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Books we love in January 2021

The Danger Gang

It's the start of a new year, and we've picked the best books to kick off 2021!

  • Who's Driving?

    Author: Leo Timmers

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Who's Driving?

    Author: Leo Timmers

    Interest level: 2-3

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    This fun-filled board book, full of stylish illustrations and detail, contains an array of animals and vehicles which will delight…

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  • Supertato: Super Squad

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Supertato: Super Squad

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

    Interest level: 2-3

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    Supertato is on a mission to teach Evil Pea a lesson and rallies the Super Squad to help - but what do sprinkle-covered cupcakes h…

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  • All Because You Matter

    Author: Tami Charles Illustrator: Bryan Collier

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • All Because You Matter

    Author: Tami Charles Illustrator: Bryan Collier

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    A poem of a mother’s love in the age of the Black Lives Matter movement, stunningly illustrated by Bryan Collier, this book seeks …

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  • Wild is the Wind

    Author: Grahame Baker-Smith

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Wild is the Wind

    Author: Grahame Baker-Smith

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Cassi watches the swifts as they fly across an African plain, on their way to Japan where a little boy awaits them eagerly. Breath…

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  • Too Much Stuff!

    Author: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Too Much Stuff!

    Author: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Two magpies want to decorate their nest... but lose their eggs in all the piles of clutter and mess! They're going to need help fr…

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  • The Pocket Chaotic

    Author: Ziggy Hanaor Illustrator: Daniel Gray-Barnett

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • The Pocket Chaotic

    Author: Ziggy Hanaor Illustrator: Daniel Gray-Barnett

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Alexander is a baby kangaroo who loves snuggling up in his mum's warm, cosy pouch. The only problem is she's extremely messy - and…

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  • Veg Patch Party

    Author: Clare Foges and Al Murphy

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Veg Patch Party

    Author: Clare Foges and Al Murphy

    Interest level: 4-5

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    When the moon is high and the farm animals have gone to bed... it's time for the vegetables to wake up and throw a party! 

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  • Bling Blaine

    Author: Rob Sanders Illustrator: Letizia Rizzo

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Bling Blaine

    Author: Rob Sanders Illustrator: Letizia Rizzo

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Blaine LOVES sparkles and glitter - but there are a few kids at school who think he's weird and call him names. It's up to Blaine'…

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  • Fergal Meets Fern

    Author: Robert Starling

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Fergal Meets Fern

    Author: Robert Starling

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Fergal is perfectly happy with his Mum and Dad - but then Baby Fern turns up. This heart-warming tale explores feelings of anger, …

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  • Tell Tail

    Author: C. K. Smouha Illustrator: Katie Brosnan

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Tell Tail

    Author: C. K. Smouha Illustrator: Katie Brosnan

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Dex the dog is a little different to everyone else - he doesn't bark, dig, or fight, but he is happy, his tail won't stop wagging!…

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  • Wanda's Words Got Stuck

    Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Paula Bowles

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Wanda's Words Got Stuck

    Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Paula Bowles

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Wanda the little witch loves school, but she's a little shy - and very nervous about the school magic contest! 

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  • The Puffin Keeper

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Benji Davies

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Puffin Keeper

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Benji Davies

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Michael Morpurgo’s story of Allen Lane, the founder of Puffin Books and the man who would become his father-in-law, is a wonderful…

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  • Interview With a Tiger

    Author: Andy Seed Illustrator: Nick East

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Interview With a Tiger

    Author: Andy Seed Illustrator: Nick East

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Packed with quirky, surprising and sometimes disturbing facts, presented in an accessible and entertaining question and answer for…

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  • Freddy vs School

    Author: Neill Cameron

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Freddy vs School

    Author: Neill Cameron

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Freddy is proud to be a robot boy - but he keeps getting into trouble at school! This funny, light-hearted chapter book examines w…

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  • The Wolf's Secret

    Author: Myriam Dahman & Nicolas Digard Illustrator: Julia Sarda

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Wolf's Secret

    Author: Myriam Dahman & Nicolas Digard Illustrator: Julia Sarda

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A wolf in the forest becomes enchanted by the sound of a young woman singing, and promises to tell her his stories in exchange for…

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  • Rashford Rules

    Author: Simon Mugford Illustrator: Dan Green

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Rashford Rules

    Author: Simon Mugford Illustrator: Dan Green

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Highly-illustrated biography of Manchester United striker and anti-poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford.

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  • History Atlas

    Author: Thiago de Moraes

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • History Atlas

    Author: Thiago de Moraes

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    A fascinating, beautiful and occasionally tongue-in-cheek book of maps featuring civilisations as diverse as the Tang Dynasty, the…

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  • Brand New Boy

    Author: David Almond Illustrator: Marta Altes

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Brand New Boy

    Author: David Almond Illustrator: Marta Altes

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    There's something a bit weird about the new boy in class, George. Maybe it's something to do with the fact his ear just fell off. …

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  • Darwin's Dragons

    Author: Lindsay Galvin

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Darwin's Dragons

    Author: Lindsay Galvin

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Part thriller, part historical adventure and featuring meticulous research and masterful storytelling, Darwin’s Dragons blurs the …

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  • Future Friend

    Author: David Baddiel Illustrator: Steven Lenton

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Future Friend

    Author: David Baddiel Illustrator: Steven Lenton

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    When Pip@256X#YY.3_7, who lives in 3020, arrives in 2019 through an XL toilet seat, Rahul, genius child-inventor, faces a race aga…

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  • Otters' Moon

    Author: Susanna Bailey

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Otters' Moon

    Author: Susanna Bailey

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Trying to save endangered otter pups stops Luke and Meg focussing on the bad stuff in their lives but sometimes it takes a brush w…

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  • The Good Bear

    Author: Sarah Lean Illustrator: Fiona Woodcock

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Good Bear

    Author: Sarah Lean Illustrator: Fiona Woodcock

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    A lonely girl far from home encounters a frightened bear, hiding in the woods and desperate for food. This beautiful modern fairyt…

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  • Space Oddity

    Author: Christopher Edge Illustrator: Ben Mantle

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Space Oddity

    Author: Christopher Edge Illustrator: Ben Mantle

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Jake thinks his dad is just embarrassing, but it turns out he’s an alien! This is a funny and heart-warming sci-fi story about a f…

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  • The Danger Gang

    Author: Tom Fletcher Illustrator: Shane Devries

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Danger Gang

    Author: Tom Fletcher Illustrator: Shane Devries

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Franky's life is turned upside down following a terrific storm one night, with flashes of eerie green lightning and a definite whi…

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  • Across the Risen Sea

    Author: Bren MacDibble

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Across the Risen Sea

    Author: Bren MacDibble

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Set in a future world where rising sea levels have collapsed the governments and everyday resources are precious commodities, …

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