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A Dog Called Homeless

Author: Sarah Lean

Title: A Dog Called Homeless

Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN: 9780007455034

You Said: What I liked about this book is that the author keeps you guessing.

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What's it about? My name is Cally Louise Fisher and I haven't spoken for thirty-one days. Talking doesn’t always make things happen, however much you want them to. Cally Fisher saw her mum bright and real and alive. But no one believes her, so Cally’s stopped talking. A mysterious wolfhound always seems to be there when her mum appears and now he’s started following her everywhere. But how can Cally convince anyone that Mum is still with them, or persuade Dad that the huge silver-grey dog is their last link with her? An outstandingly assured debut novel from a sparkling new talent.

The One and only Ivan

Author: Katherine Applegate

Title: The One and only Ivan

Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN: 9780061992254

You Said: I love the way this book mixes humour with seriousness.

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What's it about? Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Shrunk

Author: F R Hitchcock

Title: Shrunk

Publisher: Hot Key Books | ISBN: 9781471400070

You Said: I thought this book was funny and silly but also true to life.

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What's it about? After Tom moves in with his grandmother next to the Bywater-by-Sea Model Village, he makes a wish on a shooting star and gets the curious ability to shrink things. The first thing he shrinks is Jupiter...

Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and Joined the Library)

Author: A F Harrold

Title: Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and Joined the Library)

Publisher: Hot Key Books | ISBN: 9781408830031

You Said: I liked how the library was seen as a more exciting place than the circus!

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What's it about? 'There are many boys in the world, all slightly different from one another, and most of them are referred to by names. These are often John or Jack or Desmond, but sometimes they are James or Philip or Simon. Once, and once only, there was a boy whose name was Fizzlebert.'

Fizzlebert Stump lives in a travelling circus. But although he gets to hang around with acrobats, play the fool with clowns, and put his head in a lion's mouth every night, he's the only kid there - and he's bored. But then Fizz decides to join a library, and life suddenly gets a lot more exciting, when a simple library card application leads to him being kidnapped by a pair of crazed pensioners! Will he ever see the circus again?

Oliver Twisted

Author: J D Sharpe

Title: Oliver Twisted

Publisher: Electric Monkey | ISBN: 9781405258173

You Said: This is a brilliantly inventive take on the classic Oliver Twist story.

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What's it about? "FLESH," the woe-begotten moaned at Oliver, baring teeth which were ragged and black. "FLESH" came another moan, and he turned to see two more behind. They began to shuffle towards him, barefoot.

The world according to Oliver Twisted is simple. Vampyres feed on the defenceless, orphans are sacrificed to hungry gods and if a woe-begotten catches your scent it will hunt you forever.

On the advice of a corpse, Oliver flees his ghastly orphan life to seek his destiny in the dark streets of old London Town, despite the perils of the woe-begotten zombie-infested journey. There he meets the shadowy Dodger, the evil old soul-stealer Fagin, and the menacing Bill Sikes, who is more beast than man. But will Oliver Twisted be the world's salvation, or its downfall?!

Naomi on Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and Joined the Library):

I thought this book was very interesting because it had lots of very unusal things in it. First of all , there is a boy called Fizzleburt Stump and he lives in a circus with his mum and dad but I don'...

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