Archives for category: For 8 – 12

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Published by Chicken House

There are at least two versions of magic out there. There’s the fictional magic of the Harry Potter sort. Then there’s the magic, which is more a question of illusion and tricks and of the more regular sort.

Alex is into the latter – fascinated by slight of hand. He’s good at it – but knows that practice is the way forward. He’s a little different from his peers to say the least…and escaping from one of his class mates – bent on having another go at him, he backs into a garden and sees something that he shouldn’t…

This is rather brilliant – not all heroes are what we expect. Perhaps there is a little Harry Potter magic out there, if we only know where to look –

I loved this – a tale with a magical twist…

Brilliant.

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Published by Simon and Schuster

This is a traditional pony story – a horse mad young girl and her Mum have recently moved to live near her grandfather, and whilst exploring she comes across a horse that has bolted – and falls in love.

The trouble is the person who owns the horse, isn’t the one she met with the horse…and when she realises things aren’t as they should be…life gets considerably more complicated.Image result for wet cat drawing

This is one of those books for horse lovers. Friendship, bravery, determination and the love of a good horse. Oh, I nearly forgot. It’s also about a grumpy cat. Actually the cat has very good reasons for being grumpy…

What more do you need for the Summer holidays?

The illustration is taken from the Internet – accredited to Olivia Walker…

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Published by Chicken House

Andy’s mother runs ‘New to U’ a second hand clothing shop in the village. She has taken to bringing home new items for her daughter to wear. Second-hand new. Andy meanwhile dreams of dresses. New dresses. Handbags. Shoes and underwear that’s not ‘pre-owned’…

She’s the only pupil in her school who continues to come to school in uniform. Recently they have been encouraged to show their individuality by choosing their own clothes for school.  Most pupils spend their weekends buying new clothes – trying to find that something no-one else has seen.

Andy though, is given a pile of pre-loved clothes, a muddle of clothing, vintage that doesn’t suit…certainly clothing that no-one else would give wardrobe room…

Then Andy finds a bag of quality designer clothes, stuffed in a bag at the back of the shop and then Andy’s mum takes a break to see her mum and her sister and Andy takes the chance to change everything…

This is a touching story about fashion, friendship, depression, love and business acumen!