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Book Cover - Grown The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up

Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up

Authors Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter know that growing up as a girl is often difficult, but growing up as a Black girl can be much more challenging. Grown, their carefully curated and lovingly crafted guide, is an educational and fun book aimed at teaching young Black girls (and other girls of colour) how to navigate the different challenges they may face.

Book Cover - Amazing Women of the Middle East

Amazing Women of the Middle East

From an Egyptian Pharaoh to a modern-day human rights lawyer, this book tells the lesser-known stories of twenty-five inspirational women from the Middle East. Detailing their lives and achievements through short yet informative biographies of each woman, Tarnowska shines a light on often forgotten or overlooked successes. While some may be recognisable, such as Nefertiti or Amal Clooney, others might be unfamiliar to a Western audience.

Book Cover - Stargazing for Beginners

Stargazing for Beginners

Stargazing for Beginners is the fifth novel by teen fiction author Jenny McLachlan. In her latest work 15-year-old space enthusiast Meg likes her life ordered, in contrast to her free-spirited mother Alice. Things take a chaotic turn when Alice decides to unexpectedly hop a plane to Myanmar on one of her ‘save the world’ missions, leaving Meg for ten days to fend for herself while taking care of her infant sister Elsa.

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Realm of the Hare

An atmospheric and strikingly lyrical fantasy tale that draws inspiration from a variety of mythologies in an allegorical exploration of humankind’s destruction of nature. Lovett tells the story of twelve-year-old Boudicca Moriarty, who must move to her grandparents’ farm in Ireland following the mysterious disappearance of her mother. There, under the careful watch of a wild hare, Boudicca discovers the ancient realm of the Ullauns and realises her fate to become one of the Ullaunites, a band of child warriors defending nature from villain Mustela and his evil army.

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Unsettled

From its opening acknowledgements and introduction, this book draws you in and demands that you take notice of every word. Part memoir, part poetry, part polemic of the life she was forced to live, Rosaleen McDonagh’s extraordinary debut is a rich and complex portrayal of one woman’s life in modern Ireland.

Book Cover - Fizzy and the Party

Fizzy and the Party

Fizzy and her Mum are about to wind down, eat supper and head to bed one Tuesday evening. But Fizzy begins to root through her dress up box to find the perfect outfit for Mrs Crumbleboom’s party next door. While her Mum needs some convincing, the two head over to the party and enjoy lots of treats, rock music, and exploring Mrs Crumbleboom’s house. Mum brings Fizzy back home before they can see the fireworks, but a compromise is made when they make a blanket fort and watch the fireworks from the window together.

Book Cover - The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas’s début novel is warm, empathic and timely. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is the story of a young woman coming of age in two worlds, the warm yet troubled community she was raised in and that of the largely white private school she attends. When she witnesses her unarmed friend Khalil shot and killed by a police officer, Starr finds herself at a crossroads. Should she remain silent and keep safe as tensions escalate? Or should she speak out against racism and police corruption?

Book Cover - Girlhood

Girlhood

How do you go on living when the best and worst things that could possibly happen to you occur only days apart? On the same week that her family wins the lottery, Harper loses her twin sister to a battle with anorexia. In the face of this cruel twist of fate, she seeks a fresh start from her grief at an élite Scottish boarding school, Duncraggan Castle.

Book Cover - Fresh

Fresh

Elliot McHugh is a young woman just starting out in college. This novel is about her freshman year, and the struggles she has, both academically and with her personal relationships. This book is fast paced, often funny, written in colloquial and informal language. Elliot is a bisexual girl, living with a diagnosis of ADHD, and her college life is rather chaotic and eventful.

Book Cover - Polly Pecorino

Polly Pecorino

In this beautifully crafted story, we meet a brave and kind girl, Polly Pecorino, who is a constant rescuer of small animals. She lives in a small town called Abbeville and goes about her daily life in the usual way. Though Polly is depicted as an ordinary schoolgirl, there is something unusual about this extraordinary girl – she can talk to animals – and only her Uncle Stan and parents know about her gift. And so, the story unfolds.