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The Colour of the Sun

By David Almond
Authors:
David Almond
This is a moving, funny and inspirational novel from the bestselling author of Skellig."The day is long, the world is wide, you're young and free."One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar - the little Tyneside town that has always been his home - but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town.As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again. This an outstanding novel full of warmth and light, from a multi-award-winning author. David Almond says: 'I guess it embodies my constant astonishment at being alive in this beautiful, weird, extraordinary world.'
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  • Cheetah Learns to Play Nicely - A book about being a good sport

    By Sue Graves, Trevor Dunton
    Authors:
    Sue Graves
    Illustrated by:
    Trevor Dunton
    This funny, charming story is the perfect way to introduce young children to what fair play is, and help them understand the importance of being a good sport. Also included are suggestions for activities and ideas to talk through together to help children fully understand how their behaviour can impact on others.Cheetah always wants to win - no matter what it takes. But when his friends no longer want to play with him, he decides to look at his behaviour and start playing more nicely.The Behaviour Matters series of picture books provide a gentle means of discussing emotions, boosting self-esteem and reinforcing good behaviour. Supports the Personal, Social and Emotional Development Area of Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and is also suitable for use with children in KS1 and can be used to discuss values. Suitable for children under 5.
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    Clean

    By Juno Dawson
    Authors:
    Juno Dawson
    When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses, she thinks she's hit rock bottom. She's wrong.Because rock bottom is when she's forced into an exclusive rehab facility.From there, the only way is up for Lexi and her fellow inmates, including the mysterious Brady.As she faces her demons, Lexi realises love is the most powerful drug of all ... It's a dirty business getting clean.Addiction, redemption, love and despair. Clean is Gossip Girl meets Girl, Interrupted, and it will have you hooked from the very first page. 'I loved it' Marian Keyes'One to just enjoy' Stylist'An emotional freight train of a novel' Heat 'As bold and gritty as it is fabulously glossy and readable' Observer** With a stunning rose gold foil cover, Clean will look amazing on your bookshelf **
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  • Champion Gran

    By Deborah Chancellor, Elif Balta Parks
    Authors:
    Deborah Chancellor
    Illustrated by:
    Elif Balta Parks
    This story expores the issue of respect - if we don't respect other people we miss the chance to learn from them and enjoy their friendship. In the story, seven-year old Kara doesn't want to visit her gran because she thinks it will be boring. But Sally at the care home takes Kara on a tour and she learns all about the lives of the residents - which are not boring at all. Kara even finds out that she and her gran have something in common. The story is suitable for children aged 5+ who are learning to read or for sharing with an adult.The book is a part of the British Values series which explores tricky subjects such as democracy, the rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance through fun illustrated stories. Each book includes teacher notes for discussing the theme of the story.
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  • Climate Change

    By Philip Steele
    Authors:
    Philip Steele
    The world's climate has always been changing, but climate change in the past has been mostly gradual, with some rapid events. Today's warming is relatively sudden and rapid, and linked to the way in which humans are treating the planet they live on. This matters because the future of life on Earth, no less, depends on our understanding of the problem and the actions we take. 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 adopt a questioning approach to the issues surrounding climate change.
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  • Cultural Issues

    By Honor Head
    Authors:
    Honor Head
    This book looks at cultural issues between family and school friends including religion, diet, clothes and attitudes. It looks at family expectations and the desire to blend in with peers. It emphasises respect for cultural differences in and out of school and tolerance and an acceptance of a different way of behaving. The book includes practical advice and links to organisations that can help. The consultant is the chief executive of the Race Equality Foundation.It is part of the series My Life, Your Life, which takes a sensitive and positive look at some of the issues that concern children aged 10+. It explores issues including sexuality, gender, self-esteem, prejudice and discrimination and promotes and encourages discussion. By thinking creatively and critically, children can learn to accept their differences, embrace diversity and improve their sense of self and how they fit into the bigger picture. Each title also provides advice in the form of practical ways to cope with distressing or difficult situations.
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  • Communism

    By Sean Connolly
    Authors:
    Sean Connolly
    Different countries are governed in different ways. Communism is a way of governing a country and its people. The basis of this type of government is the idea that one person is not more important than any other and all citizens work for the benefit of everyone, not just for themselves This book offers a detailed and non-judgemental look at specific countries that are governed in this way. It looks at how communism becomes established, problems and successes that it may encounter and what the future may hold for communism.Part of the Systems of Government series, this balanced book places Communism within a wider world context and looks at the effect this type of government has on its citizens, wealth and industry. Perfect for readers aged 12 and up.
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    Child Soldier: When boys and girls are used in war

    By Jessica Dee Humphreys, Michel Chikwanine, Claudia Dávilla
    Authors:
    Jessica Dee Humphreys, Michel Chikwanine
    Illustrated by:
    Claudia Dávilla
    Michel Chikwanine was only five-years-old when he was abducted from outside his school by rebel soldiers in The Democratic Republic of Congo. Child Soldier tells the story of his happy life before the abduction, his time with the rebel militia, his escape from their clutches and finally the worsening situation and growing unrest for Michel and his family and his eventual immigration to Canada with his mother. Despite his young age, Michel never gives up. It is his resilience and courage that helped him to stay alive during his time with the rebels. This is a legacy from his father, whose sense of compassion and integrity drove Michel to reject the rebels attempts to instil violence and hate, and have shaped Michel into the person he is today. As a young man, Michel now travels the world to inspire others to believe that their actions can make a difference. He is an accomplished public speaker and someone who's voice and story resonates with people all over the globe.Thankfully most children will never experience the brutal reality of being forced to take part in armed conflicts, in whatever role is imposed on them. But Michel's story serves as a reminder of how close to home this ongoing issue is. Africa may feel far away to a child living in the UK, but the reality is that young people in gangs across the world, who are made to commit crimes for adult leaders have more in common with Michel than they may realise. This book also examines in general how and why adults use children as expendable pawns in conflicts and provides the reader with advice on further information and what they can do to get involved.This book is aimed at children aged 10+, however it does contain some images that some readers may find difficult or distressing. The cartoon / graphic novel style of the book does contain images of violence, including guns, knives, dead bodies and other explicit scenes.
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  • Claudine at St Clare's

    By Enid Blyton
    Authors:
    Enid Blyton
    Schooldays at St Clare's are never dull for twins Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan in Enid Blyton's much-loved boarding school series.In book seven, Eileen's mother is the new Matron and Mam'zelle's niece, Claudine, joins St Clare's and causes havoc wherever she goes. The twins are enchanted by rebellious Claudine and her mad-cap plans, but will she last the term?Expect more mischief at St Clare's!Between 1941 and 1946, Enid Blyton wrote six novels set at St Clare's. This edition features the original text and is unillustrated.
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    Children of the Holocaust

    By Alex Woolf
    Authors:
    Alex Woolf
    The Holocaust is one of the most shocking events of the 20th century and one that continues to resonate today. Its Nazi perpetrators showed no mercy, not even to children and perhaps, as a result, it is often the experiences of the children of this era that speak to us most strongly. This moving and important book explores what happened to children during the Holocaust, from the early persecution of the Jews to the 'final solution'. It also considers the experiences of those who escaped or hid, and those who survived. As the Holocaust moves further away from us in history, it is important to keep it in the consciousness of the next generation. By using the experiences of children, this book is a powerful way to engage the attention and sympathy of young people today.
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    The Colour Thief

    By Andrew Fusek Peters, Polly Peters, Karin Littlewood
    Authors:
    Andrew Fusek Peters, Polly Peters
    Illustrated by:
    Karin Littlewood
    The Colour Thief is a simple, heart-warming tale which helps to open up the conversations around depression and to support young children whose families have been affected. We follow a young boy who loves spending time with his dad, doing fun things together. When his father becomes sad and distant, he doesn't understand and believes he has done something to make his dad so, despite being told otherwise. Time passes and his father begins to get happier again and they have fun together like before. Narrated from the child's perspective and illustrated with beautiful pictures by the award-winning artist Karin Littlewood, this is the perfect book to read with children aged 7-9 years old who are trying to understand the cause and effects of depression, and reassure them that depression passes and their parents are not lost to them.'It's crucial kids learn about depression; that it's nothing to feel ashamed about and they are not alone - one fourth of the world knows what it feels like. It's going to be them that break the stigma, not us.' Ruby Wax'This book brings freshness and vibrancy into a world often portrayed as dark and hidden, and it can help take away the feelings of helplessness and fear that can make families feel so alone.' Marjorie Wallace CBE, Hon FRC Psych, Founder of SANE.'Vividly depict[s] a young boy's reaction to his father's depression... it's worth sharing this clever and heartfelt book with the kids in your life.' - Elise Moon (6) and Nick Moon (42), Kent - Single Step Magazine
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    Conchies: Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

    By Ann Kramer
    Authors:
    Ann Kramer
    When, at the height of the First World War, many Allied governments introduced conscription, there were thousands of individuals who, for personal or religious reasons, refused to fight. After tough questioning, some were exempted but the majority were forced into the army anyways. Those who 'refused to do their duty' were threatened with death sentences or harsh prison terms; many died from ill treatment. Conchies collects many of the moving true stories of these brave individuals.
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    Cash, Savings and All That Stuff: A Guide to Money and How to Manage It

    By Kira Vermond, Clayton Hanmer
    Authors:
    Kira Vermond
    Illustrated by:
    Clayton Hanmer
    We all know that money is important, but do we understand how it actually works? This bumper illustrated book explains the mysteries of money and cash management in an light-hearted, humorous way that's perfect for teenagers. From how we work for money, to how we then make money work for us, it demystifies budgets, banking and credit cards and offers sensible strategies for saving and budgeting. With top tops from industry experts and an award-winning author, it also encourages entrepreneurial thinking and includes lots of ideas on how you can raise money for good causes.
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  • Campaigners

    By Debbie Foy
    Authors:
    Debbie Foy
    This title looks at key campaigning figures from black history such as Rosa Lee Parks, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu and Oprah Winfrey. Biographies of each individual detail their childhood, struggles and achievements, looking at the legacy they have left behind today.
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  • Community and Identity

    By Dan Lyndon
    Authors:
    Dan Lyndon
    The Black History series brings together a wide range of events and experiences from the past to promote knowledge and understanding of black culture today. This book looks at the growth of black communities across the world, and the strengthening of black identity.
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  • Cloning and Genetic Engineering

    By Nicola Barber
    Authors:
    Nicola Barber
    Would you clone your favourite pet? What impact is the Human Genome Project having on scientific and medical research? For supporters of genetic engineering, this technology has opened up a world of possibilities. But its opponents voice many concerns about the moral rights and wrongs of 'tampering with nature'. It's time to consider Both Sides of the Story.The series, Both Sides of the Story, explores the major global debates of our time from two opposing viewpoints. Each book investigates the facts behind the headlines, the history behind current trends and the latest hot topics.
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  • Come Clean, Carlos Tell the Truth

    By Sarah Eason
    Authors:
    Sarah Eason
    This title explores the story of one child who faces dilemmas about different social situations, the choices he or she makes and the consequences of those choices.
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  • Chin Up, Charlie Be Brave

    By Sarah Eason
    Authors:
    Sarah Eason
    This title explores the story of one child who faces dilemmas about different social situations, the choices he or she makes and the consequences of those choices.
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  • Cystic Fibrosis

    By Jillian Powell
    Authors:
    Jillian Powell
    The Explaining series looks at a range of conditions, illnesses and disabilities that affect children and adults all over the world. The books explain why they occur, how they are diagnosed, how they affect people and how they can be treated.Explaining: Cystic Fibrosis will help you understand what cystic fibrosis is and how it affects people. Case studies illustrate what is like to live with cystic fibrosis and how people with the condition manage it to live full and happy lives.
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  • Childminder

    By Jillian Powell
    Authors:
    Jillian Powell
    Using specially commissioned photography, this series introduces the reader to common new and first experiences. The choice of titles reflect the most common types of experiences. The series uses the perspective of another child to tell the 'story' of a particular experience and explores how they feel by the event. At the end, advice will be given to help deal with difficult situations such as feeling jealous because a new baby in the family is getting everyone's attention.
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