13-year-old Lakshmi lives an ordinary life in Nepal, going to school and thinking of the boy she is to marry.
Then her gambling-addicted stepfather sells her into prostitution in India.
Refusing to be with men, she is beaten and starved until she gives in.
“In between, men come./They crush my bones with their weight./They split me open./Then they disappear. I hurt./I am torn and bleeding where the men have been”.
She is told that if she works off her family’s debt, she can leave, but she soon discovers that this is virtually impossible.
When a boy who runs errands for the girls and their clients begins to teach her to read, she feels a bit more alive, remembering what it feels like to be the number one girl in class again.
When an American comes to the brothel to rescue girls, Lakshmi finally gets a sense of hope.
Fighting back my rising panic, I stopped and took a deep breath. Think. Where could she have gone? I turned right around, looking in every direction, trying to spot the familiar silhouette of my sister. But there was no sign of her…
It’s two years after the events of Girl, Missing and life is not getting any easier for sixteen-year-old Lauren, as exam pressure and a recent family tragedy take their toll. Lauren’s birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but a few days into the holiday one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again?
This Roald Dahl classic tells the scary, funny and imaginative tale of a seven-year-old boy who has a run-in with some real-life witches!
“In fairy tales witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy tale. This is about REAL WITCHES. REAL WITCHES dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. That is why they are so hard to catch.”
Witches, as our hero learns, hate children. With the help of a friend and his somewhat magical grandmother, our hero tries to expose the witches before they dispose of him.
Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don’t know it.
Claire is wrapped up with the difficulties of her bourgeoning adulthood—boys, school, friends, identity.
Claire’s mother, a single mom, is rushed off her feet both at work and at home.
They rarely find themselves in the same room at the same time, and it often seems that the only thing they can count on are notes to each other on the refrigerator door.
When home is threatened by a crisis, their relationship experiences a momentous change.
Baby Blue” picks up Mia’s story (begun in “Blue Moon”) just after the birth of her baby. Mia is sixteen now, and still living with Dad, although this relationship becomes increasingly under strain. Not only is Mia having to work out the complicated emotional and practical implications of being a mother when she herself is still a child, with huge emotional needs of her own, she is also having to negotiate new relationships with the adults and young people around her.
Kate loves to chat and she’ll talk to anyone who’ll listen . . . including God. And she’s got a lot to talk about – her parents, the new baby, her friends, becoming the latest ‘four-eyes’ at school – even about the ants who drown in puddles in her driveway. Recently, Kate’s started talking to God about Stephanie, the new girl in her class. Stephanie’s not really like Kate’s other friends; for a start she’s a nerd. And she looks a bit weird, too.
When Steph becomes ill, Kate is seriously worried and lets God know. Steph’s a good person, so why isn’t she getting better? Just when Kate’s about ready to give up, she finds the answers to her questions in an unexpected place.
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
In the city of Ark, speech is constrained to five hundred sanctioned words. Speak outside the approved lexicon and face banishment. The exceptions are the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta, the keepers and archivists of all language in their post-apocalyptic, neo-medieval world.
On the death of her master, Letta is suddenly promoted to Wordsmith, charged with collecting and saving words. But when she uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language and rob Ark’s citizens of their power of speech, she realizes that it’s up to her to save not only words, but culture itself.