When Kit goes with his family to live in Stoneygate, he discovers that his family history there goes much deeper than he suspects. His family have returned to take care of his aging grandfather, with whom Kit has a strong link. However, his expeditions with new friends, particularly the mysterious and unpleasant Askew, into the wilderness to the ancient coal pit soon introduce him to a new and seemingly deadly game. Kit is awakened to the fact that he is able to “see” children who met with their death in that barren place, many years before, including the elusive “Silky”, who is also known to Grandad. When Askew goes missing, it is Kit who reaches out to his dysfunctional parents, bringing them hope that he will return safely. Only after a bizarre meeting with Askew is Kit able to win his friendship and bring him home to his parents. This story is a senior read, written by David Almond, whose well known book Skellig won the Whitbread Award.
Five hundred years into the future, the world is a different place. The Melt has sunk most of the coastal cities and Newperth is divided into the haves, the “Centrals”; the have-nots, the “Bankers”; and the fringe dwellers, the “Ferals”. Rosie Black is a Banker. When Rosie finds an unusual box, she has no idea of the grave consequences of her discovery. A mysterious organisation wants it – and they’ll kill to get it. Forced to rely on two strangers, Rosie is on the run. But who can she trust? Pip, the too attractive Feral, or the secretive man he calls boss? From Earth to Mars, Rosie must learn the secrets of the box. Before it’s too late. This fast paced futuristic novel is a must read for anyone who likes science fiction and adventure. It’s written by Lara Morgan
On and off over the holidays, i’ve been reading “Kill the possum” by James Moloney. This book brings together a group of young people struggling with family issues. Dylan is a young man whose father abandoned him as a very young child. He is interested in Kirsty, a girl at his school. When he unexpectedly goes to visit her at home one Saturday afternoon, he finds himself in the middle of a tense situation instigated by Kirsty’s step father, who is no longer living with her family. Dylan comes to understand that Kirsty and her family are subject to cruel verbal harrassment from this man who is a bully. As the story unfolds, we come to see the behaviours and solutions this group of young people employ to try to find a solution to their difficulties. James Moloney doesn’t position himself morally on any of the behaviour displayed by the characters – this allows the reader to question and deliberate on the actions of a number of characters. This read is certainly not for those looking for a comfortable escape! The issues dealt with are confronting. It’s definitely suited to readers from Year 10 up.