No and Me – Delphine de Vigan

no_and_meLou is a shy, thirteen year old girl with an IQ of 160 who is two years ahead of her age-group at school. For a class presentation Lou picks homeless teenagers as her topic. When Lou meets No, an older girl living on the streets of Paris, a friendship develops between the two girls. Driven by a strong sense of justice, Lou decides to try to help No and convinces her parents to allow No to move in with them. No’s presence has a powerful impact on her family, which has been quietly falling apart after the death of her baby sister. But can there be a happily ever after ending to this story?

An insightful novel tackling the true meaning of home and homelessness

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Look Into My Eyes (Ruby Redfort, #1) – Lauren Child

Ruby RedfortA modern Nancy Drew, Ruby Redfort is ready for whatever the spy world has to offer her when a secret agency comes into her seemingly ordinary world. Although she might seem so on the surface, she is not your usual seventh-grader: she is highly intelligent, loves solving puzzles and can pretty much outsmart all of the adults around her. Mind you, it’s not hard with her parents – airhead socialites, although the family butler is another story. Ruby is a creation out of Lauren Child’s highly popular Clarice Bean series, and is a highly enjoyable mystery filled with suspense.

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A monster calls – Patrick Ness

monster callsThe monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments for cancer. The monster outside his window is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

Stark black and white illustrations reflect Connor’s anguish as he struggles with his fears and the progression of his mother’s illness.

From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting novel of life and loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

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The Help – Kathryn Stockett

the helpMinny, Abilene and Skeeter don’t seem to have much in common – especially in the Mississippi of 1962 where race relations are still strained. Skeeter has come home after graduating from University and her mother is just desperate for her to be married. Skeeter, however, is more concerned about where her beloved maid Constantine has disappeared to, and she starts to investigate what life is actually like as a black maid – using Minny and Abilene as her clandestine subjects. An extraordinary story about women’s lives and the rules to which they are forced to conform.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret – B. Selznick

HugoAt 533 pages this is hardly your usual picture book, but this novel is littered with beautiful images which help to tell its tale. Inspired by a pioneering French film-maker, the protagonist is Hugo: an orphan who survives each day by clinging to hope, a hope that one day he can complete the work started by his father. To fix a mechanical man (an automaton) left behind by his father, Hugo is forced to steal parts from a local toy store and is led into a world he never knew existed. A modern fairytale of sorts, this is an uplifting story with a dreamlike style which clearly evokes life in an earlier Paris for readers.

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Into the Wild (Warriors #1) – E. Hunter

WarriorsAfter four generations, the ThunderClan Cats are in grave danger. With a traitor hidden in their midst, the warrior code laid down by their ancestors is being threatened. The last thing Rusty, a young house cat, expects is to be invited to join this group of feral cats, but he does – and is renamed ‘Firepaw’. Rusty has to learn the ways of the wild, hunting and fighting, and how to survive a turf war. Sometimes violent, but always action-packed, if you love animal adventures you are sure to enjoy this series!

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The Capture (Guardians of Ga’hoole, Book 1) – K. Lasky

guardianscaptureSoren is a young barn owl whose life seems quite idyllic, as he participates in coming-of-age rituals and enjoys legends about the knightly Guardians of Ga’Hoole, owls “who would rise each night into the blackness and perform noble deeds.” That is, until he ‘falls’ out of the family nest … pushed by his older brother. Before he can worry too much about his fate, though, he is snatched up and taken to the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned owls. However, all is not well at the academy as Soren quickly realises that there is something evil and menacing going on, and that it links to sinister events across the entire Owl kingdom. Soren needs to live up to the legends of the knightly Guardians, and perform his own great deeds – if he is to have any hope of surviving.