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Librarian Top Picks

06 July 2018

Don't know what to read next? Stuck reading the same books over and over? Want a suggestion you can trust? These top picks will include books from all genres, new or old and are hand-picked by the librarian to pique your interest. The best bit is they are all available in the school library.

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families - by Philip Gourevitch - suitable for older readers
“We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families” Is a remarkable debut book chronicling what has happened in Rwanda and neighbouring states since 1994, when the Rwandan government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Though the killing was low-tech—largely by machete—it was carried out at shocking speed: some 800,000 people were exterminated in a hundred days. With keen dramatic intensity, Gourevitch frames the genesis and horror of Rwanda's "genocidal logic" in the anguish of its aftermath: the mass displacements, the temptations of revenge and the quest for justice, the impossibly crowded prisons and refugee camps. Through intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life, he focuses on the psychological and political challenges of survival and on how the new leaders of postcolonial Africa went to war in the Congo when resurgent genocidal forces threatened to overrun central Africa. Can a country composed largely of perpetrators and victims create a cohesive national society? This moving contribution to the literature of witness tells us much about the struggle everywhere to forge sane, habitable political orders, and about the stubbornness of the human spirit in a world of extremity.

Inside These Walls - by Rebecca Coleman - suitable for Year 9+
“Inside These Walls” There is only one day, and I live it over and over... For Clara Mattingly, routine is the key to enduring the endless weeks, months and years of a life sentence in a women's prison. The convicted murderer never looks back at who she once was—a shy young art student whose life took a sudden tragic turn. And she allows herself no hope for a better future. Survival is a day-to-day game. But when a surprise visitor shows up one day, Clara finds that in an instant everything has changed. Now she must account for the life she has led—its beauty as well as its brutality—and face the truth behind the terrible secret she has kept to herself all these years. A haunting story of a woman's deepest passions, darkest regrets and her unforgettable and emotional journey toward redemption.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - by Rachel Cohn - suitable for Year 9+
“Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” is a romance novel with a difference. Nick frequents New York's indie rock scene nursing a broken heart. Norah is questioning all of her assumptions about the world. They have nothing in common except for their taste in music, until a chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band's secret show and ends up becoming a first date that could change both their lives. A funny rollercoaster of a story that reminds you how you can never be sure where the night will take you...

James and the Giant Peach - by Roald Dahl - suitable for all
“James and the Giant Peach” a modern classic, follows orphan James as he flees his two cruel aunts. Tormented daily, he finally escapes in a giant peach, whose inhabitants quickly become his closest friends. A weird and wonderful story with giant insects and plenty of crazy happenings! Ending in New York with a dramatic finale this book is a romp for anyone of any age!
 

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