Farai and the School Gangsters by Kudakwashe Muzira

Take a look at the diary of the new kid at school.

Farai’s new school has a culture of violence. On his second day at the school, Farai finds out that someone is bullying his little sister, Rudo. Trying to protect Rudo, Farai challenges Giant Joe, one of the school’s most feared boys, to a fistfight. A date is set for the fight and the whole school waits in anticipation. Farai hates fighting, but he is now powerless to stop the fight.

Farai is also torn between Nyasha, the most popular girl at the school, and Rachel, the school outcast. He likes Nyasha and he feels sorry for Rachel. He wants to be Rachel’s friend, but he knows he will lose Nyasha if he shows any kindness towards Rachel. Continue reading

The Stolen Goldin Violin by Elizabeth Caulfield Felt

Bayly Hall, age 13, is getting her first full-sized violin. Her parents have consented to buy a Goldin, one of the most expensive and impressive violins in the world.
Hunter Petersen, age 13, is back for his sixth year at the American Suzuki Institute.
May Wong, age 12, has never been to a music camp before and is nervous that she might not be good enough.
Sebastian Phelps, age 12, is from a large, musical family.

When Bayly’s Goldin violin disappears, Hunter, May and Sebastian vow to help her find the thief. However, institute is only a week long. Will they have time to compile the clues and solve the mystery? Join Bayly, Sebastian, Hunter and May in their week at the American Suzuki Institute as they race the clock and learn about life, music and being detectives.

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Bobby’s Summer by Shannon Sonneveldt

It’s summer time when Bobby meets Jaz in the park. Bobby has never met an alien before and is excited that he and Jaz are now friends. Bobby learns that his new friend’s planet is dying and they need Bobby’s help to save it.

In an exciting summer adventure, Bobby gets to ride in a spaceship to Jaz’s planet, which is dying due to pollution. Bobby tells them things that will help the planet survive and becomes a hero! Nobody back home believes Bobby’s story, but that’s ok because Bobby helped save a planet, became a hero and best of all has a great new friend! Continue reading

The Race (an inspiring story for left-handers) by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Vicky is left-handed and teased for being clumsy, but a visit from her Gran changes everything.

Vicky’s Granddad has died and her Gran is coming for a visit. Vicky wants to cheer her up by embroidering a cushion as a gift, but because Vicky is left-handed she struggles to learn how to sew. She decides that winning a race in the school sports might be a better idea – but can she do it, especially when Graham threatens to spoil all her plans?

The story highlights some of the challenges faced by left-handers.

At the end of the book is advice on how to help left-handers; how to tell if a child is left-handed; the correct way for a left-hander to hold a pencil and to slant the paper; famous left-handers; percentage of the population who are left-handed; career choices for left-handers and cultural issues for left-handers.
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Leon Chameleon PI and the case of the missing canary eggs by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

A humorous, animal detective story for 7-12 year-olds
When Mrs Canary’s eggs mysteriously disappear, a frantic Mr Canary dashes straight off to the Pigeon Valley Police for help. Unfortunately, Sergeant Loerie and Constable Mole’s hasty attempts to make an arrest lead them to the wrong suspects. Leon Chameleon PI, who has quietly kept an eye on developments, decides it is time to step in and offer his services – after all, isn’t he the best Private Eye in Pigeon Valley? He puts all his skills to work and finds vital clues which Loerie had overlooked. Now a daring plan is needed to trap the suspects and bring them before Spotted Eagle Owl’s Court, where Leon springs his final surprise…
Janet Hurst-Nicholson draws on the habits and characteristics of the small creatures living in Pigeon Valley, Durban, to create a thrilling detective story. Barbara McGuire’s illustrations capture the story’s humour, while portraying the animals as they really are.
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What If…Superheroes Were Real by Shannon Sonneveldt

JJ loves to imagine new worlds where anything is possible. In this book, we see the world he creates using his imagination as he plays the ‘What If’ game with his mom. A world where superheroes are real.

Not only are superheroes real, but everyone has the potential within themselves to become a superheroes if they believe in themselves and their unique gifts. A group of young superheroes band together to form the Warriors of Truth and are in a race to help others see their potential before the Band of Bullies can get to them first and convince them that they are unworthy. This book finds Caitlyn who is sensitive to others feelings and loves animals. Will the Warriors of Truth convince her of how special she is or will the Band of Bullies get to her first?

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BOGOF the Supermarket Cat by Adrian Marshall

Taking a nap on a car roof is not a new experience for Tiddles, but this time it leads to him becoming BOGOF the Supermarket cat. After a hair-raising ride on the roof of a car Tiddles finds himself in a Supermarket car-park. Deciding to explore he meets a shop worker called Fred, and then finds his way into the Supermarket. Tiddles is discovered by Mr Brown the Supermarket manager and Fred. They are surprised that he managed to get into the shop and because he seems so clever they find him some work to do, and name him BOGOF.

Disaster strikes later in the day, the car BOGOF came on has disappeared! How will he get back home? Will he carry on working at the Supermarket? And who knows what exciting adventures are just around the corner for BOGOF the Supermarket Cat! Continue reading

How My Gas Made Me Famous by Ferguson Fartworthy

Max Hinky’s favorite dinner is his dad’s Spaghetti Explodarama. But on the day after he’d had six helpings, Max had a case of gas that wouldn’t quit.
Now the whole of Cloverfield school thinks he’s gassing everyone out on purpose. Probably even Amy (the only non-weird girl at school).
On top of that—the bully brothers, Kryton, Kelvin and Kenny—are hot on Max’s stink trail.
Yet by the end of this day, Max’s stinkazoids are going to rocket him to fame!

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BOGOF and the Christmas Tree by Adrian Marshall

Book #2 in the “BOGOF the Supermarket Cat” series. BOGOF is not an ordinary cat, he is a Supermarket cat. Every day he works at keeping rats and mice under control at Mr Brown’s Supermarket. His two best friends are Fred, a Supermarket worker, and Mr Blackbird. It is a week before Christmas and time to put up and decorate a Christmas tree outside the Supermarket. All goes well until decoration time, Fred has lost the lights! What can BOGOF do to help his friend?

Fred tells BOGOF that he has a Christmas present for both him and Mr Blackbird. BOGOF panics when he realises that he has not got a present for Fred and finds Mr Blackbird to tell him the bad news. After a lot of thought the resourceful pair finally have a bright idea. What is Fred’s present going to be, and will he like it?

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