The Colour Of The Sun by David Almond

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One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door.  The world he enters is very familiar – the little Tyneside town that has always been his home – but as the day passes, it becomes ever more dramatic and strange.

A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible.  He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit summit at the top of the town, where the real and imaginary world begin to blur.

Davie sees things on the hillside that show him that amongst immorality, there can be kindness and in darkness, there is a chance for hope.  

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Purple Hearts by Michael Grant

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Could women fight?

Stupid question.  Women don’t stop being women, and men don’t stop being men.  We become an entirely new creature: the combat soldier. And we are none of us, men or women, the people we started out as.

War is hell.

1944.  It feels like the war will never end.Rio, Frangie and Rainy have all received accolades, been “heroes”, earned promotion. They’ve all done “enough” to allow them to leave this nightmare and go home.  But the war hasn’t finished with them yet …  

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The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs

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He is the son of tragedy

Born a bastard and raised an orphan in the stifling Caribbean heat.  Alexander Hamilton will prove his worth on the blood-soaked battlefields of the American Revolution.

She is the daughter of fortune

A wealthy child of privilege, Elizabeth Shuyler has never wanted for anything.  But she longs for a life of so much more.

War will bring them together; peace will tear them apart

In her, Hamilton finds the extraordinary intelligence and passionate heart that will motivate him to revolutionise American politics … and go down in history as one of the great Founding Fathers of the bold new country.

In him, Eliza finds a man who is finally, truly, her equal – someone who will inspire her to dedicate her life to a cause much greater than herself.

And history will make them immortal

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Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Hounds And Hauntings by Janine Beacham

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The city of Yorke is in a state of panic.  There’s been a murder!  Rumours are circling that an ancient ghost-hound is the culprit.

Rose Raventhorpe, her friend Orpheus and they city’s secret society of butlers search for clues down dark, eerie skitterways, on the mist-covered moors and atop the ancient walls of the city.  Rose believes that the villain is human, and she’s determined to prove it.

There’s no sweeping this crime under the carpet …  

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Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama

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Five hundred and twenty people died on that mountain.

That sparkling mountain.

1985.  Kazumasa Yuuki, a seasoned reporter at the North Kanto Times, runs a daily gauntlet against the power struggles and office politics that plague its newsroom. But when an air disaster of unprecedented scale occurs on the paper’s doorstep, its staff are united by an unimaginable horror, and a once-in-a-lifetime scoop

2003.  Seventeen years later, Yuuki remembers the adrenaline-fuelled, emotionally charged seven days that changed his and his colleagues’ lives. He does so while making good on a promise he made that fateful week – one that holds the key to its last unsolved mystery, and represents Yuuki’s final, unconquered fear.

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Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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She’s barely seventeen, but Hattori Mariko knows her place in life.

She’s been raised for one purpose: to marry the son of the Emperor’s favourite concubine.

But en route to the wedding her litter is ambushed by the Black Clan. Now Mariko has two choices: she can wait to be rescued … or face her enemies.

She’s done waiting. 

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The Irregular by H. B. Lyle

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The streets taught him.

Sherlock Holmes trusted him.

The Secret Service wants him.

The Empire needs him.

LONDON, 1909: The British Empire seems invulnerable.  But Captain Vernon Kell, head of counter-intelligence at the War Office, knows better.  In Russia, revolution; in Germany, an arms race; in London, the streets are alive with foreign terrorists.

Kell wants to set up a Secret Service, but to convince his political masters he needs proof of a threat – and to find that, he needs an agent he can trust.

Kell needs Wiggins.  Trained as a child by Kell’s old friend Sherlock Holmes – he led a gang of urchin investigators known as the Baker Street Irregulars – Wiggins is an ex-soldier with an expert line in deduction and the cunning of a born street fighter.

Wiggins turns down the job – he “don’t do official”.  But when his best friend is killed by Russian anarchists, Wiggins sees that the role of secret agent could take him toward his sworn revenge.

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Silver Stars by Michael Grant

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I hear civilians saying we’re all heroes. 

Here’s one of the nasty little twists that come in war: if you don’t manage to get wounded or dead, they’ll promote you. Right when you start to get good at following, they want you to lead.

If everyone is a hero, then no one is.

No longer raw recruits, Rio, Frangie and Rainy have all faced combat and know that it has changed them. They may have fought on the front lines, but the personal battles rage on …

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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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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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