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Librarian's Top Picks

21 September 2018

Don't know what to read next? Stuck reading the same books over and over? Want a suggestion you can trust? These top picks will include books from all genres, new or old and are hand-picked by the librarian to pique your interest. The best bit is they are all available in the school library.

The Kindness of Strangers - Kate Adie - visiting school on Thursday 15 November
This book encompasses Adie's reporting from, inter alia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Tiananmen Square and, of course, the Gulf War of 1991. It offers a compelling combination of vivid frontline reporting and evocative writing and reveals the extraordinarily demanding life of the woman who is always at the heart of the action. Although an intensely private person, Kate Adie also divulges what it's like to be a woman in a man's world - an inspiration to many working women. Kate Adie's story is an unusual one. Raised in post-war Sunderland, where life was 'a sunny experience, full of meat-paste sandwiches and Sunday school', she has reported memorably and courageously from many of the world's trouble spots since she joined the BBC in 1969.

The Guggenheim Mystery - Robin Stevens - suitable for all
‘The Guggenheim Mystery’ is a follow up novel by Robin Stevens, to The London Eye Mystery. Ted Spark appears again, a 12 year and 281 days old detective. Three months ago, he solved the mystery of how his cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. Follow Ted as he goes to New York and solves the mystery of a stolen painting at the Guggenheim Museum. All to save his Aunt Gloria who is blamed for the robbery! A heart-warming mystery, with a detective who uses his unique skills to solve the case.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson - David Levithan and John Green - suitable for Year 9+
‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ is a love story, but more than that, it looks at friendships, knowing who you are and more importantly that things are never as they seem. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two guys with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high-school stage. Told in alternating voices from two award-winning authors - John Green and David Levithan - this unique collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humour that has won both authors legions of fans!

The 13 Storey Treehouse - Andy Griffiths - suitable for all
‘The 13 Storey Treehouse’ is Andy and Terry’s home and it is the WORLD’S BEST treehouse! It's got a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory, a tank of man-eating sharks and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you're hungry! Just watch out for the sea monkeys, and the monkeys pretending to be sea monkeys, and the giant mutant mermaid sea monster . . . Oh, and, whatever you do, don't get trapped in a burp-gas-filled bubble! Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's fantastically funny The 13-Storey Treehouse is told through a combination of text and cartoon-style illustrations.

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