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All The Bad Apples

Dublin, 2012. Deena has just been outed as a lesbian at school and is overwhelmed by homophobic bullying. Her religious father is threatening to disown her, and her older sister Mandy – normally so cool and comforting – is freaking out about a family curse. When Mandy disappears, Deena sets off on a journey across…

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

This delightful book is sure to please; pirates and dinosaurs? What could be better than a picturebook featuring both from this well-known duo, here working together for the first time? Giles Andreae’s adventure story is engaging, exuberant and witty, and the same goes for Russell Ayto’s illustrations. As the story unfolds his deft and expressive…

Crossfire (A Noughts & Crosses Novel)

‘This world is full of sheeple, not people, all longing to be told what to do, how to think.’ Crossfire is Malorie Blackman’s new book set in the dystopian world of Noughts and Crosses (a series soon to be adapted by the BBC). A fictional version of 21st-century Britain in which society is organized to…

Danger is Really Everywhere

Danger is everywhere or at least it would be if it weren’t for the world’s leading dangerologist, ‘Docter’ Noel Zone. With ‘Docter’ Noel to guide us we just might make it through life alive. In this third book in the Danger is Everywhere series, O’Doherty and Judge take their antidote to the bubble-wrapped world we…

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies)

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies is a collection of feminist essays detailing the experiences of a number of well-known women with feminism. The book contains five distinct sections – epiphany, anger, joy, action and education – as well as a meaningful poetry break. I believe this book achieves something incredible. We learn about…

Heroic

This book explores the bonds of brotherhood and the challenges faced by disaffected young people from grim backgrounds with little hope or means of escape. Set in two locations: Afghanistan and a bleak council estate in England, it is told alternately by two hard-bitten and street-wise brothers. Jammy, the older, wiser boy, attempts to put structure…

Holding Up the Universe

Libby and Jack both have problems to deal with as they start a new year at high school. But, while Libby’s past has been flung all over the internet for those who want to find it, not even Jack’s family know his. When circumstances force them together, they see that they have more in common…

How to Be a DJ

DJs are the rock stars of the 21st century, and most teenagers are as familiar with names like Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold and Goldie as previous generations were with Roy Orbison or Buddy Holly. Nowadays, instead of electric guitars, the coolest object of desire is the turntable or ‘deck’. However, it’s just as hard to…

Tales of the Peculiar

Following in the footsteps of other fictional folklorists like Beedle the Bard, Millard Nullings, the invisible resident from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has collected his own compendium of fairy tales set in that world, coming from a wide range of locales and eras. Upon picking up the book, the first thing that will…

The 5th Wave

Confession time: I stayed up WAY past my bedtime to finish this. This is a gripping tale of an alien invasion and how a handful of survivors struggle to stay alive and somehow fight back against overwhelming odds. Told from several different characters’ perspectives, The 5th Wave recounts how successive attacks over several years have dramatically reduced…

The Bunker Diary

It is increasingly difficult to find a good book to sink one’s teeth into, but reading The Bunker Diaries completely captivated me. Although an easy read, the story told deals with many adult themes, including addiction, death and relationships and is extremely well written. The storyline is simple but effective, related in the form of a diary…

The Left Hand of God

As a fantasy novel, The Left Hand of God never seems quite sure what it wants to be.  The opening section, set in the brutal ‘Sanctuary of the Redeemers’ where Cale and his friends are being subjected to the cruel regime of the Lord Redeemers is both interesting and unremittingly grim. Unfortunately, when the heroes…

The Rough Guide to Children’s Books

These two guides each contain reviews of over a hundred books for children. The reviews are arranged first of all into age bands, which are then subdivided into a number of categories. The subdivisions differ slightly for each guide. Book one deals with a variety of concept books, poetry books and stories over all the…

The Story of Hip-Hop

A comprehensive overview of what is now the most popular style of music in the world, this book is essential reading for anyone, young or old, with an interest in hip-hop. It traces its roots from Africa with the griots or musical storytellers, through the evolution of western black music and culture to the worldwide…

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