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A Short History of the Girl Next Door (Hardcover): Jared Reck A Short History of the Girl Next Door (Hardcover)
Jared Reck 1
R275 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R59 (21%) Special order

Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this unrequited love story will appeal to fans of Jennifer Niven, John Green, and Jesse Andrews.

Seriously, how can you see a person nearly every day of your life and never think a thing of it, then all of a sudden, one day, it's different? You see that goofy grin a thousand times and just laugh. But goofy grin #1,001 nearly stops your heart?

Right. That sounds like a bad movie already.

Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can't tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis's English class, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks.

If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt's madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain.

But that's not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse.

After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.

Escaping Perfect 2: Finding What's Real (Paperback, New Edition): Emma Harrison Escaping Perfect 2: Finding What's Real (Paperback, New Edition)
Emma Harrison
R222 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R14 (6%) Special order

Cecelia Montgomery returns after running away to deal with the downside of her newfound fame--and her mother's Presidential campaign--in the sequel to Escaping Perfect.

Two weeks after going on the run--and running away from a life that was carefully constructed for the past ten years--Cecelia Montgomery finds herself back in the middle of a media firestorm. Before she can blink, Cecilia is forced once again into a public persona she had no part in creating.

But her friends from Sweet Briar still have her back. After creating another clever diversion, Fiona, Britta, and Jasper help smuggle her back to Sweet Briar. Just when Cecilia thinks she actually is in the clear, her mother--the formidable Senator Montgomery--drops into town and officially announces she plans to run as the next Presidential candidate, making Sweet Briar campaign headquarters.

As Cecelia grows more disappointed in the people who supposedly care about her, she gets pulled deeper and deeper into a group and party scene that is vastly different than her own. Can Cecelia ever find her perfect ending, or will her escape prove to be more of a trap than she ever thought possible?

The Magic Hour (Paperback): James Crowley The Magic Hour (Paperback)
James Crowley
R337 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R24 (7%) Special order

When his twin brother is killed in an accident, nine-year-old Eddie tries to find a way to talk to him again, first through a medium and then by attending a benelovent witches' sabbath celebration.

Second Sight (Paperback): Griselda Gifford Second Sight (Paperback)
Griselda Gifford
R176 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R12 (7%) Special order

Jo and her family have just moved to a cramped flat, she faces bullying at her new school, and there are problems at home. Her mother was injured in a car accident which also left her little brother almost speechless and her parents have separated. Jo's brother buys a mysterious glass Eye at a bazaar which gives its owner "second sight." Jo can use the power the Eye gives--but is this dangerous magic?

Billy's Search for Florida Undersea Treasure (Hardcover): Minerva J. Smiley Billy's Search for Florida Undersea Treasure (Hardcover)
Minerva J. Smiley; Illustrated by Russ Smiley
R261 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R23 (9%) Special order
Runaways (Paperback, Reissue): V. C. Andrews Runaways (Paperback, Reissue)
V. C. Andrews
R149 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R9 (6%) Special order

The spellbinding Orphans series concludes in this thrilling new novel from V.C. Andrews®...

"All for one and one for all" was the girls' motto. In the grim foster home for orphans run by Louise and Gordon Tooey, at least Brooke, Crystal, Raven, and Butterfly had each other. Calling themselves "sisters," together they could forget the past and dream of a new chance...a real home. Then they discovered a secret even more haunting than Gordon's heavy boots pounding on the wooden floors. Their fragile hopes of a better life shattered, they escaped the only way they could. Soon they were runaways in a borrowed car, desperately wishing to wake up one morning in a place of sunshine and love.

Raven hoped to be a singer, Butterfly wanted to be a dancer, Crystal planned for college, and Brooke privately hoped to find her mother in California. On the open road the chains of sadness that had bound them seemed to melt away, and the kindness of strangers made a secure future seem almost real. But the highway was a dangerous place, and soon they were penniless and more vulnerable than ever. Alone under the wide western sky, they had only each other to ask if they should give up their dreams...or if they were really halfway to a haven of safety and happiness....

Release (Standard format, CD): Patrick Ness Release (Standard format, CD)
Patrick Ness; Read by Michael Crouch
R519 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R56 (11%) Special order

Inspired by Judy Blume's Forever and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, this novel that Andrew Smith calls "beautiful, enchanting, [and] exquisitely written" is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance--and what happens when the walls we build start coming down.

Adam Thorn doesn't know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam's life is falling apart. At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn't he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam's life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

Carrie's Crowd (Paperback): Lesley Choyce Carrie's Crowd (Paperback)
Lesley Choyce; Illustrated by Mark Thurman
R91 R86 Discovery Miles 860 Save R5 (5%) Special order

Carrie dreams about being a singer and starring in music videos. She dreams about being a kid that everybody likes, especially cool kids like Giselle and Kirsten with their cool clothes, their cool music, their saucy attitude.
Tired of being called a geek, Carrie picks out new clothes, a new hairdo, and new friends, leaving her bookish pal Laura behind. But when her new friends turn on her, Carrie learns there's more to life than looking cool.
"Carrie's Crowd" is a story about the effects of peer pressure on a girl's life, and the strength required to overcome it.

Let's Eat! (Paperback): Ana Zamorano Let's Eat! (Paperback)
Ana Zamorano
R110 R90 Discovery Miles 900 Save R20 (18%) Special order

Every day Mama prepares a mid-afternoon meal for the family. Grandparents, parents, and three children all join in to share stories as well as wonderful food. Full color.

Tempting Faith Di Napoli (Paperback): Lisa Gabriele Tempting Faith Di Napoli (Paperback)
Lisa Gabriele
R320 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R56 (18%) Special order

"Our house, in Little Italy, shared a wall with the Rossis' next door, and our clothesline connected with the Pilettis' behind us. My mother used to say that if one of the neighbours' houses was swallowed up by hell, we would all be pulled down with them."
Smart, witty, and emotionally generous, "Tempting Faith DiNapoli" is first-time novelist Lisa Gabriele's alternately wrenching and funny coming-of-age story about a girl who is born with a powerful faith -- a faith that is sorely tested across the difficult years of her childhood and adolescence.
Bewildered by her lot as the daughter in a fundamentally and often hilariously dysfunctional family, Faith genuinely wants to be a good Catholic girl. And she's pretty sure Jesus loves her. Trouble is, she's angry. Angry with her father for leaving, her mom for never going anywhere, and her siblings -- just because they're around. So Faith lies. She cheats and she steals. In fact, she breaks every commandment on the list, mostly by accident. And in the process, Faith finds herself increasingly torn between the girl she and Jesus want her to be, and the girl she just plain happens to be.
Lisa Gabriele writes with rare confidence and insight. Her sure-handed narrative hums along on the charged rhythms of Faith's poignant quest for her own private happy ending. Charming, fresh, and big-hearted, "Tempting Faith DiNapoli "is a novel that will stay with readers long after the last page has been turned.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Release (Standard format, CD, Library Edition): Patrick Ness Release (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Patrick Ness; Read by Michael Crouch
R868 R758 Discovery Miles 7 580 Save R110 (13%) Special order

Inspired by Judy Blume's Forever and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, this novel that Andrew Smith calls "beautiful, enchanting, [and] exquisitely written" is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance--and what happens when the walls we build start coming down.

Adam Thorn doesn't know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam's life is falling apart. At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn't he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam's life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

Rina's Family Secret (Paperback): Gloria Vel asquez Rina's Family Secret (Paperback)
Gloria Vel asquez
R183 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R12 (7%) Special order

A Puerto Rican teenager describes her family's life with her abusive stepfather in alternating chapters with the story of the counselor who is trying to help them.

Release (MP3 format, CD): Patrick Ness Release (MP3 format, CD)
Patrick Ness; Read by Michael Crouch
R702 R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Save R205 (29%) Special order

Inspired by Judy Blume's Forever and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, this novel by award-winning author Patrick Ness is a new classic about teenage relationships, self-acceptance -- and what happens when the walls we build start coming down.

Adam Thorn doesn't know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam's life is falling apart. At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn't he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam's life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release. From the New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

Buddies for Life (Hardcover): Kaarin Marx-Smith Buddies for Life (Hardcover)
Kaarin Marx-Smith
R261 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R18 (7%) Special order

Josh has tried everything to win his father's approval. Will things change when they become scuba buddies?

Skarrs (Paperback): Catherine Forde Skarrs (Paperback)
Catherine Forde 1
R173 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R10 (6%) Special order

Grampa Dan has just died. Danny notices the smell of his bedroom and the banging of his stick have gone, but gradually notices what else is missing. It was his forgotten Richard who uncovered Grampa Dan's secret, while Danny was out with the dangerous Jakey, cutting school, listening to the violent lyrics of his favourite band, Skarrs. Danny would like to clean up his act, get together with the gorgeous Ali, but he can't escape Jakey's gang, even when the police come asking questions. Running from Jakey's revenge, Danny turns to Richard, and at last hears the truth: Grampa Dan, always hearing Skarrs' lyrics about concentration camps pounding through the wall from Danny's bedroom, had himself been a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp. He left a Bible, every page covered with sketches cataloguing his experiences. Danny and Richard together present an exhibition on the experience of prisoners of war. Danny has finally looked around him, seen his life for real, and knows this is his last chance.

Celebrate the Fire Within (Hardcover): Kathy Larsen Celebrate the Fire Within (Hardcover)
Kathy Larsen; Illustrated by Cynthia Decker
R296 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R19 (6%) Special order

Children's book on finding champions around them.

Under Water (Paperback): J. L. Powers Under Water (Paperback)
J. L. Powers
R240 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R43 (18%) Special order

After her grandmother dies, seventeen-year-old Khosi must learn to survive on her own-taking care of her little sister Zi, making a living as a healer, and trying to finish school somehow. But everywhere she turns in her urban Zulu community near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, she faces violence and loss.

When her beloved township Imbali flares up in violence, Khosi finds herself at the center of the storm. Accusations of witchcraft swirl around her, despite her every effort to keep her healing practice as a sangoma aboveboard. Competing taxi bosses seek her out for protective charms as they go on the warpath against each other. And then there's the whole problem of love. When her longtime boyfriend chooses the wrong path, Khosi finds herself caught up in a new romance. Will Little Man let her go live her own life?

J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of four young adult novels, most recently Broken Circle, a series starter she co-authored with her brother. She works as an editor/publicist for Cinco Puntos Press, and is founder and editor of the blog The Pirate Tree: Social Justice and Children's Literature. She teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Skyline College in California's Bay A rea and served as a jurist for the 2014 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature. She launched Catalyst Press in 2017 to publish African writers. She can be found at jlpowers.net, powerssquared.com, and catalystpress.org.

Still Life with Tornado (Paperback): A.S. King Still Life with Tornado (Paperback)
A.S. King
R170 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R36 (21%) Special order

A heartbreaking and mindbending story of a talented teenage artist's awakening to the brokenness of her family from critically acclaimed award-winner A.S. King.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah can't draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has "done the art." She thinks she's having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she wanders the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she's finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can't quite recall. After decades of staying together "for the kids" and building a family on a foundation of lies and domestic violence, Sarah's parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original--and yet it still hurts.

Insightful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, this is a vivid portrait of abuse, survival, resurgence that will linger with readers long after the last page.

A Coach's Letter to His Son (Hardcover): Mel Allen A Coach's Letter to His Son (Hardcover)
Mel Allen; Illustrated by John Thompson
R366 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R29 (8%) Special order


Baseball is a game steeped in tradition, played from backyards to major league stadiums, and cheered by millions of fans. But at its most intimate and fundamental level, baseball is a game grounded in fathers and sons: in playing catch in the twilight hours after supper, in sons standing before old fences swinging at their father's pitches. Creative Editions is proud to present A Coach's Letter to His Son, a nostalgic tribute to the game.


The words of Mel Allen and sketches and photo-realistic paintings by John Thompson combine to convey a coach's story and regrets to his son, a baseball player not yet in his teens. Reflecting on his own baseball childhood, the importance of family, and the high-pressure atmosphere that surrounds youth sports at even the earliest levels of competition today, the narrator comes to reassess his priorities and rediscover the purity of baseball. In an age when "America's pastime" is increasingly defined by statistics, awards, and championships, A Coach's Letter to His Son is a powerful and touching reminder of the heart of the game.

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes (Hardcover): Atia Abawi A Land of Permanent Goodbyes (Hardcover)
Atia Abawi
R200 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R43 (21%) Special order

Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking -- and timely -- story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand.

In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.

In the wake of destruction, he's threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq's family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.

But while this is one family's story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.

Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long chain of struggles spanning through time.

An award-winning author and journalist--and a refugee herself--Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.

Where's My Cow? (Hardcover): Terry Pratchett Where's My Cow? (Hardcover)
Terry Pratchett; Illustrated by Melvyn Grant
R310 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R56 (18%) Special order

A father starts adapting his son's favorite book about farm animals to fit life in a city environment. Instead of moo-cows and baa-lambs, he weaves a tale about streets, not fields, and about rogues, villains, and the place his son will grow up.

Freaks And Revelations (Paperback): Davida Wills Hurwin Freaks And Revelations (Paperback)
Davida Wills Hurwin
R168 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R10 (6%) Special order

"You can come back when you're done being gay." Jason is a 13-year-old who comes out to his religious and conservative mother, only to be cast out of their home. Homeless, he learns how to survive, eventually turning to hustling as a way to live. Doug is a 17-year-old with an abusive father and a chip on his shoulder. Energized and empowered by violence, he gets mixed up with a group of Neo-Nazis. The lives of these two flawed teens spiral towards each other, and one fateful night their paths cross at a fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles, and a horrendous hate crime is committed. Freaks and Revelations is a raw and gripping novel based on the haunting true story of Timothy Zaal and Matthew Boger. Told in alternating perspectives by Jason (Matthew Boger) and Doug (Timothy Zaal), author Davida Wills Hurwin creates a fictional narrative that traces the tragic - but ultimately inspirational - journeys of two very polarized teens.

Love on the Lifts (Paperback): Rachel Hawthorne Love on the Lifts (Paperback)
Rachel Hawthorne
R118 R97 Discovery Miles 970 Save R21 (18%) Special order

From beach-read favorite Rachel Hawthorne, author of Caribbean Cruising and Island Girls and Boys, comes a ski-slope romance for those cold winter nights! Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Barnholdt and Susane Colasanti. Winter Break super-secret perfect cocoa recipe: 8 oz steamed whole milk (no skim! doesn't work!) 2 tbsp. dark cocoa powder (big scoops) 1 tbsp. sugar (can't be too sweet) 4 dried, crushed mint leaves (or 1 tbsp. mint syrup) Stir thoroughly. Add mint swizzle stick. Combine with cute ski instructor, or brother's cute best friend, or cute guy you never noticed was so cute...Enjoy.

Fairyopolis - A Flower Fairy Journal (Hardcover): Cicely Mary Barker Fairyopolis - A Flower Fairy Journal (Hardcover)
Cicely Mary Barker
R417 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R70 (17%) Special order

Do you believe in fairies? Protected and hidden by a society of Fairy lovers for over 80 years the secret fairy journal of Cicely Mary Barker is available for the first time ever to the public. Learn what really happened during that magical Summer of 1920 when Cicely Mary Barker discovered the secret world of the Flower Fairies.

The Perfect Place (Paperback): Teresa E Harris The Perfect Place (Paperback)
Teresa E Harris
R150 R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Save R9 (6%) Special order

Treasure's father has been gone for months. He's done it before, but has never taken this long to send word, and Mom is tired of waiting. So Mom leaves Treasure and Tiffany with her aunt Grace while she goes looking for him. Great-Aunt Grace can't cook and she doesn't even own a TV. Treasure is sure that the weeks she is stuck there will be the worst of her life. She also knows eventually she'll find the perfect place: a home with just Mom, Dad, and Tiffany. But living with Great-Aunt Grace isn't like Treasure expected. Turns out, the perfect place isn't always what you imagine it to be.

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