We have some very special new titles for you this month – remembering unsung heroes and meeting brave new characters alike.
Lily has lots of worries. She’s struggling to compete in her fell-running races and, worse, she’s losing her gran to Alzheimer’s. But then she discovers her great‑great‑grandfather’s diaries from the First World War. Could his incredible story of bravery help her reconnect with her gran and even give her the inspiration she needs to push through and win?
Publishing for the centenary anniversary of the end of WWI, best-selling author Tom Palmer pays tribute to the forgotten athletic heroes of the Armistice with this powerful account of the fell-running messengers on the front-line of war. A thought-provoking tale of family, heritage and remembrance, Armistice Runner pays homage to the brave souls who must never be forgotten.
Although Sam has a long-term illness, all he wants is the chance to lead a normal life. So he is thrilled when he finally gets his parents to let him go on the school trip to the Scottish Highlands. Sam’s desperate for an adventure and wants to prove to everyone that he’s just as strong as his friends. But when some of the boys from his class take a reckless risk, the trip turns out to be more dangerous than Sam could have imagined.
Life is hard for Hannah at the moment. At home, everyone’s always arguing, and when she tries to talk to her friends, it feels like they are not really there for her. But everything changes when she comes across an abandoned diary in the park. It belongs to a girl called Sami Star, and fun-loving Sami sounds just the sort of friend Hannah needs. Little does Hannah know that Sami needs her too …
Bestselling tween author Karen McCombie brings you The Lost Diary of Sami Star, a wonderfully warm and touching story of friendship, identity and kindness. A heart-warming, inclusive tale of finding friendship in the most unlikely of places.
Evacuated from London at the outbreak of war, Rosie is taken in by kind Mrs Taylor and her daughter Mary. But all is not as it seems. Mary resents and bullies Rosie, and Mrs Taylor is hiding a dark secret. When Rosie thinks she has finally found a friend in a new stranger, the mysterious girl leads to a horrifying truth that will change their lives forever …
Aman’s dad is gone, leaving her feeling lost and alone. She struggles to talk about it, but it’s a fact and he isn’t coming back. When a lovely man called Gurnam moves into her street, it looks like he might fill a little gap in her life. But Gurnam has his own sadness. One that’s far bigger than Aman can understand and it’s tearing his life apart…
This touching and evocative tale of unlikely friendships comes from award-winning author Bali Rai. Stay A Little Longer will move readers and prove happiness can be found, even in the hardest of times.
Matthew Henson was simply an ordinary man. That was, until Commander Robert. E Peary entered his life, and offered him a chance to true adventure. Henson would become navigator, craftsman, translator and right-hand man on a treacherous journey to the North Pole. But back home in America his achievements were ignored due to the colour of his skin.
This fictionalised take on real people from history and the amazing expeditions they undertook is masterfully written by best-selling author Catherine Johnson. Publishing ahead of Black History Month in October, Race to the Frozen North is a gripping adventure that celebrates the story of this remarkable (largely unsung) BAME hero.