Happy New Year! We’re 8 days into 2016 and busy with project boxes which will be making their way into schools next week. Our van will also be back out in school from Monday and we’ve got a busy term ahead- with lots of other exciting things on the horizon too (Peters Book Award shadowing! Our Language is Power Conference!)
Over the festive break, we were all busy reading and we’ve shared them below- with our first Friday Reads of the year!
Apryl: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Misfit and amateur filmmaker Greg Gaines is happy negotiating his way through his Senior year at Benson High when his life is disrupted by the news that a childhood friend, Rachel, has leukaemia. At the suggestion of his pushy mother, Greg begins visiting Rachel and the two rekindle their friendship, even if Greg has ulterior motives (a hope that his charity will impress Rachel’s friend, Madison). When things don’t improve for Rachel, Greg and his friend Earl are coerced into making a film for her, as she’s the only other person to have ever seen (and enjoyed) their home-made movies.
If you’ve read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ or ‘All the Bright Places’, you’re bound to love this, though for me it’s a cut above the usual YA-fayre; incredibly funny and heart-warming at the same time, without ever being too corny.
(Allen & Unwin, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781760290450, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)
Harriet: Fireside Stories by Caitlin Matthews, illustrated by Helen Cann
Not many of us have a real fire to sit by nowadays, but even if you only have a radiator, curling up with this brightly illustrated book of traditional tales from Northern Europe will make you feel cosy and safe. Each is themed, and takes the reader from November to the beginning of spring.
(Barefoot Books, £14.99 hardback, ISBN 9781782852513, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)
Mandy: Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks
End of GCSEs, a lazy summer, then an invitation to the local funfair from an old girlfriend, lead to a night of madness when all the old conflicts and resentments surface. Pete’s loyalty to Raymond takes him to the limit when Raymond disappears and another old school ‘friend’ turned celebrity is murdered. Everyone else thinks the worst, but what really happened that hot summer night? Kevin Brookes cleverly reveals the story through everyone’s lies and anxieties. A gripping read for young adults that ably captures the life of teens who are ‘in between’. I downloaded this from the Norfolk eBook platform to my new Kobo. Job done!
(Penguin, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9780141319117, find it here on the NLIS eBook platform)
Zoë: The Mystery of the Whistling Caves by Helen Moss
This is the first story in the Adventure Island series where we meet Scott and Jack Carter holidaying in Castle Key, much to their disgust as they can’t imagine anything exciting ever happening in this village in Cornwall.
On their first morning, Jack and Scott meet Emily Wild when they cross a field full of excitable heifers, mistakenly thinking they are bulls. She soon puts them straight! Not long after, the boys discover how wrong they are about Castle Key when a series of thefts from the Castle Museum occur. Scott and Jack join forces with Emily, a keen amateur sleuth, to discover who stole the items and ascertain why the Whistling Caves are silent on their first excursion to them in Emily’s boat.
(Orion Books, £5.99 paperback, ISBN 9781444003284, find it here on the NLIS catalogue)
You can read all of our previous friday read entries here.