New books for Young Members

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The latest collection of books added to the library over the last month has something for everyone but is particularly strong on books for key stages 3 and 4. One that stands out as being highly topical is Palm Trees at the North Pole: The Hot Truth About Climate Change (617897) by Marc Ter Horst. Although it’s aimed at 7- to 12-year-olds it is in fact a great read for anyone who wants a clearly presented introduction to the topic to understand why, and how, climate change is happening, and what we can do about it. Highly recommended!

Two exceptional historical novels that are well worth looking at are: The Fountains of Silence (617867) by Carnegie Award winning author Ruta Sepetys, a heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love and the hidden violence of silence, set in Spain in 1957, when the country was under the dictatorship of General Franco, and; Voyage of the Sparrowhawk (617777) by Natasha Farrant, the winner of the 2020 Costa Children’s Book Award, in which two children and their young teacher set out on an epic voyage across the Channel at the end of the First World War in search of their lost loved ones, and a place to call home.

Who would have guessed that a book about a teenage boy’s talking brain tumour could be described as being ‘very, very funny’? But that’s exactly what children’s author Jill Murphy said of the prize-winning Henry Tumour (617814) by Anthony McGowan, a novel about Hector’s alter-ego that threatens to take over his life. Not suitable for younger readers.

Another book that is full of humour, despite the serious themes running through it is Liccle Bit (617896), the story of a teenage boy who gets caught up in gang culture on a city estate. Written by yet another award-winning author, Alex Wheatie, this is his first novel for young adults, described by Malorie Blackman as ‘a gripping tale of family and friends, love and loyalty’.

To finish, there’s Talking to Alaska (617881) a book in translation from the Dutch author Anna Woltz. Parker and Sven become mortal enemies from the very first day at their new school and matters are made worse when Parker discovers that her beloved dog Alaska – who she had to give away last year – now belongs to Sven. A hear warming story of teenage friendship, and loneliness sensitively told.

Don’t forget to browse the complete list of new books here.