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.
Pete doesn’t mean to start anything. One irresponsible act in a fast food store brings him notoriety and publicity. It also gets him expelled. What he doesn’t expect is that it also attracts an online stalker. When he and his new online acquaintance delve into the private files of the mighty PB company, neither of them expect that their small act of defiance will bring about such dire consequences. This novel is a true senior read, combining a tangled Internet friendship with the revenge of a powerful corporation. The result is an adrenaline fuelled thriller for the twenty first century.
Spud, written by John van de Ruit, follows in diary form, the riotous experiences of a South African boy as he embarks on his education in an elite boys’ school. It’s a great read and guarantees laughs throughout. It”s easy to read as it’s written in the form of a diary, which documents the characters, events and tribulations of a teenage boy making his way in a new school. The story is set around the time of Nelson Mandela’s release and the emergence of a new South Africa is very much the back drop. This is a read for years 10, 11 and 12 and will resonate with anyone who has experienced life in an all boy’s school or in a boarding situation. Guaranteed laughs! There are currently three books following the fortunes of Spud, with a fourth coming out soon.
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