The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree, by Paola Peretti

£6.99

A simply told, bitter-sweet story, with a powerful poetic message' 

Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019. A novel for all ages about a young girl losing her sight, inspired by the author's own life story. For fans of Wonder, or The Little Prince.  Mafalda is a nine-year-old girl who knows one thing: some time in the next six months her sight will fail completely.

Can Mafalda find a way through a seemingly dark future and still go to school, play football and look after her beloved cat? With the help of her family, and her friends, Mafalda needs to discover the things that will be important to her when her sight has failed. A moving, empowering tale of courage and determination that will inspire young and old. It's uplifting and not depressing! 

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The Poetry Pharmacy, edited by William Sieghart ( clothbound hardback)

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Not just poems, but words of wisdom and solace for a whole range of spiritual ailments. A lovely thing indeed. 

New volume available from September 2019 'The Poetry Pharmacy Returns' with new reader chosen options and most popular requests. 

 

This is due as a paperback from September 2020. Currently out of stock in hardback, please check for availability. 

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A Little Bit Brave by Nicola Kinnear

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Logan is a stay-at-home bunny - but he's about to discover how brave he really is. It's time for his first adventure, and he doesn't want to go. But there's an amazing world outside, if he can just pluck up courage to look .

 A LITTLE BIT BRAVE is a funny, reassuring picture book which shows that we're all a lot braver than we think. It's a good story with enough message to reassure the timid amongst us. 

Now back in stock April 2021! 

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Attack of the Heebie Jeebies, Tom Percival (paperback, March 2020)

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Meet the Dream Team! Turning nightmares into incredible adventures! Erika's had a bad day. But going to sleep upset means bad dreams. She finds herself stranded in the Dreamscape along with a mob of hungry Heebie Jeebies - and to make matters worse, she's being hunted by a terrifying Angermare! Enter the Dream Team! Can they help Erika overcome her worries and get home, or will she be trapped forever? Attack of the Heebie Jeebies is the first in a fun and engaging colour illustrated series from Tom Percival, exploring anxiety in in children through action and adventure.
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Love Frankie, by Jacqueline Wilson, paperback

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ROWING UP. FALLING IN LOVE. COMING OUT.

Frankie is nearly fourteen and teenage life certainly comes with its ups and downs. Her mum is seriously ill with MS and Frankie can feel herself growing up quickly, no thanks to Sally and her gang of bullies at school. When Sally turns out to be not-so-mean after all, they strike up a friendship and are suddenly spending all of their time together.

But Frankie starts to wonder whether these feelings she has for Sally are stronger than her other friendships. Might she really be in love? Frankie doesn't want Sally to just be her friend. She wants her to be her girlfriend.

But does Sally feel the same? The must-have new novel about falling in love for the first time from bestselling, much-loved children's author, Jacqueline Wilson.
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Grief is the thing with Feathers

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An extraordinary debut novella by Max Porter, loosely about a family dealing with the immediate period of grief following their mother’s death. Crow is the metaphorical visitor. Recently performed as a powerful stage play with Cillian Murphy.

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One Day At a Time, Hilary Scott ( paperback April 2022)

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Hilary Scott is a psychologist and bereavement counsellor. Her book is based on years of personal experience and training, supporting the bereaved through a structure and pace that offers practical and psychological support on a day by day basis. 

A thoughtful gift for anyone going through the different phases of grief, to understand that this range of emotions is normal and part of the healing process. A really practical and comforting guide. 

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Storm In A Jar, Samuel Langley-Swain ( picturebook, Sept 2021)

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A lovely story that encourages children to talk about bereavement but also feelings around anger and how to embrace, release and manage them. Arlo has lost his granny, but the story can easily be widened to talk about loss of other loved one.

With Inclusive representation including BAME lead character with hearing aid and step-parents.

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Forgettery

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Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep (paperback 2021)

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What a treasure this is .... if you have a sleepy toddler who just can’t or won’t drop off to sleep, this is a lovely rhythmic story with all sorts of tips to help them relax.....

Arlo The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep is a beautifully illustrated story with a gentle mindfulness message from Kate Greenaway Medal winner Catherine Rayner - ideal for bedtime, and especially helpful for little ones who have trouble going to sleep. Arlo the lion is exhausted. He just can't drop off, no matter what he tries.

It's either too hot, or too cold; too loud or too quiet. But then he meets Owl. She can sleep through the day, which isn't easy when most other animals are awake! Will Arlo ever get any rest? Perhaps his new friend has some special tricks she can teach him ...

 

Note image is of hardback, default purchase is paperback but please email if you prefer hardback. 

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Flying Tips for Flightless Birds, by Kelly McCaughrain (paperback)

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Twins Finch and Birdie Franconi are stars of the flying trapeze. But when Birdie suffers a terrifying accident, Finch must team up with the geeky new kid, Hector Hazzard, to form an all-boys double act and save the family circus school

Recently shortlisted for the Great Reads Award, this debut YA novel is funny, warm hearted and encouraging for anyone who feels they just don’t fit ‘the mould’.

 

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Weirdo, Zadie Smith ( paperback June 2022)

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Meet Maud: a guinea pig who inexplicably wears a judo suit - and not everyone understands or approves. When Maud is thrown into a new and confusing situation, it takes brave decisions and serendipitous encounters for her to find her place and embrace her individuality. The charming characters of Magenta Fox, whose work is evocative of Raymond Briggs and Janet Ahlberg, perfectly offset Zadie and Nick's warm, wry prose.

Weirdo is an endearing story about the quiet power of being different by two veteran writers, and introduces an exciting debut illustrator. Together they have created a picture book that adults and children alike will treasure.
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Hope On the Horizon, Onjali Q Rauf ( hardback May 2022)

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No one is too small to make a change." Growing up, there is so much out of our control and so much we can feel helpless about. But together, we can make a difference. In this inspiring and practical handbook, bestselling children's author and Human Rights campaigner, Onjali Rauf, shares her top ten ways for creating change.

With the help of her favourite fictional characters and some of the most inspiring people she has ever met, Onjali invites readers to dive in and discover everything there is to know about kindness, empathy, friendship and fighting for the things that matter. (Plus cool stuff like X-ray vision and deflecting negative forces.)Because with a bit of compassion, a big dollop of hope and even the smallest act of kindness, we can all make the world a better place. Hope is on the horizon; you just have to find it.

Parental guidance recommended: issues related to discrimination, injustice and prejudice are included.
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I Got This, Cara Mailey ( paperback April 2022)

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A funny, big-hearted novel about loving yourself for being exactly who you are! When a mega-famous pop group announces a competition for fans to be part of their next music video, Erin decides to go for it. She wants to show her younger brother that in life, there are no limits - even if you don't look like most other kids.

But making an audition video is proving more difficult than Erin expected; it's almost like her best friend is trying to ruin it! And when an opportunity comes up that might increase her chances, Erin begins to wonder: can she stay true to herself and pursue her dreams?

Erin's character is inspired by NI co-author Cara Mailey, who has achondroplasia (the most common form of dwarfism) and was featured on CBBC's documentary "My Life: Made to Measure" and BBC One's "Keeping Up with the Maileys"Co-author Chrissie Sains is also the author of AN ALIEN IN THE JAM FACTORY Perfect for fans of THE AMAZING EDIE ECKHART by Rosie Jones, A KIND OF SPARK and CAN YOU SEE ME?

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The Afterwards, AF Harrold ( paperback)

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Fact: Ember and Ness are best friends. There's nothing more to say about it. It is what it is.

It is what will always be. Ember and Ness. Then Ness dies.

It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. How can this be? When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that's what friends do isn't it? They rescue each other.

They help. They never give up. Ember and Ness.

That don't change. A powerful, poignant, darkly comic, slightly magical and deeply moving story about bereavement, and friendship at its most extraordinary.

From 9 + 

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Sympathy Card ( Louise Mulgrew artist)

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We stock a range of cards suitable for bereavement and sympathy. These cards are blank inside for your own message. 

Stock may vary, alternatives will be suggested if these are currently unavailable. 

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How To Live When a Loved One Dies, Thich Nhat Hanh ( paperback July 2021)

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A comforting book that will offer relief to anyone moving through intense grief and loss, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh shares accessible, healing words of wisdom to transform our suffering. In the immediate aftermath of a loss, sometimes it is all we can do to keep breathing. With his signature clarity and compassion, Thich Nhat Hanh will guide you through the storm of emotions surrounding the death of a loved one.

How To Live When A Loved One Dies offers powerful practices such as mindful breathing that will help you reconcile with death and loss, feel connected to your loved one long after they have gone and transform your grief into healing.
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The Familia Grande, Camille Kouchner ( paperback May 2022)

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THE LITERARY SENSATION THAT STORMED THE WORLD, THE PHENOMENAL FRENCH BESTSELLER HAS SOLD 350,000 COPIES

A family's secret weighs on everyone... THE FAMILIA GRANDE is a tender, ground-breaking and lacerating memoir written by a sister who could no longer remain silent... Set in amongst the French intellectual elite in Paris and their lavender scented estates in Provence, it tells a story of a corrosive secret that sits in a family for decades and ultimately razes it and the political, literary elite that enabled its silence, to the ground.

Already an international bestseller, it has touched a nerve across the globe and has brought about a powerful reckoning of incest, and its far-reaching trauma. The Familia Grande is a book of a generation. 'The courage of a sister who could no longer keep quiet.' - EMMANUEL MACRON

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The New Baby : Usborne First Experiences ( paperback)

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This book introduces young children to the idea of welcoming a new baby into the family. Stephen Cartwright's illustrations are full of warmth and details to talk about, and the text explains what to expect in a gentle and reassuring way.

The Usborne First Experiences are an amusing and engaging series to reassure and entertain pre-schoolers, and parents, about a range of new encounters. 

210 x 209 x 5 (mm)

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Idol, Louise O’Neill ( hardback May 2022)

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Idol : The must-read, addictive and compulsive book club thriller 2022

For Samantha Miller's young fans - her 'girls' - she's everything they want to be. She's an oracle, telling them how to live their lives, how to be happy, how to find and honour their 'truth'. And her career is booming: she's just hit three million followers, her new book Chaste has gone straight to the top of the bestseller lists and she's appearing at sell-out events.

Determined to speak her truth and bare all to her adoring fans, she's written an essay about her sexual awakening as a teenager, with her female best friend, Lisa. She's never told a soul but now she's telling the world. The essay goes viral.

But then - years since they last spoke - Lisa gets in touch to say that she doesn't remember it that way at all. Her memory of that night is far darker. It's Sam's word against Lisa's - so who gets to tell the story? Whose 'truth' is really a lie? 'You put yourself on that pedestal, Samantha.

You only have yourself to blame.'Riveting, compulsive and bold, IDOL interrogates our relationship with our heroes and explores the world of online influencers, asking how well we can ever really know those whose carefully curated profiles we follow online. 

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Girls Can Do Anything, Caryl Hart ( paperback)

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A brilliantly fun and empowering picture book about all the incredible things girls can do! Girls can be scruffy or muddy or smelly. Girls can be fancy, like people on telly. All girls are different...but one thing is true...

there's NO other girl on the planet like you! Girls are fantastic! They're strong, brave and proud. They can climb up a mountain, fly a rocket into space, or even explore a hot jungle. Girls can do ANYTHING they put their minds to, just like you! So dive into the colourful pages of this picture book to explore all the wonderful and amazing things girls can do and remember to dream BIG! Bright and bold illustrations to delight you on every page A perfect gift to empower girls to dream BIG and do anything they want! With lyrical and rhythmic prose from Caryl Hart, this will delight parents, teachers and carers
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The River, Tom Percival ( picture book, March 2022)

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An exquisite, thought-provoking book to help children understand the idea of ever-changing emotions. Rowan loves the river; it's just like he is. On some days, it's quiet and calm, on others it's light and playful, and then there are the days when it roars along, wild and angry.

But when Rowan goes through a particularly difficult winter, the river freezes - just like Rowan. Can Rowan find a way to release his frozen feelings, and allow the river to flow freely once more? The wise and reassuring new picture book from the creator of The Invisible and Ruby's Worry. 
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History Is All You Left Me , Adam Silvera ( paperback, 2017)

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From the author of the INTERNATIONAL NO. 1 BESTSELLER THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END comes an explosive examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past. You're still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you're having an open casket funeral.

I know you're out there, listening. And you should know I'm really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn't the first promise you've broken.

Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. Theo was his best friend, his ex-boyfriend and the one he believed he would end up with. Now, reeling from grief and worsening OCD, Griffin turns to an unexpected person for help.

Theo's new boyfriend. But as their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, dangerous truths begin to surface. Griffin must make a choice: confront the past, or miss out on the future...

PRAISE FOR HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME: 'There isn't a teenager alive who won't find their heart described perfectly on these pages.' Patrick Ness, author of The Knife of Never Letting Go 
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I am Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter ( YA) Erika Sanchez, PB Feb 2022

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SOON TO BE A NETFLIX FILM DIRECTED BY AMERICA FERRERA

This gripping debut about a Mexican-American misfit is alive and crackling.' New York Times'

A perfect book about imperfection.' Juan Felipe Herrera

A poignant but laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself.

When her sister Olga dies in a tragic accident, Julia is left to pick up the pieces of her family. She is also expected to fill the shoes of her sister. But Julia has never been the perfect Mexican daughter.

As Julia struggles to find her place in the world, she discovers Olga was not as perfect as everyone thought. Who was her sister really? And how can Julia even attempt to live up to an impossible ideal?

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All This Time (YA), Rachel Lippincott ( Paperback 2020)

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From the authors behind Five Feet Apart, a #1 New York Times bestseller and hit movie, comes a gripping new romance, perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Fault in Our Stars Can you find true love after losing everything?Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle's entire world upends - literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead.

And no one in his life could possibly understand. Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault.

As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other's wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can't shake the sense that he's headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he's started to put it back together. And he's right.

An unforgettable novel perfect for fans of John Green, Nicola Yoon, David Levithan and Jenny Han
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No Cure For Being Human, Kate Bowler ( hardback Sept 2021)

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The bestselling author of Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved) asks, how do you move forward with a life you didn't choose?

Hailed by Glennon Doyle as 'the Christian Joan Didion', Kate Bowler used to accept the modern idea that life is an endless horizon of possibilities, a series of choices which if made correctly, would lead us to a place just out of our reach. A beach body by summer. A trip to Disneyland around the corner.

A promotion on the horizon. But then at thirty-five she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, and now she has to ask one of the most fundamental questions of all: How do we create meaning in our lives when the life we hoped for is put on hold indefinitely?In No Cure for Being Human, Kate searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of our modern 'best life now' advice industry, which offers us exhausting positivity, trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn and out-perform our humanness. With dry wit and unflinching honesty she grapples with her cancer diagnosis, her ambition and her faith and searches for some kind of peace with her limitations in a culture that says that anything is possible.

Frank and funny, dark and wise, Kate's irreverent, hard-won observations in No Cure For Being Human chart a bold path towards learning new ways to live.

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What Happened To You? James Catchpole & Karen George ( April 2021)

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The first ever picture book addressing how a disabled child might want to be spoken to. What happened to you? Was it a shark? A burglar? A lion? Did it fall off? Every time Joe goes out the questions are the same . .

. what happened to his leg? But is this even a question Joe has to answer? A ground-breaking, funny story that helps children understand what it might feel like to be seen as different.
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My Wild and Sleepless Nights, Clover Stroud ( March 2021, pb)

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This is quite simply the best book about motherhood I have ever read.' - Eleanor Mills in the Sunday Times

Mother to five children, Clover Stroud has navigated family life across two decades, both losing and finding herself. In her touching, provocative and profoundly insightful book, she captures a sense of what motherhood really feels like - how intense, sensuous, joyful, boring, profound and dark it can be. My Wild and Sleepless Nights examines what it means to be a mother, and reveals with unflinching honesty the many conflicting emotions that this entails: the joy and the wonder, the loneliness and despair.


For mothers and those even vaguely interested in family dynamics it is fascinating' - Alexandra Heminsley

Charting the course of one year, the first in her youngest child's life, Clover searches for answers to questions that many of us would be too afraid to admit to - not only about motherhood, but also about female sexuality and identity. Her story will speak to all mothers, and anyone about to embark on that journey.

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Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

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Daring Greatly : How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

by Brene Brown 

**Now on Netflix as The Call to Courage**'She's so good, Brene Brown, at finding the language to articulate collective feeling' Dolly Alderton Every time we are faced with change, no matter how great or small, we also face risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable.

Most of us try to fight those feelings - or feel guilt for feeling them in the first place. In a powerful new vision Dr Brene Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability - from revealing our true selves - we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across every area of our lives including home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees. This is vulnerability.

This is daring greatly.
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Our House is on Fire

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Now in paperback March 2021

 

The profoundly moving story of how love, courage and determination brought Greta Thunberg's family back from the brink'Urgent, lucid, courageous ... a must-read message of hope ... It is a glimpse of a saner world' David Mitchell, GuardianThis is the story of a happy family whose life suddenly fell apart, never to be the same again.

Of two devoted parents plunged into a waking nightmare as their eleven-year-old daughter Greta stopped speaking and eating, and her younger sister struggled to cope. They desperately searched for answers, and began to see how their children's suffering reached far beyond medical diagnoses. This crisis was not theirs alone: they were burned-out people on a burned-out planet.

And so they decided to act. Our House is on Fire shows how, amid forces that tried to silence them, one family found ways to strengthen, heal, and gain courage from the love they had for each other - and for the living world. It is a parable of hope and determination in an emergency that affects us all.

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Kick the Moon, by Muhammad Khan

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A powerful, compelling novel from the critically-acclaimed author of I Am Thunder, about making friends, and breaking them too. Fifteen-year-old Ilyas is under pressure from everyone: GCSE's are looming and his teachers just won't let up, his dad wants him to join the family business and his mates don't care about any of it. There's no space in Ilyas' life to just be a teenager.

Serving detention one day, Ilyas finds a kindred spirit in Kelly Matthews, who is fed up with being pigeonholed as the good girl, and their friendship blows the social strata of high school wide open. But when Kelly catches the eye of one of the local bad boys, Imran, he decides to seduce her for a bet - and Ilyas is faced with losing the only person who understands him. Standing up to Imran puts Ilyas' family at risk, but it's time for him to be the superhero he draws in his comic-books, and go kick the moon.
 'Funny, angry, powerful' Patrice Lawrence, award-winning author of OrangeBoy

Khan's gift for authentic characters and believable dialogue makes his writing sing' Bookseller

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Wonder, by RJ Palaccio

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Auggie just wants to be a normal 10 year old ... but as he was born with a facial abnormality he has been homeschooled by his parents his whole life. Now it’s time to face the real world and a normal school ... Wonder is a funny frank and astonishingly moving book. 

Suitable for both boys and girls 9-12.

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Stitches: A handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair

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A wise and compassionate exploration of how we ‘stitch by stitch ‘ put our lives back in order after loss or personal chaos. From the best selling American novelist and nonfiction writer.

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