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September 2015 Newsletter

FICTION

Dark Places - By Gillian Flynn

dark ftiLibby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty five years later, the Kill Club a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started on the run from a killer.

 

Circling the Sun - By Paula Mclain

518Y QQhTgL. SX325 BO1204203200 Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her fate: to fly.

The Way we Were - By Sinead Moriarty

512a3t96nLHe needed something else. He wanted more.' Alice and Ben are a couple like any other bound together by love, work, children, familiarity and a shared sense of purpose. But when Ben decides to pursue a dream of his own, he brings devastation on his family and, as far as they know, their lives will never be the same again. Alice and Ben are now on different paths: she needs to put their shared life behind her; he needs to remember it to survive. So, what happens if they get a second chance? Can they should they go back to the way they were?

 

 

When the Moon is Low - By Nadia Hashimi

91jT9AbNSCLIn Kabul we meet Fereiba, a schoolteacher, and her husband, Mahmoud, a man whose love for her was greater than any love she'd ever known. But Fereiba's middle-class world of education, work and comfortable family life implodes when the Taliban rises to power. Mahmoud, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new regime and is murdered by local henchmen. Forced to flee Taliban-controlled Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has only one option: find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister's family in England, who have offered them asylum. With forged papers and help from kind strangers, they cross the mountains into Iran by night. Exhausted and brokenhearted but undefeated, Fereiba manages to smuggle them as far as Greece-but in a busy market square, their fate takes another turn for the worse when her teenage son Saleem becomes separated from the rest of the family.Faced with an almost unimaginable choice, Fereiba makes the desperate decision to continue on to London with her daughter and baby while Saleem falls into the shadowy underground network of undocumented Afghans who haunt the streets of Europe's capitals. From the refugee camps of Greece, through Rome and even Paris, Fereiba and Saleem struggle to reunite, to survive and to find a place where they can begin to reconstruct their lives

Summer Secrets - By Jane Green

51KuhY0Y2RLJune, 1998. At twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that. June, 2014. Cat's life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live. What Cat doesn't realize is that these women, her real father's daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone's need for revenge.

The Girl in the Spider's Web - By David Lagercranz

517iwyzVjoL. SX323 BO1204203200 Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it.

 

 

Edge of Eternity - By Ken Follett

51fzgG2CgbLFive families. Three decades. One extraordinary era. As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War. When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene. In the United States, George Jakes, a bright young lawyer in the Kennedy administration, is a fierce supporter of the Civil Rights movement - as is the woman he is in love with, Verena, who works for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boarding a Greyhound bus in Washington to protest against segregation, they begin a fateful journey together. Russian activist, Tania Dvorkin, narrowly evades capture for producing an illegal news sheet. Her actions are made all the more perilous as her brother, Dimka, is a rising star in the heart of the Communist Party in the Kremlin.

Golden Lion - By Wilbur Smith

51FEn7bgQKLEast African Coast, 1670. In a time of brave and brutal adventure, one man will journey across land and sea to pursue his greatest enemy ...The Golden Bough, captained by Henry 'Hal' Courtney, is running south from Ethiopia to Zanzibar. Below deck, both his crew and his lover, the fearless warrior Judith Nazet, sleep. As the moon glints through clouds, Hal sights a ship passing close by. Although there is an uneasy truce between the warring English and Dutch, Hal scents danger. When the Bough is boarded, the crew must go hand to hand to defend their ship and their lives. But soon Hal will face even graver danger, as he discovers his mortal enemy still lives and is hell-bent on revenge. he must pursue his nemesis across desert savannah, through the seedy underbelly of Zanzibar's slave markets and shark-infested waters, imperilling his own life at every turn. But it will take more than a slave's shackles to hold Hal Courtney...

NON - FICTION

Spinster - By Kate Bolick

51g0sxtQYBL'Whom to marry and when will it happen - these two questions define every woman's existence.' So begins Spinster, a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single.Using her own experience as a starting point, Kate Bolick invites us into her carefully considered, passionately lived life, weaving together the past and present to examine why she - along with millions of women, whose ranks keep growing - remains unmarried. This unprecedented demographic shift is the logical outcome of hundreds of years of change that has neither been fully understood nor appreciated.Spinster introduces a cast of pioneering women from the last century whose genius, tenacity and flair for drama has emboldened Bolick to fashion her life on her own terms essayist: journalist Neith Boyce, essayist Maeve Brennan, social reformer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and novelist Edith Wharton. By narrating their unconventional ideas and choices, Bolick shows us that contemporary debates about settling down and having it all are timeless - the crucible upon which women have tried for centuries to forge a good life.Intellectually substantial and deeply personal, Spinster is a new kind of unreservedly inquisitive work of memoir and broader cultural exploration that asks us to acknowledge the opportunities that exist within ourselves to live authentically, unbounded - and to be savoured.

In the Skin of a Jihadist - By Anna Erelle

81ydVA0FInLTwenty year-old “Mélodie”, a recent convert to Islam, meets the leader of an ISIS brigade on Facebook. In 48 hours he has ‘fallen in love’ with her, calls her every hour, urges her to marry him, join him in Syria in a life of paradise – and join his jihad.She discovers how ISIS entraps ordinary people, like teenage girls from Bethnal Green.Anna Erelle is the undercover journalist behind "Mélodie". Created to investigate the powerful propaganda weapons of Islamic State, “Mélodie” is soon sucked in by Bilel, right-hand man of the infamous Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. An Iraqi for whose capture the US government has promised $10 million, al-Baghdadi is described by Time Magazine as the most dangerous man in the world and by himself as the caliph of Islamic State. Bilel shows off his jeep, his guns, his expensive watch. He boasts about the people he has just killed.With Bilel impatient for his future wife, “Mélodie” embarks on her highly dangerous mission, which – at its ultimate stage – will go very wrong … Enticed into this lethal online world like hundreds of other young people, including many young British girls and boys, Erelle’s harrowing and gripping investigation helps us to understand the true face of terrorism.

Denali's Howl - By Andy Hall

51lXwGpZ76LIn 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley – known to locals as Denali, ‘The High One’ – one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived.Journalist Andy Hall grew up in the mountain’s shadow, the son of the ranger on duty at the time of the tragedy, and has spent years tracking down survivors, lost documents and recordings of radio communications to piece together the chain of events. In Denali’s Howl, Hall reveals the full story of an expedition facing conditions conclusively established here for the first time: At an elevation of nearly 20,000 feet, these young men endured an “arctic super blizzard,” with howling winds of up to 300 miles an hour and wind chill that freezes flesh solid in minutes. All this without the high-tech gear and equipment climbers use today.As well as the story of the men caught inside the storm, Denali’s Howl is the story of those caught outside it trying to save them - Hall’s father among them. The book gives readers a detailed look at the culture of climbing then and now and raises uncomfortable questions about each player in this tragedy. Was enough done to rescue the climbers, or were their fates sealed when they ascended into the path of this unprecedented storm?

The Longest Kill - By Craig Harrison

A1ikhY4o79LIt takes a tough mindset to be a successful sniper, to be able to dig in for days on your own as you wait for your target, to stay calm on a battlefield when you yourself have become the target the enemy most want to take out. Craig Harrison has what it takes and in November 2009 in Afghanistan, under intense pressure, he saved the lives of his comrades with the longest confirmed sniper kill - 2,475 metres, the length of 25 football pitches. In this action-packed, vivid memoir Craig takes us from a touch childhood to joining the army at 16, from serving in Bosnia through two tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. He describes the numerous campaigns he's taken part in and his special ops missions. He also reveals how injury forced him to leave the army and how, after his identity was revealed, Al Qaeda threatened him and his family. For Craig, the price of heroism has been devastatingly high.

 

Third World Child - By GG Alcock 

Cover Third World Child Paperback 195x300‘This is the story of my world or, more accurately, the worlds in which I live.’His story mirrors that of many of his people, the journey of a tribal society learning to embrace the first world. He does not shy away from the violence and death that coloured his childhood years surrounded by savage faction fighting, nor how they affected his adult life. His story is one of heartbreak and tragedy and, paradoxically, of vibrant hope and compassion. A restless energy and sardonic humour permeate his writing, which is compelling in its honesty and spontaneity.

 

 

The Boy who Played with Fusion - By Tome Clynes

51GJOpkTKTLBy the age of 11, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At 13, his grandmother's cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate medical uses for radioactive isotopes. And at 14, Wilson became the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. How could someone so young achieve so much, and what can Wilson's story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving children?In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, science journalist Tom Clynes follows Taylor Wilson's extraordinary journey - from his Arkansas home where his parents encouraged his intellectual passions, to the present, when now-17-year-old Wilson is winning international science competitions with devices designed to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material into the US

 

Die Ou met die Snor by die Bar - By Jack Parow

91BYA3LHy9L. SL1500 In Die ou met die snor by die bar vertel die superster-rapper Jack Parow van sy lewe en al sy wilde, mal avonture. Die storie begin agter die Boereworsgordyn en maak draaie in plekke soos Onrusrivier, The Lollipop Lounge in Randburg, Mitchells Plain, België, Nederland, Londen, Los Angeles, Hollywood en Moskou. Daar is sappige staaltjies oor wilde partytjies, warm bokkies, dodgy plekke, trance-paarties en avonture in jacuzzi’s, en hy lig ook die sluier oor sy ervarings met onder andere rofstoeiers, skoonheidskoninginne, polisiemanne, hipsters in nagklubs, ’n sanger wat hom wou bliksem, ooms wat hom van verhoë gegooi wil hê en ’n stewige tannie wat met ’n krieketkolf op hom afstorm. Parow beantwoord ook taai vrae wat al deur meisies en vroue aan hom gevra is, soos: Is dit waar wat hulle sê van ’n man met ’n lang pet? En: Hoe kry jy dit reg om jou snor so te hou dat girls dit onweerstaanbaar vind? Hy vertel die stories agter sy gewildste songs en draai nie doekies om oor wat hy van ’n klomp goed dink nie, soos die ‘ou’ Afrikaans en die ‘nuwe’ Afrikaans, die lewe in Suid-Afrika en wat dit regtig beteken om ’n rapper te wees.Die boek bevat ook die lirieke van baie van sy treffers en talle foto’s wat nog nooit voorheen gesien is nie

South Africa's Greatest Batsman - By Ali Bacher

514kurq57PL. SX325 BO1204203200 South Africa has produced some of the best batsmen in the world, with AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla dominating the recent ICC rankings. Previous teams and generations have included their own legends. But who are the greatest of them all?Following the success of their book Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African Allrounders, Ali Bacher and David Williams now turn their attention to South Africa’s top batsmen. The book features early legends such as Herby Taylor and Dudley Nourse; the world-beating Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards, whose careers were cut short by isolation; the unshakeable Gary Kirsten and Jacques Kallis, who built the foundation of the Proteas’ postisolation success; the big-scoring captain Graeme Smith and his South African-born England counterpart Kevin Pietersen; and the swashbuckling Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, who dominate the current game. It also considers two players who, but for apartheid, might have been their equals in the Test-match arena.

Everyday Super Food - By Jamie Oliver

41jbTNtEv6L. SX383 BO1204203200 "Packed with vitamins, bursting with flavour: irresistible new recipes from Jamie Oliver." (Sunday Times). Jamie's Everyday Super Food makes eating well exciting, delicious, easy and fun. No matter how busy you are, you'll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose exactly the kind of meals that suit you. The book is divided into breakfasts (up to 400 calories), lunches (up to 600 calories) and dinners (up to 600 calories), and every tasty meal is nutritionally balanced so that any combination over the day will bring you in under your recommended daily allowance of calories (2000 women/2,500 men), allowing you to enjoy snacks and drinks on the side. "The healthy recipes that helped Jamie lose two stone." (Sunday Times). You can eat Smoothie Pancakes with Berries, Banana, Yoghurt and Nuts for breakfast, Tasty Fish Tacos with Game-Changing Kiwi, Lime and Chilli Salsa for lunch and Griddled Steak and Peppers with Herby-Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice for dinner, and still be healthy! Whether you dip in and out of it, eat from the book Monday to Friday or use it faithfully every day for a month, it's totally up to you. "Our failsafe foodie of choice." (Sunday Times). In Everyday Super Food, Jamie's done all the hard work for you - all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it. Every meal in this book is a good choice and will bring you a step closer to a healthier, happier you.

Two - By Seline and Leandri

51FZU0x0oWL. SX437 BO1204203200 During the screening of the MasterChef South Africa 2013 series, TV viewers were both fascinated by, and impressed with, the Van der Wat sisters. Seline and Leandri’s relationship and their varying cooking styles and personalities kept audiences on the edge of their seats right up until the final episode as they were ultimately placed second and third – no mean achievement. Since then their foodie careers have taken off, albeit in differing directions. But in TWO, they are back in collaboration to present a really fascinating cookbook concept: taking the same main ingredient and creating two different dishes from it, or taking a classic recipe and making one for family and casual dining, and the other version to impress for serious entertaining. Whatever the case, both dishes will be utterly delicious. So, for instance, take a straightforward Pea Soup. The basic recipe is Pea and Fennel Soup with Goat’s Cheese and Lemon Oil – wonderful for a weekday meal. And for your dinner party guests, try Pea Brûlée with Smoked Salmon Velouté and Asparagus Ribbons!

CHILDRENS FICTION

0 - 7 YEARS

The Mouse who ate the Moon - By Petr Horacek

617jPTlF lL. SX456 BO1204203200 From the award-winning picture book maker of Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse, comes a beautiful peep-through story book about a mouse, the moon and the importance of friendship. When Little Mouse wakes one morning, she finds her dream has come true. Outside her burrow, a piece of the moon has fallen from the sky and it smells delicious. But what happens once Little Mouse has had a little nibble? Cut-out holes and shaped pages make this beautiful and heart-warming interactive book one to be shared time and time again.

 

Minions: Who's the Boss - By Lucy Rosen

51JlNwcRPoLThe story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation.

Roo the Roaring Dinosaur - By David Bedford

51Pyi5UzbL. SX258 BO1204203200 This is the story of Roo, a little dinosaur who one day meets a woolly mammoth in a hot-air balloon. The balloon has a hole and gradually deflates, floating down to the ground and leaving the little mammoth stranded. Roo saves the day by giving the mammoth a piece of his precious comfort blanket (his moomie, as he calls it) which they use to patch the hole. A story about kindness and sharing, with lovable characters created by the best-selling illustrator of the Lettice the Dancing Rabbit series, Mandy Stanley.

 

8 - 12 YEARS

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robots vs the Stuoid Stinkbugs from Saturn - By Dav Pilkey

51OD4ZGG66LFrom Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and acclaimed artist Dan Santat, a thrilling friendship adventure with all-new full-color illustrations and mini-comics throughout!Ricky's family is headed to Cousin Lucy's house for lunch -- how boring! Ricky and his Robot are hoping to have a little fun with Lucy's pet Jurassic Jackrabbits, but when they get there, Lucy makes them play princess with her instead! What could be worse?An invasion of Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn, that's what! Smelly Sergeant Stinkbug has arrived on Earth with a plan to kidnap its ruler, and Princess Lucy fits the bill. Now it's up to Ricky and his Mighty Robot to plug their noses and send those stinkers back into space!

 

Secret Kitten - By Holly Webb

51Fncebtd8L. SX325 BO1204203200 Lucy can't help but feel lonely when she and her brother move in with their gran, leaving behind their old friends. Lucy wishes she could have a pet, but Gran isn't keen on animals. A stray kitten catches Lucy's attention, and she instantly falls in love with it. Where will the kitten go if she can't find anyone to take her in? A heart-warming read from best-selling author Holly Webb, perfect for fans of Magic Animal Friends and Animal Ark.

 

 

 

Wigglesbottom Primary:The Shark in the Pool - By Pamela Butchart

51RtEWMSBhL. SX322 BO1204203200 Three more stories of primary school mayhem from the Red House Children's Book Award shortlisted author, Pamela Butchart. Is there a shark in the local swimming pool? YES! Can playing with the class parachute make you invisible? YES! Are there dinosaur bones buried in the playground? YES! What are 2R going to do about it all? Have a lot of fun!

 

 

 

 

TEEN FICTION

Paper Weight - By Meg Haston

41dg1QY WLL. SX324 BO1204203200 What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Struggling to deal with her brother's death and a past she refuses to confront, Stevie knows she has problems. But she's still furious about the fact that she's been packed off to a health clinic, in the middle of nowhere, where mobile phones are banned and communication with the outside world is strictly by permission only. The regimented and obtrusive nature of the clinic and its staff is torture to the deeply private, obstinate Stevie - and don't even get her started on the other 'inmates'. All she wants is to be left alone...But as Stevie is about to find out, life is full of surprises. And she will prove herself stronger than she knows - even when her past finally catches her up in the most shocking and brutal way possible

 

Ink and Bone - By Rachel Caine

51IR5FEsi3L. SX323 BO1204203200 Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time. In 48 AD, a fire set by the troops of Julius Caesar destroyed much of the Great Library of Alexandria. It was the first of several disasters that resulted in the destruction of the accumulated knowledge of the ancient world. But what if the fire had been stopped? What would the Library have become? Fast forward: the Great Library is now a separate country, protected by its own standing army. It has grown into a vast power, with unquestioned and unrivalled supremacy. Jess Brightwell, seventeen and very smart, with a gift for mechanical engineering, has been sent into the Great Library as a spy for his criminal family. Magical spells and riots abound in this epic new YA series.

 

The Elementia Chronicles: Quest for Justice - Sean Fay Wolfe

518lt0Tr66L. SX332 BO1204203200 The first title in an exciting, unofficial MINECRAFT-fan adventure series inspired by the bestselling game. Dark forces are at work on the Elementia server, and when new players Stan, Kat and Charlie arrive on the scene, they quickly find themselves in peril. Targeted by more experienced players, the noobs must band together against the King, battle the natural forces of the game, and unravel the mysteries of Elementia in the name of justice. Disclaimer: This book is not authorized, sponsored, endorsed or licensed by Mojang AB, Microsoft Corp. or any other person or entity owning or controlling any rights to the Minecraft name, trademarks or copyrights. Minecraft is a registered trademark of Mojang Synergies AB.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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