By Alex Bertie
I guess we should start at the beginning. I was born on 2 November 1995. The doctors in the hospital took one look at my genitals and slapped an F on my birth certificate. 'F' for female, not fail - though that would actually have been kind of appropriate given present circumstances.When I was 15, I realised I was a transgender man. That makes it sound like I suddenly had some kind of lightbulb moment. In reality, coming to grips with my identity has taken a long time. Over the last six years, I've come out to my family and friends, changed my name, battled the healthcare system, started taking male hormones and have had surgery on my chest. My quest to a beard is almost complete. This is my story.
There May Be a Castle
By Piers Torday
A remarkable story about love, loss and the power of the imagination, from an award-winning, celebrated writer for children.On a frozen Christmas Eve, Mouse Mallory and his family set off across a snow-white valley to visit his grandparents.They never arrive.As the wheels skid off the icy road, Mouse is thrown from the car. When he wakes, he finds himself in a magical landscape, with only a talkative sheep and a very bossy horse for company.And they tell him: this is your story now.So begins Mouse's extraordinary quest through a world of wonder. A world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.All to find a castle, somewhere, beyond.But why is Mouse looking for a castle? As thoughts of his family back at the car begin to surface, Mouse realises this might be the most important journey he will ever make ...This is a novel about love and death. It's about the power of stories to change the way we view the world - and it's about the power of a child to change their own world. Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times.
Tiger Has a Tantrum - A book about feeling angry
By Sue Graves, Trevor Dunton
The True Colour of Forever
By Carrie Firestone
An unlikely clique of teens embark on a summer of twitter fame, rebellious good deeds and desperate love in this thought-provoking second novel by the author of The Loose Ends List.After high school senior Sadie helps a baby in distress, she becomes an internet sensation and is introduced to other 'hometown heroes'. Despite all their differences, the five teens hatch passionate plans to secretly right local wrongs. But when they breach the boundaries of their world, they discover that there might be truth in the saying 'no good deed goes unpunished'. For fans of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The Boy Most Likely, this novel combines humour, romance and wisdom while taking on timely issues including teen drug abuse, bullying, ethnic discrimination, and the importance of being kind and doing good.Praise for The Loose Ends List:'A poignant and important story about compassion, love, and the decision to live life on your own terms - right up to the very last minute: all aboard' - Kirkus Reviews'Fans of Jenny Downham's Before I Die or Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You will enjoy this unique story about dying on one's own terms. Mentions of drinking, drugs, and sex make this title appropriate for older readers (...) With its fresh, original plot and thought-provoking themes, this title will have a high teen appeal.' - School Library Journal
By Sean Connolly
Different countries are governed in different ways. Theocracy is a way of governing a country and it's people using religion as the basis of it's laws. This book offers a detailed and non-judgemental look at specific countries that are governed in this way. It explores how this system becomes established and what it means to be governed in this way in the past, present and into the future.Part of the Systems of Government series, this balanced book places Theocracy 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.
By Cat Clarke
Real, compulsive and intense: Cat Clarke is the queen of emotional suspense. For fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott and Jandy Nelson.They didn't mean to kill her...now the guilt will tear them apartAlice King isn't expecting the holiday of her dreams when she sets off on a trip to the wilderness with her mates. But when her best friend Cass decides to teach mean girl Tara a lesson, Alice finds herself in a nightmare she can't escape.Now Alice is the guardian of a secret too horrific to tell; and a secret too terrible to keep. A secret that will change all of their lives for ever...
The Twins at St Clare's
By 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 one, the twins are simply not having it. St Clare's is beneath them and they're determined to cause a stir. But life at St Clare's is not as easy as they thought. They have several surprises and arguments before they admit their troubles are of their own making, and settle down to make friends. Expect mischief at St Clare's!Enid Blyton has been delighting readers for more than seventy years. Her best-loved characters include Noddy the wooden boy, Timmy the dog from The Famous Five and heroine Darrell Rivers from Malory Towers.Between 1941 and 1946, Enid Blyton wrote six novels set at St Clare's. This edition features the original text and is unillustrated.
The Third Form at St Clare's
By 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 five it's time for a new head girl. There are plenty of candidates, but after a terrible accident, and an hilarious school play, the true leaders are revealed.Expect more mischief at St Clare's!Between 1941 and 1946, Enid Blyton wrote six novels set at St Clare's. Books 5, 6 and 9 are authorised sequels of the series written by Pamela Cox and feature storylines set in between the original Blyton novels. These books were published in 2000/2008 and are unillustrated.
That Pesky Rat
By Lauren Child
A funny, touching tale about friendship and belonging, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Rat lives in dustbin number 3, Grubby Alley. At night, when he's tucked up in his crisp packet, Rat looks up at all the cosy windows and wonders what it would be like to belong to somebody. To be an actual pet. To have a home of his own. Lauren Child is the Kate Greenaway medal winning creator of the bestselling Charlie & Lola series.'Another little masterpiece from Lauren Child, whose stories and quirky pictures leave you helpless with laughter' - Mail on Sunday'Clever, rewarding and hugely enjoyable' - GuardianAt least 10% of the purchase price of every copy of That Pesky Rat sold will be donated to St Mungo's Broadway, a charity providing help, support and advice to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Taking Control: The Brain and Senses
By Thomas Canavan
From the hairs on your head to the tips of your toes and everything in between. The body is broken down into different areas according to the jobs they do. One book looks at your vital organs, such as the heart or liver, while another looks at the amazing job your brain does and how it relates to your nervous system and helps you make sense of the world around you. Take a fascinating trip through the science behind your own body. Never mind outer space, it's all about your inner space!
Take a Deep Breath: A book about being brave
By Sue Graves, Desideria Guicciardini
Josh doesn't like people looking at him and he's in the school play! Can Miss Button help him to be brave? And can Miss Button be brave when she is faced by something she doesn't like?This series introduces young children to different aspects of our emotions and behaviour. A fictional story is backed up by suggestions for activities and ideas to talk about, while a wordless storyboard encourages children to tell another story.
The True Cost of Toys
By Mary Colson
Who makes the toys children play with every day in school and at home? What are the working conditions like for people who form part of the supply chain for the world's toy industry? This book looks at the impact our purchase of toys has on our lives and on the environment and asks how we can improve our lives and those of others with the things we buy.
The True Cost of Fashion
By Louise Spilsbury
Who makes the clothes and accessories we buy on the high street and wear every day? What are the working conditions like for people who form part of the supply chain for the world's fahion industry? This book looks at the impact our fashion choices have on our lives and on the environment and asks how we can improve our lives and those of others with the things we buy.
By Amanda Maciel
Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault.At least, that's what everyone seems to think when Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community and the media.But Sara is sure she hasn't done anything wrong. Emma brought it on herself. Emma stole Sara's boyfriend. Emma stole everyone's boyfriends. Surely Sara was the victim, not Emma.During the summer before her senior year Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment - and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.A story of everyday jealousies and resentments, misunderstandings and desires, Tease is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt readers long after the last page.
The True Cost of Food
By Katie Dicker
Where does the food we eat come from? What are the working conditions like for people who form part of the supply chain for the world's food industry? This book looks at the impact our food choices have on our lives and on the environment - both in terms of what we eat and the food we waste. It asks how we can improve our lives and those of others with the things we buy.
The True Cost of Technology
By Mary Colson
Who makes the technology we use every day in school and at home? What are the working conditions like for people who form part of the supply chain for the world's technology industry? This book looks at the impact our use of technology has on our lives and on the environment and asks how we can improve our lives and those of others with the things we buy.
By Liz Gogerly, Mike Gordon
Illustrated in Mike Gordon's inimitable and entertaining style, this series offers an introduction to key health issues. The topic of medication is introduced through an engaging narrative and is complemented by charming and humorous illustrations that bring the story to life. Notes for adults and lists of further resources make these books ideal for the key stage one classroom use.
Texts, Tweets, Trolls and Teens
By Anita Naik
The online world is a whirl of texts, tweets, trolls, teens and more but how do you stay safe in this fast-paced online world? Teen Life Confidential is here to help with this guide to safe social networking. New technology, amazing apps and an array of social networks make the digital world an exciting place to be. But it can also be a worrying world of anxiety, stress, and another route for bullies to use. Written by experienced author Anita Naik, this title explores all aspects of a teenager's online life, from simple texting behaviour to how to deal with the negative side. We look at how young people use tech, what is social media, the issues of privacy, and the negatives of online life. Including: The 10 ways to stay safe online checklist.Each section is accompanied by quotes from teenagers to give examples of real-life problems that teenagers experience every day. We also feature quizzes to help readers to assess their own behaviour and work out what their tech style is.Anita Naik is an author, columnist, blogger and journalist. She started her career as advice columnist on the teen magazine Just 17, and is now the agony aunt at Teen Now magazine and Avon Connects. She is also a regular contributor to the parenting technology site Quibly (http://www.quib.ly) and writes regularly on the subjects of teens, tech, parenting, education and social media, across various media platforms and magazines.Quibly is a parenting tech site answering every question you could possibly have about your kids online. We are grateful to Holly Seddon and James Diamond from Quibly for their advice in the creation of this book. For more information please visit: http://quib.ly/welcome Chapter One - How are you using tech? looks at what teens are doing online and when. Chapter Two - Texting teens takes a look at the phenomenon of messaging; teens are at it all the time, so what's it all about?Chapter Three - Social Media looks at what teens are doing on social media, the problems of social media, and encourages teenagers to think about what they are posting.Chapter Four - Privacy Issues takes a look at the privacy controls available to teens, and how and why theyshould be used.Chapter Five - The Dark Side talks to teens about the side of online life that is unsafe, including trolls and trolling, cyberbullying, grooming and illegal activity and content, giving advice on how to avoid them and how to deal with situations that can become frightening and stressful.A Help Section gives details of places to look for further help and guidance, and a glossary explains specific terms to readers.
Talk About: Homelessness
By Kaye Stearman
Growing up involves making decisions and taking responsibility over your life. Each book in this series explores an issue that may affect young people's lives. The books are aimed directly at children and provide support to them and also to parents and teachers. Talk About conveys information about issues in a way that children may experience them first or second hand.
Terezin - A Story of The Holocaust
By Ruth Thomson
Terezin - A Story of The Holocaust is an award-winning book that tells the Holocaust story of the Terezin/Theresienstadt fortified ghetto - where the Nazis imprisoned thousands of Jews during the Second World War - and from where many were sent to their deaths. This unique book features first-hand accounts of life in the town as well as moving works of art from some of the artists who were incarcerated there. A detailed introduction sets the scene for the creation of Terezin and the Final Solution. Created by award-winning children's author Ruth Thomson using material from Yad Vashem and other key Jewish sources. Multi-award-winning - The School Library Association Information Book Award 2012 and 2012 ALCS Education Writers' Award. Critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic.