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(Action Adventure / Sci Fi for 8-12 year olds)
Michael May is wearing a space suit, standing on the edge of the world’s largest pool, about to find out what it’s like to be weightless. Beating thousands of others, the geeky boy they call ‘Micky Moon’ at home, is one of ten children from around the world accepted onto the ‘Children’s Moon Program (CMP)’ in Florida. If he can survive the g-force of a space shuttle launch, overcome his secret fear of water and pass the other battery of tests, he could win a place on the next mission to the moon.
As Bob Sturton from NASA subjects the candidates to pass or fail tests most teenagers can’t even imagine, thirteen-year-old Michael has to decide how desperate he is to be one of the top three. Some of the others seem willing to do almost anything. Is he? He’s nothing special here and only the final three will go on to a two-year astronaut-training program, to decide who gets to go to the moon.
(Adventure for 9-12)
Alice Clark’s greatest wish is to talk to her family about the death of her sister, Poppy. Each summer, she is sent to Trevellen to stay with her grandparents. She secretly visits the beach where she last saw Poppy alive and still collects shells, but no one wants to talk about what happened the day Poppy died.
This summer however, things are already different. Phoebe has moved away and an annoying boy called Jasper has moved in next door to Alice’s grandparents’. He persuades quiet, timid Alice to clear out an old air raid shelter in his garden. Much to Alice’s horror, they find a gun. She wants to put it back and enjoy her summer, sketching and collecting Poppy’s favourite shells, but Jasper has other ideas.
(Adventure for 9-12)
Jed Carter is mad about dogs but since an accident in which his puppy Blaze was killed, Jed’s parents won’t consider another dog. The closest Jed can get is a summer job at a local rescue centre. Jed is in heaven here, until he gradually discovers some gruesome secrets. Mistreatment, dog trafficking, greyhound racing and stealing-to-order are just some of the horrible happenings. Jed has to find enough evidence to go to the police before it is too late for the dogs…but then he is caught.
The Castle of Galinsk
(Fantasy for 9-12)
Evil King Salek has sprinkled withering dust on part of King Randor’s lands, hypnotizing his people, destroying all plants and creatures and ageing the King. If he can’t reverse the spell, his Kingdom is lost. Randor calls on his trusted soldier, Moreo, to leave the Kingdom and find an answer.