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  • Download Poppy Love activities

    Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:55

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    Poppy Love lives in Brighton with her family and is an aspiring ballroom dancer. Poppy and the other children at the Blue Horizon Dance Studio put on a performance for the residents at Great Oaks - and learn how the foxtrot is really done! The competition class is doing a medal test - will Poppy and Zack shine in the foxtrot, the rumba and the salsa? Poppy is the best bridesmaid ever at her Aunt Jill's wedding she even gets everyone to dance the bossa nova! All stories that sparkle in this shining new dance series.

    And we've got some activities to download too.

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  • Download Scream Street activities

    Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:55

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    After Luke Watson transforms into a werewolf for the third time, he and his parents are moved by the Government Housing of Unusual Lifeforms (G.H.O.U.L.) to Scream Street - a community of vampires, zombies, witches and more.

    In Scream Street, Luke and his parents discover a nightmarish world of the undead. Luke soon makes friends with vampire Resus Negative and mummy Cleo Farr, but he remains determined to take his terrified parents home. After liberating the powerful book Tales of Scream Street from his new landlord, Otto Sneer, Luke learns that the founding fathers of the community each left behind a powerful relic. Collecting together all six is his only hope of opening a doorway out of the street, so with the help of Resus and Cleo he sets out to find the first one, the vampire's fang. But with Otto Sneer determined to thwart him at every turn, will Luke even get past the first hurdle alive?

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  • Or the Bull Kills You

    Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:28

    blog image"Either you kill the bull, or the bull kills you - traditional proverb. Chief Inspector Max Camara hates bullfighting, but one hot afternoon in Valencia he has to judge a festival corrida starring Spain's most famous young matador. That night he is back in the ring, and what he finds on the bloodstained sand shocks the city of Valencia to its core. As Camara hunts his prey through the streets and bars, firecrackers echo for the festival of Fallas, and the town hall election. The anti-bullfighting campaigners and the breeders of prize beasts fight to the death. The bullring is a test of virility, but should it be a site of national pride or shame? Or the Bull Kills You has a brilliantly authentic setting and a great detective, with a love of flamenco and brandy. This is the first of a series of books starring the quirky and forceful Camara - a man clearly destined to make his mark."

    Here's author Jason Webster reading from and talking about his new novel Or the Bull Kills You.

  • James Ellroy speaks

    Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:45

    Crime week. Day 3. Hard-boiled Americana...

    James Ellroy is madder than a sackful of cats and scary to boot. But his books are brilliant, dense, dark and dangerous. And he's brilliantly watchable too. However, trying to find a clip that was fit for us to post (nsfw) was a tough ask but we managed it.

    So here's an expletive-free Ellroy from 2009 talking to the BBC's Culture Show. Ellroy's autobiographical book, The Hilliker Curse is fresh out in paperback.

  • Steves top ten crime books, cont.

    Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:29

    Yesterday, office crime buff Steve, gave us his current top ten crime books. We demanded an explanation. So, we took him to the cells, set about him with the old rubber hose, pulled some nails, didn't let him sleep and extracted this confession:

    "How tough a task this was is only emphasised by the suggestions of others - authors I had forgotten about and others I really shouldn't have. Spot on with Carl Hiaasen whose gruesome humour combines page turning thrills with laugh out loud horror (should I be laughing?) and Reginald Hill's Dalziel must rival Rebus for curmongeonedly grumpiness.

    So, in short, the list could have easily been a Top 100 and beyond and while I won't bore you with a precis of why I have selected each title - you'll have detected my liking for procedural, series driven crime with a strong central character. Whether its victorian London, Stalinist Russia (Eastland) or contemporary brighton (James) each title I have selected has been forensically researched and gives the reader a real sense of history and geography - which, to me at least, is key to underpinning the plot. For me, each selection defines it's author and characters and stand out as the best in genre - but I have no doubt this selection will change over time.

    Brutal Art ranks as one of my favourite reads in all genres but I guess if you are from a dynasty of crime writers there must be something in the blood! Ellory, Ellroy and Christie should probably all be in there and I shall certainly be looking at all suggestions made. Peter Temple is next on the list.

    There is only one title that will always be on my list , though , and that my dear ... Is elementary."

    And here's his top ten, again.

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