For Younger Readers

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise, but, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war. Paperback, £6.99

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Paperback, Walker Books, £7.99

Aimed at young adults, and containing much swearing, this is a  powerful and “very gritty” novel about black gangs.

 

 

 

 




Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange

A middle age range novel set at the start of World War 2 about a girl living in a lighthouse. Pet’s world has been one of storms, secret tunnels and stories about sea monsters, but now the clifftops are a terrifying battleground, and her family is torn apart. This is the story of a girl who is small, afraid and unnoticed; a girl who freezes with fear at the enemy planes ripping through the skies overhead; a girl who is somehow destined to become part of the strange, ancient legend of the Daughters of Stone …  Paperback, Chicken House, £6.99

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