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Shadow

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Title: Shadow

Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN: 9780007339617

You Said: Michael Morpurgo is my favourite author and this is one of his best yet!

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What's it about? A stunning and moving new novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation’s favourite storyteller – featuring the bravest dog in all the world…

This is the story of Aman, as told in his own words – a boy from Afghanistan fleeing the horror of the Afghan war. When a western dog shows up outside the caves where Aman lives with his mother, Aman is initially repulsed – it is not customary for people to keep dogs as pets in his part of the world. But when Aman and his mother finally decide to make a bid for freedom, the dog Aman has called Shadow will not leave their side. Soon it becomes clear: the destinies of boy and dog are linked, and always will be…

Brave New Girl

Author: Catherine Johnson

Title: Brave New Girl

Publisher: Frances Lincoln | ISBN: 9781847802545

You Said: I loved the way this story could make you laugh and cry!

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What's it about? "I can make things happen - good things - I know it!"

Seren is so full of brilliant ideas - it's just that she always seems to put her foot in it! First there was the dance routine where she fell off the stage. And now her plan to get her sister Sasha noticed by gorgeous Luke Beckford looks like it could backfire… Seren reckons she's just hopelessly accident-prone!

But there's one person who believes in Seren. Her mate Keith is making a film for a national competition and he wants Seren to be in it. Could Seren turn out to be a star after all?

This is a funny, big-hearted story with a lovable heroine who will make you laugh and cry.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Author: Liz Pichon

Title: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Publisher: Scholastic | ISBN: 9781407120690

You Said: This is sort of in the style of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. I really enjoyed it!

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What's it about? Here comes Tom Gates – he’s no wimp!
An honest, silly and laugh out loud book in the format of Tom’s battered homework diary, crammed full of his scribbles and stories.
Hear about Tom’s worst holiday ever (‘camping sucks’) and when his parents went to his parents’ evening (‘groan’).

Donut Diaries

Author: Anthony McGowan

Title: Donut Diaries

Publisher: Corgi | ISBN: 9780552564373

You Said: I am a big Wimpy Kid fan and I thought this was fantastic!

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What's it about? A British Diary of a Wimpy Kid, featuring Dermot, an overweight eleven-year-old. Hilariously funny and insightful.
Dermot Milligan's got problems. He's overweight and hooked on donuts. He has a pushy, over-achieving mother, and a father who spends all his time hiding in the loo. His sisters, Ruby and Ella (known as Rubella) attack him relentlessly from the opposite directions of Chav and Goth. And now, he's being sent to a nutritionist, Doctor Morlock, who looks like a Dementor from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
This diary is Doc Morlock's idea. Not only does Dermot have to write down how many donuts he eats, but also - and this is the really rubbish part - he has to talk about HIS FEELINGS! But things are about to get even worse - he's being separated from his friends and sent to St Michael's, a posh school where he just knows he's going to stick out like a sore thumb. A sore thumb with a weight problem...

Short Too!

Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland

Title: Short Too!

Publisher: OUP | ISBN: 9780192780133

You Said: I enjoyed this book because I really like short stories.

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What's it about? Another collection of short stories from an award-winning author.

The longest story in this collection is very short and the shortest just three words long.

Award-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland follows the success of Short with Short Too!, another collection of short stories to entertain, make you think, laugh, and think again.

The author is winner of the Carnegie Medal for Storm and the Guardian Children's Fiction prize for The Seeing Stone.
Kevin Crossley-Holland has done many school events and is very experienced in this field.
Short Too! is a varied collection of short stories ranging from traditional folk-tales to modern ghost stories, there's a story in this book for everyone.

Perfect for readers who enjoy dipping in and out of a book at their leisure.

Zero to Hero

Author: Rob Childs and John Williams

Title: Zero to Hero

Publisher: Frances Lincoln | ISBN: 9781847802231

You Said: This is a fantastic book about football which makes you want to read on.

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What's it about? Simon - Zero to his older brothers - would rather be watching for kingfishers down at the river with his dog Tilly than playing football. But when they drag him along to the park to help with goal-shooting practice, they discover that he has a natural talent for goalkeeping. The school team already has a goalkeeper, albeit one who lets in more goals than he saves, so there seems little chance Simon will get a game. But as the cup final approaches, tension in the team mounts and Simon teams up with new boy Ollie, who has come from the opposing school, and soon the pair are making an impression in practices. Will they be selected for the crucial game, and will Ollie be able to stand up to the tactics of his former schoolmates?
This gripping story will entrance all young football lovers, as well as raising issues of bullying and self-esteem.

Lily on Shadow:

I enjoyed this book despite not being a book I would choose to read. Just by reading it from different view points ( Matt, Aman etc ) I could easily understand how every character was feeling to make ...

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