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Street Child by Berlie Doherty
This book is based on the true story of  a Victorian orphan Jim Jarvis who was given a home by Doctor Barnardo founder of the famous children’s refuge. An adventure story that tells us how Jim survives his life in the clutches of Grimy Nick who keeps him as a prisoner on his coal barge. It is a sad story with a hopeful ending as Jim escapes against all the odds.
Ages 10-12 years 

Street Child 

 The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World by Eoin Colfer
This is a story about brothers Will and Marty who are constantly fighting with each other. This time the fight is over the Giant Jelly Baby competition .The winner of the competition gets to be named the best boy in the world. Will beats big brother Marty and wins the competition. Marty is jealous that his brother is now the best boy in the world. Read this book to discover what furious Marty does next! This is a very funny story with great black and white illustrations of the brothers by Tony Ross
Ages 7-10 years

 The Legend of the Worst boy in the World

Beware! Killer Tomatoes by Jeremy Strong
 The police are in pursuit of a very worried Jack who is in hospital with a broken leg. They need to investigate an accident in a supermarket involving Jack, a stack of canned tomatoes and an unfortunate old-age pensioner. Told in detective style narrative this story is hilarious and has very funny illustrations by Rowan Clifford.
Ages 7-10 years

 Beware Killer Tomatoes

Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman – Horrid Henry No. 16  by Francesca Simon
Horrid Henry is as bad as ever in this book. He hates Moody Margaret and goes into competition with her setting up a business called Monstrous Makeovers which he wants to be better than her Miraculous Makeovers.Unfortunately the pressure gets too much for Henry and her spends a day sulking!A must read for Horrid Henry fans.Great illustrations by Tony Ross.
Ages 7-9 years

 Horrible Henry and the Abominable Snowman

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo
A moving story about poor orphan Arthur Hobhouse who is shipped off to Australia after World War Two. Here he endures mistreatment by a cruel farmer who adopts him.It is his love of the sea that keeps Arthur going during the bad times he spends working on an isolated farming station in the Australian outback. As years go by his life improves and her meets a nurse whose father owns a boat building business.He builds a boat for his daughter Allie who travels solo across the roughest seas back to England in this boat. A typical Morpurgo  story that you have to finish!
Ages 10-12 years +


Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

Picture Books - new titles now available

 Cloudy meatballs Colin and the snoozebox
 Butterfly girl

 Bear with sticky paws

 scaredy cat  Robot and the blue bird
Big blue train fabulous fairy feast