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November 2021

Boy Giant by Michael Morpurgo


War has forced Omar and his mother to leave their home in Afghanistan and venture across the sea to Europe. When their boat sinks, and Omar finds himself alone, with no hope of rescue, it seems as if his story has come to an end.
But it is only just beginning.
Because in the end, a little hope makes a big difference…
A thrilling adventure inspired by the classic story of Gulliver’s Travels, this is also a gripping modern narrative of rescue and refuge, from a writer at the height of his powers. A book about breaking down walls, at a time when many are trying to build them. And a timeless reminder of humanity’s infinite capacity for good… even when those humans are very small indeed.

The Day War Came by Nicola Davies


Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long and difficult journey – all alone. Imagine finding no welcome at the end of it. Then imagine a child who gives you something small but very, very precious...

A great book to introduce the concept of refugees to your child. 

October 2021

Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman 


Pink is for boys . . . and girls . . . and everyone!


Pink Is for Boys encourages girls and boys to enjoy what they love to do, whether it's racing cars and playing football, or loving unicorns and dressing up.

The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millward Hargrave 


When Isabella’s best friend Lupe vanishes into the vast forbidden forest of the island of Joya, as a cartographer’s daughter Isabella knows she is the only chance of bringing back Lupe alive. Joining the search party venturing into the island’s interior - a land brimming with monsters and legend - she must draw on every ounce of courage and knowledge she has to overcome the impossible.  


A fabulous adventure story!

September 2021

The Pencil by Alan Ahlberg 


Say hi to Banjo! Once a pencil draws him, there's no telling what will come next – a dog, a cat, a chase (of course), and a paintbrush to colour in an ever-expanding group of family and friends. But it's not long before the complaints begin – "This hat looks silly!" "My ears are too big!" – until the poor pencil has no choice but to draw … a rubber. Oh no! 



The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson 


Freddie Yates likes facts. Just not the one staring him in the face - that his secret plan is not, in fact, secret.

Because Freddie's journey wasn't meant to involve Big Trev and the onion-eating competition or the loo-exploding pear-and-potato turnovers. And Freddie definitely didn't expect to end up, with his two best friends, on national television in a supergirl costume.

But journeys never take you where you think they will. And for Freddie, that fact might just have to be enough...