For those undecided on their reading but keen to have their brain’s stoked, Here I Stand by Amnesty International is a collection of short stories exploring our rights and freedoms, recently introduced policies and the institutional and individual responsibilities we all have.
The stories in this collection are written by a brilliant array of authors (Frances Hardinge, Jackie Kay, Neil Gaiman and others), each explaining their choice of theme and setting. These stories will make you think about what, in this political setting really matters, and remind us to follow the human instinct for kindness and justice while questioning the rules society lays out for us.
As much as we love London, it is a breath of fresh air to read a novel set in rural Ireland. Following on from her captivating debut novel, The Accident Season, Moira Fowley-Dowler’s atmospheric mystery, The Spell Book of the Lost and Found, is another enticing read.
Olive and Rose our two main protagonists have been to a summer party and each has lost something.
Someone had cast a spell to find their lost objects but all magic has a cost - for all the lost things called forward, people all over town are losing something in return. Small inconsequential losses are followed by friends drifting apart and when more important things go lost, tensions arise.
Pages of a diary start to show up in unexpected places telling a story of an exciting new friendship that starts to gain more sinister undertones. Following the trail of these pages, Olive and Rose meet Ivy, Hazel and Rowan – three teens squatting in a half built house on the edge of the town. They have their own losses and their own secr...
Similarly to The Hate U Give after years of politics being addressed mainly in YA dystopian fiction, it is exciting to see a book that reflects the interests of an increasingly politically engaged teenage population.
Troublemakers by Catherine Barter follows Alena, brought up by her brother Danny and his partner Nick. As London is shaken by violent attacks, the past of her mother’s activism gains new interest for Alena. Creating a vibrant portrait of communities and the effects that political decisions can have on individuals and their families, Troublemakers is fresh, thoroughly human story and London centric in all the best ways.
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...