The hurricane is Wills. Chris’s thirteen-year-old brother. He has A.D.D. – Attention Deficit Disorder. Chris says it stands for Acts Dumb and Daft. It’s not easy being eleven and having a brother who causes so much chaos around the house. Sometimes Wills acts like he’s six years younger, sometimes like he’s two. He throws food on the floor, has tantrums and teases Chris. When Chris and Wills’ dad moves out they all feel abandoned. Chris feels he has to be even more supportive towards his mum when sometimes all he wants to do is shout and scream too. And there’s more: Wills is up to something – hanging out with a bad crowd, shoplifting. Then Chris finds out Wills has a wad of money under his mattress. He knows he is up to something, but he’s just not sure what.
Lu Si-yan is just eleven when sold by her uncle. Nearly two years will pass before she can get back home to her mother and brother. In this powerful and compelling novel Sally Grindley portrays the life of a young girl in China, a young girl whose life is said to be like 'spilled water'. With a brilliant first-person narrative and a powerful description of time and place, this novel is gripping, heart-wrenching and utterly mesmerising.
Soon she is at the forefront of an island-wide movement to save the whale. But things are not as simple as the young girl would like and she has to deal with the ambitions of a wide group of people.
On the run with friends, Pascal finds himself at the mercy of some tough events. But it is not until he ends up working in a cocoa plantation that he realises he must endeavour to find his family and to set himself free of his enslavement. Armed only with his determination, and supported by his friend, Kojo, Pascal has a difficult battle ahead of him.
Rex has new glasses and he HATES them! He does NOT want to wear them to school, and he tries to hide them in the strangest places. But it's pretty tricky hiding specs that are so big, and round and RED . . .
Before Rex's day at school comes to an end he realises that actually there are some advantages to being bespectacled and just maybe he could learn to love them.
Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend – until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he’s sniffed out Rudger.
Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up?
Mary is taken to a boat in Plymouth and from there sails to the New World where she hopes to make a new life among the pilgrims. But old superstitions die hard and soon Mary finds that she, like her grandmother, is the victim of ignorance and stupidity, and once more she faces important choices to ensure her survival.
Each fiend wants to take its favourite thing home, to look at whenever it wants. One by one the moon, sun, sky, land and sea are claimed until nothing is left. But do they pick wisely?
A wonderful and utterly unique picture book about the pleasure of sharing.