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Autumn Term 2021

Homeless & Runaway Youth guide

Take a look at a new and free Homeless & Runaway Youth guide for teens who face such challenges in their life. The guide includes non-profit hotlines and touches on the following topics:

  • Homeless and Runaway Youth – A Brief History   
  • Rates of Homeless and Runaway Youth 
  • Situations That Drive Teenage Homelessness
  • Daily Challenges Homeless Teenagers Face
For more information please visit: Resources for Homeless and Runaway Youth

Title: The Vanishing Half
Author: Brit Bennett

Twins, inseparable as children, ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds: one black and one white. Separated by miles and as many lies, will the twin’s cross paths again and what will happen when their own daughters’ story lines intersect? This book explores family life, race, gender and identity.

This book is suitable for students in years 10 and 11 only.

Title: Impervious
Author: A.J. Hartley

Trina Warren didn’t plan on being anyone’s hero but then there was a bang, and an overturned chair, and everything was different.  Trina finds herself in a fantasy world, pursued by a faceless, nameless monster that only she can stop.  The ending brings you back to reality with a conclusion you do not see coming.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: A Pinch of Magic
Author: Michelle Harrison

All Betty Widdershins wants is an adventure–one that takes her far away from Crowstone, the gloomy island where she has always lived. But instead of an adventure, Betty and her sisters, Fliss and Charlie, are given of a set of magical objects, each with its own powers: a scruffy carpet bag, a set of wooden nesting dolls, and a gilt-framed mirror. And these magical objects come with their own terrible secret: the sisters’ family is haunted by a generations-long curse that prevents them from ever leaving their island–at the cost of death.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Author: Alexandra Bracken

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his remarkable family. So, when he discovers that an 800-year-old demon called Alastor is responsible for their luck – and that this demon is currently living inside him!  Alastor isn’t keen to be banished back to the demon realm and will do anything to try and trick his unwilling host into a contract – from nasty insults to wild promises. And even more unnerving, his power over Prosper seems to be growing with each passing night. Prosper has only days to break the curse – a feat that seems impossible. But with the help of a feisty witch-in-training, maybe he can do it?Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his remarkable family. So, when he discovers that an 800-year-old demon called Alastor is responsible for their luck – and that this demon is currently living inside him – he’s more than a little surprised.

Alastor isn’t keen to be banished back to the demon realm and will do anything to try and trick his unwilling host into a contract – from nasty insults to wild promises. And even more unnerving, his power over Prosper seems to be growing with each passing night.

Prosper has only days to break the curse – a feat that seems impossible. But with the help of a feisty witch-in-training, maybe he can do it?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Mary’s Monster
Author: Lita Judge

Mary Shelley first began penning Frankenstein as part of a dare to write a ghost story, but the seeds of that story were planted long before that night. Mary, just nineteen years old at the time, had been living on her own for three years and had already lost a baby days after birth. She was deeply in love with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a mad man who both enthralled and terrified her, and her relationship with him was rife with scandal and ridicule. But rather than let it crush her, Mary fuelled her grief, pain, and passion into a book that the world has still not forgotten 200 years later.

Dark, intense, and beautiful, this free-verse novel with over 300 pages of gorgeous black-and-white watercolour illustrations is a unique and unforgettable depiction of one of the greatest authors of all time.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Call it What You Want
Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Rob, once the popular lacrosse player is now, thanks to his Dad a social pariah.  Maegan always wants to do her best but now has a secret after the pressure got to her last year.  Nobody wants to be Rob or Maegan’s partner for the calculus project so they are stuck with each other.  Both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they have built will the pair be able to form a fragile friendship?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Thursday Murder Club
Author: Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

This book is suitable for students in years 10 and 11 only.

Title: Concrete Rose
Author: Angie Thomas

The son of a drug king, seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter is negotiating life in Garden Heights as he balances school, selling drugs and working two jobs whilst his dad is in prison. He’s got it all under control – until, that is, Mav finds out he’s a father. Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. Loyalty, revenge and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. So, when Mav is offered the chance to go straight, it’s an opportunity – in a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing – to prove he’s different and figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger. A gripping mystery that will keep you guessing to the end.

This book is suitable for students in years 10 and 11 only.

Title: Killer T
Author: Robert Muchamore

Harry and Charlie are teenagers whose lives are shaped by a society that’s shifting around them. The two of them are drawn together at a time when gene editing technology is starting to explode. With a lab in the garage anyone can beat cancer, enhance their brain to pass exams, or tweak a few genes for that year-round tan and perfect beach body. But in the wrong hands, cheap gene editing is the deadliest weapon in history. Killer T is a synthetic virus with a ninety per-cent mortality rate, and the terrorists who created it want a billion dollars before they’ll release a vaccine.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Truth about Lies
Author: Tracy Darnton

Jess has an incredible memory. She can remember every single detail of every single day since she was eleven. But Jess would rather not be remarkable and, after years of testing at the hands of a ruthless research team, she has finally managed to escape.

Just when Jess thinks that she’s managing to settle in to living a normal life, everything changes.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Unpregnant
Author: Jennie Hendriks & Ted Caplan

Veronica is top of her class – and somehow, she’s found herself gazing in disbelief at a positive pregnancy test. Even worse, her ex-best friend and the high school’s legendary malcontent, Bailey, is the only one there to help. In this warm and darkly funny road trip story, Veronica and Bailey drive a thousand miles to an out-of-state clinic – rediscovering their friendship in the process.

This book is suitable for students in years 10 and 11 only.

Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author: Holly Black

Hazel and her brother Ben have always loved the mystery around the sleeping faerie prince, in a glass casket in the darkest part of the forest.  They dream of waking him but what happens if their dreams come true.  You really need to be careful what you wish for…

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: All Your Twisted Secrets
Author: Diana Urban

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.  The clock is ticking.  Will they be able to work out who it is before the time is up?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu

Everyone in the world is obsessed with playing the game Warcross.  When Emika Chen, a teenage hacker and bounty hunter is asked by the game’s creator to be a spy for him, how can she refuse?  Who can she trust and will she uncover the security problem before it’s too late?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Inheritance Games
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Avery has a plan: keep her head down, work hard for a better future.  Then an eccentric billionaire dies, leaving her almost his entire fortune. And no one, least of all Avery, knows why. There is just one small catch, she must move into a mansion with the family left with nothing.  Will her life be in danger or will she work out the secrets and codes to solve the mystery?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne
Author: Jonathan Stroud

Set in a fragmented future England, a world where gunfights and monsters collide, and where the formidable outlaw Scarlett McCain fights daily against the odds. When she discovers a wrecked coach on a lonely road, there is only one survivor – the seemingly hapless youth, Albert Browne. Against her instincts, Scarlett agrees to escort him to safety. Will this lead to more trouble for Scarlett and who really is this boy?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: This Lie Will Kill You
Author: Chelsea Pitcher

One year ago, there was a party.

At the party, someone died.

Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize.  Of course, some things are just too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.  Five enter the mansion but will five leave at the end of the night?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Archive – Recommended Reads

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Title: Crescent City
Author: Sarah J. Maas

Bryce has it all – works hard all day and parties all night; until a demon murders her closest friends.  Two years later, the crimes start again despite the accused being behind bars.  Bryce, together with the Fallen Angel Hunt Athalar, must investigate the new murders and find the culprit before Hel is unleashed on everyone.

This book is suitable for students in years 10 and 11 only.

Title: Nothing but The Truth
Author: Dick Lehr

Trell was a baby when her father was convicted of murder but she knows he is innocent and is determined to prove it.  Clemens Bittner is a reporter for the Boston Globe and with his help, if she can persuade him, knows she will help free her father. Will their investigation help or will it put them in danger?  Although this is a fictional story, the author based much of it on the true case of Shawn Drumgold which he investigated whilst working as a reporter for the Boston Globe.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Witching Stone
Author: Danny Weston

“If you walk three times around the stone and say I don’t believe in witches, Meg will come after you”.  Alfie doesn’t believe what Mia has said and accepts her challenge.  When he feels a tug on his foot he realises he may just have made the biggest mistake of his life.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: A Heart So Fierce and Broken
Author: Brigid Kemmerer

This is the brilliant sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely and is as good as the first. Grey has fled the castle knowing he is the rightful heir to the crown but will not go against his brother Rhen. Lia Mara tries to build bridges between her people and Rhen but despite being tricked she manages to escape. Will Grey and Lia Mara be able to bring peace to their kingdoms?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Cousins 
Author: Karen M. McManus

The Storys are the envy of all their neighbours but when the four children are suddenly dropped by their mother with a single sentence: You know what you did they never hear from her again.  Years later their children Aubrey, Milly and Jonah receive an invitation from their grandmother. Curiosity wins and they all agree to spend the summer at their grandmother’s resort.  Will they discover the truth or will they wish they had stayed away?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Letters to the Lost 
Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Even her mother’s death does not stop Julia from writing to her, but when she discovers someone else has read the note she feels betrayed.  Declan finds the note whilst doing community service.  A friendship through letters then emerges but will either of them want to discover who the other one really is?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Wrecked
Author: Louisa Reid

After their involvement in a fatal car accident Joe and Imogen’s ‘perfect’ relationship begins to unravel.  The truth about their life is slowly revealed during the subsequent court case.  Joe is forced to confront the past and the consequences of their secrets and lies in this brilliantly written verse novel.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Ferals: The Crow Talker
Author: Jacob Grey

Caw maybe an orphan but his companions, the crows, are his family.  He is a Feral and can talk to the crows.  When some escaped prisoners, also Ferals, descend on the town of Blackstone, Caw must use all his powers to stop their mission.  If the dangerous spider Feral, the Spinning Man,  is released from the Land of the Dead chaos will resume.  Caw must find a way to defeat them but he will not be able to do it alone.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Wonderland
Author: Juno Dawson

Alice lives in a world of privilege but none of it means anything when her own head plays tricks on her reality. When her friend Bunny goes missing Alice becomes obsessed with finding her. Will the mysterious invitation to Wonderland lead to finding Bunny? This book explores issues around mental health, gender and privilege.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Cane Warriors
Author: Alex Wheatle

This story is based on true events.  Life as a slave is not easy for Moa so when he is asked to take part in an uprising he follows the instructions of the older men.  Before they can escape Moa and his friend must kill their overseer, something he fears doing but for his freedom will he risk everything?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: The Last Time We Say Goodbye
Author: Cynthia Hand

Since her brother, Tyler, committed suicide Lex has been trying to cope with life by locking her grief away.  She is haunted by the last text that Tyler sent her and the secret that she has not shared with anyone.  This is a powerful novel dealing with a sensitive issue and reader discretion is advised.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Cinderella is Dead
Author: Kalynn Bayron

It has been 200 years since Cinderella found her Prince but the fairytale is over.  Sophia, like all girls in her village, recite the story daily as they live in a land where they will be punished if they do not know the story off by heart.  The King is wicked and insists that all girls attend the ball but Sophia doesn’t want to be picked and she is scared the girl she loves might be chosen too.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

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Title: And Then I Turned Into a Mermaid
Author: Laura Kirkpatrick

The family that live in the old lighthouse and own the local chip shop are always thought of as odd.  Molly has never liked the way her family are treated but when she finds out she is a mermaid, things just go from bad to worse.  How can she hide the family secret when her fish tail will not stay hidden?

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the Bookbuzz 2020 scheme.

Title: All the Things We Never Said
Author: Yasmin Rahman

Mehreen, Cara and Olivia have one thing in common, they are unhappy with their lives.  Brought together as strangers they soon become friends but when they decide they don’t need to follow through on their pact sinister events start to happen.  This is a book with sensitive issues.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Last Lesson
Author: James Goodhand

Ollie was a star pupil, popular and a gifted musician, everything was going so well, until the accident happened.  Now everything has changed, no friends and the bullies see him as a prime target.  Ollie decides to get his own back with a homemade pipe bomb on the last day of term.  A book that deals with mental health issues.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Rules
Author: Tracy Darnton

Amber is an expert when it comes to staying hidden – she has been trained her whole life to use these skills.  The person who taught her is now the person chasing her.  Will she be able to avoid her father by using all of her training or will she be pulled back in to his survivalist way of life?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: And the Stars were Burning Brightly
Author: Danielle Jawando

You will need tissues for this book which deals with issues around suicide, mental health, bullying, grief and growing up around social media.  When Nathan discovers his brother has taken his own life he sets out to find out why.  His brother was talented, special and full of passion and light so what could have driven him to this act?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Jemima Small versus the Universe
Author: Tamsin Winter

Jemima is funny and smart but that still doesn’t help when she is being bullied for being big.  It doesn’t help when she is invited to join the school’s ‘special’ healthy lifestyle group – aka Fat Club.  Will the chance to be on an episode of The Brainiacs show everyone how big a star she really is?  It’s Jemima’s time to shine.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: A Curse so Dark and Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer

A fantastic retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  When Harper is kidnapped by the mysterious man she doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake and as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. Powerful forces are standing against Emberfall…  and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Rick
Author: Alex Gino

Rick’s friend Jeff is a bully but he has always stayed friends with him because he didn’t know any better.  When he starts middle school, new doors start to open and one of those lead to the Rainbow Spectrum Club.  A club where children of many genders and identities congregate.  Will this be the fresh start that Rick needs to find out who he really is?

This book is suitable for all age groups.

Title: Little Bits of Sky
Author: S.E. Durrant

Ira and Zac, siblings, have a bond that nobody can break and when they move yet again to another home for looked after children, Ira hopes their life will get better. A moving story of growing up, making friends and finding a home they can call theirs.

This book is suitable for all age groups.

Title: The Territory
Author: Sarah Govett

A dystopian delight!  If you want to stay in the Territory you must sit an exam at 15: if you pass you stay but if you fail you must go to the Wetlands.  The rich families can buy their children upgrades which almost always guarantees their children are safe but what will happen to children like Noa?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Harrow Lake
Author: Kat Ellis

Students are always asking me for scary books so I added this to our collection.  Not for the faint hearted.  Lola is sent to her mother’s hometown after her father, the celebrated horror filmmaker, is brutally attacked.  Lola doesn’t scare easily but she hasn’t been to Harrow Lake before.  There is someone or something watching her and stalking her every move.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Guest List
Author: Lucy Foley

Guests gather for the wedding of the year but one of the thirteen guests will not leave the wedding alive.  Secrets, hidden motives, past grudges and hidden jealousies will all play out in this great thriller which will keep you guessing until the very end.

This book is suitable for students in years 10 and 11 only.

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Title: The Switch Up
Author: Katy Canon

Willa and Alice meet in an airport lounge, both completely different personalities yet drawn into a friendship that leads them to swap lives and swap flights.  Will their secret be safe or will their daring plan lead to trouble?  A great read for fans of Geek Girl.

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the Bookbuzz 2020 scheme.

Title: In the Shadow of Heroes
Author: Nicholas Bowling

Cadmus, a slave since he was a baby, finds himself on an adventure when his master goes missing.  He joins up with another slave and together they follow the trail which leads them to the Emperor Nero who is in pursuit of the Golden Fleece of Greek mythology.  A great adventure which may lead Cadmus to discover who he really is.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Wakenhyrst
Author: Michelle Paver

Set in 1906 this gothic thriller tells the story of Maud and her domineering father. On a walk her father spots an eye in the undergrowth and his terror is only briefly abated when he discovers it’s actually a painting, a ‘doom’ taken from the church.  Despite trying to forget about the horror he has seen the ‘doom’ keeps returning to his mind and when he lies awake at night he hears noises that shouldn’t be there.  Reading his diary Maud discovers just how far her father has descended into madness but will she be able to save those at Wake’s End?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: A Darkness of Dragons
Author: S.A. Patrick

After playing a forbidden spell to save a village from rats, Patch, a 12-year-old piper is thrown in jail.  There he meets Wren, a girl living under a rat-shaped curse.  When the prison is attacked by dragons they make their escape and befriend a dracogriff.  This story reminds us of the soaring joy of adventure, the captivating danger of magic and the delight of finding friends in unexpected places.  A fantastic read.

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the Bookbuzz 2020 scheme.

Title: Good Girl, Bad Blood
Author: Holly Jackson

The highly anticipated sequel to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder didn’t disappoint.  Pip is determined to put her investigating days behind her.  Following the success of her true-crime podcast she has to go back on her word when a friend goes missing.  Will she find the answers before time runs out?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Little Bird Flies
Author: Karen McCombie

Bridie lives on a remote Scottish island with her father and sisters.  Although she loves her island she dreams of one day leaving the island for America.  It is only when the new Laird shows his full cruelty that the family realise that they need to escape. Will Bridie’s dreams become a reality?

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the Bookbuzz 2020 scheme.

Title: The Haven
Author: Simon Lelic

An action-packed adventure from the first page.  Ollie Turner is thrown into a world of danger when he is snatched from his bed.  He finds help far below the streets of London, in a network of tunnels that lead him to Haven, a sanctuary for kids run by kids.  Can he be a hero and help stop Sikes from destroying the city?

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the Bookbuzz 2020 scheme.

Title: Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties
Author: Humza Arshad

Humza wants to be a rapper but when his music teacher becomes ill his plans to be rich and famous are put on hold.  His Auntie steps in to help but when more teachers fall ill and other Aunties take over Humza realises that all is not what it seems.  Content to feed their students rather than teaching them, Humza relies on his friends to help him find the truth.

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the Bookbuzz 2020 scheme.

Title: Ghost Boys
Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that’s been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing.

Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father’s actions.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Check Mates
Author: Stewart Foster

Felix has always struggled to stay focused at school, his ADHD makes concentrating very difficult and he is always in trouble.  Mum suggests spending time with his Grandad but all his Grandad wants to do is teach Felix chess.  Will Grandad prove there is everything to play for?

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the Bookbuzz 2020 scheme.

Title: City of Ghosts
Author: Victoria Schwab

Cass has a gift.  She can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead.  Being the daughter of parents who host a TV show about haunted places means Cass is always around the Veil.  When she meets a girl with the same gift she realises she still has so much more to learn and if she doesn’t learn quickly she may be in danger.

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the Bookbuzz 2020 scheme.

Title: Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case
Author: Chris Crowe

The kidnapping and murder of a 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. This book covers in vivid detail the before and aftermath of Emmett’s murder and the dramatic trial that took place in front of an all-white jury.

This book is suitable for students in years 10 and 11 only.

Title: Orangeboy
Author: Patrice Lawrence

Marlon has promised his mum that he will be good, unlike his brother Andre.  When a date with the beautiful Sonya ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted.  They are after the mysterious Mr Orange and they are going to use Marlon to get to him.  Will he be able to protect the people he loves?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: All American Boys
Author: Jason Reynolds

Rashad finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.  When a lady falls over him in the store a series of events unfold that bring police brutality into question.  A police officer mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, he doesn’t listen to the woman, he doesn’t listen to Rashad, he just mistakes every flinch, every protest as Rashad resisting arrest.  There were witnesses: Quinn Collins-a varsity basketball player, a classmate of Rashad who has been raised by the police officer since his own father died-and a video camera.  The footage is soon aired and people start to take sides.  Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Clap When You Land
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Camino lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic.  On the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people.  In New York City, Yahaira is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father has died in a plane crash.  Separated by distance and their father’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality without their father and when it seems like they have lost everything they learn of each other.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Crater Lake
Author: Jennifer Killick

Who is the mysterious bloodstained man who stops their coach? Why is no one around when Lance and the rest of Year Six arrive at the brand new Crater Lake activity centre? This is just the beginning of the school trip from hell; a fight for survival that sees five pupils band together to save their classmates from an alien fate far worse than death. But whatever happens, they must Never. Ever. Fall asleep!

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the Bookbuzz 2020 scheme.

Title: Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean it
Author: Susie Day

Max wants to be just like his dad – fun, loud and strong and loves his no-nonsense attitude when Max gets in to trouble at school. When mysterious boxes start turning up at their house and Dad disappears it’s up to Max to look after his sisters.  Determined to keep the family together, Max takes his sisters to a remote village in Wales, where he’s convinced that no one will find them. Just how easy is it to look after three kids with no grown-ups around? Where did Dad go, really? And what are the whispers Max keeps hearing, of a golden dragon, asleep under the mountain…?

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the Bookbuzz 2020 scheme.

Summer Term 2020

Summer Term 2020

Title: The Boy Who Steals Houses
Author: C.G. Drews

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known.  He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life and falling for the beautiful Moxie.  Sam has a secret though and his past is about to catch up with him.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Paper Avalanche
Author: Lisa Williamson

Bonnie. Never Mum or Mummy or Mother. Just Bonnie.’  When it comes to flying under the radar, Ro Snow is an expert. No friends. No boys. No parties. And strictly NO VISITORS.  It may be lonely, but at least this way the truth remains where it should – hidden.  Then Tanvi Shah, the girl who almost died, comes tumbling back into her life, and Ro finds herself losing control of her carefully constructed lies.  If Ro’s walls come crumbling down, who’s going to take care of Bonnie?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz
Author: Jeremy Dronfield

Nazi police seize Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer and his son, Fritz, and send the pair to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in.  When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, his son refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son.

Based on Gustav’s secret diary and meticulous archive research, this book tells their incredible story for the first time – a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.

This book is suitable for students in years 10 and 11 only.

Title: Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.  Will Newman might put that plan to the test but if he so much as breathes on her, Stella could lose her place on the transplant list.  What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valour
Author: Ally Carter

When April moves into the Winterborne Home she stumbles upon a secret that may put her in danger.  With the help of the other orphans they embark on an incredible journey, full of mystery and adventure.  A great start to a new series.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: One of Us Is Next
Author: Karen McManus

Eagerly awaited follow up to One of Us is Lying.  Following on from the tragedy last year all students just want a fresh start. When a copycat starts a school-wide game of Truth or Dare students quickly realise the game is about so much more and will it take a lethal turn?  The teenagers will need to discover the culprit before things get deadly.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Ali Cross
Author: James Patterson

Being the son of a great detective makes Ali want to follow in his father’s footsteps.  So when his best friend Gabe disappears, Ali uses all the skills he has been taught to try and track him down.

This book is suitable for all age groups.

Title: The Cheerleaders
Author: Kara Thomas

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.   Five years after the tragedy surrounding the group, the town decide to hold a memorial for them.  For Monica, the sister of one of the cheerleaders, she has too many unanswered questions.  Will she be putting herself in danger by opening up old wounds?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Are You Watching?
Author: Vincent Ralph

Ten years ago, Jess’s mother was murdered by the Magpie man.  She was the first victim but not his last.  Now Jess is a star of a YouTube reality series and she is using the air time to try and catch the killer.  The whole world is watching……..but so is the Magpie man.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Wilder Girls
Author: Rory Power

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put in quarantine. The Tox turned the students strange and savage, the teachers died off one by one. Cut off from the mainland, they wait for a cure not daring to wander past the school’s fence.  When Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her best friend but will she find her before she learns the disturbing truths about her school.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Weight of a Thousand Feathers
Author: Brian Conaghan

A beautifully written story about a young man trying to hold his family together whilst his Mum’s illness takes her further away each day.  His young brother doesn’t understand what is happening and Bobby needs to be strong, especially when his Mum asks him the unthinkable.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Echoes
Author: Laura Tisdall

Mathematical genius Mallory Park lives two lives.  In one, she balances looking after her little brother and troubled father, going to school and in two, she spends her nights glued to her laptop exposing corrupt companies as part of a cyber network called the Forum.  When some of the members start disappearing will she be able to discover what happened before she herself gets caught up in the web of secrets?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Arctic Zoo
Author: Robert Muchamore

Georgia and Julius meet at a clinic, both from completely different worlds but drawn together in a fight for justice.  Will anyone be able to help their cause?  A fantastic book from the bestselling author of the Cherub series.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Havenfall
Author: Sara Holland

Maddie loves spending summers at her uncle’s Inn at Havenfall. But the Inn is much more than a Maddie’s safe haven, and life in Havenfall isn’t without its secrets. Beneath the beautiful, sprawling manor in Colorado lie hidden gateways to other worlds, some long-sealed by ancient magic.  When a body is found on the grounds, the volatile peace brokered between these worlds is irrevocably compromised.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Spring Term 2020

Spring Term 2020

The Cruel Prince – Holly BlackTitle: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black

Jude was stolen at a young age and taken to live in the High Court of Faerie. There she learns to fit in and wants to win a place at Court. She has to defy the youngest and wickedest son of the High King and for that she must face the consequences.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for Years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in Years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

The Red Ribbon – Lucy AdlingtonTitle: The Red Ribbon
Author: Lucy Adlington

Ella loves to sew and dreams of one day having her own shop. One problem, she is currently a resident at Birkenau-Auschwitz and every dress she makes could be the difference between life and death. Will her friendship with Rose and a red ribbon, given to Ella as a symbol of hope, help her survive?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for Years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in Years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Dear Evan Hansen – Val EmmichTitle: Dear Evan Hansen
Author: Val Emmich

This novel was inspired by the award-winning Broadway show, Dear Evan Hansen. A letter that was never meant to be read by anyone pulls Evan into a family’s grief over the loss of their son. He suddenly has a purpose but trying to cover his lie just gets him deeper into trouble.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for Years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in Years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Crossfire – Malorie BlackmanTitle: Crossfire
Author: Malorie Blackman

Society is very different since we first met Sephy a Cross and Callum a Nought in Noughts & Crosses. Now there is a Nought Prime Minister for the first time and people are out to destroy him. Will Callie-Rose be able to help or will the abduction of two young people threaten everything?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for Years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in Years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Monster – Michael GrantTitle: Monster
Author: Michael Grant

Meteorites are hitting Earth again and with a virus even deadlier than in the ‘Gone’ series. Humans will mutate into creatures with power but power can corrupt and not all will become heroes.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for Years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in Years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Armistice Runner – Tom PalmerTitle: Armistice Runner
Author: Tom Palmer

Lily loves fell-running but much to her disappointment always comes in second. She discovers her great-great-grandfather used to run before the First World War but stopped when he came home. When she finds his diary will she discover the reason for stopping and will this help inspire her?

This book is suitable for all year groups and was part of the BookBuzz 2019 scheme.

Cilka’s Journey – Heather MorrisTitle: Cilka’s Journey
Author: Heather Morris

In ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ a young girl helped Lale to survive. Cilka’s journey is about that young girl and her story after she is liberated. Charged as a collaborator she is sent to a brutal prison camp in Siberia and quickly learns she has not escaped brutality. A remarkable story of survival.

This book is suitable for students in Years 10 and 11 only.

Autumn Term 2019

Autumn Term 2019

Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris

Lale  a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He is put to work as a Tätowierer, tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism – but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

This book is suitable for students in years 10 and 11 only.

Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Author: Holly Jackson

Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. Pippa isn’t so sure. She chooses the case as the topic for her final year project and starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. If she keeps looking will she be in danger?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Agevedo

Xiomara is a gifted poet but hides this from her mother. With her mother’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church she is too afraid to speak out about how she really feels. Will she get the chance to really be herself?

Winner of numerous awards and most recently the Carnegie Medal Winner 2019.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: I Am Not A Number
Author: Lisa Heathfield

The Traditional Party have won the election but their reforms are harsh and extreme. If you don’t believe in their politics you are sent to a prison camp where you face unimaginable horrors. Ruby known only as number 276 knows this is wrong but how can she escape and is there anyone left to help?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Evermore
Author: Sara Holland

Jules journey continues in book two of the Everless series. Finally Jules understands who she is and what role she plays in the world. She stole the sorceress’s heart and now she wants it back. Who will win this next battle?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Toffee
Author: Sarah Crossan

Another masterpiece by the award-winning author, Sarah Crossan. Life at home becomes unbearable and Allison finds herself living in a shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. Marla is lonely and confused and thinks Allison is Toffee, a friend from the past. Can the two help each other? A poignant, gripping and thought-provoking story.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Jelly
Author: Jo Cotterill

Jelly is the life and soul of the classroom. She is popular, funny and also overweight. She hides behind humour to deflect any negative comments but it still hurts. Her Mum’s new boyfriend is the first person to notice she is playing a part. With his help will she be able to show her feelings through her poems?

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the 2019 Bookbuzz programme.

Title: Drone Racer
Author: Andy Briggs

If you like high-tech books full of action and adventure you will love this. Carson and his friends cannot quite believe their luck when they find a drone in a scrapyard but when it starts talking they know they have stumbled on something unique.

This book is suitable for all year groups and is part of the 2019 Bookbuzz programme.

Summer Term 2019

Summer Term 2019

Title: Witch Hunter
Author: Virginia Boecker

Elizabeth is a witch hunter who loves her job but what happens when she is accused of witchcraft herself?  A great fantasy read where trusting her enemies might be the only solution she has.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Hawkweed Prophecy
Author: Irena Brignull

Two girls with two completely different lives bound together through a raven’s spell. The prophecy tells of the next queen but will dark powers intervene?

This books is suitable for all year groups.

Title: The Extinction Trials
Author: S.M.Wilson

For fans of The Hunger Games this is a must read.  The best of the best compete to bring back the dinosaur eggs but will they survive in a land full of monsters?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: The Skylarks’ War
Author: Hilary McKay

Skylarks’ War is a beautifully poignant story of love, friendship and courage set in WWI.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee

Trying to survive in a world where you are being attacked by angels is not easy.  Penryn is street smart but will she be able to stop herself from helping the fallen angel Raffe?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland

Blood is money and time is power.  In Everless the rich extend their lives by extracting blood, bound to iron, while the poor are taxed and live terrible lives.  Will Jules be able to return to Everless without being recognised, to help save her dying father?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Don’t Even Think About It
Author: Sarah Mlynowski

One group of students get a flu jab that results in them being able to read minds.  All those secrets you really don’t want to share are now out there for everyone to hear.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Spring Term 2019

Spring Term 2019

Children of Blood and BoneTitle: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

This is a fantastic book and fans of Sarah J. Maas will love it. Magic is banned from the kingdom but one special girl has the power to change all of that. This book takes you on an exciting journey that you really don’t want to end.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

The Woman in the WindowTitle: The Woman in the Window
Author: A. J. Finn

Unable to leave the house because of her agoraphobia Anna finds herself drawn to the window to watch the world through her camera. New neighbours arrive and everything is not as perfect as they would like you to think. Will anybody believe Anna when she reports a crime?

Suitable for years 10 and 11 only. This is an adult book and is therefore not suitable or recommended for years 7, 8 or 9.

I Am ThunderTitle: I Am Thunder
Author: Muhammad Khan

A thought provoking tale of Muzna’s life as a muslim and her journey to find out who she is and where she belongs. A brilliant debut novel by an inspiring author.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Are We All Lemmings & SnowflakesTitle: Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes
Author: Holly Bourne

Olive doesn’t want to know her ‘diagnosis’ but does agree to go to Camp Reset. A painfully honest look at mental health in teens, with strong lead characters and brilliantly written.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

The Wizards of OnceTitle: The Wizards of Once
Author: Cressida Cowell

A magical story of a young boy wizard Xar and a young girl warrior Wish. If they can stop fighting long enough will they realise that an ancient evil is trying to return? A fantastic story for everyone to enjoy from the best-selling author of the ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ series.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

The Island at the End of EverythingTitle: The Island at the End of Everything
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Ami lives on a beautiful island and even though her mother is ill she lives a happy life. This all changes when the government official arrives on the island and declares it a leper colony. Ami is taken to another island to live in an orphanage but will she be able to see her mother one more time? The author has based her story on the real life island of Culion in the Philippines that was the world’s largest colony of lepers from 1906 to 1998.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

The Ruins of GorlanTitle: The Ruins of Gorlan
Author: John Flanagan

This book is full of action, adventure and fantasy and a must read for fans of Tolkien. Will, an orphan, hopes to be a knight but is chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. Will his training help with the battle that is coming to the kingdom?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Kingdom of AshTitle: Kingdom of Ash
Author: Sarah J. Maas

Aelin’s journey from slave to queen reaches a dramatic conclusion in the final book of the Throne of Glass series. Will she escape from the iron coffin, will she be able to save her kingdom or will she pay the ultimate price to protect those she loves? A brilliant series for fans of epic fantasy.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.