Which Books are Included in the Book Selection Box?
Kevin Stevens serves up peace and violence, faith and mistrust, thriller and literary fiction in A Lonely Note. Tariq is beset by danger on the streets and by conflict at home. Music is his only consolation. When he forms a new friendship with the volatile but intriguing record-store owner, Jamal, Tariq discovers the world of jazz and the man he could become. The violence that has long threatened finally erupts, and things clarify for Tariq.
In Deirdre Sullivan’s Needlework, Ces longs to be a tattoo artist and embroider skin with beautiful images. But for now she’s just trying to reach adulthood without falling apart. Powerful, poetic and disturbing, Needlework is a girl’s meditation on her efforts to maintain her bodily and spiritual integrity in the face of abuse, violation and neglect.
No Heroes is a gripping fictional account of a school shooting and its terrible aftermath, written by young German author Anna Seidl – who was just 16 when she wrote the novel. No Heroes is narrated by Miriam, who begins the story smitten by her handsome boyfriend, popular with her friends, and, like the rest of her class, thoughtless in her treatment of social outcast Matthias. Until Matthias comes to school with a gun.
Meg Grehan’s The Space Between, it’s New Year’s Eve, and Beth plans to spend a whole year alone, in her snug, safe house. But she has reckoned without floppy-eared, tail-wagging Mouse, who comes nosing to her window. Followed shortly by his owner, Alice. As Beth’s year of solitude rolls out, Alice gently steals her way first into Beth’s house and later into her heart. And by the time New Year’s Eve comes round again – who knows? A tender and delicate love story in verse.
Deirdre Sullivan’s Tangleweed and Brine is a collection of thirteen dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales from one of Ireland’s leading writers for young people. In the tradition of Angela Carter, stories such as Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin are given a witchy makeover, not for the faint-hearted.
Wormwood Gate by Katherine Farmer is a delicious urban fantasy with a sense of humour and a subtle love story sparkles with all the beauty and strangeness of Alice in Wonderland. Aisling and Julie are bickering when they are almost run over by a white horse with a red mane. Something strange is going on: the city looks changed; three castles for three Queens blaze on the horizon and pigeons and seagulls are at war with one another. Can Aisling and Julie find the Wormwood Gate and get back to Mortal Realms? And could it be possible that they like each other more than they first thought?
A delicious book selection box which Young Adult readers will devour!