|The Glass Collector - Puffin
Fifteen-year-old Aaron lives amongst the rubbish piles in the slums of Cairo. His job? To collect broken glass. His life? Wasted. His hope? To find a future he can believe in...
This novel will definitely interest teenage readers who are eager to know more about the wider world, particularly if their curiosity about Egypt has been piqued by recent events.
Cairo pulses from its pages, dirty, smelly but intoxicating; the magic's everywhere. The tale sparkles like the glass Aaron hoards, light and delicate and full of dreams.
This novel comes highly recommended for thoughtful older readers. It might even be life-changing for some. I would expect it on awards shortlists in the future.
Books For Keeps
The Glass Collector
Cast Aside - 'The Glass Collector' by Anna Perera
Joshua Hammer - The New York Times
|Guantanamo Boy - Puffin
Innocent until proven guilty? Not here you're not. Robbed of his childhood, this is one boy's experience of the supposed war on terror.
Khalid, a fifteen-year-old Muslim boy from Rochdale, is abducted from Pakistan while on holiday with his family. He is taken to Guantanamo Bay and held without charge, where his hopes and dreams are crushed under the cruellest of circumstances. An innocent denied his freedom at a time when Western boys are finding theirs, Khalid tries and fails to understand what's happening to him and cannot fail to be a changed young man.
'This powerful and humane book shows that hatred is never an answer, and proves the pointlessness of torture and the danger of thinking of anyone as "other."'
Nicolette Jones - Children's book of the week - Sunday Times
'One of her greatest achievements is to make the frightening monotony of the two years he suffers so full of suspense.'
Kate Kellaway - Observer
'An excellent novel . . . superb.'
Amanda Craig - The Times
'Exteremely powerful, and the descriptions of torture are genuinely harrowing.'
SF Said - The Guardian
'Timely, gritty fiction.'
'Could it happen? It has happened. That's why teenagers should read this book.'
Nial MacMonagle - Irish Times
'The argument is as well balanced as the moral outrage is palpable.'
James Lovegrove - Financial Times
'Rising star: Anna Perera. Her novel highlights the teenagers sent to the camp as it tugs readers into its vivid nightmare journey.'
Boyd Tonkin - The Independent
'Guantanamo Boy's ability to deal with difficult issues surrounding the camp makes it a compelling read for people of all ages and a remarkable achievement.'
'Compulsively readable . . . a powerful novel, sure to generate debate.'
Gillian Bramley-Moore - Courier Mail
'Exploring the war on terror through the eyes of a child, Perera handles this confronting subject matter with great sensitivity.'
Daily Telegraph - Australia
Plus many more - too numerous to mention . . .
|Antarctic Adventures - Oxford University Press
Illustrated by Trevor Parkin
This is the true tale of the first bid to cross Antarctica without help. No dogs. No rescue planes...
Only two men, their overloaded sledges and their desire to be the first!
Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Mike Stroud are used to danger. But this trip tests them to the limit. Will they make it to the South Pole - and survive?
|Lolly Woe - Oxford University Press
Illustrated by Martina Selway
Collect 1,000 lolly sticks in three days. Only really sad kids would go in for a competition like that. But the prize is a fantastic, brand new TV and Albie wants a TV very badly...
His friends all live miles away, his sister is her usual annoying self and his Mum has just sent their TV back. The summer holidays could not look more boring but that is before he meets Tash, the girl with darting black eyes and a laugh like a chicken having a nightmare.
|Skew Whiff - Oxford University Press
Illustrated by Tony Ross
Let me do it! Anjuli thinks she can do anything - except perhaps maths. She can't wait to try out Pete's new tools. But when Pete tries to get ready for his birthday party, their DIY turn into disaster. Can they really persuade their friends to get them out of this mess.
Year 6/Primary 7 titles Term 2
|The Night the Lights Went Out - Tamarind Books/Random House
Illustrated by Carl Pearce
Rana is brushing her teeth when the lights go out, leaving her in a darkness as wide as the ocean.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE DUNDEE PICTURE BOOK AWARD 2008