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Search Terms

You can search our site by adding one or more words to one or more of the search boxes below.

Each box searches a different field and the 'Search All' box searches them all.

If you enter multiple words in in any search box then one of those words MUST be in that field for the product to be returned but all of them don’t have to be present.

The results will be ordered by products with more of the specified words first (if in “Relevance” order) then any products that have less of your specified words.

For example if you search for “Red Dog” in the title field and “James Ben” in the Author field then ether “Red” or “Dog” must be present in the title AND ether “James” or “Ben” must be present in the Author field for a product to be shown in the results. If both “Red” and “Dog” is present in the Title as well as “James” and “Ben” in the Author then that product will appear first in the results followed by any products with fewer of the optional words.

Wildcard Searches

We support single and multiple character wildcard searches within single words.

To perform a single character wildcard search use the ""?"" symbol.

To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the ""*"" symbol.

The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for ""text"" or ""test"" you can use the search:

te?t

Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for test, tests or tester, you can use the search:

test*

You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term:

te*t

Warning: You should avoid using wildcard searches as the first character of a word as it will dramatically slow down searches:

?est

*st

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators allow terms to be combined through logic operators. We support AND, ""+"", OR, NOT and ""-"" as Boolean operators(Note: Boolean operators must be ALL CAPS).

The OR operator is the default conjunction operator. This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the OR operator is used. The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching document if either of the terms exist in a document. This is equivalent to a union using sets. The symbol || can be used in place of the word OR.

To search for documents that contain either ""another book"" or just ""another"" use the query:

""another book"" another

or

""another book"" OR another

AND

The AND operator matches documents where both terms exist anywhere in the text of a single document. This is equivalent to an intersection using sets. The symbol && can be used in place of the word AND.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" and ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" AND ""Some Book""

+

The ""+"" or required operator requires that the term after the ""+"" symbol exist somewhere in a the field of a single document.

To search for documents that must contain ""another"" and may contain ""search"" use the query:

+another search

NOT

The NOT operator excludes documents that contain the term after NOT. This is equivalent to a difference using sets. The symbol ! can be used in place of the word NOT.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" NOT ""Some Book""

-

The ""-"" or prohibit operator excludes documents that contain the term after the ""-"" symbol.

To search for documents that contain ""another book"" but not ""Some Book"" use the query:

""another book"" -""Some Book""

Fuzzy Searches

We support fuzzy searches based on the Levenshtein Distance, or Edit Distance algorithm. To do a fuzzy search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Single word Term. For example to search for a term similar in spelling to ""roam"" use the fuzzy search:

roam~

This search will find terms like foam and roams.

An additional (optional) parameter can specify the required similarity. The value is between 0 and 1, with a value closer to 1 only terms with a higher similarity will be matched. For example:

roam~0.8

The default that is used if the parameter is not given is 0.5.

Grouping

We support using parentheses to group clauses to form sub queries. This can be very useful if you want to control the boolean logic for a query.

To search for either ""another"" or ""book"" and ""website"" use the query:

(another OR book) AND website

This eliminates any confusion and makes sure you that website must exist and either term another or book may exist.

Escaping Special Characters

We support escaping special characters that are part of the query syntax. The current list special characters are:

+ - && || ! ( ) { } [ ] ^ "" ~ * ? : \

To escape these character use the \ before the character. For example to search for (1+1):2 use the query:

\(1\+1\)\:2

Boosting a Term

We provide the relevance level of matching documents based on the terms found. To boost a term use the caret, ""^"", symbol with a boost factor (a number) at the end of the term you are searching. The higher the boost factor, the more relevant the term will be.

Boosting allows you to control the relevance of a document by boosting its term. For example, if you are searching for

another book

and you want the term ""another"" to be more relevant boost it using the ^ symbol along with the boost factor next to the term. You would type:

another^4 book

This will make documents with the term another appear more relevant. You can also boost Phrase Terms as in the example:

""another book""^4 ""Some Book""

By default, the boost factor is 1. Although the boost factor must be positive, it can be less than 1 (e.g. 0.2)

Proximity Searches

We support finding words are a within a specific distance away. To do a proximity search use the tilde, ""~"", symbol at the end of a Phrase. For example to search for a ""book"" and ""another"" within 10 words of each other in a document use the search:

""another book""~10
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Kestrel for a Knave

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ISBN/EAN: 9780140029529

Billy Casper is a boy with nowhere to go and nothing to say; part of the limbo generation of school leavers too old for lessons and too young to know anything about the outside world. He hates and is hated. His family and friends are mean and tough and they're sure he's going to end up in big trouble.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Pub. Date: January 25 1973
Author: Hines, Barry
Format: Paperback
Availability: 1 – 9 copies in stock
Upper Years,
Book Level: 5.4
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Kestrel for a Knave

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ISBN/EAN: 9780141184982

Life is tough and cheerless for Billy Casper, a troubled teenager growing up in the small Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley. Treated as a failure at school, and unhappy at home, Billy discovers a new passion in life when he finds Kes, a kestrel hawk.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Pub. Date: May 25 2000
Author: Hines, Barry
Format: Paperback
Availability: Re-Printing
Upper Years,
Book Level: 5.4
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Kes

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ISBN/EAN: 9781854594860

Adapted by Lawrence Till, this play brings to the stage Barry Hines' classic story of a supposedly backward boy, shunned by his family and contemporaries, who finds solace and hope training a kestrel.
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Pub. Date: June 15 2000
Author: Hines, Barry
Format: Paperback
Availability: 1 – 9 copies in stock
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Kestrel for a Knave

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ISBN/EAN: 9780141041704

Billy Casper is beaten by his drunken brother, ignored by his mother and failing at school. He seems destined for a hard, miserable life down the pits, but for a brief time, he finds one pleasure in life: a wild kestrel that he has raised and tamed himself.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Pub. Date: April 1 2010
Author: Hines, Barry
Format: Paperback
Availability: 51
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Kestrel for a Knave

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ISBN/EAN: 9780340927489

Graphic support for the teaching of A Kestrel for Knave to lower attainers at GCSE
Publisher: Hodder Education
Pub. Date: April 27 2007
Author: Hines, Barry
Format: Paperback
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Kestrel for a Knave

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ISBN/EAN: 9780435124601

One of the 'New Windmills' series offering classic and contemporary fiction for schools to suit a range of ages and tastes. Determined not to follow his brother down the pit, Billy Casper is floundering at school and under pressure at home, but the wild hawk he finds and trains gives him a direction and passion.
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Pub. Date: April 25 1996
Author: Hines, Barry
Format: Hardback
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Book Level: 5.4
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Kes

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ISBN/EAN: 9780573150234

A new adaptation of the classic book A Kestrel for a Knave, Kes tells the story of a day in the life of Billy Casper; a 15-year-old boy about to leave school and determined not to end up working down the pit like his older brother Jud.
Publisher: Samuel French Ltd
Pub. Date: May 30 2013
Author: Hines, Barry
Format: Paperback
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Kestrel for a Knave

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ISBN/EAN: 9780582314023

"York Notes", designed for English literature, aim to stimulate ideas and thought-provoking questions, helping the reader to think independently about the text being studied. A summary of the text, author biographies, commentaries and hints for study are all included.
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Pub. Date: July 4 1997
Author: Hines, Barry
Format: Paperback
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"Kestrel for a Knave"

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ISBN/EAN: 9781903362082
Publisher: Smartpass Ltd
Pub. Date: February 1 2000
Author: Hines, Barry
Format: CD-Audio
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Price of Coal

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ISBN/EAN: 9780091385606
Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd
Pub. Date: June 11 1979
Author: Hines, Barry
Format: Paperback
Availability: 42
Price: €3.51