New Books to look out for
My name is Mina - Almond, David
Intended age 11+
David Almond visits Mina before she has met Michael, before she
has met Skellig, in what is a thought-provoking and extraordinary
prequel to his best-selling debut novel, Skellig.
Brilliantly funny episodes about SATS which is the reason Mina
is home educated.
Ultraviolet -Anderson, R. J
Intended age 12-16
The blurb states, “Once upon a time there was a girl who was
special. This is not her story. Unless you count the part where I
killed her”. With this calling the reader, there is no question of
not reading on to find out what happens. The mystery surrounding
Tori’s disappearance is not solved until the end, with the reader
hanging onto every word to discover what happens. Does Alison
believe what others are telling her or what she feels herself? If
she has been sectioned, it must the others who are correct –
The writing is electric, with the reader suffering Alison’s
plight and confusion. A novel for both sexes, it does have a love
element, but this is not overpowering, and boys will love the
special effects. For Reading Groups this novel offers a wealth of
discussion around science and the rights and wrongs of institutions
The story ends on a promise of more, yet still offers a
The case of the Deadly Desperados - Lawrence,
Intended age 12-16
P. K. Pinkerton’s situation is desperate.
Trapped down the deepest shaft of a Comstock silver mine with three
desperadoes closing in on him, he is convinced that by the end of
the day he will be dead. Yet this is a humorous, entertaining read
of an unlikely chain of events. P. K.’s 12th birthday
goes from bad to worse as not only is his foster family killed, but
by running away he makes himself a prime suspect, chased by the
same ruthless killers. Just as he escapes one situation, P.K. finds
himself in another. The reader urges him not to trust those trying
to help him from the start, but with the wild west being the
dangerous place it is, full of gamblers, hurdy girls,
saloon-keepers and gunmen, all of them out to make a fast buck, P.
K. is a target for those out to defraud him of his inheritance.
The book has echoes of the Dog in the
night time as P. K. must surely be autistic, but this is where
the humour lies and the condition is not mocked, and certainly
never mentioned as it is 1862.
This title is the first in what must be a
series, and there is plenty of mileage in the beginning of this
A lightweight read for young children and a
brilliant chapter by chapter read for teachers to keep pupils on
the edge of their seats over a few weeks.
Usborne book of famous paintings - Dickens, Rosie
Intended age KS 2/3 but also of use to adults
Clear, accessible reference book on famous paintings such as
Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh and the Girl with a
Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer. Explains the setting of each
painting, and information about the artist.
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