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World So Wide

By Ali­son Mcghee, Il­lus­tra­tions by Kate Al­izadeh

(Two Li­ons)

In our vast world, the new­est new­born baby will al­ways be the youngest per­son. This heart­warm­ing book re­minds us of all the firsts they will ex­pe­ri­ence, see, taste, smell, hear and touch. No mat­ter how our lives change, there will al­ways be growth and love. With charm­ing il­lus­tra­tions, this would be a won­der­ful gift for new par­ents.

A Piglet Called Truf­fle

By He­len Pe­ters, Il­lus­trated by El­lie Snow­don

(Walker Books)

Part of the Jas­mine Green Res­cues se­ries, this first book fol­lows Jas­mine as she res­cues a piglet who is not strong enough to com­pete with his lit­ter­mates. When her mom, who is a ve­teri­nar­ian, sees the strug­gling lit­tle pig, she helps Jas­mine save his life. With just the right amount of challenge, these sto­ries are age-ap­pro­pri­ate for young read­ers want­ing to delve into chap­ter books.

The Girl and the Witch’s Gar­den By Erin Bow­man

(Si­mon and Schus­ter Books for Young Read­ers)

When Piper’s fa­ther be­comes deathly ill, she is sent to Mal­lory es­tate, a cold man­sion with dead gar­dens. It is ru­moured to be run by a witch, who hap­pens to be Mal­lory’s grand­mother. It is also a place where she will have to con­front her es­tranged mother.

When Piper ar­rives, she is sur­prised to find foster chil­dren liv­ing there, one is miss­ing and so is her grand­mother

As Piper ex­plores, she un­cov­ers the truth about the gar­den, its magic and her fam­ily se­crets. A sus­pense­ful tale of mys­tery, de­ceit and friend­ship.

The Sum­mer I Drowned

By Tay­lor Hale

(Wattpad Books)

Olivia is ex­cited to re­turn to her home­town of Cald­well Beach and re­con­nect with her friends. How­ever, her main mo­tive is to face her fear of the water af­ter nearly drown­ing five years ear­lier. When she re­al­izes every­one has changed and she doesn’t know who to trust, she turns to the only per­son she ever truly loved, her best friend’s older brother. When hor­ri­ble crimes sur­face, Olivia feels threat­ened, and as her PTSD kicks in, no one be­lieves her. This Young Adult ro­man­tic mys­tery has a great el­e­ment of thrills and twists.

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