The War That Saved My Life is an outstanding, heart-warming, coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War 2 and is historical fiction at its best. Reminiscent of Goodnight Mister Tom, we highly recommend it as a holiday read for our younger Middle Years' students.
The Underground Girls of Kabul is the result of a five-year study by investigative journalist Jenny Nordberg into the practice of "bacha posh" in Afghanistan. A 'bacha posh' literally translates to 'dressed as a boy', and represents a third kind of child - a prepubescent girl temporarily raised as a boy - in a deeply segregated country where a tribal culture values the birth of a son, and sees the birth of a daughter as a misfortune.
Senior Book Review : A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray has a stunning book cover that hints of different worlds and times. It is no surprise then to find that this is a fast paced time and space thriller with plenty of action and romance.
Senior Book Review : On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up?
Middle School Book Review : At the beginning of this book, Stella Montgomery is witness to a murder and her life is placed in danger as those responsible seek to capture both her and the object she has vowed to hide and protect. This is a most wonderful Victorian mystery and adventure that involves villains, trickery, magic, theatre, courageous children and many plot twists.
Last week we asked students to vote for the best book they have read in 2014. The book that received the most votes was We were liars by E. Lockhart. We highly recommended this book when we reviewed it in an earlier edition of iCentre News and have re-posted this review on the following page. The other books that were popular among students are also great reads, so we have featured them as holiday reading suggestions in the next article.
If you are looking for a great read over the holidays, the books featured on the following page are those that were popular in our recent poll asking students to vote for the best book they have read in 2014. There is a great selection and we guarantee there is something here for all tastes. Have a look at the list, then go to Goodreads to find out more about each book before you decide which to choose. Some of these books are available in our eBook collection and you are welcome to borrow them over the holidays.
Following a storm, Emily's father emerges from the woods behind their house with the dead body of teenage girl named Ashlee in his arms. Emily recognizes her straight away because they go to the same school. She has been strangled and Emily's dad, a war veteran suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who has been accused of her murder.
R.J. Palacio's novel Wonder is one of those books that stay with you forever. It is on my list of books that every child should read or have read to them. This little companion book is a lovely collection of precepts - one for every day of the year. A precept is a maxim of great weight.
Relevant, honest and gripping. This is a cautionary tale about the consequences of inappropriate behaviour in online environments. This book explores how mistakes made by teens on social media can damage reputations, friendships and families. This is the situation faced by Ashleign, the main character of Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown.
YALSA’s 2014 Teens’ Top Ten has recently been announced. Some of the books on the list are among our favourites and we highly recommend students who are looking for something to read check this list as it is compiled from votes by young adult readers.