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When the Ground Is Hard
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

When the Ground Is Hard

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2019-06-04
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  • Publisher: Penguin

Edgar Award nominee stuns in this heartrending tale set in a Swaziland boarding school where two girls of different castes bond over a shared copy of Jane Eyre. Adele Joubert loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy. She knows the upcoming semester at school is going to be great with her best friend Delia at her side. Then Delia dumps her for a new girl with more money, and Adele is forced to share a room with Lottie, the school pariah, who doesn't pray and defies teachers' orders. But as they share a copy of Jane Eyre, Lottie's gruff exterior and honesty grow on Adele, and Lottie learns to be a little sweeter. Together, they take on bullies and protect each other from the vindictive and prejudiced teachers. Then a boy goes missing on campus and Adele and Lottie must rely on each other to solve the mystery and maybe learn the true meaning of friendship.

It's Never Too Late to Change Your Mind
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 240

It's Never Too Late to Change Your Mind

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009
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  • Publisher: Unknown

First our memories. Then our independence. Finally even our control of our bodies. Dementia can be a frightening illness, first for the unsuspecting individual, and then for the often helpless family. That a lifetime of achievements, knowledge and experiences could be replaced one day by a state of infant-like dependency in an anonymous and incomprehensible world is an understandable fear. But there is good news! We can help to protect ourselves against the scourge. There are practical things that we can all do to mitigate against the course of dementia. Using the latest research, ITS NEVER TOO LATE CHANGE YOUR MIND explains just what dementia is and what causes it. And most importantly, wha...

Lenny's Book of Everything
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

Lenny's Book of Everything

"Holy Batman, this is a gorgeous, heartbreaking, heartwarming book." --R.J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder Perfect for readers who love Liar and Spy, Counting by 7s, and Bridge to Terabithia, a heartwarming and transformative novel about family, loss, and never giving up from beloved author Karen Foxlee. Lenny Spink is the sister of a giant. Her little brother, Davey, suffers from a rare form of gigantism and is taunted by other kids and turned away from school because of his size. To escape their cruel reality, Lenny and Davey obsess over the entries in their monthly installment of Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia set. Lenny vows to become a beetle expert, wh...

Silent Invasion
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 376

Silent Invasion

In 2008 Clive Hamilton was at Parliament House in Canberra when the Beijing Olympic torch relay passed through. He watched in bewilderment as a small pro-Tibet protest was overrun by thousands of angry Chinese students. Where did they come from? Why were they so aggressive? And what gave them the right to shut down others exercising their democratic right to protest? The authorities did nothing about it, and what he saw stayed with him.
 
In 2016 it was revealed that wealthy Chinese businessmen linked to the Chinese Communist Party had become the largest donors to both major political parties. Hamilton realised something big was happening, and decided to investigate the Chi...

Roots, Radicals and Rockers
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 528

Roots, Radicals and Rockers

SHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth - a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it. It's a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunts. Billy traces how the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s. Emerging from the trad-jazz clubs of the early '50s, skiffle was adopted by kids who growing up during the drea...

The Illumination of Ursula Flight
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 417

The Illumination of Ursula Flight

One of Stylist's must-read books of 2018 'Original and charming, joyous and funny.' Tessa Hadley '...[this] debut novel sweeps us away to the world of Ursula Flight, wannabe actress and playwright in 17th-century Britain. Ursula is a spirited and funny protagonist.' Sarah Shaffi, Stylist 'ON THE 15TH DAY OF DECEMBER IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1664, A GREAT LIGHT BLOOMED IN THE DARK SKY...' Born on the night of a bad-luck comet, Ursula Flight has a difficult destiny written in the stars. Growing up with her family in the country, she is educated by a forward-thinking father who enables her to discover a love of reading, writing and astrology. Ursula dreams of becoming a famous playwright, but is...

Bridget Crack
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

Bridget Crack

The kind of book that keeps you reading past midnight, holding on for dear life. There's a sense of menace on every page. An incredible debut by a brilliant new talent.' Rohan Wilson, author of To Name Those Lost Van Diemen's Land, 1826. When Bridget Crack arrives in the colony, she is just grateful to be on dry land. But finding the life of an indentured domestic servant intolerable, she pushes back and is punished for her insubordination-sent from one place to another, each significantly worse than the last. Too late, she realises the place she has ended up is the worst of all: the 'Interior,' where the hard cases are sent-a brutally hard life with a cruel master, miles from civilisation. ...

Widows' Revenge
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 400

Widows' Revenge

DOLLY, LINDA, SHIRLEY AND BELLA ARE BACK. AND THIS TIME IT'S A FIGHT TO THE FINISH. Against all the odds, Dolly Rawlins and her gangland widows managed the impossible: a heist their husbands had failed to pull off - at the cost of their lives. But though they may be in the money, they're far from easy street. Shocked by her husband's betrayal, Dolly discovers Harry Rawlins isn't dead. He knows where the four women are and he wants them to pay. And he doesn't just mean getting his hands on the money. The women can't keep running. They have to get Harry out of their lives for good. But can they outwit a criminal mastermind who won't hesitate to kill? Especially when one of them has a plan of her own . . . to kill or be killed. The sequel to Lynda La Plante's groundbreaking thriller, Widows - now a major feature film.

The Odd Squad: King Karl
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

The Odd Squad: King Karl

Nick, Molly, and Karl have nowhere to turn but to each other in the latest Odd Squad adventure, and they'll need every ounce of wit, resourcefulness, and help they can get in order to rise above their biggest challenge yet. Published in 13 countries worldwide, this is the third in the brilliant series from Michael Fry.

The Big Big Big Book of Tashi
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 63

The Big Big Big Book of Tashi

The first seven Tashi books all together in one big, fat volume. Fourteen fabulous Tashi stories!;