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Book of the week
‘Katherine approaches the art block like a vegetarian on a school outing to the abattoir.’ This kind of observation is characteristic of Year 11 narrator Lauren, whose agile language consistently enlivens the mundane world of home and school.
(Nosy Crow Ltd)
‘My brother is a superhero, and I could have been one too, except that I needed to go for a wee.’ It’s a wonderful opening line and sets the tone for this hilarious, engaging story.
E L Konigsburg
(Pushkin Children's Books)
This book, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1968, reads beautifully and is shot through with humour deriving, in the main, from the relationship between the central characters Claudia and James.
Another in the post-apocalyptic genre, Phoenix Rising seems a bit younger and a lot of more cheerful than a lot of its contemporaries. Where volcano eruptions have poisoned the oceans and the sun has only broken through the dust clouds in recent years, Toby Ford is a pirate ship with his father, who fled the government to keep his inventions to himself.