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Librarian's top picks

07 February 2020

Need a good book to curl up with? Look no further than these Top Book Picks from your very own school librarian! Whether you’re looking for something fresh and new or seeking out a classic, there should be something in this for everyone. The best part is they’re all available in the school library!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – Romance / LGBT (suitable for all years)

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Miss Lee’s Comments: A beautifully written book that is captivating and will tug at your heart strings during so many different scenes for so many different reasons.

Asha & the Spirit Bird – Science / Biology (suitable for all years)

Asha lives on the family farm with her mother in rural India.

Her father is away working in the city, and when the money he sends stops suddenly, a wicked aunt arrives. She’s determined to seize the property - and the treasure rumoured to be hidden on the land. Guided by a majestic bird which Asha believes to be the spirit of her grandmother, she and her best friend Jeevan embark on a journey to the city, across the Himalayas, to find her father and save her home …

Miss Lee’s Comments: Winner of the Costa Children’s Book 2019, this is a gorgeous little book set in the Himalayas. A story about family told in a magical-realism type of way that will keep you reading all night. 

You Got This: A Fabulously Fearless Guide to Being You - by Bryony Gordon - Non-Fiction / Self Help (suitable for all ages)

I wanted to be a unicorn. I wanted to be a lawyer. I wanted to be an astronaut.

But the thing I really wanted to be, more than anything else, was a little less like me.

It was only recently that I realised not wanting to be me was at the heart of every dumb decision I ever made. And so now I am writing this book containing all the life lessons I wish someone had taught me.

A book for the teenage girl in me. And for every teenage girl out there. Because the most powerful thing you can be when you grow up is yourself.

Miss Lee’s Comments: Instead of putting my own comments down, here are some of the section titles within this book: You Are Incomparable, You Are Changing. That’s Cool. Go With It, You Are Stronger Than You Think, You Are Miss Right, You Are So Much More Than A Grade Or A Number… it’s a very positive book that will give any teen girl a push in the right direction.

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