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Large print:Gideon's sword:2011:Large print ed
Author: Preston, Douglas J.
Author: Child, Lincoln
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
Resource type: Physical
Note: As a child, Gideon Crew witnessed the brutal murder of his father, a scientist wrongly framed by the US government, and shot down by police during a hostage crisis. More than 20 years later, Gideon finally gets his revenge and fulfills the promise that he made to his mother on her death bed to clear their family name. "A Gideon Crew novel"--Front cover. Formerly CIP
416 p. (large print) (pbk)
0007488483
Paperback:Predator:2013
Author: Kellerman, Faye
Author: Kellerman, Faye
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: LAPD Detective Peter Decker is about to face a case that will push him to the limit. Residents in a local building have been complaining of a smell coming from an apartment rented by the eccentric inventor Hobart Penny. Nearly 90 years old, and a hermit for the last 25 years, it is not surprising that the reclusive genius has died without anyone's. Originally published: as The beast. New York: William Morrow LAPD Detective Peter Decker is about to face a case that will push him to the limit. Residents in a local building have been complaining of a smell coming from an apartment rented by the eccentric inventor Hobart Penny. Nearly 90 years old, and a hermit for the last 25 years, it is not surprising that the reclusive genius has died without anyone's knowledge. However, as Decker steps inside, it's clear that Penny has died from anything but natural causes.
442 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
178416030X
Paperback:The love song of Miss Queenie Hennessy:2015
Author: Joyce, Rachel
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold the truth. Composing this. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2014 When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold the truth. Composing this new message, the volunteer promises, will ensure Queenie hangs on. It will also atone for the secrets of the past. As the volunteer points out, 'It isn't Harold who is saving you. It is you, saving Harold Fry.' This is that letter. A letter that was never sent. Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novel about the journey we all must take to learn who we are; it is about loving and letting go.
380 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405267372
Hardback:Kensuke's kingdom:2013
Author: Morpurgo, Michael
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. He can't find food, he can't find water. In the end, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone.
160 pages ; 18 cm (hbk)
0727884344
Hardback:Dead of night:2014
Author: Collett, Chris
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Severn House
Resource type: Physical
Note: When 18-year-old Grace Clifton vanishes on her way home from work in the centre of Birmingham late at night, the case is remarkable in that not a single witness comes forward. The more he has to deal with Grace's wealthy and overbearing father, Council Leader Bob Clifton, the more Tom Mariner is inclined to believe that Grace left of her own accord. When 18-year-old Grace Clifton vanishes on her way home from work in the centre of Birmingham late at night, the case is remarkable in that not a single witness comes forward. The more he has to deal with Grace's wealthy and overbearing father, Council Leader Bob Clifton, the more Tom Mariner is inclined to believe that Grace left of her own accord. Then the package arrives. It contains Grace's clothes, neatly pressed and laundered. A second woman disappears. And a disturbing pattern begins to emerge. Still adapting to a new investigation team and struggling to pull its members together, Detective Inspector Mariner is about to tackle one of his strangest, most challenging cases to date.
250 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1509837582
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)
0857523473
Hardback:The heart's invisible furies:2017
Author: Boyne, John, 1971-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
589 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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)
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Paperback:Villa of secrets:2018
Author: Wilson, Patricia
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Rebecca Neumanner has spent years trying to conceive a child. Her fragile marriage is on the brink of collapse, and her desire to become a mother is becoming an obsession. Then she receives news from her estranged family in Rhodes, and Rebecca's world is turned upside down. Drawn to the beautiful island of her birth, she finds herself looking at the elderly lady in front of her and realising how little she knows of the grandmother she's eluded for over a decade. A freedom fighter in the Second World War, her Bubba harbours secrets that she has intended to take to the grave. But those secrets affect everyone, and perhaps they are not hers to keep.
466 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141326123
Paperback:The bunker diary:2013
Author: Brooks, Kevin
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: I can't believe I fell for it. It was still dark when I woke up this morning. As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was. A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete. There are six little rooms along the main corridor. There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out. What's he going to do to me?
246 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405932090
Paperback:Truly madly guilty:2017
Author: Moriarty, Liane
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Australia: Pan Macmillan, 2016 'This is a story which begins with a barbecue.' By the end of it a lifelong friendship will be in tatters, a marriage on the rocks and an innocent bystander dead. In just one evening six lives will change for ever.
467 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1780898398
Hardback:The President is missing:2018
Author: Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Author: Patterson, James, 1947-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: A sitting U.S. President is missing. In this book, President Bill Clinton partners with No. 1 bestselling author James Patterson in a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insider details that only a President can know.
513 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0099586983
Paperback:The flamethrowers:2014
Author: Kushner, Rachel
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Meeting up with a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts, Reno begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scio. Originally published: New York: Scribner, 2013 The year is 1977 and Reno - so called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Meeting up with a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts, Reno begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tyre and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro's family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in 1977, and betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.
383 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408303795
Paperback:Luna the Moon Wolf:2009:First.
Author: Blade, Adam
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: First.
Publisher: Orchard
Resource type: Physical
Note: At night, the Dead Wood comes alive with wild animals made ferocious by the spell of Luna the Moon Wolf. To save his father, Tom must collect the pieces of the Amulet of Avantia - which means battling Luna's murderous magic. Young People.
119 p., ill., map ; 20 cm + 4 collector cards (pbk)
1408318679
Paperback:Ferno vs Epos:2012
Author: Blade, Adam
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orchard
Resource type: Physical
Note: Paperback. Includes free collector cards! Perfect to get boys hooked on books. -- theschoolrun.com 20120801 I can see why they are so popular, as I have read a few of the books in the series and I found them all to be as exciting as this one. -- Daily Record 20121201. Danger stirs in the land of Avantia. Max, son of evil wizard Malvel, has stolen the magical Golden Gauntlet. Using its power he plans to force the good beasts, Ferno and Epos, to fight each other to the death!
182 p., ill., map ; 20 cm + 4 collector's cards (pbk)
000735925X
Paperback:A girl can dream:2014
Author: Bennett, Anne
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Meg's mother dies in childbirth, she is determined to keep the promise made on her mother's deathbed - keep the family together. But her father has descended into drink and resents the baby, Ruth, who he believes cost him his wife. Though struggling financially, Meg resists the offer of help from their unscrupulous and sinister landlord, Richa. When Meg's mother dies in childbirth, she is determined to keep the promise made on her mother's deathbed - keep the family together. But her father has descended into drink and resents the baby, Ruth, who he believes cost him his wife. Though struggling financially, Meg resists the offer of help from their unscrupulous and sinister landlord, Richard Flatterly. Things get worse when her father returns home one night with a woman called Doris and announces he intends to marry her. When war breaks out three of the children are evacuated to the country while little Ruth must stay with Meg's father as she is too young. Meg sign's up for the Land Army and goes to work on the farm where she meets Stephen, home on leave from the war. When shocking news comes from home, Meg realises that keeping her promise is going to be harder than she ever thought possible.
436 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)