The 1,000 Year Old Boy – Ross Welford

Alfie Monk is like any other nearly teenage boy – except he’s 1,000 years old and can remember the last Viking invasion of England.
Obviously no one believes him.
So when everything Alfie knows and loves is destroyed in a fire, and the modern world comes crashing in, Alfie embarks on a mission to find friendship, acceptance, and a different way to live…
… which means finding a way to make sure he will eventually die.

Author
http://rosswelford.com/

Other books by
Time Travelling With A Hamster
What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible

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The Ethan I Was Before – Alii Standish
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The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club – Alex Bell

It sounded like a respectable and worthy enough death for an explorer – tumbling from an ice bridge to be impaled upon a mammoth tusk – but Stella really, really didn’t want that to happen, just the same.
Join Stella Starflake Pearl and her three fellow explorers as they trek across the snowy Icelands and come face-to-face with frost fairies, snow queens, outlaw hideouts, unicorns, pygmy dinosaurs and carnivorous cabbages . . .
When Stella and three other junior explorers get separated from their expedition can they cross the frozen wilderness and live to tell the tale?

Author
http://www.alex-bell.co.uk/

Extract

Trailer

Polar Bear themed book club
https://tra-resources.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/entries/document/2484/Activity1.pdf

Other books by Alex Bell
Frozen Charlotte
Charlotte Says
The Haunting
Lex Trent

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Revolver- Marcus Sedgwick
Winter Magic – ed Abi Elphinstone and Amy Alward

Sky Chasers – Emma Carroll

Orphan Magpie can’t believe her eyes when she sees a boy swept off his feet by a kite … or something that twists and dances in the wind. She goes to his rescue only to find herself dangling in the sky. The world looks so different from on high and suddenly Magpie knows what she wants – to be the first to fly in a balloon above the King and Queen of France …

Other books by Emma Carroll
Frost Hollow Hall
The Girl Who Walked On Air
In Darkling Wood
The Snow Sister
Strange Star
Letters from the Lighthouse

Author
https://emmacarrollauthor.wordpress.com/

Interviews
https://omny.fm/shows/fun-kids/emma-carroll-on-sky-chasers

Extract
https://www.chickenhousebooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Sky-Chasers-chapter-1-for-website.pdf

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Pax – Sara Pennypacker
The Emergency Zoo – Miriam Halahmy
Fleshmarket – Nicola Morgan
Sawbones – Catherine Johnson

A Place Called Perfect – Helena Duggan

Violet never wanted to move to Perfect.
Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?
But Violet quickly discovers there’s something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strangely and her dad has disappeared.
When she meets Boy she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have been stolen away…and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!

Author
https://usborne.com/browse-books/author-pages/helena-duggan/
Interview
https://www.waterstones.com/blog/the-schoolchildren-of-kilkenny-put-questions-to-a-place-called-perfects-helena-duggan

Extract
https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/tfbc917-tom-fletcher-book-club-a-place-called-perfect-helena-duggan/

Trailer

Map of Perfect
https://usborne.com/media/154773/aplacecalledperfect_map.pdf

Make your own perfect glasses
https://usborne.com/media/154775/perfect-glasses.pdf

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Kick – Mitch Johnson

Kick - Mitch Johnson cover

Kick – Mitch Johnson cover

Budi’s plan is simple.
He’s going to be a star.
Budi’s going to play for the greatest team on earth, instead of sweating over each stitch he sews, each football boot he makes.
But one unlucky kick brings Budi’s world crashing down. Now he owes the Dragon, the most dangerous man in Jakarta. Soon it isn’t only Budi’s dreams at stake, but his life.
A story about dreaming big, about hope and heroes, and never letting anything stand in your way.

Author

https://www.mitchjohnsonauthor.com/
Q&A with Mitch Johnson
https://usborne.com/media/154479/kick-qa-with-mitch.pdf
On writing a debut book
https://www.thebookseller.com/insight/mitch-johnson-kick-611211

Find out more about the setting of the story and child labour.
https://www.usborne.com/quicklinks/eng/catalogue/catalogue.aspx?cat=1&loc=uk&id=12168&_ga=2.71808602.897460209.1519995416-666562285.1519995416

Read a free chapter
https://www.usborne.com/quicklinks/eng/catalogue/catalogue.aspx?cat=1&loc=uk&id=12168&_ga=2.61848037.897460209.1519995416-666562285.1519995416

Teacher Notes
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/2017-09/KICK_Teachers%20Notes.pdf?QdOfH_oqYKEwJnoedHGsrwNY9df2Gn.C

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Shadowsmith by Ross Mackenzie

Are you brave?

When the mysterious Amelia Pigeon turns up at Kirby’s bedroom window in the dead of night, this is the question she asks him – immediately before they tumble into a world of ancient malevolent spirits who have torn their way into Kirby’s boring seaside village.

Kirby isn’t feeling brave at all. His mother is in a coma following a freak (or was it?) accident, and he’s hardly talking to his dad. He’s convinced a spider is watching him, and now a weird girl in a yellow raincoat – who claims to be a powerful, evil-banishing Shadowsmith – is dragging him into unknown danger. How brave is he really?


Other books by the author

  • The Nowhere Emporium

Read an extract:

http://www.discoverkelpies.co.uk/kelpies/Extracts/9781782503040.pdf

Interview with the author:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03qthj8

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The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

Other books by the author

  • Rooftoppers
  • The Girl Savage
  • Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Extract

http://media.bloomsbury.com/rep/files/the-wolf-wilder-extract.pdf

Book trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TWB5eO_vNg

Interview with the author

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/teenagers/interviews/294

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