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KS3 LRC Book Recommendation - School for Nobodies by Susie Bower

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Until she was 10, Flynn didn't even know her real name. Her adoptive parents have always kept her past a secret, but one mysterious note transforms her world and sets her on a path to discover who she really is. 
How did she get the burn that covers most of her face? And could she really have a twin? Packed off to a boarding school for misfits, Flynn tries to adjust to the unfair rules and stomach-churning soup while making friends with her unusual classmates. 
All the while, she receives more cryptic messages that slowly bring her closer to her true identity. 
Bursting with magic, intrigue and humour, School for Nobodies is a delightful debut about the beauty of not fitting in. Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
ISBN: 9781782692713
Number of pages: 304

KS4 LRC Book Recommendation - Wonderland by Juno Dawson

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Alice lives in a world of stifling privilege and luxury - but none of it means anything when your own head plays tricks on your reality. When her troubled friend Bunny goes missing, Alice becomes obsessed with finding her. On the trail of her last movements, Alice discovers a mysterious invitation to 'Wonderland': the party to end all parties. Will she find Bunny there? Or is this really a case of finding herself? Because Alice has secrets of her own, and ruthless socialite queen Paisley Hart is determined to uncover them, whatever it takes. Alice is all alone, miles from home and without her essential medication. She can trust no-one, least of all herself, and now she has a new enemy who wants her head... A searing exploration of mental health, gender and privilege, from the most addictive YA novelist in the UK today. Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781786541321
Number of pages: 400

KS5/Adult LRC Book Recommendation - Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

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Yellow Crocus is set in the mid-1800’s American South. It is the story of the long-lasting and loving relationship between a privileged white heiress Elizabeth Wainwright and a black woman named Mattie. Upon Elizabeth's birth, Mattie becomes her wet-nurse and, over time, her mammy and confidante.
Publisher: Amazon Publishing ISBN: 9781477824757 Number of Pages: 252

KS4 LRC Book Recommendation - Looking at the Stars by Lewis Hine

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My illness may define the length of my life, but it won't define how I live it. 
My disability gave me the ability to understand and help others. And now I finally feel like I am living. 
17-year-old Lewis Hine is a global phenomenon. Diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour and water on the brain at 17 months, he wasn't expected to survive. But Lewis proved everyone wrong; he's not only surviving but thriving. 
In one Facebook post on his 16th birthday Lewis invited everyone to see how he faces head on the challenges from his ongoing illness, and he went viral. 30 million views later, Lewis now spearheads a campaign, Friend Finder, to make sure no one ever faces childhood illness alone. 
In his memoir, Lewis reaches out to anyone who may feel isolated in their lives. After 13 brain surgeries and continual health problems, life for Lewis is a daily challenge. From the sheer physical challenges - he is at high risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) and h…

KS3 LRC Book Recommendation - Swan Boy by Nikki Sheehan

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Life isn't easy for Johnny. He is trying to help his mum, he is looking after his little brother and he is going to a new school. Then Liam Clarke starts to bully him and it all begins to get a lot worse. But when Johnny gets some very surprising help from an unexpected source his life takes a dramatic turn. A magical story about finding your place and having the courage to fly. Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780749242
Number of pages: 240

KS5/Adult LRC Book Recommendation - Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

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Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn't say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? There wasn't a point to setting the record straight before, but now she's got Ted-and their unborn child-to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary's fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary? Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
ISBN: 9780062422651
Number of pages: 416

KS3 LRC Book Recommendation - Lenny's Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

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Love is a wonderful thing, and it doesn't have conditions in this novel about sister and brother Lenny and Davy as they deal with the fact that Davy is very different from everyone else around him. 
Davy is growing. And growing and growing. He is diagnosed with a rare form of gigantism. But he and Lenny are also trying to figure out where their father went, if they have a grandmother, what is going to be in the next issue of the encyclopaedia that is heading their way in the post and which letter is their favourite, as each one opens up the world to the siblings just a bit more. 
In this exquisite book about love and loss and caring for your family, Karen Foxlee has created a heart-rending and hopeful book that delights and surprises. W is for Wonderful, and that is Lenny's Book of Everything. Unforgettably wonderful. Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
ISBN: 9781782692386
Number of pages: 352