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Aug 13 2020

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

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Illus. by Levi Pinfold. Gryffindor House Edition. Bloomsbury, 2020. ISBN: 9781526618153.
(Age: 9+) Recommended. Collectors of the Harry Potter books will rejoice in this latest offering featuring the courage, bravery and determination of Gryffindor House. The book is handsomely produced, from its bold red cover and sprayed red edges to the gorgeous gold foils around the rising phoenix in the centre of the cover and striking illustrations surrounding it. Inside the book, Levi Pinfold, winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, has done an outstanding job of portraying Godric Gryffindor, surrounded by twining leaves, a rampant lion and slithering snake. Also, at the front of the book is a beautiful map of Hogwarts School and an introduction to the story. Right at the end there is a portrait of Sirius Black and an outline of his life and achievements.
This is one in a series of highly collectable Harry Potter books and fans will find it difficult to resist this edition. Readers new to the series will be happy to have such a splendid book, telling the tale of Harry finding that he has the Order of the Phoenix at his back to fight Voldemort.
Pat Pledger



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The blue giant by Katie Cottle

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Pavilion, 2020. ISBN: 9781843654513. 32pp., pbk.
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Aug 12 2020

The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

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Code Name Verity. Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2020. ISBN: 9781526601650.
(Age: 13+) Highly recommended. Elizabeth Wein delivers another stunning, engrossing story of war-time pilots and dogfights, espionage and friendship which will thrill her many fans, but can also be read as...
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Aug 12 2020

Baby Touch : Night-Night by Ladybird

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Penguin, 2020. ISBN: 9780241422366. Board book.
(Age: 0+) Recommended. What a lovely book to read at bedtime. Little children are sure to love this touch and feel book, right from the vibrant purple cover that has star cut-outs and a little touch and feel circle. Opening the book up, the...
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Aug 12 2020

Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

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Simon & Schuster, 2020. ISBN: 9781471194900.
(Age: Adult - Senior secondary) Published in 2020, Sarah Vaughan's novel matches the unsettling situation of this year, in which the world became almost universally tense, with an abiding concern about the disasters of the outbreak of the...
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Aug 11 2020

The Curator by M.W. Craven

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Washington Poe book 3. Constable, 2020. ISBN: 9781472131959.
(Age: Adult - Senior secondary) Recommended for readers who enjoy the mystery genre. Another engrossing mystery featuring Poe and Tilly is sure to grab fans of this pair. In another unique plot, following...
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Aug 10 2020

We're going on a treasure hunt by Martha Mumford

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Illus. by Laura Hughes. Bloomsbury, 2020. ISBN: 9781408893395.
(Age: 1+) Recommended. Lots of fun can be had as four bunnies go off on an exciting quest to find ten gold coins and a treasure chest. Children will enjoy following the cute rabbits, all dressed as pirates, as they prance...
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Aug 10 2020

Jacinda Adern: A new kind of leader by Madeline Chapman

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Nero, 2020. ISBN: 9781760641818.
(Age: Senior secondary/adult) Highly recommended. There are few women in powerful positions around the world, and this story of Adern's rise makes for an amazing read, one which may excite other young women to strive to follow their passion.
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