the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Librarian's Top Picks
15 February 2019
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 first-hand account one of the defining outrages of modern history, an unforgettable anatomy of Rwanda's decimation. As riveting as it is moving, it is a profound reckoning with humanity's betrayal and its perseverance. In 1994, the Rwandan government orchestrated a campaign of extermination, in which everyone in the Hutu majority was called upon to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Close to a million people were slaughtered in a hundred days, and the rest of the world did nothing to stop it. A year later, Philip Gourevitch went to Rwanda to investigate the most unambiguous genocide since Hitler's war against the Jews. “All at once, as it seemed, something we could have only imagined was upon us - and we could still only imagine it. This is what fascinates me most in existence: the peculiar necessity of imagining what is, in fact, real.”
+ANIMA Volume 1 – by Natsumi Mukai – suitable for all
Cooro is a Plus Anima, a boy with the ability to use animal powers (in his case, those of a crow). On his quest to find another Plus Anima. On his adventures he comes across Husky “The fish boy” who wants to switch places with him and Nana, a bat Plus Anima, who steals from them. A light-hearted fun adventure for younger readers.
Holding up the Universe – by Jennifer Niven – suitable for Year 9+
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed 'America's Fattest Teen'. But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is. Since her mum's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer.
“I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.”
The Recruit – by Robert Muchamore – suitable for all
A terrorist doesn't let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn't know that one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The kid works for CHERUB, agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. For official purposes, these children do not exist.