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The Special Ones – Em Bailey

special-onesI don’t want to write too much about this one – as I don’t want to give too many spoilers away! But this is a very enthralling story.

Four characters living on a remote farm, where they are controlled as the ‘special ones’. They live without the luxuries of modern day life. They are watched 24/7 to make sure that they do not step outside the rules of their world. When they get too big or too old they are ‘renewed’ and a new version takes their place.

Well written and suspenseful, but maybe for a more mature reader.






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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Rooftoppers – Katherine Rundell

Rooftoppers is an unusual tale !


“After the sinking of the Victorian liner, Queen Mary, a baby girl with “hair the colour of lightning” is found floating in a cello case in the middle of the Channel. Her rescuer, the eccentric scholar Charles Maxim, names her Sophie, takes her home to London and brings her up – in defiance of the National Childcare Agency – to be as eccentric as he is. She wears homemade, brightly coloured trousers, and lives on chips, fish in tins, cheese and, occasionally, whisky. ” (Guardian)

As the authorities move in to remove her from Charles care , they flee to Paris, where they take to the roof tops – a place where a whole society exists.

Beautifully written.

Forgotten – Cat Patrick

download (2) This story is about a teen called London, where every morning at 4.33am, London Lane forgets her past.

Each night, she has to write notes about what had happened that day to build up a portfolio of her life. With the help of her mother and best friend Jamie, London could pass for normal. Apart from the fact that she can see into the future the way we can see into the past.

When she meets gorgeous new boy Luke, he seems to be everything she could want, yet she can’t see him in her future. Everyday, London has to meet Luke for the first time, without remembering who he is. Luke is very much a part of London’s future, and yet she can never see him.

Not long after she meets Luke, London remembers the first thing from her past. A funeral of someone she loved. Who’s it was, she doesn’t know. Unaware that this is memory from her past, and not from her future, London begins to think that maybe Luke will die in the future, and that’s why she doesn’t see him.

It’s an unfortunate condition that London must live with, her life spread out only on paper and in other people’s memories. I really like the way she has to piece her life together like a puzzle, unaware of the past and only of the looming future. The concept of the book is great, and I’ve only seen it done in a couple of other books, such as What Alice Forgot, and Before I Go To Sleep, both of which I enjoyed too.

I really like books like this, where you discover things as the character does.  Enjoy