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Above

by Leah Bobet

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her blond hair shining and her bee’s wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above--as does Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. Forced to survive in the most dangerous place he can imagine, Matthew strives to unravel the mystery of the shadows' powers and Safe's own secret history. For he knows he must find a way to remake Safe--not just for himself and his friends, but for Ariel, who's again faced with a life she fled, and who needs him more than ever before.

You're The Best!: Stories About Friendship

by Belinda Hollyer

The fourteen original stories in this collection capture the essence of friendship in all of its complexity. From true best friends to rivals, from a shoulder to cry on to a source of frustration, every reader will find something to relate to in this honest anthology. Making and keeping friends is an important aspect of growing up, and these stories introduce readers to a range of different writers and perspectives from around the world, whose candid reflections on friendship give plenty of food for thought.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

by Kim Edwards

Families have secrets they hide even from themselves... It should have been an ordinary birth, the start of an ordinary happy family. But the night Dr David Henry delivers his wife's twins is a night that will haunt five lives for ever.

For though David's son is a healthy boy, his daughter has Down's syndrome. And, in a shocking act of betrayal whose consequences only time will reveal, he tells his wife their daughter died while secretly entrusting her care to a nurse.

As grief quietly tears apart David's family, so a little girl must make her own way in the world as best she can.

 
 

 

Brave New World

 

by Aldous Huxley

 

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his
distress...

Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

Race Hate

by Anne Rooney

This book takes a broad-minded look at prejudices that not only affect our lives today, but have also been in place for many hundreds of years. It explores subjects such as: what race is and why it matters; racial violence against individuals and against whole populations; and how people of different races perceive immigration and affirmative action policies.

 

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