Key Stage 2 (7-11yrs)

928 Miles From Home

928 Miles From Home

Ref: 15307

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2018 A deft urban thriller set on a Nottingham estate and starring Callum, an aspiring scriptwriter from a single parent (Dad) family, who doubts that a boy from his background ever gets a break. When a series of local thefts occur at the same time that Callum's Dad 'moves in' his Polish girlfriend and her son, Callum turns investigator.... but his own prejudices soon start to falter and, just as quickly, old kinships are broken and new friendships formed. A gripping and soulful story of self-discovery which packs in plenty of thoughtful content and has more than a touch of Ken Loach's Kes (1969) about it. Beautifully drawn, credible, characters include Sergei, a Polish boy who is wonderfully self-empowered and challenges anti-immigrant prejudice head-on; Amelia, a politically aware Black girl, who lives an 'unconventional' life on a narrow boat; self-hating Linford, a victim of domestic violence and a perpetrator of violence himself ...until he is a witness to injustice writ large. These young voices really ring true. Age 10-15, Paperback 318pp
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The 13th Fairy

The 13th Fairy

Ref: 13392

"Now, let's get one thing clear. I refuse to take the blame. You know what I'm talking about. That business with Sleeping Beauty. I have taken the blame for years and it's time to set the record straight". Meet Grimbleshanks, the 13th Fairy; she has quite a bit to tell you about what really happened with the whole Sleeping Beauty debacle. A perfect antidote to the more..saccharine...fairy books. 'I loved this story!' (Hannah, Social Worker, LL reviewer); 'Most definitely YES! Fabulous book!' (Sylvia, Children's Social Work Director, LL reviewer). Reading Age 8+, Interest 8-12, Paperback 55pp
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10,000 Dresses

10,000 Dresses

by Marcus Ewert
illustrated by Rex Ray

Ref: 12744

Finally a picture books brave enough to explore transgender identities. An enchanting, modern day fairytale about a child who dreams of crystal, rainbow dresses. 'All in all: fantastic' (Notts. LGBT Project, LL reviewer). Age 5-8, Hardback 39pp
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The Abominable Snowman

The Abominable Snowman

retold by Fran Parnell
illustrated by Sophie Fatus

Ref: 11862

Ramay's mother has had enough of his lazy ways...but a chance meeting with the Shokpa in the mountains of Nepal might be the answer to a day dreamer's future. Wonderful illustrations. Age 6-9, Paperback 48pp
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Ada Twist, Scientist

Ada Twist, Scientist

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 14327

"Why does it tick and why does it tock? Why don't we call it a granddaughter's clock?" The day she turns three, Ada begins a lifetime of asking, "WHY?" . For Ada, everything is a potential quiz, riddle and puzzle to be unravelled. Her parents are frazzled. Her teachers are frazzled. But, in the end, everyone recognises that at the core of all this chaos and testing and answering is a budding and brilliant scientist. A book guaranteed to pique children's interest in STEM subjects. Fantastic rhythms and rhymes, scrummy illustrations with fantastic detailing; this is what people mean when they talk about a perfect picture books- a flweless dialogue between text and illustration. From the creators of the much-loved Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect. But, inspired by the stories of Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this is perhaps our favouritest so far... You can see 2 of our teen reviewers sharing their own views on Ada Twist here. Age 4-7, Hardback 30pp
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African Tales A Barefoot Collection

African Tales A Barefoot Collection

by Gcina Mhlophe
illustrated by Rachel Griffin

Ref: 15055

Get swept away by 8 traditional tales from 8 different African nations retold by master storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, a well-known South African activist, actor, poet, playwright and director. Mhlophe provides a fascinating, fact-filled introduction to each story about the country it comes from to boost young readers' reading comprehension, global awareness and geography knowledge. The stories include: - Nolwandle, Girl of the Waves (Namibia) - Makhosi and the Magic Horns (Malawi) - Masilo and Masilonyana (Lesotho) - The Great Hunter (Swaziland) - Sea Wind (Senegal) - Ananse and the Impossible Quest (Ghana) - The Story of the Wise Mother (Sudan) - Everything Changes, Everything Passes (Ethiopia) With the author's keen insight and Rachel Griffin's delicate embroidered illustrations, this anthology is truly one-of-a-kind.. Age 8-12, Paperback 296pp
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After Tomorrow

After Tomorrow

Ref: 12875

Winner Little Rebels Award 2014 A dystopian novel set in the UK. The 5 major banks have crashed, money is worthless, law & order are fragile and food is a precious commodity. The options are to go hungry, store food and risk being raided or flee the country. Matt and his family are forced to take that final option and make the dangerous escape to a refugee camp in France. Age 9-12, Paperback 296pp
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A is Amazing

A is Amazing

edited by Wendy Cooling
illustrated by Piet Grobler

Ref: 12591

A culturally diverse group of poets and an award-winner illustrator create 33 poems exploring every sort of feeling, from Argumentative to Zestful. 'A book to return to and from which many favourites will emerge' (Ed. Liaison Officer, LL reviewer). Age 7-12, Paperback 45pp
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Alida's Song

Alida's Song

Ref: 10936

A young boy escapes his parents' problems to spend the summer on a farm with his grandmother. A tender tale of healing and rediscovered love. Age 10+, American Import, 88pp Paperback **SALE ITEM** WAS 4.99 NOW 2.99
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All Sorts to Make a World

All Sorts to Make a World

by John Agard
illustrated by Michael Broad

Ref: 14201

Shona and her Dad have enjoyed their trip to the Natural History Museum, especially the display of Lucy, a 3.2-million-old skeleton found in Ethiopia. But things go a little awry on the way back home... Stuck a tube in a tunnel, all Shona can do is try to enjoy the company of Tattoo Fellow, Pinstripe Man, Kindle Woman and her Dad's spooky jumbie tales. A funny and super-silly celebration of our diverse capital city and its quirky residents. By an acclaimed poet and playwright (Agard received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2012). Age 7-11 Paperback 49pp
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Always and Forever

Always and Forever

by Alan Durant
illustrated by Debi Gliori

Ref: 13768

In their hearts and their memories and their laughter. Fox was still there...always and forever. A moving portrayal of bereavement, grief and healing. Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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The Ammuchi Puchi

The Ammuchi Puchi

by Sharanya Manivannan
illustrated by Nerina Canzi

Ref: 15378

"Ammuchi's mouth was always stained with betelnut juice, so she looked like she had been drinking blood. When she laughed, her teeth looked like she had brushed them with chilli powder. Ammuchi laughed a lot". Aditya and Anjali adore their rather off-beat grandmother, Ammuchi; they especially like listening to her magical ghost stories. When grandma dies, the family is bereft. But then, in the middle of their mourning, a mysterious orange butterfly begins to make a regular appearance, fluttering on Anjali's nose, dropping gentle kisses on her face... Anjali swears the butterfly is her grandma come back with an important message for them. A magical, soothing story by an Indian author with illustrations so bright they seem to have drained the entire colour palette! 'Such a lovely story. I like the implicit acceptance of death and sadness but the richness of memory' (Eileen, Former Teacher, LL reviewer). 'Stunning and vibrant illustrations and a wonderful story' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). Age 6-9 Paperback 29pp.
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An Angel Just Like Me

An Angel Just Like Me

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu

Ref: 15028

Back on our shelves for the festive period, a book which has lost none of its seasonal wonder nor the power of its simple, effective message. Tyler wonders why Christmas Tree angels are always girls and always pink. So, when his family's tree angel gets broken, he sets out to find one that looks, "just like me!" Scouring the shops, there are plentiful angels but none that look anything like him...in fact the shop Father Christmases and even the nativity displays seem a little lacking. But could his friend. Carl, come up with a solution? A charming story which perfectly captures the straightforward and refreshingly questioning minds of children. Illustrations which glow and seem to bounce light across the pages. Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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A Nation Again

A Nation Again

Ref: 10935

Set in Scotland, 1700, we see the political arguments and events which led to the union of Scotland with its powerful English neighbour through the eyes of courageous, orphaned Annie. Age 8-10, 92pp Paperback.
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And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three

by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
illustrated by Henry Cole

Ref: 10823

'Tango was the very first penguin in the zoo to have two daddies.' A gentle book which effortlessly normalises a same-sex family unit. 'Our children enjoyed it very much' (Pre-School Supervisor, Letterbox reviewer). Age 3-7, Paperback 31pp Themes: Lesbian and Gay, Families, Fostering and Adoption
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Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus

by Atinuke
illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Ref: 13786

Anna lives in Africa. Amazing Africa. Beautifully written and charmingly illustrated stories by a Nigerian author about a contemporary, urban, fun-filled little girl. Delightful. Age 7-10, Paperback 103pp
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The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat

The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat

by Andrew Fusek Peters
illustrated by Anna Wadham

Ref: 10825

A witty Iberian story with a twist. Large format, high quality production and packed with fun. Age 4-7, Paperback 31pp
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Anthology of Amazing Women

Anthology of Amazing Women

by Sandra Lawrence
illustrated by Nathan Collins

Ref: 15128

There are anthologies and then there are anthologies. A number of books have been inspired by the wonderful Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls- of varying quality! This is, in our view, one of the most inspired. Fifty groundbreaking women are introduced from eight different areas: art, history, politics, science, sports, music/film/tv, literature and business. Of the fifty, nearly half are women of colour. The breadth is international, taking in heroes from Japan, Sri Lanka, Poland, Romania etc. and including some great examples from the UK, such as Mary Anning, Gurinder Chadha, J K Rowling, Mary Wollstonecraft. There are some original and exciting additions to the canon of women achievers including modern shakers such as Robina Muqimyar, Laverne Cox, Beyonc and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The full colour illustrations are very attractive, the text is presented in nicely digestible chunks and the overall presentation is extremely accessible. A glossary and inspirational introduction and epilogue complete this great feminist package. Age 9+, Hardback 123pp
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Art From Her Heart

Art From Her Heart

by Kathy Whitehead
illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Ref: 10916

Stunning slice of Black History. A dazzling portrait of self-taught folk artist, Clementine Hunter, whose paintings went from hanging on her clotheslines to hanging in museums. 'I liked this book because it was very colourful' (Christopher, 10, LL reviewer). Age 6-9, American Import Hardback 30pp
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A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide To Anarchy

A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide To Anarchy

Ref: 13117

Simply celebrating joy, the wonder of discovery, spontaneity, and deep emotions, Wild Child learns about just being herself and how that translates into happiness. Through creative ideas challenging societal expectations in positive terms that are funny and thought-provoking, A Rule Is To Break is for children of all ages. Fantastically colourful and lively illustrations. Age 4-8, Hardback 40pp.
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As Long as the River Flows

As Long as the River Flows

by Larry Loyie
illustrated by Heather D. Holmlund

Ref: 10827

An award-winning, thought-provoking autobiographical account. Set in the 1940s, a young N. American native boy spends his last summer with his family before being forced by the Canadian government to attend a residential school. Highly recommended. Age 8+. Canadian Import Paperback 35pp
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Azzi In Between

Azzi In Between

Ref: 12632

Winner Little Rebels Award 2013 A smashing, Amnesty-endorsed, story of a family's escape from war and their journey to a strange new country (probably the UK). Realistic and positive. Told in a super child-friendly, comic-style, format. Age 7-11, Paperback 36pp
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Azzi In Between

Azzi In Between

Ref: 14283

Winner Little Rebels Award 2013 A smashing, Amnesty-endorsed, story of a family's escape from war and their journey to a strange new country (probably the UK). Realistic and positive. Told in a super child-friendly, comic-style, format. Age 7-11, Hardback 36pp
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Ballerina Dreams: A True Story

Ballerina Dreams: A True Story

by Michaela & Elaine DePrince
illustrated by Ella Okstad

Ref: 15048

The younger-reader edition of Michaela DePrince's highly moving memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe. DePrince is a Sierra Leonean-American professional ballet dancer. Brought up in an orphanage in Sierra Leone during the civil war and then, aged 4, adopted by an American Jewish couple, DePrince became one of America's most eminent ballerinas, winning awards and attracting media attention around the world. This early reader biography, written by DePrince and her adoptive mother, manages to convey this extraordinary story in the most child-friendly of ways while never glossing over the essential facts. Warm and bright illustrations (the ones of a young DePrince doing grand jet leaps in a fluffy tutu are joyful!) and a straightforward text which also introduces lots of interesting dancing terms. 'This is such a lovely little book; it rings with a quiet truth' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). 'I love this book. It has everything in it- truth, purpose, pain, determination, hard work and triumph. Inspiring on every page!' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer). An incredible role model, named one of The Times' 'Top 25 Under 20' and one of Elle UK's 'Top 30 Under 30' in 2014. Age 6-9, Paperback 63pp
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The Barber's Clever Wife

The Barber's Clever Wife

by Narinder Dhami
illustrated by Katja Bandlow

Ref: 10937

A traditional tale form India with a smart, resourceful heroine. Published in consultation with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. Age 8-11, Paperback 93pp
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The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales

The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales

retold by Dawn Casey
illustrated by Anne Wilson

Ref: 13059

Stop a moment to wonder about the world around you: the warmth of the sun, the shade of the trees, the echoing cadence of animal calls. What do these mean to you? The seven stories in this collection come from cultures near and far, each one unique in its relationship with the natural world. Includes hands-on activities to inspire you to be a thoughtful caretaker of our planet. Age 7-10, Paperback 95pp
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Being Ben

Being Ben

by Jacqueline Roy
illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain

Ref: 12753

A mixed race lead character and a hearing-impaired best friend who laughs in the face of gender stereotypes...and yet there is nothing self-conscious in these delightful mini-stories starring a very sweet and anxious boy anticipating the arrival of his new sibling. Age 7-10, Paperback 89pp
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Better Nate Than Ever

Better Nate Than Ever

Ref: 13771

Stonewall Honor Book Nate Foster is a child who dreams of stardom on a New York stage. When he hears that ET-The Musical is casting, he can't resist breaking free of his small town and making it alone to the big city...and to the auditions! A delightful journey of self-discovery ensues, one ultimately full of optimism: "A kid who might have found someplace where he doesn't have to change anything about himself, to fit in. A better Nate than ever". Fantastic characters, including a protagonist full of soul and heart, a cheerleading best friend who blazes with wit and sassiness (Libby) and a sardonic, seen-it-all, downbeat Auntie Heidi. Bouncing with humour, this is also a wonderful exploration of homophobic bullying and what it means to not fit in. Most of all it provides a nuanced, subtle and spot-on representation of a young person who is not quite ready to but is also on the brink of discovering their sexuality...whatever that might be. In the words of one of our reviewers, 'My 11 year old self would have loved this book. There is a real joy here as a boy learns to accept his own identity...will have a special appeal to Glee fans of all genders; its breathless pace, humour and suspense will appeal to many more' (Mark Jennett, Equalities Trainer/Consultant). Age 11+, Paperback 274pp Special Price expires September 18th 2015 4 (usually 6.99)
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The Big Brother

The Big Brother

by Stephanie Dagg
illustrated by Alan Clarke

Ref: 12020

Will Dara know what to do when the new baby comes? If only he could have a doll to practise. An absolutely brilliant challenge to gendered ideas about children's toys. Funny and heart-warming. Age 5-7, Irish Import Paperback 64pp
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The Black Cat Detectives

The Black Cat Detectives

Ref: 12678

A delightful new series starring two quirky, bright little sparks: Ramzi & Shaima. Cross-cultural adventures incorporating migration, identity and...Monopoly cheats! 'Simply brilliant!' (Senior Consultant EMAS, LL reviewer). Age 8-12, Paperback 173pp
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Black Dog

Black Dog

Ref: 12247

Shortlist Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 A gorgeously illustrated and original read-aloud about a family called Hope and a Black Dog who is fearfully scary or insignificantly puppy-like depending on how you look at the world...Age 6-9, Paperback 25pp
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Black History: Africa And The Slave Trade

Black History: Africa And The Slave Trade

Ref: 14565

A new, bright and brilliant, jam-packed, Black History series- certainly one of the best we've seen at Letterbox Library. This book looks at the impact of the transatlantic slave trade on Africa and on the lives of enslaved Africans. Written by a UK teacher and member of the Black and Asian Studies Association. Age 10-14, Paperback 44pp.
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Black History: African Empires

Black History: African Empires

Ref: 13174

A new, bright and brilliant, jam-packed, Black History series- certainly one of the best we've seen at Letterbox Library. This book looks at the great civilisations of the African continent (including Ta-Seti and ancient Egypt, the empire of Mali and the kingdom of Benin) and the people within these complex societies. Written by a UK teacher and member of the Black and Asian Studies Association. 'Fantastic! It has just the right balance between text, pictures and sources' (Morgan, aged 15, LL reviewer). Age 10-14, Paperback 48pp.
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Black History: Arts and Music

Black History: Arts and Music

Ref: 13179

A new, bright and brilliant, jam-packed, Black History series- certainly one of the best we've seen at Letterbox Library. Full of UK references, very contemporary-looking, with teaching notes, glossaries and timelines. Snapshot biographies of UK figures include, in Arts: Ira Aldridge, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Adelaide Hall and Ben Zephaniah. Written by a UK teacher and member of the Black and Asian Studies Association. 'Fantastic! It has just the right balance between text, pictures and sources' (Morgan, aged 15, LL reviewer). Age 10-14, Paperback 48pp.
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Black History: Resistance and Abolition

Black History: Resistance and Abolition

Ref: 13184

A new, bright and brilliant, jam-packed, Black History series- certainly one of the best we've seen at Letterbox Library. Full of UK references, very contemporary-looking, with teaching notes, glossaries and timelines. Snapshot biographies of UK figures include, in Resistance: Katherine Auker, Olaudah Equiano and Elizabeth Heyrick. Written by a UK teacher and member of the Black and Asian Studies Association. 'Fantastic! It has just the right balance between text, pictures and sources' (Morgan, aged 15, LL reviewer). Age 10-14, Paperback 48pp.
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Black History Makers: Campaigners

Black History Makers: Campaigners

Ref: 14570

A super new series made up of mini biographies of the great and the good including, amongst the campaigners, Mary Seacole, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X and Oprah Winfrey.Timelines and glossaries; up-to-the-minute and good-looking! Endorsed by the UK Black History Month Website. 'This book is nicely laid our and easy to understand. The information is useful but also fun. I especially liked the page about Oprah Winfrey' (Leannah, aged 13, young LL reviewer). Age 9-12, Paperback 24pp
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Black History Makers: Rulers and Leaders

Black History Makers: Rulers and Leaders

Ref: 13200

A super new series made up of mini biographies of the great and the good including, amongst the leaders, Queen Nzinga, Shirley Chisholm, Kofi Annan and Barack Obama.Timelines and glossaries; up-to-the-minute and good-looking! 'I liked this book because the information was easy to understand' (Leannah, aged 13, LL reviewer). Endorsed by the UK Black History Month Website. Age 9-12, Paperback 24pp
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Black History Makers: Sports People

Black History Makers: Sports People

Ref: 13210

A super new series made up of mini biographies of the great and the good including, amongst the sports people, Venus & Serena Williams, Kelly Holmes, Lewis Hamilton and Usain Bolt. Timelines and glossaries; up-to-the-minute and good-looking! 'I liked this book because the information was easy to understand' (Leannah, aged 13, LL reviewer). Endorsed by the UK Black History Month Website. Age 9-12, Paperback 24pp
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Black Stars: David Grant

Black Stars: David Grant

by Verna Wilkins
illustrated by Nick Spender

Ref: 10942

Read about David Grant, the chart-topping singer and coach for 'Pop Idol' and 'Fame Academy'. His childhood, coming to England from Jamaica, and his love of music. Age 7-10, 40pp Paperback.
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Black Stars: Malorie Blackman

Black Stars: Malorie Blackman

by Verna Wilkins
illustrated by Virginia Gray

Ref: 10943

Moving biography of the well-loved writer, 'determined to put black children into books' despite others discouragement and her struggle with sickle cell disorder. Age 7-10, Paperback 40pp
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Black Stars: Rudolph Walker

Black Stars: Rudolph Walker

by Verna Wilkins
illustrated by Debbie Hinks

Ref: 10944

Read about this well know actor and star of East Enders. Another in the series of these brilliantly executed biographies of contemporary Black UK role models. Superb! Age 9-12, 40pp Paperback.
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Blade and Bone

Blade and Bone

Ref: 14291

The long awaited sequel to Sawbones! We couldn't be more excited. Ezra and Loveday are on the move and are taking all possible risks to get prince Mahmoud back to safety. Travelling through late 18th century Paris, in the midst of revolution, they must dodge over-enthusiastic surgeons, a population in turmoil and... guillotines! Heads will surely roll... A fitting and ever-exciting sequel which also works just as well as a stand-alone. Age 10-16, Paperback 234pp
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Blue Moon Day

Blue Moon Day

Ref: 13605

A collection of ten boarding school stories from a much-loved author- but perhaps not the nostalgic, Enid Blytonesque, boarding schools of your imagination. Here, the institution is explored from the perspective of very different young people and with sharp insight, quick humour and a crystal clear critique. Includes a story set in a young offenders' institute and a school for the blind. Age 9-12 Paperback 188pp
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Boy in the Tower

Boy in the Tower

Ref: 14676

"The Bluchers are here. When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily, as if they tiptoed silently into the world when we were all looking the other way...I think the reason I knew about them before most other people was because I used to spend a lot of my time sitting on my windowsill, looking down over the world". There was Before and then there was After. And that whole time, Ade and his mum have gazed down at their changed world from the relative safety of the 17th floor of a London tower block. In the After, tower blocks start to collapse and creeping, threatening plants-the Bluchers- swamp the landscape below. And then, Ade's best friend, Gaia, suddenly disappears and the construction workers sent in to repair the blocks die on site and the population seems to have vanished. Home no longer feels safe, but Mum won't leave her room... Wonderfully rich storytelling recreates and reinvents a Day of the Triffids for today's young readers in which a familiar urban world is shot through with a nightmarish dystopia. Beautifully drawn characters include Ade's burgeoning botanist friend, Gaia. A story of friendship and courage and hope, this also touches on the lives of some young carers as Ade looks after his mum who is living with agrophobia and depression. 'An excellent book. It explores issues of parental mental illness and young caring within an exciting but safe story' (Sylvia, Children's Social Work Director, LL reviewer). Age 9-12, Paperback 327pp
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Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry

Ref: 13304

Dante is waiting for his A-level results. Instead, his former girlfriend turns up with news that he is a father. Suddenly the future is looking quite different...The Children's Laureate continues to earn her fine reputation as an author who always writes brilliantly from young people's perspectives- delving into and speaking from their hearts and crafting an authentic contemporary voice. Blackman's storytelling is proof that she listens to, respects and trusts her teen audiences. Age 12+, Paperback 300pp
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Boy Overboard

Boy Overboard

Ref: 14744

Jamal and Bibi are forced to flee Afghanistan to seek refuge in Australia. Will they survive their amazing journey? Will the Australian government be won over by their football skills? Moving, hilarious and insightful. Absolutely compelling reads. Age 9+ Paperback 180pp
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Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie

Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie

Ref: 15126

Have you heard of a chef called Edna Lewis? We thought not! We love to introduce children -and you!- to new history makers. This bright, cheery and light picture books, inspired by the life of Edna Lewis (b.1916, Freetown, Virginia), provides perfect entry points for children with its mouth-watering descriptions of where our food comes from and what it might become! Watch a family harvest and gather all of their food locally, through the passing seasons and then see what plates of food end up on the table: wild greens, dark-amber nectar, sun-ripened peaches, sassy tomatoes, ping-ping-ping peaches are all transformed in to crisp salads, honey on hot biscuits, peach ice cream, tangy tomato sandwiches and nut-butter cookies. Drooooling backnotes include recipes for pecan drops, apple crisps and more. Inspired by a rare (and award-winning) black female chef who had a passion for locally sourced food and a loyalty to traditional, fine, comforting, Southern-style cooking. Age 5-8, American Import Paperback 39pp
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Bring Out the Banners

Bring Out the Banners

Ref: 14260

London, 1913. A movement is growing, embracing women across England, across classes. An engaging and well-paced slice of historical fiction which avoids the tendency of so many Suffragette histories to gloss over the very real hardships and struggles of these women and the punishments meted out to them by the state. 'A really good context to the Suffragette debate...a really good tool for learning and discussions in school' (Hannah, Social Worker, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 8-11, Paperback 152pp
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Brodie

Brodie

by Joy Cowley
illustrated by Chris Mousdale

Ref: 14277

"We all knew that Brodie was sick, but we thought he'd get better". So begins this story about the loss of a classmate. Brodie was an expert ear wiggler; he knew how to make fantastic farty noises; he had dreams of being a pilot; he liked to say "awesome stupendous". He often had stays in hospital and at these times his classmates would send him cards. But one day, the children are told that Brodie has died- and this time, they're invited to make cards for his parents. An award-winning book made at the request of teachers seeking bereavement books for younger children who have lost a classmate. Expertly done. 'Really lovely book. Sensitively done and not at all preachy. Most importantly it allows for a range of feelings; all valid' (Deborah, EY Education Lecturer, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'A wonderful book' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). Age 5-9, Paperback 33pp
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Burn My Heart

Burn My Heart

Ref: 13288

Carnegie Medal Winner, Naidoo, delivers another searing, gripping and thought-provoking story of conflict, justice and survival, this time set in 1950s colonial Kenya. 'Sometimes you have to break the rules, particularly when those rules are based on prejudice. Naidoo breaks the rules' (The Guardian, 2007). Backpages include an interview with the author. Age 9-13, Paperback 198pp
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The Butterfly

The Butterfly

by Roger Vaughan Carr
illustrated by Ann James

Ref: 13140

A new edition of an award-winning picture book. The butterfly effect is turned into a dazzling journey of elements and weather as the beat of a butterfly wing becomes a breeze in Russia, billows across Mongolia and so on and so on until it finally returns as a tornado. Chaos theory and the interconnectedness of things are turned into concepts children can grasp- and be amazed by. "Rather special" (Inclusion Manager & Primary Teacher, LL reviewer); "Beautiful. What's not to like?" (Parent, LL reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 30pp
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Celebrate Diwali

Celebrate Diwali

Ref: 10920

A global photographic feast from National Geographic with a celebratory text and detailed back notes. 'Sumptuous photographs- they just glow and hum off the page!' (Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, American Import Paperbacks 30pp
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Celebrate Ramadan & Eid Al-Fitr

Celebrate Ramadan & Eid Al-Fitr

Ref: 10922

Global photographic feasts from National Geographic with a celebratory text and detailed back notes. 'Sumptuous photographs- they just glow and hum off the page!' (Former Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, American Import Paperback 31pp
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Choices, Choices...

Choices, Choices...

by Dawne Allette
illustrated by Paul Cemmick

Ref: 10841

"Full of affirmation and aspiration, this book gently encourages children to have dreams and to aim as high as their dreams will float them! Crucially, gender is no barrier. Dexter is equally thrilled by all the choices on offer in his head -food critic, astronomer, marine biologist, clothes designer. Bold, cartoon illustrations, snappy text and a great sense of play and fun really lift these books out of the usual 'occupations' books for children." "The message that 'I can be anything' in these books is great whether the child is male, female or 'likes pink'! All children will enjoy the humour and excitement that unfolds in these pages and open young children's minds to the view that gender is no barrier to any profession." (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer ) Age 6-8, Paperback 27pp
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Christophe's Story

Christophe's Story

by Nicki Cornwell
illustrated by Karin Littlewood

Ref: 11843

Christophe, a Rwandan refugee, has a heartbreaking story to share. Britain means a new language, a new home and new classmates- not all of them welcoming. But Christophe is determined to be heard...Age 7-11, Paperback 68pp
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Close Look, Quick Look Teachers Pack + Book

Close Look, Quick Look Teachers Pack + Book

Ref: 13442

Differentiated photocopiable activities to support both the novel and the 4u2read version of the story. The activities cover a range of tasks in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and develop the pupil's comprehension skills and knowledge of the text. Suitable for Primary Age 9+. Book 'Friday Forever' by Annie Dalton is included with the teachers pack.
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The Cloud

The Cloud

Ref: 10843

Art Class is no fun for one quiet child, sat on her own, with a fuzzy black cloud hovering over her...but a patient and fun-filled little girl resolves to find a way through the fog...Multicultural, casual images of disability, a winning text and exceptionally imaginative illustrations. Age 4-8, Paperback 27pp
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The Colour of Home

The Colour of Home

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Karin Littlewood

Ref: 10844

Britain seems rainy and colourless to Hassan, but after painting the bright colours of his refugee family's flight from sunny, war-torn Somalia he begins to see colours in his new home. Sensitively and beautifully illustrated. Age 6-9, 15pp Paperback
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Confessions of a Former Bully

Confessions of a Former Bully

by Trudy Ludwig
illustrated by Beth Adams

Ref: 12617

"I'm going to tell you what you need to know about bullying". A unique take, from a bully's point of view, offering facts, tips and fantastically empowering advice. Age 8-11, American Import Paperback 43pp
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The Colour Thief

The Colour Thief

by Andrew Fusek Peters & Polly Peters
illustrated by Karin Littlewood

Ref: 14158

One of Letterbox Library's favourite illustrators joins forces with the very popular Peters team. "My Dad's life was full of colour. ..But one day, Dad was full up with sadness, all the way to the top. He said his sky had turned grey." A child's perspective of their parent's depression as it threatens to take over. This excellent description of mental health problems also brilliantly captures a child's anxiety, loneliness and their overwhelming guilt when faced with a parent in pain. Enhanced by evocative language ("Months were stretchy like chewing gum...") and Karin's wonderfully expressive illustrations, this is a hugely empathetic and sensitive treatment of an adult's struggle with and recovery from a period of depression- with a concerned child looking on. 'Very sensitively handled- some great figurative language' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'Much needed. Positive/reassuring resolution. Great illustrations.' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Commissioning Officer, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 6-9, Paperback 24pp Themes: Mental Health, Families
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Crusade

Crusade

Ref: 14577

Two boys, two faiths- one unholy war. A topical challenge to all forms of religious extremism, this exceptional and thought provoking account of the Crusade's assault on The Holy Land is also a stirring adventure story. Shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal. Age 9-adult, Paperback 390pp
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Dancing in the Rain

Dancing in the Rain

Ref: 14599

"It's not impossible, and I tell you no lie, / I saw a whole Kentucky fried chicken / flying high up in the sky". An illustrated collection of rhymes from John Lyons, published by Peepal Tree Press, the home of Caribbean and Back British literature. With some of the best poetry headers we've heard -Street-wise Pigeons, De Time Ah Forgot Me Lunch Box Our Cat Rasputin- and a gentle wit which rumbles throughout. Gorgeous read-aloud bursts of rhythm, rhyme... a dash of Creole here and there and lashings of onomatopoeia! Shortlisted for the . Age 7-11, Paperback 71pp
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Daughters of Time

Daughters of Time

Ref: 13616

A rich and important contribution to British history by members of The History Girls blog, including Catherine Johnson, Mary Hoffman, Adle Geras, Celia Rees and Katherine Langrish. An exciting collection of historical figures whose names should be shouted, remembered and properly canonised in the history curriculum; from the wonderful Mary Seacole to the fearless Emily Davison, from Mary Anning the explorer to the Greenham Common revolutionaries. 'Well written, as you would expect from these authors. Interesting to read why they chose who they did and useful background info.' (Fiona, School Librarian, LL reviewer). Age 9-14, Paperback 333pp
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Desmond and the Very Mean Word

Desmond and the Very Mean Word

by Archbishop Desmond Tutu & D. C. Abrams
illustrated by A.G. Ford

Ref: 12674

A wonderfully thoughtful story about bullying, friendship and the freedom of forgiveness, based on a real episode from Archbishop Tutu's childhood. Set in South Africa. Dreamy illustrations. Age 6-9, Hardback 29pp
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Dindy and the Elephant

Dindy and the Elephant

Ref: 13641

Meticulous in her research, well-travelled, forever curious and with a profound sense of social justice, Laird delivers another fine portrayal of a young person trying to make sense of an often unjust and confusing adult world. Here, an English girl, Dindy, and her family prepare to leave 1940s India, just as it's on the brink of independence from Britain. In doing so, Dindy starts to question British rule and the place she's called home her whole life. Age 9-12, Paperback 120pp
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The Ding-Dong Bag

The Ding-Dong Bag

by Polly Peters
illustrated by Jess Stockham

Ref: 12198

Share a day out with two exuberant children (one wears a splint) collecting noises in a floppy bag. Splosh! Clang! Dong! Kerrump! Bursting with rhythm and rhymes. Age 3-8, Paperback 30pp
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Donovan's Big Day

Donovan's Big Day

by Lesla Neman
illustrated by Mike Dutton

Ref: 11991

A celebration of family. Its Donovans very BIG day and theres no room for error! No oversleeping, no getting the house messy, no wandering off...if hes to be a ring bearer at Mommys and Mamas wedding. Brilliantly captures the build up to and excitement of a very special day. Age 5-8, American Import Hardback 27pp
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Dream to Win: Jessica Ennis-Hill

Dream to Win: Jessica Ennis-Hill

by Roy Apps
illustrated by Chris King

Ref: 12654

Exciting, pacey biography about someone with a dream and their subsequent breakthrough into world-class athletics. World and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis. Seriously popular with our primary children reviewers! Age 7-12, Paperback 45pp
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Dream to Win: Lewis Hamilton

Dream to Win: Lewis Hamilton

by Roy Apps
illustrated by Chris King

Ref: 11099

Exciting, pacey biography about someone with a dream and their subsequent breakthrough into top-level motorsports. Seriously popular with our primary children reviewers! Age 7-12, Paperback 41pp
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Dream to Win: Usain Bolt

Dream to Win: Usain Bolt

by Roy Apps
illustrated by Chris King

Ref: 14888

Another clear, well-written, up tempo, biography in the Dream to Win series. Does this superhero really need any further introduction? A legend, a mammoth of a hero! 'The man of the moment! A simple factual background' (Eileen, Former Primary teacher, LL reviewer).'I liked this book it was very interesting and a good book' (Vuso, aged 8, young LL reviewer). A good little Fact File at the back and a timeline of Bolt's medals. Age 7-12, Paperback 47pp Themes: Black History
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Each Kindness

Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson
illustrated by E. B. Lewis

Ref: 12613

New girl, Maya, looks different in her ragged hand-me-downs and she's always left playing on her own. A wise, thoughtful, everyday story about exclusion & kindness. An award-winning team and one of the most moving picture books we have seen. Age 5-8, American Import Hardback 30pp
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Earth to Audrey

Earth to Audrey

by Susan Hughes
illustrated by Stphane Poulin

Ref: 10855

Audrey is weird. Sam wonders if she is an alien. She has no Earth manners. But she knows all about Earth hugs. And Earth rides. A wonderful feat of storytelling, imagination and Earth-Love. Age 5-8, Canadian Import Paperback 29pp
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Einstein The Girl Who Hated Maths

Einstein The Girl Who Hated Maths

by John Agard
illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

Ref: 15007

From a much-loved poet and winner of the 2012 Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry...and someone who himself took Maths O' Level 3 times as a child. This collection turns maths into a source of fun and wonder: hexahedrons become multi-faced mythical giants; dinosaurs are weighed out in tons; Bisector steps out as a perky pendicular. 'Makes maths interesting and creative' (Cariad, Theatre Lecturer, LL reviewer). Age 7-12, Paperback, 75pp
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Electrigirl

Electrigirl

by Jo Cotterill
illustrated by Cathy Brett

Ref: 14659

"If I hadn't been struck by lightning, I'd never have got my superpowers..." So begins this part novel, park comic book as it traces the origins of a new superhero for our times- super-powered-up, dynamo-charged Electrigirl... also known as Holly Sparkes in her day to day school life. Can our hero control her fizzing fingers enough to take on professor Macavity with her plans for world domination? Starts to plug a much needed gap by dishing up a female superhero. Great fun and written in a format which will appeal to different reading abilities. Age 8-12, Paperback 197pp
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Ever Clever Eva

Ever Clever Eva

by Andrew Fusek Peters
illustrated by Teresa Murfin

Ref: 10949

A lively Czech tale featuring a mean & rich uncle, an honest & poor father- and his extremely resourceful daughter, the super-clever Eva. Age 7-10, Paperback 72pp
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Every Day is Malala Day

Every Day is Malala Day

Ref: 14846

"Dear Malala, I have never seen you before, but I've heard your voice. We are raising our hands with you...as you represent all of us..." This book opens with a brief introduction to the heroism of Malala Yousafzai, before moving on to an imagined letter to her from young women across the world. Accompanied by stunning photographs of girls and young women from every continent, giving testimony to both their subjugation and to their uprisings and declarations. A minimal text which speaks to a wide age range and which ends with an excerpt of Malala's powerful 2013 speech to the UN 's Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday. 'A brilliant book which speaks so clearly and emotionally. I love the letter format which in itself is very powerful' (Elaine, Foster Care Associates Liaison Officer, LL reviewer). Inspired by the UN's declaration of July 12, 2013 as Malala Day which led to young people producing a film of young girls' messages to Malala which in turn helped form the content of this book. Age 5-9, Hardback 30pp
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Excuses, Excuses

Excuses, Excuses

by Anushka Ravishankar
illustrated by Gabrielle Manglou

Ref: 12814

"Late again! What is it now? Chased by a lion? Kicked by a cow?" Meet Neel, a well-meaning and capricious rule-breaker. Superb rhyming nonsense by India's best-loved children's poet, accompanied by perfectly zany artwork. Age 6-8, Indian Import Hardback 46pp
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Falling Out of the Sky: Poems About Myths & Monsters

Falling Out of the Sky: Poems About Myths & Monsters

Ref: 14603

Twenty contemporary poets introduce some of our pet monsters of legends including Medusa (plus her sisters), the Cheshire bog monster and the Witch from Hansel and Gretel at her home... in the New Forest! Inspired by Greek myths, Norse myths and traditional tales- and covering a range of forms from ballads to sonnets to haiku. Included on the Letterbox Library website as we are suppliers of the Age 9-12, Paperback 115pp
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Families & their Faiths: Buddhism in Thailand

Families & their Faiths: Buddhism in Thailand

by F. Hawker & S. Phusomsai
photos by Bruce Campbell

Ref: 14761

A Thai man talks proudly about his 8-year-old grandson, Baan, as he learns about the local Buddhist monks and then decides to become a monk himself. Fantastic photos follow Baan as he searches out a lotus leaf, gets his head shaved, dresses in white, attends his initiation ceremony and then spends time learning at the monastery. A chatty, informal text tells Baan's story while extensive back notes on each page fill out the details of this faith's customs and practises so that practitioners can elaborate confidently. Age 5-8, Paperback 28pp
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Families & their Faiths: Sikhism in India

Families & their Faiths: Sikhism in India

by F. Hawker & M. Kaur Bhatia
photos by Bruce Campbell

Ref: 14764

A Punjabi woman introduces us to her 10-year-old granddaughter, Pulkit, and in doing so, introduces the reader to some of the main tenets and practises of Sikhism- from prayers to singing kirtan hymns to making marigold garlands to the celebration of Guru Nanak's birthday in the local Gudwara. A chatty, informal text and brilliant photographs capture Pulkit's family and religious life while extensive back notes on each page fill out the details of this faith's customs and practises so as practitioners can elaborate confidently. Age 5-8, Paperback 28pp
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Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

Ref: 14644

A bestseller for us when we attended the 2017 Women of the World Festival at Southbank (London) and, yes- the author really is the descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst! This glorious book brings zest, zeal and va-va-voom to mini autobiographies of women who radically changed the world for future generations. A journey through the lives of 13 women, including Mary Seacole, Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo and, perhaps some lesser known adventurers, Gertrude Ederle and Agent Fifi. Dashing, endearing illustrations which cram the pages and a joyful, comic text all crescendo into a final, splendiferous 'Gallery of Greatness' which poses the question 'How will you change the world?'' 'A marvellous book- a wide ranging diversity of women and their achievements covering arts, sciences and actions. Packed full of information but presented in an easy, non-threatening style. Excellent' (Elaine, Educational Psychologist, LL reviewer). Age 6-10, Paperback 31pp
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The Fastest Boy in the World

The Fastest Boy in the World

Ref: 13519

'In my dreams I'm always running. My feet fly over the ground and I'm sure that if I could just go a little bit faster I'd take off and fly like an eagle'. Eleven year old Solomon loves to run and dreams of being gold-medal-winning athlete, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet. When Grandfather announces that he's taking Solomon to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city, Solomon cannot believe his luck. But when Grandfather collapses following the journey, Solomon knows that he's the only person who can run for help. It's more than a twenty mile run from the city to home. Can the barefoot runner do it? Age 9-12, Paperback 163pp
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Festivals and Food: West Africa

Festivals and Food: West Africa

Ref: 10928

Explore the many different West African festivals. Discover the region's food and get a taste of the meals. 'Loved everything about it. A real treat' (Schools Improvement Officer, Letterbox reviewer). Age 7-11, Paperback 32pp
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Five Famous Writers

Five Famous Writers

by Wade Hudson
illustrated by Ron Garnett

Ref: 10932

Great little first chapter book with large font. Meet the most famous of Black heroes. Old favourites are interspersed with some less familiar faces. Age 7-9, American Import Paperback 42pp
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The 5 Misfits

The 5 Misfits

Ref: 14308

Meet The 5 Misfits, a happy band of creatures who live happily together in their snug little home. One of them is punctured, one is folded, one is feeble, one is upside down and one is simply "a bundle of oddities". They are a happy band of creatures, living snugly together in a lopsided house...until they are visited by a stranger, the Perfect One, who is appalled by their good-for-nothingness. Will he mend their ways or will they mend his? ... An incredibly beautiful book in its art work and a extraordinarily wise book in its messages about uniqueness and individuality. 'A quirky take on difference; lots of subliminal messages- positive ones' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). 'Themes of social acceptability, friendship, contentment and joy which can open up conversations about "misfits" without perpetuating stereotypes of them' (Darren, Teacher & Higher Ed. Tutor, LL reviewer). Age 4-9, Hardback 34pp
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For the Right to Learn

For the Right to Learn

by Rebecca Langston-George, content consultant: Yasmin Saikia
illustrated by Janna Brock

Ref: 15136

A very complex story nicely simplified. This attractive picture book opens with Malala's acceptance of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and then swoops back to tell her story- from her early education in the Swat valley of Pakistan to the rise of the Taliban, their 2008 command to cease education for girls which in turn prompted Malala's brave activism and then, the attack on her life. A wonderful play of light and shadows sweep across the illustrations. Skilled storytelling celebrates and applauds Malala Yousafzai's quite extraordinary courage. Age 8-12, Paperback 40pp
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Freedom

Freedom

Ref: 15354

' "Why is it we are the slaves and they are our masters?" I asked. "Are they different from us? Underneath?" Thomas laughed. "They the same. But they tell us-and themselves-a load of stories that we deserve nothing else. But really it's jus' because they hold the ships and the whips and the guns."' Much-loved author and doyenne of middle grade historical fiction, Catherine Johnson, is back! and she's at her very best, exploiting her historical sources brilliantly and knitting them in to a story full of pace, pulse, excitement and rich characterisations. It's 1783 and 12-year-old Nat's mother and sister have just been forcibly removed from the Jamaican plantation where they're enslaved. When Nat's mistress tells him he'll be accompanying the master to England in order to look after a precious cargo of pineapples, Nat holds on to a tiny shard of hope- he's heard that there are no slaves in England; that you are free the moment you set foot on English soil. But it turns out that his new destination offers nothing even resembling a taste of freedom An essential and accessible read, layered with historical material. Includes a historical note, a timeline, references to the The Zong massacre (a UK slave ship where the crew murdered 132 men, women and children in 1781) and ensuing judicial hearings as well as a host of characters based on key, real-life figures: Olaudah Equiano (famed abolitionist and author), Granville Sharp (one of the first white UK abolitionist campaigners), Shadrack Furman (one of the first black pensioners), Joseph Johnson (merchant sailor and street entertainer), The Maroons and Frances Sancho -daughter of Ignatius Sancho (the first black Briton to vote). "Wow. A little masterpiece. This book is a story of the horrors of history which must NEVER be forgotten. The historical references are poignant and centre the narrative in a reality that haunts us to this day. Nat is a hero to be proud of! A must for every school" (Sonia, Deputy Head, Letterbox Library reviewer). "I'm left feeling wrecked by (yet more) knowledge of the UK's participation in the slave trade. I'm also left cheering for Nat. It defeats me why this history of enslavement and empire isn't fully compulsory, properly entrenched, within the curriculum- rather than patchy and incomplete and, in some of the crucial detail, entirely optional. If we ignore our active participation and agency in enslavement and the violence exacted, we are not only simply lying to children, but we are giving them an incomplete and therefore an intellectually impoverished history." (Fen, Letterbox Library staff). Age 8-12, Paperback 149pp
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From Beans to Batteries

From Beans to Batteries

by Steve Brace
illustrated by Annie Kubler

Ref: 10862

In a village high up in the Andes, Aldomaro relies on his radio for knowledge. Published with ActionAid, this child-friendly narrative explores how batteries are sometimes a precious commodity and learning a real aspiration. Age 5-8 Paperback 31pp
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Ganesha's Sweet Tooth

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth

by Sanjay Patel & Emily Haynes
Illustrated by Sanjay Patel

Ref: 15423

Bright illustrations in pink, blue and yellow hues introduce us to the Hindu god, Ganesha, as a child, a child just like any other child, expect for an elephant's head and an unusual method of getting around- cruising on a magic mouse. Follow the pair as they go about collecting sweets until they stumble across an extra hard, jaw breaking, laddoo which snaps off Ganesha's tusk which he then accidentally hurls at an elderly man who turns out to be the poet Vyasa who then persuades Ganesha to be a scribe for his very very very long poem... An eminently child-friendly, comic, account of how Ganesha came to write the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. Comes with a helpful author note. Illustrated by a Pixar Animation Studios artist. 'Bold, modern looking illustrations with a modern twist and a popular tale. A very different introduction to the Hindu classics' (Ruth, Discover Children's Story Centre, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 26pp
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George

George

Ref: 14791

Winner of the LAMDA Literary Award 2016 At long last, a novel starring a transgender character which is pitched below the teen age range. And, one which is actually written by a transgender author themselves. With a wonderful directness and simplicity, the reader is introduced to the endearing character of George- people assume George is a boy; many assume she is a gay boy...but George is clear she's a girl. And, when her teacher says they are going to put on a performance of Charlotte's Web, George is desperate to get the lead part. Will George be allowed to become the girl she is? Some fantastic points are made about the difficulties of being true to your gender identity within a cultural context- here, school- which is obsessed with segregating activities by gender and which constructs children who adhere almost comically to extreme gender roles. Ultimately, an extremely positive and joyful assertion of a transgender identity, with a realistic open ending to the narrative. George's coming out to her brother, Scott, over chips at Arnie's All-You-Can-Eat Buffet is a real delight. 'Really liked this book!' (Deborah, author of LGBT Diversity & Inclusion in Early Years Education, LL reviewer). 'Full of wonder, hope and the importance of getting to be who you are meant to be' (author David Levithan). Age 9-12, Paperback 214pp
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The Girl of Ink and Stars

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Ref: 14865

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2017 Winner - Waterstones Children's Prize 2017 British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year A magical fantasy starring a girl of enormous courage. Isabella Riosse lives on the island of Joya, ruled by a strict Governor. When the Governor's daughter and Isabelle's best friend, Lupa, disappears into the forbidden territories, it is up to our fearless protagonist to use her inherited gifts of cartography, her maps of ink and stars, to carry out a rescue mission. Age 9-12, Paperback 227pp
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Girls Think of Everything  Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

Girls Think of Everything Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

by Catherine Thimmesh
illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Ref: 15141

Discover the inventors of the paper bag, windshield wipers, liquid paper, computer compiler and chocolate cookie! The perfect vehicle for inspiring all children in to STEM subjects. 12 satisfyingly dense mini biographies of famous female inventors, including the 10-year-old who invented the Glo-sheet and the 11-year-old who created the no-spill feeding bowl for babies. Comes with a fantastic timeline of impressive inventions by women starting out with His-ling-shi who invented new methods for gathering/weaving silk in 3000 BC. Age 10-14, American Import Paperback 59pp
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The Gingerbread Bees

The Gingerbread Bees

Ref: 14965

In a busy Polish town called Torun, many, many centuries ago, a baker's apprentice, Bogumil, has a special gift for baking delicious gingerbreads. One day, on a forest walk, he rescues a drowning Queen Bee and is rewarded by the fairy queen with a special pot of forest honey for him to dollop into his gingerbreads, which, in turn, brings him further good fortunes! Beautifully illustrated through photographed papier-mch and tissue paper collages from the children (the fairy queen's silver doily wings are a treat!)! Initiated and published by the wonderful Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Educational Trust: "our storybooks are produced in collaboration with Manchester schools and aim to celebrate the creativity of children and teachers in our multicultural city". Age 5-8, Paperback 18pp
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Grace and Family

Grace and Family

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Caroline Birch

Ref: 13576

A charming sequel to 'Amazing Grace'. When Grace is invited to Gambia she is worried about how to manage two families, but she learns that families are what you make of them. Age 5-8, 32pp Paperback
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Granny Ting Ting

Granny Ting Ting

by Patrice Lawrence
illustrated by Adam Larkum

Ref: 11750

A Caribbean treat. When Michael goes to visit cousin Shayla in Trinidad, he insists his home town, London, is far bigger and better. Shayla thinks that's nonsense. Contest on! Age 7-10, Paperback 69pp
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Grandpa's Garden

Grandpa's Garden

by Stella Fry
illustrated by Sheila Moxley

Ref: 15329

Well, grandparents inducting children on their vegetable plots seems to be a recurring theme! Here, Billy is by his grandpa's side throughout the growing season. Teaches everything anyone would need to know to get started on their own allotment. Fantastically detailed backnotes furnish stacks of additional veg-growing information. Ages 4-7, Paperback 38pp
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Gregory Cool

Gregory Cool

Ref: 13580

Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal How will a cool city boy adjusts to life in Tobago? Relatives too welcoming, weather too hot. Nothing is the same. Age 5-8, Paperback 24pp
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The Great Big Book of Families

The Great Big Book of Families

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 11040

SLA Information Book Award Under 7s 2011 Winner The most joyful and inclusive book of the year! A glorious, multicultural celebration of contemporary family life. Includes lesbian/gay parents, single parents, adopted/fostered children and people from different economic backgrounds. All wrapped up in delightful illustrations and great dollops of humour! Age 4-8, Paperback 32pp
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The Great Big Book of Feelings

The Great Big Book of Feelings

by Mary Hoffman
illustrated by Ros Asquith

Ref: 12913

Selected by Booktrust as a Best Book of 2013 The second in the series of these most joyful and inclusive books! Explore lots of different feelings with the children in this book, see if you can find feelings that match your own, or that help you understand how other people are feeling. Feelings explored with the same warmth, wit and sensitivity as in the award-winning 'The Great Big Book of Families'. Age 4-8, Paperback 32pp
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Have Fun Anna Hibiscus!

Have Fun Anna Hibiscus!

by Atinuke
illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Ref: 12687

A hugely loveable protagonist. Anna leaves 'Amazing Africa' to visit her Canadian Granny, make new friends and discover snow! Includes a clever (age-appropriate) exploration of prejudice. 'Deceptively simple' (Parenting Facilitator, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, Paperback 105pp
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Harry Miller's Run

Harry Miller's Run

by David Almond
illustrated by Salvatroe Rubbino

Ref: 14875

"That's reet, lad! Run! There's a wolf at your tail! Run for your life!" One of our great storytellers gives the Great North Run Olympian status through an exciting, pacey, narrative which connects the anticipation of present day, 11-year-old, Liam, entering the Junior run to a spontaneous distance run undertaken by elderly Tyneside resident, Harry Miller, all the way from Newcastle to South Shields when he was a young lad. Beloved by the local community, it's time for Harry to move out of his home and in to a local nursing home. As Liam and his Mam help him clear out, Harry regales them with the incredible story of his own 13 mile run from Newcastle to South Shields, carried out on a whim, accompanied by his four friends, all wearing sturdy leather boots- on a sweltering hot summer's day back in 1938! Wonderful storytelling, lilting local dialect in the animated dialogue and accompanied by lovely smudgy watercolours (colour for the past narrative, black and white for the present). 'Absolutely loved this. Beautifully told. Local history, local knowledge, local voices' (Patrice, YA & Children's Author, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, Paperback 60pp
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Hear My Roar

Hear My Roar

by Gillian Watts
illustrated by Ben Hodson

Ref: 11041

Finally- a remarkably thoughtful, gentle, yet honest exploration of domestic violence for young children, told in comic-book style. Truly indispensable. Age 6+, Canadian Import Paperback 49pp
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The Heart and the Bottle (PB)

The Heart and the Bottle (PB)

Ref: 12008

Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award 2008 A bereaved little girl decides to put her heart away in a safe place. But will she know how to get it back? The depths of love and loss are treated with an extraordinary lightness of touch. Age 5-adult, Paperback 31pp
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Hello Baby

Hello Baby

by Jenni Overend
illustrated by Julie Vivas

Ref: 11043

A rare treat- a stunning and completely true-to-life celebration of a home birth. 'Realistic birth; lot of warmth and love' (Early Years Adviser, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Here I Am

Here I Am

by Patti Kim
illustrated by Sonia Snchez

Ref: 13532

We first glimpsed this as a U.S. edition and hoped and hoped for a U.K. one. We didn't have to wait too long. A wordless picture book shows a child and his family migrating to a new, unspecified country. Stunning artwork takes us all on a journey from a confusing unfamiliar landscape to somewhere which is starting to feel a lot like home. Perfect visual literacy for children' whose first language isn't English- and for reluctant readers. 'A clever idea to tell the story in pictures, thus embracing all languages or those not yet learnt!' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Written by a Korean immigrant to the USA. Age 6-9, Paperback 39pp
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Hope is an Open Heart

Hope is an Open Heart

Ref: 11049

A wonderful photographic tribute to the resilience of hope, inspired by the devastation caused by natural disasters and conflicts. 'The Year 5 reviewers described the book as beautiful and heart-warming' (Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). Age 4-9, American Import Paperback 32pp
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How to Heal a Broken Wing

How to Heal a Broken Wing

Ref: 11050

Kate Greenaway Medal & English Assoc. Shortlists 2009 Nobody saw the pigeon fall to the ground. Except a kind and gentle little boy. Sparse text and fantastically eloquent illustrations. 'Wow! So much you could do with this book in both KS1 & 2' (Primary Strategy Consultant, LL reviewer). Age 3-8, Paperback 36pp
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Hudson Hates School

Hudson Hates School

Ref: 11051

Hudson hates school. And he really, really hates spelling tests...but then a special test uncovers his dyslexia and shows him that he can learn to learn. Endorsed by the British Dyslexia Association; dyslexia-friendly typeface. Age 5-8, Paperback 26pp
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I Am A Poetato

I Am A Poetato

Ref: 13332

An A to Z of Poems about People, Pets and Other Creatures Having sold his book at his Bloomsbury Theatre launch earlier this year (2014), we can testify to the popularity and brilliance of Hegley. His poems are also very good (!) From the HamStar who fits in a jam jar to our personal favourite- the Guillemot who uses his bill a lot- children will get tickled all over by these silly verses. Age 6 to adult, Hardback 60pp
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I Am Henry Finch

I Am Henry Finch

by Alexis Deacon
illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

Ref: 14257

'A finch woke up in the dark and the quiet. He had a thought and he heard it. I AM HENRY FINCH, he thought...I THINK...I COULD BE GREAT, thought Henry'. From award-winning picture book makers Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz comes an enlightening new story about courage and making a difference. For budding philosophers of all ages, this is the uplifting story of Henry Finch the loveable little bird who strives for greatness. Age 7-11, Paperback 37pp
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I am Rosa Parks

I am Rosa Parks

by Brad Meltzer
illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

Ref: 13985

"I am Rosa Parks. I'm juts an ordinary person. But I'm also proof that there's no such thing as an ordinary person". This cartoon format is perfect for introducing the Rosa Parks story to a very young audience. A lovely informal colloquial style from Rosa Park's point of view shows her early life, her budding as a young activist and then, finally, her political courage as she refuses to move from a 'white seat' in a public bus. Age 5-8, American Import Hardback 38pp
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If All the World Were...

If All the World Were...

by Joseph Coelho
illustrated by Allison Colpoys

Ref: 15383

A gentle exploration of bereavement through lilting, poetic text and joyful, sweeping brushstrokes of oranges, pinks, reds and yellows. A child takes her granddad's giant hand and journeys through the seasons with him exploring the first signs of spring, discovering the astrological properties of a racing track (!), capturing dreams with a rainbow pencil in a book of crinkly leaves, storytelling with snake puppet socks. When her beloved grandpa dies, she collects scattered memories from his room and then starts to write them down in the notebook he left for her, made of spring-petal paper and Indian string. A very moving story- the sadness made somehow bearable by the exquisite relationship between child and grandparents and the narrative faith in memories which gradually heal like balm. (Mixed- Asian/Black- Race Family.) Age 4-8 Hardback 28pp
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In Her Hands

In Her Hands

by Alan Schroeder
illustrated by JaeMe Bereal

Ref: 11094

The early career of a pioneering sculptor and a major figure of the Harlem Renaissance. A compelling portrait of a young woman's determination to carve out her own special place in art history. Age 7-11, American Import Hardback 38pp
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The Island

The Island

Ref: 14708

'Wow! What a powerful book! So much you can take from this- in such a simple format.' (Primary Strategy Consultant, LL reviewer). A stark picture book which tackles huge themes- refugees, xenophobia, racism and human rights. A timeless fable. International award-winner. Age 7 to adult, Hardback 30pp
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I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much

I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much

Ref: 11059

Lisa's Daddy has made her a sledge for Christmas, but his promise to take her sledding comes to nothing because he's drinking ~ again. A sensitive but straightforward portrayal of alcoholism from a child's perspective. Age 5-10, American Import 35pp Paperback.
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I Won't Go To China

I Won't Go To China

by Enda Wyley
illustrated by Marie Thorhauge

Ref: 11060

Chang-ming is selected for the football team. But Mum and Dad say they're all off to visit Grandma in China! "I won't go!", he bawls. 'A wonderful book looking at a child reflecting on his cultural identity' (Senior Social Worker, LL reviewer). Age 6-9, Irish Import Hardback 29pp
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Jamie

Jamie

Ref: 14556

Jamie is super at fixing things, something her two older, meaner brothers are happy to exploit. And while they have their own personal fairy godmother to see to their every whim, Jamie is all alone...except for the odd friendly house mouse. When the local princess invites everyone to the Royal Ball, the brothers are quite clear that Jamie has no business going. But Jamie knows how to convert a pumpkin...and she knows how to stitch together a dj too. When she completes her disguise with a short, trendy haircut, Jamie looks in a mirror and suddenly feels...just right! Jamie has become Jamie and he's finally at one with himself. Off to the ball!...where he soon catches the eye of the princess. A very, very clever, smart and thoughtful book with a positive transgender protagonist which is pitched perfectly to young readers. 'There certainly aren't many books for younger children about transgender identities and this one is told very gently and sensitively' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager). ''Liked this reworking of Cinderella and a great story' (Deb, EY Lecturer). 'There is real wit and joy to the storytelling. I like the way the gradual revealing of Jamie's identity is embedded in the main narrative, the subtle shift form 'she' to 'he'. It's very clear...but...there is a lot to think about apart from 'just' Jamie's identity' (Mark Jennett, Equalities Trainer). (All Letterbox Library reviewers). Age 5-8, Paperback 34pp Please click here for further resources from Pop N Olly
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A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice

A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice

by Chitra Soundar
illustrtraed by Uma Krishnaswamy

Ref: 14959

Prince Veera and his best friend, Suku, are back, holding court in the palace courtyard, eager to settle the local community's disagreements with sprinkles of wisdoms and a pinch of justice! A jar of tender mango pickles, counting crows and tickly noses are just some of the tricky issues up for debate. Trickster tales based on traditional Indian folk tales. Part of Walker's Racing Reads series. Age 7-10, Paperback 88pp
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Jessica's Ghost

Jessica's Ghost

Ref: 14154

How wonderful to have an in-depth, pre-teen read which takes on, eloquently and honestly, young people's own struggles with depression and suicide. Fantastic storytelling weaves together the experiences of four young teens who have all been excluded in different ways and made to feel 'different': Francis, a fashion-loving boy; Andi, a girl who refuses conventional ideas about 'femininity'; Robert, an obese computer geek and, of course, Jessica, the ghost of a suicide victim determined to bring joy back into the lives of her new friends. Fantastic characterisations, warm hearted and ultimately hopeful. A wonderful tribute to friendship. 'Jessica's Ghost is both a hymn to the joys of "being different" and an earnest exploration of the serious traumas suffered by teenagers who are lucky enough, and unlucky enough, to be unconventional' (Josh Lacey, The Guardian, May 2015). Age 9-12, Paperback 247pp Themes: Mental Health, Bullying, Gender Equality
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Journey

Journey

Ref: 14942

A bored child in a sepia world, picks up her red crayon, draws a door and takes herself out to a forest world of Chinese lanterns and fairy lights to a kingdom of turrets and golden domes to strange flying machines in a deep blue sky to a re-entry into her world and... to a brand new friend! A rich, yet entirely wordless, narrative; a song to imaginative play, outdoor adventures, intrepid girls, friendships and extraordinary journeys. 'A wonderful picture book. The possibilities for use in literacy are endless. Beautifully illustrated and lovely to see a lead female character' (Sonia, Deputy Primary Head, LL reviewer). 'A stunning book- would provide wonderful language/story ideas for young children. So much to explore in this heart-warming book' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion manager, LL reviewer). Age 4-9, Paperback 34pp
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The Journey

The Journey

Ref: 14243

A nameless country. A war which stretches like a grasping hand across the land. A parent and her two children separated from their father. A journey to a strange place with strange cities and creatures and landscapes. A long and painful journey. Borders to climb. Seas to cross. Angry guards to evade. A journey that doesn't ever end- even with this book. Evocative, devastatingly simple, text- "The further we go...the more we leave behind"- is extended by illustrations which layer and build the story with other narratives. Based on the author's interviews with refugees and migrants from many different countries, woven here into one multifaceted, unique, hopeful quest for freedom and safety. Truly excellent. Age 7-11, Hardback 41pp
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Juliane's Story

Juliane's Story

Ref: 14704

Based on the award-winning BAFTA animations produced for BBC Learning. Stills from the animations combined with the original personal testimonies of young refugees combine to create powerful and dramatic illustrated biographies for 'older' readers. This one tells the story of Juliane, a 12-year-old who is separated from her mum at a young age due to the civil conflict in Zambia. The book tracks her journey from a local under-resourced children's home to a reunion with her mother to their application for political asylum in a place of safety. Juliane speaks directly to the reader through the barest, most straightforward of texts- but the issues her narrative raises are of course vast and complex. A great springboard for class discussions on refugees and asylum seekers. 'Beautiful artwork and a story that can give young children some context for asylum seeking' (Josephine, aged 15, LL reviewer). 'It will definitely reveal to children what refugees go through before they find shelter in a new country. The artwork is brilliant, bright and charming' (Nike, Social Worker, LL reviewer). Age 8-12, Paperback 29pp
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The Junkyard Wonders

The Junkyard Wonders

Ref: 11901

At her new school, Trisha is dismayed to find she is in a special needs class, popularly known as The Junkyard. But through the dynamic Mrs. Peterson and her unique classmates, she soon discovers the true meaning of genius. A book which soars with possibilities. Age 7-10, American Import Hardback 45pp
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King of the Sky

King of the Sky

by Nicola Davies
illustrated by Laura Carlin

Ref: 14984

"The streets smelled of mutton soup and coal dust and no one spoke my language. All of it told me, 'This is not where you belong'". A young boy feels isolated and excluded in a small Welsh town. But there is one thing which brings him the warmth of his old home- Mr Evans' homing pigeons, who strut as proudly as the ones in St Peters Square, Rome. And so, a lovely intergenerational relationship springs up between a young boy and elderly man, leading, finally, to a new understanding of 'home'. 'Beautiful pictures, good book' (Isak, aged 7, LL reviewer). A touching story of belonging and new beginnings. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK. Age 4-7, Hardback 52pp
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Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads

Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads

by David Almond
with illustrations by Vladimir Stankovic

Ref: 13293

"We called ourselves the Bad Lads, but it was just a joke". The Bad Lads: pesky little mischief makers or bullies in the making? With the arrival of German refugee, Klaus, in post-war Newcastle, some of the lads start to question their gang leader's ideas of entertainment- especially when it comes to tormenting the local 'conchie'. 'Interesting interweaving of conscientious objection, bullying and gang mentality' (Cariad, Theatre Lecturer, LL reviewer). Reading Age 7 Interest 9-14, Paperback 55pp
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Knights and Bikes

Knights and Bikes

by Gabrielle Kent
illustrated by Rex Crowle & Luke Newell

Ref: 15392

The first title from the new, rising stars, indie publishers Knights Of. Exactly what you would want from an adventure peppered up with fantasy: a pace which channels the dizzying speed of a computer game; protagonists who are action-ready and can equip themselves in a flash; a mystery which unravels from starts and bumps to a great plunge ahead; key narrative elements such as talking tapestries, the Staff of Truth, moonwalking, anorak capes, Worcester sauce flavoured crisps and a goose called Captain Honkers. A thrill a nanosecond and...it's two girls who get to be in the steering seats. (BAME joint-lead). Follow Demelza, who lives in her very own caravan and Neesa, who crashes in on said caravan, as they discover the curse of Penfurzy island. Set in 1980s Cornwall! Based on the video game of the same name. Age 8-12, Paperback 235pp
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Knockin' on Wood

Knockin' on Wood

Ref: 11071

'What an uplifting story- all pupils would love it!'(Schools Improvement Officer, Letterbox reviewer). The exhilarating story of Clayton 'Peg Leg' Bates and his rise to fame as a tap dancer. A real showstopper. Age 6+. American Import Hardback 29pp
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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Ref: 12667

A wonderfully in-depth portrayal of the man dubbed the "Black Poet Laureate". Complete with glossary, timeline and family tree. Age 9-12, American Import Paperback 43pp
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Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt De La Pea
illustrated by Christian Robinson

Ref: 14391

Winner 2016 Newbery Medal Every Sunday, come rain or shine, CJ and his Nana take the bus ride across town to the last stop on Market Street and, from there, to the soup kitchen. This Sunday, CJ simply isn't in the mood. But Nana turns the bus journey into nothing short of miraculous, answering all of CJ's questions with insight and wisdom which reveal the magic of the everyday and the wonders of humanity: "Nana, how come we don't got a car?" "We got a bus that draws fire." "How come it's always so dirty over here?" "Sometimes, when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful." A truly diverse mix of characters within a narrative which touches cleverly on class, economics and community cohesion with the gentlest of narratives. Published to huge acclaim, this book has garnered too many awards to list here! (Great disability images, too!) Age 4-8, Paperback 26pp
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Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone

by Kes Gray
illustrated by Lee Wildish

Ref: 11906

A young boy struggles to stand up to a bully until his friends show him that 8 loud voices are stronger than one! Brilliantly told through sensational illustrations and rhyming text. Age 4-6, Paperback 32pp
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The Leopard Boy

The Leopard Boy

Ref: 11982

A leopard? A last leopard? Prowling the mountains above Khalid's village? A moving conservation story about an endangered species (set in the Middle East). 'It's beautifully written.' (Former Teacher, LL reviewer) Ages 7-10, Paperback 96pp
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Let's Celebrate

Let's Celebrate

edited by D. Chatterjee & B. DArcy
illustrated by Shirin Adl

Ref: 11874

31 poems celebrating festivals from around the world, beautifully illustrated and including fascinating information about each festivity. Wonderful school resource or gift book. Age 7-10, Paperback 56pp
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Libert: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan

Liberté: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan

Ref: 11076

A fascinating slice of British Asian History through the biography of Noor Inayat Khan, children's author and war heroine. This very accessible and engaging book has been researched, written and illustrated by a class of Year 6 children. Age 6-12, Paperback 36pp
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The Life of Mary Prince

The Life of Mary Prince

Ref: 11100

A glorious hero from the abolitionist movement. Mary Prince, born into slavery in the Caribbean in 1788 arrives in London in 1828 to create her groundbreaking autobiography-the first account of a Black woman to be published in Britain. Age 9-12, Paperback 32pp
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Lines in the Sand

Lines in the Sand

Ref: 13413

'I would recommend this!' (PRU Manager, Letterbox reviewer). Inspired by the Iraqi conflict, a wide range of contributors, using poetry and prose, describe conflicts throughout the world and across history. Fantastic classroom resource. Age 7-12 Paperback 273pp Royalties & profits to UNICEF
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The Little Green Drum

The Little Green Drum

by Taghreed Najjar
illustrated by Hassan Manasrah

Ref: 14383

"Wake up, wake up, sleepyheads!" Samia's dad, Yaba, has the biggest job in town: he is the Dawn Waker-Upper during the month of Ramadan. But this Ramadan, Yaba is struck down by a tummy bug and his daughter, Samia, needs to take on his mantle. Armed with a drum, Barkie the yappy pup and a lovely bright lamp, Samia happily takes to her new role....and is soon joined by Ahmad, Ada, Arya, Omar, Adnana...and a tambourine, flute, lute, saucepans and spoons! Based on a real story from Lifta, a 1930s Palestinian village. An early independent reader book Age 6-8 , Paperback 62pp
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Little People, Big Dreams: Amelia Earhart

Little People, Big Dreams: Amelia Earhart

by Ma Isabel Snchez Vegara
illustrated by Mariadiamantes

Ref: 15147

"When Amelia was a little girl, she liked to imagine she could stretch her wings and fly like a bird". And from such early possibilities...arose daredevil Amelia Earhart, who set a new women's record of flying up to 14,000 feet, became the first woman to fly over the Atlantic and the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. A series which does a very accomplished job of distilling the biographies of women of huge stature into a handful of sentences and cheerful, bold graphics. Perfect for leaving the youngest of readers in a state of awe. Age 5-8, Hardback 26pp
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Little People, Big Dreams: Ella Fitzgerald

Little People, Big Dreams: Ella Fitzgerald

by Ma Isabel Snchez Vegara
illustrated by Brbara Alca

Ref: 15156

Another stunning little bio. in this series, this time focusing on Ella Fitzgerald, from her harsh early life (described in a way which is cleverly pitched to the young reader), to her first steps on the jazz club scene, to her solo career as the First Lady of Song. Discover how she played her voice like an instrument, inventing new words -"Dubi-dubi-dubu-daba"- and singing across genres from pop to blues. As with other titles in the series, the book ends with a fuller biographical note with archive photos. 'Yes, yes, yes!! I want the whole set! It is always powerful to see mighty women represented in books. To have a whole set of diverse women is great.' (Sonia, Deputy Primary Head, Letterbox Library reviewer.), Age 5-8, Hardback 26pp
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Little People, Big Dreams: Maya Angelou

Little People, Big Dreams: Maya Angelou

by Lisbeth Kaiser
illustrated by Leire Salaberria

Ref: 14908

A highly illustrated biography of one of our greatest writers. From a cruel childhood of displacement, family violence and wider societal racism, we witness Maya Angelou's recovery- literally finding her voice again through reading the works of literary giants- and then her incredible triumph as an award-winning giant of literature herself. A gorgeous biography which felt very satisfying even to this adult reader. Would work for a wide age range; the concepts and ideas are 'mature' and sophisticated enough for ages 7/8+ while the content is made perfectly accessible through spare, yet wonderfully descriptive, text. 'I really enjoyed reading this book about a lady who believed she could do whatever she wanted. I loved reading this and would read it again' (Nicole, aged 11, LL reviewer). 'A great story about an amazing woman. We enjoyed reading this and it brought up lots of discussions about segregation and women's rights' (Polly and her son, aged 6, LL reviewers). Age 5-8, Hardback 26pp
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The London Eye Mystery

The London Eye Mystery

Ref: 14171

Salim vanishes from a sealed pod on the London Eye. Can his super-sleuth cousins find him? A thrilling quest and a fantastic portrayal of a boy with Asperger syndrome. Winner 2007 NASEN/TES Special Ed. Needs Children's Book Award. Age 9+, Paperback 322pp
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The Long Silk Strand

The Long Silk Strand

by Laura E. Williams
illustrated by Grayce Bochak

Ref: 11082

A moving, but ultimately uplifting, tale of inter-generational love and the sadness of losing a beloved grandparent. Very special. Age 7-9, American Import Paperback 28pp
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Lost and Found

Lost and Found

by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
illustrated by Marta Fbrega

Ref: 11878

Getting lost in a public place can be very frightening. An excellent story dealing with child safety written by a child welfare social worker. Ages 6-8, Paperback 31pp
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The Lost Stars

The Lost Stars

Ref: 11653

Bold and expressive illustrations illuminate this wonderfully imaginative story about the endangered magic of the night sky. Brilliant! Age 4-8, Paperback 27pp
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Make More Noise!

Make More Noise!

Ref: 15160

A knickerbockers glory celebration of women's lives, from the famous to the ought-to-be-famous to the anonymous protest voices of 'ordinary' people. This collection of brand new stories has been brought together by publisher Nosy Crow to commemorate the 100th anniversary of (some) women's suffrage. Ten stories by both established authors and newcomers provide a marvellous medley of voices which speak with passion and thoughtfulness- and which also prompt quite a few belly laughs. Ones to watch out for include: Patrice Lawrence's narrative, inspired by the life of Olive Christian Malvery, an Anglo-Indian journalist who exposed the shocking conditions faced by poor, working women in London during the 1900s; Catherine Johnson's short story starring the fictional Rita Simon (who surely deserves a novel of her own...) but based on the 43 Group, an English anti-fascist group set up by Jewish ex-servicemen after World War II; Jeanne Willis' resurrection of Annie Londondery who, in 1894, was the first woman to cycle around the world. In bloomers. Age 9-14, Paperback 279pp
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Malala's Magic Pencil

Malala's Magic Pencil

by Malala Yousafzai
illustrated by Kerascoet

Ref: 15277

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2018 If Malala had a magic pencil like the boy in the TV show she used to watch, she'd use it to "draw a better world, a peaceful world....erase war, poverty and hunger....draw girls and boys together as equals". Told in her own words, this is the story of Malala Yousafzai's childhood in Swat Valley, Pakistan. How she loved school and worked hard until the Taliban took control and banned girls from attending. How she dared to speak out against the regime and became a target. How she has continued to speak out, inspiring adults and children all over the world. A wonderful, age-appropriate picture book. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully empowering. Age 5-9, Hardback 38pp **Special offer is 2.99 off, usually 12.99**
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Mama Loves Me from Away

Mama Loves Me from Away

by Pat Brisson
illustrated by Laurie Caple

Ref: 11181

A warm, moving story about a mother and child who are separated by a prison sentence- but who are kept in each other's hearts through their stories and their love. Age 6-9 American Import Hardback 29pp
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Mama Miti

Mama Miti

by Donna Jo Napoli
illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Ref: 15348

(trans. The Mother of Trees). Subtitled, 'Wangari Maathai and the Tress of Kenya', this is not the first story we have sold about this revolutionary environmentalist- but it is certainly one of the most beautiful. Brought up with the wisdom of trees, as an adult, Wangari Maathai went on to dispense her knowledge by encouraging the planting of different trees which would in turn bring a wealth of materials and nourishment for local Kenyan communities, creating a new self-sufficiency and, ultimately, the reforestation of great swathes of Kenya's landscapes, tree by tree by tree. A lyrical retelling of the greatness of Wangari Maathai: the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace prize, the first female head at a Kenyan university department and the originator of the Green Belt Movement. Illustrated by a much celebrated artist- a backnote has Kadir Nelson describing his use of oil paints and printed fabrics to emulate an Eastern African aesthetic. 'Excellent. Skilful writing and attractive illustrations present an important story. Simply told, but with enough detail to enable it to provide a good foundation on the topic. Very good afterword, glossary etc.' (Elena, Community Librarian, Letterbox reviewer). Age 7-10 Hardback 32pp
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The Big Picture: Market

The Big Picture: Market

Ref: 12567

Fascinating sustainability information book exploring markets and food in India. 'Great for non-fiction genre work' (Primary Deputy Head, LL reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 24pp
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Marwe Into The Land Of The Dead

Marwe Into The Land Of The Dead

by Marie P Croall
illustrated by R. Lago, C. Hamilton & R. Snyder

Ref: 14955

A tale from the Chaga, an ancient, Bantu-speaking people from East Africa. Originating in Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, this is a rare example of a Chaga legend in print and one of their most famous narratives of a young person coming of age. Here, a brave and hard-working girl called Marwe travels to the Land of the Dead. Told in graphic style format. 'This was a brilliant tale. The art style was amazing! The comic book style brought this tale to life. 10/10!" (Ruth, aged 13, Young LL Reviewer). 'A nice folk story with the motto that kindness and generosity of spirit bring happiness' (Hellan, Senior Adoption Worker, LL reviewer). Comes with a glossary and a list of books and websites for further reading. Age 8-12, Paperback 45pp
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Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Quentin Blake

Ref: 11186

Michael Rosen writes movingly of the death of his son, exploring feelings of anger and sadness as well as enjoying the happy memories. This is an original and deeply touching account of bereavement, accompanied by Quentin Blake's superb and quirky pictures. A book to treasure always. Age 8-Adult Paperback 29pp
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Mirror

Mirror

Ref: 11588

English Assoc. 4-11 Book Awards 2011 Two cultures, two stories. This ingeniously designed, wordless book reveals two children's stories simultaneously and their parallel, yet connected, lives in Morocco and Australia. Stunning portrayal of our global family. Age 4-10, Hardback 34pp
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Moon Festival

Moon Festival

by Ching Yeung Russell
illustrated by Christopher Zhong-Yuan Zhang

Ref: 11248

The stunning and dramatic oil paintings of Zhang capture the exuberant mood of this Chinese festival as well as the quiet joy of a family gathering lit by moonlight. Age 7-10, American Import Paperback 27pp
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Motherbridge of Love

Motherbridge of Love

by Anonymous
illustrated by Jose Masse

Ref: 11195

A soothing, lyrical poem written by an adoptive mother and accompanied by fantastic illustrations. A hugely positive account of transnational adoption. 'Beautifully describes the relationship that adopters discover' (Senior Adoption Worker, Letterbox reviewer). Age 5-9, Paperback 29pp
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The Most Magnificent Mosque

The Most Magnificent Mosque

by Ann Jungman
illustrated by Shelley Fowles

Ref: 11196

In 13th Century Cordoba, three young boys with three different faiths join forces to save the city's mosque. A profound tale of religious harmony, mutual respect and civic solidarity. Age 6-9 Paperback 24pp
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Mrs Noah's Pocket

Mrs Noah's Pocket

by Jackie Morris
illustrated by James Mayhew

Ref: 15019

When rain pours in sheets from a sky "dark as a bruise", Mr Noah decides this is the perfect opportunity to "tidy up the world a bit". He busies himself with sorting out which creatures should be rounded up and saved and which should be left behind... namely, the ones which have just a little too much trickery and magic about them.... But Mr Noah hasn't accounted for Mrs Noah who begins to stitch and tack together a hooded coat with the deepest of pockets. Nor has he accounted for her wanderings through Mythico Wood. In praise of every marvellous and troublesome creature on earth, this is a velvety-rich retelling of an ancient story. 'Wonderful, figurative language' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). 'This is utterly gorgeous. Love the words and the images (and) the fact the family have different skin tones- like ours. Wonderful' (Patrice, YA Author, LL reviewer). [Mixed race family.] Age 4-7, Hardback 29pp
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Mum and Dad Glue

Mum and Dad Glue

by Kes Gray
illustrated by Lee Wildish

Ref: 11198

"My mum and dad have come undone. I need to find some glue". Fantastically soothing rhymes and dynamic artwork compliment a heartfelt story of parental separation. Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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The Muslims

The Muslims

Ref: 15288

Winner Little Rebels Award 2018 The rowdy, scatty, upbeat voice of 9-year-old Omar introduces the reader to his life in a new school which comes complete with a resident racist bully, a situation which only shifts once the two share an unexpected adventure through the London Underground chased by (probably...) a Zombie. A zany, cleverly challenging, warm-hearted book which is scattered with Omar's own, comic-tinged guide to Muslim life in the UK. A speedy plot carried by a hugely loveable protagonist who embraces a joyful Muslim identity for himself. Age 7-10, Paperback 147pp
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My Big Sister Takes Drugs

My Big Sister Takes Drugs

Ref: 11201

Paul's dreams of soccer camp are dashed when his sister's drug problem comes to light. Difficult emotions are sensitively tackled in this moving tale. Age 5-10, American Import, 30pp Paperback.
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My Dad, the Hero

My Dad, the Hero

by Stella Gurney
illustrated by Katharine McEwen

Ref: 12628

Tariq loves his funny, clever dad to bits, but when it comes to school presentation day, he wishes Mr Chaudury's English was a little more fluent. A warm portrayal of a 2nd generation Bengali family. 'A lovely story- full of humour' (Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 58pp
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My Dog is a Carrot

My Dog is a Carrot

Ref: 13171

Enter this celebrated poet's weird, witty and bespectacled world and meet the dog who is a carrot, a speaking leek and many other crazy characters. Great fun! Age 6+, 63pp Paperback
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My Friend Amy

My Friend Amy

by Anna McQuinn
photos by Irvin Cheung

Ref: 11204

Amy and Monifa were both born in the UK- but Amy is Chinese. They have similarities and differences. They are best friends. Superb explorations of friendships across cultures. Enchanting! Age 4-7, Hardback 30pp
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My Friend Jamal

My Friend Jamal

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Ben Frey

Ref: 11205

Jamal and Joseph were born in the same UK hospital but Jamal is Somali. They have similarities and differences. They are best friends. A superb exploration of friendship across cultures. Age 4-7, Hardback 30pp
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My Secret Bully

My Secret Bully

by Trudy Ludwig
illustrated by Abigail Marble

Ref: 11212

A much needed look at emotional bullying between girls and a 'very true depiction of the affect it has on a girl when a "friend" changes' (School Librarian, Letterbox reviewer). A huge success in the US, this is a must for the UK classroom. Age 6-10 American Import Paperback 29pp
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Mysterious Traveller

Mysterious Traveller

by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham
illustrated by P. J. Lynch

Ref: 13351

Issa knows the desert better than anyone. As he begins to go blind, he shares his precious knowledge with the child he adopts, Mariama. When some mysterious travellers ask to be guided through the perilous Bitter Mountains, Issa and Mariama work with perfect synchronicity. Set amongst the trading communities of ancient Timbuktu (now Mali), this is a superbly wrought story with beautifully illustrated colour plates and with all of the feel of a classic. 'It was a good book and it was described beautifully. You could see what was happening mentally' (Panashe, aged 10, LL reviewer).'A book to keep and a book to revisit time and time again' (Elaine, Educational Psychologist, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, Paperback 45pp
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My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay

by Cari Best
illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Ref: 14226

"Four best friends who help each other, four best friends who help themselves". Maya, Nancy, Chyng and Zulay, who is blind, are the very closest of friends. They do everything the same from singing like the stereo to linking arms like sausage links. But when Zulay announces that she wants to race at Field Day, her friends are, initially, hesitant. Come the day, will she convince them to remain her biggest cheerleaders? "I think this is brilliant!" (Beth, Inclusive Minds Founder & Parent). Age 5-8, American Import Hardback 31pp
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My Two Grannies

My Two Grannies

by Floella Banjamin
illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain

Ref: 11213

Granny Vero was born in Trinidad. Granny Rose was born in Yorkshire. Alvina adores them both. But the grannies don't always agree...can Alvina soothe the squabbles? 'A lovely story with a good dual heritage theme' (Pre-School Leader, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 26pp
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Nadia's Hands

Nadia's Hands

by Karen English
illustrated by Jonathan Weiner

Ref: 11214

The aunts have decided Nadia will be the flower girl at Laila's wedding. Auntie Amina is ready with her intricate henna designs for Nadia's hands...but Nadia worries about her classmates' reaction. A delightful, rich celebration of a girl's Pakistani heritage. Age 6-9, American Import paperback 29pp
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Nadine Dreams of Home

Nadine Dreams of Home

by Bernard Ashley
with illustrations by Ollie Cuthbertson

Ref: 13299

Shortlisted for Little Rebels Award 2015 Nadine and her family flee the civil conflict and rebel army in Goma to start over in the UK. But school is a strange and frightening place to Nadine until a teacher finds her a special picture which reminds her of home. 'This short book conveys some of the sense of strangeness, fear and unhappiness children like Nadine experience. It also provides an optimistic ending of a kind that can help children believe it is possible for situations to improve' (Prof. Kim Reynolds, Newcastle University & Little Rebels Judge). Reading Age 7+ Interest 8-12, Paperback 47pp
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Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion

Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion

by Michael Burgan
illustrated by R. Dominguez, B. Wiacek & C. Barnett III

Ref: 12455

Race through the biography of a 19th century icon: a truly courageous activist. This vivid, dynamic book presents high-interest nonfiction in graphic novel format. An additional information section provides key facts for further understanding. Age 8-14, American Import Paperback 37pp
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Navid's Story

Navid's Story

Ref: 14711

Based on the award-winning BAFTA animations produced for BBC Learning. Stills from the animations combined with the original personal testimonies of young refugees combine to create powerful and dramatic illustrated biographies for 'older' readers. This one tells the story of Navid, a Kurdish child whose father stands up against the Iranian government's regime and has his life threatened as a result. First, his father leaves the family home, then Navid and his mum have to flee as well. Their journey is dangerous, taking them across Italy, Slovenia, France and, finally, to an unspecified country (very much like the UK), a new home and a new school which offer all the challenges as well as comforts that sanctuary brings. Deceptively simple text which captures Navid's voice exposes complicated and painful stories for our times. This series offers a fantastic grounding for class discussions on refugees and asylum seekers. 'The authentic voice in the story is powerfully believable' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 8-12, Paperback 29pp
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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Ref: 13214

The impossibly talented Kadir Nelson turns his hand to a lush, evocative and highly illustrated biography of a truly great leader. Follow Mandela's journey from his life as a barefooted 13-year-old playing on the grassy hills of Qunu to iconic statesman and president of South Africa. Age 6-9, Paperback 37pp
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Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom

abridged by Chris Van Wyk
illustrated by Paddy Bouma

Ref: 11252

English Assoc. 4-11 Shortlist 2010 The official picture book edition of his bestselling autobiography. Read the amazing story of a true hero who grew up to fight apartheid and became South Africa's first Black president. 'A lovely book about a most remarkable man!' (Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 7-11, Paperback 56pp
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A Nest of Vipers

A Nest of Vipers

Ref: 11266

18th Century London, Enslavement, Crime, Punishment- and a band of fraudsters. An evocative blend of historical and political detail lend added intrigue to this superb escapade. Age 9+, Paperback 207pp
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Never Trust a Tiger

Never Trust a Tiger

retold by Lari Don
illustrated by Melanie Williamson

Ref: 12547

Meet a hungry tiger from Korea. Can you trust a tiger? As a man makes his way to the market, he sees a tiger trapped in a pit. He wants to help the tiger, but will he be safe if he does? Beautifully illustrated, traditional tale. Great for new and emerging readers. Age 6-9, Paperback 48pp
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Not All Princesses Dress In Pink

Not All Princesses Dress In Pink

by Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple
illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Ref: 11217

Hilarious rhyming fun. Princesses with power tools, broken nails and chain mail- but all with their sparkly crowns intact. A smart, refreshing and much-needed antidote! Age 4-7, American Import Hardback 29pp
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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Ref: 13812

A gift edition of a much loved ballet story set during the magic of Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve, the Ernst family open their doors wide for all of their friends and family. Clara is super-excited. Most of all, she looks forward to the arrival of her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyr, a toymaker who wears a gorgeous cloak of gifts. This year, Clara is given a curious wooden nutcracker, a toy which is magicked to life that very night in a story set in a crystallised winter garden of sweets! Stars a Mouse King, Madame Bon Bon, Chinese acrobats and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ray's fantastic storytelling is accompanied, as always, by her exquisite gold-gilded artwork. Ray is passionate about 'casual' inclusion- her cast of characters is often multicultural and here there is a character with an eye patch. A beautiful, satisfyingly heavy (to hold) book with an equally satisfyingly rich story. Age 5-8, Hardback 29pp
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Olaudah Equiano Son of Africa

Olaudah Equiano Son of Africa

by Jackie Ould-Okojie
illustrations by Manchester school children

Ref: 11219

This title has been made with Manchester school children and fills an important gap in available literature on this significant Black British hero. Original, unique and fantastic in every way! Age 6-11, Paperback 24pp
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Other Brother

Other Brother

Ref: 13434

Award-winning Author A sophisticated and thoughtful story about bullying, friendship and belonging by an award-winning Australian author. Kieran has plans to get in with the coolest boys' group at school but the arrival of cousin Bon risks putting paid to that. Bon is more than different- with his long plaited hair, his drawings of knights and princesses and his preference for hanging out with girls, he really does stand out. Things kick off the very day Bon starts at Kieran's school- and Kieran is, initially, quite happy to join in with the taunts. But through the wisdom of mysterious, tough-girl, Julia, and through a little growing up, Kieran starts to see things a bit differently. Perfect for discussions of gender-based bullying; also touches on homophobic bullying. 'A very relevant theme of bullying and trying to fit in' (Alex, aged 14, LL reviewer). Age 9-13, Paperback 237pp
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The Other Side of Truth

The Other Side of Truth

Ref: 13638

Carnegie Medal Winner Sade and Femi have to leave Nigeria hastily and in secret, their journalist father having incurred the wrath of the regime. But they will be safe once they reach Britain, won't they? 'Beverley Naidoo has struck home again, bringing together the critical themes of political oppression, exile, Africa and childhood. The Other Side of Truth has resonances of the execution of the Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa.... Not only a marvellous read but one that refuels the desire for justice and freedom within and beyond our shores.' From the Foreword by Jon Snow of Channel 4. Age 10+, Paperback 225pp
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Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack and the Pioneers of Change

Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack and the Pioneers of Change

by Michelle Cook
illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera et al.

Ref: 14914

NAACP Image Award Winner A brilliantly illustrated journey through the pioneers of African American and American History, presenting each change-maker as a successor launched by a previous, iconic, figure. It starts out with "our ancestors fought ...so George could invent...", then introduces us to a canon of heroes- including Hattie McDaniel/Jackie Robinson/Ruby Bridges/Thurgood Marshall- ending with Barack Obama and the words, "...so Barack could run. Barack ran...so our children can soar! And higher and faster and stronger they go." A simple message with contributions from 12 artists working in different mediums and with different techniques. With the extension notes offering mini biographies of the pioneers and of the present day artists, this works as a powerful political narrative, a simple introduction to key figures of the civil rights movement and as a stunning art book. 'A great resource with beautiful illustrations' (Nike, Social Worker, LL reviewer). Age 5-10, Paperback 30pp
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Our Friendship Rules

Our Friendship Rules

by Peggy Moss & Dee Dee Tardif
illustrated by Alissa I. Geis

Ref: 11225

Alexandra and Jenny are bestest friends. But, with the arrival of super-cool Rolinda, Alexandra is dazzled. Will she stop at nothing to get in with the popular girls?...'Very realistic account of girls' friendships' (School Puppeteer, LL reviewer). Age 6-9, American Import Hardback 30pp
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Our Friendship Rules

Our Friendship Rules

by Peggy Moss & Dee Dee Tardif
illustrated by Alissa I. Geis

Ref: 12622

Alexandra and Jenny are bestest friends. But, with the arrival of super-cool Rolinda, Alexandra is dazzled. Will she stop at nothing to get in with the popular girls?...'Very realistic account of girls' friendships' (School Puppeteer, LL reviewer). Age 6-9, American Import Paperback 30pp
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Our World of Water

Our World of Water

Ref: 11256

Global citizenship. 6 children from around the world tell us what water means to them. An attractive, thought-provoking book about our planet's most precious natural resource. Terrific! Age 8-11, Paperback 43pp
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Out of Heart

Out of Heart

Ref: 14619

Adam is a young, gifted artist struggling to find his place in a family fractured by loss and sadness. And then a mysterious older man, William, turns up on his doorstep bringing a strange but welcome comfort and an odd familiarity... Delicately written, immaculately structured, realism sparked off here and there by magic, layered with rich characterisations- it really was worth the 6 year wait for Master's new novel. A narrative that pines, yearns, pulls and aches before, finally, flooding you with warmth and immeasurable hope. (East London setting; contemporary, working class, British-Pakistani family). Age 11+, Paperback 261pp
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Over the Hills and Far Away

Over the Hills and Far Away

Collected by Elizabeth Hammill
Illustrated by 77 World-renowed Artists

Ref: 13245

This beautiful and wide-ranging nursery treasury is for all ages to enjoy, with rhymes from countries across the English-speaking world - England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Ghana, India, South Africa and the Caribbean. The 77 featured artists are a roll-call of international award-winners and world-class bestselling illustrators, as well as young emerging talent. The best-loved nursery rhymes are here, along with new rhymes to discover, and vibrant verses from African, Native American, First Nation, Inuit, Latino and Maori cultures. Age 4 to Adult, Hardback 160pp
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Pansy Boy

Pansy Boy

Ref: 15469

Yes, it truly is worth price tag! A young boy who loves to draw and write and dream basks in summer's meadows and fields as they teem with butterflies, collared doves and kestrels. But, as soon as school begins, his world is cast over in greys and blacks; children point at him, call him names, throw things at him; the changing room is a place of hell. And so, before he is entirely beaten down, this boy begins to strategise a survival plan, a journey which starts in the gardens of Kew... A very smart, extended 'older' picture book about confronting bullies, here by taking the name-calling and transforming it in to a powerful movement of reclamation and subversion which then, in turn, creates a whole-school embracing of 'difference'. Fantastic field notes give background details on birds and spell out the 'language' of flowers. The text skips along in rhyming couplets and in a unique custom font based on Harfleet's own handwriting. Dazzling graphic artwork- the artist did his drawings with painstaking detail and then cut each illustration out to create his own unique page layout. There is so much to exploit in this text for KS2 right through to and including secondary pupils. Teachers will find a huge amount of additional resource in the accompanying project and film. The Pansy Project is an artwork and activist project through which the author has planted pansies at the sites of homophobic attacks and events around the world, including the 'Batty!' pansy site at Kings Cross, London. Harfleet's work was filmed for the multi-award winning documentary Les Penses de Paul (2016). 'I think this is a beautiful book. The field notes- and the etymology of the pansy in particular- really add to the impact of the stor' (Darren Teacher & Higher Ed. Tutor, Letterbox Library reviewer) www.thepansyproject.com Age 8+, Hardback 64pp
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The Parrot and the Merchant

The Parrot and the Merchant

Ref: 15430

A Persian merchant, Mah Jahan, travels far and wide collecting gorgeous birds which she cages and chains. But her most prized possession is her talking parrot from India- and the parrot's greatest desire is to be free again... An accessible yet rich and haunting narrative about loving someone/thing enough to set them free. Unique artwork which relishes the fine details of textured fabrics and bustles and shimmers with colours. Based on a thirteenth century fable from famed Persian Sunni Muslim poet and philosopher, Rumi, recast and reframed by this illustrator so as to star a female merchant. 'I really like this simple fable and original illustrations- very appealing' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, Letterbox reviewer). 'A simple, beautifully retold fable. This would be a lovely model for writing in Primary schools' (Sonia, Deputy Primary Head, Letterbox reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 21pp
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Passover

Passover

Ref: 11257

Passover: a story of slavery and freedom, of symbolic foods for a special meal, of families sharing a time of sorrow, joy and hope. Age 7-11, Paperback 30pp
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Pattan's Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story

Pattan's Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story

by Chitra Soudnar
illustrated by Fran Lessac

Ref: 15032

Farmers Pattan and Kanni replant and nurture an ailing pumpkin which then grows and grows...by the time the rains descend and a storm threatens to wash them all away, the pumpkin is huge enough to act as a perfect escape vehicle for them, along with the local flora and fauna. Today, some of Pattan's descendents live in the same valley (the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains), nurturing and tending to their environment, which includes growing... pumpkins! A delightful story which originated amongst the Irular tribe from Kerala, Southern India and has been cleverly adapted here by Chitra Soundar. Complemented by Lessac's trademark bright palette and childlike block pictures. 'Lovely illustrations, brilliant storyline' (Nike, Social Worker, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Hardback 24pp
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Pea's Book of Best Friends

Pea's Book of Best Friends

Ref: 13445

"Really, Pea thought, there was no such thing as a normal family; just yours, and everyone else's". If 'casual inclusion' is your preferred mode of representation, then this series about Pea and her mates delivers on this flawlessly. Pea's upbeat, fun and chaotic world is peopled by a refreshingly humorous and three-dimensional lesbian couple, Pea's own diverse single parent family, some delightful little gender twists (through a set of boy/girl twins), socio-economic differences and mixed race characters. All are seamlessly woven into a story about transitions, belonging and families. Full of great substance, Pea would like you to know that "this book is not about mermaids". (1st in the series). PS: we're pretty keen on author Susie Day's website too! Age 8-11, Paperback 280pp
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Pea's Book of Big Dreams

Pea's Book of Big Dreams

Ref: 13458

The second in the Pea series! Here, the delightful Pea enthuses and worries about her path in life- should she be a pet therapist, an artist, or a footballer? See our review of the first book in the series, Pea's Book of Best Friends. PS: do also check out author Susie Day's website See our other Pea books! Age 8-11 Paperback 303pp
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Pea's Book of Birthdy's

Pea's Book of Birthdy's

Ref: 13544

The third in the Pea series. Pea is growing up and suspects she really ought to only hold sophisticated birthday parties from now on. Also, she would quite like to track down her father who she has never met and who may or may not be an actual pirate. Another fine addition to this series which manages to tackle very substantial issues- here, for example, an absent father- with a real lightness of touch. As always, the cast of the book remain wonderfully diverse. See our review of the first book in the series, Pea's Book of Best Friends. PS: do also check out author Susie Day's website See our other Pea books! Age 8-11 Paperback 280pp
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Pea's Book of Holidays

Pea's Book of Holidays

Ref: 13545

The fourth in the Pea seriesand this reviewer's favourite! Pea's famous writer Mum has shifted from mermaid to pirate books but has suddenly been stumped by writer's block! Determined to help, an inspired Pea suggests a break at Corfe Castle. A delicious story of English summer weather, smugglers and holiday adventures is interwoven with a quite excellent, balanced, critique of Enid Blyton's work: "Enid would never have written a book about a family like Pea's". As always, Susie Day remains faithful to the world we live in, with a range of characters including Ryan who has hemiplegia and whose parents are separated. See our review of the first book in the series, Pea's Book of Best Friends. PS: do also check out author Susie Day's website! See our other Pea books! Age 8-11 Paperback 300pp
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Phoenix Song

Phoenix Song

by Tutu Dutta
illustrated by Martina Peluso

Ref: 13945

A story set in contemporary Malaysia which cleverly weaves in Chinese legends and folklore. Rohan is disappointed to receive a boring old bamboo flute for his birthday. But when his brothers are swallowed up by the angry Forest Guardian, he soon discovers that this instrument is full of magical possibilities. Plenty of scope for cross-curricular work on the environment and the significance of family. (Mixed race protagonist). (nb: the author was born in India and grew up in Malaysia) Age 5-8, Paperback 29pp
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Poetry Pie

Poetry Pie

Ref: 14593

"Sausages though tasty / Are difficult to rhyme / Unlike pies." Rhyming sausages, besotted otters, hedgehog soup and heroic window cleaners -Lord of the Rungs- all feature in this bouncy, funny collection of rhymes. Ideal for exploring a range of poetic forms, from rigorous structures to free verse. Also ideal for giggles. Included on the Letterbox Library website as we are suppliers of the Age 7-10, Paperback 110pp
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Prince Henry

Prince Henry

Ref: 14550

Henry is a happy-go-lucky prince, always cheerful, happiest of all when he is with his servant, Thomas. But the time comes when every prince has to get married and, well, Thomas wasn't exactly who the King and Queen had in mind... in this kingdom, royalty can only marry royalty. Can Henry convince his parents that love really does conquer all? 'I like it! Like that the emphasis is on class and not gender' (Deb, EY Education Lecturer). 'A modern fairytale- love the once upon a time start' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer). 'Finally another book that picks up the King & King/Tango Makes Three ball where sexuality isn't an issue' (Mark Jennett, Equalities Trainer). (All Letterbox Library reviewers). Age 4-7, Paperback 44pp Please click here for further resources from Pop N Olly
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The Princesses Have a Ball

The Princesses Have a Ball

by Teresa Bateman
illustrated by Lynne Cravath

Ref: 11232

The king is puzzled. Why aren't his 12 daughters dreaming of princes? Subversive (and rhyming) high jinks by sporty princesses with attitude! Age 6-10, American Import Paperback 29pp
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The Princess in Black

The Princess in Black

By Shannon Hale& Dean Hale
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Ref: 14404

Princess Magnolia is not at all she seems to be. Do not be deceived by the frilly pink frock, the glass slippers, the tiara and impeccable tea manners. When the alarm rings, she becomes the...Princess in Black! No monster in Monster Land, not even a roaring, goat-eating, fluffy blue monster, can get past this princess and her ninja skills. A story which takes all things saccharine about princess culture and turns it into one big swashbuckling backflip. 'I like the way Princess Magnolia was not an ordinary princess. Easy to read. A good book for girls because it shows you can change who you are' (Nicola, aged 10, LL reviewer). By a mum and dad team who wanted to write a book based on their daughters who like playing at princesses and superheros equally. Early chapter book. Age 6-9, Paperback 91pp
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Psalm Twenty-Three

Psalm Twenty-Three

Ref: 11233

A contemporary and urban, visual capturing of the psalm. Astonishingly unique and beautifully illustrated. Age 5+ American Import Paperback 29pp
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Punk Wig

Punk Wig

by Lori Ries
illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono

Ref: 11234

Mum has cancer. A perfectly soothing and realistic story about a little boy's support of his mum as she goes through (a successful course of) chemotherapy. Age 6-9, American Import Hardback 29pp
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Queen Munch and Queen Nibble

Queen Munch and Queen Nibble

by Carol Ann Duffy Poet Laureate
illustrated by Lydia Monks

Ref: 14545

"Queen Munch was big with cheeks as red as tomato ketchup. She had shining ginger hair which she wore in two plump pigtails like strings of Best Sausages. Queen Nibble was as tall and slender as a stick of celery. She liked to wear only pale colours so all her dresses were hung out to dry at night by the light of the moon". Who could resist the meeting of two such opposites? A sublime love story or a romantic friendship. Whichever way you read it, this story of two wildly different queens and their blossoming bond has the feel of a good old fashioned story with its fairy tale tropes, its clear chunky paragraphs of text, its capitalised Important Words ("Saturdays' Munching of the Breakfast", "Fairy Circle", "Big Dark Forest"), its dialogue full of exclamations and a crowd supplying the necessary ooooohs and aaaaahs. First published in 2002, now back in print and timeless with Monks' blissfully bright and bouncy illustrations. Duffy plays and twirls and spins with her words. Why did we have to wait so long for this to come back?! Delicious storytelling and a perfect read aloud. Age 5-9, Hardback 62pp
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The Big Picture: Rain

The Big Picture: Rain

Ref: 12564

Fascinating sustainability information book exploring village life and the importance of rain in Nigeria. 'Great for non-fiction genre work' (Primary Deputy Head, LL reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 24pp
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Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story

Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story

Ref: 15450

The totally incredible but true story of the first American to reach the North Pole- a Black orphan runaway called Matthew Henson. Not only does this account give all due respect to Henson's 'discovery', it also honours his Inuit companions with warmth and passion. An excellent book for prompting discussions about the subjectivity of history, the erasure of BAME and indigenous histories, the impact of colonisation. An excellent book also for those who simply enjoy a spirited, smart-paced, adventure story. Yet again, author Catherine Johnson delivers us gripping, sizzling fiction based on a more accurate history than the one many of us were taught- one which is teeming with the lives of those who have so often been silenced, forgotten, ignored. Age 8-12, Paperback 118pp
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Ramadan Moon

Ramadan Moon

by Na'ima B Robert
illustrated by Shirin Adl

Ref: 11236

Witness the thrill and joyfulness of Ramadan and Eid- and the diversity of Muslims across the globe. A very special and inclusive title. 'It is a quiet, calm book; it has brilliant illustrations' (Aphrael, 9, LL reviewer). Age 5-9, Paperback 24pp
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Razia's Ray of Hope

Razia's Ray of Hope

by Elizabeth Suneby
illustrated by Suana Verelst

Ref: 15167

One day, Baba gi makes an important announcement: he tells granddaughter, Razia, that the village will be building a school for girls. Razia begs him to persuade her family to let her attend. And so, Baba gi holds a conference with all of the men in the family, reminding them of a recent period when women in Afghanistan had full access to education, which in turn brought huge benefits to the country. Unconvinced, they are then approached by a fictionalised Razia Jan (see below) who, again, tries to convince the men of the benefits, saying: "If men are the backbone of Afghanistan, then women are the eyes of our country". Will Razia finally get the chance to learn? A very good-looking picture book inspired by the life of Razia Jan who, passionate about the often neglected rights of girls to an education, set up a school for girls in her home country of Afghanistan (Kabul) in 2008. She was honoured by CNN as one of their Top 10 heroes of 2012. Extra resources at the back are notes on a right to an education and the real Razia Jan, a neat little glossary of Dari words (the form of Persian spoken in Afghanistan) and some genuinely purposeful classroom activities. 'I really liked this. The education of girls (and the decisions made by men) has to be dealt with truthfully and sensitively. I like the illustrations too, a mixture of muted colours and collage with great fabric detail' (Patrice, YA author, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 30pp
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Real Lives: Harriet Tubman

Real Lives: Harriet Tubman

Ref: 12894

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2014 A slice of historical fiction detailing the remarkable life of Harriet Tubman: her enslavement, her fight for freedom and then her immeasurable bravery freeing others through the Underground Railroad, as a nurse during the civil war and as a suffragette. Age 10-12, Paperback 112pp
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Rebel Voices The Rise of Votes for Women

Rebel Voices The Rise of Votes for Women

by Louise Kay Stewart
illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight

Ref: 15173

A glorious-on-the-eye history of women's suffrage: a dazzling and clamorous front cover; an attractive thumbnail index; tactile and texture-rich illustrations which made this reviewer's fingertips tingle. An awe-inspiring journey through the history of women's suffrage, starting out with New Zealand's frontier women who campaigned for and won the first ever vote for women in 1893 (for both European settlers and indigenous Maori women), sending ripples across the Nordic Countries, Russia, the UK and beyond, ending, most recently, with Saudi Arabia where women gained the vote in 2015. Heroes of women's suffrage are highlighted: China's warrior women, South Africa's Black Sash group, the intrepid Matilde Hidalgo de Procel from Ecuador, Nigeria's Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Egypt's lionesses. A clear, block, timeline at the back shows women's suffrage spreading across all continents throughout the late 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. An information-stacked history book for children to feast on. 'At last- a quality text on global suffrage- every school library should have this. Informative and easy to read. Quality illustrations' (Jayne, Primary Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). Age 9-14, Hardback 47pp
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The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy Tale

The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy Tale

Ref: 11239

The King and Queen have an ache in their hearts. When they discover the cause, they begin a long and difficult journey that will ultimately end in happiness. 'I really like this book!' (Senior Adoption Worker, LL reviewer). Age 4-8, American Import Hardback 30pp
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Respect

Respect

Ref: 11260

The true stroy of Walter Tull, the first black outfield player in professional football and the first ever black officer in the British army. An exciting and well overdue biography of this little known hero. Reading Age 8+ Interest Age 12+ Paperback 58pp
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Rickshaw Girl

Rickshaw Girl

by Mitali Perkins
illustrated by Jamie Hogan

Ref: 11816

Saleem can drive a rickshaw and help earn money for his family. Naima longs to help but is forbidden as a girl. A wonderfully unique story set in rural Bangladesh exploring the challenges change brings. Fantastic! Age 7-11, American Import Paperback 91pp
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Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry

Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry

by R. Awolola, V. Adukwei Bulley, A. Cook, J. Hulma and Amina Jama
illustrated by R. Chowdhury, E. Chuah & Joe Manners

Ref: 15022

Poems about the body, aliens, peas, a cousin's clothes, afro hair and Auntie Lucille; structures from free verse to haiku...a superb mix of word recipes which beg to be performed. We were delighted to be at the launch of this unique poetry collection, brought about by a collaboration between the indie gem of a publisher, Otter-Barry, and Pop Up Projects- and with the support/advice of Joelle Taylor, Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK. Already known on the SLAM circuit, this anthology marks these 5 poets' debut on the children's literature landscape and includes the works of Amina Jama (Somali-British poet/Radio 1Xtra's Words First London finalist), Jay Hulme (Transgender performance poet/winner of SLAMbassadors 2015) and Victoria Adukwei Bulley (British-Ghanaian poet, writer, filmmaker and director of Mother Tongues). Are we allowed a favourite? Look out for 'This Poem Is Not About Parakeets'... Age 10-16 , Paperback 95pp
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Robot Girl

Robot Girl

by Malorie Blackman
illustrated by Matthew Griffin

Ref: 14211

It's by Malorie Blackman so it is, of course, magnificent! Claire's Dad is an inventor but he's being ever so secretive- and when the big reveal comes along, Claire can only see... a monster! But who are the androids? Who are the humanoids? Who are the real monsters? Twisty, turny, provocative, stimulating and smart sci-fi. 'Feels deceptively simple but addresses isolation, stigma, prejudice, growing up and what it means to belong in society and in a family' (Patrice, Author, LL reviewer). Age 8-12 Paperback 58pp
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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 12902

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2014 "This is the story of Rosie Revere, who dreamed of becoming a great engineer". A gender-role-busting picture book about an inventive girl and an inspirational aunt who shows her that failure isnt to be feared. Inspired by the fictional World War II character, Rosie the Riveter, a symbol of womens work during the war. Age 4-7, Hardback 30pp
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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Ref: 11326

The extraordinary life of a dual heritage, super-talented composer and musician, brought to you by a group of inspired schoolchildren. Hiawatha's creator finally joins the canon of UK Black History. Age 7-10, Paperback 26pp Themes: Mixed Race Representations, Black History
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Sawbones

Sawbones

Ref: 13053

It's 1792 and Ezra (mixed race) is an apprentice surgeon. When a tattooed body lands on his dissection table, he and the rapier-wielding Loveday unearth a tangled web of intrigue. Described by Malorie Blackman (Children's Laureate) as "Superbly written", our reviewers were absolutely gripped. "What an opening chapter! (School librarian, LL reviewer). Age 10 +, Paperback 233pp
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The Scar

The Scar

by Charlotte Moundlic
illustrated by Olivier Tallec

Ref: 12608

A smart, unflinching book about a child grieving the loss of a parent: their sadness, rage, confusion and healing 'Beautiful, real story with great words and illustrations' (Education Lecturer, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, Paperback 31pp
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Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Ref: 13488

Scarlet is used to looking after her little brother so when her mum's depression results in them being split up into different foster homes, Scarlet is determined to get her brother back. Explores mental health and the complexities of the care system (without demonizing any social workers!) Ages 9-12 , Paperback 203pp
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The Seal's Fate

The Seal's Fate

by Eoin Colfer
illustrated by Victor Ambrus

Ref: 14668

"Boys didn't do cute. Boys killed things because that was how life was, and you'd better be ready for it when school was over." By the Children's Laureate Ireland (2014-2016). A young boy struggles to join in with the seal bounty used to curb the seal population in a rural Irish community. An important local tradition and a key marker of a boy's transition into adulthood- what will Bobby do? As much a story about facing difficult decisions and searching your own conscience as it is a thought-provoking story which confronts a young boy with the pressures to conform to a rigid and brutal 'masculinity', policed and endorsed by a small community. Interestingly, this challenge is further extended by the appearance and 'triumph' of the first ever girl to take part in the bounty. Short and engaging text with full colour illustrations, this is an ideal first chapter book. Age 8-12, Paperback 84pp
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The Secrets of Billie Bright

The Secrets of Billie Bright

Ref: 14538

"Hi Mum...I know you're always watching over me...I go to Big School today. I'm not nervous...I'll probably actually make new friends in five minutes, because I am, like, fun and interesting..." Billie's family is full of big characters: three big brothers and a Dad. But she still misses her Mum. So when she has a chance to do a school project on her mum, Billie couldn't be happier- that is, until she realises her happy family isn't quite what it seems... A fantastic young chapter book starring a mixed race lead growing up in a Black British Christian family. As always, Susie Day's work embraces inclusion in the most 'natural way, merely showing us the world as it really is. Meantime, her fresh, comic tone is a perfectly safe forum for exploring bigger ideas of social justice. (Billie's gay brother is much more than a secondary character and is a refreshing addition to the tiny handful of largely white LGBT characters in children's fiction). Age 8-11, Paperback 304pp
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Shanyi Goes to China

Shanyi Goes to China

Ref: 11327

A fantastic new series which follows UK children as they travel to their parent's place of birth. Dazzling photographs present a vibrant portrait of China as seen through the eyes of young Shanyi. Bursting with delightful details, including a child-friendly recipe for steamed egg custard! Age 6-9, Hardback 29pp
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Sharing Our Homeland

Sharing Our Homeland

by Trish Marx
photos by Cindy Karp

Ref: 11328

A groundbreaking photo-essay focusing on 2 children- one Jewish and one Palestinian- who learn to work and play together at Israel's summer Camp Peace. Objective and positive. Age 9-13, American Import Hardback 43pp
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She Is Not Invisible

She Is Not Invisible

Ref: 12832

Laureth Peak's father is a writer. A stalled writer who has been trying for years to write a novel about coincidence. Her mum thinks he's obsessed, but Laureth is worried about him. When his notebook turns up in New York when he is supposed to be in Austria, Laureth is certain that something is seriously wrong. On impulse, she uses her mother's credit card to buy two flights to New York. One for her, and one for her little brother Benjamin. Together they try to follow the clues in the notebook to find their father, coming across a host of interesting characters and challenges on the way to a dramatic denouement. (The protagonist just happens to be blind). Age 9-16, Paperback 354pp
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She Persisted Around the World  13 Women Who Changed History

She Persisted Around the World 13 Women Who Changed History

by Chelsea Clinton
illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

Ref: 15182

"All over the world, girls are more likely to be told to be quiet, to sit down, to have smaller dreams. Don't listen to those voices". A companion to the No 1 New York Times bestseller, She Persisted, which focused on inspirational N. American women, this new title looks at thirteen game changers who have changed the course of and remoulded history. Women featured are: Sor Juana Ins de la Cruz (Mexico), Caroline Herschel (Germany), Kate Sheppard (New Zealand), Marie Curie (Poland), Viola Desmond (Canada), Mary Verghese (India), Aisha Rateb (Egypt), Wangari Maathai (Kenya), Joanne Rowling (UK), Sisleide Lima do Amor (Brazil), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Yuan Yuan Tan (China), and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan). Inspirational messages to children top and tail these mini bios. Great to see a disabled hero in the mix (Mary Verghese)! Bright bold artwork accompanies a positive, upbeat, energetic text. Age 7-11, Hardback American Import 31pp
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The Silence Seeker

The Silence Seeker

by Ben Morley
illustrated by Carl Pearce

Ref: 11288

A new boy moves in next door. Mum says he's an asylum seeker. 'A Silence Seeker!' says Joe. And so begins the story of a delightful little boy who sets out to find silence for his new friend. Age 6-9, Paperback 26pp
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Sky Dancer

Sky Dancer

Ref: 15282

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2018 Gill Lewis once again manages to combine political and thought-provoking content with an easy, flowing narrative. In what is surely brand new material for children's literature, Lewis explores the environmental impact of grouse shooting-and therefore, in turn, deforestation and endangered hen harriers- and raises the radical possibility of rewilding our landscapes. All this within a cast of characters who straddle our bizarre English class hierarchy from the landed aristocracy who run the grouse-shooting business to the working class gamekeepers and grouse beaters dependent on the land for their work. At both ends of the spectrum, young people- Joe, Minty and Ella- are galvanised and empowered to have a say on the great cost to them all of leaving this 'sport' unchecked. A fantastic tribute to all of the children and young people who ask, 'why?' and then keep asking 'why?' This is the fourth book Lewis has had on the Little Rebels Shortlist. Truly one of the UK's most compassionate and politicised children's authors. Age 9-12, Paperback 259pp **Special offer is 1.99 off, usually 6.99**
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Sleeping Beauty: A Mid-Century Fairy Tale

Sleeping Beauty: A Mid-Century Fairy Tale

retold by Lynn Roberts-Maloney
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 14860

A picture book lover's absolute delight! The story of sleeping beauty, recast and twisted and re-birthed as an extraordinary fairy tale for our times. The tale starts out in the 1950s with Annabel being raised by her two 'Aunts' (in fact, probably a [mixed race] same-sex couple). Absorbed in 1950s futuristic sci-fi pop culture, little does Annabel realise her own future is uncertain since green-eyed witch Morwenna (a Cruella de Vil spin off) has predicted her death on her 16th birthday, a curse converted by good witch auntie Flora into a long, long, long sleep. 1000 years on from the dreaded sixteenth, in a utopian future of flying saucers and smiley robots, a smart and fearless young (Asian) girl called Zoe discovers an ancient fable, Sleeping Beauty, in a quite magnificent towering library... and sets out to recue Annabel from her deepest sleep. Magical, feminist, visionary storytelling. Not a prince in sight- indeed, curiously, not a man in sight in either the mid-century nor the future world... 'I am besotted with this. The illustrations are quite breathtakingly beautiful and the storytelling is terrific. I love the synthesis of 'traditional' feminine values of nurturing and support with those of adventure and exploration to create a kind of feminist/queer utopia that anyone would want to live in. The language is elegant and the whole story brims with joy and hope' (Mark Jennett, Equalities Trainer/Consultant). Age 4-8, Paperback 29pp
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Spacegirl Pukes

Spacegirl Pukes

by Katy Watson
illustrated by Vanda Carter

Ref: 11295

Out February 23rd 2017. Pre-Order now; expect delivery after the 23rd! It's back!! Yes, our favourite Spacegirl is back in print. Once again, Spacegirlr prepares to be launched into space, only to be gripped by nausea. Mummy Loula and Mummy Neenee rush to her side with hugs and a bucket but, oh no! Now Mummy and Mummy and even Trotsky the cat are brought down with the sickly bug. First published in 2005, Spacegirl Pukes has lost none of its charm and enormous child appeal. For every adult made queasy by the tiniest glimpse of a little 'puke', two more children are pulled into this wonderful technicolour-splatter adventure. A relatively early example of a children's books in which same-sex parents are included without fanfare and without an 'issue' to be sniffed out. It simply hasn't dated! Our customers have been asking and asking for Spacegirl to come back into print. It has kept its lovely large sized format; it simply hasn't dated and we couldn't be happier! Age 3-6, Paperback 25pp Themes: Lesbian and Gay, Families
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Spring Break

Spring Break

Ref: 11353

But two days before her trip to Washington, with her best friend Zoe's family, Cricket Kaufman trips on a curb and winds up on crutches. Worse still, Zoe invites Sara Jane Cushman to go instead. Now Cricket's friendship with Zoe seems as injured as her ankle. It's going to take some serious creativity to turn this woeful week into a lucky break! Ages 8-12, 112pp Paperback American Import
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Star by Star

Star by Star

Ref: 15187

"Just as stars come one by one to brighten the night sky, so history is made person by person, girl by girl, vote by vote". It's 1918. The Great War is coming to an end, a flu pandemic is sweeping Europe and women are on the brink of getting the vote for the first time ever. Stands out from the current crop of Suffragette stories for its Irish setting, placing the women's access to the vote within the context of class and against the backdrop of The Troubles and the rise of Sinn Fein. Stella, a passionate young woman from solid Suffragette stock, leads the narrative with her passionate optimism and hope for change. Nicely paced historical fiction by an award-winning (Irish) author. "Age 9-14, Paperback 188pp
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Stella Brings the Family

Stella Brings the Family

by Miriam B. Schiffer
illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

Ref: 13851

Stella's class is having a special Mother's Day celebration. All of the pupils has at least one mum- Howie even has two! But Stella has two Dads. A spot or two of anxiety later, Stella decides to invite not only her two dads but her nonna and uncle and aunt and cousin too! A very joyful, very lively and rather overcrowded class party follows, leaving the teacher a little frazzled. Don't worry, Stella reassures her, when it's father's day, she'll just bring the 2 guests! Which leaves Howie with a problem all of his own... A delightfully illustrated, upbeat, story which celebrates the diversity of family life. Bright fresh illustrations depict a multicultural classroom with a bunch of very happy children. 'Loved this book. Hope it's an indication of more to come' (Deborah, Lecturer in EY Education, LL reviewer). 'A great story of families and special days' (Rosalind, Workforce Dev. Officer, LL reviewer). Age 5-8
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Stompin at the Savoy

Stompin at the Savoy

edited by Alan Govenar
illustrated by Martin French

Ref: 11331

An oral autobiography based on interviews with Norma Miller, famed Harlem Renaissance dancer. Lively spirited text and zappy illustrations perfectly evoke the Jazz Age. Age 9+, American Import Hardback 56pp
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Stop Bullying Me! (Putting on a Play)

Stop Bullying Me! (Putting on a Play)

by Jenny Powell
illustrated by Sophie Keen

Ref: 14800

Ideal either for shared reading or for a whole class performance, this anti-bullying book is a great resource for getting children to explore the emotional impact of bullying and social exclusion. Endorsed by the national anti-bullying charity, Kidscape. (nb: multicultural classroom; mixed race lead character). Age 8-11 Paperback 30pp
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A Story Like the Wind

A Story Like the Wind

by Gill Lewis
illustrated by Jo Weaver

Ref: 14683

"Maybe this is what it is like to die. To be ripped away. To leave behind everything you have ever loved, unable to return". A tiny rubber dinghy, on a wide, wide ocean carrying strangers on a dangerous journey- a group of lost, desperate people who are brought into a new family by Rami, a fourteen year old child, with a face a thousand years old. It is Rami who gently gives voice to the passenger's stories, prompting them with his violin as he plays a tune, soaring with melancholy and hope, conjuring up an ancient story of freedom, a story like the wind. Lewis adopts a sparse writing style with carefully collected words which seem to magnify meanings like a parable. A story of our time, echoing the perilous journeys made by Syrian refugees, but also a story which we know has gone many times before. Beautifully accompanied by evocative grainy, soft, 'smudgy' drawings. Amnesty endorsed, Lewis performs another star turn, making issues of social justice accessible, authentic and galvanising to young people. A long time favourite author of Letterbox Library. 'Such a beautiful story-deeply moving. Poetic and powerful- unforgettable' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 8-12, Hardback 77pp
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The Story Tree (+ Story CD)

The Story Tree (+ Story CD)

retold by Hugh Lupton
illustrated by Sophie Fatus

Ref: 14997

Seven sumptuously illustrated traditional tales from around the world, retold with plenty of rhythms, repetitions and simplicity. Includes full length story CD. 'A wonderful book' (Ofsted Inspector, Letterbox reviewer). Age 4-9 Paperback + CD 57pp
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A Strange Land

A Strange Land

Ref: 14778

"There are these people. They've got something on me. In turn, I've got something on one of the refugee boys. Hassan is new, so he doesn't have anything on anybody. He just wants to fit in". The Blokes are a group of boys at Jack's school, united in their fight to bully and ostracise the refugee, Black and Asian children. Jack befriends Hassan, a Syrian refugee who has just recently arrived- but now, the Blokes have given him orders to take Hassan down or else..." Will Hassan survive and will Jack finally learn to do the right thing? A timely story about racism, anti-immigrant prejudice, bullying and the power of friendship to triumph over hate. Reading Age 7+ Interest 10-14, Paperback 57pp
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The Strongest Boy in the World

The Strongest Boy in the World

Ref: 14486

Set in ancient Japan, when wrestlers were celebrities and little boys wanted to be just like them. Skinny little Kaito dreams of being a famous Sumo wrestler and decides to try his luck at the famous wrestling tournament in Kyoto. On the road, he meets Hana, a girl with great physical strength and wisdom who declares Kaito far too 'weedy' to compete and then offers to train him up herself. Several bowls of fish stews and several boot camp sessions later, a small but tough wrestler is fit and ready for competition! Lovely humorous storytelling- and the real star is, of course, Hana , based on the legendary strong women of Japanese myth. "'A very welcome strong woman portrayal" (Jane, Inclusion Manager, Letterbox reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 27pp
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Sun Time, Snow Time

Sun Time, Snow Time

Ref: 13438

A clever cross-cultural collection, bringing together two of Nicholl's earlier poetry anthologies: Come on into my tropical garden, set in Guyana where the poet was born and Give Yourself a Hug, set in the UK where she moved to as a child. With this combination, Nicholls says she wants to "embrace both worlds with a new name". Age 8-adult, Paperback 89pp
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Sweet Pizza

Sweet Pizza

Ref: 14839

Little Rebels Award Shortlist 2017 Joe is proud of his Welsh/Italian heritage and the business run by his family in Bryn Mawr, South Wales. Mum is starting to feel less enamoured with Caf Merelli's cracked Formica walls and peeling vinyl, none of which is likely to get repaired while the local recession persists. But Joe is full of entrepreneurial spirit. Inspired by his grandfather/Nono's stories of the past and with the arrival of his authentically Italian cousin, Mimi, Joe is eager to learn all the secrets of al dente pasta and to fight to protect Caf Merelli's future by reviving it's Italian origins. Along the way, Joe learns some sometimes difficult truths about his own roots and the history and lives of Italian immigrants in Wales. A warm, funny and clever story about identity, belonging and immigration, within a working-class (for once!) community- with a very endearing, chip-loving, opera-adoring child at its centre. (nb: one of the narrative strands is loosely based on the 1940 sinking of the SS Arandora Star which sailed from Liverpool with interned Italians and Germans- 53 of the Italians who died were from Wales). Fab backnotes on opera and some pasta recipes! Age 9-12, Paperback 283pp
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Talking Turkeys

Talking Turkeys

Ref: 14561

"Turkeys jus wanna hip-hop". Exciting, provocative and funny, this poetry collection by the superb Zephaniah will delight and tickle children and adults alike. Age 8-adult, Paperback 83pp
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Tall Story

Tall Story

Ref: 13313

"Don't be surprised now, Andi, your brother is tall. Tall, you hear me?" Andi doesn't know quite what to expect as she awaits her long lost half-brother's arrival from the Philippines. But she hopes that, at least he'll 'get' her basketball obsession. A clash of Filipino and English cultures, a touch of sibling rivalry and more than a dusting of magic provide the background to a quirky, bittersweet story. Age 11-14, Paperback 295pp
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The Taxing Case of the Cows

The Taxing Case of the Cows

by I. Van Rynbach & P. D. Shea
illustrated by E. A. McCully

Ref: 11528

A brilliant suffragette vignette from the 1860s. The little known, true, story of the Smith Sisters, their herd of cows and their fight for women's votes. Fascinating, fresh and funny. Age 7-10, Hardback 27pp
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Taylor Five

Taylor Five

Ref: 11355

What is the sinister truth that was hidden from Taylor? Why is she a clone? When terrorists attack her Borneo home, she has to flee with 'Uncle' a highly intelligent orang-utan and begin a journey of self-discovery. Age 11+ 116pp Paperback **SALE ITEM** WAS 4.99 NOW 2.99
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Tender Earth

Tender Earth

Ref: 15293

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2018 A wonderfully dense coming-of-age novel starring Leila who is teetering on the brink of a newly politicised identity and is about to discover just how loud her voice can bellow. With the unearthing of her Nan's Protest Book, Leila picks the baton of protest passed down through her family, joined by some wonderful secondary characters on her journey, including: Pari, a recent refugee from the Iraq war, living in a tower block in the UK, self-assured and quick to challenge assumptions about her and her family; Kez, a wheelchair user who is re-forging her identity and, in the process, coming into her own as a vocal advocate of disability rights. This is a narrative rich with a celebration of equality and solidarity, hopeful about the possibility of change and confident in young people as the initiators of change. (Mixed race protagonist). Endorsed by Amnesty International UK. Age 9-14, Paperback 413pp **Special offer is 1.99 off, usually 6.99**
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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

by John Boyne
illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Ref: 12705

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2013 A chapter book for younger readers which introduces the unusual Barnaby Brocket, the terrible thing that happened to him and his fantastic odyssey around the world. A narrative about being different, being extraordinary and being happy with yourself. Age 8-12, 278pp Paperback
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This Is Our House

This Is Our House

by Michael Rosen
illustrated by Bob Graham

Ref: 12061

"This house isn't for girls" begins George. In this charming story of discrimination overcome, a small group of friends find a way to include each other and share. Age 3-7, Paperback 26pp
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The Tornado Chasers

The Tornado Chasers

Ref: 14925

"If you're reading this letter then it means I've finally escaped. When I first came to the County Detention Centre, they said I had to tell them the truth about what happened- when it all began, who did what, why we did it, why it ended the way it did..." A brilliantly funny but also thoughtful story about a protected community, created by over anxious parents. The village of Barrow constructs rules and myths about external 'dangers'- bears and tornados- and, in doing so, polices its children with a high-vis yellow uniform, curfews and threats of detention. But the town hasn't accounted for Owen, nor for his discovery that his grandparents were famous Tornado Chasers... nor for a band of bold and defiant children, including Murderous Pete, coming together to question the rules and to form their own tornado chasing society. A brilliantly inventive, original and totally hilarious adventure which also hints at the dangers of a risk-averse culture (n.b.: Owen has a condition called 'startling' and one of his mates, Ceri, wears leg braces in a superbly 'incidental' representation of disability). Age 9-12 , Paperback 277pp
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Three's A Crowd

Three's A Crowd

by Gwendolyn Hooks
illustrated by Sylvia Walker

Ref: 11304

Keisha and Val are best friends- until Val brings a new girl along! Keisha is not happy. Everyone knows 'three's a crowd'. A positive and reassuring exploration of friendship rivalries. Age 6-8, American Import Paperback 32pp
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The Tiger-Skin Rug

The Tiger-Skin Rug

Ref: 11959

A sad and thin old tiger tires of life in the Indian jungle- so he passes himself off as a tiger-skin rug in the Rajah's luxorious palace! How long will he remain undiscovered? Charming, beguiling and hilarious. Age 5-8, Paperback 29pp
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Tilly's Promise

Tilly's Promise

Ref: 14785

Influenced by Sassoon's poetry and Vera Brittain's testament of Youth, the prestigious award-wining author, Lidna Newbery, pens a story about a lesser known aspect of World War I- the experience of young men with learning difficulties. Set in rural Essex and told from the perspective of Georgie's sister, Tilly, this is also a fine story about the experience of young women during the war and the shifting gender expectations required by the war 'effort'. An original take which works well to expose the distress, confusion and horros of war. Reading Age 8+ Interest 9-13, Paperback 86pp
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Toffee and Pie

Toffee and Pie

by Pippa Goodhart
illustrated by Paul Howard

Ref: 13102

John's Traveller family have moved again- which means a new school and new friends. But with a horse like Pie in tow, John gets on just fine. 'Really positive portrayal of life as a Traveller' (Inclusion Manager, LL reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 58pp
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Tomorrow

Tomorrow

Ref: 15464

Originally published in Arabic in 2012. How lucky we are that Lantana publishers and the author gave us our own English-language edition. This remarkable book introduces us to Yazan, a small child bewildered by the changes around him- his mother has stopped painting, the news blasts out of the TV set constantly, school has mysteriously ended and the days -spent mostly indoors- are becoming yawningly monotonous. But then, one day, without permission, Yazan leaves the house- only to be confronted by a dramatically unfamiliar landscape... A stark, sparse and 'honest' text captures a child's unique perspective, in which they are at the centre of their own world, on a devastating reality -a country at conflict- while also imparting a more 'mature' understanding of this reality to the older reader. Yazan's naivety, his struggle to grasp the seismic destruction around him, his fearful confusion, his parents' desire to protect him, to demonstrate resilience and hope for their family- these great depths of feelings are all so perfectly evoked by the text, an emotional well enhanced by the brilliant illustrations. Kaadan's watercolours bleed across textured blotting paper, while black crayons draw blunt outlines. The images are striking at every turn: the house's front door, in menacing red, is over layered with images of the destruction outside; ominous black shapes pour out of the television set like lurching, threatening black hounds; paper planes bite like bullets down the page. And yet, in the midst of all of this, the story carries a wonderful warmth and even ends on a note of optimism. Wonderful. Age 4-8, Hardback 25pp
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Too Much Trouble

Too Much Trouble

Ref: 11919

Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award Winner 2010 A fantastic action-fuelled Oliver Twist adventure starring two refugees on the run in London. 'Great book! Thrilling, tense and un-put-downable...once I realised I was holding my breath!' (Alex, 11, LL reviewer). Age 9+, Paperback 168pp
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Trading Places With Tank Talbott

Trading Places With Tank Talbott

by Dori Hillestad Butler
illustrated by Barry Gott

Ref: 11357

'Geeky' Jason wants to finish his horror film script. Tank wants to bully people. An unlikely friendship is formed bringing surprising benefits to them both! Fun and original. Age 8-11 American Import Paperback 138pp
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Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Ref: 12091

A troubled school-girl finds a special timepiece which brings her face-to-face with one of the most important women in history, Elizabeth Tudor. Will Rosie (who has dyslexia) be inspired by her courage, or will the dangers of the past engulf her? Reading Age 8+ Interest 10-14, Paperback 69pp
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The Unforgotten Coat

The Unforgotten Coat

by Frank Cottrell Boyce
photos by C. Hunter & C. Heney

Ref: 0053B

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize Winner 2012 A brilliantly conceived, unforgettable, story about two refugee brothers from Mongolia trying to fit into their Liverpool school. Evocative Polaroid photos and a magical text full of warmth and soul. Age 9-13, Paperback 43pp
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Until We Win

Until We Win

Ref: 14971

An award winning novelist brings spark and fire to this Suffragette story for young people, centring on 17-year-old, working class, Lizzie. The fight for the women's vote is explored with honesty and passion, showing the rallies, the direct actions and the hunger strikes. (N.b.: there is also a nice touch to the novel's conclusion as it suggests Lizzie and Connie form a relationship going forwards.) 'Well drawn and engaging characters and a nice sense of period' (Mark, Equalities Trainer/Consultant, LL reviewer). Reading Age 8+ Interest Age 10-14, Paperback 85pp
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Vanishing Cultures: Himalaya

Vanishing Cultures: Himalaya

Ref: 11333

One in a special series about ancient ways of life which are under threat: in this case the vanishing cultures of the Sherpes-Tibetans. Truly give pause for thought. 'Beautiful, beautiful books' (Former Primary Teacher, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, American Import Paperbacks 30pp
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Vanishing Trick

Vanishing Trick

Ref: 14611

A stunning collection of verse which embraces a range of ideas and feelings so relevant to children's lives- the Year 6 Disco, first love, bullies, geometry lessons and... vowel movements! Accompanied by Asquith's trademark, hilarious, cartoon illustrations. Wise, tender, comic and always very contemporary. On one page a tidy slice of structured verse will encourage the reader to be gently contemplative; on the next, a mini-storm of rhyme will deliver a punch of laughter. Special mention for the brilliant 'Mohammed and the Whale': "Mohammed, of number 42 Cranmore Gardens, outside Crewe had a wish he knew would make him glad, and every night he told his dad: 'Dad, I've GOT to learn to sail.' 'Why?' 'I've got to meet a whale'". Great for schools with its engaging themes and explorations of different poetic forms. Perfect for home- Asquith excels at spotting all of the things which tickle as well as worry children and then soothing them, bolstering them and, most of all, laughing with them. Age 7-10, Paperback 103pp
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Walter Tull's Scrapbook

Walter Tull's Scrapbook

Ref: 13195

As we write this review (Sep 2014), Walter Tull is about to be commemorated on a special coin issued by the Royal Mint! A fitting tribute to the first Black outfield player in professional UK football and the first Black officer in the British army. This lovely scrapbook format is written from Tull's perspective and traces his life from attending school in Folkestone to his footballing years at Spurs to his death, aged 29, during the Second Battle of the Somme. With wonderful black and white photography, drawings and archive materials, this is a wonderfully rich historical resource. 'An inspiring, moving account of Tull's life' (Parent, LL reviewer). Age 8-12, Paperback 30pp
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The Big Picture: Water

The Big Picture: Water

Ref: 12561

Fascinating sustainability information book exploring the impact of a well in Malawi. 'Great for non-fiction genre work' (Primary Deputy Head, LL reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 24pp
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Welcome to Nowhere

Welcome to Nowhere

Ref: 15253

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2018 Widely praised as Laird's finest work to date, this novel tells the story of 12-year-old, budding entrepreneur, Omar, his smart and politicised older brother, Musa (who also has cerebral palsy)- and their family's flight from war-torn Syria as they make the difficult journey from Basra to Daraa, then to a Jordanian refugee camp, with the novel ending just as the family are about to embark for the UK. There is simply too much substance, thought and beauty to this narrative to condense here! The wonderful characterisations, the respect and sensitivity for the different Middle Eastern landscapes Laird takes her readers across, the heart-breaking decisions faced by those whose lives are at risk, the brilliant, deft touch at the book's conclusion of getting young readers to think about how and whether the UK will welcome and receive Omar and him family... The novel's final sentence reads, "The answer to these questions lies with you". Based on research undertaken by this well-travelled, award-winning, author (esp. in the Middle East) at two refugee camps in Jordan, this is a passionate and thoughtful plea to see refugees as people whose lives are more similar to ours than we might perhaps think. Age 10+, Hardback 336pp
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Welcome to Nowhere

Welcome to Nowhere

Ref: 15317

Shortlisted Little Rebels Award 2018 Widely praised as Laird's finest work to date, this novel tells the story of 12-year-old, budding entrepreneur, Omar, his smart and politicised older brother, Musa (who also has cerebral palsy)- and their family's flight from war-torn Syria as they make the difficult journey from Basra to Daraa, then to a Jordanian refugee camp, with the novel ending just as the family are about to embark for the UK. There is simply too much substance, thought and beauty to this narrative to condense here! The wonderful characterisations, the respect and sensitivity for the different Middle Eastern landscapes Laird takes her readers across, the heart-breaking decisions faced by those whose lives are at risk, the brilliant, deft touch at the book's conclusion of getting young readers to think about how and whether the UK will welcome and receive Omar and him family... The novel's final sentence reads, "The answer to these questions lies with you". Based on research undertaken by this well-travelled, award-winning, author (esp. in the Middle East) at two refugee camps in Jordan, this is a passionate and thoughtful plea to see refugees as people whose lives are more similar to ours than we might perhaps think. Age 10+, Paperback 336pp **Special offer is 1.99 off, usually 6.99**
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We Love Harvest

We Love Harvest

Ref: 11338

Learn all about how children and their families make Harvest special and what it means to them. Strong and colourful photos enhance this engaging festival book with a global perspective. A great first introduction! Age 5-8, Paperback 24pp
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Werewolf Club Rules

Werewolf Club Rules

by Joseph Coelho
John O'Leary

Ref: 13223

Debut by performance poet, Jo Coelho (featured on CBeebies!) Strut your poetic stuff with class hamsters, puppies on dates doing puppy love, sausage dogs and hot dogs- and hardvarking aardvarks. Side-splitting silliness. Age 7+ Paperback 91pp
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We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome

by Debbie Levy
by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Ref: 14331

From the song's roots in America's era of slavery through the civil rights movement of the 1960s to today, "We Shall Overcome" has come to represent the fight for equality and freedom around the world. This important book, lyrically written by Debbie Levy and paired with elegant, collage-style art by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, pays tribute to the heroic spirit of the famous song that encompasses American history. Age 7-11, Hardback 29pp
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What do we think about Alcohol?

What do we think about Alcohol?

Ref: 11339

In this book you can read all about why people drink alcohol and how it makes them feel. Feelings and emotions are simply and sensitively explored with supporting photos. Age 5-10, 32pp Paperback.
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What is Gender? How Does It Define Us? And Other Big Questions

What is Gender? How Does It Define Us? And Other Big Questions

Ref: 15231

"The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognising how we are" (Chimamanda Ngozi, quoted in What Is Gender?) There are now a small handful of children's/young people's titles exploring gender and transgender identities- but of very mixed quality. This book is one of the few which has received resoundingly thumbs-up reviews from our review team. Part of an excellent non-fiction series which poses all the BIG questions, this gender tour by Dawson uses a feminist framework to query and challenge conventional gender 'norms' while also embracing transgender identities and providing positive transgender role models. Chapters explore terms such as sex, intersex, gender and sexuality (making it clear sexuality is unrelated to sex/gender identity); they break down gender stereotypes; double page spreads give personal accounts from a range of role models including trans artists such as the author herself and Fox Fisher (from TV doc. My Transsexual Summer) and genderqueer performance artist, Krishna Istha. We particularly enjoyed the world map showing how gender is interpreted differently around the world, from the South Asian Hijra to the Two-Spirit, Native American, people. 'The book looks great and, unlike most books of its type, it doesn't feel po-faced, patronising, depressing or like an instruction manual. Even better, it really is for anyone interested in gender- not just a book for trans kids or a 'mainstream' text with a token nod towards trans, non-binary and intersex identities'. (Mark, Equalities Trainer/Consultant, Letterbox Library reviewer [also on the board of Gendered Intelligence]) 'The best, clearest and most feminist-centred explanation of transgender and gender identities I've seen to date. Distinguishes between, rather than conflating, gender and sex (like so many other titles). And by a transgender author. Yes!' (Letterbox Library staff.) In contemporary culture, definitions and understandings of gender are in greater flux than ever before so this really is a great resource for school and a great read-alone for young people who are asking questions which you may feel are a little beyond you! Age 9-14, Hardback 44pp
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What Will I Be?

What Will I Be?

by Dawne Allette
illustrated by Paul Cemmick

Ref: 11316

"Full of affirmation and aspiration, this book gently encourages children to have dreams and to aim as high as their dreams will float them! Crucially, gender is no barrier. Tyra can picture herself as a midwife just as easily as a pilot, fire-fighter, pest controller(!) or an electrician lighting up the city. Bold, cartoon illustrations, snappy text and a great sense of play and fun really lift these books out of the usual 'occupations' books for children." "The message that 'I can be anything' in these books is great whether the child is male, female or 'likes pink'! All children will enjoy the humour and excitement that unfolds in these pages and open young children's minds to the view that gender is no barrier to any profession." (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, LL reviewer ). Age 6-8, Paperback 27pp
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When I Coloured in the World

When I Coloured in the World

Ref: 15426

Devastatingly simple in its conception- a child is given some coloured pencils and an eraser and, with these, they set about rewriting and mending and hoping for the world. In the place of darkness, they write 'light', for hunger 'wheat', for storm 'breeze', for flood 'drizzle' and for despair 'hope'. Never was the power of the pen, or rather a colouring crayon, more evident. Each new word is introduced in a different colour which spills out on to the opposite page in a blaze of colour and motifs which also nod to traditional Iranian art. Written by one of Iran's greatest contemporary poets. 'I really liked this book and think it would be good for exploring how children might want to deal with/how they feel about the things which afflict humanity' (Hannah, Social Worker, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 5-8, Paperback 28pp
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Where the Winds Meet

Where the Winds Meet

by Mi-hwa Joo; retold by Joy Cowley
illustrated by Oh Lee

Ref: 13950

Set amidst the grasslands and deserts of Mongolia, this lilting narrative is told from the perspective of the great sweeping Mongolian wind! A simple text but with footnotes and backnotes which give the book many more layers and a more complex understanding of Mongolian life and culture. Bridges storytelling and non-fiction. 'I love everything about this book. The use of viewpoint, the figurative language and the illustrations are a powerful combination. The teaching possibilities are endless' (Sonia, Deputy Primary Head, Letterbox reviewer). Age 5-9, Paperback 30pp
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White Dolphin

White Dolphin

Ref: 13407

An award-winning author brings us another uplifting story of young people who have the courage to take a stand and make a difference. Powerful messages about our fragile environment and the threat from commercial ventures is delivered through a thrilling adventure. And, there is some fantastic casual inclusion here through the main leads: Kara is dyslexic and Felix has cerebral palsy. Age 9-12, Paperback 270pp
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Who's a Big Bully Then?

Who's a Big Bully Then?

Ref: 14408

How will Olly the bull help our hero defeat the bully Darren bishop? A great story about doing your best. Reading Age 8+ Interest 8-10 61pp Paperback
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Who Are Refugees and Migrants?

Who Are Refugees and Migrants?

Ref: 14929

A book which, amongst its very many achievements, expertly gets children to see how very easy it is to become displaced, prompting them to imagine themselves as refugees. This in-depth exploration of the context and history of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants succeeds in breaking down so many of the myths which are poisoning current debates. There are lots of real-life accounts, including the authors' own experiences as well as profiles of migrants and refugees who have plenty of teen appeal, e.g.: Young Poet Laureate 2014, Warsan Shire (her poetry featured in Beyonc's Lemonade), comedian Omid Djalili, Benjamin Zephaniah, singer Rita Ora. Fact boxes, mini biographies, a glossary, archive photography, discussion points and personal testimonies are repeatedly interjected with 'Think About' signposts which keep nudging young people to empathise, to relate, to consider, to give proper weight to the issue. 'An excellent reference and source book. Teachers will find it invaluable for an in-depth debate, discussion and clearer understanding' (Elaine, Foster Care Associates Liaison Officer, LL reviewer). Full of real substance and well worth the price tag. Age 9-13, Hardback 45pp
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Who Is Michelle Obama?

Who Is Michelle Obama?

by Megan Stine
illustrated by John O Brien

Ref: 14901

A fast paced, easily digestible biography of Michelle Obama from her birth on the South Side of Chicago to her years of hard study at Princeton and Harvard, to a meeting with a certain Barack Obama, to her critical role in his rise towards the presidency- right up until Barack's reelection for a second term in 2012. Fine line black and white illustrations provide extra detail such as the bird's eye diagram of the White House and the U.S.A. state maps. And, as with the other titles in the series, there are some excellent fact boxes offering a wider historical context- here, boxes on other First Ladies such as Martha Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dolley Madison, Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton. A neat little timeline of key moments in Michelle Obama's life runs parallel to a timeline of key events around the world. Age 8-12, American Import Paperback 107pp
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Who Was Rosa Parks?

Who Was Rosa Parks?

by Yona Zeldis McDonough
illustrated by Stephen Marchesi

Ref: 14895

A conversational text and black and white etchings illuminate this biography of Rosa Parks from her childhood days in early twentieth century Alabama through to her extraordinary achievements and bravery within the civil rights movement and, finally, to her death in October 2005. The narrative is broken up by extremely helpful fact boxes to give a wider context -e.g.: Brown Vs. Board of Education ruling, the role of the Black Church, the NACACP- and to introduce other key civil rights activists, including Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and the little known Claudette Colvin who, aged just 15, refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus 9 months earlier. A big hit with our review team; 'Very important account of life and political activity of Rosa Parks. Fascinating. An essential element of black/women's history' (Cariad, Theatre Lecturer, LL reviewer). 'What a brilliant book. A simple account of an ordinary woman who made a major contribution to the civil rights movement. I also liked the fact that this paid credit to others who were important such as the lesser known Claudette Colvin' (Hellan, Senior Adoption Worker, LL reviewer). 'Easily accessible text and well 'chunked' chapters' (Christine, PRU Manager, LL reviewer). Age 8-12, American Import Paperback 104pp
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Willow's Whispers

Willow's Whispers

by Lana Button
illustrated by Tania Howells

Ref: 11317

Willow's reluctance to express her needs above a tiny whisper gets her into all sorts of tangles. An enchanting and thoughtful story about a very shy child who discovers her inner microphone. Marvellous. Age 4-7, Canadian Import Hardback 29pp
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Women of the Harlem Renaissance

Women of the Harlem Renaissance

Ref: 11345

Packed full of facts and illustrated with photographs and artwork, this look at Black women of the 1920s/30s Harlem Renaissance is truly inspiring. 'This book is full of interesting information,. It told me about lots of Black women I didn't know of before' (Leannah, 9, LL reviewer). Age 9-11, American Import Paperback 45pp
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World of Faiths: Judaism

World of Faiths: Judaism

Ref: 11347

Thorough, informative resources, broken up by photographs, activities, glossaries and a mini-story from each faith. Age 8-12, Paperback 28pp
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World of Faiths: Sikhism

World of Faiths: Sikhism

Ref: 11348

Thorough, informative resources, broken up by photographs, activities, glossaries and a mini-story from each faith. Age 8-12, Paperback 28pp
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Yasmin's Hammer

Yasmin's Hammer

by Ann Malaspina
illustrated by Doug Ghayka

Ref: 11322

Yasmin dreams of going to school but her family need her to earn money at the brickyard. A truly inspiring story about overcoming adversity, set in a bustling modern Bangladesh. Luminescent artwork. Age 7-11, American Import Hardback 36pp
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Young, Gifted and Black

Young, Gifted and Black

by Jamia Wilson
illustrated by Andrea Pippins

Ref: 15225

"Our lives matter. This book is a love letter to our ancestors and to the next generation of black change-makers, in the spirit of the [Nina Simone] song, 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black'" (Wilson & Pippins). A truly joyful festival of black icons. An explosion of colourful illustrations, bold page headers, highlighted inspirational quotes and a resplendent photographic Hall of Fame introduce 52 black stars -both past and present- from around the globe. The breadth and scope is stunning: icons who will resonate immediately with young people- Beyonc, Bolt, Bile; a very fine smattering of UK figure- including Zadie Smith, Steve McQueen, Mo Farah, Nicola Adams; a great gender split; the inclusion of legends who are rarely written in to accounts of black history- Sidney Poitier, Kofi Annan, Toni Morisson. A deeply satisfying tribute and a must-have historical resource for young people everywhere. 'Excellent book. A good balance of contemporary and historical figures. Strongly recommend this!' (Darren, Teacher & Higher Ed. Tutor, Letterbox Library reviewer). 'Allows readers of all backgrounds to learn about black change makers and allows children of colour to see themselves reflected in an array of positive role models. Every school should have a copy!' (Eileen, Former Primary Teacher, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 8+, Hardback 61pp
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Young Knights of the Round Table

Young Knights of the Round Table

Ref: 13232

A quick-paced, Merlin-esque adventure fantasy in which a band of children from the magical world of Avalon go to Earth on a critical quest...only to discover that twentieth century earthlings aren't quite so evil as the Fey folk would have them believe. Fantastically 'incidental' inclusion of a wheelchair user; both girls and boys enjoy thrills and spills; some interesting subtexts on race and 'difference'. Age 9-12, Paperback 352pp
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Zomo the Rabbit

Zomo the Rabbit

Ref: 11325

An entertaining and vivid retelling of a trickster escapade: Zomo, the speedy and clever rabbit of West Africa. Dazzlingly illustrated. Age 3-7, American Import Paperback 29pp
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Zoo Rescue

Zoo Rescue

by Jane A. C. West & Roger Hurn
illustrated by Stik

Ref: 12695

Superheroes with a social conscience. Can Tribe help Po Po the Panda escape the zoo and the cruel keeper, Yu See-Mee? 'This is a fun book!' (Parent, LL reviewer). Reading Age 7+ Interest 9-12, Paperback 50pp
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