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  • Toby Alone

    Author: Timothee de Fombelle Translator: Sarah Ardizzone

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Toby Alone

    Author: Timothee de Fombelle Translator: Sarah Ardizzone

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 8+

    Winner of the 2009 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation, this exciting adventure has a serious message about the w…

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  • Asterix the Gaul

    Author: Renné Goscinny Illustrator: Albert Uderzo Translator: Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Asterix the Gaul

    Author: Renné Goscinny Illustrator: Albert Uderzo Translator: Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

    In a tiny corner of Brittany, one small village of indomitable Gauls hold out against the almighty, all-conquering Romans.

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  • The Beast Player

    Author: Nahoko Uehashi Translator: Cathy Hirano

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The Beast Player

    Author: Nahoko Uehashi Translator: Cathy Hirano

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Elin's mother has a very special job - caring for the magical Toda which protect their kingdom. But when something goes wrong, Eli…

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  • The Midnight Palace

    Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Translator: Lucia Graves

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • The Midnight Palace

    Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Translator: Lucia Graves

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    In Calcutta in 1916, after the deaths of both their parents in bizarre circumstances, two babies are separated at birth.

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  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Author: Tove Jansson Translator: Elizabeth Portch

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Author: Tove Jansson Translator: Elizabeth Portch

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    Moomintroll is cheerful and chubby and lives in the magical Moominvalley with his mother, Moominmamma, his father, Moominpappa and…

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Translator: Tiina Nunnally Illustrator: Lauren Child

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Translator: Tiina Nunnally Illustrator: Lauren Child

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

    Follow Pippi Longstocking on her amazing adventures as she moves into Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase …

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  • Elise and the Second-Hand Dog

    Author: Bjarne Reuter Illustrator: Kirsten Raagaard Translator: Sian Mackie from Danish

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Elise and the Second-Hand Dog

    Author: Bjarne Reuter Illustrator: Kirsten Raagaard Translator: Sian Mackie from Danish

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    Elise gets a secondhand mongrel to keep her company – and turns out, the dog's name is McAddudi and he’s from Scotland. …

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  • Mr Leon's Paris

    Author: Barroux Translator: Sarah Ardizzone

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Mr Leon's Paris

    Author: Barroux Translator: Sarah Ardizzone

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    Paris is beautifully rendered in moody beige, blue and orange in this retro-styled tale of French taxi driver Mr Leon and his mult…

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  • Starring Carmen!

    Author: Anika Denise Illustrator: Lorenza Alvarez Gomez

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7

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  • Starring Carmen!

    Author: Anika Denise Illustrator: Lorenza Alvarez Gomez

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7

    Carmen is a one-girl theatre company. She sings, acts, dances and makes the costumes! Her little brother Eduardo is desperate to b…

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  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Illustrator: Jim Tierney Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Illustrator: Jim Tierney Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    Thirteen-year-old Marnus finds himself at the centre of a protest when he and a girl named Leila camp out in a tree to preven…

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  • Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope

    Author: Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf Translator: Sue Rose

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope

    Author: Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf Translator: Sue Rose

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 11+

    The Oksa Pollock series has legions of fans all over the world, and this first installment leaves us in no doubt why.

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  • The Story of Babar

    Author: Jean De Brunhoff Translator: Merle S. Haas

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Story of Babar

    Author: Jean De Brunhoff Translator: Merle S. Haas

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

    ' In the great forest, a litle elephant was born. His name was Babar...'

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  • The New Football Coach

    Author: Dominique Demers Translator: Sander Berg Illustrator: Tony Ross

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The New Football Coach

    Author: Dominique Demers Translator: Sander Berg Illustrator: Tony Ross

    Interest level: 7-9

    Reading age: 7+

    The Black Duck Brook Football Club are hoping their new coach Miss Charlotte will help lead them to victory - but she seems to hav…

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  • The Adventures of Tintin

    Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Adventures of Tintin

    Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 9+

    Resourceful junior reporter Tintin embarks on a series of exciting international adventures, accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy…

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  • The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    An air pilot makes a forced landing deep in the Sahara Desert. There, he makes a mysterious Little Prince, who tells him a series …

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  • The Raven’s Children

    Author: Yulia Yakovleva Translator: Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp from Russian

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

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  • The Raven’s Children

    Author: Yulia Yakovleva Translator: Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp from Russian

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

    It’s 1938 and siblings Shura and Tanya are good Soviet citizens and comrades. But there are spies and enemies everywhere. Gri…

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