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Following the much acclaimed debut Everything, Everything is Nicola Yoon’s second novel The Sun is also a Star. This is a story unfolding over a course of a single day in New York; told in alternating chapters from Natasha's and Daniel's viewpoints, interwoven with chapters on a variety of subjects in a socio-historic context.

Natasha’s family will be deported to Jamaica in twelve hours. Natasha is practical, a realist, some might say; a cynic.  Daniel Jae Ho Bae has an interview at the Yale admissions office to study medicine, but if it was up to him, he would be writing poetry and travelling the world.

A chance encounter entwines their day as they travel around New York in a complicated maze of appointments. 

Nicola Yoon writes about her characters with warmth and humour and you want to follow Natasha and Daniel from page to page. Observing their chance encounters with other New Yorkers, the glimpse into their lives painting a brilliant picture of a city simultaneously busy and some tim...

We find ourselves spending a day in conservative small town America in the new novel from Patrick Ness Release. This is a coming of age story about 17 year old Adam who is coping with his first heartbreak whilst trying to build a new relationship.

The story weaves together Adam's day and a fable about an avenging ghost. Adam changes through small every day moments as he confronts his family and their attitudes towards his sexuality and interacts with his friends in preparations for a party. The avenging ghost is visiting those still alive  and reflecting on the small, life-changing moments before her untimely death. Together and separately they walk towards a captivating ending.

Citing Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever as his inspiration, Patrick Ness has created a book that celebrates our (less) ordinary lives. Thoroughly established as an outstanding writer, known for his technical brilliance, Release has warmth that engages on a different level; leaving the reader...

Every now and again, a book comes along that you want to stand on rooftops to shout about. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of these books.  It is an important book, a vital book, a book that would help society along the evolutionary path, if only everyone would read it.

The main character is Starr who leads two different lives – on an estate where drug dealing and related crimes are part of every day life and in her majority white private school. Having witnessed her unarmed friend Khalil killed by the police officer Starr has to cope with pressures of the investigation as well as the multiple challenges that her family face from the local community.

This is a story about racism in 21st century America, throughout all the layers of society, whether it is institutionalised  or more local and reinforced by the media. This is also a young woman's search for her own identity and voice whilst dealing with trauma.

But it is not just in the themes and subject matter that The Hate U G...

Summer of 1975…Raymie Clarke’s father has run off with a dental hygienist. Raymie is determined to achieve something to enable her photo to get in the newspaper, in the hope that her father will see it. So Raymie starts to learn how to twirl a baton and hopefully will win the baton twirling completion.


Raymie becomes friends with two other girls, Beverly and Louisiana, also in the baton twirling class, and they set about solving one another’s problems through a series of adventures.


Does Raymie win the competition and bring her father home? This book is full of humour and displays a number of emotions. It is a story about friendship and dealing with family situations.


Another great novel from Kate DiCamillo. 

Ages 9+

Reviewed by Leah

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