Zoe and Tod, who had been best friends in childhood, plan a reunion with a visit to Guatemala. At a remote village, they are invited to ancient Mayan rituals, including a trip to a deep cave. In the cave ritual, the New Year is being brought in, but a problem develops. Time is stopped and the old gods demand a sacrifice. The two end up facing the Cave God and the question of how to start time again. In the swirling chaos of un-time, Zoe and Tod have a revelation that will change the rest of their lives.
The popular Pungapeople from MRS WINDYFLAX AND THE PUNGAPEOPLE, and THE PUNGAPEOPLE OF NINETY MILE BEACH return to delight young readers with their mischievous ways. When Harry Hobnail goes tramping in the mountains, a group of cheeky keas start to pester him and spoil his fun. But when Harry tries to sort these birds out once and for all, he realises that they are not the only mischief-makers on the mountain. The Pungapeople are most annoyed that someone would dare to make themselves at home on their land, without even asking permission. They have mysterious and effective ways of dealing with this intruder.
An "important and riveting story, masterfully told" of family, sacrifice and the friendship between a young Syrian refugee and an American boy living in Brussels. The Center for Children's Books calls Nowhere Boy a "perilous journey, tempered by the striking realism of obstacles refugees face daily."
Fourteen-year-old Ahmed is stuck in a city that wants nothing to do with him. Newly arrived in Brussels, Belgium, Ahmed fled a life of uncertainty and suffering in Aleppo, Syria, only to lose his father on the perilous journey to the shores of Europe. Now Ahmed's struggling to get by on his own, but with no one left to trust and nowhere to go, he's starting to lose hope.
Then he meets Max, a thirteen-year-old American boy from Washington, D.C. Lonely and homesick, Max is struggling at his new school and just can't seem to do anything right. But with one startling discovery, Max and Ahmed's lives collide and a friendship begins to grow. Together, Max and Ahmed will defy the odds, learning from each other what it means to be brave and how hope can change your destiny.
Set against the backdrop of the Syrian refugee crisis, award-winning author of Jepp, Who Defied the Stars Katherine Marsh delivers a gripping, heartwarming story of resilience, friendship and everyday heroes. Barbara O'Connor, author of Wish and Wonderland, says "Move Nowhere Boy to the top of your list immediately."
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