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Book of the week


The Pearl in the Ice (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Cathryn Constable

(Chicken House)
304pp, FICTION, 978-1912626519, RRP £6.99, Paperback


If you love mystery and adventure, proper adventure that is, in dangerous, far-away places, adventure tinged with magic and that requires the protagonist to show real courage and integrity, then Cathryn Constable is the author for you.


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Winter of the Wolves (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Tony Bradman
(Bloomsbury Education)

160pp, FICTION, 978-1472953780, RRP £5.99, Paperback


This short tale has echoes of Rosemary Sutcliffe in it, following as it does a homeless boy who becomes a man, is tested in battle and finally finds his calling as a wordsmith, a teller of tales.


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When We Were Warriors (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Emma Carroll
(Faber & Faber)

256pp, FICTION, 978-0571350407, RRP £6.99, Paperback


Emma Carroll is fast establishing herself as one of the most consistent and accessible authors writing for KS2 readers.


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Now or Never-a Dunkirk Story (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Bali Rai
(Scholastic)

208pp, 978-1407191362, RRP £6.99, Paperback


This absorbing and revealing book is part of the Voices series, published to give a platform to those unsung heroes from the past whose authentic stories have not been fully told.


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Paper Avalanche (14+ Secondary/Adult)

Lisa Williamson
(David Fickling Books)

368pp, FICTION, 978-1910989968, RRP £10.99, Hardcover


This is Lisa Williamson’s third novel, and like its predecessors scores highly for sheer readability. Compassionate and understanding, even where silly spoilt Bonnie is concerned, this is YA fiction at its most assured.


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