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New Books we love: October 2019

100 First Words

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

  • Akissi: Tales of Mischief

    Author: Marguerite Abouet Illustrator: Mathieu Sapin Translator: Judith Taboy and Marie Bédrune

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Akissi: Tales of Mischief

    Author: Marguerite Abouet Illustrator: Mathieu Sapin Translator: Judith Taboy and Marie Bédrune

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Akissi is a ball of energy who doesn’t know how to stay out of trouble. But she always eventually gets caught! A fun and colourful…

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  • Boy Giant

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Boy Giant

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Under the masterful pen of Sir Michael Morpurgo, this is an easy and uncomplicated read, and the young reader certainly doesn’t ne…

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  • Kids Fight Plastic

    Author: Martin Dorey Illustrator: Tim Weeson

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Kids Fight Plastic

    Author: Martin Dorey Illustrator: Tim Weeson

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

    By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Kids Fight Plastic presents powerful facts about how oceans a…

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  • Kites

    Author: Simon Mole Illustrator: Oamul Lu

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Kites

    Author: Simon Mole Illustrator: Oamul Lu

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    A gentle story and very pretty book that would make a perfect present for anyone moving house, school, or even job! The text …

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  • Mr Scruff

    Author: Simon James

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Mr Scruff

    Author: Simon James

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Every other dog and its owner look suspiciously alike. But young Jim picks a dog who looks NOTHING like him. Their names don't eve…

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  • My Family and Other Ghosts

    Author: Lou Kuenzler Illustrator: Steve Brown

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • My Family and Other Ghosts

    Author: Lou Kuenzler Illustrator: Steve Brown

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    With nail-biting excitement as well as laugh-out-loud moments, children will be queuing up to check in to the haunted hotel, Grave…

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  • Patina

    Author: Jason Reynolds

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Patina

    Author: Jason Reynolds

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Elite runner Patina is a girl with a lot on her plate and she takes her responsibilities very seriously. The dialogue is cris…

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  • Pick a Pumpkin

    Author: Patricia Toht Illustrator: Jarvis

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Pick a Pumpkin

    Author: Patricia Toht Illustrator: Jarvis

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Fans of Jarvis’ gorgeous illustrations won’t be able to resist this seasonal treat that celebrates all things Halloween and plays …

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  • Pie in the Sky

    Author: Remy Lai

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Pie in the Sky

    Author: Remy Lai

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Illustrated throughout, this heartfelt story contains so much: a family coping with bereavement, the alienation of moving somewher…

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  • Red Red Red

    Author: Polly Dunbar

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • Red Red Red

    Author: Polly Dunbar

    Interest level: 2-4

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    This is a funny and relatable picture book about tantrums for parents and carers, who know all too well how little things can esca…

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  • Shadow

    Author: Lucy Christopher Illustrator: Anastasia Suvorova

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Shadow

    Author: Lucy Christopher Illustrator: Anastasia Suvorova

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This dark story will appeal to older children who like its atmospheric illustration. It is a good book to share and talk thro…

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  • Small in the City

    Author: Sydney Smith

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Small in the City

    Author: Sydney Smith

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    The streetwise kid telling Sydney Smith’s atmospheric story has some advice for fellow kids negotiating a big, noisy city. A …

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  • The Little Island

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Robert Starling

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • The Little Island

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Robert Starling

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    The message here is that compassion for others and strength in togetherness is what makes us thrive. The Little Island m…

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  • The Little Mermaid

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean Illustrator: Laura Barrett

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Little Mermaid

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean Illustrator: Laura Barrett

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 7+

    McCaughrean has written an alternative happy ending to Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic and bloody tale, so while this stunningly …

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  • The Switching Hour

    Author: Damaris Young

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Switching Hour

    Author: Damaris Young

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Courage, determination and friendship abound in this spine-tingling fantasy adventure. A gripping read, which will prompt readers …

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  • The Velvet Fox

    Author: Catherine Fisher

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Velvet Fox

    Author: Catherine Fisher

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 9+

    A creepy and unsettling tale of faerie folk, revenge and a sinister soft toy, set in the Victorian era.

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  • There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom

    Author: James Sellick with a foreword by Emma Thompson Illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom

    Author: James Sellick with a foreword by Emma Thompson Illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    A cute but rather badly behaved little orangutan has appeared in a little girl’s bedroom. Rang-Tan explains that there are humans …

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  • Tunnel of Bones

    Author: Victoria Schwab

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Tunnel of Bones

    Author: Victoria Schwab

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    A claustrophobic, supernatural adventure set in the creepy, underground Catacombs of Paris where the bones (and ghosts?) of hundre…

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  • Under Earth

    Author: Ellen Renner

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Under Earth

    Author: Ellen Renner

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    Following on from the final scenes of the first book in the Storm Witch seriesUnder Earth sees Storm learning mor…

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  • Unleashed

    Author: Amy McCulloch

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Unleashed

    Author: Amy McCulloch

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Lacey Chu loves "bakus": robot companion animals that link directly into your brain. But when she discovers that the company who m…

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