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Click here to read his blog. All sweet-hearted Aman wanted was for her dad to stay a little longer, but he died before she had chance to read her special letter to him. The truth is revealed with poignant, page-turning urgency, leading to a shocking finale that sees Aman grasp a second vital chance to read her love-filled letter.
I relished every word. Cal is picked on at school by Anu, who humiliates him and hurts him for being smart and geeky. New boy Jacob is singled out by the other class bully for being scruffy, poor, an outsider.
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Cal thinks they could be friends — they share in interest in superheroes — but Jacob, who uses a foodbank, is super sensitive to pity. Eventually the two do become friends and, with the help of a girl called Freya, find a way to expose those who like to hurt the weak and less fortunate.
Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range. Can Baljit work out a way to follow his dream without harming the people who matter to him most? Football-mad readers will love this, but so will anyone who likes their fiction fast-paced, involving and firmly rooted in contemporary life.
But when Mick is taken ill and Harvey looks after his scruffy dog Nelson, another side to the story is uncovered. The question is, can Mick change his views. Bali Rai tells a moving and important story simply and with great insight.
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When a beautiful girl befriends him in the middle of a freak snowstorm on the grim estate where he lives, he feels his life will take a turn for the better.
But Cassie is no ordinary girl; soon Sam finds himself on a trail of revenge with the most dangerous consequences. Thoughtful and deeply moving, this book packs a hard punch. From the moment that his sister Jas disappears, Sat knows that something serious has gone wrong. Accused by her husband of running off with a boyfriend, Jas just vanishes. Bali Rai writes with enormous conviction and great understanding. Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.
This highly personal story was partly influenced by Bali Rai's own experiences, it looks at the impact cultural traditions can have on young people growing up in modern times and the book will resonate with all who have experienced the pressure of expectation at the hands of their family.
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A gripping adventure in an exciting new series reflecting the authentic, unsung stories of our past! Fazal's world is now focused on Company 32 and the animals he cares for in the midst of one of the most frightening times in history. And as he and his friends make their way to the beaches of Dunkirk, Fazal must deal with even more than the terrors of a dangerous trek to reach the evacuation zone.
The Company's captain defends his troops in the face of a terrible betrayal at the point of rescue: not everyone has welcomed the help brought by the Royal Indian Army Service Corps. Now Fazal is forced to question why he is even there and why he is expected to be loyal to a king whose people don't all see him as their equal. Each shows that, even in times of great upheaval, a myriad of people have arrived on this island and made a home for themselves - from Roman times to the present day.
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Aman's dad is gone, leaving her feeling lost and alone. She struggles to talk about it, but it's a fact and he isn't coming back. When a lovely man called Gurnam moves in to her street and saves Aman from some local bullies, he and Aman quickly become friends, perhaps even like family.
But Gurnam has his own sadness. One that's far bigger than Aman can understand, and it's tearing his life apart. My wedding. A wedding that I hadn't asked for, that I didn't want. To a girl who I didn't know If they had bothered to open their eyes, they would have seen me: seventeen, angry, upset but determined - determined to do my own thing, to choose my own path in life The police search has lead nowhere and Jit, Sophie's best friend and soulmate, is going slowly crazy not knowing what's happened to her.
He has to DO something. So he starts on a search that will take him all over Britain, following the clues he finds after tracking down the people Sophie met at the festival. Eventually the search takes Jit to Scotland and the remote farmhouse that's home to a racist cult.
Surely he's close to finding the answers. A collection of 20 stories from India's rich folklore heritage. From wicked magicians to wise old priests, charming princes and beautiful princesses, to greedy tigers and wily jackals, these magical tales are full of adventure and trickery, and infused with deeper messages about morality, Life and the world around us.
Founded on the work of folklorist, Joseph Jacob, and from tales from India's Mughul period, award-winning author Bali Rai's lively retellings are a delight for readers of all ages.
The book includes endnotes with a glossary, additional information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories further.
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Cal's family are proud to live in an 'analogue' world - no wifi in their house , just an ancient black-and-white TV. At school, Cal has no choice but to live in the 21st century, coping with a range of bullies and chancers on a daily basis. When Cal's mum decides to 'rebalance' the family with a stint as volunteers at a local foodbank, Cal inadvertently discovers new kid Jacob's secret, and Jacob flips.
A fantastic tale about football and growing up. Baljit couldn't be happier with life - his parents are supporting his ambitions, things are going great with his girlfriend Hannah, and best of all, he's in with a chance of playing football for his heroes, Liverpool FC.
But life doesn't always work out the way you hope and Baljit has some big decisions to make that will affect everyone.
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Uplifting teen drama with a sporting focus and the long-awaited sequel to bestselling Dream On. Gritty urban drama. When Jonas finds a gun left from a shooting he takes it home. He can't wait to show his mates Kamal and Binny, who reckon they can use the gun to bolster their own street cred. A warm and witty football tale from teen favourite Bali Rai. Baljit works in his dad's chippy but dreams of football stardom. When the chance of a lifetime comes along in the form of a national team's rep, Baljit works in his dad's chippy but dreams of football stardom.
When the chance of a lifetime comes along in the form of a national team's rep, he is sure that his parents will disapprove and so a chain of lies begins. Will Baljit's fibs mean the end of his potential football stardom, or will his dreams win out?
When the incredibly attractive Benedict befriends Lily online, she is thrilled. He is so much more mature than boys her age and he seems to know exactly how she's feeling. She finds herself opening up to him, telling him things she wouldn't tell anybody else. And she needs someone to confide in more than ever before as a spate of apparent suicides rocks her school - and her group of friends. But is Benedict the kind, charming person that he seemed to be initially?
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Lily soon realises that now, with half our lives spent online, you can be found - even if you try to hide. I drop my bag of chips and run. I can hear them, shouting after me. Telling me to stop. Four of them - all older than me, all of them angry. Are you wondering who they are, the people chasing me? They're my girlfriend's brothers Joey only wanted a kiss. He'd been seeing Ria - the fittest girl in year ten - for four months, seeing her in secret because her family wouldn't approve.
When someone sees them together, Joey knows he's in trouble. Big trouble. Soon, a simple trip to the chippy turns into a life and death chase. And that kiss, that one, little peck, might turn out to be the kiss that kills him When the Singh family move into a new house, their neighbour Mick is far from welcoming. He's mean to everyone and his racist beliefs make living next door to him hard for the Singhs.
But Harvey is convinced that Mick just needs help and that he's the one to do it - he just needs to work out how!
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A charming and heart-warming story about the importance of family and friends. JIT can't be bothered with school. His mum's new boyfriend is doing his head in, and the last thing on his mind is dealing with lessons and homework. He needs the gang's help, and fast. SUKY and Imi have been going out for ages.
But there's trouble in paradise - namely, Suky's strict parents.