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Aliens in Underpants Save the World

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Aliens in Underpants Save the World Illustrated by Ben Cort, By (author) Claire FreedmanAliens in Underpants Save the World’ is a fabulously funny book that is bound to appeal to most children’s sense of humours. Well any mention of underpants is usually enough to have my daughters in fits of giggles! It is written by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Ben Cort, and provides a sequel to their book ‘Aliens Love Underpants’.

In this book, the aliens spot a giant meteorite heading towards Earth that has all the scientists baffled. No one knows how to stop it but the aliens realise that if they don’t do something quickly, their source of underpants will not exist and then what will they do?

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The Killing Hour

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The Killing Hour By Lisa GardnerThe man bent over. ‘Shhhh,’ he whispered in her ear. ‘You don’t want to wake up just yet…’

As the summer temperature in Atlanta soars, the residents have more to fear than just heat exhaustion. For the last three years when the summer temperature creeps up to a hundred, a vicious killer has emerged and taken two young girls. When the body of the first girl is found, it contains clues to lead detectives to the second victim. If the second girl is discovered quickly enough, then there is a chance she will be found alive. However the clock is ticking…


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The Radleys

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The Radleys By Matt HaigSpeaking as someone who cannot find much interest or enthusiasm for the currently popular Twilight/Vampire phenonomen, it seems strange that I found myself reading this new novel about a family of vampires by Matt Haig and perhaps stranger still was the fact that I actually enjoyed reading it!

Meet The Radleys

Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Rowan and Clara, live in an English town. They are an everyday family. Averagely dysfunctional and averagely content. But as Rowan and Clara have yet to find out, the Radleys have a devastating secret…

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Sunset Song

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Sunset Song By Lewis Grassic GibbonSunset Song is one of the great works of Scottish literature, and of British literature as well in my opinion. It was first published in 1932, written by the Scottish author Lewis Grassic Gibbon – real name James Leslie Mitchell. Gibbon was born on an Aberdeenshire croft in 1901, and grew up in Kincardineshire, where Sunset Song is set. He travelled overseas with the Army, and died in 1935 in Welwyn Garden City.

Sunset Song is the first part of A Scots Quair, a trilogy of novels paying tribute to Grassic Gibbon’s homeland.

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True Things About Me

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True Things About Me By Deborah Kay DaviesTrue Things About Me’ is Deborah Kay Davies’ first novel and it is a brilliant debut. Having said that though, it is quite unusual in its style, particularly as the reader never really gets to know who is telling the story – especially by name. We do know that the narrator is a woman; someone who seems to lead a perfectly ordinary life until she meets a man who for some reason causes her to act completely out of character. As her family and friends look on helplessly in dismay, she allows herself to be used and discarded not once but many times.


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Heidi and Seek

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Rajorshi ChakrabortiFor Rajorshi Chakraborti this new novel is a venture into comic territory. A kind of exploration of the world that German filmmakers and sometimes old Hollywood comic thrillers normally tread.

The hectic chase that the book becomes starts with a pink line on a positive pregnancy test – Dev, a young British-India writer based in London, suddenly discovers that his live-in girlfriend, Jo, is pregnant. Without a moment’s thought his response to this life changing news is fly off to Germany in search of his ex, Heidi, telling Jo that he needs to get some old manuscripts that he left with Heidi back.


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Courtney

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Courtney (Red Fox picture books) By John Burningham, Illustrated by John BurninghamA boy and girl try to convince their parents to let them get a dog; they say it could guard the house and play with them. Mum and dad protest at first, saying that dogs need to be fed and walked, and they make a lot of mess. The children promise that they will take care of everything, and Mum gives in. The children set off for the Dogs’ Home, pushing the baby in the buggy. Their parents stress that they must get a dog with a pedigree.

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Blood River

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Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart By (author) Tim ButcherBlood River tells the story of Tim Butcher’s journey along the length of the Congo River, recreating the journey undertaken in 1874-1877 by Sir Henry Morton Stanley, a journalist and explorer. Stanley’s journey helped open up the Congo, as much as the interior of the Congo ever has been open.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was for many years the Belgian Congo. It has also been known as Zaire and the Congo Free State. Many of its towns and cities were renamed after independence to shake off the colonial past.

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The Janissary Tree

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The Janissary Tree ('Yashim the Eunuch' Mystery)  By Jason GoodwinYashim, a eunuch formerly attached to the Sultan’s palace in Istanbul (as a eunuch not the only thing he was formerly attached to!), is summoned by the Sultan to look into the mysterious death of a guardsman whose remains are found in a huge cauldron. One death soon becomes two and before long Yashim finds himself at the heart of something very suspicious. With the help of Stainslav Palewski the bumbling Polish ambassador and Preen – a high class hooker for want of a better description, Yashim tries to find the culprit before another murder is committed and in doing so unearths a twenty-year grievance….

Set in Ottoman Istanbul in the 1830s, I suppose one would class “The Janissary Tree” as a historical detective novel. The attention to detail and the authenticity seems hard to fault and knowing that the author Jason Goodwin is an expert on things Ottoman ought to persuade the reader that things are correct.


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Harvey Hare Postman Extraordinaire

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Harvey Hare: Postman Extraordinaire (Paperback) By (author) Bernadette Watts, Illustrated by Bernadette WattsAlthough my daughters are often quite good at remembering to say thank you, they do sometimes forget and I find myself having to remind them. This is one reason I was pleased that they selected ‘Harvey Hare Postman Extraordinaire’ during our recent library visit as it really does have a strong message about appreciating what people do and remembering to say thank you!

This lovely book is written by Bernadette Watts and features a little hare called Harvey who is a very busy and dedicated postman.


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A Sleuth’s Tour of Europe

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Things have come a long way since Agatha Christie took crime fiction fans on the Orient Express and to the banks of the River Nile and the genre is now one of the most popular around. There’s a wealth of excellent crime fiction available in translation and in English, and the best authors manage to convey a sense of place as well as telling exciting, well crafted stories. If you’re looking for some ideas on what to pack this summer, look no further. I have some suggestions to take you around Europe.

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The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

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The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (Kurt Wallander Mysteries) by Henning MankellWhen the two men washed up on the Swedish coast in a life raft turn out to be Latvians, Inspector Kurt Wallander hopes it will be a simple matter of passing the investigation over to Major Liepa, his Latvian counterpart asked to come to help with the case. However, when Major Liepa is found murdered shortly after his return to the Latvian capital, Riga, Wallander finds himself packing a bag and crossing the Baltic to assist with the investigations because the Latvian police believe that Liepa’s death may be linked to the case he had been working on in Sweden.

The Dogs of Riga” takes a profound turn from ordinary police procedural to international thriller that may disappoint some readers. The book is the second of Henning Mankell’s series of novels featuring the lugubrious – some might say thoroughly miserable – Kurt Wallander.

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