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football verse


Kwame Alexander (Andersen Press) Nick Hall lives and breathes football, just like his friend Coby. His mum is sympathetic, but his father, an esteemed professor of linguistics who suffers from ‘chronic verbomania’, would rather he was his nose in books and forces him to read from a dictionary each night, deepening Nick’s resentment towards reading. …

11+ basketball Kwame Alexander verse

The Crossover

Kwame Alexander (Andersen Press) Josh and his twin brother Jordan are basketball fanatics. At twelve, they are already the star players of their school, with a bright future ahead of them. The game is in their blood, and their passion is fueled by their father, himself an ex-professional player known as “Da Man”. But when …

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The Weight of Water

Sarah Crossan(Bloomsbury Children’s Books) Kasienka’s father has left her mother and moved to England. The mother, persuaded that she can make him change his mind, uproots Kasienka’s whole life, fitting it into a suitcase and a laundry bag, and they arrive in Coventry. Forced to live in a bedsit, Kasienka and her mother must get …

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The Owl and the Pussycat

Edward Lear, Angela McAllister (text) & Kevin Waldron (illustrations)(Simon & Schuster)The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea,In a Beautiful pea-green boat,They took some honey,and plenty of money,Wrapped up in a five pound note.This classic nonsense rhyme needs no introduction but in this new edition Edward Lear’s wacky tale is given a new leap of life thanks to Angela …