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Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson captures a welter of emotions in this heart-rending story of how Ella copes when her mother is in a coma. Ella doesn’t like much about her life – especially her step-father Jack, her new home far away from her friends or the thought of her mother having a new baby. But, when the baby is born and things go so wrong for her mother, Ella learns courage and kindness and that some things – especially having a step dad - are better than she had thought. In this story, Jacqueline Wilson brilliantly handles many of the ingredients for which she is so deservedly popular.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It's a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It's also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful. This is the perfect book to share, between mothers and daughters, or amongst friends. Whatever your age, The Sky is Everywhere will touch your heart and stay with you always. Here at Lovereading we think it has the potential to be the Lovereading4kids debut book of the year for it embodies all the necessary magic and quality of the very best. A message from the Publisher: Probably the most beautiful book to be published. A stunning debut novel that will speak to women everywhere, from teenagers to thirty-somethings. The story is moving yet funny, the characters are memorable and engaging, and the book itself is uniquely designed with full colour throughout with a flexi cover and elastic bookmarker. For teens this is a story of first love and family life, for older readers it is a nostalgic celebration of dreams, love and sisterhood.
Peony Pinker feels she has a disaster for a family and because they're always busy she never gets to get what she wants. But how to change that or will she have to change and learn to live with the family she has? Find out in this fun and emotional rollercoaster but ultimately an uplifting read on what it's like to grow up.
Touching and cleverly crafted, how the two stories from different times are linked though a picture is ingenious and wholly absorbing. When Mallie buys an old picture at a junk shop for her mother’s birthday, she has no idea that it will bring together the lives of her grandmother and the crabby old pet shop owner. It is a mystery that takes some unravelling – one of evacuees in the Second World War and one set in the present day. Both stories are full of interest and their resolution is most satisfying. Mixing the period appeal of Michelle Magorian's books with the contemporary drama of Cathy Cassidy this is an absorbing mystery story straddling three generations from WWII Lake District to present-day London. It's a terrific adventure and mystery that begins to unfold with each turn of the page with well drawn characters who kids of 9+ can relate to. Great read.
The power of football to transform a boy’s life makes a roller coaster story line to this touching novel of how Makis, newly arrived in London from a Greek island destroyed by an earthquake, builds a new life for himself through his prowess at football. Set in 1950s London, Aftershock is both tender as it describes how Makis helps his mother adapt to their new life and optimistic about how children adapt and flourish in new situations.
Shortlisted for the 2012 Branford Boase Award for outstanding Debut novel and 2012 Carnegie Medal. The Carnegie judges said: A hugely engaging and enjoyable novel that conveys a terrific sense of place in its vivid descriptions of the brutality and terrible beauty of Australian outback life. The voice of the central character Danny is always convincing, and his relationship with his camel surprisingly moving. In fact so real are all the characters that they leave the reader wanting to know more. The Branford Boase judges said: A fabulous piece of writing. The voice was completely right and the writing doesn't falter. A Lovereading4Kids 'Debut of the Year 2011'. 11+. A stunning coming-of-age story with a gripping Australian outback setting and a strong and interesting plot. Danny’s life is in turmoil: his older brother has recently died in a freak accident; his sister is pregnant and won’t say who the father is. Danny observes the profound changes in his family and finds refuge in training a camel and introducing the newly arrived girl from England into the ways of the outback. Passionate about the farm and particularly the cattle mustering, Danny captures the danger and excitement of the farm while also observing his family with affection and some confusion. A debut novel to look out for. Shortlisted for the North East Teenage Book Award and for the Coventry Inspiration Awards in the Simply The Book (age 14+) category. Longlisted for the Southern Schools Book Award.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Jacqueline Wilson takes a look into the lives of celebrities in this touching story of two girls, two families and one father. Destiny and Sunset’s lives seem miles apart; one lives in a council flat, the other in a posh house behind locked gates. But soon Destiny gets a taste of how Sunset lives and a very special friendship begins.
A warm-hearted family story in which problems are resolved and Yosser and her best friend Kylie together with Kylie's pet hamsters must get to the bottom of someone's strange behaviour and solve the mystery of the locked wooden box. A fun-packed story of just 96 pages that will appeal to 8+ year olds including reluctant readers. Sita, Snake Queen of Speed features the same characters.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Lovereading4kids comment: Billy Grimshaw thinks the world of his dad. He hasn’t seen him for ages, but Billy knows he’ll be home as soon as he can get away from his important spying business in London. In the meantime, Billy is grappling with the disastrous news that his mum is going to marry Dave. As he makes secret plans to stop the wedding, Billy’s life gets more and more complicated, not helped by the classroom bully or even his friend, Big Lauren … A message from Joanna Nadin: So, you’re about to meet Billy Grimshaw – Zach Black obsessive, lover of jaffa cakes, and nemesis of his mum’s boyfriend Dave.The thing about Billy is he’s a bit different. Different to you, and most of your friends. I mean, his best friend is a girl called Big Lauren for a start. Plus, when things get tricky, he has to count his glow stars to make sure there are still fifty there.But, I bet if you thought about it, there’s some stuff about you that’s different too. And it doesn’t make you an oddball. It just makes makes you you. And it makes Billy a bit of a hero, in the end.So I hope the book will make you laugh, and maybe cry, and most of all, remember that we’re all weird, and brilliant. Just like Billy Grimshaw.
Two reassuring stories about family strife and overcoming your fears from a master storyteller. The first story is Twin Trouble in which Connie is unhappy because her parents are having a baby, well not one but twins. She can’t understand why they want any more when they have her! But then someone gives her some beads which have magical properties. In the second story Connie and the Waterbabies, Connies and her twin siblings go swimming except Connie hates the water. Then Nurse Meade gives Connie some more beads. And when they clack together, suddenly Connie can swim like a mermaid...
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. This is a heartwarming story about a feisty young Polish girl determined to be unhappy in her new life in England - but who finds herself settling in despite herself.
Carefully but without pulling any punches, Forbidden explores the power and pain of the feelings that pull Lochan and Maya together. Coping with their chaotic life which burdens them with responsibility far too young, the two siblings become increasingly inter-dependent. But it is more than that. As their love develops they cross the forbidden divide. They know what they are doing is wrong but it is irresistible.
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