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Mental health and wellbeing

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 - Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee

A young girl gets off a bus, just like hundreds of other young girls, but this one is different. Amy was abducted with her best friend six years ago and now she is making her way home.

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 - Happy to Be Me

Happy to Be Me

This delightful picturebook by author– illustrator Emma Dodd is a sweet and gentle celebration of the wonderful person that is, well … me! In rhyming verse, the reader thanks each part of their body: toes for wiggling, mouth for giggling and so on. The take-home message is: with all of these wonderful parts that my body has, I should be very happy to be me.

Book Cover - You're Crushing It!

You're Crushing It!

Sometimes life is exactly what we want it to be and everything seems perfect. But at other times we feel like everything is out of our control, everything from our emotions to our friends’ behaviour to the way the world itself is being run. This is where YouTube influencer Lex Croucher’s new book steps in to tell young people the truth – this is completely normal, and everyone feels this way.

Book Cover - Sex Ed: An Inclusive Teenage Guide to Sex and Relationships

Sex Ed: An Inclusive Teenage Guide to Sex and Relationships

The School of Sexuality Education is a UK- based educational facilitation organisation that specialises in providing workshops on consent, sexual health, positive relationship experiences and pornography to younger and older teenagers in secondary school. The group also works with university students and youth groups, as well as providing training to professionals who work with children and young people across a variety of contexts.

Book Cover - Breaking

Breaking

Charlotte is a student at a prestigious boarding school who has recently lost her two best friends in tragic circumstances. Pushed hard by her driven mother to succeed and excel, Charlotte feels ordinary and very much the outsider in comparison to the academic and sporting elite she is forced to compete against each day. When she drinks a mysterious vial, everything changes and suddenly Charlotte finds that she has become as flawless as those around her. However, this is to come at a great cost.

Book Cover - Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

The latest offering from John Green feels like a long time coming. His last title, the blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars, was released in 2012. However, Turtles All the Way Down is well worth the wait.

Book Cover - Worry Angels

Worry Angels

There have been so many changes in Amy-May’s young life. The family has separated from her wonderful, yet troubled artist Dad; they’ve moved house far from her lovely cottage with a garden and fresh sea air; and now, she is so filled with anxiety, she can’t go to school. It’s just too much for her.