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Cinderella -- A Love Story
Gina LoBiondo
Cinderella -- A Love Story is "a fanciful and absorbing rewrite of the classic faerie tale". It is told here in a fascinating new version, set circa mid-16th century. Younger readers will love the borrowed magic that enables Ella to attend the ball, while older readers -- including adults -- will connect with the inseparable bond between mother and child; a bond that transcends time and space and even death itself.  Ella's parents are young and in love and the family is happy until Marie suddenly dies. Her father remarries, hoping to give his beloved child a mother's love and care. But Charles's new wife is a cruel, unaffectionate woman, who cares only for her own two very backward daughters, and turns her step-daughter into a servant. Ten years later, when the King throws a ball in honour of his son, Ella's only chance at happiness comes from a most unexpected source.
Cinderella -- A Love Story
White Australia Has A Black History
Barbara Miller
This is not your typical Australian History book or biography. Behind the dominant story is the black history of white Australia as seen through the eyes and life of William Cooper and other First Nations People. Let me introduce you to William Cooper, a pioneer of the Aboriginal movement for basic human rights who shaped Australia’s political activism. He was a leader in political activism for basic human rights who stood up for Australian Aborigines. He also led Aborigines in a protest march to the German Consulate in Melbourne against the persecution of Jews at Kristallnacht in 1938. But Cooper’s contribution to Australia does not stop there. In this eye-opening political memoir or biography, you will learn William Cooper’s story from the very beginning and gain an in-depth understanding of his everlasting influence on future political activism. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Barbara Miller and this book is the embodiment of my dream to make William Cooper’s heart and achievements known to the future generations. We live in a highly-divided world where political and human rights are endangered by religious fundamentalism, discrimination racism, autocracy and worldwide terrorism. That’s why it is important to: ✔️ LEARN from our past mistakes & use history as a valuable lesson ✔️ UNDERSTAND William Cooper’s political activism & human rights watch ✔️ APPRECIATE the work of one of the Christian pioneers of the First Nations Peoples movement In Australia What’s In It For You? The First Nations Peoples movement has often been an enigma for white Australia. It’s finally time to shed light on these issues and follow the footsteps of one of the most influential leaders of Indigenous political action in the black history of white Australia who I have called a “gentle warrior.” By the end of this eye-opening Australian black history book, you will be able to: ✔️ FIND OUT more about William Cooper’s inspiring journey & the obstacles he had to overcome ✔️ DISCOVER little-known facts about the origins of the White Australia Policy ✔️ COMPREHEND the political status quo In Australia during William Cooper’s life and how It affects current events
White Australia Has A Black History
The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane
Elena Paige
A magical house. A secret past. And an awful decision. Will she claim her destiny... or save her sister? Twelve-year-old Chia is blind and toils in the mines digging up diamonds for her evil stepmother, Priscilla. Her only thought is to rescue her twin sister Viola from a life at the palace. Everything changes when a mysterious woman transports Chia to 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, a magical house where wondrous creatures live. To her delight, she's no longer blind! With an entourage at her side and magic at her fingertips, it's time to rescue Viola from Priscilla's clutches and start a new life elsewhere. The trouble is, her new friends claim Viola is not as innocent and helpless as she seems... Come on a magical adventure to discover The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane, a middle-grade novel that will entertain and delight even the most reluctant of readers. Ideal for kids ages 9+ and adults who love adventurous, page-turning fantasy stories.
The Splendid Secrets of 66 Lilly Pilly Lane
Ghost Girl - A Mystery
Steve Schatz
The Ghost - Mattie died horribly nearly 100 years ago, swept away in a flood while her pa tried to kill her with a huge axe. Now she is stuck in the little town with buckets of water pouring over her all the time. She’s not even allowed in the graveyard. She’s spunky, pushy and has as much fun as she can - given her situation - being 11 years old forever. The Boy - Nate was dragged to live in the little, hick town by his mother. All he wants is to get back to his friends and his dad back in Boston. He doesn’t have any friends here and doesn’t want any. The Mystery - Mattie can’t find her body. She only has eight days to find it or she is banished to the Badlands forever. The Weird Thing - Nate can see Mattie. He’s the first person in a long time who can. He’s not that thrilled about it. In fact, he refuses. Mattie knows he’s her last chance to find her body. She rips half her face off and shakes it at him (ghosts can do things like that) to convince him to help. To make her stop, he agrees. The Others - A crazy, old cat lady, some old lady ghosts, a friendly librarian. Time is running out and Mattie’s Pa is back from the grave, swinging his axe and trying to stop Mattie and Nate.
Ghost Girl - A Mystery
Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest
Daniel Lee Nicholson
Time is running out! Prince Dustin and Clara only have three days to save the kingdoms deep in the Black Forest. They must journey even deeper into the woods, a mystical and perilous realm of magic, enchantment and monstrous creatures. Clara soon discovers why those that travel to this faraway land seldom return to tell their tales. They never suspect that Clara’s uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, a powerful wizard, has a dark secret that becomes their biggest challenge. The thrilling adventure continues for 12-year old Clara and Prince Dustin, as Clara returns to the Land of Legends, a magical place of creatures and animals; a brave prince, fairy tale princesses, and a Snow Queen. Prince Dustin and Clara ... a classic tale of fantasy and adventure!
Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest
Why Ball Wouldn't Bounce
Ron Roecker
This is a story about Ball, who is ashamed of his bounce and wants so desperately to bounce like everyone else. He tries everything to fit in but the others just laugh, if they give him the time at all. Deflated, he rolls away to hide his bounce and his tears. But then Ball meets the unlikeliest of new best friends and gets a birds-eye view of what being different really means. The adventure Ball takes and the things he learns could change his life forever. Find out Why Ball Wouldn’t Bounce and whether he decides to hide his uniqueness or bounce his own bounce proudly.
Why Ball Wouldn't Bounce
Willa
Cory Wheeler Mimms
After tragedy disrupts her life, Willa escapes her grief by venturing into fantasy. But she soon wakes Baku, a creature whose sole purpose is to devour the threads that tie dreams to reality. With the beast in pursuit and her new friends, Benny and Hadley, helping her, Willa is thrust into adventure. To overcome Baku, she has to find the only person who ever faced the monster and survived, a reclusive old woman who lives high in the mountains. This coming-of-age story contains moments of comedy, but it ultimately deals with overcoming fear and loss.Willais about a young girl returning to the United States after having lived her whole life on military bases overseas. It is a discovery of a home she has never seen, and the realization that she can build the world she wants to live in.
Willa
The Secrets and Peculiar Adventures of Jillian Dangerous
Ruthie Davis
Jillian earns her nickname when she drags her roommates 50 years into the past to a boarding school in the Vietnam highlands during the war. Secrets, danger, intrigue, magical events, and real history roll up into a coming-of-age tale illustrating how challenges press a girl labeled as different to become strong and independent. Perfect for a middle grade class assignment or fans of A Wrinkle in Time, this work of historical fiction will both teach and absorb you.
The Secrets and Peculiar Adventures of Jillian Dangerous

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