Cal wants to help new boy Jacob, but Jacob doesn’t want anyone’s help. Most of all, he doesn’t want anyone to know that his whole family needs help – and they’re getting it from the local food bank. But Cal and his mum are volunteers there, and so Jacob’s secret is out. Cal wouldn’t dream of betraying him, but there are others at school who can’t pass up the chance to pick on the kid who’s different.
Aman’s dad is gone, leaving her feeling lost and alone. She struggles to talk about it, but it’s a fact and he isn’t coming back. When a lovely man called Gurnam moves into her street and saves Aman from some local bullies, he and Aman quickly become friends, perhaps even like family. But Gurnam has his own sadness, one that’s far bigger than Aman can understand, and it’s tearing his life apart.
A fictionalised account of the life of Walter ‘Tully’ Tull, a hero – on the football field and on the battlefield. His grandparents had been slaves and after his parents died, Walter and his brother Eddie were brought up in a children’s home.
Read about how Walter, or Tully as he was known, became popular and famous because he was brave and fair and because he could play football better than almost anyone.
A lovely story showing us a bit of what life was like before World War One broke out and what it was like to be black and living in England back then.
Ten-year-old Isla has moved from Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands with her parents, to start a new life after the death of Isla’s beloved young brother.
Many strands are woven into this deceptively simple story and Jane Ray’s illustrations capture the beauty of the island landscape and integrate it perfectly with the atmosphere and rich texture of the storytelling
Was it the wind in the trees? Was it a ghost? Or was it… a beast?
When Robbie and Gaz hear a strange howling sound in the woods behind Robbie’s house, they decide it’s their big chance to take a photo of the beast and make a fortune selling it to the papers.
Dirk Lloyd, the Dark Lord trapped in the boy of a weedy schoolboy, returns in a darkly hilarious adventure set in the most ghoulish school you’ll encounter this side of the Darklands …
Fourth in the brilliant series that began with the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning DARK LORD: THE TEENAGE YEARS, also chosen as one of the Sunday Times’s 100 Modern Children Classics.
Born in Kent, in 1888, Walter Tull became not just the first black British professional outfield football player – for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town – but also the first black officer in the British Army.
His leadership and courage in the trenches of the First World War won him a recommendation for a Military Cross that was never awarded because of his skin colour.
His story takes the reader from his childhood in an orphanage, through his footballing years, to his eventual tragic death, aged 29, on the Somme. His legacy lives on.