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The Thing About Jellyfish

The Thing About Jellyfish

“Not everything makes sense, Zu. Sometimes things just happen,” says Suzy’s (Zu’s) mom when her best friend Franny dies from drowning.  Heartbroken and confused, 12 year old Suzy refuses to accept this and begins a journey to find out what could have caused her to drown.  The Thing about Jellyfish is a beautiful story of friendship, grief, forgiveness and acceptance. 

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The Lost Boys’ Appreciation Society

The Lost Boys’ Appreciation Society

Gary, John, and their dad are lost without their mum, who died in a car accident. Fourteen-year old Gary feels locked in his own pain which is made worse by his falling grades at school and his inability to come to terms with his mum’s death. He begins to go off the rails, getting involved with local thugs and teetering on the brink of being on the wrong side of the law.

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Thank you, Mr Falker

Thank you, Mr Falker

A little girl grows up with huge excitement about learning to read. Her grandfather takes a book and pours honey over it, telling her that knowledge is sweet, but to get to the sweetness, she has to read through the book. When she gets to grade 1 she is puzzled that the other children move on to other readers while she stays stuck on the beginning reader.

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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness is a very unusual writer. His “Knife of Never Letting Go”, the first book in the “Chaos Walking” trilogy was startlingly original. “A Monster Calls” has become a publishing sensation since it was published in 2011. It has won numerous awards, being the first book ever to win both the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal. It hits with enormous power. It is about a young teenage boy trying to cope with his mother’s serious illness and then her death.

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