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July 2016 Newsletter

Fiction

 

Midnight SunMidnight Sun (Blood on Snow 2) by J Nesbo

Jon is on the run. He has betrayed Oslo’s biggest crime lord: the Fisherman. Fleeing to an isolated corner of Norway, to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary among a local religious sect. Hiding out in a shepherd’s cabin in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother and her young son, Knut. But while Lea provides him with a rifle and Knut brings essential supplies, the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity. And then he discovers that the Fisherman’s men are getting closer...

You sent me a letterYou Sent me a Letter by L Dawson

What if your worst enemy found out your darkest secret? What if they wanted to destroy your life? At 2 a.m. on the morning of her fortieth birthday, Sophie wakes in the darkness of her bedroom - and finds a stranger watching her from the foot of her bed. The intruder hands Sophie a letter and issues an ultimatum: the message is to be opened at her forthcoming party, in front of gathered family and friends, at exactly 8 p.m. Any failure to comply will not end well. Sophie can only think of one person who hates her enough to have hired a professional to menace her like this: her fiance's ex-wife. But what can the letter possibly contain? And why must it be read in front of everyone she loves best? This will be no ordinary fortieth party. Sophie is not the only person holding a secret about the evening ahead. When the clock strikes eight, the course of several people's lives will be altered forever.

You had me at MerlotYou had me at Merlot by L Dickenson

Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they're single, they're not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren't filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine. She likes her independent life, but Laurie wants love and she wants it now. So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. She has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else's idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be? Full of sultry summer nights, hilarious moments and plenty of adventure, You Had Me at Merlot will warm even the most cynical of hearts and have you believing in the magic of romance (and the power of a decent glass of wine).

A Very Special YearA Very Special Year by T Montasser

‘It’s not particularly difficult to run a successful bookshop, thought Valerie: a grasp of the rudiments of business, a sensible plan, a little skill in negotiation, a couple of contacts and a large portion of magic.’ When businesswoman Valerie takes over the bookshop owned by her aunt – who has vanished without trace – her intention is to bring some order to the chaos, and then sell the business. But she has underestimated the power of the little shop. One day she stumbles upon a mysterious book with an unfinished ending. Valerie thinks it must be a defective copy, but when a customer turns up searching for that very book, her view of the shop – and world – shifts, as she is forced to question what is and isn’t possible. A Very Special Year is a declaration of love for literature, for beautiful books, the power and magic of stories as well as proof that the world of the imagination is still alive within us.

The Evening ChorusThe Evening Chorus by H Mumphreys

Shot down on his first RAF mission, James Hunter spends his war in a German prison camp. The other captive soldiers busy themselves planning their escapes, but James dedicates himself to a detailed study of the redstarts nesting just beyond the camp boundaries - a project that gives him something to live for and earns him an unusual ally in the Kommandant in charge of the camp. Rose, James's young wife, is spending her war in a cottage on the lip of Ashdown Forest in Sussex, with her dog Harris for company. She'd hardly known James before he went away and can barely engage with his letters, which talk of nothing but birds. Now she has fallen in love with someone else - Toby, a young pilot home on sick leave. They meet secretly at night. Then James's brusque sister Enid is bombed out of her flat in London and comes to live in Rose's tiny cottage. Little more than strangers, both women are guarded, and Rose tries to conceal her affair from Enid. But later both look back on this strange interlude as one of their happiest. Beautifully written and full of moments of hope, The Evening Chorus is a stirring story about love and the natural world, set against the backdrop of the Second World War.

UndercoverUndercover by D Steel

Marshall is an ex-undercover agent who has just survived the toughest assignment of his career. He settles into a temporary job in the Secret Service, guarding the President. Then a routine day goes wrong, and Marshall flees to Paris. Ariana knows that as the daughter of an American Ambassador, her safety is always at risk. When one close call puts her in more danger than ever before, Ariana relocates to Paris – but trouble is never far behind. Her safety in Paris will depend on one man: Marshall. Both plagued by secrets and fear, Marshall and Ariana must trust each other if they are to ever find freedom from their past... 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.

Early one MorningEarly One Morning by V Baily

A grey dawn in 1943: on a street in Rome, two young women, complete strangers to each other, lock eyes for a single moment. One of the women, Chiara Ravello, is about to flee the occupied city for the safety of her grandparents' house in the hills. The other has been herded on to a truck with her husband and their young children, and will shortly be driven off into the darkness. In that endless-seeming moment, before she has time to think about what she is doing, Chiara makes a decision that changes her life for ever. Loudly claiming the woman's son as her own nephew, she demands his immediate return; only as the trucks depart does she begin to realize what she has done. She is twenty-seven, single, with a sister who needs her constant care, a hazardous journey ahead of her, and now a child in her charge - a child with no papers who refuses to speak and gives every indication that he will bolt at the first opportunity. Three decades later, Chiara lives alone in Rome, a self-contained, self-possessed woman working as a translator and to all appearances quite content with a life which revolves around work, friends, music and the theatre. But always in the background is the shadow of Daniele, the boy from the truck, whose absence haunts her every moment. Gradually we learn of the havoc wrought on Chiara, her family and her friends by the boy she rescued, and how he eventually broke her heart. And when she receives a phone call from a teenage girl named Maria, claiming to be Daniele's daughter, Chiara knows that it is time for her to face up to the past. This epic novel is an unforgettably powerful, suspenseful, heartbreaking and inspiring tale of love, loss and war's reverberations down the years.

The Shepherds CrownThe Shepherd’s Crown by T Pratchett

A SHIVERING OF WORLDS Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land. There will be a reckoning ... THE FINAL DISCWORLD NOVEL

 

Non-Fiction

 

George MacdonaldGeorge MacDonald by CS Lewis

An 365-day anthology of readings from one of the most influential writers of all time, George MacDonald, compiled by CS Lewis himself. MacDonald was a major Christian writer of the late nineteenth, early twentieth centuries. He influenced nearly everyone who was a major twentieth century writer (including Lewis Carroll, WH Auden, JRR Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, and CS Lewis. Not only was he a pioneer in the fantasy fiction genre, laying the path for people like Tolkien to write Lord of the Rings, but also a major Christian thinker, which influenced Lewis profoundly. Lewis, in fact, wrote that MacDonald was his ‘master’, and said ‘I know hardly any other writer who seems to be closer, or more continually close, to the Spirit of Christ Himself.’ These words will challenge and uplift you, and illuminate the faith which underpins all of CS Lewis’s popular and enduring writing.

The Way I See ItThe Way I See It by L Tshabalala

Lerato Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her ‘Urban Miss’ column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike. Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Lerato shines a bright – and controversial – light on South African society and the quirky ways of the country. She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful – and often laugh-out-loud – scrutiny. The Way I See It is written for people who are hungry for a book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!

Hunter KillerHunter Killer: Inside the Lethal World of Drone Warfare by T Mark McCurley

We are too close. We know too much, and when it is time to shoot, we can zoom in until the target fills the screen. Drones, or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), are a mysterious and headline-making tool in the military's counterterrorism arsenal. Hunter Killer puts readers into this secretive world: hunting terrorists from the sky, deploying cutting-edge technology to neutralize threats to national security; but also, sitting in Los Angeles traffic surrounded by civilians on the commute home, the mind still fixed on blown-up images of a target's charred remains in the dust. From starting out as one of the first volunteers, to becoming the commander of a squadron and writing the training manual for the entire Predator program, Air Force pilot and former intelligence operator Lt. Col. T. Mark McCurley has helped cement the status of drones as one of the military's deadliest weapons, with the lowest accident rate in the Air Force. Hunter Killer is a gripping and extraordinary first-hand account of Predator drones and the war on terror - equal parts techno-thriller, historical account and war memoir.

Mmusi MaimaneMmusi Maimane, Prophet or Puppet? By S Msomi

'Mr Maimane, good evening to you and, with the greatest of respect, who are you?' This is how journalist Jeremy Maggs began his television interview with Mmusi Maimane in 2011 when he was unveiled as the Democratic Alliance's mayoral candidate for Johannesburg. Since then, the charismatic Maimane's rise from obscurity to leader of the DA in 2015 has been nothing short of meteoric. His anointment as leader of the DA made history, marking the completion of this political party's transformation from 'white' political party to one whose new leader shared similar experiences to those of the majority voters. Yet there are those, even within the party, who denounce Maimane as nothing more than a puppet dancing to the tune of white masters. So who is the real Maimane? Experienced political reporter S'thembiso Msomi goes behind the scenes to examine how and why Maimane rose head up the opposition party. He delves into Maimane's formative years, his time at the pulpit in the church, and his family, to bring substance to the man. Msomi also examines Maimane's first year as head of the DA in the run-up to the local government elections, assessing how this young man has negotiated the often treacherous waters of political power. Finally, the author attempts to answer these burning questions: is Maimane his own man, and can he deliver the electorate that the DA so fervently desires? 

ThriveThrive: Only for those who want to be healthy by Dr G Venning

What is your Potential? You were born with the potential to live an extraordinary life, to be fulfilled and to contribute to the evolution of mankind. Our ability to live great lives, to create amazing things, to shape an extraordinary future is under serious threat. We are a sick species. Thrive! is here to help you to live a life bursting with energy, to look good naked, move with freedom, have balanced moods, boost energy, re-connect with your purpose in life, raise healthier kids, be fit for life, shed fat and be fit for life and do it all while having a blast!

A Foxs TaleA Fox’s Tale: Insights from one of Africa’s most creative strategic Thinkers by C Ilbury

Sit down with one of Africa’s most creative strategic minds, and really get to know her and how she thinks … In this book, and for the first time, Chantell Ilbury – bestselling business author, renowned scenario strategist and speaker – tells her remarkable story. It covers her formative years in a country at war, her early days as an educator and entrepreneur, the roots of her successful partnership with Clem Sunter, and what she has learned steering the executive-level strategies of global organisations and some of the biggest names in business. She also talks candidly about dealing with physical threat, controversy, reputational risk and the dangers of a woman travelling the world alone; and provides refreshing perspectives on entrepreneurism, working in Africa, balancing the demands of family and business, and on women in the corporate working environment. A Fox’s Tale is loaded with strategic insight, yet often reads like an adventure novel, rich with humour and entertaining anecdotes.

Remembering RichieRemembering Richie by R Benaud

A tribute to Richie Benaud and a celebration of his life A compilation of the very best writing from Richie's books, along with the best tributes and obituaries from those who knew and worked with him. As a player, Richie was one of the greatest of cricket's all-rounders. As a commentator and thinker on the game he became the leading figure of his generation. As a man he was revered by cricket's multitude of followers and as a friend he was both loved and admired by his close circle of friends. This celebratory book brings together the best of Richie's writing on a range of subjects from his love of cricket as a child to his all-time XIs; from his thoughts on T20 to insight into his family life, along with his most loved sayings and best known pieces of commentary. All perfectly complemented with tributes from his friends and colleagues.

GurkhaGurkha, Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life with the Gurkhas by K Limbu

In the summer of 2006, Colour-Sargeant Kailash Limbu's platoon was sent to relieve and occupy a police compound in the town of Now Zad in Helmand. He was told to prepare for a forty-eight hour operation. In the end, he and his men were under siege for thirty-one days - one of the longest such sieges in the whole of the Afghan campaign. Kailash Limbu recalls the terrifying and exciting details of those thirty-one days - in which they killed an estimated one hundred Taliban fighters - and intersperses them with the story of his own life as a villager from the Himalayas. He grew up in a place without roads or electricity and didn't see a car until he was fifteen. Kailash's descriptions of Gurkha training and rituals - including how to use the lethal Kukri knife - are eye-opening and fascinating. They combine with the story of his time in Helmand to create a unique account of one man's life as a Gurkha.

The Art of Baby MakingThe Art of Baby-Making, The Holistic Approach to Fertility by F Cotton

From the bestselling author of Everything You Need You Have Nature teaches us that a balanced state is a fertile state; and in this book Gerad Kite shows how "balance" can be the secret to successful conception, even when all else has failed. In The Art of Baby-Making, he presents a unique, holistic approach to creating the right conditions for new life to take hold. His method combines the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine with psychotherapy, drawing on his years of experience and effective practice. Kite believes that too often couples are dismissed with a diagnosis of unexplained infertility when it is a condition that can be overcome. Filled with testimonials from his many, diverse patients, this book focuses on laying the foundations for long-term balance and well-being so that pregnancy can follow, almost as a by-product. Whether you are aiming to conceive naturally or undergoing fertility treatment, it is a must-read on your journey towards parenthood.

Natural Baby FoodNatural Baby Food: Over 125 Recipes for a Healthy Baby by Dr S Ruder

Natural Baby Food by Sonali Ruder contains over 125 delicious baby food recipes and a doctor-designed eating plan to ensure the health of developing babies. Natural Baby Food will cover how to make homemade baby food from the time infants are introduced to solids (4-6 months) until the time they start to chew and eat finger foods (about 12-15 months). Recipes and tips are broken down by age range. Natural Baby Food also includes family friendly recipes that the whole family can enjoy together.

The Complete Photo Guide to Home RepairThe Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair by Black + Decker

Learn how to do all of your own home repairs with this comprehensive, visual guidebook! When something breaks in your house, finding and hiring an expensive repairman shouldn't be the only option for homeowners. Next time your faucet springs a leak or that bedroom doorknob punches a hole in your drywall, fix it yourself with help from The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair: a one-volume encyclopaedia of do-it-yourself fixes that will save you money, time, and frustration. With 350 projects offering clear instructions and over 2,000 photos to guide you through common repairs, The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair is your one-stop DIY manual. Formatted in a compact size and arranged by general subject matter, this comprehensive book includes directions for repairing the primary trouble spots: plumbing, wiring, windows and doors, flooring, furnaces, water heaters, wall coverings, and more. You'll find lists of necessary tools as well as expert tips. A few of the repairs covered include: Repairing water damaged walls and ceilings. Removing wall and ceiling surfaces. Installing entry doors. Repairing gutters. Staining siding. Replacing a water heater. Quieting noisy pipes. Replacing a toilet. Troubleshooting home wiring. Home codes change often; that's why this fourth edition of The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair has been scrupulously updated to conform to the most recent guidelines for plumbing, wiring, and structural and mechanical systems. No other handbook of home repairs can make such a claim. When you flip open this book, you're getting the most up-to-date advice available.

DarjeelingDarjeeling: A History of the World’s Greatest Tea by J Koehler

Winner of the 2016 IACP Award: Literary Food Writing Set against the backdrop of the looming Himalayas and drenching monsoons, this is the story of how Darjeeling developed its tea industry under Imperial British rule and eventually came to produce the world's finest leaves. But today the industry is battling dropping production ,a violent struggle for independent statehood, labour unrest and the devastating effect of climate change. It's the story, too, of the measures being taken to counter these challenges and save India's most exclusive and iconic brew that are nothing short of radical. A fascinating portrait of the region and a story rich in intrigue and empire, full of adventurers and romance, it illuminates the historic, arcane and changing world of this celebrated tea.

Kook Saam KaapsKook saam Kaaps by K Kamalie & F Schrikker

Boontjiestowe, koolfrikkadelle, tamatiebredie, sagopoeding en broodpoeding – eerlik gemaak, sonder fieterjasies en moderne byvoegings – is die onopgesmukte huiskos waarna ons elkeen verlang. Die hartskos wat met ’n stewige dosis van ma se liefde voorberei is en ons instinktief laat weet dat ons by die huis is. Dit is in die reuk van speserye en gebraaide uie, van varsgebakte brood en heerlike soet poeding. KOOK SAAM KAAPS, in samewerking met RSG, stel die kos van Koelsoem Kamalie en Flori Schrikker, twee afgetrede tannies van Bonteheuwel in die Kaap, bekend. Met onfeilbare resepte, perfek-beproef na jare se ondervinding, kan elkeen weer huiskos, soos ons ma’s dit gemaak het, in hul eie kombuise voorberei. Die bestanddele is bekombaar in enige winkel, die resepte nie uitgerek nie, en die resultate is gewaarborg. Beide Koelsoem en Flori word gereeld deur Amore Bekker van RSG geskakel om hul resepte op haar program, Tjailatyd, te deel.

Baking with Jackie CameronBaking with Jackie Cameron by J Cameron Jackie

Cameron made her first biscuits under the watchful eyes of her grandmothers and it was in their kitchens that she came to understand the special relationship between food and family. She pays tribute to these early infuences by including some of their cherished recipes in her book. But she wouldn’t be an award-winning chef if she didn’t take a recipe and make it her own, creating a dish that is reassuringly familiar yet intriguingly different and, of course, utterly delectable. The recipes cover the spectrum of baking from breads and biscuits through large and small cakes to pies both savoury and sweet. With over 80 recipes and more than 50 mouthwatering photographs, Baking with Jackie Cameron is a book no keen baker should be without.

Afternoon TeaAfternoon Tea by E Lanlard

Master pâtissier and baker to the stars Eric Lanlard returns with a gorgeous new book crammed with deliciously achievable recipes for the perfect afternoon tea. With 90 recipes for sweet and savoury treats, this book contains all the cakes, pastries, tarts and biscuits you could wish for, from Gruyère Eclairs to Pistachio and Rosewater Scones. In addition, menu ideas offer the perfect combination of flavours for your afternoon tea. Whether you're throwing a lavish tea party or simply looking for that perfect Coffee Cake recipe, this is the must-have afternoon tea cookbook.

Guide To TreesGuide to Trees: Introduced into Southern Africa H Glen & B van Wyk

Southern Africa has at least 2,000 alien tree species being cultivated in the region. Such nonnative trees are predominantly associated with home gardens, parks and open spaces, and form a familiar part of our urban landscape. This guide features more than 580 of these species, logically arranged into 43 groups based on easy-to-observe leaf and stem features.Each species account includes: full-color photographs of the plant s diagnostic parts; concise text describing key identification features, flowering time, duration, drought hardiness and practical uses of the plants; and maps showing cold tolerance for each plant. This handy guide should prove fascinating to all plant enthusiasts."

 

Children

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PeekaBoo 123Peekaboo 123 by G Lucas

Welcome to the Animal Antics race! Lift the flaps to meet the crazy contestants who will have your little ones laughing from 1 to 100. Look out for the speedy snail hitching a ride on every page!

 

PeekaBoo a zPeekaboo A to Z by G Lucas

Lift the flaps to meet an alligator admiring some art, a bear balancing on a bean - and not forgetting a very attention-seeking zebra! Our mad menagerie of animals will have your little ones laughing from A to Z.

 

Finding First WordsFinding First Words by Little Tiger Kids

With over 200 words to find and learn, this bumper lift-the-flap book is a great introduction to key first words. Colourful artwork from Fhiona Galloway explores the world, from nature to the playground and vehicles to the home, and children will have endless fun learning to read with My Little World.

 

Things that go VroomThings that go Vroom by Sterling

Children’s Books Vroom, zoom! What's driving across these colourful pages? Race cars zip round the track, trains criss-cross, airplanes glide and fire engines rush to the rescue. Preschoolers will love the cool variety of vehicles on the move here, from motorcycles, vans and helicopters to dune buggies, boats and rocket ships. 

My Grandparents Love MeMy Grandparents Love Me by C Freedman & J Abbot

I'm off to Gran and Grandpa's, There's a BIG smile on my face, I always feel wrapped up in love, when I stay at their place! Affectionate, funny, and joyful, this is the perfect book for little ones and their grandparents to share. My Grandparents Love Me brings together two huge stars of the picture book world, internationally successful illustrator Judi Abbot and award-winning author Claire Freedman.

PossibiliTreeThe PossibiliTree by T Young

Grown-ups think they are more clever than kids but I don’t think that’s always true. I think grown-ups forget how to do a lot of important things… like how to play and how to see the magic in everyday kinds of things. This story is for anyone who wants to carry on growing, grown-ups included! Join Anna Twig in search of something very important!

 

 

The Lemon TreeThe Lemon Tree by K Graham & W Paterson

When it’s pouring with rain, Gogo decides to pass the time by making some pancakes. But she soon discovers that the family has run out of three important ingredients: flour, eggs and milk. Without those, you can’t make pancakes. But clever Gogo has an idea. She sends Lungi and Sipho to a different neighbour to borrow what they need, and to take each of them a gift of lemons from the family’s lemon tree in return. And so, due to the kindness of the neighbours, Gogo and the eager children are finally able to make the pancakes. In The Lemon Tree, nominated for a prestigious Golden Baobab Prize in 2014, author Katherine Graham tells a simple, moral story with charm and an ability to transport the young reader evocatively into the moment. The story is beautifully illustrated by Wendy Paterson.

Yertle the TurtleYetle the Turtle and other Stories by Dr Seuss

In this hilarious book, featuring three timeless fables, Dr. Seuss explores the pitfalls of growing too big for your boots! With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranking among the UK’s top ten favourite children’s authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller, with nearly half a million books sold worldwide. This delightful book forms part of the third stage in HarperCollins’ major Dr. Seuss rebrand programme. With the relaunch of six more titles in January 2004, such all-time favourites as The Lorax, The Foot Book and Yertle the Turtle boast bright new covers that incorporate much needed guidance on reading levels: Blue Back Books are for parents to share with young children, Green Back Books are for budding readers to tackle on their own, and Yellow Back Books are for older, more fluent readers to enjoy. Yertle the Turtle and other stories belongs to the Yellow Back Book range.

The Land of GoodiesA Faraway Tree Adventure: The Land Of Goodies by E Blyton

A classic short tale from Enid Blyton's magical Faraway Tree series with exciting new full-colour illustrations from Alex Paterson - perfect for new readers! The Land of Goodies has come to the top of the Faraway Tree, and it is the tastiest place that Joe, Beth, Frannie and Rick have ever been. There are ice-cream trees, lollipop bushes and fences made of marshmallow! The magical Faraway Tree has been entertaining readers for more than 75 years. Now these colour short stories offer a great way for a whole host of young new readers to discover the adventures of Silky, Moon-Face, the Saucepan Man and all of their friends in the Enchanted Wood. 

The Land of Do as you PleaseA Faraway Tree Adventure: The Land of Do-As-You-Please by E Blyton

A classic short tale from Enid Blyton's magical Faraway Tree series with exciting new full-colour illustrations from Alex Paterson - perfect for new readers! When the Land of Do-As-YouPlease arrives at the top of the Faraway Tree, it gets everyone thinking about the things they most want to try. Joe would love to have a go at driving a train, while Frannie wishes with all her heart for an elephant ride! The magical Faraway Tree has been entertaining readers for more than 75 years. Now these colour short stories offer a great way for a whole host of young new readers to discover the adventures of Silky, Moon-Face, the Saucepan Man and all of their friends in the Enchanted Wood.

Hardy BoysHardy Boys Clue Book 2: The Missing Play Book by FW Dixon

Frank and Joe try to hit a home run by figuring out what happened to the Bayport Bandits playbook before the first big baseball game in the second book in an all-new, interactive Hardy Boys chapter book mystery series. Includes space for readers to jot down their own ideas and solutions to the case! Frank and Joe and the rest of their Bayport Bandits teammates can’t wait for Little League to start! Everyone is celebrating the beginning of the season at Speedy Zermino s house. While they’re all together, Coach Quinn shows off the Bandit s new playbook that contains all of the new strategies and plays that will help them to a winning season. The next day at practice, Coach Quinn realizes the all-important playbook has gone missing! With their teammates counting on them to get the book back, Frank and Joe must take a swing at cracking this case or their season will be over before it even begins."

Tiger DaysTiger Days Book 1: The Secret Cat by S Lean

Meet animal lover, Tiger Days! A brand-new young fiction series about animals, friendship and adventure by bestselling author Sarah Lean. Beautiful black-and-white illustrations throughout. When nine-year-old Tiger Days stays with her grandmother at Willowgate House she never knows what might happen… new friends to meet, animals to rescue and problems to solve! Tiger’s grandmother looks after animals in need and on her first visit, Tiger quickly learns how to feed a baby warthog and keep it safe. Tiger already has her hands full, but then a mysterious sound leads her to another little animal… At Willowgate House, no day is ever dull for Tiger!

Mermaid TalesMermaid Tales 14: Twist and Shout by D Dadey

In this sparkling Mermaid Tales adventure, Echo hurts her tail when she falls off of a sea horse right before the big Tail Flippers competition! Will she still be able to flip her way to a trophy? Echo loves dancing in the Trident Academy Tail Flippers. When she s not dancing, she also loves riding sea horses, so when a classmate offers to let her ride their newest horse, Pinky, she doesn’t think twice! But when a slithery eel darts in front of Pinky, Echo gets knocked off and hits a rock. Her entire body aches from scales to tail so she heads to the doctor. Dr. Weedy tells Echo that moving her tail is absolutely out of the question. Not only can Echo not swim, but even worse, she can’t compete in the Poseidon Tail Flippers team competition! And Echo s their star flipper. Without Echo s tricks and flips, Trident City’s team doesn’t stand a chance. Echo s friends find a pair of human crutches, which help her get around without the use of her tail. But that doesn’t solve the Tail Flipping problem! Will Echo find a way to help her team win from the sidelines?"

Lassie Come HomeLassie Come-Home by E Knight

Everyone in the Yorkshire town of Greenall Bridge knows Lassie, the prize collie of miner Sam Carraclough and his son Joe. But when the family falls on hard times, Sam is forced to sell his dog to the Duke of Rudling, who takes her hundreds of miles away to his estate in Scotland. Undeterred by the distance and driven by instinctive love, Lassie escapes from her new owners and embarks on an epic journey to be reunited with her young master Joe. Will she overcome the hardships of the long journey and the various dangers along the way? Based on the author s own childhood memories and filled with adventure and suspense, Lassie Come-Home Eric Knight s best-loved novel and a huge best-seller, which inspired many film and TV adaptations is a timeless tale and one of the greatest dog stories ever written.

How to be a Snappy SpellerHow to be a Snappy Speller by S Cheshire

Find yourself tripping up over long and difficult spellings? Then look no further! How to Become a Snappy Speller is bursting full of useful tips to get your spelling needs up to speed! Packed full of awesome activities and hints and tips, How to Become a Snappy Speller will have you mastering the art of spelling in no time!

 

 

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Billy SureBilly Sure Kid Entrepreneur and the Haywire Hovercraft by L Sharpe

Billy Sure, inventor and CEO of Sure Things, Inc., must track down a haywire hovercraft that’s gone missing with his sister on board in the seventh book of a hilarious middle grade series! Everyone is talking about Billy Sure, the boy genius and millionaire inventor whose inventions have become instant hits. From the All Ball that turns into any sports ball to the Gross-to-Good Powder that makes even the most disgusting foods taste great, Sure Things, Inc. can do no wrong! Now Billy wants to help other kids achieve their inventing dreams, so he solicits and selects new ideas to develop. Billy and Manny know exactly what Sure Things, Inc.’s Next Big Thing will be—a hovercraft! But when they start to build it, they notice it’s a little…haywire. The hovercraft dips, dives, twirls, and spins, until one day, it’s gone entirely, and so is Emily! Can Billy find his sister and fix the hovercraft, or will this be a crash landing for Sure Things, Inc.? Find out in this wacky story with funny black-and-white spot illustrations throughout!

Treasure HuntersTreasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City by J Patterson

The Kidds – treasure hunting family extraordinaire – are heading to China, on a journey that will lead them beyond the Great Wall and into the underbelly of Berlin. Bick and Beck Kidd are desperately trying to secure the ancient Chinese artefact that will buy their mother's freedom from renegade pirates. But when the kidnappers force them to locate an even greater treasure – priceless paintings stolen by Nazis, the Kidds must rely on their own cunning and experience to outwit the criminals, all while their mom's life is on the line.

 

Middle SchoolMiddle School Case of Chaos by J Patterson

The Kidds – treasure hunting family extraordinaire – are heading to China, on a journey that will lead them beyond the Great Wall and into the underbelly of Berlin. Bick and Beck Kidd are desperately trying to secure the ancient Chinese artefact that will buy their mother's freedom from renegade pirates. But when the kidnappers force them to locate an even greater treasure – priceless paintings stolen by Nazis, the Kidds must rely on their own cunning and experience to outwit the criminals, all while their mom's life is on the line.

 

The Trials of ApolloThe Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by R Riordan

How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour. But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go... an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Sharks and Other Deadly CreaturesSharks and other Deadly Ocean Creatures by DK Books

Dive into the deadliest of oceans with this visual encyclopaedia. Compare the features of the different creatures from saw-like snouts to angel "wings" and use the reference section to look at a shark's anatomy. A simple, accessible, page-per-topic guide, you can learn all about the ocean's inhabitants with sensational images and enough information to become a shark expert yourself. Sharks and Other Deadly Ocean Creatures is a perfect one-stop reference for all scary sea monsters.

 

Teen

 

Whisper to MeWhisper to Me by N Lake

'I love you. I'm sorry for what I did to you. I'm going to write it all down, explain everything that happened, why I broke your heart, and then I'm going to email it to you. I will be waiting for you at 5 p.m. Friday by the windmill hole at the crazy golf at the Pier where we played once. If you still want me then, when you're done reading this, come and get me. OK? Consider this the most screwed up love letter ever.'So begins Nick Lake's brilliant tour de force romance which introduces readers to Cassie, a New Jersey Shore teen who, over the course of one summer, experiences the exhilarating highs of new love, the frightening free falls of personal demons and family tragedy, and the bumps along the way to forgiveness, acceptance, and self-discovery. Told entirely through flashbacks, readers will savour every moment of Cassie's relationship with a boardwalk boy and race to the last page to discover how it all ends

 

Reviews

 

the little old ladyThe Little Old Lady who Broke all the Rules by C Ingelman-Sundberg

I read this book out of curiosity and although I was distracted in some sections of the book, I had some good giggles.

Martha Andersson is fed up with the change of ownership and the latest restrictions taking place at the care home. After watching a TV program about convicts in jail, Martha comes to the conclusion that convicts live a better quality of life than that of retirees’ in care homes. She convinces her four choir friends, called the ‘League of Pensioners’ to rob the wealthy holidaying at a prestigious hotel and become the ‘Robin Hood’ for the elderly. When that doesn’t go according to plan, they kidnap two paintings from a museum. And the fun begins.

– Carol

Fall from GraceFall from Grace by T Weaver

I really enjoyed every page of this book, putting it down to sleep was difficult.

This is book # 5 in the David Raker P.I. Series by Tim Weaver.

David is asked to investigate and find Leonard Franks a retired, high ranked police officer who disappears from his home in Dartmoor. The pages are full of twisting plots and shocks ending in an absolute cliff hanger.

I am looking forward to more of Tim Weaver and the David Raker P.I. Series.

– Carol

A Very Special YearA Very Special Year by T Montasser

Quote: “Discovering a book meant freely rising above the demands of everyday life and uprooting your own existence from the here and now in order to plant it elsewhere.”

What is your story? How does it end? … Where did it start?

A story filled with great literature, in all terms of the word – You will discover a few more books to add to the TBR pile

Valerie is entrusted with her aunt’s old fashioned bookstore, after her aunt had just disappeared. With the ledgers in ruin and minimal foot traffic, will she be able to keep the bookstore running – is that really the aim? Valerie meets some wonderful characters, real beings and fictional ones, young people, old people, famous people and not so famous people.

I feel there was more story to tell, more adventures to live... Yet still worth the quick read.

Quote: “A cabinet of fantasies, a source of knowledge, a collection of lore from past and present, a place to dream… A bookshop can be so many things.”

As is this story…

- Dusti-Leigh

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