the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
This week’s Librarian’s Top Picks
09 February 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.
A Pocketful of Crows - by Joanne M. Harris - suitable for Year 8+
‘A Pocketful of Crows’ is a new fairy tale that feels as old as time. A nameless wild girl is tempted by named, tamed things. William, the lord’s son, is soon bewitched by her but not all is as it seems and the wild doesn’t want to let her go. Cursed, she must make some very difficult choices and face the consequences. A story of youthful mistakes, passion and revenge. How will the nameless girl free herself and run with the wild again? A gripping modern mythical fairy tale!
Noughts and Crosses - by Malorie Blackman - suitable for Year 8+
‘Noughts and Crosses’ is a life changing book, taking the issue of racism and turning it on its head. The Crosses, black people, are in power and the Noughts, white people, always seem to find themselves worse off no matter what they do. Sephy and Callum grow up as best friends, a cross and a nought unsure how to navigate the unspoken rules that seem to get even more complicated the older they get. This book really exposes the injustice and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as it does!
Night Owls - by Jenn Bennett - suitable for Year 9+
‘Night Owls’ tells the story of Beatrix and Jack, teenagers trying to find any meaning in life and feel alive whilst doing so. Meeting the allusive and mysterious Jack on the night bus changes Beatrix’s life as she tries to understand him, his troubles and his way of living. Where does he go dressed all in black at night? Why does he do it? With both hiding secrets can they break down each other’s walls and build a romance that will last? This book deservedly won the “RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance” and is a must-read for any romance fans!
The Explorer - by Katherine Rundell - suitable for all ages
‘The Explorer’ opens with four children crash landing in the Amazon rainforest, alone and unprepared. Fred, an aspiring explorer is suddenly thrust into the adventure he only ever dreamt of! Lost with no hope of a rescue mission, all four must work together to survive the untamed, dangerous forest and make it home. Except it’s not that simple, everything is trying to kill them and they are not actually alone. A true adventure book from first page to last!