Printemps 1919. La Grande Guerre s'achève et la vie reprend... sauf pour Ben, qui vit seul à bord de sa péniche, l'Épervier, depuis la disparition de son grand-frère Sam sur le front en France ; et Lotti, qui s'est enfuie du manoir de son oncle odieux après la mort de ses parents. Bientôt poursuivis par les autorités locales et menacés d'être envoyés à l'orphelinat, les deux fugueurs échafaudent un plan rocambolesque : partir à bord de l'Épervier, traverser la Manche et gagner les côtes françaises à la recherche du frère de Ben...
Expédiée dans un pensionnat au milieu de nulle part, Alice a du mal à trouver sa place. Ici, les élèves ne parlent que du Grand Challenge d'Orientation : quelques jours de liberté loin des professeurs. La jeune fille compte bien en profiter pour partir à la recherche d'une île abritant un chateau mystérieux... Il ne lui reste plus qu'à convaincre ses deux seuls amis, Jesse (qui respecte toujours les règles) et Fergus (qui transgresse les règles respectées par Jesse), de l'accompagner dans sa quête.
Every summer throughout her childhood, Florence would return to her family home on the west coast of France, where she would be joined by her exotic, hopelessly glamorous cousins and life as she knew it would begin under the benevolent eye of her grandmother Mimi.It was a heady existence of illicit drinking, stolen kisses and the bittersweet pains of first love. But now Florence is living completely alone with her new baby.Haunted by nightmares, she cannot open the letters from her grandmother accumulating on her mantelpiece.What devastating truth do these letters hold?Why has Florence turned her back on her past? And will she and Mimi ever be able to escape the guilt that is tearing them apart and has shaken their family to its very core?
Deep in the English countryside, Marshwood has always been much more than just a house. It has been a place to escape to and a trap, the backdrop for elegant parties and a wartime hospital, an idyllic escape from trauma and unhappy marriages. When the roof starts to cave in and the money runs out, eighty-year-old Bella resists the pressure to sell and instead begins to peel back the layers of the past.
As this imposing house gives up its secrets of marriage, war and forbidden love, patterns begin to repeat themselves when Bella's granddaughter's childhood sweetheart returns from the war in Bosnia. Like so many before him, Jack comes seeking solace. But he also wants Isla, who is - who really should be - unavailable to him.
And as all three characters explore whether you can ever truly go back, the past and the present collide with shattering consequences . . .
Sept histoires pour découvrir la magie des arbres...
Le meilleur ami d'Olivia n'est autre qu'un vieux chêne. Un jour, son père lui annonce qu'il doit l'abattre. La jeune fille court alors rejoindre les arbres du domaine et leur fait la promesse de tous les protéger. Les uns après les autres, ils vont lui raconter une histoire. Parviendra-t-elle à faire entendre leur voix et à sauver son ami ?
France: February, 1944.Arianne knew Luc as a child, of course she did. Everyone in Samaroux knows each other. But he's been away, and five years really makes a difference to a boy. A young man.As they fall headily into love - first love - their world starts to crumble around them. German forces are closing in, and the village is torn between cooperating to save themselves or putting up resistance and entering unknown danger.Arianne will do anything to make Luc stay. Luc wants to prove he is a man. And Romy, who has loved Arianne all the time that Luc has been away, can see a way of removing his rival, at any cost. How far will they go to protect what they believe in? And what will they do for love?
Being a combination of conventional diary entries and transcripts of videos shot by the author on the camera she was given for her 13th birthday, and beginning at the end of summer.Bluebell Gadsby is 13 but that's the least of her problems. Both her parents seem more interested in their careers than the family, leaving Blue and her three siblings in the care of Zoran the au pair, as well as their three pet rats (who may or may not be pregnant). The enigmatic Joss moves in next door and Blue thinks she might be falling in love, until he takes out her older sister Flora instead (who, incidentally, is trying to make a statement by dying her hair bright pink but no one takes the blindest bit of notice). Blue thinks and feels very deeply about life but can't really talk to anyone about it, because no one in the Gadsby family wants to address the real problem - that Blue's twin sister, Iris, died a year ago, and they are all just trying to hide their grief in busyness...So Blue turns to her diary and her unique way of seeing the world through her camcorder to express herself. A tender, funny, smart and ultimately heartwarming story.
Just when Bluebell thought her crazy family were behaving normally, her parents make an announcement that could turn everything upside down.If only Zoran, their au pair, would come back to live with them. Unfortunately he's too busy teaching guitar to his new protégé, Zachary Smith.Blue is jealous at first, until Zach starts helping her little sister with a secret project and becomes a regular visitor at the Gadsby house.Then Zach goes missing. Blue needs her family to pull together if they're going to find him...
An unforgettable middle-grade debut that will steal your heart
Blue Gadsby’s twin sister, Iris, died three years ago and her family has never been the same. Her histrionic older sister, Flora, changes her hair color daily; her younger siblings, Jasmine and Twig, are completely obsessed with their pet rats; and both of her parents spend weeks away from home–and each other. Enter Zoran the Bosnian male au pair and Joss the troublemaking boy next door, and life for the Gadsby family takes a turn for the even more chaotic. Blue poignantly captures her family’s trials and tribulations from fragmented to fully dysfunctional to ultimately reunited, in a sequence of film transcripts and diary entries that will make you cry, laugh, and give thanks for the gift of families.
With the charm of The Penderwicks and the poignancy of When You Reach Me, Natasha Farrant's After Iris is a story that will stay with readers long after the last page.;
It's the summer holidays and Flora has gone off with Dad to the exotic set of his new film and Mum is at home having a much-needed rest with baby Pumpkin. Bluebell, Twig and Jas have been sent to stay with Grandma at Horsehill in the countryside. With Grandma keen that the children get as much fresh air as possible, they are sent off on bikes to go wild swimming and befriend the boys next door. With so much freedom, they can't help but get into trouble, and Grandma doesn't seem to be as capable as looking after them as she should be...