Looking for something new to read? Why not check out these new titles, especially recommended by our Library team?
A Thousand Perfect Notes – by C.G. Drews
Life isn’t easy for 15 year old Beck. Before her stroke, his mother was Europe’s most famous pianist and she is grimly determined that he will achieve the same heights, no matter what it takes.
Beck must rise at 5am each morning and play music he hates. His whole life is driven by his mother’s demands for him to practice, over and over and over again. He is forbidden to pursue his own true passion – composing and playing his own music.
An engaging and well crafted story of a mother trying to live her dreams through the life of her son and his journey to free the music that only he can hear.
A rather insightful and hopeful story about the power we have to change our homes and our world and learning to live out of our gifts and dreams rather than those of others.
A powerful read.
Recommended age: 13 years+
Charlie and Me – by Mark Lowery
Brothers Martin and Charlie are on the journey of their lives. They’re also in BIG trouble. They’ve snuck out of their house to travel 421 miles from Preston to Cornwall, hoping to see the dolphin that visits the harbour there. But that’s not the only reason they’re going.
Their journey is full of challenges and surprises. Martin is doing his best to be a good big brother, but it’s hard when there’s something so huge coming once they get to Cornwall.
An unforgettable novel that is by turns funny and heartbreaking.
Recommended age: 9 years+
Amal Unbound – by Aisha Saeed
Set in Pakistan, twelve-year-old Amal loves learning and dreams of becoming a teacher. Then something unimaginable happens after an accidental run-in with the son of her village’s corrupt landlord and as a result, Amal is forced to work as his family’s servant to pay off her own family’s debt. At the opulent and corrupt estate, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others in order to bring about change, and to achieve her dreams.
An engaging fictional story inspired by Malala Yousafzai, which introduces readers to the value of education, the very real impacts of extreme gender inequality in other nations, the controlling power of corruption and the difference one voice can make.
Highly recommended read.
Recommended Age: 12 years +