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928 MILES FROM HOME

Fourteen-year-old Calum Brooks has big dreams. One day he’ll escape this boring life and write movies -proper ones, with massive budgets and A-list stars. For now, though, he’s stuck coping alone while his dad works away, writing scripts in his head and trying to stay ‘in’ with his gang of mates at school, who don’t like new kids, especially foreign ones. But when his father invites his new Polish girlfriend and her son, Sergei, to move in, Calum’s life is turned upside down. He’s actually sharing a room with ‘the enemy’! How’s he going to explain that to his mates?…

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A Seven-Letter Word

‘My name is Finlay McIntosh. I can see OK, can hear perfectly fine and I can write really, really well. But the thing is, I can’t speak. I’m a st-st-st-stutterer. Hilarious, isn’t it? It’s like the word is there in my mouth, fully formed and then, just as it’s ready to leave my lips . . . POP! It jumps and ricochets and bounces around my gob. Except it isn’t funny at all, because there’s not a thing I can do about it.’ Finlay’s mother vanished two years ago. And ever since then his stutter has become almost unbearable. Bullied…

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Smart

A mysterious crime, a different detective

An evocative and compelling debut for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2015, longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups 2016, Kim Slater’s outstanding debut, Smart, is moving and compelling novel with a loveable character at its heart. ‘I found Jean’s friend dead in the river. His name was Colin Kirk. He was a homeless man, but he still wanted to live.’ There’s been a murder, but the police don’t care. It was only a homeless old man after all….

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