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Advent calendar 2019

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by Sarah Masters of Thomas Deacon Academy

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Advent calendar 2019

  1. 1. Advent Calendar A book suggestion for every day of advent
  2. 2. 9 18 2 6 10 11 12 16 19 17 5 3 13 4
  3. 3. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. When it comes to standing her ground in her Harlem neighbourhood, she lets her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But X has secrets - her feelings for a boy in her bio class, and the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed. And a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight. Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent. Watch the trailer Back to calendar
  4. 4. Rebound by Kwame Alexander Charlie Bell is still mourning his father, and struggling to figure out how he feels for his best (girl) friend, CJ. When he gets into trouble one too many times, he's packed off like the Fresh Prince to stay with his grandparents for the summer. There his cousin Roxie introduces him to a whole new world: basketball. A legend on the courts is born. But can Charlie resist when trouble comes knocking once again? Watch the trailer Back to calendar
  5. 5. The House With Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays somewhere long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. The only people Marinka meets are dead; they disappear when her grandmother, Baba Yaga, guides them through The Gate. Marinka wants to change her destiny, but her house has other ideas. Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  6. 6. Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay Samkad lives deep in the Philippine jungle, and has never encountered anyone from outside his own tribe before. He's about to become a man, and while he's desperate to grow up, he's worried that this will take him away from his best friend, Little Luki. However, Samkad's world is about to change utterly. He discovers the brother he never knew he had. A brother who tells him of a people called 'Americans'. A people who are bringing war and destruction, right to their home. Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  7. 7. Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls Evelyn is 17, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women's freedom. May is 15, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who's grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place. But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice? Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  8. 8. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds After Will's brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Don't cry. Don't snitch. Get revenge. So he gets in the lift with Shawn's gun, determined to follow The Rules. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in, Will's friend who died years ago. And Dani, who was shot years before that. As more people from his past arrive, Will has to ask himself if he really knows what he's doing. This haunting, lyrical, powerful verse novel will blow you away. Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  9. 9. Armistice Runner by Tom Palmer Running is what Lily is good at and fell-running is what she loves. But what she doesn’t realise is that this talent was passed to her from someone very important – her great-great-grandfather Ernest, an unsung hero of WWI. When Lily’s ailing Grandmother offers her a glimpse into the past, Lily discovers Ernest’s diaries, his shared passion for running and his unflinching tale of life on the frontline. As Lily uncovers heartache and memories, their stories intertwine into a tale of past, present and the little known heroes of November 11th, 1918. Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  10. 10. The Secret in Vault 13 by David Solomons The Doctor has been summoned. The galaxy is in terrible danger, and only a Time Lord can save it. But to do so, she must break into the ancient Galactic Seed Vault. And at its heart lies a secret: Vault 13. The Vault has remained unopened for millions of years and is located on a remote and frozen world–from which nobody has ever returned alive… Can the Doctor and her friends Yaz, Ryan, and Graham uncover the shocking secret in Vault 13? Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  11. 11. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. Her destiny will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. And the extraordinary journey that awaits her will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world... When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The ensuing quest leads them into the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch- queens fly through the frozen skies. Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  12. 12. Football School by Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton When do footballers poo? Can you play football on Mars? What is a magic sponge? You will find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as history, geography, biology and maths. Football School where all the lessons are football related. Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  13. 13. Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts by Katie & Kevin Tsang Sam Wu is scared of many things but is determined not to let anyone find out. However, after an unfortunate incident in a space simulator on a school trip, he becomes a target for class bully Ralph, who nicknames him Scaredy-Cat Sam. He decides the best way to stop Ralph’s teasing is to develop a reputation as the bravest person in school, so Sam acquires a fearsome sidekick: a snake called Fang. This may not be the best choice, as Sam is terrified of snakes, but he’s hopeful that he’ll overcome this minor glitch. This funny, fast-paced chapter book is the first in a series of Sam Wu adventures. Full of humour, black-and- white illustrations and a wacky plot, it is ideal for any readers who enjoy shorter, illustrated books. Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  14. 14. Girls Can Vlog by Emma Moss NEWSFLASH . . . VLOGGING IS GO! It's bad enough having to move house, school and country all at the same time, without making a fool of yourself on the first day of term. But that's just what Lucy's done - and one of her classmates has videoed the whole thing and put it online! Lucy's so stressed, her stammer's become worse than ever. So when a friend encourages her to create her own videos, she thinks it's a terrible idea - surely she's embarrassed herself enough for one lifetime! But when Lucy finally gives vlogging a try, she's amazed to find that people actually want to watch . . . Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  15. 15. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus 'One of Us is Lying' is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Pay close attention and you might solve this. Watch the trailerBack to calendar
  16. 16. Jelly by Jo Cotterill Jelly is the life and soul of the classroom. She's popular and great at doing impressions. She's also overweight. She's learned to deal with the put-downs by brushing them off and pretending she finds it all very funny - while making up poems and writing her private worries in a notebook. Then Lennon arrives, Mum's new boyfriend. He's nice. He treats her mum well, buys her flowers, doesn't let her down. He's the first person to have noticed that Jelly is playing a part. He reads her poems and tells her they're really good. In fact, he'd like to set one to music. When a talent show is announced at school, Lennon persuades Jelly sing her poem in the contest. But can Jelly find the courage to perform something so personal - especially when Lennon might not always be there to cheer her on? Watch the trailerBack to calendar

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