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I, Pod by Rebecca Lisle and Richard Watson

I, Pod by Rebecca Lisle and Richard Watson

An exciting picture book adventure set in a prehistoric world, I can fully understand why the first two books in this series both won awards ...
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The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James

The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James

A captivating sci-fi story that combines imaginative ideas with some important themes. While aimed at teens, this will be enjoyed by younger and older readers ...
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Peril en Pointe by Helen Lipscombe

Peril en Pointe by Helen Lipscombe

An exciting middle-grade mystery with an appealing heroine and an unguessable ending. I’m already counting the months until book two is available. Twelve-year old Milly ...
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Anna at War by Helen Peters

Anna at War by Helen Peters

An impactful and moving Second World War story that has a huge amount of modern resonance. It’s 1939. Anna and her parents are Jews living ...
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The Runaway Pea

The Runaway Pea by Kjartan Poskitt and Alex Willmore

A wonderfully inventive and original picture book story that’s told in near perfect rhyming text. It’s six o’clock and we’re ready for tea, but look ...
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Check Mates by Stewart Foster

Check Mates by Stewart Foster

A compelling story about a boy with ADHD. Is this, perhaps, the middle-grade equivalent of Mark Haddon’s now classic The Curious Incident of the Dog ...
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The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike

The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike

A perfectly crafted middle-grade fantasy adventure where words hold true magic. Rayne doesn’t want to be a spell-breather. She wants to be out playing with ...
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Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

An unusual teen romance with a strong first-person voice that carried me through the full 425 pages at record speed. Eighteen-year-old Birdie has spent most ...
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Latest Author Interviews

Julie Pike

Julie Pike

Julie grew up on a council estate, nestled between the forests and foothills of the Welsh Valleys. She is passionate ...
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Helen Lipscombe

Helen Lipscombe

Helen grew up in South Wales and has been writing since she was little. Often when she should have been ...
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Ali Pye

Ali Pye

Ali Pye is an illustrator and author based in London. Ali studied at Central St Martins and Kingston University. She ...
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Lou Treleaven

Lou Treleaven

Lou writes picture books, junior fiction, early readers and now middle grade for Maverick Arts Publishing.  She lives in Bedfordshire ...
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