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Ed's Reading Room - the free website to help parents, grandparents and teachers who want to help kids read better. Here are this month's book selections for Year 3/4 and 5/6 which you can buy now by clicking on the icon next to the text for each Book of the Month.

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Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape
Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape by Dermot OíLeary
Hodder ISBN 9781444939453

Toto the ninja cat and her brother Silver live in a town house in London but they were born in an olive grove in southern Italy where Toto learned to rely on her senses from a ninja cat master. During the day they appear to be ordinary cats but at night they love having adventures, starting with a tour of London by animal Tube. However things become more serious when a king cobra escapes from London Zoo. Toto has to draw on all of her skills to investigate and find the deadly snake before it's too late. This is a very exciting page-turner of a book with fantastic illustrations that magnify the atmosphere created by the story. It is purrfect for all animal-loving readers.

 
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The Hippo at the End of the Hall by Helen Cooper
David Fickling Books ISBN 9781910989753

Come now or come never! These are the words on the invitation delivered by bee-mail to Ben's home. There was no name on the envelope but Ben knew it was for him. It was strangely enticing to be invited to the Gee Museum but his Mum seemed very wary about it. It leads Ben into a curious world of unusual characters - some villainous and scary but some warm-hearted and lovable. Ben often wonders if he will ever find out the truth about his father's mysterious disappearance. This talented writer is also the illustrator of this magical tale. It is a stunning book that will charm not only children but adults too.

The Hippo at the End of the Hall
 
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