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Prim ImproperPrim Improper

by Deirdre Sullivan

Primrose Leary has just started secondary school.

Likes: her pet rat, Roderick; her best friend, Joel; being a little bit different

Dislikes: living with Fintan; not having her mum around any more.

A funny book about being very sad indeed.

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Improper OrderImproper Order

by Deirdre Sullivan

Things are getting a bit DRAMATIC for Primrose Leary. Can she defeat the evil Karen, find True Love (and cake) but without losing her best friend – and get to be a cruciverbalist? And how come the dog is called Wayne Rooney? It’s all most improper. 

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Invisible GirlInvisible Girl

by Kate Maryon

Gabriella Midwinter used to have a home. She wasn’t invisible back then. Caught between arguing parents and moving house, twelve-year-old Gabriella somehow slips through the cracks.

Now she’s more alone than ever before. The city streets are no place for young girls but they’re all she’s got.

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DownsideUpDownside Up

by Hayley Long

Ronni feels thoroughly fed up.  Her mum is mad at her, her teachers think she’s trouble and the coolest boy in school thinks she’s a joke.   

Then something weird happens… and all her dreams suddenly come true.

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Deep WaterDeep Water

by Jo Cotterill

Pearl is over the moon when she’s picked for the British Olympic Synchronised Swimming Team! But her dad walking out makes it hard to concentrate on training – not to mention cheeky journalist Bailey who seems to fancy her.

How will Pearl fare at London 2012?

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Peppermint KissRainbow Beauty: Peppermint Kiss

by Kelly McKain

Abbie’s life feels like one big rain cloud since her parents split up and she moved into a grotty flat, in a strange new town.

Could opening a new business – the Rainbow Beauty parlour – bring her family a pot of gold and heal their hearts too?

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Perfect SummerPerfect Summer

by Karen King

Living in a society obsessed with perfection, Morgan can’t help being a bit envious of her best friend, Summer. Summer is beautiful, rich and her life seems so perfect. Then Morgan’s little brother, Josh, gets kidnapped. Can Morgan save him and is Summer’s life as perfect as it seems?

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by Simon Packham

Chris loses the power of speech completely when his best friend dies in a car crash.


What terrible secret is he hiding?

And can he find his voice before it’s too late?

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