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Bad Dad by David Wal­liams, HarperCollins.

When Dad is jailed for a bank rob­bery, Frank de­cides to break him out of prison so they can re­turn the money. But evil crime boss, Mr Big, tries to stop their dar­ing plan. This rol­lick­ing ca­per is also a heart­warm­ing por­trayal of a lov­ing fa­ther-and-son re­la­tion­ship. Ages 8-12.

The Thun­der­bolt Pony by Stacy Gregg, HarperCollins.

Evie be­lieves she can con­trol her anx­i­eties if she fol­lows cer­tain rit­u­als. But when an earth­quake de­stroys her home, the 12-yearold must bravely set off alone on horse­back on a dangerous 45km jour­ney to the res­cue ship in Kaik­oura. A riv­et­ing read for ages 9-plus.

The Wizards of Once by Cres­sida Cow­ell, Ha­chette.

Xar, a young Wizard, and War­rior girl Wish, are sup­posed to hate each other, due to his­toric bat­tles over the use of magic. But they join forces to save their an­cient world. The How to Train Your Dragon writer again com­bines hu­mour and der­ringdo in this thrilling new series. Ages 8-plus.

Nev­er­moor by Jes­sica Townsend, Ha­chette.

Sassy Mor­ri­gan Crow is blamed for ev­ery­thing from a fire to a fa­tal heart at­tack. Des­tined to die on her 11th birthday, she is res­cued by the ec­cen­tric Jupiter North and taken to mag­i­cal Nev­er­moor, where she can es­cape death if she passes four dangerous tri­als. An en­chant­ing ad­ven­ture for Harry Pot­ter fans aged 9-plus.

The Ice Sea Pi­rates by Frida Nils­son, Gecko Press.

When her lit­tle sis­ter is stolen by a cruel pi­rate cap­tain to slave in the arc­tic coal mines, Siri sets out on a res­cue mis­sion aboard a cargo ship bound for the Ice Sea. The spir­ited Siri faces aban­don­ment, wolves, das­tardly vil­lains and near death in this thrilling novel for read­ers aged 9-plus.

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