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DROP RE-ISSUE (Paperback, New ed): Anthony Masters DROP RE-ISSUE (Paperback, New ed)
Anthony Masters
R135 R116 Discovery Miles 1 160 Save R19 (14%) Out of stock
Monkey Island (Paperback, New ed): Paula Fox Monkey Island (Paperback, New ed)
Paula Fox
R135 R116 Discovery Miles 1 160 Save R19 (14%) Out of stock

A story about the tough and frightening world of New York's homeless seen through the eyes of Clay, an 11-year-old boy abandoned by his mother. the author won the American Book Award for A Place Apart and the Newberry Medal for The Slave Dancer.

The Raging Quiet (Paperback): Sherryl Jordan The Raging Quiet (Paperback)
Sherryl Jordan
R135 R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 Save R27 (20%) Out of stock

Marnie is a young widow living in an isolated medieval community who already suspect she is a witch. Her only friends are a priest and a weird, mad youth called Raven. When Marnie realizes that Raven is deaf, not mad, they devise a system of hand words, which only makes matters worse for Marnie.

Still Life with Tornado (Paperback): A.S. King Still Life with Tornado (Paperback)
A.S. King
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Out of stock

A heartbreaking and mindbending story of a talented teenage artist's awakening to the brokenness of her family from critically acclaimed award-winner A.S. King.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah can't draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has "done the art." She thinks she's having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she wanders the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she's finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can't quite recall. After decades of staying together "for the kids" and building a family on a foundation of lies and domestic violence, Sarah's parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original--and yet it still hurts.

Insightful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, this is a vivid portrait of abuse, survival, resurgence that will linger with readers long after the last page.

Emancipated (Paperback): Reyes Emancipated (Paperback)
Reyes
R190 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R38 (20%) Out of stock

Fans of Pretty Little Liars and L.A. Candy will devour this fast-paced series from a writer New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant raves is "an amazing new talent!"Six gorgeous teens, all legally emancipated from parental control, move into their dream house on LA's infamous Venice Beach only to discover their perfect setup may be too good to be true. The roommates--a diva, a jock, a former child star, a hustler, a musician, and a hacker--all harbor dark secrets but manage to form a kind of dysfunctional family . . . until one of them is caught in a lie and everyone's freedom is put on the line. How far are they each willing to go to hide the past? And who will they betray to protect their future?Told from alternating points of view, Emancipated is the first book in a blistering guessing game of a series packed with intrigue, romance, and scandal.

Escaping Perfect 2: Finding What's Real (Paperback, New Edition): Emma Harrison Escaping Perfect 2: Finding What's Real (Paperback, New Edition)
Emma Harrison
R240 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R48 (20%) Out of stock

Cecelia Montgomery returns after running away to deal with the downside of her newfound fame--and her mother's Presidential campaign--in the sequel to Escaping Perfect.

Two weeks after going on the run--and running away from a life that was carefully constructed for the past ten years--Cecelia Montgomery finds herself back in the middle of a media firestorm. Before she can blink, Cecilia is forced once again into a public persona she had no part in creating.

But her friends from Sweet Briar still have her back. After creating another clever diversion, Fiona, Britta, and Jasper help smuggle her back to Sweet Briar. Just when Cecilia thinks she actually is in the clear, her mother--the formidable Senator Montgomery--drops into town and officially announces she plans to run as the next Presidential candidate, making Sweet Briar campaign headquarters.

As Cecelia grows more disappointed in the people who supposedly care about her, she gets pulled deeper and deeper into a group and party scene that is vastly different than her own. Can Cecelia ever find her perfect ending, or will her escape prove to be more of a trap than she ever thought possible?

Click'd (Hardcover): Tamara Ireland Stone Click'd (Hardcover)
Tamara Ireland Stone
R360 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R72 (20%) Out of stock

Allie Navarro can't wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. Click'd pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it's a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about Click'd.

Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone's making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone's secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt-all before she steps on stage to present Click'd to the judges?

New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut.

The Beauty That Remains (Hardcover): Ashley Woodfolk The Beauty That Remains (Hardcover)
Ashley Woodfolk
R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Out of stock

Told from three diverse points of view, this story of life and love after loss is one Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, calls a "stunning, heart-wrenching look at grief that will stay with you long after you put it down."

We've lost everything...and found ourselves.

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death might pull them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was: a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan has always turned to writing love songs when his real love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan is a guy who can't stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger who's struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Despite the odds, one band's music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.

Release (Standard format, CD, Library Edition): Patrick Ness Release (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Patrick Ness; Read by Michael Crouch
R1,003 R887 Discovery Miles 8 870 Save R116 (12%) Out of stock

Inspired by Judy Blume's Forever and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, this novel that Andrew Smith calls "beautiful, enchanting, [and] exquisitely written" is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance--and what happens when the walls we build start coming down.

Adam Thorn doesn't know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam's life is falling apart. At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn't he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam's life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

Release (MP3 format, CD): Patrick Ness Release (MP3 format, CD)
Patrick Ness; Read by Michael Crouch
R820 R597 Discovery Miles 5 970 Save R223 (27%) Out of stock

Inspired by Judy Blume's Forever and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, this novel by award-winning author Patrick Ness is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance -- and what happens when the walls we build start coming down.

Adam Thorn doesn't know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam's life is falling apart. At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn't he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam's life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release. From the New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

Release (Standard format, CD): Patrick Ness Release (Standard format, CD)
Patrick Ness; Read by Michael Crouch
R597 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R56 (9%) Out of stock

Inspired by Judy Blume's Forever and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, this novel that Andrew Smith calls "beautiful, enchanting, [and] exquisitely written" is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance--and what happens when the walls we build start coming down.

Adam Thorn doesn't know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam's life is falling apart. At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn't he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam's life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

Second Sight (Paperback): Griselda Gifford Second Sight (Paperback)
Griselda Gifford
R206 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R13 (6%) Out of stock

Jo and her family have just moved to a cramped flat, she faces bullying at her new school, and there are problems at home. Her mother was injured in a car accident which also left her little brother almost speechless and her parents have separated. Jo's brother buys a mysterious glass Eye at a bazaar which gives its owner "second sight." Jo can use the power the Eye gives--but is this dangerous magic?

Under Water (Paperback): J. L. Powers Under Water (Paperback)
J. L. Powers
R285 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R57 (20%) Out of stock

After her grandmother dies, seventeen-year-old Khosi must learn to survive on her own-taking care of her little sister Zi, making a living as a healer, and trying to finish school somehow. But everywhere she turns in her urban Zulu community near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, she faces violence and loss.

When her beloved township Imbali flares up in violence, Khosi finds herself at the center of the storm. Accusations of witchcraft swirl around her, despite her every effort to keep her healing practice as a sangoma aboveboard. Competing taxi bosses seek her out for protective charms as they go on the warpath against each other. And then there's the whole problem of love. When her longtime boyfriend chooses the wrong path, Khosi finds herself caught up in a new romance. Will Little Man let her go live her own life?

J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of four young adult novels, most recently Broken Circle, a series starter she co-authored with her brother. She works as an editor/publicist for Cinco Puntos Press, and is founder and editor of the blog The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children's Literature. She teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Skyline College in California's Bay A rea and served as a jurist for the 2014 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. She launched Catalyst Press in 2017 to publish African writers. She can be found at jlpowers.net, powerssquared.com, and catalystpress.org.

Wink (Hardcover): Rob Harrell Wink (Hardcover)
Rob Harrell
R396 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R59 (15%) Out of stock

A hilarious and heartwrenching story about surviving middle school--and an unthinkable diagnosis--while embracing life's weirdness.

Ross Maloy just wants to be a normal seventh grader. He doesn't want to lose his hair, or wear a weird hat, or deal with the disappearing friends who don't know what to say to "the cancer kid." But with his recent diagnosis of a rare eye cancer, blending in is off the table.

Based on Rob Harrell's real life experience, and packed with comic panels and spot art, this incredibly personal and poignant novel is an unforgettable, heartbreaking, hilarious, and uplifting story of survival and finding the music, magic, and laughter in life's weirdness.

Cudjoe Mountain Lion (Paperback): Trevor Wallen Cudjoe Mountain Lion (Paperback)
Trevor Wallen
R132 R110 Discovery Miles 1 100 Save R22 (17%) Out of stock

This is a fictitious account of the life of Cudjoe, a real-life character in the history of Ghana. He came from the Ashanti, a tribe of proud warriors, but was sent to the West Indies as a slave. The death of his friends caused him to lead the uprising and revolt of the Maroons in 1738.

All We Can Do Is Wait (Hardcover): Richard Lawson All We Can Do Is Wait (Hardcover)
Richard Lawson
R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Debut author and Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson makes your heart stop and time stand still in his extraordinary and life-affirming novel that's perfect for fans of If I Stay and We All Looked Up.

In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital:

Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart...right when they need each other most.

Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows that if he can just see Aimee one more time, if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be all right.

And then there's Skyler, whose sister Kate--the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler's everything--was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minutes tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she's at her weakest.

In his riveting, achingly beautiful debut, Richard Lawson guides readers through an emotional and life-changing night as these teens are forced to face the reality of their pasts...and the prospect of very different futures.

What Happens Next (Hardcover): Susan Hughes What Happens Next (Hardcover)
Susan Hughes; Illustrated by Carey Sookocheff
R375 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R67 (18%) Out of stock

What Happens Next is a raw, realistic story told by an unnamed protagonist who is made to feel different from everybody else--even invisible sometimes. Bullied by a girl at school, our narrator gives a terse script of the related facts (What Her Friends Do: Laugh. What Everyone Else Does: Nothing.) and emotions (How I Feel Sometimes: Bad. Really Bad.).

The narrator takes these hurt feelings home, where Mom listens and offers some ideas. At school the next day, the child confronts the bully by turning a "weirdo" fascination with science into an opportunity to find common ground, and maybe help the bully see the world in a new way.

Spare illustrations in a limited palette of blues and greens convey feeling alone even in the hustle and bustle of a crowded schoolyard. Graphic novel-style panels set a steady pace for the emotional impact of this important story that doesn't simplify the realities of feeling like an outsider. It's a powerful starting point for discussions of emotions, empathy, and how we relate to others.

White as Silence, Red as Song - A Novel (Hardcover): Alessandro D'Avenia White as Silence, Red as Song - A Novel (Hardcover)
Alessandro D'Avenia
R346 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R57 (16%) Out of stock

At long last, the Italian bestseller White as Milk, Red as Blood, is available in English as White as Silence, Red as Song.

D'Avenia's International bestseller has been called Italy's The Fault in Our Stars. Leo is an ordinary sixteen-year-old: he loves hanging out with his friends, playing soccer, and zipping around on his motorbike. The time he has to spend at school is a drag, and his teachers are "a protected species that you hope will become extinct," so when a new history and philosophy teacher arrives, Leo greets him with his usual antipathy. But this young man turns out to be different. His eyes sparkle when he talks, and he encourages his students to live passionately and follow their dreams.

Leo now feels like a lion, as his name suggests, but there is still one thing that terrifies him: the color white. White is absence; everything related to deprivation and loss in his life is white. Red, on the other hand, is the color of love, passion, and blood; red is the color of Beatrice's hair. Leo's dream is a girl named Beatrice, the prettiest in school.

Beatrice is irresistible-one look from her is enough to make Leo forget about everything else.

There is, however, a female presence much closer to Leo, which he finds harder to see because she's right under his nose: the ever-dependable and serene Silvia. When he discovers that Beatrice has leukemia and that her disease is related to the white that scares him so much, Leo is forced to search within himself, to bleed and to be reborn.

In the process, he comes to understand that dreams must never die, and he finds the strength to believe in something bigger than himself.

White as Silence, Red as Song is not only a coming-of-age story and the narrative of a school year, but it is also a bold novel that, through Leo's monologue-at times easygoing and full of verve, at times more intimate and anguished-depicts what happens when suffering and shock burst into the world of a teenager, and the world of adults is rendered speechless.

Clubbing Together (Paperback): Helena Pielichaty Clubbing Together (Paperback)
Helena Pielichaty 2
R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Out of stock

Sammie, Brody, Alex, and Jolene are the fabulous, feisty girls from the After School Club and each has their own story to tell. They all have very different lives and all have families who can be a complete pain, but through all their ups and downs they have one common bond . . . even when they're not the best of friends.

Mexico Today (Spanish, Hardcover, Library binding): JA Crow Mexico Today (Spanish, Hardcover, Library binding)
JA Crow
R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Out of stock

¿Los animales tienen mama?
¡Por supuesto que si!
Los animales tienen mamá,
como tú y como yo, ¡igual!

Conoce al bebé canguro que viaja dentro de una bolsa en la barriga de su mamá. Mira cómo el polluelo del cisne navega en el lomo de su mamá. A través de sus coloridos collages, Eric Carle ofrece a los pequeños lectores no sólo un maravilloso panorama visual, sino también la seguridad que les transmiten las imágenes que muestran cómo las crias son protegidas y queridas por sus mamás.

El entretenido juego de preguntas y respuestas invita a niños y adultos a leer juntos en voz alta. La repetición de frases clave ayudara a los ninos de edad preescolar a iniciarse en el mundo de la lectura. Además aprenderán, de forma divertida, acerca de la naturaleza y conocerán los nombres, ¡algunos sorprendentes!, de los animales que aparecen en el libro.

Creador de numerosos álbumes ilustrados, Eric Carle logra, por medio de la lectura compartida, que niños y adultos comprendan que el amor es capaz de traspasar todas las barreras y unir a todos los seres de este mundo.

The Land Of 10,000 Madonnas (Paperback): Kate Hattemer The Land Of 10,000 Madonnas (Paperback)
Kate Hattemer
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Out of stock

Which would you choose: a long, quiet life, or a short, heroic one?

Jesse Serrano has always been drawn to this question, but he’s never really had a choice. He’s known since birth that a hole in his heart would render his life a short one, whether he likes it or not.

As his dying wish, Jesse sends his cousins, best friend, and girlfriend on a trip across Europe—a mysterious mission that seems more harebrained with every leg of the journey. Following Jesse’s vague instructions, they trek across the continent, unsure if they should be basking in a backpacking trip before heading off to college or searching for something deeper. Through the museums, ancient ruins, landmarks, and more religious iconography than could fill a Holy Ark, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever be able to complete the passage that Jesse laid out for them—and if they even want to without him along for the ride.

In turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Kate Hattemer chronicles an unforgettable journey of lost and found, laughter and tears, and a myriad of Madonnas.

Historical Storybooks: Sister on the Streets (Paperback, New Ed): Sam Godwin Historical Storybooks: Sister on the Streets (Paperback, New Ed)
Sam Godwin
R135 R116 Discovery Miles 1 160 Save R19 (14%) Out of stock

Sunita is shocked to hear that Mother Teresa, her favourite teacher at St Mary Entally, is leaving and nobody knows where she is going. As Sunita discovers the truth behind the mystery, she begins to question her own plans for the future.

Friction (Paperback): E.R. Frank Friction (Paperback)
E.R. Frank
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Out of stock

As far as Alex and her classmates are concerned, Simon is the coolest teacher anywhere. When new girl Stacy arrives with gleaming dark hair and a sparling tongue ring, she sums him up pretty quick he's a total babe. True, but what Stacy says later about Alex and Simon isn't true but looks as if could be. Alex denies everything but listening to Stacy confuses things, and the others appear to be totally taken in by her. Why would Stacy lie? Alex begins to wonder what's real, what's not. After all, Simon is the best. But Simon didn't do what Stacy claims Did he? To Alex, at twelve, the truth seems very complicated and by answering one simple question it's going to get even more confusing.

Yeti Boy (Hardcover): Kara May Yeti Boy (Hardcover)
Kara May
R202 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R40 (20%) Out of stock
The Taste of Blue Light (Paperback): Lydia Ruffles The Taste of Blue Light (Paperback)
Lydia Ruffles
R269 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R38 (14%) Out of stock

An incandescent, soul-searching story about a broken young woman's search for a truth buried so deep it threatens to consume her, body and mind.

These are the things Lux knows:

She is an artist.

She is lucky.

She is broken.

These are the things she doesn't know:

What happened over the summer.

Why she ended up in hospital.

Why her memories are etched in red.

'The nightmares tend to linger long after your screams have woken you up ...'

Desperate to uncover the truth, Lux's time is running out. If she cannot piece together the events of the summer and regain control of her fractured mind, she will be taken away from everything and everyone she holds dear.

If her dreams don't swallow her first.

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