Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying. What to eat, where to go, who to love. But one thing she is sure of she wants to spend her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea. Then Lea dies in a car accident, and Rumi is sent to live with her aunt in Hawaii. Now, miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, feeling abandoned by her mother, and the aching absence of music. With the help of the “boys next door” teenage surfer Kai, who doesn’t take anything too seriously, and old George Watanabe, who succumbed to grief years ago Rumi seeks her way back to music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish. With unflinching honesty, Summer Bird Blue explores big truths about insurmountable grief, unconditional love, and how to forgive even when it feels impossible.
Panda and Penguin love their old sofa – but when the springs poke through and the cover tears – they realise it is time to go shopping! They look at all sorts of sofas – too big, too small, too hard, too soft and even too `arty’! And, of course, they end up with their `perfect’ sofa.
Fifi Kuo is from Taiwan. She did her BA in Landscape Architecture Design, then an MA in Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art.
Meet Tad. She’s the smallest tadpole in a big pond, and lives there with all her tadbrothers and tadsisters.
Something else lives there too… BIG BLUB! When everyone starts to disappear, Tad starts to wonder if Big Blub will get her too…
Or is everyone else going somewhere else; somewhere better? And if so, will Tad ever get there too?
A big story about a tiny tadpole – about growing up, branching out, and taking a leap into life. From the award-winning author and illustrator of The Storm Whale and Granddad’s Island, and the perfect story for everyone who’s ever grown up, or still has a way to go…
A debut novel tackling big questions.
Landfill has lived his whole life as a scavenger, running with wooflers, swimming with turtles and feasting on fresh gull. Old Babagoo has always looked after him, on one condition – follow his rules. NEVER COME LOOKING OUTSIDE. NEVER RISE ABOVE THE WALL. But despite the dangers, Landfill longs to see Outside. And some rules are made to be broken.
Featuring 26 creatures from around the world, each amazing animal architect tells its own ‘micro story’ about its impressive architectural skills in this delightfully unique wildlife book.
A deluxe new collector’s edition, from Bodleian Library Publishing, of this title, first printed in 1914, with a new introduction by Marina Warner, in which she writes, “These are not fairy stories with happy endings, but wisdom tales of marvellous surprising twists and turns, which wonder at the inequities of existence and pose open questions.”
A sumptuous gift for both young and older adults.
A unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors.
When they got in the lift that morning, they were strangers. Sasha, who is at the UK’s biggest TV centre desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s by far the richest – and best-looking – guy in the lift; Velvet, who regrets wearing the world’s least comfortable shoes to work experience; Dawson, who isn’t the good-looking teen star he was and desperate not to be recognized; Kaitlyn, who’s slowly losing her sight but won’t admit it, and Joe, who shouldn’t be there at all, but who wants to be there the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year . . .
Really useful set of nature activity cards for primary aged children (from Laurence King Publishing), pleasingly designed by the illustrator Chakrabarti with inviting accessible instructions and information written by experienced non-fiction author, Anna Claybourne.
There are 20 double-sided, sturdy thick cards in total categorised into
PARK & GARDEN
FOREST & TREES
Perfect to share between groups of children and a handy aid for KS2 classteachers.
Two board books (the first in a new wildlife series from QED), introducing nature to toddlers – simple, entertaining storylines with an animal character as the focus.
Bird is illustrated by Olivia Cosneau who lives and works near Nantes, France.
Rabbit is illustrated by Magali Attiogbe.