Soldier Dog – Sam Angus

Stanley’s dad hasn’t been the same since his wife died and his eldest son went off to fight in the war. Now Stanley is either invisible to his dad or the object of one of his rages, and his only friend is his dad’s prizewinning greyhound, Rocket. But one day Rocket escapes, and the result is a litter of non-thoroughbred puppies that Da says will all have to be drowned, even Stanley’s favourite puppy, Solider. Stanley is so angry with his father that he runs away and enlists in the army to train as a messenger dog handler, and despite being far too young he’s soon heading to France with a great Dane called Bones by his side. As the fighting escalates and Stanley experiences the horrors of war, he comes to realise that the loyalty of his dog is the one thing he can rely on. But his father hasn’t given up on him, and extraordinary circumstances will bring them together once more.

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Venom – Fiona Paul

Beauty, romance, murder… A novel as stunning and seductive as Renaissance Venice itself.

Cassandra Caravello is part of Venice′s wealthy elite. Her world is one of fabulous gowns, society parties and privilege, yet she longs for something more. While her fiancé is away studying in Paris, she has a chance meeting with an artist called Falco. He is attractive, audacious…and highly unsuitable.

When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman – with a bloody X carved across her heart – she′s drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans and killers. Falco is quick to offer his assistance, but then another body is found and Cass starts receiving death threats… Is Falco more involved than she imagined? And will she be able to stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for someone she′s not even sure she can trust?

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Miles Franklin Award Winner 2012

The Miles Franklin Award is a prestigious honour presented each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases. Anna Funder for her novel “All That I Am” is this years winner, and we have the book in our collection which is available for all Strathmore students and staff to borrow.

 

 

 

Grey Wolves by Robert Muchamore

The fourth adventure in the Henderson’s Boys series: find out how CHERUB began!

Spring, 1941. German submarines are prowling the North Atlantic, sinking ships filled with the food, fuel and weapons that Britain needs to survive. With the Royal Navy losing the war at sea, six young agents must sneak into Nazi-occupied Europe and sabotage a submarine base on France’s western coast. If the submarines aren’t stopped, the British people will starve.

 

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World Shaker – Richard Harland

World ShakerCol’s safe, civilized world on the Upper Decks of the Worldshaker, a huge ship that has been sailing since 1845, is changed forever when a Filthy from Below finds her way into his cabin. Col twisted over in bed, lifted the fringed edge of his bedspread and looked underneath. Two eyes looked back at him. The female Filthy! Disgusting! Then she moved. Fast as a snake, she slid out and knelt at the side of his bed. ‘Don’t let ’em take me,’ she said. Richard Harland has created an acutely observed and utterly compelling Gothic world of warped Victoriana to explore 16-year-old Col’s journey from cosseted youth to courageous maturity.

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Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous but love is more dangerous still

Clockwork AngelThe Infernal Devices trilogy, a prequel to bestselling The Mortal Instruments trilogy, follows 16-year-old orphan Tessa Fell, whose quiet life is thrown into turmoil when her older brother Nathaniel suddenly vanishes, leaving her alone. Tessa’s search for him leads her to England during the reign of Queen Victoria, into London’s dangerous underworld, where warlocks throw masked balls for half-demon Downworlders and vampires and supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. When the friendless and hunted Tessa discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust her natural enemies, the demon-killing Shadowhunters, if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends; beautiful Will, a Shadowhunter hiding a deadly secret, and the devoted Jem, whose addiction to a demon drug is slowly destroying him. Tessa quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all and must draw on all her strength to save her brother and keep herself alive in this deadly new world

Behemoth – Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan bk. 2)

BehemothBehemoth follows the adventures of His Majesty’s Airship Leviathan to Istanbul, capital of the Ottoman Empire and home to countless secret societies and revolutionaries. Deryn and Alek find themselves at odds with their mentors and with each other, as their duties collide with the politics of war and peace. Will the Ottomans join the Clanker allies in the Great War? Or will Dr Barlow’s diplomatic mission succeed? Will Deryn’s secret be revealed?

 

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Assassin’s Creed : Brotherhood – Oliver Bowden

‘I will journey to the black heart of a corrupt Empire to root out my foes. But Rome wasn’t built in a day and it won’t be restored by a lone assassin. I am Ezio Auditore da Firenze. This is my brotherhood.’

Assassin's creedRome, once mighty, lies in ruins. The city swarms with suffering and degradation, her citizens living in the shadow of the ruthless Borgia family. Only one man can free the people from the Borgia tyranny – Ezio Auditore, the Master Assassin.

Ezio’s quest will test him to his limits. Cesare Borgia, a man more villainous and dangerous than his father the Pope, will not rest until he has conquered Italy. And in such treacherous times, conspiracy is everywhere, even within the ranks of the brotherhood itself . . .

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.

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India Dark – Kirsty Murray

A strong and vivid novel based on the fascinating true story of a group of young Australian performers – children aged from seven to seventeen – who toured Asia and India early in the twentieth century before mounting a strike against their manager and precipitating a sensational court case.

Daisy opened her mouth and lies flew out. Her face so pink and white, her lips so plump and sweet, her lies so vile. I had to cover my ears. I shut my eyes, wanting to block out the courtroom, to neither see nor hear the evil: but Tilly grabbed my arm and twisted the skin on my wrist in a Chinese burn. ‘Poesy Swift,’ she whispered, her breath hot IndiaDarkagainst my neck, ‘open your eyes, and take that look off your face. We will never get home if you ruin everything.’ Madras 1910: a troupe of child performers are stranded, having staged a strike against their manager. Their fate now depends on the outcome of a court case, and an alliance with gentlemen of the British Raj. Based on a true story, India Dark recreates shifting friendships and loyalties and the clash of innocence versus experience against the backdrop of India’s seductive mysteries

 

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