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Edward IV has died, leaving his 12-year-old son as king. But England has been torn apart by the Wars of the Roses. Nobody wants a boy-king. Soon the boy's uncle Richard III is on the throne - but Henry Tudor is challenging him for the crown. Henry and Richard have one thing in common: they need the young Edward V and his little brother out of the way. The two boys are sent to the Tower of London for safety. They are never seen again... A fascinating look at the brief reign of Richard III, told through the eyes of the princes' nursemaid. What really happened to the princes in the Tower? Was Richard responsible - or has he been wrongly accused for centuries?
Thought-provoking drama. Tim is terrible at French, so when his football coach Max offers to help with his homework he's thrilled. He knows it's wrong, but his marks are so much better that he pushes that out of his mind. When Max starts charging for his help, Tim gets entangled in a web of lies and doesn't know if he will ever escape. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.
Ben must help his Dad fix the shower - but it all goes horribly wrong! Particularly suitable for struggling and reluctant readers.
Cal's long, dull summer is about to change... Cal would rather avoid reality. He hates school; his teachers are badgering him to decide on a career; his sister Jess has moved away from the Scottish island where they live, and the band they play in is falling apart. Not to mention both his parents embarking on embarrassing affairs - gross! Nothing seems to be going right and he'd rather just not bother. Then he meets Kerry, an Australian girl new to the island, and over the course of a long summer they begin to fall in love. When the summer draws to a close though, and Kerry finds out she's pregnant, it's time for Cal to face up to reality at last... A refreshingly honest - and often very funny - look at first love.
The court of King Henry VIII is brought brilliantly to life in this My Story special. Spanning a period of 20 years, the fates of all Henry's six wives are told from the perspective of two young courtiers serving at the royal palaces at different periods.
When the King came riding in on his big, black horse, a murmur went up, because his tunic was stitched with the words, DECLARE I DARE NOT. All the ladies were giggling behind their hands, and I asked Mama what it meant. Her face had turned quite pink and she said, \ Never mind,\ so I asked Rosanna later. She told me the words meant the King has a new love, but he dares not say her name. But everyone knows her name, of course. It is Anne Boleyn.
Miriam doesn't understand why her mum is buying more food than they need, and storing it away. Or why her parents have given her the nickname, Mandy. Her friend Pam says it's because war is coming. And, if the Nazis invade, it will be dangerous for her to have a Jewish name. But that's not going to happen, is it? Outbreak is a historical story set at the start of World War II.
Deb's biker boyfriend likes to live - and drive - dangerously. She's hooked on the thrill of speed - but how long before her luck runs out? This is a gritty drama. The key features include: first class award-winning authors; appealing, gripping plots guaranteed to interest teenagers and provoke discussion; top quality, age-appropriate illustrations; huge demand - in 2005 over 35 per cent of 14-year-olds were failing to reach their expected standard of literacy; stylish packaging; and extensive trialling by teenagers with the target reading age ensures accessibility.
After losing their dad en route to Glasgow to visit their gran, Pete and Helen are left tot cope on their own. A funny and moving story. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.
Written with reluctant readers in the 8 to 13 years age group in mind, Second Chance tells the story of a large unconventional family who move into an old beach cafe. They discover that they can't escape the cafe's tragic past in this ghost story.
Lucy lives with her father in Southwark. All is well until his gambling losses escalate to the extent where he has to give the house over to a criminal gang, who take over while he and Lucy are allowed to stay living in a room upstairs. One of the gang, the Duke, is a frightening man with one blind eye and one glass eye. He decides to use Lucy as a guide, leading him from house to house. Meanwhile, one of the other tenants of the house threatens to expose the gang's activities, and is found strangled in his room the next morning. The gang manage to point the finger of blame at Lucy's father. Lucy and her friend, Tom, manage to find a way of clearing Lucy's father and getting out of this horrible situation, and all ends happily. BLExciting murder mystery plot with strong period detail and Dickensian characters, set in the early half of the nineteenth century
Spud is a scruffy dog with a big heart - and an even bigger belly. He loves scrounging in dustbins, scaring cats and, of course, scoffing as much food as he can find. But what Spud loves more than anything in the world is his owner, Mrs Piffey, and she loves him too. But one day Spud overhears Mrs Piffey talking about a mysterious 'turkey' and she suddenly starts wearing dark glasses and strange things called 'bikinis'. Then she disappears . . . Poor Spud does his best to find her - while being kept in check by Mrs Cats-Home. And of course Mrs Piffey is soon back with a tan - and big box of Turkish delight!
Boojer is sick of being stuck in a hutch with no company and an owner who hardly ever remembers to feed him. Encouraged by some cheerful mice, he manages to escape. Boojer is only in search of juicy carrots and a friend, but he gets far more than he bargained for. Ages 6-8
Bumble the hamster, so called because of his big bum, belongs to Rosie. He knows it's his job to keep Rosie happy. He entertains her with Pocket Diving, Ear Tickling and Finger Balancing. But when he tries Hide and Seek, Rosie's parents panic and insist Bumble has to stay in his cage. Rosie still feeds him delicious things, but Bumble's getting bored - and fat! Then mice arrive in the house. Rosie's parents are horrified, Rosie isn't happy - and Bumble is frantic. if things go on like this, he'll lose his job. He has to come up with a plan, and quickly...
Ernie loves music and he loves his cats, and he always counts his cats at dinner time. There's Bert and Whistle, one and two. Then, suddenly one day, there's three! Sly black cat Jezebel has sneaked in and somehow got a share of Bert and Whistle's food, their home, and Ernie's attention. The first two cats are NOT impressed by Jezebel's lively tales of hiding in cars, stealing butter and taking the best chair, but when she wanders off again, they're surprised to find they miss her. Ernie thinks maybe she'll be lured back by some lovely Mozart, but Bert and Whistle have a better idea...
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