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It’s About Love – By Steve Camden


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This is a really good read almost a thriller with all the twists and turns.

Real life is messier than the movies. A bold, thought-provoking novel from the exceptionally talented, Steven Camden.

He’s Luke. She’s Leia.

Just like in Star Wars. Just like they’re made for each other. Same film studies course, different backgrounds, different ends of town.

Only this isn’t a film. This is real life. This is where monsters from the past come back to take revenge.

Why we took the car – Wolfgang Herrndorf, Tim Mohr (translator)


A beautifully written, darkly funny coming-of-age story from an award-winning, bestselling German author making his American debut.

Mike Klingenberg doesn’t get why people think he’s boring. Sure, he doesn’t have many friends. (Okay, zero friends.) And everyone laughs at him when he reads his essays out loud in class. And he’s never invited to parties – including the gorgeous Tatiana’s party of the year.

Andre Tschichatschow, aka Tschick (not even the teachers can pronounce his name), is new in school, and a whole different kind of unpopular. He always looks like he’s just been in a fight, his clothes are tragic, and he never talks to anyone.

But one day Tschick shows up at Mike’s house out of the blue. Turns out he wasn’t invited to Tatiana’s party either, and he’s ready to do something about it. Forget the popular kids: Together, Mike and Tschick are heading out on a road trip. No parents, no map, no destination. Will they get hopelessly lost in the middle of nowhere? Probably. Will they meet crazy people and get into serious trouble? Definitely. But will they ever be called boring again?

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Louder than words – Laura Jarratt


Rafi hasn’t spoken for eight years.

Rafi idolises her seventeen-year-old brother, who is popular, generous and a borderline genius. Ever protective, Silas always includes her when he’s with his friends, so Rafi gets to hear all sorts of things that younger sisters wouldn’t normally be a part of. Like the time Silas hacks a gaming site to help out his friend Josie, who has been trashed by her ex.

With Josie, Rafi finds herself with a proper friend for the first time in her life. As they grow closer, she realises that she wants to find a way back into the world – she wants to learn to speak again. But Silas has found a new interest too – and it’s taking him away from everything that was once important to him. Can Rafi find the words to save her brother?
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In Ecstasy – – Kate McCaffrey


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This book was very real about a teen who thought she would try the drug ecstasy just once at a party, but sadly she was hooked, the feeling it gave her was so unique and uplifting that she wanted to feel that way  again and again.

It follows are path into drug addiction, the loss of her friends the pain she causes her family etc etc

Then her road to recovery.

A excellent read not to long so good for a weekend book to add to your wide reading list.

Out of Shadows – Jason Wallace


Set in Zimbabwe in the 1980s, just after the war for independence, a young English boy, Jacklin, is torn between his black friends at school and his sympathy for the colonial whites after witnessing the compulsory land seizures by Robert Mugabe’s government.

But with an imminent visit by Robert Mugabe to the school, Jacklin realizes that Ivan, his white supremacist schoolmate, plans to assassinate the black leader. The novel leaves us with the moral dilemma — in hindsight, should Jacklin have killed Ivan or let Ivan kill Robert Mugabe?

A compelling, thought-provoking novel about race, bullying and the need to belong, set in Africa.

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Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass – Meg Medina


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Piddy  Sanchez is bright, attractive and the new student at a tough inner city high school.  Unfortunately for her, she attracts the attention of the most vicious and ruthless girl gang leader in the school – Yaqui Delgado. From that moment on Piddy’s life at school and in her community becomes unbearable.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass  – is a brutal tale of bullying and the fear that is created by it. It vividly recreates the terror that a victim and their family feels. However it also creates a sense of hope and clearly shows how friendship and kindness can help a victim to survive.

While set in a somewhat stereotypical US  high school, the issues are transferable and recognisable in any school setting.

Hysteria – Megan Miranda


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I’m sure that this will be popular with many students – but it has not been well received by many reviewers (you can check out other reviews here)

Mystery, thriller,  romance rolled together to create a tale, one could only describe as ‘disturbia’ !

 

From the word go we know that Mallory killed her boyfriend in self-defense. Escaping to  her father’s old college she hope to leave behind the distraught mother and self-obsessed brother of her victim, as well as her own family who are struggling to live with the trauma of the events.

However college life has it’s own, seemingly sinister problems – nights filled with nightmares; cliques of girls out to cause damage, ruthless initiation ceremonies and her own increasing paranoia. When another boy is found dead in her room, the world seems to come crashing down….