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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:Football World Cup:2009:Paperback
Author: Gifford, Clive
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Paperback
Publisher: Ticktock
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes index This fast-packed book looks at all aspects of the world's most famous and exciting football tournament. Young People.
32 p., ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm (pbk)
0806516526
Paperback:The psychedelic experience, a manual based on the Tibetan book of the dead:1995
Author: Leary, Timothy, 1920-1996
Author: Metzner, Ralph
Author: Alpert, Richard
Author: Karma-glin-pa, 14th cent
Year 1995
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Citadel
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: University, 1964 Includes bibliographical references
159 p. ; 23 cm (pbk)
0141039280
Paperback:The help:2010:New pbk. ed.
Author: Stockett, Kathryn
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Aibileen is a black maid, raising her 17th white child, but with a bitter heart after the death of her son. Minny is the sassiest woman in Mississippi. Skeeter is a white woman with a degree but no ring on her finger. Seemingly as different as can be, these women will come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. Originally published: New York: Amy Einhorn ; London: Fig Tree, 2009
444 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1406372153
Paperback:The hate u give:2017
Author: Thomas, Angie
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 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.
437 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1407185381
Paperback:Microscopic monsters:2018:[New] edition
Author: Arnold, Nick
Author: De Saulles, Tony
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] edition
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: London: Hippo, 2001 This text features science with the squishy bits left in! What makes your guts a brilliant home for bacteria? Which creature lays its eggs between your toes? Why is your toothbrush covered in germs? Get the answers in this book!
208 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473667771
Hardback:A shout in the ruins:2018
Author: Powers, Kevin
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kevin Powers returns to the battlefield and its aftermath, this time in his native Virginia, just before and during the Civil War and 90 years later. The novel pinpoints with unerring emotional depth the nature of random violence, the necessity of love and compassion, and the fragility and preciousness of life. It will endure as a stunning novel about what we leave behind, what a life is worth, what is said and unsaid, and the fact that ultimately what will survive of us is love.
261 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
178565568X
Paperback:Lost boy:2017
Author: Henry, Christina, 1974-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Titan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan's first - and favourite - lost boy to his greatest enemy.
318 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0755355911
Hardback:The unpredictable consequences of love:2014
Author: Mansell, Jill
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Josh Strachan, newly returned to his home in north Cornwall from sunny California, first meets Sophie Wells, he's immediately smitten. Sophie's pretty, she's funny, she has lots of friends and she clearly loves her job as a photographer, despite the sometimes tricky clients. There's just one problem: Sophie has very firmly turned her back on l. When Josh Strachan, newly returned to his home in north Cornwall from sunny California, first meets Sophie Wells, he's immediately smitten. Sophie's pretty, she's funny, she has lots of friends and she clearly loves her job as a photographer, despite the sometimes tricky clients. There's just one problem: Sophie has very firmly turned her back on love. And no one - even Sophie's scatty best friend Tula - will tell him why. Josh is sure Sophie likes him, though, and he's just got to find out what's put her off romance. And then put things right.
374 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)