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New Books

July's New Books

Our Castle - July

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas (617559) is the story of Bri, the daughter of a hip-hop legend who died just before he found fame. Now she is walking in his footsteps and trying out at local music sessions to practice her art. When an incident at school inspires her to write and record a song which then explodes onto social media, the attention Bri gets from it threatens to ruin everything for her before it has even begun. This is an excellent book which emphasises how easy it is for misunderstandings to happen in communities where tensions run high and how events can spiral out of your control even when you meant no harm. A gritty story that will make you think.

If you have withdrawal symptoms waiting for the next series of Doctor Who then look no further than the three Doctor Who books that we have just added to the library. Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen (617541) sees the Doctor trying to prevent the Krikkitmen from finding a key that will let them out of prison and continue their crusade to rid Earth of all other lifeforms. Doctor Who Twice Upon a Time (617542) sees the Doctor resisting his next regeneration only to stumble across the familiar blue police box and a stranger who introduces himself as the Doctor. The two doctors must join together to discover why strange anomalies are happening before the regeneration happens. Finally in Doctor Who: City of Death (617558) the Doctor is on a visit to Paris in 1979 but all hopes of a holiday are soon put aside when he discovers that a ruthless alien plot hatched in Earth’s pre-history has reached its final stage.

If you’re looking for a new author to try then how about David Baddiel and his book Head Kid (617547). This is a story where the strictest head teacher ever, swaps bodies with the naughtiest boy in school – the result can only be laughter and mayhem. If you like this one then why not try The Person Controller (617384) and AniMalcolm (617405) by the same author.

The Marvel comic universe has made us all very familiar with the names Thor, Loki and Odin so why not hear about their origins in Kevin Crossley-Holland’s Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki (617540). The tales are all based on the Scandinavian stories surrounding these characters and is filled with magic, giants and monsters which is a recipe for excitement.

Our Castle by the Seaby Lucy Strange (617546) is set on the south coast of England in war time. Eleven year old Pet lives in a lighthouse surrounded by tales of the sea. The war means the clifftops are now a terrifying place and Pet’s family is torn apart. Pet must gather all her courage to bring her family back together.

In The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder (617549)Emily's parents have vanished into the secret world of the Midnight Hour - a Victorian London frozen in time - home to magic and monsters. Emily must find them in the city of the Night Folk, armed only with a packed lunch, a stowaway hedgehog and her infamously big mouth. This is a magical, fantastical feast of a story which is perfect for a summer read.

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