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    Henry Fleming dreams of the thrill of battle and performing heroic deeds in the American Civil War. But his illusions are shattered when he comes face to face with the bloodshed and horrors of war. Now he’s a raw recruit, Henry experiences both fear and self-doubt. Will war make Henry a coward or a hero?

    A vivid fictionalised account of the experiences of an ordinary innocent young soldier on the battlefields of the American Civil War, introduced by American writer, illustrator and historian, Wendell Minor.

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  • The Adventures of Prince Akbar

    The classic fictionalized story of a little boy who lived to be perhaps the greatest king this world has ever seen.Long before he entered history books as Emperor Akbar, the Great Mughal, Prince Akbar was a brave young boy, growing up alone while his father Humayun was far away, fighting to win back the throne of Hindustan. But he had his faithful companions, a fierce black sheepdog and a clever snow-white cat, to protect him from demons and other dangers. Join him in The Adventures of Prince Akbar as he gets entangled in conspiracies and battles, foils his wicked uncle’s attempts to kidnap him and playfully chases a bear over the snow, into a hidden green valley. A timeless classic read by children across the years and countries, The Adventures of Prince Akbar comes now with an introduction by Ruskin Bond and will be a book to treasure for a lifetime.

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  • Treasure Island

    A thrilling tale of hidden treasure, pirates and treachery. When Billy Bones, an old sailor, dies at Admiral Benbow Inn, young Jim Hawkins gets drawn into the most exciting adventure of his life. Among the dead man’s belongings, Jim discovers a map that leads to a hidden treasure on a remote island and shows it to Dr Livesey and Squire Trelawney. They, in turn, recruit a crew of seasoned seamen and embark on a voyage to the island. They set sail on the Hispaniola where Jim learns of a mutiny brewing on the ship, masterminded by Long John Silver, the ship’s deceitful one-legged cook. As events hurtle towards electrifying swordfights and shocking murders, Jim learns about friendship, bravery and loyalty. A timeless adventure classic, Treasure Island has inspired generations of readers and writers alike. This new edition, introduced by Ruskin Bond, will enthral readers all over again.

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  • The Watch That Ends the Night

    Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope — twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker’s reports, and other records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse at the lives behind the tragedy, told with clear-eyed compassion and astounding emotional power.

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  • Africa Is My Home

    Inspired by a true account, here is the compelling story of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad—and eventually makes her way home to Africa. Narrated in a remarkable first-person voice, this fictionalized book of memories of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child. Lush, full-color illustrations by Robert Byrd, plus archival photographs and documents, bring an extraordinary journey to life.

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  • The Land

    Paul-Edward is the son of a wealthy white plantation owner and a former slave mother. Though his heritage is not unusual, for it is the time of the American Civil War, his upbringing is quite different to other black children. His father makes sure that he and his sister enjoy many of the same privileges as their white half-brothers. Paul-Edward dreams of owning land every bit as good as his father’s and, after a rash act of rebellion, leaves his family and vows to succeed on his own. Life is difficult for a young black person in 1880s Mississippi but Paul-Edward discovers his own strength, makes true friendships and even falls in love as he eventually fulfils his dream. Paul-Edward is the grandfather of Cassie Logan, the heroine of ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY and its sequels.

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  • Sounder

    Set in the 19th-century American South, this is the story a poor African-American sharecropping family, their faithful dog, Sounder, and the eldest boy’s efforts to learn how to read and help his mother to support the family after his father is arrested for stealing a ham. When Sounder chases after the Sheriff’s deputies he is shot and he crawls away, seemingly to die. For weeks the boy thinks that he has lost both his father and his dog, but then Sounder comes back, lame and missing an ear. The boy continues to search for his father, until a few years later the father returns home, disabled from a quarry accident. Reunited at last, the father and Sounder go on one final hunting trip together . . .

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    This is the tale of a Viking warrior by the name of Erik. But Erik is no ordinary Viking. With his trusty band of men he sets sail in search of the land where the sun goes at night – but he finds much more! The Sea Dragon, Dogfighters and giants combine to make his voyage a great saga of thrilling adventures.

    Written by Terry Jones, most famous for his membership of the Monty Python team, this is a wonderful tale, expertly spun, which won the Children’s Book Award.

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    Scotland, 1915. A group of teenagers from very different backgrounds meet for an idyllic picnic, but the war across the Channel is proving increasingly impossible to ignore, and all too soon they will be engulfed by The Great War.

    Determined to forge their own paths during a time of enormous upheaval, the five friends encounter not only the horrors of the trenches, but also the thrum of first love, and the political struggles of pacifism and women’s rights. Their lives will be changed forever – and nothing will ever be the same again.

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    A tense and compulsive survival story of a young boy and an old man adrift on the ocean, then marooned on a tiny, deserted island. It is also a fascinating study of the relationship between Phillip, white, American, and influenced by his mother’s prejudices, and the black man upon whom Phillip’s life depends.

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    It’s 1945. World War II has just ended and twelve-year-old Rusty comes back home to Britain after being evacuated to the US. The greyness and bleakness of life in England is a shock, but even worse is adapting to the strict discipline of her family, including a brother she’s never met, after the warmth and openness of her adopted American family. Rusty is sent to an horrific boarding school, before finally running away as her search for happiness becomes more and more desperate.

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    The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight – but he broke that promise the very next day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, other than that he’s away on a special, secret mission. Then a chance encounter at King’s Cross Station offers hope – Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by – and Alfie becomes determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place . . .

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    YOU WANTED TO SEE SOME ACTION – WELL YOU’RE GOING TO GET IT NOW. YOU’RE GOING TO GET IT NOW ALL RIGHT.’

    Friday 24th May, 1940

    Private Johnny Hawke, aged sixteen, awakens to artillery fire.

    Hours later, Stukas scream down from the sky. Messerschmit fighters roar towards his regiment. Trucks burst into flames.

    Now men and mules lay dead and dying, severed limbs twisted grotesquely as blood soaks the cobbled streets.

    Young Private Hawke just wants to do his duty and serve his country. But as he – and his fellow soldiers – prepare to stop the German advance, there’s only one question on everyone’s lips.

    HOW WILL THEY SURVIVE?

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    Pilot officer Archie Jackson, 19, is in control of the RAF’s newest fighter aircraft, a Supermarine Spitfire.

    Now he has the Luftwaffe in his sights and only one thing matters: defending Britain.

    Suddenly planes are falling from the sky, exploding and spiralling into the English Channel.

    France has fallen and the swastika flies over Occupied Europe. Only these young pilots – barely out of boyhood – stand between Britain and a Nazi invasion . . .

    Duty Calls: Battle of Britain, throws you deep into the heart – and horror – of Britain’s darkest, and finest, hour.

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    It’s 1946. The war is over and Europe lies in ruins. Fourteen year old Felix dreams of finding happiness elsewhere. When he’s offered the chance to go to Australia, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone very dear to him, even though she wasn’t actually invited. Felix and Anya have high hopes for a new life in Australia, but before they can accept the love and friendship of their new land they must confront the murderous urge for revenge that still hangs over them.
    Felix knows he hasn’t faced anything like this before. He may not survive, but he’s hoping he will. Maybe.

    This powerfully moving addition to Morris Gleitzman’s bestselling series takes place in 1945, following directly on from the story told in SOON.This intensely affecting story will move readers of all ages. It will be welcomed by the many Holocaust educators who use Once, Now, Then and After to teach upper primary and lower secondary children and embraced by any reader who loves passionate, moving and brilliant stories.

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  • The Raven's Children

    Russia in 1938 is a place of great terror. Joseph Stalin is in charge. His Secret Police are everywhere, searching for anyone who might be his enemy. People have no idea who they can trust.

    Seven-year-old Shura doesn’t know about any of this. He’s happy in his little home in Leningrad going to school in the mornings, playing with his best friend in the afternoon, fighting with his big sister, spending time with his Mama, Papa and baby brother Bobka.

    Until one day everything changes.

    Mama and Papa and Bobka disappear without a trace. The whispers of their neighbours are that Mama and Papa were spies, enemies of Stalin and so they have now been taken by something mysterious called The Raven. Desperate to reunite his family, Shura decides to hunt down The Raven, finding help in the most unexpected places but facing more danger than he has ever known . . .

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  • Cream Buns and Crime

    Daisy and Hazel invite you to discover their untold stories . . .

    Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are famous for solving murder mysteries. But there are many other intrigues in the pages of Hazel’s casebook, from the macabre Case of the Deepdean Vampire, to the baffling Case of the Blue Violet, and their very first whodunit: the Case of Lavinia’s Missing Tie.

    Packed with brilliant mini-mysteries, including stories about rival detectives the Junior Pinkertons and dorm-mates Beanie and Kitty, and peppered with puzzles, facts, and tips on detecting, this is the perfect book for fans of the award-winning, bestselling Murder Most Unladylike series.

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    I, the Honourable Daisy Wells, have decided to give an account of another mystery the Detective Society has faced in recent weeks. It was very exciting, and very heroic, and I was very brilliant and brave…’

    A daring thief has been robbing London’s famous museums. When a treasure hunt leads them into the path of the culprit, Daisy and Hazel realise where they’ll strike next – the British Museum! With help from their friends (and rivals) the Junior Pinkertons, the girls must crack codes, unravel clues and race against time to solve the mystery.

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    London, 1665. Fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe is apprenticed to master apothecary Benedict Blackthorn. In Blackthorn’s shop, Christopher learns the delicate secrets of transforming simple ingredients into powerful medicines, potions and weapons. His beloved master guides him with a firm, steady hand – instilling him with confidence and independence that prove increasingly vital as Christopher learns of a mysterious cult preying on the most learned men in London. The murders are growing closer and closer to home and soon Christopher is torn from the shop with only a page of cryptic clues from his master and the unambiguous warning: ‘Tell no one’.

    Helped by his best friend, Tom, Christopher must decipher his master’s clues, following a trail of deceit towards an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.

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    BOILS, BLOOD AND A BURNING FEVER – THE BLACK DEATH HAS RETURNED TO LONDON . . .

    As the dreaded sickness spreads through the city, striking down rich and poor alike, an unknown man arrives with a miracle cure. But when an assassin threatens the life of the city’s new saviour, young apothecary Christopher Rowe and his faithful friend Tom must risk their lives to untangle another dark conspiracy.

    And when the plague strikes close to home, the stakes are raised higher than ever before . . .

    The breathtaking sequel to The Blackthorn Key – shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

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