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New books we love: July 2019

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Here are the books we reviewed and loved a lot this month: for preschoolers up into the teens. Happy reading!

  • An Otter Called Pebble

    Author: Helen Peters Illustrator: Ellie Snowdon

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7+

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  • An Otter Called Pebble

    Author: Helen Peters Illustrator: Ellie Snowdon

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7+

    Friends Jasmine and Tom spot a baby otter alone on the riverbank and decide to help and name her Pebble. This heartwarming ta…

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  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Astrid loves the stars and space, and wants to be an astronaut. A delightful and educational book for young readers intereste…

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  • Brave Molly

    Author: Brooke Boynton-Hughes

    Interest level: 4-6

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  • Brave Molly

    Author: Brooke Boynton-Hughes

    Interest level: 4-6

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    In this (almost) wordless picture book, a young girl’s anxiety is brought to life in dark shadowy figures that follow her around.&…

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  • Can You See Me?

    Author: Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Can You See Me?

    Author: Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    Starting secondary school is a daunting time for any 11 year old – and Natalia is no exception. This is a powerful, readable …

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  • Child of St Kilda

    Author: Beth Waters

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Child of St Kilda

    Author: Beth Waters

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Norman John Gillies was born on Hirta, the largest island making up St Kilda, in 1925: an isolated place to live, exposed to …

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  • Clem and Crab

    Author: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Clem and Crab

    Author: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    Clem loves going to the beach and tries hard to keep the coastline clean, but soon realises she needs the help and enthusiasm of h…

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  • Cloud Forest

    Author: Victoria Turnbull

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Cloud Forest

    Author: Victoria Turnbull

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Victoria Turnbull’s visionary art in this book of few words is really the star of the show, depicting magical lands of soft imagin…

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  • Don't Go There

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Hrefna Bragadottir

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Don't Go There

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Hrefna Bragadottir

    Interest level: 3-5

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    A little girl is excited when a Martian comes to play, but there's a problem - he's not toilet trained yet! Little ones will love …

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  • Don’t Make Me Cross

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Angie Rozelaar

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Don’t Make Me Cross

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Angie Rozelaar

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age:

    Little Monster claims to be sweet, but is proving to be anything but! Children will love the naughty monster snatching p…

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  • Frockodile

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Stephanie Laberis

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Frockodile

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Stephanie Laberis

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Cliff the crocodile discovers a slinky frock and some fabulous peals and heels, and feels divine in them! But when the hyenas…

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  • Just Read!

    Author: Lori Degman Illustrator: Victoria Tentler-Krylov

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Just Read!

    Author: Lori Degman Illustrator: Victoria Tentler-Krylov

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    There's so much fun to be had when you have a book... and you can enjoy stories anywhere! This wholehearted celebration of reading…

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  • Level Up!

    Author: Tom Nicoll Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Level Up!

    Author: Tom Nicoll Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A fun and mildly scary virtual romp through a computer game packed with space paraphernalia and gadgetry. Entertaining black-and-w…

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  • Lost

    Author: Eve Ainsworth

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Lost

    Author: Eve Ainsworth

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

    Alfie used to be good at football, but now his mother is dead and he no longer has the heart to play. A friendship with troubled A…

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  • McTavish Takes the Biscuit

    Author: Meg Rosoff Illustrator: Grace Easton

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • McTavish Takes the Biscuit

    Author: Meg Rosoff Illustrator: Grace Easton

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    After McTavish, a rescue dog, whipped the Peachey family into shape, they’ve all become food fans. Even Pa Peachey is determined t…

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  • Owen and the Soldier

    Author: Lisa Thompson Illustrator: Mike Lowery

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Owen and the Soldier

    Author: Lisa Thompson Illustrator: Mike Lowery

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    A beautiful tale of a courageous young man who overcomes his fears when he finds an unlikely companion in a park statue. Complex i…

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  • Runaway Robot

    Author: Frank Cottrell-Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Runaway Robot

    Author: Frank Cottrell-Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Alfie has one hand; Eric has one leg. Can a small boy and a giant, police car-crushing robot ever be friends? And do bad things in…

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  • Somebody Swallowed Stanley

    Author: Sarah Roberts Illustrator: Hannah Peck

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Somebody Swallowed Stanley

    Author: Sarah Roberts Illustrator: Hannah Peck

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    Written by an animal behaviourist and environmental campaigner, this gentle tale subtly educates children about the damage a simpl…

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  • Summer Bird Blue

    Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman

    Interest level: 13-18

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Summer Bird Blue

    Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman

    Interest level: 13-18

    Reading age: 10+

    Rumi struggles with loss and anger and ultimately finds her way back to the thing that gives her relief: music. A stunning and vis…

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  • The Middler

    Author: Kirsty Applebaum

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Middler

    Author: Kirsty Applebaum

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    In the town of Fennis Wick, there are two rules: eldests go to military camp when they turn 14, and you don’t talk to wanderers, l…

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  • The Missing Bookshop

    Author: Katie Clapham Illustrator: Kirsti Beautyman

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Missing Bookshop

    Author: Katie Clapham Illustrator: Kirsti Beautyman

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    Katie Clapham's love of books and bookshops shines through in this absolutely delightful story, illustrated by the very talented K…

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  • The Unexpected Find

    Author: Toby Ibbotson

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Unexpected Find

    Author: Toby Ibbotson

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

    This intriguing novel weaves together the stories of three seemingly disparate characters to create a rich tapestry of mystery, my…

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  • Toffee

    Author: Sarah Crossan

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Toffee

    Author: Sarah Crossan

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Allison befriends a woman with dementia, and an unusual friendship develops against the odds. This beautiful, profound verse …

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