The puppeteers come too and perform the greatest story — the Christmas Nativity story. Astrid Lindgren award winner Eva Eriksson provides quirky, soft-focus and humorous illustrations for Ulf Nilsson's story about a boy who loves singing but is too shy to perform. Ed, Zac, Becca and Kat are all keen to go on a school trip, but then they learn they'll have to earn money to make it there - and soon it's boys versus girls to see who can make the most cash!
A dyslexia-friendly book. Author: Mary Hooper Publisher: Bloomsbury. The final novel in Hooper's At the House of the Magician series, in which Lucy is in London, preparing for the imminent arrival of Dr John Dee, the court alchemist and his family. The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, who unexpectedly spirits a little girl named Sophie out of bed, and into the land of the child-eating giants.
Author: Helen Stephens Publisher: Egmont. When Paul and Sally Small sneak out of bed to take a peek at the goings-on at the Small Hall Grand Ball, Mr Puddles the teddy bear has a nasty accident - he falls through the banisters and simply has to be rescued. If you have ever wished you could turn a weedy uncle into an inflatable fairy or a bad-tempered friend into an exploding pencil case then this is the book for you!
This wonderful, beautifully illustrated book about all things fishy and ocean-y has a gentle sense of humour: presenting digestible facts, ideal for lower primary children, with a light-hearted twist. Author: Raymond Chandler Publisher: Penguin. Californian private eye Philip Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family - and an attendant cast of colorful underworld figures - is the background to a story reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the great American Dream.
The beautifully detailed illustrations by Nicola Bayley capture the warmth and magic of this delightful story. For thousands of years, the work of brilliant female creatives has gone unappreciated, whether they were taking part in weaving, sewing, embroidery or crockery. This fascinating book profiles wonderful women artists from across the world and gives their work the attention it deserves.
A warm and simple rhyming story that explores mixed heritage and identity in an imaginative, colourful way, and reassures in its acceptance of difference and variety. A visually impaired boy introduces us to colours as he experiences them — through his senses of hearing, touch, smell and taste. An original and fascinating book by a talented new writer, which explores themes of trust, redemption, forgiveness and natural justice in the context of a dark and gripping mystery. Auntie Urooj is lonely so Shaima decides to sign her up with the Truly Deeply Muslims online marriage agency.
But her new suitor Rasheed isn't all he appears to be Three children, each with their own special ability, are plucked from the streets in different cities around the world. They are brought together and trained as ninjas to continue to protect the Moon Sword - a source of great power. Author: Chris Wooding Publisher: Indigo. In the second gripping installment of the adventures of the Ketty Jay, Captain Darien Frey finds himself seeking an alien treasure on a dangerous island.
Author: Teresa Flavin Publisher: Templar. Author: Carter Roy Publisher: Scholastic. Ronan discovers why his mother has filled all his spare time with classes of every kind, from martial arts to fencing. Think Anthony Horowitz meets Dan Brown and be prepared for a fast and spectacular ride in this first book in a series. Columba, growing up in Australia on the eve of the Second World War, knows Europe only as a far-away place where mysterious events occur and threaten her life.
A poetic account of the Second World War.
This teen fantasy, originally published in , is a rip-roaring ride filled with fantasy, girl-power, romance and danger. Author: Brian Conaghan Publisher: Bloomsbury. Charlie and Pav's friendship becomes something more complex, when the bombs and the Old Country soldiers come. This compulsive teen read successfully achieves a difficult balance: entertainment and social commentary. An intriguing blend of psychological thriller and fantasy, this is an impressive and unusual debut.
Focusing on a friendship between two young refugees, The Bone Sparrow is one of those rare, special books that will break your heart with its honesty and beauty - but is ultimately hopeful and uplifting. The year is and Necessity Bonehill lives miserably in a boarding school for young ladies. Overwhelmed by boredom, she is unable to resist temptation when an exotic-looking bottle arrives from her uncle along with instructions never to open it.
Author: Tom Wolfe Publisher: Vintage. He has a fashionable wife, a Park Avenue apartment and a Southern mistress. This sniggeringly funny, totally deadpan adventure is a joy to read. This glorious book will introduce you to the bee world. It is fantastically illustrated in a cartoonish style that is big, bold and great fun. Author: Robin Wasserman Publisher: Atom. Translating the letters of sixteenth century alchemist's daughter Elizabeth Weston, Nora finds herself on the trail of a powerful secret encoded in the mysterious Voynich Manuscript.
This wonderful book about the magic of clouds is full of surprising and original poems, perfect for upper key stage two children either at school or at home. Malcolm is drawn into a dangerous world of secrets and intrigue — and a mission to protect baby Lyra, whatever the cost. Joshua Pearl is a fairy prince in a human world, trying to make his way back to his one true love through our history. This sweeping fairy tale of love and memory will bewitch readers who long for epic romance and otherworldly magic.
A powerful story narrated by Death, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Demanding to be shared, this is a fresh and enormously funny book that children will want to hear time and time again. When Property Jones's family win the amazing opportunity to take over a huge bookshop in London, they can't wait to move.
But Property thinks there's something fishy going on. This crime caper has lots of warmth and laughs. Author: Mary Norton Publisher: Puffin. The Borrowers are tiny people who live in the secret places of old houses - behind the mantlepiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. Travelling on a gigantic train, The Boundless, Will witnesses a brutal murder - and it is up to Will to save the train. A rollercoaster of a read, with thrilling turns, dazzling characters and non-stop action.
A magical old man has asked Kay to protect the Box of Delights, a Box with which he can travel through time. But Kay is in danger: Abner Brown will stop at nothing to get his hands on it. The police don't believe Kay, so when his family and the Bishop are scrobbled up just before Christmas, he knows he must act alone When Toby goes to the Globe theatre to thieve, he meets a sad and despairing figure: William Shakespeare.
This funny chapter book celebrates the power of art and imagination in all its forms - and has some wonderfully arch illustrations. This is the story about how four classmates have a massive impact on the life of Ahmet, a boy that comes to their school as a refugee from Syria.
But Vix is regretting being a host — she already has enough to do caring for her disabled mother. Taking place in a believable urban, multicultural environment that will be familiar to many young readers, Polly Ho-Yen's debut is an impressively moving and thought-provoking story that will touch children and adults alike. A child's imagination is a wonderful thing and Paul's is more wonderful and vivid than many. He has a theory - that the moon is not really the moon but a great big hole in the sky. Author: Harriet Goodwin Publisher: Stripes. A funny, life-affirming quest for identity that sees year old Elvis Crampton Lucas and his adoptive dad racing across Norway, pursued by a shadowy villain.
Captivating and thought-provoking. Author: Lara Williamson Publisher: Usborne. Becket Rumsey decides to investigate the reasons behind the strange actions of some of the adults in his life. With the help of his brother Billy and his pet snail Brian, he uncovers some difficult truths - and some beautiful ones. Multi-award-winning author David Almond returns with this pleasingly eccentric story of a ordinary boy who embarks on an unusual adventure.
Marcel turns off the sun and plunges the world into the cold and dark. Can he find a way to put things back to normal — and quickly? Bright, glossy, humorous and thought-provoking. Everyone in Penvellyn has grown up on the stories of Ferenor, an abandoned land of mages and magic that now lies in myth and ruin. Touches of steampunk and fantasy mix together in this magic-filled adventure.
The complexities of families divided by break-up and reformed as blended versions of themselves will have been experienced by many readers. Written, unusually, in the present tense, this dystopian fable expresses an idea about the way the relationship between nature and society could develop. Author: Sathnam Sanghera Publisher: Penguin. The book moves along quickly, never boring, always painting an interesting picture of a family dealing with mental illness and a family dealing with the cultural differences of old and new, East and West.
Author: Matilda Woods Publisher: Scholastic. Allora is a small town so close to the ocean that fish fly out of the tumultuous sea; it's a town so small that secrets are impossible to keep. Author: Allan Ahlberg Publisher: Penguin. It is , and in Oldbury Town there is to be a football competition. Rood End Primary enters its two best teams, but there are a few others who want to make their mark too. The Beast is enjoying a lovely bit of peace and quiet when terrified villagers from a nearby island beg for his help in finding the source of a horrifying howling.
Grorks are shy, easily frightened creatures, and the one in this story is no exception. When his friend, the greep, suggests going for a walk to the wood, the grork is terrified Author: Meg Rosoff Publisher: Penguin. Author: Liz Pichon Publisher: Scholastic. This book oozes personality and with so much going on it promises to maintain the attention of young readers for hours at a time.
Tomas sets out to find his father, terrified that the Brockenspectre - a mountain monster which his father had told him about - has got him. Celebrating the th centenary of the Children's Crusade, The Broken Road imagines the story of a group of young people to Jerusalem to regain the city from the Saracens for the Christianity, which took place in the 13th century. Joe has always lived in a sterile room in a hospital. Author: Phil Earle Publisher: Penguin. Charlie goes in search of something he is good at, that will make him feel better after being picked on at school.
When he discovers skateboarding his whole life changes, but can he persuade his overprotective Mum to let him develop his talent? The boy loves his grandmother dearly. Best of all, he loves the stories about her life as a prize-winning architect. One day, she promises she'll build him an extraordinary house. Now his grandmother's gone, and he's heartbroken. But in her garden there are bricks and girder and he begins to build…. Norman the bear loves honey, so he thinks up an ingenious plan to get his paws on as much as he can eat - by enrolling at Bee School! An endearing tale about friendship and loyalty.
It's World War Two and Britain is on the brink of invasion. A fast-paced adventure that zips along and mixes up the facts with tantalising mythical and magical elements. With bold, easy to read rhyming text and beautiful pictures to fire the imagination, this book, exploring all manner of transport and adventure, is one to be treasured and shared. Blending a tense and compelling murder mystery with a thoughtful story of self-discovery , this is an impressive debut novel.
Twins Bul-Boo and Madillo are determined to save their friend Winifred from an arranged marriage with her uncle's friend, who is old enough to be her grandfather. Inside an imaginary glass butterfly house, we make our way through a variety of butterfly and moth species, all fabulously illustrated by the very talented Alice Pattullo. A very lovely and informative read. An imaginative, entertaining story about scary new beginnings, featuring some comical, crazy characters and sprinkled with funny illustrations. The Call masterfully blends fantasy, horror and folklore.
They take their revenge by 'calling' teenagers to the Grey Lands - where they are hunted, tortured or killed. Author: Louis Sachar Publisher: Bloomsbury. When year-old space mad Stella visits NASA, the last thing she expects is for a black hole to follow her and live in her house as a pet. A heartwarming, sensitively funny and uplifting illustrated story of one girl's journey in confronting her grief. Author: Sarah Hall Publisher: Faber. Britain is in a bad way.
Flooding, fuel shortages and overseas military commitments have taken their toll on the environment and the economy.
The Castle is a fast-paced adventure story that is sure to keep readers turning pages. It also touches upon issues of domestic slavery, politics and human rights. Author: Sharon Creech Publisher: Bloomsbury. Two orphaned peasant children, Pia and Enzio, find a pouch, stolen from the King and dropped in their path.
A fairytale about rich and poor. This is a timeless fantastical story about overcoming greed, power and corruption. Lorina is a brave heroine, who fights for what is right against all odds. There are lots of other fun characters, too - all illustrated by the wonderful Chris Riddell. The bold, earthy colour palate and close observation of the human and natural world make this a striking collection to be treasured — and remembered.
Author: Nick Sharratt Publisher: Scholastic. When the royal castle is destroyed in an Unfortunate Incident involving a fire-breathing dragon, the King and his best friend, the cat, are forced to find an alternative home. When Sally and her brother are left alone on a rainy day, they think they are in for a dull time - but then the Cat in the Hat appears. After causing havoc at home, Jingles the playful kitten disappears, and the family spends Christmas frantically searching for their beloved pet.
This amusing festive tale, with comical illustrations, is ideal for newly-confident independent readers. Miss Ponsonby is reclusive and eccentric. She is certain that she has living with her, in feline form, not only her dead parents and friends, but Queen Victoria. There is a cave that is home to a creature: a creature that never leaves its cave… Because of the wolf.
How often do we wonder if things might have turned out differently but for a single random act or event? Gripped by a strange fear, England closes its doors to the outside world. In a tunnel beneath Wales one man opens a crack in a mysterious stone wall, and all over the island of Britain people react with horror to perfectly normal machines.
Abandoning their cars on the roads and destroying their own factories, many flee the cities for the countryside, wh…. When a bad fairy plots to kidnap the baby prince, Princess Peony must act fast to save her brother. Engaging characters, plenty of humour and a smattering of magic combine in this contemporary fairy tale for confident independent readers. Roman has a lot of misadventures, and this book is a non-stop comical disaster ride.
Ideal for kids who find bodily functions, scabs, bogeys and toilet humour hilarious. Author: Sonya Hartnett Publisher: Scholastic. Brilliantly written, this is an original and exciting story set in England and London during the Blitz. Aspiring concert pianist Lisa Jura is just 14 when she is forced to leave Germany behind and travel to England on the Kindertransport. Told by her daughter Mona, it's an eye-opening insight into life as a young refugee during World War Two. Ahlberg and McEwen's fourth fast, funny and improbable story about the Gaskitt family is as ingenious as its predecessors.
Bat lives with his grandmother in the central African savannah and rears cows. One day he finds an orphaned baby elephant, and so begins a special relationship. Author: Cathy Cassidy Publisher: Puffin. Amy is feeling alone: mum is pregnant and tired, dad is cross and little sister Lara is annoying. The only one who seems to have any time for her is her loyal dog, Choc. Author: Scarlett Thomas Publisher: Canongate.
Set in a dystopian world where technology is flawed and magic abounds, this is the second instalment in the Worldquake sequence. This exciting fantasy adventure is peppered with portals into other dimensions, evil plots and monsters. When Father Christmas sets off to deliver the presents, poor Bear is left behind in the workshop!
How will he make it to Tom's house in time for Christmas morning? Lift the flaps to find out, as he chases Santa's sleigh through icy seas and snowy forests, all the way from the North Pole to Tom's cosy bedroom. Author: Dick Bruna Publisher: Egmont. From the creator of Miffy, comes a beautiful edition of Dick Bruna's charming Christmas Book complete with a press-out crib scene. In this delightful title he retells the birth of Jesus using simple text and charming illustrations. In s Liverpool, young Bronwen and Dylan find kindness from an unexpected source when they are frightened by what they think is a ghost on Christmas Eve.
It's Christmas Eve, and two mice are curled up in their mouseholes. One is comfortable and warm with a candied plum to eat, but the other has nothing at all. Milly is awakened in the night by a beautiful unicorn who helps to create a magical Christmas for her family. If you ever doubted that dinosaurs and Christmas would work well together, read this book.
It is bursting with loveable characters, fast-paced adventure and, of course, Christmas spirit. Bestselling author and columnist Caitlin Moran wrote The Chronicles of Narmo when she was just a teenager herself. An attractive story interspersed with rhymes, telling of two sisters, Churki and Burki, and their dog, based on the artist's own childhood memories in an Indian village.
Author: Manil Suri Publisher: Bloomsbury. Manil Suri's new novel, The City of Devi , is a weird postmodern dystopia, a thriller and a love story. Hyacinth Hayward is on a mission to save her kidnapped Mum. A delightfully silly, surreal and addictive adventure. Author: Catherine Fisher Publisher: Firefly.
Orphan Seren Rhys has been sent to live with her mysterious Godfather after living for 12 years in an orphanage. The possibility of her first happy family Christmas seems like it might finally be within her reach. On her solo journey to Wales, Seren is given a mysterious package to look after by a stranger and ends up feeling obliged to take it with her. Everyone loves art class; everyone except the little girl who sits alone and draws nothing, a black cloud glowering above her.
Many years after an unspecified cataclysm, the Earth has been shattered into a myriad of tiny planetoids floating in a vast ocean of air. Franklin was called 'The Cloudspotter' - and he didn't want to share his clouds with anyone. That's why he pops the infuriating Scruffy Dog into a hot-air balloon and lets her fly away. A charming story about a lonely little boy who finds a friend. Humour, adventure, mystery and plenty of innocent childhood antics pepper this comical chapter book for young readers.
Packed full of fascinating facts and flashes of humour, this non-fiction picture book encourages children to become wildlife detectives. Ideal for any animal enthusiast, this would also be a useful addition to the classroom for use on wildlife projects. Author: Holly Black Publisher: Indigo. Welcome to Coldtown.
Editorial Reviews. Review. The Few is a captivating and entertaining read by Derek Haines. Once again he transports his readers to a place and time where we. The Few - The sequel to The Sons of Cleito. Three months after his fortunate release, Langley Garret discovers that his abductions certainly were not a case of .
Once you enter, you can never leave. Delightfully dark and gorgeously gothic, it is certain to enchant fans of all things chilling and supernatural. Author: Anna Llenas Publisher: Templar. An original and entertaining picture book using colour, collage-effect illustrations and a delightfully cute monster to help youngsters identify and understand different emotions.
On Hassan's first day at school he paints a colourful picture of his home and family in Somalia, but then adds soldiers, flames and bullets. Drawing on personal experiences of living in a family blighted by depression, this unusual, yet important, book may help youngsters to make sense of an illness they cannot see.
It offers a wide range of opportunities and new ideas for parents and schools, working across the curriculum through art, history and beyond. Author: Harriet Whitehorn Publisher: Stripes. This adventure book is a total rollercoaster ride that will catch your breath as gutsy Cass weaves in and out of peril. After all, who doesn't want swashbuckling fun and women warriors with the hearts of lions?
Fortunately she meets Morag, a friend from orchestra, who says she can stay at her house. Author: Publisher: Andrews McMeel. The comic-strip adventures of Calvin, a naughty boy with a philosophical bent, and his soft toy tiger companion Hobbes, delighted readers from to The General of a powerful country sends his troops into the last unconquered territory, but to their surprise, when they march across the border, they meet with no resistance.
Ever woken up to an eerie howl in the night and wondered what it was? This creepy tale about the Considine family might just have the answer. The great beauty and diversity of the coral reef is explored in this stunningly beautiful picture book, which is a true work of art. The rhyming non-fiction text scans well and the information about coral reef conservation is pitched at the right level.
This accessible and diversely illustrated picture book gives helpful suggestions for more or less any reading issue. It's likely to especially interest schools. A madcap, yet moving, story about having the courage of one's convictions, even when others doubt you. One night, a little cow falls to earth from the moon, but none of the earth animals speak her language.
Author: Jeremy Lachlan Publisher: Egmont. Jane Doe appeared on the steps of the mysterious Manor with her sick father as a baby, and ever since the residents of Bluehaven have considered her The Cursed One. But Jane's about to find out who she really is in a storming, funny and gripping adventure romp. Monsters under the bed AKA The Creakers are acknowledged as scary, but the warm and humorous narrator will make more nervous children feel they are in safe hands. After reading this brilliantly creepy book, you'll never look at a potato in the same way again. Author: Dawn Kurtagich Publisher: Orion.
Kurtagich has created an incredibly assured, claustrophobic horror with a fractured and troubled teen narrator that will have you gripped to the very last page. Who has left it, and where is its matching pair? An engaging story with a rhyming text and a fun Croc puppet attached to bring the story to life. Witty, colourful and delightful. Matty is sick, and very sad because he's too sick to go to the Queen's birthday party! But when he gets an unexpected visitor, it seems that Matty might not miss out after all Author: Jennifer Bell Publisher: Corgi.
Jennifer Bell has built a wonderful new world in which readers can immerse themselves, in this pacey, magical adventure. There are twists and turns, new creatures and strange, 'uncommon' objects to discover around every street corner. Josh and his twin brother JB are mad about basketball. Although different from each other, the two brothers have always been as close as can be.
But things are changing. In the dark depths of winter, Brave Crow sets out on a dangerous journey to find the Sun, and beg for warmth. Inspired by a Native American myth, this beautiful picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter. Will finds a small creature caught in a trap in the woods; a hob.
The discovery of this magical creature signals the beginning of an incredible adventure for Will. A more challenging read that really fires the imagination. The Hunter is a cold, cruel man who lives only to kill rare animals and collect their skins. When the Hunter discovers that a pack of English wolves, long thought to be extinct, live in the Surrey countryside, he resolves to kill them all at any cost. This is a fantastic sequel for this dystopian series. Interspersing her text with archive photos, Cat Winters combines history with the supernatural in her celebration of independent women in early twentieth-century America, and highlights the fight for women's suffrage.
Natural World is an extremely beautiful reference book that explores the way that habitats, plants and animals are connected, and the way that all elements of nature work in harmony. This funny, touching and compelling novel was the winner of the inaugural Booktrust Teenage Prize. One night, the night-light goes out, and the dark calls Laszlo down into the basement to meet it. James and Webster, a pair of unlikely friends, embark on a curious rampage across the Devonshire countryside: one to escape life as he knows it, the other on a quest to lift a curse. This is probably one of the greatest fantasy sequences ever written.
Darkly magical and intense Cooper weaves her storytelling wonder over fully realised characters and worlds, drawing in the reader and leading them on a journey that will leave them clambering for the rest of the series. Author: Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books. This is a gripping and unsettling story with some disturbing characters and a menacing atmosphere which pervades throughout. A dark but compelling read. One night as a boy, Chris Hadfield watches the Apollo 11 moon landing and decides to be an astronaut.
This atmospheric book draws on the Commander's childhood fear of the dark, and his realisation that dreams can come true. Author: Holly Black Publisher: Hachette. With a refreshing spin on the traditional roles and full of sinister undertones and dark magic, this is a bewitching and exciting modern fairy tale for this generation of readers of YA fiction.
Author: Suzanne Barton Publisher: Bloomsbury. A warm, reassuring tale about individual talents and about belonging, which will appeal to small children everywhere. Glorious illustrations swirl through the pages in a crescendo of appealing, harmonious images. But when Mike tries to get his dad back, he finds he's already been traded for an electric guitar. Author: Lisa Thompson Publisher: Scholastic. A strange turn of events transports Maxwell to a world where nobody, not even his parents or sister, recognise him.
How were they to know it would pinpoint the exact location of Planet Earth to Alan, the grumpiest alien in the universe? One day, a surprising stack of postcards arrives for Duncan. They are all from his old forgotten crayons, demanding to be brought home to the crayon box. A captivating, comical sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit. Award-winning illustrator and artist Oliver Jeffers has teamed up with film writer and director Drew Daywalt to create this gorgeously colourful picture book. Long ago, when the world was new, Lindiwe gazed down from the heavens, proud of the earth and the creatures she'd created.
A heartbreaking picture book that perfectly explains the displacement of people, and especially children, in war, and the trauma experienced by people forced to leave their homes. Author: Charlie Higson Publisher: Puffin. Jack and Ed think things are looking up after they escape boarding school in this sequel to The Enemy , but then something terrible happens that will put them in more danger than ever.
This is an utterly compelling and creepy psychological thriller which has the reader gripped from the very first page. Author: Chris Priestley Publisher: Bloomsbury. In this reinvention of 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' a young boy sets out to sea with his uncle, but the voyage is soon damned by a curse that throws them off course. Author: Christopher Edge Publisher: Catnip. The Government has a plan to clean up the environment — closing down motorways and returning the roads to nature.
When Scott Williams' father is found dead in his government office, Scott resolves to find out the truth behind his death. Author: Garth Jennings Publisher: Macmillan. The story has many twists and turns. Through Uncle Pogo we are introduced to interesting inventions and unusual inventions and the monsters help Nelson to become better at making friends.
For all of his short life, Pepper Roux has been waiting to die. Now, on his fourteenth birthday, he knows he won't have to wait much longer. A chilling story of a future where Longevity drugs have made sections of the population almost immortal. This is a thought-provoking read. A sweet little girl happily sets off to visit her best friend for tea through a deep dark wood full of lurking witches, trolls and giants.
Edgy Taylor has a gift - he can see demons in the crowded streets of Victorian London. A gripping, gothic, horror story lightened by its dark humour and unpredictable characters. Strange things are happening in the dead of night. Children who put a tooth under the pillow for the tooth fairy wake to find Have you ever wondered if magic spells actually work? Well, Grace and her four best-friends have. Joseph is a half-goblin boy leading a miserable life as a tavern servant.
When he finds a mysterious parcel he hopes that by returning it to its owner he might be offered a new, exciting life as a sailor or pirate. But he soon discovers that there are dangerous magical forces abroad that will stop at nothing to regain the package. Funny and fast-paced, this entertaining story is bursting with mystery, sweets and ancient magic.
The enthralling plot, wacky characters and larger-than-life villains are brought to life by witty black-and-white illustrations. Detective Dog Nell is famed for her sleuthing skills in this witty detail-packed book, full of exuberant rhyming couplets - perfect for sharing and reading aloud. Ella has a secret so toxic she dare not share it - not even with Max, the guy she loves. Soon the couple get caught up in a cycle of revenge and violence, in this pacey and engaging thriller for young adults. Author: Anne Fine Publisher: Doubleday. Twins Sam and Niamh accompany their father to Florida each summer while he tries to unravel the mystery of their mother's disappearance at sea nine years ago.
Aimed at older readers, this novel deals with adult themes of birth, sexuality, teen pregnancy, gang-culture, abuse and post-natal depression, but all in Wilson's usual credible, accessible style. Author: Julia Golding Publisher: Egmont. Watch as a new estate is built, from the demolition of old properties to families moving into their new homes. This retelling of an old Chinese folk tale is beautifully illustrated in a contemporary, cinematic style and offers a glimpse at the culture and traditions of an ancient civilisation.
Danny is greedy and spoilt - he already has so many toys there is no space in his room.
When he sends Santa a long list for Christmas, St Nick decides to teach him a lesson. This enjoyable and very funny story of adventure and intrigue is a brilliantly witty political satire appealing to a wide age range from early teens to adult. Can Esther give up her phone for two months to win a thousand pounds? Nine-year-old Mafalda has a degenerative eye condition. She starts to keep a list of all the things she'll miss when her sight goes, but also the constants that surround her. Tender and thought-provoking, with a powerful but unforced message.
Author: Publisher: Atom. In this lively and atmospheric tale of s New York, party girl Evie finds herself investigating a sinister string of occult murders.
A perilous adventure with dystopian and environmental themes that cut unnervingly close to potential reality, The Dog Runner is a tense, thrilling adventure full of close calls, but also glowing with heart, whether it's the relationship between Ella and Emery or their love for the "doggos" helping them get to where they need to be. The valley was a picture of harmony until the dog appeared and ate everything up. A sensitive and fascinating portrayal of how Christmas might be experienced by a boy on the autistic spectrum, and how a therapy dog provides reassurance and helps him enjoy the festive season.
Spooky and atmospheric, The Dogs is everything you could want from a murder mystery and ghost story. Author: R. Doll Karolina is saved from war in her native Land of the Dolls and transported to Poland to live with a man known as the Dollmaker - only for their lives to be turned upside down by World War II.
An unusual novel blending reality with folklore and fantasy that will have a lasting impact on readers. There's a Dickensian flavour to this satisfying time-travel tale, which takes its teenage hero on a journey from gritty modern-day London, to the city of the s. Jenny Valentine presents another enthralling, perplexing and thought-provoking novel exploring family, friendship and identity.
Their connection was hot and intense but sweet and caring. Sounds hypothetical. It was the only suit she owned. Emma made a note on her legal pad. He'd found the mystery woman, and she was mortal. He had to do something. My rendition of 'Memories' is guaranteed to make you cry.
Sally Gardner lives up to her reputation for delivering ambitious and highly imaginative writing for teenagers in this unusual and complex historical novel. A giant, police-eating doughnut is wreaking havoc in the town square. Will Nancy, ace reporter and peanut butter sandwich, save the day? An uplifting story about a timid baby dragon and a friendly young knight who discover they have much more in common than people think - and refuse to fight.
When spirited young dragon Aventurine is tricked into drinking some enchanted hot chocolate, she is turned into a human girl. The Scent of a Lie is a book of fourteen inter-connected stories set in two charismatic towns in Portugal where characters weave in and out of the narrative. The book can be read as a novel in fragments.
This is a remarkable debut collection of tales told by a true storyteller. Raimund Gregorius is a Latin teacher at a Swiss college who one day—after a chance encounter with a mysterious Portuguese woman—abandons his old life to start a new one.
He takes the night train to Lisbon and carries with him a book by Amadeu de Prado, a fictional Portuguese doctor and essayist whose writings explore the ideas of loneliness, mortality, death, friendship, love, and loyalty. Gregorius becomes obsessed by what he reads and restlessly struggles to comprehend the life of the author.
One morning late in May, between three and six A.
https://ligalinle.tk Ernst Spengler is about to throw himself out his window. Mylia, terminally ill and in enormous pain, goes out to visit a church. As these characters are manipulated and brought together, a world of violence, fear, pain, and uncertainty is portrayed, where human nature itself, and the mechanisms determining our actions, our fictions, and the elements of our imagination, are laid bare. Note: this one is written by a Portuguese author, and most of it is set in a psychiatric asylum.
Alentejo Blue is the story of a village community in Portugal, told through the lives of men and women whose families have lived there for generations and some who are passing through. For Teresa, a beautiful girl not yet twenty, Mamarrosa is a place from which to escape. For the dysfunctional Potts family, it is a way of running from trouble though not eluding it. Vasco, a cafe owner who has never recovered from the death of his American wife, clings to a notion that his years away from the village, in the States, make him superior.
Silvestre and Mariana, a happily married elderly couple, take in a young nomad, Abel, and soon discover their many differences. Adriana loves Beethoven more than any man, but her budding sexuality brings new feelings to the surface.
Carmen left Galicia to marry humble Emilio, but hates Lisbon and longs for her first love, Manolo. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that—if he can find it—would redefine history. Traveling to Faro, Portugal, journalist Joanna Millard hopes to escape an unsatisfying relationship and a stalled career. Faro is an enchanting town, and the seaside views are enhanced by the company of Nathan Emberlin, a charismatic younger man. But behind the crumbling facades of Moorish buildings, Joanna soon realizes, Faro has a seedy underbelly, its economy compromised by corruption and wartime spoils.
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