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A Place Called Perfect

Author: Hekena Duggan

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (2017)

Take a journey into Perfect, a town that is anything but... Violet Brown didn't want to live in a place that was perfect. How would she ever survive? She'd have to be neat and tidy, would definitely have to brush her hair. She'd have to be perfect and that was boring. But when her dad is offered the best job an optician can get, to fix a strange problem in this odd little town, Violet has to obey. That's the thing with parents, they only ever did what they wanted! From the beginning Violet hates her new home, it's too clean, the people are too friendly, everything is just too nice... When her Mam begins to act a little strange, her Dad disappears on a mysterious business trip without telling a soul, she almost gets expelled from school for picking up a pencil without permission and starts hearing voices in her head, Violet thinks she's going mad. Until one day she meets BOY...

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A Slightly Jones Mystery: The Case Of The Cambridge Mummy

Author: Joan Lennon

Part of a series: Slightly Jones Mysteries

Publisher: Catnip Publishing (2012)

“You who are so mighty, know that I have cursed this necklace with my dying breath ...” An ancient curse has been let loose in cold wintry Cambridge. Priceless artefacts are found mysteriously crushed to dust at the Fitzwilliam Museum, long-dead Egyptian queens stalk the corridors of Girton College – but what do bicycles and bloomers have to do with it all? Slightly Jones is faced with her most bewildering case yet – and her most ruthless opponents. Can she find the answer in time, or will it be a bleak midwinter for everyone?

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A Slightly Jones Mystery: The Case Of The London Dragonfish

Author: Joan Lennon

Part of a series: Slightly Jones Mysteries

Publisher: Catnip Books (2010)

A precious fossil is about to be presented to Queen Victoria at the Natural History Museum in London. But when the exhibit goes missing, the finger points to an innocent man. Slightly Jones won’t let the real culprit get away with it – and with the help of Granny Tonic, Slightly is determined to save the day.

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A Spot Of Bother

Author: Mark Haddon

Publisher: Vintage (2007)

"It's a resolutely unpretentious read: drily, almost flatly funny, but with a deep, sharp humanity..." One of the "50 best holiday reads"

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A Very Bothersome Bear

Author: Vivian French

Part of a series: Knight in Training

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (2015)

SAM J. BUTTERBIGGINS dreams of becoming a Very Noble Knight. But he still has to complete four more quests! For his next quest, Sam needs to find a Goodly Sword. But a grumpy dwarf and a very bothersome bear keep getting in the way! Sam and his cousin Prune need to decide what being a noble knight really means . . .

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A Wrinkle In Time

Author: Madeleine L'Engle

Part of a series: Time Quintet

Publisher: Puffin (2014)

That isn’t Charles! Charles is gone!’ Charles and Meg, and their friend Calvin, travel through a ‘wrinkle in time’ in search of their missing father. But can they beat the evil forces they meet on their dangerous journey through time and space?

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Author: Garth Nix

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2005)

The long-buried secrets of the Old Kingdom and the Ninth Gate are revealed in the sequel to Sabriel and Lirael. Orannis, the Destroyer, has been freed from its subterranean prison and now seeks to unleash its terrible powers. Only Lirael, Abhorsen-in-Waiting, has any chance of stopping this enemy of all Life. As she and her companions – Sameth, the Disreputable Dog and Mogget – set out on their fated journey, Lirael has no idea of what lies ahead. Only days earlier, Lirael was merely a Second Assistant Librarian. Now, with only a vision from the Clayr to guide her and without the experience of Abhorsen Sabriel and King Touchstone, she must search both Life and Death for some means to defeat the Destroyer. Before it is too late…

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Adventure Stories

Author: Clive King

Publisher: Kingfisher (2004)

Adventure Stories chosen by Clive King Action-packed! Across frozen mountains and stormy seas, through steamy jungles and dusty savannahs, the classic heroes and modern-day adventurers featured here battle against nature, unexpected enemies-and sometimes even themselves.

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African Adventure

Author: Willard Price

Publisher: Red Fox (1963)

AFRICAN ADVENTURE 'Hal, there's something you should know. That leopard-man who tried to lead us away from the trail-I think I know who it was... someone from our own camp' On safari in African big-game country Hal and Roger Hunt are on the trail of a vicious man-eating tiger, accompanied by a puffed-up fraudster, Colonel Bigg. As if that weren't enough, the boys are themselves being tracked by a merciless band of killers known as the Leopard Society. When Hal and Roger sense their own tracker has been blackmailed into leading them to their deaths, the brothers realize he needs their help. But isn't it rather dangerous to try to help a man who is out to murder you?

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Against The Day

Author: Michael Cronin

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2003)

This is the story of two boys who are living in England under the occupation of the Third Reich. They must learn to live with their new neighbours - the German gestapo - but become drawn into the secret world of the Resistance. All over Britain people are quietly preparing, waiting for the day when a signal will come - and when that day does arrive, the boys find themselves caught up in the most dangerous time of their lives. Exciting World War II thriller showing how life could have been if the Nazis had invaded Britain.

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