the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Librarian's Top Picks
27 April 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.
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
Clever and slightly cynical Fidge is nearly 11 when she is abruptly thrown into the bizarre world of her little sister Minnie’s favourite story. The Wimbley Woos, colourful creatures who speak only in rhyme, live under the iron paw of evil dictator, Wed Wabbit. With only a band of sentient toys and her awful cousin Graham to help her, Fidge must solve a series of increasingly ludicrous puzzles in order to go home. If she fails they will be stuck in the land of Wimbley Woos forever and, back in the real world, Minnie will die.
After the Fire by Will Hill
Deep in the Texas desert, Moonbeam lives with her Brothers and Sisters. They're safe, protected by the Fence and Father John. Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. But then Nate arrives from Outside, stirring doubt...and suddenly Moonbeam is starting to see the lies behind Father John's words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
The inscrutable ways of Saint Death dominate Arturo’s world on the wrong side of the fence. Grinding poverty, corruption and the power of the narco-lords mean freedom is elusive and comes at a cost. Loyalty is equally rare. Life in Anapra, Mexico is almost impossible, but when Arturo is forced to gamble for his friend Faustino’s life and freedom, he risks his own in the process.
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
Every time a lad came fowling on the St Kilda stacs, he went home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is... In the summer of 1727, a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Why? Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they have been abandoned to endure storms, starvation and terror. And how can they survive, housed in stone and imprisoned on every side by the ocean?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year old Starr lives in two worlds: growing up with her family in Garden Heights, the poor neighbourhood where she was born, and going to school in an affluent suburban area. When her close childhood friend, Khalil, is fatally shot by a white police officer after a party Starr is the only witness. What she saw, and whether she speaks out, could affect her entire community and have an impact on her friends and close-knit family.
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow's only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbour across the sandbar. Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn't until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.
Release by Patrick Ness
On the single Saturday during which the book’s action takes place, Adam Thorn will meet with friends, employers, family and lovers; will experience revelations, attend a farewell party, and reshape his life. Everything in Adam’s life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...
Rook by Anthony McGowan
Rook is the third standalone novel featuring brothers Nicky and Kenny, following McGowan’s earlier novels Brock and Pike. When the boys rescue a rook from a sparrow hawk attack, learning-disabled Kenny immediately becomes attached to the injured young bird. Nicky doubts the scruffy bird will make it, but then Nicky has plenty else to worry about – a school bully, his first love, and the fact that everything is about to go very, very wrong.