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Amy Peppercorn: Starry-Eyed and Screaming

Amy Peppercorn’s chaotic life becomes even more confusingwhen her amazing voice leads to a deal with a record company. By succumbing to trashy manufactured pop, Amy knows she is betraying her principles. Family and friends begin to act differently towards her and she feels carried along by forces stronger than herself. All the while Amy…

Blood Pressure

Aidan lives the ideal dream, a happy teenager, with happy parents, in a happy middle-class home. Add to that his girlfriend Emily, and his life is nearly perfect, apart from some violent and inexplicable dreams which he has throughout his childhood. The shock of discovering that the very foundation of this life is built on…

Caught in the Crossfire

Set in the fictional English town of Oldfield, this novel explores some of the racial tensions which surfaced in Britain after the devastating events of September 11th 2001. It is focused mostly around two families. Mike’s family are from the white, working-class Moorside estate; Rabia’s family are Muslims and they live in the ethnically mixed…

Changing Emma

The beginning of this book confronts the reader with the problem that besets the 16-year-old protagonist: ‘The day Emma Green’s GCSE results came through was the day her parents won twenty-three and a half million pounds on the National Lottery.’ Perhaps unsurprisingly, her parents seem to have little interest in her excellent results, while the…

It’s only Annie!

This book is a collection of four short stories with a young girl called Annie as its central character. Annie is an independent girl and is part of a modern family. Annie’s mother, a famous adventurer, is away a lot and according to Annie has a guilty conscience as a result. Her father is rather…

Nip’s Tale

Nip is a likeable terrier who, after a bungled, violent burglary, begins to question the morality of his owner Jeth’s way of life. When Nip rescues the watchman whom Jeth has left beaten and tied up, the dog ends up on the receiving end of his owner’s brutal temper on a journey replete with the…

Pictures from the Fire

In an asylum hostel somewhere in Europe, Emilia Radu finds an old diary, and fills its blank pages with pictures that attempt to make sense of events she feels her family may be ‘afraid to remember, just as she was afraid to forget’. Fair-haired and pale-skinned, Emilia has always been something of an outsider and…

Sir Gadabout and the Little Horror

I started out expecting to dislike this book – seeing that it is one in a long series of Sir Gadabout books, and many books in series can end up being somewhat tired. But the truth is that I laughed out loud at several of the misadventures to befall poor Sir Gadabout and his luckless…

The Boy Who Fell from the Sky

Lucy Coats can tell a story! And what a feast of stories we have in this collection of Greek myths. Wisely, Coats seems to follow a chronological pattern, beginning with the love between Gaia, the Earth and her husband Uranus, the sky and their battling offspring the beautiful Titans and the ugly Cyclopes. We have…

The Journal of Danny Chaucer (Poet)

Don’t be put off by the saucy, in-yer-face tone of this collection. Like his English teacher, the Danny Chaucer persona whose presence presides over the poems ‘has the knack of nouns,/[His] verbs leap from the page/Chased by crazy crackerjack adjectives’. His creator, Stevens, admits in an interview that while he likes the Adjectives section of…

The Philosophy Files

This publication underlines the growing awareness that children have the capacity for serious, reasoned responses to burning philosophical issues. Chapter (or file, as Law calls them) headings that might be the titles of graduate seminars include ‘Does God exist?’ ‘Can I jump in the same river twice?’ ‘Where do right and wrong come from?’ The…

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