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MiA Book Club’s Recommended Read: June

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara   When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs. But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana…

Truly Wildly Deeply (12+)

Truly Wildly Deeply by Jenny McLachlan   Annie is starting sixth form at a new college 20 miles away from home – and looking forward to it. She’s excited about catching the train on her own, making new friends and expressing her (deeply potent) sense of independence. One thing independence certainly does not mean is being someone’s girlfriend – a firm-held belief that is to be challenged. Fab (also new to the college, from Poland)…

Dave Pigeon (Racer)

Dave Pigeon (Racer) by Swapna Haddow Dave Pigeon needs his wing fixed, so it’s off to Pawsville Pets for him and Skipper, who’s just going to keep him company (and type up their adventure, as usual). The two pigeons aren’t quite sure what to make of the vet’s, but Jet the dog, Gary the hamster and the gang soon make them feel at home while Dave gets his new prosthetic wing fitted. However, Opprobrious Vastanavius, a…

Warstorm

Warstorm by Victoria Aveyard   Victory comes at a price. Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart-and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her-Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy…

Where’s Mr Lion?

Where’s Mr Lion? By Ingela Arrhenius   Five beautifully illustrated spreads show a series of friendly savannah animals hiding behind bright felt flaps. And there’s a mirror on the final page! A perfect book to share with very little…

The Explorer

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell   Like a man-made magic wish the airplane began to rise. The boy sitting in the cockpit gripped his seat and held his breath as the plane roared and climbed into the arms of the sky. From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading…

Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords (7 to 9 year olds)

Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords by Laura Ellen Anderson A GORGEOUSLY GOTHIC, WICKEDLY FUNNY NEW SERIES FROM WITCH WARS ILLUSTRATOR LAURA ELLEN ANDERSON Amelia Fang is the biggest hearted vampiress you’ll ever meet. In this adventure, she and her friends Florence the yeti (DON’T CALL HER BEAST), Grimaldi the Death and Prince Tangine (reformed spoiled sprout), along with her pet pumpkin Squashy, must brave the journey to the terrifying Kingdom of the Light to…

Counting Rhymes (Younger children)

Counting Rhymes by John Foster and Carol Thompson In Counting Rhymes, 14 poems progress from simply counting to two, to counting backwards, and eventually to helping Noah when he has to count two by two. One little kitten Two big cats Three baby butterflies Four big rats Five fat fishes Six sad seals Seven silly seagulls Eight happy…

The Adventurous Snail (7+)

The Adventurous Snail by Dick King-Smith Siegfried the snail loves to explore. One day his explorations take him on a big adventure – from his home in the grass, to the airport, on to an airplane, and all the way to America! There he meets some very important friends – Mr Ambassador, Mr President and the lovely Peggy Sue. Snail on board! Siegfried loves to explore. One day his explorations take him on a big…

MiA Book Club’s Recommended Read: May

‘The Cast’ by Danielle Steele Kait Whittier has built her magazine column into a hugely respected read followed by fans across the country. She loves her work and adores her grown children, treasuring the time they spend together. But after two marriages, she prefers to avoid the complications and uncertainties of a new love. Then, after a chance meeting with television producer Zack Winter, everything changes. Inspired by the true story of her own grandmother,…

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