Ten-year-old Judith McPherson is a believer. She sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith. Where others might see rubbish, Judith finds possibility and traces of the divine. But at school Judith’s difference marks her only for persecution at the hands of her classmates. And lately, even at home she struggles to find connection in a house filled with relics of a mother she’s never known. To escape, Judith makes things in the Land of Decoration, a model in miniature of the Promised Land made of scraps.
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Far from the Wardstone, a new darkness is rising . . .Slither is a haizda mage who preys upon humans, drinking their blood to feed his dark urges. So when a local farmer dies, it’s only natural that Slither should want to feast on his lovely daughters.But then the farmer offers him a deal, and extracts from Slither a promise that will take him on a journey to the City of the Petrified Tree, to a fallen star-stone that holds great power, and straight into the path of Grimalkin, the Witch Assassin.
Binny's life has been difficult since her father died and Binny's life has been difficult since her father died and her dreadful old Aunt Violet disposed of her beloved dog, Max. Her world changed then, to a city flat with not enough space for her Mum, her big sister Clem, and her small brother James. Definitely no room for a pet. Then one day Aunt Violet dies, leaving a small cottage in Cornwall to Binny and her family. Binny finds herself in a new world once more, full of sunshine and freedom and Gareth, the enemy-next-door and the ideal companion for dangerous dares.
Judith and her father don't have much - their house is full of dusty relics, reminders of the mother she's never known. But Judith sees the world with the clear eyes of faith, and where others might see rubbish, Judith sees possibility. Bullied at school, she finds solace in making a model of the Promised Land - using pipe cleaners and other supplies to make little people, a sliver of moon, luminous stars, and a mirror sea - a world of wonder that Judith calls The Land of Decoration.
16-year-old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim they pass a mark beneath her skin. She then has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them - letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn't make it in time? The Darkness will come for her.... She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she's bullied by popular Justin, and persuade her father she's not going crazy.
Leah Jackson - in detention. Then armed Year 9s burst in, shooting. She escapes, but the new Lock Down system for keeping intruders out is now locking everyone in. She takes to the ceilings and air vents with fellow student Anton, and uses her mobile to call out to the world. Outside, parents gather, the army want intelligence, TV cameras roll, psychologists give opinions, doctors advise - and they all want a piece of Leah. Soon her phone battery is running out; and the SAS want her to reconnoitre the hostage area. But she is guarding a terrifying conviction.
Fashion guru Annie’s well-dressed world is falling apart - first she has lost her legendary sense of style, and now her daughter, Lana, seems to have become her worst enemy. Even her multi-millionairess friend, Svetlana, is having daughter trouble - she’s at war with Elena over their business in New York. A trip to a luxurious Italian spa seems like the perfect way to forget her problems. But celery juice and Pilates can’t solve the disasters that are about to strike.… Will Annie rescue her passion for fashion? And can mothers and daughters ever truly be friends?
The first round of auditions was a bit mad. All these wannabe pop stars sitting around trying to look wacky/soulful/tragic (delete as appropriate) to catch the attention of the TV cameras. At least we had a cracking back story. It's the story of me, Agnes, Jimmy, and baby Alfie, too: the tears, the tragedy, the broken homes, and feuding families, the star-crossed lovers. And only some of it was made up. If I say so myself, it was genius: a surefire golden ticket to stratospheric stardom. Or at least that was the plan....
When Becky finds an old photo in a box under her mum's bed, everything she thought she knew comes crashing down. The only place she finds comfort is at the Butterfly Garden, with her new friend Rosa May. But with her wild ways and unpredictable temper, is Rosa May hiding something as well? In the heat of the sun-drenched summer, it seems that Becky is the only one in the dark.... Mesmerizing and mysterious, Butterfly Summer is a haunting tale of intense friendship and dangerous discovery.
Her passion is fashion... but she's on a budget! Personal shopper Annie Valentine is about to hit the big time: presenting a glamorous TV makeover series! But too late, Annie discovers this is TV on a shoestring. They're paying her buttons and her budget is zip. Can she make do with Primark when all she wants is Prada?
Thirteen-year-old Miranda has moved to a small seaside town. At first, it seems to be a dull place where nothing happens. But it's not long before she becomes convinced that something is stalking her. Miranda thinks she's going mad and there's no one she can tell. But at her new school she's drawn to the haughty but talented Callie and her mysterious group of friends. They share Miranda's belief that something evil is out there and point to the town's deadly past.
It's winter and the Pinkers are out of shape - so Dad decides to use the whole family to test out his ideas for a new fit-in-four-weeks diet book. But after a few weeks of early morning runs and cardboard-flavored ready meals, (meaning Peony needs chips and double helpings of pudding at lunch every day to make up), Peony's become so unfit she can barely walk up the hill home. And she's supposed to be climbing Mount Snowdon in just a few weeks!
Peony Pinker is not "cool". She likes animals and messing about, not fitness routines and celebrity news. But when Dad becomes a celebrity agony aunt, the coolest girls in school invite Peony to join their group. Now she's watching the right films and doing the right activities to fit in...and she hasn't got time for her old friends any more. But is the "cool" crowd really where Peony wants to be? A funny and thought-provoking story, from best-selling author Jenny Alexander.
Uber-busy Annie Valentine - mum to two demanding children and personal shopper in a swanky London fashion store - is now intent on setting up a shoe and handbag empire of her own, and she’ll do anything to get there. But what about her adorable new man? As someone who wants nothing more than a quiet life, Ed is shocked to discover Annie staking their home on her success, and now their relationship is on the line.
Peony Pinker is sick of: Mum and Dad arguing non-stop, big sister Primrose acting like a total drama queen, nobody listening (as usual) and Dennis the rabbit (the man promised he was house-trained…)Gran says you can’t change your family. Can Peony learn to live with them instead? The second book in a funny, fantastic series starring Peony and her crazy family from acclaimed author Jenny Alexander.
Peony Pinker wants a dog; a bit of TLC from Mum; a bit of peace from Dad (the world’s worst agony aunt); but, most of all right now, for her big sister’s horrible new best friend to stop being mean to her. It’s not going to happen. But then Mr Kaminski next door tells her the secret of how to get what you want…The first book in a funny, fantastic new series starring Peony and her crazy family, 'How to Get What You Want by Peony Pinker' was a Blue Peter Book Club choice.
Meet Phoebe. Big heart, big laughs, BIG dramas! Why won’t Phoebe’s annoying neighbour, Monty B, leave her alone? Can she get her dippy dad and over-worked mum back together again? Will class mean-girl, Polly Carter, just get off her case for once? And most important of all - will she overcome her stage fright in time to sing her musical solo? A warm-hearted story about the triumphs and traumas at the Star Makers Drama Club - a special place where everyone has their moment to shine!