Bear didn’t mean to break the girl’s kite, but she is upset and shouts ‘HORRIBLE BEAR!’. But Bear doesn’t think he is horrible. Until he decides to get his own back and has a really horrible idea. But before he can carry it out, the girl makes a mistake of her own. Maybe the Horrible Bear isn’t so horrible after all?
On a deserted beach battered by rain, a group of boys plot a wicked deed. 'We'll shoot the crucifix,' Deano declares, but it is Mick who will carry out the act of vengeance and bear the consequences, for it was Mick's brother Charlie who suffered a horrible accident , leading to his death, whilst in the care of the priests at their school.
Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read.
Brother and sister, Harry and Abi, fight like cats and dogs. They can't agree on anything! Harry really wants a dog as the new family pet, but Abi is desperate for a kitten.
A visit to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home provides a surprising end to their argument. Jazz the black kitten and Bo the Boxer puppy were raised together and can't bear to be parted - and so both Abi and Harry's Christmas wish comes true when BOTH animals come to live with them!
Everything seems perfect - but things go horribly wrong when Abi irresponsibly sneaks Jazz to their school carol concert. Jazz goes missing - but will Bo be able to find her?
Sara never doubted her husband, the successful, handsome Matt. Then his best friend blurts out the horrible truth - that he has a bright young girlfriend to match his glittering career.
Unable to bear the pain and humiliation, Sara decides to get away. To get right away - to Cornwall, where in a dilapidated cottage by the sea she hopes to find... healing? Ora new life?
With a surprised urban dog and the minimum of baggage, she discovers that she can manage on her own. That she is still an attractive, desirable woman. That she can be her own person, and dance to her own music.
She might go back. Maybe. Or perhaps the future lies in a quite different direction altogether ......
The Penguin English Library Edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
'I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me ... Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day - mock me horribly!'
A story of evil, debauchery and scandal, Oscar Wilde's only novel tells of Dorian Gray, a beautiful yet corrupt man. When he wishes that a perfect portrait of himself would bear the signs of ageing in his place, the picture becomes his hideous secret, as it follows Dorian's own downward spiral into cruelty and depravity. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a masterpiece of the evil in men's hearts, and is as controversial and alluring as Wilde himself.
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