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By Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. 2021
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERMeghan, The Duchess of Sussex’s first children’s book, The Bench, beautifully captures the special relationship between father…and son, as seen through a mother’s eyes. The book’s storytelling and illustration give us snapshots of shared moments that evoke a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion. This is your bench Where you’ll witness great joy. From here you will rest See the growth of our boy. In The Bench, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between father and son and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family. Evoking a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion, The Bench gives readers a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons—moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort. Working in watercolor for the first time, Caldecott-winning, bestselling illustrator Christian Robinson expands on his signature style to bring joy and softness to the pages, reflecting the beauty of a father’s love through a mother’s eyes. With a universal message, this thoughtful and heartwarming read-aloud is destined to be treasured by families for generations to come.
By L. S. Matthews. 2006
My brother Tom was ill. So ill, they couldn't even say if he was going to get better. But for…me and Tom, the worst thing of all was that they wanted to take our dog away. To avoid infection, they said. Well, if anything was going to stop Tom getting better, that was it. I had to save our dog. But once we'd set off, nothing turned out the way we'd planned ...
By L. S. Matthews. 2008
Set in a future where the effects of climate change begin to take hold, the story follows Jack and Michael…as they try to cope with a new existence.After a dramatic escape from the approaching floods, Jack and his family relocate to the country, where they meet Michael, ill and cared for by his sister. United by their love for horses, Jack and Michael hatch a plan to save a wild young horse from destruction. But they're in for a rough ride ...Warm and full of heart, this is a hugely enjoyable story with a thought-provoking twist in its tail.
By Jonathan Meres. 2012
It might be a dream, but Norm soon finds that things go from bad to worse - when his perfect…cousins arrive for a walk. If there was one thing worse than spending time with his perfect cousins it was being forced to go on a flipping walk with them! What's the point in going for a walk - except to get from A to B?!Jonathan Meres follows up May Contain Nuts with another laugh-out-loud story about Norm, a boy who can't understand why everything always seems unfair...
By James Patterson. 2006
If you've already experienced MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT, stop right here - just turn the page, and hold on…tight! As for the rest of you - meet Max, Fang, Iggy, Gasman, Nudge and Angel; six unforgettable kids (and a dog). With some major problems. THEY'RE BEING HUNTED BY KILLERS. BUT WHO? AND THAT'S NOT ALL! Max is sure that a microchip's been inserted under her skin - bringing evil forces to ambush them at any moment. Oh yeah, and they're supposed to save the world. BUT FROM WHAT? WHEN? AND HOW?Max will stop at nothing to find answers. One thing she does know: it's got something to do with an astonishing ability they have. THEY CAN FLY. Max's heart-stopping quest to protect her 'family' and investigate the mind-blowing mystery of her destiny continues in the scariest, strangest, and funniest James Patterson thriller yet.
By Rose Impey. 2008
Scarlett is a drama queen in every sense. Larger than life, she lives to act and sometimes has trouble remembering…when the drama lesson ends and real life resumes. When her father seems to 'disappear', Scarlett suddenly finds herself in a real-life drama of her own. Will she be able to uncover the mystery and discover just who she can trust and who is really putting on an act?
By Gregory Hughes. 2010
Meet the Rat: A dancing, football-playing gangster-baiting ten-year-old. When she foresaw her father's death, she picked up her football and…decided to head for New York.Meet her older brother Bob: Protector of the Rat, but more often her follower, he is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both. On their adventures across the flatlands of Winnipeg and through the exciting streets of New York, Bob and the Rat make friends with a hilarious con man and a famous rap star, and escape numerous dangers. But is their Uncle a rich business man, or is the word on the street, that he something more sinister, true? And will they ever find him? Hughes has created a funny, warm, unique world that lives and breathes. Like I Capture the Castle, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Curious Incident, Hughes' story and characters will resonate for many and for years to come.
By Francesca Simon. 2008
Number One for Fiendish Fun!This book contains an AWFUL stinkbomb, a pile of books, a HORRIBLE sleepover and a school…project!Four utterly hilarious and totally brilliant Horrid Henry stories by Francesca Simon, with illustrations by Tony Ross. An irresistible introduction to reading for pleasure.
By Judy Allen. 2001
The label on the bottle reads 'There be a witch in here. Let her out and there be a peck…of trouble'. But Mike is always trying to emulate his impulsive sister or his responsible brother. Then his friend Lee swears he sees something fly out of the bottle, and Mike decides to open it again. Out flows an extraordinary tableau - a Fire King astride a stallion, and a beautiful woman in a bower of flowers - the archetypes of Yin and Yang in terrible conflict. Mike, seeing that he can tip the balance, throws his lot in with the king. When things go wrong in the real world, Mike returns to his vision, to find that the Fire King has wreaked havoc. He changes his allegiance to the Lady - and sinks into a deep depression. Slowly he learns that the answer lies not in choosing the power of fire or of water, Yin or Yang, his sister's or brother's way - but in the eternal dance between them.
By Jackie Walter. 2017
Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied…by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Pink 1A stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1A (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, the pet rat has escaped and Mum keeps finding it everywhere!
By David Almond. 1998
The beautiful and haunting novel that launched David Almond as one of the best children's writers of todayWhen a move…to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain.Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital. But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps Michael breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael's world changes for ever . . .Skellig won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award and is now a major Sky1 feature film, starring Tim Roth and John Simm. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.Powerful and moving - The Guardian This newly jacketed edition celebrates 15 years of this multi-award-winning novel.
By Fiona Dunbar. 2005
As Lulu scales new heights with her enchanted recipe book, she discovers that the evil Varaminta is looming again -…and this time she has joined forces with an international arch villain! Lulu faces her greatest challenge yet...
By Dominic Barker. 2011
In this Guide to Trouble, Max and Molly will show you, clever reader:1. How to kick a ball into Mrs…Quibble's garden. AGAIN.2. How to (politely) arrest Mrs Quibble for STEALING THE BALL.3. How to accidentally also-at-the-same-time catch a REAL-LIFE CRIMINAL!Don't miss the other forthcoming titles in the series:HOW TO BE A GENIUSHOW TO BUILD AN ABOMINABLE SNOWMANHOW TO STOP A VIKING INVASIONMax and Molly's Guide to Trouble: How To Catch A Criminal by Dominic Barker and Hannah Shaw has been selected for the Read by Yourself category of Richard and Judy's Children's Book Club 2011.
By Fiona Dunbar. 2008
The Silk sisters are back, rescued from their evil uncle by the impossibly glamorous fashionista Nolita Newbuck. But could it…be that the devil really DOES wear Prada? The sisters must continue the dangerous search for their mysteriously missing parents, but nothing is ever quite as it seems...
By Sue Graves. 2017
Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied…by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Pink 1A stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1A (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, a boy shows us all the different ways his dad looks after him - and why he likes his dad so much.
By Jill Atkins. 2020
This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed…with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE)Finn has never been to see the dentist but he is sure he won't like it. Is he right?Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.
By Dominic Barker. 2011
In this Guide to Trouble, Max and Molly will show you, clever reader:1. How to mend a puncture WITH MUD2.…How to cover Mr Everett's dog WITH MUD3. How to accidentally-also-at-the-same-time be a real-life GENIUS!
By Fiona Dunbar. 2005
Lulu's best friend, Frenchy, wants Lulu to play cupid to her own dad and Frenchy's mum. Lulu isn't so sure,…until Dad's evil ex, Varaminta, starts lurking about. But when Lulu coops up the Cupid Cakes recipe, disaster strikes...
By Fiona Dunbar. 2007
In the not too distant future, Rorie and Elsie's parents have disappeared. Just like that. And with only their cruel…uncle to look after them, the girls are swept off to his miserable boarding school. But the sisters are determined to escape their uncle's grip - and discover the truth behind their parents' disappearance...A wild and futuristic fashion adventure!
By Sue Graves. 2020
This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed…with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE)When Taj gets a torch for his birthday, he keeps shining it in everyone's face - and they are not too pleased!Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.