|The Whole Of The Moon - Amazon
Meet Marya - a strong and clever but mostly unnoticed, 17 year old, who lives with her closed-down brother, Evan, 16, and hard-working, newly separated mum, in busy South London. When an outburst by Evan proves he's watching hardcore porn, alarm bells ring. Leaving the cat with the lodger, Mum gathers up her family and takes them on an unusual and apparently innocent summer trip to Spain. An eco-community of all places. Not Marya and Evan's idea of fun because Arcadia's wifi can't be trusted and there's no escape from the heat of the natural world.
What Marya and Evan don't know is they aren't there to experience the challenges of a vegan diet and compost toilets but to learn from Blake and Sharrow; an ex-porn addict and ex-porn victim.
When the layers of illusion fall away, family ties are tested.
What will their new-found freedom and friendships lead to?
Will they succumb to love among the summer heat, sparkling lake and billions of stars?
The Whole Of The Moon shines a light on the loss of control, fear, sadness, anger and shame swimming around the bloodstream of young people as a result of pornography.
This one-of-a-kind family novel will keep you hooked from the first page.
|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
|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.
|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