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Hardback:Marshmallow Skye:2011
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Skye wants to be her own person, but with an effortlessly cool twin, how can she? Will Skye ever step out of Summer's shadow and find her own chance to shine? Skye and Summer Tanberry are identical twins, and Skye loves her sister Summer more than anyone else in the world. They do everything together, but lately Skye's been feeling like second-best - it's the story of her life. And when her friend Alfie confesses he's fallen not for her, but for Summer, it hurts Praise for Cherry Crush: All the teenage humours of romance, jealousy, friendship and sorrow rage freely in this brilliantly observed story of contemporary life. -- Julia Eccleshare lovereading4kids.co.uk The best book she has ever written amazon.co.uk Praise for Cathy's books: Touching, tender and unforgettable. The Guardian. from 9 to 11.
256 p. ; 22 cm (hbk)
0141338903
Paperback:Angel cake:2011
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2009. Anya used to dream of moving to Britain to start a brand-new life. But as she sits in a school where nobody understands her, she dreams of Polish summer skies and the place where she once belonged. Then Anya meets bad boy Dan. He's no angel but she's sure there's a sweeter side to him. Originally published: 2009
207 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141345888
Paperback:Summer's dream:2013:New in Paperback.
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New in Paperback.
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Aspiring ballerina Summer prepares for an audition at a top dance school . Originally published: 2012 Summer has always dreamed of dancing, and when a place at ballet school comes up, she wants it so badly it hurts. Middle school ends and the holidays begin, but unlike her sisters, Summer has no time for lazy days and sunny beach parties. The audition becomes her obsession, and things start spiralling out of control. The more Summer tries to find perfection, the more lost she becomes. Young People.
259 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099583178
Paperback:The idiot:2018
Author: Batuman, Elif, 1977-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Penguin Press, 2017 Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, teaches ESL and spends a lot of time thinking about what language - and languages - can and cannot do. Along the way she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary. The two conduct a hilarious relationship that culminates with Selin spending the summer teaching English in a Hungarian village and enduring a series of surprising excursions. Throughout her journeys, Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a failed writer, and how baffling love is.
422 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0571218326
Hardback:Istanbul, memories of a city:2005
Author: Pamuk, Orhan
Author: Freely, Maureen.
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes index. Revisiting his own family's secrets and idiosyncracies, Orhan Pamuk guides the reader through some of Istanbul's monuments and lost paradises, discovering what made his family typical of their time and place. Includes indexes. Formerly CIP. Includes index Translated from the Turkish
348 p., ill. ; 23 cm (hbk)
0571236863
Hardback:Other colours, essays and a story:2007
Author: Pamuk, Orhan, 1952-
Author: Freely, Maureen, 1952-
Year 2007
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Essay
Publisher: Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: A collection of immediate relevance and timeless value, 'Other Colours' ranges from lyrical autobiography to criticism of literature and culture, from humour to political analysis, from delicate evocations of his friendship with his daughter Ruya to provocative discussions of Eastern and Western art. Includes index.
xi, 433 p., ill. ; 24 cm (hbk)
1847083145
Paperback:The possessed, adventures with Russian books and the people who read them:2012
Author: Batuman, Elif, 1977-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Granta
Resource type: Physical
Note: Elif Batuman takes the reader on a journey both literary and physical as she traces the evolution of her fascination with Russian literature across the globe and several centuries. This is a deeply funny, fiercely intelligent portrait of the not-always-rational pursuit of knowledge. Originally published: New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010; London: Granta, 2011
298 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784701467
Paperback:Eileen:2016
Author: Moshfegh, Ottessa
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's carer in his squalid home and her day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perv. The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's carer in his squalid home and her day job as a secretary at the boys' prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a handsome prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father's messes. When the beautiful, charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counsellor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship.
260 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0571233627
Hardback:Outline:2014
Author: Cusk, Rachel, 1967-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and. A woman writer goes to Athens in the height of summer to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. Beginning with the neighbouring passenger on the flight out and his tales of fast boats and failed marriages, the storytellers talk of their loves and ambitions and pains, their anxieties, their perceptions and daily lives.
249 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0099517507
Paperback:A slipping-down life:1999
Author: Tyler, Anne, 1941-
Year 1999
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Paperback. In a small Southern town teenager Evie Decker becomes obsessed with local rock singer Bertram 'Drumstrings' Casey, and decides to take her life into her own hands. When she carves his name on her forehead their two lives become unforgettably entwined. Originally published: London: Hamlyn, 1983 eng
160p. (pbk)
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Paperback:A court of wings and ruin:2017
Author: Maas, Sarah J.
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords - and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
698 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408803313
eBook:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society:2009:[New] ed. ; Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Author: Shaffer, Mary Ann
Author: Barrows, Annie
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: eBook
Edition: [New] ed. ; Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Electronic reproduction: Cleveland, Ohio: Overdrive, 2013? Description based on print version record. Previous ed.: 2008 It's January, 1946, and writer Juliet Ashton sits at her desk, vainly seeking a subject for her next book. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from one Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a secondhand book that once belonged to Juliet - and, spurred on by their mutual love of Charles Lamb, they begin a correspondence.
248 p., maps
014135609X
Paperback:Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda:2015
Author: Albertalli, Becky
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: USA: Balzer + Bray 16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. And worse still, so will the privacy of 'Blue', the pen name of the boy he's been emailing. With messy dynamics emerging in Simon's once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon's life suddenly becomes just a little complicated. Now Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out - without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.
303 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141354933
Paperback:A wrinkle in time:2014
Author: L'Engle, Madeleine
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this novel Charles goes searching for his lost father through a wrinkle in time with his sister Meg and friend Calvin. They find themselves on an evil planet, where all life is ruled by a huge, pulsating brain known as IT. Originally published: New York: Ariel Books, 1962. Originally published: New York: Ariel Books, 1962 In this novel Charles goes searching for his lost father through a wrinkle in time with his sister Meg and friend Calvin. They find themselves on an evil planet, where all life is ruled by a huge, pulsating brain known as IT.
255 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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eBook:The hate u give:2017
Author: Thomas, Angie
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: eBook
Publisher: Walker Books and Subsidiaries
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Description based on CIP data; item not viewed. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
1 online resource (448 pages) (ePub ebook)
178022124X
Paperback:Where'd you go, Bernadette:2013
Author: Semple, Maria
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Phoenix
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears, and Bee's search for. Originally published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012 Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears, and Bee's search for her mother reveals an extraordinary woman trying to find her place in an absurd world.
324 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408709716
Hardback:Little fires everywhere:2018
Author: Ng, Celeste
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: United States: Penguin Press, 2017 In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
338 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1444775812
Paperback:A man called Ove:2015
Author: Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Swedish There is something about Ove. At first sight, he is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
304 pages (pbk)