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I’ll be there – Holly Goldberg Sloan

To be honest, this reminded me of What’s eating Gilbert Grape – gorgeoI'll Be Thereus male character with a less than normal brother and father meets alienated girl – they hit it off immediately and as the song goes ‘their worlds collide’ .

Sam cannot escape the cycle of poverty, crime amd homelessness that his father has created for them, because he feels responsible for his younger, slightly autistic brother, Riddle.

Sam is a gifted musician (self taught of course) and has movie star looks. But many things are against Sam and Emily’s relationship lasting…..


Let’s get lost – Adi Alsaid

This is a wonderful book about friendship, love, living for the moment and a road trip of discovery.  Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila.  When Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way

An excellent pick for a summer read18812437

Girl with all the gifts – MR Carey

A zombie story with a difference!

The zombie apocalypse has brought the world as mankind knows it toThe-Girl-With-All-The-Gifts an end. Small pockets of survivors exist, barely. In a military base not far from a main city in England, a small group of unusual children are held captive – locked in cells during the night, chained to wheelchairs during the day. Except that during the day they participate in lessons and tests.

Melanie is one of these children. Somehow the zombie ‘gene’ has morphed into something else in them. They can speak, they can move normally, they can think – but they are still dangerous and to be feared.

An attack on the base by a group of ‘junkies’ (survivors who exist by scavenging) leads to an unlikely group of allies working together to survive – zombie, soldier, teacher and scientist.

After a slow start, this is a fast paced and action packed story – where we are asked to question what it is to be human.


Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

A society where every c10576365hild who survived the ‘mystery illness’ has a been given colour code, dependant upon the level of ‘powers’ that they now have.  A society where any level of power is viewed with fear by all adults, including parents. A society where under 16s are placed in detention centres and the most powerful ones are ‘cleansed’. That is the world of that Ruby exists in.

Fast paced and action packed. A new dystopian vision – where Ruby’s gift challenges her basic need for friendship and companionship – where she has to make some very difficult choices.

Definitely written for a sequel and very readable.

Split – Swati Avasthi

Some things you can’t just walk away from

This is a heart wrenching book, real and scary about Jace who knocks on the door of his brother Christian’s apartment with a broken face and $3.84 plus a secret, after not having seen Christian for 6 years.

Their Dad is a serious abuser of their whole family including his mother, Christian got away all those years ago after he could not take it any longer

Jace then took a lot of beatings, he thought he had to stay to protect his mum and maybe take some of the abuse that she was getting but he finally cracks one day and has to leave.

He desperately want his mother to leave  or maybe he could go back and get her but in reality his mum is still trapped.

Christian has made a new life for himself and Jace must try to do the same thing.

Swati Avasthi gives a riveting portrait of what happens after. After you decide to leave, after you make the split – How do you make a life?

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Dying To Tell Me – Sherryl Clark

This is a great story about Sasha and her brother Nicky, whose Dad is the new a sole policeman in small town Manna Creek.

The day they move to Manna Creek Sasha has a a fall when exploring a walkway to a waterfall and after suffering concussion she starts to have some weird visions and when the family get a new pet, ex police dog King,   Sasha realises she can communicate with King the dog.  Sasha also see a ghost and has a vision of a house burning down but not in time to save the elderly lady who lives there.  Can she solve the towns mysteries and save her family at the same time.

A good read with realistic characters and a mystery to solve

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Noble Conflict – Malorie Blackman

I have always enjoyed Malorie Blackman’s books (apart from the last vampire effort) – and this is no exception.

Noble Conflict is set in the near future – a dystopian world where the ruling peace keepers ( the Guardians) keep a17119447 tight rein on controlling the rebel forces threatening their society from the ‘Badlands’ on the outer perimeters of the city. This is the world that Kaspar is born into and believes in.

But what happens when everything you have been bought up to believe is put under question? Why (and how)  is Kaspar ‘seeing’ the memories and dreams of one of the rebel fighters? Why do the rebels insist that they are only interested in peaceful protest when they are obviously terrorists involved in destroying schools and water supplies?

Well written, fast paced – with a number of twists and turns.