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Families and How to Survive Them (Paperback): Joanna Ferrone, Sue Rose Families and How to Survive Them (Paperback)
Joanna Ferrone, Sue Rose
R65 R52 Discovery Miles 520 Save R13 (20%) Out of stock
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.

Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love (Hardcover): Heather Demetrios Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love (Hardcover)
Heather Demetrios; Heather Demetrios
R405 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R65 (16%) Out of stock

In this powerful collection, well-known YA authors answer real letters from teens all over the world about the dark side of love: dating violence, break-ups, cheating, betrayals, and loneliness. This book contains a no-holds-barred, raw outpouring of the wisdom these authors have culled from mining their own hearts for the fiction they write. Their responses are autobiographical, unflinching, and filled with love and hope for the anonymous teen writers.

With contributors Becky Albertalli, Adi Alsaid, Libba Bray, Heather Demetrios, Amy Ewing, Zach Fehst, Gayle Forman, Corey Ann Haydu, Varian Johnson, A.S. King, Nina LaCour, Kim Liggett, Kekla Magoon, Sarah McCarry, Sandhya Menon, Cristina Moracho, Jasmine Warga, and Ibi Zoboi.

The Ballot Box Battle (Paperback, New ed): Emily Arnold McCully The Ballot Box Battle (Paperback, New ed)
Emily Arnold McCully; Illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
R145 R116 Discovery Miles 1 160 Save R29 (20%) Out of stock

From Caldecott medalist Emily Arnold McCully comes the inspiring story of Cordelia, a young girl whose relationship with her neighbor, the great suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, inspires her to a remarkable act of courage.

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.

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.

The Way the Light Bends (Hardcover): Cordelia Jensen The Way the Light Bends (Hardcover)
Cordelia Jensen
R325 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R65 (20%) Out of stock

A powerful novel in verse about fitting in, standing out, defining your own self-worth, and what it takes to keep a fracturing family whole.

Virtual twins Linc and Holly were once extremely close. But while artistic, creative Linc is her parents' daughter biologically, it's smart, popular Holly, adopted from Ghana as a baby, who exemplifies the family's high-achieving model of academic success.

Linc is desperate to pursue photography, to find a place of belonging, and for her family to accept her for who she is, despite her surgeon mother's constant disapproval and her growing distance from Holly. So when she comes up with a plan to use her photography interests and skills to do better in school--via a project based on Seneca Village, a long-gone village in the space that now holds Central Park, where all inhabitants, regardless of race, lived together harmoniously--Linc is excited and determined to prove that her differences are assets, that she has what it takes to make her mother proud. But when a long-buried family secret comes to light, Linc must decide whether her mother's love is worth obtaining.

A novel in verse that challenges the way we think about family and belonging.

Gemma in Love (Paperback, New ed): Noel Streatfeild Gemma in Love (Paperback, New ed)
Noel Streatfeild
R64 R52 Discovery Miles 520 Save R12 (19%) Out of stock

Gemma goes from strength to strength at the drama school, but while she's so taken up with her own life, unexpected things are happening at home and in Hollywood. Her well-planned future looks as though it's about to be turned upside down. Everything is going marvellously for Gemma until her mother's announcement. She's coming home from Hollywood and Gemma will have to go to London to live with her. But how can Gemma leave Headstone when she's about to star in Romeo & Juliet? She can't just walk out on the play -- or on her wonderful co-star. And what about her cousins? All three of them have changed so much since Gemma's first appearance in their family, and Gemma has changed too from the poor little rich girl she was. Now that it's time to leave, she realises how much she's grown up; but she hadn't expected to become so attached to her ordinary family...

Gemma the Star (Paperback, New ed): Noel Streatfeild Gemma the Star (Paperback, New ed)
Noel Streatfeild
R64 R52 Discovery Miles 520 Save R12 (19%) Out of stock

It looks as though success might be going to Gemma's head. She's played the lead in the school pageant, and was the organiser of the successful group, Gemma & Sisters. Now she's off to drama school. What's going to happen next? Gemma is really looking forward to going to drama school. For the first time since she arrived to live with her cousins she can be herself -- Gemma Bow, the child film-star. And before she's had a chance even to settle in there comes the chance of the lead in the local pantomime Gemma is delighted -- until her mother phones from America, forbidding her to take it. Gemma is furious, and sulks for weeks. Then by chance she meets Charles Rooke, who offers her the lead in his new TV series. Things suddenly start to look up again -- and even more so when a record producer is very interested in Gemma & Sisters, the singing and dancing act. Life's all roses for Gemma -- or is it?

Gemma and Sisters (Paperback, New ed): Noel Streatfeild Gemma and Sisters (Paperback, New ed)
Noel Streatfeild
R64 R52 Discovery Miles 520 Save R12 (19%) Out of stock

Gemma, once a child film-star in Hollywood, is living with her cousins in a small provincial town. Having thought that she would find it a terrible backwater, she now finds that her cousins are much more talented than she is There's tremendous excitement in the Robinson household. Gemma and her cousins have put together an act using all their talents, and they're an instant hit Everyone wants to see Gemma & Sisters. Robin, the younger brother, has swirled some new tunes, and his friend Nigs is on the drums. Ann sings solo and Lydia, the show-off of the family, is thrilled to be able to dance in front of an audience again. Gemma is a sensation on the banjo, but she has an awful feeling of foreboding. Then one day disaster strikes. Lydia, in a stupid moment of revenge, has an accident and badly injures her hip. It looks like the end for Gemma & Sisters; but much more important: will Lydia ever dance or even walk again?

I'm All Dressed! (Hardcover, Library binding): Robie H. Harris I'm All Dressed! (Hardcover, Library binding)
Robie H. Harris; Illustrated by Nicole Hollander
R80 R64 Discovery Miles 640 Save R16 (20%) Out of stock

A boy wants to get dressed his way--but his way is completely different from Mommy's and Daddy's idea of "the right way." Full of warmth and good humor, this is an emotionally honest portrayal of growing up and parenting. Full color.

The Order of the Poison Oak (Paperback): Brent Hartinger The Order of the Poison Oak (Paperback)
Brent Hartinger
R60 R48 Discovery Miles 480 Save R12 (20%) Out of stock

The powerful sequel to "Geography Club" is a humorous, hip, and thoroughly engaging story filled with skinny-dipping, making out, Indian legends, and the mystery of a secret society called The Order of the Poison Oak.

The Orphans (Paperback): V. C. Andrews The Orphans (Paperback)
V. C. Andrews
R123 R99 Discovery Miles 990 Save R24 (20%) Out of stock




BUTTERFLY...She was a lonely orphan until a wealthy couple gave her a home -- and a chance to be a world-class ballerina. But her newfound happiness was as fragile as a spider's web.

CRYSTAL...Bright and gifted with a flair for science, she found loving new parents, and a boyfriend in her new school. But a shocking tragedy could shatter her perfect world.

BROOKE...Whisked away from the orphanage into a glamorous life, she was surrounded by every privilege a girl could want. But all she really wanted was to be loved -- just as she is.

RAVEN...She put her painful past behind her when she was taken in by her aunt and uncle. But the torment she was about to endure was far worse than anything she had experienced before.

Runaways (Paperback, Reissue): V. C. Andrews Runaways (Paperback, Reissue)
V. C. Andrews
R127 R102 Discovery Miles 1 020 Save R25 (20%) Out of stock

The spellbinding Orphans series concludes in this thrilling new novel from V.C. Andrewsģ...

"All for one and one for all" was the girls' motto. In the grim foster home for orphans run by Louise and Gordon Tooey, at least Brooke, Crystal, Raven, and Butterfly had each other. Calling themselves "sisters," together they could forget the past and dream of a new chance...a real home. Then they discovered a secret even more haunting than Gordon's heavy boots pounding on the wooden floors. Their fragile hopes of a better life shattered, they escaped the only way they could. Soon they were runaways in a borrowed car, desperately wishing to wake up one morning in a place of sunshine and love.

Raven hoped to be a singer, Butterfly wanted to be a dancer, Crystal planned for college, and Brooke privately hoped to find her mother in California. On the open road the chains of sadness that had bound them seemed to melt away, and the kindness of strangers made a secure future seem almost real. But the highway was a dangerous place, and soon they were penniless and more vulnerable than ever. Alone under the wide western sky, they had only each other to ask if they should give up their dreams...or if they were really halfway to a haven of safety and happiness....

Tone Deaf (Paperback): Olivia Rivers Tone Deaf (Paperback)
Olivia Rivers
R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Out of stock

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the Twenty-First Century―until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and her bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

Emancipated (Paperback): Reyes Emancipated (Paperback)
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.

Wink (Paperback): Rob Harrell Wink (Paperback)
Rob Harrell 1
R190 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R38 (20%) Out of stock

Ross Molloy just wants to be normal. 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, simply blending in is no longer an option. Ross - and his friends and his family - all need to work out how to deal with this devastating challenge that Life has thrown down. Maybe Batpig can come to the rescue?

Based on Rob Harrell's own real life experience with eye cancer, and including amazing comic-strip artwork, this poignant and authentic novel is unforgettable, hilarious and uplifting.

Every Moment After (Hardcover): Joseph Moldover Every Moment After (Hardcover)
Joseph Moldover
R423 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R63 (15%) Out of stock

Best friends Matt and Cole grapple with their changing relationships during the summer after high school in this impactful, evocative story about growing up and moving on from a traumatic past.

Surviving was just the beginning.

Eleven years after a shooting rocked the small town of East Ridge, New Jersey and left eighteen first graders in their classroom dead, survivors and recent high school graduates Matt Simpson and Cole Hewitt are still navigating their guilt and trying to move beyond the shadow of their town's grief. Will Cole and Matt ever be able to truly leave the ghosts of East Ridge behind? Do they even want to?

As they grapple with changing relationships, falling in love, and growing apart, these two friends must face the question of how to move on—and truly begin living.

A Corner of the Universe (Paperback): Ann M Martin A Corner of the Universe (Paperback)
Ann M Martin
R179 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R28 (16%) Out of stock

The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town.

Brothers Are for Making Mud Pies (Hardcover): Harriet Ziefert Brothers Are for Making Mud Pies (Hardcover)
Harriet Ziefert; Illustrated by Chris L Demarest
R173 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R9 (5%) Out of stock

It’s fun to play hide-and-seek with a brother, or build a fort, or jump in puddles. You can make a brother laugh, play baseball together, and keep each other company when Mom and Dad go out. A brother is a lifelong friend. Sisters and brothers alike will enjoy lifting the flaps of this adorably illustrated book, brimming with cheerful, colorful art, to see all the ways a brother is special.

The Cheetah Girls Novel Vol.2 - The Original Movie Novelization (Paperback): Alice Alfonsi The Cheetah Girls Novel Vol.2 - The Original Movie Novelization (Paperback)
Alice Alfonsi
R55 R44 Discovery Miles 440 Save R11 (20%) Out of stock

New York's favorite musical teens--Galleria, Chanel, Aqua, and Dorinda--return for a cheetah-spotted sequel that finds the feisty foursome in some diva-licious adventures. "The Cheetah Girls 2" is scheduled to air in August on the Disney Channel. 8-page photo insert.

Mirror, Mirror (Hardcover): Cara Delevingne Mirror, Mirror (Hardcover)
Cara Delevingne
R457 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R26 (6%) Out of stock

When one of their friends mysteriously disappears, a group of teens are forced to confront the challenges and secrets of their lives in this edgy and suspenseful coming-of-age tale from international supermodel, actress, and social media darling Cara Delevingne.

Among the students of Thames Comprehensive, Red, Leo, Rose, and Naomi are misfits—outsiders who have found a safe haven in music and their band, Mirror, Mirror. For these sixteen year olds, fitting in at school is nearly as difficult as navigating their complicated home lives. Red has an alcoholic mother and a father who’s never around. Leo’s brother is in prison. Rose uses sex and alcohol to numb the pain of a brutal attack. Naomi’s punk rock princess persona gives her the freedom to be her true self.

When Naomi mysteriously vanishes and then is found unconscious, her friends are shaken and confused. Could it have been an accident—or did someone deliberately try to hurt Naomi? If she was in trouble, why didn’t she turn to them? How well do they really know their bandmate—and each other? If Naomi wakes up from her coma, will she ever be the same?

To understand what happened to Naomi, Red, Leo, and Rose must ultimately face their own dark secrets and fears, and reconcile the difference between what they feel inside and what they show to the world.

Cara Delevingne reveals another facet of her amazing talent with this powerful novel about identity, sexuality, gender, emotional pain, the complicated world of social media, and the dangerous weight of appearances that are not what they seem.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Paperback, Movie Tie-In): Emily M. Danforth The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Paperback, Movie Tie-In)
Emily M. Danforth
R244 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R34 (14%) Out of stock

Now a major motion picture starring ChloŽ Grace Moretz * Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner

"LGBTQ cinema is out in force at Sundance Film Festival," proclaimed USA Today. "The acerbic coming-of-age movie is adapted from Emily M. Danforth's novel, and stars ChloŽ Grace Moretz as a lesbian teen who is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after she gets caught having sex with her friend on prom night."

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was named to numerous best of the year lists.

When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they'll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn't last, and Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone, and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Talor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship, one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to "fix" her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self--even if she's not quite sure who that is.

Don't miss this raw and powerful own voices debut, the basis for the award-winning film starring ChloŽ Grace Moretz.

Release (Hardcover): Patrick Ness Release (Hardcover)
Patrick Ness
R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Out of stock

The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...

Scream All Night (Hardcover, Unabridged edition): Derek Milman Scream All Night (Hardcover, Unabridged edition)
Derek Milman; Read by Dan Bittner
R503 Discovery Miles 5 030 Out of stock

A darkly hilarious contemporary realistic young adult novel about growing up and finding your place in the world, perfect for fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Running With Scissors.

DARIO HEYWARD KNOWS ONE THING: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.

But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.

With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?

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