Looking at the Stars – Jo Cotterill

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What if the only thing you had left were the stories in your head?

Amina’s homeland has been ravaged by war, and her family is devastated . . .

The women of the family – Amina, her two sisters and their mother – have no choice but to leave their home town, along with thousands of others, and head for a refugee camp.

But there are even more challenges ahead . . .

Other books by the author

Sweet Hearts series

Electrigirl

Extract

https://jocotterill.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/looking_at_the_starscrop.pdf

Interview with the author

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfReSbZk_Ck

Author Website

http://jocotterill.com/

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The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow – Katherine Woodfine

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You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair’s department store!

Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villains to justice… 

Other books by the author

The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth

The Crime Club: Mystery and Mayhem (anthology)

Extract

https://www.waterstones.com/blog/children-s-book-of-the-month-the-mystery-of-the-clockwork-sparrow

Author Website

http://katherinewoodfine.co.uk/

http://followtheyellow.co.uk/

Author video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCfbUPKYUow

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Gorilla Dawn – Gill Lewis

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The thrilling, heartbreaking, and inspirational new story from award-winning storyteller Gill Lewis.
Deep in the heart of the African jungle, a baby gorilla is captured by a group of rebel soldiers. Imara and Bobo are two children also imprisoned in the rebels’ camp. When they learn that the gorilla is destined to be sold into captivity, they swear to return it to the wild before it’s too late. But the consequences of getting caught are too terrible to think about. Will the bond between the gorilla and the children give them the courage they need to escape?

Other books by the author

Sky Hawk

Moon Bear

White Dolphin

Scarlet Ibis

Extract

http://www.readingzone.com/index.php?zone=sz&page=book&isbn=9780192739179

Author Website

http://www.gilllewis.com/web/

Interview with the author

http://justimaginestorycentre.co.uk/blogs/interviews/50052933-gill-lewis-interviewed-by-graham-marks

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Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford

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“My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve.”

On Al Chaudhury’s twelfth birthday his beloved Grandpa Byron gives him a letter from Al’s late father. In it Al receives a mission: travel back to 1984 in a secret time machine and save his father’s life.

Al soon discovers that time travel requires daring and imagination. It also requires lies, theft, setting his school on fire and ignoring philosophical advice from Grandpa Byron. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer…

Time Travelling with a Hamster is a funny, heart-warming race-against-time – and across generations – adventure that you will won’t be able to put down.

Extract

www.readingzone.com/download_extract.php?isbn=9780008156312

Author Website

https://dadfood.wordpress.com/

Interview with the author

http://readingzone.com/index.php?zone=sz&page=interview&authorid=9cb2635edcde537e08d231a3765769f3

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The Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair – Lara Williamson

The-Boy-who-Sailed-the-Ocean-in-an-ArmchairBecket Rumsey is all at sea. His dad has run away with him and his brother Billy in the middle of the night. And they’ve left everything behind, including their almost-mum Pearl. Becket has no idea what’s going on – it’s a mystery. So with the help of Billy and a snail called Brian, Becket sets out on a journey of discovery. It’s not plain sailing but then what journeys ever are? An extraordinary story of courage, dreams and finding your way, from the bestselling author of A Boy Called Hope.

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A Boy Called Hope

Extract

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/ng-interactive/2015/nov/05/extract-boy-who-sailed-ocean-in-an-armchair-by-lara-williamson

Author Website

http://larawilliamson.weebly.com/

Interview with the author

http://middlegradestrikesback.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/an-interview-with-lara-williamson-by.html

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