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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Digger: The Complete Omnibus Edition by Ursula Vernon

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Digger is the story of a shrewd, sensible wombat engineer named Digger-of-unnecessarily-convoluted-tunnels, who finds herself stranded in a fantasy world that is far from sensible.  Thrust into the middle of a puzzling and often perilous situation involving gods, demons, destiny and redemption she finds her way based on a pragmatic honesty and the sincere belief in doing the right thing.  He only wish is to return home, but along the way she makes enemies into friends, friends into heroes, the weak into warriors, and monsters into … better monsters.

Digger is a serious fantasy tale that manages to be both meaningful and light-hearted.  It explores complex themes of honor, responsibility, and the grey areas between right and wrong, but it does so with a frequent application of humour, wit and absurdity that keeps the story lively.  It is an adventure story that can be fully enjoyed by young adult readers, but it also has levels of complexity in its humour and themes that become deeper and more meaningful with age and experience.  

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A Story About Cancer (With A Happy Ending) by India Desjardins and Marianne Ferrer

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”I think about everything I’ll miss if they tell me I’m going to die … my mum, my dad, my sister, cookies, TV shows I’ll never get to see the end of, the starry sky on a full moon, my grandparents, my grandpa’s lasagne, kissing Victor, Victor’s eyes, Victor’s voice, Victor’s smell, Victor’s hands … Victor.”

This is a story about cancer with a happy ending. It’s about life, love and, especially, hope.

For the past few years, a teenage girl has endured many hospital treatments, wearing a bandanna, people giving her ‘that look’, and her dad’s embarrassing jokes with the nurses.  But she’s also fallen in love.

Now she’s on her way to the hospital, where they’re going to tell her how much time she’s got to live.

A few years ago, author India Desjardins met a young girl with leukaemia who asked her to write a story about cancer with a happy ending.  This is that story. 

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Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist by David Almond and Dave McKean

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”I’ve got a poltergeist,” says Joe.

“What’s one of them?”

“Kind of ghost,” says Joe.

“Davie’ll know.  Davie?”

Joe Quinn tells everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him.  No one, that is, except Davie.

He’s felt the inexplicable presence in the rooms and seen random objects fly through the air.  And there’s something else … a memory of Davie’s beloved sister, and a feeling deep down that it might just be possible for ghosts to exist.

A haunting story of the power of hope.

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Monstress Volume One: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

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Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steampunk horror, MONSTRESS tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivor of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics.  In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, searching for answers about her mysterious past as those who seek to use her remain just one step behind … and all the while, the monster within begins to awaken …  

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