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Librarian's Top Picks

18 May 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 Graveyard Book – by Neil Gaiman – suitable for all
“The Graveyard Book” is yet another brilliant book by Gaiman. When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. Will Bod survive to be a man? An unpredictable and funny adventure story!

A Monster Calls – by Patrick Ness – suitable for all
“A Monster Calls” has managed to win both the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie prize in the same year! With stunning illustrations in the original version by Jim Kay and excellent writing from Patrick Ness. This book explores love, loss and hope. Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. 

The Kite Runner – by Khalen Hosseini – suitable Year 9+
“The Kite Runner” is a haunting novel by Hosseini, it stays with you long after you put the book down. With dark themes and some violent examples, it explores the world of twelve-year-old Amir who is desperate to win the approval of his father and resolves to win the local kite-fighting tournament to prove that he has the makings of a man. His loyal friend Hassan promises to help him - for he always helps Amir - but this is 1970s Afghanistan and Hassan is merely a low-caste servant who is jeered at in the street, although Amir still feels jealous of his natural courage and the place he holds in his father's heart. But neither of the boys could foresee what would happen to Hassan on the afternoon of the tournament, which was to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return, to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.

The Little Book of Hygge – by Meik Wiking – suitable for all
“The Little Book of Hygge” is an exploration of happiness and feeling content. You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. Who better than Meik Wiking to be your guide to all things hygge? Meik is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. In this beautiful, inspiring book he will help you be more hygge: from picking the right lighting and planning a dinner party through to creating an emergency hygge kit and even how to dress. An interesting, quirky read!
 

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