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April 2016 Newsletter

FICTION

 

One with YouOne with You (Crossfire) by S Day

The final chapter in the global blockbuster Crossfire quintet Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one. We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws . . . and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us. But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free . . . or break us apart. Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

 

Property of a NoblewomanProperty of a Noblewoman by D Steel

An abandoned safe-box in a New York City bank is opened to reveal a treasure trove - a bundle of old letters, photographs and priceless jewellery, including a wedding ring and a locket. Court clerk Jane Willoughby is charged with discovering more about the mystery of the box's owner, the late Marguerite Wallace Pearson di San Pignelli. Jane is sad to think that these most precious possessions are to be sold off. Why did Marguerite never claim them? Had she no one to leave them to? After arranging for the jewellery to be valued, Jane and Christie's auctioneer Phillip Lawton are thrown together in a quest to find out more about Marguerite's story. But neither of them could imagine where the contents of the box could lead them ...or how it will change their lives forever.

 

CountryCountry by D Steel

Stephanie Adam's life has just changed in an instant. After years of an unhappy marriage, and three kids grown, her husband passes away suddenly. Despite her grief and regrets, she can begin to think about what might come next for her. Returning from a weekend away, Stephanie finds herself on the road to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and new adventures. A friendly stranger turns out to be country music megastar Chase Taylor, and he is only too happy to sweep Stephanie up on his travels. From Vegas to Nashbille, a brand new world opens up to her. Should she return to her empty house, or take a risk with someone new? Danielle Steel is famous for her inspirational stories about family, love and life. Her novels will be enjoyed by readers of Penny Vincenzi, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain.

 

The Forgotten SummerThe Forgotten Summer by C Drinkwater

The annual grape harvest at the Cambon family's magnificent vineyard is always a cause for celebration. But not this year. When an accident destroys the crop, leaving the estate facing ruin, Clarisse Cambon knows exactly who to blame - her daughter-in-law Jane. It's just the latest incident in a decades-long feud whose origin both women have concealed from Luc, who struggles to keep his wife and mother on speaking terms. But is Luc the saint he appears to be? When tragedy strikes, Jane is thrown into doubt. What secrets has her husband been keeping? Forced to take charge of the ailing vineyard, Jane uncovers further proof that Luc may not be the man she fell in love with twenty years ago. And, worse still, she knows that her old enemy Clarisse is the only one who knows the truth… For fans of Santa Montefiore and Victoria Hislop, The Forgotten Summer is an atmospheric tale of secrets, forbidden passion and heartbreak.

 

Black Eyed SusansBlack Eyed Susans by J Hearberlin

A chilling new thriller that gets into the heart and mind of the killer, and the victim… Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a 'Black-Eyed Susan' by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars - or so she thought. Now, decades later the black-eyed susans planted outside Tessa's bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely in prison. Haunted by fragmented memories of the night she was attacked and terrified for her own teenage daughter's safety, can Tessa uncover the truth about the killer before it's too late? 

 

Under groundUnder Ground by SL Grey

THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE SAFE… The Sanctum is a luxurious, self-sustaining survival condominium situated underground. It's a plush bolt-hole for the rich and paranoid - a place where they can wait out the apocalypse in style. When a devastating super-flu virus hits, several families race to reach The Sanctum. All have their own motivations for entering. All are hiding secrets. But when the door locks and someone dies, they realize the greatest threat to their survival may not be above ground - it may already be inside… Under Ground is a page-turning locked-room mystery from the combined talents of Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg, writing as S. L. Grey. It is perfect for fans of Under the Dome by Stephen King and films such as The Hole and The Descent (with a pinch of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie).

 

Make MeJack Reacher 20: Make Me by L Child

Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat ... but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people. Reacher’s one-day stopover turns into an open-ended quest leading to the most hidden reaches of the internet, and right into the nightmare heart of darkness. ‘Child's best for some time…with detective-story and romcom elements (even sly humour) on top of the psychological duels and set-piece violence’ Sunday Times 

 

The Green RoadThe Green Road by A Enright

Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award. Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Winner of the Irish Novel of the Year 2015. Hanna, Dan, Constance and Emmet return to the west coast of Ireland for a final family Christmas in the home their mother is about to sell. As the feast turns to near painful comedy, a last, desperate act from Rosaleen - a woman who doesn't quite know how to love her children - forces them to confront the weight of family ties and the road that brought them home.

  

 

 We Never Asked for WingsWe Never Asked for Wings by V Diffenbaugh

How far would you go for your children? Would you lie for them? Flee with them? Let someone else mother them if you thought they would do a better job? As a single parent, Letty does everything for her two children - apart from raise them. Being a mother terrifies her more than she can admit, and so she's always let her mother take that role. When Maria Elena ups and leaves, however, Letty has to confront her fears and become the parent she doesn't think she can be. Even as she tries to give her children a future, Letty's teenage son, Alex, struggles to forgive his mother for choices she made in the past. But he and Letty are not so dissimilar, and both are prepared to risk everything for those they love. Honest and compelling, We Never Asked for Wings is about family; it's about the decisions we take, the mistakes we make, the people we trust, and, above all, how - and where - we find love. 

 

The Other Mrs WalkerThe Other Mrs Walker by M Paulson-Ellis

Somehow she'd always known that she would end like this. In a small square room, in a small square flat. In a small square box, perhaps. Cardboard, with a sticker on the outside. And a name...An old lady dies alone and unheeded in a cold Edinburgh flat, on a snowy Christmas night. A faded emerald dress hangs in her wardrobe; a spilt glass of whisky pools on the carpet. A few days later a middle-aged woman arrives back to the city of her birth, her future uncertain, her past in tatters. But what Margaret Penny cannot yet know is that in investigating the death of one friendless old lady, her own life will become enriched beyond measure. The Other Mrs Walker - a detective story with no detective - is a beautiful, beguiling and intensely moving debut. 

 

 NON-FICTION

 

Blind DescentBlind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest by B Dickinson

Alone and blind at 29,000 feet! Former Navy rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest; also known as 'the death zone' when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult decision: should he continue to push for the summit, or head back down the mountain? After carefully weighing the options, Brian decided to continue toward the summit alone. Four hours later, Brian solo summited the highest peak in the world. But the celebration was short-lived. After taking a few pictures, Brian radioed his team to let them know he had summited safely, and got ready to begin his descent. Suddenly, his vision became blurry, his eyes started to burn, and within seconds, he was rendered almost completely blind. All alone at 29,035 feet, low on oxygen, and stricken with snow blindness, Brian was forced to inch his way back down the mountain relying only on his Navy survival training, his gut instinct, and his faith. In Blind Descent, Brian recounts, in fantastic detail, his extraordinary experience on Everest, demonstrating that no matter how dire our circumstances, there is no challenge too big for God.

 

Switched at BirthSwitched at Birth by J Pitchford

'What do you mean?' Megs gasped. 'It's impossible.' 'Well ... I got the test results back and he's not the father. But it's more complicated than that ...' He was holding a sheet of paper in his hand, but seemed unable to articulate what was on it. Megs reached out for it: 'Let me read it then.' 'And that's how I found out. Boom! It was like I had been stabbed ... I collapsed on the floor at the back of the shop. It was as if I had passed out from shock. Then I cried. I cried for the child I had and the child I didn't have. I knew without a shadow of a doubt my life had changed forever.' In 1990 two South African mothers were faced with an impossible choice, one that no mother should ever have to make. Should they surrender the child they had lovingly raised in order to get back the baby they had given birth to? Megs Clinton-Parker and Sandy Dawkins chose nurture over nature, simply unable to give up their two-year-old sons who were switched at birth at an East Rand Hospital. Instead they decided to try to make their strange relationship work, although they lived in different cities, 500 km apart. And they decided to sue the South African state, whose negligence had altered the fates of two families forever. Robin Dawkins and Gavin Clinton-Parker grew up living each other's lives, brothers-but-not-brothers, acutely aware that their mothers' hearts were torn. Unable to escape the consequences of the swap, Robin decided at the age of 15 that it was time to claim what was rightfully his, adding a further twist to this bitter saga. Theirs is a story of how to live with the unliveable, and how some decisions can never be unmade.

 

The Modi EffectThe Modi Effect: Inside Narendra Modi’s Campaign to Transform India by L Price

How did a 'chai wallah' who sold tea on trains as a boy become Prime Minister of India? On May 16, 2014, Narendra Modi was declared the winner of the largest election ever conducted anywhere in the world, having fought a campaign unlike any before. Political parties in Britain, Australia and North America pride themselves on the sophistication of their election strategies, but Modi's campaign was a master-class in modern electioneering. His team created an election machine that broke new ground in the use of social media, the Internet, mobile phones and digital technologies. Modi took part in thousands of public events, but in such a vast country it was impossible to visit every town and village. The solution? A 'virtual Modi' - a life-size 3D hologram - beamed to parts he could not reach in person. These pioneering techniques brought millions of young people to the ballot box - the holy grail of election strategists everywhere - as Modi trounced the governing Congress Party led by the Gandhi dynasty. Former BBC correspondent and Downing Street communications expert Lance Price has been granted exclusive access to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team of advisers. With complete freedom to tell it as he finds it, he details Modi's rise to power, the extraordinary election victory and its aftermath. The Modi Effect: Inside Narendra Modi's campaign to transform India lifts the lid on a whole new box of tricks, where message-management and IT wizardry combined to create a vote-winning colossus of awesome potency.

 

AloneAlone: The Search for Brett Archibald by B Archibald

In April 2013 a global breaking-news story surfaced on social media and in the world press, and rapidly gathered momentum. A South African man had fallen overboard in the night during a storm in remote Indonesian waters, without anyone else on board realising. Eight hours later a frantic search was underway. The incident caught the world’s attention as readers were instantly transported into the terror of the moment – imagine being left alone, 100 kilometres out to sea in the middle of a storm, watching your friends sail into the distance… Had he been dealt a fraction more bad luck, Brett would have died immediately. According to the experts, he should have died within 10 to 14 hours. But he chose not to die. Instead for 28-and-a-half hours Brett Archibald endured – the ocean, the elements, the creatures of the deep, and his own inner demons. Alone: The Search For Brett Archibald is the incredible but true story of what it takes to defy needle-in-a-haystack odds and survive what should have been certain death. Outdoor savvy, astonishing imagination, mental toughness, a refusal to give up hope and a canny rescuer with an unbelievable background ultimately saw him through. Most of all this is a story of the power of the human spirit that defies rational explanation.

 

Undercover Jihadi BrideUndercover Jihadi Bride: Inside Islamic state’s recruitment networks by A Erelle

Twenty-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. Anna Erelle is the undercover journalist behind ‘Melodie’. Created to investigate the powerful propaganda weapons of Islamic State, ‘Melodie’ 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, ‘Melodie’ 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.

 

Classrom management TechniqueClassroom Management Techniques for Students with ADHD by R Pierangelo & G Giuliani

A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators Working with students who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) presents unique challenges for educators. This valuable resource provides general and special education professionals with an understanding of ADHD and appropriate strategies to help children participate in the classroom experience and develop to their fullest potential. Aligned with the reauthorization of IDEA 2004, Classroom Management Techniques for Students With ADHD presents practical, nuts-and-bolts methods and a concise glossary for teaching and working with this unique group of students. The authors, recognized experts in the field, succinctly cover: The characteristics of ADHD The processes and legal requirements for identifying students with ADHD Understanding different treatment options and how students are diagnosed Instructional techniques and behavioral interventions Classroom accommodations and modifications Use this indispensable text to help you work effectively with parents, other professionals, and the outside community in fostering successful learning experiences for students with ADHD.

 

Raising RylandRaising Ryland by H Whittington

This powerful, moving story—which has already touched more than seven million through a viral video created by the Whittington family—is a mother’s first-hand account of her emotional choice to embrace her transgender child. When Hillary and Jeff Whittington posted a YouTube video chronicling their five-year-old son Ryland’s transition from girl to boy, they didn’t expect it to be greeted with such fervor. Beautiful and moving, the video documenting Hillary’s and Jeff’s love for their child instantly went viral and has been seen by more than seven million viewers since its posting in May 2014. Now for the first time, they tell their story in full, offering an emotional and moving account of their journey alongside their exceptional child. After they discovered their daughter Ryland was deaf at age one and needed cochlear implants, the Whittingtons spent nearly four years successfully teaching Ryland to speak. But once Ryland gained the power of speech, it was time for them to listen as Ryland insisted, “I am a boy!” And listen they did. After learning that forty-one percent of people who identify as transgender attempt to take their own lives, Hillary and her husband Jeff made it their mission to support their child—no matter what. From the earliest stages of deciphering Ryland through clothing choices to examining the difficult conversations that have marked every stage of Ryland’s transition, Hillary Whittington shares her experiences as a mother through it all, demonstrating both the resistance and support that their family has encountered as they try to erase the stigma surrounding the word “transgender.” In telling her family’s story, she hopes she can assist the world in accepting that even children as young as five, can have profound and impactful things to say and share. What emerges is a powerful story of unconditional love, accepting others for who they are, and doing what’s right, regardless of whether those around you understand it.

 

The Life Changing Magic of TidyingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by M Kondo

Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method. The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once – and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard. The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want. You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight. Marie Kondo's method is based on a 'once-cleaned, never-messy-again' approach. If you think that such a thing is impossible then you should definitely read this compelling book.

 

Mzansi ZenMzansi Zen by A Osler

The word Zen means meditation, meditation means to Wake Up. Waking up means to open your eyes, your ears and your whole being. Then you can connect with the world you live in you can dance with it, weep with it and heal it. You can find refuge in it or just walk tall with a heart as wide as the sky. Antony Osler Mzansi is hurting. Mzansi is dancing. This land is a constant tumble of brilliance and disappointment, of beauty, courage and heartache. How do we live with all this? This is our life s question, one we need to confront if our presence here is to have any meaning. The Way of Zen asks of us to look our situation in the eye; beyond our opinions, arguments and fears about it all, into things exactly as they are. It takes courage, it takes sincerity and it takes a great love. But this open-hearted awakeness allows us to step out of our separate corners into our natural connectedness, into our inherent oneness with this world and its people. Now we find ourselves standing in each others’ shoes, singing each others’ songs and weeping each others’ tears. From this intimacy, compassion and wisdom arise, and a generosity of spirit. Whatever we think of how the country is being run or where it is heading, this is our life. Let us live it fully. Then we can stand here with our head held high. We can respond rather than react. We can open our closed fist. And if we choose to participate in public life, we do so from a wider, more forgiving view. In this way our time together will be rich beyond measure sometimes beautiful, sometimes fearful, always alive. Mzansi Zen is an affectionate, challenging and witty blend of stories, commentaries and poems about life in present-day South Africa, threaded through a day in an actual Zen meditation retreat. The author s familiar and authoritative Zen style inspires us into taking up this life with both hands, calling us into an intimacy that is already beneath our feet. Read it. It will change your mind and open your heart. Mzansi Zen is the third book in the series; it follows in the footsteps of Stoep Zen (2008) and Zen Dust (2012)."

 

Into the BlackInto the Black by R White

On 12th April 1981 a revolutionary new spacecraft blasted off from Florida on her maiden flight. NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia was the most advanced flying machine ever built – the high watermark of post-war aviation development. A direct descendant of the record-breaking X-planes the likes of which Chuck Yeager had tested in the skies over the Mojave Desert, Columbia was a winged rocket plane, the size of an airliner, capable of flying to space and back before being made ready to fly again. She was the world’s first real spaceship. On board were men with the Right Stuff. The Shuttle’s Commander, moonwalker John Young, was already a veteran of five spaceflights. Alongside him, Pilot Bob Crippen was making his first, but Crip, taken in by the space agency after the cancellation of a top secret military space station programme in 1969, had worked on the Shuttle’s development for a decade. Never before had a crew been so well prepared for their mission. Yet less than an hour after Young and Crippen’s spectacular departure from the Cape it was clear that all was not well. Tiles designed to protect Columbia from the blowtorch burn of re-entry were missing from the heatshield. If the damage to their ship was too great the astronauts would be unable to return safely to earth. But neither they nor mission control possessed any way of knowing. Instead, NASA turned to the National Reconnaissance Office, a spy agency hidden deep inside the Pentagon whose very existence was classified. To help, the NRO would attempt something that had never been done before. Success would require skill, pinpoint timing and luck … Drawing on brand new interviews with astronauts and engineers, archive material and newly declassified documents, Rowland White, bestselling author of Vulcan 607, has pieced together the dramatic untold story of the mission for the first time. Into the Black is a thrilling race against time; a gripping high stakes cold-war story, and a celebration of a beyond the state-of-the-art machine that, hailed as one of the seven new wonders of the world, rekindled our passion for spaceflight.

 

To Hell and Back on a BikeTo Hell and Back on a Bike by I MacGregor

Paris-Roubaix. The Hell of the North. The ultimate monument in cycling's Classics. More than 150 miles across dusty or muddy roads, much of it puncture-inducing and bone-breaking cobblestones. Even professional riders blanche at the very mention of it. Tour de France winners (with the notable exception of Wiggins in 2014) make their excuses from it. So why on earth would an amateur even dare to attempt it? In To Hell on a Bike, Iain MacGregor does just that and as he prepares for the ride of his life, he explores the history and culture of this extraordinary race. With insights from legends of the sport, trainers, mechanics and fellow writers, as well as those who have maintained the traditions of Paris-Roubaix since its inception over a century ago, it is the ultimate story of the ultimate cycling challenge.

 

Crochet HomeCrochet Home by E Lamb

Transform your home with this collection of beautiful crocheted homewares by talented crochet designer and blogger Emma Lamb. Choose from 20 different projects to prettify your home such as gorgeous flower garlands, vintage inspired blankets and throws, and delightful doilies and cushions. Talented designer Emma Lamb brings her unique style and eye for design to this stunning collection of contemporary crochet projects. Whether you are new to crochet or an experienced stitcher looking for wonderful new project ideas, this book is sure to appeal. Emma's technique for combining colours and subtle but stunning designs makes these projects stand out from other crochet titles. Includes techniques and crochet charts as well crochet patterns.

 

Good and SimpleGood + Simple by J Hemsley & M Hemsley

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD, GOOD DIGESTION, GOOD HEALTH! Good + Simple celebrates the pleasure of delicious food that is simple to make, a joy to share and just so happens to be good for you. Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s principles of healthy home cooking built around gut health, whole foods and affordable ingredients show how tasty and achievable eating well can be. The sisters have created 140 nutritious and exciting recipes – reworked classics, prepare ahead dishes, fast suppers with leftovers for packed lunches, energising breakfasts and snacks, satisfying breads, desserts and bakes. Infused with Jasmine and Melissa’s love of cooking and eating, Good + Simple includes plenty of practical tips and down-to-earth advice to help you gain confidence in the kitchen, plan for the coming week and cook for you and your family with ease. Enjoy real food. Look and feel amazing every day. 

 

CHILDREN

 0-5 Years

 

look and find bibleLook & Find Bible illustrated by G Guile

In the look & find Bible, young children will experience best-loved Bible stories in a world full of colour. Packed with amazing pictures and characters, animals and items in each oversized illustration, children will have hours of seek and find fun. Key items to search out are listed with each story as well as the bible reference.

 

  

wheels on the busWheels on the Bus by J Ormerod & L Gardiner

Watching from the windows of their zebra-striped all-terrain bus, a group of happy children arrives at the wildlife park. They're joining in the catchy refrain that 'the wheels on the bus go round and round', encouraging readers to do exactly the same! As the bus drives the children all around the park, it's the animals who take centre-stage, allowing this much-loved rhyme to enter new territory, steered by Jan Ormerod's fresh and lively interpretation of the song. So, with the established rhythm of the song put in motion by the bus, children can join in as the 'antelopes spring so high in the air', 'the otters in the pool float paw in paw', and 'the llamas in the field go trot, trot, trot'. And, of course, there are actions inspired by the animals' antics, too. Lindsey Gardiner has created colourful collage illustrations bursting with expressive and energetic animals that children just won't be able to resist wanting to copy as they leap, splash, and roll over the pages! So it's a book for more than reading: it's a book for climbing aboard, singing along to, and joining in with ...all ...day ...long! 

Amazing Animal JourneysAmazing Animal Journeys by C Packham & J Cockroft

A beautiful, fact-filled picture book by naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham. Stunningly illustrated by Harry Potter cover artist Jason Cockroft. Every year billions of animals migrate from one part of our planet to another. Travel around the world to meet some of the masters of migration as they take you with them on some incredible journeys. From whales and wildebeest to butterflies and bats, discover each of their stories, pore over the migration map and uncover extra information in the Find Out More section. An excellent source of expert wildlife information for all young nature lovers, this is the perfect introduction to the natural world for boys and girls aged 4 and over and anyone who loved Just Ducks or Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes. Chris Packham presented the BBC's children's series The Really Wild Show before setting up his own TV company and making wildlife shows for ITV, National Geographic, Animal Planet and the BBC. Jason Cockroft is an award-winning illustrator best known for his internationally acclaimed picture book illustrations and his cover artwork for the final three Harry Potter books. 

Fairytale hairdresserThe Fairytale Hairdresser and Beauty and the Beast by A Longstaff & L Beard

The Big Bad Beast's heart is melted by Bella, the most beautiful girl in Fairy Land - but could she ever love someone so beastly? The Fairytale Hairdresser teaches Beast that beauty is on the inside (although there's always time to treat yourself to a little makeover!) in this fabulous modern twist on the classic fairytale. There are witty fairytale jokes to spot and beautiful details to discover, read after read. Featuring all the fairytale favourites, this is the spectacular seventh story in the bestselling Fairytale Hairdresser series. 

Do unto OttersDo Unto Otters by L Keller

"Do not do to others that which would anger you if others did it to you."―Socrates Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are Otters. OTTERS! But he doesn't know anything about otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends? Just treat otters the same way you'd like them to treat you, advises Mr. Owl. In her smart, playful style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor―simply follow the Golden Rule! Do Unto Otters is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. 

Open WideOpen Wide by L Keller

From the author/illustrator of The Scrambled States of America, here is a fun-filled introduction to teeth. "Before the principal's announcements, will you all please stand and recite our pledge: 'I pledge allegiance to this mouth and to the dentist who takes care of us. And to the gums on which we stand, strong and healthy, with toothbrushes and toothpaste for all.'" It's time for tooth school and Dr. Flossman is excited to meet the incoming class of 32--eight incisors, four canines, eight premolars, and twelve molars, including the four wisdom teeth. There's just so much to learn--from brushing and flossing to dentin and pulp to every student's nightmare: tooth decay! Best read with a toothbrush in hand, this hilarious book is full of interesting facts (for instance, George Washington's teeth were not made of wood, despite popular belief) and a classroom full of quirky characters. Young readers will laugh their way to a better appreciation for
those pearly whites that beckon them to brush. And from there it's just a short hop to flossing. 

The Lion InsideThe Lion Inside by R Bright

From the creator of the known and loved Bright Side lifestyle brand, Rachel Bright, and the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Jim Field, comes a feelgood rhyming story about one little mouse trying to make himself heard and discovering along the way that even the smallest of us has the heart of a lion. Perfect for fans of Giraffes Can't Dance this stylish book from two contemporary stars really is something to shout about - it will make you laugh, cry and read it every bedtime. 

Josh and the Whoo WhooJosh and the Whoo Whoo by D Bedford & D Howarth

Josh hates loud noises, but one day a noise makes him curious. What can the noise be? Will Josh’s life be changed forever? 

 

 

Blast OffBlast Off! by M Doyle & G McLean

Rocco wants to be the first bunny in space, but there’s only room for one in the spaceship. Join in the excitement of the countdown to discover who will be the lucky space traveller. 

 

The Littlest Lighthouse Keeper to the RescueThe Littlest Lighthouse Keeper to the Rescue by H & D Howarth

After the storm, Henry finds lost, hungry Baby Seal. What will Baby Seal eat? Will Henry be able to find Baby Seal’s mother?  

 

Gus goes to SchoolGus goes to School by K Petty

“Don’t die of boredom, Gus!” shout Flora and Dora as they leave for school. Gus’s big sisters are far too busy nowadays to worry about what he gets up to stuck at home. They’d never guess that he has a school of his very own…

 

 6-8 Years

 

funny storiesfor 6 year oldsFunny Stories for 6 Year Olds chosen by H Paida

Funny Stories for 6-Year-Olds is a bright and varied selection of wonderfully entertaining stories by some of the very best writers for children. Perfect for reading alone or aloud - and for dipping into time and time again. With stories from Margaret Mahy, David Henry Wilson, Francesca Simon, Tony Bradman and many more, this book will provide hours of fantastic fun. 

 

 

The Second Jungle BookThe Second Jungle Book by R Kipling

First published by Macmillan in 1895, and now returning to print in this beautiful edition, The Second Jungle Book is a sequel to Rudyard Kipling's classic, The Jungle Book. Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves learns more of life and survival in the Indian jungle in the company of well-loved characters such as Baloo the brown bear and Bagheera the black panther. Including three further stories of life in India, this rich collection of adventure, fable and poetry from the master-storyteller and illustrated by his father, John Lockwood Kipling, is a classic to treasure. 

 

five minute devotions for childrenFive-Minute Devotions for Children by P Kennedy

This delightful devotional is perfect for bedtime, dinnertime, or anytime. Each short devotion includes a story about an animal illustrating its dominant trait as created by God. That trait is then related to a child. Questions at the end are fun for the young child to answer, such as picking out something in the picture, asking what the animal is doing, and asking what God wants us to do. Each devotional concludes with a short bible verse. 

 

The Awesome Body BookThe Awesome Body Book by Bloomsbury

How long are your intestines? How many mites live in your eyelashes? Do all adults wear clean underwear? And much more! Find out disgusting, hilarious, weird and wacky facts about your body with this awesome book!

 

 

 Teen

 

Anna and the Swallow ManAnna and the Swallow Man by G Savit

Anna and the Swallow Man is a stunning, literary, and wholly original debut novel that tells a new WW2 story. Krakow, 1939, is no place to grow up. There are a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. And Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father and suddenly, she's alone. Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall. And like Anna's missing father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgement, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous...

 

WHAT WE HAVE READ THIS MONTH

 

Geek Girl SeriesGeek Girl Series by H Smale

Geek Girl is an incredible book about 15 year old geek, Harriet Manners, and how she goes from geek to something slightly different. Harriet is not like the other girls at school. She is not cool and trendy, doesn't like fashion and gets bullied a lot by Alexa. Her best friend, Nat, loves fashion and has wanted to be a model since she was 7. Harriet's Dad loves Harriet and will do anything for her. Annabel, her stepmother is a lawyer. She helps Harriet out whenever she needs it and Harriet loves her. I loved this book, it took me only three days to read! The rest are amazing as well! The way it's written is great, it's easy to understand. It's clever and funny. I would recommend it to anyone aged 10-15. By far my favourite book - KATE

13 Storey series13-Storey Treehouse Series by A Griffiths

Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-storey treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favourite flavoured marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you're hungry. Two characters – Andy and Terry ,they live here, make books together, and have a series of completely nutty adventures. Because: ANYTHING can happen in a 13-storey treehouse. So far there are 4 books in this series and I can’t wait for the 5th title the “65-storey tree house” to be published - KATE

School For good and evilThe School for Good and Evil by S Chainani

Let me begin by saying that this book captured my attention from the first page, and kept me reading in an effort to figure out just what was really going on. The School for Good and Evil is filled with ambiguity and contradiction. Very rarely are things what they appear or what they claim to be. I have completed the first book in this trilogy, and I still don't know that I truly know who is good or who is evil! For me that was part of the appeal of the book. I also believe it says something about the nature of good and evil-- that nothing is purely good or purely evil. I liked this book, and I'm pretty motivated to read the next one. I liked the fact that the two main characters, Sophie and Agatha, were not "two-dimensional". Both girls question themselves, their natures, their motives and actions, and I believe they both show growth over the course of the book. I wouldn't recommend this for students younger than 4th grade - KATE 

Making it upMaking It Up As I Go Along by M Keyes

A collection of articles previously written for magazines and other publications over the past few years as well as “unpublished stories” of her life and day to day experiences. I found the book very entertaining and humourous (often laughing out aloud ). Her inclusion of the people (family and friends) in her everyday life makes one feel “closer” to her. She makes light of her trials and tribulations, and successes in life and makes you realise that she is just as normal as you and I. A very entertaining and easy read - TERSIA

 

How to invest likeHow to Invest Like Warren Buffett by A Hogg 

Surprisingly easy read, and a great introduction to value investing. Although this book will not teach you how to invest, it will give you the very basics/simple approach of Warren Buffet’s strategy in investing and how he and Munger have built Berkshire Hathaway. Reading such large numbers being invested makes you wish you had only started at such a young age as well. Alec Hogg is a South African broadcaster and Media entrepreneur that founded and published BizNews.com. He’s been to many Berkshire Hathaway AGM meetings in Omaha and has taken intense notes of which many are quoted in this book. I enjoyed the pointers and short biography of Warren Buffett and Munger/Berkshire Hathaway and now find myself wanting to learn more about investing - DUSTI-LEIGH

 

 

 

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