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New books we love: September 2019

Our Little Inventor

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

  • Baby Touch Animals

    Author: N/A Illustrator: Lemon Ribbon Studio

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Baby Touch Animals

    Author: N/A Illustrator: Lemon Ribbon Studio

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age:

    The excellent Baby Touch series is a real feast for the senses for newborns, and is the perfect introduction to books for the tini…

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  • Bearmouth

    Author: Liz Hyder

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Bearmouth

    Author: Liz Hyder

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    Newt has been living and working in the horrendous conditions of Bearmouth mine from an early age.  Any kind of way out …

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  • Chinglish

    Author: Sue Cheung

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Chinglish

    Author: Sue Cheung

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Jo’s terrified about bringing friend Tina home to meet her parents and revealing that she lives above a Chinese takeaway. In readi…

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  • Encyclopedia of Grannies

    Author: Eric Veille Translator: Daniel Hahn

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Encyclopedia of Grannies

    Author: Eric Veille Translator: Daniel Hahn

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    This colourful guide to all elements of grandmotherly life reminds us that grannies, like everyone else, are full of wonderful var…

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  • Get Me Out of Here!

    Author: Andy McNab and Phil Earle Illustrator: Robin Boyden

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Get Me Out of Here!

    Author: Andy McNab and Phil Earle Illustrator: Robin Boyden

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    This exhilarating story is written by Andy (SAS) McNab, together with Phil Earle. The adrenaline-pumping-pace and unashamed use of…

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  • Glitch

    Author: Sarah Graley

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Glitch

    Author: Sarah Graley

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Izzy and her friend Eric just can’t wait for Dungeon City to arrive – until Izzy find that she’s sucked into the game. Sarah Grale…

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  • Lori and Max

    Author: Catherine O’Flynn

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Lori and Max

    Author: Catherine O’Flynn

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    Schoolgirl-turned-private investigator Lori must use all her prestigious detecting skills if she is to solve the mystery of her be…

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  • My Hair

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • My Hair

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

    This joyful celebration of black hair demonstrates a range of styles and will inspire children to experiment with their own look.

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  • Nits!

    Author: Stephanie Blake Translator: Linda Burgess

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Nits!

    Author: Stephanie Blake Translator: Linda Burgess

    Interest level: 3-5

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    A funny, light-hearted picture book about a common childhood issue that will prompt plenty of chuckles and delight young fans…

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  • Nuts!

    Author: Lou Peacock Illustrator: Yasmeen Ismail

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Nuts!

    Author: Lou Peacock Illustrator: Yasmeen Ismail

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age:

    The squirrels are squabbling. He thinks the nuts are his and she thinks the nuts are hers. A really funny book to read aloud,…

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  • Our Little Inventor

    Author: Sher Rill Ng

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Our Little Inventor

    Author: Sher Rill Ng

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Nell goes on a journey to the polluted Big City to reveal a machine that can clean the city's air. A beautiful picture book t…

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  • Princess BMX

    Author: Marie Basting Illustrator: Flavia Sorrentino

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Princess BMX

    Author: Marie Basting Illustrator: Flavia Sorrentino

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    Princess Avariella is heir to the throne of the magical kingdom of Biscotti. Bored of behaving with grace and decorum, she gets a …

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  • Stretch Your Confidence

    Author: Beth Cox and Natalie Costa Illustrator: Vicky Barker

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Stretch Your Confidence

    Author: Beth Cox and Natalie Costa Illustrator: Vicky Barker

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    With a lightness of touch, this book encourages children to record their feelings, as they consider how they interact with others.…

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  • The Iron Man

    Author: Ted Hughes Illustrator: Chris Mould

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Iron Man

    Author: Ted Hughes Illustrator: Chris Mould

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    Whether you’re already a fan of this classic children’s story or a new reader, this wonderful version is a real treat. Chris Mould…

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  • The Pirate Tree

    Author: Brigita Orel Illustrator: Jennie Poh

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Pirate Tree

    Author: Brigita Orel Illustrator: Jennie Poh

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

    Sam and Agu play together in the tree in a make-believe world of desert islands and stormy seas. A gentle story that is atmospheri…

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  • The Smeds and the Smoos

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • The Smeds and the Smoos

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    Interest level: 3-5

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    On a far-off planet, a young red Smed called Janet falls in love with a young blue Smoo called Bill. The newest rhyming pictu…

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  • The Space We’re In

    Author: Katya Balen Illustrator: Laura Carlin

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Space We’re In

    Author: Katya Balen Illustrator: Laura Carlin

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    A heart-rending read about having a severely autistic brother, from the perspective of the older sibling, Frank. The addition…

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  • This is a Dog

    Author: Ross Collins

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • This is a Dog

    Author: Ross Collins

    Interest level: 0-3

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    A mischievous dog has taken over this copy of ‘My First Animal Book’! Lots of fun and a real delight to read, this is a great…

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  • Top Marks for Murder

    Author: Robin Stevens

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Top Marks for Murder

    Author: Robin Stevens

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    This teen murder-mystery, set in an exclusive girls’ school in 1936 is reminiscent of Enid Blyton’s boarding school novels, but wi…

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  • What’s That in Dog Years?

    Author: Ben Davis Illustrator: Julia Christians

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • What’s That in Dog Years?

    Author: Ben Davis Illustrator: Julia Christians

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    This story is about leaving childhood and entering a world where, as George says, 'things are not simple anymore'. Children will l…

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