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Librarian's Top Picks

15 June 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 Unlikely Hero of Room 13b – by Teresa Toten – suitable for all
“The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b” is an understated and heart-warming, love story. It shows how everyone can be a superhero in their own way. When Adam meets Robyn he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He's determined to protect and defend her, to play Batman to her Robin, whatever the cost. But when you're fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it's hard to imagine yourself falling in love. This beautiful story will appeal to readers of John Green!

The Keeper of Lost Things – by Ruth Hogan – suitable for all
“The Keeper of Lost Things” is the story of Anthony Peardew, a once celebrated author of short stories. He has spent half of his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years ago. He realises he is running out of time though and entrusts his assistant Laura with fulfilling his legacy and reuniting all the objects with their rightful owners. Thousands of them. The final wishes of the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’ have unforeseen consequences, which take us on a serendipitous adventure.

“The Note” – by Zoë Folbigg – suitable for all
“The Note” is based on Zoë Folbigg's true story. It tells of an unforgettable romance about how a little note can change everything... One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn't ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably, that he is The One. But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya sitting just down the carriage from him every day. Eventually, though, inspired by a very wise friend, Maya plucks up the courage to give the stranger a note asking him out for a drink. After all, what's the worst that can happen? And so begins a story of sliding doors, missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it.

“No Shame” – by Anne Cassidy – Suitable for older readers
“No Shame” tells the story of Stacey Woods who has been raped. It follows her as she struggles through another ordeal – the court trial. But nothing in life it seems is black and white and life is not always fair or just. Suddenly it seems that she may not be believed and that the man who attacked her may be found not guilty… if so Stacey will need to find a way to rebuild her life again... A harrowing and adult look at rape and its consequences not for the faint hearted, for fans of Louise O’Neill!

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