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Narinder Dhami is one of the four authors of the Rainbow Magic series, written under the name of Daisy Meadows.She now lives in Cambridge with her husband and her cats.
Dhami's father was an Indian immigrant from the Punjab who arrived in the UK in 1954, and her mother is English. She grew up in a multi-cultural environment, with Indian and western cultures both major influences in her life, and was educated at Wolverhampton Girls' High School and Birmingham University, where she took a degree in English in 1980. Dhami started working as a teacher, and for the next nine years she taught in primary and secondary schools in Essex and in the London borough of Waltham Forest. During this time, she began writing stories for teenage magazines, and contributed many photo-stories to the now-defunct Jackie magazine, published by DC Thomson. Eventually, Narinder gave up teaching for a full-time writing career. For the last few years, she has concentrated on contemporary realistic fiction about young girls of Asian origin growing up in modern Britain. Her Babes trilogy is extremely popular with girls between 9 and 14 years of age.
Book Band: Turquoise Ideal for ages 6+ | This new series from Bloomsbury Education is geared at turning children into independent readers. Not only will the books give youngsters a boost into solo reading, they’ll also make it easier and more enjoyable for the adults helping children as they come with useful tips and notes. The books are short and divided into chapters thereby breaking the story into manageable chunks. The adventures are lively and fast-moving though told via short sentences and carefully chosen vocabulary: some words are highlighted in the Tips for Grown Ups section on the inside cover, so that children can learn them and their meanings. Full colour illustrations amplify the action and make the books really attractive to look at too. Written by favourite authors, these are well worth collecting and are just the thing for children ready for reading.
Here at Lovereading we were more than a little sceptical about this new series featuring football and girls, but after handing the title round to a number of 8+ year old girls the universal reaction was hugely positive. Kids who might not read much picked it up and devoured it, whilst book lovers enjoyed it too. Friendship, families, fashion, school and football all collide in a terrific mix of girl power and fun. The author is of course also the writer of the novel of the hit film Bend it like Beckham so you can be sure the writing is great and full of humour. The second title in the series, Lauren’s Best Friend is due in October 09 with two further due in the first half of 2010 so you won’t have too long to wait for the next brilliant instalment!
Shortlisted for the Young Minds Book Prize 2009. It seems like just another day at school, then Mia's world turns upside down.School is being evacuated. Rumour has it there's a gunman in the building. And Mia has a horrible feeling she knows who it is... Her brother has been acting strangely. He's been threatening to do something drastic, something frightening, and something that cannot be ignored... but just how far will he go? Mia is determined to find out, but playing cat and mouse with a potential killer is a very dangerous game...
The likeable Bindi Babes are back for an entertaining new adventure. This time they are raising money for the school library. Turning the sixth form block into a Big Brother house seems like a sure-fire winner but Amber, Jazz and Geena had not accounted for the egos of all those around them. Will they be able to pull their great scheme off?
Join the Sleepover Club: Frankie, Kenny, Felicity, Rosie and Lyndsey, five girls who want to have fun - but who always end up in mischief! When feisty Asha from India comes to school, the Sleepover Club get excited about the fun of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights! How will it compare to Guy Fawkes Night, and will there be the usual chaos?
Join the Sleepover Club: Frankie, Kenny, Felicity, Rosie and Lyndsey, five girls who want to have fun - but who always end up in mischief! An Australian soap star is playing in Leicester's pantomime and is rumoured to be living in Cuddington. The girls go in search - which can only mean disaster!
Sleepover Club No 16 in which the girls Fliss, Lindz, Kenny, Frankie and Rosie decide to make over Rosie's room. Messy fun from beginning to end - ace! Rosie is miserable - her dad has gone off on holiday instead of decorating her bedroom as promised. The Sleepovers decide to do-it-themselves that evening. What could go wrong? Well, somehow quite a lot goes wrong... Rosie's mum is so annoyed with the mess that future sleepovers are banned! Then Fliss discovers a competition with a fantastic prize - a free room make over! They enter the competition on Rosie's behalf but, in true Sleepover style, don't ever manage to post the entry form...
Join the Sleepover Club: Frankie, Kenny, Felicity, Rosie and Lyndsey, five girls who just want to have fun - but who always end up in mischief. When the girls decide to secretly design a website for Lyndz's brother Tom's band, they accidentally lose the only disk with a copy of the band poster on it - and it falls into the hands of a mystery e-blackmailer!
Join the Sleepover Club: Frankie, Kenny, Felicity, Rose and Lyndsey, five girls who just want to have fun -- but who always end up in mischief. Mega news! The Spanish students that the Sleepover Club met on holiday are coming to stay. All sorts of fab activities are planned and the exchange gets off to a great start ! until the two groups of friends fall out. What's gone wrong? And what have the M & Ms got to do with it? Pack up your sleepover kit and have fun in the sun!
Join the Sleepover Club: Frankie, Kenny, Felicity, Rosie and Lyndsey, five girls who just want to have fun -- but who always end up in mischief. When the Sleepover Club go on an overnight school trip to a local museum full of Egyptian relics, they plan a sort of 'museum sleepover'. At the official sleepover at Frankie's house the night before, the girls hatch a plot to scare their arch rivals the M&Ms. Once the girls are in the museum late at night, however things don't quite go according to plan! Pack up your sleepover kit and drop in on the fun!
Join the Sleepover Club: Frankie, Kenny, Felicity, Rosie and Lyndsey, five girls who just want to have fun -- but who always end up in mischief. When Felicity's mum buys a camcorder, the sleepover girls can't wait to try it out. During filming, a minor accident turns into a superstunt, and Rosie has a brain wave: why not send the tape to a TV programme that pays for camcorder stunts? Will the Sleepover Club discover screen stardom or will the film be a flop? Pack up your sleepover kit and drop in on the fun!
Dani's mother has just got married - and Dani has acquired an awful new stepsister who doesn't want to have anything to do with her. To make things worse Dani has to move house and school - to the same school as Lalita, her stepsister. She confides in her beloved gran, who gives her a special gift to help distract her from all the turmoil. It's a copy of her diary that she kept as a child, detailing everything happened to her when her family moved from India to England in the 1960s. It's in Punjabi, so Dani knows she's going to have to work hard to read it but as soon as she starts she knows it'll be worth it. Reading about her gran's friendship with the mischevious Milly is hugely fun and soon it becomes clear there's even more to the story. Dani will have to delve deep to figure out what really happened all those years ago - and specifically what happened to Milly. Can the past help with her future too?
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