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Librarian's Top Picks

14 September 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.

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald 
“The Great Gatsby” is generally considered to be the best of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work. Set in the roaring twenties, Nick Carraway narrates a tale of the superficial: mansions lining Long Island shore, lavish parties and the exorbitant lifestyles of many characters. We meet Daisy, Nick’s cousin and wife to a brash, larger-than-life husband Tom Buchanan and explore the secrets surrounding her and the mysterious Jay Gatsby. A timeless classic that transports you to the 1920’s in all its glory.

Release - Patrick Ness - suitable for older readers
“Release” is a triumphant rendering of life as a gay teenager, under the thumb of parents who always finish the line “I love you” with a “but”. Intense, compelling and brave, it looks into Adam Thorn’s life and reminds you what it is like to fall in love. Over the course of one day, a Saturday, Adam’s life is unwinding and everything is going to fall apart, but maybe he will find freedom from the release. A brutally honest portrayal that doesn’t shy away from the details.  

Revolver - Marcus Sedgwick - suitable for Year 9+
“Revolver” opens in the Arctic Circle, where fifteen year old Sig Andersson is alone. Alone, with the corpse of his father, who died falling through the ice earlier that day. Anne and his step-mother have gone to town for help but before they can return there’s a knock at the door. Wolff, a man he’s never seen before, claims to have unfinished business with Sig’s father, revolver at hand’s reach and evil eyes. As Sig gradually learns the awful truth about Wolff's connection to his father, his thoughts are drawn to a certain box hidden on a shelf in the storeroom, in which lies his father's prized possession - a revolver. As the stakes rise and Wolff begins to close in, Sig's choice is pulled into sharp focus. Should he use the gun?

Trash - Andy Mulligan - Suitable for all
“Trash” is the story of Raphael, who lives on a dumpsite, eking out a living sifting through rubbish. One unlucky-lucky day, he makes an extraordinary and deadly discovery. Now he and his two friends, Gardo and Rat, are wanted by the corrupt forces that run the city and will stop at nothing to get back what they've lost. From the slums to the mansions of the elite, it's going to take all of their quick-thinking and fast-talking to stay ahead. And to stay alive. A fast-paced, eye opening book!

If this isn't enough to sate your appetite then there are lots of reading lists available on our website, collated by Miss Jones and full of tried and tested riveting reads! View the Reading Lists

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