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The Suitcase Kid
by Jacqueline Wilson picture of book cover
Real Life Drama for ages 8 - 14 published by Yearling
Following the divorce of her parents Andy couldn't decide who she wanted to live with, so she spends one week with mom and the next with dad. The only stable thing she has is her suitcase and Radish her little toy rabbit. ...more 179/44
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* £3.19, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around The World
by  UNICEF picture of book cover
Non-Fiction for ages 6 - 14 published by Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd
Through photos and bite-size chunks of text we learn where the children live, how they gather water, how things like the weather and war affect their lives. Itís a fascinating and informative insight into the lives children around the world lead and how just getting the basis of food, water and shelter can be a struggle but the childrenís enthusiasm for life and appreciation of any change for the better shines through. ...more 1602/329
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Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
by Brian Jacques, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr picture of book cover
Fantasy and Magic for ages 9 - 15 published by Puffin
The Flying Dutchman was cursed to sail the seas forever, because he blasphemed against God. A boy and his dog were also on board ship and were cursed as well - this story tells their tale, forever putting things right but never being able to stay in one place. ...more 1155/37
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* £10.39, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
Cinderella's Wedding
by Paeony Lewis, illustrated by Ross Collins picture of book cover
Folk and Fairy Tales for ages 5 - 9 published by Macdonald Young Books
There are only two weeks to go before the Prince and Cinderella are married. Cinderella's horrid sisters, Hiccup and Nosy, are busy plotting and planning ways to make the Prince fall in love with them (then they'll argue about which one of them will marry him). They send him love poems, bake him biscuits, try to put him off Cinderella by sending him a pair of her old smelly socks and they sing love songs outside the Palace windows. These plans all misfire amusingly but, although he cracks a tooth on a chocolate chip cookie, the royal dog benefits from the 'smelly socks' plan'. And Cinderella thinks her sisters are being kind and thoughtful! Then Nosy comes up with a brilliant plan which almost works! ...more 1326/650
CUT
by Patricia McCormick picture of book cover
Real Life Drama for ages 12 - 16 published by Collins Flamingo
Callie is one of the patients at 'Sea Pines', a residential facility for girls with problems such as eating disorders , drugs dependence and behavioural issues. Callie doesn't talk, not to family, friends or therapists, what Callie does do is to cut herself and watch other people. She listens to the other girls talking about their problems, why they don't eat, why they eat too much. All of them believe they are doing nothing wrong and that they are in control of the problem they are supposed to have. Callie won't say whether she is in control or not, but gradually things begin to change, she begins to care about the other girls and when a new girl arrives who openly displays the scars where she has cut herself, Callie sees her own problems with clearer eyes. ...more 1450/761
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling picture of book cover
Fantasy and Magic for ages 9 - 99 published by Bloomsbury
We start in an empty old mansion, where something evil is lurking, Harry Potter's name is mentioned and we know that terrible plots are being woven. Switch to the Dursley's and we find our hero ending yet another unhappy holiday, but a glimmer of hope appears when the Weasleys offer to take Harry to the Quidditch World Cup Final (Ireland V Bulgaria). Skulls appearing in the sky and Muggles being mistreated put Harry on the path to his most frightening challenge yet. With many people against him and even his friends behaving oddly, will Harry have the strength to fight the evil that is slowly getting nearer to him? ...more 685/100
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling picture of book cover
Fantasy and Magic for ages 9 - 99 published by Bloomsbury
After another lonely summer living with the Dursleys, Harry finally loses his temper and breaks the rules of Hogwarts School by putting a spell on Aunt Marge. Not knowing how to cope, Harry runs away and encounters a frightening creature lurking in the darkness. He is rescued by the Minister for Magic but he soon realises that he is yet again in grave danger. ...more 217/100
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Junk
by Melvin Burgess picture of book cover
Real Life Drama for ages 12 - 18 published by Puffin Books
Tar runs away from a home life that he cannot cope with. Gemma runs from the constricts of her parents. Everything is going to be so different on their own, in a bigger town, where people allow them to do what they like. It'll be one big party, and they'll be in control! ...more 174/117
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* £4.79, Usually dispatched within 2-3 days
King of Shadows
by Susan Cooper picture of book cover
Fantasy and Magic for ages 8 - 14 published by Bodley Head
Nat Field is a young American actor in England to perform at the newly rebuilt Globe Theatre. But he wakes up one morning to find himself in 1599 acting at the original theatre with Shakespeare himself! ...more 508/96
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Plague 99
by Jean Ure picture of book cover
Real Life Drama for ages 10 - 14 published by Mammoth
When Fran returns to London from two weeks cut off from the rest of the world, she finds a nightmare come true. Empty streets, barricades, people threatening to shoot her and most shockingly, the discovery of her parents, dead. With her close friend Harriet and schoolmate Shahid, Fran starts a desperate journey to find safety outside the city. ...more 168/114
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* £3.99, Availability: This title is currently on order. We are usually able to dispatch it within 3-5 weeks.

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