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New books we love: January 2020

McTavish on the Move

Here are the books we reviewed and loved this month. Happy reading!

  • A Throne of Swans

    Author: Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • A Throne of Swans

    Author: Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    If you love Melinda Salisbury’s royal politics and treacherous courts, you’ll love this brilliant Game of Thrones-esque fanta…

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  • Alien Superstar

    Author: Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Illustrator: Ethan Nicolle

    Interest level: 9-11 years

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Alien Superstar

    Author: Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Illustrator: Ethan Nicolle

    Interest level: 9-11 years

    Reading age: 9+

    What better place for an alien to go unnoticed than the backlot of Universal Studios? Full of humour and with an appealing pl…

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  • Dave and the Tooth Fairy

    Author: Verna Wilkins Illustrator: Carl Pearce

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Dave and the Tooth Fairy

    Author: Verna Wilkins Illustrator: Carl Pearce

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Dave is thrilled when he finally gets his first wobbly tooth although, despite much wiggling and waggling, it seems reluctant to c…

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  • Don’t Tickle the Hippo!

    Author: Sam Taplin Illustrator: Ana Larrañaga

    Interest level: 1-4

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  • Don’t Tickle the Hippo!

    Author: Sam Taplin Illustrator: Ana Larrañaga

    Interest level: 1-4

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    A hilarious touch-and-feel noisy book to excite the interest of very young children. The final double-page spread will have everyo…

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  • Goodbye House, Hello House

    Author: Margaret Wild Illustrator: Ann James

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Goodbye House, Hello House

    Author: Margaret Wild Illustrator: Ann James

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    A girl is saying goodbye to everything she’ll miss when she moves house. Happily, there will be plenty of new rooms to say hello t…

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  • Greta and the Giants

    Author: Zoë Tucker Illustrator: Zoe Persico

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Greta and the Giants

    Author: Zoë Tucker Illustrator: Zoe Persico

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    This story, inspired by the life of Greta Thunberg, is for very young children. Suitably for the age group, it's a tale of hope, p…

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  • Grown-Ups Never Do That

    Author: Davide Cali Illustrator: Benjamin Chaud

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Grown-Ups Never Do That

    Author: Davide Cali Illustrator: Benjamin Chaud

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Determined to document adults misbehaving, a gang of kids spy on the grown-ups as they go about their days, breaking all the rules…

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  • In the Key of Code

    Author: Aimee Lucido

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • In the Key of Code

    Author: Aimee Lucido

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Emmy is in a new city and new school and has just discovered computer coding. But why are people in class keeping secrets? Th…

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  • Look Both Ways

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Selom Sunu

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Look Both Ways

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Selom Sunu

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Ten short stories about that strange time when school finishes and children of a certain age (usually around ten years old) get to…

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  • McTavish on the Move

    Author: Meg Rossoff Illustrator: David Shephard (in the style of Grace Easton)

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • McTavish on the Move

    Author: Meg Rossoff Illustrator: David Shephard (in the style of Grace Easton)

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    McTavish is the beloved dog of the Peachey family and this is their fourth exciting adventure. Here, the Peachey family are moving…

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  • Sadiq and the Pet Problem

    Author: Siman Nurali Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Sadiq and the Pet Problem

    Author: Siman Nurali Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Sadiq is excited about getting a pet for the classroom, but which one should the class choose? Sadiq is a relatable little bo…

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  • Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

    Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

    Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    Sofia Valdez isn’t just a do-gooder: she’s a do-better, visiting people in her community who can’t get out much, or just stopping …

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  • Sophie Takes to the Sky

    Author: Katherine Woodfine Illustrator: Briony May Smith

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Sophie Takes to the Sky

    Author: Katherine Woodfine Illustrator: Briony May Smith

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    Sophie is scared of everything. Can she overcome her fears to attend the crowded, noisy fair to see the hot-air balloon? This char…

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  • The Boy Who Loved Everyone

    Author: Jane Porter Illustrator: Maisie Paradise Shearring

    Interest level: 3-6

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  • The Boy Who Loved Everyone

    Author: Jane Porter Illustrator: Maisie Paradise Shearring

    Interest level: 3-6

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    Dimitri is new at nursery, and no matter how many people (and trees) he says 'I love you' to, no one says it back. Dimitri starts …

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  • The Land of Roar

    Author: Jenny McLachlan Illustrator: Ben Mantle

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Land of Roar

    Author: Jenny McLachlan Illustrator: Ben Mantle

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Is the Land of Roar real or imaginary? You’ll have to make up your own mind in this exciting and tense coming-of-age adventure tha…

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  • The Lost Homework

    Author: Richard O’Neill Illustrator: Kirsti Beautyman

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Lost Homework

    Author: Richard O’Neill Illustrator: Kirsti Beautyman

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Sonny lives on a Traveller community site with his family and he’s super excited about a family wedding. This smart, charming…

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  • The Pearl in the Ice

    Author: Cathryn Constable

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Pearl in the Ice

    Author: Cathryn Constable

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Marina can’t bear being sent to boarding school, so she stows away on her father’s ship instead. But her father has dangerous secr…

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  • Time to Eat

    Author: Penny Tassoni Illustrator: Mel Four

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • Time to Eat

    Author: Penny Tassoni Illustrator: Mel Four

    Interest level: 2-4

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    Toddlers with ponytails and toddlers with braids enjoy all sorts of delicious snacks and meals in Time to Eat. In additi…

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  • Under the Great Plum Tree

    Author: Sufiya Ahmed Illustrator: Reza Dalvand

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Under the Great Plum Tree

    Author: Sufiya Ahmed Illustrator: Reza Dalvand

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Set in the jungles of India, this is a marvellous retelling of a traditional tale from the Panchatantra, an ancient collection of …

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  • Up and Down Mum

    Author: Summer Macon

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Up and Down Mum

    Author: Summer Macon

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Everyone has good days and bad days, but in some cases, it is far more extreme. This powerful and moving portrayal of a paren…

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