Book of the Week
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas By John Boyne
Bruno has a happy life in Berlin, so is shocked when he learns his family are moving to ‘Out-With’. One day Bruno is out exploring the bleak surroundings of his new home and befriends a boy of his own age: Shmuel, who lives on the other side of a fence which surrounds a large camp in the grounds.
Shmuel and the other inmates of the camp are all under-nourished and wear a uniform of striped pyjamas. Bruno is not sure why they are there or why he is forbidden to mix with them but the boys friendship grows.
Their friendship sustains them both but ultimately ends in tragedy when Bruno crawls underneath the fence to help Shmuel search for his missing father. Suitable for readers older than the book’s nine-year-old protagonist, the story serves as a compelling and shocking symbol of the futility and horror of the holocaust.
Book of the Week
The Kite Rider By Geraldine McCaughrean
Haoyou’s father is dead – his spirit lives among the clouds above Ancient China. Feeling powerless when the man responsible for his father’s death demands to marry his mother, Haoyou determines to follow in his father’s footsteps and joins a travelling circus. The Jade Circus offers him the chance to escape his enemies and perform: strapped to a kite, he takes to the skies, and soon amazes audiences across the land – including the infamous Kublai Khan himself. But is the circus master leading him into even greater danger?
Set in thirteenth century China, this is an outstanding novel from critically-acclaimed author Geraldine McCaughrean. A fascinating and exciting tale exploring greed, loyalty and friendship, it is a highly original story that will capture readers’ imaginations.
Book of the Week
Coram Boy By Jamila Gavin
Coram Boy is the story of Toby, saved from an African ship as a child, and Aaron, the illegitimate son of the heir to a great estate. The two boys’ lives are linked by the Coram Man, a shady figure who collects abandoned and unwanted children from across the country, supposedly to deliver them to a safe new life at the Coram Hospital in London. In reality, however, the unscrupulous man sells the unfortunate children into slavery, or ‘disposes’ of them if they are of no use to him. Soon, Toby and Aaron find themselves bound together in an epic journey, fraught with danger and excitement.
Rich with historical detail, this enthralling, moving and sometimes deeply distressing read provides an important and thought-provoking insight into 1750s society. Packing a powerful punch, it is a tense tale full of twists and turns, and was a deserving winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book Award.
Lark by Anthony McGowan
Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020
Things are tense at home for Nicky and Kenny. Their mum’s coming to visit and it will be the first time they’ve seen her in years. A lot has changed since they were little and Nicky’s not so sure he’s ready to see her again. When they head for a trek across the moors to take their minds off everything, a series of unforeseen circumstances leaves the brothers in a vulnerable and very dangerous position. There might even be a chance that this time not everyone will make it home alive…
An uncompromising and heartbreaking end to the story of Nicky and Kenny, the beloved brothers of the Carnegie shortlisted Rook, beautifully told in McGowan’s gritty realism.
15th June 2020
Generation Hope by Kimberlie Hamilton
Meet Generation Hope, young activists around the globe who are acting now to save the world. Generation Hope: You(th) Can Make a Difference introduces 20 global issues and many change-makers, like Greta Thunberg, who are doing something to make the world a better place. Generation Hope looks at everything from climate change and plastic pollution to radical kindness and animal welfare. Facts, stats and practical tips for taking action are laid out in a clear graphic style, with issues explained in a bite-sized, easy-to-read way.
Issues covered include: eco-preneurs gender equality and children’s rights nature and wildlife conservation hunger and homelessness eco-anxiety and mental health.
The young activists profiled include: Greta Thunberg Marley Dias Bana Alabed Mikaila Ulmer Millie Bobby Brown And many more!
10th June 2020
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