The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ★★★★½

The Hate U Give is a contemporary Young Adult novel that follows sixteen year old Starr, a black girl living in America and caught between two worlds: the predominantly black, poor neighbourhood in which she lives, and the fancy, mainly white prep school she attends on the other side of town. The novel begins as … Continue reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ★★★★½

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Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome ★★★★½

Swallows and Amazons is a wonderful, well-loved children's classic following the four Walker children during their family summer holiday to the Lake District in 1929. John, Susan, Titty and Roger are given permission by their mother and a telegram from their father to use the farm's boat, Swallow, to sail out to the island across the … Continue reading Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome ★★★★½

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness ★★★★

The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book in a dystopian, young adult trilogy, centring around protagonist Todd. It is extremely fast-paced and gritty, while also dealing with important social issues. In Prentisstown, a town full of men, everyone can hear each other’s thoughts. This constant ‘Noise’ was caused by a virus released … Continue reading The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness ★★★★