Recommended Reads for Term 1
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
When 16 year old Liz is killed in a hit-and-run accident she finds herself in Elsewhere. Elsewhere is a version of Heaven where things carry on almost as they did on Earth, except that the inhabitants get younger. As Liz slowly accepts the fact that at only 16 she will never marry, have children or fall in love the reader is taken on a rollercoaster of emotions into the past, present and future. An absolutely fantastic book that is so cleverly written it's hard to put down.
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perara
An important, terrifying book that will challenge what you think you know and pull you into a nightmare. When innocent British teenager Khalid is abducted whilst on holiday in Pakistan, his hopes and dreams for the future quickly disappear. Despite his only offence being playing on online computer games, he is held without charge and brutally tortured, unsure if he will ever see freedom again. Although a work of fiction the setting is hideously real and will stay with the reader long after the last page.
Billy Kool series by Phil Kettle
A fantastic new series that mixes genre, style and presentation to appeal to less able readers. Billy Kool and his friends have been recruited for a new reality TV show all about extreme sports, follow their exploits and find out all about bungee jumping, sky diving, snowboarding and much more!
Beautiful Dead series by Eden Maguire
Lovers of the Twilight series will adore this new Zombie series. In the last year many of Darina's classmates have died in mysterious circumstance, now her boyfriend is next. Through the midst of her grief the dead start appearing to her, are they real and, if so, what do they want? Can love conquer all and can Phoenix help the 'marked angels' that only she can see?
Angel Cake by Cathy Cassidy
A new offering from the ever popular Cathy Cassidy. New girl at school, Anya, has never felt so lonely until she meets bad boy Dan. Despite all the warnings that he's no angel she's convinced he has a sweeter side, is she right or will he lead to more heartache? Cathy Cassidy is a favourite author for many Y7-10 readers and Angel Cake is guaranteed to be another page-turner.