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    The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be’ – Stormzy

    Sephy is a Cross: she lives a life of privilege and power. Callum is a nought: he’s considered to be less than nothing – a blanker, there to serve Crosses.

    They’ve been friends since they were children, and they both know that’s as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies – love is out of the question. Then – in spite of a world that is fiercely against them – these star-crossed lovers choose each other. But this is love story that will lead both of them into terrible danger . . . and which will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.

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    The Noughts & Crosses series are still my favourite books of all time and showed me just how amazing story-telling could be’ – Stormzy

    Sephy is a Cross: she lives a life of privilege and power. Callum is a nought: he’s considered to be less than nothing – a blanker, there to serve Crosses.

    They’ve been friends since they were children, and they both know that’s as far as it can ever go. Noughts and Crosses are fated to be bitter enemies – love is out of the question. Then – in spite of a world that is fiercely against them – these star-crossed lovers choose each other. But this is love story that will lead both of them into terrible danger . . . and which will have shocking repercussions for generations to come.

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    Devastatingly powerful’ Guardian

    No one could begin to guess at the depth of the hatred I held for Sephy Hadley. Everything began with her and my brother. And that’s how it would end.

    Where there has been love, now there is hate.

    Two families have been shattered by the divided and violent society they live in.

    Sephy Hadley – a Cross, supposedly powerful and privileged – has bound herself forever to her nought lover Callum McGregor’s family.

    But Jude McGregor blames Sephy for all the tragedies his family has suffered. And he is determined to force her to take sides, and destroy her life . . . just like she destroyed his. . .

    Voted as one of the UK’s best-loved books, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses series is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic.

    ‘Moving and thought-provoking’ Observer

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    Blackman “gets” people . . . she “gets” humanity as a whole, too’ Guardian

    Just this once. Just this once and no more, I promise.
    Please let me get away with it just this once . . .

    Tobey wants a better life – for him and for Callie Rose. He wants nothing to do with the violent gangs that rule the world he lives in. But when he’s offered the chance to earn some extra money, how much could it hurt to just this once say ‘yes’?

    Callie Rose knows all about the danger of saying ‘yes’. She knows about terrible mistakes, and violence and revenge, and the fierce divide between Noughts and Crosses.

    And knowing so much about the past makes her afraid for her future.

    Because sometimes, one bad decision can change everything . . .

    ‘Powerful’
    Sunday Times

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    Thirty-four years have passed since Sephy Hadley – a Cross – first met Callum McGregor – a Nought. Their love was forbidden, powerful – and deadly.

    Life is seemingly very different now for Noughts and Crosses – including for Sephy and Callum’s families. But old wounds from the past are hard to heal, and when you’re playing a game as dangerous as they are, it won’t be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire.

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    Thirty-four years have passed since Sephy Hadley – a Cross – first met Callum McGregor – a Nought. Their love was forbidden, powerful – and deadly.

    Life is seemingly very different now for Noughts and Crosses – including for Sephy and Callum’s families. But old wounds from the past are hard to heal, and when you’re playing a game as dangerous as they are, it won’t be long before someone gets caught in the crossfire.

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    Another emotional hard-hitter’ Sunday Times

    My name is Callie Rose.
    My mum is a Cross – one of the so-called ruling elite.
    My dad was a Nought. My dad was a murderer. My dad was a terrorist.

    Sixteen years have passed since Sephy Hadley first met Callum McGregor – and the hate that divided them turned to hope. But the world hasn’t changed quickly enough for their daughter, Callie Rose. Growing up dual heritage in a world where bitter prejudice divides Noughts and Crosses has meant she’s an outsider wherever she turns.

    Enter Jude McGregor. Jude teaches Callie about her real family history, and the more she learns the more he persuades her where her loyalties really lie. But soon Callie is caught in a trap she can’t get out of – one which will have deadly consequences.

    Voted as one of the UK’s best-loved books, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses series is a seminal piece of YA fiction; a true modern classic.

    ‘Dramatic, intensely moving’ Carousel

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  • I Love Mum with The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Mum . . . you lift me up . . . and hold me close . . . even when I’m snappy . . . that’s why I love you, Mum! Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of love and all the ways to tell your mum how much you care. This delightful little book features Eric Carle’s bright and distinctive artwork of animal mums and babies – from giraffes and crocodiles to bears and penguins – with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day, or any day you want to say . . . I love you, Mum!

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    Daisy’s mum is gone. Her dad refuses to talk about it. As far as Daisy’s concerned, it’s all her fault. As her life starts to spiral out of control, panic leads to tragedy and Daisy’s left alone.

    But sometimes the kindness of a stranger can turn things around. A stranger who desperately wants to save Daisy – if she’ll only let herself be saved . . .

    A powerful and moving story linked to Phil Earle’s critically acclaimed debut book, Being Billy.

    Praise for Being Billy:
    ‘A wonderful book’ – Morris Gleitzman
    ‘Phil Earle writes starkly but sensitively in this brilliant page-turning novel. It moved me to tears’ – Jacqueline Wilson
    ‘This may be the most authoritative, honest and moving account of children trapped in the care system to date’ – Keith Gray, Scotsman
    ‘Life-affirming, redemptive, and really just rather good’ – Marcus Sedgwick, Guardian
    ‘Moving and powerful, I loved it’ – Sophie McKenzie
    ‘Being Billy was a total page-turner – authentic and gritty. Billy’s voice doesn’t falter . . . spiky, brave and compassionate – Jenny Downham

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  • (Un)arranged Marriage

    MANNY WANTS TO BE A FOOTBALLER. OR A POP STAR. OR WRITE A BESTSELLER. HE DOESN’T WANT TO GET MARRIED…

    ‘Harry and Ranjit were waiting for me – waiting to take me to Derby, to a wedding. My wedding. A wedding that I hadn’t asked for, that I didn’t want. To a girl who I didn’t know… If they had bothered to open their eyes, they would have seen me: seventeen, angry, upset but determined – determined to do my own thing, to choose my own path in life…’

    Set partly in the UK and partly in the Punjab region of India, this is a fresh, bitingly perceptive and totally up-to-the-minute look at one young man’s fight to free himself from family expectations and to be himself, free to dance to his own tune.

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    As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All is set in the world of wedding planning.

    Louna spends her summers helping brides plan their perfect day and handling every kind of crises: missing brides, scene-stealing bridesmaids and controlling grooms. Not surprising then, that she’s deeply cynical about happy-ever-afters, especially since her own first love ended in tragedy.

    When handsome girl magnet Ambrose enters her life, Louna won’t take him seriously. But Ambrose hates not getting what he wants and Louna is the girl he’s been waiting for.

    Maybe it’s not too late for a happy ending after all?

    ‘When I read a Sarah Dessen novel, I’m sixteen again, in the flush of first love.’ Jodi Picoult

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  • Madame Doubtfire

    Lydia, Christopher and Natalie are used to domestic turmoil. Their parents’ divorce has not made family life any easier in either home. The children bounce to and from their volatile mother, Miranda, and their out-of-work actor father, Daniel. Then Miranda advertises for a cleaning lady who will look mind the children after work – and Daniel gets the job, disguised as Madame Doubtfire.

    This bittersweet, touching and extremely funny book inspired the highly successful film Mrs Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams.

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    For the past five weeks I’d prayed that I’d never see my brother’s name spelt out in poppies. In the weeks that followed I often wished I had.’

    Jammy and Sonny McGann are brothers, but that’s where the similarities end. One is calm when the other is angry; one has a plan while the other lives purely in the moment.

    When Jammy returns from Afghanistan a very different man to the one who left, it’s Sonny who is left to hold things together. But just how far will he go to save the brother who always put him first?

    Inspired by S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and by the battles facing young soldiers all over the world, this is a devastating novel about brotherhood and sacrifice, from the award-winning author of Being Billy and Saving Daisy.

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  • A Swift Pure Cry

    After Shell’s mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister. Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with childhood friend, Declan, charming, eloquent and persuasive. But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America, Shell finds herself pregnant and the centre of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives, with repercussions across the whole country. The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again.

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  • Penguin Readers Level 3: Wonder (ELT Graded Reader)

    With carefully adapted text, new illustrations, language practise activities and additional online resources, the Penguin Readers series introduces language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction.

    Wonder, a Level 3 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework. The text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, introducing first conditional, past continuous and present perfect simple for general experience. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear on most pages.

    August “Auggie” Pullman has been home-schooled all his life. Now he is starting fifth grade at a school in New York City. He doesn’t want other students to look at him, but that isn’t easy when he looks like he does.

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    With carefully adapted text, new illustrations, language practise activities and additional online resources, the Penguin Readers series introduces language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction.

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a Level 5 Reader, is B1 in the CEFR framework. The text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, introducing present perfect continuous, past perfect, reported speech and second conditional. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear regularly.

    Oskar Shell is a clever nine-year-old boy. When his father is killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001, Oskar wants to learn the secret about a key that he discovers in his father’s closet. His search takes him on a journey through New York and into the lives of strangers and relatives. But will it bring him any closer to his lost father?

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    It’s hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.

    It’s been sixty-five days since the accident that ripped Juniper’s world apart. Life without her kind, beautiful, vibrant big sister Camilla is a colder, darker place.

    Until she discovers the letter. The letter Camie wrote, but never got to send. It’s mysteriously addressed to ‘You’ and dated July 4th – the day of the accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie’s secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.

    But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie’s death – but without this card, there’s a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own secret: a memory she can’t let anyone else find out.

    An unforgettable story of love, loss, mistakes and memories.

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    Penny’s bags are packed.

    When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

    But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

    Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

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    Penny’s life is back to normal.

    As Penny starts the school year she’s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So when she accepts Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends.

    Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy. Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey – struggling with stage fright and in need of support. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to haunt her round every corner?

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    Emaline is spending her last summer before college in her home beach town of Colby. Everything is familiar – from working for her bossy sister Margo at the family rental company to Emaline’s gorgeous (and regularly shirtless) childhood sweetheart, Luke.

    But when an out-of-town brash New York filmmaker, and her young assistant Theo, come to stay at one of the beach houses, everything Emaline thought she knew about herself changes.

    But can her heart let go of a life she’s loved for so long?

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