Risk – Fleur Ferris

RiskTaylor and Sierra have always been best friends. But Taylor’s fed up. Why does Sierra always get what – and who – she wants? And now Sierra is stealing the guy they both met online for herself and she wants her friends to cover for her while she goes to meet him for the first time.

But Sierra doesn’t come back when she said she would.

One day. Two days. Three . . .

What if Taylor’s worrying for nothing? What if Sierra’s just being Sierra, forgetting about everyone else to spend time with her new guy? When Taylor finally tells Sierra’s mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed.

Can they find Sierra’s abductor in time? Or should they be looking for a killer?

Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson

“Dead girl walking”, the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret”, the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

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To This Day – Shane Koyczan

To this dayIn February of 2013 Shane Koyczan’s passionate anti-bullying poem To This Day electrified the world. An animated video of the poem went viral, racking up over 12 million hits and inspiring an international movement against bullying in schools. Now this extraordinary poem has been illustrated by thirty artists from around the world. Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colours and words. Born of Shane’s own experiences of being bullied as a child, To This Day expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the inner strength that allows people to move beyond the names they’re called.

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A thousand words – Jennifer Brown

BrownAshleigh is worried that her boyfriend, Kaleb, will forget about her when he goes away to college in a few weeks. At a summer pool party Ashleigh’s friends suggest that she sends Kaleb a selfie of herself – without her bathers. This seems like a good idea to Ashleigh – something for Kaleb to remember her by.

But, Kaleb and Ashleigh breakup before he leaves for college. There are several arguments and Kaleb, in a moment of anger with Ashleigh, forwards the image to his baseball team. The photo goes viral on mobile phones and the internet.

Ashleigh, Kaleb and others who forwarded the image on are involved in a scandal that attracts the attention of parents, the principal of Ashleigh’s school and the police.

Dracula – Bram Stoker

The ultimate gothic masterpiece, this novel will send chills down your spine! Narrated through a series of letters and diary entries, the story is about a young lawyer sent to Transylvannia to assist a mysterious Count Dracula. Tall and thin, with blood red lips: our suspicions about the Count are first raised when he seems to have no reflection in a mirror and with his violent response to blood. Monstrous and ruthless, he becomes a terrifying danger to Jonathan and his loved ones. Forget ‘Twilight’, this is the original vampire tale.

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The outsiders – S.E. Hinton

Quiet and shy Ponyboy lives with his two brothers Darry and Sodapop, after the deaths of their parents. They’re poor kids from the wrong side of the tracks, and they hang out with a gang called the ‘greasers’, whose enemies are the ‘socs’ – rich kids who beat up the greasers for entertainment. One night something goes terribly wrong in a fight and Ponyboy goes on the run to escape the police. Written by a seventeen year old, this is a powerful and moving novel about the importance of friendship and family.

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Nineteen eighty-four – George Orwell

“Big Brother is watching you” Oceania is a society constantly at war and one where privacy no longer exists, with telescreens, thoughtpolice, and junior spies monitoring your every action and thought. It is a world of inhumanity and despair, where personality is extinguished and mindless obedience to the Party is mandated. However, Winston longs for something more than the life of boredom, fear and control the Party offers, and in a seemingly small act of rebellion buys a journal to record his thoughts. Soon, he meets Julia and O’Brien who will change his life entirely.

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