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Shola was five when she was found by scientists in the Bakuli National Park in Africa. Exhausted and half-starved, she had been kept safe by a family of elephants who had treated her as one of their young. Shola goes to live with the scientists and their son, Leo, who is thrilled to have an older sister. But when Leo's parents are killed in a plane crash, Leo is sent back to live in England. Returning to Africa some years later, Leo is shocked to find that Shola hasn't spoken since the tragic accident and that a growing number of the elephants are being killed for ivory. He and Shola set off to find 'their' elephants, despite the danger of the poachers, and along with their favourite elephant Shola also finds her voice. This is Shola's story, told by Leo, about the idyllic life they lead in Africa surrounded by wildlife - elephants in particular - an idyllic life that is cut short by danger and death. It's a novel of adventure and family ties crossing two cultures - African and European - and two kingdoms, human and animal. A third novel from Mary Ellis, that is both lyrical and exciting; thrilling and moving.
A first children's title from a prize-winning poet and author of adult books. A novel exploring a young boy's grief, set against a colourful background of surfing. Eleven-year-old Billy's mother has just died. Billy's father isn't coping too well so Billy goes to stay with his dull Auntie Mary. The death of his mother has taken all the colour away from Billy's world. He sees his Auntie Mary as a grey person, whose dull blue house is shrouded in fog. Billy feels foggy and dull, too, and longs for the colour to return to his life. His mother was a well-known surfer -- Kitten Brown -- and the author has woven into this novel the buzzing vibes of the surfing world. Waves, movement, colour, VW combis, Cornwall, surfing songs -- described through Billy's dreams as he sleeps away his grief. For though Billy's mother is dead, her joyful personality pervades the whole story as Billy, Auntie Mary and Billy's dad all attempt to deal with their grief. The author confronts the themes of loss and change in a most vibrant and original way. Her writing is sensual -- colour, taste, smell, touch and sound all leap from the page.;She shows how different people handle loss and change differently, and how they learn to relate to each other in new ways. The author's writing style is simple, sparse yet poetic, reminiscent of David Almond and Berlie Doherty.
Seventeen-year-old Joss is a wild girl who can play a mean harmonica. A rebel with a famous mother and sperm-donor father, Joss is about to start a course in Time Travel at the University, much to the Board's disgust.
When Mavkel – the first alien to be allowed to attend a course at the University – selects Joss to be his study partner, life changes completely. Overnight, Joss transforms from Black Sheep to VIP, attracting more attention than is comfortable – she's met an assassin, confronted an anti-alien lobby and had her freewheeling lifestyle nipped in the bud by the high security which surrounds the Chorian.
But Mavkel's health is in the balance and there's something stopping the bonding process between him and Joss. The key to the mystery seems to be the identity of Joss's father, which means a trip back to the petri dish where it all began…
Tilly's biker mother gave Tilly a doll when she was on her deathbed. There is something strange about the doll, something dangerous - something which brings Tilly into the path of Jan, a South American boy with his own problems.
Angry and unhappy because he is now in a wheelchair and apparently no longer able to play basketball, twelve-year-old Seth is amazed to discover wheelchair basketball and finds that his life is not over after all.
One long time ago, Pretty Pearl god child lived high on a mountaintop in Africa with all other gods. Curious about mankind and itching to show off her powers, she came down off the mountain with her brother, know-all best god John de Conquer, and sailed on a slave ship for America. There she saw the suffering of the black people, and felt their sorrow right behind her eyes . Pretty Pearl knew now was her time to act.Brother John gave her a magical necklace, a set of rules to follow, and a warning to be careful. "Them human bein's be awful tricky," he said."they has most winnin' ways."
Drawing upon her fabulous storehouse of black legend, myth, and folklore, Virginia Hamilton has ventured into new ways of exploring the human spirit in this extrodinary fantasy filled with mysteries, beauty, and hope.
Nothing is going right for Sammy. His kindergarten teacher told him he could do a better job on his picture. His best friend didn't want to come over and play. And his mother punished him for forgetting to take out the trash. Sammy feels that his life is just awful, until Dad helps him find new ways of looking at his problems.
In her third children's book after bestsellers Why Do You Love Me? and But I Waaannt It , acclaimed author and radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger has written another important story featuring the lovable family from her first two books. Growing Up Is Hard shows a caring parent teaching his child to cope with the challenges of growing up.
Billy gets free school lunches, but what he really wants is packed lunches like Decklan, with surprise notes from his Mum. Soon the other kids get surprise notes too. Billy's Mum gives in and lets him have packed lunch, but she doesn't write notes. Billy starts to write his own.
'''I kept running, leaping tree trunks. Mashing my toes and ankles. How did they get in the Blackwater? How? They were being swept along on the other side of the river. I waved my arms. 'Make for the island. Swim!' But of course they couldn't hear me.'''
When a harmless prank goes too far, one teenager is drowned; another missing. Suddenly the Blackwater becomes a horrifying reminder of what Brodie has done and his cousin, Alex, has witnessed. One lie is told to cover it up, more follow…Then a white envelope is delivered to Brodie's house with his name on it. He pulls out a piece of lined paper and unfolds it. Printed on it in big capital letters in one word: 'TELL'.
From the acclaimed author of 'The Long Night of Leo and Bree', comes a bittersweet and poignant coming-of-age tale of friendship, lust and betrayal. When Kenyon Baker moves with his parents to Cape Cod, he's resigned himself to a quiet summer concentrating on his photography. But the town has a few surprises for such a sleepy place... like Razzle. She is unlike any girl he's ever met, she sees beauty in the strangest things and is totally unselfconscious in front of the camera. But their friendship comes under threat when beautiful, boy-crazy Harley decides she wants to become Ken's model. And when Razzle's mother comes to town, the fireworks really begin - she has more secrets than any daughter would want to know or be able to cope with.
"Somewhere in the distance, behind him, Marc heard a hound baying. He hesitated, breathing hard, wiping the sweat off his forehead with the back of his hand, straining to hear better. The hound bayed again, a lonely, fearsome sound."
Marc Solie is on the run. He has been for what seems like forever, though it's been less than two years since his little sister died and his family fell apart, since he started running from his pain and despair and pure, desperate loneliness.
This time it's different. Marc's not just running from himself this time; he's running from the cops. Marc's done something bad. He's not sure how bad -- maybe as bad as murder.
Marc's only chance is to get to his father. His father will know what to do, how to get him out of this mess. But Marc hasn't seen or talked to his father for months, and he's not really sure where he is. So Marc keeps running -- following Interstate 5 north from northern California to Washington, hoping to find him.
With only a runt dog named Rat for companionship, Marc has time to reflect on the last two years and come to grips with how his life has changed. For the first time, Marc begins to see how he's responsible for his own actions, and despite any wrongdoings to him, ultimately he's accountable for his life. As Marc sees this truth, he's finally able to stop running and face up to what he's done.
Blood on His Hands is a gripping, taut novel about one boy's journey to manhood.
While pretending to be superhero American Eagle and his trusty sidekick Bug Lady, a young boy and girl soon get into trouble with his mom. Can American Eagle become a true superhero and look an angry parent in the eye and admit what he has done? Full color.
He lands a dream internship at a magazine, and just after he's given the chance to write a feature article, he's viciously attacked. Now everything he ever believed in is called into question.
How will Patricia ever manage to make friends at her new school? It's never easy being new, but because she is deaf Patricia has a special way of talking that only a few people can understand. However, the Little Angel of Friendship comes up with an idea.
Simone loves to keep animals, especially insects. But some of her 'pets' can't live indoors, they're meant to be free. Can the Little Angel of Freedom teach Simone how to love animals the right way?
Dinah's family doesn't have a lot of money and sometimes she wants things they can't afford. It takes the Little Angel of Generosity to show her that it's not what you have but what you give that's important.
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