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Simply the Quest
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Simply the Quest

Maz Evans. Chicken House. (384p) ISBN 9781910655511 Well, in the second book of Maz Evans series we find out that it is not only QEII that has an interesting skill set, the rest of the royal family has certain aptitudes and attitudes. Nice to know that everyone enjoys a good BBQ. In Simply The Quest …

Who Let the Gods Out
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Who Let the Gods Out

Maz Evans. Chicken House. (384p) ISBN 9781910655412 In Who Let the Gods Out, the debut novel from Maz Evans we find Elliot caring for his mum who has an undisclosed mental health problem, and finding it hard to balance everything, well after all he is only 11. When Venus (yes, the constellation) comes down to …

The Way Past Winter
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The Way Past Winter

Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Chicken House. (256p) ISBN 9781912626076 In an everlasting winter, sisters Mila and Pipa set out in search for their brother Oskar. Mila is certain that he didn’t accompany the stranger of his own accord, that he didn’t leave like their father did. Her other sister, Sanna feels that he has abandoned them …

Tin
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Tin

Padraig Kenny. Chicken House. (352p) ISBN 9781911077657 Follow the ragtag band of mechanicals as they search for Christopher, who has been abducted by someone who wants to discover his deepest secrets. Throughout this gripping adventure, Tin is set in an England of alternative 1930s where mechanicals (robots) are common, there is a huge nod to …

Girl of Ink and Stars
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The Girl of Ink and Stars

Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Chicken House. (240p) ISBN 9781910002742 In ‘The Girl of Ink & Stars’, Kiran creates a believable world inhabited by believable characters. The story starts as though it is going to be historical fiction set on an island in an imaginary tropical ocean, but as it progresses the mystical side of the island …

Battle of the Beetles
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Battle of the Beetles

M.G. Leonard. Chicken House. (320p) ISBN 9781910002780 There was such a wait for Battle of the Beetles, the final book in the trilogy, it was sooooo long, really looooong. The wait was well worth it though as we follow, Darkus, Victoria and Bertolt in their quest to foil Lucretia’s plans for world domination using FrankenBeetles, …

Beetle Queen
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Beetle Queen

M.G. Leonard. Chicken House. (352p) ISBN 9781910002773 Continuing the adventures of Darkus, Victoria and Bertolt, ‘Beetle Queen’ is another wonderfully crafted book. Written by M.G. Leonard, illustrated by Elisabet Portabella and published by Chichen House Publishing, and as with ‘Beetle Boy’ the special edition has a decorated fore edge. Lucretia Cutter has got away at …

The Island at the End of Everything
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The Island at the End of Everything

Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Chicken House. (256p) ISBN 9781910002766 Based on a real island in the Philippines, Kiran tells the story of Amhi, The Island at the End of Everything a young girl who’s mother is Touched (has leprosy). Different from her previous story ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ in that it doesn’t have a …

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