One thing that we know about good books is their amazing ability to develop empathy in the reader; to explore ideas and view-points that arise from experiences that are out of our own realm. The Bubble Boy does this with warmth, quirkiness and a light-hearted touch, vividly engaging the reader in an unusual life.
Joe suffers from a severe immunodeficiency and has grown up in an isolation room in a hospital where the outside world is as unreal to him as his situation is to most people. With the power of the imagination and the writer’s affection for his characters, anything is possible, leaving the reader happy and hopeful about the many different worlds that we each live in.
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli – For pure fun, this gorgeous read is perhaps my favourite YA of the year so far, and the two gay teens at the centre of the story are DEFINITELY my favourite couple for ages.
The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell – Heartbreaking, but incredible, story of a Japanese teen dying of ALS and coping with his diagnosis by turning to new friends met on the internet, but also the wisdom of the samurai.
Pea’s Book of Holidays by Susie Day – The entire quartet of Pea’s Books is fabulous, and great at celebrating diversity casually – Pea’s sister Tinkerbell is mixed race, while the twins next door have two mums. This is my favourite story – I love the way it celebrates AND critiques Enid Blyton – and also has an excellent portrayal of Ryan, a boy with hemiplegia.
Cowgirl by GR Gemin – a lovely MG about the community that builds up on a council estate when a...
The Glass Sentence by S.E.Grove
The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell