24 March 2017

Young Nasreen has not spoken a word to anyone since her parents disappeared.

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In despair, her grandmother risks everything to enroll Nasreen in a secret school for girls. Will a devoted teacher, a new friend, and the worlds she discovers in books be enough to draw Nasreen out of her shell of sadness?

Based on a true story from Afghanistan, this inspiring book will touch readers deeply as it affirms both the life-changing power of education and the healing power of love.

21 March 2017

King Edwin Flashypants!

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When rumours of a huge and terrifying monster called the Gizimoth reach Edwinland, King Edwin Flashypants decides that, to be a proper king, he needs to go and fight it. 

Meanwhile, Emperor Nurbison has had a similar idea, but he has a much sneakier plan for what he can do with the Gizimoth. And it involves squishing Edwinland. 

Hold tight for another thrilling Flashypants adventure, with jousting, vegetables, fire-breathing toads and plenty of FOO-HOO-HOOing.

20 March 2017

Inside & Out

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Coconut Oil Inside & Out explores the versatility of coconut oil with tips, advice and easy-to-follow instructions creating a fully comprehensive guide on today's most popular super oil. Beautifully illustrated with stunning photography, readers will be inspired by new ways to use their favorite oil.

Focusing on the use of coconut oil within four categories (Beauty, Health, Home, and Cooking), this comprehensive guide shows how coconut oil offers natural and affordable solutions to a number of life's problem - from sore throats to frizzy hair. Readers will be surprised with new and innovative ways to use coconut oil - from their bathrooms to their kitchens and throughout their home - with ideas such as using coconut oil as a stain remover or to remove chewing gum, alongside more traditional uses, such as a replacement for butter in cooking, a skin moisturiser and lip balm.


This unique book explores the uses of coconut oil that reach far beyond cookery, by offering a fully comprehensive guide to coconut oil and its benefits and uses. With the popularity of coconut oil growing, this book will appeal to existing devotees, new users and anyone interested in living a healthier life.

17 March 2017

A deadly game of cat and mouse

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The man who brutally murdered Uncle Harry is dead. In an effort to recover from the confrontation and collect himself, Jack takes refuge on Torcello, a small island in the Venetian lagoon, to return to his writing career.

Even more urgently, he wants to win back Kerry, the beautiful lawyer who rejected him after the bloody episode with Harry's assassin.

But events beyond Jack's control intervene: Kerry loses her life in circumstances that contradict everything Jack thinks he knew about her. Soon death begins to stalk Jack himself. It is impossible not to recognize in its drumbeat the machinations of Abner Brown, the man who orchestrated Harry's demise.





Jack fights back, driven by cold rage and determination to complete his revenge. At his side is Kerry's best friend, the glamorous and enigmatic Heidi Krohn. Their quest will force Jack to plumb the abyss of depravity into which Kerry had sunk and face one of his fellow Marines who has embarked on a violent feud of his own

16 March 2017

For the Contemporary Crafter

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6 quick and simple stash-busting mini projects for quilters and sewers. Projects range from mini baskets for threads and spools, picture bunting for inspiration and a notebook cover for design ideas. 

Unique designs for sewing patterns by Beth Studley (Love From Beth) who is a fabric designer and sewing and quilt pattern designer.

15 March 2017

You look after her child, what if she doesn't come back?

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Darcey Bell ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing thriller that holds you in its grip until the final page. It starts with a simple favour - an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. 

When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son from school she happily says yes. Their children are classmates and best friends. And five-year-olds love being together - just like she and Emily. As a widow and stay-at-home blogger mum living in suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a glamorous and successful PR executive. The trouble is that Emily doesn't come back. 

No matter what the police say, Stephanie knows that she would never leave her son. Terrified, she reaches out to her fellow mummy bloggers. And she also reaches out to Emily's husband - just to offer her support. What Stephanie hasn't shared is the secrets buried in a murky past.

14 March 2017

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13 March 2017

Never outlive your ability to survive a fight.

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Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. Radioactive secrets and unfinished business go with the territory on Spook Street: he's always known there would be an accounting. And he's not as defenceless as they might think. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. 

He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. 'Nasty old spook with blood on his hands' would be a more accurate description. 'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining the myths and legends of Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of pen-pushing no-hopers at Slough House.

So it's Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary, to protect an agent in peril .

10 March 2017

From Canada's most charismatic politician

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Justin Trudeau's candid memoir will reveal to its readers the experiences that have shaped him over the course of his life and show how his passion for Canada and its people took root. 

Covering the years from his childhood at 24 Sussex to his McGill days during the tumultuous time of the Charlottetown Accord to his first campaign in Papineau to his role as Liberal leader today, the book will capture the foundational moments that have formed the man we have come to know and informed his vision for the future of Canada. 

Filled with anecdotes, personal reflections, and never-before-seen photographs from his own collection, Mr. Trudeau's memoir will show how the events of his life have led him to this moment and prepared him for the future.

09 March 2017

From the author of The Tea Planter's Wife

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Rajputana, India, 1930.

Since her husband's death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza's only companion has been her camera. When the British government sends her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she's determined to make a name for herself.

But when Eliza arrives at the palace, she meets Jay, the Prince's handsome, brooding younger brother. Brought together by their desire to improve conditions for local people, Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families - and society - think otherwise.

Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what's expected and following their hearts.

08 March 2017

A suspenseful large print

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Five years ago, someone murdered DI Charlotte Savage's daughter and got away with it. Now Charlotte knows who was responsible - but the killer's father is a seemingly untouchable high-ranking official, and therefore his son is well protected. 

Before Charlotte can work out how to get her revenge, disturbing events start to unfold on Dartmoor: a woman's naked body is found near an isolated reservoir on the bleak winter moors. 

As the body count mounts, and the crimes are linked to mutilated animals and a sinister cult, Charlotte knows she must move fast. But in a police force tainted by corruption, her hunt for the killer won't be easy...

07 March 2017

2 Hot picks just coming in

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A woman opens her car door, knocking a passing cyclist into the path of an oncoming van. The cyclist is Jean Harley. But this is not Jean s story, nor is it the story of her death. It is the stories of the people she leaves behind. It is the story of her husband, her mother, her friends, her son, her former lover. And of the man who caused it all. 

Jean Harley is the glue that binds these and other voices in Heather Taylor Johnson s heartbreakingly honest and original novel. Jean Harley Was Here is a vivid exploration of grief, loss and what comes after.









http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=163752 Shorthand typist required by English speaker in the South of France. Live-in, full board plus salary commensurate with experience.' Iris Turner, an unworldly young Englishwoman, arrives in the French Riviera to take up a secretarial role for the mysterious Hammond Brooke. Living in a small, exclusive hotel among eccentric and unpredictable aristocrats and struggling to gain her employer's trust, she soon realises that nothing is as it seems. 

Initiated into the mysterious world of perfume, she finds herself entangled in a web of intrigue and deception. Gradually discovering the truth, she gains a new understanding of the meaning of love, loyalty and betrayal.

06 March 2017

2 new audio

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Read by Emilia Fox.

Clodagh Brown was nineteen when her parents packed her off to college and a relative's house in Maida Vale, two years after the death on the pylon. They blamed her for it, everyone did. It was hardly surprising that she fell into the arms of Silver. 

In his flat at the top of his parents' house he played host to a strange crew of young drop-outs whose pleasure was to range the rooftops. It was a happy, heady time until the moment when on a trek fifty feet above the street, they looked into a window and saw a scene that was to lead to tragedy.




http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=165549Paris is burning--and only Private's Jack Morgan can put out the fire.When Jack Morgan stops by Private's Paris office, he envisions a quick hello during an otherwise relaxing trip filled with fine food and sightseeing. But Jack is quickly pressed into duty after a call from his client Sherman Wilkerson, asking Jack to track down his young granddaughter who is on the run from a brutal drug dealer.

Before Jack can locate her, several members of France's cultural elite are found dead--murdered in stunning, symbolic fashion. The only link between the crimes is a mysterious graffiti tag. 




As religious and ethnic tensions simmer in the City of Light, only Jack and his Private team can connect the dots before the smoldering powder keg explodes.








03 March 2017

Maria reviews Rachel's Legacy

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A borrower picked up this book and had forgotten her glasses so I read out the blurb to her. It was not her kind of book but as I was reading I knew I wanted to read it.

This is an amazing read and takes you on a journey with Kobi, the main character.  As Kobi reads Rachels letters, given to him by his mother after she found them in his grandmothers house, I became engrossed with the story, the mystery and the twists and turns it takes. I was taken back to the days of WW2 in Germany and the plight of the Jewish people and those fighting in the resistance. It is a very thought provoking story which is very well written and factualy correct.

It really makes you wonder about all the other families who went through the same ordeal, losing family members, having to give up children to save them or simply never knowing what happened to loved ones at all.


This book is the sequel to The Keeper of Secrets which was also an excellent read so I can recommend both books and am looking forward to a third. Best of all Julie Thomas is a New Zealand author!







27 February 2017

Science and trash collide!

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Flex your science muscle and save the planet at the same time! Check out exciting ways to repurpose bottles and other recyclables into cool science experiments. 

Bring out your science genius with plastic bottles, potato chip bags and lots more unexpected stuff.

Dig into your recycling bin and get started!

24 February 2017

A wonderful pictures book about shapes.

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A determined little spider named Walter is trying to make a sturdy web that will stand up to the blustery wind. The webs he makes at first are woven in special shapes--a triangle, a square, a circle--but they are still wibbly-wobbly. Can Walter make a web that is both wonderful and strong? 

This simple, vibrant adventure is a lively companion to our two previous Hopgood "first books" about colors and the senses.

23 February 2017

New from the living water series

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=164352In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus's resurrection from the dead, leading Martha--a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past--to hope and a new life.

Everyone in Bethany admires Martha--the perfect Jewish woman. She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees' strict laws. But Martha is hiding a secret. At her sister's marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her.

Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha's secret sin: her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed.




When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice: send for Jesus to save her dying brother--risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her--or deny Jesus' healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies.

Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him. When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness. Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha's love.

When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he--like Isa--come too late?

22 February 2017

MummyJi, Knitting & Top-Dressing

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Now back in a fully revised, redesigned edition with newly commissioned photography, the author reveals in over 100 recipes the secrets of British Asian food. These are the recipes from her family and friends; Indian cooking but adapted using British ingredients. 

Vicky says 'our home food is much simpler than the food you find in Indian restaurants. We use very few spices. The same ingredients are generally used for everything but, like musical notes, can be combined in many different ways to create beautiful melodies.' Many of the names of her dishes will be familiar to afficianados of high-street Indian restaurants but Vicky's versions are healthier, with fresher, more vivid flavours.







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Knitters will love making these 60 adorable garments and accessories--and little kids will love wearing and using them!

 Every project is stylish, playful, and practical, from a Cat Hat with pointy ears, button eyes, and an embroidered face to a Raccoon Blanket, Striped Cardigan, Clown Mittens, and pencil-shaped scarf. 

As they work, knitters will master vital skills, from garment shaping to construction and more.










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As a small boy, Bruce Aitken dreamt of flying. Little did he know of the thrills and spills he would endure and the joy he would feel soaring above the earth.

Bruce survived many crashes in his planes in the thirty-three years he was an aerial top-dressing and stunt flying pilot.His business, Farmers Aviation, perhaps had nearly as many near-fatal crashes as his planes.

Bruce became an aerial trop-dressing legend. At the end of that time he turned to stunt flying, thrilling spectators as well as himself.

Even America welcome this extraordinary man.

21 February 2017

Spiced apple, the countryside and Beale Street

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Actor Tyler Fairfield is Spencer Hollow's only home-grown celebrity. To Brianna MacDougall, he's a friend who became a lover over the course of one wild night in New York City. They both agreed it was a mistake--so why can't Bri forget? Maybe because Tyler makes her feel like the only person in a crowded room. Or because his kisses melt her like warm caramel over ice cream. Tyler back in town means temptation 24/7. Bri has more than enough on her plate producing a holiday play and running her family business, but this new secret fling can't last (right?) so she intends to enjoy every minute of it...

Bri's like no woman Tyler's known--including Gabrielle, his former costar. Fairfield Orchard and Tyler himself are part of the plan to rehabilitate Gabrielle's image, but scorching encounters and tender moments with Bri make Tyler wish he hadn't signed on. He'd trust Bri with anything; she's his heart and his home. But proving it to her may bring more drama than either of them bargained for..
http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=164359When Kitty inherits Bluebell Lodge from her grandmother, a farm in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it's time for fresh air and a fresh start. Up to her elbows in chickens and ponies, Kitty soon realises there's an awful lot to learn about farming. Still, at least the locals seem friendly, not least her handsome neighbour Tom... But just as Kitty is beginning to find her feet, and the possibility of love, the discovery of a long-hidden diary, by a mysterious character called Violet changes everything. 
Who is Violet and what is her message for Kitty? As Kitty fills in the lost pieces of her family jigsaw and discovers some shocking revelations, will her countryside dream and blossoming relationship fall to pieces? When it comes to life in the country, nothing is ever quite as it seems ..
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 A cryptic plea for help from a childhood friend sends cousins Nate and Nicki Price from New Orleans to Memphis, the home of scrumptious barbecue and soulful blues music. When they arrive at Danny Andre's last known address, they discover signs of a struggle and a lifestyle not in keeping with the former choirboy they fondly remember. 

Danny's sister, Isabelle, reluctantly accepts their help. She and Nate aren't on the best of terms due to a complicated past, yet they will have to get beyond that if they want to save Danny.

On top of Danny's alarming disappearance and his troubled relationship with Isabelle, Nate also has to rein in his favorite cousin's overzealousness as a new and eager PI. Confronted with a possible murder, mystery, and mayhem in the land of the Delta blues, Nate must rely on his faith and investigative experience to keep one or more of them from getting killed.

20 February 2017

My name is Chase Cooper, and I'm a 6th grade ninja

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Continuing the havoc-meets-hilarious adventures of Chase Cooper, who is the leader of a secret society of ninjas at his school.

It's been one disaster after another lately, and things aren't slowing down. During talent show rehearsals someone trashed the stage and set a penguin loose. (Seriously!) Now I'm on the hunt for a pet penguin and the kid who set him free.

This week is gonna be wild...My name is Chase Cooper, and I'm a 6th grade ninja...








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As always, there's trouble brewing in the school halls, and you'll never guess who wants to team up with me... There's a thieving bandit on the loose, and as each day passes, his list of victims grows. Zoe says I should stay out of it...but staying out of trouble isn't my style.

My name is Chase Cooper, and I'm a 6th grade ninja












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The Scavengers invited me to join their secret club. Turning them down was a bad idea...It's election week and I'm trying to help Zoe become president...while fending off the creepy Scavengers and a school reporter who's trying to expose my ninja clan.

Yeah, my week is packed...My name is Chase Cooper, and I'm a 6th grade ninja...










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