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  • Freedom Trainby Evelyn Coleman; David Riley

    Margaret K. McElderry Books 2012; US$ 7.99

    Now in paperback, an enthralling account of a young boy?s struggle to help freedom triumph over fear in the 1940s American South. It?s 1947, and twelve-year-old Clyde Thomason is proud to have an older brother who guards the Freedom Train?a train that is traveling to all forty-eight states carrying the country?s most important documents, including... more...

  • The Last Songby Eva Wiseman

    Tundra 2012; US$ 9.99

    Spain had been one of the world?s most tolerant societies for eight hundred years, but that way of life was wiped out by the Inquisition. Isabel?s family feels safe from the terrors, torture, and burnings. After all, her father is a respected physician in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. Isabel was raised as a Catholic and doesn?t know that her... more...

  • Nightjohnby Gary Paulsen

    Random House Children's Books 2011; US$ 5.99

    "To know things, for us to know things, is bad for them. We get to wanting and when we get to wanting it's bad for them. They thinks we want what they got . . . . That's why they don't want us reading." -- Nightjohn "I didn't know what letters was, not what they meant, but I thought it might be something I wanted to know. To learn."--Sarny Sarny,... more...

  • Sarnyby Gary Paulsen

    Random House Children's Books 2011; US$ 6.99

    Many readers of Nightjohn have wanted to know what happened to Sarny, the young slave whom Nightjohn taught to read. Here is Sarny's story, from the moment she leaves the plantation in the last days of the Civil War, suddenly a free woman in search of her sold-away children. Her search takes her to New Orleans and the home of the mysterious and remarkable... more...

  • War's Endby Victoria Bowen

    Penguin Random House Australia 2011; US$ 11.89

    An Australian story that has rarely been told Suddenly I saw how much Dad coming home mattered to Mum. She needed him to share with. Pa helped but it wasn't the same, and he needed time to himself as well. I saw that Jack needed Dad home to save his life from being something he hated. And Martha needed him to say she was doing the right thing. I was... more...

  • Spy for the Queen of Scotsby Theresa Breslin

    RHCP 2012; US$ 9.86

    As lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, the beautiful Ginette - known as Jenny - is the young queen's closest childhood friend. Growing up in the elegant but ruthless French court, surrounded by enemies and traitors - not least the jealous, manipulative Catherine de Medici, and Mary's own scheming half-brother, James - Jenny has always been fiercely... more...

  • Every-Day Dress-Upby Selina Alko

    Random House Children's Books 2011; US$ 16.99

    It's no secret that little girls love playing dress up, but the little girl in this book ditches her princess duds in favor of costumes inspired by great women in history. Now dressing up is an adventure When, every day of the week, I am a daring new dame! From Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to chef extraordinaire Julia Child to queen of... more...

  • Willy Waggledagger: Chew Bee or Not Chew Beeby Martin Chatterton; Gregory Rogers

    Hardie Grant Books 2011; US$ 7.99

    Could this be the true story behind Shakespeare’s Hamlet? Full of humour and fun that will attract reluctant readers, the Willy Waggledagger series is an excellent recommendation for kids who loved Andy Griffiths. more...

  • Duty Calls: Dunkirkby James Holland

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 11.18

    'YOU WANTED TO SEE SOME ACTION - WELL YOU'RE GOING TO GET IT NOW. YOU'RE GOING TO GET IT NOW ALL RIGHT.' Friday 24th May, 1940 Private Johnny Hawke , aged sixteen, awakens to artillery fire. Hours later, Stukas scream down from the sky. Messerschmit fighters roar towards his regiment. Trucks burst into flames. Now men and mules lay dead... more...

  • Haloby Zizou Corder

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 12.78

    Washed ashore as a baby in ancient Greece, Halo is discovered by a family of centaurs. Although her true identity remains a mystery, she is loved as one of their own. But when Halo is dragged away by fishermen, her wild adventure begins . . . Halo soon realizes that if she is to survive then she must live in disguise - as a boy. A violent war is... more...