Category: A book I recommend

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee I first read this book when I was at school, and I loved it… and I have loved teaching it ever since.  It’s one of those books which can change the way that you …

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Birdsong Sebastian Faulks This is a novel which presents a profound awareness of the experience of war which is integrated with a very personal story.  As a reader, I actually felt the claustrophobia of the miner beneath the battlefields. The …

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a heart-breaking yet life-affirming story about two very different conflicts, told from two different perspectives. It centres mainly around Oskar who is on a mission to …

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Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell Suzanna Clarke An absorbing blend of history and fiction with a touch of magic realism seamlessly woven through.  At times absurd, other times touching, it’s a challenge not to find yourself ‘siding’ with one of …

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The Fault in Our Stars John Green The Fault in Our Stars is probably John Green’s most famous novel, and for good reason. It centres around two American teenagers, Hazel Grace and Gus, who meet during a cancer support group. …

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The Ruby in the Smoke Philip Pullman Pullman is a brilliant writer, maybe the best one out there writing for young adults.  This book is the first of a trilogy (with an additional fourth novel that ties up an unresolved …

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The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer The Shock of the Fall is an award winning novel that follows the story of Matthew Homes, a 19-year-old boy with Schizophrenia. He starts off the novel by recalling a holiday 10 years …

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