of Biscotti and are surrounded by magical things it can become a bit samey after a while.  Princess Avariella Petulia Winifred Pandoro D'Allessandro of Biscotti is bored of racing on her sack around the palace - lucky… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Princess BMX by Marie Basting

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BOOK REVIEW: Lily and the Rockets by Rebecca Stevens

 - Short Review - A cracker of a story, based in World War One, which tells the tale of women's football at the time.   Lily, aged 14, lives with her Dad and has started working as a munitionette in the local arsenal (having lied about her age).  The factory has a women's team, which… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Lily and the Rockets by Rebecca Stevens

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BOOK REVIEW: In The Shadow Of Heroes by Nicholas Bowling

- Short Review - A brilliant romp of a tale which seamlessly blends Greek Mythology with the Roman Empire.  What emerges is a classic adventure which sees two slaves set off on a quest to track down the location of the fabled Golden Fleece.  Can they find it before the Emperor Nero's henchmen? If you… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: In The Shadow Of Heroes by Nicholas Bowling

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BOOK REVIEW: The Fire Maker by Guy Jones

- Short Review - Alex is being bullied at school by his former best friend, Freddie.  His Mum and Dad have split up and he lives with his father but he's so busy with work that he barely notices that Alex is there.  Everything is okay though as he still has his magic.  When he… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Fire Maker by Guy Jones