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A Monster Calls

Authors: Jim Kay, Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books (2012)

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny,

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Auslander

Author: Paul Dowswell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2010)

When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw. Then German soldiers take him away to be measured and assessed. They decide that Peter is racially valuable. He is Volksdeutscher: of German blood. With his blond hair, blue eyes, and acceptably proportioned head, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler-Jugend poster. Someone important will want to adopt Peter. They do.

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Diamonds And Daggers

Author: Elen Caldecott

Part of a series: The Marsh Road Mysteries

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2015)

Meet Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvie - true friends and even better mystery-solvers! Hollywood sensation, Betty Massino, has come to star in the theatre down the road and Piotr and his friends Andrew and Minnie couldn't be more excited! But when the famous actress's hugely expensive diamond necklace goes missing, Piotr's dad, a security guard at the theatre, is a prime suspect. Soon, Piotr faces the very real threat of being sent 'home' to Poland. With the help of Sylvie and her twin sister Flora, can Piotr, Andrew and Minnie solve the crime or will they lose Piotr forever? The first in a fantastic new series filled with friendship, adventure and mystery!

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Dragon's Oath

Authors: P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Part of a series: House of Night Novella

Publisher: Atom (2011)

The all-new House of Night Novellas will delve into the backgrounds of some of the Tulsa House of Night's most important - and mysterious - professors. Beginning with Dragon Lankford, DRAGON'S OATH tells the story of the House of Night's formidable fencing instructor and warrior, whose mercy for one beast in the past will come back to haunt him in the future.

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Lemony Snicket The Unauthorized Autobiography

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd (2002)

Finally, the definitive - and only - book for anyone interested in learning more about the alarmingly elusive author. Here is a collection of evidence - writings, annotated photographs, mysterious diagrams, and several disorientating maps, accompanied by captions, an introduction, and an extensive index. Together, these pieces will shed light on a life that until now has been unfortunately shrouded in darkness, and will finally answer the questions on everyone's mind: what do we really know about Lemony Snicket? And why is he so interested in the lives of the Baudelaire orphans?

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Author: Ingrid Law

Publisher: Dial Books (2016)

Gypsy Beaumont has always been a whirly-twirly free spirit, so as her thirteenth birthday approaches, she hopes to get a savvy that will let her fly or dance up to the stars. Instead, she wakes up on her birthday with blurry vision...and then starts seeing flashes of the future and past. But her visions don't prepare her for Momma and Poppa's announcement that their very un-magical and downright mean Grandma Pat has Alzheimer's and is coming to live with them. Suddenly her savvy along with her family's switches to its opposite. It's savvy mayhem, and no one could have predicted what would happen on their trip to bring Grandma Pat home...not even Gypsy. With her trademark style and whimsical, beautiful language, Ingrid Law has written a wonderfully moving coming-of- age story about family ties and new friends, with a whole lot of magic mixed in.

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The Kiss Of Death

Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Publisher: Orion Children's Books (2009)

A dark and gothic novel of vampires and 18th Century Venice, filled with mystery and intrigue. A captivating story of love and loss, THE KISS OF DEATH is a stunning companion volume to the bestselling MY SWORDHAND IS SINGING.

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The Raven Boys (1 Of 4)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Part of a series: The Raven Cycle

Publisher: Scholastic Press (2012)

Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey's spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why - either he is her true love or she has killed him. Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower - a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour. Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can't imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?

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