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0141384808
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)
0670910880
Hardback:Stalin and his hangmen, an authoritative portrait of a tyrant and those who served him:2004
Author: Rayfield, Donald, 1942-
Year 2004
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: A study of Stalin and his chiefs of police from Dzierzynski to Beria. Many of the sources are from Russian archive material only recently allowed into the public domain. The main focus of the book is the psychological chain that connected Stalin with those men he chose as executioners.
xxvi, 528 p., [24] p. of plates, ill. ; 24 cm (hbk)
1486209483
DAISY:Without remorse:2014
Author: Clancy, Tom, 1947-2013,
Author: Prichard, Michael
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is 1970. Navy SEAL John Kelly meets a woman who will change his life forever. She has recently escaped from a nightmare world of unimaginable suffering, yet before they can plan a future together, the horrors of her past snatch her from him.
22 CDs (27 hr., 7 min.) : digital, stereo. (CDs)
1782068473
Paperback:The Black Friar:2017
Author: MacLean, Shona
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 London, 1655, and Cromwell's regime is under threat from all sides. Damian Seeker, Captain of Cromwell's Guard, is all too aware of the danger facing Cromwell. Parliament resents his control of the Army while the Army resents his absolute power. In the east end of London, a group of religious fanatics plots rebellion. In the midst of all this, a stonemason uncovers a perfectly preserved body dressed in the robes of a Dominican friar, bricked up in a wall in the crumbling Black Friars. Ill-informed rumours and speculation abound, but Seeker instantly recognises the dead man. What he must discover is why he met such a hideous end, and what his connection was to the children who have started to disappear from around the city. Unravelling these mysteries is challenging enough, and made still harder by the activities of dissenters at home, Royalist plotters abroad and individuals who are not what they seem.
456 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1849163197
Paperback:The devil's recruit:2014
Author: MacLean, Shona
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2013 1635, Aberdeen. A girl lies dead in a frozen garden. A young man goes missing after a drunken brawl. A sinister cloaked figure watches from the shadows. The missing student is in Alexander Seaton's class. When the young man's companion turns up bruised and bloodied, suspicion mounts that he has murdered his friend. But Alexander is convinced that there's another explanation.
360 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784753793
Paperback:The black book:2017
Author: Patterson, James, 1947-
Author: Ellis, David, 1967-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Century How can you prove your innocence when you can't remember the crime? Being a cop runs in Billy Harney's family. The son of Chicago's Chief of Detectives whose twin sister, Patti, also followed in their father's footsteps, there's nothing Billy won't give up for the job, including his life. Left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and a hard-charging assistant district attorney out for blood, Billy miraculously survives. But he remembers nothing about the events leading up to the shootout. Charged with double murder and desperate to clear his name, Billy retraces his steps to get to the bottom of what happened. When he discovers the existence of a little black book that everyone who's anyone in Chicago will stop at nothing to get their hands on, Billy suspects it contains the truth that will either set him free - or confirm his worst fears.
418 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1510006842
DAISY:The mermaids singing:2015:Unabridged ed
Author: McDermid, Val
Author: Reichlin, Saul
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Edition: Unabridged ed
Publisher: Clipper Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is a tense psychological thriller that explores the tormented world of a serial killer. A killer is on the loose in Bradfield, and clinial psychologist Tony Hill is brought in to investigate.
12. - CDs(13 hours, 30 minutes) : digital, stereo (CDs)
1408897997
Hardback:All among the barley:2018
Author: Harrison, Melissa, 1975-
Author: Gower, Neil
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
Resource type: Physical
Note: The autumn of 1933 is the most beautiful Edie Mather can remember. In the fields and villages around her beloved Wych Farm, however, the Great War still casts a shadow over a community impoverished by economic depression and threatened by change. Change, too, is coming to Edie, who at fourteen must soon face the unsettling pressures of adulthood. Glamorous outsider Constance FitzAllen arrives from London to document fading rural traditions and beliefs, urging all who will listen to resist progress and return to the old ways - but some wonder whether there might be more to the older woman than meets the eye. As harvest approaches and the future of Wych Farm itself grows uncertain, Edie must somehow find a way to trust her instincts and save herself from disaster.
352 pages, maps (colour) ; 22 cm (hbk)
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1509863591
Paperback:Capture or kill:2018
Author: Marcus, Tom
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Macmillan Matt Logan is an MI5 agent for the British government. Working on the frontline of counter-terrorism in the UK he's trained to protect its citizens against all threats. When two brothers known operationally as 'Iron Sword' and 'Stone Fist' are suspected of plotting a major terrorist event, Logan and his team work undercover to track them down. If they fail, an attack will be unleashed that will rock the country to its very core. Frustrated by always needing to obey the rules, Logan yearns for a way to break through the red tape that hinders their progress. His wishes seem to come true when he is offered the chance to join a new, deniable outfit known as 'Blindeye'. Then devastating news reaches Logan, throwing his world into turmoil. But one thing remains certain, he will join the team and become their fiercest, most ruthless operative.
400 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784700134
Paperback:The gracekeepers:2016
Author: Logan, Kirsty
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2015 The sea has flooded the earth. North lives on a circus boat, floating between the scattered islands that remain. She dances with her beloved bear, while the rest of the crew trade dazzling and death-defying feats for food from the islanders. However, North has a secret that could capsize her life with the circus. Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, with only the birds and the fish for company. As penance for a terrible mistake, she works as a gracekeeper, tending the graves of those who die at sea. What drove her from home is also what pulls her towards North. When a storm creates a chance meeting between the two girls, their worlds change.
295 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1447288629
Paperback:The shadow sister, Star's story:2017
Author: Riley, Lucinda
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Macmillan, 2016 Star D'Apliese is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father - the elusive billionaire, named Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to their true heritage, but Star - the most enigmatic of the sisters - is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow the first clue she has been left, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world.
674 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1849830770
Paperback:The shoemaker's wife:2012
Author: Trigiani, Adriana
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is a sumptuous, epic novel from the much loved author of 'Lucia, Lucia' and 'Very Valentine', set between the Italian Alps and the USA. Nestled high in the Italian Alps lies Vilminore, home to Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. Close by lives Enza, a practical girl who longs only for a happy life for her family. When the two meet as teenagers, it seems it could be the start of a life together. Then Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal and is sent to America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy, leaving behind a bereft Enza. Her family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to flee to America with her father to secure their future. Unbeknownst to one another, Ciro and Enza build fledgling lives in New York. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job, until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late?
475 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0007513194
Paperback:Sleeper's castle:2017
Author: Erskine, Barbara
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 Hay-On-Wye, 1400. War is brewing in the Welsh borders, Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer, playing on the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between welsh princes and English lords. For 200 years, the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of. In the walls of Sleeper's Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales's destiny. Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper's Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl, who's screaming, who's reaching out - who only Miranda can help.
536 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1407157582
Paperback:Violent volcanoes:2015:New edition
Author: Ganeri, Anita, 1961-
Author: Phillips, Mike, 1961-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: London: Hippo, 1999 Originally published: London: Hippo, 1999 Venture into the realms of a fiery, unstable world. Tremble before geysers that could boil you alive and marvel at red-hot volcanic rocks.
219 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1781610797
Paperback:Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, It's Mitochondria, Not Hypochondria:2017
Author: Myhill, Sarah
Year 2017
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hammersmith Health Books
Resource type: Physical
400 (Pbk)
0008155631
Hardback:George:2017
Author: Smith, Sean, 1955-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'George' is the story of two extraordinary lives - the private man and the public legend. Georgios Panayiotou was just 18 when he decided to adopt the stage name of George Michael. Sometimes his two worlds would collide with shattering consequences. Bestselling biographer Sean Smith has gone back to the neighbourhoods of North London to trace the astonishing journey of a sensitive but determined boy who grew up to be one of the biggest British pop stars of all time.
344 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)