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Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep
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Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep

Philip Reeve. David Fickling Books. (288p) ISBN 9781788452373 A book I’d requested through work as I’m a huge fan of Mortal Engines (plus Philip Reeve’s other works). This latest book is a magnificent middle grade fantasy adventure following Utterly Dark, the ward of The Watcher of Wildsea. When her ward drowns it sets a chain …

The Time of Green Magic
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The Time of Green Magic

Hilary McKay. Pan Macmillan. (224p) ISBN 9781529019247 I was really lucky to get a proof copy of The Time of Green Magic from Macmillan as I really loved The Skylarks’ War and was looking forward to this. When Theo and Polly met Abi’s life went through some big changes, two families blended, and she didn’t …

The Last Spell Breather
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The Last Spell Breather

Julie Pike. Oxford University Press. (304p) ISBN 9780192771605 I picked The Last Spell Breather up in a pack of proofs from OUP Childrens that had been in the staff room for a while. Wow! From the first page this was a non-stop adventure with an intriguingly original magical system, cracking cast of characters, and a …

The Price Guide to the Occult
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The Price Guide to the Occult

Leslye Walton. Walker Books. (288p) ISBN 9781406373509 I am just so shallow that it was the cover that sold The Price Guide to the Occult to me. But it was worth it, The Price Guide to the Occult tells the story of Rona Blackburn and her descendants who live on Anathema Island. There is a …

Witch for a Week
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Witch for a Week

Kaye Umansky. Simon and Schuster. (192p) ISBN 9781471160905 Elsie is chosen to look after Magenta’s Witch Tower for a week whilst Magenta goes to see her sister. Elsie doesn’t realise why in the beginning but sees it as a good opportunity to get away from the domestic chaos of her house where her younger brothers …

A Pinch of Magic
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A Pinch of Magic

Michelle Harrison. Simon & Schuster. (368p) ISBN 9781471124297 Set on the island of Crowstone, Betty Widdershins finds out that the women of her family have been cursed to die if they ever leave the islands. Along with her sisters, Charlie and Fliss, she sets out to break the curse, determined to leave the islands. Who …

The Legend of Podkin One-Ear
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The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

Kieran Larwood. Faber & Faber. (288p) ISBN 9780571340200 It’s a bit cliched and I don’t often say it, so here goes. The Legend of Podkin One-Ear is an instant classic and will be read for decades as a favourite of adults and children who will go on to introduce it to their children. From the …

Mirror Magic
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Mirror Magic

Claire Fayers. Pan Macmillan. (304p) ISBN 9781509870066 Magic in mirrors, alternative worlds, doorways through mirrors. All these topics had me so interested in this book when it arrived. I wasn’t disappointed, Mirror Magic was read in a day. Funny, fresh and exciting! Claire’s world is one set in the late 19th century where our world …

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