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L. A Weatherly was born in Arkansas, and moved to the UK in 1995. Her first book, Child X, was shortlisted for the Sheffield, Leicester and Red House Book Awards and was also chosen by the American Library Association as one of their 'Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers'. She lives in Hampshire.
Deeply moving, Wasted is a hard hitting story about survival and self belief. Luke’s life is a mess; his mum is never sober, school is a wash out. The only thing that keeps him going is playing his guitar and his dream of being a rock star. When his mum turns really violent, Luke has to take care of himself. But, life on the streets is too dangerous when you are only a kid. Luke has to take the bravest decision of his life and, when he does so, things begin to look up. Maybe he will fulfil his dream after all?
Once there was a very scary monster. His fur was wild and weird, he carried a club with giant bristles on it, and his teeth were green and mossy because he never, ever brushed them. All the other animals in the forest were terrified of the monster, and scurried away whenever they saw him coming. But one day, the very scary monster started to hiccup. He tried everything he could, but the hiccups would not go away! In the end, the monster must turn to the other animals in the forest for help. Together, they come up with an ingenious plan to get rid of those pesky hiccups. The Scariest Monster in the World is a humorous, beautifully illustrated tale which all young readers will enjoy.
This is a story told in two voices - but by the same person. After Kat is involved in a terrible car accident, she wakes up with no idea who she is, and no memory of anything before the crash. Everyone around her is a stranger. She doesn't even recognise her mum, much less her friends from school - Poppy, Jade, and the mysterious Tina. Kat tries to cope with her amnesia, but there are so many mysteries about her life before the accident - and many of them are unsettling and worrying. It's not until she finds Kathy's diary that she understands the terrible secretive things that were going on in her previous life. Told in two voices, this incredible novel explores the damage amnesia can do to a family and friends, and how one girl reconciles her new personality to her old.
Sadie is fourteen years old and unhappy at school. Her dad died four years ago, and she lives alone with her mum in their seaside bed and breakfast. Her mum thinks Sadie doesn't try hard enough at anything she does, and her teachers think she's bone idle. As for Sadie herself - she can't believe that she's any good at anything, even though she tries SO hard. Suddenly her mum becomes seriously ill and has to go into hospital. Sadie's Aunt Leona is supposed to take care of the business until she's well, but it doesn't quite work out that way...and before she knows it, Sadie is left on her own in charge. How will she cope without her school finding out? Or her mum realising that something is wrong? Marcus, the techno-geek from next door, tries to help, as does her clever best friend Milly, but ultimately it is Sadie who is put to the test as she copes with more than she ever thought possible. Hilarious, moving and poignant, this is a wonderful story about a girl who overcomes all odds and achieves success in more ways than one.
Kylie is the new girl at school. With things difficult at home, she is desperate to fit in. She sets out to be accepted by the most popular girl in school, Jas. But first she needs to prove herself. How far will she go to impress her? One unlucky boy, Jamie, is about to find out. A moving and absorbing story, with issues every teenager can identify with.
When 13-year-old Emma bumps into her old friend Abby on the bus one Saturday afternoon, she later realises that she was the last person to see Abby before her mysterious disappearance. Amidst the media frenzy and everyone's struggle to come to terms with the possibility of Abby's death, Emma starts a terrifying journey of her very own, as she uncovers things which lead to a discovery even the police have not thought of-A thrilling and memorable novel for readers of all abilities from 10 years up.
Jules is passionate about acting and has been given the chance to star as the lead role in the play, Northern Lights. But at home, her life is not so happy. Her family starts to disintegrate after her father suddenly and unexpectedly leaves home. What exactly is Jules's relationship to her flamboyant actor uncle? And what terrible secret is her mother hiding? This is a moving and powerful story of one girl's search for her own identity, deftly contrasted with the glamour and excitement of the theatre.