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Everyone thinks they know what it's like, going to school. But have you ever wondered what life must be like at a boarding school? A school for young offenders? A school for the blind? With her trademark humour, insight, sensitivity and razor-sharp wit, Anne Fine explores these different worlds in a short story collection that will fascinate young readers.
The third book in the mesmerizing Raven Cycle quartet from bestselling author, Maggie Stiefvater. Fans of the Shiver trilogy will love this new quartet. Some of our readers were invited to review the first in this series, The Raven Boys....Here's a taster of what they thought....'The Raven Boys is a fantastic piece of literature full of romance, adventure, thrills and spills and darker deeper moments ...This book perfectly captivates all types of readers.' Read more reviews here.
Shortlisted for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, CrimeFest Gala Awards 2017 | July 2016 Book of the Month | In a nutshell : tense, unusual thriller Set in a not-too-distant future in which, following the collapse of the EU and a major recession in the UK (that must feel much more prescient now than when the book was being written), jails are filled not just with criminals, but the innocent family members of those who have committed crimes too, Simon Mayo’s first YA novel is a gripping, well-thought out thriller that asks interesting questions about our pre-disposition to apportion blame as a way of avoiding more difficult questions about what’s really gone wrong. The central character Ant, imprisoned with her foster parents and little brother Mattie, is the kind of feisty, impulsive and courageous heroine who lights up the best YA. ~ Andrea Reece One to recommend to fans of The Hunger Games. Readers who enjoy this kind of thoughtful political thriller will also like One of Us by Jeannie Waudby.
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. Stylishly written and thought-provoking it’s a book that’s not to be missed by both girls and boys aged around 7+. Anne Fine has a rare genius for building a funny, enriching and moving story around the nuts and bolts of school life. Many of Anne Fine’s books are ideal for reluctant readers as they tend to be quite short and also because of the great warmth and humour in her writing. These include The Angel of Nitshill Road, Ivan the Terrible, How to write really Badly, Saving Miss Mirabelle, The Chicken Gave it to me and Anneli the Art Hater. Anne also writes for older readers, the most know of which is probably Madame Doubtfire. Click here to view all titles by Anne Fine.
One minute Flora is dreaming on a train heading back to boarding school and the next a magic spell has spun Flora into the past. She’s mysteriously swapped lives with a schoolgirl in 1935! What a nightmare: no iPod, no mobile, no hair products and ridiculous rules. How will she survive? She has to speak French at breakfast, wear hideous baggy bloomers and sleep in a freezing dormitory. Flora also finds lots of positives in her new life but realises she must also find her way back to the 21st century and the reason for her time-travel. Full of magic and humour this wonderfully touching story will have girls desperate to join Flora on her time-travel escapades.
In a nutshell: funny contemporary dreams can come true story | Lizzie Brown is about to start 6th form, a chance as all teenagers understand to totally reinvent herself; no more boring Lizzie, she’s going to become someone seriously cool. Then on day one of her new life she meets Viv, the absolute epitome of hip and everything does indeed begin to change. This is a comedy of modern life, so things don’t go quite as Lizzie intends, and there’s pain and humiliation to be endured before she gets to her happy-with-who-she-is ending. Eleanor Wood writes particularly sharp teen dialogue and this lively genuinely funny story speaks directly to its intended audience. ~ Andrea Reece
In a Nutshell: the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth! If they gave out black-belts for telling fibs, Beaky Malone would be a seventh Dan master. All that changes though when he steps into a rusty metal box that appears to be a truth-telling machine and becomes incapable of uttering a single untruth. It’s a brilliant comic set-up, made even more entertaining thanks to Beaky’s family situation: his bickering aunt and uncle have just arrived for the weekend, with his cousins Max aka ‘Satan in shorts’ and creepy Sophie in tow. Add his teenage sister Jodie into the mix, and their nutty dog Destructo, and the stage is set for a very silly, but very, very funny adventure. Barry Hutchison expertly keeps the plates spinning and there’s an involving adventure beneath the absurdity. ~ Andrea Reece
Everyone at Barry's school has gone football crazy, but Barry gets thrown out of the team (the Mogden Maniacs) for being completeerly rubbish. Then it turns out that his best friend Bunky is a super striker - so Barry becomes his manager. The cup final match is approaching and Bunky's getting carried away with his football fame - can Barry keep his head in the game? Join everyone's favourite Loser on his tenth hilarious adventure! Barry Loser: I am not a loser was selected as a Tom Fletcher Book Club 2017 title. Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms is shortlisted for the Lollies Award 2017.
February 2015 Series of the Month - Barry Loser What to say about the Barry Loser series to recommend it to the uninitiated? Well, if burps, characters with smelly breath, bogey-eating schoolboys and poo jokes make you double up, then these books are absolutely for you. Barry Loser is a real winner as far as six to eight year olds are concerned, even the most reluctant of readers. Divided into short chapters and full of Jim Smith’s distinctive cartoon style illustrations the books are easy reads that deliver every time. In this new story Barry’s baby brother Desmond Loser the Second is making his life difficult, while outside the home Barry is set on getting his hands on a can of the new drink, Tears of Granny Laughter. Jim Smith writes juvenile farce par excellence – ‘salute the keelness!’ as Barry would say. ~ Andrea Reece Stop press... Jim will be appearing at the Cheltenham Festival on Sunday 11th October. Click here to find out more. Further information from the Cheltenham Festival.
This is a terrific new series of books that any aspiring dancer aged 7+ will love to read. Readers can share the life and dreams of 11 year old Zoe and her dancer friends at Ballet Academy as they work hard at their technique. The series will also provide a behind-the-scenes look at life in a ballet school. In Friends Old and New, Zoe discovers her wonderful teacher is leaving and has been replaced by someone new who has a very different style of teaching and dancing. Will Zoe and her friends enjoy ballet school quite as much? To view all the titles to date in the series click here.
This is a terrific new series of books that any aspiring dancer aged 7+ will love to read. Readers can share the life and dreams of 11 year old Zoe and her dancer friends at Ballet Academy as they work hard at their technique. The series will also provide a behind-the-scenes look at life in a ballet school. In A Question of Character, Zoe’s so pleased to be back at ballet school and her character dance is already taking shape and she’s also enjoying making new friends and catching up with old ones. To view all the titles to date in the series click here.
This is a terrific new series of books that any aspiring dancer aged 7+ will love to read. Readers can share the life and dreams of 11 year old Zoe and her dancer friends at Ballet Academy as they work hard at their technique. The series will also provide a behind-the-scenes look at life in a ballet school. In Dance Steps, the first in the series (although there’s no need to read them in order), Zoe and her friends must get to grips with the end of year show whilst at the same time trying to ignore one of the dancers whose teasing is making everyone miserable. To view all the titles to date in the series click here.