Piece of Cake (Smitten) – Kate Forster

Piece of cakeOn the morning that Lola is due to fly to London, her dad’s in an accident. There’s no time to whinge about ruined plans – Lola has to just unpack her bags and act like an adult by taking over her dad’s cafe. Finding a new chef and working seven days a week is not the gap year Lola had in mind. But then she meets Sam, a hot backpacker and cook extraordinaire with a tragic secret past. In a whirl of perfect pastries and delicate cupcakes, Lola and Sam start to realise that it’s not just the kitchen warming up. But can their romance handle the heat?

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The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate

IvanIvan is an easy going gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he is used to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and drawing. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. Inspired by a true story, this Newbery Medal winner is a moving and unforgettable story of friendship, hope and a mighty gorilla.

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Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

Code name VerityThis is the story of two young women during World War Two. Maddie is a pilot, ‘Verity’ is a spy and they are best friends. Maddie is the pilot of the plane that takes Verity into Nazi-occupied France on a secret mission but it all goes terribly wrong. Verity is captured by the Gestapo. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face execution. In her written confession Verity weaves an intriguing story of espionage and friendship as she battles for her life.

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Itch – Simon Mayo

ItchFourteen-year-old Itch has an unusual passion: collecting specimens of every element in the periodic table. So what if that means he’s had a few … mishaps? But when he gets his hands on a suspiciously warm rock made of a new, previously unknown element, things really begin to explode. Soon, a malevolent teacher, an evil-doing corporation, and a top-secret government agency are all after Itch. Can his science know-how keep him one step ahead of everyone…and help him stay alive?