This issue’s cover illustration is from Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses written by Hollis Kurman and illustrated by Barroux. Thanks to Otter-Barry Books for their help with this July cover.

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Jennie Webber illustrating It Stars with a Seed

Jennie Webber describes and demonstrates her unique etching technique and her inspiration for It Starts with a Seed.

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Book of the week

The Wild Way Home (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Sophie Kirtley

256pp, FICTION, 1526616289

Fans of Stig of the Dump or Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brother series will very much enjoy Sophie Kirtley’s vivid, exciting and heart-warming Stone Age timeslip story.

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Sequin and Stitch (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Laura Dockrill
(Barrington Stoke)

104pp, 978-1781129319, RRP £6.99, Paperback

Laura Dockrill is already well known for her lively writing in prose and poetry. This is typical of her writing, and the concise prose required by Barrington Stoke suits her style. A story to delight all.

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The One that Got Away (10-14 Middle/Secondary)

Jan Mark
(Roffo Court Press)

368pp, ANTHOLOGY, 978-0993547324, RRP £10.00, Paperback

At least half of these domestic stories though are injected with mystery – inexplicable ghost stories.

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Empire's End: A Roman Story (8-10 Junior/Middle)

Leila Rasheed

208pp, INFORMATION STORY, 978-1407191393, RRP £6.99, Paperback

This is an addition to the Voices series which aims to bring history alive through the immediate voice of their protagonists.

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The House of One Hundred Clocks (8-10 Junior/Middle)

A. M. Howell
(Usborne Publishing Ltd)

336pp, FICTION, 978-1474959568, RRP £6.99, Paperback

In Edwardian Cambridge, Helena, her beloved pet parrot Orbit and her father, recently bereaved after the loss of Helena’s mother, begin a new life in the home of the enigmatic Mr Westcott.

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