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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.
The Story of Heidi is a most tender and touching one. When Heidi is orphaned, she is sent to live with her uncle in his simple home high up in the mountains. Heidi loves the life and her grandfather; she loves the outdoors and the fresh air and he is determined that she should be free to enjoy it all without the burden of convention or study. But Heidi’s life is turned upside down again when she is sent off to live in the city by her strict aunt. Here Heidi finds a different kind of happiness. How can she bring together the two parts of her life. (9+) Just click here to view our range of Children’s Classics.
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Award 2010 A compelling and heart-warming adventure featuring teenage twins Vicky and Rhianna. These twins couldn't be more different, but their foster parents can’t cope and it looks as if they and their younger brother will have to be split up. How can they stay together? Desperate times call for desperate measures…
Funny and touching and with a brilliant understanding of the delicate balance within families, this captures the daily lives of two absolutely contemporary little sisters. Narrated by Flo, a very tolerant older sister, each of the eight stories relates a specific episode in the life of her younger sister who has renamed herself Iggy. This is the first novel from Jenny Valentine for younger readers. Her books for teens have won numerous awards.
A really quirky and completely original tale of villains, benefactors, abandoned infants, winsome orphans and diabolical plans. The kids in the Willoughby household – four of them, plot how best to become orphans, for their parents are not what they’d hoped for; at least they are not when they compare themselves to their literary heroes like Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna and James with his giant peach. What's more, the parents in the Willoughby household are formulating a plan inspired by Hansel and Gretel to get rid of their children! Chaos reigns and wonderful old-fashioned adventures ensue, but do the kids and the parents eventually see sense??? It’s well worth reading to find out.
Full of affection, this is also a useful guide to how to resolve possible tensions between two grannies! Alvina loves both her grannies and she loves the different things they like doing. But, when the two grannies are left to look after her, things get very complicated. Granny Vero from Trinidad and Granny Rose from England both want to take charge. Should they play dominoes or snakes and ladders? Should they go to the zoo or feed the ducks? Luckily, Alvina comes up with a very clever solution and everyone has a wonderful time. Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2009.
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2010 Sorrow and happiness course through this book of huge emotions, which gives lots of room for optimism despite dealing with tragedy. Fourteen-year-old Luke is used to coping with things, especially his accident-prone younger brother Jesse. But nothing can prepare him when his mother suddenly becomes dangerously ill. How Luke and Jesse react to their mother’s illness and death is touchingly told in Luke’s voice as he charts the different ways the boys deal with the shock and grief and, above all, how by pulling together and committing absolutely to keeping their own lives going, they survive. However, as well as these heavyweight themes it is also full of football and friendship. A harrowing but life affirming debut.
The final title in the hugely successful Meg Cabot series featuring Mia, a very normal 14 year old Manhatten school girl, who is suddenly pitched into being Princess Mia of the priniciplity of Genovia with everything at her finger tips - except perhaps the love of her life. Her diaries over a five year period have been enjoyed by millions of children worldwide and now with the culmination of the series, we felt it was time to bring them all together to ensure that a new generation doesn’t miss out on them. There are 10 titles culminating in this final Princess Diaries, Ten out of Ten, which features Princess Mia, aged 18.
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