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Picture 1 A young boy rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African bush. They remain inseparable until Bertie has to go away to boarding school and the lion is sold to a circus. Years later they are reunited, until the lion gently dies of old age.
Picture 2 A classic children's story from former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Gemma doesn't believe a chicken could have written a book - chickens can't even read! But here in front of them is The True Story of Harrowing Farm, and its scratchy pages definitely look, well, chickeny. It is an epic tale of cruelty and bravery, the story of a chicken who flies trillions of miles, reaching the heights of intergalactic superstardom, to try to save us humans ...
Picture 1 Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet. When his grandfather announces that he's going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It's unfathomable. Solomon's joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he'll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?! But Solomon's grandfather has other plans. As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It's a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather's life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?
Picture 2 A humorous collection of stories. The world is saved with a plate of vegetables, a family is rescued with a tomato and an auntie is upset by ten kilos of chocolate.
Picture 1 Barney is a solitary little boy who often wanders off by himself in the countryside. Exploring an old chalk pit, he finds himself in a cave where he meets a strange boy who wears a rabbit skin and speaks in grunts. His grandparents don't believe Barney when he tells them about his new cave boy friend - but nevertheless, the two enjoy plenty of fun together.
Picture 2 What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker! But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend!
Picture 1 Gracie and her friend Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought. They build up a lovely friendship with him, but when the children get stranded on Samson Island they don’t know whether to believe the birdman’s story that the island is cursed.
Picture 2 Bill Simpson wakes up to find he’s a girl, and worse, his mother makes him wear a frilly pink dress to school. How on earth is he going to survive a whole day like this? Everything just seems to be different for girls . . .
Picture 1 Harry is in trouble. He's burned down the family kitchen so now has to spend a week of his summer hols with his uncle Tristram - who's heading off to stay with a new girlfriend - Morning Glory - on a tiny British island.
Picture 2 Schoolboy Darren Shan's life changes dramatically after his best friend gets him a ticket for a banned freak show. Not only does he see some life-changing horrors such as Madam Octa, a goat-eating tarantula, but he gets caught up in a world where nasty things rule! The first in a gripping horror series for those with a strong stomach.
Picture 1 The iconic story of Malala Yousafzai’s story is a testament to bravery and the importance of believing in yourself that is told here with the aim of educating a younger audience about the importance of education and the power of words. A voice of a generation and an inspiration to teenagers across the globe, this picture book bring’s Malala’s commitment to fairness and equality for all to a whole new generation of readers.
Picture 2 You get 26 true tales of 26 pioneering women who sought to change the world around them here. From Amelia Earhart – the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic – to Zora Neale Hurston, a trail blazing author, this is a book that celebrates the achievements of 26 women who made their unique marks on history.

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