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— The Guardian

Broken Sky by L.A. Weatherly

Broken sky is an enticing story full of mystery, love and deception. Weatherley creates a thrilling alternate reality full of interesting concepts and believable characters. I loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone who has ever wondered what would peace be like.

The first in a new series for young adult reader, Broken Sky depicts a perfect world where war is illegal and harmony rules. Zoe G

Published 01/03/2016 Paperback £8.99

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

This is the second book in Harper Design’s newest series of deluxe reimagined children’s classics. Composed of seven tales, each one accompanied by a poem, The Jungle Book introduces a lush, colourful world full of adventure and danger. This new unabridged gift edition takes readers into the heart of the jungle with 10 exclusive inserts. We particularly liked the map of the lost Indian city where Mowgli is taken by the monkeys, the trifold detailing the Laws of the Jungle, the hypnotic dance of the python Kaa, and the spinning dial of the elephant dance

Beautifully designed, this keepsake illustrated edition will be treasured by readers of all ages.

Published 07/04/2016, Hardback £20.00

Pax by Sarah Pennypacker

This is the story of Peter, Pax and their journeys back to each other as war rampages throughout the country. Pax is the profound and moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox, and their epic journey to be reunited. With stunning illustrations by award winning illustrator, Jon Klassen, Pax is destined to become a children classic.This is an amazing and heart-breaking story about the cost of war and the power of friendship. P

Published 25/02/2016, Hardback £12.99

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Beautifully written and deeply moving, Olivia Laing explores the feeling of loneliness and its manifestations. Laing uses her own experiences whilst simultaneously delving into the lives and works of famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Edward Hopper to investigate what it means to be alone. Although deeply personal and intimate, Laing’s empathetic writing style connects with its reader to deconstruct the often shameful feeling of being lonely.  Rebecca

 

Ophan X by Gregg Hurwitz

A very well-written, fast paced thriller with a well-developed backstory that is steadily developed throughout the book and that influences the plot. The central character will appeal to any fans of Jason Bourne & Jack Reacher- Righting wrongs one at a time in accordance with his own personal moral code. Loads of action, complete with all the technical jargon you could wish for. Could be the next big action franchise Orphan X is great. Whatever you like best in a thriller - action, plot, character, suspense, Orphan X has it. Tom

Published 07/04/2016 Hardback £12.99

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Once I got into it, I loved this book and finished it rather quickly. The chapters which are written in Grace’s perspective are brilliant. The long hot summer days of this suburban street are brought to life by the Mrs Creasy mystery. The young girls set out to solve it making amusing enquires at houses along the road. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.  Natasha

Published 28/01/2016 Hardback £12.99

My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal

An outstanding first novel from Kit De Waal and I can't wait to read more of her work in the future. Leon is a wonderful character, as a young boy in foster care caught up in a complicated and difficult life. Faced with issues a boy of his age should never have to cope with, Leon shows passion, intelligence and a deep love for his family. He remains throughout focussed on the importance of what it means to have a family. Some of the detailed descriptions of simple moments are truly beautiful and it was hard to put this book down as you become so involved as well as the difficulty to read through the tears. Heartbreaking and heart-warming... This is a book that will stay with me for a long time.  Pauline

This book will break your heart and have you racing to the end to make sure that Leon is ok. 2 brothers are separated, Jake is adopted but Leon is left behind because he isn’t white. We are taken through the story of their Mother’s Mental health issues,  the brothers being taken into Foster care and the ultimate adoption of Jake, leaving Leon on his own. We share his emotional struggle of being separated from his baby brother, the uncertainty  of what will happen to him, and the unlikely friends he finds along the way. This is a book which will keep you reading at a rip-roaring pace and is a fabulous read. Zoe Y

 

Published 02/06/2016 Hardback £12.99

The Gifts of Reading, By Robert Macfarlane

The Gifts of Reading, a 5,000-word essay on the power, beauty and value of the given book, will explore how every book is a kind of gift to its reader, and the how the act of giving books is charged with a special emotional resonance. Robert Macfarlane will recount the story of a book he was given as a young man, and how he managed eventually to return the favour, though never repay the debt.

Published 16/06/16 Paperback £2.50

The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding,

By the end of this book you will realise that you have learned a brief history of 20th Century Germany, without the boring history lesson! By following the occupants of the Lake House, built on the outskirts of Berlin, you will be taken through a 100 years of, often disturbing, events. But by seeing many sides of the story you come to see the intricacies of human life. This is a poignant book full of interesting facts and sub stories, but it is ultimately the story of one family looking for answers on what happened to their beloved Lake House after it was taken away from them, all because they were Jewish.  Zoe Y.

 

Published on 02/06/2016 Paperback £8.99

But you did not come back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens

This is a breathtaking memoir by an extra-ordinary woman, and an intimate and deeply moving message from a daughter to her father. 15 year old Marceline and her dad were sent to a concentration camp. Before he died, he managed to get a letter to her. This book is her answer telling him about her dreams, her life and the world she lives in now.

Published 21/01/2016, Hardback, £12.99

A Snow Garden and Other Stories by Rachel Joyce

Just in case any of you missed it, Rachel Joyce’s collection of short stories is absolutely funny, joyous, poignant and memorable. Full of bittersweet Christmas moments, meet Rachel’s characters and the mysterious girl in red coat which appears in every story, either on a commercial, or a banner or in the garden.

We loved the clever way the stories were all connected. Some of the characters who had their own story, would even for just briefly appear in the next one, entwining these stories into one beautiful and unique world.

Published 05/11/2015, Hardback, £9.99

 Maestra by L. S. Hilton

I couldn't put this book down. I'm a big fan of Patricia Highsmith and I mostly agree with the Talented Mr Ripley comparison. I love a good physiological page turner so I am not easily shocked or repulsed but I do demand a likeable protagonist which in some ways Judith is - if we ignore the body count! I found her journey to be on the right side of total fantasy and I was entertained from page 1.  I enjoyed the foray into the art world and the character development as she enters the world of the uber rich to give decadent a new poster girl. This book isn't for the faint hearted or for those who don't like reading blow by blow accounts of peoples bed habits but it is for those who seek to escape between the pages with unlikely book companions.

Published 10/03/2016, Hardback, £12.99

 How to look for a lost dog by Ann M. Martin

This is a touching tale of a relationship between Rosie, an autistic girl and her dog Rain.

But what do you do when your best friend goes missing? Will Rose & Rain ever be reunited? A heartbreaking dilemma with a satisfying ending and a unique protagonist.

 Published 01/01/2016, Paperback, £6.99

 

 

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