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February Newsletter 2014

 

Fiction

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the invention of wingsThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women.

Sarah Grimke is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins...

A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, The Invention Of Wings evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.

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back to backBack to Back by Julia Franck

This is the moving story of a brother and a sister caught in the tide of the Cold War. Kathe is a Jewish sculptor living in East Berlin. A survivor of the Nazi era, she is a fervent socialist who has been using her political connections to secure more significant commissions. Devoted entirely to success, she is a cruel and abrasive mother to her children. Kathe barely acknowledges Ella's vulnerable loneliness and Thomas' quiet aspirations, and her hard-nosed brutality forces her children to build an imaginary world as a shelter from the coldness that surrounds them. But the siblings find themselves enclosed by the Berlin Wall, and unable to pursue their dreams. Heart-breaking and shocking, Back to Back is a dark fairy-tale of East Germany - a moving personal story of love, betrayal and disillusionment within a single family that reflects the greater tragedy of the world around them.

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wakeWake by Anna Hope

Debut novel that tells the moving story behind the symbolic Unknown Soldier and the moment the nation's mood changed for ever.

Five Days in November, 1920:

As the body of the Unknown Soldier makes its way home from the fields of Northern France, three women are dealing with loss in their own way: Hettie, who dances for sixpence a waltz at the Hammersmith Palais; Evelyn, who toils at a lowly job in the pensions office, and Ada, a housewife who is beset by visions of her dead son. One day a young man comes to Ada's door. With him opens a wartime mystery that will bind these women together and will both mend and tear their hearts.

In this shattering novel of intertwining lives, Anna Hope shows the beginnings of a new era, and the day the mood of the nation changed, for ever.

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cry babyCry Baby by Lauren Liebenberg

As he nears his fifth birthday, Sams curious dreams of a lost child begin to steal quietly into his waking state.

Sams mother, Grace, watches with growing fear the disturbing changes taking place in her charming, spirited son the fighting at school, the bed-wetting, and the meteor showers of defiance. Grace is determined to find out what lies behind Sams nightmares, and the search will take her deeper and deeper into layers of love and bonding buried beneath the surface of the family, and into its molten heart.

Cry Baby is not just a story about boyhood and motherhood. Its about what binds families, the past to the present, about suffocation and deliverance. It is at once a stinging satirical slap across the face of barren suburbia and a poignant hymn to the extraordinary beauty in ordinary lives.

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whoever fears the seaWhoever Fears the Sea by Justin Fox

South African scriptwriter Paul Waterson is sent to Kenya to research a documentary film about Swahili culture.

Its October 2001, and Paul has just been dumped. He spends time in Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu and falls in love with the place and the people. He becomes obsessed with finding the last remaining Mtepe dhow, which he hears is washed up on a beach in Somalia.

Piracy is in its infancy but Paul finds it very difficult to find someone to take him into Somali waters. Eventually he talks a dhow captain into the journey, but the entire group is captured by Somali pirates.

Navigating treacherous and adventurous waters, Whoever Fears the Sea is Justin Foxs first novel.

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first loveFirst Love by James Patterson

When Axi Moore decides to take a road trip across the US, the only person she wants to go with her is her best friend Robinson who she also happens to be secretly in love with. She's planned it all out, and all he has to do is say yes.

Axi has had a tough life: her little sister died young, her mother walked out and her father turned to the bottle for comfort. Her parents escaped their grief in their own ways; this trip will be hers.

But life doesn't always work out as you plan it, and there are some things you just can't run away from.

 

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LastnightLast Night A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller by Stephen Leather

A killer is murdering Goths with relish - skinning and butchering them. The cops aren't getting anywhere so Jack Nightingale's nemesis, Superintendent Chalmers, asks him for help.

Nightingale discovers that the murdered Goths had one thing in common: a tattoo connected to the secretive satanic child-sacrificing cult called the Order of Nine Angles. As Nightingale closes in on the killers, the tables are turned and he finds himself in the firing line, along with his friends and family. The Order will stop at nothing to protect their secrets and Nightingale realises that there is nothing he can do to protect himself. Nor can he run, for the Order has connections across the world.

It leaves him with only one way to stop the carnage - and that's to take his own life...

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Non-Fiction

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Run fat b runRun Fat Bitch run by Ruth Field

IT'S TIME TO GIVE THOSE SKINNY B!TCHES A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY

'You'll be up and running in no time at all' Grazia, is there a large arse-shaped dent in your sofa? An eye-wateringly expensive (and rarely used) gym membership burning a hole in your bank account? Does the sight of your wobbly thighs leave you cowering under the duvet? Then it's time you face the truth: the only option is to lace up your trainers and hit the ground running. Funny and brutally honest, Ruth Field and her straight-talking alter-ego, The Grit Doctor, will give you - yes, you - the push you need to start pounding the pavements and shedding pounds in no time.

*Locate your inner grit and long-lost energy with a completely foolproof beginners' programme

*Enjoy carbs without guilt with The Grit Doctor's tasty and nutritious recipes

*Now includes marathon training plan to transform you from casual jogger to elite(ish) athlete

If you want to lose weight, get fit and become and ass-kicking, gets-things-done superwoman, there's only one thing left to do ...RUN! Your Personal

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Good MedicineGood Medicine by Patrick Holford

This fascinating, practical book is for everyone who values a natural approach to health.

Good Medicine covers over 75 of the most common health problems and offers simple things you can do to prevent or reverse that health condition. They are all tried and tested and have been proven to work, both in clinical research but also in practice, with people like you.

Each condition includes the following information:

* Five or six good medicine solutions - how each solution works and what you need to do

* Best and worst foods - which foods you should eat and those you should avoid

* Best supplements - the most appropriate supplements

You will also find revealing case studies and general advice on the habits that will help you stay healthy, from reducing your stress level to improving your diet and how to monitor which changes make the biggest difference to you. Covering everything from everyday ailments such as the common cold to more serious illnesses, this comprehensive book is the perfect guide to natural approaches to health.

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Your personal paleo dietYour Personal Paleo Diet by Chris Kresser

The idea behind the Paleo, or 'caveman', diet is simple - eat the food we humans were genetically and biologically meant to eat, as our hunter-gatherer ancestors once did, and we can all experience near-effortless weight loss, increased vitality and greatly improved health. But does it really make sense to restrict yourself to the limited range of foods available to our ancestors? Although we share a lot in common with them, we each have our own genes, tastes and health goals. In this groundbreaking book, leading expert Chris Kresser offers his unique solution - a 3-step plan that will fit your body, your lifestyle and your specific health issues. Start by following the basic Paleo plan for 30 days and enjoy a satisfying diet of lean meat, fish, non-starchy vegetables, some fruit, nuts and seeds but avoid grains, dairy, sugar and refined foods. After this 30-day plan, Chris helps you re-introduce certain foods in moderation to find out what agrees with you and what doesn't. So what are you waiting for? You can enjoy life more, look slimmer and feel more vital. And because Chris advocates an 80/20 approach - we all have to live in the real world after all - you can still enjoy your favourite treats from time to time. In addition to dietary advice, the plan also includes guidance on fine-tuning your sleep, exercise and response to stress - all crucial elements in living a life that suits our natural design.

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100 greatest ever golfersThe 100 Greatest Ever Golfers by Andy Farrell

The 100 Greatest Ever Golfers is a fascinating and knowledgeable history of golf told through the most talented men and women to have ever played the game. From Old Tom Morris, via Walter Hagen and Ben Hogan, legendary figures such as Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus, to contemporary greats including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, Andy Farrell recounts the lives and achievements of the sport's leading lights through engaging text, fascinating anecdotes and insights into the development of the game across the decades.

Arranged by era and with additional sections on the greatest ever drivers, bunker players and putters, The 100 Greatest Ever Golfers is the ideal pick-up-and-dip-in book for all golfing aficionados, whatever their handicap.

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martha stewarts cakesMartha Stewarts Cakes by Editors of Martha Stewart Living

A one-stop resource for cakes - birthday, chocolate, coffee, Bundt, upside-down, loaf, and more. From pound cake and angel food (with many variations) to genoise and streusel-topped, from comfort classics like red velvet, six-layer coconut, rich chocolate, lemon meringue, and cheesecake to sophisticated grown-up fare including chiffon cakes and tortes with luscious fruits, these 150 recipes and colour photographs cover techniques, decorating, and gifting ideas for every taste and occasion, whether no-fuss or fancy.

Baking trends come and go, but cakes are timeless. From the editors and photographers of Martha Stewart Living, Cakes includes classics (German Chocolate, New York-Style Cheesecake), crowd-pleasers (Baked Alaska, Hummingbird), and cakes with unique, sophisticated flavours and embellishments (Pecan Torte with Lemon Curd, Saffron-Scented Pear Upside-Down Cake). Whether you need a birthday cake (for any age!), have bake-sale duty, want a travel-friendly coffee cake, or seek to impress at a dinner party or with a handmade gift, Martha Stewart's Cakes has more than 150 cakes plus ideas for decorating, gifting, and storing. Beautiful colour photography that shows you just what you're aiming for and dozens of make-ahead tips make baking low-stress.

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the great british bake off everydayThe Great British Bake off: Everyday by Linda Collister

This book is for the baker who wants to whip up a cake for an office party, a tray-bake for a kid's birthday, or a pudding to follow a simple supper. Using straightforward, easy-to-follow techniques, there are fool-proof recipes for cakes, tray-bakes, bread, biscuits, tarts, pies, puddings, and desserts. If you are a confident baker or ready to move onto the next stage, each chapter also showcases the best recipes from the series, including Mary and Paul's Signature Bakes, Technical Challenges and Showstoppers, plus the best bakers' recipes from series four. There are step-by-step photographs to guide you through the more complicated techniques and beautiful photography throughout, making this the perfect gift for all bakers.

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a good african storyA Good African Story: How a Small Company Built a Global Coffee Brand by Andrew H. Rugasira

The inspirational story of how an African-owned coffee company became a profitable global brand.

Since it was founded in 2003, Good African Coffee has helped thousands of farmers earn a decent living, send their children to school and escape a spiral of debt and dependence. Africa has received over $1 trillion in aid over the last fifty years and yet despite these huge inflows, the continent remains mired in poverty, disease and systemic corruption.

In A Good African Story, Andrew Rugasira argues that trade has achieved what years of aid failed to deliver, and has provided a tantalising glimpse of what Africa could be. As he recounts the very personal story of his company and the challenges that he has faced -- and overcome -- as an African entrepreneur, Rugasira discusses the barriers that currently prevent fair and equal trade between Africa and the rest of the world. He sets out the arguments for building a sustainable trade framework and reducing dependency on hand-outs. And he builds up a manifesto for a revolution in the way that Africa is perceived.

This is a book about Africa taking its destiny in its own hands, and dictating the terms of its future.

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BransonBarnson Behind the Mask by Tom Bower

The image remains pristine: a charismatic high-school dropout turned billionaire, whose stratospheric rise and daring exploits have won him millions of enduring admirers and made him a model for aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the world. But is this story still credible? Over the last decade, has Branson matched the expectations perpetuated by Virgin's relentless publicity machine?

Or have we all been seduced by a brilliant showman? In his most explosive book to date, Tom Bower, bestselling biographer of Simon Cowell, Bernie Ecclestone, Conrad Black and Robert Maxwell, dares to explore the reality of the Branson Empire. In doing so, he unravels the gripping story of his recent activities - from the astonishing success of mobile phones to his troubled airlines and his long delayed plan to send multimillionaires into space - and asks whether he really remains Britain's heroic buccaneer.

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embers of warEmbers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall

Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations, Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to tragically lose their way in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France’s final years in Indochina—and shows how, from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history. An epic story of wasted opportunities and deadly miscalculations, Embers of War delves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another. Eye-opening and compulsively readable, Embers of War is a gripping, heralded work that illuminates the hidden history of the French and American experiences in Vietnam.

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Children

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0-7 Years

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Driftwood BallThe Driftwood Ball by Thomas Docherty

Every year the badgers and the otters gather to dance at the Driftwood Ball. But the two groups never mix - they dance in completely different ways. That is, until otter Celia and badger George decide they want to do things differently - they want to dance together, in their own way.

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scruffy bearScruffy Bear and the Lost Ball by Christopher Wormell

Scruffy Bear sees a red ball, and does what comes naturally - kicks it! But the ball is lost, high up in a tree, and the owners aren't very pleased. Never fear, plucky Scruffy Bear can climb trees. Even very, very high trees with all kinds of cross creatures in them.

 

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Yikes stinkysaurusYikes, Stinkysaurus by Pamela Butchart

Stinkysaurus is the smelliest dinosaur in the whole wide world, and don't the other dinosaurs know it! The dinos rushed for cover when Stinkysaurus was about! He smelled so bad that just one whiff could knock a T-Rex out! He never ever brushed his teeth so his breath was super-grotty. And, poo! You won't believe the smells that parped out from his botty! Yikes, Stinkysaurus! Finally, however, the other dinosaurs decide that the time has come for Stinkysaurus to take a bath. But will Stinkysaurus agree? Find out in this pong-fest of a picture book.

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Daars a trex in die tuinDaar’s n T.Rex in die Tuin by Aleksei Bitskoff

Se nou dinosourusse het vandag nog gelewe…

Wat sou hulle gedoen het?

Gaan saam met T. Rex park toe, speel saam met hom wegkruipertjie, en kyk hoe hy oefening doen. Jy sal verbaas wees oor hoe groot en sterk hey regtig was!

 

Princes katies kittensPrincess Katies Kittens: Poppy and the Prince by Julie Skyes

Princess Katie lives in a beautiful palace, with a lake and a maze in the garden and has a four poster bed to sleep in. She loves her pony Misty and is mad about animals in general. So when she finds six little kittens abandoned in the woods, she just has to take them all home! Poppy tries to make friends with Prince Edward, who thinks cats are silly-but when the prince gets lost in the palace maze, its Poppy who saves the day!

 

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WhooshWhoosh! Easy Paper Airplanes for Kids: Colour, Fold and Fly by Amy Naylor

Designed for young pilots, ages 3 to 7, this lively book combines the fun of colouring with the thrill of folding and flying paper airplanes.

Models include a space shuttle, air rescue unit, princess plane, jungle jet, monster machine, and other playful motifs. Each of the dozen different kid-friendly themes is printed twice on perforated pages for a total of 24 planes. Includes simple folding instructions.

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8-12 Years

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Baddies Beasties and a sprinkingBaddies, Beasties and a Sprinkling of Crumbs by Tracey Corderoy From the best-selling author

Tracey Corderoy (The Grunt and The Grouch and Whiz, Pop, Granny Stop) come The Crumbs, a most unusual family!

Follow the fabulously funny adventures of Martha, Otto and Scarlett Crumb, their Aunt Beastly and her pet boar Basil, as they battle baddies and conquer monsters. Otto, Martha and Scarlett Crumb are three most unusual children. With their dad, Henrig, busy inventing a special case to protect the Golden Elephant of Heera, they're expecting to look after themselves over the summer. Yet suddenly Henrig's long-lost sister turns up - and she's beastly! The children think things can't get any worse ...but then the Unstoppables, a notorious gang of robbers, set their sights on Henrig's special case, and it seems they'll stop at nothing to get their hands on it...

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Wonderful world of Simon AbbottThe Wonderful World of Simon Abbott: Journey through the Solar System by Simon Abbott

An amazing, fun and fact-packed journey through the solar system! Take the ride of your life through the Solar System with Children's artist Simon Abbott. Discover all the incredible planets and more with our intrepid astronauts and spectacular pioneering spacecraft. With space words, fun facts and dazzling cartoon illustrations, this is an entertaining introduction to the Solar System for kids.

How many years would it take to walk to Mars? How long would it take to drive across on of Saturn's rings? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this brilliant book explaining the hows and whys of the solar system.

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me myself millyMe, Myself, Milly by Penelope Bush

What happened to Milly last summer? She can't talk about it. Instead, she's writing in her journal.

About growing up in the shadow of her twin sister, Lily. About the American boy who's moved in upstairs. (There's something he's not telling either). Milly can't keep her secret forever ...can she?

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monkey and meMonkey and Me by David Gilman

Beanie's coping with more than most kids his age, including treatment for leukaemia. But Beanie just wants to be part of his big brother's gang. To show he's got what it takes, Beanie braves a scary deserted house where he finds a young chimpanzee. But where did Malcolm the chimp come from and who are the sinister men pursuing him?

 

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the boy from franceThe Boy from France by Hilary Freeman

Everybody at school has heard that some of the French exchange students will be boys, and all girls are desperate to host one of them. All, except Vix, who isn't bothered who she gets. She can't imagine that French boys are any better than English boys - and they all seem to be a waste of space. Anyway, she has enough to do, what with schoolwork, seeing her friends, and helping out her sick mum. There's no time for a boyfriend. Vix's exchange student does turn out to be a boy, named Xavier. And he's gorgeous-and charming. And has a sexy French accent. All her friends and schoolmates are jealous, especially when Xavier seems to have eyes for nobody but Vix. But as usual life is very complicated. What does Xavier really think about her? Is he just playing a game? With the help of her friends Rosie and Skye, Vix needs careful steering through her first big romance.

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best counting bookBest counting Book Ever by Richard Scarry

Make learning to count easy and fun with this busy busy book from Richard Scarry! Join Willy Bunny and count your way from 1 to 100 with wonderful illustrations along the way. Willy practises counting all of the things he sees - from one bunny (himself!) to a hundred fireflies in the night sky. This wonderful book makes learning your numbers fun and easy. Full of humour and beautiful illustrations, this classic work really is the best counting book ever!

 

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strike of the sharkMission Survival: Strike of the Shark by Bear Grylls

When Beck Granger is ship-wrecked in the open seas, he needs all of his survival skills to save a small group of passengers. But the sinking was no accident. In order to stay alive, he'll have to work out who wants him dead, and why. That is, if the sharks don't get him first . . . An explosive adventure from real-life survival expert Bear Grylls

 

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just jokingJust Joking 4 by Rosie Gowsell Pattison

The fourth book in this successful series delivers 300 new laugh-out-loud knock knocks, question-and-answer jokes, tongue twisters, and more! Another sure-fire winner, guaranteed to tickle the funny bone of kids everywhere!

National Geographic Kids Just Joking 4 is packed with 300 more of the silly jokes that kids love paired with photos of laughing animals and funny people. Featuring National Geographic Kids' signature square trim size and candy-coloured palette, this hilarious party-starter is perfect for tossing into a backpack to share with friends at school or camp

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animal creativityAnimal Creativity Cut-outs, Games, Stencils and Stickers by National Geographic

National Geographic Kids is renowned for photos, facts, fun, and sparking the imagination and creativity of every young reader. Who better then to produce a craft book on animals around the world that engages readers and makes them part of the creative experience with a host of games, activities, trivia, and crafts?

This book brings all the expertise of the National Geographic Society into the craft book market.

The Animal Creativity Book is the perfect gift for any parent wanting to foster creativity and imagination, all the while educating their kids with fascinating information from the world's leading source of animal facts and fun. The book is chock-full of stencils, stickers, pull-outs, games, trivia, puzzles, and cut-outs for animal lovers to enjoy. A combination of fun and funky design, combined with National Geographic's world-famous photography, this interactive book is a sure hit.

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Teens

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defy the starsDefy the Stars by Sophie McKenzie

After months apart, everyone thinks that River is successfully building a future without Flynn. Indeed, she has almost convinced herself that she is moving on. And then, one day, Flynn is back, bringing with him tales of his glamorous new life. River suspects his lucrative new work involves some form of criminal activity, but will she let herself be drawn back into Flynn's world? Or is this, finally, the end of the line for them both?

 

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the name on your wristThe Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns

It's the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don't need to; your parents tell you when you're first learning how to say your name. It's drummed into you whilst you're taking your first stumbling steps. It's your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don't tell anyone the name on your wrist. In Corin's world, your carpinomen - the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three - is everything. It's your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you.

People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they're supposed to be with. But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don't love them? What if you fall for someone else - someone other than the name on your wrist? And what if - like Corin - the last thing in the world you want is to be found?

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flutterFlutter by Gina Linko

All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old, to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal. But for as long as she can remember, she's suffered from seizures. And in recent years they've consumed her life. To Emery they're much more than seizures, she calls them loops-moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a mysterious town. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. They're extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes. It appears that she's tapping into parts of the brain typically left untouched by normal human beings.

Escaping from the hospital, Emery travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where she meets Asher Clarke. Ash's life is governed by his single-minded pursuit of performing good-Samaritan acts to atone for the death of a loved one. His journey is very much entwined with Emery's loops.

Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it's too late.

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noble conflictNoble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians - an elite peacekeeping force - to protect the city, without ever resorting to the brutal methods of their enemy. When Kaspar joins the Guardians, he has a chance encounter with a rebel - a beautiful girl named Rhea. Haunted from that moment on by strange visions and memories - memories that could only belong to Rhea - he realises he hasn't been told the truth about what the rebels really want, and what he's really fighting for.

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Boys Dont KnitBoys Dont Knit by T.S. Easton

Ben Fletcher must get to grips with his more 'feminine' side following an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady and a stolen bottle of Martini Rosso from Waitrose, all a big misunderstanding of course. To avoid the Young Offenders unit, Ben is ordered to give something back to the community and develop his sense of social alignment. Take up a hobby and keep on the straight and narrow. The hot teacher he likes runs a knitting group so Ben, reluctantly at first, gets 'stuck in'. Not easy when your dad is a sports fan and thinks Jeremy Clarkson is God. To his surprise, Ben finds that he likes knitting and that he has a mean competitive streak. If he can just keep it all a secret from his mates... and notice that the girl of his dreams, girl-next-door Megan Hooper has a bit of a thing for him...Laugh-out-loud, often ridiculous, sometimes quite touching, and revelatory about the knitting world, Boys Don't Knit is a must for boys and girls...

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Raining fireRaining Fire by Alan Gibbons

A fast-paced, tense thriller about gun crime in an inner city gangland Itch and Ethan are best friends. Together they dream of a better life for themselves, safe from the gangs that dominate their streets. But when Ethan's brother is charged with assault, violence soon seeps into the boys' lives—and their friendship. It only takes one desperate bargain and a shocking betrayal, and suddenly it is Itch staring down the barrel of a gun. This tense, absorbing thriller explores the complex issue of gun crime, and the far reaching consequences it can have.

 

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