Rebound by Kwame Alexander about grief, growing up and basketball with some comic strip pages depict the main character’s aspirational fantasies. Written in verse form. The Carnegie’s Group second choice.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds with themes of gun crime, revenge and choice. Ghosts in a descending lift. The author wrote it with the intention of being able to read in 45 minutes. Written in verse form. The group enjoyed this book with the ending provoking an interesting discussion.
Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge –a complex ghost story set during the Civil War. The Group’s third choice. Ghosts, spies, escape, and rebellion. Does Makepeace have a gift or a curse?
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson A story based on Baba Yaga from Russian folklore who in this story guides spirits into the next world while her twelve year old granddaughter Marinka wishes to change her destiny. The group enjoyed reading this book.
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls Follows three girls from widely opposing backgrounds as they fight in different ways for the right to vote. The longest book on the list at over 400 pages.
Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay Set in the Philippines at the end of the nineteenth century when America invaded. Told from the perspective of a young boy from one of the “warrior” tribes. The title is a pun on the tribe Botok which the Americans could not pronounce.
The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders “The book shows the story of a girl who has lost her sister and now sees the world where all the stuffed toys go when they have no owner.”
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