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The boy at the back of the class by Onjali Q Rauf

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!

But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.

That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan. . .



Malala: My story of standing up for girls' rights by Malala Yousafzai


Before Malala was an internationally known activist, she was simply a young girl who stood up for what she believed in. When girls in her once-peaceful area of Pakistan were told they couldn't go to school, Malala risked her life for their right to be educated.

Discover the remarkable true story of a young girl who refused to be silenced. In her own words, Malala shares the value of speaking out against hate and offers an inspiring message of determination and hope.





The Empire Windrush by Clive Gifford


In 1948 the Empire Windrush sailed from Jamaica to Britain with over 300 passengers on board. Learn about their fascinating stories and the realities of life in post-war Britain.

Tamarind and the Star of Ishta

Tamarind never knew her Indian mum, Chinty, who died soon after she was born. So when she arrives at her ancestral home, a huge mansion in the Himalayas surrounded by luxuriant gardens, she's full of questions for her extended family.

But instead of answers, she finds an ominous silence - and a trickle of intriguing clues: an abandoned hut, a friendly monkey, a glowing star ring, and a strange girl in the garden who calls herself Ishta. Slowly, Tamarind unravels a mystery at the heart of who she is ...






When life gives you mangoes by Kereen Getten 

Nothing much happens in Sycamore, the small village where Clara lives - at least, that's how it looks. She loves eating ripe mangoes fallen from trees, running outside in the rainy season and escaping to her secret hideout with her best friend Gaynah. There's only one problem - she can't remember anything that happened last summer.

When a quirky girl called Rudy arrives from England, everything starts to change. Gaynah stops acting like a best friend, while Rudy and Clara roam across the island and uncover an old family secret. As the summer reaches its peak and the island storms begin, Clara's memory starts to return and she must finally face the truth of what happened last year.


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Sam Wu is not afraid of ghosts by Katie and Kevin Tsang

I'm Sam Wu and I'm absolutely, positively, definitely NOT afraid of ghosts. But when Ralph Philip Zinkerman the Third started calling me Scaredy-Cat Sam after the event that must never be spoken of ever again (so don't ask!) I knew I needed a plan of action:

1) Obtain terrifying and deadly pet as sidekick.
2) Defeat the Ghost King once and for all.


The Way Past Winter by Kiran Hargrave

When Mila's brother disappears, she believes he's been taken by the Bear, a hooded stranger of legend who sought shelter at their home. Mila and her sisters follow his trail into the frozen north, determined to find a way past winter and bring their brother home.

In a country cursed by unending winter, three sisters set off after their brother who has been kidnapped by a sinister stranger, and discover the truth of the curse.

Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they've gone - taking Oskar with them.

Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back - even it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.

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Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

Be careful what you wish for...
Andi is short and she has lots of wishes. She wishes she could play on the school basketball team, she wishes for her own bedroom, but most of all she wishes that her long lost half brother, Bernardo, could come and live in London, where he belongs.
Then Andi's biggest wish comes true and she's minutes away from becoming someone's little sister. As she waits anxiously for Bernardo to arrive from the Philippines, she hopes he'll turn out to be tall and just as mad as she is about basketball.


When he finally arrives, he's tall all right. But he's not just tall... he's a GIANT.


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The Star Outside my Window by Onjali Q Rauf

A girl runs away from her foster home to get to the Royal Observatory of London to try and name a newly discovered star after her mother who was murdered by her father.

I've always wanted to be a Star Hunter. Grown-ups call them astronomers, but I think Star Hunter sounds much better. I was going to become one when I finished school, but I can't wait that long any more. You see, I have to find my mum.


Everyone says she's gone, but I know that's not true - I know she's turned into a star. She's breaking all the rules of the universe to find me again. And I'm going to break all the rules I know to help her do it.

Think - Believe - Persevere - Succeed