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Dreaming The Bear

Author: Mimi Thebo

Publisher: OUP Oxford (2016)

Darcy's life was never exactly simple, but it was about to become a lot more complicated. Recovering from a distressing illness in her parents' cabin surrounded by looming pine trees, Darcy spends most of her days alone, warming herself by the log fire. That is, until she ventures into the woods hours before a heavy snowstorm, and finds herself face-to-face with a grizzly bear. Their encounter takes a surprising turn when it flourishes into a warm and caring companionship. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the snowy Yellowstone National Park in Montana, Mimi Thebo's poetic tale inspires compassion and friendship, sensitively focusing on how the seemingly impossible can become the achievable.

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Eagle Strike

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Part of a series: Alex Rider

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2003)

Sir Damian Cray is a philanthropist, peace activist, and the world's most famouspop star. But still it's not enough. He needs more if he is to save the world. Trouble is, only Alex Rider recognizes that it's the world that needs saving from Sir Damian Cray. Underneath the luster of glamour and fame lies a twisted mind, ready to sacrifice the world for his beliefs. But in the past, Alex has always had the backing of the government. This time, he's on his own. Can one teenager convince the world that the most popular man on earth is a madman bent on destruction-before time runs out?

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Emil And The Sneaky Rat

Authors: Tony Ross, Astrid Lindgren

Part of a series: Emil

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2008)

There's a rat running amok in Emil's house, and he's determined to capture it. But hiding the rat trap just under his father's bed probably isn't ideal . . . That's just the start of Emil's adventures, which, once begun, never stop. Hens, dogs, little sisters - and adults - all flee his path. But Emil doesn't mean to be bad, it's just that trouble - and fun - follow him wherever he goes. A collection of utterly engaging tales from one of the world's best-loved children's authors.

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Emmeline And The Plucky Pup

Author: Megan Rix

Publisher: Puffin (2018)

Meet the leader of the Suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst, and a particularly plucky pup, during a momentous time in history! Alfie can't believe his luck when he is allowed to keep a tiny puppy he finds abandoned on the street. Rascal is cute as a button and has lots of attitude, and Emmeline Pankhurst is thrilled that her ward Alfie has a new friend. Alfie and Rascal deliver messages between the Suffragettes as they organise their 'Votes for Women' campaign. But it's sometimes dangerous work, and it's not long before Alfie and Rascal find out the true cost of the fight. Full of adventure, fascinating history and lovely animals, this is the perfect read for young fans of Dick King-Smith and Michael Morpurgo.

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Erica's Elephant

Author: Sylvia Bishop

Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books (2017)

She looked the elephant in the eye. “Who left you?” she demanded. “And why?” When Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. Can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny terraced house? And when the dastardly owner of the local zoo plots to steal the elephant, will Erica be able to outsmart him? An enchanting story about the unlikely friendship between a girl and her elephant.

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Facing The Demon Headmaster

Author: Gillian Cross

Part of a series: The Demon Headmaster

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2017)

PURPLE IS THE BEST CLUB EVER. Everyone loves DJ Pardoman, but why does he wear a mask? And what’s beneath it? When Dinah makes a shocking discovery, the mystery deepens. CAN Dinah and her friends stop the demon Headmaster this time, or will he triumph with his most threatening plan yet?

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Fair's Fair

Author: Leon Garfield

Publisher: Wayland (2008)

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Farmer Boy

Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (2004)

Farmer boy is based on a farm in the 1880s in America. Almanzo Wilder is a boy of 9 and he is a young,fun outdoorsy boy who likes growing vegetables and raising animals as a living. He has a brother called Royal and two sisters called Alice and Eliza Jane.This book is exciting and also very adventurous. It gives great surprises such as a pig named Lucy with toffee in her teeth. Almanzo always wanted a colt of his own to feed and break.

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Father Christmas's Fake Beard

Author: Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Penguin Random House (2017)

Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers - they all start to feel a bit . . . samey. How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store, or was even arrested for burglary!? Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) - you'll never see Christmas in the same way again.

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Fathom Five

Author: Robert Westall

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2002)

The Sequel to The Machine Gunners Chas McGill has set out to prove that there really is a German spy in wartime Garmouth, sending information to enemy U-Boats. But what started as a bet with his best friend Cem soon goes far beyond a game. And Chas's obsessive search for the elusive spy leads him to the most terrible decision of his life.

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