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A poignant and moving retelling of Anna Sewell's classic novel, which follows the story of Black Beauty - the brave and noble horse that overcomes danger and cruelty to eventually find a loving home. It is gorgeously illustrated by Alan Marks. Young readers will treasure this beautiful gift edition, which is published in hardback with a ribbon marker. The "Usborne Young Reading" series is designed to encourage independent reading and covers a range of subject matter, introducing children's classics, fairytales and a diverse range of narrative non-fiction.
Four lively stories about a group of children who live on the same street, by Kate Greenaway-winning author, Shirley Hughes. For the children of Trotter Street life is full of adventures! From racing brand new bikes, getting ready for Christmas or marvelling at the arrival of a big concrete lorry, these four stories are a wonderful introduction to family life and are perfect for first readers.
Little Miss Stubborn doesn't believe that unicorns exist. But when her friends say that they have met one, she is determined to meet this strange horse. This colourful adventure has been adapted to an upsized picture book format, so that all those who believe in unicorns can enjoy the story in even greater scale!
The Mr Men and Little Miss Magic series takes kids on a series of sparkling adventures where they meet some extraordinary characters including a dragon, an ogre, a mermaid, a princess, a fairy, pirates and many others.
These colourful adventures will delight children of two years and upwards. Bold illustrations and funny stories make Mr Men and Little Miss the perfect story time experience.
'One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet's house to see what Piglet was doing.' This is the second classic children's story by A.A. Milne about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. In this volume Pooh meets the irrepressible Tigger for the first time, learns to play Poohsticks and sets a trap for a Heffalump. In this stunning edition of The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne's classic characters are once again brought to life by E.H. Shepard's illustrations. Do you own all the classic Pooh titles? Winnie-the-Pooh The House at Pooh Corner When We Were Very Young Now We Are Six Return to the Hundred Acre Wood The Best Bear in all the World Milne's classic children's stories - featuring Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and, of course, Pooh himself - are both heart-warming and funny, teaching lessons of friendship and reflecting the power of a child's imagination like no other story before or since. Pooh ranks alongside other beloved characters such as Paddington Bear, and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage. Whether you're 5 or 55, Pooh is the bear for all ages.
How far would you go to find yourself? The lyrical, life-affirming novel from the bestselling author of Private Peaceful and War Horse. There were dozens of us on the ship, all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye... That is all I remember of England. When six-year-old orphan Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. Overcoming enormous hardships with fellow orphan Marty, Arthur is finally saved by the extraordinary people he meets and by his talent for boat-design and sailing. Now he has built a special boat for his daughter Allie - a solo yacht designed to carry her to England in search of his long-lost sister. Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together? I was there on the quayside to see Allie take her out for the first time, saw her dancing through the waves, and I knew I'd never built a finer boat.
Big girls don't cry... they get even. Postcard perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing ocean front homes and three girls quietly plotting revenge. Kat is tired of having people lie to her. One more cruel word from her ex best friend or her secret hook up acting like she doesn't exist will be the last straw. Those two deserve to feel as awful as they've made her feel. But if she tried anything, everyone would suspect her immediately... Lillia is ready to stop pretending her senior year is going to be so great. After what her best friend Rennie got her into this past summer and the way her guy friends are looking at her little sister, she is starting to feel like these "friends" are nothing but the entitled brats she has always denied they were. Mary has just gotten back to Jar Island after a traumatic event several years ago that still haunts her. She is determined to put it behind her, but when she sees Reeve, she is certain that will only happen when he feels the same pain that his actions caused her. But she can't get revenge alone... Maybe someone should show them there are consequences to bad behaviour. Jenny Han's New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before was made into a Netflix movie.
A desert-island adventure, and a subtle observation of friendship, trust and humanity. Winner of The Children's Book Award. Superbly read by DEREK JACOBI. When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents' yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. He can't find food and he can't find water, and as Michael and his dog curl up to sleep, he knows they cannot last long. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death, the mysterious stranger - Kensuke - allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable.
Marmerprinses handel oor 'n tienerdogter, Wilmien, wat verlief raak op die nuwe onderwyser by die skool, mnr. Paul le Roux. Tussen die verlief-wees deur moet sy leer vir haar matriekeindeksamen, deadlines as redakteur van die skoolkoerant hanteer, en afreken met haar skateboarder-vriend en buurman, Chris, wat heimlik ook verlief op haar is. Al waaraan Wilmien kan dink is Paul le Roux, en die geur van sy naskeermiddel... Sal sy kan wegkom van die feit dat hy getroud is met kinders?
Sophie discovers a surprising truth about teamwork in this Level 2 Ready-to-Read edition of the sixth book in the 7 Habits of Happy Kids series from Sean Covey and Stacy Curtis. Ms. Hoot has assigned the class to write a poem, and everyone has to work with a partner. When Sophie is partnered with Biff, she is sure it's going to be a disaster because Biff is mean! But as they work together, they find they have more in common than they thought. Each of the Level 2 Ready-to-Reads in this winning series focuses on one of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids.
Professor Pippy P. Poopypants is a brilliant scientist, but his ridiculous name means no one takes his fantastic inventions seriously. And now he's on the rampage...He's armed with the fiendish Shrinky-Pig 2000 and he's prepared to use it! This is definitely a job for the world's only superhero with Wedgie Power.
Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! Readers can discover all the foul facts about WALES, including: why Druids split humans in half, how the Normans outwitted the Welsh with a lump of ham and how an army of Welsh mums fought off the French once and for all. With a bold, accessible new look and a heap of extra-horrible bits, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. With shiny foil cover
The second novel by the phenomenally talented author of Solitaire, Alice Oseman – the most talked-about YA writer right now.
What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?
Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.
But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.
Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past… She has to confess why Carys disappeared…
Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.
It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.
Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.
A YA coming of age read that tackles issues of identity, the pressure to succeed, diversity and freedom to choose, Radio Silence is a tour de force by the most exciting writer of her generation.
Kevin Kritosaurus faces a mighty Megalosaur in a prehistoric wrestling match. The Raptor brothers have one hour to save their dino diner from disaster. And a newborn Hadrosaur goes on the rampage.
From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes a story about a young girl determined to impress her older sister by building elaborate sandcastles, even if that means standing up to the ocean and its smash-happy waves! Jules is going to build the biggest, the fanciest, and the most excellent sandcastle. Her sister will be so impressed. But the ocean has other plans. Jules keeps building bigger, fancier, and more excellent castles, and waves keep smashing them. And when the ocean takes her bucket, that is the final straw. Jules is going to take a stand! From beloved storyteller Jessie Sima comes the tongue-in-cheek story of the sand, the sea, and sisterhood-told with her signature warmth, timeless humor, and delightfully playful illustrations.
This classic children's book is perfect for young and reluctant readers, thanks to its clever repetition and use of only 24 words! Out of Bed, To the Window, Through the Woods... Whoooo! It's scares for little bears in this classic children's book for beginning and reluctant readers! Lots of repetition makes for easy learning, and the spooky but safe theme is a big hit with young ones. Beginner Books are designed to encourage even 'non-reading' children to read. Some Beginner Books are simple stories, others are hilarious nonsense: both types have been designed to give children confidence and make them want to go on reading. Perfect for both boys and girls of ages 3 and up.
Sparks fly when two ex-best-friends team up to save a family business in this swoon-worthy and witty debut perfect for fans of Jenn Bennett and Sarah Dessen. Caroline "Chuck" Wilson has big plans for spring break--hit up estate sales to score vintage fashion finds and tour the fashion school she dreams of attending. But her dad wrecks those plans when he asks her to spend vacation working the counter at Bigmouth's Bowl, her family's failing bowling alley. Making things astronomically worse, Chuck finds out her dad is way behind on back rent--meaning they might be losing Bigmouth's, the only thing keeping Chuck's family in San Francisco. And the one person other than Chuck who wants to do anything about it? Beckett Porter, her annoyingly attractive ex-best friend. So when Beckett propositions Chuck with a plan to make serious cash infiltrating the Bay Area action bowling scene, she accepts. But she can't shake the nagging feeling that she's acting irrational--too much like her mother for comfort. Plus, despite her best efforts to keep things strictly business, Beckett's charm is winning her back over...in ways that go beyond friendship. If Chuck fails, Bigmouth's Bowl and their San Francisco legacy are gone forever. But if she succeeds, she might just get everything she ever wanted.
As Spud Milton continues his diabolical stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life’s most important lessons: when dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems.
‘I’m practically a man in most areas,’ writes Spud confidently on his sixteenth birthday. The year is 1992 and, as always in South Africa, radical change is in the air. The country may be on the bumpy road to an uncomfortable redemption, but Spud Milton is hoping for a smooth ride as he returns to boarding school as a senior, Instead, he discovers that his vindictive arch enemy is back to taunt him and that a garrulous Malawian has taken residence in his dormitory, along with the regular inmates and misfits he calls friends.
Spud’s world has never seemed less certain; he attempts to master Shakespeare, wrestles constantly with God and the power of negative thinking, and develops an aversion to fried fish after a shocking discovery about his grandmother, Wombat.
Machines cause mayhem in these hi-tech tales with easy-reading text for children who have just started reading on their own. Robot racers fight to reach the finish line, the Tidybot goes out of control and a sneaky thief plans a robot robbery. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
I always thought you'd know, somehow, if something terrible was going to happen. I thought you'd sense it, like when the air goes damp and heavy before a storm and you know you'd better hide yourself away somewhere safe until it all blows over.
But it turns out it's not like that at all. There's no scary music playing in the background like in films. No warning signs. Not even a lonely magpie. One for sorrow, Mum used to say. Quick, look for another.
The world can tip at any moment … a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mum dies after giving birth to her baby sister. Told across the year following her mother's death, Pearl's story is full of bittersweet humour and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mum, but also the fact that her sister - The Rat - is a constant reminder of why her mum is no longer around…
From the author of How Not to Disappear comes a stunning novel about love and loss, and how to carry on when your whole world is turned upside down.
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