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For children

A Girl Called Owl by Amy Wilson. It’s bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when you’ve got a dad you’ve never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, there’s not a lot of room for much else. So, when Owl starts seeing strange frost patterns on her skin, she’s tempted to just forget all about it. A glittering story of frost and friendship, A Girl Called Owl is a stunning debut about family, responsibility and the beauty of the natural world.

One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High. Twelve-year-old Lily Pruitt loves her grandparents, but she doesn’t love the circus – and the circus is their life. She’s perfectly happy to stay with her father, away from her neglectful mother and her grandfather’s beloved elephant, Queenie Grace. Then Grandpa Bill dies, and both Lily and Queenie Grace are devastated. The two are mourning the same man and form a bond born of loss. And when Queenie Grace faces danger, Lily must come up with a plan to help save her friend.

• The Perfect Guest by Paula Metcalf. Walter is really a very neat and tidy dog. His house is his pride and joy and he gets quite nervous when guests come round. When his best friend Pansy asks to stay, though, Walter is so excited! She’s just a teeny-weeny squirrel after all, how much trouble can she possibly be?! But when Pansy tries her very best to be helpful, things just seem to keep going wrong! Nothing is safe from accident-prone Pansy! Is she turning out to be the worst guest there ever was?

For adults

• The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do, if eccentric, Dublin couple, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from.

The Park by Gail Schimmel. Rebecca doesn’t expect to make new friends at this stage of her life. But when she becomes mother to little Amy, she finds herself spending her afternoons in the park. There she meets other mothers: first flamboyant, fun Rose, and then single-mom Lilith, whose inner strength is tangible, and whose eyes never leave her toddler. Very soon the women have formed a trio and their daughters begin to behave like sisters. But Rebecca is about to learn that friendship is not always what it seems, and that sometimes you trust the wrong people.

Contact: Bianca Adendorff, Bargain Books, 012 – 663 1828, bianca@bargainbooks.co.za, www.bargainbooks.co.zaFacebook: Bargain Books SA, Twitter: @BargainBooksSA

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