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Sunday, 29 September 2013

KBR Recommends: New Middle Fiction, September 2013

The Only Game in the Galaxy by Paul Collins, Ford Street Publishing, $19.95, 9781925000061, ages 12+

In a galaxy of cutthroat companies, shadowy clans and a million agendas, spy agency RIM barely wields enough control to keep order. Maximus Black is RIM’s star cadet. But he has a problem. One of RIM’s best agents, Anneke Longshadow, knows there’s a mole in the organisation. And Maximus has a lot to hide.

Jodie: This is the Book of You (Book of You #1) by Randa Abdel-Fattah, Omnibus Books, $16.99, 9781742990101, ages 10+

Best friends Jodie, Rania and Deyana can't believe that they have found in the school library - a mysterious book that writes itself, just for them.

Jodie's life is difficult enough - her father is in a new relationship and she's trying to get used to having a stepsister. The advice the book is giving her is so confusing.

Who is the ghostly writer? What does she want?

Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant) by Derek Landy, HarperCollins, $19.99, 9780007489220, ages 10+

War has finally come.

But it′s not a war between good and evil, or light and dark - it′s a war between Sanctuaries. For too long, the Irish Sanctuary has teetered on the brink of world-ending disaster, and the other Sanctuaries around the world have had enough. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men if they′re going to have any chance at all of maintaining the balance of power and getting to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making.

But while this war is only beginning, another war rages within Valkyrie herself. Her own dark side, the insanely powerful being known as Darquesse, is on the verge of rising to the surface. And if Valkyrie slips, even for a moment, then Darquesse will burn the world and everyone in it.

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