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Book of the week
Teenage guides to love, life and everything are not new, but to attract more than a passing glance and avoid being dismissed as worthy, they must strike a chord with the mood of the moment. Gemma Cairney certainly succeeds in this. As a mentor and "agony aunt" she has real credibility. Her approach is chatty and direct; her vocabulary contemporary and colloquial. She draws on her own life experience as well as her expertise in using the interview. The result is engaging and immediate - and authoritative.
Her book is organised under four headings...
(Macmillan Children's Books)
In her latest novel, Elizabeth Laird returns to the Middle East. Set at the very beginning of the Syrian civil war, it’s the story of a middle class family (father is a government employee) which is caught up in the protests in Bosra and Daraa and forced to flee to Jordan.
This collection of 13 short stories, prefaced by Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem, was commissioned by Stripes to celebrate their ten years of publishing; and while they were doing so, to support the charity Crisis, which works to help people out of homelessness.
Richard O’Neill and Katharine Quarmby
(Child's Play (International) Ltd)
Best to start by reading the glossary, tucked at the bottom of the publisher’s page, as to many, some words used in this book wil be unfamiliar.