After Grenfell

After Grenfell
Author: Dan Bulley,Jenny Edkins,Nadine El-Enany
Publsiher: Pluto Press (UK)
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2019-05-20
ISBN 10: 9780745339580
ISBN 13: 0745339581
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

After Grenfell Book Review:

On the 14th June 2017, a fire engulfed a tower block in West London, seventy-two people lost their lives and hundreds of others were left displaced and traumatised. The Grenfell Tower fire is the epicentre of a long history of violence enacted by government and corporations. On its second anniversary activists, artists and academics come together to respond, remember and recover the disaster.The Grenfell Tower fire illustrates Britain's symbolic order; the continued logic of colonialism, the disposability of working class lives, the marketisation of social provision and global austerity politics, and the negligence and malfeasance of multinational contractors. Exploring these topics and more, the contributors construct critical analysis from legal, cultural, media, community and government responses to the fire, asking whether, without remedy for multifaceted power and violence, we will ever really be 'after' Grenfell?With poetry by Ben Okri and Tony Walsh, and photographs by Parveen Ali, Sam Boal and Yolanthe Fawehinmi.With contributions from Phil Scraton, Daniel Renwick, Nadine El-Enany, Sarah Keenan, Gracie Mae Bradley and The Radical Housing Network.

The Darkest Dark

The Darkest Dark
Author: Chris Hadfield,Kate Fillion
Publsiher: Tundra Books
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2016-09-10
ISBN 10: 1101918640
ISBN 13: 9781101918647
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Darkest Dark Book Review:

Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan's lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible. Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem--at night, Chris doesn't feel so brave. He's afraid of the dark. But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is--and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.

Harry Potter and the Walls of America

Harry Potter and the Walls of America
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2017-01-01
ISBN 10: 9781542311984
ISBN 13: 1542311985
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Harry Potter and the Walls of America Book Review:

Harry Potter and his friends went on a trip to the land of the free, home of the brave, AMERICA. But as they're enjoying their vacation there, the Orange-man suddenly became the president. And he erected a huge wall around the entire border so that no one can come and go. Moreover as this is the land of the Muggles, the magic won't work here. Can Harry and his friends escape the wall and come back to his home? Will he be able to liberate the people there too, WITHOUT magic? And it seems they're not the only ones who're from the magic world, the Orange-man knows about them too. And in a hidden secret archive in the Capitol Hill, they found a parchment which says the founding fathers already knew about this Orange-man. But who's this mysterious Orange-man? Is he the new dark lord? Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed before.

Red Comet

Red Comet
Author: Heather Clark
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 1152
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 0307961168
ISBN 13: 9780307961167
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Red Comet Book Review:

"An engrossing new biography of Sylvia Plath focuses on her remarkable literary and intellectual growth and achievement, restoring the vivid creative woman behind the longtime Plath myths perpetuated by a pathology-based approach to her life and art. With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials, Heather Clark here brings to life the brilliant daughter of Wellesley, MA who had poetic ambition from a very young age, and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories before she became the star English student at Smith College. Determined not to read Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark presents new materials about Plath's scientist father, her juvenile writings, and her psychiatric treatment, and evokes a culture in transition in the mid-twentieth century, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Sylvia's world: her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman and wife; her conflicted ties to her well-meaning, widowed mother; her troubles at the hands of an unenlightened mental health industry; her Cambridge years and thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, a marriage of true minds that would change the course of poetry in English; and much more. Clark's clear-eyed sympathy for Hughes, his lover Assia Wevill, and other demonized players in the arena of Plath's suicide promotes a deeper understanding of her final days, with their outpouring of first-rate poems. Along with illuminating readings of the poems themselves, Clark's meticulous, compassionate research brings us closer than ever to the spirited woman and visionary artist who blazed a trail that still lights the way for women poets the world over"--

I Can t Make This Up

I Can t Make This Up
Author: Kevin Hart
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2017-06-06
ISBN 10: 150115558X
ISBN 13: 9781501155581
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I Can t Make This Up Book Review:

New York Times bestselling author, superstar comedian, and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have a “hilarious but also heartfelt” (Elle) memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself. The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is: What does Kevin Hart have that a book also has? According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear: A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact. A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together. A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning. It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys. The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero. But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, J.K. Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes us on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today. And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion. He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent. “Hart is an incredibly magnetic storyteller, on the page as he is onstage, and that’s what shines through [in this] genial, entertaining guide to a life in comedy” (Kirkus Reviews).

Harry Potter s School Books

Harry Potter s School Books
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2004-05
ISBN 10: 9780747574514
ISBN 13: 0747574510
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Harry Potter s School Books Book Review:

As featured in the first year set texts reading list in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 'Fantastic Beasts and where to find them' is an extensive introduction to the magical beasts that exist in the magical, non-Muggle world. Some of the animals featured in the A-Z you will have already met in the existing Harry Potter books: for example Hippogriff, Flobberworm, Kappa - others you certainly won't: read on to find out exactly what a Chizpurfle is, why there are so few Erumpents, or why one should always beware of the sinister Lethifold…As Albus Dumbledore says in his introduction, this set text book by Newt Scamander has given the perfect grounding to many a Hogwarts student. It will be helpful to all Muggles out there too… On reading the book you will also find that Harry, Ron and (in one instance) Hermione - couldn't resist grafittiing the book, and adding their own personal hand-written opinions. Did you know that : there are 700 ways of committing a foul in Quidditch? The game first began to evolve on Queerditch Marsh? What Bumphing is? That Puddlemere United is oldest team in the Britain and Ireland league? (founded 1163) All this information and much more could be yours once you have read this book: this is all you could ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble wizarding sport of Quidditch.

Bubble

Bubble
Author: Stewart Foster
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2017-05-02
ISBN 10: 1481487426
ISBN 13: 9781481487429
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bubble Book Review:

Orphaned eleven-year-old Joe lives in a hospital due to his autoimmune disease, interacting only with his sister, an American boy with the same illness, and medical staff while dreaming of being a superhero.

The Hogwarts Library Collection

The Hogwarts Library Collection
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publsiher: Pottermore Publishing
Total Pages: 350
Release: 2017-09-01
ISBN 10: 1781109230
ISBN 13: 9781781109236
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Hogwarts Library Collection Book Review:

A collection of three books treasured by users of the great library at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander's masterful work on magical creatures; Quidditch Through the Ages, a comprehensive history of the game and its rules; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with an introduction and illustrations by J.K. Rowling and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. A treasure trove of magical facts and fairy tales, the Hogwarts Library Collection is an essential companion to the Harry Potter series. This collection includes the updated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander) and six new beasts! At least 15% of the net retail price* of this eBook bundle will be available to Comic Relief and Lumos Foundation for their work with children and young people to help them have a better life. 13% of these monies will be used by Comic Relief and 87% will be used by Lumos Foundation. Comic Relief is a registered charity in the UK with charity nos. 326568 (England/Wales) and SC039730 (Scotland). Lumos Foundation is a registered charity in the UK with no. 1112575. * The net retail price means the price paid by the consumer less applicable sales taxes

A Love Letter to Europe

A Love Letter to Europe
Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce,Melvyn Bragg,Jeffrey Boakye,William Dalrymple,Onjali Rauf,Will Hutton,Margaret Drabble,Prue Leith,Jonathan Meades,Simon Callow,Chris Riddell,Tony Robinson,Philip Ardagh,Tracey Emin,J. K. Rowling,Mary Beard,Brian Catling,Holly Johnson,Pete Townshend,Shami Chakrabarti,Chris Cleave,Peter J Conradi,Lindsey Davis
Publsiher: Coronet
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-04
ISBN 10: 9781529381115
ISBN 13: 1529381118
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Love Letter to Europe Book Review:

How are great turning points in history experienced by individuals? As Britain pulls away from Europe great British writers come together to give voice to their innermost feelings. These writers include novelists, writers of books for children, of comic books, humourists, historians, biographers, nature writers, film writers, travel writers, writers young and old and from an extraordinary range of backgrounds. Most are famous perhaps because they have won the Booker or other literary prizes, written bestsellers, changed the face of popular culture or sold millions of records. Others are not yet household names but write with depth of insight and feeling. There is some extraordinary writing in this book. Some of these pieces are expressions of love of particular places in Europe. Some are true stories, some nostalgic, some hopeful. Some are cries of pain. There are hilarious pieces. There are cries of pain and regret. Some pieces are quietly devastating. All are passionate. Conceived as a love letter to Europe, this book may also help reawaken love for Britain. It shows the unique richness and diversity of British cultures, a multitude of voices in harmony. Contributors include: Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Philip Ardagh, Jake Arnott, Patricia Atkinson, Paul Atterbury, Richard Beard, Mary Beard, Don Boyd, Melvyn Bragg, Gyles Brandreth, Kathleen Burke, James Buxton, Philip Carr, Brian Catling, Shami Chakrabarti, Chris Cleave, Mark Cocker, Peter Conradi , Heather Cooper, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Roger Crowley, David Crystal, William Dalrymple, Lindsey Davies, Margaret Drabble, Mark Ellen, Richard Evans, Michel Faber, Sebastian Faulks, Ranulph Fiennes, Robert Fox, James Fox, Neil Gaiman, Evelyn Glennie, James Hanning, Nick Hayes, Alan Hollinghurst, Gabby Hutchinson-Crouch, Will Hutton, Robert Irwin, Holly Johnson , Liane Jones, Ruth Jones, Sam Jordison, Kapka Kassabova, AL Kennedy, Hermione Lee, Prue Leith, Patrick Lenox, Roger Lewis, David Lindo, Penelope Lively, Beth Lync, Richard Mabey, Sue MacGregor, Ian Martin, Frank McDonough, Jonathan Meades, Andrew Miller, Deborah Moggach, Ben Moor, Alan Moore, Paul Morley, Jackie Morris, Charles Nicholl, Richard Overy, Chris Riddell, Adam Roberts, Tony Robinson, Lee Rourke, Sophie Sabbage, Marcus Sedgwick, Richard Shirreff, Paul Stanford, Isy Suttie, Sandi Toksvig, Colin Tudge, Ed Vulliamy, Anna Whitelock, Kate Williams, Michael Wood, Louisa Young

Songs from the Deep

Songs from the Deep
Author: Kelly Powell
Publsiher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-10-27
ISBN 10: 1534438092
ISBN 13: 9781534438095
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Songs from the Deep Book Review:

A girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves in this “twisty, atmospheric story that grips readers like a siren song” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). The sea holds many secrets. Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure. Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.

Race to the Bottom of the Sea

Race to the Bottom of the Sea
Author: Lindsay Eagar
Publsiher: Candlewick Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2017-10-10
ISBN 10: 0763693928
ISBN 13: 9780763693923
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Race to the Bottom of the Sea Book Review:

Can a clever girl inventor uncover a ruthless pirate’s heart of gold? Thrilling sea adventure takes on a hint of steampunk in the second book by the author of the acclaimed Hour of the Bees. When her parents, the great marine scientists Dr. and Dr. Quail, are killed in a tragic accident, eleven-year-old Fidelia Quail is racked by grief — and guilt. It was a submarine of Fidelia’s invention that her parents were in when they died, and it was she who pressed them to stay out longer when the raging Undertow was looming. But Fidelia is forced out of her mourning when she’s kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous, a pirate whose list of treasons stretches longer than a ribbon eel. Her task? Use her marine know-how to retrieve his treasure, lost on the ocean floor. But as Fidelia and the pirates close in on the prize, with the navy hot on their heels, she realizes that Merrick doesn’t expect to live long enough to enjoy his loot. Could something other than black-hearted greed be driving him? Will Fidelia be able to master the perils of the ocean without her parents — and piece together the mystery of Merrick the Monstrous before it’s too late?

Siren Sisters

Siren Sisters
Author: Dana Langer
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2017-01-03
ISBN 10: 1481466860
ISBN 13: 9781481466868
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Siren Sisters Book Review:

"Lolly Salt's three sisters are sirens--young woman who lure ships to their doom. And as Lolly's 13th birthday approaches she's about to become one too. But when it becomes clear that someone in town knows the Salt girls secret, Lolly sets out to learn how this happened to her family and if she can prevent it"--

Very Good Lives

Very Good Lives
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-04-14
ISBN 10: 0316369144
ISBN 13: 9780316369145
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Very Good Lives Book Review:

J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice. In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life's most important questions with acuity and emotional force.

The Wizards of Once Never and Forever

The Wizards of Once  Never and Forever
Author: Cressida Cowell
Publsiher: Hachette Children's
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2020-09-17
ISBN 10: 1444956418
ISBN 13: 9781444956412
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wizards of Once Never and Forever Book Review:

The No.1 bestselling series from the author of How to Train Your Dragon. Can Xar and Wish unite their worlds in time to save the Wildwoods? Will it be Never... or Forever? The final book in the magical The Wizards of Once series. Xar and Wish have found the ingredients for the Spell-to-get-rid-of-Witches. Now the Kingwitch is calling them to the lake of the lost. But first they must mix the potion in the Cup of Second Chances ... Can they defeat the hungry Tatzelwerm monster and escape with the cup? And will the spell be strong enough to lift the CURSE OF THE WILDWOODS... or will Witches reign FOREVER? "A rollercoaster of suspense and surprise" GUARDIAN "Cowell is moving towards national treasure" BIG ISSUE "Another coup from Cowell" SUNDAY TIMES

The Book of Secrets

The Book of Secrets
Author: Robert J. Petro,Therese A. Finch
Publsiher: Harper San Francisco
Total Pages: 186
Release: 1997
ISBN 10: 9780062514783
ISBN 13: 0062514784
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book of Secrets Book Review:

"Drawing upon his own rough beginnings, Petro has crafted a colorful, fascinating tale set in Mexico that reveals fifty secrets of success in attaining true wealth. From finding opportunity everywhere to becoming your own boss to understanding that money is only one aspect of true wealth, these illuminating lessons instruct and inspire each of us to succeed by maintaining our principles and character even while seizing opportunities, taking risks, focusing on goals, planning ahead, and sharing our success."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Once Upon an Eid

Once Upon an Eid
Author: S. K. Ali,Aisha Saeed
Publsiher: Abrams
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2020-05-05
ISBN 10: 1683358031
ISBN 13: 9781683358039
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Once Upon an Eid Book Review:

A joyous short story collection by and about Muslims, edited by New York Times bestselling author Aisha Saeed and Morris finalist S. K. Ali Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it’s waking up to the sound of frying samosas or the comfort of bean pie, maybe it’s the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it’s the gift giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy. The anthology will also include a poem, graphic-novel chapter, and spot illustrations. The full list of Once Upon an Eid contributors include: G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen, Ms. Marvel), Hena Khan (Amina's Voice, Under My Hijab), N. H. Senzai (Shooting Kabul, Escape from Aleppo), Hanna Alkaf (The Weight of Our Sky), Rukhsana Khan (Big Red Lollipop), Randa Abdel-Fattah (Does My Head Look Big in This?), Ashley Franklin (Not Quite Snow White), Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (Mommy's Khimar), Candice Montgomery (Home and Away, By Any Means Necessary), Huda Al-Marashi (First Comes Marriage), Ayesha Mattu, Asmaa Hussein, and Sara Alfageeh.

Safari Adventure

Safari Adventure
Author: Willard Price
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0099482282
ISBN 13: 9780099482284
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Safari Adventure Book Review:

"At once profound, spiritual, and witty, Master of the Three Ways is a remarkable work about human nature, the essence of life, and how to live simply and with awareness. In three hundred and fifty-seven verses, the author, Hung Ying-ming a seventeenth-century Chinese sage explores good and evil, honesty and deception, wisdom and foolishness, and heaven and hell. He draws from the wisdom of the Three Creeds Taoism, Confucianism, and Zen Buddhism to impress upon us that by combining simple elegance with the ordinary, we can make our lives artistic and poetic. This sense, along with a particular understanding of Zen that makes art from the simple in everyday life, has permeated Chinese and Japanese culture to this day. The work is divided into two books. The first generally deals with the art of living in society and the second is concerned with man's solitude and contemplations of nature. These themes repeatedly spill over into each other, creating multiple levels of meaning."

Summer and Bird

Summer and Bird
Author: Katherine Catmull
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2012-10-02
ISBN 10: 1101591595
ISBN 13: 9781101591598
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summer and Bird Book Review:

An enchanting--and twisted--tale of two sisters' quest to find their parents When their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them. A cryptic picture message from their mother leads them to a familiar gate in the woods, but comfortable sights quickly give way to a new world entirely--Down--one inhabited by talking birds and the evil Puppeteer queen. Summer and Bird are quickly separated, and their divided hearts lead them each in a very different direction in the quest to find their parents, vanquish the Puppeteer, lead the birds back to their Green Home, and discover the identity of the true bird queen. With breathtaking language and deliciously inventive details, Katherine Catmull has created a world unlike any other, skillfully blurring the lines between magic and reality and bringing to life a completely authentic cast of characters and creatures.

The Wolf Keepers

The Wolf Keepers
Author: Elise Broach
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-10-11
ISBN 10: 1250113040
ISBN 13: 9781250113047
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wolf Keepers Book Review:

A high-stakes middle grade historical adventure through Yosemite National Park by the New York Times-bestselling author of Masterpiece. Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango and her dad have always had a zoo to call their home. Lizzie spends her days watching the animals and taking note of their various behaviors. Though the zoo makes for a unique home, it's a hard place for Lizzie to make lasting friends. But all this changes one afternoon when she finds Tyler Briggs, a runaway who has secretly made the zoo his makeshift home. The two become friends and, just as quickly, stumble into a covert investigation involving the zoo wolves who are suddenly dying. Little do they know, this mystery will draw them into a high-stakes historical adventure involving the legend of John Muir as they try to navigate safely while lost in Yosemite National Park. A Christy Ottaviano Book

Secret Friends

Secret Friends
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Publsiher: Pan Macmillan
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019-08-22
ISBN 10: 1529015413
ISBN 13: 9781529015416
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secret Friends Book Review:

What's the good in keeping secrets? Secret Friends is a heartbreaking story about friendship and bullying from the multi-award-winning Elizabeth Laird. Rafaella doesn't find it easy to make friends. She looks and feels different from the others at school. And Lucy is the first to tease, the first to call her 'Earwig', until they get to know one another and Lucy sees that Rafaella is full of hopes and ideas, just like she is. Lucy loves keeping her own secret friend, until tragedy strikes and secrets can't be kept any longer. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Children's Book Award and reissued with gorgeous illustrations, more than twenty years after first publication, Elizabeth Laird's moving and unflinching novella brings home the crucial importance of cultivating empathy in young people. '[A] humane and honest story. It conveys so much, so simply and so well' Scotsman '[A] fine weepy with a moral, about the dangers of playground cliquishness and cruelty' The Sunday Times