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By Sally Nicholls

From one of many brightest abilities in children's fiction and the winner of the Waterstones Children's ebook prize comes a brand new novel approximately family members and friendship. Siblings Jonathan, Holly and Davy were suffering to outlive because the loss of life in their mom, and are made up our minds to prevent being taken into care. whilst the family's prosperous yet eccentric Great-Aunt Irene has a stroke, they visit stopover at her. not able to talk or write, she provides Holly a few pictures that would make them an inheritance which could remedy all their difficulties. yet they're no longer the one ones after the treasure...

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His tongue appeared in the open O of his mouth. He made a noise. “Ack,” it sounded like. A sickly flush began to rise into his brown cheeks. About one second had passed since I’d thrown my kick. Finally, Chunky was beginning to realize that things were going wrong. “Hey . . ” he started. “Shut up,” I said. “Shut up and listen. I can kill him now. You hear me? ” “Ack! ” said Rat Face, struggling weakly in my grip. ” Chunky yelled. “Let go of him! ” Scared now, he started backing away from me, toward the door.

Maybe they’d fall down while I was hopping around . . I forced the thoughts away. I arranged myself into what’s called the front position: feet together, arms lifted in front of me, hands together just in front of my chin. My right hand was in a fist to represent the power of the yang, or masculine principle; the left hand was open and covered the fist to represent the restraint of the yin, or feminine principle. Power through self-discipline: that’s what karate is all about. I stood like that for a long second.

I said—and he stopped. I turned back to Rat Face. “One . . ” I said. Rat Face’s frantic hands fumbled their way to the strap on my right wrist. It took him a second to steady his fingers enough to do the job. A second later, the strap came loose. Heaving the right side of my body up off the chair, I hurled Rat Face across the room. He smashed hard into the chest of drawers and collapsed to the floor. He lay there, panting, clutching his throat with one hand and his midsection with the other.

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