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Staff Picks 2021

8+ Years

The Awakening Storm: A Graphic NovelThe Awakening Storm: A Graphic Novel by Jaimal Yogis, Vivian Truong
Scholastic 2022

When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mum and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real - especially when the egg hatches overnight. And now it's up to Grace and her school
friends to uncover the sinister plot threatening the entire city!


Pie in the Sky by Remi Lai Pie in the Sky by Remi Lai
Walker Books 2019

When Jingwen moves to a new country, he feels like he's landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible since he doesn't speak English. To distract himself, Jingwen daydreams about making all the cakes on the menu of Pie in the Sky, the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away. A poignant, laugh-out-loud illustrated novel about an eleven-year-old boy's
immigration experience, his annoying little brother, and their cake-baking hijinks!


Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston
Farshore 2022

After finding her brother and saving the entire supernatural world, Amari Peters is convinced her first full summer as a Junior Agent will be a breeze. But between the fearsome new Head Minister’s strict anti-magician agenda, fierce Junior Agent rivalries, and her brother Quinton’s curse steadily worsening, Amari’s plate is full. Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this magical second book in the New York Times bestselling Supernatural Investigations trilogy. Perfect for 8+ fans of Percy Jackson.


The Ministry of Unladylike Activity by Robin Stevens The Ministry of Unladylike Activity by Robin Stevens
Puffin 2022

The Ministry of Unladylike Activity is an exciting Second World War thriller series from one of today’s most popular children’s writers. Following her Murder Most Unladylike books, this new series won’t disappoint her millions of fans. Packed with whodunit suspense, fun and a lasting friendship among characters May, Eric and Nuala there’s the added excitement of a mystery to solve.


The Ministry of Unladylike Activity by Robin StevensFrankie's World by Aoife Dooley
Scholastic 2022

Frankie’s World is a funny and relatable graphic novel that shines a spotlight on living with autism as a 12 year old. Frankie's dad left when she was a baby. Frankie wonders was he different just like her? Is that why she feels so unlike her classmates? Frankie and her best friend Sam set out to track down her Dad and in doing so we learn much more about her, what makes her unique and about how important it is to be ourselves.


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