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Escape from the screens; IF YOU WANT TO GIVE THE KIDS A TECH BREAK, CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE AND EMMY HEAD HAVE SOME GREAT SUMMER READS FOR ALL AGES sOr reaDerS ageD 6-8.

Byline: A TECH BREAK, CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE AND EMMY HEAD

INDIGO WILDE AND THE CREATURES AT JELLYBEAN CRESCENT By Pippa Curnick, Hachette, PS9.99 THIS is creative, colourful and full of beans. Indigo's explorer parents have filled the house with weird and wonderful creatures, from goblins to dragons and yetis. Then they send the children a creature that eats its way out of its box before they can open it, disappears and wreaks havoc around the house.

What is the creature? Can Indigo catch it before the neighbours learn how wild the Wildes are?

PANDA AT THE DOOR By Sarah Horne, Chicken Shed, PS6.99 Callum is crestfallen to receive a birthday present of an "adopted" zoo panda - until Pudding the

Panda escapes and appears on his doorstep. Pudding channels her inner Mary Poppins to turn Callum's collapsing life around.

An upbeat read full of lively illustrations.

A MONSTER ATE MY PACKED LUNCH By Pamela Butchart, Nosy Crow, PS6.99 Izzy and pals take an overnight school trip and learn about terrifying local legends. They decide to investigate - but are soon out of their depth in this lively comic caper.

AN ESCAPE IN TIME By Sally Nicholls, Nosy Crow, PS6.99 Ruby and Alex's time-travelling mirror transports them to 1795 to help a survivor of the- French Revolution - but their mission is not at all what it first seems.

THE WORRIES

By Jion Sheibani, Puffin, PS6.99 THE WORRIES is an amusing but wholly empathetic read about Sohal who deals with anxiety by drawing his worries as cartoon characters.

But when they come to life will he be able to control them?

TAKE OFF YOUR BRAVE By Nadim (aged 4), illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail, Walker, PS12.99 Nadim offers a moving and eloquent child's-eye view of the world in an enchanting, evocative and gloriously illustrated collection of poems on subjects close to the hearts of very young children.

WAVE RIDERS By Lauren St John, Macmillan, PS7.99 Homeless orphans Jess and Jude are taken in by a wealthy family - but why? They must navigate hostile treatment and bewildering rules to unpick a web of lies and uncover the truth of their identity.

A KIND OF SPARK By Elle McNicoll, Knights Of, PS6.99 In this Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner, Addie's shocked to learn about 16thcentury women killed in witch trials just for being different. As she campaigns for a memorial, can she also change perceptions of autistic people like her?

THE SECRET DETECTIVES By Ella Risbridger, Nosy Crow, PS7.99 It's 1892 and Isobel is sailing to England when she sees a person thrown overboard, but sOr reaDerS ageD 9-12 nobody is missing. Can she solve the mystery of who died - and why - before the ship docks?

ESCAPE THE ROOMS By Stephen Mangan (illustrated by Anita Mangan), Scholastic, PS5.99 Jack is mourning his mother when a bungee jump catapults him into a series of traps and, to escape, he and surly companion Cally must solve bizarre challenges and outwit fantastically peculiar people. It's poignant, wildly unpredictable and laugh-out-loud funny. WORST. HOLIDAY. EVER By Charlie Higson, Puffin, PS6.99 Anxious Stan is forced out of his comfort zone when he goes on holiday with fifth best friend Felix. Higson shows the power of confronting your demons in this touching, observant warmhearted and sharp-witted novel.

THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE By Alex Cotter, Nosy Crow, PS6.99 Tense and gripping, this is a fabulous read full of twists and turns.

Faith lives in a house on the edge of a clif f but it's becoming dangerous with the crack on the edge getting bigger every day. Then her father goes missing, followed by her brother.

Can Faith solve the mystery of their disappearances before her home falls into the sea?

THE SUMMER WE TURNED GREEN By William Sutcliffe, Bloomsbury, PS7.99 Luke's sister and his dad have gone to live in a commune with people protesting against airport expansion.

His mum is always at work so Luke must learn to be alone.

Will he ever feel part of a family again?

This tale of rebel climate protestors is an engrossing and relatable emotional rollercoaster, full of drama and vividly written.

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LITTLE ECHO By Al Rodin, Puffin, PS12.99 The beautifully illustrated and endearing story of a shy Echo who lives in a cave, only speaking to echo the words of others. When a boy called Max arrives, hunting for treasure, Echo must find her own voice if she's to make a friend.

THE CAT AND THE RAT AND THE HAT By em lynas and Matt Hunt, nosy Crow, PS11.99 With boldly eye-catching illustrations, this tale of a cat, rat and bat fighting over a hat and a cravat is a delightfully silly story and fun to read aloud.

IF I HAD AN OCTOPUS By gabby dawnay and Alex Barrow, thames & Hudson, PS10.99 Have you ever thought about what the best aquatic pet would be? It's an octopus, of course! This crazy idea is brought to life as a little girl imagines its counting to painting - and cuddles. Brightly illustrated rhyming fun.

MOONCAT ANDME By lydia Corry, two Hoots, PS12.99 Pearl is moving house and starting a new school so she's relieved when Mooncat appears at her window, takes her exploring, and shows her the world isn't so scary.

NO! SAID RABBIT By Marjoke Henrichs, scallywag Press, PS12.99 Rabbit says no to everything from food to a bath. Guaranteed to raise a smile, especially if you read aloud saying your child's name instead of 'Rabbit'.

THE PERFECT FIT By naomi and James Jones, oUP, PS6.99 Though Triangle loves playing with circles and squares, she longs to find someone who looks like her. Eventually she learns the key to happiness lies in

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