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Layla Queen of Hearts by Glenda Millard
Phoenix Yard Books ISBN 9781907912252

Griffin Silk's best friend Layla is like a gift to the Silk family after Griffin's little sister Tishkin went out of their lives - and Layla delights in the time she spends with them all. For Seniors' Day at school, Griffin says Layla can share his grandmother Nell but, much as she adores Nell, Layla longs for someone special of her own to invite. This is when Miss Amelie comes into their lives and brings something unique to the children. This is a wonderful tale about the power of friendship and a small but life changing miracle. The warm-hearted story is accompanied by lovely thought-provoking illustrations.

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Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne
Doubleday ISBN 9780857532930

The hard times and struggles of the First World War are seen through the eyes of young Alfie Summerfield whose father has gone to fight for his country. As time passes and with no more letters home, Alfie thinks his father must be on a secret mission. He by chance gets a lead as to where he might be and, troubled and bewildered, he is determined to find out what has happened to his father. This moving story is brilliantly written and will be appreciated not only by older children but also by adults. It is sure to linger in your heart and mind particularly as WW1 is commemorated this year.

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