Young ballerinas will find the answer to all these questions and delight in the sheer charm of Ella Bella’s world. James Mayhew has also included a last page full of ballet facts to help even the keenest budding ballerina learn about the story behind Swan Lake.

In this story, Ella’s kindly ballet teacher Madame Rosa is preparing her class to dance in Tchaikovsky’s immortal “Swan Lake,” and as Ella learns the story and listens to the music she is transported in a dream into “Swan Lake’s” setting. There, she meets Odette, a beautiful princess who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer. This beautiful volume’s story is enhanced with James Mayhew’s color illustrations. A brief passage at the back of the book recounts the life of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his creation of the music for this famous ballet.

It’s Mr. Slipper’s birthday, and while the rest of the class gets busy writing cards for the occasion, Stan becomes frustrated when his letters come out all in a muddle. Stan is afraid to ask for help, until a friend assures him that nobody’s good at everything. And after lots and lots of practice, Stan’s letters come out the right way round and the right way up.

Raffi’s brother Jake can do everything. He can run very fast, jump very high, dance and draw elephants. If only Raffi were good at something too. One evening when Raffi can’t sleep, a magical flying cat called Blue appears and takes him on an adventure through the night sky. They fly off together into the darkness and as they fly, Blue points at shop signs and street lamps and they light up. They fly higher and higher, spreading light, until even the stars light up! The next day, thoughtful little Raffi feels different. He is happier, after his wonderful dream, and has more confidence. He even finds himself reassuring his brother that walking home in the dark is no problem at all – it’s fun!

Fourteen year old Alix lives at the bottom of Hayling Island near the beach. It is a quiet backwater, far removed from world events such as war, terror and refugees. Alix has never even given a thought to asylum seekers, she has enough problems of her own: Dad has a new life that doesn’t include her, Grandpa is dead and Mum is helpless and needy. Then one day on the beach Alix and Samir pull a drowning man out of the incoming tide: Mohammed, an illegal immigrant and a student. Mohammed has been tortured by rebels in Iraq for helping the allied forces and has spent all his money to escape. Alone, helpless, and desperate not to be deported, Mohammed’s destiny lies in Alix’s hands. However, hiding an injured immigrant is fraught with difficulties. Faced with the biggest moral dilemma of her life, what will Alix do, and who can she trust?

With over 250 species inhabiting our planet, this book explores the many different types of monkeys from the smallest Pygmy Marmoset to the largest Mandrill as well as providing all the facts you wanted to know and more. Discover where monkeys come from, how they swing from tree to tree and why they fight and play with each other. 

How did the universe begin? Where did humans come from? Why did Darwin cause such a commotion? And how did the Romans conquer the world? Through the use of pop-ups, flaps and booklets, ‘How the World Began’ is an exploration of the history of our planet, from the birth of the universe to ancient civilisations, the present and even the future of the earth.

Charlie loves football. He watches it, memorizes facts about it, and he’s even the captain of the local youth team, North Star Galaxy.
When Charlie discovers that youth teams are being selected to play in exhibition matches at the World Cup tournament later that year he decides to enter North Star. There’s one problem. He’s got to prove that North Star deserve a place at the tournament and that’s not easy when your team are kind of rubbish at football!

 

David Almond says of this unique collection, “Stories on the page are so beautifully neat. All that lovely black print; those lovely straight lines and paragraphs and pages. But stories are living things, creatures that move and grow in the imaginations of writer and reader. They must be solid and touchable, like the land, and must have fluid half-known depths, like the sea. These stories take place in a real world – but in fiction, real worlds merge with dreamed worlds. Real people walk with ghosts and figments. Earthly truth goes hand-in-hand with watery lies.”

Stories include: “The Missing Link”, “Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist”, “Harry Miller’s Run”, “Slog’s Dad”, “Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads”, “May Malone”, “Half a Creature from the Sea” and “When God Came to Cathleen’s Garden”.

Poems about me, about you, about everyone in the class.

Poems about friendship, playing games, teachers, bullying, jealousy, quarrels and secrets…

Funny, thoughtful and entertaining, Cheryl Moskowitz is an exciting new talent, and in tune with what goes on inside and outside the classroom.