Ama has a new baby brother! And when she asks Grandma Sisi what gift she can give him, Grandma tells her to simply give him the gift of love. But where can Ama find this precious gift? Ama sets off to find out, but in the end, the gift of love comes to her instead.

 

A gloriously atmospheric tale about the joy of new life and the power of love.

Aya.Takeo is a story of Space, Time, Civilization and Star-Crossed Love. Set in a distant wrinkle of space where some things are familiar and others are forever surprising. Noblewoman Aya perseveres with her love for the lowly warrior Takeo amidst a backdrop of a neo-classical Japan under invasion by spider mecha… but who is the true enemy? This full-colour, large format volume collects together the first year of the online comic updated every sunday at ayatakeo.com

If you love The Frog Prince and The Elves and the Shoemaker, you’ll love this tale of love, magic … and unicorns!

 

Annis and her grandmother live in a cold, draughty castle on top of a hill, which they share with their chickens and their cow. They may be poor, but Annis’s heart is full of kindness. Offering a home to an injured unicorn and a family of fairies one day, her kindness is magically rewarded. But will her good fortune bring her happiness and love?

Shakespeare’s famous tragedy unfurls in front of a dramatic manga setting, in which the fair city of Verona becomes a street in the highly fashionable Shibuya district of Tokyo. The swordfights become duels with katanas; the Capulets and the Montagues, opposing Yakuza families. Conflict explodes when Romeo – a bleached-blonde, well-dressed rock star – falls in love with Juliet, the pure and innocent Capulet daughter.

“I love you,” Dimitri tells everyone, from his friends at nursery to the big tree in the playground. But why does no one say it back? Dimitri worries no one loves him – until he finds out there are lots of different ways love can spread through the world.

 

A touching and uplifting story, perfect for sharing.

“I love you,” Dimitri tells everyone, from his friends at nursery to the big tree in the playground. But why does no one say it back?
Dimitri worries no one loves him – until he finds out there are lots of different ways love can spread through the world.

Ellie Morgan wants a boy who’s all hers. Just for once, it would be nice to meet someone that Sheila the cow hadn’t got her claws in to.

A remote farmhouse on Mount Snowdon is hardly the ideal setting for meeting anyone – unless, of course, you count her best friend George or creepy Darren (which Ellie doesn’t). But when a boy, glimpsed through the mist and snow, lures her up to the Devil’s Bridge, Ellie realises the place she knows so well still has its secrets …

The stronger her feelings for this strange boy become, the more she is in danger: a battle as old as Snowdon itself has been raging for centuries and now Ellie’s caught in the middle.

Something has left its lair.

It’s out there stalking her.

Who ever said true love was easy?

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa’s apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid. Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid – the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life. The opulence of the white “Madam’s” house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face – that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease. This new edition of Beverley Naidoo’s classic story includes a special “Why You’ll Love This Book” introduction by Michael Rosen, the Children’s Laureate.

Rising Stars is a showcase of – and a platform for – some of the most brilliant emerging young poets writing today. We can’t pretend to have discovered them; with the help of Joelle Taylor, poet and director of SLAMbassadors UK, Pop Up and Otter-Barry Books tapped into the UK’s spoken word community, where we wanted to find writer-performers interested in making the journey into poetry for young readers. We most certainly found what we were looking for!

CLiPPA award-winning poet Kate Wakeling says:

“A vibrant anthology of fresh new voices. Here are five poets unafraid to tackle the big themes, each writing with wit, poise, power and heart.”

 

 

This collaboration is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.

Black and white illustrations are by final year students from Birmingham City University: Riya Chowdhury, Elanor Chuah & Joe Manners.

Find classroom resources for Rising Stars here!