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Maria Farrer lives in a house in the middle of a field in Somerset with her husband and her very spoilt dog. She used to live on a small farm in New Zealand with a flock of sheep, a herd of cows, two badly-behaved pigs and a budgie that sat on her head while she wrote. She trained as a speech therapist and teacher and later she completed an MA in Writing for Young people. Maria loves language and enjoys reading and writing books for children of all ages, she is the author of two Young Adult novels including the well-received Broken Strings, She likes to ride her bike to the top of steep hills so she can hurtle back down again as fast as possible. She also loves mountains, snow and adventure and one day she dreams of going to the Arctic to see polar bears in the wild.
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | Arthur is understandably surprised when Mr P turns up at his door expecting to stay: Mr P is a huge polar bear with small black eyes, and long sharp teeth. Fortunately for Arthur and his family Mr P is polite and friendly and his stay as a guest brings about all sorts of changes for the better. Having to look after him makes Arthur see things differently while Mr P’s uncritical, tolerant presence is a calming influence on Arthur’s brother Liam, who finds it difficult to act the way others do. This is all mixed up in a funny, often surreal story about the challenges of managing a polar bear at school, and with a sub-plot concerning a tense football match. Readers will be entertained as well as moved, and there’s depth beneath the humour. Readers who enjoy this story would like Lob by Linda Newbery, or The Last Polar Bears by Harry Horse.
There are times when only a polar bear will do . . . Gran and me. The beach and the sea. This is my home now - with my new family at Lighthouse Cottages. It wasn't easy at first but Gran helped to make everything OK. She's getting a bit forgetful these days and everyone looks worried. I know better though and I think she's fine . . . But now an enormous polar bear has washed up on our beach and decided to make himself at home. How on earth am I supposed to keep him and Gran out of trouble? Meet Maya as she comes to terms with big changes in her family. And meet Mister P, the world's most helpful(ish) polar bear. Packed with gorgeous illustrations throughout, readers will love this fun and heartwarming story.
There are times when only a polar bear will do . . . So Mum and Dad have decided we're moving house, but not just down the road, not even in the same town . . . not even in the same COUNTRY! Not only that, but now they expect me to try and fit in and make new friends. Don't they understand that I just want my old friends who love and accept me the way I am - bad jokes and all. It would seem that the only friend I CAN make is this enormous POLAR BEAR who has come to stay. I didn't ask for him, but I ended up with him at the airport instead of my missing suitcase . . . Meet Joe as he tries to adapt to his new life. And meet Mister P, the world's most helpful(ish) polar bear. Packed with gorgeous illustrations throughout, readers will love this fun and heartwarming story.
There are times when only a polar bear will do . . . Our flat isn't big, but at least it's high up. I can stand on the balcony and look up at the stars. I reckon Dad's out there somewhere looking up too. And I bet he's thinking about me. I do love Mum and Leo but it's hard work looking after both of them and sometimes I wish things were a bit easier. What's NOT easy is a ridiculous, annoying, in-your-face, POLAR BEAR moving in! I mean, what use is HE going to be? I've tried to get rid of him, but he seems very determined to stay . . . Meet Ruby, and her new (kind of) friend, Mister P . . . the world's most helpful(ish) polar bear! Packed with gorgeous illustrations throughout, this is a story full of humour and heart which will appeal to readers everywhere.
Mister P. is the coolest friend a kid could wish for!Arthur is fed up with his younger brother Liam getting all the attention from their parents just because he's a little bit different from other kids. Arthur just wants a normal family and a normal life, where he can play soccer and hang out with friends -- without Liam always being so embarrassing. Just when Arthur can't take it anymore, Mister P. -- a polar bear with a suitcase -- shows up. He doesn't talk, and Arthur is scared of him at first. (He is a polar bear, after all!) But he isn't dangerous. In fact, Mister P. is lots of fun, and even gets along with Liam. He comes with Arthur to school and soccer, and makes life an adventure! Still, Mister P. can't stay forever. But before he goes, he helps as only a polar bear can... leading Arthur to see his brother in a whole new way.
There are times when only a polar bear will do . . . All I want is a normal family but no, I've ended up with the brother from Weirdsville. Liam is so embarrassing, but Mum and Dad can't see that and give him all the attention. Leaving me with zero! Zilch! A big fat NOTHING! And I'm not really sure how an enormous, funny, clumsy polar bear is going to help with all this, but he was standing on the doorstep, so I had to invite him to stay, didn't I? Well, what would you have done? Meet Arthur and his brand new friend, Mister P - the world's most helpful(ish) polar bear! Packed with gorgeous illustrations throughout, this story has heart and humour in equal measure and is sure to be a hit with developing readers and as a great book to be read aloud.
Love, mystery, secrets and burning ambition - this book has it all...Jess's only dream is to be a violinist, but when stage fright causes her to fail an audition for a place at music school, she cannot afford to keep playing. She is devastated, until the grandmother she didn't know existed shows up at her family's doorstep and promises six months of tuition in exchange for Jess moving to live with her in London and abiding by all her rules. Jess's life there changes more than she'd ever imagined. Not only is her musical training nearly impossible to keep up with, but she also finds herself caught between the boy who is her only lifeline in London, and the boy she thought had abandoned her for ever. And at the climax of her mysterious stay in London, Jess uncovers her grandmother's devastating secret, which tore her family apart and links directly to Jess's own musical dream.
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