Nature Needs You! by Liz Gogerly and Sr. Sanchez

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Four friends are outside having fun when they discover an injured fox.  After taking it to an animal rescue centre, they decide to find out more about the amazing animals, plants and places that make up our natural world.

Through talking to teachers and local conservationists, the children learn about ecosystems and biodiversity, climate change and pollution.  Seeing how all of nature is connected encourages them to discover different ways to help protect it.  Full of fascinating facts and fun activities, this book reveals why nature really does need you! 

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When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke

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Little one, when we say Black Lives Matter,

We’re saying Black people are wonderful-strong.

That we deserve to be treated with basic respect,

And that history’s done us wrong. 

Explore the meaning of the Black Lives Matter movement – and the incredible power of speaking out – with award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke.

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The Crossing by Manjeet Mann

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The boat sways and rocks.

Bodies pressed against bodies.

Holding on for our lives.

Natalie’s world is falling apart.  She’s just lost her mum, and her brother marches the streets of Dover with a far-right gang.  Swimming is her only refuge.

Sammy has fled his home and family in Eritrea for the chance of a new life in Europe.  Every step he takes is a step into an unknown and unwelcoming future.

A twist of fate brings them together and gives them both hope.

But is hope enough to mend a broken world? 

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Augmented Reality by Mark Pesce

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Slated as “the next big thing in tech”, augmented reality (AR) promises to take the screen out of our hands and wrap it around the world via “smart spectacles”.  As a pervasive, invisible interface between the world and our senses, AR offers unparalleled capacity to reveal hidden digital depths, but it also comes at a cost to our privacy, our property, and our reality.

In this crucial and provocative book, Mark Pesce draws on over thirty years’ experience to offer the first mainstream exploration of augmented reality.  He discusses the exciting and beneficial features of AR as well as the issues and risks raised by this still-emerging technology – a technology that moulds us by shaping what we see and hear.

Augmented Reality is essential reading for anyone interested in the growing influence of this impressive but deeply concerning technology.  As the book reveals, reality – once augmented – will never be the same. 

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The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

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Fifteen-year-old Spencer is a proud nerd, an awesome big brother and a Messi-in-training.  He’s also transgender.

After a year of bullying, Spencer gets a fresh start at a new school with great friends, a spot on the boys’ soccer team, and maybe even something more than friendship with one of his team-mates.  The only thing is, no one knows Spencer is trans – he’s passing.

So when a discriminatory law forces his coach to bench him, Spencer has to make a choice: cheer his team on from the sidelines or fight for his right to play, even if it means coming out to everyone, including the guy he’s falling for …

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Modern Languages: Why It Matters by Katrin Kohl

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It might seem as if globalisation is making the whole world speak English.  But spend time in any major city and you are likely to encounter a cornucopia of languages.  Even monolingual people have different ways of speaking to their bosses or teachers, their intimate friends or their pets.  And if you live in India or Nigeria, you might use five different languages during a typical day.

Katrin Kohl makes a passionate case for why we must embrace languages in all their diversity.  When you study a language, you open a unique doorway into the world, immerse yourself in a different way of seeing, and discover new ways of communicating with people from different cultures on their terms.  Kohl argues that language diversity is of vital importance to human societies, sustaining the complexity of human nature, culture and technology.  We should care about preserving it as much as we care about preserving the diversity of our biological world. 

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Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

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”We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of.  Our fears pick us.”

Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival.  At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real.  Now fifteen and mute, Mallory’s never spoken about the week she went missing.  As disturbing memories resurface, Tash starts to see Sparrow again.  And she realises Mallory is the key to unlocking the truth about a dark secret connecting them.  Does Sparrow exist after all?  Or is Tash more dangerous to others than she thinks?

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The Little Book Of Results: A Quick Guide To Achieving Big Goals by Jamie Smart

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Focus.  Simplify.  Achieve.

What would you love to have happen?

Sunday Times bestselling author, speaker and executive coach Jamie Smart will help you unleash your potential and achieve the things that matter to you in every aspect of your life.

– Replace stress with calm

– Experience elite-performer flow

– Make better, more confident decisions

– Increase your influence

– Get the results you desire 

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Jaz Santos Vs. The World by Priscilla Mante

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Olá!  I’m Jasmina Santos-Campbell (but you can call me Jaz).  You’ve probably heard of me and my team the Bamrock Stars before.  No?  Well, you will soon because we’re almost famous!

Forming the Stars was my genius idea – you see I need to prove to Mãe (that’s my mum!) that I’m a football star so she’ll want to come back home.

The idea was the easy part, though.  Now I’ve got a team of seven very different girls and we need to work together, to be taken seriously as footballers.

We are the DREAM TEAM and we’re going to show the world that girls CAN plan football! 

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Above The Law by Adrian Bleese

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Adrian Bleese spent twelve years flying on police helicopters, and attended almost 3,000 incidents, as one of only a handful of civilian air observers working anywhere in the world.

In Above The Law he recounts the most intriguing, challenging, amusing and downright baffling episodes in his career working for Suffolk Constabulary and the National Police Air Service.  Rescuing lost walkers, chasing cars down narrow country lanes, searching for a rural cannabis factory and disrupting an illegal forest rave … they’re all in a day’s work.

It’s a side of policing that most of us never see, and he describes it with real compassion as he lives his dream job, indulging his love of flying, the English landscape and helping people.  Perhaps more than anything, it’s a story about hope. 

You can pre-order ABOVE THE LAW by Adrian Bleese (published in the United Kingdom on 19th July 2021) from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

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Jon is on the run.

He has betrayed Oslo’s biggest crime lord: The Fisherman.

Fleeting to a mountain town so far north that the sun never sets, Jon hopes to find sanctuary.

Hiding out in the wilderness, all that stands between him and his fate are Lea, a bereaved mother, and her young son, Knut.

But the midnight sun is slowly driving Jon to insanity.

And then he discovers that the Fisherman’s men are getting closer …

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Serving Face: Lessons On Poise And (Dis)grace From The World Of Drag by Felix Le Freak

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Let the world’s most celebrated drag artists transform and empower you with their sick’ning style, wit and wisdom.

However you want to werk it – out-there eleganza, easy-breezing realness and everything in-between – Serving Face is like the gentle hand of your Drag Mother guiding you towards a life more fabulous.  Featuring interviews with 20 artists, it has all the inspiring motivational and practical tips and tricks you need to jack up your confidence and tease out your own special blend of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.  So dive in, discover your inner diva and bring joy, love and laughter to life’s runway. 

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Making Wolf by Tade Thompson

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Meet Weston Kogi, a London supermarket store detective.  He returns to his West African home country for his aunt’s funeral.  He sees his family, his ex-girlfriend Nana, his old school mate, Church.  Food is good, beer is plentiful and telling people he works as a homicide detective seems like harmless exaggeration, until he wakes up in hell.

He is kidnapped and forced by two separate rebel factions to investigate the murder of a local political hero, Papa Busi.  The solution may tip a country on the brink into civil war.  Making Wolf is the outrageous, frightening, violent and sometimes surreal homecoming experience of a lifetime. 

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Diary Of A Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide To Awesomness by Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes and Will Hussey

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This is a diary with a difference.  More of a do-ary.  Scribble in it, dribble on it, nibble it when you’re peckish.  Read, enjoy, learn, laugh but most of all DO.  Because your future’s so bright you’re gonna need shades!

This book is an instruction manual for life.  It tells you how to be epic so grab a hot choc, make your bum comfy and read on.  It’s even got pictures!

It’s time to shine …

From the multi-layered cupcake consisting of Andy Cope (Doctor of Happiness), Gavin Oattes (stand-up comedian), Will Hussey (an actual real teacher) and Amy Bradley (best illustrator evs) – this is your recipe book for having your cake and scoffing it.  Diary Of A Brilliant Kid works up your appetite to enjoy and savour every last dollop of whatever life serves you.  As well as putting-the-cherry-on top, it inspires you to:

– Think big, sparkly brightly and by your absolute best

– Be a mover, shaker and relationship maker 

– Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons

– Feel the fear and do it anyway

– Embrace the magnificent seven works that will change your life (yes, really!)

#Fact: The average person lives for 4000 weeks.  Life’s short.  It’s a gift.  Let’s not send it back unwrapped.

You can buy DIARY OF A BRILLIANT KID: TOP SECRET GUIDE TO AWESOMENESS by Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes and Will Hussey from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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The Renegades: Defenders Of The Planet Flames Of Amazonia (Vol 2) by Jeremy Brown, Katy Jakeway, Ellenor Mererid, Libby Reed and David Selby

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The Amazon is burning.  Fire-breathing creatures run amok through the trees and The Renegades must unite with indigenous activists to stop them

Protecting the climate are Professor Katelyn, who is haunted by sinister visions …

What do these new visions mean?

… Leon, whose stealthy spying skills have risen to the next level …

I’m going to find out where these creatures come from … 

… And Mo, who can blast solar energy from his fingertips.

I hope I can protect my friends from danger.

CAN THEY STOP THE LATEST THREAT TO EARTH?

You can buy THE RENEGADES DEFENDERS OF THE PLANET VOLUME 2 – FLAMES OF AMAZONIA by Jeremy Brown, Katy Jakeway, Eleanor Mererid, Libby Reed and David Selby from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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Up In The Air: Butterflies, Birds And Everything Up Above by Zoë Armstrong and Sara Ugolotti

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From treetop creatures to the patterns of stars in the night sky, there’s lots to discover if you just look up …

Keep your eyes and ears open for buzzing insects, swooping bats, and ingenious plants, all with a story behind them.  The sky stretching upwards is full of enchanting colours, hidden wind currents, and the wonders of space.

You can pre-order UP IN THE AIR: BUTTERFLIES, BIRDS, AND EVERYTHING UP ABOVE by Zoë Armstrong and Sara Ugolotti from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

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They call me Yanka the bear.  Not because of where I was found – only a few people know about that.

Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered where she is from.  She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong inside as she is on the outside.  When Yanka has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond anything she ever imagined begins – from icy rivers to smouldering mountains, meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way. 

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Essaying The Past: How To Read, Write And Think About History by Jim Cullen

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Learn to craft the perfect historical research paper with this approachable and practical guide

Essaying The Past: How To Read, Write And Think About History, Fourth Edition continues the tradition of excellence established by the previous editions.  Equal parts research manual, study guide, and introduction to the study of history, this book teaches readers how to write excellent historical prose with approachable strategies and actionable tips.

Noted teacher and writer Jim Cullen has created an invaluable resource for novices and experts in the field of historical study, offering practical insights into determining how questions should be framed, developing strong introductions and topic sentences, choosing evidence, and effectively revising your work.

Essaying The Past includes seven appendices covering the major issues facing students today, including the pitfalls and temptations of plagiarism and the role of the internet.  It also contains an annotated case study outlining one student’s process of writing an essay and demonstrating the application of the concepts contained within the book.  Essaying The Past covers topics including:

– How to think and read about history and ask the right questions about what you’re reading

– The three components of crafting a compelling argument

– How to deal with counterarguments and counter-evidence

– How to properly construct a bibliography and insert footnotes

– How to assess the credibility of online resources

Perfect for students taking surveys or courses in methods or historiography.  Essaying The Past also belongs on the bookshelf with even a passing interest in studying, researching, consuming, or writing about history.  

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Carter by Ted Lewis

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Jack Carter, strong-arm man for a London gang, returns to his Northern home town for a funeral.

Brother Frank was honest, meek and sober.  Why was he found dead after a car crash, stinking of whisky?

Jack wants to know – old friends are shifty – old enemies edgy – and the girls aren’t talking …

Fast of mind, fist and boot, Jack decides to stay around.

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Murder On The Home Front by Molly Lefebure

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It is 1941.  While the ‘war of chaos’ rages in the skies above London, an unending fight against violence, murder and the criminal underworld continues on the streets below.

One ordinary day, in an ordinary courtroom, forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks a keen young journalist to be his secretary.  Although the ‘horrors of secretarial work’ don’t appeal to Molly Lefurbure, she’s intrigued to know exactly what goes on behind a mortuary door.

Capable and curious, ‘Miss Molly’ quickly becomes indispensable to Dr Simpson as he meticulously pursues the truth.  Accompanying him from sombre morgues to London’s most gruesome crime scenes, Molly observes and assists as he uncovers the dark secrets that all murder victims keep.

With a sharp sense of humour and a rebellious spirit, Molly tells her own remarkable true story here with warmth and wit, painting a vivid portrait of wartime London.

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Poison In Jest by John Dickson Carr

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Many people in that ghostly place beside the moulins heard the murderer’s step in the hallways at night, and saw the white marble hand run along window-ledges like a spider, but nobody saw the murderer’s face.  There were four clues written in the yellow book, and any member of the household might have been guilty.

Rossiter – who has credentials from Scotland Yard, but cannot keep a job anywhere – solves the Quayle murders by means of an empty paint-bucket, a view from a window, and an absent-minded drawing in a book. 

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The Barbizon: The New York Hotel That Set Women Free by Paulina Bren

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Welcome to The Barbizon.  New York’s premier women-only hotel. 

Built in 1927, New York’s Barbizon Hotel was first intended as a home for the ‘Modern Women’ seeking a career in the arts.  Over the years its 688 tiny pink ‘highly feminine boudoirs’ housed Sylvia Plath, who fictionalised her time there in The Bell Jar, Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly (notorious for sneaking in men), Joan Didion, Candice Bergen, Charlie’s Angel Jaclyn Smith, Cybil Shepherd, Elaine Stritch, Liza Minnelli, Mona Simpson and a whole host of other writers and actors on the cusp of their careers.  Mademoiselle boarded its summer interns there – perfectly turned out young women, who would never be spotted hatless – as did Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School its students – in their white-gloves and kitten heels – and the Ford Modelling Agency its young models.

Not everyone who passed through the Barbizon’s doors was destined for greatness – for some it was a story of dashed hopes and expectations – but from the Jazz Age New Women of the 1920s, to the Liberated Women of the 1960s, until 1981 when the first men checked in, The Barbizon was a place where women could stand up and be counted. 

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High-Impact Tools For Team by Stefano Mastrogiacomo, Alex Osterwalder, Alan Smith and Trish Papadakos

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Make every project a success with the Team Alignment Toolkit.  Bring mutual clarity to the table, boost the contribution of every team member, and get successful results.

Create Alignment

Align Stakeholders visually, clarify roles, and manage risks as a team using the Team Alignment Map

Communicate Better

Ask good questions and surface facts with the Fact Finder.  Manage conflict constructively with the Nonviolent Request Guide.

Build Trust

Quickly set the rules a team will play by and create an environment of appreciation and respect between team members with the Team Contract and the Respect Card

You can buy HIGH-IMPACT TOOLS FOR TEAMS by Stefano Mastrogiacomo, Alex Osterwalder, Alan Smith and Trish Papadakos from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt

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”I wonder what people would think if they could take the front off our house, like a doll’s house, and watch us.  All in the same house, but everyone separate.  No one talking, but everyone thinking the same thing. Will we ever be a normal family again?”

Izzy’s family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman.  Now shy Izzy must face her fears, find her voice, confront the bullies and stand up for her family.

Warm, honest and hopeful, this is a story about the power of family, friendship and being true to yourself.

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My Daddies by Gareth Peter and Garry Parsons

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Whether hunting for treasure in a dragon’s cave or dodging deadly dinosaurs – story time with these two amazing dads is pure magic.

A rhyming, read-aloud celebration of the imagination and the love that brings all kinds of family together.

You can buy MY DADDIES! by Gareth Peter and Garry Parsons from Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

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