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This is a list of books added to our online library over the last month, with the most recent additions at the top of the list.

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February 2019

Some Sunny Day

Authors: Madge Lambert, Robert Blair

Publisher: Pan Macmillan (2018)

It was July 1944 when Madge stepped onto a troopship that was to carry her thousands of miles from home. Only twenty years old and not long qualified as a nurse, she had signed up to serve in the Burma Campaign. She would be based on the Indian border, near the frontline, where a fierce battle was raging between Allied forces and the Japanese. As Madge arrived in Chittagong, she wondered how she would adapt to the ever-present danger of invasion and to life in a military hospital. She spent long, exhausting hours nursing the badly injured young soldiers in her care, but found strength in her friendship with the other nurses. And then, one day, she met Captain Basil Lambert . . . Could their fragile, new-found romance survive the terrifying final months of war?

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The Universe In Your Hand

Author: Christophe galfard

Publisher: Macmillan (2015)

The Universe in Your Hand takes us on a wonder-filled journey to the surface of our dying Sun, shrinks us to the size of an atom and puts us in the deathly grip of distant Black Holes. Along the way you might come to understand, really understand, the mind-bending science that underpins modern life, from Quantum Mechanics to Einstein's theory of General Relativity.

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Milkman

Author: Anna Burns

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2018)

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

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Paper Avalanche

Author: Lisa Williamson

Publisher: David Fickling Books (2019)

When it comes to flying under the radar, Ro Snow is the expert. No friends. No boys. No parties. And strictly NO VISITORS. It may be lonely but at least this way the truth remains where it should - hidden. Then Tanvi Shah, the girl who almost died, comes tumbling back into her life and Ro finds herself losing control of her carefully constructed lies. Because if Ro's walls come crumbling down, who's going to take care of Bonnie... Bonnie. Never Mum or Mummy or Mother. Just Bonnie.

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Poppy Love: Star Turn

Author: Natasha May

Part of a series: Poppy Love

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2018)

Poppy Love lives in Brighton with her family and is an aspiring ballroom dancer. Poppy and the other children at the Blue Horizon Dance Studio put on a performance for the residents at Great Oaks - and learn how the foxtrot is really done! The competition class is doing a medal test - will Poppy and Zack shine in the foxtrot, the rumba and the salsa? Poppy is the best bridesmaid ever at her Aunt Jill's wedding - she even gets everyone to dance the bossa nova! Three further stories that sparkle in this shining new dance series.

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Poppy Love: Rock 'n' Roll

Authors: Shelagh Mcnicholas, Natasha May

Part of a series: Poppy Love

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2018)

Poppy Love lives with her family in Brighton and is an aspiring ballroom dancer. In the third book of this series, Poppy and her dance partner, Zack, learn to do the rock 'n' roll with a little help from grandad; they take their three-dance medal test; Poppy and her dad cha-cha-cha at a new local restaurant; and a new boy joins Poppy's dancing class. Four stories that sparkle in this shining new dance series.

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Whiteout

Author: Gabriel Dylan

Publisher: Stripes Publishing (2019)

Charlie hopes that the school ski trip will be the escape from his unhappy home life he so desperately needs. But there is something wrong with the remote ski village of Kaldgellan. Something is out there, something ancient and evil, among the pines and the deep untracked drifts, watching and waiting. And when the storms blow in, Charlie and his schoolmates wake to find the resort deserted. Cut off from the rest of the world far below, as night falls the few left alive on the snowbound mountain will wish they were somewhere, anywhere else. Only ski guide Hanna seems to know of Kaldgellan’s long-buried secrets, but whether Charlie can trust her is another question…

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Becoming

Author: Michelle Obama

Publisher: Viking (2018)

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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Battle Scars

Author: Jason Fox

Publisher: Bantam Press (2018)

This is a true story. The events depicted took place during the last decade in an unnamed warzone. The names and locations have been redacted to protect the security of those involved and the practices of the British Special Forces. Out of respect for the KIA and survivors, everything else has been told as it happened… Jason Fox served with the SBS for over a decade, thriving on the close bonds of the Special Forces brotherhood and the ‘death or glory’ nature of their missions. Battle Scars tells the story of his career as an elite operator, from the gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service, to a battle of a very different kind: the psychological devastation of combat that ultimately forced him to leave the military, and the hard reality of what takes place in the mind of a man once a career of imagined invincibility has come to an end. Unflinchingly honest, Battle Scars is a breathtaking account of Special Forces soldiering: a chronicle of operational bravery, and of superhuman courage on and off the battlefield.

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Magnus Chase And The Ship Of The Dead

Author: Rick Riordan

Part of a series: Magnus Chase

Publisher: Puffin (2017)

Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. Now he's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, armed with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Norse gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus Chase and his friends to stop Loki's plans, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it's ready to sail on Midsummer's Day.

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Night Of The Party

Author: Tracey Mathias

Publisher: Scholastic (2018)

How do you speak out if you have no rights? After withdrawing from the EU, Britain is governed by a far-right nationalist party. Its flagship policy is the British Born edict, which allows only those born in Britain to live here. Everyone else is an "illegal", subject to immediate arrest and deportation. But an election is coming soon, and all the polls point to a big loss for the ruling party. 18-year-old Londoner Ash is wrestling with grief after the loss of his sister Sophie, who died in a tragic drug-related accident at a party. He meets Zara on a stalled tube train and immediately falls for her. But Zara has secrets: not only is she an "illegal", but she's the only person who knows the truth about Sophie's death. Associating with Zara could jeopardize Ash's future, and if Zara comes forward with what she knows about the night Sophie died, she'll have no future in Britain at all. The election could save them. Or will it only bring disaster?

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Crazy Rich Asians

Author: Kevin Kwan

Part of a series: Crazy Rich Asians

Publisher: Corvus (2018)

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a couple of key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace and two, that he just happens to be the country's most eligible bachelor. Soon, Rachel's relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers . . .

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Poppy Love: Goes For Gold

Author: Natasha May

Part of a series: Poppy Love

Publisher: Walker Books (2017)

Poppy Love, aspiring ballroom dancer, and her friends are busy preparing for the big competition in Blackpool – and everyone is very excited! But Zack, Poppy's partner, trips over Poppy's dog, Lucky, and breaks his wrist. Will he be able to dance in the Nationwide Finals, which are only six weeks away?

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The 91-Storey Treehouse

Authors: Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton

Part of a series: Treehouse Books

Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (2017)

More adventures with Andy and Terry, who live in the world’s coolest treehouse! They’ve been doing some building work and now their treehouse has: a human pinball machine ... the world’s most powerful whirlpool ... a giant spider web ... and there's a big red button. The question is ... should they push it?

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The World's Worst Children 3

Author: David Walliams

Part of a series: The World's Worst Children

Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books (2018)

From the phenomenal number-one bestseller David Walliams comes another collection of more hilariously horrible children! Illustrated in glorious and gruesome colour by artist genius, Tony Ross, these stories will appal and delight young readers.

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Poppy Love: Faces The Music

Author: Natasha May

Part of a series: Poppy Love

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2018)

The samba, quickstep, tango or waltz – Poppy loves to dance them all! Poppy’s dance partner, Zack, wants to stop dancing. What will Poppy do without him?

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Song Of The Skylark

Author: Erica James

Publisher: Orion Books (2016)

Lizzie has always had an unfortunate knack of attracting bad luck, but this time she's hit the jackpot. Losing her heart to her boss leads to her losing her job, and with no money in the bank, Lizzie finds herself forced to move back home with her parents. When she reluctantly takes another job, she meets Mrs Dallimore, a seemingly ordinary elderly woman with an astonishing past . . . Now in her nineties, Mrs Dallimore is also coming to terms with her situation. Old age is finally catching up with her. As she and Lizzie form the bond of unexpected friendship, Mrs Dallimore tells the story of a young girl who left America before the outbreak of World War Two and, in crossing an ocean, found herself embarking on a new life she couldn't have imagined. As Lizzie listens to Mrs Dallimore, she begins to realise that she's not the only person to attract bad luck, and that sometimes life has a way of surprising you . . .

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Boy Erased: A Memoir Of Identity, Faith And Family

Author: Garrard Conley

Publisher: William Collins (2018)

The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalised Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heartbreaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.

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The Wild Robot

Author: Peter Brown

Publisher: Piccadilly Press (2018)

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is - but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realises that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants. As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home - until, one day, her mysterious past comes back to haunt her. From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide. By turns funny, moving, surprising and dramatic, this is a novel that is as thought-provoking as it is enchanting.

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Author: Maria Semple

Publisher: W&N (2013)

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her. WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is a compulsively readable, irresistibly written, deeply touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's place in the world.

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In My Life

Author: Alan Johnson

Publisher: Bantam Press (2018)

From being transported by the sound of 'True Love' by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly on the radio, as a small child living in condemned housing in ungentrified West London in the late 1950s, to going out to work as a postman humming 'Watching the Detectives' by Elvis Costello in 1977, Alan Johnson's life has always had a musical soundtrack. In fact music hasn't just accompanied his life, it's been an integral part of it.

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I Wonder Why Stars Twinkle And Other Questions About Space

Author: Carole Stott

Part of a series: I Wonder Why

Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd (2002)

Designed to amuse and intrigue the young reader, this book combines cartoons with fun facts and simple analogies to provide an introduction to the marvels of space asking questions such as: how many stars are there?; how hot is the sun?; and what is a black hole?

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I Wonder Why My Tummy Rumbles And Other Questions About My Body

Author: Brgid Avison

Part of a series: I Wonder Why

Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd (2002)

Designed to amuse and intrigue the young reader, this book combines cartoons with facts and simple analogies to provide an introduction to the mysteries of the human body. Carefully pitched at children aged five and over, the facts in the book are presented in a lively style.

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Guy Fawkes And The Gunpowder Plot

Author: Izzi Howell

Part of a series: Why Do We Remember?

Publisher: Franklin Watts (2016)

Discover the story behind famous people and events with Why Do We Remember? Look at photos, paintings and artefacts and read exciting eyewitness accounts. Simple timelines and explanations of key historical vocabulary bring the past to life! Find out why we remember the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Learn about why Catholics and Protestants had problems with each other and why the Catholic plotters were angry with King James l. Read about how the plot was discovered and what happened to its members. Who was the leader of the Gunpowder Plot?

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Football School Season 2: Where Football Saves The World

Authors: Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton, Spike Gerrell

Part of a series: Football School

Publisher: Walker Books (2018)

This book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads – and it's all about football. What is a vomitory? When do footballers wee? Where do goalkeepers let in chickens? When did women start playing football? You'll find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as biology, maths and history. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football.

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Football School Season 3: Where Football Tackles The World

Authors: Alex Bellos, Ben Lyttleton, Spike Gerrell

Part of a series: Football School

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2018)

This book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads – and it's all about football. Learn the maths behind the coin toss, how a good night's sleep helps you perform better on the pitch, the history of trophies, the biology of the foot and about animal mascots from around the world. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football.

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The Curious Heart Of Ailsa Rae

Author: Stephanie Butland

Publisher: Zaffre Publishing (2018)

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . . Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point and she wants to find her father. Have her friends left her behind? And she's felt so helpless for so long that she's let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. She barely knows where to start on her own.

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Everything Under

Author: Daisy Johnson

Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2018)

Words are important to Gretel, always have been. As a child, she lived on a canal boat with her mother, and together they invented a language that was just their own. She hasn’t seen her mother since the age of sixteen, though – almost a lifetime ago – and those memories have faded. Now Gretel works as a lexicographer, updating dictionary entries, which suits her solitary nature.

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21st Century Latin

Author: Sam Foster

Publisher: Summersdale (2007)

Maxime mei paenitet, vendidi uxorem tua in agora eBay. I'm really sorry, I sold your wife on eBay. (Shouted into a mobile phone) Sum in longus quadrigarus! I'm on the train! Nuntiis meis non respondebat, ergo illam reliqui in LociMei. She wasn't replying to my emails, so I dumped her on MySpace. Ego fleo? Am I bovvered? If Latin's good enough for Caesar, it's good enough for you. And some things just sound far better in the old tongue. No longer 'the dead language', Latin has been given a whole new lease of life in a manner befitting twenty-first-century folk and their daily chit-chat. From Sat Nav and MySpace to plastic surgery and bingedrinking, this language lover's bible guarantees you'll go down a storm when you're invited to the Vatican.

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January 2019

Crashing Through: The Extraordinary True Story Of The Man Who Dared To See

Author: Robert Kurson

Publisher: Random House (2008)

Mike May spent his life crashing through. Blinded at age three, he defied expectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision. Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary stem cell transplant surgery could restore May's vision. It would allow him to drive, to read, to see his children's faces. But the procedure was filled with gambles, some of them deadly, others beyond May's wildest dreams. Beautifully written and thrillingly told, Crashing Through is a journey of suspense, daring, romance, and insight into the mysteries of vision and the brain. Robert Kurson gives us a fascinating account of one man's choice to explore what it means to see-and to truly live.

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Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible

Authors: Yomi Adegoke, Elizabeth Uviebinené

Publisher: Fourth Estate (2018)

‘Black women today are well past making waves – we’re currently creating something of a tsunami. Women who look like us, grew up in similar places to us, talk like us, are shaping almost every sector of society.’ From education to work to dating, this inspirational, honest and provocative book recognises and celebrates the strides black women have already made, while providing practical advice for those who want to do the same and forge a better, visible future.

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The Kindness Of Strangers

Authors: Levison Wood, Fearghal O’Nuallain

Publisher: Summersdale (2018)

Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. Travel opens our minds to the world; it helps us to embrace risk and uncertainty, overcome challenges and understand the people we meet and the places we visit. But what happens when we arrive home? How do our experiences shape us? The Kindness of Strangers explores what it means to be vulnerable and to be helped by someone we’ve never met before. This is a collection of tales by adventurous souls who have completed daring journeys through challenging terrain, ranging from the Calais Jungle to the Amazon, from Land’s End to the Gobi Desert, from New Guinea to Iran and many other places in between. These are stories that make our hearts grow, stories that will restore our faith in the world and remind us that, despite what the media says, the world isn’t a scary place – rather, it is filled with Kind Strangers just like us.

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A Keeper

Author: Graham Norton

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2018)

Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother's death, intent only on wrapping up that dismal part of her life. There is nothing here for her; she wonders if there ever was. The house of her childhood is stuffed full of useless things, her mother's presence already fading. And perhaps, had she not found the small stash of letters, the truth would never have come to light.

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Flying Tips For Flightless Birds

Author: Kelly McCaughrain

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2018)

Twins Finch and Birdie Franconi are stars of the flying trapeze. But when Birdie suffers a terrifying accident, Finch must team up with the geeky new kid, Hector Hazzard, to form an all-boys double act and save the family circus school. Together they learn to walk the high-wire of teen life and juggle the demands of friends, family, first love and facing up to who they are – all served up with a dash of circus-showbiz magic

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay

Author: J K Rowling

Publisher: Little Brown (2018)

The powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most of whom are unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

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Harry The History Hound's Hysterical Historical Facts And Jokes

Authors: Sarah Horne, Tracey Turner

Publisher: Nosy Crow (2016)

This hysterical, historical joke book is full of hilarious jokes and illustrations based on characters that children will recognise throughout history. Featuring kings and queens, Romans, Victorians and many more, this terrific compilation of jokes will have children roaring with laughter!Part of Nosy Crow's launch list of publishing in association with the National Trust. Written by Tracey Turner, who has written many non-fiction books for children, including titles for the Dead Famous series and the Disgusting Dictionary. Featuring black and white illustrations throughout to make you chuckle

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The Mars Room

Author: Rachel Kusner

Publisher: Jonathan Cape (2018)

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy’s estranged mother.

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The Songs Of Us

Author: Emma Cooper

Publisher: Headline Review (2018)

If Melody hadn't run out of de-icer that day, she would never have slipped and banged her head. She wouldn't be left with a condition that makes her sing when she's nervous. And she definitely wouldn't have belted out the Arctic Monkeys' 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor' in assembly at her son's school. If Dev hadn't taken the kids to the zoo that day, then the accident wouldn't have happened. He wouldn't have left Flynn and Rose without a dad. Or shattered the love of his life's heart. But if they hadn't seen the missing person report that day, they might never have taken the trip to Cornwall. And, in the last place they expected, discovered what it really means to be 'Us'.

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UP: My Life’s Journey To The Top Of Everest

Authors: Ben Fogle, Marina Fogle

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (2018)

In April 2018, seasoned adventurer Ben Fogle and Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, along with mountaineer Kenton Cool, took on their most exhausting challenge yet – climbing Everest for the British Red Cross to highlight the environmental challenges mountains face. It would be harrowing and exhilarating in equal measure as they walked the fine line between life and death 8,000 metres above sea level.

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Down And Out In Paris And London

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin Books (2013)

This unusual account - in good part autobiographical - tells without self-pity and often with humour the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. The Parisian episode is fascinating for its exposure of the kitchens of posh French restaurants, where the narrator works at the bottom of the culinary echelon as dishwasher, or ‘plongeur’. In London, while waiting for a job, he experiences the world of tramps, street people, and free lodging houses. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.

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The Ninjabread Man

Author: Katrina Charman

Part of a series: Hopscotch Twisty Tales

Publisher: Franklin Watts (2015)

An old man is shocked when a Ninjabread Man leaps out of the oven! Before the old man can catch him, the Ninjabread Man jumps and flips his way through town, until he finds a hungry fox waiting at the riverside!

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Fire In The Thatch

Author: E C R Lorac

Part of a series: Chief Inspector Robert Macdonald

Publisher: The British Library (2018)

The Second World Ward is drawing to a close. Nicholas Vaughan, released from the army after an accident, takes refuge in Devon – renting a thatched cottage in the beautiful countryside a Mallory Fitzjohn. Vaughan sets to work farming the land, rearing geese and renovating the cottage. Hard work and rural peace seem to make this a happy bachelor life. On a nearby farm lives the bored, flirtatious June St Cyres, an exile from London while her husband is a Japanese POW. June’s presence attracts fashionable visitors of dubious character, and threatens to spoil Vaughan’ s prized seclusion. When Little Thatch is destroyed in a blaze, all Vaughan’s work goes up in smoke – and Inspector Macdonald is drafted in to uncover a motive for murder. Originally published in 1946 by Collins. With an introduction by Martin Edwards 2018. A British Library Crime Classic.

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The Princess And The Frozen Peas

Author: Laura North

Part of a series: Hopscotch Twisty Tales

Publisher: Franklin Watts (2012)

One day an ugly, old king arrives at the palace and plans to marry the princess. She is horrified! But first the king needs proof she is a real princess. Can she pass the frozen peas test?

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Stanley, Flat Again

Author: Jeff Brown

Part of a series: Flat Stanley

Publisher: Egmont UK Limited (2018)

Stanley is back, and he’s flat again! And this time his brother Arthur can’t come up with a plan to re-inflate him. But there’s fun to be had being flat. Stanley is called on to help win a boat race and rescue a girl from a dangerous building. But is being flat all it’s cracked up to be?

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The Run-Out Groove

Author: Andrew Cartmel

Part of a series: The Vinyl Detective

Publisher: Titan Books (2017)

His first adventure consisted of the search for a rare record; his second begins with the discovery of one. When a mint copy of the final album by "Valerian"--England's great lost rock band of the 1960s--surfaces in a charity shop, all hell breaks loose. Finding this record triggers a chain of events culminating in our hero learning the true fate of the singer Valerian, who died under equivocal circumstances just after--or was it just before?--the abduction of her two-year-old son. Along the way, the Vinyl Detective finds himself marked for death, at the wrong end of a shotgun, and unknowingly dosed with LSD as a prelude to being burned alive. And then there's the grave robbing... But he does find out what happened to the missing child, and it wasn't what anyone expected--or wanted--to hear.

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High Fidelity

Author: Nick Hornby

Publisher: Penguin (2017)

Nick Hornby's internationally bestselling first novel, available as a Penguin Essential for the first time. Do you know your desert-island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups? Rob does. He keeps a list, in fact. But Laura isn't on it - even though she's just become his latest ex. He's got his life back, you see. He can just do what he wants when he wants: like listen to whatever music he likes, look up the girls that are on his list, and generally behave as if Laura never mattered. But Rob finds he can't move on. He's stuck in a really deep groove - and it's called Laura. Soon, he's asking himself some big questions: about love, about life - and about why we choose to share ours with the people we do. A million-copy bestseller, and adapted into a 2000 film starring John Cusack, High Fidelity explores the world of break-ups, make-ups and what it is to be in love. This astutely observed and wickedly funny book will be enjoyed by readers of David Nicholls and William Boyd, and by generations of readers to come.

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Bill's New Frock

Author: Anne Fine

Publisher: Egmont (2017)

A classic children’s story from one of our best-loved authors, former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine. The Modern Classics edition features new illustrations and bonus material. Bill Simpson wakes up to find he’s a girl, and worse, his mother makes him wear a frilly pink dress to school. How on earth is he going to survive a whole day like this? Everything just seems to be different for girls . . . Perfect for readers aged 7 years and up and fans of The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams.

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Bethany The Ballet Fairy

Author: Daisy Meadows

Part of a series: Rainbow Magic: The Dance Fairies

Publisher: Orchard Books (2017)

Jack Frost's naughty goblins have stolen the Dance Fairies' magic ribbons and are hiding in the human world. Everywhere dance is being ruined! Rachel and Kirsty must help Bethany but the goblins' new powers won't make it easy...

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The Emperor's New Kit

Author: Maureen Haselhurst

Part of a series: Hopscotch Twisty Tales

Publisher: Franklin Watts (2013)

Enrico Empery is known as ‘the Emperor’ of football. When a big cup match approaches his team mate Freddie Foulo tells the Emperor about a very special kit that only brilliant footballers can see …

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What's Ukrainian for Football?

Author: Helena Pielichaty

Publisher: Walker Books (2018)

Nika Kozak is playing in a special tournament to celebrate the World Cup, and each team is to be given a country to represent. Nika is delighted when her team is selected as the Ukraine, the country where she was born and brought up. The rest of the team are all disappointed, though – they wanted to be England. Nika feels upset, until Uncle Bohdan tells her about a match in Kiev during the Second World War. As Nika listens, she becomes more and more proud of her country and is determined to rally her side.

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The Dragonsitter Detective

Author: Josh Lacey

Part of a series: The Dragonsitter

Publisher: Andersen Press (2017)

Dear Uncle Morton Are you sitting down? If you’re not, you probably should. Because I have some very bad news. Someone has stolen one of your dragons. Eddie’s mum is getting remarried, to Uncle Morton’s Scottish neighbour Gordon. But then Ziggy is stolen. It’s not long before Arthur is taken too. Eddie must track the thief down, rescue Uncle Morton’s dragons and get to the church on time. . .

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Stanley And The Magic Lamp

Author: Jeff Brown

Part of a series: Flat Stanley

Publisher: Egmont UK Limited (2018)

Amazing things always happen to Stanley! Stanley can’t believe it when he finds a genie inside a teapot. He can have anything he wants! But soon everyone else wants a turn – and the wishes are causing chaos. Can Stanley put things right before the wishes run out?

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How To Be A Footballer

Authors: Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce

Publisher: Ebury Press (2018)

You become a footballer because you love football. And then you are a footballer, and you're suddenly in the strangest, most baffling world of all. A world where one team-mate comes to training in a bright red suit with matching top-hat, cane and glasses, without any actual glass in them, and another has so many sports cars they forget they have left a Porsche at the train station. Even when their surname is incorporated in the registration plate. So walk with me into the dressing-room, to find out which players refuse to touch a football before a game, to discover why a load of millionaires never have any shower-gel, and to hear what Cristiano Ronaldo says when he looks at himself in the mirror. We will go into post-match interviews, make fools of ourselves on social media and try to ensure that we never again pay £250 for a haircut that should have cost a tenner. We will be coached and cajoled by Harry Redknapp, upset Rafa Benitez and be soothed by the sound of an accordion played by Sven-Goran Eriksson's assistant Tord Grip. There will be some very bad music and some very bad decisions.

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Stanley's Christmas Adventure

Author: Jeff Brown

Part of a series: Flat Stanley

Publisher: Egmont UK Limited (2018)

Amazing things always happen to Stanley! It’s not every Christmas you get flown to the North Pole to meet Santa. But Santa is fed up. No one appreciated Christmas any more. Why should he deliver any presents? It’s up to Stanley to change his mind . . . and save Christmas.

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Jade The Disco Fairy

Author: Daisy Meadows

Part of a series: Rainbow Magic: The Dance Fairies

Publisher: Orchard Books (2018)

It's the day of Kirsty's school disco! But Jade the Disco Fairy's magic ribbon is still missing, and without it the disco is going to be a complete disaster. Kirsty and Rachel need a plan, and fast!

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The River In The Sky

Author: Clive James

Publisher: Picador (2018)

Clive James has been close to death for several years, and he has written about the experience in a series of deeply moving poems. Now, at the opening of ‘The River in the Sky’, a book-length poem, we find James in ill health but high spirits. Although his body traps him in his Cambridge house, his mind is free to roam. ‘The River in the Sky’ takes us on a grand tour of ‘the fragile treasures of his life’. Animated by powerful recollections, James presents a flowing stream of vivid images. He moves from emotionally resonant personal moments, such as listening to jazz records with his future wife, to unforgettable encounters with all kinds of culture: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony sits alongside ‘YouTube’s vast cosmopolis’. As ever with James, he shares his passions with enormous generosity, making brilliant and original connections, and fearlessly tackling the biggest questions: the meaning of life and how to live it. In the end, what emerges from this autobiographical epic is a soaring work of exceptional depth and overwhelming feeling, a new marvel for the modern age.

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The Colours Of All The Cattle

Author: Alexander Mccall Smith

Part of a series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Publisher: Little, Brown (2018)

(Number 19 in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series) At the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Precious Ramotswe is pondering the meaning of her life and whether in fact there is one. A meeting with Mma Potokwani – who runs the local orphan farm – provides unsettling inspiration. It is Mma Ramotswe’s instinct for selflessness, her calm and rational thinking, Mma Potokwani proclaims, that make her a perfect candidate for a newly vacant seat on the local council. Who better than Precious Ramotswe to defend the community against corruption and injustice? Meanwhile, a troubling case with a link to Mma Ramotswe’s past is brought to the agency, and full-time mechanic and part-time detective Charlie is assigned to investigate. Charlie is keen to prove both his ability to his superior, Mma Makutsi, and his worth to Queenie-Queenie – who has captured his heart; and Mma Makutsi is confidently in pursuit of a ruthless local property developer and his plans for the odious-sounding ‘Big Fun Hotel’. The path to triumph, however, is beset with problems. Charlie’s investigation runs into dark and frightening territory, while Mma Makutsi is in danger of being thoroughly outwitted in hers. Mma Ramotswe comes to recognise that it is not political power that gives her life its vital purpose – it is simply her inherent desire to understand and support those who need her most.

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No Barriers

Authors: Erik Weihenmayer, Buddy Levy

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (2017)

Erik Weihenmayer is the first and only blind person to summit Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Descending carefully, he and his team picked their way across deep crevasses and through the deadly Khumbu Icefall; when the mountain was finally behind him, Erik knew he was going to live. His expedition leader slapped him on the back and said something that would affect the course of Erik’s life: “Don’t make Everest the greatest thing you ever do.” No Barriers is Erik’s response to that challenge. It is the moving story of his journey since descending Mount Everest: from leading expeditions around the world with blind Tibetan teenagers to helping injured soldiers climb their way home from war, from adopting a son from Nepal to facing the most terrifying reach of his life: to solo kayak the thunderous whitewater of the Grand Canyon. Along the course of Erik’s journey, he meets other trailblazers—adventurers, scientists, artists, and activists—who, despite trauma, hardship, and loss, have broken through barriers of their own. These pioneers show Erik surprising ways forward that surpass logic and defy traditional thinking. Like the rapids of the Grand Canyon, created by inexorable forces far beneath the surface, No Barriers is a dive into the heart and mind at the core of the turbulent human experience. It is an exploration of the light that burns in all of us, the obstacles that threaten to extinguish that light, and the treacherous ascent towards growth and rebirth.

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My Messed-Up Life

Author: Susin Nielsen

Publisher: Andersen Press (2018)

Still reeling from her parents’ sudden divorce two years ago, Violet is unhappy with how life has turned out. Dad’s abandoned his family to start over with a new younger wife in America. To Violet, It’s like he’s traded his old life for a better one – complete with big house, swimming pool and cute new kids. To make matters worse, her mum has a dorky new boyfriend called Dudley Wiener. Can she be serious? Violet decides to take control. She needs a new stepfather who is perfect, charming and will show Dad what he’s missing: she needs a Hollywood superstar to marry her mum. And Violet knows just the man for the role . . .

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Black Klansman

Author: Ron Stallworth

Publisher: Arrow (2018)

What happens when a black detective goes undercover in the KKK? An extraordinary true story. In 1978, Ron Stallworth is the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department. In the local paper, he finds a classified ad for the Ku Klux Klan - and a P.O. box for interested enquiries. All he's expecting are some racist brochures and a few scraps of information about the white nationalist terrorists in his community. What he gets is a phone call inviting him to join the KKK. So he does. Launching an undercover investigation of incredible audacity, Ron recruits his partner Chuck to play the 'white' Ron Stallworth, while Stallworth himself talks to the Klan over the phone. During his months-long investigation, Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even manages to deceive the KKK "Grand Wizard" David Duke himself - dodging danger and reprisal at every turn... Black Klansman is an amazing true story and a rollercoaster of a crime thriller; a searing and timely portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.

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Invisible Stanley

Authors: Rob Biddulph, Jeff Brown

Publisher: Egmont (2017)

Magical things always happen to Stanley Lambchop . . . Stanley is very surprised when a big storm hits – and he turns completely invisible! At first it’s brilliant – he can get on the trail of some bank robbers and help his little brother with his magic tricks. But being invisible isn’t always easy . . . will Stanley ever reappear

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Explorers On Witch Mountain

Authors: Tomislav Tomic, Alex Bell

Part of a series: The Polar Bear Explorers' Club

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2018)

Stella Starflake Pearl is eagerly anticipating her next expedition. Suddenly disaster strikes when Stella's father, Felix, is snatched by a fearsome witch. Stella must bring her magic ice princess tiara to Witch Mountain or she will never see Felix again! But no one ever returns from Witch Mountain . . . Stella, Ethan, Shay, Beanie and reluctant Jungle Cat explorer, Gideon, set off into the unknown. They will face chomping pumpkin patches, vampire trolls, poisonous rabbits, outraged vultures and deranged broomsticks in their quest to rescue Felix.

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Who Ate All The Pies?

Author: Helena Pielichaty

Part of a series: Girls F.C.

Publisher: Walker (2009)

It's almost the end of the first season and Holly Woolcock's team are holding a special presentation evening to celebrate. Who will win the prizes, especially the coveted Player's Player of the Season Award? Holly knows one thing - it won't be her. Nobody's going to choose the chubby girl, are they? But Holly doesn't care what people think and she'll eat what she wants. She's happy with how she looks - isn't she?

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Dick Whittington Gets On His Bike

Authors: Ellen Weeks, David Ouro

Part of a series: Hopscotch Twisty Tales

Publisher: Franklin Watts (2013)

In this classic fairy tale retold with a twist Dick sets off to seek his fortune on his trusty bike and Lucky the cat. But he doesn't have much luck in London until a TV producer spots the cat's star potential... Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for children starting to read independently.

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Sleeping Beauty - 100 Years Later

Author: Laura North

Part of a series: Hopscotch Twisty Tales

Publisher: Franklin Watts (2010)

In this twist on the original fairy tale we see what happens when sleeping beauty really does sleep for a hundred years. The world she finds when she wakes up is very different! Hopscotch Twisty Tales give the classic fairy tales a new twist. Perfect for the reluctant or newly independent reader, these stories capture the spirit of the fairy tale world and encourage imaginative exploration through carefully controlled word and text levels.

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A Year Of Reading Aloud

Author: Georgina Rodgers

Publisher: Yellow Kite (2018)

A Year of Reading Aloud celebrates the power of spoken word with a poem to learn and love for each week of the year. Drawing both on familiar favourites and new voices, from Sylvia Plath and Maya Angelou to Instapoets Nikita Gill and Yrsa Daley-Ward - this is a book that will capture your imagination through verse and help you fall back in love with this beautiful art form. The ancient tradition of learning and reciting poetry is renowned for its wellbeing benefits - from strengthening the mind and boosting creativity to improving memory. The practice is as valuable as ever in our busy modern day lives, allowing us to focus on the rhythm of the present moment, slow down and switch off.

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The Boy Who Cried Sheep

Author: Laura North

Part of a series: Hopscotch Twisty Tales

Publisher: Franklin Watts (2015)

The Boy Who Cried Sheep revisits the original story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf with a new spin! This time the Shepherd boy watches a herd of stunt jumping sheep, and he must save the day when no one comes to rescue Little Red Riding Hood from the Big Bad Wolf! Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for children starting to read independently. This story is for a 5-7 year old reader or anyone reading book band

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A Spark Of Light

Author: Jodi Picoult

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2018)

The Center for women’s reproductive health offers a last chance at hope – but nobody ends up there by choice. Its very existence is controversial, and to the demonstrators who barricade the building every day, the service it offers is no different from legalised murder. Now life and death decisions are being made horrifyingly real: a lone protester with a gun has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage. Starting at the tensest moment in the negotiations for their release, “A Spark of Light” unravels backwards, revealing hour by urgent hour what brought each of these people – the gunman, the negotiator, the doctors, nurses and women who have come to them for treatment – to this point. And certainties unwind as truths and secrets are peeled away, revealing the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose.

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Taylor The Talent Show Fairy

Author: Daisy Meadows

Part of a series: Rainbow Magic: The Showtime Fairies

Publisher: The Watts Publishing Group (2018)

It’s time for the Tippington Variety Show! Rachel and Kirsty have helped to find six magic stars, but one is still missing. Can they find it before mean Jack Frost and his goblins ruin the performance?

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Rebecca The Rock 'n' Roll Fairy

Author: Daisy Meadows

Part of a series: Rainbow Magic: The Dance Fairies

Publisher: The Watts Publishing Group (2018)

Rebecca desperately needs her dance ribbon back – even the best rock ‘n’ roll dancers are lost without it! Rachel and Kirsty will have to outwit two pesky goblins to rescue the ribbon…

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Behind Closed Doors

Author: Miriam Halahmy

Publisher: Firefly Press (2018)

Fifteen year olds Josie and Tasha are neighbours, and friends. But when their families let them down, they find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for survival. Josie’s mum is ‘saving the planet’ by collecting most of it, but her house is no longer safe for her own daughter. Tasha has all the clothes and kit a girl could want but feels increasingly unnerved by her mother’s new boyfriend. "Behind Closed Doors" examines what it means to love and be loved, and how to make a life when there is no security at home.

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