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Everybody Sees The Ants

Everybody Sees the AntsEverybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was GREAT!!!
Lucky Linderman is my new hero. Smart, funny and an emotional young man. I do love a book with a male character that can articulate his feelings in an authentic way. Lucky is a total dude. Can totally recommend as a great read for young people and adults.

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Coraline

Coraline. An Adventure too Weird for WordsCoraline. An Adventure too Weird for Words by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to this walking the darkened streets of my suburb. Scared the bejesus out of me. Definitely one to read with the lights on. Dawn French is a perfect choice to read this – alternately funny and scary and funny and batpoo scary!!!

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Angel Creek

Angel CreekAngel Creek by Sally Rippin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this family-based fantasy.
Jelly is struggling with moving away from her primary school friends, She is worried about starting high school, doesn’t get along with her cousin, Gino, and there a family undercurrents that are making her very uneasy.
It all adds up to one very unusual Christmas.

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Phantom of Blood Alley

Phantom of Blood Alley (Barnaby Grimes, # 4)Phantom of Blood Alley by Paul Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Barnaby Grimes is an excellent series. The characters are engaging, the plots intriguing and the world building is great. The whole is enhance by the wonderful illustrations from Chris Riddell.

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Mr. Standfast

Mr. Standfast (Richard Hannay, #3)Mr. Standfast by John Buchan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mr. Standfast concludes the Hannay trilogy, which begins with The Thirty-Nine Steps, and continues through Greenmantle.
In this instalment, Hannay is called in to help discover the identity of a masterspy. There are the usual characters – Blenkiron and Piennar – and the addition of a female character, Mary.

The novel roams all over the British Isles, and onto the continent. There’s goodies and baddies galore, red-herrings, romance, manoeuvres and more. Buchan doesn’t disappoint. This is another cracking read.

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Greenmantle

Greenmantle (Richard Hannay, #2)Greenmantle by John Buchan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The continuing adventures of Richard Hannay, begun in The Thirty-Nine Steps, and concluded in Mr Standfast. John Buchan is such a classic writer, and a this a novel of its time. Be aware – this book used to terms to discribe different races that we find offensive, but it was written in the period after the war, when different values applied.
In this adventure, Richard is seconded to become a spy. He, and a number of other agents, are tasked with discovering what the Germans have planned for the area around Turkey. Richard must go deep undercover to successfully complete this mission. Can he do it? A ripping yarn.

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Goliath

GoliathGoliath by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is quite simply one of the best steampunk series for young adults. The world building, combining history and speculative fiction, is sublime, the characters are wonderful, the inventions are, well, inventive!

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