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New Boy

Author:

Tracy Chevalier

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Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again... The tragedy of OTHELLO is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington, D.C. schoolyard, where the kids practice a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Watching over the shoulders of four eleven-year-olds, this is a story of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444836417

Published:

01-04-2018

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Reader, I Married Him

Author:

Tracy Chevalier

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Commissioned to celebrate Charlotte Bronte's bicentenary year in 2016, this collection of original stories by today's finest women writers draws inspiration from a line in JANE EYRE. A bohemian wedding party takes an unexpected turn for the bride and her daughter... A family trip to a Texan waterpark prompts a life-changing decision... Mr Rochester reveals a long-kept secret... Jane's married life after the original novel ends is explored... A new mother encounters an old lover after her daily swim, and inexplicably lies to him... A fitness instructor teaches teenage boys how to handle a pit bull terrier by telling them Jane Eyre's story. These tales, and more, salute the lasting relevance of Bronte's famous novel and its themes of love, compromise and self-determination.

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785413285

Published:

01-03-2017

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Reader, I Married Him

Author:

Tracy Chevalier

Synopsis:

Commissioned to celebrate Charlotte Bronte's bicentenary year in 2016, this collection of original stories by today's finest women writers draws inspiration from a line in JANE EYRE. A bohemian wedding party takes an unexpected turn for the bride and her daughter... A family trip to a Texan waterpark prompts a life-changing decision... Mr Rochester reveals a long-kept secret... Jane's married life after the original novel ends is explored... A new mother encounters an old lover after her daily swim, and inexplicably lies to him... A fitness instructor teaches teenage boys how to handle a pit bull terrier by telling them Jane Eyre's story. These tales, and more, salute the lasting relevance of Bronte's famous novel and its themes of love, compromise and self-determination.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785413346

Published:

01-03-2018

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Football Fanatic

Author:

Rob Childs

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Luke Crawford is totally soccer mad. Trouble is, his encyclopaedic, anorak-type knowledge of the game is not matched by his ball skills on the pitch. Appearances for the school team are rare, but Luke realizes there is a way to guarantee himself a regular game of footie. He can form his own team to play in the Sunday League, and then he can pick himself to play centre-forward every single week! All he needs is ten more players...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780708995075

Published:

01-05-2000

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Football Flukes

Author:

Rob Childs

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Luke Crawford, captain of the Sunday League team, the SWILLSBY SWIFTS, knows that he's got a tough task ahead of him when the Swifts set out to play an important cup-tie. After all, it's a running joke that his team is the strongest in the league: at the bottom, holding everyone else up! Luke wants to prove that the Swifts' first-round victory in the cup wasn't simply a fluke. Win or lose, Luke and his team-mates love their football. But if they can win once, they can win again. And again. For league positions count for nothing in the cup. Every game is a one-off and a single goal is all it can take to turn a team into giant-killers...

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Soft Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780708995150

Published:

01-07-2000

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Soccer Stars

Author:

Rob Childs

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The SWILLSBY SWIFTS are off on an Easter tour! Their skipper, Luke Crawford, is hoping for some terrific results - especially as he's persuaded his talented cousin, Jon, to play for the Swifts as a guest star. But Jon's not going to be the only soccer star in action; the Swifts are invited to play in a charity tournament at which many top stars from the past are playing an exhibition game. And, even better, the F.A. Cup will be on display. There's just one problem: someone has other plans for the Cup...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780708995235

Published:

01-09-2000

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The Awakening

Author:

Kate Chopin

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The Pontellier family are spending a hot, lazy holiday on the Gulf of Mexico. Nobody expects that Edna should be preoccupied with anything more than her husband Leonce and their small boys. But Edna, restive and achieving fulfilment only in her beloved sketching, finds her allocated bonds of motherhood and wifely duty to be stifling constraints. And when she teeters on the brink of an illicit summer romance with young clerk Robert Lebrun, new ideas and longings are awakened in her...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823967

Published:

01-05-2015

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If I Fall, If I Die

Author:

Michael Christie

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Will has never been to the outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never got to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Soon the confines of Will's world close in on him. Despite his mother's protests, he ventures outside, clad in a protective helmet, and braces himself for danger. He eventually meets and befriends Jonah, a quiet boy who introduces him to skateboarding, and finds his fears fading and his body hardening with each new bump, scrape and fall. But life quickly gets complicated when a local boy goes missing, and Will and Jonah embark upon an extraordinary adventure...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829938

Published:

01-10-2016

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Meeting The English

Author:

Kate Clanchy

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Struan Robertson - orphan, genius, and just seventeen - leaves his dour native town of Cuik, and arrives in London in the freakish fine summer of 1989. His job is to care for Phillip, dumbfounded and paralysed by a massive stroke; because, though two teenage children, two wives, and a literary agent all rattle round Phillip's large house, they are each too busy with their peculiar obsessions to do it themselves. As the city bakes, Struan finds himself tangled in a midsummer's dream of mistaken identity, giddying property prices, wild swimming, and overwhelming passions. For everyone, it is to be a life-changing summer.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823080

Published:

01-03-2015

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Savage Lands

Author:

Clare Clark

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It is 1704 and, in the swamps of Louisiana, France is clinging to its new colony with less than two hundred men. Into this hostile land comes Elisabeth Savaret, one of twenty-three women sent from Paris to marry men they have never met. With little expectation of happiness Elisabeth is stunned to find herself falling passionately in love with her husband, infantryman Jean-Claude Babelon. But Babelon is a dangerous man to love. Witness to Elisabeth's devotion is another of his acolytes, Auguste, a young boy despatched to act as go-between with the 'redskins'. When both Elisabeth and Auguste find their love challenged by Babelon's duplicity, the consequences are devastating.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444805741

Published:

01-03-2011

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The Raw Man

Author:

George Makana Clark

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In a resurrected bungalow on the edge of the fledgling nation of Zimbabwe, Sergeant Gordon's story has come to rest. He's borne it across drought-blasted floodplains, after fleeing the copper mine - his prison for years. In darkness, underground, his story took form. Oscillating between the material and spiritual worlds, we learn his story in reverse, from the military, to adolescent rebellion, a patchwork education and the brutal initiations of youth; back to childhood, birth and beyond. We travel the scarred landscapes of Southern Africa - its history - the present. Gordon must do the same, revealing the secrets of his own ancestry.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444810639

Published:

01-04-2012

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An English Country Manner

Author:

Rory Clark

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James Aden has his hands full as he leaves the comparative sanity of a job on an estate in Scotland when his wife inherits a farm in Suffolk. To supplement the income from the farm, he takes a job as an agent on Sir Charles Buckley's vast estate. The list of problems and troublesome characters that he has to deal with is virtually endless with rogue chimney pots, unsavoury tenants and delinquent sheep giving him fraught days and sleepless nights. Then there's the farm secretary, Gail, whose turbulent love life provides James with even more headaches than the feisty sheep.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750538428

Published:

01-04-2014

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