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Paperback:Dodgers:2016
Author: Beverly, William, 1965-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: No Exit Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code When East, a low-level lookout for a Los Angeles drug organisation, loses his watch house in a police raid, his boss recruits him for a very different job: a road trip straight down the middle of white, rural America to assassinate a judge in Wisconsin. Having no choice, East and a crew of untested boys - including his trigger-happy younger brother, Ty - leave the only home they've ever known with a roll of cash, a map and a gun they shouldn't have. Along the way, the country surprises East. Only he can decide which way to go - and which person to become.
319 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141375639
Paperback:One of us is lying:2017
Author: McManus, Karen M.
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'One of Us is Lying' is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Pay close attention and you might solve this.
359 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1472207734
Paperback:No other darkness:2015
Author: Hilary, Sarah
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two young boys. Trapped underground in a bunker. Unable to understand why they are there. Desperate for someone to find them. Slowly realising that no-one will. Five years later, the boys' bodies are found and the most difficult case of DI Marnie Rome's career begins. Her only focus is the boys. She has to find out who they are and what happened to. Two young boys. Trapped underground in a bunker. Unable to understand why they are there. Desperate for someone to find them. Slowly realising that no-one will. Five years later, the boys' bodies are found and the most difficult case of DI Marnie Rome's career begins. Her only focus is the boys. She has to find out who they are and what happened to them. For Marnie, there is no other darkness than this.
406 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471120287
Paperback:The year of the rat:2015
Author: Furniss, Clare
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2014 The world can tip at any moment, a fact that 15-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mum dies after giving birth to her baby sister. Told across the year following her mother's death, Pearl's story is full of bittersweet humour and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mum, but also the fact that her sister - the 'rat' - is a constant reminder of why her mum is no longer around.
307 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1847240674
Paperback:The tenderness of wolves:2007:New pbk. ed.
Author: Penney, Stef
Year 2007
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Winner of the 2006 costa first novel award As winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Dove River, a woman steers herself for the journey of a lifetime. A man has been brutally murdered and her 17-year old son has disappeared. To clear her son's name, she has no choice but to follow the tracks leaving the dead man's cabin. Originally published: 2006
450 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0340997044
Paperback:Skellig:c1998:Pbk
Author: Almond, David, 1951-
Year c1998
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Pbk
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Michael's world after his family moves house seems lonely and frightening, when his new baby sister is fighting for her life in hospital. Then he discovers something - a creature in the crumbling garage, and nothing is ever the same. Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread children's book of the Year Award. ALSO AVAILABLE AS UNABRIDGED AUDIOBOOKS ON TAPE AND CD, READ BY THE AUTHOR ' ... gripping, beautiful and brilliantly written ... Everyone is raving about this unforgettable book.' -- The Sunday Times 'Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange, hugely readable and life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination.' -- The Guardian 'A stunning debut ... An extraordinary book.' -- The Sunday Telegraph 'the most lyrical children's author now writing' -- The Guardian 'Truly original, mysterious and affecting ... Almond treads with delicate certainty, and the result is something genuine and true' -- Philip Pullman, The Guardian 'Tremendously innovative, highly original and very moving.' -- Melvin Burgess 'it's a wonderfully original and beautifully written story and, oddest of all for a children's book, it manages to address the unlikely theme of spirituality with beguiling delicacy.' -- The Irish Times 20040515 'His characters are proper, complex portraits of children that don't succumb to the gender cliches prevalent in children's fi Paperback. Teenage.
170 p. ; 20cm (pbk)
147222647X
Paperback:Quieter than killing:2017
Author: Hilary, Sarah
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: DI Marnie Rome series Sarah Hilary, winner of the 'Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year', returns with another DI Marnie Rome novel, 'Quieter Than Killing'. Fans of Val McDermid, Alex Marwood and Claire Mackintosh will enjoy! It's winter, the nights are dark and freezing, and a series of seemingly random assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out onto streets of London. When Marnie's family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by someone who knows her. Then a child goes missing, yet no-one has reported it. Suddenly, events seem connected, and it's personal. Someone out there is playing games. It is time for both Marnie and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing. Keeping quiet can be a means of survival, but the effects can be as terrible as killing.
403 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Finisterre:2017
Author: Hurley, Graham
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 An FBI detective and a German naval officer are unaware of the roles assigned to them by German intelligence as part of Operation Finisterre - a last-ditch plan to enable Hitler to bluff his way to the negotiating table.
468 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
055256818X
Paperback:Ghost hawk:2014
Author: Cooper, Susan, 1935-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: The Bodley Head, 2013 In the winter of his 11th year, Little Hawk goes deep into the forest, where he must endure a three month test of solitude and survival, which will turn him into a man. But outside the woods, the world is changing. English settlers are landing on the shores of the New World, and tensions between native tribes and the invaders are rising. Little Hawk's fate becomes irreversibly entwined with that of John, a young English boy who dares to question intolerance. He is witness to a secret murder - will he now be witness to bloodshed between nations?
338 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
009956792X
Paperback:Last Rites, (Resnick 10):2013
Author: Harvey, John
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Cornerstone
Resource type: Physical
368 (Pbk)
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Hardback:The Duchess, the untold story:2017
Author: Junor, Penny
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: William Collins
Resource type: Physical
Note: In her relationship with Charles that has survived for more than 40 years, Camilla's story has seen a great many myths. This book is the definitive account. The relationship between Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is one of the most remarkable love stories of the age. It has endured against all the odds, and in the process nearly destroyed the British monarchy. It is a rich and remarkable story that has never been properly told - indeed, it is one of the most extraordinary, star-crossed love stories of the past 50 years.
xiii, 300 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1406372161
Paperback:On the come up:2019
Author: Thomas, Angie
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it - she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.
434 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:When they call you a terrorist, a Black Lives Matter memoir:2019
Author: Khan-Cullors, Patrisse, 1984-
Author: Bandele, Asha
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a powerful poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Khan-Cullors's story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love.
xiv, 257 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0006550681
Paperback:The God of small things:1998:New pbk. ed.
Author: Roy, Arundhati, 1946-
Year 1998
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 1997. Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, this is the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel who try to craft a childhood for themselves amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory. Originally published: 1997 General adult.
339p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
Paperback
0552574244
Paperback:The sun is also a star:2016
Author: Yoon, Nicola
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story. Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store - for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
348 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0753123169
DAISY:Lords and ladies:2004:Unabridged
Author: Pratchett, Terry
Author: Planer, Nigel
Year 2004
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Edition: Unabridged
Publisher: Isis Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Complete and unabridged. It's a hot Midsummer Night. The crop circles are turning up everywhere - even on the mustard-and-cress of Pewsey Ogg, aged four. And Magrat Garlick, witch, is going to be married in the morning. Everything ought to be going like a dream. But the Lancre-All-Comers Morris Team have got drunk in a fairy mound and the elves have come back, bringing all those things traditionally associated with the magical glittering realm of Faerie: cruelty, kidnapping, malice and evil, evil murder.
8 CDs
075312369X
DAISY:Going postal:2004:Unabridged
Author: Pratchett, Terry
Author: Pratchett, Terry
Author: Briggs, Stephen
Year 2004
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Edition: Unabridged
Publisher: Isis Audio Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Complete and unabridged. read by Stephen Briggs. Moist von Lipwig is a con artist and a fraud and a man faced with a life choice: be hanged, or put Ankh-Morpork's ailing postal service back on its feet. It's a tough decision... But he's got to see that the mail gets through, come rain, hail, sleet, dogs, the Post Office Workers' Friendly and Benevolent Society, the evil chairman of the Grand Trunk Semaphore Company, and a midnight killer. Is there a shot at redemption waiting in the mad world of the mail for a man who's prepared to push the envelope?
11 CDs
1408855666
Paperback:Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets:2014
Author: Rowling, J. K.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 1998 This is a follow up to 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', which won the 1998 Nestle Smarties Book Prize. Harry Potter is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and this year promises to be just as eventful as the last.
359 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)