“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
The New Boy by Paula Rawsthorne
When new boy Jack starts at Zoe’s school, something about him makes her nervous – he’s so perfect, he can hardly be real. But Zoe is soon swept up in how charming, popular and handsome he is. Soon, they’re dating and he’s everything she dreamed he might be – kind, attentive, full of romantic gestures. Eventually, though, the cracks start to show and Zoe wonders whether she was right all along. Is Jack too good to be true? Paperback, Scholastic, £7.99
This is a psychological thriller exploring in a totally unique way the facades people create for themselves and how social media and our disregard for privacy can have a devastating impact on our lives. A gripping read aimed at teenagers.
The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson
Twelve year old Yanka has always felt out of place in her village. Abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, the forest calls out to her, and when she wakes to find her legs have become bear legs, she sets out on a journey of discovery. This is an epic fantasy adventure of princesses and dragons with the narrative peppered with traditional Russian stories, but underlying the story are questions of what it means to be human, how we find our place in the world and how we define family. Paperback, Usborne Books, £6.99
Starbird by Sharon King-Chai
When the Moon King traps Starbird in a cage, the colour and life in his voice begin to drip away.
This is a lush, lyrical fable of love and freedom, beautifully illustrated with a clever use of foil to make a stunning book. Hardcover, Two Hoots, £12.99 Our Price £9.99
THE INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER 2019