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New books we love: November 2019

The front cover of The Golden Cage

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

  • A Sea of Stories

    Author: Sylvia Bishop Illustrator: Paddy Donnelly

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • A Sea of Stories

    Author: Sylvia Bishop Illustrator: Paddy Donnelly

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 7+

    Roo loves staying with her grandfather in his cottage by the sea and enjoys listening to his wonderful stories. A touching tale ab…

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  • Be More Bernard

    Author: Simon Philip Illustrator: Kate Hindley

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Be More Bernard

    Author: Simon Philip Illustrator: Kate Hindley

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Bernard has decided that he's not going to be like all the other bunnies any more. His dreams are altogether more... disco! T…

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  • Beyond Platform 13

    Author: Sibeal Pounder (from an original idea by Eva Ibbotson) Illustrator: Beatriz Castro

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Beyond Platform 13

    Author: Sibeal Pounder (from an original idea by Eva Ibbotson) Illustrator: Beatriz Castro

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This thrilling adventure is a sequel to Eva Ibbotson's The Secret of Platform 13, but the reading experience will not be…

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  • Binky's Time to Fly

    Author: Sharmila Collins Illustrator: Carolina Rabei

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Binky's Time to Fly

    Author: Sharmila Collins Illustrator: Carolina Rabei

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age:

    When Binky the butterfly emerges from his cocoon, he discovers his wings aren't the same as those of his friends - will he be able…

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  • Claire: Justice Ninja

    Author: Joe Brady Illustrator: Kate Ashwin

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Claire: Justice Ninja

    Author: Joe Brady Illustrator: Kate Ashwin

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    This fun graphic novel has 12 relatable short stories for young readers to enjoy, with a young hero who intends to right the …

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  • Frostheart

    Author: Jamie Littler

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Frostheart

    Author: Jamie Littler

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    This inventive story is helped along by vivid illustrations that conjure up a world populated by yetis and monsters that live unde…

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  • Harriet Versus the Galaxy

    Author: Samantha Baines Illustrator: Jessica Flores

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Harriet Versus the Galaxy

    Author: Samantha Baines Illustrator: Jessica Flores

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    When Harriet is hunting for her hearing aid under the bed, the last thing she expects to find is an alien. Soon, she is working al…

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  • Here Comes Lolo

    Author: Niki Daly

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Here Comes Lolo

    Author: Niki Daly

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Set in South Africa, this charming collection of four short stories about the everyday adventures of a young girl has broad appeal…

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  • High Five to the Hero

    Author: Vita Murrow Illustrator: Julia Bereciartu

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • High Five to the Hero

    Author: Vita Murrow Illustrator: Julia Bereciartu

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    What if heroes weren't always the strong and silent type? Vita Murrow brings the stars from some of our favourite stories into the…

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  • It’s a No-Money Day

    Author: Kate Milner

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • It’s a No-Money Day

    Author: Kate Milner

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    This moving picture book about a family’s visit to the food bank is a sensitive exploration of how it may feel to live below the p…

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  • Kevin's Great Escape

    Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Kevin's Great Escape

    Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    The second brilliant adventure featuring the exploits of Kevin the flying pony - this time, pop star Misty Twiglet wants to buy hi…

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  • Mr Gumpy's Rhino

    Author: John Burningham

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Mr Gumpy's Rhino

    Author: John Burningham

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Mr Gumpy is off on an another adventure, rescuing a rhino who has lost its parents. A gentle conversation starter about conservati…

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  • On Sleepy Hill

    Author: Patricia Hegarty Illustrator: Xuan Le

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • On Sleepy Hill

    Author: Patricia Hegarty Illustrator: Xuan Le

    Interest level: 0-3

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    The animals of Sleepy Hill are saying goodnight, because it's time for bed! A beautiful, soothing story perfect for snuggling up w…

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  • Pumpkin Heads

    Author: Rainbow Rowell Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Pumpkin Heads

    Author: Rainbow Rowell Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

    Interest level: 12-16

    Reading age: 10+

    A story of friendship and romance told in a funny and inclusive graphic novel that celebrates the joy and diversity of Halloween t…

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  • Queer Heroes

    Author: Arabelle Sicardi Illustrator: Sarah Tanat-Jones

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Queer Heroes

    Author: Arabelle Sicardi Illustrator: Sarah Tanat-Jones

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    This wonderful celebration of a wide range of LGBTQ+ heroes - both famous and less well-known - is a beautiful book and highlights…

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  • The Golden Cage

    Author: Anna Castagnoli Illustrator: Carll Cneut Translator: Laura Watkinson

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Golden Cage

    Author: Anna Castagnoli Illustrator: Carll Cneut Translator: Laura Watkinson

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    A spoilt princess sends her servants far and wide to bring her the most beautiful, impossible birds - but what will happen when sh…

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  • What is the Moon?

    Author: Katie Daynes Illustrator: Marta Álvarez Miguéns

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • What is the Moon?

    Author: Katie Daynes Illustrator: Marta Álvarez Miguéns

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Budding astronauts can find out all about the moon in this interactive, lift-the-flap board book. The book is simple and playful f…

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