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At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in an fostered family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth. Here Sissay recounts his life story. It is a story of neglect and determination. Misfortune and hope. Cruelty and triumph. Sissay reflects on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness, and in doing so explores the institutional care system, race, family and the meaning of home. Written with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation's best-loved poets, this moving, frank and timely memoir is the result of a life spent asking questions, and a celebration of the redemptive power of creativity.Show more
A love of horses, friendship, and adventure are the key elements of the White Cloud Station series, which combines great storytelling with an in-depth knowledge of horses and horsemanship. NZ Best Seller - Children & Teen List -- Penguin Group NZ, 2009 -- Second Edition, Horsecrest Press, 2014. Suzy, Alexa and Lucy live and breathe horses. But unfortunately for Suzy her allergies mean she is forbidden to have a horse of her own. When the three girls attend the round-up of the wild horses at White Cloud Station, Suzy falls in love with a curly-coated horse that she desperately wants to buy. However, things don't go according to plan when he gets sold to another bidder. Just when it looks like Suzy will never get her dream, an unexpected friend comes to the rescue. "Ripple was so addictive I just couldn't put it down!" - Caprice. "I love White Cloud Station! The characters are so realistic and, as a major horse fan, I can say truly that I connect to the books!" - EmilyShow more