Famous Inboxes

Ever wondered if Harry Potter had email and what his inbox would look like?  Or what messages Darth Vadar would receive from his…uhumm…friends?  Check out the Famous Inbox website for some cheeky inside looks at our favourite literary characters emails.  Many thanks to the Skerricks blog who first brought our attention to this fun website.


Harry’s trusted friend and ally, with more phobias and fears than a room full of…well, you get the picture. Before abandoning school for the search for Voldemort’s horcruxes, one last dip into his email account…


The Return of the Word Spy – Ursula Dubosarsky

From the beginning of time, the WORD SPY has been creeping down hallways, hiding in shadows and journeying through different lands to discover everything there is to know about the English language. In her first book, The Word Spy, she shared with us the secrets she’d learnt about English, from the first alphabet in 4000 BC right up to the tricks of modern texting.

wordspyIn The Return of the Word Spy she continues the fascinating journey through language, with chapters on language families, how we learn to speak, grammar and written forms of communication. In an accessible, engaging style, the WORD SPY explains the meaning of nouns, verbs, pronouns, ‘dead’ languages, word origins and other wordy wonders.

Packed with cartoons, games, facts and puzzles, The Return of the Word Spy continues the WORD SPY’s fascinating journey through the English language.



Night Star (The Immortals) – Alyson Noel

nightstarThe HUGELY anticipated fifth book in the bestelling ‘The Immortals’ series by Alyson Noel. With 2 million copies of her ‘Immortals’ series in print, Alyson Nol is one of the hottest paranormal teen authors writing today. ‘Night Star’ continues the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen must face bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears – all in the hope of being together forever. ‘Night Star’ is guaranteed to mesmerize fans and leave them breathlessly awaiting the sixth and final book!


Lady Jane Grey: Queen for Sale – Caroline Corby

ladyjanegrey‘Lady Jane Grey’ is the story of a Tudor girl doomed from birth by her royal blood. When Henry VIII dies Jane overhears that, inexplicably, in his will he has elevated her family in the event that his own children produce no heirs. Overnight the nine-year-old Jane has become a valuable pawn in the struggle for the throne of England.


Reckless – Cornelia Funke

For years, Jacob Reckless has been secretly disappearing to another world, a world behind a mirror, a world for which his father abandoned his family. The mirror world is Jacob’s escape from reality. It’s a place for treasure hunts and magnificent quests. A world where witches haunt the forests and giants and dwarfs roam. A world locked in a deadly Recklesswar. Jacob’s secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, with disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before Will is lost forever. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, master storyteller Cornelia Funke introduces a lush, enchanting world where fantasy meets reality.Recklessis a thrilling adventure, a tale of heroism and loyalty, filled with danger, mystery, and magic–with fairy tales and legends re-imagined as never before.


The Iron Witch – Karen Mahoney

That’s what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna’s own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic, which theironwitchbranded her hands and arms with iron tattoos. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the vicious wood elves – the darkest outcasts of Faerie – abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries-old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend – even if it means betraying everything her parents fought to protect.


The Dead – Charlie Higson


Maxie, Blue and the rest of the Holloway crew aren’t the only kids trying to escape the ferocious adults who prey on them.

Jack and Ed are best friends, but their battle to stay alive tests their friendship to the limit as they go on the run with a mismatched group of other kids – nerds, fighters, misfits. And one adult. Greg, a butcher, who claims he’s immune to the disease.

They must work together if they want to make it in this terrifying new world. But as a fresh disaster threatens to overwhelm London, they realize they won’t all survive.


This is Shyness – Leanne Hall

A guy who howls. A girl on a mission to forget.

In the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn’t rise and the border crackles with a strange energy, Wolfboy meets a stranger at the Diabetic Hotel. She tells him her name is Wildgirl, and she dares him to be her guide through the endless night.

But then they are mugged by the sugar-crazed Kidds. And what plays out is moving, reckless…dangerous. There are things that can only be said in the dark. And one long night is time enough to change your life.This is shyness






The Lonely Hearts Club – Elizabeth Eulberg

lonelyheartsclubLove is all you need . . . or is it?

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating, so she vows: No more. She’s had one too many bad dates, and has been hurt by one too many bad boys.

It’s a personal choice . . . and soon everybody wants to know about it. It seems that Penny’s not the only girl who’s tired of the way girls change themselves (most of the time for the worse) in order to get their guys . . . or the way their guys don’t really care.

Girls are soon thronging to The Lonely Hearts Club, and Penny finds herself near legendary for her non-dating ways – which is too bad, since the leader of The Lonely Hearts Club has found a certain boy she can’t help but like . . .


The Senator’s Wife – Sue Miller

Love came late to Meri, but in a rush: she met Nathan at thirty-six, he moved in a month later, and they married a month after that. Now they are exchanging their comfortable mid-western existence for life in a college town in New England, a house of their own, a more responsible teaching job for Nathan – a new life SenatorsWifethat Meri is not sure she even wants. Though she loves her husband, she feels there is trouble ahead for their marriage. Nathan, however is boyishly excited by the fact that their next-door neighbour is the distinguished Senator Tom Naughton, a political hero of his, now a man in his seventies. The senator is nowhere to be seen, but Meri strikes up an unexpected friendship with his wife, the elegant Delia, sensing that she has much to learn from her – about marriage, love and motherhood. But the closer, too, she comes to a final, terrible breach of trust that could ruin everything…