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.

You can order ISADORA MOON GETS THE MAGIC POX by Harriet Muncaster from Amazon USAAmazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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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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The Outfit: The Absolutely True Story Of The Time Joseph Stalin Robbed A Bank by David Tallerman

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In 1906, the revolutionary Joseph Djugashvili – who would later take the name Joseph Stalin – met with an old friend, a clerk at the Tiflis branch of the State Bank of the Russian Empire, for a glass of milk.  Over talk of national pride, the spirit of the new century and Djugashvili’s poetry, they agreed the beginnings of a plan.

With the aid of the Outfit, Djugashvili’s hardened crew of “expropriators”, they would pull off the biggest, bloodiest and most daring robbery in Georgia’s history, and ruthlessly change the direction of the Bolshevik revolution forever … 

THE OUTFIT by David Tallerman was released in the United Kingdom on 3rd March 2022.  Thanks to Rebellion Publishing 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.

You can order THE RETURN OF THE RUSSIAN LEVIATHAN by Sergei Medvedev 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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Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

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Someone is missing.  Nobody’s talking.  But this time EVERYONE is listening … 

Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective any more.  Her true crime podcast about the murder case she solved last year has gone viral.  Yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to go back on her word when someone close to her goes missing and the police can’t do anything about it.  If they won’t investigate, then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way.  But will she find the answers before time runs out?

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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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Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett

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Skiing, sand and shopping in the world’s weirdest city.

When Joe Bennett was at school he hadn’t heard of Dubai.  If you’d asked him where it was he would have guessed Africa.  Or perhaps India, or Asia, or even Europe.  And he wouldn’t have been far wrong, because Dubai isn’t far from anywhere.

Once nothing more than a hot little port on the Arabian Gulf, Dubai transformed seemingly overnight into a hub of global trade and global finance.  And it made this transformation peaceably; bringing Muslim and Christian worlds together without succumbing to the wars and terrorism that blight the region.  Dubai seemed like a model for the way ahead.

But when the economic crisis put the wind up global capitalism, Dubai came to be seen as the emblem of a rotten world.  Dubai was brash.  Dubai was cruel.  Dubai was exploitative.  Dubai was a speculative bubble.  Dubai, in short, was plain bloody horrible.

Leaving the comfort of his armchair, Joe Bennett embarks on a quest to discover just what (and where) Dubai really is.  Can it go on?  Has it sold itself to the corporate dollar?  Is it anything more than a mall in the desert?  Will the sands return?

Absurdly funny, wise and witty, Hello Dubai is another wonderful journey from the author of A Land Of Two Halves, Mustn’t Grumble and Where Underpants Come From.

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Roxy by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

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Above our world is a toxic wonderland where the party has raged for centuries.

Humans know the partygoers simply as “narcotics”, “opioids”, “drugs”.  But here they are malevolent gods, toying with the fates of mortals.  Roxy and Addison have made a wager to see who can be lethal the quickest.

Isaac and Ivy Ramey are their targets.  Ivy is understimulated and over medicated.  Isaac is desperate to recover from a sports injury that jeopardises his chance of a scholarship.  This is the start of a race to the bottom that will determine life and death.  One Ramey will land on their feet.  The other will be lost to the Party.

The only question is … Which one?

ROXY was released in the United Kingdom on 11th November 2021.   Thanks to Walker Books 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?

You can order KISSING EMMA by Shappi Khorsandi 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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Sex Ed: An Inclusive Teenage Guide To Sex And Relationships by The School of Sexuality Education

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Everything you need to know about sex and relationships in the 21st century, with words from an award-winning team.

Find out about:

Consent

The body

What is sex?

Sexual health

online life

Relationships

Reproductive health

Gender & sexuality

Body image.  

SEX ED: AN INCLUSIVE TEENAGE GUIDE TO SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS was released in the United Kingdom on 16th September 2021.  Thanks to Walker Books for the review copy of this book.

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The Blue Death by Joan Brady

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For generations the Freyls have ruled Springfield, Illinois, capital of a state of Great Lakes and rivers.  Now convicted killer David Marion threatens their invincibility, and he threatens it from within their own ranks.

Water: it’s blue gold, and the price on world markets is soaring.  When Springfield gets a new mayor, it finds its supply under threat, not only from corporations out for the money but from a disease that appears from nowhere, that nobody can identify and nobody can treat.

None of this interests David Marion until his own past surfaces and he finds himself caught between multinational leviathans at war over America’s heartland.  

You can order THE BLUE DEATH by Joan Brady from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, or Waterstone’s.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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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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Urban Shaman by C. E. Murphy

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Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed WILD HUNT.

No worries.  No pressure.  Never mind the lack of sleep, the perplexing new talent for healing herself from fatal wounds, or the cryptic, talking coyote who appears in her dreams.

And if all that’s not bad enough, in the three years Joanne’s been a cop, she’s never seen a dead body – but she’s just come across her second in three days.

It’s been a bitch of a week.

AND IT ISN’T OVER YET.

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Queer Up: An Uplifting Guide To LGBTQ+ Love, Life And Mental Health by Alexis Caught

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Queer, questioning or just curious?

Whether you’re part of the community or an ally looking to learn more, this book is an empowering guide to growing up LGBTQ+.  Packed full of friendly answers to BIG queer questions, discover:

– advice on coming out, sex and relationships, allyship and more.

– mental health support to help you love and value yourself

– inspiring stories from people across the LGBTQ+ spectrum 

QUEER UP: AN UPLIFTING GUIDE TO LGBTQ+ LOVE, LIFE AND MENTAL HEALTH was released in the United Kingdom on 20th January 2022.   Thanks to Walker Books for the review copy of this book.

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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.  

You can order 25 MYTHS ABOUT BULLYING AND CYBERBULLYING by Elizabeth K. Englander 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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Mickey7 by Edward Ashton

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Dying isn’t any fun …

But at least it’s a living.

Mickey7 is an Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonise the ice world Niflheim.  Whenever there’s a mission that’s too dangerous – even suicidal – the crew turns to Mickey.  After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact.  Mickey signed on to escape from bad debts and boredom on Midgard.

After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal … and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it.

When he goes missing and is presumed dead at the hands of deadly indigenous creatures, Mickey8 reports for duty, and their troubles really begin.

MICKEY7 by Edward Ashton will be released in the United States on 15th February 2022 and in the United Kingdom on 17th February 2022.  Thanks to Rebellion Publishing for the review copy of this book.

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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.  

You can order SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AND PHILOSOPHY edited by Jason Southworth and Ruth Tallman 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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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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Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

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Once a year, a road appears in the woods at midnight and the ghost of Lucy Gallows beckons, inviting those who are brave enough to play her game.  If you win, you escape with your life.  But if you lose …

It’s almost a year since Becca went missing.  Everyone else has given up searching for her, but her sister, Sara, knows she disappeared while looking for Lucy Gallows.  Determined to find her, Sara and her closest friends enter the woods.  But something more sinister than ghosts lurks on the road, and not everyone will survive.  

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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. 

You can order RAG AND BONE: A FAMILY HISTORY OF WHAT WE’VE THROWN AWAY by Lisa Woollett 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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