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July 2017

Rumpole And Younger Generation

Author: John Mortimer

Part of a series: Penguin 60s

Publisher: Penguin (1978)

RUMPOLE AND THE YOUNGER GENERATION This is the first Rumpole story in the long-running series John Mortimer is a bestselling novelist and playwright and a former practising barrister. He is most famous for his creation of the irrepressible Horace Rumpole, and the Rumpole stories have all been made into popular television series. Among his many books published in Penguin are two acclaimed volumes of autobiography: Clinging to the Wreckage and Murderers and Other Friends. This story is collected in The Best of Rumpole.

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The Fight For Flight

Authors: Nick Arnold, Tony De Saulles

Part of a series: Horrible Science

Publisher: Scholastic (2009)

Flight will send you sky-high! Are you in a flap to discover: * who put a parachute on a puppy? * why scientists fire dead birds from cannon? * what happened to the world's first flying sheep? If you think you can stomach the sick side of Science, then read on as we go plane crazy. Laugh at some seriously silly flying stunts, find out which scientist was blown up in a balloon, and learn how to build a world-beating plane. With fantastic fact files, quirky quizzes and crazy cartoons The Fearsome Fight for Flight is a real high-flier! Science has never been so horrible!

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Rise Of A Merchant Prince

Author: Raymond E. Feist

Part of a series: Serpentwar Saga

Publisher: Harper Voyager (2009)

Triumphant but overconfident after his defeat of the reptilian Sauur army, Roo must resist a beguiling seductress who threatens to undo him and all of Midkemia.

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Out Of Sight, Out Of Time

Author: Ally Carter

Part of a series: Gallagher Girls

Publisher: Orchard Books (2012)

Normal. I liked the sound of that. Sure, as the daughter of two secret agents, I didn't really know what normal meant, but that didn't matter. Normal was my new mission. Cammie wakes up in an Alpine convent having lost her memory of the whole summer. She and her friends must travel to the other side of the world, trying to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. But there are people hunting Cammie - people who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets ...

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The Cows

Author: Dawn O'Porter

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (2017)

Tara, Cam and Stella are strangers living their own lives as best they can - though when society’s screaming you should live life one way, it can be hard to like what you see in the mirror. So when an extraordinary event ties invisible bonds of friendship between them, one woman’s catastrophe becomes another’s inspiration and a life lesson to all. Sometimes it’s ok not to follow the herd.

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Dirt Road

Author: James Kelman

Publisher: Canongate Books (2016)

Murdo, a teenager obsessed with music, dreams of a life beyond his Scottish island home. His dad Tom has recently lost his wife and stumbles towards the future, terrified of losing control of what remains of his family life Both are in search of something as they set out on an expedition into the American South.

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Only The Good Spy Young

Author: Ally Carter

Part of a series: Gallagher Girls

Publisher: Orchard Books (2011)

I thought I was prepared for most scary situations. I've been almost kidnapped twice, fake kidnapped once, targeted by one terrorist organization and two very cute boys. But this moment was truly terrifying... Cammie 'The Chameleon' knows by now that even she can't hide from danger. But when she discovers that one of her most-trusted allies is a rogue double-agent, Cammie questions her trust in her classmates, her teachers - and her own heart...

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Where The World Ends

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Limited (2017)

In the summer of 1727, a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Why? Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they have been abandoned to endure storms, starvation and terror. And how can they survive, housed in stone and imprisoned on every side by the ocean?

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928 Miles From Home

Author: Kim Slater

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2017)

Fourteen-year-old Calum Brooks has big dreams. One day he'll escape this boring life and write movies -proper ones, with massive budgets and A-list stars. For now, though, he's stuck coping alone while his dad works away, writing scripts in his head and trying to stay 'in' with his gang of mates at school, who don't like new kids, especially foreign ones. But when his father invites his new Polish girlfriend and her son, Sergei, to move in, Calum's life is turned upside down. He's actually sharing a room with 'the enemy'! How's he going to explain that to his mates? Yet when Calum is knocked down in a hit-and-run and breaks both legs, everything changes.

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Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover

Author: Ally Carter

Part of a series: Gallagher Girls

Publisher: Orchard Books (2011)

Here's the thing about covert operations: the really bad things always happen when you least expect them. The enemies don't give you a heads-up. And they never let you stop to put on comfortable shoes. A spy-in-training, Cammie Morgan has a cover for every occasion. But what happens when she is forced to lose her cover to save her best friend, Macey? Cammie and her friends are determined to hunt down the group that threatens to tear their secret sisterhood apart. This time it's personal.

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The Seven Voyages Of Sindbad The Sailor

Author: N. J. Dawood

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

This is a well-known story is taken from "The One Thousand and One Nights".

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Artemis Fowl And The Atlantis Complex

Author: Eoin Colfer

Publisher: Penguin Books (2011)

Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has summoned an elite group of high-tech fairies to Iceland. He wants to present his invention to save the world from global warming. But something terrible has happened to him. Artemis Fowl has become nice. The fairies diagnose Atlantis Complex (aka multiple-personality disorder) - dabbling in magic has damaged Artemis’s mind. And now the subterranean city of Atlantis is under attack from vicious robots and nice Artemis is no use to anyone. Can fairy ally Captain Holly Short get devious Artemis back before they strike?

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Corsair

Authors: Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul

Part of a series: Oregon Files

Publisher: Penguin Books (2010)

Off the coast of Somalia, a battered old freighter is boarded by pirates whose sights are set on a hefty ransom . . . But these pirates have made a mistake. For this rusting freighter is none other than Juan Cabrillo’s secretive, state-of-the-art fighting ship Oregon. And Cabrillo is about to turn the tables on a deadly Somali pirate captain. One spectacular battle later and Cabrillo finds himself embroiled in an even tougher assignment. The US Secretary of State’s plane has crashed on its way to a summit in Libya – and she is missing. Cabrillo is the only one who can find her. But his search quickly involves a lost ancient jewel and a murderous plot by terrorists intent on plunging the world into chaos . . . Corsair is a Clive Cussler epic of action, intrigue and exhilarating suspense. "

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Evil Star

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Part of a series: The Power of Five

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2015)

After defeating the Old Ones at Raven’s Gate, Matt Freeman thought he could get on with his life. But far away in Peru a second gate is about to open. Only Matt has the power to stop the forces of darkness breaking through, but now they know all about him, and this time they’re going to destroy him first.

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Grandma's Glasses

Author: Nicola Moon

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Stage 3: Snapdragons

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2004)

Grandma cannot find her glasses, so Grandpa, Harry, Megan, Mum and Scrap help her look for them. While they look, they each find something else they have lost.

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Rosy Is My Relative

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Pan (2017)

At the age of thirty, Adrian Rookwhistle's life hasn't quite turned out the way he'd have hoped. Working an unfulfilling job as a clerk in the city and living under the tyranny of his fearsome landlady, he can't help but think that there is more to life. However, all of this suddenly changes when he receives a curious letter from his dying uncle who has bequeathed him £500 and an elephant by the name of Rosy who has a seemingly unquenchable thirst for liquor. At a loss of what to do with his unexpectedly gargantuan - and rarely sober - inheritance, Adrian sets forth on a journey believing to have the answer to his dilemma; he'll give her away to the circus.

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The Wolf Wilder

Author: Katherine Rundell

Publisher: Bloomsbury (2016)

Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there was a dark and stormy girl. Her name was Feodora. This is her story.

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Oblivion

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Part of a series: The Power of Five

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2015)

The earth has almost been destroyed by the forces of darkness. Those who have survived are barely human, drifting in a world ruled by famine, terrorism and war. Any last hope now rests with five extraordinary teenagers: the Gatekeepers. Chaos, King of the Old Ones, calls to them from Antarctica, where he is gathering his forces, preparing for a last battle in the frozen wasteland of Oblivion. But one of the Five has turned traitor. The others know that without him they cannot win.

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City Of Dreams

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean

Part of a series: The Orchard Book of Roman Myths

Publisher: The Watts Publishing Group (2017)

CITY OF DREAMS As Aeneas lies sleeping, he dreams of his fate – to make a great journey, and to found a new empire beyond his wildest dreams. ADVENTURES IN THE UNDERWORLD Before Aeneas can plan the future, he must learn from the past. So he embarks on an awesome journey to the Underworld ... Illustrated by Tony Ross.

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Ten Tales From The Decameron

Author: Giovanni Boccaccio

Part of a series: Penguin 60s Classics

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Boccaccio’s Decameron is a monumental work of medieval pre-Renaissance literature. When ten young Florentines take refuge outside their plague-ridden city they entertain themselves by telling each other stories. This selection contains one tale from each day and is a perfect demonstration of why it has been called the ‘human comedy’ in contrast to Dante’s Divine Comedy. Bawdy, outrageous, sometimes tragic or wise, these stories offer a tremendously entertaining view of society, religion and, above all, human nature. Translated by G H McWilliam.

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The Sport Of Kings

Author: C.E. Morgan

Publisher: Fourth Estate (2017)

Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred filly, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavour of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges’ history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth. A spiralling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery. A vital new voice, C. E. Morgan has given life to a tale as mythic and fraught as the South itself – a moral epic for our time.

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The Happy Prince

Author: Oscar Wilde

Part of a series: Penguin 60s

Publisher: Penguin Group (1995)

Shimmering tales of imaginative brilliance. Oscar Wilde, writer of genius and flamboyant exponent of the Aesthetic Movement, was born in Dublin in 1854. Famous for his sharp wit and shrewd social observation, he took London by storm with a series of sparkling comedies, among them his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. Yet his popularity was short-lived. An unsuccessful libel case led to his imprisonment and he died in self-imposed exile in France in 1900.

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Night Rise

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Part of a series: The Power of Five

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2015)

Scott and Jamie Tyler are twins who have always known that they possess extraordinary powers. When Scott is kidnapped by the sinister Nightrise Corporation and Jamie is framed for murder, they realize that they must use their powers to survive. But Jamie is catapulted thousands of years into the past, where he learns that he is one of five Gatekeepers who are all that stand in the way of the Old Ones.

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Tom Gates: Dog Zombies Rule (for Now)

Author: Liz Pichon

Publisher: Scholastic (2016)

Here's my EXCELLENT PLAN to make DogZombies the BEST band in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD! How hard can it be? (Very.) Right now I'm going to: 1. Write more songs. (Not about teachers.) 2. Make a SPECTACULAR music video. (Easy.) 3. Get some sleep. (Tricky when you're being kept awake by LOUD NOISES.) 4. Annoy Delia. (Nothing to do with DOGZOMBIES but always FUN.)

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Killing Lizards And Other Stories

Author: William Boyd

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

This volume of stories comprises "On the Yankee Station", "Killing Lizards", "Not Yet Yajette", "Hardly Ever" and "Gifts".

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The Patchwork Marriage

Author: Jane Green

Publisher: Penguin (2016)

When Andi marries Ethan she gets a ready-made family in the shape of his daughters Emily and Sophia. Unable to have a child of her own, and crazy in love with Ethan, she has a chance to make the perfect family. But teenager Emily's hostility leaves Andi feeling hated in her own home. And worse, Ethan, blinded by love for his daughter, cannot see that her behaviour is driving a wedge through their marriage. So when Andi and Ethan's world is rocked by an act of recklessness, Andi knows that their whole future is in doubt.

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He Said, She Said

Author: erin kelly

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2017)

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, four lives change forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden . . . something she never could have guessed.

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Everyone Is Special

Author: Gill Stacey

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree: Fact Finders

Publisher: Oxford University Press (1998)

Topic Starters are part of the Fact Finders series, the non-fiction component of the Oxford Reading Tree. The books introduce non-fiction to pre-readers and very early readers in Nursery and Reception/Year 1 in a simple, accessible form. They can also be used for special needs students. Topic Starters are child-centred discussion books which provide the opportunities to research questions and develop knowledge and information retrieval skills while learning topic vocabulary. Each title links to a title in the Fact Finders ABC series and More ABC series titles: myself, families, clothes, people, houses and homes, schools.

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The Rage Of Achilles

Author: Homer

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

Excerpts from a brilliant translation of the world’s greatest war story Through the genius of Homer’s Iliad, the Trojan war and the rage of Achilles have fired imaginations and informed myth for nearly three thousand years. This timeless, powerful poem conveys the horror and the heroism of men and gods, wrestling with towering emotions amidst devastation and destruction, as they march toward an inexorable fate. The Rage of Achilles is taken from Robert Fagles’s translation of the Iliad, which is available in Penguin Classics with an introduction by Bernard Knox.

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Moon Bear

Author: Gill Lewis

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2013)

I pushed my face into the bear’s soft fur and breathed in the deep scent of the forest. ‘One day,’ I said. ‘I promise you. I’ll make sure we both get back home again.’ When twelve-year-old Tam is sent to work at a bear farm ih the city, he has never felt so alone. He hates seeing the cruel way the bears are treated, but speaking up will mean losing his job. And if he can’t send money home, how will his family survive? When a sick cub arrives at the farm, Tam secretly nurses it back to health and they develop an unbreakable bond. Tam swears to return his beloved cub to the wild, but how will they ever find a way to be free? Deeply moving and powerful, Moon Bear is an unforgettable story of compassion, hope, and bravery against overwhelming odds.

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Odd Dog Out

Author: Rob Biddulph

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2017)

It’s a dog’s life in the big city… Come join one busy dog on her journey to find her place in the world, in this third sublimely illustrated book from the bestselling, award-winning Rob Biddulph.

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Buddhism

Author: Harriet Brundle

Part of a series: Your Faith

Publisher: (2016)

Ideal for introducing young learners to the concept of religion, this exciting series explores places of worship, festivals, celebrations, and religious ceremonies through accessible text and engaging illustrations.

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Nimisha's Ship

Author: Anne McCaffrey

Publisher: Corgi (1999)

Nimisha Boynton-Rondymense was the body-heir of Lady Rezalla and, as such, was the heiress of one of the First Families on Vega III. But even as a child she eschewed the formalities of her aristocratic background and was happiest in her father’s shipyard. By the time she was in her twenties she was the designer of the most advanced space yacht in the galaxy, and was owner of the Rondymense shipyards.

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Treasure Of Khan

Author: Clive Cussler

Publisher: Penguin (2009)

From the frigid lakes of Siberia to the hot wastes of the Gobi desert, Dirk Pitt is on the trail of fabled treasure ... Rescuing an oil survey team from a freak wave on Russia's Lake Baikal is all in a day's work for adventurers Dirk Pitt and partner Al Giordino. Yet when their ship is sabotaged and the survey team vanishes, Pitt is forced to get to the bottom of a mystery with far-reaching consequences

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The Race

Authors: Clive Cussler, Justin Scott

Part of a series: Isaac Bell

Publisher: Penguin (2012)

1910, and America's first ever cross-country flying race has been sabotaged . . . Newspaper magnate Preston Whiteway is offering a big prize for the first aviator to cross America in under fifty days. He wants Josephine Frost - the country's leading as well as most glamorous pilot - to win. Which is why he's hired Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency.

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The Voyages Of Odysseus

Author: Homer

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

On the long voyage home to Ithaca from the Trojan war, Odysseus and his men face danger and death. Here, Odysseus outwits the ferocious Cyclops, flees the carnivorous Laestrygonians, is seduced by the enchantress Circe and survives the attack of the repulsive twelve-legged, six-headed monster Scylla, among other terrifying adventures. The Odyssey is thought to have been composed towards the end of the eighth century BC. It is published in Penguin Classics as is Homer’s Iliad.

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Road Burner

Authors: Roderick Hunt, Alex Brychta, Nick Schon

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Stage 3: More A

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2012)

Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories: Decode and Develop More A are exciting new titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series. The stories continue to provide storylines full of humour and drama, with familiar settings and all your favourite characters with some new friends for Biff, Chip and Kipper. They also support children's transition from fully decodable readers, such as Floppy's Phonics, to a richer, wider reading experience with high-interest vocabulary.

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Snakeskin

Author: John McCabe

Publisher: Black Swan (2002)

Most people say that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But basking in the Los Angeles sunshine, Ian begs to differ. Thanks to a computer banking scam, he has set himself up with meals for life. Until his cosy lifestyle is threatened by an unexpected glitch. Desperate situations call for desperate remedies. Even to the extent of returning to England and pretending to be a mediocre scientist called Darren.

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Meditations Of A Solitary Walker

Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

The struggle between the yearning for solitude and the need for society ‘Happiness is a lasting state which does not seem to be made for man in this world,’ wrote Rousseau, whose works have proved profoundly influential. Combining philosophical argument with amusing anecdotes and lyrical descriptive passages, these meditations record Rousseau’s sense of isolation and alienation in an increasingly complicated society. Meditations of a Solitary Walker is taken from Rousseau’s Reveries of the Solitary Walker,

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Seven Yorkshire Tales

Author: James Herriot

Part of a series: Penguin 60s

Publisher: Penguin Group (1995)

Delightful stories of the joys and heartaches of working with animals. James Herriot was brought up in Glasgow but spent all of his veterinary career in North Yorkshire, feeling very much at home with the landscape, history, people and animals of the area. He wrote eight internationally bestselling books recounting his experiences as a country vet. All are known for their humour, vivacity and poignancy. The stories formed the background to the hugely popular BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small. He died in 1995.

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Jason And The Argonauts

Author: Apollonius of Rhodes

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Written in the third century BC, the story of Jason and the Argonauts has thrilled adventure lovers for ages. A noble band of heroes sets out from Greece aboard the ship Argo in search of the fabled Golden Fleece of a magical ram. Under the watchful gaze of the gods, they encounter obstacles both horrible and seductive that test their very limits. This selection is taken from E. V. Rieu’s stirring translation of the Argonautica, published in full as The Voyage of Argo in Penguin Classics.

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The Sea Hunters II

Authors: Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo

Publisher: Arrow (2003)

In this action-packed adventure book Cussler relates the recent activities of NUMA, the organisation that features in his thriller novels and which he also created in real life: the National Underwater and Marine Agency. Cussler takes his fiction into the sphere of fact in a series of daring and audacious dives, seeking to reclaim wrecks lost beneath the surface of sea, lakes and swamps. Each of the sections of this underwater adventure book contains both an exciting account of the loss of the wreck concerned and Cussler's attempt to bring it back to the surface.

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Lost City

Authors: Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos

Part of a series: Numa Files

Publisher: Penguin (2006)

The discovery of a body frozen for ninety years in a glacier high in the French Alps seems of unlikely concern to Kurt Austin and the NUMA Special Projects team. But when those on site are trapped in alpine tunnels flooding with glacial meltwater, Austin can hardly ignore a cry for help. And this near tragedy proves to be no mere accident. For the body held a secret. A secret someone was prepared to kill for.

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Song Of Myself

Author: Walt Whitman

Part of a series: Penguin 60s Classics

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

A visionary poem that celebrates the miracle of nature and human life. Walt Whitman worked as a journeyman printer, journalist and newspaper editor before publishing his first book of poetry, Leaves of Grass. Whitman’s sprawling lines and cataloguing technique, as well as his belief that poetry should embrace the lowly and the profane, led some to call him the first truly American poet. Song of Myself, the opening poem from Leaves of Grass, which is published in Penguin Classics, is reprinted here from the original 1855 edition.

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Gorilla Dawn

Author: Gill Lewis

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2016)

Deep in the heart of the African jungle, a baby gorilla is captured by a group of rebel soldiers. Imara and Bobo are two children also imprisoned in the rebels’ camp. When they learn that the gorilla is destined to be sold into captivity, they swear to return it to the wild before it’s too late. But the consequences of getting caught are too terrible to think about. Will the bond between the gorilla and the children give them the courage they need to escape?

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The Deeds Of The Disturber

Author: Elizabeth Peters

Part of a series: Amelia Peabody

Publisher: Piatkus (1989)

Join our plucky Victorian Egyptologist, together with her devastatingly handsome and brilliant husband Radcliffe, in another exciting escapade

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I Am Not A Loser

Author: Jim Smith

Part of a series: Barry Loser

Publisher: Egmont (2012)

'I've never minded that my name's Barry Loser because my coolness has always cancelled it out, but ever since Darren Darrenofski joined school with his horrible little crocodile face he's been completely ruining my life about it.'

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The Escape And Other Stories

Author: Katherine Mansfield

Part of a series: Penguin 60s Classics

Publisher: Penguin (1995)

THE ESCAPE AND OTHER STORIES Five exquisite, evocative stories of human behaviour Katherine Mansfield was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1888, and a number of her stories evoke her New Zealand childhood. A passionate admirer of Chekhov’s works, she concentrated on the short-story form, usually capturing a brief but significant moment in the lives of her characters. After several unhappy relationships she married John Middleton Murry in 1918, but she was already suffering from tuberculosis and was to die five years later. Her best-known works are Bliss and The Garden-party.

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Haiku

Author: Basho

Part of a series: Penguin 60s Classics

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Haiku by Bash?, one of the great Japanese masters By combining the ideals of karumi – lightness of touch – and oneness with nature, Bash? (1644-94) rose above the artificiality of previous haiku poets to become the master of the genre in his time. His exquisite compositions reflect the influence of Zen Buddhism and a life spent travelling, and reveal him to be an inspired perfectionist who sought to express himself in the purest possible form. These translations by Lucien Stryk are drawn from On Love and Barley, published in Penguin Classics.

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A Walk In The Sun

Author: Paul Shipton

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Stage 3: More A

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2012)

Which is the right way?

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Night Star

Author: Alyson Noel

Part of a series: The Immortals

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2011)

With 2 million copies of her "Immortals series" in print, Alyson Noel is one of the hottest paranormal teen authors writing today. "Night Star" continues the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen must face bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears - all in the hope of being together forever. "Night Star" is guaranteed to mesmerize fans and leave them breathlessly awaiting the sixth and final book!

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Finding Gobi

Authors: Dion Leonard, Craig Borlase

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (2017)

In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name ‘Gobi’, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles. As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. In the past he had always focused on winning and being the best, but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. Although Dion did not finish first, he felt he had won something far greater and promised to bring Gobi back to the UK for good to become a new addition to his family. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever. Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope, of resilience and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are ‘man’s best friend.’

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The Bourne Imperative

Author: Eric Van Lustbader

Part of a series: Jason Bourne

Publisher: Orion Books (2012)

The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot – and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer. Do the answers to these mysteries lie back in southeast Lebanon, in a secret encampment to which Bourne and Rebeka escaped following a firefight weeks ago? The complex trail links to the mission given to Treadstone directors Peter Marks and Soraya Moore: find the semi-mythic terrorist assassin known as Nicodemo. In the course of Bourne's desperate, deadly search for a secret that will alter the future of the entire world, he will experience both triumph and loss, and his life will never be the same. Now everything turns on the amnesiac. Bourne must learn his identity and purpose before both he and Rebeka are killed. From Stockholm to Washington, D.C., from Mexico City to Beijing, the web of lies and betrayals extends into a worldwide conspiracy of monumental proportions. (The tenth book in the Bourne series.)

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Zeus Conquers The Titans

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean

Part of a series: The Orchard Book of Greek Myths

Publisher: The Watts Publishing Group (2017)

ZEUS CONQUERS THE TITANS Determined to rule the world, mighty Zeus wages war on the Titans. Armed with thunderbolts and lightning will he emerge victorious? THE WRATH OF HERA Furious at her husband’s deception, Hera, queen of the gods, will do everything in her power to make him pay. Just how far will she go? Illustrated by Tony Ross

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Jason And The Golden Fleece

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean

Part of a series: The Orchard Book of Greek Myths

Publisher: The Watts Publishing Group (2017)

JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE Hidden in the gardens of a cruel king a dragon guards a golden fleece. No one has fought the monster and survived, but Jason has accepted the dare and he’s determined not to fail … ARACHNE THE SPINNER Arachne may be a brilliant spinner, but her boastfulness could get her into trouble … Illustrated by Tony Ross.

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A Brief History Of Everyone Who Has Ever Lived

Author: Adam Rutherford

Publisher: Weidenfeld And Nicolson (2016)

This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is to each of the 100 billion modern humans who have ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in every one of our genomes we each carry the history of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration and a lot of sex. Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001 it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims and myths. In fact, as Adam Rutherford explains, our genomes should be read not as instruction manuals, but as epic poems. DNA determines far less than we have been led to believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species. In this captivating journey through the expanding landscape of genetics, Adam Rutherford reveals what our genes now tell us about history, and what history tells us about our genes. From Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, dead kings to plague, evolution to epigenetics, this is a demystifying and illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

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Confessions Of A Sinner

Author: Saint Augustine

Part of a series: Penguin 60s Classics

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

An account of the search for truth by a sinner who became a great saint. Saint Augustine of Hippo, the great Doctor of the Latin Church, was born at Thagaste in North Africa in AD 354. Brought up as a Christian, he studied law and philosophy, was converted to the Manichean doctrine, and taught rhetoric in Rome and Milan. In 387, renouncing all his unorthodox beliefs, he was baptized and returned to Africa. He was ordained in 391. Until his death in 430, when invading Vandals were besieging Hippo, he lived in community with his cathedral clergy and wrote prolifically.

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Lives Of Three Renaissance Artists

Author: Giorgio Vasari

Part of a series: Penguin 60s Classics

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

A celebration of Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo In this study of three Italian masters, Giorgio Vasari (1511 – 74) vividly evokes their early years, influences, travels and achievements. Himself a talented artist and architect, Vasari details the grace and ingenuity of Leonardo, the antipathy between Leonardo and Michelangelo, and the tremendous change that Raphael’s style underwent after studying the Florentine masterpieces. Vasari’s Lives of the Artists is published in two volumes in Penguin Classics. Translated by George Bull.

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Never Say Die

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Part of a series: Alex Rider Adventure

Publisher: Walker Books (2017)

Alex Rider is back in this brand new, explosive mission in the number one bestselling series. In this adrenaline-fueled, action-packed adventure, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can't fight the past ...especially when it holds a deadly secret.

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Blue Moon

Author: Alyson Noel

Part of a series: The Immortals

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2010)

Things have changed for Ever since she met her beloved Damen – not least because she’s got a whole new set of powers, courtesy of her new Immortal status. Just as she's getting stronger, though, Damen seems to be weakening. Panicked at the thought of losing him, Ever finds a path to the in-between world known as Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past. But in searching for a cure for him, Ever accidentally discovers a way to twist time so she can save her family from the accident that killed them. It’s all she’s ever wanted – but so is Damen. And Ever must choose between them . . .

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White Dolphin

Author: Gill Lewis

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2013)

‘The white dolphin is a sign that Mum’s out there . . .’ When they first meet, Kara and Felix can’t stand each other. But on discovering an injured dolphin calf on the beach they know they must work together to save it. Now friends, they set out to find the truth behind the disappearance of Kara’s mother, and to protect the nearby reef. But powerful people don’t want them to succeed. And with the odds stacked against them, how can Kara and Felix make their voices heard?

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Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy

Author: Ally Carter

Part of a series: Gallagher Girls

Publisher: The Watts Publishing Group (2016)

DANGER. GLAMOUR. FUN. EVERYTHING A GIRL NEEDS. I risked the most sacred sisterhood in the history of espionage, for a boy. As a spy in training, Cammie Morgan is used to danger. But this time the Academy itself is in trouble, and Cammie is getting the blame.

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The Murder Of The Maharajah

Author: H.R.F. Keating

Publisher: Harper Collins Distribution Services (1980)

To the princely state of Bhopore and its superbly opulent Summer Palace in the year 1930 come a handful of visitors to meet its outrageous Maharajah and his entourage. There is pretty . Five people in the palace become suspects, and District Superintendent of Police Howard, the imperturbable outsider, is called in. Who does he find guilty of the murder of the Maharajah?

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Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Part of a series: Red Queen

Publisher: Orion (2015)

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power

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The Pleasures And Pains Of Opium

Author: De Quincey Thomas

Part of a series: Penguin 60s Classics

Publisher: Penguin Classics (1995)

Revelations of ecstasy and torment. Thomas De Quincey began taking opium in 1804. For him it was the key to Paradise, as he experienced visions of the utmost beauty and an exquisite heightening of the senses and intellect. Nine years later addiction loomed, causing intense depression, lethargy and terrifying nightmares. Yet, when Confessions of an English Opium Eater, from which this extract is taken, first appeared in 1821, many were tempted into experimenting with opium, so vivid and fascinating were De Quincey’s descriptions of his dreams.

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Absolute Measures

Author: Humphrey Hawksley

Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (1999)

After British special forces accidentally kill their parents in the Sudan, Samira and Yasin Omer are adopted by a wealthy Filipino businessman. They are raised in a world of luxury and privilege. But when the Asian economic crisis plunges their country into chaos, Yasin decides that this time he will retaliate. He conceives of a terrible plan: one that will shake the world, and leave thousands dead. Only two people can stop him. One is a man whose life he saved. The other is his twin sister. In deadly race against time, both must choose between their ties to Yasin - and their duty to prevent an atrocity that will plunge the world into chaos. 'Absolute Measures' is a heart-pounding, high-concept, prophetic thriller that draws on Humphrey Hawksley's years of experiences as an Asian correspondent for the BBC to tell a powerful story of family, terrorism, and global politics.

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Gran Is Cross

Author: Julia Donaldson

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Stage 3: Songbirds

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2006)

The twins bring a frog to visit Gran…

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Bug Hunt

Author: Paul Shipton

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Stage 3: More A

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2012)

Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories: Decode and Develop More A are exciting new titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series. The stories continue to provide story lines full of humour and drama, with familiar settings and all your favourite characters with some new friends for Biff, Chip and Kipper. They also support children's transition from fully decodable readers, such as Floppy's Phonics, to a richer, wider reading experience with high-interest vocabulary. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading.

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St Grizzle's School For Girls, Ghosts And Runaway Grannies

Author: Karen McCombie

Part of a series: St Grizzle's School For Girls

Publisher: Stripes Publishing (2017)

When local schools are asked to make a film showcasing the surrounding area, Dani and the rest of St Grizzle’s set to work. But Spencer and his mates at the village school are determined to sabotage the work of the smelly Grizzlers. To Dani’s surprise, help comes in the form of Granny Viv who has secretly taken up residence in the school’s tree house with Downboy the dog. Together they come up with the perfect ghostly video ... but will Granny Viv be able to stay once the competition’s over?

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Sweet Honey

Author: Cathy Cassidy

Part of a series: The Chocolate Box Girls

Publisher: Puffin Books (2014)

The chocolate box girls. Each sister has a different story to tell, which one will be your favourite? Honey is going to live with her dad in Australia. Determined to make a fresh start, she can’t wait to put the tough times at Tanglewood behind her. Her new life is a dream come true - until school begins. The girls are different from Honey's friends in England and the only person who seems to understand her is the cute boy from the beach she’s chatting to online. But when he, the girls at school and even her dad start breaking promises, who can she trust? All alone on the other side of the world. Honey’s past is about to catch up with her . . .

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Crunch!

Authors: Roderick Hunt, Alex Brychta, Nick Schon, Annemarie Young

Part of a series: Oxford Reading Tree Stage 1+: First Phonics

Publisher: Oxford University Press (2010)

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Love Water Memory

Author: Jennie Shortridge

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2014)

At age thirty-nine, Lucie Walker has no choice but to start her life over when she comes to, up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay, with no idea how she got there or who she is. Her memory loss is caused by an emotional trauma she knows nothing about, and only when handsome, quiet Grady Goodall arrives at the hospital does she learn she has a home, a career, and a wedding just two months away. What went wrong? Grady seems to care for her, but Lucie is no more sure of him than she is of anything. As she collects the clues of her past self, she unlocks the mystery of what happened to her. The painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future—if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.

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The Waiting Time

Author: Gerald Seymour

Publisher: Bantam Press (1998)

On a winter’s night at the height of the Cold War, in a small town on the Baltic coast of East Germany, a young man is dragged from the sea and killed by the regime’s secret police. The witnesses are terrorized into silence. But a British woman is present and hears the shot which ended her lover’s life. A decade later, times have changed; the Wall dividing two great ideologies has crumbled, and old enemies have become new friends. An ex-captain in the Stasi’s counter-espionage section, Dieter Krause is a fêted guest at the headquarters of British military intelligence. He is a prized asset, able to give a detailed profile of a rising star in the Russian Ministry of Defence. He is confident that the skeletons in his past are hidden until... Corporal Tracy Barnes, a clerk, attacks him in the officers’ mess. For her, the waiting time is over. She was there at the scene of the young man’s murder ten years before. She knows Krause is responsible. But she can’t prove it – she needs the witnesses to talk. To make them do so, she must follow Krause to Germany, determined to see a long-delayed victory for justice. But in a new country still at war with itself, defeat may just mean a place on the mortuary slab. The Waiting Time is the work of one of Britain’s finest thriller writers at the peak of his powers. It is a powerful and emotive drama which never shirks from addressing the hardest subjects, and in so doing reveals the uncomfortable truth behind one of recent history’s most important political transitions.

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Marrying Off Mother And Other Stories

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Pan Books (2016)

‘Which of these stories is true and which is semi-true I have, of course, not the slightest intention of telling you, but I hope this will not detract from your enjoyment . . .’ Gerald Durrell introduces an eccentric cast of characters in this entertaining collection of stories, first published in 1991. In the title story, we join his family in Corfu, where Gerry joins forces with Larry and Margo in encouraging Mother to consider finding a new husband, only to rue the consequences. Highlights from the other tales in this collection are the acquisition of a strongly perfumed pig named Esmeralda; charming an ageing belle in Memphis; and a compulsive gambler who inspires a miracle. Written with Durrell’s usual sharp eye for observing humour in any situation, Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories will delight fans both old and new. This book remains true to the original in every way. Some aspects may appear out-of-date to modern-day readers. [The publisher] makes no apology for this, as to retrospectively change any content would be anachronistic and undermine the authenticity of the original.

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The Death Of King Arthur

Author: Thomas Malory

Publisher: Penguin Classics (1995)

One of the most moving accounts of the legendary age of chivalry, Le Morte D’Arthur was chronicled in the fifteenth century by Sir Thomas Malory and is published in two volumes in Penguin Classics. This book depicts the fatal battle between King Arthur and his treacherous son Mordred, and the devastation of Queen Guenever and Sir Launcelot, whose illicit love led to the destruction of Camelot.

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Good Dog McTavish

Author: Meg Rosoff

Publisher: Barrington Stoke (2017)

The Peachey family are always late, they never agree, the house is a mess ... and everything’s going to the dogs. Enter McTavish, a rescue dog with a difference - he’s on a mission to rescue them!

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The Seeing Stone

Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland

Part of a series: The Arthur Trilogy

Publisher: Orion Children's Books (2001)

Set in the Welsh Marches in the year 1199, The Seeing Stone is a uniquely contemporary take on the Arthurian legends. It is an enthralling story of secrets and mysteries in the life of young Arthur de Caldicot, who discovers his namesake, the boy King Arthur, in his seeing stone. In a hundred short chapters that seem like snapshots of the past, The Seeing Stone brilliantly evokes the earthy, uncomfortable reality of daily life in the Middle Ages, and of a whole community — from Gatty the reeve’s daughter to Tanwen the chamber-servant, from Oliver the priest to Lady Alice, keeper of a terrible secret — facing the conflicts and uncertainties of a new century. The Seeing Stone is the first volume in the Arthur trilogy.

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The Honourable Company: A History Of The English East India Company

Author: John Keay

Publisher: Harper Collins (1991)

During 200 years the East India Company grew from a loose association of Elizabethan tradesmen into "the grandest society of merchants in the universe". As a commercial enterprise it came to control half the world's trade and as a political entity it administered an embryonic empire. Without it there would have been no British India and no British Empire. In a tapestry ranging from Southern Africa to north-west America, and from the reign of Elizabeth I to that of Victoria, bizarre locations and roguish personality abound. From Bombay to Singapore and Hong Kong the political geography of today is, in some respects, the result of the Company. This book looks at the history of the East India Company.

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The Lifted Veil

Author: George Eliot

Publisher: Penguin Books (1996)

A chilling story of clairvoyance and premonition Latimer, highly strung and sensitive, has reveries and prophetic visions of tremendous clarity and realism. In his youth he experienced a waking dream of Prague which proved prophetic, and later he has a terrifying vision of himself married to Bertha, his brother’s fiancée. But Latimer fails to act on these warnings. The Lifted Veil appears in The Penguin Book of Classic Fantasy by Women.

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Time To Say Goodbye

Author: S.D. Robertson

Publisher: Avon (2016)

How do you leave the person you love the most? Will Curtis's six-year-old daugther Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he's going to do everything he can to keep his word. What Will doesn't know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he's faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that the most obvious choice might not be the right one. But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together... A heart-rending story about a father's love for his daughter.

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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Author: William Finnegan

Publisher: Corsair (2015)

Surfing only looks like a sport. To devotees, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a mental and physical study, a passionate way of life. William Finnegan first started surfing as a young boy in California and Hawaii. Barbarian Days is his immersive memoir of a life spent travelling the world chasing waves through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa and beyond. Recalling his own apprenticeship to the world’s most famous and challenging waves, Finnegan considers the intense relationship formed between man, board and water.

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Phaeton And The Sun Chariot

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean

Part of a series: Ancient Myths Collection

Publisher: Orchard Books (2017)

This book is part of the Ancient Myths Collection and contains three stories. PHAETON AND THE SUN CHARIOT - Spoilt and selfish Phaeton demands to ride the chariot of the sun. But does he have the sense and skill to control it? ZEUS SHINING - Some people always want what they can’t have, and Semele is no exception – especially with a little goading from the cunning Queen Hera… DIONYSUS AND THE PIRATES - When pirates take Dionysus prisoner, little do they realise that they have captured a god, and a god with some strange and startling powers…

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2020

Author: Kenneth Steven

Publisher: Saraband (2017)

IN 2020, BRITAIN IS AT BREAKING POINT... In a country sorely divided, what happens to empathy and tolerance, to generosity of spirit? And can hope survive? In 2020, years of economic turmoil, bitter debates over immigration, and anger at the political elites have created a maelstrom, a dis-United Kingdom. The country is a bomb waiting to explode. Then it does. As the nightmare unfolds, a myriad of voices – from across the political and social spectrum – offer wildly differing perspectives on the chaotic events... and unexpectedly reveal modern Britain's soul with 20/20 acuity. Thoughtful, compassionate and sometimes provocative, Kenneth Steven's 2020 is a parable for our times.

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Wave Me Goodbye

Author: Jacqueline Wilson

Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (2017)

September, 1939. As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates. She doesn’t know where she’s going, or what’s going to happen to her when she gets there. All she has been told is that she’s going on ‘a little holiday’. Shirley is billeted in the country, with two boys from East End London, Kevin and Archie – and their experiences living in the strange, half-empty Red House, with the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley, will change their lives for ever. Award-winning, bestselling and beloved author Jacqueline Wilson turns to this period of history for the first time, in this beautiful, moving story of friendship and bravery against the backdrop of the worst conflict the world has ever known.

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Daedalus And Icarus

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean

Part of a series: Ancient Myths Collection

Publisher: Orchard Books (2017)

Daedalus and Icarus - It’s not surprising that being the first boy in the world to fly goes to Icarus’s head, but if he gets too carried away he could come back down to earth with a bump! King Midas – He’s greedy, he’s stupid and he’s got big ears, but all he cares about is gold …

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The 65-Storey Treehouse

Author: Andy Griffiths

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2016)

THIS IS ANDY. THIS IS TERRY. THEY LIVE IN THE WORLD’S COOLEST TREEHOUSE! THEY’VE BEEN DOING SOME BUILDING WORK AND NOW THEIR TREEHOUSE HAS: ‘A BIRTHDAY ROOM . . .’ CHOMP! ‘WHERE IT’S ALWAYS YOUR BIRTHDAY!’ ‘A QUICKSAND PIT . . .’ ‘AND A TIME-MACHINE WITH A BLAST-OFF BUTTON . . .’ ‘TO HELP US SAVE OUR TREEHOUSE!’ ‘DO YOU HAVE A PERMIT FOR THAT?’

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The Unit

Author: Ninni Holmqvist

Publisher: Oneworld Publications (2010)

On her fiftieth birthday, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material: a state-of-the-art facility in Sweden where she will make new friends, enjoy generous recreational activities and live out her remaining days in comfort with people who are just like her. Here, women over the age of fifty and men over the age of sixty who are single and childless are saved from a life devoid of value and converted into productive members of society. The price? Their bodies, harvested piece by piece for the ‘necessary’ ones (those on whom children depend) and sometimes their minds, as they take part in social and psychological experiments, until the day comes when they make their Final Donation and complete their purpose in life. Despite the ruthless nature of this practice, the ethos of this near-future society and the Unit is to take care of others. Resigned to her fate as a ‘dispensable’, Dorrit finds her days there to be peaceful and consoling. For the first time in her life she no longer feels like an outsider – a single woman in a world of married couples with children. But when she meets a man inside the Unit and falls in love, everything changes…

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Gold From Gemini

Author: Jonathan Gash

Part of a series: Lovejoy

Publisher: C & R Crime (2013)

Lovejoy discovers how the lure of gold brings out the worst kind of treasure seeker when, broke as usual and earning a crust as an unlikely babysitter, he stumbles across the diaries of a painter that appear to point to the whereabouts of a fabled hoard of Roman gold coins. Lovejoy is tempted to dismiss the whole thing as a hoax, but vile threats and violent intimidation have a way of changing his mind. He sets out to unravel the clues in the diaries, with some particularly nasty characters dogging his every move.

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The Top Of The Hill

Author: Irwin Shaw

Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (1979)

Mike, cast off by wife Tracy after he's had too many brushes with death, quits his job and heads for the hills of Vermont -- back to the town where he was a ski instructor 14 years ago. And there (while meeting old pals and rivals, befriending a young black girl skier-singer, and reaching the end of the line with his selfish French piano-player chum), Mike has a life-changing experience: he meets and soon becomes devoted to terminally ill, Austrian-born hotel-owner Heggener, a man who is determined to live (just as Mike seems determined to die), a man who miraculously gathers renewed strength while skiing with Mike

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The Plush Lined Coffin

Author: Carter Brown

Publisher: NEL (1968)

The game was spiritual love, but the come-on was solid sex. Rafe was tall, handsome, hypnotic. Justine had blond hair to her waist, gleaming cat-eyes, and a figure to bring out the beast in any man. They operated from a Moorish pleasure palace called the Temple of Love. And they had something for everybody. They even had consolation for the widow of a murdered man—before the murder. That's when Lt. Al Wheeler came in — and found that with this love cult, murder was a very special passion.

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A Shot In The Dark

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean

Part of a series: Ancient Myths Collection

Publisher: Orchard Books (2017)

Lively, entertaining and accessible, these retellings of stories from Roman mythology feature famous gods and goddesses, and familiar Italian locations. A Shot in the Dark - When Diana, goddess of hunting, meets Orion the hunter, it is love at first sight. But jealous Apollo has plans for the happy couple. The Taming of Venus - Venus, goddess of love, is so beautiful she could chose any husband in the universe. So why does she marry Vulcan, the ugly blacksmith?

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Vegetarian Cuisine

Author: Jenny Mann

Publisher: Absolute Press (1982)

A unique collection of recipes from the finest vegetarian restaurants in Great Britain

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A Boy Made Of Blocks

Author: Keith Stuart

Publisher: Sphere (2016)

A beautiful, funny and surprising story of autism, family and love. Eight-year-old Sam has always been different - beautiful, surprising and autistic. For all he loves his family, dad Alex has always struggled to connect with Sam, and the strain has pushed Alex's marriage with Jody to the edge. So Alex moves in with his merrily irresponsible best friend on the world's most uncomfortable blow-up bed, wondering how to win back his wife and son. As Alex navigates single life, long-buried family secrets and part-time fatherhood, his son begins playing Minecraft. Sam's imagination blossoms, and the game opens up a whole new world for the two to share. Can one fragmented family put themselves back together one piece at a time? A Boy Made of Blocks is a tear-jerking, hilarious and, most of all, true-to-life novel about the power of difference and one very special little boy.

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The Girl Of Ink & Stars

Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Publisher: Chicken House (2016)

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

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Susan's Story

Author: Susan Hampshire

Publisher: Sidgwick and Jackson (1981)

An Autobiography by Susan Hampshire, describing her struggles with dyslexia, and how she learnt to deal with it.

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I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You

Author: Ally Carter

Part of a series: Gallagher Girls

Publisher: The Watts Publishing Group (2016)

DANGER. GLAMOUR. FUN. EVERYTHING A GIRL NEEDS. Gallagher Academy isn’t a school for geniuses, it’s a school for spies... Cammie Morgan might be capable of killing a man in seven different ways, but she’s about to begin her most dangerous mission yet: falling in love.

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All The Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr

Publisher: Harper Collins (2014)

‘Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.’ For Marie-Laure, blind since the age of six, the world is full of mazes. The miniature of a Paris neighbourhood, made by her father to teach her the way home. The microscopic layers within the invaluable diamond that her father guards in the Museum of Natural History. The walled city by the sea, where father and daughter take refuge when the Nazis invade Paris. And a future which draws her ever closer to Werner, a German orphan, destined to labour in the mines until a broken radio fills his life with possibility and brings him to the notice of the Hitler Youth. In this magnificent, deeply moving novel, the stories of Marie-Laure and Werner illuminate the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

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Rogue Trader

Authors: Nick Leeson, Edward Whitley

Publisher: Little Brown & Company (1996)

Few news stories have grabbed the world’s headlines quite like the collapse of Barings merchant bank in late February 1995. Trusted with the finances of royalty and aristocracy for over two hundred years, Barings had apparently been brought down by the covert trading activities of just one man, leaving the bank with losses of around £850 million. The fate of that man, Nick Leeson, is now well known. But, until the publication of Rogue Trader, Leeson’s role in the affair has been shrouded in rumour and speculation. The story he has to tell surpasses the feats of imagination of the most creative novelist: the candid, compelling and true confession of a pure gambler who found himself sucked into a spiral of terrifying loss. Pressure, pace, error: Leeson reveals in breathtaking style the inside story of this amazing chain of events. Crackling with dialogue and characters, in a narrative as crisp as any thriller, Rogue Trader is the hugely compelling account of a man shaped by events that proved beyond his control.

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The Escape

Author: C L Taylor

Publisher: Avon (2017)

"Look after your daughter's things. And your daughter..." When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn't. The stranger knows Jo's name, she knows her husband Max and she's got a glove belonging to Jo's two year old daughter Elise. What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo's own husband turn against her. No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there's only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

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The Twelve Labours Of Heracles

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean

Part of a series: The Orchard Book of Greek Myths

Publisher: The Watts Publishing Group (2017)

THE TWELVE LABOURS OF HERACLES - Heracles is so strong that even as a baby he could strangle huge snakes as though they were pieces of string. But Heracles’ strength is dangerous and when he commits a terrible crime his punishment is to carry out twelve of the most fearsome tasks imaginable... ECHO AND NARCISSUS - Echo is the most talkative girl alive; Narcissus is the vainest boy. Both of them are forced to learn their mistakes the hard way!

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The Adventures Of Odysseus

Author: Geraldine Mccaughrean

Part of a series: The Orchard Book of Greek Myths

Publisher: The Watts Publishing Group (2017)

After 10 long years at war Odysseus is coming home. But the journey is full of terrifying dangers – the man-eating cyclops, a bewitching enchantress and, worst of all, the curse of the powerful sea god Poseidon ...

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Man At The Helm

Author: Nina Stibbe

Publisher: Penguin (2015)

Man at the Helm, the debut novel from Nina Stibbe - the much-loved author of Love, Nina - is a wildly comic, brilliantly sharp-eyed novel about the horrors of being an attractive divorcée in an English village in the 1970s, and a family's fall from grace . .

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June 2017

Attack Of The Woolly Jumper

Author: Mark Lowery

Part of a series: Roman Garstang Disasters

Publisher: Piccadilly Press (2017)

Roman's class is fundraising for a new charity, Badges for Badgers. The three children who collect the most money will get to meet Princess Lucy on her royal visit. Roman has teamed up with Vanya and Gamble, who are desperate to win the prize. And they're not the only ones. Grandma is the princess's no. 1 fan and has knitted Roman a 'special' jumper to celebrate the occasion. When fashion-mad Rosie Taylor sponsors him to wear the crumper all week, how will he keep his life from unravelling?

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