The Accidental President by Tom McLaughlin

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Ajay

Find out how I accidentally sort of became the ACTUAL president of the USA – yeah baby!

Hank

My opposition – he sure knows how to throw a TEMPER TANTRUM, his face can turn from pink to bright beetroot in 20 seconds flat.

Sophie

Behind every great leader, there’s a Sophie. Nothing phases her … well, nothing but a MARMITE SANDWICH.

Joe

My BFF was the first kid Prime Minister in the history of the WORLD and is the first leader to call in a cheese related crisis

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Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist by David Almond and Dave McKean

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”I’ve got a poltergeist,” says Joe.

“What’s one of them?”

“Kind of ghost,” says Joe.

“Davie’ll know.  Davie?”

Joe Quinn tells everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him.  No one, that is, except Davie.

He’s felt the inexplicable presence in the rooms and seen random objects fly through the air.  And there’s something else … a memory of Davie’s beloved sister, and a feeling deep down that it might just be possible for ghosts to exist.

A haunting story of the power of hope.

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A Very Large Expanse Of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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When you’re hiding from a world that hates you, who would make you risk everything to be seen again?

It’s the year after 9/11, and Shirin has just started at yet another new high school.  It’s a difficult time, but especially so for a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who wears hijab.  Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be.

She hides away, drowning her frustrations in music, and spending her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.  But then Shirin meets Ocean James.  He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know her – and it terrifies her.  He’s not like everyone else – but Shirin has had her guard up against the world for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down … 

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carré

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Alec Leamas is tired.  It’s the 1960s, he’s been out in the cold for years, spying in the shadow of the Berlin Wall for his British masters.  Now Control wants to bring him in at last – but only after one final assignment.  He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism.  But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, it may prove the worst thing he could ever have done.

Le Carré’s breakthrough work of 1963 was an award-winning number one global bestseller and brought him international renown, redefining the spy story as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining. 

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Amelia Fang And The Memory Thief by Laura Ellen Anderson

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Meet Amelia Fang.

Everyone’s favourite little vampire!

It’s Amelia Fang’s big birthnight party and she is VERY excited.  But the creatures of Nocturnia are acting strangely and no one can seem to remember anything – even Amelia’s party!

Has someone stolen their memories?  Can Amelia find out why, and save her friends and family, before they have all forgotten who she is? 

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Egypt by Robert Springborg

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Egypt is one of the few great empires of antiquity that exists today as a nation state.  Despite its extraordinary record of national endurance, the pressures to which Egypt is currently subjected and which are bound to intensify are already straining the ties that hold its political community together, while rendering the task of governing it ever more difficult.

In this timely book, Robert Springborg explains how a country with such a long and impressive history has come to find itself in this parlous condition.  As Egyptians become steadily more divided by class, religion, region, ethnicity, gender, and contrasting views of how, by whom, and for what purposes they should be governed, so their rulers become ever more fearful, repressive, and unrepresentative. Caught in a downward spiral in which poor governance is both cause and consequence, Egypt is facing a future so uncertain that it could end up resembling neighbouring countries that have collapsed under similar loads.  The Egyptian “hot spot”, Springborg argues, is destined to become steadily hotter, with ominous implications for its peoples, the Middle East and North Africa, and the wider world. 

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The Free-Time Formula by Jeff Sanders

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How many hours have you worked this week? When you’re working, do you constantly feel stressed, rushed, and under pressure?  Has it reached the point where you delay restroom visits because three minutes away from your desk will throw everything off-schedule?  You, my friend, are overworked – and you’re not alone. We are all being asked to do more and more with less and less, and it’s all so vitally important and has to be done ASAP.  Lacking a magic wand, we work at a furious pace for hours on end, only to collapse into bed so we can wake up and do it all again tomorrow.  There is always more to be done, but the days aren’t getting any longer; something’s got to give, but don’t let it be your sanity.

The Free-Time Formula is your lifelines back to happiness, focus, and true productivity.  Action-packed and to-the-point, this sanity-saving guide will help you reclaim your days as you discover just how much power you have. Prioritising is key, but deprioritising is even more critical – and this book gives you a clear and workable framework for becoming the focused, efficient achiever you’ve been trying to be for so long.  You’ll begin with a time assessment that gauges your current levels of stress, strategies, and output, then you’ll work step-by-step toward a new daily routine that will reawaken your spirit as you start to get it all done – with time left over!

  • Gain an extra hour of free time – every day – to read, exercise, or spend time with friends and family.
  • Double your productivity without feeling overworked or overwhelmed.
  • Ask the right questions, clarify what matters, and cut out the nonsense to reclaim your day.
  • Predict and prevent distractions in order to stay on track with the important stuff.
  • Formulate a seven-day action plan for revamping your calendar and revitalising your life!

Productivity is not about cramming more “stuff” into each day.  It’s about focusing on what matters to you and your current goals, and building the habit of saying “no” when you want to.  It’s about never again missing a deadline or being late for a meeting, but also attending every single one of your kid’s recitals.  It’s about climbing the ladder while building a life, and feeling absolutely a-okay about leaving your phone in the hotel room on vacation. Life is what happens outside of work, and The Free-Time Formula helps you reformulate your day to enjoy more of it. 

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Grist Mill Road by Christopher J Yates

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Hannah and Matthew were just playing a game. But now he is tying Hannah to a tree. And she has never been so terrified. Patrick is there too, hidden, watching. He can’t move.  He can’t take his eyes off Matthew’s gun.

Years later, miles away in New York City, living adult lives they never would have imagined, the three will meet again. With even more devastating consequences. 

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