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Sympathetic, touching, and surprisingly funny, Ways To Live Forever is a fantastic debut from Sally Nicholls. Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers for the questions nobody will answer. This diary account of a young boy dying of Leukaemia will pull on heartstrings and have you in fits of laughter at the same time. Winner of Glen Dimplex Prize for New Writers 2008 Winner of Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2008 Winner of Luchs Prize (Germany) for best children’s book published in Germany in the last year Longlisted for Branford Boase Award 2009
The road for Bella and Edward is never going to be a smooth one and after an incident that puts Bella’s life in danger Edward decides he must leave her “as if he had never existed”. In the following months Bella is like a shell of her former self and it is only the growing friendship she finds with Jacob that helps her through. In this story we focus on Bella and Jacob and the changes that Jacob suddenly finds himself going through, changes which go a long way to explaining his complete dislike of Edward.Vampires, werewolves, teenage love and all the complications of relationships are brilliantly told with action and romance equally balanced. Stephenie Meyer has a knack for making this supernatural world seem absolutely normal and plausible.This series goes from strength to strength. Other books in the series include Eclipse, Twilight and Breaking Dawn.
The eighth title in this fantastic Princess Diaries series. If you’re looking for books to get a reticent reader into the reading experience then the Princess Diaries series is a great way to do that. This is number eight but there is no need to have read the other seven to enjoy this one, which by the way is every bit as good as the earlier ones. The writing style is straightforward and the characters are a joy to meet. Other titles in the fabulous Princess Diaries series include Seventh Heaven and the final installment Ten Out of Ten.
Shortlisted for the 2009 Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, this is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s the first in the Twilight series and is a captivating sage of vampire romance. The 2nd is New Moon, the third is Eclipse and the fourth, Breaking Dawn make this a truly must-read series.
This is a fabulous read and its inspiration is taken from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. The heroine has always craved excitement and now she has it having won an art scholarship where she can rub shoulders with a host of interesting people. Full of glamour, secrets and intrigue, this sharp yet humourous novel will take you on a rollercoaster ride of all manner of emotions. Rosie Rushton is one of the best at tackling teenage problems, writing about them and providing answers for them.
Snogging, nearly-snogging, other people’s snogs, make up disasters, embarrassing parents and friends – loyal and not... Fans of best-selling teenage tearaway Georgia Nicolson will be delighted by her latest hilarious diary which records all the highs and lows of being a teenager.
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. Michael Rosen on a compelling favourite: "A book that dared to go where no one thought you could with young audiences because it raises tough stuff to do with race." It takes a brave author such as Malorie Blackman to consider a sequence of the like of Noughts and Crosses and to pull it off with utmost aplomb. Award-winning author Blackman has tackled the issues of racism and prejudice in a world set in an alternate historical reality. Although 11 year olds will take great joy and learn much from reading this first one in the sequence, adults will devour it with equal enthusiasm. The contrast of the two main protagonists makes the novel totally compelling and the writing style is both original and superbly paced. The plot unravels at the pace of a thriller and as a consequence it’s a book that is almost impossible to put down. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.
Jess has just spent a perfect summer having at last become an ‘item’ with Fred. Feeling pretty cool about everything, she’s actually looking forward to going back to school and to all the fun things they’ll do together – especially perfecting a comedy routine for the school entertainment. But then Fred causually says he’s not sure he wants to be going out with her, and everything in Jess’s life begins to go wrong. Sue Limb has the perfect touch for this funny and painfully accurate take on teenage life. A fine sequel to Girl,15: Flirting for England and Girl Nearly 16: Absolute Torture.