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Hardback:The upstairs room:2017
Author: Murray-Browne, Kate
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied with Zoe, their mercurial 27-year-old lodger, Eleanor becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the house's previous owners - including Emily, whose name is written hundreds of times on the walls of the upstairs room.
368 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1905802145
Paperback:The gift of rain:2007
Author: Tan, Twan Eng, 1972-
Year 2007
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Myrmidon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2006. Driven by the prophetic words of an ancient soothsayer, this novel explores the opposing ideas of predestination and self-determination, as Philip traces a perilous and sometimes unclear path through the terrible years of the Second World War in Penang, Malaysia. Originally published: 2006
508 p., map ; 20 cm (pbk)
1783753307
Paperback:The defeated aristocrat, Konigsberg 1919:2015
Author: John, Katherine
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Accent Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: After spending the last months of the Great War as POWs, Wolf Mau and his fellow soldiers are relieved to be back in Germany. Their homeland is defeated, starving, and broken - they didn't expect a welcome home party. But neither did they anticipate murder. A killer is stalking the medieval streets of Konigsberg. A killer who specialises in kidnapping demobbed soldiers - before torturing them using medieval methods and leaving their mutilated corpses in the city's red light district.
300 pages (pbk)
0007520883
Paperback:Love me or leave me:2014
Author: Carroll, Claudia
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she's finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she's starting to put her life back together and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss i. Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she's finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she's starting to put her life back together and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss is breathing down her neck, things are looking good. But what goes on in the Hope Street Hotel is a far cry from anything she's ever dealt with before.
423 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241961335
Paperback:The betrayers, a novel:2015
Author: Bezmozgis, David, 1973-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two men meet on a park bench in Jerusalem: a politician, on the eve of a controversial stand against his government, and a Mossad agent, sent to dissuade him with the threat of blackmail. Neither backs down. Escaping the furore he's unleashed, the politician and his lover make for a seaside resort on the Black Sea to lie low. But the fierce battle. Originally published: New York: Little, Brown, 2014 Two men meet on a park bench in Jerusalem: a politician, on the eve of a controversial stand against his government, and a Mossad agent, sent to dissuade him with the threat of blackmail. Neither backs down. Escaping the furore he's unleashed, the politician and his lover make for a seaside resort on the Black Sea to lie low. But the fierce battle between political principles and personal loyalties has followed them to this Russian backwater, and a shocking encounter awaits them.
225 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0571280595
Paperback:Rooftoppers:2013
Author: Rundell, Katherine
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. Y. Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has - the address of the cello maker.
278 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008172145
Paperback:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:2018:PBK
Author: Honeyman, Gail
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: PBK
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017 Originally published: 2017 Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life.
385 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444788035
Paperback:Small great things:2017
Author: Picoult, Jodi, 1966-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Ballantine, 2016 When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
506 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241973384
Paperback:My name is Leon:2017
Author: De Waal, Kit
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Viking, 2016 A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you'd least expect to find one. Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers, since Jake is white and Leon is not.
262 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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)
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Paperback:The Hobbit:1991:New ed.
Author: Dixon, Chuck
Author: Wenzel, David, 1950-
Author: Deming, Sean
Author: Tolkien, J. R. R., 1892-1973
Year 1991
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New ed.
Publisher: HarperCollins
Resource type: Physical
Note: shelve with big read display Painted in colour, this graphic novel contains an abridged version of Tolkien's original story about the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who is whisked off by the wizard Gandalf on an adventure to recover stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with danger, and it is Bilbo alone who must face the dangers. Tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a quiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim their stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with danger - and in the end it is Bilbo alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most-dreaded dragon, Smaug Originally published: London: Unwin, 1990 Available from ASKEWS. Readership guide: Junior fiction - 8-11 yrs Primary eng
133 p., chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm (pbk)
0007371462
Paperback:Gangsta granny:2012
Author: Walliams, David, 1971-
Author: Ross, Tony
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2011 Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma's house. All she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn't know about his grandma: she was once an international jewel thief and she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels. Now she needs Ben's help.
296 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0007419236
Paperback:Moonrise:2011
Author: Hunter, Erin
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's
Resource type: Physical
Note: As they journey home to warn their clans of the coming destruction, the six cats, guided by StarClan's prophecy, meet an unfamilar tribe of cats with their own set of beliefs and their own mysterious prophecy. In the exciting second Warriors story arc, the wild cats of the forest have lived in peace and harmony for many moons--but new prophecies from their warrior ancestors speak of a mysterious destiny and grave danger for the clans. The second of six titles in this thrilling feline fantasy adventure Praise for Warrior Cats: "Brilliantly written by someone who knows what children like to read. Inspired." The Gateway "Another fabulous book in the excellent series! plenty of twists and turns. Any 9 to13 year old should have these books!" Kidaround "Certain to please any young reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur may haunt the family cat." Publishers Weekly "Warriors: Into The Wild is the best book I've read in ages. It's really exciting! Even better than Brian Jaques' Redwall. I can't wait for the next one!" John Wood (age 12) "Characters remain true to their feline natures, adding to the plausibility of events in this tension-filled story. Readers will be happy to learn that another episode is in the works." Booklist "Another dynamic episode sure to please series fans." Booklist. From 9 To 11. UK School Key Stage 2.
287 p., ill., maps ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008164622
Paperback:The midnight gang:2018
Author: Walliams, David, 1971-
Author: Ross, Tony
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children's ward. But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime! 'The Midnight Gang' tells an extraordinarily heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward - and on a quest for adventure. It is a story of friendship and magic - and of making dreams come true.
480 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141331976
Paperback:Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 04): Dog Days:2009
Author: Kinney, Jeff
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pufin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Split your sides laughing as Greg Heffley struggles with all the trials and tribulations of school, family and friends that come with being everyone's favourite wimpy kid! Originally published: New York: Harry N. Abrams; London: Puffin, 2009. Originally published: New York: Harry N. Abrams; London: Puffin, 2009 Split your sides laughing as Greg Heffley struggles with all the trials and tribulations of school, family and friends that come with being everyone's favourite wimpy kid! Juvenile
214 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408191687
Paperback:The last flight:2013
Author: Deary, Terry
Author: De la Rue, James
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: A. & C. Black
Resource type: Physical
Note: Photographer Alfred Adams was born 1 June 1896 and became an observer in WW1, taking pictures over enemy lines. He was shot down by the famous 'Red Baron' Manfred von Richthofen over France along with his pilot Donald Stewart on 5 April 1917. They landed across enemy lines and both survived as prisoners of war. This tale tells how Alfred ended up spending his 21st birthday in a German POW camp, where he was visited by the Red Baron himself.
61 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408191741
Paperback:The war game:2013:First.
Author: Deary, Terry
Author: De la Rue, James
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: First.
Publisher: A. & C. Black
Resource type: Physical
Note: Recounts the truce between German and English soldiers on Christmas day in 1914. Stories of the First World War from Terry Deary, author of the 'Horrible Histories'. Flanders, 1914. The German and British soldiers in the trenches make an unofficial Christmas truce, with carols and a football match. But the officers aren't happy. A veteran soldier and a young recruit are 'celebrating' Christmas in the trenches. They hear the enemy sing carols and begin to shout greetings across no-man's land - and end up playing an international football match. Young People.
63 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0230705456
Paperback:Driving down to grandma's:2009:Simultaneous.
Author: Whybrow, Ian
Author: Eaves, Edward
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Simultaneous.
Publisher: Macmillan Children's
Resource type: Physical
Note: Join in the fun as three little bears set off on a chaotic car journey with their mum down to Grandma's house. With lots of vehicle noises to call out, and a bee to spot on every spread, this bright book is perfect for sharing with toddlers. Picture Books.
[20] p., chiefly col. ill. ; 25 cm (pbk)