No Better Friend (Young Readers Edition)
By Robert Weintraub
No Better Friend tells the remarkable story of Royal Air Force technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in an internment camp during WWII. Judy was a fiercely loyal animal who sensed danger and instinctively mistrusted anyone in enemy uniform. Their relationship deepened throughout their imprisonment. The prisoners suffered severe beatings which Judy would interrupt with her barking. The dog became a beacon for the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own. Judy was the war's only canine POW, and when she passed away in 1950, she was buried in her Air Force jacket. Williams would never own another dog. Their story--of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances--is one of the great undiscovered sagas of World War II.
New Treasure Seekers
By E. Nesbit
'Endlessly surprising and inventive ... She is also simply the funniest writer we have ever had' Frank Cottrell-Boyce'Nesbit belongs with those writers of children's books who are successful because of their skills as storytellers. Indeed, she was one of the first. She speaks to the reader, and it's almost as though you can hear her voice' Quentin BlakeNo matter how hard the Bastable children try to be good, they almost always fail spectacularly. Whether making a disastrous Christmas pudding for charity, spending a dark night in an empty windmill or fortune-telling at a fete, the Bastables cannot help getting into all sorts of mischief.Edith Nesbit was one of the most influential children's writers ever to have lived, and her timeless books include The Railway Children and Five Children and It. A collection that will be coveted by children and adults alike, this list is the best in children's literature, curated by Virago. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Children), L. M. Montgomery (The Anne of Green Gables series) and Susan Coolidge (The What Katy Did Trilogy). Discover Virago Children's Classics.
Nothing Up My Sleeve
By Diana Lopez
When best friends Dominic, Loop, and Z stumble upon Conjuring Cats, a new magic shop in town, they know just how they'll spend their summer vacation -- mastering cool tricks so they can gain access to The Vault, a keyholders-only back room that is bound to hold all kinds of secrets! And once they get in, they set their sights even higher: the Texas Association of Magicians' amateur close-up competition at the end of the summer. The problem is, the trip to the competition is expensive, and it's money that each boy's family just doesn't have. Plus, the shop owners' daughter Ariel -- an all-too-confident girl their age who just so happens to be last year's winner -- will do anything to make sure the boys don't come out on top. Will they make it to the competition? And if so, at what cost? Diana López's heartwarming, kid-friendly middle grade stories featuring dynamic Latino characters have made her a house favorite. Nothing Up My Sleeve's themes of friendship, family dynamics, and competition will strongly relate with young readers, and Diana's obvious love for the intricacies of real tricks and magicians through history add a thrilling extra layer.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
Abandoned by her peers because of her ability to see spirits, Lanesha longs for connection despite the strong love of her adopted grandmother, Mama Ya-Ya. As hurricane Katrina approaches and her neighbours flee, Lanesha must stay and brace for a storm of epic proportions. As the levees break, Lanches must find a way to survive the floods on her own...
The New York Yankees
By Matt Christopher
The New York Yankees played their first game in the American League in 1903. Since then they have become the best team in baseball, bar none. Now this action-packed and fact-filled volume brings the Yankee's great history to life. From Babe Ruth's called shot and Lou Gehrig's tearful farewell speech, to Reggie Jackson's three hits on three pitches and Derek Jeter's game-saving catches, classic moments are recounted with such vivid description that readers will swear they can smell the popcorn and hear the crack of the bat. The book includes team records and post-season results from 1903 to 2006, as well as lists of Yankees inducted into the Hall of Famers and photos of the most memorable plays and people in Yankee history. For New York fans and people who just like to know everything about baseball, this is a must-read!