• Children's & YA

      Smuggled Diamonds

      by Julia Hands

      A DARING TALE OF INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE EXCITING, FAST MOVING & EDUCATIONAL SYNOPSIS Set in Majorca and Edinburgh, with an English brother (Steve) and sister (Becky) befriending a Majorcan girl (Maria) when they holiday in the old fishing village of Puerto Pollensa, Majorca. Steve and Maria chance upon a diamond smuggling gang while looking at some rare black vultures on the cliffs, and they're tied up in an island cave and left to drown. They escape and help Maria's brother, who's in the police, track the criminals down. Later, the smuggler's ringleader, connected with international criminals, escapes. When Steve and Becky hear that Maria is coming to Edinburgh on an archaeological dig with her school, in the Penicuik area, they persuade their parents to take an early spring holiday in Edinburgh, where they can do some safer birdwatching - and the rest of the criminals, who get their diamonds cut and polished in Scotland, come after them. There aren't many realistic adventure stories for this age group - most are just fantasy genre: this one's exciting because it is realistic and the criminals come after the youngsters while they're on holiday with their parents, which is pretty scary. It is also quite humorous. All the criminals eventually get their come-uppance. The children’s book SMUGGLED DIAMONDS written by Julia Hands (Cambs B.A.Hons) is an exciting, fast-moving illustrated adventure story suitable for both boys and girls. It holds the young reader through a perfectly balanced mixture of detail and action, in a plot both gripping and convincing. The occasionally gently challenging style also makes for a very rewarding book and ideal for teaching or furthering the English language.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      January 2012

      Momo the Monkey Arrives

      by Shariffa Keshavjee

      Adventure series. Nurture and care for pet. Parent-child relations. Bathing a monkey. Clearing after your pet. With fun comes responsibility. Melisa Allela.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      January 2012

      Momo Makes a Mess

      by Shariffa Keshavjee

      Adventure series. Nurture and care for pet. Parent-child relations. Bathing a monkey. Clearing after your pet. With fun comes responsibility. Melisa Allela.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      January 2012

      A Tall Story

      About the Giraffe

      by Janet Keegans

      An amusing story with charming illustrations which retells—with a twist—the Nguni creation legend about why the giraffe has such a long neck. The little giraffe in this book is a very inquisitive character determined to find out everyone’s secrets. His curiosity leads him right across Africa with only a faithful oxpecker for company. Giraffe’s thirst for knowledge brings unexpected results--whether for better or worse depends on your point of view! A great read-to-and-discuss book, and a fun, accessible reader for children from five years up. Author’s and illustrator’s royalties all go to the Trust for African Schools.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      January 2014

      The Girl With the Big Fat Heart

      by Aida Alvarez-Taduran

      Love, friendship, kindness, giving, heart surgery, loss, grief, family, support, recovery

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      January 2014

      The Lizard and the Rock

      by Joanne Ball-Burgess

      Bermuda, island, palm trees, lizard, following dreams, rebel, yes I can

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      July 2014

      Aggie and the Ice Floe

      by Power McTeal, Dawn Hunter

      Aggie and the Ice Floe is a children's picture book, suitable for reading alone, or for parents who wish to read to their children. It is a beautifully illustrated adventure story about a boy, Aggie, whose sleepy world is woken up to a first fall of snow. When he rushes outside to play, Aggie doesn't expect quite the adventure the snow has brought with it, and the friendship he will form with Brandon, a balloonist, who rescues him when he gets into difficulty playing on a frozen river.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      January 2003

      The Ghost Who Didn't Believe In Humans

      by Helena Chambers

      Bullying (with ghosts) - for 8-12 year-olds When Della moves house and starts a new school, she knows that she must expect changes. However, she little imagines that she will stumble into the spirit world - where the inhabitants seem so much more fun than her hostile new schoolmates. Della is taken to the limits of her strength and beyond as she faces the trials imposed by the class bully, who dominates the girls in her group and is determined to keep Della out. While the pressure mounts inexorably at school, life in the spirit-world also reaches a climax… At one level, this is a cracking good ghost story that will engage the reader, of virtually any age, from beginning to end - but it also explores a social problem which is notoriously difficult to identify and root out.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      November 2012

      Stage Fright! (Daisy Drama Club)

      by Belinda Roberts

      Sophie and Cressida are best friends. They love acting and set up their very own club, the Daisy Drama Club. Their first play is Dickens’s 'A Christmas Carol' - but where can they perform? Inspiration strikes and the girls clear out loads of old junk to turn an ancient barn into The Barn Theatre. Rehearsals go well to begin with. Beaky writes the script with help from Grandpa Albert, Lou makes costumes, Susie tries desperately hard to learn her lines, Abby tries to keep her cheeky pony under control - but when real ghosts spook the cast, chaos and calamity follow. Who has stolen Farmer Bagwash's ladder? Why has Lollipop the sheepdog turned pink?Is The Barn Theatre really haunted? A funny, delightful adventure which captures the thrill and unexpected challenges of putting on a play!

    • Children's & YA
      December 2014

      Ben and the Time Globe

      by Stuart Holt

      Ben was not looking for an adventure. One moment he was on a beach and in the next he found himself aboard a spooky old pirate ship, a very long way from home - In this action-packed story, a mysterious Time Globe takes Ben on a journey through time where he meets some very interesting people - and some very scary ones he'd much rather get away from

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      July 2012

      Below the Green Pond

      by Jane Waller

      Owen, an eleven-year-old boy, falls into a pond and shrinks to the size of the tiny creatures which live there. Most of these are friendly, but others are dangerous; and Owen needs all his courage and resourcefulness to survive his various adventures. All the animalcules that inhabit the pond (mostly known by their scientific names such as Daphnia, Dugesia Lugubris, Cristatella and Volvox) live and die as they would in real life. Owen’s first underwater friend (Sedilla, the water flea) teaches him – and the readers of this book – a lot about what goes on in the underwater world, one which is both beautiful and treacherous. As a reviewer of the original edition said, this is “natural history turned into an exciting adventure, which can be enjoyed by a very wide age range”.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      July 2013

      Under Buckingham Palace

      by Jane Waller

      The old lift creaked downward, and when it reached the bottom floor of her block of flats, to Suzie's horror, it didn't stop ... but went on going down and down and down ... Suzie finds herself in the sewer tunnels under London, and in this strange subterranean world a group of creatures are expecting her. They are the Sludge-Gulpers, and they've kept their existence a secret from Humans for centuries. But now, treacherous things are going on under Buckingham Palace. The terrible Queen Greenmould (so snobbish that she takes her own bath using the real Queen's bathwater as it is flushed down) is scheming to take over the complete sewer-system; and, even worse, to start interfering Up Above. And Suzie is needed to help save the Sludge-Gulpers from the foul sewer Queen, the evil Slime-Grubbers, and the ferocious army of rats. A wonderfully horrible, fast-flowing and witty tale to delight readers from 9 to 90.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      July 2014

      Saving the Dinosaurs

      by Jane Waller

      An environmentally-aware story with an unusual twist and one that will be a source of delight to readers. Peter Philips receives a rather mysterious computer disc, rather different from the one he ordered, and realises he can time-travel by using its program. He journeys to the Cretaceous Age where he is befriended by two dinosaurs, Jahunda and Segui. He repays their friendship by rescuing them from the after-effects of a giant meteorite's collison with the earth. Descriptions throughout vividly recreate a prehistoric world and the empathy achieved through Peter's friendship with the dinosaurs engenders a real appreciation of life 65 million years ago.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      November 2014

      The Egyptian Princess

      by Jane Waller

      Peter Philips, the time-traveller from 'Saving the Dinosaurs' (also by Jane Waller), now thirteen, is sent back 5,000 years to Ancient Egypt at the time of the Fourth Dynasty. There he finds a world where the wheel has not yet been invented, where the prayers of the Pharaoh alone guarantee that the Nile will provide sufficient water for the crops, and where Ra-Atum, the Sun God, has to travel by boat throughout the Underworld each night in order to rise next morning. Shortly after his arrival he is befriended by the Pharaoh's daughter, Princess Mer-tio-tess, who believes he is a spirit sent to help her. While increasingly attracted towards the Princess he finds himself drawn into a web of power struggle and rivalry. And things get worse when Peter, by accident, brings her back to present-day London, a cold place filled with sad-looking people which, she believes, must be the Underworld.

    • Children's & YA
      November 2015

      Chocolate Mixer

      by Jason Armstrong

      While making her favorite snack with her Daddy, little Sofia makes an amazing discovery about herself! Her realization changes the way she sees this colorful world. Filled with wonder and questions, Sofia journeys into a world that isn’t just black or white, but a beautiful rainbow of colors. This book is the story of a little girl learning that she is Multiracial. “Chocolate Mixer” addresses the common questions our children may ask about a world filled with different cultures, skin-colors and ways of life, and how even our own parents can look so different from one another.

    • Children's & YA
      November 2015

      AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad

      by Tammy Cortez

      AbbeyLoo is a curious little girl with a BIG imagination. This imagination takes AbbeyLoo to some very exciting and often unexpected places. AbbeyLoo loves exploring her backyard. There is always something new to see. Her favorite find is the many toads that roam her backyard. AbbeyLoo loves to carefully catch the toads and pet them and talk to them. Normally they don’t talk back, but today is totally different. Follow along with AbbeyLoo on her latest adventure as she meets Gus, the talking toad.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
      September 2015

      Wondrous Willow

      by Horner, Christine

      ONCE THERE WAS AN AUSPICIOUS LITTLE BUTTERFLY who lived on the side of a very steep mountain. How Willow had come to be born on the side of this particular mountain was a great mystery to her. Yet, she felt sure it was for a very special reason that she was there. “You don’t even do . . . whatever it is butterflies do. You sit around on bushes preening, or near the water’s edge looking at yourself all day!” yelled Percy. It was true. When she thought about it much, it brought her down. How could Willow be so silly as to think herself to be important when she didn’t even behave like other butterflies? Christine Horner and Joey McGrellis take us on a courageous journey of the heart as Willow, marveling at her wondrous existence, explores life, death, unlikely heroes, and a miracle when a man-made fire changes her life and her mountain home forever.www.ChristineHorner.com

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      February 2015

      Sweet Rosa

      by Kingsley Osei, David Asimeng

      Sweet Rosa is a picture book which details the brave stance of a young African-American woman named Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a white person on bus in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. Ms. Parks' actions led to the infamous Montgomery bus boycott and helped establish the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The bold and courageous act of Ms. Parks, Dr. King and thousands of boycotters and civil rights advocates eventually pushed the Supreme Court to declare segregation on buses unconstitutional, helping to put racial discrimination to rest. This book takes young readers on an historic, illustrious journey through this staple event and how it has forever shaped the racial outlook of equality for adults and children alike in today's society.

    • Children's & YA
      August 2012

      Ramayana

      by Seema Gupta

      The Ramayana is the tale of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya. The Ramayana is perhaps one of the best known epics in the world which transcends all barriers of time, caste, creed and space. The reason for Ramayana’s great popularity is that it is one story entwined in so many amazing stories woven so beautifully that not even for a moment you feel out of place. The exciting characters, their problems, their values and the crafty situations transform you into another world. You feel like one among them. Their joys make you laugh and their pains and sorrows make you cry. They take you on a journey beyond comprehension. Rama, the son of Dahsratha, goes to the forest for fourteen years to honour his father’s words. His wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana accompany him. Their sojourn with forest life is full of adventures as they make new friends and meet weird foes. Their happy life is disturbed when Ravana, the king of Lanka, abducts Sita. Rama takes help of Sugriva, Honuman and with the monkey army he manages to rescue her. In the battle that ensued Ravana is killed. But that is not the end of the story. The tale further describes Rama Rajya, Sita’s banishment and the birth of Rama’s sons Luva and Kusha. So here’s this vivid and vibrant ancient epic of Ramayana which is laced with adventures, excitement, love and war in the amazing stories intertwined with the main story line. This delightfully retold epic is sure to steal your heart. Jai Sri Rama

    • Children's & YA
      December 2012

      Panchatantra

      by Tanvir Khan

      Panchatantra is perhaps the oldest collection of Indian fables still gaining strength and moving ahead. It is believed to have written around 200BC by the great Hindu Scholar Pandit Vishnu Sharma. Panchatantra means "the five principles”. It is a "Nitishastra" which means book of wise conduct in life. Panchatantra consists of five books: 1. Mitra Bhedha (The loss of friends); 2. Mitra Laabha (Gaining friends); 3. Kakolukiyam (Crows and owls); 4. Labdhap-ranasam (Loss of gains); and 5. Aparikshitakarakam (Ill-considered actions). The simple stories of Panchatantra have stood the test of time in the modern age of materialism, stressful living and individualism, and aim to guide the young readers on how to attain success in life by understanding human nature. Key Features: Written in simple and lucid language Each story is supplemented by a moral Word meaning for vocabulary building Practice exercise given for better understanding Panchatantra is commonly available in an abridged form for children. It is an ideal book worth going through many times over. Honestly speaking, it is of far more practical importance for elders to read this book since it is they who always come in contact with people having good, doubtful or bad intensions and motives. A must read for students of all age groups.

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