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Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick - Arn, 11, is walking through the countryside in Cambodia. His whole town is walking with him. They're walking into one of the most tragic moments of history: the Killing Fields, where over a million people were murdered by the Khmer Rouge regime. Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond - a child of war who becomes a man of peace.

In darkness, I count my blessings like Manman taught me.One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital, thirsty, terrified and alone. Shorty is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soley; men who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. But Shorty has a secret…

DropZone by Andy McNab - Ethan Blake is 17 and desperate to escape his dead-end life. Seeing someone BASE jump from a block of flats changes his life. Soon, Ethan is caught up in the adrenaline-fuelled world of skydiving. He's a natural and is invited to join an elite team, but has he signed up for more than he bargained for? Soon he's on covert military missions, so secret even MI5 denies all knowledge.

Black Boy Book by Richard Wright Black Boy is an autobiography by Richard Wright. The author explores his childhood, race relations in the South, and his eventual move to Chicago, where he establishes his writing career and becomes involved with the Communist Party. Wikipedia Published: 1945 Author: Richard Wright Followed by: The Outsider Genres: Künstlerroman, Autobiography, Non-fiction, Biography

Booktrust Writer in Residence, Philip Ardagh: 'Shouldn't we all be able to find books peopled with people like us or the people around us?'

Meet Marley, a yellow furball of a puppy who quickly grows into a large, rowdy Labrador retriever. Marley is always getting into trouble, whether he is stealing underwear or crashing through doors. But those who know and love Marley accept him as a dog like no other. He brings joy to his family and teaches them what really matters in life.

The Whispering Road byMichael Levi - Joe and Annie have been left in a Manchester workhouse. It's a cruel place, so they escape and live a dangerous life on the road. Then Annie is adopted by a traveling fair but Joe leaves her behind. He chooses to join a street gang instead. Will he last long enough to get Annie back and find out what happened to their mother?

Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson

Velvet by Mary Hooper - Velvet is an orphan, a laundress in a Victorian steam laundry. It's scalding, back-breaking work and Velvet is desperate to create a better life for herself. Then she is noticed by Madame Savoya, a famed medium, who asks Velvet to come to work for her. Velvet is dazzled at first by the young yet beautifully dressed and bejewelled Madame. But soon Velvet realises that Madame Savoya is not all that she says she is, and Velvet's very life is in danger.