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Joe all alone – Joanna Nadin

The reader feels sorry for the main character Joe, from the opening page of this novel.

Joe is 11 when his Mu23508698m and her ‘new boyfriend’ decide to go to Spain for a week’s holiday and leave him hime alone. But this is no Macauley Calkin movie! Joe is bullied at school mercilessly by a group who are after his money. He looks unkempt and dirty, as he’s not been left enough money to keeo the hot water topped up. His food supplies soon run out and when one week stretches to more, he has to ask for help from his neighbour’s grandaughter Asha.

Very ‘English’ in setting and atmosphere, but an engaging read,


Conversion – By Katherine Howe

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker.   Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?


Shift – Em Bailey

This is a psychological thriller about a mean, dangerous teenager called Miranda. The first half of the book will make you love Olive a central character who lets her imagination run away with her. The second half will have you  screaming at every decision she makes!
There’s even a death.

An excellent read for those of you who love a book with a major twist.images

The boy with two heads – Andy Mulligan



The boy with two heads is the new book by Andy Mulligan (author of the very popular Trash ).Richard wakes one morning with seemingly normal sore throat – very quickly a lump appears. Over the the next day a second head emerges and Rikki arrives!

Richard and Rikki have very different personalities and but they try to carry on as normally as possible. But how can an eleven old boy, with two heads  live a normal life? The challenges are immense and varied – from finding a school uniform to playing football to going on school camp – to surviving psychiatric analyses……

The story can be read on many levels – and this is it’s strength. It can be read as part comedy part horror; it deals with isolation and loss; how families cope in difficult situations; what defines a friend – but also as an insight into just how far science and scientists are prepared to go in the name of progress and discovery.

You can find the author’s webpage here – http://www.andymulliganbooks.com/