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Angie Thomas 2-Book Box Set (Hardcover): Angie Thomas Angie Thomas 2-Book Box Set (Hardcover)
Angie Thomas
R717 R526 Discovery Miles 5 260 Save R191 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Discover the critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling The Hate U Give and the highly anticipated On the Come Up from Angie Thomas in this hardcover box set.

FIND YOUR VOICE. MAKE SOME NOISE.

The Hate U Give

William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Michael L. Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

"Absolutely riveting!" --Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." --John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important."--Kirkus (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

On the Come Up

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But it's hard to get your come up when you're labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral...for all the wrong reasons.

Marlena (Paperback, Air Iri OME): Julie Buntin Marlena (Paperback, Air Iri OME)
Julie Buntin 1
R299 R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Save R42 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat's new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena's orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blonde hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts - first drink, first cigarette, first kiss - while Marlena's habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past. Alive with an urgent, unshakeable tenderness, Julie Buntin's Marlena is an unforgettable look at the people who shape us beyond reason and the ways it might be possible to pull oneself back from the brink.

Whale Talk (Paperback): Chris Crutcher Whale Talk (Paperback)
Chris Crutcher
R191 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R55 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

“A truly exceptional book.”—Washington Post

There's bad news and good news about the Cutter High School swim team. The bad news is that they don't have a pool. The good news is that only one of them can swim anyway. Bestselling author Chris Crutcher’s controversial and acclaimed novel follows a group of outcasts as they take on inequality and injustice in their high school.

"Crutcher's superior gifts as a storyteller and his background as a working therapist combine to make magic in Whale Talk. The thread of truth in his fiction reminds us that heroes can come in any shape, color, ability or size, and friendship can bridge nearly any divide.”—Washington Post

T.J. Jones hates the blatant preferential treatment jocks receive at his high school, and the reverence paid to the varsity lettermen. When he sees a member of the wrestling team threatening an underclassman, T.J. decides he’s had enough. He recruits some of the biggest misfits at Cutter High to form a swim team. They may not have very much talent, but the All-Night Mermen prove to be way more than T.J. anticipated. As the unlikely athletes move closer to their goal, these new friends might learn that the journey is worth more than the reward. For fans of Andrew Smith and Marieke Nijkamp.

Windfall (Paperback, Main Market Ed.): Jennifer E. Smith Windfall (Paperback, Main Market Ed.)
Jennifer E. Smith 1
R175 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R24 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Alice doesn't believe in luck, Alice believes in love. Mostly that she's been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. When she buys him a lottery ticket for his birthday and he wins 32 million dollars, they are thrown together with the world at their feet. Teddy decides that he will spend his money committing random acts of kindness, and who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice? In the process they get to know themselves and each other better than they ever have before, but money can't buy you love . . . Windfall is a tender and uplifting novel about love, luck, and big life changes, from Jennifer E. Smith.

John Henry (Paperback): Julius Lester John Henry (Paperback)
Julius Lester; Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
R165 R125 Discovery Miles 1 250 Save R40 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

John Henry is stronger than ten men, and can dig through a mountain faster than a steam drill. Julius Lester's folksy retelling of a popular African-American folk ballad has warmth, tall tale humor, and boundless energy. Jerry Pinkney illustrates the story with "rich colors borrowed from the rocks and the earth, so beautiful that they summon their own share of smiles and tears" (Booklist).

Misfit (Paperback): Kimberly Redway Misfit (Paperback)
Kimberly Redway 1
R161 R124 Discovery Miles 1 240 Save R37 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A warm-hearted take on black identity in modern Britain by debut author, Kimberly Redway. George Turner is a misfit. He doesn't fit in with his family and his older brothers are trying to make sure that he's an outsider at his new school. He'll never be cool and he'll never get the girl... or will he? Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font and illustrations, Misfit is aimed at readers aged 11+ and has a manageable length (80 pages) and reading age (9+). Produced in association with reading experts at Catch Up, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.

The Perfect Score (Paperback): Rob Buyea The Perfect Score (Paperback)
Rob Buyea
R181 R121 Discovery Miles 1 210 Save R60 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt and its sequels comes The Perfect Score, a new middle-grade school story with a very special cast of unforgettable characters who discover that getting the perfect score--both on the test and in life--is perhaps not so perfect after all.

No one likes or wants to take the statewide assessment tests. Not the students in Mrs. Woods's sixth-grade class. Not even Mrs. Woods. It's not as if the kids don't already have things to worry about. . . .

Under pressure to be the top gymnast her mother expects her to be, RANDI starts to wonder what her destiny truly holds. Football-crazy GAVIN has always struggled with reading and feels as dumb as his high school-dropout father. TREVOR acts tough and mean, but as much as he hates school, he hates being home even more. SCOTT's got a big brain and an even bigger heart, especially when it comes to his grandfather, but his good intentions always backfire in spectacular ways. NATALIE, know-it-all and aspiring lawyer, loves to follow the rules--only this year, she's about to break them all.

The whole school is in a frenzy with test time approaching--kids, teachers, the administration. Everyone is anxious. When one of the kids has a big idea for acing the tests, they're all in. But things get ugly before they get better, and in the end, the real meaning of the perfect score surprises them all.

The Lost Diary of Sami Star (Paperback): Karen McCombie The Lost Diary of Sami Star (Paperback)
Karen McCombie; Illustrated by Katie Kear 1
R138 R98 Discovery Miles 980 Save R40 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Being at home is hard for Hannah. With Mum, Dad and Vix always fighting they've got no time for her or her worries, she might as well be invisible. But when she finds an abandoned diary in the park containing snippets and photographs of the colourful life of the mysterious Sami Star, Hannah hopes she's found the real friend she always needed. Little does Hannah know Sami needs her too... A heart-warming story of finding friendship in the most unlikely of places. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

A Corner of the Universe (Paperback): Ann M Martin A Corner of the Universe (Paperback)
Ann M Martin
R147 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R35 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town.

I Just Ate My Friend (Hardcover): Heidi McKinnon I Just Ate My Friend (Hardcover)
Heidi McKinnon
R286 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R51 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

I just ate my friend. He was a good friend. But now he is gone. Would you be my friend? A hilarious story about the search for friendship and belonging... and maybe a little bit about the importance of impulse control... from an amazing new creator.

The Huge Bag of Worries (Board book): Virginia Ironside The Huge Bag of Worries (Board book)
Virginia Ironside; Illustrated by Frank Rodgers 1
R171 R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Save R30 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'This book can be read millions of times when you are worried.' - Books for Keeps

A board book edition of the compelling and bestselling picture book which can be used as a spring board into what worries children today and how to deal with anxiety.

Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching TV, and even when she is in the lavatory. Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can help her?

The Huge Bag of Worries was written by Virginia Ironside, one of Britain's leading agony aunts, and has sold 140k copies to date.

A List of Cages (Paperback): Robin Roe A List of Cages (Paperback)
Robin Roe
R195 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R43 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years. Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.

When Light Left Us (Paperback): Leah Thomas When Light Left Us (Paperback)
Leah Thomas
R215 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R47 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

* "A nuanced exploration of human nature." --Booklist, starred review

* "For fans of Patrick Ness and Lauren Oliver, this is a must buy." --SLJ, starred review

When the Vasquez siblings' father left, it seemed nothing could remedy the absence in their lives . . . until a shimmering figure named Luz appeared in the canyon behind their house.

Luz filled the void. He shot hoops with seventeen-year-old Hank's hands. He showed fourteen-year-old Ana cinematic beauty behind her eyelids. He spoke kindly to eight-year-old Milo. But then Luz left, too, and he took something from each of them. As a new school year begins, Hank, Ana, and Milo must carry on as if an alien presence never altered them. But how can they ever feel close to other people again when Luz changed everything about how they see the world and themselves?

In an imaginative and heartfelt exploration of human--and non-human--nature, Leah Thomas champions the unyielding bonds between family and true friends.

Goodbye, Perfect (Paperback): Sara Barnard Goodbye, Perfect (Paperback)
Sara Barnard 1
R190 R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Save R49 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Goodbye, Perfect is a beautiful and emotional contemporary YA novel, with a powerful friendship at its heart, by bestselling author Sara Barnard.

When I was wild, you were steady . . .

Now you are wild - what am I?

Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. And it's the last person she would have expected.

Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.

As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.

Picture Us In The Light (Hardcover): Kelly Loy Gilbert Picture Us In The Light (Hardcover)
Kelly Loy Gilbert
R342 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R79 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The critically acclaimed YA novel with five starred reviews that everyone is raving about!

"Picture me madly in love with this moving, tender, unapologetically honest book." -Becky Albertalli, author of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father's closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there's much more to his family's past than he ever imagined.

Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family's blessing to pursue the career he's always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny's lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can't stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.

When Danny digs deeper into his parents' past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed fa ade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.

SweetFreak (Paperback): Sophie McKenzie SweetFreak (Paperback)
Sophie McKenzie 1
R220 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R75 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Get ready for a brand new edge-of-your-seat read from bestselling author Sophie McKenzie!

When everyone thinks you're a liar, how hard will you fight for the truth?

Carey and Amelia have been best friends forever. Then Amelia starts being trolled by SweetFreak, a mysterious and hateful online account, and Carey is accused of being behind the vicious comments and threats.

Shut out by her other friends and shunned by Amelia, Carey is determined to clear her name and find out who’s really sending the messages. But as the online attacks spill over into real life, events start spiralling out of control… Can Carey expose the real SweetFreak before it’s too late?

A gripping page-turner from the award-winning Sophie Mckenize, SweetFreak will keep you guessing until the very end…

Encounters (Paperback): Jason Wallace Encounters (Paperback)
Jason Wallace 1
R190 R137 Discovery Miles 1 370 Save R53 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Zimbabwe, 1994. A group of children spot peculiar lights in the sky over the grounds of their school.

From this moment on, six young people's lives are changed forever.

Gary hides the anguish he feels now his mum's left, acting out in fury and hatred. Chloe has no words for the thing she fears most every day. Karl is the headmaster's son, now fallen from grace. Tendai knows he can never live up to his grieving father's ideals. And Sixpence watches all, knowing he'll never be like these other children. All of them have seen something they can't explain.

In amongst these tangled, tortured lives, comes a group of psychologists to verify the spookily similar claims of every witness. Their daughter, Holly, can tell there's more to it than aliens or mass hysteria – can she reveal the dark truths that haunt them?

Inspired by true accounts, this is the long-awaited new novel from Costa-award-winner Jason Wallace.

Confessions of a Teen Nanny (Paperback): Victoria Ashton Confessions of a Teen Nanny (Paperback)
Victoria Ashton
R141 R99 Discovery Miles 990 Save R42 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Sixteen-year-old Adrienne Lewis is in charge of eight-year-old Emma Warner, the youngest member of the snooty Warner family. Emma is an evil genius who has gotten all five previous nannies fired -- and she's the good news. Because then there's Emma's half brother, Graydon, who goes to college -- yet always seems to be lurking around waiting to hit on Adrienne. But worst of all is Emma's beautiful seventeen-year-old half sister, Cameron, whose reputation as a wild girl, a liar, and a user is known to everyone . . . everyone, that is, except Adrienne.

Bat and the Waiting Game (Hardcover): Elana K. Arnold Bat and the Waiting Game (Hardcover)
Elana K. Arnold; Illustrated by Charles Santoso
R309 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R75 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In the tradition of Clementine and Ramona Quimby, meet Bat. Author Elana K. Arnold returns with another irresistible story of friendship in this widely acclaimed series starring an unforgettable boy on the autism spectrum. For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life is pretty great. He's the caretaker of the best baby skunk in the world--even Janie, his older sister, is warming up to Thor. When Janie gets a part in the school play and can't watch Bat after school, it means some pretty big changes. Someone else has to take care of the skunk kit in the afternoons, Janie is having sleepovers with her new friends, and Bat wants everything to go back to normal. He just has to make it to the night of Janie's performance. . . .

Extraordinary Means (Paperback): Robyn Schneider Extraordinary Means (Paperback)
Robyn Schneider 1
R189 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R58 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

When he's sent to Latham House, a boarding school for sick teens, Lane thinks his life may as well be over.

But when he meets Sadie and her friends - a group of eccentric troublemakers - he realises that maybe getting sick is just the beginning. That illness doesn't have to define you, and that falling in love is its own cure.

Extraordinary Meansis a darkly funny story about true friendships, ill-fated love and the rare miracle of second chances.

Well, That Was Awkward (Paperback): Rachel Vail Well, That Was Awkward (Paperback)
Rachel Vail
R140 R110 Discovery Miles 1 100 Save R30 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Gracie has never felt like this before. One day, she suddenly can't breathe, can't walk, can't anything--and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking: A.J.

But it turns out A.J. likes not Gracie but Gracie's beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J.'s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. Because Gracie is fine. Always! She's had lots of practice being the sidekick, second-best.

It's all good. Well, almost all. She's trying.

Funny and tender, Well, That Was Awkward goes deep into the heart of middle school, and finds that even with all the heartbreak, there can be explosions of hope and moments of perfect happiness.

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes (Hardcover): Atia Abawi A Land of Permanent Goodbyes (Hardcover)
Atia Abawi
R335 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R79 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

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.

Moonlight Dreamers 2: Tell It To The Moon (Paperback): Siobhan Curham Moonlight Dreamers 2: Tell It To The Moon (Paperback)
Siobhan Curham; Cover design or artwork by Kate Forrester 1
R209 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R75 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

To make a dream come true, tell it to the moon!

Tell It to the Moon continues the story of Moonlight Dreamers Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose, who are not like everyone else and don't want to be: becoming friends gives them the courage to be themselves. After failing to find her surrogate mother, Amber is left unsure of who she is and what she wants to do; Maali's spiritual faith is tested when her father becomes ill; Sky, previously home-schooled, struggles to adapt to the pressures of the school system; and after having found the courage to come out, Rose begins to pursue her dream of becoming a patissier. Once again the four girls band together to help one another overcome their individual challenges and fulfill their dreams in this fabulous and heart-warming celebration of friendship.

Midnight Sun (Paperback): Trish Cook Midnight Sun (Paperback)
Trish Cook 1
R185 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R26 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Discover a summer love story like no other: soon to be a major motion picture starring Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger, and perfect for fans of The Fault in our Stars and Everything, Everything.

Katie can't leave her house during the day: she has a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly.

But everything changes when one evening, singing her heart out on a deserted station platform, she meets Charlie.

Before the night is out, Katie is smitten. But she hasn't told Charlie her secret. She just wants to have her normal love story, before reality kicks in.

Lost in her night-time summer romance, Katie knows that love will light the way.

A heartbreaking tale of love, loss and one nearly perfect summer.

Twelve Steps to Normal (Hardcover): Farrah Penn Twelve Steps to Normal (Hardcover)
Farrah Penn
R346 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R78 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

James Patterson presents this emotionally resonant novel that shows that while some broken things can't be put back exactly the way they were, they can be repaired and made even stronger.

Kira's Twelve Steps To A Normal Life

1. Accept Grams is gone.2. Learn to forgive Dad.3. Steal back ex-boyfriend from best friend...

And somewhere between 1 and 12, realize that when your parent's an alcoholic, there's no such thing as "normal." When Kira's father enters rehab, she's forced to leave everything behind--her home, her best friends, her boyfriend...everything she loves. Now her father's sober (again) and Kira is returning home, determined to get her life back to normal...exactly as it was before she was sent away.

But is that what Kira really wants?

Life, love, and loss come crashing together in this visceral, heartfelt story by BuzzFeed writer Farrah Penn about a girl who struggles to piece together the shards of her once-normal life before his alcoholism tore it apart.

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