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The Unexpected Homecoming

RRP $17.99

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Set in three countries and across two continents, The Unexpected Homecoming narrates how Jean Pierre Elonga took a risk and fought several battles to follow his dream. Hear about what it's like to be an immigrant, to make sacrifices, to deal with financial strains, to leave your family behind, to be a supply teacher and a hard working parent but despite all of this, still aim to succeed!
Join Jean Pierre in his adventure that starts in DRC, through Uganda, then to the UK where he embraces his new life as a struggling student to travelling back to DRC to take a gamble despite threats of war and an Ebola outbreak. Along the way he comes across many challenges but even when his chances are destroyed by greedy, dishonest people, his faith in humanity is restored by those who go out of their way to help.


A Home For Grace

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It's 1808 . . .

and Grace loves caring for baby Alice and working with her mistress, Beth, on the property at Rose Hill. Grave tries so hard to be a good servant – but still her master, Tom, doesn't trust her. Does he blame her for what happened to Glory, who is injured and growing sicker every day? Grace has to do something to help, but who can she turn to?

Join Grace in the final of four exciting stories about a convict girl who is given a second chance.

About The Author

Sofie Laguna was born in 1968 in Sydney. She studied to be a lawyer, but after deciding law was not for her, she trained as an actor. Sofie is now an author, actor and playwright. Her books have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and have been shortlisted in the Queensland Premier's Awards. She has been published in the US and the UK and in translation in Europe and Asia. Her picture book with Andrew McLean, On Our Way to the Beach was included in the White Ravens 2005 annual selection of outstanding international children's books by the International Youth Library (Associated Project of UNESCO). Her other books include My Yellow Blanky, Too Loud Lily, Surviving Aunt Marsha, Bad Buster and Big Ned's Bushwalk.

About The Illustrator

Lucia Masciullo grew up in Livorno, Tuscany, among smells of saltiness and rosemary. She always loved painting and after graduating in Biology she decided to pursue her dream career as an artist. In 2006 she moved to Brisbane and since then has been happily working as a fine art painter and freelance illustrator. She has recently illustrated Sonya Hartnett's The Boy and Toy.


Home For A Spell

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Back to work at her antique shop, Enchantments, Maggie's broken leg makes helping customers a lame proposition-but that doesn't mean the rest of her life is slowing down. While her boyfriend, the magically- inclined Marcus, has some unfinished business to attend to and her best friend is getting ready to tie the knot and move away, Maggie decides it's time to find her own change of scenery. And she'll start by finally getting a new apartment.

But Maggie's new dream home turns into a nightmare when the apartment manager is found dead before she can even sign the lease. And Maggie finds herself not only searching for a new home-but for a frightfully clever killer...


Dawn Of A New Dream

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For Eric, Tasha, John, and their friends, a hiking trip to the mountains represents one last chance to relax, free from parents and teachers, before high school begins. But something goes terribly wrong when, as a group, they all suddenly lose consciousness. The teens awake to a reality that is almost, but not quite, like their own. It's as if a second world overlaps their once familiar surroundings...one in which all electronic devices are dead and the usual sounds of wildlife are completely gone. Then they come-creatures that leave the group with no doubt that their world has changed forever. Desperate to get home, the teens are plagued by strange dreams foretelling the development of previously unknown abilities and powers. And with every step forward comes the dawning horror that home may no longer exist. Yet in spite of their nightmarish new world, some things remain constant. Tested friendships grow stronger, and love blossoms as two within the group discover a mutual attraction. As time runs out, it becomes increasingly clear that civilization's last chance just may depend on a small, hungry band of frightened teenagers. Civilization's last chance depends on a small, hungry band of frightened teenagers. Pray they're up to the task.


A Place Called Home

RRP $28.55

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For twenty-five years readers of the Lake Country Echo in north-central Minnesota have enjoyed the biweekly column by Craig Nagel called "The Cracker Barrel." His essays have been photocopied and sent to friends, cut out and taped to the wall, read aloud at group meetings, reprinted in area newsletters and, on occasion, praised or damned in letters to the editor. Nagel's observations of the world around him-sometimes witty, sometimes philosophical, always fresh and unique--have earned him a loyal following. Now, from the hundreds of essays that have appeared through those years in the Echo, he's chosen the best and put them in book form. Join him as he contemplates the mystery of the night sky on a midnight walk at 30 below zero, stares eyeball to eyeball in the chicken coop with an intruding Great Horned Owl, paddles his way through an autumn marsh as he and his wife harvest wild rice, and reflects upon the mystical resurrection of early-spring frogs, who days before were entombed in frozen mud. His insights offer the reader a walk down a road less traveled, to moments filled with peace and quiet wonder. Enjoy the magic of A Place Called Home.



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