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Christmas & New Year 2016

Seasonal stories to get you feeling festive

Young Reader Review

Evie McCann, aged 9 from Strandtown Primary School in Belfast discovers the secrets of a rebellious young suffragette…

The Making of Mollie by Anna Carey £6.99, published by The O’Brien Press
AGE 9+
The Making of Mollie is about a girl called Mollie Carberry who has an annoying brother called Harry, a little sister Julia who is a Christian and an older sister called Phyllis who is a part of the suffragette movement. She follows Phyllis to a secret meeting and decides she also wants to become a suffragette. This is very exciting to Mollie and her friend Nora as nothing much happens were they live. It’s a funny book with very interesting facts about life in Dublin in 1912 and is about strong women and women’s rights. The story is told through letters she is writing to her friend Frances, which tell of her day-to-day life with her classmates and her family which makes it very interesting. It has funny scenes and sad moments and I enjoyed reading the book very much.

Thanks to her fantastic review Evie has won a £100 book voucher for her school courtesy of her local Specsavers store in Connswater Shopping Centre.

Baby Touch and Feel Christmas £3.99, published by DK UK
AGE PRE-SCHOOL

Explore the sparkly world of snowflakes and Santa together with this delightful touchy feely book – perfect for baby’s first Christmas. Your baby can experience the magic as he or she feels Santa's velvety hat, the Christmas decorations, a red-nosed reindeer, and much more! The padded cover, simple images, and an amazing range of novelty textures immediately intrigue babies and are perfect for little fingers to feel. Containing large word labels, each page has foil or glitter to behold or a tantalizing texture to touch. Encourage sensory development, language skills, and early reading skills while teaching colours, shapes, patterns, and opposites.

Otto the Book Bear in the Snow by Katie Cleminson £6.99, published by Penguin Random House Children’s UK
AGE PRE-SCHOOL

Join Otto the Book Bear and his friend Ernest on a snowy Christmas adventure as they try to find their way home for the winter party. Otto and Ernest love nothing more than for their book to be borrowed and read. But this winter they are desperate to get back to the library for the special winter party. It's time for an incredible adventure through the snow... a beautifully classic and imaginative seasonal story for little ones this Christmas.

How Machines Work by David Macaulay £14.99, published by DK UK
AGE 7+

Winner of The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2016, How Machines Work uses pop-ups and award-winning illustrations to demonstrate the technology of six simple machines. Follow the mad antics of Sloth and his side-kick Sengi as they try to break out of the zoo with the help of levers, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, wedges and wheels. Brought to life through pop-ups and pull-outs meaning you can explore six simple machines, from bicycles and cranes to hammers and drills, through interactive science. Packed with engaging, hands-on activities, this book will gear kids up for scientific and engineering greatness!

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs £12.99, published by Penguin Random House Children’s UK
AGE 10+

Published alongside the box-office hit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tales of the Peculiar is a beautifully illustrated collection of fairy tales with a twist. Adding rich detail to the fascinatingly peculiar world of Miss Peregrine, this book is a stunning addition to any bookcase. Telling tales of fork-tongued princesses, wealthy cannibals and peculiarities galore, the book can’t fail to intrigue adults and children alike, making it the perfect book for young readers or parents sharing stories with older children at Christmas time.

Mistletoe and Murder – A Most Unladylike Mystery by Robin Stevens £6.99, published by Penguin Random House Children’s UK
AGE 9+

Follow Daisy and Hazel as they put their own detective skills to the test in the fabulously festive fifth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike. While spending the Christmas holidays in snowy Cambridge Daisy and Hazel have high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tearooms. But two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident – until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course).

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