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KS3 LRC Book Recommendation - Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD 2019 Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense. There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite! But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help. That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan. . .

KS4 LRC Book Recommendation - Turn Off Live On - by Vincent Vincent

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Are you addicted to your smartphone? Phones are fun and useful but online life can be overwhelming - often leaving us feeling anxious, sad or lacking in confidence. Brimming with clever activities, puzzles, life hacks and relaxation techniques, this interactive journal is the ultimate remedy! With 75 ways to switch offline, unleash your creativity, boost your brain cells and find your inner unicorn, it's time to put the tech aside and start living in the here and now. Turn Off.
Live On.

KS5/Adult LRC Book Recommendation - The Binding by Bridget Collins

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Imagine you could erase your grief.  Imagine you could forget your pain.  Imagine you could hide a secret. Forever.....
Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there's something you want to forget, he can help. If there's something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible. In a vault under his mentor's workshop, row upon row of books - and memories - are meticulously stored and recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it. The Binding is an unforgettable, magical novel: a boundary-defying love story and a …

KS4 LRC Book Recommendation - The Wicked King by Holly Black

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An intoxicating and action packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Cruel Prince., nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019. 
I have heard that for mortals, the feeling of falling in love is very like the feeling of fear. Jude has tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year and a day. But the new High King does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed. 
Meanwhile, a traitor in the court is scheming against her. Jude must fight for her life and the lives of those she loves, all while battling her own complicated feelings for Cardan. Now a year and a day seems like no time at all . . .

KS3 LRC Book Recommendation - A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

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Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.Three magical objects with the power to change their fate. Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger?  The enchanting new story from Michelle Harrison, author of the bestselling THIRTEEN TREASURES trilogy. A breathtaking quest for survival and freedom, bursting with brave heroines, enchanted objects and deadly dangers. And at its heart is a powerful and beautiful message of sisterly love and loyalty overcoming jealousy and betrayal.

KS5/Adult LRC Book Recommendation - The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastly by Stuart Turton

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Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2018 Waterstones Thriller of the Month for October 2018 Described as Gosford Park meets Inception, by way of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, this is a novel unlike any other. One of the most highly-anticipated debuts of 2018, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle merges the glamour and intrigue of classic murder mystery tropes with an innovative, Chinese box narrative that leaves the reader guessing until the very end. A brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Bl…

KS3 LRC Book Recommendation - Virus by Chris Bradford

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Set in a future world in which kids risk their lives for real playing an online fantasy game, Virus is a nerve-tingling combination of science-fiction and martial arts extravaganza.

Scott know that playing Virtual Kombar will put his life in danger, but the only way to destroy the game is from the inside, and he really wants to avenge the death of his friend.  In this he's helped by a group of techno-hackers, but when it comes to the crunch, his tae kwon do skills mean he is on his own against powerful opponents.

Chris Bradford is an expert at keeping the tension high and this is a page-turning, super-readable adventure.


Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 9+