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Young adult members who have never come across the award winning author Alex Wheatle are in for a treat, as we have added two of his books to the library this month: Home Girl (617696) which follows the story of a teenage girl growing up in the care system, and, Brixton Rock (617697) set in 1980s South London where Brenton, a 16-year-old mixed-race youth who has lived in a children’s home all his life, is reunited with his mother. Don’t expect a fairy-tale ending.

For slightly younger readers and lovers of fantasy fiction with a Celtic twist we have the first two instalments of the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. The story begins with The Book of Three (617675): Taran dreams of fighting heroic battles instead of being an Assistant Pig-Keeper when he is drawn into a dangerous quest as the land of Prydain is threatened by the evil Horned King. In book 2, The Black Cauldron (617676), Taran joins Prince Gwydion and his faithful knights, Ellidyr and Adaon, to fight the forces of Arawn, the Death Lord.

And for our youngest members there’s A Year in Brambly Hedge (617705) by Jill Barklem containing four short stories about the adorable mice as they encounter each of the seasons.

We also have a great selection of historical books, an Alex Rider, a Terry Pratchett and a Skulduggery Pleasant - take a look here for the full list.