Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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Disliked. Bullied. Framed. But I’m not going to let that stop me …

Most of the students at Middlesfield Prep don’t look like Donte. And they don’t like him either. When Donte is suspended from school and arrested, framed for something he didn’t do, he knows it would have never happened to high lighter-skinned brother, Trey.

Terrified, and searching for a place where he belongs, Donte discovered the sport of fencing. And he’s good at it. Very good.

But when he must fence the very boy who framed him, there is far more at stake than just a trophy. Donte must fight not only his bullies, but an entire system that has never treated him fairly because of the colour of his skin.

Powerful and emotionally gripping, this is a story about one boy’s path to finding his own voice in the fight against racism.

BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER was released in the United Kingdom on 13th May 2021. Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book.

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A Girl Called Justice: The Ghost In The Garden by Elly Griffiths

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Super-smart by day, super-sleuth by night.

Justice Jones is on the case …

An intriguing new girl catches Justice’s attention this year.  Letitia has never been to school before and doesn’t care for the rules.  Mysteriously, the teachers don’t seem to mind!

Then, after a midnight feast in the barn, and a terrifying ghost-sighting in the garden, one of Justice’s friends disappears.  Justice has to investigate.  But why are the ransom notes torn from the pages of a crime novel?

Can Justice find the kidnapper – before it’s too late?

You can order A GIRL CALLED JUSTICE: THE GHOST IN THE GARDEN by Elly Griffiths 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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Jaz Santos Vs. The World by Priscilla Mante

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Olá!  I’m Jasmina Santos-Campbell (but you can call me Jaz).  You’ve probably heard of me and my team the Bamrock Stars before.  No?  Well, you will soon because we’re almost famous!

Forming the Stars was my genius idea – you see I need to prove to Mãe (that’s my mum!) that I’m a football star so she’ll want to come back home.

The idea was the easy part, though.  Now I’ve got a team of seven very different girls and we need to work together, to be taken seriously as footballers.

We are the DREAM TEAM and we’re going to show the world that girls CAN plan football! 

You can pre-order JAZ SANTOS VS THE WORLD by Priscilla Mante 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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The Renegades: Defenders Of The Planet Flames Of Amazonia (Vol 2) by Jeremy Brown, Katy Jakeway, Ellenor Mererid, Libby Reed and David Selby

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The Amazon is burning.  Fire-breathing creatures run amok through the trees and The Renegades must unite with indigenous activists to stop them

Protecting the climate are Professor Katelyn, who is haunted by sinister visions …

What do these new visions mean?

… Leon, whose stealthy spying skills have risen to the next level …

I’m going to find out where these creatures come from … 

… And Mo, who can blast solar energy from his fingertips.

I hope I can protect my friends from danger.

CAN THEY STOP THE LATEST THREAT TO EARTH?

You can buy THE RENEGADES DEFENDERS OF THE PLANET VOLUME 2 – FLAMES OF AMAZONIA by Jeremy Brown, Katy Jakeway, Eleanor Mererid, Libby Reed and David Selby 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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The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

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They call me Yanka the bear.  Not because of where I was found – only a few people know about that.

Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered where she is from.  She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong inside as she is on the outside.  When Yanka has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond anything she ever imagined begins – from icy rivers to smouldering mountains, meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way. 

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Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt

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”I wonder what people would think if they could take the front off our house, like a doll’s house, and watch us.  All in the same house, but everyone separate.  No one talking, but everyone thinking the same thing. Will we ever be a normal family again?”

Izzy’s family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman.  Now shy Izzy must face her fears, find her voice, confront the bullies and stand up for her family.

Warm, honest and hopeful, this is a story about the power of family, friendship and being true to yourself.

You can buy NOTHING EVER HAPPENS HERE by Sarah Hagger-Holt 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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The Maker Of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory

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Brat has always lived in the isolated castle on the island, taking care of the vicious creatures that his master creates, waiting in terror for the moment when they are ready to be put to use.  But then the unthinkable happens.  The monsters get out.  Now Brat must overcome his features, and venture into the world he has hidden from his whole life.  For the fate of the everyone rests on his shoulders alone …  

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Silly Verse For Kids by Spike Milligan

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In the Land of the Bumbley Boo

All the mice go Clang!

Hello Jolly Guardsman

But a Hippopotamus Could eat the Lotofus!

The wonderful Bumbley BOO!!!

And Edser, in bed sir, was dead sir

Hello Jolly Guardsman

And Bottles of Dandelion Stew

Hello Mr Python

The People are red white and blue

English Teeth, English Teeth!

I’m not frightened of Pussy Cats

English Teeth, English Teeth!

While an elephant raised his hat

You must never bath in an Irish Stew

Look at all those monkeys

On the Ning Nang Nong

But a Hippopotamus Could eat the Lotofus!

And Edser, in bed sir, was dead sir 

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Agatha Oddly – Murder At The Museum by Lena Jones

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Agatha Oddly: No case too odd … 

Agatha Oddlow’s just stumbled across her next big case … a murder at the British Museum.

But as Agatha starts to dig beneath the surface she begins to suspect that a wider plot is afoot below London – a plot involving a disused Tube station, a huge fireworks display and five thousand tonnes of gold bullion.

Luckily, Agatha’s on the trail …

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A Book Of Milliganimals by Spike Milligan

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Do you know what a Onecan is?  Have you met a Gofongo or the Bald Twit Lion?  Can you guess what the Wiggle-Woggle said?

Another collection of goonish poems and zany drawings by Spike Milligan.  

You can buy A BOOK OF MILLIGANIMALS by Spike Milligan from Amazon USA and Amazon UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through this link.

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Mountain Survival by Edward Packard

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Danger awaits you in the mountain wilderness!

You and your pilot Jake have crashed in the Canadian Rockies.  Jake is hurt, so it’s up to you to hike through the snow for help.  You walk for hours until you come to a cabin.  Inside you see a terrifying scene – a boy is tied to a chair, guarded by a sleeping man with a shotgun and a hunting knife!

What should you do?  If you decide to play it safe and look for help, turn to page 83.  If you try to sneak in and grab the gun and knife, turn to page 89.  Be careful.  Your next move could make you rich – or trap you forever in the dangerous mountains!

What happens next in the story?  It all depends on the choices you make.  How does the story end?  Only you can find out!  And the best part is that you can keep reading and rereading until you’ve had not one but many incredibly daring adventures!

You can buy CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE: MOUNTAIN SURVIVAL by Edward Packard from Amazon USA and Amazon UK.  Please note that I earn commission on any purchases made via this link.

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Scavengers by Darren Simpson

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Follow the rules.

Babagoo’s always right.

Believe only Babagoo.

Respect your fear.

Never go looking outside.

Never rise above the wall.

Landfill has lived his whole life as a scavenger, running with wooflings, swimming with turtles and feasting on whatever he can catch.

Old Babagoo has always looked after him – on one condition.  Follow Babagoo’s rules.  And the most important rule of all is NEVER go beyond the wall.

But Landfill longs to venture Outside.  And some rules are made to be broken.

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Death Sets Sail by Robin Stevens

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Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are in Egypt, taking a cruise along the Nile.  They are hoping to see some ancient temples and a mummy or two; what they get, instead, is MURDER.

Also taking the cruise is a group of genteel English ladies and gentlemen, who believe themselves to be reincarnations of the ANCIENT PHAROAHS.  When their leader is found stabbed to death, and her SLEEPWALKING DAUGHTER awakens covered in blood, Daisy and Hazel begin their most difficult case yet.

But there is DANGER ALL AROUND, and this time only one of the Detective Society will make it home alive … 

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Top Marks For Murder by Robin Stevens

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Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are back at Deepdean School for Girls, where plans are underway for a most exciting event: the Anniversary Weekend.

But as parents arrive at Deepdean, LONG-BURIED RIVALRIES AND SECRETS begin to surface.  Then a shocking incident takes place in the woods.  The girls are convinced THIS IS MURDER – and everything points to one of the parents.

And unless the killer is caught, DEEPDEAN WILL CLOSE FOREVER.

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Embassy Of The Dead: Hangman’s Crossing by Will Mabbitt

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Welcome to the Embassy of the Dead.

Leave your life at the door.  (Thanks).

Awarded an official position working for the Embassy of the Dead, Jake’s job is to protect souls in need.  But journeying deep into the mysterious world of ghosts, Jake overhears a plot to destroy the very fabric between the land of the living and the dead.

With a ghostly gang at his side Jake must do the impossible.  He has to be a hero.  HIs life – and the fate of EVERYONE ON EARTH – depends on it …

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Rory Branagan: The Deadly Dinner Lady by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

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Hello.

I am Rory Branagan.  I am actually a detective.  My school is having a talent show – with Mr Bolton’s ridiculous rap, Mr Meeton’s epic guitar solos and my friend Cat’s amazing dance – but, right in the middle of it, there is the deadliest crime in the history of our school.  I have to find out who did it and why – before they strike again! 

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Way Of The Waves by Janina Ramirez

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Alva clings to her sleeping wolf as the Viking longship pitches and rolls over the North Sea’s crashing waves.  Soon she will reveal herself as a secret stowaway, but only when there’s no chance of turning back.  This is her opportunity to put her shield maiden spirit to the test – exploring strange new ands, solving mysteries, and most importantly finding her father … 

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Riddle Of The Runes by Janina Ramirez

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Alva rushes through the trees in the dead of night with her sniffer wolf, Fen.  Being out alone when there’s a kidnapper on the loose is reckless, but if she ever wants to be an investigator like her Uncle Magnus, she’ll need to be first to the crime scene.

But what Alva discovers raises more questions than it answers, drawing her into a dangerous search for truth, and for treasure … 

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The Girl With Space In Her Heart by Lara Williamson

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Mabel Mynt knows a lot about space …

… like how we feel connected to the stars because we are all made of stardust.

And that Mum’s new boyfriend, Galactic Gavin, has eyes that twinkle like Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.

And that sometimes the perfect place for her sister, Terrible Topaz, would be a black hole.

But Mabel doesn’t know how to fill the space in her heart that Dad left when he walked out.

And so she sets out on a mission of discovery …

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The Haven Revolution by Simon Lelic

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When pupils start going missing from a prestigious boarding school, Ollie Turner knows it’s a job for the Haven.

Below the city streets, the Haven is a hideout for kids, run by kids.

Ollie and the Haven’s Investigations Team put their lives on the line, going undercover to find the missing children.  But little do they realise that a deadly enemy awaits them – one with plans to destroy everything they hold dear.

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The Haven by Simon Lelic

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Underneath the city there exists a secret organisation.

It’s called The Haven – a sanctuary for kids run by kids, with an investigation team that fights for justice everywhere. 

Alone and on the run, 13-year-old Ollie Turner is taken in by The Haven – and finds himself in a world of danger and adventure he could never have imagined …

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A Pocketful Of Stars by Aisha Bushby

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This place is magic … but it’s not the sort of magic that comes from wands and spells …

Safiya and her mum rarely see eye to eye.  But when her mum falls ill, something mysterious happens.  Saff finds herself transported back in tie to her mum’s childhood home in Kuwait.  And it becomes clear that this isn’t just a magical place: it’s a game.  As Saff figures out how to play the game, she realises that opening her heart to the past is the key to changing her future … 

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Dancing Jax by Robin Jarvis

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Some books should be banned or destroyed.  This is the story of one of them …

In a coastal town, a strange, out-of-print children’s book is found, full of colourful stories of castles, knights and unicorns.  But the book is no fairytale.  Written by Austerly Fellows, a mysterious turn-of-the-century occultist, it is no mere entertainment.  In fact, those who start it find that they just can’t put it down, no matter how much they may want to. 

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Walls by Emma Fischel

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Ned Harrison Arkle-Smith had a good life – a perfect family, a true best friend, and a brilliant secret den – but now everything is ruined!  Suddenly his mum and dad want to build a wall right through the middle of his home, Bill has made other friends, and his new neighbour has taken over his special place.

Ned is definitely, completely, totally not happy about this.  Until the night he loses his temper and something amazing happens.  Something that means maybe he can get everyone to come back round to his way of thinking … 

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Where Do You Go, Birdy Jones? by Joanna Nadin

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Birdy Jones is all alone.

Dad’s new family means there’s no room left for Birdy.  The only place that feels like home is Grandpa’s pigeon loft, amongst the warmth of the birds she loves to race. It’s also where she meets Dogger – her only real friend.

When Birdy uncovers a message from the past, she thinks it explains why she doesn’t ‘fit’ in her family.  But the closer she gets to the truth, the further apart she becomes from Dogger.  Why is he drifting away when she needs him the most?

Sometimes it’s those we know best who may be hiding the biggest secrets … 

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