Warwickshire Schools Library Service

We are Reading: September 2017

The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt

Laurence Anholt is a well known author of children's fiction and this is his debut YA novel. The book is set in Deep South America in the 1960s, against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, and at a time where segregation still exists. It tells the stories of  Pip, an black orphaned boy, Hannah, a native American girl and an Irish Neurology Professor, Jack, whose lives become inextricably linked. Jack has special hypnotic and mind control skills that are called upon as racial tensions rise and danger is close to home. The characters in the book are diverse and wonderfully drawn. This is a compelling and powerful story that explores prejudice, oppression and the effects of war but is also about friendship, love and hope for the future. The themes and areas explored are still very relevant today. 

We enjoyed this book so much that it is on our longlist for our Warwickshire Year 9 Book Awards 2017! To find out more about our Book Awards please see our website or email us at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

 The Seeds of Friendship by Michael Foreman

A beautiful picture book following Adam who feels alone in a big grey city that is very different to the far away place that he is from. A teacher gives him some seeds to plant and the city comes alive with colour as he finds friendship and comfort in the changing seasons. 




 and not forgetting non-fiction......

Inspirational Lives: Malala Yousafzai, Education Campaigner

This is one of the titles in the 'Inspirational Lives' series of books, that also includes the likes of Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking and Andy Murray. These are fantastic, informative books that use a range of pictures and text to engage and educate young readers and is suitable for Key Stage 2 pupils.

This book looks at the life of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Readers will learn more about her life in Pakistan and how she stood up to the Taliban. Her story will both amaze and inspire...


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