Ellie is nearly 13, in Year Nine, and desperate to have a boyfriend. Her best friends Magda and Nadine (both prettier and thinner) have boyfriends, but the closest she can get is Dopey Dan, who is younger and a real swot. Find out all her secrets, squirm at her most embarrassing moment, have a laugh, and discover more about boys!
Nine o'clock. That's when Ellie has to be home. Her dad thinks it's not safe any later. But then the most amazing, magical thing happens. Out with her best friends Magda and Nadine, she meets a boy. And it's HER he's interested in - not drop-dead gorgeous Magda or super-cool Nadine. But will Russell stay interested in a girl who has to be home by nine?
Ellie's glorious romance with Russell is teetering on the rocks. Magda's lost her pet and is desperately upset (though the others didn't even know she still had a hamster!). And Nadine is fed up with the other two lecturing her about the dangers of meeting someone on the Internet. She thinks an email boyfriend is wonderful! Buckets of tears are wept and hundreds of tissues sniffled into. Can the girls' friendship survive these testing times?
Do you like the way you look? Because Ellie, Magda, and Nadine don't. In this moving and funny sequel to Girls in Love, the friends all try to change their looks - with disastrous consequences! These girls are under pressure!
Fresh from a London comprehensive, Rebecca Mason is plunged into life at Trebizon, a famous boarding school for girls. Lonely, afraid and anxious to prove herself, Rebecca determines to write something that will be accepted for publication in the school magazine. But the piece that appears is not the one she intended and she unwittingly triggers a row involving the editor of the magazine which rocks the school. But her new friend Tish Anderson and the other second-years are on her side.
When Simon moves in next door, he and Kelly become instant friends. But Kelly just can't help noticing that there's something very odd about her new friend. For one thing, he wears black gloves all the time - even to school. And could that be hair beginning to sprout on his face? Last, but definitely not least, there's the howling at night....
Jim and Milly. Stan and Jane. Jonathan and Fiona. Winter, 1959: Three married couples: each living in England’s Lane, each with an only child, and each attending to family, and their livelihoods - the ironmonger, the sweetshop, and the butcher. Each of them hiding their lies, disguising sin, and coping in the only way they know how.
"Not enough of a story to keep me interested."
When Martin dresses up the newel post in his family's creaky old house, he finds he becomes oddly fascinated with it - until a frightening encounter on the stairs makes him wonder whether his imagination is running away with him. In this collection of strange and creepy stories, Jenny knows she shouldn't have managed to appear twice in the school photo; Gary becomes strangely moody when he takes the old miser's two-shilling coin in change and Jean's compost heap seems to take on a life of its own.
Grace scrambled upstairs and shoved the telescope into its case on top of the wardrobe. It was not until she was back in the kitchen that she thought: I've seen a ghost through a telescope! And then, how can I see it again? She is determined to search for her ghostly knight and to find out the truth, but no-one in her family will help her as they are all too busy.
Proud, beautiful Delilah, the mistress of the magic arts, is appalled. Edward, her owner, has gone on holiday - without her. So Delilah decides to leave home. By midnight she is miles away. And when she reaches the grim city, the nightmare really begins. If only she had the power to shrink humans like she can shrink dogs....
Calling herself Lady Melody Estelle Priscilla Hermione Irwin, Laura weaves a fantastic tissue of lies about herself to her dull penpal. But she soon finds she's not the only one capable of deception.