Mirabelle In Double Trouble by Harriet Muncaster

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Mirabelle is special because she is different.

Mirabelle’s mum is a witch and her dad is a fairy and she LOVES getting up to magical mischief!

Mirabelle and her family are off on holiday and Mirabelle has promised to be on her very best behaviour.  She really means it too …

The holiday is amazing – but when Mirabelle makes a new friend called Beatrix, she makes a worrying discovery – Beatrix is even more mischievous than Mirabelle!

With potions gone wrong, runaway dragons and food fights, will Mirabelle’s family believe that Mirabelle is (mostly) innocent this time, or is it just a case of double the trouble?

MIRABELLE IN DOUBLE TROUBLE was released in the United Kingdom on 3rd February 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book

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Rainbow Magic: Frenchie The Bulldog Fairy by Daisy Meadows

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Rainbow magic

Jack Frost has kidnapped Frenchmen the Bulldog Fairy’s magical bulldog!  Without her pup and his magical collar, Frenchie can’t help puppy owners to look after their dogs.  Rachel and Kirsty must rescue Frenchie’s bulldog – and fast!

RAINBOW MAGIC: FRENCHIE THE BULLDOG FAIRY was released in the United Kingdom on 3rd March 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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Ambrose Follows His Nose by Dick King-Smith and Josie Rogers

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Follow the adventures of the extraordinary Ambrose in this newly discovered story from the renowned author of The Sheep-Pig, Dick King-Smith, completed by his great-granddaughter Josie Rogers.

I’ve NEVER seen anything like it … Fancy following a trail like THAT!

Ambrose may seem like an ordinary rabbit but he has the most extraordinary sense of smell!  He can detect any aroma from sweets to kittens – and even niffy foxes!

He lives with his family in a hutch and is visited every day by Biddy, who is desperate to take him home to be her pet – if only her mum and dad would let her.

Biddy trains Ambrose to become a tracker rabbit – which comes in very handy when Ambrose’s little sister Roll goes missing.  But when Biddy’s family find themselves in real danger, can Ambrose’s sensitive nose save the day?

AMBROSE FOLLOWS HIS NOSE was released in the United Kingdom on 3rd March 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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Do One Thing: The Breakthrough You Need For The Progress You Want by Dr Geraint Evans

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Do One Thing is for you if you want to make changes in your life but don’t know where to start.  With practical tools to tackle the issues in your life that are stopping you from achieving your goals, you’ll find out how to start making the change you want from today.

Covering nine distinct topics and with over 60 practical ideas to try, discover how to:

– acknowledge and remove the blocks in your life

– understand what needs to change and how to make it happen

– ask for help and find ways to give back to others

– use your new perspective to sustain momentum in the future.

If you only do one thing … read this book.

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Possessed: Why We Want More Than We Need by Bruce Hood

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How ownership came to control us – and what we can do about it.

You may not believe it, but there is a link between our current political instability and your childhood attachment to teddy bears.  There’s also a reason why children in Asia are more likely to share than their Western counterparts and why the poor spend more of their income on luxury goods than the rich.  Or why your mother is more likely to leave her money to you than your father.  What connects these things?

The answer is our need for ownership.  Award-winning psychologist Bruce Hood draws on research from his own lab and others around the world to explain why this uniquely human preoccupation governs our behaviour from the cradle to the grave, even when it is often irrational and destructive.  What motives us to buy more than we need?  Is it innate, or cultural?  How does our urge to acquire control our behaviour, even the way we vote?  And what can we do about it?

Timely, engaging and persuasive, Possessed is the first book to explore how ownership has us enthralled in relentless pursuit of a false happiness, with damaging consequences for society and the planet – and how we can stop buying into it. 

Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book

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Ballet Bunnies – Trixie Is Missing by Swapna Reddy and Bimmy Talib

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One girl, four bunnies, and a wonderful dancing adventure.

It’s the day before the big show, and Millie and her friends, the Ballet Bunnies, have a busy day planned.

Everything is going smoothly until Millie checks her bag and finds that something very important and fluffy is missing!  It’s time for Millie to retrace her footsteps …

BALLET BUNNIES: TRIXIE IS MISSING was released in the United Kingdom on 6th January 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book

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Marv And The Dino Attack by Alex Falase-Koya and Paula Bowles

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”The super-suit is powered by two things: kindness and imagination.  Luckily you, Marvin, have tons of both!”

Marvin is on a school trip to the dinosaur museum when supervillain Rex makes the dinosaur skeletons come alive.  He wants one for a sidekick and he wants it NOW!

When Marvin puts on his superhero suit he becomes MARV – unstoppable, invincible and totally marvellous.  Chased through the museum by a rampaging T-Rex and then surrounded by velociraptors, Marv must use the power of his suit to save the day.

Marv and Pixel are about to show Rex that you can’t make someone be your sidekick – you need to earn their respect and friendship first. 

MARV AND THE DINO ATTACK was released in the United Kingdom on 3rd February 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book

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Marv And The Mega Robot by Alex Falase-Koya and Paula Bowles

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”The super-suit is powered by two things: kindness and imagination.  Luckily you, Marvin, have tons of both!”

Marvin loves reading about superheroes and now he’s about to become one for real.

Grandad is passing his superhero suit and robot sidekick, Pixel, on to Marvin.  It’s been a long time since the world needed a superhero but now, with a mega robot and a supervillain on the loose, that time has come.

To defeat his enemies and protect his friends, Marvin must learn to trust the superhero within.  Only then will Marvin become MARV – unstoppable, invincible and totally marvellous!

MARV AND THE MEGA ROBOT was released in the United Kingdom on 3rd February 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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Big Words For Little People: Our World by Helen Mortimer and Cristina Trapanese

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Have you ever thought about how special our world is?

This book will help you understand our planet by giving you the everyday words to talk about taking care of the world and each other.  

BIG WORDS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE: OUR WORLD was released in the United Kingdom on 6th January 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson

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Dead girl walking.

Pip Fitz-Amobi is haunted by her last investigation.  But soon a new case finds her and this time it’s all about Pip.

She has a stalker, one who keeps asking: Who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears?

Pip soon discovers a connection between her stalker and a local serial killer, but the police refuse to act.  As the dangerous game plays out it’s clear that if Pip doesn’t find the answers, she’s as good as dead …

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Kitty And The Woodland Wildcat by Paula Harrison and Jenny Løvlie

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A magical adventure by the light of the moon.

Kitty and her friend Ozzy are on a camping adventure – enjoying starlit skies and crackling campfires.  But time away from Hallam City’s rooftops doesn’t mean time away from superhero duties.  When Kitty hears a lonely meow from the woods, she leaps into action, finding a woodland wildcat searching for her lost kittens.

With storm clouds gathering, it’s a race against the clock.  Can Kitty use her superpowers to find the missing kittens?

KITTY AND THE WOODLAND WILDCAT was released in the United Kingdom on 10th February 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book

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Isadora Moon Gets The Magic Pox by Harriet Muncaster

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Isadora Moon is special because she is different.

Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both.

Isadora has got a maths test on Monday, and she’s worried she’s not going to do very well.  If only she was ill she could get out of doing the test …

But giving yourself the magic pox is never a good idea and soon everything is out of control.  Can Isadora make it all better? 

ISADORA MOON GETS THE MAGIC POX was released in the United Kingdom on 3rd March 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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Gretel The Wonder Mammoth by Kim Hillyard

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One Tuesday morning, a loud CRACK sounds, and Gretel, the last mammoth on earth, breaks free from the ice! As she settles into her exciting new life, Gretel starts to feel overwhelmed and a little bit lonely …

This positive picture book from the award-winning Kim Hillyard teaches young readers that perhaps the bravest act a person (or mammoth!) can do is ask for help.

GRETEL THE WONDER MAMMOTH was released in the United Kingdom on 3rd March 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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That Time Of The Month: A Girl’s Guide To Starting Your Period by Rosie Kessous and Arianna Vettraino

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There is one thing that still puzzles Samira … PERIODS!

She has heard people talking about them, but has no idea what they are.  With the help of this book and her family, she learns all about that time of the month!

This friendly and reassuring book will answer first questions about what periods are, ease any worries and provide reassurance that periods are a healthy part of growing up. 

THAT TIME OF THE MONTH: A GIRL’S GUIDE TO STARTING YOUR PERIOD was released in the United Kingdom on 10th February 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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The Return Of The Russian Leviathan by Sergei Medvedev

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Russia’s relationship with its neighbours and with the West has worsened dramatically in recent years.  Under Vladimir Putin’s leadership, the country has annexed Crimea, begun a way in Eastern Ukraine, used chemical weapons on the streets of the UK and created an army of internet trolls to meddle in the US presidential elections.  How should we understand this apparent relapse into aggressive imperialism and militarism?

In this book, Sergei Medvedev argues that this new wave of Russian nationalism is the result of mentalities that have long been embedded within the Russian psyche.  Whereas in the West, the turbulent social changes of the 1960s and a rising awareness of the legacy of colonialism have modernised attitudes, Russia has been stymied by an enduring sense of superiority over its neighbours alongside a painful nostalgia for empire.  It is this infantilised and irrational world view that Putin and others have exploited, as seen most clearly in Russia’s recent foreign policy decisions, including the annexation of Crimea.

This sharp and insightful book, full of irony and humour, shows how the archaic forces of imperial revanchist have been brought back to life, shaking Russian society and threatening the outside world.  It will be of great interest to anyone trying to understand the forces shaping Russian politics and society today.

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Anansi And The Golden Pot by Taiye Selasi

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”Allow me to introduce myself.” But he needed no introduction.

“Anansi the spider!” said Anansi the boy.  “The tales were true!”

Kweku has grown up hearing stories about the mischievous spider, Anansi.  Kweku’s father gave him the nickname Anansi because of his similarly cheeky ways.

On a holiday to visit his beloved Nana in Ghana, Anansi the boy meets Anansi the spider who shows him a magical pot that can be filled with whatever he wants.  Will he learn to share this wonderful gift? 

ANANSI AND THE GOLDEN POT was released in the United Kingdom on 6th January 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book

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Stand Out: 5 Key Skills to Advance Your Career by Debra Stevens

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We’re communicating online more than ever, but with less and less impact.  We’re failing to be heard or get our message across.

In a digital world, we need to build on what makes us human and develop the five skills that will help us stand out, personally and professionally.

1. Engage

2. Listen

3. Empathise

4. Collaborate

5. Inspire

These soft skills give you the advantage in a changing world, allowing you freedom, flexibility and the ability to collaborate with others.

Stand Out will get you ahead of the curve and give you the tools you need so you can pursue your passions, achieve your goals and thrive in your career.   

You can order STAND OUT: 5 KEY SKILLS TO ADVANCE YOUR CAREER by Debra Stevens from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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Kissing Emma by Shappi Khorsandi

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Emma is beautiful.

Men stare at her.

Girls are jealous of her.

Yet Emma is trapped.

Trapped by her beauty and trapped by a lack of prospects.  She sleeps on her nan’s sofa and rushes to cleaning jobs after school.  She dreams that there’s more to life than just scraping by.

Then Emma is tempted by two men who promise her the world in exchange for modelling work.  But there’s a dark side to their offer that she will only discover when she’s in too deep …

Can Emma break free and take control of her own life?

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If I Ran The Country by Rich Knight

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You’ve just made your first great decision as LEADER OF YOUR VERY OWN COUNTRY – you’ve picked up this brilliant* book.

GOOD MOVE, BOSS!

You see, being top dog isn’t easy.  There are lots of important decisions to make.

What kind of government will you set up and how will it work?

How can you be as fair as possible (if you care about that kind of thing**)?

What are you going to do about all those tricky issues like climate change and inequality?

You’re going to need to figure out HOW POLITICS WORKS, WHAT YOU STAND FOR and WHY LEADERSHIP MATTERS.

Don’t panic.  This funny and fact-packed book will guide you every step of the way.

You’ll be ruling LIKE A PRO in no time!</center>

* Though we say so ourselves.

** We, your people, are kind of hoping you do.

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Tiger Warrior: Rise Of The Lion Beast by M. Chan

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It’s Chinese New Year and Jack is excited to celebrate and watch the traditional lion dance.  But in the Jade Kingdom the mythical New Year beast is real – and really dangerous!

Jack can’t help feeling scared to battle the creature that haunts his nightmares.  Can he face his fears and save the Jade Kingdom?  

TIGER WARRIOR: RISE OF THE LION BEAST was released in the United Kingdom on 20th January 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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25 Myths About Bullying And Cyberbullying by Elizabeth K. Englander

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Learn the truth about bullying in the 21st century: what to look for and how to cope with the social problems faced by today’s kids.

Whether dealing with bullying issues or worrying that they might occur, parents are faced with more challenges than ever before.  In the age of the internet and social media, traditional approaches to bullying haven’t kept pace with new realities, and new problems like cyberbullying have emerged.  Parents searching for ways to prevent or copy with bulling are flooded by a deluge of advice, opinions, and strategies – often conflicting or, even worse, potentially harmful.  25 Myths About Bullying And Cyberbullying helps parents understand the causes and consequences of bullying, determine if something is truly a problem, and effectively deal with problems when they arise.

This practical guide enables parents to appreciate how modern digital environments impact a young person’s communication and relationships, recognise the most prevalent types of psychological bullying and cyberbullying, and know when and how to intervene.  The author dispels common myths related to confronting bullies, victims seeking revenge on bullies, keeping kids off their phones and computers to prevent cyberbullying, the links between bullying and suicide, and many others.  Backed by the most recent work in bullying and cyberbullying research, this book helps parents:

– understand what causes, prevents, and stops bullying and cyberbullying

– tell the difference between bullying issues and normal ‘growing pains’

– recognise the signs and effects of psychological bullying

– know when intervening is helpful, and when it can be destructive

– reduce social anxieties and the potential for bullying issues in children and young adults.

25 Myths About Bullying And Cyberbullying is an important resource for parents of school-age children and young adults, as well as staff in educational environments.  

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Dark And Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain

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A missing girl.

A town full of psychics.

A secret that won’t stay buried … 

Seventeen-year-old Grey returns to La Cachette, Louisiana – the small town where she grew up – every summer.  But this time is different.  Grey’s best friend Elora has been missing for months.

When Grey discovers a connection between Elora’s disappearance and a pair of grisly murders thirteen years earlier, she realises she can’t trust anyone.  Not her grandmother; nor her childhood love, and least of all the stormy-eyed boy who emerges from the bayou.  Magic and secrets fester beneath the surface of La Cachette and its dark and shallow lies are about to blow the town apart …  

DARK AND SHALLOW LIES was released in the United Kingdom on 2nd September 2021.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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Saturday Night Live And Philosophy edited by Jason Southworth and Ruth Tallman

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Is Weekend Update fake news?

How can we tell the difference between satire, smart-assert, and seriousness?

What is the benefit of jokes that cause outrage?

The Church Lady has a bad case of moral superiority.  How about you?

What can Wayne and Garth teach us about living a happy life?

Live from New York for over forty years, Saturday Night Live is seriously funny, and through decades of sketches, monologues, commercials, music acts, and a huge cast of recurring characters, NBC’s original late-night comedy sketch show has brought a touch of levity to everything that is laughable about modern life.  Many of the greatest minds in modern comedy – Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Kate McKinnon and more – have honed their craft at SNL, finding fresh ways to highlight the ridiculous and absurd in our boardrooms, newsrooms, mailrooms, sorority houses, music studios, churches, schools, and everywhere in-between.  Politicians from Gerald Ford to Donald Trump have had their faults and foibles lampooned by SNL’s election sketches and satirical news segments, and all the while, Weekend Update has shown us that the medium is the message.

Of course, comedian-philosophers from Socrates to Sartre have always produced and provoked us, critiquing our most sacred institutions and urging us to examine ourselves in the process.  In Saturday Night Live and Philosophy, a star-studded ensemble cast of philosophers takes a close look at the “deep thoughts” beneath the surface of the award-winning late-night variety show and its hosts’ hijinks.  In this book, philosophy and comedy join forces with the strength of the Ambiguously Gay Duo to explore the meaning of life itself through the riffs and beats of the subversive parody that gives the show its razor-sharp wit and undeniable cultural and political significance.  

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Be An Eco Hero! At Home by Florence Urquhart and Lisa Koesterke

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Find out how you can be an eco hero at home! Learn how to save energy and water, and how to reduce, reuse and recycle your waste.

Then take our eco hero quiz!

BE AN ECO HERO! AT HOME was released in the United Kingdom on 13th January 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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Rag And Bone by Lisa Woollett 

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From relics of Georgian empire-building and slave-trading, through Victorian London’s barged-out refuse to 1980s fly-tipping and the pervasiveness of present-day plastics, Rag and Bone traces the story of our rubbish, and, through it, our history of consumption.

In a series of beachcombing and mudlarking walks – beginning in the Thames in central London, then out to the Kentish estuary and eventually the sea around Cornwall – Lisa Woollett also tells the story of her family, a number of whom made their living from London’s waste, and who made a similar journey downriver from the centre of the city to the sea.

A beautifully written but urgent mixture of social history, family memoir and nature writing, Rag and Bone is a book about what we can learn from what we’ve thrown away – and a call to think more about what we leave behind. 

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