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January 2017 Newsletter

 

Fiction

 

 

the snow roseThe Snow Rose by L Taylor

The Snow Rose is the gripping story of a woman on the run from her past by Lulu Taylor, author of The Winter Folly. I know they think I shouldn't keep her... That's why I've escaped them while I can, while I still have the opportunity... Kate is on the run with her daughter Heather, her identity hidden and their destination unknown to the family they've left behind. She's found a place where they can live in solitude, a grand old house full of empty rooms and dark secrets. But they're not alone, for there are the strange old ladies in the cottage next door: Matty and her sister Sissy. They know what happened here long ago, and are curious about Kate. How long can she hide Heather's presence from them? When an eccentric band of newcomers arrive, led by the charismatic Archer, Kate realizes that the past she's so desperate to escape is about to catch up with her. And inside the house, history is beginning to repeat itself...

 

the courtesanThe Courtesan by A Curry

A sweeping historical epic of a young Chinese woman in imperial Europe - perfect for fans of Memoirs of a Geisha The year is 1881, the era of China's humiliation at the hands of imperialist Europe. Seven-year-old Sai Jinhua is left alone and unprotected, her life transformed after her mandarin father's summary execution for the crime of speaking the truth. Now an orphan, Jinhua is sold to a brothel and put to work as a 'money tree', enduring the very worst of human nature thanks to the friendship and wisdom of the crippled brothel maid. But when an elegant but troubled scholar takes Jinhua as his concubine, her world begins to expand. With him she will travel to Vienna, seeing things she has never imagined, and opening her heart to dreams she has never dared to dream... Based on the true story of Sai Jinhua, Alexandra Curry's debut novel, The Courtesan, travels from the depths of the Chinese empire to the palaces of Vienna, and tells the true story of one young woman's journey from the depths of poverty to the centre of Chinese history.

 

Human ActHuman Acts by H Kang

Gwangju, South Korea, 1980. In the wake of a viciously suppressed student uprising, a boy searches for his friend's corpse, a consciousness searches for its abandoned body, and a brutalised country searches for a voice. In a sequence of interconnected chapters the victims and the bereaved encounter censorship, denial, forgiveness and the echoing agony of the original trauma. Human Acts is a universal book, utterly modern and profoundly timeless. Already a controversial bestseller and award-winning book in Korea, it confirms Han Kang as a writer of immense importance.

 

faithfulFaithful by A Hoffman

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate. Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night. Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap. Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.

 

The Library at the edge of the worldThe Library at the Edge of the World by F Hayes-McCoy

A warm, feel-good novel about the importance of finding a place where you belong - perfect for fans of Maeve Binchy. Local librarian Hanna Casey is wondering where it all went wrong... Driving her mobile library van through Finfarran's farms and villages, she tries not to think of the sophisticated London life she abandoned when she left her cheating husband. Or that she's now stuck in her crotchety mum's spare bedroom. With her daughter Jazz travelling the world and her relationship with her mother growing increasingly fraught, Hanna decides to reclaim her independence. Then, when the threatened closure of her library puts her plans in jeopardy, she finds herself leading a battle to restore the heart and soul of the fragmented community. Will she also find the new life she's been searching for?

 

Silent MusicSilent Music by J Hawkins

Growing up in London in the aftermath of the Second World War, Ruth is an observant and thoughtful child who finds herself in a confusing and mysterious adult world. She seeks refuge in her memories of her idyllic stays with her grandparents in the picturesque East Anglian countryside – which provide comforting visions of a simpler life. As she comes to terms with her surroundings and her own adolescence, Ruth finds the motivation to pursue the tantalizing dream which has governed her childhood, and discovers some family secrets along the way. A coming-of-age novel about the unpredictable nature of human behaviour and about taking control of one's destiny, Silent Music is a timeless portrait of post-war Britain, as well as a lyrical paean to hope and aspiration.

 

the English girlThe English Girl by K Webb

Joan Seabrook, a fledgling archaeologist, has fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit Arabia by travelling from England to the ancient city of Muscat with her fiance, Rory. Desperate to escape the pain of a personal tragedy, she longs to explore the desert fort of Jabrin, and unearth the treasures it is said to conceal. But Oman is a land lost in time - hard, secretive, and in the midst of a violent upheaval - and gaining permission to explore Jabrin could prove impossible. Joan's disappointment is only alleviated by the thrill of meeting her childhood heroine, pioneering explorer Maude Vickery, and hearing first-hand the stories that captured her imagination and fuelled her ambition as a child. Joan's encounter with the extraordinary and reclusive Maude will change everything. Both women have things that they want, and secrets they must keep. As their friendship grows, Joan is seduced by Maude's stories, and the thrill of the adventure they hold, and only too late does she begin to question her actions - actions that will spark a wild, and potentially disastrous, chain of events. Will the girl that left England for this beautiful but dangerous land ever find her way.

 

Gathering PreyGathering Prey (A Lucas Davenport Thriller) by J Sanford

They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes-they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She's hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn't know what to do. Letty tells Lucas she's going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty's getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman's story, though, he begins to think there's something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger-but just may change the course of his life.

 

The Sleeping Beauty KillerThe Sleeping Beauty Killer by M Higgins Clark

Casey Carter was convicted of murdering her fiancé – famed philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III – fifteen years ago. And Casey claims – has always claimed – she’s innocent. Although she was charged and served out her sentence in prison, she is still living ‘under suspicion.’ Her story attracts the attention of Laurie Moran and the Under Suspicion news team – it’s Casey’s last chance to finally clear her name, and Laurie pledges to exonerate her. An egomaniacal new boss, a relentless gossip columnist who seems to have all the dirt (and a surprising informant), and Casey’s longstanding bad reputation: Laurie must face this and more to do what she believes is right, to once and for all prove Casey’s innocence – that is, if she’s innocent…The Sleeping Beauty Killer will keep you guessing until the very end.

 

No Mans LandNo Man's Land (John Puller Series) by D Baldacci

Two men. Thirty years. John Puller's mother, Jackie, vanished thirty years ago from Fort Monroe, Virginia, when Puller was just a boy. Paul Rogers has been in prison for ten years. But twenty years before that, he was at Fort Monroe. One night three decades ago, Puller's and Rogers' worlds collided with devastating results, and the truth has been buried ever since.Until now.Military investigators, armed with a letter from a friend of Jackie's, arrive in the hospital room of Puller's father--a legendary three-star now sinking into dementia--and reveal that Puller Sr. has been accused of murdering Jackie.Aided by his brother Robert Puller, an Air Force major, and Veronica Knox, who works for a shadowy U.S. intelligence organization, Puller begins a journey that will take him into his own past, to find the truth about his mother.Paul Rogers' time is running out. With the clock ticking, he begins his own journey, one that will take him across the country to the place where all his troubles began: a mysterious building on the grounds of Fort Monroe. There, thirty years ago, the man Rogers had once been vanished too, and was replaced with a monster. And now the monster wants revenge. And the only person standing in his way is John Puller.

 

kidnapped james pattersonBookShots - Kidnapped by J Patterson James Patterson's

Short, fast-paced,  high-impact entertainment. PLEASE HELP BEFORE HE KILLS ME. Travelling home for the festive season, Jon Roscoe receives a desperate cry for help. This year, Christmas with his family isn't quite as he had planned...

 

 

The Christmas MysteryBookShots - The Christmas Mystery (Detective Luc Moncrief Series) by J Patterson

Short, fast-paced, high-impact entertainment. Two priceless paintings disappear from a Park Avenue murder scene – French detective Luc Moncrief is in for a not-so-merry Christmas.

 

 

Assasins CreedAssasin’s Creed: The official film tie by C Golden

We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

 

 

Non Fiction

 

 

koljander koljander cookeryKoljander, koljander so deur die bosch by A Melck

Die stories en resepte wat in die boek opgeskryf is nooi jou saam op Annatjie se lewensreis – wat begin op die oop vlaktes van die Groot Karoo en eindelik tot ruste kom onder die groot eike van die Muratie-wynlandgoed net buite Stellenbosch. Die gevolg is ’n interessante nalatenskap word nie net geskets deur humoristiese en hartroerende vertellings nie, maar ook deur deurwinterde staatmakerresepte en wenke.

 

the bikini bodyThe Bikini Body: 28 days Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide by K Itsines

The body transformation phenomenon and #1 Instagram sensation's first healthy eating and lifestyle book! Millions of women follow Kayla Itsines and her Bikini Body Guide 28-minute workouts: energetic, kinetic, high-intensity interval training sessions that help women achieve healthy, strong bodies. Fans not only follow Kayla on Instagram, they pack stadiums for workout sessions with her, they've made her Sweat with Kayla app hit the top of the Apple App Store's health and fitness charts, and they post amazing before and after progress shots. Kayla's audience is avid and growing, with over 10 million followers worldwide. The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide features: - 200 recipes such as fresh fruit breakfast platters, smoothie bowls, and salads - A 4-week workout plan which includes Kayla's signature 28-minute workouts

 

LionLION: A Long Way Home by S Brierley

Aged just five, Saroo Brierley was separated from his family in India when he boarded a train that took him 1500km from his hometown. After weeks surviving alone on the streets of Calcutta, he was eventually adopted by an Australian couple. As an adult, Saroo couldn't help but think about the family he'd lost. Years later, he swapped the map of India on his wall for Google Earth, scouring it for landmarks he knew from his childhood. One day, he saw something he recognised, and he set off on a journey to find his mother...

 

Wisdom from AfricaWisdom from Africa: A Collection of Proverbs by D Stewart

The words of author Dianne Stewart, 'African proverbs reflect both the past and the present, and are as relevant to contemporary society as they were to traditional society.' As with so much of African culture, proverbs have been passed on in the oral tradition so it's rare to find such a treasure trove as this; from across Africa, Dianne has compiled a fascination collection. The text is given in the language of origin, an English translation and an explanation of the meaning. The proverbs are divided into subject groups such as human nature, family life, good fortune, time, animals and nature. Whether you're looking for that special African gift or would like to add to your own collection of reference books, Wisdom from Africa is an excellent choice.

 

George LucasGeorge Lucas A Life by B Jay

Jones George Lucas by Brian Jay Jones is the first comprehensive telling of the story of the iconic filmmaker and the building of his film empire, as well as of his enormous impact on cinema. At once a biography, a business manual, and a film history, George Lucas will, for the first time explore the life and work of a fiercely independent writer/director/producer who became one of the most influential filmmakers and cultural icons - a true game changer. On May 25, 1977, a problem-plagued, budget-straining, independent science fiction film opened in a mere thirty-two American movie theatres. Its distributor - 20th Century Fox - were baffled by the film. The film's production had been a disaster from nearly day one, hampered by bad weather, malfunctioning props and ill-fitting costumes. But its release on a quiet Wednesday in May of 1977, changed cinema forever. The film was Star Wars. The fiercely independent thirty-three year-old George Lucas was just getting going. Determined to control every element of the film-making process he had founded Lucasfilm ltd., in 1971. Among his hits, Lucas gave us six Star Wars films and four featuring the globetrotting archaeologist Indiana Jones. Together these ten films have earned more than $6 billion worldwide and won some of the largest and most devoted fan bases ever seen. In 2013 he sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion. Along the way the man who invented the Blockbuster also gave us computer generated imagery (CGI), created a small animation company called Pixar and reinvented the way movies were made, marketed and merchandised.

 

Glory GameGlory Game by J van der Westhuizen & Odette Schwegler

In 2011 the world was shocked when the news broke that Joost van der Westhuizen, known for years as the golden boy of South African rugby and a former Springbok captain, had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND). This rare condition attacks the central nervous system, causing progressive disability. There is no known cure. All who have seen Joost in action will know that he is not one to give up without a fight. His game-changing prowess as a brilliant scrum half is now focused on a battle for survival and, more importantly, on making a difference to the lives of others with the disease.  In a race against time, Joost has a dream to fulfil. He says: “In the beginning you go through all the emotions and you ask, ‘Why me?’ It’s quite simple. ‘Why not me?’ If I have to go through this to help future generations, why not me?” His acceptance of his symptoms is equally pragmatic: “One day you can’t move your arm, another day you don’t have speech. Every day you are reborn and you take the day as it comes.” Glory Game – The Joost van der Westhuizen Story is a compelling narrative of redemption set against the backdrop of an illustrious career in rugby. It is the story of a modern-day warrior forced to face his own human frailty. Joost shows us that beyond ambition, success and fame lies the true wealth of family and friends, and that within a ravaged body the spirit can remain invincible.

 

Primary GreatnessPrimary Greatness by SR Covey

Stephen R. Covey believed there were only two ways to live life: a life of primary greatness or a life of secondary greatness. Through his books and speaking, he taught that the intrinsic rewards of primary greatness - integrity, responsibility and contribution - far outweighed the extrinsic rewards of secondary greatness - money, popularity and the self-absorbed, pleasure-ridden life that some people consider 'success'. In his posthumous work, Covey lays out the 12 levers of success that will lead to a life of primary greatness: Integrity, Contribution, Sacrifice, Service, Responsibility, Loyalty, Reciprocity, Diversity, Learning and Renewal, For the first time, Covey defines each of these 12 qualities and how they can be leveraged and enacted in your daily life to lead you to success and happiness.

 

MMusi Maimane Prophet or PuppetMMusi 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?

 

The Boer WarThe Boer War by M Bossenbroek

Dutch historian Martin Bossenbroek won the National Dutch History Prize 2013 for this new chronicle of the war that shaped South Africa and the book was also shortlisted for the 2013 AKO Literature Prize, both preeminent Dutch literary prizes. This English paperback edition follows the Afrikaans paperback, published in October 2014, and will cement the critical acclaim already received by Mr Bossenbroek and offer the South African reader the chance to savour his storytelling powers. The (Anglo) Boer war (1899-1902) has been labelled many things. The originator of apartheid. An appetiser for the First and Second World Wars. The first media war (with the first instance of embedded journalists). It helped create the nation-state South Africa, and remains the cause of fiery debate more than a hundred years after its end. In the Boer war, Martin Bossenbroek gives the reader the full story with an in-depth insight and detail previously unmatched. Bossenbroek follows three colourful main characters: the Dutch lawyer, South African Republic state attorney, state secretary and eventual European envoy Willem Leyds; the soon-to-be-immortalised British war-reporter Winston Churchill; and the Boer commander and one-day South African politician Deneys Reitz. Mr Bossenbroek's riveting new account of the war is a must-read for all South African history buffs, for all who loved Thomas Pakenham's classic bestseller.

 

DenialDenial by DE Lipstadt

In her acclaimed 1993 book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt called David Irving, a prolific writer of books on World War II, “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial.” The following year, after Lipstadt’s book was published in the United Kingdom, Irving led a libel suit against Lipstadt and her publisher. She prepared her defense with the help of a first-rate team of solicitors, historians, and experts, and a dramatic trial unfolded. Denial, previously published as History on Trial, is Lipstadt’s riveting, blow- by-blow account of this singular legal battle, which resulted in a formal denunciation of a Holocaust denier that crippled the movement for years to come. Lipstadt’s victory was proclaimed on the front page of major news- papers around the world, such as The Times (UK), which declared that “history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.”

 

Rainbow in the cloudRainbow in the Cloud by M Angelou

Since the publication of her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou has been celebrated as one of America's most important writers and her words are indelibly imprinted on the hearts of millions. Inspired by the woman who has inspired us all, Rainbow in the Cloud offers nearly 300 of Dr Angelou's wonderful quotes, organised in themed sections (including art, love, spirituality, womanhood, and life in the American South) - from sage advice and beautiful stanzas to humorous quips and pointed observations - drawn from each of her published works and from her celebrated (and much shared) social media posts. This collection also features special words of wisdom she shared often with her family, chosen by her son, Guy Johnson.

 

the soul of leadershipThe Soul of Leadership by D Chopra

The Soul of Leadership decodes the mysterious qualities that have propelled history's greatest leaders to the top of the ranks and shrouded them in legend - Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, Buddha - and provides a hands-on approach to understanding and mastering these qualities. The 10 Fundamental Principles, which Deepak Chopra believes all leaders should follow, include:

* A leader is the symbolic soul of the group

* Inner qualities determine the outcome of any situation

* For every need, the right response can be found

* Great leaders can respond to all situations from the higher levels of spirit

* A leader focused only on external goals (money, victory, power) will fail.

Using well-known examples of great leaders and a clear, concise breakdown of the virtues that a great leader must possess, The Soul of Leadership demystifies leadership and empowers us all to become leaders in our own right - from managing a family crisis to starting our own business.

 

Wit WisdomWit & Wisdom from the Yogo Mat by R Scott

Embrace mindfulness and alleviate anxiety by integrating the philosophy of yoga into your daily life with this fun and approachable illustrated book for anyone who needs to restore some balance—even if you can’t touch your toes! Center yourself—and your life—on and off the mat with Wit and Wisdom from the Yoga Mat. Everyone can benefit from a little more balance in their lives, and yoga’s blend of mindfulness practices and restorative poses creates the perfect antidote to our increasingly high-stress lives. This inspiring collection of quotes, aphorisms, poses, and even breathing exercises will help everyone—yogi or newbie—benefit from the physical, mental, and emotional perks of regular yoga practice, without breaking a sweat. Filled with the wit and wisdom of esteemed yogi Rachel Scott, this approachable book will help clear your mind, while brightening your day.

 

the horse encyclopediaThe Horse Encyclopedia  by DK Publishers

The Horse Encyclopedia is a comprehensive photographic guide to more than 150 horse and pony breeds and types from around the world.Browse through the catalog of gorgeous photographs and learn about the characteristics and origins of each breed, from Friesians to Thoroughbreds, and some of the most famous horses that left a mark on equine history. A fascinating introduction takes you through the evolution of the horse, horse disciplines like polo and show jumping, the animal's place in history, art, culture, and much more. With expert advice on horse health and care, including feeding, grooming, and conditioning, The Horse Encyclopedia can even guide you through the experience of becoming a first-time owner.The Horse Encyclopedia is a visually stunning celebration of all things equine and a must-have for every horse lover.

 

F thatF#*k that: An honest Meditation by J Headley

Let this book help you find peace with the challenges that surround you.  Because they are f*cking  everywhere. We all have an inner voice. Sometimes it's just not quite as serene as we'd like.  Based on the viral video that had everyone from yogis to workaholics raving, F*ck That is the completely truthful and oddly tranquil guide to achieving your inner peace.

 

illustrated child booksWriting an Illustrated Children’s Books by L Courtenay

Do you have an irresistible idea for a children's book with pictures? Are you inspired by writers like Julia Donaldson and Lauren Child? Get Started in Writing and Illustrating A Children's Book is designed for anyone who wants to write in this genre of fiction, whatever the category or age range. Designed to build confidence and help fire up creativity, it is also an essential guide to mastering the practicalities of working with illustrators and illustrated concepts, from creating ideas for toddler board books to writing high concept middle grade projects. It carries the distinctive learning features of the flagship Teach Yourself Creative Writing series, with Snapshots designed to get you writing quickly, Key Idea to help crystallize thought, and a wealth of supplementary material, including insights into the publishing world.

 

The TruthThe Truth by N Strauss

Neil Strauss became famous to millions around the world as the author of The Game, An account of how he transformed himself from a scrawny, insecure nerd into the ultra-confident, ultra-successful 'pickup artist' known as Style. The book made Strauss a household name revered - or notorious - among men and women alike.The experience of writing The Game transformed Strauss into a man who could have what every man wants. But they also conditioned him to view the world as a kind of constant parade of women, sex, and opportunity - with intimacy and long-term commitment taking a back seat. That is, until he met the woman who forced him to choose between herself and the parade. The choice forced Strauss deep into his past, to confront the childhood that shaped the man that he became. It sent him into extremes of behaviour that exposed just how conflicted his life had become. Game Over? charts Strauss' investigations into polyamorous communities, celibacy, sex addiction clinics and every permutation of relationship. And it made him question everything he knew about himself, and about the way men and women live with and without each other... He would never be the same again. Game Over? may have the same effect on you.

 

On your BikeOn your Bike by C Hoy

So you've got a new bike? Or just getting into cycling? Or just fancy learning more about the bike you already have? On Your Bike by Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is the perfect guide for children looking to make the most of their bikes.

* How to choose your bike? BMX, Racer, Mountain bike? Which tribe are you?

* Get the right kit. Advice on cycling essentials for riding in all weathers and safety tips to make sure you are seen on the road.

* Maintenance.

Step by step guides with illustrations to help you change a tyre, check your bike for wear and tear plus access to bonus video footage with Sir Chris Packed full of handy hints, fun facts, quizzes, checklists and illustrations, Sir Chris shows you how to look after your bike and much, much more.

 

Jump steve HarveyJump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance by S Harvey

#1 New York Times bestselling author Steve Harvey helps you engage the Divine Spirit within you to find your life’s desire and use your own imagination to make your life’s vision a reality. At the beginning of each broadcast of his morning radio show, Steve Harvey offers his millions of listeners a few moments of spiritual advice to inspire and guide them. Fans love Steve’s wisdom and often share his insightful messages with friends and family. In this essential book, Steve expands on those daily words of wisdom by providing fans—and anyone in need of spiritual support, comfort, or guidance—this heartfelt collection of spiritual devotions. Steve beautifully and thoughtfully explains what faith is and how it can work miracles in our daily lives. He also talks in-depth about the power of human imagination and how we can use it to make our dreams come true. Steve believes that no vision enters our minds without our ability to make it a reality. As God inspires us to build and create a larger vision for our lives, Steve shows us that when we combine our inherent power with God’s divine plan, we can each achieve anything. Steve also reveals the power of using imagination, faith, and hard work to make our visions a reality.Written in an engaging storytelling format in Steve’s warm, inviting voice, each chapter of this thoughtful book offers invaluable advice and anecdotes that illuminate the power of imagination and how to use our God-given visions to enrich our lives.

 

 

Children

 

0-5 years

 

 

favourite Bedtime StoriesFavourite Bedtime Stories published by Little Tiger Press Group

Open up a world of adventures! Fly on a magic carpet in your pyjamas, meet a bear who just can't sleep, and join in with a very chaotic crocodile sleepover! This stunning collection contains eleven delightful bedtime stories.

 

Busy Busy WorldRichard Scarry's Busy, Busy World by R Scarry

Now celebrating it's 50th anniversary, little explorers can travel the world thanks to Richard Scarry! With 33 stories featuring fun-filled stops in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Egypt, Australia, and more, this worldwide adventure of discovery will have children ready to pack their bags and visit those international Busytowns!

 

Favourite Animal StoriesFavourite Animal Stories published by Little Tiger Press Group

Dive into the world of adventures! Race along a riverbank with Squirrel and Mouse, meet a cow who loves to dance, and join Little Otter on his ocean adventure! This stunning collection contains eleven delightful animal stories.

 

Favpurite Fairy StoriesFavourite Fairy Stories published by Little Tiger Press Group

Journey to a magical world of adventures! Discover a secret door that leads to Fairyland, take part in a midsummer boat race, and meet a very spoilt princess as she plans an extra-special birthday party! This stunning collection contains eleven fabulous fairy stories.

 

favourite adventure storiesFavourite Adventure Stories published by Little Tiger Press Group

Discover a world of adventures! Take a trip to outer space with a miniature astronaut, crawl through a magical igloo to explore a land of ice and snow, and join an action-packed quest to find a fire-breathing dragon! This exciting collection contains eleven super stories.

 

The toroise and the HareAesop's Fables' Classic Tales: The Tortoise and the Hare published by Igloo Books Ltd

Here’s a hare in a hurry, a vain town mouse and a cheeky fox who plays tricks. Discover wonderful animal characters and learn important lessons about life in this timeless collection of Aesop’s fables.

 

The Super smelling AlienThe Super Smelly Alien published by Igloo Books Ltd

Little Critter isn't getting anything he wants. But on a trip to the farm, Grandma shows Little Critter why thankfulness is so important and helps make any situation seem so much happier.

 

 

FootlooseFootloose: Bonus CD! "Footloose" by K Loggins

Have a rockin' time introducing children to Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins himself. Features a bonus CD with the new children's "Footloose," performed by Kenny Loggins. Time to cut loose! Have a rockin' time introducing children to the fun of Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins. As a zookeeper named Jack joins the zoo animals in an all-night dance party, this new original story from Loggins is sure to get your feet moving. Little ones will love the cast of characters, including the rockin' chimp Louise ("Geez, Louise"), Mister DJ Elephant, the lemur Marie ("Oo Wee, Marie"), Milo the wombat, Luke the funkiest cat in the zoo, and so many more rocking, bopping, boogeying, tangoing, shaking, rattling and rolling animals! To add to the fun, the book includes a CD with new recordings by Kenny Loggins. Kids and parents can sing along to the classic hit with new lyrics, as well as a three-song medley families will love.

 

 

5-8 years

 

 

Dolphin School Echos Lucky CharmDolphin School: Echo’s Lucky Charm by C Hapka

Pearl and her friends Echo, Splash, and Flip are preparing for their first test at dolphin school! It's in Magic class, which is Echo's best subject, so she's helping them study. But then Echo loses her lucky shell necklace. She's very upset -- and, even worse, she's barely able to do any magic! Can Pearl and her friends help Echo find her necklace and regain her skills before their big test?

 

SplashDolphin School: Splash’s Secret Friend by C Hapka

When Splash doesn't show up to dolphin school on time, Pearl, Echo, and Flip are worried. It's the season of the annual shark migration, and he could be in danger! Later, they learn he's hiding a big secret. He's made a new friend -- who's a shark! Everyone is shocked. But the shark is young, and lost from his family. Will Pearl and her friends defy the rules and help a scary creature home?

 

owl DiariesOwl Diaries: Eva and the New Owl by R Elliott

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! In book #4, a new owl named Hailey starts in Eva's class at school. Eva is always happy to meet new people, and she's excited to make a new friend! But the new owl befriends Lucy instead of her. So Eva gets jealous. Lucy is Eva's best friend! Will Eva lose her best friend? Or can Eva and Lucy BOTH make a new friend?

 

Gruffalo sound bookThe Gruffalo Sound Book by J Donaldson

Stomp, slither and scamper your way through the deep dark wood with this amazing play-along version of "The Gruffalo". Press the 10 interactive sound buttons and bring the nation's favourite bedtime story vividly to life! This title is the perfect gift for all Gruffalo fans.

 

The princess the wizardThe Princess & the Wizard Sound Book by J Donaldson

The princess may try seven times to escape by changing her colour and changing her shape. But each time Princess Eliza changes – into a blue fish, a yellow chick, an orange fox or a black cat – the wicked Wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake? Press the 10 interactive sound buttons and bring the story to life!

 

What the ladybird heardWhat the Ladybird Heard Sound Book by J Donaldson

Two crafty robbers hatch a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But the quietest, tiniest creature in the farm has a plan of her own and things are going to get noisy; very noisy. With 10 amazing animal sounds, this book is a whole farmyard of fun!

 

Scaredy CatScaredy Cat published by Igloo Books Ltd

Lion has a secret...he can't find his roar! No matter how hard he tries, nothing will come out. The, Lion makes a friend in Meerkat and learns that sometimes, you just need a little encouragement to find what you are looking for.

 

landy at the factoryLandy & the Factory by V Lamond

Jack takes Landy into the city to the Land Rover factory, to attend their 60th birthday party. They get lost along the way and have a series of adventures, before enjoying the festivities at the factory – and hitching a ride home on a massive transporter.

 

Fender and the Cliff RescueFender & the Cliff Rescue by V Lamond

Dan and Fender have a busy, exciting day: they watch lifesavers and a helicopter rescue a little girl from the sea... and then they themselves spring into action when Jack’s dog Molly needs rescuing from a cliff ledge.

 

Landy and the Apple HarvestLandy & the Apple Harvest by V Lamont

Jack and Landy come to the rescue when an apple tree is blown over in a storm – but all ends well with a big apple harvest party.

 

 

The Velverteen RabitThe Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real by M Williams

When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he's snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse who explains how toys can become 'real', if only they are loved enough. But when Boy is ill with Scarlet Fever, and Rabbit is thrown away, Rabbit finally discovers what it truly means to be real.

 

Were going on a bear huntWe're Going on a Bear Hunt Sound book by M Rosen & H Oxenbury

Join in the bear hunt with this fabulous interactive sound book! We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For twenty-five years, readers have been swishy swashing and splash sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest! Now you can join in the fun with this interactive sound book.

 

 

9-12 yrs

 

 

A jar of picklesA jar of Pickles & a Pinch of Justice by C Soundar

Further delightful trickster tales from India Prince Veera and his best friend, Suku, are left in charge of King Beema's court when the king goes off on a hunting trip. Each day the king's subjects come before the boys with their problems and petty disagreements. Can Veera and Suku settle the dispute between the man who sells a well - but not the water in it - to his neighbour? Or solve the mystery of the jewels that have turned into pickles? And what about the old washerwoman who is set the task of washing the king's elephants until they turn white? These clever, funny trickster tales, full of humour and colour, are sure to delight.

 

Give please a chanceGive PLEASE a Chance by B O’Reilly & J Patterson

In this inspired collaboration, bestselling authors Bill O'Reilly and James Patterson remind us all that a single word--"Please?"--is useful in a thousand different ways. From finding a lovable stray dog to needing a partner on a seesaw, from reading a bedtime story to really, really needing a cookie, Give Please a Chance depicts scenes and situations in which one small word can move mountains. With a vivid array of illustrations by seventeen different artists, this charming, helpful book is a fun and memorable way for children to learn the magic power of one simple word: please.

 

Journey to the River SeaJourney to the River Sea by E Ibbotson

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson's highly colourful, joyous adventure.

 

gameknightA Gameknight Invasion of the Overworld by M Cheverton

Survival mode. Gameknight999 crafts structures and custom maps like other players. But above all, Gameknight999 loves to grief-to intentionally ruin the gaming experience for other users. But when one of his father's inventions teleports him into the game, Gameknight is forced to live out a real-life adventure inside the digital world. His emergence in the game triggers a war that threatens to consume the pixelated world and possibly the real world as well. The self-proclaimed "King of Griefers" suddenly needs strong allies to fight epic battles against the mobs on the server who want to destroy everything, including him. What will happen if Gameknight is killed in the game? Will he respawn? Disconnect? Die in real life? This is survival mode for real, where every block, pig and friend counts. 

ABLE sEACAT sIMONAble Seacat Simon by L Barrett-Lee

The abridged, junior edition of the story of Able Seacat Simon, beloved hero of the high seas. A must for Michael Morpurgo fans! When an orphaned kitten is discovered in the Hong Kong docks in 1948 by a British sailor, he has no idea of the journey that awaits him. Smuggled onto HMS Amethyst and named 'Simon' by his new friends, the little cat quickly gets used to life on the seas and appoints himself chief rat-catcher. When tragedy strikes, Seacat Simon keeps spirits up - but it's a long and dangerous journey back to England for the heroic kitten and his crewmates ...Inspired by real events, this is the story of 'Able Seacat' Simon's adventures and heroics in dangerous wartime seas, as told by the cat himself!

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