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A Clash of Kings

Author:  George R.R Martin

The second book in the series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R Martin.

From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes: The Autobiography of Robert Clary

Author:  Robert Clary

Robert Clary is known worldwide for his portrayal of the spirited Corporal Louis LeBeau on the popular television show Hogan's Heroes from 1965 to 1971. It is Clary's experience as a Jew during the Holocaust that infuse his compelling memoir with an honest recognition of life's often horrific reality, a recognition that encounters his glittering fifty-year career as an actor, singer, and artist and distinguishes this book from those by other entertainers.


Author:  Neil Gaiman

In the sleepy English countryside at the beginning of the Victorian age, life moves slowly in the village of Wall.  Young Tristan Thorn has fallen for the beautiful Victoria Forester, but Victoria is as cold and distant as the star she and Tristan see fall from the sky one evening.  For the prize of Victoria's hand, or whatever he desires, Tristan vows to retrieve the star.  It is a promise that sends the young man travel beyond the ancient wall for which the town is named and into a world that is strange and dangerous beyond imagining......

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

Author:  China Miéville

In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions?

The Star of Kazan

Author:  Eva Ibbotson

Salt to the Sea

Author:  Ruta Sepetys

War-torn Germany. Four young people. Four dark secrets.

They come from different lands but each of them is hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies . . . and war.

As thousands of refugees flock to the coast, desperate to escape the advancing Red Army, the paths of four young people converge. All are hoping to board the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

The Secret of Nightingale Wood

Author:  Lucy Strange

1919. Henry has moved to the countryside with her parents and her baby sister, Piglet – all still scarred by the death of her brother. Alone in her head, she begins to explore her surroundings, encouraged by her only friends – characters from her favourite books. Nobody much notices when she wanders into the woods at the bottom of the garden and meets Moth, a striking witch-like woman. Together they form a bond that could help Henry save her family.

Walking The Boundaries

Author:  Jackie French

Martin lives in the city with his mum. He′s come to walk the boundaries of the farm that′s been in his family for generations. It sounds easy, especially as he′ll own the land when he gets back. Martin′s great-grandfather, Ted, doesn′t even want him to walk around the farm′s fences, just up the gorge and along the hills.

Thursday's Child

Author:  Sonya Hartnett

Flute's family struggles to cope with life on the hot, dusty land. Her younger brother Tin seeks refuge in the contrast of an ancient subterranean world, a world that nutures but - as disturbing events reveal - can also kill.

Life After Life

Author:  Kate Atkinson

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.