Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteen birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
Jamal loves playing football, which isn’t easy is your goalie only has one leg
and you keep having to dodge landmines to get your ball back.
Jamal’s stubborn little sister, Bibi, is even better at football than Jamal.
But girls playing football is against the law in Afghanistan.
When it is discovered that Jamal’s mother has been secretly running a school,
the family must leave their home immediately and begin a long and dangerous journey to Australia.
The children survive separation from their parents, hunger, and violent smugglers
only to find that Australia isn’t as welcoming as they had thought but, even though they face an uncertain future,
Jamal, Bibi and their parents know that as long as they are together, that is all that matters.
“My name is Sam. I am eleven years old. I collect stories and fantastic facts. By the time you read this, I will probably be dead.”
Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists, and how it feels to kiss a girl. And because he has leukaemia he wants to know the facts about dying. Sam needs answers to the questions nobody will answer.
After police intervention, fifteen-year-old Joy has finally escaped the trailer where she once lived with her mother and survived years of confinement and abuse. Now living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in a comfortable house, she’s sure she’ll never belong. Wracked by panic attacks, afraid to talk to anyone at her new school, Joy’s got a whole list of reasons why she’s crazy. With immense courage, Joy finds friends and grows closer to her new family. But just when hope is taking hold, she learns she must testify in her mother’s trial. Can she face her old life without losing her way in the new one? Will she ever truly belong in a world that seems too normal to be real?
Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has been a loner ever since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, years ago. She eats lunch with the other girls from the track team, but they’re not really her friends. Mostly she spends her time watching Ethan Gray from a distance, wishing he would finally notice her, and avoiding the popular girls who call her “Choker” after a humiliating incident in the cafeteria.
Then one day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe’s on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With her best friend back, Cara’s life changes overnight. Zoe gives her a new look and new confidence, and next thing she knows, she’s getting invited to parties and flirting with Ethan. Best of all, she has her BFF there to confide in.
But just as quickly as Cara’s life comes together, it starts to unravel. A girl goes missing in her town, and everyone is a suspect—including Ethan. Worse still, Zoe starts behaving strangely, and Cara begins to wonder what exactly her friend does all day when she’s at school. You’re supposed to trust your best friend no matter what, but what if she turns into a total stranger?
A Reading Daydreamer
Ruslan slipped away from the cafe and the curious onlookers.
He began to run, not knowing exactly why, but instinct made him head away from the sea.
In the distance, along the seafront of Ujung Karang, screams rose from a hundred, a thousand mouths.
Sarah is on holiday sailing with her family when their boat is crushed by the tsunami.
She and her brother make it ashore but their mother is killed and their father is missing.
Ruslan has lived in Indonesia all his life, and can’t believe the destruction that the sea has caused.
Searching for his dad, Ruslan meets Sarah, and their lives are thrown together in the aftermath of the devastation.
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.
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.
There are many types of battle in Afghanistan. Imagine living in a country where women and girls are not allowed to leave the house without a man. Imagine having to wear clothes that cover every part of your body, including your face. This is the life of Parvana, a young girl growing up in Afghanistan under the control of an extreme religious military group.
When soldiers burst into her home and drag her father off to prison, Parvana is forced to take responsibility for her whole family, dressing as a boy to make a living in the marketplace of Kabul, risking her life in the dangerous and volatile city.
Ping has been a slave all her life, not even knowing her name. Her duties include feeding the imperial dragons, lacklustre animals living in a fortified pit. When the female dies and her body is mutilated by the imperial dragonkeeper, Danzi (the male dragon) escapes with Ping and a mysterious stone which is very important to the dragon. They must reach the Ocean, but Danzi is old, sick and injured, so it is up to Ping to keep him going. Along the way, she discovers some surprising strengths within herself.