Back to Basics

Simon Brading, 8-12

Max and Emily Cooper are twins who fall in love with ballet from the first lesson that they take as 6 year-olds.

In Barcelona they have to start all over again – a new school, new students to make friends with and a new ballet school with a new teacher to learn from. Despite the tragic accident that killed their parents and forced them to leave London to live with their Aunt Kimberley and Cousin Núria, it is an exciting time.

However, things don’t turn out anything like the way they want them to …

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Walkies With Watson

David Flin, 8-12

Everyone has heard about Sherlock Holmes and his detective adventures. Everyone knows the saying that a dog is man’s best friend. Everyone knows that Holmes was a man. Everyone knows that Watson was Sherlock Holmes’ best friend.

The deductive logic is, therefore, inescapable. Watson, Holmes’ best friend, is a dog.

This tale, recounted by the ever-loyal Watson, is of just one of their many adventures, taking us to the wilds of Dartmoor to face a terrifying monster.

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Fight to Dance

Simon Brading, 8-12

Max and Emily Cooper are twins who fall in love with ballet from the first lesson that they take as 6 year-olds. For a while everything is fine and they progress with their studies, but then, when they turn 11, everything changes.

Their parents are killed in a traffic accident and their lives are turned upside down. They have to leave their home in London and move to Barcelona with their Aunt Kimberley, who has become their guardian. From then on it is a constant struggle for them to continue to work towards realising their dream, their ambition, of being professional ballet dancers.

This is the first book of the Twin Ambitions series.

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The Secret of the Citadel

Andy Cooke, 12-16

Into the Shadowlands

Fourteen-year-old Freddie Fitzroy and his big brother, Tom, had been pulled into the conflict between the Vampire Malachi and the Wizard Genarri as the two battled in our world after having passed through the Cave between Worlds from the Shadowlands – with the brothers’ help.

Barely surviving the showdown between the two, Tom, Freddie, and their friends have themselves passed through the Cave between Worlds into the Shadowlands to try to gain control of their powers.

But the promised safety may be an illusion as they uncover a dark secret at the heart of the Wizards’ Citadel.

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The Curious Case of the Clairvoyant Curate

David Flin, 12-16

It is 1920, and Millicent Cavendish is hosting a weekend house party. Still newly-married, she’s trying to run a household efficiently, and showing that she’s no longer the frivolous and thoughtless party-goer she had been. She’s hoping that the house party will be a success and help her throw off her old image.

Maybe all would have been well, but one of the guests is murdered. Millicent decides that she needs to resolve things before the police arrive. Frequently thought of as air-headed, Millicent has to solve the murder, ensure the house party is a success despite one of the guests expiring, prepare the household for Christmas, and run the household efficiently.

What could be easier than that?

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The Cave Between Worlds

Andy Cooke, 12-16

Thirteen year-old Freddie Fitzroy can see faeries. He’s not very happy about it. His big brother, Tom, DOESN’T see faeries. Not at all. Nope. That would be too weird. Unfortunately, like Freddie, Tom has started to have vivid dreams he can’t deny quite as easily. Dreams of a world of magic. Of Vampires. Centaurs. And Hunters – Wizards who track down magical creatures. And kill them.

When the dreams become reality through the cave in the woods near their new home, and the conflict spills into their own world, the brothers can deny it no longer. They have to choose sides – and discover their own power.

This is the first book of the Shadowland Chronicles.

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Clouds Unfold

David Flin, 16+

Thomas, Frank, Peter, and Windy are soldiers in the First Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, in the process of deploying to active service in Persia. Getting from England to Persia is a simple journey on a troop transport ship. How much trouble can the four friends get into during such a simple voyage?

They aren’t aware of the growing tensions around the world, of how the world in 1921 is slowly moving towards another great crisis. Being unaware of the growing storm clouds, they continue their scheming ways. Of rather more concern to them is the watchful eye of Sergeant Taylor, trying to get his recruits ready for deployment.

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Green and Pleasant Land

David Flin, 16+

Thomas, Francesco, Peter, and Windy all had different reasons for joining the Army. As soldiers, they had little say in what went on in the world, or even where they went. The world wasn’t a fair one; they knew that. The world had avoided many crises which might have led to war, but didn’t. The last, in 1914, was perhaps the nearest miss. Seven years on and, in all probability, another crisis will emerge.

Not that the four friends have any say in the matter. Nonetheless, they know that the world isn’t fair, and they have a strong belief that it should be. It doesn’t seem that there is much they can do from their lowly position, especially as it seems that another crisis is brewing, one which might lead to a major conflict.

This is the first book in the Building Jerusalem series.

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