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We Are Young

By Cat Clarke
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Cat Clarke
'Hard-hitting, heartbreaking and hopeful, We Are Young is a must read.' SARAH CROSSANIt starts with a wedding. And a car crash. On the same night Evan's mother marries local radio DJ 'Breakfast Tim', Evan's brand-new step-brother Lewis is found unconscious and terribly injured, the only survivor of a horrific car crash.A media storm erupts, with the finger of blame pointed firmly at loner stoner Lewis. Everyone else seems to think the crash was drugs-related, but Evan isn't buying it. With the help of her journalist dad, Harry, she decides to find out what really happened that night.As Evan delves deeper into the lives of the three teenagers who died in the crash, she uncovers some disturbing truths and a secret that threatens to tear her family - and the community - apart.Raw and riveting, heartbreaking and hopeful: an unforgettable story from the author of Girlhood.
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Words in Deep Blue

By Cath Crowley
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Cath Crowley
A love story for everyone who loves books.'One of the loveliest, most exquisitely beautiful books I've read in a very long time ... I didn't just read the pages, I lived in them' Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright PlacesTwo teens find their way back to each other in a bookstore full of secrets and crushes, grief and hope - and letters hidden between the pages. Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favourite book in his family's bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. Now Rachel has returned to the city - and to the bookshop - to work alongside the boy she'd rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can't feel anything anymore. As Henry and Rachel work side by side - surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages - they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it's possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.
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  • WWII?

    By Emma Marriott
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    Emma Marriott
    This book looks at the events leading to the World War II, the most widespread war in history, in which the major participants used all their industrial, economic and scientific might to wage 'total war'. It examines the legacy of the war, both in terms of the bad things that came out of it, such as the fear and mistrust between the USA and Russia that led to the Cold War, and the good things, including advances in medicine and computing and the establishment of the United Nations.
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  • WWI?

    By Philip Steele
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    Philip Steele
    This book looks at how and why World War I was born out of the longstanding rivalries and feuds between European nations, at home and across their overseas empires, and how the conflict sucked in imperial and colonial troops from around the world. It examines the legacy of the the war, both in terms of the bad things that came out of it, such as the rise of fascism and totalitarian rule, and the good things, including developments in medicine and plastic surgery, enhanced aeroplane technology and advances in suffrage and equality for women.
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  • Water

    By Philip Steele
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    Philip Steele
    Water keeps us and our world alive. Without it we couldn't exist. Water and climate influence every aspect of human life. They affect where and how we live, our health, farming and food, our energy and our industry. The world's climate is changing. The amount of water we use is changing and the population is growing. But water is finite. There is only so much of it to go round, and we cannot make any more of it. This book, in the Question It! series for readers upwards of age ten, will explore these important topics in a balanced and objective way, encouraging readers to take a questioning approach to the issues surrounding the global water supply.
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  • Wolf by Wolf: Blood for Blood

    By Ryan Graudin
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    Ryan Graudin
    The thrilling conclusion to Ryan Graudin's Carnegie Medal 2017 nominated alternative history and fantasy epic, WOLF BY WOLF. In 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun . . .There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it. With their mission to overthrow the Nazis in danger, Yael and the resistance are ready to fight. Forced to run, life in the shadows for Yael, Luka and Felix isn't easy, especially when their enemy seems to know their every move. And when each step uncovers dark secrets and even darker truths, each must find a way to navigate right and wrong, past and future, life and death, if they are to survive at all.A captivating story of survival, love and freedom in a gripping, fantastical alternate universe from WOLF BY WOLF and THE WALLED CITY author, Ryan Graudin.
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  • Wayfarer

    By Alexandra Bracken
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    Alexandra Bracken
    The epic sequel to the New York Times bestselling Passenger, perfect for fans of Outlander and Red Queen.'Riveting, romantic ... Fans of Outlander will see so much of Claire in Etta.' - VICTORIA AVEYARD, #1 New York Times best-selling authorTexas, 1905Etta Spencer didn't know she was a traveller until the day she found herself not just miles, but years from home. Now, Etta is stranded in time and separated from the boy she loves. At the mercy of a family she once thought her enemy, Etta learns of a new Ironwood plot, more dangerous than she could have imagined: to destroy the future she longs to return to.The Bahamas, 1776Devastated by Etta's disappearance, Nicholas enlists the help of Sophia Ironwood. But after a deadly mistake derails their search, an ancient power emerges, more frightening than the Ironwoods' plot - a power that threatens to eradicate time altogether.Into the UnknownFrom New York City to San Francisco, Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, Etta and Nicholas must desperately fight to reach each other...The stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Passenger series.
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  • Wolf by Wolf: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice

    By Ryan Graudin
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    Ryan Graudin
    What would the world look like if the Nazis had won the war? Wolf by Wolf is a gripping thriller about one girl's extraordinary mission to kill Hitler. "Wild and gorgeous, vivid and consuming. I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel." Laini Taylor, bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogyThe year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host an annual motorbike race across their combined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.Yael has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost when she was a prisoner in a brutal concentration camp. Now part of the resistance, Yael has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. But the only way to enter the race is to impersonate last year's only female racer, Adele Wolfe. Yael is a master of deception but there are two other competitors it may be impossible to fool - Adele's brother, Felix, and Luka, a boy she clearly has history with. But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and stay true to her mission? The future on the world is depending on her . . .A fast-paced, clever story that will leave you breathless.
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  • White Storm

    By M. G. Harris
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    M. G. Harris
    Ben Carrington is a member of an elite, top-secret rescue organisation - Gemini Force. When he finds himself and his friends in danger, Ben must compete with hostile ice and storms to pull off their most gruelling mission yet. Impossible rescues. Maximum risk. This is Gemini Force 1.An action-packed new installment, perfect for fans of Charlie Higson, Anthony Horowitz and Robert Muchamore.
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  • Why did the Rise of the Nazis happen?

    By Charles Freeman
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    Charles Freeman
    Read about how following their defeat during World War I, the Germans were looking for new leadership. Find out how Nazi Germany, also called the Third Reich, began when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany under the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP). This book examines why the Germans embraced the Nazis' rise to power and includes panels featuring expert opinions to encourage critical thinking.Moments in History is an insightful series that presents some of the most important events in modern history. From World War I to the Cold War, readers are encouraged to think critically about the effects these watershed moments have had on the world. Written in a straightforward, engaging style, the books include first-hand speeches, letters, diary entries and other primary source materials that give dramatic clues to the reasons these unforgettable events unfolded as they did. Photographs from the time period show the world as it was at that moment, and the views of professional historians are included in each chapter.Encourages readers at KS3 and KS4 to think critically about the effect Hiroshima has had on the world.
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  • Why Did Hiroshima happen?

    By Reg Grant
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    Reg Grant
    Read about how in the early morning hours of 6 August 1945, a B-29 bomber headed for the Japanese city of Hiroshima to drop an atomic bomb. The aftermath of the bombing still affects the city's inhabitants today. This book details the events of Hiroshima and explains why this haunting event occurred. Photographs from the period provide an informative view of this tragedy.Moments in History is an insightful series that presents some of the most important events in modern history. From World War I to the Cold War, readers are encouraged to think critically about the effects these watershed moments have had on the world. Written in a straightforward, engaging style, the books include first-hand speeches, letters, diary entries and other primary source materials that give dramatic clues to the reasons these unforgettable events unfolded as they did. Photographs from the time period show the world as it was at that moment, and the views of professional historians are included in each chapter.Encourages readers at KS3 and KS4 to think critically about the effect Hiroshima has had on the world.
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  • Why did the Holocaust happen?

    By Sean Sheehan
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    Sean Sheehan
    Learn about the Holocaust, a genocide of devastating proportions, perpetrated by the German government during World War II. During this time, millions of Jews were imprisoned or killed along with travellers, the disabled, Communists, Socialists and others. This book examines the Holocaust using well-balanced information supplemented by primary sources from the time period, sidebars and timelines.Encourages readers at KS3 and KS4 to think critically about the effects the Holocaust has had on the world.Moments in History is an insightful series that presents some of the most important events in modern history. From World War I to the Cold War, readers are encouraged to think critically about the effects these watershed moments have had on the world. Written in a straightforward, engaging style, the books include first-hand speeches, letters, diary entries and other primary source materials that give dramatic clues to the reasons these unforgettable events unfolded as they did. Photographs from the time period show the world as it was at that moment, and the views of professional historians are included in each chapter.
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  • Why did World War II happen?

    By Cath Senker
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    Cath Senker
    Read about how a mere two decades after the conclusion of World War I, another large-scale military conflict entrenched most of Europe and many other countries in warfare for a second time. Many of the causes of World War II can be found in the effects of World War I. This book examines some of those causes and effects, providing sidebars, timelines and vivid photographs from the period.Encourages readers at KS3 and KS4 to think critically about the effects World War II has had on the world.Moments in History is an insightful series that presents some of the most important events in modern history. From World War I to the Cold War, readers are encouraged to think critically about the effects these watershed moments have had on the world. Written in a straightforward, engaging style, the books include first-hand speeches, letters, diary entries and other primary source materials that give dramatic clues to the reasons these unforgettable events unfolded as they did. Photographs from the time period show the world as it was at that moment, and the views of professional historians are included in each chapter.
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    The Walled City

    By Ryan Graudin
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    Ryan Graudin
    DIVERGENT meets MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA in this dark YA thriller set within the walls of a lawless slum city, where Jin Ling searches for her lost sister and Dai struggles to complete an impossible mission.There are three rules of survival in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run.Dai traffics drugs for the most ruthless man in the Walled City. To find freedom, he needs help from someone who can be invisible... Jin Ling hides under the radar, evading the street gangs as she searches for her lost sister.Mei Yee survives trapped in a brothel, dreaming of escape while watching the girls who try fail and die.Damaged and betrayed, can these three find the faith to join forces and escape the stifling city walls?With a fantasy setting inspired by Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong, Ryan's novel has a rich authenticity and an intense atmosphere, and its pace will enthral the reader from the very first page.
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  • Women and War

    By Ann Kramer
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    Ann Kramer
    World War Two is a series of fact-packed books on key aspects of the Second World War. Each title offers an appealing, magazine-style design and contains readable narrative text plus panels focusing on personalities, events, weapons, documents and other background information. Also included are mini timelines that highlight the dates of important events to keep a clear chronological picture in readers' minds.Women and War chronicles the role of women in the Second World War - from munitions workers to nurses, transport pilots and SOE operatives working in enemy-occupied territory. Also included is a look at how the role of women in society changed after the war was over.
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  • Witch Hunter

    By Virginia Boecker
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    Virginia Boecker
    Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Grey doesn't look dangerous. A tiny, blonde, wisp of a girl shouldn't know how to poison a wizard and make it look like an accident. Or take out ten necromancers with a single sword and a bag of salt. Or kill a man using only her thumb. But things are not always as they appear. Elizabeth is one of the best witch hunters in Anglia and a member of the king's elite guard, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and bringing those who practise it to justice. And in Anglia, the price of justice is high: death by burning.When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself, she's arrested and thrown in prison. The king declares her a traitor and her life is all but forfeit. With just hours before she's to die at the stake, Elizabeth gets a visitor - Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in Anglia. He offers her a deal: he will free her from prison and save her from execution if she will track down the wizard who laid a deadly curse on him.As Elizabeth uncovers the horrifying facts about Nicholas's curse and the unwitting role she played in its creation, she is forced to redefine the differences between right and wrong, friends and enemies, love and hate... and life and death.The first book in an incredible new series set in a fantastical medieval world.
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  • World War Two: Key Battles

    By Michael Gallagher
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    Michael Gallagher
    World War Two is a series of fact-packed books on key aspects of the Second World War. Each title offers an appealing, magazine-style design and contains readable narrative text plus panels focusing on personalities, events, weapons, documents and other background information. Also included are mini timelines that highlight the dates of important events to keep a clear chronological picture in readers' minds.Key Battles investigates the battles that were vital to the outcome of World War Two, from the Nazi Blitzkrieg of Poland in 1939 to The Battle of Okinawa in the Pacific right at the the end of the war.
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  • Why did World War I happen?

    By Reg Grant
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    Reg Grant
    World War I, a war that lead to the deaths of 15 million people, started with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria on June 28, 1914. How did the assassination of one leader result in armed conflict involving more than 20 countries from multiple continents? The answer to this question and more is revealed in this book, which combines primary source documents with other features to provide an unbiased look at the events of World War I.
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  • Weather

    By Chris Oxlade
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    Chris Oxlade
    All around us, our planet is changing. Some changes are sudden and dramatic; others are almost imperceptible and take years. Our Earth in Action looks at these changes - from climate change to erosion and human activity - in detail. Weather describes the many ways in which our planet is shaped - and its inhabitants affected - by the weather, from hurricanes to snow and ice.
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    Why Do We Fight?: Conflict, War and Peace

    By Niki Walker
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    Niki Walker
    It's a big world out there, but what's going on around the world can feel closer to us and more accessible than ever. Information about wars and conflicts on the other side of the world can be in our homes and on our tablets and smartphones instantly. Whether or not your country is directly involved in a conflict or war, nearly every disagreement, every standoff, every war affects our lives in some way. With so many conflicts happening around the world, it makes you wonder - Why Do We Fight?Why Do We Fight? is an important, topical book that helps readers aged 12 and up to understand that while conflict may be inevitable, war isn't. The reader is shown how small disagreements can escalate to become bigger and more serious ones, by exposing the common elements of conflict: such as prejudice, history, geography and economics. The reader is encouraged to compare world conflicts with the ones in their own lives, to better understand why we fight and, most importantly, what we can do to avoid it.
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