World Mental Health Awareness Day

Not much to share from us this week; half-term is on the horizon and we’re catching up with projects, prepping for upcoming INSET (a list of which you can read here) and (dare we say it?) looking toward that festive holiday which is only 71 sleeps away. Our 2017 diary arrived a few days ago and even managed to book two JANUARY visits for our specialist children’s mobile. We’re really getting ahead of ourselves…

World Mental Health Awareness day took place on 10th October; a worldwide initiative to draw attention to and help raise awareness of mental health issues impacting upon the lives of those across the globe. It gave us a perfect opportunity to once again draw attention to the Shelf Help- Reading Well for Young People booklists, created to provide support and advice to 13 to 18 year olds on common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress. You can read more about the initiative here, and the books themselves are available to reserve and borrow for free from libraries across Norfolk. You’ll also find a few of the titles for download from our ELS eBook platform.

This week’s Friday Reads are below and don’t forget, you can find our archive of previous recommendations just here.

Apryl: A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

jeffersIt feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this to arrive in our office so as soon as it did, I snaffled it up and gave it an eager read like the child of books I myself am.

A girl sails across a sea of words to ask a boy if he’ll join her on her on an adventure. Using their imaginations, they travel across mountains, through forests, taking stock of the world they’ve made from stories. Oliver Jeffers illustrations are as wonderful as ever, paired with Sam Winston’s brilliant typographical landscapes.

This is a true work of art; so lovingly put together and something you will want to look at again and again.

(Walker Books, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781406358315, find it at a Norfolk Library)

Harriet: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Milwood Hargrave

inkAs someone who loves maps, I found this an appealing and original story for young teens. It’s a shame the plastic library cover means the reader can’t open out the endpaper maps of the heroine’s home island, but there are more maps inside, and the novel itself is absorbing and exciting enough for this to be a very  minor issue.

It is a fairy tale, but one with a partially sad ending, with themes of courage, friendship, power and corruption. A lovely cover too!

(Chicken House, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781910002742, find it at a Norfolk Library)

Zoë: Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson

Hetty.jpgHaving read very little Jacqueline Wilson, I chose this title because of its setting in Victorian times – a period that interests me. I have also walked past Coram Fields when I have visited London, so have read the displayed information about this philanthropist who wanted to help children at risk over 200 years ago.

Hetty has a vivid imagination, demonstrated through her lively narration of her birth (which she cannot possibly remember) and subsequent adventures beginning at the Foundling Hospital, being fostered then returning to the hospital. Her ability to tell enthralling stories is just like the author who created her!

Hetty is a determined child and her strength of character often gets her into trouble. At times, she is extremely irritating yet this is credit to the author for writing as if she were Hetty, imagining Hetty’s thoughts, reactions and behaviours so well.It is an engaging story with colourful characters and plenty of excitement as we travel with Hetty through her turbulent childhood. She is determined to find her mother against the odds. Will she succeed?

(Yearling, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780440871248, find it at a Norfolk Library)

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