The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

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Who runs the world? SQUIRRELS!

Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green just moved from sunny California to the small town of Shady Oaks.  She must start at a new school, make new friends and continue to hide her fluffy tail.  Yep, Doreen has the powers of … a squirrel!

As Squirrel Girl, Doreen rescues cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean and dissuades vandalism.  All is well until a real-life Super Villain declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy.  Is Doreen ready to become a fully fledged Super Hero?  Or will she go … NUTS?

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Running Blind by Desmond Bagley

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The assignment begins with a simple errand – a parcel to deliver.  But to Alan Stewart, standing on a deserted road in Iceland with a murdered man at his feet, it looks anything but simple.  The desolate terrain is obstacle enough.  But when Stewart realises he has been double-crossed and that the opposition is gaining ground, his simple mission seems impossible …  

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A Crime In The Family by Sacha Batthyany

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In the spring of 1945, as the Red Army approached the village of Rechnitz in Austria, Countess Margit Batthyany hosted a party in her ancestral home.  Around midnight, the guests – German aristocrats and SS officers – left the castle and shot 180 Jewish labourers waiting in the village below.  The bodies disappeared into a mass grave: the massacre remained a secret for decades, until Countess Margit’s great-nephew began to ask questions.

This is the story of those questions, and of the answers Sacha Batthyany found: of how an atrocity was concealed and how it was uncovered.  It is a story of Nazi Germany, of the gulags of Siberia, of Budapest in the darkest days of the Cold War, of an Auschwitz survivor alive today in Argentina, and of whole generations of Europeans: monsters and heroes, executioners and victims.

A Crime In The Family is a singular and heart-rending true story, told by an extraordinary writer confronting not only his family’s past but humanity’s. 

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Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

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Anapra, Mexico.

Beyond the fence lies America, the Land of the Free.  But freedom doesn’t come cheap.

Tonight, Arturo must gamble not only for his friend’s freedom, but for his friend’s life – while his own hangs in the balance.

Can he cheat Death* herself?

* Saint Death.  She of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief.  A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian. 

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A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride

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Welcome to the Misfit Mob …

Police Scotland’s dumping ground for officers it can’t get rid of, but wants to.  Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases.  So when an ancient mummy is dumped at the Oldcastle tip, it’s Callum’s job to find out which museum it’s been stolen from.

But when Callum turns up links between the mysterious mummy and several recent disappearances, life suddenly starts to get more interesting.  With O Division’s Major Investigation Teams stretched to breaking point, the Misfit Mob unexpectedly finds themselves on the trail of a serial killer who isn’t afraid to take his time.

The question is, can Callum overcome his troubled past, not to mention his troubled present, in time to save himself, let alone anyone else?

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Beyond The Wall by Tanya Landman

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Can one slave destroy an empire?

Britannia.  A conquered land.

Running.  Weeping.  Blood on her lips.

Blood in her mouth.

Blood that is not her own.

After maiming her master, Cassia has no choice but to run.  Beyond the river, far to the north, stands Hadrian’s Wall – the furthest limit of the mighty Roman Empire.  And beyond the wall?  Freedom.  With dogs on her trail and a bounty on her head, the journey seems impossible.  But then Cassia meets Marcus – slick, slippery, silver-tongued – a true and perfect son of Rome.  And her only hope.  

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The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

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Like all twenty-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is.  This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland, it is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he’s irreparably corrupted, and he really wishes he hadn’t accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour.

There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie.  But now that his boss’s ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he’s made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.

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The Book Of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor

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They call her many things – a research project, a test-subject, a specimen.  An abomination.

But she calls herself Phoenix, an ‘accelerated woman’ – a genetic experiment grown and raised in Manhattan’s famous Tower 7, the only home she has ever known.  Although she’s only two years old, Phoenix has the body and mind of an adult – and powers beyond imagining.  Phoenix is an innocent, happy to live quietly in Tower 7, reading voraciously and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human.

Until the night that Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life.  Devastated, Phoenix begins to search for answers – only to discover everything she that she has ever known is a lie.

Tower 7 isn’t a haven.  It’s a prison.  And it’s time for Phoenix to spread her wings and rise. 

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Goodly And Grave In A Bad Case Of Kidnap by Justine Windsor

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Lucy Goodly is the new boot girl at Grave Hall, working for the cold, aloof Lord Grave.  The other staff – Vonk the butler, Mrs Crawley the cook and Violet the scullery maid – all seem friendly but Lucy soon notices that strange things are afoot in her new home – and not just Mrs Crawley’s experimental anchovy omelettes.  The statues move, the books are magic and Lord Grave has a secret.  Meanwhile, all over the country, children are vanishing.

Could the mystery of the missing children by linked to the strange goings-on at Grave Hall?  Lucy is determined to find out …  

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