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Dinosaur Olympics by Jeanne Willis
Piccadilly Press ISBN 9781848122406

The stegosauruses are throwing a party for Uncle Loops' 190th birthday - a great excuse for a celebration but also an opportunity for the Downtown Dinosaurs to gatecrash their fun. It seems as if the proceedings will descend into a dinosaur battle but perhaps the dino-mayor can establish peace with the idea of the Dinosaur Olympics. Much hilarity ensues while the dinosaurs attempt to get into shape for the games. This very funny story is the latest action-packed adventure from this fantastic author. It is complemented by wonderful illustrations throughout.

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Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
Random House Children's Books ISBN 9780552563215

Beware of Long Lankin... Cora and her younger sister Mimi are sent to stay with their Aunt Ida who offers them a rather cold welcome. Their arrival has awoken an evil that has lurked around for years. Cora and Mimi find friendship from people in the village but they would dearly love to go back to London to their former life. They hear eerie voices and see mysterious warnings - but can Cora protect her sister from such an ancient evil? Inspired by a haunting ballad, this book is descriptive and atmospheric, chilling and thought-provoking. It is brilliantly written and grips the reader from beginning to end.

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