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central to the themes in this strange world with its untrustworthy characters
               from the Stationers' Company and the Company of Locksmiths. Frances

               Hardinge's imagination is breathtaking. Ages 11+

               The Knife of Never Letting Go
               Patrick Ness

               Darkly imagined and brilliantly created, the painful dystopian setting of a world
               full of noise in which all thoughts can be heard as if spoken is the background to
               this tense coming-of-age story. Todd is the last boy left in

               Prentisstown, where only men live. Approaching his 13th
               birthday, when he will become a man, Todd discovers a secret
               that puts him in great danger. Accompanied by his dog and
               guided by nothing much more than his own good sense, Todd

               makes his own way in a bleak and desolate world where the
               choices are hard. Ages 12+

               In the Sea There Are Crocodiles
               Fabio Geda (David Fickling Books)

               Deservedly an international bestseller, this true story of one boy's terrifying
                              journey from Afghanistan to Italy is a deeply moving story of

                              survival. Taken to a Pakistan border town as a place of safety by his
                              mother, who abandons him there, 10-year-old Enaiatollah Akbadi is
                              then on his own; he must learn who to trust and feed and clothe
                              himself. From tiny beginnings and by keeping alert, Enaiatollah

                              manages first to exist in Pakistan and then to begin the highly risky
                              journey away from all he knows to what he has been told will be a
               better life. Enaiatollah wanted his story of desperate danger, hardship and
               people trafficking to be told as a factual account, without judgment or

               interpretation. Fabio Geda has served him perfectly. Ages 12+

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