To The Edge Of The World by Julia Green

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Jamie lives on an island out west – a wild place of wind, waves, and surging tides.  He loves the island, but fears the surrounding ocean.

Mara lives on the island too – she’s fearless. The only thing that worries her is being sent away to school.  When that threat becomes too real, she knows it is time to plan her escape.

And that’s when Jamie, Mara and her dog Django find themselves swept away on a wild sea adventure beyond anything they have dreamed of …  

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Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

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On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, DC, he’s a top student and an athletics star at his prestigious private high school.  Bound for Harvard, his prospects are bright.  But Niru has a painful secret: he is gay – an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents.  No one knows except his best friend, Meredith – the one person who seems not to judge him.

When his father accidentally finds out, the fallout is brutal and swift.  Coping with troubles of her own, however, Meredith finds that she has little left emotionally to offer him.  As the two friends struggle to reconcile their desires against the expectations and institutions that seek to define them, they find themselves speeding towards a future more violent and senseless than they can imagine.  Neither will escape unscathed.

Speak No Evil is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people.

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The Wonder Of Us by Kim Culbertson

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Abby and Riya are:

best friends

complete opposites

living on different continents

currently mad at each other

about to travel around Europe

Since Riya moved away with her family to Berlin, she and Abby have struggled to be there for one another, and they haven’t spoken in weeks.  But Riya is pretty sure she knows the perfect way to make things better – a grand tour of European cities.  Two weeks, six countries, unimaginable fun.

Can the lush countrysides and dazzling cities of Europe fix their friendship, or does growing up mean growing apart?

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The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven

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Izzy O’Neill.

Impoverished orphan.

Aspiring comedian.

Slut extraordinaire – apparently … 

Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled.  But when photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench emerge, the trolls set out to take her apart. 

Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she must figure out who’s behind the vicious website – while keeping her sanity intact.

Izzy is about to find out that the way the world treats girls is not okay.

It’s the Exact Opposite of Okay.  

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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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Alive.

Twelve-year-old Jerome doesn’t get into trouble.  He goes to school.  He does his homework.  He takes care of his little sister.

Then Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat.

Dead.

As a ghost, watching his family trying to cope with his death, Jerome begins to notice other ghost boys.

Each boy has a story and they all have something in common …

Bit by bit, Jerome begins to understand what really happened – not just to him, but to all of the ghost boys. 

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Flying Tips For Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain

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Friendship, romance and accepting who you are … that’s a lot for two confused clowns to juggle.

Twins Finch and Birdie Franconi are stars of the flying trapeze.  But when Birdie suffers a terrifying accident, Finch must team up with the geeky new kid.  Hector Hazzard, to form an all-boys double act and save the family circus school.

Can clowning around in the ring help them deal with real life – and face up to how they feel outside the spotlight?  

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Blackbird by N. D. Gomes

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My name is Alex.

I am fifteen years old, and I don’t know where my sister is.

Or if she will ever come back. 

It was New Year’s Eve the night that, the dead blackbirds descended, hours before Alex McCarthy’s sister Olivia went missing from a party.

Committed to finding out what happened to her sister within the previously safe walls of their subarctic Orkney village, Alex knows that dishevelled, sometimes intoxicated, Detective Inspector Birkins is her best shot.

Yet as they uncover the secrets behind Olivia’s last night, Alex starts to find out things she may be better off never knowing …   

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The Warrior In The Mist by Ruth Eastham

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”Their bodies flickered strangely – transparent, blueish, as if they were made of flames.  With a jolt, he realised that they were fading.  Time was running out.”

Who are the phantom girls?  What do they want with Aidan?

Aidan’s village is under siege.  A fracking company has moved onto the land.

Once drilling is complete, the paddocks looked after by Aidan’s family will be gone, along with his home and the horse he loves.

Aidan and his best friends Emmi and Jon have one last hope.  Legend has it that the warrior queen Boudicca is buried close by.  If only they can find the tomb … prove this is the site of her last great battle against Roman invaders …

As the mists of time separating ancient history from present day swirl and fade, Aidan must face a deadly enemy.  He must fight to uncover the truth of the ghostly sisters, before it is too late.

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There May Be A Castle by Piers Torday

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Like I said, kid, it’s your story.  Are you ready?

On a frozen Christmas Eve, Mouse Mallory and his family set off across a snow-white valley to visit his grandparents.

They never arrive. 

As the wheels skid off the icy road, Mouse is thrown from the car.  When he wakes, he finds himself in a magical landscape, with only a talkative sheep and a very bossy horse for company.

And they tell him: this is your story now.

So begins Mouse’s extraordinary quest through a world of wonder.  A world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known.

All to find a castle, somewhere, beyond.

But why is Mouse looking for a castle?  As thoughts of his family back at the car begin to surface, Mouse realises this might be the most important journey he will ever make … 

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