Salt to the Sea (Winner)
Salt to the Sea is set in Nazi Germany and is told from four very different perspectives. Joana Vilkas: A young nurse escaping from Russian forces by fleeing to Germany. she is now trying to hide from the Russian forces. Florian Beck: A young Prussian apprentice carrying a valuable amber swan that he stole from the Amber Room after discovering that he is a puppet of Erich Koch. Emilia Stożek: A fifteen-year-old Polish girl from Lwów who was made pregnant by Russian soldiers not far from Nemmersdorf. She is caught in an illusion that a boy named August, a member of the family she was working for, was the source of her pregnancy. Alfred Frick: An eager German who loves Adolf Hitler's propaganda and thinks highly of himself. He often thinks so of letters he addresses to Hannelore, a Jewish girl back in his hometown.
I highly recommend reading this and it definitely deserved to win. The ending is one of the best you will ever read. ~ Elizabeth Brouard
Posted on: 24 Jun 2017
Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.
Brilliantly crafted, Wolf Hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history. ~ Michelle Chen
Posted on: 25 May 2017
Set in a shining future world, where trains rumble not just through towns and countryside but across whole galaxies, Philip Reeve’s new novel drenches its readers with extraordinary scenes, images and ideas. Zen Starling is a petty thief; offered the chance of a brand new life in return for carrying out one small job of course he accepts, and is immediately caught up in a war that could destroy his entire world. Beautifully written, brilliantly inventive, this gripping adventure, a combination of sci-fi utopia, conspiracy thriller and romance, will set hearts racing. Thoughtful readers prepared to take their time will find echoes of many other great works of fiction, all of which add to Railhead’s richness. And who could resist the trains – ‘the old, wise trains of the Network, barracuda-beautiful, dreaming their dreams of speed and distance as they raced from world to world’? It will turn us all into railheads. ~ Michelle Chen
Posted on: 25 May 2017
A gritty and inspiring survival story, Peet’s final novel, completed by Rosoff after his death, has the stoic quality and soul of a Steinbeck tale. Set in the 1920s and early ’30s, it traces the saga of Beck, a British youth born out of a tryst between his destitute mother and a visiting sailor from West Africa. After Beck’s mother dies just before his 11th birthday, he is brought to a “dire and loveless” orphanage. From there, he is shipped to Canada, where he’s subjected to severe sexual abuse in an establishment run by the Christian Brotherhood, then sent to a farm where he is put in charge of livestock. Tired of being underfed and overworked, Beck runs off: his arduous travels coincide with an inner journey to understand where he fits in, and the kindnesses shown by bootleggers and an older woman of mixed Scottish and Siksika heritage lead him to draw conflicting conclusions about the world and its inhabitants. Harrowing but hopeful, it’s a memorable portrait of a boy struggling to love, be loved, and find his way against overwhelming odds. ~ Michelle Chen
Posted on: 25 May 2017
Posted on: 04 May 2017
The Smell Of Other People's Houses
In 1970, a decade after statehood, the difficult lives of four Alaska teens are transformed when their paths intersect.
Growing up poor is tough anywhere; it has its own flavor in Fairbanks. Raised with her younger sister by their grimly religious grandmother, Ruth is isolated and unprotected. For Inuiat Dora, life improves when she’s informally adopted by a kind Athabascan family, but although her violent, alcoholic dad’s in jail, she still feels unsafe. Alyce, whose parents have separated, lives with her mother in Fairbanks, fishing with her dad in summer. She wants to audition for college dance programs and that means staying in Fairbanks, disappointing her dad. Fleeing a troubled home, Hank and his brothers sneak onto a ferry heading south; then one disappears. The Alaskan author depicts places and an era rarely seen in fiction for teens: shopping for winter clothes at the Fairbanks Goodwill, living in a summer fish camp on the Yukon River and on a small fishing boat. All benefit from her journalist’s eye for detail. Though compact, the novel features a large cast of sympathetic characters. At first somber but resonant, the plot eventually veers onto a different course. As the tone shifts to highly upbeat, outcomes feel pat, rewards unearned. The effect is to gloss over and minimize the after effects of childhood poverty, fractured families, and domestic trauma. ~ Michelle Chen
Posted on: 28 Apr 2017
Sputnik's Guide To Life On Earth
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth is a brilliant book that I never wanted to put down. It kept me in suspense and made me laugh many times. I think this book, being comedy, would appeal to both genders and people over the age of 6. It is easy to read but sometimes contains complex language. It is a funny mix of adventure and sci-fi. Without giving too much away it is about making a list of things worth saving the world for, which makes people realise the beauty of things we take for granted. Sputnik is a brilliant book with the ability to read it again and still laugh at all the different funny points. I would definitely recommend this to EVERYONE!, Max says= This is a really good I am really enjoying it, if you would like this book go and buy it give us some feedback!~ Shaun Bailey and Max Butler.
Posted on: 27 Apr 2017
The Bone Sparrow
The story tells us about a boy named Subhi. He is a refugee. he was born in an immigration detention centre and he imagines what life is like over the fence. He believed that he could hear the ocean. He doesn't know much about the "outside" world because lift behind the fence is all he ever has ever known. He then meets Jummie, a scruffy, impatient girl, who happens to be on the other side of the fence. This story sounds a bit like, the boy in the stripped pyjamas , but that happened to Jews not immigrants!
~ Sarah Carter
Posted on: 27 Apr 2017
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