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From the award-winning author of Mockingbird, this is a powerful and thought-provoking historical novel of family and friendships and the tackling of the important themes of race and responsibility in '70s America in the 'Deep South', but with elements that resonate on a wider scale. Red Porter knows the difference between right and wrong, black and white. But he also knows that for folk in his hometown, Stony Gap, this isn't always clear. With the help of a few unlikely characters however, red realises that while he can't fix the past, he can still change the future and stand up for those who need him most. This is a great title for book clubs to read, and explore the issues surrounding the civil rights movement. To help with the discussion there are some interesting and provoking questions which you can download here. There is also an accompanying Author's Note which explores Kathryn's own childhood in South Africa and why she was so compelled to tell Red's story.
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.Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Book with Facts In personal jottings, photos and pictures, this scrapbook brings alive a pioneering black footballer and British officer in the First World War who lived outside the limitations of his age - from Walter's childhood in an orphanage through his footballing years at Spurs and Northampton to the Western Front, highlighting the Christmas Day Truce of 1914, Walter's officer training - pipe, moustache and all! - ending with his death on the Somme, his memorials and his legacy.
How can three friends look out for each other? Daisy and Phoebe are worried about their friend Erika. She’s good at everything and very popular but someone seems to be giving her a hard time. Each of the three girls tells their part in unravelling the story in an easy to read and chatty style.
Teenagers and their parents will find much to fascinate them in this updated edition of Nicola Morgan’s skilful, non-scientists explanation of the complex and specific science that makes teenagehood such a specific period of growing up. New research has revealed even more about the workings of the brain and it appears that teenagers are wired somewhat differently. That’s especially true when it comes to sleep – as all parents of teens know well! It is also true in regard to the taking of risks and to the taking of stimulants. Tests and quizzes and lots of illustrations support the scientific but jargon free text.
This gripping family story is told in the two voices of Ellie and Grace, two sisters whose life takes a dramatic turn when their mum plucks up the courage to leave their violent father. How chatterbox Ellie and silent Grace find new lives – and new happiness - for themselves is deftly unravelled in a rollercoaster journey that embraces friendships, family and finding yourself.
Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 11-14 category - January 2013 Debut of the Month Love and loss lie cheek to cheek in this thoughtful and deeply moving roller coaster story of Megan Bright’s fight against cancer. On her first admission to hospital, Megan meets Jackson. Brave, bold, infuriating – and gorgeous – Jackson, who travels everywhere linked to a drip - guides Megan through the first stages of cancer treatment. He teaches her how to keep hopes up and to cherish what really matters. Megan learns to see life differently when she is with Jackson but nothing can prepare either of them for the unknown future. ----------------------- The winners of the Leeds Book Awards are chosen by you! Read the books, talk about them with your friends & teachers and decide which one is your favourite. You can vote in your local library or at www.leedsbookawards.co.uk. Voting closes on Friday 25th April and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 20th May. See below for the entire shortlist.
Winner of the 'Best of the Best' children's category at the Independent Bookshop Week Awards 2016. Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Award Best Fiction for 5-12s 2013 and Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 January 2013 Debut of the Month Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is a wonderful debut from a storyteller with a great future if this book is anything to go by and her characters are intensely likeable. You can discuss what you think of this book on Twitter - #thewonderofwonder.
Best-selling Jacqueline Wilson understands perfectly how the needle sharp jealousy of sisters is matched only by the strength of their underlying affection. Marty and Melissa are not in the least little bit like each other; Marty is a tomboy and Melissa is as girlie as a girl can be. What on earth will happen when they have to share a bedroom? What looks like a disaster turns out surprisingly well as the girls learn just how important they are to one another – despite their differences!
Beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis, and daughter Beth, share their 100 top top beauty and well being tips for young teens in this new beauty bible. It will appeal to any teenage girl (or parent) who has been left baffled by amount of beauty advice on offer and feels pressure trying to conform to what the media might see as the perfect teen look. Stylish design and photography make it a perfect gift. This is the second book by Alice Hart-Davis, after her success with Be Beautiful: Every Girl's Guide to Hair, Skin and Make Up. Offering friendly and detailed advice and clear, easy to follow instructions all accompanied by photographs, this is the definitive beauty bible with clear, step by step instructions for everything, from applying foundation to beautiful braids.
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+. How do see off the school bully? Sick of being picked on and called ‘chicken’ the narrator of this story thinks up a dare to show up Darren Bishop, the school bully. A farm boy himself he is quite at home with the big bully Olly and he dares Darren to come up close too. When Darren Bishop flees from the field his bullying days are over but there’s a twist in the tale…Is anyone really safe from the bully? A gripping story with a surprising ending. ~ Julia Eccleshare
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