Young People's Books

For older children and teenagers.

Beech Bank Girls - Christmas is Coming!



by Eleanor Watkins


The six friends tell the story from their own perspective as in the previous books.
Holly has returned from her fabulous holiday in Australia to unexpected family problems. In fact, as in real life, each girl has problems of one sort or another, all helped by the group of friends, and Sadie & Ron the leaders of the Beech Bank church youth club who help them to put their trust in a loving God.
The chapter names give a hint of what is to come, but Eleanor manages to weave into the stories all sorts of issues that young people meet these days, while still writing a thoroughly good and enjoyable read, and the final pages brought tears to my eyes.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (19/09/11)
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Paperback
Price: £5.99
Publisher: Dernier Publishing
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-956-90431-7

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David Brainerd: A Love Lost for Ever

- Trail Blazers

by Brian H. Cosby


David Brainerd’s life was short, but it was packed with adventure and incident. Anyone who worked among the Native Americans at a time when the white man was gradually encroaching on their territory needed to be brave and to have a real vocation for his mission, and Brainerd certainly had that. Despite constant ill health and a naturally depressive nature he persevered in trying to evangelise people who had no notion of the Almighty God, nor of his Son Jesus Christ; his death at the age of twenty-nine brought to an end a life that had been devoted to missionary work.
This book, which is aimed at older children and young teens, tells the story of Brainerd’s life. It is written by a pastor, which is reflected in the use of several “theological” terms that might make it harder to understand but which would give good opportunity to talk about what the words mean. At the end of the book a series of discussion topics based on the various chapters are also provided.
This is not an action-packed adventure story, even though many exciting and incredible things happen. It will however give a young reader cause to think about just what sacrifices may need to be made by those who give their lives to God.

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Review by Paula Hill  (14/07/11)
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Paperback
Price: £5.99
Publisher: CF4Kids imprint of Christian Focus
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-845-50695-7

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Paul Brand :The Shoes That Love Made

- Trail Blazers

by Lucille Travis


In this fascinating book we are introduced to the life and work of a man whose love for the unlovely has led to the transformation of many lives. Leprosy was one of the most misunderstood and feared diseases in the world, but Brand’s love for lepers coupled with his mechanical mind led to his discovery of the root cause of many of the symptoms and the development of effective treatment for the resulting disfigurement and eventually a cure. This book is not for the squeamish, but it will fascinate anyone with an interest in how God prepares his servants for the job he wants them to do.
Towards the end of his life Paul Brand received many accolades for his work, but this book makes it clear that his focus was never on the praises of men, but rather on demonstrating the love of Jesus to the suffering men and women he saw all around him. At the end of the book a series of discussion topics based on the various chapters give opportunity to think further about the issues raised.
This book is designed for children and young teens, but it does contain some details of the symptoms and treatment of leprosy, so it might not be appropriate for all readers. That being said, it is highly recommended.

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Review by Paula Hill  (14/07/11)
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Price: £5.99
Publisher: CF4Kids imprint of Christian Focus
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-845-50630-8

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Titanic:The Ship of Dreams

- John Harper of the Titanic – Torch bearers

by Robert Plant


Although this is a book designed for older children (9-12) to read to themselves or for adults to read to those who are younger, the account of what happened on the maiden voyage of the “unsinkable” ship is written in such a way that an adult can also appreciate and learn from it.
The author tells the story from the point of view of John Harper and his daughter Nana. He was a preacher of the gospel, and the book is full of things both he and she say to the other passengers on the ship. In this way the author subtly turns the book into an evangelistic tool, even while telling a very exciting story. Much of the book deals with life aboard the Titanic, and some of its famous passengers are given speaking parts, so that the book will appeal to a wide audience. The details of the shipwreck are kept fairly brief, so a sensitive child will not be too distressed; above all the importance of being right with God before death is emphasised.
This is an excellent book to give to a child. Robert Plant has had a lot of experience in communicating with children and it shows.

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Review by Paula Hill  (07/07/11)
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Price: £5.99
Publisher: CF4Kids imprint of Christian Focus
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-845-50641-4

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12 Hidden Heroes Book Two: N.T

- More People Who Lived Behind the Scenes

by Rebecca Parkinson


These short books contain the stories of some of the background characters in the Bible. Some of us have heard the names of Barzillai, Eliezer, Jairus and Onesiphorus, but Rebecca Parkinson has taken what little we know about these (and other) people and rewritten the Bible stories in which they appear from their perspective. The result is a fresh twist on familiar Bible passages which helps the reader to reconsider what they have to teach us. Each story is followed by a few questions, where the reader is encouraged to look up the relevant Bible passages and apply them to their own lives.
These books would make excellent Sunday School prizes, or they could equally be used in family devotions or as bedtime stories. A child of eight who is a confident reader would be able to read them alone, but they would also be suitable to give to 11-13 year olds.

12 Hidden Heroes Book One: N.T. – Bible People Who Did Brave Things For God. ISBN – 978-1-846-25211-2
12 Hidden Heroes Book One: O.T. – Bible People Who Did Brave Things For God.ISBN – 978-1-846-25210-5
12 Hidden Heroes Book Two: O.T. – More People Who Lived Behind the Scenes, ISBN – 978-1-846-25273-0

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Review by Paula Hill  (16/06/11)
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Price: £5.00
Publisher: Day One Publications
Published: Spring 2011
ISBN: 978-1-846-25274-7

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Flight of the Outcasts

- The Aedyn Chronicles: Book Two

by Alister McGrath illustrated by Wojciech Voytek Nowakowski


Peter and Julia start to run away from their Father, who doesn’t seem to care for them anymore, and their dreadful step-mother and her ghastly children but Louisa has spied on them and is her usual tell-tale self - when all three children find themselves in a deserted Aedyn. Peter and Julia have been in Aedyn before but Louisa is totally shocked and overwhelmed.
When a huge falcon descends from above and obviously expects them to climb onto its back, Louisa is freaked out and the falcon has no option than to pick her up in its talons and transport her that way.
He takes them to another island, Khemia. Here dreadful things are happening, and Peter and Julia know that they have been brought here to help the poor captives from Aedyn, now enslaved by those wanting to control the world. Surprisingly, Louisa plays her part in all this.
An exciting story with an inconclusive end that makes you want the next book in the series as quickly as possible! (Due Sept 2011)

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (30/05/11)
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Price: £9.99
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House
Published: January 2011
ISBN: 978-0-310-71813-0

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Esther: God’s Invisible Hand

- Pocket Bible People

by Helen Clark

ISBN: 978-1-846-25204-4
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Published: 2010
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The Only Way



by Gareth Rowe

ISBN: 978-0-953-69639-0
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Published: Spring 2011
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The Shoulders of Giants

- Will Houston Mysteries

by Henry Brooks

ISBN: 978-1-903-68968-4
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Published: November 2010
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Jake’s Choice

- Second novel in the To Save a Life series

by Jim and Rachel Britts

ISBN: 978-1-935-54115-8
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Published: 2010
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Different



by Ruthie Thomas

ISBN: 978-1-903-90566-1
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Published: 05 November 2010
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- Defenders of the Sign Book Two

by Kristian Kapelrud

ISBN: 978-1-903-68966-0
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Published: 10 October 2010
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- Defenders of the Sign - Book One

by Kristian Kapelrud

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The Bones of Makaidos

- Oracles of Fire - Book Four

by Bryan Davis

ISBN: 978-1-859-85874-5
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Published: 01 October 2010
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Beech Bank Girls - Making a Difference



by Eleanor Watkins

ISBN: 978-0-953-69637-6
Price: £5.99

Published: September 2010
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Last of the Nephilim

- Oracles of Fire: Book Three

by Bryan Davies

ISBN: 978-1-859-85873-8
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Published: Spring 2010
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The 10 Must Know Stories

- Tales you've just got to read!

by Heather Butler

ISBN: 978-1-844-27326-3
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Published: 09 March 2008
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The Last Battle

- The Chronicles of Narnia Book Seven

by C.S.Lewis

ISBN: 978-0-007-32314-2
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Published: 2009
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Enoch’s Ghost

- Oracles of Fire: Book Two

by Bryan Davis

ISBN: 978-1-859-85872-1
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Published: 2010
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