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Franc. World – February Review

Ah February! It’s the month of new school year learnings, new beginnings and even a little romance (thank you Valentine’s Day)! So what better way to bring in 2024 than with QBD’s new book of the month and a tried and true ‘must-read’ which has now been edited to suit younger readers. So grab your Stanley Cup, find a comfy couch and get reading!

“Rise of Invisidog” By Stuart Heritage 

QBD’s February book of the month, is a new graphic novel from Puffin Books; it’s colourful, heaps of fun and very, very funny.
Rise of Invisidog by Stuart Heritage is set in Justice City, where crime has met its match in superhero Invisidog.

His superpower? Being invisible!

But actually, that’s kind of the problem. Because Invisidog’s amazing superpowers . . . are kind of rubbish.

Turns out being invisible isn’t all that helpful when you’re trying to rid a city of terrible criminals. If they can’t see you, they tend to ignore you.

This is the first novel from British author Stuart Heritage, who is busy working on volume 2 in the series – so fans won’t have to wait too long for the sequel!

Diary of Anne Frank – Young Reader’s Edition 

While the Diary of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank, has been read and respected for generations, this version has been edited by Mirjam Pressler especially to suit younger readers.

With an explanatory prologue, images and an afterward to explain why the book ended so abruptly, this version is ideal for those wanting to read the story for themselves, but who still need scholastic support.

In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the invading Nazis party forced Jewish teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a ‘secret annexe’, fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.

More than a historical account, the diary offers a deeply personal window into Anne’s world. Her witty observations and insightful reflections paint a vivid picture of her relationships with her family, the other inhabitants of the annex, and the world outside their secret refuge. We witness her struggles with claustrophobia, boredom, and the anxieties of growing up under constant fear of discovery. Yet, her spirit remains remarkably buoyant, filled with dreams of becoming a writer and a yearning for a better future.

This abridged edition gives younger readers their first introduction to the extraordinary diary of an ordinary girl who has long become a household name.

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