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Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli


19547856 A teenage angst book, not about a teenage girl in ‘angst’!!!

Simon sends an email revealing sexuality and it inadvertently falls into the wrong hands – the hands of Martin, who happens to fancy Simon’s best friend.

Martin, naturally blackmails Simon – set me up with your friend or I’ll share your secrets online!

Simon and his group, go through a couple of rough patches as their friendship is tested by this somewhat strange interloper!

Has all the key elemenst you;d expect in a teenage high school ‘drama’ – social functions, group work, parenst who do not undertsand, tiffs with friends……

Funny in places, but I felt that the narrative dragged on a bit!

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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.